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Recognitions, February 12

The first half of February brings; a UTIA student selected to serve as a design team member for National 4-H Congress; student entrepreneurs selected for a national pitch competition; an artist and educator chose to be a 2020 BarberMcMurry Endowed Professor; an architecture student chosen as winner of a holiday design competition.

UTIA Student Selected to Serve as a Design Team Member for 100th National 4-H Congress

Will Dalton, a freshman in the Herbert College of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee, is one of eight teens selected from across the nation to sit on the Design Team for the 100th National 4-H Congress. This Design Team is responsible for planning and executing of one of the largest, national events that 4-H has to offer. Attendance often exceeds 1,000 persons.

Dalton is majoring in animal science, with a pre-vet concentration. He graduated from Grainger County High School in 2019. Dalton is the son of Jeff and Lori Dalton of Thorn Hill, Tennessee, where the family runs a cattle operation.

UT Student Entrepreneurs Selected for National Pitch Competition

Two student startups were named to the national Student Startup Madness (SSM) pitch competition. Andy’s Beekeeping was selected for the competition’s semifinal round. Digital publication Abled Magazine was named in the competition’s initial round. Both companies were chosen from applicants representing 54 universities and colleges nationwide.

As a semifinalist, Andy’s Beekeeping will compete in a pool of 32 companies for the honor of presenting in the final round of competition at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas, in March. Initial competition rounds are held online.

Abled Magazine, a digital publication celebrating and supporting people with disabilities, was named among the competition’s top 64 companies.

Bittinger Chosen as Winner of Holiday Design Competition

Congratulations to Sydney Bittinger, a 5th-year student in Architecture, who was chosen as the winner of the college’s 2020 holiday message student design competition.

Bittinger’s design is a topographical representation that encompasses her approach to design.

“I have had the privilege to work on many projects in my life and to explore many forms of collaboration, “Bittinger said. “I hope everyone enjoys this representation of that work and it entices them to create more.

Bittinger’s design will be digitally distributed to 5,000 alumni and friends of the college. Also as part of the win, she receives a $500 prize, and her design will be featured on

Squire Named 2020 BarberMcMurry Endowed Professor

The College of Architecture and Design has named Mitchell Squire, an artist and educator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art and the study of material culture, as its 2020 BarberMcMurry Endowed Professor.

Squire is a nationally recognized educator in the field of architecture, who will be teaching a course entitled, Ideas that Move: Performing Architecture, during the 2020 spring semester. He also will deliver a public lecture on Feb. 5 and exhibit his work in the college’s Gallery 103.

Squire currently is a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 2009 and at the University of Minnesota in 2000. He served a three-year term as external examiner at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2014 to 2016.