The first of September brings exciting honors and funding awards for UT staff and students: 2021 Manning Scholars Honored for Service and Commitment; Geography Professor Publishes New Book; UT’s Student SHPE Chapter Earns Regional Recognition.
Peyton Manning (’97) with new Peyton Manning Scholars Madison Williams, Obinze Nwokochah, Sidney Bennett, and Olivia Upchurch, and UT Chancellor Donde Plowman.
UT’s newest Peyton Manning Scholars were honored for their academic, civic, and leadership accomplishments at an event attended by Manning on August 24. The event, which was held in person again this year after moving online in 2020, gave the students and their families an opportunity to meet with Manning and be congratulated personally on their accomplishments. First-year scholars Sidney Bennett, Obinze Nwokochah, Olivia Upchurch, and Madison Williams join a legacy of 45 recipients, bringing the total of Peyton Manning Scholars to 49.
Professor Ron Kalafsky just published a new book titled “Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies“. It is co-edited by Drs. John Bryson and Vida Vanchan. This insightful book explores smaller towns and cities, places in which the majority of people live, highlighting that these more ordinary places have extraordinary geographies. It focuses on the development of an alternative approach to urban studies and theory that foregrounds smaller cities and towns rather than much larger cities and conurbations.
UT’s student chapter of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) earned regional recognition with the organization’s Rising Chapter award for 2020–21. SHPE programs that support these pillars include “Study with SHPE,” in which junior and senior students and tutors help with first year classes. At other times, company representatives often come to the group’s meetings to discuss personal deployment and various company values. SHPE also participates in “Evening with Industries” along with other UT engineering societies.