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Recognitions, May 12

Kristina Kravchenko is graduating with her bachelor’s degree at 17 years old. Records indicate she’s one of the youngest UT graduates ever, and is one of the two top graduates of the College of Animal Science and Natural Resources at UT.

Tom Winston is a 73 year old UT graduate who completed his law degree last week. He has “tried to retire at 59, 61, and 63 and failed miserably each time,” and decided to go to law school because he was “bored with retirement.”

Kristen Wyckoff, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, is the first recipient of the Susan E. Stutz-McDonald Scholarship.The scholarship was created in honor of Stutz-McDonald—who had a love of the environment, engineering, and UT, her alma mater. It will be awarded annually to a deserving graduate-level female engineering student with a primary focus in environmental or wastewater engineering.

Joy Harjo, an internationally recognized poet, musician, author, and playwright who serves on UT’s English faculty, has won one of the nation’s largest literary prizes in poetry. The Poetry Foundation this week awarded Harjo the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The honor, which comes with $100,000, is bestowed on a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.

The College of Nursing has been named a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, a designation that recognizes its commitment to gerontological nursing.The NHCGNE recognizes nursing schools across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to the field.

WUOT, the public radio station licensed to UT, has won two first-place Golden Press Awards.The Golden Press Awards are specifically for East Tennessee journalists, recognizing outstanding professional achievement and service to the community.