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Recognitions, November 14

Ten UT Army ROTC Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame

The 2018 Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame inductees: retired Colonel Mark D. Boyatt, retired Major Terry A. Griswold, retired Colonel Mark N. McDonald, retired Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Freeman, retired Lieutenant Colonel George M. Massey, retired Colonel Robert D. Pickle, retired Colonel Gregory P. Gass, Jane Neall (accepting on behalf of retired Lieutenant Thomas Johnson), and Alan D. Wilson. Not pictured: Linda Vaughn accepting on behalf of her late husband, Emmet P. (Buck) Vaughn. Photo by Steven Bridges

The 2018 Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame inductees: retired Colonel Mark D. Boyatt, retired Major Terry A. Griswold, retired Colonel Mark N. McDonald, retired Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Freeman, retired Lieutenant Colonel George M. Massey, retired Colonel Robert D. Pickle, retired Colonel Gregory P. Gass, Jane Neall (accepting on behalf of retired Lieutenant Thomas Johnson), and Alan D. Wilson. Not pictured: Linda Vaughn accepting on behalf of her late husband, Emmet P. (Buck) Vaughn. Photo by Steven Bridges

Ten distinguished Army ROTC alumni were inducted into the UT Army ROTC Hall of Fame at its annual induction dinner on November 9.

“The Hall of Fame program honors both military and civilian contributions,” said Logan Hickman, dinner chairman and UT Knoxville Army ROTC Alumni Council president. “Our 10 graduates are among the best and highlight UT’s rich military history. This second class of Hall of Fame inductees brings our total number of members to 22. This distinguished group of UT graduates only scratches the surface of a program that started in 1844.”

See the honorees in the class of 2018.

UTIA Announces New Dean for AgResearch

The University of Tennesee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch. Xin will begin his new role in May 2019, after the conclusion of the current academic year.

In a letter to staff and stakeholders announcing Xin’s appointment, Tim Cross, UTIA chancellor, noted Xin’s deep understanding of the land-grant mission and collaborative style. Cross wrote,”Hongwei comes to UTIA with an international reputation for research and academic leadership. His work has had major impacts on U.S. and global animal agriculture and has produced significant contributions to scientific literature and engineering practices related to animal production systems.” Xin has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of more than $23.7 million in competitive grants and contracts for research, Extension and education programs.

Xin is also known for his collaborative work in facilitating linkages between academics, research and economic development; supporting international academic partnerships; and raising significant private dollars to fund a state-of-the-art poultry teaching and research farm. “His wealth of experience will be invaluable to UTIA as we continue to explore ways to enhance our public-private partnerships,” Cross wrote.

Haslam MBA Ranked 26th by Bloomberg Businessweek

For the second consecutive year, the Haslam College of Business has risen in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of business schools, landing at No. 26 among public universities.

The college ranked 54th among all business schools nationally in the publication, which uses employment data and surveys from 26,699 MBA students, alumni, and recruiters to compile its rankings.

“What’s particularly exciting about Haslam’s position in Bloomberg Businessweek this year is that the ranking methodology has changed and better reflects our focus on learning that is highly relevant to the workplace,” said Bruce Behn, the college’s associate dean for graduate and executive education. “This has long provided powerful networking opportunities for our students and alumni, as well as opportunities for significant growth in terms of salaries, career position, and job satisfaction.”

Interior Architecture Students Earn Awards to Attend National Convention

During summer 2018, four students in the School of Interior Architecture traveled to Chicago for the 50th annual NeoCon. The students, who were chosen for their exceptional design work completed in the college’s unique Crossville Studio, are Anaya Kabasu, Grace Ostdiek, Briana Willis and Makenna Wood. The studio was taught by professors Lisa Hoskins and Rana Abudayyeh.

Throughout the spring semester, students in the studio worked diligently to be recognized as some of the best in the class and to earn travel awards to attend NeoCon, a professional convention that brings together top trends and innovative ideas in the commercial design industry.

This opportunity is generously funded by Crossville, Inc., a partner in the Crossville Studio and a leading tile manufacturer based out of Crossville, Tenn.

Faculty Members to Participate in SEC Faculty Travel Program

Eleven faculty members from a variety of fields have been chosen to participate in the SEC Faculty Travel Program for the 2018–19 academic year. These participants will visit other SEC universities to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, and deliver lectures or performances.

By providing financial assistance and encouraging collaboration within the conference, this program, established in 2012, supports both economic development and the enhancement of education, research, and service at the SEC’s 14 member universities.

These are the participants who will visit other SEC universities.

Haslam College of Business Celebrates Award of UPS Smith Prize

The Haslam College of Business on October 10 celebrated its Master of Science in Business Analytics program’s receipt of the national 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize for an innovative curriculum.

Presented by INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, the award recognizes teaching in the context of a true business environment that prepares students to become effective business analytics practitioners.

Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis pointed out in his remarks that the Smith Prize was created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and higher education, and has also been awarded to MIT, Carnegie Mellon University and the United States Air Force Academy.

“We’re in pretty good company here, and it’s gratifying to see this program do so well and be recognized in its efforts,” Davis said. “In truth, our goal is not about winning awards. It’s actually about providing students with a top-tier education, and then having them go out into the workforce and marketplace to succeed at the very highest levels.”