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Recognitions, October 31

UT Boren Scholar’s Music Video Selected as Finalist for IES Film Festival

Film art for Philip Baites' "Tangier to Casablanca" with comments from jurors.

Film art for Philip Baites’ “Tangier to Casablanca” with comments from jurors.

While studying in Morocco, UT student Philip Baites wrote a song about his experiences, Tangier to Casablanca.” He then created a music video based on the song—a project that’s now one of three finalists in the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival 

The film festival received 96 submissions, which were narrowed down to three finalists by a panel of jurors. Entries are intended to capture the spirit of studying abroad, what it meant to the student, and how it redefined their world.   

Baites, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, attended Middle Tennessee State University before transferring to UT as a sophomore. He is now a senior majoring in French and world business with a minor in Arab studies.  

He received a prestigious Boren Scholarship to spend the 2017–18 academic year studying Arabic in Morocco, a location he chose after learning about the country’s mix of the French and Arabic languages.

Sport Partnership Named Diplomatic Action of 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been honored with an international award for its work using sport to inspire positive social change around the world.

At the annual Peace and Sport Awards, held October 18 in Rhodes, Greece, the center’s partnership with the US Department of State to implement the biannual Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) was named Diplomatic Action of the Year.

“What an unbelievable honor it is to be recognized by Peace and Sport,” said Sarah Hillyer, director of the CSPS. “We are so grateful for their leadership and contributions to an entire global community committed to using sport to build a more peaceful world.”

Composed Under Pressure, Haslam Sales Teams Deliver in Competition

For Maggie Yewel, an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, this fall’s sales competition at the Professional Sales Forum was not only a lot of fun, but also a key part of her education.

“Whether you win or lose, you gain experience that will benefit you down the road,” Yewel says.

Along with her partner, Hailey Rust, Yewel won first-place and is proud of the level of preparation her team brought to the table. “I think we prepared just the right amount and went into the room completely calm and ready for anything.”

Undergraduate Hailey Rust says future participants in the competition should practice with their teammates in advance.

“Know more than enough information about the companies the judges represent,” she says. “Make sure you and your partner are on the same page since it would look bad to say two different things.”

Both students said they won the competition not only because of preparation and collaboration with one another, but also with the help of their professors. Tom Van Dorselaer, executive director of the professional sales forum, and Daniel Flint, Regal Entertainment Group Professor of Marketing, provided mentorship.

Two Faculty Members Publish Research in Leading Academic Journals

Two faculty members in the School of Architecture published research on preservation and design in two international academic journals this fall.

Tricia Stuth, FAIA, and Ted Shelton, FAIA, coauthored an article in Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, and served as theme editors of the Journal of Architectural Education. 

In both publications, Stuth and Shelton discuss their research conducted as Affiliated Fellows at the American Academy in Rome in summer 2016.

Stuth and Shelton’s article in Change Over Time, “For Operative Preservation/ For Post-Operative Design,” explores the relationship between preservation and design and how the overlap of these disciplines could be beneficial to the future of the built environment. The article references “Before After,” a series of art installations by UT faculty Emily Bivens and Althea Murphy-Price, School of Art, and Brian Ambroziak, School of Architecture. The installations explored the in-between state of a building that Stuth and Shelton adapted for reuse.