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Recognitions, September 18

Hackett Receives Honorary Chieftaincy in Nigeria

Rosalind I. J. Hackett, a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is starting the school year with two new titles.

In August, Hackett received an honorary chieftaincy in Nigeria, an honor that only more recently has been accorded to foreigners, especially women. During the chieftaincy ceremony, she was told the honor would come with blessings. Days after the event, she was named a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor.

“The timing was very meaningful to me,” said Hackett. “It comes at a time in my career when I was taking stock of all the research, teaching, mentoring, and conference planning I have conducted in Africa and beyond over the years. It’s a delight to get this recognition.”

Gillam’s Service to AIA TN Recognized

Craig Gillam, digital supervisor of the Fab Lab, was awarded a 2019 AIA Tennessee President’s Award for his years of support of the organization and its members. Using technology in the Fab Lab, Gillam has produced an original aluminum-block plaque for each member of AIA Tennessee who has earned licensure since 2015. When placed together, each year’s collection of plaques represents the flow of the Tennessee River and its dams, and each plaque has the new architect’s name. To produce them, Gillam uses the Haas vertical machining center and sandblaster, and to etch each architect’s name, he uses a ceramic marking spray and the laser cutter.