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has established a new endowed professorship in the College of Architecture and Design at UT.

The Robin Klehr Avia Professorship recognizes and awards excellence. This generous gift will be awarded to a current faculty member in any school in the college or used to recruit an exemplary faculty member, strengthening the college’s faculty recruitment and retention program.

“Robin’s passion is ensuring a legacy of success for the future of the college,” said Scott Poole, dean of the College of Architecture and Design. “Through her generous and long-term financial support and leadership, Robin has made a profound impact on our ability to attract the best students and recruit and retain exceptional faculty.”

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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.

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13 days in May exploring the history of World War II in England, France and Germany.

Normandy Scholars is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow undergraduate students from across the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to study World War II in a wider context.

While abroad, students visited memorials, museums, galleries, parks and cemeteries.  To read more about these students’ travels, check out their blog at normandy.utk.edu/catergory/normandy-scholars-2018.

Two Faculty Members Awarded Third Place for Renovation of Ireland’s Connolly’s of Leap

Two faculty members, Lisa Mullikin, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture, and Kevin Stevens, Lecturer in the School of Architecture, were recently awarded third place in an international design competition in Ireland.

The contest challenged designers to envision a renovation and extension of the famous Connolly’s of Leap, an Irish cult music venue located near the southern tip of Ireland. With three generations of owners, the venue is historic to the region and has championed live music since 1810.  For more than 200 years, the venue has made a name on the international music scene for hosting thousands of world-famous artists as well as cult music talent.

Mullikin and Stevens’s design, titled “Rooted|Rootless,” focuses the design of the music venue around a central tree, called the Mother Tree, which is known for supporting life and passing wisdom. The design includes a series of gardens and ramps to bring visitors from the existing waterfall, ravine and surrounding neighborhood. Complete with a full, floating, faceted canopy, their design aims to honor the relationship between the music, place and people who visit this iconic venue.

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Lawrence “Larry” Taylor, a faculty member who was founder and director of UT’s Planetary Geosciences Institute, passed away September 18. He was 79.

A prolific researcher, Taylor had a career at UT that spanned 46 years.

He was one of the geoscientists based at the Johnson Space Center during Apollo 17, NASA’s last manned mission to the moon, in December 1972. During that mission, he met astronaut Harrison H. “Jack” Schmitt. Their friendship played a critical role in the growth of UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in which Taylor was based. It was also instrumental in the forming of the Planetary Geosciences Institute, which has a long and well-established history of work for NASA and the National Science Foundation.

The electron probe laboratory in the new Strong Hall science building will bear Taylor’s name. His contributions funded the Larry Taylor Professorship in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Dawn, his children, Kelly Parra and Jeff Taylor, and their spouses and children.


Jonathan Harvey recently joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business as executive director of the leadership division in graduate and executive education. “I am excited to be joining the team at Haslam and contributing across our range of programs to both broaden and deepen the leadership impact of our programs,” Harvey said.

Two faculty members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business were recently appointed to professorships in the fields of marketing and banking. Stephanie Noble, professor in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management, received the Proffitt’s Professorship in Marketing. Eric Kelley, associate professor in the Department of Finance, was named to the Goodner Professorship in Banking.

Sam Adkisson, who graduated from the College of Architecture and Design in 2013, has secured a Gensler Post, became a registered architect, and was accepted to Harvard in four years, a stunning achievement for a new graduate.

Crossville, Inc. presented travel awards to four fourth-year students, Polly Ann Blackwell, Mary Morgan Smith, Susan Stewart and Andrianna Thompson, to fund their participation in the 49th annual NeoCon, a huge professional convention that showcases cutting-edge trends and ideas in the commercial design industry.