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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.

The College of Architecture and Design extends condolences to friends, family and alumni on the death of Professor William “Bill” Shell. Professor Shell passed away on June 12. Shell served the college for 41 years and taught thousands of students. He retired in 2010, and in commemoration of that event, the college reported, “Shell’s many gifts—his intelligence, his challenging coursework, his dedication to architectural education, his wealth of stories and his dry wit—will be greatly missed by students, faculty and alumni alike.”

A group of 24 students from the Haslam College of Business studied a wide range of management styles during mini-term in London, England, in May. Professors Russell Crook and Don Bruce led the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students on the trip, exposing the group to cultural differences in the business environment and the United Kingdom’s current economic transformation.

UT alumnus and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning awarded scholarships to four incoming freshmen: Emma Kate Hall of Lebanon, Tennessee; Grace Neiman of West Point, Nebraska; Sydney Peay of Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Blake Turpin of Knoxville. The Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment was established in 1998 and, including this year’s four recipients, 33 students have benefited from the scholarship. It is awarded to incoming students each year on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. All Peyton Manning Scholars are part of the Haslam Scholars Program, the university’s premier honors program.