On Christmas Eve 2018, graduate student Jason Stubblefield drove to an acquaintance’s farm and was handed a brown paper bag with a sheep hide inside. The hide—which remains vacuum packed in a freezer—is going to be critical to a research project he’s doing with fellow grad student Karen Norwood.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Karen Norwood and Jason Stubblefield
Recognitions, July 25
Peyton Manning Recognizes Four Exceptional Students
Peyton Manning returned to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to recognize the 2018 Peyton Manning Scholars. Since the endowment was created in 1998, 37 students have benefited from the scholarship.
“I always look forward to this event and the opportunity to recognize and reward such exceptional and deserving students,” said Manning. “I am very proud of the growth of this scholarship program and for the resources to help provide many of the same opportunities and chances that I had.”
The Peyton Manning scholarship is awarded annually to first-year students in UT’s Haslam Scholars Program, an initiative that attracts some of the brightest students from across the country. The scholarship is granted to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
The recipients this year include Ford Brewer, an English major from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee; Keri Burge, a biological sciences major from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Alabama; Kyler Groner, a political science major from Morristown-Hamblen High School in Morristown, Tennessee; and Deanna Riley, a chemical engineering major from Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Recognitions, June 13
Students Off to Russia, South Korea, Morocco on Critical Language Scholarships
Three students have been awarded scholarships to travel abroad to study languages that are imperative to the United States’ future security and stability.
The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Scholarship recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers.
Thirteen Students Named Congressional Interns for Summer and Fall 2018
Thirteen students have been named Congressional interns for summer and fall 2018. The Congressional Internship Program allows students to work with Tennessee’s legislators in Washington, DC.
The Center for Career Development administers the program selection and helps prepare students for the experience.
This summer marks the most students who have participated in the program in UT’s history.
These interns will work directly with members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation to enhance their understanding of public policy and governance procedures and their impact on our state. They will also learn about critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and leadership, and career management and professionalism.
Recognitions, March 21
Haslam Students Raise Over $17,000 for Clean Drinking Water
Procter & Gamble recently honored a group of Haslam of Business students for making an outsized impact on citizens’ lives in developing countries. The students organized and executed a walkathon on campus to raise more than $17,000 for Hands Across the Water, a clean water initiative. Hands Across the Water distributes water purification packets produced by Procter & Gamble that contain a powder to both disinfect and separate sediment from water.
Recognitions, January 24
Students Chosen as Normandy Scholars
Four students have been selected to participate in the Normandy Scholars program during the spring 2018 semester. Students in the program will study World War II in a wider context by examining how social, cultural, political and technological shifts affect how societies react to and commemorate past conflicts in their national histories. Only 15 students were accepted from the highly selective pool, including Sydney Bittinger, 3rd-year Architecture; Patrick Keogh, 3rd-year Interior Architecture; Autumn Ragland, 2nd-year Architecture; and Jonathan Winfiele, 3rd-year Architecture.
Katy Chiles Receives NEH Fellowship
Katy Chiles, associate professor of English and affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year to support her book project, Raced Collaboration in Antebellum America. The project is the first comprehensive study of the crucial role collaboration played in early African American and Native American literatures. Chiles’s focus of study is early American literature and critical race theory – a field that includes a commitment to social justice. In her book, she will investigate the ways African American and Native American writers collaborated to speak out about the injustices they experienced.
Bell to Serve as Acting Dean of CEHHS
Sherry Mee Bell, head of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is now acting dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her appointment was announced January 12 by Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick and took effect immediately. She is stepping in for Dean Bob Rider, who is on medical leave.