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This year’s Critical Language Scholarship recipients will study Russian, Korean, and Arabic.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kristina Kravchenko is graduating with her bachelor’s degree at 17 years old. Records indicate she’s one of the youngest UT graduates ever, and is one of the two top graduates of the College of Animal Science and Natural Resources at UT.

Tom Winston is a 73 year old UT graduate who completed his law degree last week. He has “tried to retire at 59, 61, and 63 and failed miserably each time,” and decided to go to law school because he was “bored with retirement.”

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