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Harjo Named US Poet Laureate

As the John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in the UT Department of English, Professor Joy Harjo encouraged her students to pay attention to the details of life in order to develop the craft to speak and write with knowledge, compassion, and fluency. In her new role as poet laureate of the United States, Harjo, who officially retires from the university in July, will help raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.

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Kathryn Cosgrove Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Tennessee senior Kathryn Cosgrove has been selected for the NCAA Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship, a $10,000 award given to just 13 female college graduates across all NCAA institutions.

A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a recipient of the Service Medallion for 350+ Community Service Hours, Cosgrove is set to graduate Magna Cum Laude in May with a GPA of 3.65 and a degree in therapeutic recreation and sports management. Now medically exempt from competition, she rowed for two seasons for Tennessee and was named to the All-Big 12 Rowing Team in 2017.

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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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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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