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Tyvi Small interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement. Small currently serves as executive director of talent management, diversity, and community relations in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

“Tyvi has been instrumental in recruiting, developing, and supporting student success since joining UT in 2007,” said Davis. “At Tyvi’s core is a passion to help students succeed. He has spent his entire career working with young people and inspiring them to be the best they can be.”

The new position will be focused on student success. Small will lead efforts to coordinate existing student success programs and diversity initiatives across the university that support students, including those from underrepresented communities, veterans, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Fall Dean’s List Now Posted

The fall 2018 dean’s list has been posted online.

To qualify for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must earn a term grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65 to 3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50 to 3.64 (cum laude). Students must complete at least 12 credit hours, not counting work taken on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, to be eligible.

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Three businesses owned by students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were awarded a total of $25,000 in the fall 2018 Boyd Venture Challenge. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business hosted the seed-fund grant competition.

Start-up companies Qardian Labs, Winter Innovations and Quantum Lock were selected from a group of six finalists. A panel of five judges determined the funding awards.

“We saw an extremely impressive group of companies pitch this semester,” said Tom Graves, operations director of the Anderson Center. “The compelling presentations and potential shown by all of the companies presented the judges with a significant challenge.”

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See the honorees in the class of 2018.

UTIA Announces New Dean for AgResearch

The University of Tennesee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch. Xin will begin his new role in May 2019, after the conclusion of the current academic year.

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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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