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The Occupational Therapy Department at UTHSC will award a posthumous degree to Rachel Kay Stevens, who died in 2015. In life, Rachel wanted to help children as an occupational therapist. After her death, her teachers and classmates are ensuring her wish is fulfilled with the establishment of the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center. The awarding of a posthumous degree is a rare occurrence.

Three students have been awarded scholarships to travel abroad to study critical languages that are imperative to the United States’ future security and stability. Katie Plank, a May graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology, will be studying Chinese in Dalian, China. John “Harrison” Akins, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science focusing on international relations, comparative politics, and public policy, will be studying Urdu in Lucknow, India. Jonathan Hubbard-Shaw, a senior in linguistics, will be studying Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia.

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  • Daniel Feller, professor of history and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, delivered the William T. Bulger Lecture in American Biography on “Andrew Jackson & Donald Trump: Outsiders Alike?” at Central Michigan University as part of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecture series. Feller and co-editors Thomas Coens and Laura-Eve Moss will receive the Thomas Jefferson Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume X, 1832. The Society awards the prize every other year for excellence in a documentary edition. This year’s ceremony will be held April 13 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
  • Sierra Plese, a senior in graphic design from Farragut, Tennessee, designed the cover of Athens of the New South, published by UT Press. The opportunity is the result of a new partnership between UT Press and the School of Art’s graphic design program.
  • Mary Morgan Smith, a third-year student in the School of Interior Design, and Mustapha Williams, a fourth-year student in the School of Architecture, won prestigious national scholarships and internships from Gensler, a billion-dollar design firm with 46 locations across the world.