Alumni News

From Undergrad to Grad, Student Leader John Keny Says Thanks

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John Keny worked with Chancellor Cheek as both an undergraduate, as the chief of staff for Student Government Association, and graduate student, as the Graduate Student Senate president. In a personal letter, Keny says he will always be thankful for the opportunities he had to work closely with Cheek.

Chancellor Cheek Announces Plans to Step Down, Transition to Faculty

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced Tuesday, June 21, that he will step down as chancellor and transition to a faculty position teaching higher education leadership sometime in the next academic year. President Joe DiPietro will begin the search for a new chancellor immediately with the goal of filling the job by spring semester 2017.

UT’s ‘Be a Hero’ Day Funds Seven Projects

UT’s second annual “Be a Hero” Day was a great success. Some 350 alumni and friends participated in the special day on April 27 to support student, faculty, and staff UT projects via VOLstarter, UT’s crowdfunding site.

Life Lessons: Mom is Teacher, in More Ways than One

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This week, leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re sharing the stories of some moms who work on our campus. Rachel Simmons, a UT grad who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing preschoolers in Georgia, remembers the wonderful—and sometimes awkward—experience of having her mom, Senior Lecturer Brenda Stephenson, as a teacher in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Just Like Your Mother: Wyatts Found their Niche in the College of Nursing

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This week, leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re sharing the stories of some moms who work on our campus. Nursing Professor and HITS Lab Co-Director Tami Wyatt grew up knowing she wanted to be a nurse. Her daughter, Rachael, was determined to be anything but a nurse—until she got to UT. Now Rachael, who graduated last year, is a NICU nurse in Chattanooga, and she says it makes her happy to know that people think she’s just like her mom.