The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free stroller tour on Monday, May 19. The 10:00-11:00 a.m. event will focus on dinosaurs and fossils. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a tour in the Geology of Tennessee gallery. The event is part of a monthly series of free stroller tours that allow parents and caregivers to interact with one another and museum staff without the worry of disturbing other visitors.
“This is the best time on the planet to be graduating.” That was the message personal money-management expert and national radio personality Dave Ramsey underscored in his message to UT graduates on Friday. Ramsey, who graduated from UT in 1982 with a major in finance and real estate, was the guest speaker at the College of Business Administration’s commencement ceremony.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase its temporary exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork on Saturday, May 17. The 1:30-4:30 p.m. event will take place in the museum lobby and the exhibit gallery.
Steve Thompson, assistant vice president with the UT Institute for Public Service, was recently elected vice president and president-elect of the Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations. Thompson was elected to the board position at the association’s annual conference at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Bob Kronick, a UT professor known for his work to bring health, community, and social services to youngsters and their families within their elementary school, is the first recipient of an inaugural faculty endowment award from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
Lisa Harmon aims to reduce the stigma many military service members associate with seeking help for psychological and mental health needs. A licensed clinical social worker at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Harmon also is a member of the inaugural graduating class of UT’s online Doctor of Social Work degree program.
When Katherine Waxstein graduates this week, she’ll leave behind some work for others to do. As part of a volunteer project, Waxstein developed a leadership program for elementary school students that’s been so successful it has been turned into a university course that will be taught in the fall. Waxstein has completed a double major in child and family studies and psychology.
When Denise Koessler receives her doctorate in computer science, it will mark the end of the long road—one that wasn’t always easily traveled. “There were times along the way where I didn’t have a peer in my classes,” said Koessler. “I was on the verge of leaving engineering. There just weren’t many other women.”
Two students will be the first to earn a new doctoral degree Thursday from the Energy Science and Engineering program founded by former governor Phil Bredesen in partnership with UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Two Human Resources employees helped to generate many little smiles last week through a random act of kindness. Shannon Bruce, Employee and Organizational Development, and Lindsey Raymer, Compensation, helped out with the Chancellor’s Spring Thank-You Lunch, which hosted 1,300 faculty and staff members last Tuesday. With help from their colleagues, they donated balloons from the lunch to the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.