More than 3,800 students graduated from the university last week. Many of our graduates, speakers, honorees, and programs captured widespread media attention. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford spoke to graduates from the College of Communication and Information, former NPR anchor Ann Taylor spoke to graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, and financial guru Dave Ramsey spoke to graduates from the College of Business Administration. Read on for an overview of last week’s news.
UT architecture students are designing and building front and back entrances to the home of a Knoxville woman with medical needs. They expect to complete the project by Friday, May 16. The home of Barbara Beilke is the third project of UT’s Freedom by Design, a student service organization that is part of the American Institute of Architecture Students. The group’s goal is to use students’ architecture and design talents to improve the homes of people in their local community.
The university’s Task Force in Support of Student Veterans plans to distribute 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to faculty, staff, and students to wear the week before Memorial Day, May 19 through 24. Last year, the Task Force passed out 1,000 poppies, and had more than 500 additional requests. The Buddy Poppy movement was started by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization after World War I. It was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, which described the red poppies growing on a battle site where many soldiers were buried.
Five graduate students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The recipients are Caroline Bryson, Mallory Ladd, Derek Mull, Alix Ann Pfennigwerth, and Su’ad Amatullah Yoon. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and provides financial support for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
With more than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees from UT this spring, there are a lot of new Volunteer job-seekers on the market. UT’s Career Services said the outlook is increasingly positive. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to increase hiring of college graduates by around 7.6 percent over last year. NACE’s estimates are from a recent survey of 1,015 employers from across the country.
“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.
Earning a college degree is a time-consuming endeavor on its own, but Olaoluwapo Omoleke, a soldier in the US Army Reserve, managed to graduate with highest honors while deployed in Kuwait. Omoleke graduated last December with a bachelor’s degree in nursing through UT’s online RN-to-BSN program. He will walk in the College of Nursing’s commencement ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Graduate students interested in the public sector of aviation can apply for a shot at a $10,000 award thanks to a program sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and run by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The Graduate Research Awards in Public Sector Aviation Issues pairs up to ten winners with faculty mentors to help guide them on transportation projects related to public aviation.
Siblings Todd and Amy Skelton share both a passion for the law and a passion for running. This week, both are sprinting toward the graduate school finish line. Todd is graduating in the dual JD/MBA program with concentrations in transaction and finance; Amy is getting her law degree.