On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, blind from birth, led his co-workers from the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One with the help of his guide dog, Roselle, moments before it collapsed. Now a New York Times best-selling author, Hingson will share his story at a Knoxville breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30.
“Does Diversity Really Matter?” is the theme of this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Week, September 30 to October 3, hosted by the College of Communication and Information. The four-day event will feature panel discussions on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues.
Twenty students from China are learning about sports psychology and elite athletic performance in Knoxville this summer thanks to a partnership between UT and the Shanghai University of Sport. The group, composed of undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport, arrived at UT this month and will leave August 1. The English Language Institute
The College of Business Administration has named Tyvi Small director of its newly created Office of Diversity and Community Relations. “Under Tyvi’s leadership, the center will take a more expanded role in faculty and staff recruitment, work with the college’s development office and engage the broader business community,” said Tom Ladd, the college’s associate dean of research and technology.
On Monday, Rickey Hall began serving as the campus’s vice chancellor for diversity. He looks ahead to working with faculty, staff, students, and campus leaders, to build towards the campus’s Top 25 initiative and to getting to know the UT and Knoxville communities.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will headline the College of Communication and Information’s annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, in Knoxville. Rogero will deliver the keynote address and also will be presented with the 2013 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.
Support for legendary coach Pat Summitt has gone international. She will be honored at this Sunday’s Lady Vols basketball game with a special video message from her biggest fans in Iraq. The video is the trailer for We Back Pat in Iraq, a full-length documentary about Summitt’s impact on girls and women in the Middle Eastern country. UT partner Sport 4 Peace is producing the film. It is scheduled for release this spring.
UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.
The News Sentinel featured the Next Generation Sports Talent (NEST) program, which is training 19 South Korean athletes to become sports ambassadors. The athletes, ranging from Olympic gold medalists to world champions, are spending the next few months at UT. Read the story here.
Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.