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Actress Dale Dickey Urges Grads to ‘Go Out and Make Your Story’


After leading them in a primal scream to settle nerves and release anxiety, Knoxville-born actress Dale Dickey on Friday urged UT’s newest graduates to “go out and make your story.” Dickey, who attended UT as a theatre major from 1979 to 1984, received an honorary Master of Fine Arts, the highest degree awarded in that discipline, during commencement ceremonies held Friday. It is the tenth honorary degree that UT has awarded. >> Video

Students’ Research to Potentially Become Cherokee Biographies for Children

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A group of UT students spent this fall delving into the lives of Cherokees who called East Tennessee home in the 1800s, before they were forcibly removed and relocated west of the Mississippi River. The students’ research and recovery of the lost stories of Cherokee people could be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books.

Transportation Expert Invited to Work With Railroad Think Tank

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Mingzhou Jin, director of the reliability and maintainability engineering program in the College of Engineering and who was recently named as a Center for Transportation Research fellow for 2015–16, has been invited to join On Track North America, a nonprofit think tank devoted to maximizing the potential of rail transportation within the continent.

Grad Determined to Help Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women in East Tennessee

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Their cries are soul-piercing. Their bodies writhe uncontrollably. Their addiction to drugs is passed on to them by their mothers. The disease is called neonatal abstinence syndrome, and physician and soon-to-be UT graduate Geogy Thomas is determined to help pregnant women in East Tennessee detox.

Regions Foundation Gift Buys Bloomberg Terminals for Haslam College of Business

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A recent gift from the Regions Foundation has allowed UT’s Haslam College of Business to purchase four additional Bloomberg terminals, a system that allows finance professionals to monitor and analyze real-time market data, and place trades. The additions mean the college will have the second highest number of terminals among its Southeastern Conference peers.