Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.
A Clarksville, Tennessee, vineyard beat out wineries from fourteen states and won the Best of Show title at UT’s eleventh annual Wines of the South competition. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery took the main prize with its 2008 Syrah during the competition this month. Fifty wineries from across the Southeast entered the contest and submitted 392 wines.
The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) will be the featured speaker at UT’s PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center on Henley Street. Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, will deliver the Ackermann PR Keynote Lecture at the event.
Teaching children responsibility is key to helping them develop positive habits as they grow into dependable, mature adults. Some parents and teachers might find the task difficult. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers tips to parents and teachers as they work with children, especially those in elementary and middle school.
Tennesseans who are starting home-based baking businesses are getting some help from the UT Extension Online Learning system. More than 100 entrepreneurs across the state are earning certifications through a state-mandated food safety program.
Cindy Davis, associate professor in the College of Social Work, has been named a senior Fulbright specialist. She will spend a month leading lectures and workshops at two institutions in the Malaysian region of the Island of Borneo in the South China Sea.
Vern Granger, assistant dean of enrollment services and director of admissions since 2009, leaves UT Friday to become associate vice president and director of admissions and first year experience at The Ohio State University. A national search is under way for a new admissions director.
The campus’s Spring Cleanup is in its seventh week of tidying up around campus. The twelve-week campaign is an effort to declutter academic buildings by getting rid of surplus equipment, used furniture, trash, and recyclables. After six weeks, crews from Facilities Services have removed approximately 200 tons of surplus equipment and furniture from fourteen buildings.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will host the 2012 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 13-16. The conference will highlight how university and community partnerships can enrich student learning and increase faculty roles in the academic setting and in the community. Faculty members from all UT campuses are invited to submit proposals by Friday, June 15.
Otto Wheeley, 1943 alumnus and venture capitalist known for helping many East Tennessee entrepreneurs get their start, died Monday at age 90. He established the Venture Capital Center at UT to help support new local technologies, and was named the university’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005. The Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer are given annually to faculty members who excel in commercialization of university-based research.