The first doctor to admit AIDS patients to Tennessee hospitals will talk about his experiences as a physician, professor, and best-selling author when he delivers the fourth annual Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture at UT on September 25. Abraham Verghese has been senior associate chair and professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine since 2007.
Chancellor’s Honors Program News
Accomplished musicians. A student who knows five languages. Several students who have done significant community service work, including one who organized a 5K run to benefit Cambodia. These are a few of the credentials of the freshmen who will be the newest class of Haslam Scholars. The university’s premier, four-year scholarship program, the Haslam Scholars Program admits up to fifteen first-year students each year from the university-wide Chancellor’s Honors Program and supports them with the university’s most generous named scholarships.
Summer Awad, an anthropology student who just finished her freshman year, grew up hearing Arabic spoken at home but was never fluent in it herself. That may change this summer when she spends eight weeks in Nizwa, Oman, on a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Critical Language Scholarships give college students the opportunity to study abroad and take intensive courses in languages US student don’t often study—non-Western European languages that are crucial to US foreign relations.
Jessica Wilson will have a special distinction when she graduates this week: She’s the first student to complete the College of Nursing’s honors program. In the past, she said, “it’s been difficult for nursing students to graduate with honors.” The rigor of the nursing curriculum kept them from finishing their honors requirements. This year, Sadie Hutson, associate professor of nursing, launched an honors program within the college. To graduate with honors, students must complete eight honors nursing courses and maintain a GPA of 3.5.
UT alumnus Timothy Hulsey has been named associate provost and director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars programs. He will begin on July 1. He currently is the founding dean of the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hulsey will be responsible for recruiting honors students and faculty to work with them. Among other duties, he will work with academic departments and faculty members to offer honors sections in general education courses and provide research experiences for honors students.
Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, will be at UT on Thursday, November 1, to talk about the post-election future of health-care reform. The event is part of the Third Annual Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture Series. It begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium and will be preceded by a 5:00 p.m. reception. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
This fall, fifteen high school seniors will enter the university as the 2012 class of Haslam Scholars, the university’s premier, four-year scholarship program. The group includes the program’s first male scholar-athlete, swimmer Ben Miller, and Franco D’Aprile, the sibling of a current Haslam Scholar.