When death came knocking, all Makayla Claussen could think about was living long enough to earn her college degree. On Saturday, Claussen will achieve her goal. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Claussen’s steep climb to graduation and the drive she has demonstrated to get there will make Saturday’s ceremony cause for a Big Orange celebration.
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Melissa Farquharson grew up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. She says it was a tough place to be a girl with a lot of ambition. But driven by her love of sports, and fueled by her own tenacity and the help of some avid supporters, Farquharson found her way to UT and a better life. She will graduate Thursday, May 12, with her master’s degree in sport management and her parents, on their first trip to the United States, will be there to watch.
For Rachel Henriquez the journey to graduation hasn’t been a sprint; it’s been more like a waltz. Henriquez, who will receive her master’s degree in education at the Graduate Hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 12, has expressed her passion for dance in and out of the classroom. For the past two years, Henriquez has participated as a professional dancer in Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
The Leadership Academy has announced its next class for the 2016–17 academic year.
This week, leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re sharing the stories of some moms who work on our campus. Rachel Simmons, a UT grad who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing preschoolers in Georgia, remembers the wonderful—and sometimes awkward—experience of having her mom, Senior Lecturer Brenda Stephenson, as a teacher in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
Dean Bob Rider celebrated faculty and staff in the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences for their accomplishments and service Wednesday at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. The event was held in Hollingsworth Auditorium on the agricultural campus.
International bullying expert Dieter Wolke, a professor of developmental psychology and individual differences at the University of Warwick, in Coventry, England, will present “The Long Shadow Thrown by Bullying” at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Room 622 of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.
After eight years as Knox County Schools Superintendent, Jim McIntyre will join UT as director of the Center for Educational Leadership effective August 1.
Six educators will be inducted into the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ Educators Hall of Honor Class of 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
Agita Mundo! is an international movement to increase physical activity in adults and youth.