College of Education Health and Human Sciences News

All in the Family: Grad Follows in Mother’s, Grandmother’s Footsteps

When Andrea Sams graduates today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her grandmother graduated in 1953 with a master’s degree in family relations and child development. Her mother earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1983.

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT

Meredith Schlandt thought having a college experience would never be possible for her until she came to UT. Through the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, she was able to audit nursing and public health courses and other classes of interest. Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a postsecondary certificate. They are the program’s first graduates.

Math, Science Teacher Preparation Program to Graduate First Class

Sarah Eakes majored in biology with the intent to attend pharmacy school. But during her junior year at UT, she decided to try out VolsTeach, a program that prepares math and science majors to be teachers. She apprenticed in a middle school classroom “and I loved it,” she said. “I was sold after that.” Eakes and seven other students will graduate this month as part of VolsTeach’s inaugural class.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

UT Expert Offers Parents Tips on Preparing Kids for TCAPs, Other Tests

As students across Tennessee prepare to take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAPs, parents may be looking for ways to reduce their children’s anxiety and help them to do their best. Steve McCallum, professor and head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, offers some tips for parents hoping to to instill successful test-taking habits in the days leading up to their children taking the assessments.

UT Honors Knox, Tipton County Educators for Excellence in Leadership

A Knox County administrator and a Tipton County principal are the latest recipients of awards that recognize outstanding education leaders in the state. Clifford Davis Jr., executive director of secondary education for Knox County Schools, and Margaret Barber Murdock, principal at Covington High School in Tipton County, were honored by the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Eight Educators to be Inducted into Educators Hall of Honor

Eight educators—including a grandmother, mother, and daughter from the same family—who have significantly influenced students’ lives will be honored Thursday, April 18, when they are inducted into the UT Educators Hall of Honor.