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.
College of Education Health and Human Sciences News
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.
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—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.
Ten educators will be part of the 2013-14 cohort of the UT Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy, a collaborative venture between UT and Knox County Schools, prepares educators to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive fifteen-month fellowship program. The class will begin work on May 31. Thirty-one educators have gone through the program since its inception in 2010. Eight of those fellows are currently head principals in Knox County schools.
The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
Paul Campbell Erwin, professor and head of the Department of Public Health, considers John Snow’s cholera investigations one of the foundations of modern epidemiology. He will discuss Snow’s work at this Friday’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series during which professors and area scientists discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.
Retail, hospitality, and tourism management students will honor milk and ice cream business owner Scottie Mayfield during their annual fundraising banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Students will recognize Mayfield for his role in turning a family business into one of the nation’s favorite dairy brands.
Get to know David Cihak and Sarah Hillyer from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cihak works with UT’s FUTURE Program, an initiative that aims to give students with intellectual disabilities a college experience while also teaching them how to live and work independently. Hillyer directs UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, which is partnering with the US Department of State on an initiative to empower women and girls worldwide through sports.
East Tennessee students, educators, and community members interested in teaching children how to read effectively by adjusting to their learning styles are invited to a talk by renowned sociolinguist Bill Labov on Thursday, February 7. The 7:00 p.m. event will be in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. A question-and-answer session will follow Labov’s presentation.