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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.