It’s been twenty years since Volunteers began serving others during spring break. A team of students and supervisors is heading back to Miami this weekend—where it all began—as well as to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, to continue the twenty-year tradition of Tennessee Volunteers volunteering during their spring break. Students from the colleges of law and nursing, and from the campus’s Habitat for Humanity chapter area also getting involved.
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US Navy Captain Teresa Kennard, a clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, was interviewed by multiple media outlets when she arrived home Friday from serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Faculty, staff, and family greeted her at the airport with a homecoming celebration. Kennard was in charge of the Warrior Recovery Center in Kandahar.
Two colleges at UT have partnered with Covenant Health to train today’s nursing leaders to navigate the fast-changing world of health care. The College of Nursing and College of Business Administration launched the new Covenant Nursing Leadership Series in January. Fifteen participants—ranging from unit managers to chief nursing officers—are engaging in an intensive eighteen-day leadership development series over the course of nine months.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Tami Wyatt’s big idea is called DocuCare. An assistant professor of nursing, Wyatt and her idea are helping build a better workforce of health professionals worldwide.
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.
The threat of terrorism continues to evolve in our changing world. Walter Purdy, director of the Terrorism Research Center in Washington, DC, will lead an interactive public presentation to explore terrorism in the 21st century. The talk will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the College of Law. Purdy will explore the changing face of global terrorism, terrorism and the media, terrorism and technology, and successes and challenges ahead.
Get to know associate professor Nan Gaylord and assistant professor Peggy Pierce from the College of Nursing. Gaylord is founder of the Vine School Health Center, a school-based health care clinic that serves students in Knox County who have limited access to health care. Pierce is leading a interdisciplinary team of students to learn using telehealth technology in the delivery of patient care at clinics around Knox County.
Worksite health and wellness opportunities have been shown to increase employee health and well-being. For this reason, UT is launching an employee health and wellness initiative. The first step in this initiative is to learn about employees’ health behaviors, risks, and interest in terms of health and wellness activities on and off campus. Faculty and staff will receive an email with a link to a survey on Wednesday, February 27.
Save the date for your health! The UT community can get plenty of good health information from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 3 in the in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Ballroom at UT’s health fair.
Why is it so difficult to reform our health care system? David Mirvis, adjunct professor of public health, has some insight. The professor, investigator, and analyst will speak on three occasions to the UT and broader community.