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 Social Work News
Sherry Cummings had a big idea about how to help first-generation students be more successful at UT. Let first-generation faculty and staff members mentor them. Cummings, associate dean and chair of the Gerontology Certificate Program in the College of Social Work, said the idea grew out of her involvement with Higher Education Resource Services.
The number of Knoxville residents who are homeless for the first time decreased by 14 percent last year, according to a UT study released this week. Agencies serving the homeless, however, have seen a 4 percent increase in the number of active clients who receive services, according to the report prepared by members of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System. The system is housed in the College of Social Work.
The relationship between humans and animals—from pets to food—will be explored during the International Veterinary Social Work Summit April 11 through 13 at UT. All health and welfare professionals who treat humans or animals are invited to the summit. One session, featuring the two keynote speakers, Temple Grandin and Hal Herzog, will be free and open to the public. The College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Social Work are sponsoring the event.
Get to know Matthew Theriot and John Wodarski from the College of Social Work. Theriot teaches a variety of courses, from undergraduate social work classes to honors seminars about gender roles on TV to freshman seminars about maniacs and psycho killers. Wodarski’s research focuses largely on the wellbeing of children and adolescents, especially those at risk for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.
Charles Glisson, who established the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work, has been inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He is one of seventeen fellows nationwide selected to be part of the 2012 cohort.
Students from ten different countries will talk about the political, economic, and social issues affecting their nations at a conference aimed at bringing a global awareness to the UT campus. The conference will be held on November 17 at the Baker Center and is free and open to the public. The Ready for the World Committee and the College of Social Work are hosting the conference.
Cindy Davis, associate professor in the College of Social Work, has been named a senior Fulbright specialist. She will spend a month leading lectures and workshops at two institutions in the Malaysian region of the Island of Borneo in the South China Sea.
David Patterson, social work professor and director of the Knox Homeless Management Information System, partnered with the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition on a study about the ongoing challenges of homelessness in the area. The study, which was released this week, also highlights successes, including housing placement. Several local news outlet featured the efforts. Knoxville News Sentinel: Reports highlight ‘diversity’
UT Knoxville and the Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition will release a study Wednesday, May 9, about the ongoing challenges of homelessness in the area and highlight successes, including housing placement. The 2:00 p.m. event will be at the Bill Lyons Pavilion on Market Square, downtown Knoxville. Members of the coalition and the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System, housed in the College of Social Work, will present the findings.