UTM RSS Feedhttp://www.utm.edu/_imgs/154x154-UTM-Logo.jpgUTM RSS Feedhttp://www.utm.eduhttp://www.utm.eduThis is the RSS Feed for UTM Headlines.en-us<![CDATA[UT President Joe DiPietro named to SACSCOC board of trustees]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=299&month=10&day=23&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=299&month=10&day=23&year=2014Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin faculty member among three UT faculty named to serve on Gov. Haslam's K-12 standards review]]>KNOXVILLE – Three University of Tennessee faculty members have been appointed by the State Board of Education to serve Gov. Bill Haslam’s initiative to review Tennessee’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math.Stephanie Kolitsch, professor of mathematics and director of the West Tennessee STEM Center for Learning at UT Martin, has been appointed to serve on the Mathematics Standards Review and Development Committee and to the role of advisory team leader for the Mathematics Advisory Team for grades 9-12. Susan Groenke, associate professor of English education and director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at UT Knoxville, has been appointed to serve on the English Language Arts Standards Review and Development Committee and to the role of advisory team leader for the English Language Arts Advisory Team for grades 9-12.Jo Ann Cady, UT Knoxville associate professor of math education, has been appointed to serve on the Math Advisory Team for grades K-5.Haslam asked the State Board of Education to appoint two committees, the English Language Arts Standards Review and Development Committee and the Mathematics Standards Review and Development Committee, and three advisory teams for each of those committees.The advisory teams will review Tennessee’s current standards and gather input to make recommendations to the two committees, which will then propose possible changes to the State Board of Education.UT President Joe DiPietro commended the UT faculty selected for their willingness to contribute their time and expertise. “I’m proud that we have distinguished faculty selected to serve in these significant roles, and that through them, UT has an opportunity to contribute to ensuring quality public education in Tennessee,” DiPietro said. “Also, from the higher education perspective, it’s important to support implementation of rigorous standards for K-12 programs because they will better equip more high school graduates with needed skills and knowledge to be more successful in college and to complete their degrees more quickly.”UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes is pleased with Kolitsch’s selection and recognized her previous work in representing the university and mathematics education. “We’re proud to have Dr. Kolitsch involved in this important statewide work,” Rakes said. “She has represented the university well in other review efforts and will be a valuable resource person for Governor Haslam and Tennessee education.”The two standards review committees will each be made up of six Tennessee K-12 educators and two representatives from Tennessee higher education institutions for a total of 16 Tennessee professional educators. Haslam announced the process for public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and mathematics on Wednesday. The process will partner with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, UT Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=298&month=10&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=298&month=10&day=22&year=2014Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin to honor Smith, Horbelt and Dunn during Homecoming 2014]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — An accomplished television news anchor and reporter, a legendary basketball coach, and a former dean, college president and co-founder of the WestStar Leadership Program will be honored during Homecoming 2014 at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Oct. 24-26. WPSD Local 6’s Jennifer Horbelt, retired WNBA coach Lin Dunn and Dr. Bob Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, will be honored during the 2 p.m. Homecoming football game against Austin Peay State University, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. The individual awards are:•Jennifer Horbelt, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the recipient’s chosen profession (recipient must not be more than 40 years of age),•Lin Dunn, Outstanding Alumni Award, recognizing an alumnus or alumna for outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession,•Dr. Robert M. Smith, Chancellor’s Award for University Service, recognizing outstanding service to UT Martin. Horbelt, who was raised in Houston, Texas, and received her communications degree in 2007, is the co-anchor of WPSD Local 6’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Faulkner. She began her WPSD career while still a UT Martin student, working her way from intern, to reporter, to evening anchor, all while covering a wide range of stories. In 2011, she left Paducah to anchor and report in Colorado Springs, Colo., at NBC affiliate KOAA News 5. While there, she took part in covering multiple, massive wildfires, including the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, the Aurora Theater shooting, and the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl XLVIII appearance earlier this year. She also interviewed President Barack Obama during his 2012 campaign and Jimmy Fallon shortly before he became host of The Tonight Show. Horbelt returned to Paducah and her current position at WPSD earlier this year. Dunn, a Dresden, Tenn., native, received her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and English in 1969 from UT Martin and a master’s degree in 1970 from UT Knoxville. Regarded as a pioneer in women’s basketball history, her coaching career preceded passage of Title IX legislation in the 1970s and includes trips to the NCAA Final Four and WNBA finals. Her collegiate coaching career began at Austin Peay State University and later included head coaching positions at the University of Mississippi, Purdue University and Miami University. She left Purdue, Miami and Austin Peay as the winningest coach at each school. On the national level, Dunn served on the USA Basketball Team staffs for the 1992 Olympics and the 1990 gold medal-winning World Championship and Goodwill Game teams. She was head coach of the 1995 bronze medal-winning USA Jones Cup team and also served for eight years on the USA Basketball Team selection committee. Dunn’s first assignment in professional basketball began when she took over the coaching reigns of the American Basketball League’s Portland Power during its inaugural campaign in 1996-97. Her storied coaching career ended recently when she announced her retirement as head coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever where she won a championship in 2012. An Associated Press story that appeared on ESPN-W credits Dunn with 664 college and professional wins, which includes the WNBA postseason. Her 23 postseason WNBA wins place her third all-time in the league. The story also noted that her final 16 years of coaching were spent in the WNBA, and she was a head coach during the final 37 years of her career. She was named to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the UT Martin Athletics Hall of Fame, all in 2010. In 2012, she was named to the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame, and in June, she became a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.Smith holds degrees from Temple University, Ohio University and Wichita State University. He served for nine years as president of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania after serving three years as the university’s provost. Before his time at Slippery Rock, Smith was UT Martin dean of arts and sciences, during which time he was a co-founder of the university’s WestStar Leadership Program that is entering its 26th year. He had previously served as associate dean of the Wichita State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as associate dean and acting dean of the University College and Continuing Education, and chair of the Wichita State Department of Communications. Smith's work in enrollment management at UT Martin and Slippery Rock University led to double-digit increases in enrollment. Under his guidance, Slippery Rock University made rapid advancements, including a 22 percent increase in enrollment while improving its academic reputation, a 16 percent increase in retention and a 24 percent increase in graduation rates. During this period, the university received several awards for its innovative work in enrollment management, which earned Smith and his team speaking appearances at national conferences on all aspects of enrollment management. Smith was a facilitator for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ Presidential Seminars on Strategic Enrollment Management. He was selected as a "First-Year Student Advocate" by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and he received AACRAO's inaugural “Strategic Enrollment Management Leadership” award.He was an early adopter of performance metrics and performance funding. At Slippery Rock University, Smith led a cultural transformation that became a model for analytical data-driven decision-making that received commendation in 2012 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He co-chaired the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s revisions of performance funding that received praise from the Lumina Foundation, and he has been a frequent speaker and panelist on institutional performance, performance metrics and incentive funding models.Smith’s longtime work on strategic communication with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education led to two CASE awards for teaching excellence, including the organization’s prestigious Crystal Apple Award.###PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. Robert M. Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, WPSD Local 6’s Jennifer Horbelt, and retired WNBA coach Lin Dunn will be honored with Homecoming 2014 awards during the 2 p.m. football game against Austin Peay State University, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. (Lin Dunn photo courtesy of Mollie McClure, McClureImages.com.) ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=296&month=10&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=296&month=10&day=20&year=2014Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[World War I expert Dr. Vincent Sherry is next Academic Speaker, Oct. 24, Campbell Auditorium]]>MARTIN, Tenn. —Dr. Vincent Sherry, a World War I expert and English scholar, will present “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War” at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. “I personally know comparatively little about World War I, a war that started one hundred years ago this past June and seems to always be overshadowed by World War II,” said Dr. Lionel Crews, director of Honors Programs. “Therefore I am honored to have Dr. Sherry come to UT Martin to share his extensive knowledge with us.” Sherry is the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities and professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches and writes about modernist literatures in English. His books include “The Uncommon Tongue: The Poetry and Criticism of Geoffrey Hill” (1987), “The Radical Modernism of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis” (1993), “James Joyce: ULYSSES” (1995, 2nd ed. 2004), “The Great War and the Language of Modernism” (2003), and coming in November, “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence.” Sherry has edited the “Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War” and is editor of the forthcoming “Cambridge History of Modernism.” He is currently working on “A Literary History of the European War of 1914-1918.”The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/honors/ and select “Academic Speakers Program.”###PHOTO CAPTION – Vincent Sherry is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=297&month=10&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=297&month=10&day=20&year=2014Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Quad City's 10th year highlights 2014 Homecoming, Oct. 24-26, at UT Martin]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin’s quadrangle will transform Oct. 25 into the focal point for Homecoming 2014 as more than 80 tents and other gathering points welcome alumni, students and visitors to campus. Homecoming weekend begins Friday, Oct. 24, and ends Sunday, Oct. 26.Quad City celebrates its 10th year by offering food and family activities leading up to the UT Martin and Austin Peay State University football game that kicks off at 2 p.m. in Hardy M. Graham Stadium. This year’s Quad City features a laser tag dome measuring 120 feet across, along with student organization tents, food vendors and the Skyhawk Marching Band leading the football team’s Skyhawk Walk at 11 a.m. through Quad City. This year’s “Streaking Back to Martin” theme is featured at utmforever.com where complete Homecoming 2014 information is available.Scheduled events include: Monday, Oct. 20 •4 p.m. – Rope Pull, area by Pacer Pond Tuesday, Oct. 21 (Greek Day)•4 p.m. – Rope Pull, area by Pacer Pond•7 p.m. – Lip Sync, northwest corner, Kathleen and Tom Elam Center (rain plan, 8 p.m., Thursday, Elam Center)Wednesday, Oct. 22 (Organization Day)•4 p.m. – Rope Pull, area by Pacer PondThursday, Oct 23 (Faculty and Staff Day)•4 p.m. – Rope Pull, area by Pacer Pond•7 p.m. – PRSSA Womanless Revue, Watkins AuditoriumFriday, Oct 24 (Blue and Orange Day)•3:30 p.m. – Rope Pull Championships, area by Pacer Pond•6 p.m. – Skyhawk Volleyball vs. Belmont, Skyhawk Fieldhouse•7 p.m. – Pyramid and Pep Rally, Elam Center ($5 per person charge)•7 p.m. – University Choirs Dessert Evening, Fine Arts BuildingSaturday, Oct. 25•7:30 a.m. –Letterwinner’s Breakfast/Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions, Student Life Center•10:30 a.m. – Quad City opens•11 a.m. – Football Team Skyhawk Walk, Quad by Paul Meek Library•2 p.m. – Skyhawks vs. Austin Peay State University, Hardy M. Graham Stadium•5:30 p.m. – Black Alumni Reception, Duncan Ballroom, Boling University Center•7 p.m. – Young Alumni Reception, Stables Tap Room, Downtown Martin•7 p.m. – NPHC Step Show, Kathleen and Tom Elam Center•7 p.m. – University Choirs Dessert Evening, Fine Arts BuildingSunday, Oct. 26•10 a.m. – Walk in the Quad•10:30 a.m. – Homecoming Brunch, Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall, Boling University Center###PHOTO CAPTION – UT Martin Skyhawk fans are pictured at Graham Stadium earlier this season where fans will gather again 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, for the Homecoming 2014 football game with Austin Peay State University. Quad City celebrates its 10th year starting at 10:30 that morning by offering food and family activities leading up to kickoff. This year’s “Streaking Back to Martin” theme is featured at utmforever.com where complete Homecoming 2014 information is available. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=295&month=10&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=295&month=10&day=16&year=2014Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin receives $1.9 million grant from US Department of Education]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,972,725 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The grant was awarded through the Title III Strengthening Institutions program and represents the second such award that UT Martin has received in the past 10 years. Funding for the program begins this month and continues through September 2019. The university’s “Soaring Toward Success Project” will enhance students’ post-secondary success and improve productivity. Both goals align with two of the five UT System Strategic Plan goals of enhancing educational excellence and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. “Sponsored funding increasingly provides essential financial resources to campuses in the UT System as costs continue to increase and state appropriations continue to flatten or decrease,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This Title III program is especially helpful in that it enables us to think innovatively and to implement new initiatives without fear of undercutting resources from existing programs and services.” One of the grant’s intended outcomes is to create a “culture of evidence” that results in data-driven decision making on issues of resource allocation and student success. Other activities funded through the program will include developing a comprehensive, student-centered advising system, leadership development, and Faculty Teaching and Learning Communities, as well as the enhancement of the university’s veterinary science program. Program implementation objectives will benefit from collaboration between the divisions of academic and student affairs. Sociology professor Michelle Horton will serve as project director, and Dr. George Daniel, coordinator of student affairs program evaluation, will serve as project co-directors. “This grant will provide dollars to strengthen UT Martin’s infrastructure in terms of data-driven decision making in our academic programs,” Horton said. “As a faculty member, I also value the resources that will assist our advising process and those that will provide mentoring for our new faculty.” Horton said that current advising software is outdated for both student and faculty use. The software purchased through the grant will enable students to forecast multiple academic pathways to achieving their academic goals. Faculty advisers will see where students have gaps in meeting degree requirements and where they can pursue minors and other options. “UT Martin takes great pride in our teaching mission, and we anticipate that the impact of this funding will improve on that legacy of excellence in the classroom,” she added. Daniel will assist Horton in grant management and also coordinate the Student Leadership Challenge, an established and well-researched program, into the university’s current Peer Enabling Program. Student PEP leaders assist freshmen with the transition to college life through the university’s First-Year Initiative program. The funding will also help to expand the veterinary health technology option in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Capacity is currently 80 total students, but demand has run as high as 200 students applying to pursue the option. “UT Martin offers the only four-year public (veterinary health technology) program of its kind in Tennessee, and we have already met our enrollment capacity based on our existing facilities,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and UT Martin assistant professor of animal science, who also oversees the newly accredited option. “This grant will fund the expansion of our enrollment through necessary renovations to expand classrooms, laboratories, office space and companion animal kennels.” ###PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and assistant professor of animal science, is pictured in this file photo with former UT Martin students Jessica Phelps and Justin Hatler, both second-year students in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Funding from the recently awarded Title III Strengthening Institutions program grant will help to expand UT Martin’s veterinary health technology option in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=294&month=10&day=14&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=294&month=10&day=14&year=2014Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Young Writers Conference set for Nov. 14 at UT Martin]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/conference.php or by regular mail. For more information about the conference or to register, contact Glass in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at 731-881-7288, or by email at jglass@utm.edu.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=293&month=10&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=293&month=10&day=10&year=2014Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Final Fall Preview Day set for Nov. 15 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center]]>www.utm.edu/fallpreview. Additional information about Fall Preview Day is available by calling the Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by e-mailing admitme@utm.edu. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=290&month=10&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=290&month=10&day=09&year=2014Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin named among 'America's 100 Best College Buys' for ninth year]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. UT Martin is one of three public Tennessee higher education institutions listed.“Throughout the economic difficulties that America has experienced in the last decade, the University of Tennessee at Martin has continued to provide the high-quality educational opportunities and low costs that drive opportunity for students and fuel prosperity for the communities of Tennessee,” said Lewis Lindsey Jr., IRE president. To be considered for the designation “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees. The institution must also offer full residential facilities, including residence halls and dining services.Additionally, the institution must have had an entering freshman class in fall 2013 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen. Also, the out-of-state cost of attendance in 2014-15 for three quarters or two semesters must be below the national average cost of attendance or not exceed the national average cost by more than 10 percent. “UT Martin continues to earn and receive recognition for educational value,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “High-quality academic programs offered at a reasonable cost make UT Martin stand out in a competitive higher education marketplace.”The recognition follows two listings announced in recent months. In August, The Princeton Review named the university among the “Best in the Southeast” for 2015. The list is part of the company’s website feature “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” posted at PrincetonReview.com. UT Martin has been included in this listing for 12 consecutive years. Then in September, UT Martin continued in the top tier for southern master’s level universities in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The university was also ranked for the first time among southern regional institutions in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.###PHOTO CAPTION: UT Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. The university is one of three public Tennessee higher education institutions listed. Students are pictured in front of the University Village Apartments. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=292&month=10&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=292&month=10&day=09&year=2014Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Pre-Med Scholars Program recognizes students and physicians]]>MARTIN, Tenn., Oct. 7, 2014 – PRE-MED SCHOLARS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES STUDENTS AND PHYSICIANS – Students and other participants in the UT Martin Pre-Med Scholars Program were recognized at a reception Sept. 27 at the university’s Dunagan Alumni Center. The two-year program includes a series of shadowing opportunities, a subject-specific Medical College Admissions Test review and a test-prep course at the conclusion of the program. Now in its second year, the program involves area physicians and Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin. Pictured at the reception were back row: Dinah Batchelor, a sophomore from Martin; Dr. Richard Helgeson, dean, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences; Renate Meckl, a sophomore from Oconomowoc, Wis.; Joshua Diltz, a sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M.; Saumil Patel, a senior from Martin; Dr. Nikhil Patel, physician; Dr. Jack Grubaugh, chair, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Walter Fletcher, physician; Dr. David Jones, physician; Mikaela Hardy, a sophomore from South Fulton; Austin Hazlewood, a sophomore from Martin; Ben Reeves, a junior from Knoxville; Ashley Mendez, a senior from Memphis; Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor; and Kristina Pitz, health sciences pre-professional program coordinator. Pictured seated on the front row were: Breanna Martin, a sophomore from Gleason; Danielle Davolt, a junior from Dyersburg; Alli McClure, a junior from Huntingdon; and Amber Thompson, a senior from Arlington.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=288&month=10&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=288&month=10&day=07&year=2014Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Non-land-grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities meeting through Oct. 8 at UT Martin]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=289&month=10&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=289&month=10&day=07&year=2014Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Academic speaker Dr. Eric Harris to discuss electronics recycling on Oct. 9]]> MARTIN, Tenn. —Dr. Eric Harris will discuss “The Rise of Electronics Recycling in the U.S. – the business, the politics, and key challenges for a maturing market” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, as the first presenter in the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Watkins Auditorium, located in the Boling University Center. The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. “The issue of recycling is one that may seem relatively simple to many people,” said Dr. Lionel Crews, Honors Programs director. “However, there are many issues surrounding the topic, such as the politics involved and the constantly growing need for high-tech electronics that are relatively unknown but yet still important to our future.“Honors Programs is pleased to have Dr. Harris visit UT Martin to give us an insider’s view.”Harris is the associate counsel and director of government and international affairs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. He develops and advocates recycling policy for international, federal and state levels of government. Harris received his law degree from the University of Montana and his master of laws in international environmental law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is considered the “voice of the recycling industry.” ISIR represents more than 1,700 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/honors/ and select “Academic Speakers Program.”###PHOTO CAPTION – Eric Harris is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=287&month=10&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=287&month=10&day=06&year=2014Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT President Joe DiPietro presents vision for next four years]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=286&month=10&day=03&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=286&month=10&day=03&year=2014Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Board of Trustees holds fall meeting Oct. 2-3 in Knoxville]]>http://www.tennessee.edu/. Agenda items include:•Governor’s remarks•President’s report•Chancellor Cheek’s report on the Top 25 initiative•Comprehensive presidential performance review•Report of the Audit Committee•Adoption of honorary resolutions•UT Knoxville naming•Ratification of the Vice Chair’s appointments to standing committees and the UT Martin athletics board•Resolution on integrity in research•Real property transactions•Policy on process for submitting legislative proposals and funding requests to the General Assembly•FY15-16 operating budget appropriations request for non-formula units•FY15-16 capital outlay and capital maintenance projects•FY15-16 revenue/institutionally funded projects•FY14 annual flight operations report•Grant of tenure to six UT Knoxville faculty members under expedited procedures•Grant of tenure to an Institute of Agriculture faculty member under expedited procedures•Annual report to the General Assembly•UT Knoxville transfer admission policy Various board committees will meet both days. All meetings will be held in Hollingsworth Auditorium. Here is a schedule of their meetings: Thursday, Oct. 2•1:15 p.m. – Trusteeship Committee•1:45 p.m. – Research, Outreach, and Economic Development Committee•3:30 p.m. – Finance and Administration Committee Friday, Oct. 3•8:30 a.m. – Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee•10:15 a.m. – Advancement and Public Affairs Committee•1:15 p.m. – Full Board The meeting's full agenda and materials will be posted at http://bot.tennessee.edu/. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=284&month=10&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=284&month=10&day=01&year=2014Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[High schools invited to enter teams in the 2014 Science Bowl on Nov. 8 at UT Martin]]>http://www.utm.edu/staff/skairee/saacs/scibowlrules.html, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at http://www.utm.edu/staff/skairee/scibowl/. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=285&month=10&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=285&month=10&day=01&year=2014Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[High schools invited to enter teams in the 2014 Science Bowl at UT Martin]]>http://www.utm.edu/staff/skairee/saacs/scibowlrules.html, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at http://www.utm.edu/staff/skairee/scibowl/. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=291&month=10&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=291&month=10&day=01&year=2014Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin to hold first of two Fall Preview Days on Saturday, Oct. 4]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — The first of two Fall Preview Days at the University of Tennessee at Martin will be held this Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Boling University Center. Check-in starts at 9 a.m., followed by a welcome and information session, an academic fair at 10:30 and campus tours from 11:30 to 1 p.m.Current high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend with family members, but all students with an interest in UT Martin are welcome. Registration is online at www.utm.edu by selecting “Register for Fall Preview Day” under the “Discover” menu. The second and final Fall Preview Day will be held Nov. 15 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Additional information about Fall Preview Days is available by calling the Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.###PHOTO CAPTION – (l to r) UT Martin students Corey Smith, of Decaturville, Alyx Burrus, of Camden, Laney Hixson, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Grant Saum, of Ramer, are shown in front of the university’s Hall-Moody Administration Building. A tour of the UT Martin main campus is part of Fall Preview Day activities this Saturday, Oct. 4, along with opportunities to meet university faculty members and students. Current high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend with family members, but all students with an interest in UT Martin are welcome. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=283&month=09&day=30&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=283&month=09&day=30&year=2014Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Physics faculty member to present Phi Kappa Phi lecture Oct. 7 at UT Martin]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Dr. Lionel Crews, associate professor of physics and director of Honors Programs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, will present the faculty lecture at the Phi Kappa Phi Fall Recognition Ceremony, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Watkins Auditorium, located in the Boling University Center. His talk is titled “Where Are We Going and Where We Have Been.” The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. UT Martin’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 127 was founded in 1971. PKP honors students, faculty and staff who have reached high levels of academic success. The organization is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. This event honors freshmen and sophomores who excel academically, and students will be recognized before peers, guests and PKP members. Crews holds three degrees from Vanderbilt University and came to UT Martin in 2000. He was appointed Honors Programs director in 2011 and mentors five University Scholar projects ranging from astronomy research to a science fiction novel. Crews is also associate curator at the Pink Palace Museum system in Memphis and is the science committee chair for Discovery Park of America in Union City. He has participated in several grant programs with middle school teachers to improve middle school science education. He is currently faculty adviser to the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers Association. More information about UT Martin’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 127 is available on the Web at http://www.utm.edu/departments/pkp/.###PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. Lionel Crews is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=282&month=09&day=27&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=282&month=09&day=27&year=2014Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin sets Fall Preview Days for Oct. 4 and Nov. 15]]>www.utm.edu and select “Register for Fall Preview Day” under the “Discover” menu. Additional information is also available by calling the Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=279&month=09&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=279&month=09&day=22&year=2014Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources honored for 75 years of monitoring the weather]]>MARTIN, Tenn., Sept. 22, 2014 – 75 YEARS OF MONITORING THE WEATHER – The UT Martin Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources was recently recognized for 75 years of service to the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program. Program volunteers take daily weather observations and send these observations to the National Weather Service and the National Climate Data Center. The Coop site is also the official climate site for Martin. Coop representatives were on campus Sept. 18 when they spoke to a synoptic meteorology class and later presented a plaque recognizing the 75 years of service. Pictured are Dr. Chris Karmosky, assistant professor of meteorology; Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, chair, Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources; Dr. Todd Winters, dean, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; Jim Belles, meteorologist-in-charge, Memphis National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office; Dr. Mark Simpson, professor of geography; and Zwemer Ingram, data acquisition program manager, Memphis National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. Not pictured is Zach Maye, meteorological intern with the Memphis forecast office, who spoke to the UT Martin class about El Nino and the Southern Oscillation and also provided the current forecast for the upcoming winter season. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=280&month=09&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=280&month=09&day=22&year=2014Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Dr. David Coffey presents "More Than Volunteers: Tennessee and the War of 1812"]]>MARTIN, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2014 – TENNESSEE AND THE WAR OF 1812 – UT Martin history professor David Coffey (pictured) presented “More Than Volunteers: Tennessee and the War of 1812” on Sept. 18 in the J. Houston Gordon Museum’s reading room located at the university’s Paul Meek Library. Coffey explained the reasons for the war and its significance at the time for Tennessee. He also discussed how the war helped to position Andrew Jackson as a national political figure. The Tennessee State Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812,” is on view through Oct. 31 in the museum.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=277&month=09&day=19&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=277&month=09&day=19&year=2014Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Executive Vice President David Millhorn highlights partnerships at rural business symposium]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Partnerships are important to Dr. David Millhorn. The University of Tennessee executive vice president highlighted key partnerships that are promoting economic development in Tennessee as keynote speaker for the “Innovating for Profit: Building Rural Businesses from the Ground Up” symposium held Wednesday in UT Martin’s Boling University Center. The UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, The Mid-South School of Advanced Agricultural Lending, the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking and the Gill Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture, both at UT Martin, and the NextFarm Agricultural Innovation Accelerator, sponsored the symposium. In addition to Millhorn’s presentation, the symposium also featured a panel discussion of regional agriculture-based business leaders speaking on building businesses from the ground up. Participating in the panel were Jimmy Tosh of Tosh Farms, Kelley Powers of Final Flight and Powers Farms, Chuck Doss of INCO Irrigation Systems, M.J. Anderson of The Andersons, Inc., and Neil Mylet of LoadOut Technologies. Millhorn, who also serves as president of the UT Research Foundation, began his comments by noting UT’s three-part mission to educate, discover and connect, saying the university is expected to do all three very well “in addition to running a first-class sports program,” which drew some audience laughter. “So it’s a very complex organization, much more complex I would think than running a Fortune 500 company. … ” The university includes campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, and the Space Institute at Tullahoma. UT also includes two statewide institutes – the Institute of Agriculture and the Institute for Public Service. Those associated with UT include approximately 50,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students statewide, 12,000 employees statewide, including about 4,000 faculty, and an annual budget that exceeds $2 billion. “Probably, your lawyer, your doctor, your dentist are UT graduates,” he said. “Most importantly, we’re fully committed to the people of the state of Tennessee. …” Millhorn added. “We want to be engaged with you and make sure that we’re doing the best we can. “And we fully believe in partnerships. If you look at the university right now versus what it was 10, 12, 15 years ago, I would say the biggest difference are our partnerships. We have really tremendous partners because we can’t do it all. We need partners.”Some of those partners include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy, DuPont in UT’s biofuels research efforts, and the state of Tennessee in biofuels and the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County. He also included the UT Research Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization that manages the university’s intellectual property, technology transfer and small startup companies being developed by the university. UT’s partnerships and investments for Tennessee take on added significance in the state’s changing budget climate. He described the university’s budget in thirds: state appropriations, tuition, and grants and contracts. State appropriations and tuition are unrestricted and can be spent in different ways. Grants and contracts are restricted for specific uses and include overhead. “But, as we grow, the budget has to grow, and we’re in a situation where the state appropriations (are) not going to grow … so we have to become innovators,” he said. “We have to ourselves bring in money.” Faculty members who pursue grant money bring in a large portion of restricted funds, he said. Speaking to partnerships, “Our biggest partner and one that we have used to grow our research portfolio the most is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.” In 2000, UT became laboratory manager for the DOE and sets annual goals and objectives for the lab. If those are met, the university receives a management fee. The lab brings in money through research grants and contracts, not appropriations. The workforce includes 900-1,000 Ph.Ds, several hundred students and an annual budget of $1.4 billion that has to be renewed each year through competition. Millhorn noted that UT’s research program is small compared to other universities, so he has to leverage opportunities to grow the program, such as making joint appointments; there are more than 170 faculty members appointed to both UT and ORNL. Last year, these faculty members brought in more than $40 million in grants. The university doesn’t have to pay these joint appointments but benefits from the grant money that enhances UT research. “And I can tell you that having that lab next to us gives us a opportunity that very few universities have.”Four UT buildings have been built at ORNL that house “joint institutes” in computer science, biological science and neutron science. He noted that UT campuses are the “biggest origin of our intellectual property” and added, “Our intellectual property portfolio continues to grow and grow with not only quantity but quality as well.”Among other partnerships, Millhorn highlighted what he described as a “game changer” in the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus in Knoxville, which is devoted to private sector partnerships. All roads and utilities are complete, and construction on the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials has begun. Fifteen 150,000-square-foot buildings each will be built out over the next 10 years. “It (Cherokee Farm) will change the perception of the University of Tennessee by people that come and visit with us.”The UT Research Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) corporation for which Millhorn has served as president since January 2014. “Its major responsibility is to handle, protect our intellectual property, to transfer that intellectual property into value and to market that and look for people to license the intellectual property,” he said. “Or, in certain circumstances, we’ll start our own companies.” The UTRF has offices in Memphis and Knoxville, with the Memphis office responsible for the Martin campus. In 2009, the UTRF was creating about 80 intellectual property discovery disclosures annually. “The last three years, we’ve doubled that,” he said, adding, “It’s a way we can create new revenue streams into the university.” The UTRF has also generated 87 patent applications and a business incubator full of small companies. “We’re here to serve you. We’re here to serve others and to make this really work.”One of the companies created by the UTRF is Genera Energy in Vonore, a company that is now totally private. The company was created with a large state of Tennessee grant, but DuPont soon became a partner in a program to produce fuel from biomass. “We solved the technical problems of taking switchgrass, extracting the sugars, and converting those sugars into ethanol,” Millhorn said. “We can do that now rather efficiently. In fact, our whole university flex-fuel fleet runs on ethanol that we make.” The first bio-refinery that uses cellulose is being completed in Iowa and will use technology developed in Vonore. “DuPont has moved 75 of their scientists there from Wilmington (Delaware). They are committed for the long run as are we.” He added, “Anything you can do with a barrel of crude oil, we can do with biomass. Anything.” He sees this technology bringing economic development opportunities to rural Tennessee communities. Genera Energy has also spun off a company called TennEra, which uses the same biomass but not to produce fuel. Plastic bottles and paper are two products in development, and with a patent recently filed on the paper-production process, the potential exists to someday generate millions of dollars from producing these products. “You know, there are some universities out there that generate $50 to $100 million off their IP (intellectual property). That’s a lot of money. We can do it. … And we’ll provide, I think, the state with revenue that will be extremely important.”He also talked about the solar farm that was completed two years ago in Haywood County. Then Gov. Phil Bredesen wanted the farm built along the interstate so that people would see it, and an agreement is in place for TVA to purchase the power produced. A combination welcome-and-information center is being built at the site to show how solar energy is produced that will include an interactive play station for school groups to use. “So what makes UT different from any other college in this state?” Millhorn asked the audience. “One is our mission. Our mission is towards the people. Two is graduate education. We graduate more people with advance degrees than anyone else, and this is an area that we’ve got to make even better.” “The university is in fine shape. It’s doing really well. I think that the future is bright,” he added. “I think that it’s important that we have first-class partners and we be a first-class partner to the state.” ###PHOTO CAPTION – Dr. David Millhorn, University of Tennessee executive vice president and president of the UT Research Foundation, was keynote speaker for the “Innovating for Profit: Building Rural Businesses from the Ground Up” symposium held Wednesday, Sept. 17, in UT Martin’s Boling University Center. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=276&month=09&day=18&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=276&month=09&day=18&year=2014Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Fall festival set for Sept. 29 at UT Martin Jackson Center]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — A fall festival is set for 4-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, at the UT Martin Jackson Center. The event is free and open to all ages.Activities include:•Donnell Century Farms activities for the entire family (Free Cow Barrel Rides, Pumpkin Chunkin)•Free blood pressure checks by the Oil Well Road location of Walgreens• High school band drumline performances and judging from 4-6 p.m. • Liberty High School Artists: Free face Painting• Free Fall Photo Pictures•A 6 p.m. performance by the UT Martin Roots of Rhythm percussionists•UT Martin advisors available to discuss degree options and plans •Barbecue sales by West Alley BBQ; 15 percent of sales go to the American Cancer Society• Senator Lowe Finney and Wife Tiffany will attend with Pour Me Some Juice with other local businesses •Free Lego NXT Mindstorm Robotics Class from 6-7pm for ages 5-13; preregistration required•5K and 1-mile fun run beginning at 6 p.m.; preregister for $15 at makingstrides.acsevents.org, team "UT Martin Jackson Center"•Exciting prizes for Fun Run, Pumpkin Chunkin and drumline provided by local businesses including Rock N' Dough Pizza, PM Music, Coyote Blues, Woodmen of the World, Green Valley Nursery and Brandy Kemp PhotographyThe UT Martin Jackson Center is located at 3031 U.S. Highway 45 Bypass. For information, -contact the center, 731-425-9277. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=281&month=09&day=18&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=281&month=09&day=18&year=2014Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin fall enrollment tops 7,000; freshman class has record average ACT score]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=275&month=09&day=17&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=275&month=09&day=17&year=2014Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin Phi Kappa Phi chapter receives top award]]>MARTIN, Tenn. —The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Tennessee at Martin has been named a 2013-14 Chapter of Excellence, the highest chapter award recognized by the National Honor Society. Chapter awards were presented at the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis.Only 27 chapters out of more than 300 across the United States earned this honor. A chapter must meet high standards set by the association in areas such as officer training, awards, campus events, service projects, membership, publicity, communications and grant applications to become a Chapter of Excellence.Dr. Chris Hill, chapter secretary and associate professor of English, accepted the award at the convention. Dr. Elaine Harriss, professor of music, was chapter president for 2013-14, and Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, professor of mathematics, is chapter president for 2014-15. The UT Martin chapter was founded in 1971 and is the society’s 127th chapter. To foster outstanding scholarship, the chapter annually sponsors two faculty lectures, honors outstanding freshmen and sophomores with certificates of recognition, and presents a Phi Kappa Phi scholarship award to the top senior. The chapter also nominates one student for a national Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. ###PHOTO CAPTION – UT Martin’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence at the 2014 Convention of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Chapter awards were presented at the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis. Pictured are (l to r) Dr. Elaine Harriss, 2013-14 president, Dr. Chris Hill, 2013-2015 secretary, and Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, 2014-15 president. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=274&month=09&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=274&month=09&day=16&year=2014Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin history professor to explore role of Tennesseans in War of 1812]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=273&month=09&day=13&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=273&month=09&day=13&year=2014Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Dr. James Butler receives highest National FFA Organization award]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The National FFA Organization has named Dr. James Butler, agricultural education professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin, a National VIP. The honor is the highest in the organization and recognizes Butler’s significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to create a positive difference in the lives of students by developing leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. “The VIP citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” said the National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong in a news release. “Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and industries.”Butler has a 25-year association with the National FFA Organization. During this time, he has served as a national proficiency judge and a national career development event judge. For the past 12 years, he has served as the co-coordinator for the national meats evaluation and technology career development event.He has received the honorary state FFA degree and the Tennessee VIP Association VIP award. Butler has also served as a member of the career and technical education state staff in Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee FFA Board of Directors and technical education state staff in Tennessee. Butler is the collegiate FFA board advisor and coordinates regional and state FFA career development events in livestock, equine and vet science. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to almost 580,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=272&month=09&day=12&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=272&month=09&day=12&year=2014Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Newly upgraded Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall officially unveiled]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — New surroundings, expanded choices and cool places to spend time. All were officially unveiled Thursday as the University of Tennessee at Martin celebrated the grand re-opening of two widely used areas on the main campus. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony in the Boling University Center showcased the newly upgraded Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall. Barnes & Noble committed $350,000 to the bookstore’s relocation to the university center’s first floor, while Sodexo made a $3.25 million investment in the dining services area.John Abel, Boling University Center interim director, emceed the program leading up to a ribbon cutting that was held on the first-floor hallway entrance leading to both the bookstore and dining services. “Both (projects) have been a long time coming,” Abel said, who welcomed the crowd that included Barnes & Noble and Sodexo representatives. Abel said that both projects involved student input throughout and were completed almost simultaneously in eight months. SGA President John Domanski, of Dickson, described the changes as “something that we have needed.” He added, “I think it’s safe to say that everyone I’ve talked to likes the new areas.” The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore began moving spring semester from its longtime second-floor location in the Boling University Center. With the move, the bookstore increased the amount of merchandise and textbooks, but appearances are deceiving as the new space is similar in size to the former location. “The floor space is actually not a huge difference in square footage,” said bookstore manager Steven Sanchez in an earlier interview. “The difference comes from the layout. Upstairs the store was long and straight. “Now we have a better layout with a better experience for everyone. We also can handle crowds for our back-to-school times a lot better now, too.” Sanchez is especially pleased with the bookstore’s new combination study and leisure area called The POD, which is located in the store’s book sales area. “Students can come in and watch TV between classes,” Sanchez said. “We have a table and chairs for people to work on schoolwork with a dry erase board behind it. We also have charging stations for anyone to come charge their phones, tablets, computers – whatever they might need.” “I like it (the new bookstore) a lot,” said Matthew Morgan, a freshman engineering major from Clinton, Ky. “I mean it’s all wide open, and you can easily find stuff.” He also likes the textbooks located separately from other merchandise. Bailee Barrett, a freshman chemistry major from Smyrna, has shopped the old and new bookstore. “It’s awesome,” she said of the new location. “It’s a lot bigger, and there’s a lot more … selection of items for class and for apparel.” Across the hall from the bookstore is the renovated dining hall and new coffee shop, The Hanger, which serves Starbucks Coffee. The Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall has a larger seating capacity and new dining options, including the 360 Degrees grill, Magellan international food option and an Italian food choice called Bella Trattoria. Staple dining options include the salad bar, now called Fresh From the Fields, the hot plate option called Daily Dish, the Basic Kneads sandwich station, and the Ignite Grill. Desserts can be found near each food station, and soda fountains are in three different locations. Jesse Koweleski, UT Martin Sodexo Dining Services promotions coordinator, is a senior communications major from McEwen. Koweleski, who has earned two years of professional experience working with Sodexo, has seen the area’s transformation firsthand. Work on the dining hall began the day after May graduation, and meals were served starting in mid-August when athletes returned to campus, he said. “Pretty much if you look at it, every single thing from the spoon, the fork, the knife, the plate, is brand new. All of the equipment, brand new. Everything is new,” Koweleski said in an earlier interview. As for reaction to the changes, “It’s almost been a complete shock. … All the reactions of the students, some of the faculty as well, and then even some community members, they absolutely love it.” The dining hall is open to the public, and brunch is served on the first Sunday of each month. “I like it,” said Morgan Threadgill, a freshman nursing major from Lexington. “I mean there’s a lot of choices, and it (the food) doesn’t get old, because there’s so many different choices.”Heath Simpson, a senior agriculture major from Somerville has experienced both the former and newly remodeled dining hall. He admits to being a bit surprised when he first saw the changes.“Well I know my first reaction when I walked in here from coming back from summer was kind of like, ‘Whoa, where is everything?’ But after you walk around and figure stuff out it’s kind of nice,” Simpson said. ###PHOTO CAPTION – A 10:30 a.m. ceremony Thursday, Sept. 11, in UT Martin’s Boling University Center, showcased the newly upgraded Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall. Ready to cut ribbon following the ceremony were (l to r) John Abel, Boling University Center interim director; Steven Sanchez, Barnes & Noble College Bookstore manager; John Domanski, UT Martin SGA president; Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor; and Benjamin Long, UT Martin Sodexo Dining Services general manager. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=271&month=09&day=11&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=271&month=09&day=11&year=2014Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Grand Re-Opening set Thursday, Sept. 11, for newly remodeled UT Martin dining hall and bookstore]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin will celebrate the grand re-opening Thursday of two widely used areas on the main campus. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will officially recognize the newly upgraded Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall. The ceremony will take place in the first-floor lobby between the dining hall and bookstore. The university community and public are invited to attend. Beginning during the spring 2014 semester, the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore began moving from its longtime second-floor location in the Boling University Center. Now on the first floor, the bookstore has expanded and increased the amount of merchandise and textbooks. New to the store is a study area called the POD. More about the bookstore is available at http://utm.bncollege.com/. Across the hall from the bookstore is the newly renovated dining hall and brand new coffee shop, The Hanger, which serves Starbucks Coffee. The Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall has a larger seating capacity and new dining options that include the 360 Degrees grill, Magellan international food option and an Italian food option, Bella Trattoria. Staple dining options include the salad bar, now called Fresh From the Fields, the hot plate option called Daily Dish, the Basic Kneads sandwich station, and the Ignite Grill. Desserts can be found near each food station, and soda fountains are placed in three different locations. To celebrate the grand re-opening ceremony, special dining hall pricing is available through Friday, Sept. 12, with lunch costing $5 and dinner costing $7. For more information about UT Martin Dining Services, visit https://utm.sodexomyway.com/. ###PHOTO CAPTION – The newly remodeled Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall at UT Martin reopened with the start of fall semester classes. A grand re-opening of the dining hall and the university’s Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, also expanded and remodeled, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Boling University Center. The public is invited. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=268&month=09&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=268&month=09&day=09&year=2014Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin continues top-tier U.S. News ranking; named 'Best in the Southeast' by The Princeton Review]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=269&month=09&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=269&month=09&day=09&year=2014Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0500