Amber MacDonald grew up playing sports and thought she wanted to be a personal trainer. But her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis when she was 15 changed the course of her life forever. Read more about MacDonald, who is receiving her master’s degree in cellular molecular nutrition this week.
Kristen Wyckoff, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, is the first recipient of the Susan E. Stutz-McDonald Scholarship, created in honor of an engineering alumna. Wyckoff was also one of our 2017 Three Minute Thesis finalists. Read more about Wyckoff and Stutz-McDonald, who succumbed to Hodgkins lymphoma in 2005.
As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin draws on his five years as a medic serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Read more about Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday.
Eric Moore, who graduates next week with a doctorate in special education, says, “How we teach is as important, if not more important, than what we teach.” Read more about how his experience with hearing loss and serving as a teacher’s aide for children with visual impairments and intellectual disabilities called him to teaching.
Joel Runnells, a doctoral student in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in the department of Theory and Practice in Education, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Runnells, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be going to Ghana to collaborate with the University of Ghana and the Ghana National Association of the Deaf to research the historical foundations of deaf education in Africa through the story of Andrew Foster. Foster, a deaf African American from Alabama went to Africa in 1957 and stayed 30 years, launching 32 schools for the deaf across 13 nations. Runnels will be interviewing some of Foster’s students to preserve their stories. “Because most of Foster’s students are at the end of their lives, these stories would otherwise be lost,” he said.
The recipient of the April Wellness Warrior Award, Whitney Rumsey, is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging those around her to do the same. Whitney is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and the Graduate Assistant for Fitness with RecSports. The Wellness Warrior Award is given to individuals across campus who are nominated by their peers for leading by example and inspiring through action to create a healthier lifestyle. Read more about Whitney and her motivating model of health and wellness.
Matthew T. Kerr, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, is one of only 10 recipients nationwide to be awarded the 2017 Dissertation Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing. Read more about this award and Matthew T. Kerr in Tennessee Today.
Amy Lefever, MFA candidate in Ceramics, had work selected for inclusion in three exhibitions at this year’s annual meet of the National Council For Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) in Portend, Oregon: 10 Years in the Making, The Bison Building; Ashes & Flux, Parish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center and most notably, the highly competitive NCECA Student Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Abigail Lucien, a UT Knoxville MFA student has been selected for a group exhibition “Past Skin,” at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 contemporary exhibition space in Long Island City. The exhibition will run from April 9 – September 10, 2017. Curated by Jocelyn Miller, the “Past Skin” features six artists who take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the relationship between our bodies and a contemporary world in which we often exist in both virtual and imaginary spaces. Lucien, who spent her childhood living in Haiti and Florida, just completed her MFA this this semester with a concentration in printmaking.
The Department of Food Science sent a team to the Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2017. One of the members of the UT 2017 Team is Katie Magee, a Master’s candidate in Food Science. She took home four prizes from this contest: 1st in Ice Cream, 2nd in Yogurt, 3rd in Cottage Cheese, and 1st in All Products. Michael Luethke, an undergraduate, received 2nd in Milk and 1st in Cottage Cheese. In the team competitions, the 2017 team received: 1st in All Products, 3rd in Yogurt, 2nd in Milk, 3rd in Cheddar Cheese, 1st in Ice Cream, and 1st in Cottage Cheese. Congratulations to Katie Magee and her team!