Featured photo: Apollo5 performed at UT Southern.
Britain’s critically acclaimed five-piece a cappella vocal group Apollo5 performed at UT Southern in March.
Comprising a soprano, mezzosoprano, two tenors and a bass, the ensemble, which takes its name from the ancient Greek god of music, has become known for its rich, dynamic sound, demonstrating how powerful five voices alone can be. With a versatile approach to music programming and a repertoire spanning renaissance, classical and contemporary choral works to folk, jazz and pop, the group’s five voices brought the music of five centuries to life.
Wren Hired as Vice Chancellor
UT Southern hired Brent Wren as the vice chancellor of enrollment management and student affairs. Wren, a champion for first-generation students, will work to support students as they transition to college life.
Wren, who has 30 years of experience in higher education, spent 27 years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He retired as professor of marketing and associate provost of academic affairs and student success. While there he developed and managed a diverse set of units and programming initiatives focused on student recruiting and retention, student success, advising, teaching excellence and accreditation.
Wren holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Memphis.
UTS Holds FIRE Resource Fair
The Fostering Inclusion through Resource Efforts (FIRE) fair provided resources in March for individuals with disabilities, parents or caregivers, educators, and professionals working with individuals with disabilities.
UT Southern Grissom School of Education’s Special Education Program, along with more than 25 agencies serving the disability community in Middle Tennessee, provided information. UT Southern students studying to teach special education developed the FIRE resource fair based on research into the lack of disability resources in Giles County. Through their research, these future educators found that 17 percent of the Giles County population has a disability, yet there are minimal, if any, services available in Giles and surrounding counties.
Agencies represented included Tennessee Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Arc Tennessee.