Featured photo: Sara Marc (UT Chattanooga, ’22)
Sara Marc, an August 2022 UT Chattanooga graduate, had a decision to make.
In early May, Marc was accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)—an initiative coordinated through the Cultural Services division of the French Embassy in the United States. Just days after learning that news, she found out she had also been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to France.
“It was a tough decision; I had two different placements, and I had to decide,” explains Marc, who majored in French at UTC.
While Marc gets to list Fulbright on her resume, she chose TAPIF. The opportunities that program had to offer, including “help with your master’s and programs where you can go back to France,” were too attractive to pass up.
Marc headed to Bordeaux, France, to be a TAPIF teaching assistant and U.S. cultural ambassador this fall. She has been placed in the Académie de Bordeaux at the secondary school level.
School of Nursing Takes Top Honor
Nurse.org, which describes itself as “an online source supporting and empowering nurses to better their careers, lives and profession by publishing trusted educational resources,” selected the UTC School of Nursing as its top nursing program in Tennessee. In its summary of the UTC program, Nurse.org wrote that nursing students who choose UTC “get to enjoy an urban campus and the benefits of a large school.”
“Being ranked No. 1 in the state is a very nice honor, especially when you look at who else was on the list,” says Chris Smith, director of the UTC School of Nursing and UTC’s chief health affairs officer. “Rankings are important because it means we are being looked at by people across the community, state and country. They see what we do is valid and valued, especially when it comes to educating students to become competent nurses in the workforce.”
Center Places Third in World
The UTC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team took third place in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team of the Year category at the global Triple E Awards ceremony of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, held in Barcelona, Spain, in June. The London School of Economics and Political Science won top honors in the category, while Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, finished second.
“Our third-place finish speaks to the hard work, dedication and creativity of our team,” says Thomas Lyons, Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship at UTC and professor of marketing and entrepreneurship. “The caliber of our competition only makes this accomplishment more impressive.”