Our Tennessee Spring 2024 Issue cover with an image of Mount Everest.

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Spring 2024

Let’s sit together—perhaps with a cup of coffee or tea or beverage of your choice—and let me tell you a story or two or three. Did you hear about the UT Knoxville alumnus who climbed Mount Everest, leading a blind veteran to the summit? Or about the two Ukrainians who want to return and help rebuild their country with what they’re learning at UT Chattanooga? Let me tell you about the UT Martin alumnus who is trying to revive newspapers in small Tennessee towns and how the death of a UT Knoxville alumna’s son led to a UT Extension program that saved a farmer’s life.

In reading these stories—and books, whether fiction or nonfiction—we can step into another person’s world and experiences. We can catch a glimpse of thoughts and viewpoints that are not our own and find our own expanding. In short, we learn.

Lonnie Bedwell ascends the Khumbu Icefall with the help of a fixed line on his way to Camp I.

Heaven’s Peak

UTK alumnus helps guide a blind hiker to the summit of Mount Everest.

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Lost and Found

CTAS Criminal Justice Consultant Derrick Woods used drones to locate a missing teenager.

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Ukrainian Students Find Refuge

For graduate students Nina Klimenkova and Arsen Martyshchuk, UT Chattanooga has been a literal refuge.

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First responders learn about grain bin safety and rescue through a partnership with Tennessee AgrAbility at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

A Tale of Caution

Tragedies of grain bin accidents reinforce safety procedures and rescue training.

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A Sacred Space

UT Southern children's literature conference continues teacher's love of students.

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Richard Walker exploring an underwater cave system.

Diving into Medicine

UTHSC physician Dr. Richard Walker is the most interesting guy in the E.R.

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Ink in the Blood

UT Martin alumnus Daniel Richardson enjoys the challenge of small-town newspapers.

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Teaching the Whole Child

The UTK Center for Literacy, Education and Employment works to increase literacy in students with disabilities.

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Blue bookshelves completely full of multi-colored books.

UT Leaders Share Book Lists

Leaders from the University of Tennessee share the books that have impacted them—or ones they’re reading or planning to read.

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Dylan Rivera.

Filling the Gaps

UTC alumnus works to impact Chattanooga families.

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Tell Us A Story

The college experience is filled with more than just lectures and exams. It’s a tapestry woven with friendships, memories and…

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UT System President Randy Boyd reads to Union Grove Elementary School second graders in 2022.

The Stories We Share

Stories have the power to inspire, teach and connect us, and they play a vital role in shaping our understanding…

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Artist and Educator Barry Moser (Chattanooga '62)

A Look back at Barry Moser

Chattanooga-born artist and educator Barry Moser has illustrated and designed over 300 books throughout his career.

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Writing from a Blue Flame

UT Knoxville alumna Monica Brashears' gothic novel named as one of the best books in 2023.

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Grow Your Own Awarded $1.8 Million grant

The Tennessee Grow Your Own Center received a $1.8 million grant to enhance the teacher talent development pipeline.

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Nancy La Vigne

Partnerships for a Greater Tennessee

The College of Emerging and Collaborative Studies meets with industry leaders student employment preparation.

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From left, UTC Vice Chancellor for Access and Engagement Stacy Lightfoot, Bernice King, Ilyasah Shabazz and UTC Student Government Association President Chamyra Teasley participate in UTC MLK Day 2024.

UTC Celebrates MLK Day

UT Chattanooga celebrates MLK Day with daughters of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

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UTS Vice Chancellor of Advancement Evan Beech, UTS Interim Chancellor Linda Martin and UT System President Randy Boyd.

Martin continues as Interim Chancellor

UT Southern Interim Chancellor Linda Martin has agreed to extend her leadership role through the 2024-2025 academic year.

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Yancy Freeman congratulates Hal Bynum on earning his UT Martin degree during Freeman’s first commencement as chancellor. Looking on is Philip Acree Cavalier, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Freeman Presides Over First Commencement

Yancy Freeman presided over his first UT Martin commencement ceremonies as chancellor Dec. 9 at the Kathleen and Tom Elam…

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UTHSC College of Medicine and Shelby County leadership celebrate the opening of ShelbyCares.

UTHSC opens new health Facility

Leaders of the College of Medicine and Shelby County government celebrated the opening of a new community health and wellness…

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Outstanding in Their Fields

UTIA faculty, staff, students and alumni are groundbreakers, collaborators, educators and leaders in the agriculture industry.

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Participants in the fifth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute gather for their first meeting.

ELI Kicks off with Orientation Session

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership held an orientation session for the fifth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute.

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