Each spring the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee hosts the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet to recognize students, faculty, and staff for their extraordinary achievements. This year Honors & Scholars is proud to have had 40 students and alumni of our programs honored at the banquet with several students being receiving more than one award. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their successes.
The Torchbearer is the highest honor given to UT students for academic excellence and service to the university and society at large. This year four Honors & Scholars students were selected for this prestigious award. On April 19th, Natalie Bennett, Elisabeth Logan, and Monil Mehta of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and Louis Varriano of the Haslam Scholars Program all joined the ranks of UT students who bear the Torch of Enlightenment.
Other top honors awarded to Honors & Scholars students include the Chancellor’s Citation, Undergraduate Researcher of the Year, Extraordinary Campus Leadership & Service, Extraordinary Academic Achievement, Extraordinary Professional Promise, Scholar Athlete, and Top Collegiate Scholar. A list of awards and their honorees from our programs may be found below. For a brief description of each award and a full list of awardees, please visit the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet site. Continue reading
By: Savannah Amdahl
Hannah Clauss is a first-year majoring in Biology with a concentration in pre-med and a minor in English. Hannah is from Aspen, Colorado so attending the University of Tennessee so far from home was a big decision, but she wanted to branch out and explore a new part of the country. Hannah is very outgoing and wants to get more involved with activities and events on campus. Right now, she is a member of Kappa Delta, where she serves as her chapter’s secretary, and next year she hopes to serve on one of the honors’ council’s committees. Hannah is thankful for her sorority because it has allowed her to meet some of her best friends and given her unique opportunities such as holding a major leadership position as a freshman. Continue reading
Dr. Leonard Finocchio has over 25 years of health policy research and implementation experience in government, academia, advocacy, and philanthropy. As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s administration, Dr. Finocchio served as Associate Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, where he led the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the State of California.
Currently, Dr. Finocchio is Principal Consultant with the Blue Sky Consulting Group working on projects related to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid policy, access to healthcare, and the social safety net. Continue reading
By Anita Voorhees
Lynsey Jones is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program class of 2017. She is a senior majoring in Food Science and Technology with a minor in Food and Agricultural Business. Upon graduation, Lynsey will return to UT for graduate school in Food Science and study food components that can fight cancer.
Lynsey is a very active student and keeps busy with a number of extracurricular activities. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Collegiate 4-H, Farm Credit Scholars Program, Food Science Club, and the Honors Ambassadors program. Continue reading
Each semester the Chancellor’s Honors Program hosts a series of films led by UT faculty members to engage CHP students in film as a mode of academic discourse. Not only is it fun and entertaining, but also the film series provides a way for our students to engage with faculty in a semi-formal environment, gain an interdisciplinary understanding of art, culture, and social issues.
Past films have included Psycho, Dead Poets Society, Blade Runner and Absence of Malice to name a few. Continue reading
We are seeking faculty to present topics of interest in lecture, discussion, or workshop format for our Honors Faculty Lecture Series in 2017-2018. Past topics include a mindfulness and meditation, conflict management, mandatory vaccinations, diseases associated with wild bird feeders…you name it!
Often presented to an audience of about 25 students, these lectures serve as extracurricular academic experiences that expose our students to academic material and encourage our students to learn about subjects beyond their major field of study.
Typically, faculty lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Continue reading
Allison Sonnenberg is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program class of 2017. She is a senior majoring in Architecture and plans to work in an architecture firm that contributes greatly to the local community. She will pursue a Master’s degree, likely in urban design or historic preservation, but at the moment making good buildings and helping people are her main focuses. She interned at EOA Architects twice in the past two years and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the profession and to be a part of the interesting projects in the works, including an elementary school and new permanent bathrooms for the Bonnaroo music festival. Continue reading