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Lunch with Versed

Monday, March 27th, John Tolsma of Versed will present the seminar “Leadership by Looking Around: The Importance of Understanding and Applying Global Megatrends.” Mr. Tolsma, Harvard JD/MBA and founder of Knowledge Launch, will speak about the importance of understanding global megatrends and business forces as you complete graduate school applications or apply for your first job. This interactive session will describe megatrends and discuss practical ways that you can put them to use. Mr. Tolsma will present from 11:15- 12:05 in Honors Seminar Room 118. Meeting Mr. Tolsma is a great opportunity to further discuss the opportunities for internships and entry-level jobs that his company offers. Lunch will be provided and this event is a Becker Seminar.

Meet Our Scholars- Sarah Plemmons

By: Savannah Amdahl

Sarah Plemmons is a sophomore in the Chancellor’s Honors Program majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media with plans on minoring in Anthropology and Environmental Science. Sarah loves to get involved with activities and events on campus. She is a member of Tyson House, the Women’s Coordinating Council, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, and is a staff writer for the Daily Beacon.
The reasons she got involved with Tyson House, the Humane Society, and the Daily Beacon are fairly self-explanatory, but how she got involved with the Women’s Coordinating Council is a little bit more interesting. Continue reading

CHP Day of Service in Odd Fellows Sign-Up

As part of our Faculty Lecture Series, we welcomed Professor Katherine Ambroziak (Architecture) and Community Leader Stephen Scruggs (Founder of Knoxville Reanimation Coalition) who spoke on “Ceremony and Grit: Reclaiming Memory in Odd Fellows Cemetery.”

The University of Tennessee has partnered with the Knoxville ReAnimation Coalition to reclaim Odd Fellows Cemetery as a heritage landscape. This spring, we are embarking on a new project to introduce blooms and new foliage to our adopted cemetery grounds. If you’ve participated in any of our Scribe-a-Thons with McClung Museum, that is another project associated with the Mr. Scruggs’ Reanimation Coalition.

Please join us to start the planting on the CHP Day of Service, March 25th, 10-12.

 Sign up below!

Honors Service Day in Odd Fellows Sign-Up

  • “Ceremony and Grit: Reclaiming Memory in Odd Fellows Cemetery"

Fall 2017 Honors Courses

Priority Registration starts today! (Monday, March 20th)

Make sure you start looking ahead at the Honors courses that are being offered Fall 2017. All of these are available for General Education requirements!

UNHO 257: This Machine Kills Fascists: Music in History. Taught by Dr. Bill Mercer from the Department of History

  • Approved for General Education: Arts & Humanities | TR 11:10 a.m.–12:25 p.m. | 118 Howard Baker Center | CRN: 46023

In the 1940’s, American folk musician Woody Guthrie painted the phrase “This Machine Kills Fascists” on his guitar as a commentary on the power of his instrument and his music to resist the rise of dictatorships sweeping across Europe and Asia. At a very basic level, this class asks whether there is any truth in such an assertion. While music does not literally kill, what is the role of music on historic events more often deemed the product of political or legal change? This class is concerned with ways that we can craft more nuanced and complete historical narratives by expanding the possibilities of what we consider appropriate as our sources.

UNHO 267: Fake News in the 21st Century. Taught by Dr. Peter Gross from the School of Journalism & Electronic Media

  • Approved for General Education: Social Sciences TR 9:40–10:55 a.m. | 118 Howard Baker Center CRN: 46024

Fake news has become one of the central concerns in the U.S. and in Europe and is tied to Russian information warfare. Russia pursues its regional and global ambitions with a sophisticated hybrid of military, political, cultural and (dis)information tools. This seminar provides a broad understanding of the issue, examined in an intercultural and international context related to the issue’s interdisciplinary nature and also examines the “weaponization” of information; exploring the shape this information warfare takes, the means employed, and the goals it is meant to achieve.

UNHO 277: The Roman Family. Taught by Dr. Susan Martin from the Department of Classics

  • Approved for General Education: Cultures & Civilizations | MWF 1:25–2:15 p.m. | 118 Howard Baker Center | CRN: 48423

This course will examine the institution of the Roman family as it evolved in the period of the Roman Republic and the early Empire (200 BCE-200 CE). As one of the anchor institutions of Roman life, the family reveals much about the values, beliefs, and cultural practices holding Roman civilization together over the centuries of its existence. As we trace the changes brought about in this institution through the political strife of the late Roman Republic and the challenges of an expanding empire, we will also contextualize the institutions of Roman family life through comparison with other cultures and civilizations including the modern definition of the family.

Don’t forget to check the CHP Student Handbook to make sure you’re working to meet the appropriate requirements!

First-years, if you haven’t already, make sure you schedule your yearly appointment with your advisor.

Meet Our Scholars – Jasmine Blue

By: Anita Voorhees

Jasmine Blue is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program 2019 Cohort.  She is a sophomore English major with a minor in Political Science.  Jasmine is currently considering a Master’s in Public Administration and/or Education Policy after she graduates.  She is passionate about education, nonprofits, service, students, and racial reconciliation.

Jasmine is a very active student on campus and keeps busy with involvement in a variety of different organizations.  She is Public Relations Chair of Student Alumni Associates, an organization that connects current students, alumni, and prospective students.  Additionally, she is a member of Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville or Me4UT.  Me4UT is a student recruitment organization that focuses on recruiting minority students and helping them feel welcome and accepted on campus.  Jasmine is also a peer mentor in the Multicultural Mentoring Program and heavily involved in Student Government Association’s Government Affairs Committee.  This committee advocates for students by meeting with state legislators and staying updated on legislation pertaining to UT.

Jasmine is also involved in undergraduate research working with Dr. Susan Groenke, Associate Professor of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Dr. Chonika Coleman-King, Associate Professor of Urban Multicultural Education, and three other students. They are researching white pre-service teachers’ responses to violence against black bodies.  By looking at the reactions of pre-service teachers to violence against black bodies, Dr. Coleman-King and Dr. Groenke believe they can help teacher educators better prepare their students, who are mostly white middle-class females, to work and empathize with their multicultural students.

Jasmine also volunteers with Angelic Ministries International, a homeless outreach in Knoxville.  She welcomes all new volunteers.  If interested in volunteering there, email Jasmine at

Jasmine chose to be a part of the CHP because she believed it would provide her with the opportunity to take advantage of UTK’s academics in a meaningful way. She loves the community the CHP creates.  She was in the Honors Living and Learning Community (LLC) her freshman year and enjoyed living with like-minded, analytical, kind and passionate students.  She has also taken two UNHO courses, Service Learning with Dr. Kronick, and Nazi Medicine with Dr. Monica Black from the History Department.  Her peers in those courses, the professors, and the course content have made a positive impact on her UTK experience.

One of Jasmine’s favorite experiences in college was going on Alternative Fall Break as a freshman.  During AFB, she cleaned a slave cemetery with Keep Knoxville Beautiful.  As a young African American woman, Jasmine considered it a special honor to remember those who have gone before her in such a way.

If you would like to know more about Jasmine, she keeps a blog where she writes about her faith, her culture, racial reconciliation, and current events! It can be found at

Haslam Scholars Program Annual Retreat

The weekend of February 17th, all four cohorts of the Haslam Haslam Scholars Program gathered at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, TN for another successful annual HSP retreat. The retreat, organized by a scholar-led Programming Committee, helps build community and foster relationships while offering an escape from a busy semester. Haslam Scholars and staff participated in annual traditions such as trivia and karaoke, heard from esteemed UT faculty members in a variety of engaging academic seminars, and socialized over group meals. Continue reading

Meet Our Scholars – Jordan Riggins

By Allison Sonnenberg

Jordan Riggins is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program class of 2019. She is a sophomore majoring in Nursing. During high school, Jordan job shadowed a nurse and greatly enjoyed it. She now plans to become a nurse practitioner after she gains experience in the field and pursues a graduate degree.

An involved student, Jordan keeps busy with a variety of organizations. She is a member of the Student Nursing Association, a professional organization for future nurses. She is also in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority in which she spends time doing sorority activities, fundraisers, and community service. Continue reading

2017 Haslam Scholar Finalists Announced

The Haslam Scholars Program will welcome 30 finalists to campus March 3rd and 4th for the annual Haslam Scholars Selection Weekend. Chosen from over 300 applicants, these 30 students were selected from the 60 semi-finalists invited to regional interviews in January. Haslam Scholar finalists are chosen for their academic promise, community-oriented outlook, and strong character. During their weekend on campus, each finalist will participate in interviews by a selection committee composed of UT faculty and program administration, explore UT’s campus, learn what it means to be a Haslam Scholar, and avail themselves as a potential member of the 2017 cohort. A brief bio of each student can be found below.

A brief bio of each student can be found below. Continue reading

Introduction to Lawyering

Mock Law Class & Discussion

Wednesday, March 1st | 5: 30 p.m.

Honors Seminar Room 118

Join Professor Joy Radice for a “mock” law school class focused on legal reasoning and skills. Professor Radice is a graduate of Princeton University (AB) and Harvard Law School (JD) and joined the UT College of Law faculty in August 2012.

She teaches Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Law, a seminar on Poverty, Race, Gender and the Law, and a new Expungement Clinic. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of criminal law and the administrative state, the gap in access to civil counsel, and the application of learning theory to law school pedagogy.

A required reading will be sent out after sign-up and a Q&A session will follow the class. The event will be limited to 20 students.

**This event has been filled. **

Meet Our Scholars- Eva Herinkova

Written by Valerie Lick

Some students listen to the radio. Eva Herinkova is on it.

Eva, who will graduate in 2020, is majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media. She is also considering an additional major in Hispanic Studies and is in the process of auditioning for a minor in Percussion Performance. Percussion isn’t just Eva’s academic course of study – it’s a big part of her life. One extracurricular that she speaks highly of is the Percussion Society. “It’s an organization for mostly Music majors,” she says, “but there are other people too. A little bit of everyone, really.” The club does events both on campus and around Knoxville. Eva is also involved with Spanish Club on campus and interns for the Marble City Radio Company, where she’s live on air every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Continue reading

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