Written by Xylina Marshall, Communications Coordinator for the Honors and Scholars Programs
Growing up with two doctors for parents and a laser focus on her future, it seems almost inevitable that Imani Chatman is now in her third year at the Quillen School of Medicine in Johnson City. Over the years, however, she has been driven by a source of interest in medicine much stronger than a family tradition: a passion for people. By the time she graduated high school, Chatman knew in which direction she wanted to take her life and began actively seeking out experiences that would get her there. It was at this time that she found the Haslam Scholars Program. Continue reading
Written by Ainsley Ellington
The Haslam Scholars Program aims to educate scholars utilizing the program’s four pillars of integrity, diversity, social justice, and social responsibility. In this program, community service acts as a cornerstone. Scholars serve by volunteering at two Knoxville community schools, Inskip and Pond Gap Elementary. These community schools enrich their surrounding area by providing a multi-faceted support system to family units. The schools also allow scholars to volunteer in a subject of their own interest, which enhances scholars’ educational experience. Continue reading
Written by Kimberly Bress
One of my favorite memories as a Haslam Scholar comes from our program’s trip to Scotland. It was a warm weekday afternoon, sun shining on the historic Edinburgh skyline. Following a long day of tutorials, our cohort arranged to meet in the Meadows for a group meal. After eating a picnic dinner cooked on a small, disposable charcoal grill (along with a Scottish version of homemade Rice Krispy treats), we started to toss a frisbee. Soon, almost the whole group was playing – even Dr. Turner. It was a simple moment, but one which sticks firmly in my mind. That moment symbolizes what is unique about 2014 cohort; while we may challenge each other as colleagues and push each other as peers, at the end of the day we sincerely enjoy each other as friends. Continue reading
Written by Tristan Hightower, Progam Assistant for the Chancellor’s Honors Program
People discover their place in the world in different ways. For some, passions are discovered at a young age, while others take more time. For Dr. Christen Fleming, the realization that she was destined to become a physician came to her at the age of eight. She would stay on that path for the foreseeable future. When it came time to decide where she would attend college in pursuit of this goal, the University of Tennessee was her first choice. Although she was raised in Chattanooga, Rocky Top was her true home. Ever since, Fleming has embodied the Volunteer spirit and served as an example to future students. Continue reading
Written by Drew Wofford
Just last week, I was approached by a friend of mine whose employer’s daughter had been accepted into the Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP). The employer was curious as to whether it would be worthwhile for his daughter to follow through with the program and wanted to know my opinion. At that moment, I was forced to reflect on the impact the CHP has had on my time at UTK. I could not imagine how different my college career would be if I was not involved with the CHP. The requirements to be actively enrolled in the program have encouraged me to go beyond the scope of what I understood to be the path of a typical college student. My involvement with the organizations, friendly faces, and other components of the program have helped motivate and mold me as a person. I hope that it has also helped me impact other members of the community along the way.
Written by Ashley Campeaux
Agricultural research, though not something most people frequently think about, is incredibly important. It is responsible for the continuing safety and security of the world’s food supply, as well as ensuring that our agricultural practices foster optimal animal health and welfare. Because of these larger considerations and my interests in dairy science and veterinary medicine, I decided to conduct a pilot study that would open the door to future research toward maximizing dairy cow welfare while maintaining high standards for milk production. The study examined the effects of allowing newborn dairy calves overnight contact with their mothers (versus being separated at birth as is standard in the dairy industry) on behavior, calf growth, and cow milk production. Continue reading
Written by C. Victoria Johnson
I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in college but the big questions were where and for how long. I never thought that I would be living on the complete opposite side of the world for a whole semester. Traveling this far and for this long terrified me, but I am so grateful that I took a leap of faith and the 25-hour plane ride to Sydney, Australia. Continue reading
Written by Faith Mysliwiec
As a first year Nursing student with interests in medicine, biology, and healthcare, interning at a historical museum in Knoxville was the last thing I had planned for my college experience. Honestly, what was I thinking? What did history even have to do with my major? Was there anything I could learn by interning at a museum that I would actually be able to use in my future career? These were the questions I found myself asking as I sat in front of my computer in UT’s library, pondering what had possessed me to start filling out the Blount Mansion Internship Application in the first place. Truthfully, I enjoyed history. I may have even loved it, something I inherited from my history-buff father and his many battlefield and museum trips, but I wondered if this was really what I should be pursuing.
College had been a busy time for me so far. I had just finished my first semester at UTK and had already planned a busy second one for the spring. Free time had been few and far between and it did not look as though there was much chance of that changing anytime soon. On top of that, I already had a lot of other commitments on campus. Was this really worth the extra effort and the time commitment involved?
I still do not know exactly why I pushed the send button on that application. Maybe I felt like taking a risk. Perhaps my love of history overpowered me. No matter the reason, I am so grateful that I pressed send and began a journey that would change the way I view both myself and Knoxville forever.
Written by Emily Myers
Over winter break, I traveled to Cuba with a group of first-year students and two professors from the Haslam College of Business. The trip was a fantastic learning experience and an opportunity to see a country with unique temporal attributes. Our group spent the majority of our time in Havana, where we interacted with business owners and managers, explored the history of Cuba, and ate all the Cuban cuisine we could stomach. We also ventured outside the capital to the beachside resort town of Varadero and the farm-strewn countryside in Viñales. Before my visit to Cuba, I was nervous to visit a country with a traditionally adversarial relationship with the U.S. and a travel warning from the U.S. State Department. Upon arrival, I realized quickly that there was nothing to fear and that I had much to learn from the people and culture of Cuba. Continue reading
Written by Austin Nelson
Over the past eight months, I have been training to obtain my Firefighter 1 certification.
The unique opportunity to become a firefighter became a reality while I was living in New Market, TN. New Market was a community where I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by the family that runs the local volunteer fire department. The Solomon family introduced me to the firefighting as a kid when I attended their Saturday dance every weekend and watched older guys going on calls. I soon became best friends with my neighbor, Shayne Coffey, who was the grandson of New Market Volunteer Fire Department’s beloved chief: Frank “Sockey” Solomon. Continue reading