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SGA Open Education Award — Nominate Your Instructor

Is your instructor using an open textbook or other open educational resource so that everyone in your class can access teaching and learning materials? Nominate your instructor for the Student Government Association’s Open Education Award.

Is your instructor using OERs to increase student access to course materials, lessen the financial burden on students and their families, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education? This is your chance to give your instructor the recognition he or she deserves.

Any currently enrolled UT Knoxville student may nominate an instructor. Nominees will be judged on four criteria: overall educational impact, innovation in teaching and learning, economic impact on students, and quality of OER used.

The nomination deadline is April 1.
Nominate your instructor.
All students who submit a nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a special prize from the VolShop.

Read more about the award and open educational resources.

The 2019 SGA Open Education Award winners will be announced at a reception on Thursday, April 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Greer Room (258 Hodges Library). The campus community is invited.

Lunch & Learn: Immigration, 3/25

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialog about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

Join us for:

Conversations on Immigration
Monday, March 25
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library

This Lunch and Learn seeks to educate our campus community about the facts of immigration — dispelling myths, untruths, and rumor. A panel of professionals working in various areas involved in immigration will present information specific to their fields of expertise and invite questions from attendees.

The moderator for the panel discussion will be Andrea Stedman, a graduate student intern with Centro Hispano de East Tennessee and leader of its College Access program. Panelists include:
• Megan Austin, Immigration Law Clerk with Torres Law Firm, PLLC
• Chris M. Mendoza, UT’s Coordinator of Multicultural Student Life
• Luci Diego, Youth and Family Liaison at Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Lunch & Learn: Gender and the Workplace, 3/7

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialog about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

Join us for:

Gender and the Workplace
Thursday, March 7
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library
Co-hosted by the Women’s Coordinating Council

Featuring a panel of professional women, the conversation will be about the empowerment of all genders in the workplace from a feminist point of view.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Erin Darby, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project
• Nanci Solomon, Owner of Rala: Regional and Local Artisans
• Dr. Katharine Page, a Diffraction Instrument Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

RB Morris to Debut Song about James Agee at UT Libraries Event, April 4

RB Morris explores the archives

RB Morris explores the archives

Singer-songwriter-poet-playwright RB Morris will perform at UT’s John C. Hodges Library on Thursday, April 4. His appearance will feature the first public performance of an original song inspired by materials in the UT Libraries’ James Agee archives.

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A Graduate Commons

Grad Commons floor plan

In 2019, the University Libraries will cut the ribbon on a Graduate Commons that will support the unique needs of graduate students.

graduate student with childThe original Commons — a bustling, energizing workspace that fills almost the entire second floor of Hodges Library — remains highly popular with students. But graduate students’ needs are distinctly different from those of undergraduates. Often, graduate students juggle research and writing with teaching and family obligations. In surveys and focus groups, graduate students have stated a desire for their own dedicated space, a place where they won’t have to compete for resources while managing tight schedules. They have asked for library furniture — such as adjustable height desks, ergonomic chairs, and computers with large or dual monitors — to ease a workday that can include extended periods of time working on dissertations or analyzing data.

A new Graduate Commons, to open soon on the Hodges Library first floor, will satisfy many of these unmet needs while helping graduate students find a sense of community with their peers.

Black History Exhibit in Hodges Library

The Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives is celebrating Black History Month with a display of items from our special collections. The display includes documents and images that bear witness to the experiences of black Tennesseans from the early days of statehood until the first African American students enrolled at the University of Tennessee.

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