In recognition of its extensive focus in gerontology, UTC’s School of Nursing has been invited to join the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. UTC is Tennessee’s first university to receive the invitation, which recognizes commitment to enhancing and sustaining nursing capacity and competency in care to older adults. The Hartford Center supports development of a strong gerontological workforce in nursing in the United States and internationally through faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating the adoption of best practices, fostering leadership and designing and shaping policy.
In 2015, UTC named Brittany Cusack to the School of Nursing’s Vicky B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology. The distinguished faculty post was created in 2013 by a $1.5 million gift from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation to honor the distinguished career of the organization’s retired chief executive officer and current UT Trustee, Gregg. Cusack is leading establishment of an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program and is developing a gerontology concentration in the social work master’s degree program, as well as both a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate minor in gerontology.
Steve Angle Joins Leaderhsip Tennessee
UT Chattanooga Chancellor Steve Angle is a member of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Tennessee. The program for statewide influencers in business, nonprofits, education and government brings 40 leaders together in exploring solutions to Tennessee’s most pressing needs and maximizing opportunities. The program is hosted by Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service in Nashville.
“I am honored to be selected to be part of Leadership Tennessee,” Angle says of the 10-month, highly selective program. “I look forward to participating in the conversations addressing the critical issues facing our state.”
Bryan Samuel Named to NCORE National Advisory Council
Bryan Samuel (Chattanooga ’93, ’95), UT Chattanooga director of equity and diversity, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.
“This national recognition serves as a validation of UTC’s continued demonstrable commitment to diversity. Having myself and other UTC faculty and staff routinely engaged in the national dialogue will support the identification and utilization of national best practices to build and sustain the campus we aspire to be,” says Samuel.
UTC Among ‘Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities’
The College Choice recently cited its top 50 most disability friendly campuses, and UTC is the only Tennessee university listed. The College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and families find the college that best meets their needs.
“I think what sets us apart from other universities is that we genuinely have partnered with the campus as a whole to commit to developing a culture of access on our campus,” says UTC Disability Resource Center Director Michelle Rigler.
College Choice highlighted UTC’s Mosaic program, developed especially for students with autism spectrum disorders.