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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

Haslam hires graduate admissions director

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Tom Bates has joined the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business as director of admissions for graduate business programs.

“The individuals that make up the Haslam community are extremely authentic and warm-hearted,” Bates says, adding he is excited about the college’s connections to industry leaders, its top-ranked supply chain program and its niche programs in areas like aerospace and defense and health care.

Bates, who relocated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, says his goals at Haslam include continuing with the college’s “tradition of a high-touch, applicant-friendly experience.” He wants to actively engage with Haslam’s alumni network and students on campus.

“Their stories are so impactful and resonate in a powerful way with prospective candidates,” he says. “We want to create additional market awareness for the MBA program and tell Haslam’s story locally, regionally and nationally.”

Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at the college, says that a proven track-record in administrating graduate business programs makes Bates a valuable asset to the college.

“We’re excited that Tom is here to build on the outstanding graduate admissions traditions of the past and to generate new initiatives that build up our Haslam MBA and specialty master’s programs,” Behn says. “We look forward to further reputational growth and increases in our rankings through Tom’s work.”

Police officers serve up exemplary action

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas recently honored Knoxville police officers for outstanding service.

l Sgt. Jeremy Maupin, who has been with KPD since 2001, was named an officer of the month for his Jan. 9 arrest of a man he knew to be involved in the illegal narcotics business and a known gang member.

During the investigation, the suspect attempted to place his vehicle into gear to flee the scene. Maupin dove into the vehicle to prevent him from fleeing as back up officers arrived on the scene. After a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was found to be in possession of 32 grams of crack cocaine, 7 grams of marijuana, a loaded 9mm handgun with an extended magazine and $5,212 in cash.

“Sgt. Maupin’s investigation led to the seizure of all the contraband and cash, but more importantly, he took a dangerous felon off the streets of our community,’’ Thomas says. “He prevented countless future crimes from occurring, saved numerous citizens from becoming victimized, and perhaps saved lives in making this arrest.”

-- Sgt. Josh Shaffer and Officer Todd Childress were recognized.

Shaffer has been with the department since 2000 while Childress has been with KPD since 2002.

Shaffer and Childress oversee the newest KPD Explorer candidates and guide them through the initial training program.

Childress is a patrol officer and K9 officer. His K9 duties require additional commitment on a daily basis. Shaffer leads the Overdose Task Force and is a leader on the Special Operations Squad.

-- James Erskine, who has been with the department since 2014, was also recognized for recovering a stolen vehicle, finding and arresting the suspect and finding that the suspect was in possession of a backpack that contained a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol, 53 grams of marijuana, 34 grams of methamphetamine, .5 grams of heroin, 6 Suboxone stripes, several clear empty baggies and a digital scale.

-- Officer John Pickens, who has been with the department since 2006, was honored for an investigation of a home burglary.

“Officer Pickens arrested a suspect that has committed multiple home burglaries throughout the city. This is a great example of the hard work that Pickens does on a daily basis,’’ Thomas says.

The department’s Life Saving Awards were given to Officer Garrett Fontanez and Officer Carl Kennedy.

Fontanez aided a worker who had re-injured his leg during the workday.

Realizing the amount of blood loss was life-threatening, the officer immediately retrieved his tourniquet and applied it to the victim’s leg. The blood loss immediately stopped.

Kennedy, who has been with KPD since September 2009, was also honored for using a tourniquet to prevent a possible fatal loss of blood for a victim who was injured while cleaning a gun.

UT’s College of Education adds staff positions


The University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences had added new faculty.

The new staff members are:

-- Sonya Hayes is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She received her Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University, her master’s degree in educational administration from Texas State and her bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. Previously, Hayes served in public education as a high school English teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal for 23 years. She held a faculty position at LSU in Baton Rouge prior to joining the ELPS department at UT.



-- Jared Porter is an assistant professor of Motor Learning in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri in kinesiology and biology and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in motor behavior and cognitive psychology. He is an active member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

-- Joy G. Bertling is a clinical assistant professor of Art Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. She serves as program leader of the art education program. She received her Ph.D. in art education from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the UT faculty, she taught art in public schools for over a decade as a National Board Certified Teacher.


-- Dana Hoffman is a clinical assistant professor in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Educational Interpreting Programs in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. He received bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Gallaudet and a master’s degree and Ed.D. in deaf studies/deaf education from Lamar University. Previously, he worked as ASL & Deaf Studies assistant professor and program director for Utah Valley University.


-- Yolanda Kirkpatrick is a clinical assistant professor in STEM Education/Science in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and also works with the VolsTeach program. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Austin Peay State University, her master’s degree in Microbiology and her Ph.D. in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education from UT. She began her career as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University.


-- Elizabeth MacTavish is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-teaching science from UT. The following year, she completed a professional internship and her masters’ degree, also at UT. She has taught in public schools, including 12 years at Farragut Middle School. In 2016, MacTavish completed her Ph.D. in teacher education with a specialty in science education.


-- Joshua Rosenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in teacher education. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and professional teaching licensure from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2010. Rosenberg then received his master’s in education in 2012, his graduate certificate in science education in 2016, and is completing his Ph.D. in educational psychology and educational technology this year, all from Michigan State University.


-- Zoi Traga-Philippakos is an assistant professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in primary education in 2001 from the University of Thrace, Greece and completed her master’s degree as a reading specialist followed by her Ph.D. in 2012 in education/literacy from the University of Delaware. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy coach, and she provides professional development to teachers on effective reading and writing strategies.

Bar Foundation presents 2018 Fellows

The Knoxville Bar Foundation introduced the new Class of 2018 Fellows.

The Foundation provides a means for grants to be made to support important programs and projects. The funding for the grants comes primarily from the Fellows.

The Fellows program publicly honors and recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and in service to the Knoxville legal community.

The Fellows are:

Jamie Ballinger-Holden, Christopher A. Hall, Mark P. Jendrek, John M. Lawhorn, Gregory C. Logue, Matthew R. Lyon, Hon. Thomas W. Phillips, Adam M. Priest, Ellen Joy Radice, Brooklyn Sawyers Belk, Catherine E. Shuck, Hon. Thomas A. Varlan, and John B. Waters, III.

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