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VOL. 43 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 22, 2019

Haslam College names 3 alumni award winners

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The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business recently recognized the achievements of three alumni and one corporate partner.

The 2019 award winners are:

• Jerry Bostelman: 2019 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award. Bostelman is cofounder of the Nashville-based Vaco, a niche talent solutions and placement firm that specializes in matching job seekers with employers that have specific needs to fill. Ranked at No. 4 on Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms, Vaco has more than $450 million in revenues, more than 40 offices worldwide, 4,300 consultants and greater than 800 employees.

• Larry Carrol: 2019 Distinguished Alum Award. Carroll is the founder and CEO of Carroll Financial Associates, one of the oldest, largest and most prominent financial planning and wealth management firms in the Southeast. He and his wife, Vivian, have funded numerous educational opportunities at Haslam, including the Carroll Torch Fund.

• Dena vonWerssowetz: 2019 Outstanding Young Alum Award. She is senior director of marketing for PepsiCo Foodservice, leading the marketing and innovation for key channels such as restaurants, cinemas, theme parks and stadiums, and was recently appointed to run all innovation for beverages launched outside of the United States. She and her husband endowed a scholarship in 2019.

• FedEx: 2019 Outstanding Corporate Partner for its dedication to good corporate citizenship and commitment to ensuring that young people have access to world-class educational opportunities.

SmartBank adds Gathagan to investment services Dept.

Matthew Gathagan has joined SmartBank Investment Services, a division of SmartBank, as a financial adviser.

He will be serving SmartBank’s Investment Services wealth management clients in Knox, Blount and Sevier counties. His office is located at 214 Keller Lane, Maryville.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew to the SmartBank family,” says Mike Honeycutt, SmartBank’s Northeast Tennessee Regional president. “His experience aligns perfectly with our mission of providing our clients with the financial resources they need to reach their goals and prepare for the future.”

With more than nine years of experience in the financial services industry, Gathagan specializes in financial planning and advises clients on long term investment opportunities, focusing extensively on their goals for the future.

“We believe Matthew’s experience and investment adviser capabilities will enhance our growing team of seasoned professionals,” says Monty Hatcher, branch manager of Raymond James Financial Services, executive vice president and director of SmartBank Investment Services. “His addition to our investment team puts us in a great position to take our next step toward growing this division.”

Gathagan is a native of West Knoxville, graduating from Bearden High School in 2004. He went on to play junior college baseball in Chattanooga before returning to Knoxville and graduating from the University of Tennessee 2008.

“It’s an exciting time to join the SmartBank team and I’m thrilled for the opportunity,” Gathagan says. “I was immediately drawn to the bank’s commitment to a positive, collaborative culture and to providing high-quality financial services to its clients. It’s a great fit for me and I look forward to utilizing my expertise in helping our clients achieve their financial goals and objectives.”

New Knoxville council members to be sworn in

New Knoxville council members-elect will be sworn in Dec. 21 along with new mayor Indya Kincannon.

The new council members are Lynne Fugate who holds at large seat A, Janet Testerman, at large seat B, Amelia Parker, at large seat C, and Charles Thomas who won the Fifth District.

“I heartily congratulate Indya Kincannon and the new incoming Council members,” outgoing Mayor Madeline Rogero says. “I thank all the candidates for running energetic, issues-oriented campaigns. Because of their engagement with citizens, turnout was up 19% from the last comparable election. I look forward to a smooth transition and Knoxville continuing its momentum.”

A total of 25,360 votes were cast in Tuesday’s Mayor’s race. That’s up from a turnout of 21,268 in 2011, the last time the same open seats for Mayor and Council were on the ballot.

Rogero and incumbent Council members Finbarr Saunders, George Wallace, Marshall Stair and Mark Campen are term-limited.

UT graduate students 2nd in NATO competition

Jessica Marzi and Makhosanzana Lunga from the University of Tennessee were finalists in the first design competition sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation and held at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology convention.

The Tennessee team placed second to winners Michelle Jensen and Aprel Mendenhall of Utah State University. Ten teams participated.

The NATO-ACT Design and Development Competition was designed for advanced graduate student teams to design effective learning approaches for NATO’s 29 member agencies in diverse settings around the world. Judges evaluated these solutions in terms of theoretical excellence, creativity and feasibility.

UT professor gets $2.5M grant to study permafrost

The Department of Energy has awarded Karen Lloyd, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, a $2.5 million grant to conduct research on the effects of thawing permafrost on the environment.

Partners on the project include UT professors Tatiana Vishnivetskaya and Andrew Steen, Robert Hettich at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, John Cliff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Tullis Onstott at Princeton University.

Permafrost is ground that remains below freezing for more than two years and is a natural reservoir of soil organic carbon. As it thaws, microbes break down the newly available carbon in the soil, possibly resulting in a flux of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

Lloyd’s research will focus on this process, studying the production and recycling of greenhouse gases in permafrost microbes.

“The big reason we’re doing this is to understand what happens when this carbon becomes available to microbial processes,” Lloyd says. “We’re dialing deep into the microbial communities that live there and how they’re taking different types of organic matter under different conditions and what they actually do to it.”

Physiatrist Glass joins Tennova in East Towne

Sharon E. Glass M.D., physiatrist, has opened a new medical practice at Tennova Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – East Towne in Knoxville.

Glass is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, including stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases. She is experienced in caring for individuals with serious injuries and illnesses, including amputations, multitrauma, myopathy, traumatic brain injury and neurological conditions. She has a special interest in spasticity management, botulinum toxin for chronic migraines and spasticity, and management of neuropathic pain.

She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she also completed a three-year residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Glass is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as electrodiagnostic medicine.

Previoulsy, she cared for inpatients and outpatients at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville.

“I am committed to helping people with physical impairments or disabilities to achieve optimal independence and enhance their quality of life,” Glass says. “I strive to provide supportive, quality care for those who have experienced a stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, multiple trauma, or those whose movements are diminished as a result of neuromuscular disorders.”

ORAU promotes Snow to procurement director

Cindy Snow has been promoted to director of procurement for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

As a longtime employee of ORAU, Snow has experience in both contracts administration and the management of purchasing company equipment, materials, supplies and professional services. In her new role, she will direct all ORAU procurement and small business activities and staff, including internal purchases, acquisitions and sub-contracting, and ensure excellent customer service to internal and external clients.

“We are proud to see an employee as dedicated to ORAU as Cindy take this next step in the company. She has held numerous leadership roles, and we know she will only continue to prosper as our director of procurement,” Andy Page, president and CEO says. “We all offer her sincere congratulations and look forward to what she accomplishes in this new role.”

Snow has been with ORAU for more than 25 years, spending 15 years as a contracts specialist before joining the procurement group as a team lead in 2008. After a short time as the team leader, she was promoted to manager of procurement, where she continued to grow until becoming interim director in May 2019.

She earned a degree in organizational management from Tusculum College and a master’s certificate in government contracting from George Washington University.

ETSU professor gets NIH grant for pharmacy study

Nick Hagemeier, an associate professor at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, has received a National Institutes of Health subaward from Duke University.

The grant was submitted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and will continue to support Hagemeier’s research into the role of pharmacists in preventing and treating substance use disorders.

The study, “Integrating pharmacy-based prevention and treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders: A survey of pharmacists and stakeholders,” will measure pharmacists’ ability to provide patient care and services for substance use screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment and medication treatment for opioid use disorders.

The findings will inform barriers and facilitators related to pharmacist-provided services and patient care for those suffering from addiction.

“I continue to be encouraged by the potential impact community pharmacists can have in caring for patients who struggle with substance use disorders,” Hagemeier says.

“This project will help us understand how best to equip pharmacists to provide evidence-based care. I’m excited to collaborate with Dr. (Li-Tzy) Wu and the Mid-Southern Node of the NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network.”

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