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VOL. 45 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 13, 2021

CCI students earn SEC Academic honors

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The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information has announced that 17 of its students were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during the 2020-21 academic year.

The honorees include track and field standout sprinter Maia McCoy, who completed her master’s degree in communication and information. This year, she was an All-American and a Southeastern Conference bronze medalist in the 100-meter dash.

Other honorees included:

• Football: Trevon Flowers, Cade Mays, Alontae Taylor, Cedric Tillman

• Soccer: Alicia Donley, Wrenne French, Mackenzie Ostrom

• Volleyball: Gianna Pellizzon, Raquel Perinar

• Baseball: Liam Spence

• Rowing: Camryn Farren

• Women’s tennis: Rebeka Mertena

• Track & Field: Maia McCoy

SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

• Soccer: Caitlin Foley

• Softball: Ivy Davis, Rylie West

• Men’s tennis: Joel Gamerov

Moxley Carmichael promotes McHale

Maria McHale has been promoted to senior account executive at Moxley Carmichael, having worked at the public relations firm for three years.

She handles key accounts including UScellular, Hillcrest Healthcare, Young-Williams Animal Center, the Knoxville Area Urban League and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

McHale is skilled at traditional public relations services, such as crafting communications plans and earning media coverage for clients, and also develops innovative marketing and digital solutions to ensure her clients can claim a competitive edge in their industries.

“Maria excels in developing new ideas and strategies and then executing those plans to meet and often exceed the goals and expectations of our clients,” Moxley Carmichael CEO Cynthia Moxley says. “She is an asset for our company and has earned a well-deserved promotion.”

McHale, a member of the Public Relations Society of America Volunteer Chapter, will join Introduction Knoxville’s upcoming 2021 fall session. In the past year, McHale started a program to bring local food trucks into her neighborhood to boost business during the pandemic.

Previously, McHale worked in consumer product design and branding for five years after graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in commerce.

Wall to serve as interim architecture dean

Scott Wall, University of Tennessee professor in the School of Architecture, has been named interim director of the school for the 2021-2022 school year.

Dean Jason Young previously served as director for seven years before being named dean.

An alumnus, Wall has taught in the college for 18 years and previously served as director of the School of Architecture from 2009-2014. He also has led the college’s Finland Summer Architecture Institute since 2007, for which he received the UT Knoxville Chancellor’s Global Catalyst Award in 2020. The award recognizes innovative and exceptional work that enhances international and intercultural awareness among undergraduates.

In 2019, Wall published “Rooted in Experience: An Encounter with Juhani Pallasmaa,’’ and in 2021, he published the book, “Currents and Trajectories: The Governor’s Chair in Energy + Urbanism,’’ an in-depth review of the college’s Governor’s Chair program spanning from 2014-2020.

Wall is a licensed architect and has earned national design awards from the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Progressive Architecture, and through collaborative work with architecture and design firms, he has received recognition from the American Institute of Architects nationally, regionally and locally.

In 2002-2003, he served as a Fulbright Scholar to Finland in association with the Society of Finnish Architects.

Wall earned a bachelor’s degree in European history from Davidson College, a bachelor’s degree in architecture with honors degree from UT and a master’s in architecture degree from Rice University.

KBB elects Wirtz as board president

Keep Blount Beautiful’s board has announced its board executives.

The 2021-22 elected executive board includes President Tim Wirtz of PKA Marketing; Vice President Dawn Garren of The Ziegenfelder Company; Secretary Cynthia Garder of Maryville College; and Treasurer Hannah Shinall of 21st Mortgage.

“This is an exciting time for us at Keep Blount Beautiful,” says Executive Director of Keep Blount Beautiful Brittney Whipple. “We are bringing the organization back to the forefront of Blount County. We are working closely with neighboring counties and are thrilled to have so many community leaders involved and driving our initiatives.”

The remainder of the Keep Blount Beautiful Board includes Angela Harris of Maryville College, Caitlin Hoy of Arconic, Sara Slovak of DENSO Manufacturing, Tim Phillips of City of Maryville, Jeffrey Headrick of Blount County Highway Department, Laurie Pullins, Laura Beth Denton of Allevia Technology, and Megan Robertson of the Blount County Mayor’s Office.

Keep Blount Beautiful currently has board positions open, and those interested in joining should contact Whipple at

Martin to serve as UTIA interim SVP, SVC

The University of Tennessee has announced Linda C. Martin will serve as interim senior vice president and senior vice chancellor for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, beginning Sept. 1.

Martin currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs and student success for the UT System. She has tenure in the Herbert College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Science.

UT System President Randy Boyd and Chancellor Donde Plowman made the announcement.

“Linda Martin is a respected university leader with a proven track record in agriculture,” Boyd says. “I greatly appreciate her stepping up to fill this critical role while we search for UTIA’s new leader.”

Martin has agreed to serve on an interim basis following the Aug. 31 retirement of Tim Cross , senior vice president/senior vice chancellor. The university will launch a search this fall to fill the role permanently.

Martin joined the UT System as vice president for academic affairs and student success in July 2017. Before joining the System, Martin served as the director of the second-year transformational experience program at The Ohio State University.

Martin’s 10-year career at Ohio State also includes serving as the Sanford G. Price and Isabelle P. Barbee Endowed Chair for Teaching, Advising and Learning since 2010 and as associate dean and director for academic affairs for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2007.

Previously, she was assistant dean for academic programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University from 2002 to 2007. Martin began her career in higher education as a faculty member at Kansas State University, serving in the department of animal sciences and industry for 15 years. In all, she has spent more than three decades at land grant institutions.

Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate from Colorado State University – all in animal science.

Horsley to join ETSU as dean of nursing

East Tennessee State University has appointed Dr. Leann Horsley as dean of the College of Nursing.

Horsley has served as an assistant dean, associate professor, and interim director for the Healthcare Simulation Center at South Dakota State University College of Nursing, the state’s land grant institution with the largest and most comprehensive nursing education programs.

She will begin her new role at ETSU on Aug. 16.

Horsley succeeds Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit who has served as interim dean of the ETSU College of Nursing since January 2021.

“The ETSU College of Nursing is a leader in the state for preparing nurses, advanced practice nurses and nurse educators, and the school is also a national model in the arena of faculty practice and delivering care to underserved populations,” says Kimberly D. McCorkle, ETSU provost and senior vice president for academics. “Dr. Horsley was chosen from a field of outstanding candidates and we were very impressed by her vision for the ETSU College of Nursing. I look forward to working with her as we continue the work of the college, which has been training nurses for more than 60 years.”

Horsley received her Ph.D. in nursing from University of Kansas. She completed her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing education from University of Oklahoma.

As assistant dean at SDSU College of Nursing, Horsley provided the leadership and oversight of all faculty, staff and educational experiences at the Sioux Falls campus.

She was appointed to lead the HCSC as interim director, providing leadership for 25 facilitators in the university’s comprehensive simulation program that earned provisional accreditation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in 2018. She also served as lead nurse planner for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

She has participated in two leadership development programs that have provided a strong foundation for her as a leader. From 2014-2015, she was a scholar in Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. More recently, she completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing program.

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