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Student@Tennessee, Monday, May 7, 2012 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


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Special

--- Editor's Note: This is the final edition of student@tennessee for the spring. Good luck to all our graduates, and if you're coming back in the fall, we hope you will keep reading student@tennessee to stay up to date on campus events, good news items about your fellow students, and great ways to stay connected to the campus and the Knoxville community. Have a great summer!

--- UT Knoxville begins a full week of commencement ceremonies and celebrations on Wednesday, May 9. Follow along by looking for tweets with the hashtag #UTgrad2012 and by liking the UT Knoxville Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UTKnoxville. Traffic updates, ceremony webcasts, photos, and more will be shared on Facebook and on the university's official Twitter account at twitter.com/UTKnoxville.

Share your commencement experiences and photos with the campus community by including #UTgrad2012 in your tweets. For more info, check out the commencement website at utk.edu/commencement. 
http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2012/04/24/ut-welcomes-noted-speakers-spring-commencement-ceremonies/

--- Graduating this week? You're already part of the UT Knoxville Alumni Association. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tnalumni and follow them on Twitter at @utalum to learn more about Young Alumni events, benefits of being a UT alum, and more. The UT Knoxville Alumni family has more than 220,000 Volunteers in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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Good News

--- A group of twenty social work students attended United Nations conferences in late March to develop skills and gain knowledge about best practices to address important global issues. The students participated in the Global Social Work Student Conference and the 29th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations in New York City. The trip was organized by Steven Stothard, a graduating master's of social work student, and Laurel Laiewski, a doctoral student. The conferences highlighted international social work, intercultural and multicultural issues and globally trending problems. The trip was paid for in part through student fundraisers, the College of Social Work, UT's Ready for the World initiative, the Office of Equity and Diversity and the local chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

--- UT cello student Jeremiah Welch will perform in a tribute to heroes May 9 as part of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. He will join other youth from around the country at the celebration, which will take place at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington DC. The event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Along with travel support, Welch, a sophomore cello performance major, will receive a $500 honorarium. The May 9 event will begin with an art exhibit featuring contributions from youth, which will be sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association. Following the exhibit will be a tribute to the heroes of hope  family, friends and providers  who have helped young people who have experienced trauma.

--- UT student Elizabeth "Beth" Scripa of Kingsport is the recipient of the 2012 Claxton Medallion. The $5,000 award is given to a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who will be entering a fifth-year internship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to become a teacher. Scripa will graduate this week with a bachelor of arts in Spanish. She plans to complete her graduate studies during her internship year. Her immediate professional goal is to be an elementary school teacher but she hopes to eventually obtain a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade reading specialist license. The Claxton Medallion was established in 1995 by former College of Arts and Sciences board member Philander P. Claxton Jr. in memory of his father, Philander P. Claxton.

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Mark Your Calendar

--- Volunteer Dining has extended the $5 all-you-care-to-eat meal deal at the Presidential Court Cafe and Southern Kitchen through tomorrow, May 8.
http://www.utdining.com/

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