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UTC’s Awake and Engage(d) to screen film, “The Last Mountain.”

February 29, 2012

See this 2011, Sundance film selection, The Last Mountain by Bill Haney.   Here’s more on the film presented by Awake and Engage(d) documentary series:

Thursday, March 1st, we are proud to present a special session of Awake and Engage(d) examining  Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. It may be no surprise that AwAE has wanted to feature Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining for some time now. It is an important and complex environmental issue. We are pleased to bring a bold film on the subject to our campus. The film is “The Last Mountain,” and it argues that the battle for a single mountain in an Appalachian valley affects most Americans while exhibiting just how Big “Big Coal” is. AwAE is pleased to welcome special guest host Sara Coffman, UTC Lecturer in English and Appalachian activist, who has been in contact with the group Appalachian Voices. Information about Mountaintop Removal can be found on their websites: and Information follows.

Note: as the series is growing, seating is often limited at our sessions. Admission is free (thanks to our generous sponsors). Hope to see you there; please email me with any questions.

When: Thursday, March 1st, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: UC Raccoon Mountain Room

Host:  Sara Coffman

Film to be screened: The Last Mountain

Film website:


Cress Gallery Hosts ‘Okay Mountain’

February 7, 2012

In this segment, we’re talking to members of Okay Mountain, an artist collective based out of Austin, Texas.  Throughout February and March, their work will be on display at the Cress Gallery at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

From a Cress gallery press release:

 “Okay Mountain”

Exhibition dates: February 8 – March 20, 2012


Okay Mountain Artists’ lecture Wednesday February 8, 5:30 – 6:30pm, followed by a public reception. Okay Mountain visits campus and community for activities February 6 – 9, 2012 as a part of The Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series. Admission to all Marek events and the Cress exhibition is free and open to all.

Okay Mountain is an artists’ collaborative which in a few short years has burned an exhibition trail with acclaim and accolade from Miami to New Orleans, New York City to Los Angeles, and points between. Blending humor with irony, Okay Mountain creates work that weaves an engaging yet dead serious commentary about our contemporary existence.

Founded in 2006 in Austin, TX., Okay Mountain draws upon the talents of nine members whose working locations span the continental US from Austin, TX. (Sterling Allen, Nathan Green, Ryan Hennessee, Carlos Rosales-Silva, and Michael Sieben); Chicago, IL. (Josh Rios); Los Angeles, CA. (Justin Goldwater); Santa Barbara, CA. (Tim Brown); and Cambridge, MA. (Peat Duggins).

Okay Mountain’s exhibition will feature a recent retrospective of three large scale works in a range of media previously premiered at other locations, and a fourth work to be unveiled in the Cress.

Okay Mountain burst onto the international arts scene with “Corner Store”, 2009, commissioned by Arthouse at the Jones Center, for the Pulse Miami Art Fair during Art Basel Miami. “Corner Store” is now in the collection of the 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY. “Corner Store” received The People’s Choice” and “Best Booth” awards during Pulse Miami, 2009, Solo exhibitions include “Four Wheel Rollover”, upcoming 2012, De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.; “First Take: Okay Mountain” 2011, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, TX; “New Works: Okay Mountain”, 2010, Austin Museum of Art, TX.; “Benefit Plate”, 2010, Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC; and “Big Strange Mystery”, 2010, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.  Recent projects include “Food Fight”, 2010, a mural commissioned by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Okay Mountain’s exhibition is supported by The Friends of the Cress Gallery.

For more information about Okay Mountain visit For more information about Okay Mountain’s Cress Gallery exhibition and Marek Series events visit (soon to launch) or become a Fan of the Cress Gallery of Art on FACEBOOK; or contact ; voice or text 423-304-9789.

Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday; 1:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Gallery location: UTC Fine Arts Center lobby, 752 Vine Street, 37403

Parking: Parking is free after 5:00pm weekdays and all day on weekends in any UTC lot not marked “24-hour reserved”.  Before 5:00pm on weekdays, visitors may find one-hour or metered street parking or obtain a lot pass from the Parking Office in the UTC Facilities Bldg. located at 400 Palmetto Street.



Chattanooga’s Best Theatre Productions of 2011

January 9, 2012

Here are links to the original stories for the 3 chosen plays:

The Robber Bridegroom was produced by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Theatre and Speech.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was produced by the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

My Children, My Africa was produced by Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

Listen to this Story:

New Book Commemorates 125 Years Of UTC History

December 6, 2011


A book has just been published that illustrates more than a century’s worth of UTC’s history.  The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: A 125 Year Tradition contains dozens of historical photographs, as well as recent campus photos from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Robin Hood.  It’s on sale at the UTC bookstore and online at

Connor Society Presents “Three Chancellors” Forum at UTC

March 10, 2011


On Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m., the Connor Society will present a forum called “Three Chancellors” in the University Center Auditorium at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Former Chancellors Fred Obear and Bill Stacy and current Chancellor Roger Brown will take part in this forum, moderated by former Times Free Press Editor-in-Chief Tom Griscom.  The university is currently celebrating 125 years of service in Chattanooga and at the forum the university’s past, present and future will be discussed.

In this interview, I’m speaking with Connor Society member Dr. Clif Cleaveland and current Chancellor Roger Brown.

Ian Pedigo’s “Living Daylights” premieres at the Cress Gallery

February 8, 2011

Listen to an interview with Pedigo about his work.

UTC Marek Series visiting artist Ian Pedigo has arrived in Chattanooga for “Living Daylights” an exhibition of his work in the UTC Cress Gallery, Feb 8 – Mar 21. All events and the exhibition free and open to all.

Pedigo speaks about his work followed by a public reception Tuesday February 8, 5:30pm, room 356 Fine Arts Center.

Professionalism panel with Pedigo: 11am – 12pm Wednesday February 9, room 356 Fine Arts Center

Process and Materials talk + demonstration: 5pm – 6pm Wednesday February 9, room 356 Fine Arts Center.

Ian Pedigo: Living Daylights

February 8 – March 21, 2011; Cress Gallery hours 9:30am -7:30pm M-F; 1pm – 4pm weekends;

UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine Street, Chattanooga, 37403. Park free after 5pm and on weekends.

For more information about the artist and his work visit

Join the Cress Gallery of Art on FACEBOOK or visit

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Ian Pedigo left the cold Northwest at a young age to travel and later study sculpture and visual art in Texas, Italy, and Austria.  In Salzburg, Austria, (2001) he participated in a program (Internationale Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst) that had a lasting affect on his work where Pedigo studied with installation artists such as the Russian Ilya Kabakov.  Pedigo received his MFA (2002) from the University of Texas at Austin and relocated to New York that year where he continues to live and work.  He has been featured in solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, and France and has participated in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and abroad.  Pedigo’s work has received reviews in many contemporary art publications including Artforum, Art In America, Art News, Freize, and Art Review; as well as in periodic publications such as The New York Times, Time Out New York, and the New Yorker.   A full color catalog dedicated to his work created over the past four years will be released later this year.

“Awake and Engage” opens 3rd Documentary Series with Double Feature at UTC

October 17, 2010



"King Corn" Co-Producers


When: Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: UC Auditorium
Admission: Free
Film to be screened: “King Corn” and “Big River” (A King Corn Companion)
Topic: The ecological consequences of industrial agriculture
Film Website:
Host/Discussion Leader: M. Jaynes
Shown in conjunction with: The Third Annual Jaynes-Najberg Awake and Engage(d) Documentary Film Series

“Awake and Engage(d)” Founder, Mike Jaynes writes about this Film Series:

AWAE, a monthly colloquium, will screen socially conscious documentary films with the aim of fostering a renewed interest in some of the most pressing issues confronting the graduates of our university in the future. As mainstream media too often ignores the voices of “others” on the periphery and quashes the message of the marginalized, AWAE provides a forum for documentarian narratives that interrogate the status quo and offer alternative perspectives that encourage sustainability, preservation and participation. The films chosen for this series place an emphasis on the civic responsibility of individuals by demonstrating some of the dangers facing the environment, animals, economies and civil rights in the not-so-distant globalized future. So, this year, please join us at AWAE to discover the work of documentarians advocating social and ecological justice in the modern world.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recognized the work of Professor Jaynes in 2008 for his work on this film series among other achievements.

Mike Jaynes, English, continues building a national reputation in the animal rights and advocacy field. Already an internationally published animal advocacy writer, he continues to contribute to the humanities as well with the following twelve essays, interview, and four speaking appearances placing publications in national outlets such as, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Dissident Voice

ATSUSHI FUNAHASHI directed “Big River” and he says about this film:

Big River is a metaphor of America. As tiny currents gather together to become the Rio Grande, people feed into America from all over the world. The title also reflects my aspiration to make a profound but simple film as the cannon of Western films used to do.


Solar Panels installed at UTC’s Challenger Center

October 8, 2010

This was reported in an article published October 1, 2010 on UTC’s blog at

Students can see their green fee money at work, converting sunlight into energy. New solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Challenger STEM Learning Center.

Danny West is quoted as saying about the newly installed solar panel array:

“This conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without moving parts, is silent and pollution free in its operation. It is a renewable energy source that will supply the estimated electrical load for teaching within the Challenger Center,” said Danny West, facilities planning and management.

New Nursing Graduate Degree at UTC

September 8, 2010


A doctorate in nursing historically meant a PhD–that is, a degree in philosophy.  So, if you had a nursing PhD, you worked in research or education.  But now a new degree, the doctor of nursing practice, is helping advanced practice nurses to implement their knowledge and skills out in the field.

Listen to the story.

From the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Web site:

The post masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing is a program of doctoral study for the nurse desiring specialty education in advanced levels of nursing practice. The DNP emerged from recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and leaders in health care. Embracing those recommendations, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) advanced the concept of the DNP and recommended that by 2015 all new applicants for advanced practice certification should have a DNP degree.

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare advanced practice nurses who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership. The program was designed using the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified by the AACN.

The DNP program curriculum for most post master’s students will be a minimum of 34 semester credits. As a component of the DNP program, you will develop and implement an evidence-based innovative/translational project that could solve a significant health-care problem. With your faculty advisor/mentor you will develop and present your scholarly project. Students will also complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated 1000 hours of specialty training that is one of the distinctions of a DNP graduate.

More information about the program is here.

Archaeology Field School on Sapelo Island

September 1, 2010


The director of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dr. Nick Honerkamp, spent his summer conducting an archaeological field school on the barrier island of Sapelo off the coast of Georgia. Working with the local inhabitants, Dr. Honerkamp and his students began collecting data and documenting the history of the island cemetery.

Listen to the story.