Other Educational and Public Service Units
Theresa Liedtka, Dean, UTC Lupton Library
The Lupton Library is the center of many teaching, learning, and research activities of the students, faculty, and staff of UTC, as well as members of the metropolitan Chattanooga community. The library maintains a collection of over 500,000 books, 10,000 current periodical subscriptions, 25,000 reels of microfilm, and 19,000 audiovisual items. Total holdings add up to over 1.9 million physical pieces of material.
The Lupton Librarys on-line catalog enables users to locate items in the librarys collections. Anyone with an Internet connection may access the on-line catalog by visiting the library's web pages at http://www.lib.utc.edu. In addition, electronic access is available to approximately 95 databases which index and abstract magazine and journal articles, some of which are full text. Areas of database coverage include business, medicine and health, education, psychology, law, biology, and many other academic areas. Current students, faculty and staff can access the electronic indexes from off-campus.
Reference librarians staff the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Lupton Library during almost all hours of operation. Individual instruction and personal appointments are available for both brief and in depth research questions. The librarians also provide a wide array of library instruction classes complementing university courses.
To borrow circulating materials from the Lupton Library, individuals must present a valid, barcoded identification card known as a Mocs Card. The standard loan period for undergraduate students is 4 weeks. Along with the collections of UTCs Lupton Library, UTC students, faculty, and staff with valid identification are granted reciprocal borrowing privileges at all libraries of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents Systems. Additionally, UTC students may borrow materials not owned by UTC from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). In addition to books, the library also circulates 18 laptops to students, as well as making available eight group study rooms to student use.
UTC faculty members may reserve certain items for special use by students in their classes. These items are listed in the on-line catalog as on reserve and are shelved behind the Circulation Counter on the first floor. The loan period for these items ranges from two hours to one week. The use of most reserved items is limited to within the UTC Library building. Fines for reserve items accrue at the rate of 25 cents per hour.
The Special Collections portion of Lupton Library houses the University Archives, Local History and Manuscript Collections, Rare Books, and the Archives of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The Special Collections currently hold over 90 local history and manuscript collections dealing with the Civil War and other subjects of regional interest. A listing of these collections can be found by either visiting the Special Collections web site or by searching the library's on-line catalog.
Library materials that are lost or returned after the due date are subject to fines. Fines accrue at a rate of 25 cents per day / per item. After an item is overdue for 21 days, the borrower will be sent a letter concerning the overdue item. If there is no response, the UTC Library then assumes that the item is lost, and the borrower is charged the current cost of replacement plus a processing fee of $25. If the item is returned at this time, only the accrued fine is charged. In situations where fines are not paid as required, responsible individuals will be blocked from use of the library. These individuals will also not be permitted by the business office and the registrar either to register or to receive course credits and transcripts until the outstanding obligations are fully cleared.
Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
Kim Wheetley, Director
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) nurtures creative inquiry into teaching and learning. Innovative professional development in comprehensive arts education and school reform assists elementary, secondary and university educators in establishing the rigorous study of the arts as an integral component of basic education for all students.
As one of six regional institutes established by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts in 1988, SCEA has pioneered research in discipline-based dance, music, theatre and visual arts education. Instructional materials and workshops are designed to enable teachers to actively engage students in aesthetic, historical, and critical inquiry as well as arts production. Current work is focused on exploring ways in which ongoing professional development, multi-arts education, and arts integration can enhance learning and transform schools.
SCEA personnel travel nationwide facilitating meetings, teaching classes, conducting workshops, and serving as consultants and writers for various professional associations and state education departments. Center directors have contributed to the creation of the National Standards for Arts Education and the INTASC Standards for Licensing Teachers.
A new arts integration course for UTC education majors is team taught by SCEA directors at the Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning. The Center is currently working with Lavine Production Group in New York City on three educational television series and accompanying websites for the Annenberg Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The Southeast Center fosters unique collaborations among people and institutions. It has significantly impacted local, state and national education policy and practice. The Tennessee Arts Commission awarded SCEA the 2003 Governor's Arts Leadership Award.
For more information see the Center's website: http://utc.edu/SCEA.
Student Support Services
Shirl S. Gholston, Director
The Division of Student Support Services, Project FOCUS (Facilitating Opportunity and Climate for Underrepresented Students) is a federally funded TRIO program that provides academic support to eligible students. Program services and activities are designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of participants. Eligibility is considered if students are low income, or first generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree), or have a documented disability. There is no charge to students for the following services and activities:
Peer Tutorials The Peer Tutorial program provides additional assistance outside the classroom to students who have difficulty grasping specific course skills. The subjects for which assistance is offered are core courses taken by freshmen and sophomore students. Students are scheduled to work with a Peer Tutor on a weekly basis throughout the semester.
Career Counseling This service helps students determine which careers are of particular interest to them and how to meet the University requirements for their major choice.
Academic Counseling The project's Academic Counseling model identifies deficiencies that may impede students success at UTC. Each student receives a diagnostic profile of his/her needs which includes a prescribed program of services and activities designed to eliminate or minimize deficiencies.
Financial Support ÊThe program provides financial support to program participants in the form of Grant Aid Awards, Scholarships, a Book Loan Program, opportunities for employment, free use of program resources, and costs paid for approved events. The program also provides information on additional financial resources to help students finance their bachelors degree and studies at the graduate level.
Graduate School Advising The goal of this service is to inspire qualified students to obtain a graduate or professional degree. Students are assisted to raise their cumulative grade point average. The program also offers graduate or professional school entrance examination study techniques and assistance with the application process.
Cultural Enrichment Activities Students are given free tickets to local and regional cultural enrichment events.
Peer Mentoring This service provides opportunities for freshmen to build relationships with Peer Mentors (successful upperclass students). Students are matched with a Peer Mentor (to the extent possible) according to academic major, and/or career interest.
Students may apply for admission by picking up an application in Siskin Trailer A or by contacting staff at (423) 425-5235. Applicants are selected based on availability of space in the program. For additional information, visit the web site at http://www.utc.edu/~utcsss .
Booker T. Scruggs, II, Director
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program that provides eligible high school students with academic and cultural activities to improve their chances of entering and successfully completing postsecondary education. Students are recommended by their high school guidance counselors and selected by the Upward Bound staff. High schools served are Brainerd, East Ridge and Howard. Upward Bound offices are located in 212 Race Hall.
Grayson H. Walker Teaching Resource Center
Karen I. Adsit, Professor and Director
The Grayson H. Walker Teaching Resource Center staff works with faculty to improve teaching and learning and to integrate technology into the classroom. The Walker Teaching Resource Center provides campus-wide faculty development seminars, workshops, and individual consultations on methods to improve teaching, learning, and to integrate technology into the classroom. Virtual workshops on topics are also available through the Walker Teaching Center website at http://www.utc.edu/TRC/.
The Walker Teaching Resource Center also provides instructional design consultation for faculty who wish to produce multimedia and other instructional materials.
The Walker Teaching Resource Center is located in 401 Hunter Hall.
John McCormack, Station Manager
WUTC is the public radio station licensed to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Operating at 88.1 FM, it provides a 24 hour-a-day broadcasting service. WUTC is the Blues, Jazz, acoustic music, and informational programming source for this area. WUTC is the National Public Radio Station for the tri-state region.