The Beyond the Classroom Challenge is a great way for students to jump into a broad variety of FREE campus and community events, learning more about UTC, Chattanooga, and themselves—all based on their own schedules and interests.  Each week these events are sent out to any student who signs up, and the Scrappy newsletter will identify events that count towards the challenge.  To complete the Challenge and earn an award signed by the Chancellor including priority registration, students must sign up, and must participate and reflect on 10 events before Reading Day (April 21).  To learn more, click HERE or email the Experiential Learning Team at, visit them at 433 in the Library or call 423-425-5825. 

 Beyond the Classroom Challenge Event List for the Week of 1/13


-If you would like to recieve this list via email this semester, as well as be eligible for the award, you need to sign up for the Beyond the Classroom Challenge before January 24. You can do so in Library 433 or 431, and please email or call us with questions: 423-425-5825. 

-This week does not have very many events, but they will pick up tremendously as the weeks go along!

Study Abroad 102
Monday, January 13
10:00am – 11:00am
UC Ocoee Room
Join us for Study Abroad 102 as we dig deeper into the Study Abroad experience. This session discussed steps on choosing the right program for you, how to apply for the program, credit transfers and academic courses abroad, and scholarship options. We cover how to utilize your UTC financial aid for study abroad and discuss details about passports, visa and insurance. We recommend that you attend a Study Abroad 101 session before attending a Study Abroad 102 Session. Study Abroad staff will distribute and take up BTC Reflection Cards at this event.

Video Screening and Discussion: Stalking for Love
Monday, January 13
8:00pm – 9:00pm
University Center, Room 350
The Center for Student Wellbeing and the Center for Women and Gender Equity are hosting a video screening concerning how stalking behaviors are often romanticized and condoned in media. A discussion will follow to further unpack the impacts of this trope. Student should locate reflection cards and return them at this event. Food will be provided. For more info or accessibility needs, please contact

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop
Tuesday, January 14
2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Library Room 435
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor(URaCE) invites you to attend a  to learn how participating in undergraduate research can help you gain a competitive advantage for a career and/or graduate school. This workshop will help you learn how to get involved in undergraduate research, find research opportunities on campus and beyond, learn about funding opportunities and much more! Register for this session here: Lisette Perez will distribute and collect BTC Reflection Cards.

Global Spotlight: Zimbabwe
Tuesday, January 14
5:00pm – 6:00pm
UC Tennessee Room
The Center for Global Education recently launched Global Spotlight, platform through which UTC international students can share their culture and traditions with the UTC community. This program is very casual and may include presentations, dance performances, music and Q&A. Global Spotlight allow for cultural exchange and learning between attendees and is open to the whole UTC community. Lisette Perez will distribute and collect BTC Reflection Cards.

Study Abroad 101
Wednesday, January 15
2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Ocoee Room
UTC students interested in semester or year-long study abroad are required to attend a general study abroad information session offered by the UTC Office of Study Abroad. UTC Study Abroad office staff discuss available programs, how you should choose the best program, transfer of credit, application procedures, financial aid and scholarships. Learn “almost” everything about study abroad programs and UTC policies so that you will get the best out of your study abroad experience. Study Abroad staff will distribute and take up BTC Reflection Cards at this event.

Lost Histories: Japan’s colonial peoples and World War II
Wednesday, January 15
5:00pm – 6:00pm
UC Chattanooga Rooms A & B
The UTC Department of History and the UTC College of Arts and Sciences present a guest lecture by Dr. Kirsten Ziomek of Adelphia University. Dr. Ziomek will focus on the experiences of Japan’s colonial subjects during the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest battle in the Pacific theater which resulted in the largest loss of civilian lives. She will discuss the experiences of two groups of indigenous people during the battle– that of Ainu soldiers and Okinawan soldiers and civilians. History Department Staff will distribute and take up BTC Reflection Cards.


Artist Talk and Office Space Exhibition
Wednesday, January 15
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Derthick Hall, 101
New York-based artists and LABspace curators Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres will give a talk  centered on art-making, curating, and running a thriving artist-run space in upstate New York. All are welcome! Following the talk, join us for a casual reception for an exhibition of their work at Office Space, a curatorial project hosted in Ms. Vogel’s faculty office (Bretske 203). Selected work by upper division Painting and Drawing majors will also be on view in the Bretske entryway and hallways. Lisette Perez will distribute and take up BTC Reflection Cards. 

Disney Internship Info. Session
Thursday, January 16
2:00pm – 3:00pm
UC Heritage Room (3rd Floor)
Do you have questions about internships with Disney? Learn more before applying! Come to a Disney Information Session with the UTC Disney Advisor, Donna Cooper. A Financial Aid representative will be available, too. Lisette Perez will distribute and collect BTC Reflection Cards.

Biology Seminar
Friday, January 17
2:00pm – 3:00pm
EMCS Room 230
Professor Charles Mix from UTC’s IGTLab (Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab) will talk about using GIS and spatial modeling to identify conservation priorities and promote collaboration. The Biology Seminar is a collaboration of the Biology, Geology, and Environmental Departments. Seminars will occur each Friday. Bengt Carlson will distribute and take up BTC Reflection Cards.