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2011 Happenings in the CEHHS!

UTK Awarded $2.3 Million Grant to Help Low-income Adults in TN, GA, NC Pursue Higher Education

October 19, 2011 – Low-income adults in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina’s rural areas will now have greater access to postsecondary education, thanks to a federal grant recently awarded to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

UT’s Educational Opportunity Center has received a five-year, $2.3 million competitive grant from the US Department of Education. The center is housed in UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
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Camp Koinonia receives support from Variety – The Children’s Charity and Allison and Derek Dooley

September 23, 2011 – Camp Koinonia is one of the organizations receiving generous support from Variety – The Children’s Charity. Derek and Allison Dooley partnered with Variety to raise $220,000 tosupport local charities aimed at enhancing the lives of young people living in our local communities.

Camp Koinonia (Coin-o-nia), founded by Dr. Gene Hayes in 1977, is a week-long camp held each year, providing recreational activities for children with special needs. This residential camping program strives to enhance the lives of children with disabilities who attend. Recreational activities are adapted to the needs of the children and include horseback riding, boating, arts and crafts, etc. The camp is staffed by UT students, who benefit from receiving a wonderful hands-on learning experience. Therapeutic Recreation students and faculty, whose academic home is the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, are responsible for all the planning and delivery of services during camp week. It is a year-round effort to make Camp Koinonia possible. The generous donation from Variety and Allison and Derek Dooley will give children in need a chance to participate in this exceptional recreational opportunity.

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For more information on Camp Koinonia, contact Dr. Gene Hayes (

Amy Skinner Honored at YWCA Annual Tribute to Women

On August 18, 2011, the YWCA held its 27th annual Tribute to Women Event. Dr. Amy L. Skinner, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Tennessee, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences was one of two selected for the Equality honor.
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Dr. Marianne Woodside honored as a UT Quest “Scholar of the Week”

Dr. Woodside is a professor and the Counselor Education Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. More details here.

2011 Educators Hall of Honor Inductees Announced

On March 24, 2011, five educators and one organization were inducted into the Educators Hall of Honor. Click here to meet the inductees.

2011-2012 Graduate School Fellowships

The following university fellowship programs are made available by designated endowments and have funded 45 fellows, of which six have originated from within our college.

The J. Wallace and Katie Dean Fellowships (designated for entering students who show outstanding academic promise) has been awarded to Kevin A. Becker, Ph.D., Kinesiology & Sport Studies; Jennifer R. Newsome, Ph.D., School Psychology; and Lisa S. Silverman, Ph.D., Child & Family Studies

The Seaton Fellowship (designated for an entering student who shows outstanding academic promise) has been awarded to Matthew R. Goff, Ph.D., Nutrition

The Shipley-Swann Fellowship (designated to recognize outstanding academic achievement) has been awarded to Audrey J. Kasting, M.S., Educational Psychology & Counseling

The Yates Dissertation Fellowship (designated to recognize and support an outstanding doctoral student during the dissertation process) has been awarded to Robert E. Heidel, Ph.D., Counselor Education