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VOL. 43 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 12, 2019

UT’s Hutson named AANP fellow

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Sadie Hutson, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, was one of 63 nurse practitioner leaders recently inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Hutson, assistant dean for graduate programs, studies chronic illness among rural and underserved populations and the advanced care planning needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS as well as the human consequences of living at high genetic risk of cancer.

Previously, she served as coordinator for the undergraduate Nursing Honors program at UT from 2012 to 2017. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sponsors.

Hutson has a degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and both an MSN and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has served as the director for the hereditary cancer risk assessment program at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center of Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky, since 2010.

Hutson’s induction into the academy was based on her outreach in clinical cancer genetics to patients in Eastern Kentucky, as well as the recognition of her scientific trajectory as being uniquely clinically grounded, producing data that can be easily carried over into direct health care interventions.

“Dr. Hutson’s exemplary scholarship and clinical practice are recognized through this elite honor,” says Dean Victoria Niederhauser. “She is a role model for nursing students and her work she has positively impacted her patients and the community at large”

Colloms gives back to UT College of Law


University of Tennessee College of Law alumnus Carl Colloms, who graduated in 1966, has committed $1.15 million over seven years for scholarships at the school.

This gift will grow the Judge Carl E. Colloms Scholarship endowment to one of the largest in college history.

“Student scholarships are crucial to the College of Law’s success, and we are deeply grateful to Judge Colloms for his incredibly generous support,” Dean Melanie Wilson says.

“Scholarships change the lives of our students by reducing the cost of their education and the debt they carry after graduation. Scholarships also allow the law school to attract the best and brightest students.”

Colloms, a Charleston, Tennessee, native, has designated his gift to benefit students from southeast Tennessee. He began his career as a solo practitioner in 1966 and quickly distinguished himself as a leader in the community. He served as a county attorney for more than five years and was the youngest county leader in the state during his term as mayor in Bradley County, a position then called county judge.

After returning to private practice, Colloms was appointed as a child support magistrate and served in that role for nearly 25 years.

Colloms dedicated his legal career to supporting children and their families, and he continues that legacy of giving back with this gift.

Colloms says he hopes recipients will go on to positions of influence and someday realize “that they were helped by that man from that small town in Tennessee.’’

ADMBA awards Haslam scholarships


The Aerospace & Defense Advisory Board has presented Joshua Lazarus and Katherine “Katie” Starck with scholarships in the spring. The two will graduate in December 2019.


The Haslam Aerospace & Defense MBA program at the University of Tennessee provides government, military and aerospace and defense industry professionals an opportunity to learn from both professors and industry experts while continuing to work.

Starck serves as the enterprise operations manager for engineering research and consulting Inc. in support of the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center in Alabama. Lazarus is a senior subcontract manager for Lockheed Martin, missiles and fire control, in Kentucky.

The scholarships were made possible through a donation by DeWayne Allen. Allen, an ADMBA program alumnus and advisory board member who is the director of customer & account management at Collins Aerospace, says he made the donation because he believes in the value of the program to its student-professionals.

“The most valuable part of the program is the network of classmates that are dispersed throughout the aerospace and defense industry,” Allen says.

WUOT welcomes Keuper back to fold


Former news host Chrissy Keuper is returning to WUOT.

The station is licensed to the University of Tennessee to anchor local portions of NPR’s evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

“We’re delighted to bring back a familiar voice to WUOT. Many of our listeners will remember Chrissy when she hosted Morning Edition from 2004 to 2015,” WUOT Director Regina Dean says. “We’re excited to welcome her back on our airwaves as our All Things Considered host.’’

She will also take turns hosting WUOT’s public affairs program, Dialogue, and contribute in-depth features and interviews that tell East Tennessee’s many stories.

Keuper, a Johnson City native, succeeds Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT’s longtime All Things Considered host. He remains at WUOT, overseeing the station’s award-winning news department.

Trust Company hires Cook as client specialist


Thomas Cook has joined The Trust Company of Tennessee as a client specialist.

Based in Knoxville, the company is a state-chartered bank with more than $3.5 billion under management. The company helps individuals, families, business owners and charities make better decisions with money through wealth management, corporate retirement and personal trust services.

“Thomas enthusiastically approaches multiple facets of his life and will bring that energy to our clients when helping them make better decisions and reach financial goals,” says Sharon J. Pryse, founder and CEO of the company. “Providing excellent service and guidance for clients at every stage of the journey is so important to him and The Trust Company, and I’m happy to have Thomas join our team.”

Cook, who lives in West Knoxville, is a candidate for Certified Financial Planner certification. He has a degree in personal financial planning from Utah Valley University. He previously served as a paraplanner for LJCooper Wealth Advisors.

“I understand the impact that financial stress can have on individuals and families,” Cook says. “I want to provide leadership and guidance to eliminate financial stress and improve the lives of our clients.”

Oak Ridge High band director, assistant selected


Oak Ridge Schools have announced two appointments.

Michael Spirko has been named the new director of bands, and Sean Rutherford has been named new assistant director of bands for Oak Ridge High School.

“The band program at Oak Ridge High School has a rich history and long-standing tradition of excellence in a wonderful community that has always deeply supported the arts,” Spirko says.

Spirko has served as assistant director of the Oak Ridge High School bands for the past six years. Rutherford has served as the band director at Jefferson Middle School for the past two years in addition to being in charge of percussion instruction at the high school.


Spirko previously served as band director at West Valley Middle School and at Halls High. He is a professional trumpet player and currently a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and he leads his own swing big-band. His degree in music education and in studio music and jazz is from the University of Tennessee. Spirko was a member of UT’s Pride of the Southland marching band and was head drum major in 1997.

Rutherford previously taught as the assistant director at Fulton High for one year and as the Director of Bands at Clinton Middle School and assistant at Clinton High School for six years. He also spent four years in DCI (Drum Corps International).

Couple honored by Pellissippi State


Pellissippi State Community College’s new building on its Blount County Campus will be named the Ruth and Steve West Workforce Development Center.


“Ruth and Steve West have been longtime supporters of Pellissippi State’s mission to educate and provide vital workforce development,” says Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Their generous spirit has made a lasting impact on the college and the Blount County community. We are honored that the new Workforce Development Center will bear their name.”

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the name request at its quarterly meeting June 21.

“It is an honor,” Steve West says. “We’ve been involved with Pellissippi State for a long time here in Blount County, and Ruth served on the Pellissippi State Foundation board for some time.”

The Wests’ donation to The Campaign for Pellissippi State will help build the new Workforce Development Center, a $16.5 million project. The 53,000-square-foot building will be used by Pellissippi State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville to help fill the area’s need for highly skilled, college-educated employees.

“I was on the Blount County Industrial Board for 20 years, and we brought a lot of diverse companies in and continue to do so,” says West, who also served as mayor of Maryville from 1999 to 2003. “But it’s not like it was when I was young. A good attitude and willingness to learn is not enough. We need more specialized training to fill these jobs.”

Pellissippi State’s part of the new building is expected to house a Smart Factory MegaLab featuring Industry 4.0 curriculum and offer classes in computer information technology, culinary arts, electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.

Manning scholarship winners announced

Tennessee has announced the four Peyton Manning Scholars for the school’s incoming freshman class.

The winners include three Tennessee residents – Caleb Ellis of Sevierville, Sreya Kumpatla of Memphis and John Maddox of Jonesborough – along with Maggie Meystrik of St. Louis.

This award has gone to 41 students in the university’s Haslam Scholars Program since Manning began endowing the scholarship in 1998.

Ellis has built multiple computers. Maddox is an Eagle Scout and a high school valedictorian.

Meystrik founded a club that advocates women’s empowerment and has raised over $1,000 for the Covering House, which provides housing and counseling for young survivors of sex trafficking. Kumpatla earned a perfect ACT score and was captain of her high school tennis team.

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