Into the Community: The Educator

By Alex Cate Pam Houston feels a since of duty in helping affect change in the young people around her. “My mom used to always tell me that whatever you can find for your hands to do—do it,” Houston said. So when an alarming statistic came out about teen pregnancies in Memphis public schools, Houston, … Continued

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Into the Community: The Coach

By Alex Cate Clinton Smith’s office is covered with pictures of his athletes and their smiles. While other people display pictures of their children, Smith proudly flaunts the accomplishments of his Special Olympians for everyone to see. Smith, an assistant professor of special education at UT Martin, has been a certified basketball and track and … Continued

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Management Essentials: Becoming a Better Boss (Part 2)

By John Lacey Read Part 1 This two-part series on management essentials tackles important questions about culture, motivation, recognition and trust in hopes of providing honest insight and tangible tips to help managers create productive and rewarding work environments. Part 1 of For Your Benefit’s guide to “Becoming a Better Boss,” summarized feedback from eight managers … Continued

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A Lifetime of Service, A Legacy of Leadership

By John Lacey For more than a half-century, UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson has served the University of Tennessee and people of this state, leaving a legacy of impact and leadership that has been deep and far-reaching. The power of his words and values on the importance of relationships, challenging and enjoyable work and service, … Continued

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It’s More Than a Job

For Deborah Seward, It’s About Helping Members of Her Community Whether it’s working with community members or 4-H youth, Deborah Seward finds ways to help Gibson County residents. “Working with the 4-H program has been the most rewarding part of my job. They keep me on my toes and young,” Seward said. Seward was identified … Continued

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It’s More Than a Job

For Ronald McFadden, It’s About Teaching Life Skills For Ronald McFadden, his work as Director of UT Knoxville’s Educational Advancement Program (EAP) is about more than numbers – it’s about teaching life skills. Students enter the program in need of academic assistance, but under McFadden’s direction, receive both the knowledge and skills they need to … Continued

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It’s More Than a Job

For Armintha Loveday, It’s About Building Relationships For 35 years, Armintha Loveday has spent time investing in the lives of her coworkers as an administrative specialist with the UT Institute for Public Service’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). “To me, it’s important to take the time to check in on the people you work with,” … Continued

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It’s More Than a Job

For Sue Garrett, It’s About New Ideas Sue Garrett has never been afraid of hard work. Or new ideas. Thirteen years ago, Garrett saw an opportunity to reduce waste and save her department money by recycling scrap metal from UT Chattanooga. She knew how valuable it was since her family had recycled it for extra … Continued

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