UTC Launches Series Of Learning Lunches

Friday, November 22, 2013

It’s a common misconception that dyslexia is just reading words incorrectly, but according to Dr. James Herman, director for the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at Middle Tennessee State University, the learning disability has deeper neurological roots.  Dr. Herman was on campus to speak at the McKee Learning Lunches, a new series focused on community education sponsored by the UTC McKee Chair of Excellence.“Dyslexia is not a vision problem. It’s not just reading words and letters backward,” Dr. Herman said.

Dr. Herman’s presentation was focused on debunking some of the myths surrounding dyslexia.

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It’s not the result of low motivation or lack of intelligence. Many people with dyslexia have above average language comprehension,” he said. 

Learning Lunches are designed to promote discussion and engagement with the Chattanooga’s community.

“We want to model a community-learning style that will both inform and inspire," said Dr. Jim Tucker, the McKee chair of Excellence in Learning in the UTCC School of Education.  "These lunches will apply an interactive learning process to give members of the Chattanooga community an opportunity to share their experiences and engage with each other.”  

The participants in the lunches will come from a range of civic connections, age groups, and interests. The UTC Department of Education, Hamilton County Schools, and the local PBS affiliate were represented at the first luncheon.

During the lunch, participants were invited to speak in an informal panel discussion, hold smaller discussion in groups, and reflect using writing prompts. 

“We hope the exchange of ideas during these lunches will be an integral part of developing a strong and prospering community,” Dr. Tucker said.



Lee Conducts Remote Piano Master Class With Juilliard Professor

As a part of Lee University’s 13th annual International Piano Festival, Dr. Michael Shinn of the Juilliard School in New York taught a live interactive master class for participating students.  Students performed for Dr. Shinn on a Yamaha DCFX Disklavier PRO concert grand piano on Lee’s campus while a similarly equipped high-tech “reproducing” instrument at Yamaha Artist ... (click for more)

Roger Shen Takes First Place In Lee’s Piano Competition

Roger Shen took first place in the 13th annual Lee University piano competition for the collegiate division. The award ceremony concluded the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 11-17 on Lee’s campus.  Third place was awarded to Chin-An Lin, with an honorable mention going to Tzu-Jung Peng. For the pre-collegiate division, rather than traditional first, ... (click for more)

Charles Arthur Kyle, 29, Shot Early Sunday Morning

Charles Arthur Kyle, 29, was shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded at 1:30 a.m. to a person who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital via a personally-owned vehicle. He was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Kyle advised that he was in a physical altercation with another person when he was shot. ... (click for more)

Wilkins Found With 2 Stolen Vehicles After Homeowner Catches Him In Break-In

Authorities said Jesse Lee Wilkins was found with two stolen vehicles after a resident on Thursday caught him stealing items from his residence on Cave Lane. Wilkins, 29, of 2906 E. 43rd St., was charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of theft over $1,000. When deputies arrived on a burglary call, they found Wilkins and the resident standing in the driveway. He said ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Deadly ‘Holy Trinity’

If you have grown tired and calloused to America’s horrifying opioid epidemic, please consider what the epidemic has become. A report last week found that, in the United States, emergency room cases including opioid abuse jumped a staggering 99 percent between 2009 and 2014. It is believed that last year over 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and – far worse – more than ... (click for more)