Campaign Impact Installations to Appear on Campus

Be on the lookout for hundreds of mortarboards, chairs, hanging lights, giant blocks, and sports equipment throughout Rocky Top this week.

UT Knoxville is launching the most ambitious fundraising effort in its 223-year university history. A community-wide launch is set for 11 a.m. Friday, September 22, in the Strong Hall Atrium. All students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Every day this week, the campus will feature a new impact installation to serve as visual representations of the campaign’s five key priorities—undergraduate scholarships; graduate fellowships; faculty awards, professorships, and chairs; college and unit priorities; and comprehensive athletic excellence.

The impact installations will be up by 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Rock will also be painted each morning by Student Alumni Associates to highlight each installation.

The schedule:

Monday, September 18
1,625 orange mortarboard decals will be placed on the Student Union windows facing the pedestrian bridge to represent the undergraduate scholarships awarded last year from 613 new scholarships created because of private giving since 2012.

Impact installation Tuesday

Tuesday, September 19
132 folding chairs will be placed along the Ayres Hall South Lawn to represent the faculty awards, professorships, and named chairs that have been established since 2012.

Hanging lights

Wednesday, September 20
236 hanging lights will be installed on the second floor of Hodges Library to represent the new graduate fellowships and scholarships established since 2012.

Thursday, September 21
Four sets of 54-piece tumbling tower blocks will be placed around campus to represent college and unit-based priorities. They will be placed at the Pedestrian Walkway, Torchbearer Plaza, Fred Brown Residence Hall Plaza, and the College of Law lobby.

Friday installation

Friday, September 22
558 pieces of sports equipment will be placed around Neyland Stadium’s Gate 21 Plaza to represent comprehensive athletic excellence and UT’s 558 student-athletes. NOTE: this installation will be up by 9 a.m.


Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,