Whether you are considering becoming a candidate for public office or helping the people who do, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT Knoxville has just the ticket for you. Campaign 101: Seeking Public Office is an all-day workshop for those entering politics for the first time, seeking re-election or wanting to become more involved in the political process. The course will take place from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. The registration deadline for Campaign 101 is Tuesday, May 26.
The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to be a major force in the state’s economy with its offices and laboratories attracting a well-educated workforce, providing more than 12,000 jobs and paying an average salary significantly higher than the state average. UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) recently completed an in-depth analysis of the economic impact of DOE on the state economy.
The University of Tennessee Libraries has received a certified reproduction of the United States Bill of Rights, and invites the public to a ceremony this week celebrating the donation. The document is actually a certified reproduction of the state of North Carolina’s original 1789 copy of the Bill of Rights. It is a gift to the library from UT alumnus Virgil Adams of Chattanooga. A donation ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 14, in room 605 of the John C. Hodges Library.
Thousands of graduates, their families and friends converged on UT Knoxville this week to celebrate spring commencement. More than 3,200 undergraduate students were eligible to participate in this week’s commencement ceremonies, which combines graduates from the spring and summer terms. Nine ceremonies were held over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and featured many notable speakers who offered graduates sound words of wisdom and advice.
Entertainment legend, philanthropist and East Tennessee native Dolly Parton was honored today with only the second honorary degree granted by the UT Knoxville. The degree, a doctorate of humane and musical letters, was given at the commencement ceremony for the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences. More than 12,000 were in attendance for the event, at which Parton shared both songs and wisdom with the graduates and their families.
Although economic conditions for the state and nation remain dire, there are early indications that a slow turnaround may be coming. That’s the cautious optimism expressed in the spring update to the 2009 Economic Report to the Governor, prepared for Gov. Phil Bredesen by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at UT Knoxville. The report’s author is Matt Murray, UT economics professor and CBER associate director.
Fifteen of the nation’s top students have accepted the invitation to attend UT Knoxville as the 2009-2010 class of Haslam Scholars. The Haslam Scholars Program, launched last year, is a premier honors program at UT. More than 1,100 students met the eligibility criteria for the Haslam Scholars program, 250 students conducted initial interviews with the program director and associate director, and 30 finalists were invited to interview in March.
UT Knoxville’s annual Kickoff to Commencement event will feature a free concert from music group Sister Hazel, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Former dean of the College of Communications and Information Sciences Faye Julian, who retired in 2005, will be honored with the 2009 College of Communication and Information’s Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award on May 7 at the college’s spring commencement. Recent winners include two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and noted science writer for The New York Times, John Noble Wilford, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
UT, Knoxville, welcomed Jimmy G. Cheek as its seventh chancellor today during an investiture ceremony held in his honor. The event, held to formally acknowledge Cheek’s new role, in which he has been serving since Feb. 1, also provided an opportunity for Cheek to lay out his vision for UT Knoxville to an audience comprising trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and representatives of government and other institutions of higher education.