Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

Manning and Pharr Face off in UT Commercial


Two great strategic minds go toe-to-toe in the university’s latest TV commercial. In the spot, UT scientist George Pharr squares off against Vol For Life Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Their chosen battlefield: a game of chess. The spot will air during most televised Tennessee sporting events. Broadcast networks allot thirty seconds of free promotion time for each school during games.

Clarification on Gender-Neutral Pronouns

We would like to offer clarification on statements referring to gender-neutral language. There is no mandate or official policy to use gender-neutral pronouns. We do not dictate speech. Most people prefer to use the pronouns he and she. However, some don’t.

Big Orange Friday: The Orange You Need


The start of a new semester is the perfect time to remind Volunteers everywhere to wear orange on Friday. All members of the Volunteer community are encouraged to wear orange each and every Friday to support the university.

Chamber Singers Tour England


The forty-six members of UT’s Chamber Singers choir departed on July 18 for a thirteen-day United Kingdom adventure, during which they had a twelve-day residency filled with rehearsals and singing during cathedral Chorale services at several famed venues—historic Canterbury Cathedral and Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London.

Knoxville Immigrants Invited to Participate in ‘Unknown Americans’ Project


The First-Year Studies program is partnering with Cristina Henriquez, the author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, The Book of Unknown Americans, and inviting the Knoxville community to participate in “The Unknown Americans Project” on Tumblr. The aim of the project is to shed light on the often untold stories of immigrants in America.

What’s Open Today?

The university is closed today due to inclement weather. We’ll keep you updated here on which campus services are—and are not—available.

What’s Open When Campus is Closed?

The university is closed today due to inclement weather. The following are updates on campus services that are—and are not—available today.

Campus Updates

The campus closed at noon today due to inclement weather, but some campus services are open to students and staff.

Do You Know UT’s Inclement Weather Policy?


With the current threat of winter weather, the campus community is encouraged to take a few minutes review with the university’s inclement weather policy. Please note the ways that the university will notify you in the event of a closure or delay to the normal operating schedule.

Big Orange Love


Last month on social media the university asked Vol Nation for stories of Vols who got married on Rocky Top or proposed on the Hill. Your stories of #BigOrangeLove were overwhelming and remind everyone that all you need is love. And Rocky Top.