IDEO global design firm partner and UT alumnus Michael Hendrix will address students at this year’s Life of the Mind event at 5:30 p.m. on August 18 in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is just part of the Life of the Mind program, which includes a common reading selection for freshmen. This year’s book is Daytripper, a graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are needed to serve as a discussion leaders for this year’s Life of the Mind program.
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John Seigenthaler—founding editorial director of USA Today, First Amendment champion, and freedom fighter—was laid to rest Monday in Nashville. Seigenthaler, who died Friday at the age of eighty-six, was awarded an honorary doctorate by UT’s College of Law last year. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek granted the award, saying the Nashville native “embodies the Volunteer spirit through his words, his service, and his commitment to truth, equality, and justice.”
If you are involved in hiring new employees, take some time to familiarize yourself with changes to the state’s retirement benefits. The changes to retirement benefits apply only to new employees hired on or after July 1. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 that would allow the state to offer a hybrid plan to all state employees and teachers hired on or after July 1.
Newspaper writers, editors, designers, and publishers won top awards today in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2014 newspaper contest, cosponsored by the University of Tennessee. The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Jackson Sun, Elizabethton Star, the LaFollette Press, and The Erwin Record won the top general excellence awards at the association’s luncheon ceremonies held in Nashville. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories.
Tennessee’s sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday, August 1 through 3. During this time, computers costing less than $1,500 will be exempt from sales tax. VolTech invites faculty and staff to pre-order computers now at educational discounts and without sales tax, and pick them up after the tax holiday weekend. Eligible employees may place pre-orders using payroll deduction by July 30. Custom computer orders must be placed by July 15.
For some students, summer camp means improving sports skills, spending time in a cabin, or learning how to tie different knots. In the case of those coming to campus this week, it could mean building heart valves or solving the world’s energy needs. The growing relationship between the College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company will be on display this week as the company-sponsored High School Introduction to Engineering Systems camp will give students the ability to work on ongoing high-end projects with UT faculty and students.
Museum lovers, families with children, and other community members are invited to explore and enjoy a variety of free events this month at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The activities kick off Saturday, July 12, with a Family Fun Day featuring the exhibit Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee.
As the FIFA World Cup sprints toward a finish, a UT graduate is working in the background to make sure the players are in prime condition for the big game. Shad Forsythe, who earned his master’s degree in sport management in 1998, has been the head fitness coach for Germany’s team since 2004. Germany and Argentina play in the championship game on Sunday on ABC. Another UT grad also has been working behind the scenes at the World Cup. Jeremy Hassler, who received his master’s degree in sport management in 1999, is one of the lead trainers for the US Men’s National Team.
Staff parking permits for the 2014-15 academic year are now available to purchase online using payroll deduction or credit card. Employees will need to have their Net ID and password, vehicle license plate, vehicle description, and current address. Once logged in to the system, employees can follow the prompts to submit or edit information. Transactions must be completed by July 25 to receive permits by mail for use by August 1.
Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Center for Wildlife Health at UT shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.