Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

Religious Holidays and Observances

As the new academic year begins, Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall asks members of the campus community to be aware of religious holidays and observances, especially as faculty and staff plan events and class programs.

Power Play: Mandrus Helping Shape Future of Modern World

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Professor David Mandrus has his own spin on the future. Mandrus recently was chosen by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as a Moore Synthesis Investigator, a highly selective honor that carries with it $1.7 million in funding.

Big Orange: Campus Welcomes Its Largest Freshman Class in at Least Three Decades

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Nearly 4,700 freshmen—the largest first-year class in at least thirty years—will begin classes at UT on August 20. Overall, about 7,400 students will live on campus this fall, about 300 more than last year. While some students have already moved to campus, the big move-in day begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Join Chancellor Cheek for the Annual Fall Kickoff Picnic Monday

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites all Knoxville campus employees to a Fall Kickoff Picnic on Monday, August 18, at the Gate 21 Plaza of Neyland Stadium. The picnic has become an annual employee event during Welcome Week. Monday’s menu will include hot dogs, barbecue and hamburger sliders, homemade potato chips, potato salad, assorted cookies, brownies, and Mayfield ice cream. A vegetarian option will be provided.

Help New Students by Wearing “Ask Me” Buttons during Welcome Week

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Faculty and staff can help new students make the transition to life at UT a little easier during Welcome Week, August 16 through 22, by wearing an “Ask Me” button. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is launching the “Ask Me” button initiative this semester as a way to help new students feel comfortable asking faculty and staff questions as they join the UT family.

Appeal Process for Employees Enrolled in Partnership PPO Health Plan

If you are currently enrolled in the state of Tennessee’s Partnership PPO health insurance plan and received a letter explaining you will be transferred to the Standard PPO plan for 2015—but feel you were notified in error—you are encouraged to file an appeal by August 31. According to the state, some letters were sent by mistake, and correction letters will be mailed soon.