Posts By: Rebekah Winkler

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.

Major Jared Crain is New Head of Army ROTC

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Major Jared Crain is the new head of the Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Commissioned upon his graduation from West Point, Crain previously served five combat tours of duty. He’s been to Iraq four times since 2003 and to Afghanistan once.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall Open House

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On Monday, UT will open the doors of its first new residence hall in forty-five years. About 700 undergraduate students will be moving in for the fall semester. University Housing invites you to visit the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall during an open house from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11.

UT Director Appointed to Governor’s Aerospace, Defense Advisory Board

Governor Bill Haslam has appointed a UT director to a new committee that will advise him on how to support aerospace and defense employers in Tennessee and ways to attract new businesses. Andy White, director of the university’s Aerospace and Defense Executive Master of Business Administration program, is one of ten members on the Tennessee Aerospace and Defense Advisory Board.

UT Part of Multistate Effort to Solve the Mississippi’s Blues

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The Mississippi River and its tributaries have provided water, transportation, and sustenance for people living along the water’s edge since well before Europeans set foot in the New World. A new group is helping make sure that role continues well into the future.

Archaeological Project to Document Battle of Fort Sanders

Captain Orlando Poe’s 1864 map: Topographical Map of the Approaches and Defenses of Knoxville, Tennessee. Secretary of War, Office of Chief of Engineers, United States Army. Library of Congress, American Memory Collection.

Before Fort Sanders was a densely populated neighborhood and restaurant and retail hub, it was known for the bitter clash between Confederate and Union soldiers with the South unsuccessfully trying to siege Knoxville. An effort by researchers at UT Knoxville will make sure this important piece of history does not forever fade into the metropolis.