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UT Alumni Summer College to Serve Up ‘Food for Thought’

“Food for Thought” is the theme of UT’s 2009 Alumni Summer College, where alumni and friends are invited to return to campus July 15-19 for five days of fun, fellowship and presentations by faculty, staff and other experts. Registration deadline is July 1. Space is limited and registrations are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Another History Mystery Solved: UT Jackson Papers Project Editor Helps New York Attorney General Recover Stolen Letter

Staff of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project at UT Knoxville once again are being credited with solving a history mystery. The group that has been in the news several times in recent years for authenticating letters and debunking myths has now helped recover a 185-year-old letter written by President Andrew Jackson that was stolen from the New York State Library and Archives.

Political and Professional Leaders to Speak at UT Commencement Events

Many notable speakers will be on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus next week to offer graduates sound words of wisdom before sending the newly conferred out into the world. All ceremonies will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, unless otherwise noted.

Capacity Crowd Expected for UT Arts and Sciences Commencement Honoring Dolly Parton

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give East Tennessee native and acclaimed musician Dolly Parton an honorary doctorate degree at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8 at Thompson-Boling Arena. Governor Phil Bredesen will join acting UT President Jan Simek and Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for the commencement. Graduates and their guests are expected to fill the arena to capacity.

UT Researchers Find Voters Very Pleased with Recent Farragut Municipal Elections

Farragut voters were extremely pleased with some changes — including a longer early voting period and an additional Election Day polling place — that made it more convenient for them to cast ballots in the recent municipal election, according to results of a survey done by UT Knoxville researchers.

Chancellor Cheek Provides an Update about Campus Preparedness for Flu Outbreak

“Our campus Pandemic Influenza Response Plan follows Centers for Disease Control guidelines. The plan gives me latitude to take immediate action if the virus continues to spread among humans and begins to cause severe and sustained illness among members of communities. Any action would be taken out of an abundance of caution to protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

UT to Hold Investiture Ceremony for Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek

Jimmy G. Cheek will be formally installed as the seventh chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, in James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. Hosted by acting UT President Jan Simek, the ceremony will include representatives of the faculty, students, Board of Trustees and administration.

UT Students Receive Scholarships for Study Abroad and Research

Two hundred sixty-nine students at UT Knoxville have received the study-abroad scholarships funded by a new international education fee collected from undergraduates. Another 10 students have received funding for study-abroad projects from the McClure endowment. The students will use the fee-funded scholarships for mini-term, summer, fall and the 2009-2010 academic year.

UT Senior Accepted into Prestigious NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

William Bradley O’Dell — a first-generation college student who is graduating in May — has been accepted into the prestigious NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to work on his doctorate in biochemistry at Cambridge and conduct research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.