Alumni News

Alumni Recognized at Awards Dinner

Group photo of all the award winners during The University of Tennessee 2015 Alumni Board Awards Dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center on October 2, 2015 (l-r): Kim C. Bush, Nathan Sam Dougherty, C. Keith Boswell, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, Howard E. Chambers, Ellie Holcomb, Terry Begley, Rachel Cruze, Amy Miles, Inky Johnson, Carol V. Aebersold, Richard L. Rose, Ann Holt Skadberg, Alan D. Wilson, Robert Bellenfant, Dwight "Book" Hutchins, Mike Littlejohn, and Senator Bob Corker. (Credit Image: Steven Bridges -

Nearly 300 UT alumni, spouses, families, and special guests convened at the Knoxville Convention Center October 2 for the Alumni Board Awards Dinner.

The mood was all red carpet as nineteen remarkable Volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and professions were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT, the nation, and the world.

Terry Begley, president of the Alumni Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies. Clay Jones, the Alumni Board vice president, gave the invocation, and Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek updated the attendees with good news from campus.

Frieson Black Cultural Center Named in Honor of Alumni Brothers


When the rigors of college life were intense, Don and Ron Frieson found a home away from home at the Black Cultural Center. The Frieson brothers returned to their alma mater Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renaming of the building to the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The Friesons recently gave $1 million to the center in tribute to their family.

Students Benefit from Regal Scholars Program

The Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group’s foundation invests $100,000 each year in the program. For Volunteers from lower-income families, the need-based scholarships help make the dream of earning a degree from UT a reality.

Law Graduate Writes Column About Refugee Crisis

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Alumnus William Carey Bateman III (’15) has been working in Budapest, Hungary, over the past few weeks, witnessing firsthand the refugee crisis in Europe. He recently described his experiences in a guest column for The Commercial Appeal.

Torchbearer Plaza Bricks Find Their Way Back to Circle Park

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The Volunteer statue in Torchbearer Plaza has witnessed many milestones since his 1968 debut on campus including marriage proposals, the Vol Walk, and plenty of graduation day photos. The recent renovation of the plaza has provided a unique opportunity for alumni staff to return a piece of UT history to hundreds of Volunteers.

Law Graduate Interviewed for US News and World Report Podcast

Tricia Dennis, a College of Law graduate, talks about her thirty-year career as a personal injury attorney and the challenges of maintaining a solo practice, along with how she’s dealt with sexist attorneys in a podcast from the I Am the Law blog of US News and World Report.

Grad Converts Bread Truck into Mobile Fashion Company

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It all started in a closet. What was once just an idea for Brandi King, a 2015 Haslam College of Business graduate, is now a reality. Her company, Rentique, officially opens its doors this week. Rentique is a mobile fashion truck that rents high-end dresses and apparel for special occasions. The truck features a changing room, sitting area, and a variety of clothing styles.

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.