The Humanities Center kicks off its annual Conversations and Cocktails series on Tuesday.
Later this month, the Pride of the Southland Band will continue an honored tradition—representing the state of Tennessee in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. The band will march in the 58th inaugural parade on January 20, 2017. This will be the band’s 13th appearance in the parade—more than any other civilian organization. Their first parade was in 1965.
The year 2016 marked a challenging time and environment for higher education—and a time of big change, overall.
The UT Board of Trustees approved Beverly Davenport to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will begin on February 15. The board met in a special called meeting Thursday in Nashville. Davenport is the first woman to lead UT Knoxville and the second woman chancellor in UT System history.
UT is ranked 49th on the list of public colleges and universities, which was released this week—a jump from 71st last year. Kiplinger’s chooses the top 300 schools from 1,200 public and private colleges and universities based on measures of academic quality and affordability.
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.
UT’s undergraduate business program is 13th in the nation among public universities, according to rankings released today by Poets&Quants. The Haslam College of Business ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience. “To be so highly ranked among business schools is an honor, and to be in the country’s top 10 based on alumni satisfaction demonstrates the efficacy of the education we provide,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will focus on its collection of bird prints during December with a Family Fun Day December 10 and a Stroller Tour December 12. The museum will feature works from its John James Audubon print collection to highlight winter birds in Tennessee during this programming.
Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
Graduate hooding will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, and undergraduate commencement will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Both events will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will award 1,136 undergraduate degrees, 661 graduate degrees, and six law degrees. Also during the undergraduate ceremony ROTC cadets will be commissioned.