Alumni News

VolsTeach Program Establishes Endowed Scholarship for Students

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An innovative program at UT that prepares math and science majors to be teachers has established an endowed scholarship for students, thanks to the generosity of two donors. Molly Schaeffer, of Nashville, a senior majoring in mathematics, is the first recipient of the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship through the VolsTeach program.

Cartoonist, ‘Peanuts’ Creative Director Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

From left, Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor for Alumni Affairs, Paige Braddock, and Theresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

While a student at UT, Paige Braddock cut her teeth as a cartoonist for the Daily Beacon newspaper. The budding illustrator went on to work at several major newspapers before being hired by the creator of the Peanuts brand. Braddock, now executive vice president and creative director of the Charles Schultz Studio, returned to UT Thursday and was honored with the Accomplished Alumni award. She is a 1985 School of Art graduate.

Alum Will Be Working on the Sidelines at Paralympic Games in Sochi

Pate with the Paralympic flame in a photo taken at a disability sport conference at Coventry University in Coventry, England, just before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Alumnus Joshua Pate has studied the Paralympic Games for years. This winter, for the first time, he’ll experience them firsthand as a volunteer. He’ll work as a news reporter for the Paralympics, which will be held March 8 through 15 in Sochi, Russia. Pate received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2002 and his master’s in journalism and electronic media in 2004.

Alumnus, Football Player on Bravo TV Show

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UT alumnus Ray Austin is starring in a reality series on Bravo. Austin, a 1997 psychology graduate and former defensive back for the Volunteers, is part of the cast for the cable network’s 100 Days of Summer, which chronicles six young, successful, and ambitious Chicagoans as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal, professional, and social lives over one intense summer season. The show airs at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesdays.

Tyson Foods CEO and Wife to Give $3.2 Million to Institute of Agriculture

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Donnie Smith, CEO of Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, Inc., and his wife, Terry, have pledged a $3.2 million gift that establishes the Donald and Terry Smith Endowed Chair for International Sustainable Agriculture through the UT Foundation. Donnie Smith earned his undergraduate degree in animal science from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and his wife, Terry, is a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

UT Seeking Entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II Children’s Book

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Your writing could be featured in the second volume of an interactive children’s electronic book that will be produced by UT. The university’s Rocky Top Institute is accepting entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II. The contest will run through February 28. The short stories should translate the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective.