Howard H. Baker Jr., former US senator and founder of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, died on Thursday, June 26. He was eighty-eight. Baker earned his law degree from the UT in 1949. The Baker Center was founded in 2003 as a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement. Baker received the university’s first honorary doctorate in spring 2005.
Today we learned of the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker. “Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Senator Baker will live on in our hearts forever as a man who believed that government was to serve the people.”
Beginning July 1, two new changes to Tennessee law will impact our residency rules for students. Both changes will take effect for students beginning fall semester.
Denver Broncos quarterback and Vols legend Peyton Manning was on campus Monday to present the Peyton Manning Scholarship to incoming freshman Haslam Scholars Stephen Alexander “Alex” Crockett and Cody Sain. The Peyton Manning Scholarship program is now in its seventeenth year and has benefited 21 students. It is now awarded annually to two incoming Haslam Scholars.
Exactly 100 of Tennessee’s top high school students are spending part of their summer on campus as part of the annual Governor’s Schools for the Sciences and Engineering.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free public lecture about early twentieth-century artists in Knoxville on Thursday, June 26. The 6:00 p.m. talk is in connection with the special exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum.
The UT Board of Trustees honored President Emeritus Joseph E. Johnson with the Trustees’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the board.
The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a $2.05 billion system-wide budget Thursday and set student tuition and fees for all campuses. UT Knoxville in-state undergraduates will pay between 3 and 6 percent more for tuition beginning this fall. UT Knoxville now has three tuition rates as a result of changes to the 15-4 tuition model last year.
The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.
Gary Wade, chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, has established a scholarship to support students at the UT College of Law who are interested in a career in public service. The Justice Gary R. Wade Endowed Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Law who are Tennessee residents with financial need and express a strong interest in public service.