Students in one UT English class spent the semester learning a lot more than grammar and punctuation. This semester, English lecturer Erin Smith challenged her English 255 students to practice their public writing skills by running fund-raising campaigns for local charities. “I wanted my students to have an opportunity to learn the importance of their writing skills in the real world,” Smith said.
UT announced today an aggressive student housing redevelopment plan that will transform the student experience and accommodate the growth in student learning communities. The plan involves replacing six residence halls around Presidential Court with seven new modern facilities in five years.
Brianna Rader, a Haslam Scholar and a senior in the College Scholars program from Knoxville, is an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in Great Britain. Rader, a graduate of Halls High School, was one of the top regional applicants for the scholarship. Being an alternate means she could still be awarded a Marshall Scholarship if a slot opens up.
Smokey, the beloved UT mascot, will be joined on his adventures by raccoon and turtle friends in a new interactive electronic book that was released this month. Tales from Rocky Top, Volume I contains three children’s stories selected through a writing competition that took place last spring. The book is produced through the UT Rocky Top Institute.
Classes may be over, but UT has plenty of activities to enjoy throughout December. Here are some events holiday “staycationers” won’t want to miss.
Tom Cervone has returned to UT as managing director of the Professional Master of Business Administration program. Cervone is a 2010 graduate of the program, which is based in the College of Business Administration. Since graduation, he has been serving as a leadership development coach for the program.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free stroller tour celebrating winter and the holidays on Monday, December 16. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a winter-themed tour of the museum’s decorative arts gallery, The Decorative Experience.
Lindsay Lee, a senior studying math and Spanish, has been named a Rhodes Scholar, the most prestigious international award a student can earn. Lee, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the seventh UT student to receive the honor in the Rhodes program’s 111-year history. “I am incredibly humbled to be in the same shoes as some of the most important movers and shakers around the world,” Lee said.
Ten students were awarded $4,000 annual scholarships to UT in the recent UT–Pro2Serve Math Contest. More than 600 students from fifty Tennessee high schools participated in the competition held November 14 at UT.
UT is welcoming fans of legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt as it dedicates a plaza in her honor at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way. UT students, employees, and campus visitors should be aware of temporary street closings for the dedication.