Alumni News

Campus Doubles Goal of Big Orange Give

UT’s first Big Orange Give—a 125-hour online giving campaign—far exceeded its goals for fundraising and expanding its network of Big Orange donors. Held during homecoming week, the campaign doubled the $125,000 goal, raising $250,105 from more than 1,640 donors from all fifty states and abroad.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Getting Social Across the Nation

Karen Freberg, alumna of the College of Communication and Information and assistant professor at the University of Louisville, has the big idea to launch a social media competition for students on a national scale.

UT Welcomes Fans, Alumni to Homecoming Game Saturday

The campus welcomes fans this Saturday for the Vols’ game against the Auburn University Tigers. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. and ESPN will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk will start at 9:45 a.m. Homecoming activities include the annual parade at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Party in the Park beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. The party’s activities include live entertainment, the world’s largest Moon Pie, and cheers by the pep band and cheerleaders. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children age ten and under.

The Circus Comes to Rocky Top for “Cirque du Rocky Top” Homecoming

Homecoming stands out as the greatest orange-and-white celebration on the UT calendar for both students and alumni. This year’s festivities culminate on Saturday, November 9, when faculty, staff, and students from different colleges, offices, and organizations across campus welcome back thousands of lifelong Vol fans. “Cirque du Rocky Top” is this year’s Homecoming theme.

Advertising Executive Tombras to Receive Alumnus Award

Charles Tombras, president and CEO of the Tombras Group advertising agency, will receive the 2013 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from the College of Communication and Information at its awards and scholarship donor appreciation banquet November 8. The banquet is being held in conjunction with the college’s Fall 2013 Board of Visitors meeting.

UT Kicks Off Big Orange Give Campaign Today

The campus kicks off an ambitious online giving campaign today. The Big Orange Give aims to raise $125,000 in 125 hours to aid the university on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university. The campaign begins at 4:00 p.m. today and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. The campaign will be driven primarily through its website and the social media channels of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

College Receives Largest Cash Gift, Creates Distinguished Professorship

Alumnus Larry Patrick has given $1 million to the College of Communication and Information, the largest single cash gift in the college’s history, to establish a distinguished professorship to honor a longtime professor and administrator. Patrick also increased his estate gift to the college to $5 million.

Landscape Architecture Students, Faculty Win Tennessee Design Awards

Projects created by students and faculty of UT’s Landscape Architecture Program recently won awards from two state design and planning organizations. The American Society of Landscape Architects Tennessee Chapter and the American Planning Association Tennessee Chapter honored the UT students and faculty last month during a conference in Memphis and at an awards dinner in Kingsport, Tennessee, respectively.