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.
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.
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.
Get an early start on holiday shopping with a visit to UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The McClung Museum Shop will hold its annual holiday sale November 15 through 22.