President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of UT alumnus Michael Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Nettles graduated in 1976 with a degree in political science.
UT once again is ranked among the best institutions for undergraduate education in the United States. That’s according to Forbes, the popular business magazine, which recently released its 2014 “America’s Top Colleges” list.
The UT Institute for Public Service is the recipient of a $100,000 endowment from the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund and the Tennessee County Services Loan Program. The endowment is earmarked for the internship programs at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service and the County Technical Assistance Service.
John Seigenthaler—founding editorial director of USA Today, First Amendment champion, and freedom fighter—was laid to rest Monday in Nashville. Seigenthaler, who died Friday at the age of eighty-six, was awarded an honorary doctorate by UT’s College of Law last year. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek granted the award, saying the Nashville native “embodies the Volunteer spirit through his words, his service, and his commitment to truth, equality, and justice.”
UT alumnus and NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore will command the next crew to launch to the International Space Station.
As the FIFA World Cup sprints toward a finish, a UT graduate is working in the background to make sure the players are in prime condition for the big game. Shad Forsythe, who earned his master’s degree in sport management in 1998, has been the head fitness coach for Germany’s team since 2004. Germany and Argentina play in the championship game on Sunday on ABC. Another UT grad also has been working behind the scenes at the World Cup. Jeremy Hassler, who received his master’s degree in sport management in 1999, is one of the lead trainers for the US Men’s National Team.
More than 700 people paid tribute to Senator Howard H Baker Jr. on Monday on the UT campus. The alumnus and veteran died Thursday at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee. Yesterday his casket—draped in an American flag—was placed at the center of the rotunda of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker’s family gathered to greet friends, elected and appointed leaders, and many admirers throughout the day.
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.