Alumni News

Tyson Foods CEO and Wife to Give $3.2 Million to Institute of Agriculture

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Donnie Smith, CEO of Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, Inc., and his wife, Terry, have pledged a $3.2 million gift that establishes the Donald and Terry Smith Endowed Chair for International Sustainable Agriculture through the UT Foundation. Donnie Smith earned his undergraduate degree in animal science from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and his wife, Terry, is a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

UT Seeking Entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II Children’s Book

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Your writing could be featured in the second volume of an interactive children’s electronic book that will be produced by UT. The university’s Rocky Top Institute is accepting entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II. The contest will run through February 28. The short stories should translate the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective.

Alumnus Cast on NBC Show American Dream Builders

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A UT alumnus is part of the cast for NBC’s new weekly show American Dream Builders. Tarrick Love, a 1997 mechanical engineering graduate, will be one of twelve cast members to enlist in a high-pressure competition designed to push the contestants’ creative reach. The show premieres at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on March 23 on NBC.

Alumna in Sochi, Working Behind the Scenes at Her Third Olympics

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When the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, open on Friday, alumna Stephanie Garant-Jones will be backstage, helping the extravaganza unfold before the world. Garant-Jones, who earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2007, is part of the crew orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies.

UT Junior Designs, Sells Bow Ties to Raise Money for Knox Water Charity

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A bow tie can say a lot about a man, and in Harrison Collins’s case it says he’s passionate about water. Specifically, clean water. Collins, a junior in marketing and entrepreneurship, has designed and is selling high-end bow ties to raise money for TivaWater, a Knoxville-based organization that provides water filters to communities in developing countries in Africa and around the world.

New Student Union is Taking Shape

Construction on the new Student Union project is progressing well and on schedule. The six-story structure has been formed from steel, and workers are pouring the concrete floors. A new pedestrian bridge is being built and will provide a new connection to the Hill by this fall. The first phase of work is set for completion by spring 2015.

UT’s Blamey, McKanders, Patterson on “Forty under Forty” List

Two UT employees have made the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty” list of young community leaders. They are Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center, and Karla McKanders, associate professor of law.

Public Writing Course Project Made a Difference in the Community

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 Announces Student-Focused Housing Redevelopment Plan

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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.