Alumni News

UT Named a Best College Value for 2017 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

UT is ranked 49th on the list of public colleges and universities, which was released this week—a jump from 71st last year. Kiplinger’s chooses the top 300 schools from 1,200 public and private colleges and universities based on measures of academic quality and affordability.

Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism

Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.

Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Program Ranked 13th by Poets&Quants

UT’s undergraduate business program is 13th in the nation among public universities, according to rankings released today by Poets&Quants. The Haslam College of Business ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience. “To be so highly ranked among business schools is an honor, and to be in the country’s top 10 based on alumni satisfaction demonstrates the efficacy of the education we provide,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.

McClung Museum to Host Free Family Fun Day, Stroller Tour in December

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will focus on its collection of bird prints during December with a Family Fun Day December 10 and a Stroller Tour December 12. The museum will feature works from its John James Audubon print collection to highlight winter birds in Tennessee during this programming.

Recent Grad Miranda Gottlieb Named a Schwarzman Scholar

Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.

UT Graduation Ceremonies Set for December 8 and 9

Graduate hooding will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, and undergraduate commencement will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Both events will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will award 1,136 undergraduate degrees, 661 graduate degrees, and six law degrees. Also during the undergraduate ceremony ROTC cadets will be commissioned.

UT Geography Expert: Gatlinburg Tragic Fire Was ‘A Safe Prediction’

When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”

Ways You Can Help Sevier County Fire Victims and First Responders

Earlier this week, thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Sevier County as fire spread throughout Gatlinburg and the surrounding area. Monetary Donations The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations for evacuees and first responders of the fire in Sevier County. You can make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Additionally, the Dollywood

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Big Orange Give Exceeds Its Million-Dollar Goal in Fourth Year

UT wrapped up its annual Big Orange Give online giving campaign with alumni and friends donating $1,521,305 in one week. “For the fourth year in a row, our Volunteer family has exceeded our goals for the Big Orange Give campaign,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “We are grateful to our alumni and friends for their enthusiasm for the campaign.”

Students Award $30,000 in Grant Money to Local Nonprofits

A group of UT students will award $30,000 among 14 area nonprofits at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in Room 501 of the Haslam Business Building. The presentation, as well as the process of choosing which nonprofits would receive funds, is part of Alex Miller’s nonprofit management class. Miller described the course as an opportunity for students to learn through service and experience.