Alumni News

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.

Professor to Present Annual “Magic of Chemistry” Show Tuesday

It’s National Chemistry Week, and at UT that means it’s time for Al Hazari’s annual Magic of Chemistry show. This year’s show—free and open to kids and adults—will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, in Dabney-Buehler Hall, Room 555.

College of Business Administration Honors Alumni at Annual Gala

The College of Business Administration celebrated the accomplishments and service of three alumni and one corporation during its fifth annual Alumni Awards Gala on October 18. Almost $100,000 was raised for the College Fund for Business Administration through the combination of sponsorships and proceeds from the silent auction.

P. F. Chang’s CEO Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Chairman and CEO of P. F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. Rick Federico has received the Accomplished Alumni award from UT. Federico, a 1976 sociology graduate, was honored with the award earlier this month. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Knowing the Consumer

Curtis Rose, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and senior vice president of digital strategy at Erwin Penland, has the big idea of combining consumer psychology and digital capabilities to grow your business.

Ant Expert, Sociobiology Founder to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Edward O. Wilson, who is considered the world’s leading authority on ants and the founder of sociobiology, will receive an honorary degree from UT at the Spring 2014 Commencement. The Board of Trustees on Friday approved plans to honor Wilson, who studied at UT for a short time in the 1950s, with an Honorary Doctor of Science and Letters in ecology and evolutionary biology.