Denver Broncos quarterback and Vols legend Peyton Manning was on campus Monday to present the Peyton Manning Scholarship to incoming freshman Haslam Scholars Stephen Alexander “Alex” Crockett and Cody Sain. The Peyton Manning Scholarship program is now in its seventeenth year and has benefited 21 students. It is now awarded annually to two incoming Haslam Scholars.
The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.
Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in US history, visited UT on Thursday to speak and participate in a panel discussion with coaches from six countries as part of the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports initiative.
The Vols and Lady Vols are heading to the Sweet Sixteen! For the Lady Vols, it’s the thirty-second trip in thirty-three years. They’ll play the number four seed University of Maryland in Louisville at noon on Sunday. The game will air on ESPN. The Vols will advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in school history. They’ll take on a number two seed University of Michigan team on Friday in Indianapolis. That game will air at 7:15 p.m. on CBS.
With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights. The technology is being “premiered” at the state’s research university inside the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the country.
Work has begun on the demolition of Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall. The university is making way for a new residence hall and dining facility and parking garage on the site at the corner of Volunteer and Lake Loudoun Boulevards. Plans are also in place to expand Haslam Field on the site. Abatement work has started on Stokely and Johnny Majors Drive has been closed to through traffic as part of the planned demolition.
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.
UT fans recycled their way to second place in the Southeastern Conference in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly recycling competition among US colleges and universities. UT Recycling took on the challenge to increase recycling and composting at football games, to shrink its environmental footprint, and to broaden sustainability efforts.
The campus welcome fans this Saturday for the year’s final home football game. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. for the Vols’ game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and ESPN-2 will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk will start at 4:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park. Saturday is Senior Day, when seniors on the football team will be honored for their contributions as student-athletes. The seniors will run through the “T” and join their families on the field for special recognition.
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.