BOBI News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Russ Coughenour

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Russ Coughenour, director of career services, has the big idea of the Greater Knoxville Area Consortium of Employers.

Big Idea: Pin Fits Student Veterans to a “T”

Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment, and Education Center, and the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans had a big idea that will help student veterans find each other at UT: a small “T” pin emblazoned with the stars and stripes. The first group of the pins will be given out today at an orientation session for veterans who are preparing to start classes at UT in the spring as transfer students.

Come Tell Us, What’s Your Big Idea?

Calling all students, faculty, staff, and alumni! Do you have a Big Idea to share? Now is your chance! The Office of Communications and Marketing will be filming “What’s Your Big Idea?” videos from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 28, at the television studio in Communications Building Room 91.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Melahnie Springfield

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Melahnie Springfield, an advertising graduate student, had the big idea to start a popular blog about self-segregation in social media.

Big Idea: Business Students Organize 5K Race to Raise Money for Knox Shelter

Barefoot Benefit

Five business students had a big idea to raise money for a good cause—a Knoxville-area shelter that cares for low-income seniors—while also doing something fun. So they organized the Barefoot Benefit 5K, which invited barefoot runners and walkers alike to participate in the 3.1-mile race.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Sarah Hillyer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She and co-founder Ashleigh Huffman have the big idea of using sport as a tool for personal and community development.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Bill Bass

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”

Big Idea: New Tech Tool Helps You Find Books in Hodges Library

Need a library book, but don’t want to spend hours hunting for it in the John C. Hodges Library? Thanks to a big idea called StackMap, the search should be much quicker. StackMap displays book information and pinpoints not only the floor but the specific shelf range where a book is housed.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Pickelsimer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering, has the big idea of charging electrical vehicles without ever having to plug them in.

Big Idea: Stroller Tours Allow Caregivers, Children to Enjoy McClung Museum

The staff at the Frank H. McClung Museum has come up with a way for caregivers to enjoy the museum’s offerings without the worry of their children disrupting other visitors. They’ve created the Stroller Tour. Parents, caregivers, squirming babies, and toddlers are invited to the first one on Monday, October 22. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the museum’s Decorative Arts Gallery.