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Partnerships That Make a Difference: Tennessee 4-H Health Rocks!

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The CDC reports that tobacco abuse rates for Tennessee high school students are significantly above the national average. Substance abuse among adolescents is linked to depression, unintentional injuries, suicide, and homicide. 4-H Health Rocks! is a UT Extension partnership with local Boards of Education, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the YMCA that has reached over 100,000 young people in Tennessee.

Knoxville Immigrants Invited to Participate in ‘Unknown Americans’ Project

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The First-Year Studies program is partnering with Cristina Henriquez, the author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, The Book of Unknown Americans, and inviting the Knoxville community to participate in “The Unknown Americans Project” on Tumblr. The aim of the project is to shed light on the often untold stories of immigrants in America.

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Veterinary Externship Program

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The summer semester Veterinary Externship Program provides sophomore veterinary students and fifth-semester professional students an opportunity to work directly with more than a dozen private veterinary practices in East Tennessee. The program also provides community veterinarians the opportunity to enhance their veterinary knowledge through interaction with the college and students.

Support Reaches All-Time High

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UT Knoxville received nearly $235 million in private and corporate gifts last fiscal year, marking the most successful fundraising year in its history. In fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, more than 39,000 donors boosted private support by 79 percent over the previous year.

England Chronicles: Chamber Singers Tour Historic Castles in Kent

Chamber singers Heather Gamble, Haley Retterer, Ashton Brooke, Rachel Brown, and Taylor Stone on the edge of the English Channel with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background.

Castles, more Choral Evensong performances in Canterbury Cathedral, and a benefit concert in another famous church. These are among the adventures in the repertoire of UT Chamber Singers, who will soon be halfway through their twelve-day tour of England, where they are performing in some of the country’s most historic and best-known cathedrals.

In Memoriam: Steve Thomas

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Steve Thomas, a longtime librarian at UT and a former president of the Faculty Senate, passed away on July 15.

Partnerships That Make a Difference: SWORPS Child Care Quality Initiatives

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The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service Child Care Report Card Program, Star-Quality Child Care Program, and Child Care Resources and Referral Network provide information to parents and improve the quality of child care in the state. These programs are funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.