A dog teaching students how to read may sound silly. But Boudreaux, a big, fluffy, white rescue dog from Louisiana—accompanied by the UT staff member who owns him—spends one morning each week giving students the encouragement they need to excel in the classroom.
Ayres Hall is featured on the cover of the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges.
It’s tassel time in Tennessee with 1,747 undergraduate, graduate, and law students set to don mortarboards and receive their degrees from UT this week. Graduate hooding will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13. During Saturday’s ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to Edward O. Wilson, who is considered the founder of sociobiology and the world’s leading authority on ants.
Families and community members are invited to explore and enjoy free winter holiday-themed family events throughout December at the McClung Museum.
On Rocky Top, every Friday is Big Orange Friday. Watch the latest Big Orange Friday video, which highlights the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new extension of Pedestrian Walkway. The cold weather gives these students even more ways to keep orange on Friday.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, today to address increasing college access for low-income students. This is the second time this year Cheek has been invited by the White House to discuss this issue. Cheek will share UT’s commitment aimed at increasing STEM graduates by 20 to 25 percent with a primary focus on underrepresented students. Find more information on the College Opportunity Day of Action summit, or watch it live at WhiteHouse.gov.
The Ready for the World Cafe concludes the fall season with Spanish fare on Thursday, December 4. The luncheon, featuring ceviche, tapas, stewed rabbit and flan, will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.
The start of the holiday season includes a day for giving thanks, two days for seeking deals, and now a national day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back: Giving Tuesday. This Tuesday, December 2, UT is encouraging alumni and other donors to participate.
Before she died, Theresa and Raphael’s mother created a video message to comfort her children, remind them of her everlasting love, and assure them that everything is as it should be. Though her story is not real, it is the type of message a person dying of HIV/AIDS may want to leave behind. It is one of four digital stories created as a UT College of Nursing pilot research project. The goal is to create a tool that can help persons with HIV/AIDS communicate their end-of-life and advanced care planning wishes.
Students might be heading home for the winter break in a couple of weeks, but UT will still have plenty of events and activities to enjoy during the holiday season.