Community News

UT to Install Natural Playground at Head Start Center for Pupils, Research

UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.

Camp to Give Students Inside Look at Knoxville, Atlanta Transit Systems

The Center for Transportation Research will give area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at public transit in Knoxville and Atlanta when it hosts its first Transit Camp July 29–31 at UT. Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the camp is designed to spark interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and to showcase focus areas, such as public transit, that might not readily come to mind when engineering and technology are discussed.

New American and European Art Exhibit Opens at McClung Museum June 14

La Rochelle, painted in 1914 by Georges Charpentier

A new exhibit featuring works from the permanent collections of American and European art at McClung Museum opens Saturday, June 14. The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum explores a significant grouping of nineteenth to twentieth century American and European art that forms the backbone of the museum’s Western art collections.

UT Hosting Series of Camps for Engineers of Tomorrow

Budding engineers from as far away as Massachusetts will soon gather at UT as the College of Engineering hosts its annual summer enrichment programs. The programs are arranged according to grade level—beginning with seventh grade and running through high school—with the middle school courses serving as an introduction to engineering while the high school students deal with more in-depth engineering topics.

Exhibit Featuring Historic Greenwood Mural, Other Works Opens June 6

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The twenty-eight-foot historic mural that has survived controversy, vandalism, and an impending demolition of its longtime home will be featured in an exhibit that opens June 6 at UT’s Downtown Gallery. The History of Tennessee painting will be on display along with eighteen other works by celebrated muralist Marion Greenwood. The summer exhibit will be available during three First Friday celebrations downtown and during the Downtown Gallery’s normal operating hours.

High School Students to Explore Business World through Summer Program

Thirty-five high school students from the Southeast will learn about office etiquette, personal finance, the business world, and potential careers at a UT summer camp that begins Thursday, June 5. The Business Education for Talented Students program, which runs through June 14, allows students from diverse communities to explore career and educational opportunities in the world of business. The program, which is free to students, is in its seventh year.

Solar House Moving Saturday, Donated to Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

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The university is donating Living Light, its award-winning solar-powered house, to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Living Light will move to its permanent home on Saturday, May 17. Starting at 7:00 a.m., the 750-square-foot, zero-energy structure will be transported from the UT Gardens to the Oak Ridge museum at 461 West Outer Drive. The move is expected to take several hours.

Destination Imagination Brings Celebrities, Students to Campus

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A record-setting 1,414 student teams from forty-one states and sixteen countries will converge on our campus for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. The competition will be held May 21 through 24. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization that provides learning opportunities to enrich the global community. This is the fourteenth year Knoxville has hosted the creative thinking and problem-solving competition for kindergarten through university-level students.

Utility Work Closes Traffic Lanes on Cumberland Avenue

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A major utility upgrade has closed a portion of traffic lanes on Cumberland Avenue. The university’s steam line, which crosses Cumberland Avenue, is being upgraded. Work crews are relocating water, gas, and sewer lines before the steam line work begins. During the first phase of work, one lane of Cumberland Avenue between Eleventh and Thirteenth streets will be closed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The project is set to be complete by mid-August.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Stroller Tour May 19

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free stroller tour on Monday, May 19. The 10:00-11:00 a.m. event will focus on dinosaurs and fossils. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a tour in the Geology of Tennessee gallery. The event is part of a monthly series of free stroller tours that allow parents and caregivers to interact with one another and museum staff without the worry of disturbing other visitors.