Community News

50 Years Later The Rock Serves as Centerpiece of Expression

For 50 years, the Rock—a 97.5-ton hunk of Knox dolomite stone—has served as an iconic campus symbol. Most every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, individuals and groups paint the surface of the Rock, which sits at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street, to express opinions, offer congratulations, and share other messages. These messages are seen by thousands each day who come to campus for classes or to visit.

Admission Staff Offers Six Tips for College Applicants

UT’s regular deadline for admissions and the Volunteer Scholarship is December 15. “Applying to college is an important decision and amazing time in a student’s life,” Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Kari Alldredge said. “My main advice to college applicants is to make sure they take time to reflect on all they’ve accomplished up to now and then get excited about the road ahead.”

UT Honors Sandra MacQuillan at Supply Chain Forum

Sandra MacQuillan, chief supply chain officer at Kimberly-Clark, was honored with the first-ever Distinguished Women in Supply Chain award at last week’s Supply Chain Forum at the Haslam College of Business. The award was presented by the college’s Nexxus group, an organization launched by female supply chain students and faculty at last year’s forum.

UT Partnering with WVU to Study Coal Demand in Appalachia

UT, in partnership with West Virginia University, has received $349,999 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the US Economic Development Administration to study the consequences of falling coal demand on the Appalachian region. Representatives from UT’s interdisciplinary team include researchers from the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the Haslam College of Business, the Center for Transportation Research in the Tickle College of Engineering, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

UT Torchbearer Recipients Gather to Celebrate 85th Anniversary of Award

More than 95 recipients of the Torchbearer award—the highest student honor bestowed by the university—gathered on campus over the weekend to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the award. The reunion brought together Torchbearer recipients representing classes from 1945 to 2015.

Big Orange Give Set to Raise $1 Million in Five Days November 14–18

This year’s Big Orange Give—a five-day social-media-based giving campaign for UT—kicks off today and runs through Friday. “This year we again want to raise more than a million dollars. If Vol Nation can raise $500,000, then First Tennessee Foundation has committed another $500,000 to help us get to the $1 million goal,” said Lauren Herbstritt, UT’s director of new media fundraising for annual giving.

College of Communication and Information to Kick Off Fundraising Campaign

Celebrating cutting-edge facilities and the appointment of world-class faculty who are helping to prepare students for communication jobs of the future, the College of Communication and Information will launch the public phase of a $15 million campaign. The Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign announcement will be made tonight as part of the college’s annual awards banquet.

Native American Student Association to Host Heritage Celebration Weekend

The Native American Student Association at UT with the support of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the university’s Ready for the World initiative are marking Native American Heritage Month with some special events on Saturday. An exhibition of powwow dancing in the HPER atrium will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Response to the Vandalism of an American Flag on Our Campus

The university has received a number of questions about the defacing of an American flag in front of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. We share in the concern our community has expressed about this incident.

TRECS Lower Level Closure During Winter Break

The RecSports department will be installing a new floor in the TRECS Fitness Center area starting December 8 through the remainder of Winter Break. During this time the lower level of the TRECS will be closed. Limited equipment will be offered around the track level, TRECS Court D, and the HPER weight room. TRECS appreciates your patience as we improve

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