UT welcomes fans to campus this Sunday for the first home football game of the 2014 season. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Aggies of Utah State University. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. The new SEC Network will televise the game. Tickets are still available for the game at UTTIX.com.
The university will celebrate the grand opening of its new VolShop at the University Commons development on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30. The new store, next to Wal-Mart, is the latest satellite location of the main VolShop. Door prizes and giveaways are planned throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UT’s recycling program has expanded to fraternity housing. The initiative, which launched last week, provides recycling containers in and around houses on Fraternity Park Drive. These containers are for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass, and plastics.
Potential law school applicants in East Tennessee are invited to attend a Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, September 3, at the UT College of Law. The workshop is free and no preregistration is necessary.
Several adjustments were made to faculty and staff parking earlier this month, in preparation for the new academic year.
As students make their way to UT for the 2014–2015 school year, they will be greeted by an array of activities and events during the university’s traditional Welcome Week. The week that gives students a glimpse of campus life kicks off Saturday, August 16, as both new and returning students move into residence halls beginning at 8:00 a.m.
As students move in this week, a few campus roads near the residence halls will be closed and others will reverse their normal traffic flow to help students get their belongings transported to their building as quickly as possible.
Students and faculty returning to Rocky Top next week can expect to see several large transformations to campus. Most notable are the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway to the Hill. A new location to eat and shop will open along Cumberland Avenue, just in time for the Volunteers’ home opener game on August 31.
UT Recycling’s first large-scale project of the 2014–15 school year is a plan to improve paper recycling efforts on campus. Last year, UT sent 6,309 tons of material to the landfill at a significant cost to the university. That was, however, the least amount of trash sent to the landfill by the university in at least the past fifteen years.
Forbes, the popular business magazine, and the Princeton Review, an educational services company known for its test-preparation services, recently ranked UT among the best universities in the country.