Current Students News

Experience Learning Student Spotlight: Brandy Manka

Brandy Manka appreciates that she’s been a part of the storm water analysis project at Second Creek since its beginning—from design to installation to running the earliest samples.

Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Victims of Paris Attacks

The campus community is invited to join the student French honor society, Pi Delta Phi, at a candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. today on Market Square in downtown Knoxville, in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks. For more information, contact Mary McAlpin at

Teen Cancer Patient Visits UT, Gets Big Orange Homecoming Surprise

Students greet Noah Hays at the Rock.

A sixteen-year-old cancer patient offered “honorary admission” to UT several months ago was on campus this past weekend to enjoy Homecoming festivities. Noah Hays, a high school junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, is a lifelong Volunteer fan whose dream of attending UT has been jeopardized by his diagnosis with stage four rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive and rare cancer of the muscle and bone marrow.

Fall Semester 2015 Flex Plan Refunds

The time frame to request a refund of any unused Flex Dollars is December 11-31, 2015. During this time, you will be able to log on to your MyUTK account, click the link in the “Important Messages” section, and submit your refund or rollover selection for any unused Flex Dollars.

Dog’s Best Friend: Being Smokey’s Handler


Jared Bruhin and John Edwards might have two of the most coveted jobs on campus. They’re Smokey’s handlers and his best pals. Bruhin and Edwards are responsible for everyone’s favorite bluetick coonhound while he’s on campus for game days and other appearances.

Lesson Inspires Students to Organize Human Trafficking Awareness Event


A class discussion about an enslaved African prince in the 1600s has inspired a group of UT undergraduate students to help stop modern-day human trafficking. The inaugural Human Trafficking on Rocky Top event will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public. Local experts will speak and an involvement fair will follow the presentation.