Current Students News

Vol Court Pitch Competition Adds New Topics, Kicks off February 17

The Vol Court Pitch Competition encourages students, faculty, staff, and community members to pitch their business ideas for a chance to win $1,500, space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, and free legal and accounting services.

Poet Kenneth Pobo at Writers in the Library


Kenneth Pobo will read his poetry at Writers in the Library at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 8, in the Hodges Library auditorium. Earlier in the day, Pobo will hold an author chat with students, “How to Make Your Chapbook Count,” at 2:00 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

Research Conference Sees Record UT Participation

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is the leading national venue for showcasing undergraduate research. Each year more than 4,000 undergraduates from institutions across the country converge to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances. NCUR accepted sixty-five UT students to present undergraduate posters and oral presentations for this year’s conference April 7–9 in Asheville, North Carolina.

University Hosting Events to Mark Black History Month


February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and their role in US history. UT is celebrating the month with a slate of events across departments. The Clarence Brown Theatre is staging A Lesson Before Dying in conjunction with Knox County Public Library’s The Big Read, and other campus offices are hosting events related to the production.

UT Knoxville Receives Full Reaccreditation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s academic accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Students to Work Historic Super Bowl 50

Members of UTís Big Orange Combine will travel to San Francisco Feb. 3-8 to get hands-on experience working Super Bowl 50. Left to right are Lexi Dempsey, Mack Crowder, Debbie Mackey, Sam Gilliam, Christine Austin, Olanda James, Julie Fish, Brian Russell, Christine Steffen, Stan Norris, Megan Hatcher, Kyler Kerbyson, and Jim Dugan. Not pictured: Emily Corley.

Twelve lucky students will attend Super Bowl 50 and the historic showdown on football’s biggest stage between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. The Big Orange Combine, now in its twelfth year, involves students majoring in communications, marketing, human resources, and sports management. The students will travel to San Francisco February 3–8 to work the Super Bowl and other events leading up the most-watched television program in America. The game is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 7.