Current Students News

Sororities Raise More Than $40,000 to Build School in Haiti

After hearing Ginny Carroll, founder of Circle of Sisterhood, speak about how educating women can break the cycle of poverty, members of the Panhellenic sorority community were inspired to support and raise awareness for the cause. UT’s thirteen Panhellenic sororities have raised more than $40,000 in two years to fully fund the building of a school in Haiti.

Thank You for Your Support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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In April, UT’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, along with partner organization the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, coordinated events, held discussions, and provided training sessions as part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence.

New Wayfinding District and Parking Lot Signage Being Installed

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Do you know what district you work in? New color-coded district signage is now being installed as part of the campus’s year-long wayfinding project. The wayfinding framework divides the campus into seven color-coded districts to make it easier to give directions in a broader context of the campus layout. The names were developed based on a combination of geography, function, and branding. For example, “the Village” is a reflection of the residence halls and student life functions of that district and “Torch” designates the academic core of campus.

At 18, Nursing Student May be Youngest Graduate in College’s History

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Jacqueline Gaddis is getting a head start on her nursing career. Gaddis—who will receive her degree on Friday from the College of Nursing—is the youngest graduate that college officials can remember. She is only eighteen. She entered college at age fifteen and is graduating alongside her twenty-year-old sister, Madeleine Gaddis, who entered college at age sixteen.

Graduate Student Helps UTPD Crack Large Theft Case

UTPD Chief Troy Lane and Joy Buongiorno, a graduate research assistant in microbiology.

Thanks to the help of an observant and courageous graduate student, the UT Police Department has recovered more than $100,000 in property stolen from campus buildings over the past several months.

Grad Student from Jamaica Used Sport and Education to Find Better Life

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Melissa Farquharson grew up in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. She says it was a tough place to be a girl with a lot of ambition. But driven by her love of sports, and fueled by her own tenacity and the help of some avid supporters, Farquharson found her way to UT and a better life. She will graduate Thursday, May 12, with her master’s degree in sport management and her parents, on their first trip to the United States, will be there to watch.

DIY #UTgrad2016 Caps

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It’s commencement time in Tennessee! Each year, thousands of new Vol grads cross the stage in their caps and gowns, marking four (or more) years of hard work. Decorated mortarboards are one of our favorite commencement traditions. We’ve put together a few UT-inspired designs for those graduates taking a last-minute approach to capping off their

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Three Grads to Embark on Peace Corps Missions Around the Globe

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Many students aspire to make the world a better place. Three May graduates have Peace Corps assignments that will take them to different places around the globe where they will make lasting impact. Brandon McKenna-Wagner is off to Senegal to work in sustainable agriculture, Shellee Merryman is heading to Panama to work on water sanitation projects, and Alicia Maskley, pictured, is going to Timor Leste in the South Pacific to work in economic development.

Waltzing through Life: Education Grad Dances In, Out of the Classroom

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For Rachel Henriquez the journey to graduation hasn’t been a sprint; it’s been more like a waltz. Henriquez, who will receive her master’s degree in education at the Graduate Hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 12, has expressed her passion for dance in and out of the classroom. For the past two years, Henriquez has participated as a professional dancer in Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.