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.
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.
UT students will have an opportunity to showcase their design talents and retail know-how in a national design competition sponsored by Robin-Ruth, an international casual lifestyle brand. The company selected UT to participate as one of six high-ranking retail programs in the United States.
A member of the Volunteer family recently passed away. Trinity Wallace, of Maryville, was a senior in the College of Social Work and was a member of the university’s Bachelor’s Social Work Organization.
The new end-of-course evaluation system opened today and will remain open through December 2.
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.
As a reminder, the time frame to request a refund of any unused Flex Dollars is December 9–31, 2016. During this time, you will be able to log on to your MyUTK account, click the link located in the “Important Messages” section and submit your refund or rollover selection for any unused Flex Dollars.
Melvin Sturm, a 1944 mechanical engineering graduate from UT, has continued his family legacy of supporting both the university and students from Campbell County.
The archived webcasts from the faculty and staff forums for each of the three chancellor finalists—Alexander Cartwright, Beverly Davenport, and Pamela Whitten—are available on the search website. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit their feedback by the close of business today.
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.