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.
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.
UT students are poised to make such a historic trip to Cuba later this month.
Four UT students have been awarded Fulbright US Student Program Grants for 2016–17.
Faculty now have the opportunity to post paid, volunteer, and academic credit-based undergraduate research opportunities and receive resumes through the new Explore database.
The UT Forestry Club/Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters finished strong at the recent Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave at Clemson University.
Beardsley Community Farm has a new education center and other amenities thanks in part to students and faculty in the College of Architecture and Design, many community partners, and donations from area businesses.
Millicent Smith, a graduate student in journalism, will spend her summer in a paid internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, after winning a national wonk tank competition sponsored by the US Department of State. Smith developed her proposal, “He for She for Delhi,” as part of a team in Journalism and Electronic Media Professor Catherine Luther’s international journalism class.
An opening reception for the Annual Honors Exhibition will be held 3:00–5:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, in UT’s Ewing Gallery.
Parking near Cumberland Avenue will become a little easier starting in August 2017 thanks to a new parking agreement between UT and the City of Knoxville. The university will break ground in June on a new garage on Lake Avenue, which will open as the city’s Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project is completed.