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.
The university has received a number of questions about the defacing of an American flag in front of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. We share in the concern our community has expressed about this incident.
The RecSports department will be installing a new floor in the TRECS Fitness Center area starting December 8 through the remainder of Winter Break. During this time the lower level of the TRECS will be closed. Limited equipment will be offered around the track level, TRECS Court D, and the HPER weight room. TRECS appreciates your patience as we improve
The College of Architecture and Design was recently awarded the 2016 Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee for its design of the Beardsley Farm Education Center, a project of the college’s design/build program. Completed in 2016, the center provides a classroom, office spaces, and restrooms for local residents, volunteers, and farm staff.
When the World Food Championships—sometimes called the Olympics of the culinary world—takes place in Orange Beach, Alabama, today through Sunday, UT will be behind the scenes and on the sidelines.
Paul Osborne will present “The Birthday Snake—When Humans and Wildlife Collide” at the Science Forum on Friday. His talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees