Current Students News

Graduating Senior Doesn’t Allow Vision Impairment to Thwart Theater Dreams

Christian Darnell, center, in a scene from A Christmas Carol.

Batman may be a superhero crime-fighter, but inside he’s Bruce Wayne—a regular guy who has seen trial and triumph. Born with a vision impairment, Christian Darnell, who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday with a degree in theater, identifies with that inner strength. Darnell was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes and classifies him as being legally blind.

Disability Services to Offer New Online Process for Testing Accommodation Requests, Approvals

Students who request testing accommodations and faculty who approve them will now find the process available online, thanks to a new system being implemented by the Office of Disability Services. This comprehensive data management system is designed to meet the specialized needs of the office. It simplifies the scheduling of appointments, exams, rooms, and resources with a focus on ease of use and flexibility.

Graduating Haslam Scholars Prepare for Life after Commencement

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Improving global health care. Designing better medical equipment. Revolutionizing the food industry. Teaching English in France. Those are just a few of the ways graduating Haslam Scholars plan to leave their mark on society after graduating. The Class of 2014 includes thirteen students from the university’s premier scholarship program. The graduates say the Haslam Scholars program challenged them academically, gave them a chance to work alongside leading faculty members, and afforded them the opportunity to travel and participate in extracurricular projects.

Art Students Convert Metal Scraps from Gerdau into Sculptures

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Six UT students have converted more than 3,000 pounds of scrap metal provided by steel recycler Gerdau into works of art. The sculptures were unveiled this week and are on display at the historic Ivan Racheff House in Northwest Knoxville. The exhibition, which celebrates National Recycling Month, is a partnership between Gerdau and Dogwood Arts.

Internet Explorer Security Update

Microsoft has released a security update that resolves the vulnerability in its Internet Explorer web browser that was announced earlier this week. This update covers versions 6 through 11 of the browser software. If you have Windows configured to install updates automatically, this critical update will be downloaded and installed automatically within the next few days.

Student at Bredesen Center Wins $50,000 ORNL Prize

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With the first set of UT Bredesen Center graduates set to receive their doctorates next week, students who will be in the next wave of graduates are already finding success. Andrew Lepore, working out of the Materials Science and Technology Division through the center, recently won a prestigious ORNL-related prize at the Next Big Idea competition. Lepore is on track to receive his doctorate in 2016.

Graduating Senior Receives 2014 Claxton Medallion

From left: Susan Benner, associate dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; Brooke Terry, graduating senior and 2014 Claxton Medal winner; and Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Senior Brooke Elana Terry has received the 2014 Claxton Medallion. The $5,000 award is given annually to a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who will be entering a fifth-year internship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to prepare for a career in teaching.

Facilities Services and Police Ask for Employee Help with Keeping Campus Beautiful

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In an effort to maintain the quality and beauty of our campus, UT Facilities Services and UT Police are asking for your help with wiping out graffiti. During the past few weeks, Facilities Services crews and UTPD have reported a disturbing increase in the number of “tags,” which are not only an eyesore on campus and costly to remove, but they can also cause permanent damage to UT buildings.

#UTgrad2014 Photo Challenge Missions

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Follow along with all of the missions from the #UTgrad2014 Photo Challenge. We’ll keep an ongoing list here as the challenge continues.

Landscape Architecture Student Named to National Board

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Graduate student Cameron Rodman has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects as the 2014-2015 national student representative. Rodman will serve as the liaison between landscape architecture students, ASLA student chapters, and the organization’s leadership. His role is to foster a positive relationship between students and professionals who share a mutual passion and enthusiasm for landscape architecture.