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Many of the existing utilities that serve Dougherty Engineering Building will be turned off Saturday, July 26. From 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. that day, there will be no hot water, cold water, steam, air conditioning, distilled water, chilled water supply and return, or compressed air for classrooms, offices, and laboratories. However, electricity will be available during the outage.
UT Drive will close Thursday afternoon, July 24, and will reopen early Monday, July 28. The road, which connects Andy Holt Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard on the west side of campus, is closing to accommodate the annual Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association competition taking place July 25 through 27 in the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Local NPR affiliate 91.9FM WUOT recently featured Professor Joseph Carcello and his appointment to the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee.
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has honored its 2014 Baker Scholars and Baker Ambassador graduates. Twelve graduating students were honored as Baker Scholars and Baker Ambassadors and for living in the Baker Living and Learning Community. The scholars were awarded a medallion to celebrate the completion of an independent research project on a policy issue.
A section of Lake Loudoun Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction from July 21 to July 25 as construction crews conduct utility work in the area. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, utility work will reduce the street to one lane in each direction just north of the intersection with Phillip Fulmer Way. All lanes of traffic will be open after 4:00 p.m.
IDEO global design firm partner and UT alumnus Michael Hendrix will address students at this year’s Life of the Mind event at 5:30 p.m. on August 18 in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is just part of the Life of the Mind program, which includes a common reading selection for freshmen. This year’s book is Daytripper, a graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are needed to serve as a discussion leaders for this year’s Life of the Mind program.
If you are involved in hiring new employees, take some time to familiarize yourself with changes to the state’s retirement benefits. The changes to retirement benefits apply only to new employees hired on or after July 1. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 that would allow the state to offer a hybrid plan to all state employees and teachers hired on or after July 1.
Tennessee’s sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday, August 1 through 3. During this time, computers costing less than $1,500 will be exempt from sales tax. VolTech invites faculty and staff to pre-order computers now at educational discounts and without sales tax, and pick them up after the tax holiday weekend. Eligible employees may place pre-orders using payroll deduction by July 30. Custom computer orders must be placed by July 15.
Staff parking permits for the 2014-15 academic year are now available to purchase online using payroll deduction or credit card. Employees will need to have their Net ID and password, vehicle license plate, vehicle description, and current address. Once logged in to the system, employees can follow the prompts to submit or edit information. Transactions must be completed by July 25 to receive permits by mail for use by August 1.