Faculty & Staff News

Life of the Mind Speaker Announced; Discussion Leaders Still Needed

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.

New Resources Available for Hiring Managers about Retirement Changes

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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.

Pre-order Computers from VolTech in Advance of the Sales Tax Holiday

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.

Buy 2014-15 Staff Parking Permits Online Now

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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.

Carcello Named to Securities and Exchange Commission Committee

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has named Professor Joseph V. Carcello to its Investor Advisory Committee. He is the only business school professor appointed to the committee. Carcello is the E&Y and Business Alumni Professor and head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management in UT’s College of Business Administration. He also is executive director of the UT Neel Corporate Governance Center.

Business Analytics Expert Coming to UT in September; Registration Open

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Business leaders and professionals are often overwhelmed by information—not because there is too much, but because they don’t know how to tame it. Stephen Few, one of the world’s most renowned experts on business analytics, quantitative techniques, and data analysis, will conduct an interactive half-day seminar on how to effectively present and analyze quantitative business data on September 11 at UT.

EAP Summer 2014 Research Institute Wraps Up

The Educational Advancement Program’s Summer 2014 Research Institute, an undergraduate preparation for graduate school, began in May and ended last week. Fifteen first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented undergraduates engaged in examining a research topic, gaining skills and knowledge about preparing a literature review, examining research methods, and practicing technical writing while under the guidance of a UT faculty mentor.

Leadership Program Gives Faculty, Staff Opportunities to Shine

The UT Knoxville Leadership Program provides participants an opportunity to learn about best practices in leadership while enhancing their understanding of the mission and function of the various units on campus. The program began with a three-day retreat in May, where participants discussed developing an authentic leadership style, characteristics of effective leaders, strategies for navigating change, developing a personal brand, and maintaining work/life balance.