Faculty & Staff News

Save the Date for Picnic on the Plaza April 8

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will be hosting all Knoxville-area employees for an exciting new spring event on Wednesday, April 8, called Picnic on the Plaza. The employee appreciation event on the Humanities Plaza and the Johnson Ward Pedestrian Walkway will feature lunch and plenty of fun activities. More details will be sent to all faculty and staff as the date gets closer. The upcoming Picnic on the Plaza will be held in place of the annual Fall Festival.

Forum Set for October 22 about the Employee Engagement Survey

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The university’s Employee Engagement Survey is just a few weeks away. All regular UT employees who work at least 50 percent time will be asked to participate in the survey beginning November 3. Chancellor Cheek will host an open forum for all faculty and staff from on Wednesday, October 22, in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Take Advantage of Free, Confidential Counseling Services

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Whether you may be experiencing divorce, loss of a loved one, financial crisis, or other personal issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. The program provides free, confidential counseling to help employees and family members in times of need. All regular UT employees working 75 percent time or more and their spouses and dependent children are eligible to take advantage of services.

UT Study Finds Crocodiles are Sophisticated Hunters

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Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.

College of Law Dean Candidate Visits Campus October 14

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John A. Lovett, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in College of Law Classroom 132. Lovett is the De Van D. Daggett Jr. Distinguished Professor and the associate dean for faculty development and faculty academic affairs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.

Professor Part of NASA Team Preparing for 2020 Mars Mission

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Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars. The earth and planetary sciences professor is part of a new NASA-funded research team helping prepare for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The interdisciplinary team is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is one of seven to receive a five-year grant of about $8 million.

Chancellor Provides Update on Top 25 Journey

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UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek shared an update with the UT Board of Trustees last week describing the “dramatic progress” and “tremendous amount of momentum” in the university’s journey to become a Top 25 public research university.