Each week hundreds of East Tennesseans visit the UT Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, local food, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities. The Farmers Market is broadening its reach through Grow More, Give More, a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and the Society of St. Andrew aimed at feeding Knoxville’s hungry neighbors and reducing food waste.
The university’s Office of Alumni and Development and the Office of Communications and Marketing have won top awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence international competition. The communications and marketing team captured a Gold Award for their work on re-branding the T transit system in partnership with the Office of Parking and Transit. The Knoxville campus alumni and development team won a Silver Award for last fall’s Big Orange Give campaign.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase portraits from the temporary exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum on Saturday, June 21. The 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. event will take place in the exhibit gallery and the museum’s lobby. The family fun day will include educational activities focused on the exhibit, and children can make an exhibit-inspired craft to take home.
A portion of Middle Drive will be blocked from 7:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 12, while work is done on air conditioning units on two buildings. During the road closure, vehicles will be able to turn around in the loading dock area of SERF, and motorists will still have access to parking at Perkins Hall and the bus stop. Beginning after 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Tee Martin Drive and Estabrook Road will be closed near Neyland Stadium and Berry Hall for approximately two hours as crews work on fire alarm wiring in the stadium.
Beginning Tuesday, June 10, a portion of the sidewalk on the east side of Volunteer Boulevard near the entrance of the Haslam Business Building on the south side of the Pedestrian Walkway will close temporarily for work related to the new student union. The work is expected to last approximately three weeks.
UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.
Janet Nelson has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research, focusing on research development, effective July 1. Nelson joins UT’s Office of Research and Engagement from her position as director of business development for the URS Corporation. She replaces Greg Reed, who has served as associate vice chancellor for research since 2007.
The Safety, Environment, and Education Center has been renamed the Center for Health Education & Wellness. The Center for Health Education & Wellness is dedicated to a community model that is embodied in the “Vols Help Vols” commitment. The center manages 974-HELP, the Distressed Student Protocol, case management, and the Threat Assessment Task Force. Additionally, the center educates students about health and wellness areas that impact student success.
The film of a UT art professor will debut this month at he longest continually running film festival in the world. Something, Anything, a full-length feature film written and directed by Paul Harrill, will be shown June 19 and 21 at the United Kingdom-based Edinburgh International Film Festival. The movie is one of twelve selected from the United States for the festival’s American Dreams section.
Doug Blaze is beginning his final year as dean of the College of Law. He has decided to return to teaching full time. The search for a new dean is underway. The goal is to fill the position by July 2015. Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.