Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites all Knoxville campus employees to a Fall Kickoff Picnic on Monday, August 18, at the Gate 21 Plaza of Neyland Stadium. The picnic has become an annual employee event during Welcome Week. Monday’s menu will include hot dogs, barbecue and hamburger sliders, homemade potato chips, potato salad, assorted cookies, brownies, and Mayfield ice cream. A vegetarian option will be provided.
Faculty and staff can help new students make the transition to life at UT a little easier during Welcome Week, August 16 through 22, by wearing an “Ask Me” button. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is launching the “Ask Me” button initiative this semester as a way to help new students feel comfortable asking faculty and staff questions as they join the UT family.
UT Recycling’s first large-scale project of the 2014–15 school year is a plan to improve paper recycling efforts on campus. Last year, UT sent 6,309 tons of material to the landfill at a significant cost to the university. That was, however, the least amount of trash sent to the landfill by the university in at least the past fifteen years.
If you are currently enrolled in the state of Tennessee’s Partnership PPO health insurance plan and received a letter explaining you will be transferred to the Standard PPO plan for 2015—but feel you were notified in error—you are encouraged to file an appeal by August 31. According to the state, some letters were sent by mistake, and correction letters will be mailed soon.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, the first residence hall built in forty-five years at UT, will open its doors next week to about 700 undergraduate students. The residence hall boasts state-of-the-art technology and an environmentally conscious living space. The opening of the new hall will assist UT in accommodating a larger residential population – 7,400 students will live on campus this year.
College of Engineering associate professor Claudia Rawn has been named a 2014 ASM International Fellow, earning one of the highest honors attainable in her field. She is the third member of the department to be honored in the last seven years.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has selected UT Police Chief Troy Lane and Lieutenant Donnie Ross to take part in its National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. The association is bringing campus law enforcement leaders together to focus on violent crimes against women and to support best practices within campus police departments.
Forbes, the popular business magazine, and the Princeton Review, an educational services company known for its test-preparation services, recently ranked UT among the best universities in the country.
On Monday, UT will open the doors of its first new residence hall in forty-five years. About 700 undergraduate students will be moving in for the fall semester. University Housing invites you to visit the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall during an open house from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11.