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International SOS to Enhance University Travel

In an effort to provide better assistance to faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad on UT business, the university has contracted with International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company. Anyone anticipating traveling internationally should plan to attend one of three one-hour information sessions offered today in Stokely Management Center Room G2. The sessions will be offered at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Confucius Institute Inauguration and Gala Will Be April 12

Note: Due to inclement weather concerns, Friday afternoon’s inaugural event at the International House has been moved to the first floor galleria in Hodges Library. UT’s Confucius Institute will celebrate its opening with an inauguration ceremony and gala stage show on Friday, April 12. The campus and Knoxville community are invited to both events. The Confucius Institute is a collaborative effort between the university; HANBAN, a Chinese Ministry of Education subsidiary in Beijing; and Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Faculty Appreciation: A Final Thanks from Students

“The research he’s doing here is pretty cool stuff.” “He just makes learning so much fun, I love tweeting the lectures.” Students thank their favorite professors in our final Faculty Appreciation Week video. You can post your own shout-out to your favorite faculty member on the Faculty Shout Out Page.

Once Upon a Time: UT Center Suggests Great Kids’ Books for the Holidays

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Put down the video game. Turn off the Wii. Round up the kids and settle down with a great book about the holidays. The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature helps people discover the best new books for children and teens. Center director Miranda Clark helped compile this list of books that will help kids learn about various winter holidays.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies This Friday and Saturday

More than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees this week. Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday on campus.The university-wide fall commencement ceremony is set for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will honor alumnus Charles O. “Chad” Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America.

Dolly Parton Writes Book Based on UT Address

Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate degree from UT in 2009, and gave the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2009, east Tennessee native Dolly Parton gave a memorable commencement address at UT that became a YouTube sensation. In her speech, Parton urged graduates to “dream more, learn more, care more, and do more.” Parton has turned that message into a new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Sarah Hillyer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She and co-founder Ashleigh Huffman have the big idea of using sport as a tool for personal and community development.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Howard Hall

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair professor of nuclear security, has the big idea to take UT’s capabilities and apply them to the challenge of global nuclear security.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

Big Orange Big Ideas

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.

Ayres Hall, Tyson House Added to National Register of Historic Places

Ayres Hall

Two of the university’s most well-known buildings, Ayres Hall and Tyson House, are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They join the Hopecote guest house as the three UT buildings listed among the 113 Knoxville-area properties on the register.