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50 Years Later The Rock Serves as Centerpiece of Expression

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For 50 years, the Rock—a 97.5-ton hunk of Knox dolomite stone—has served as an iconic campus symbol. Most every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, individuals and groups paint the surface of the Rock, which sits at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street, to express opinions, offer congratulations, and share other messages. These messages are seen by thousands each day who come to campus for classes or to visit.

Campus Celebration Thanks Tickle for Legacy of Support

John D. Tickle, benefactor for the newly named Tickle College of Engineering, shakes hands with guests at a celebration of the naming on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, as UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek looks on.

Hundreds of UT students, faculty, and staff turned out on the plaza between Ferris and Perkins Halls on Thursday, November 3, for a celebration honoring John D. Tickle and the naming of the Tickle College of Engineering. Tickle was presented with tokens of appreciation including thank you notes written by many of the college’s 4,000 students.

Boyd Venture Challenge Awards $35,000 to Student Startups

The fall 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge awarded a total of $35,000 to four UT startup companies to advance their businesses. Prometheus, SimPath, GeoAir, and In With the Old were selected from a group of 15 applicants.

Candidate Forum Today; Session to be Webcast Live

On-campus interviews with candidates in the search for the next chancellor to lead the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, begin today. The first candidate, Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, will lead a public forum for faculty and staff from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Law School Complex, Room 132. The session will be webcast live and archived for later viewing.

Students Design Billboards to Encourage People to Vote

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Some students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media are urging people to get out and vote in a big way. Their messages are on billboards around the Knoxville area. Rob Heller, a JEM professor in the College of Communication and Information, asked his media graphics students to design posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming election. “I’m very proud of their creative work,” Heller said.

Emery Co-Authors Study on Detection of Water on Asteroid Named Psyche

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Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.

Homecoming Week Begins October 30; Celebration Marks 100th Anniversary

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One hundred years ago, UT held its first Homecoming celebration. Three hundred alumni attended. This year, thousands of Volunteers are expected to participate in Homecoming activities which begin Sunday, October 30, and culminate next weekend with the UT vs. Tennessee Tech football game and several events, including a free Saturday-night concert on Market Square. This

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Baker Center Announces Newest Class of Scholars

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has added 14 new Baker Scholars to its program, bringing the total number to 30. “This select group of students have an academic and career interest in public policy and government,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, associate director of the Baker Center. “It is a unique experience for undergraduates to be able to target an issue they are passionate about; research it; and discover ideas, solutions, and unintended consequences.”