On Monday, UT launched the second annual Big Orange Family Campaign. This year’s theme is “I Believe,” and the goal is to increase participation among faculty and staff members to 55 percent. Gifts can be made through payroll deduction, or as a one-time gift online. Contributors can choose to designate their gift to any college, department, program, scholarship, or pre-established gift fund.
The College of Engineering’s annual Engineers Day festivities brought a record-setting number high school students from around the state to The Hill on Thursday, where demonstrations, games, food, and fun served as the backdrop for a “getting to know you” session between the students from and the college.
Lindsay Lee, UT’s seventh Rhodes Scholar, joins the ranks of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, a White House deputy chief of staff, and a university president, among other notable alumni. Lee learned Saturday that she will be heading to the University of Oxford in England next fall. She plans to study statistics for use in public health. UT’s Rhodes Scholar honorees date back to Bernadotte Schmitt, who was the first elected in 1905.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.