On Tuesday, Feb. 1, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members marched from UT Knoxville’s Torchbearer statue to the University Center to mark the 50th anniversary of African-American undergraduate students being admitted to the university. Theotis Robinson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about his journey from being declined admission to UT, to being one of the first three African-American students admitted.
For the past ninety years, the Tennessee Valley Fair has been delighting fairgoers in the Southeast. For the past four years, it has been learning a trick or two from a group of students in a senior level integrated marketing class in the College of Business Administration at UT Knoxville.
Governor-elect Bill Haslam told UT Knoxville graduates at today’s fall commencement ceremony that they had a lot in common: both are embarking on a tremendous new challenge. “And the real work begins now,” he said.
Roy Brown dropped out of UT Knoxville more than 10 years ago. This Saturday he will be graduating. He thanks a professor who inspired him back then for helping him succeed now.
The Transportation Academy, run by the Center for Transportation Research, teaches girls about transportation safety and careers in fun ways using items such as remote control cars and a driving simulator. “I’ve been having a lot of fun. This whole experience has been great,” participant Isabelle Defreese said. “I definitely want to do it again next year. I have learned a lot.”
Opera music, theater and museum tours and prehistoric art are just a few of the cultural activities planned for this year’s Alumni Summer College at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program will focus on visual and performing arts and expose participants to a wide range of Tennessee experiences. Participants do not have to be UT alumni. The Summer College will take place July 28-Aug. 1, with a one-day trip to Nashville on Saturday, July 31.
A linguist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will convene a historic gathering of Native American sign language users this summer on the northern Great Plains. Jeffrey Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is identifying Plains Indian sign talkers who use the elaborate language so that it can be documented and revitalized in native communities. The conference will be held August 12-15 on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Documenting Endangered Languages program.
“As a college campus, we are called on to find solutions to global problems,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “It’s a challenge that we each face daily, and I am continually impressed by the innovative thinking that takes place on our campus. It is with that challenge in mind that I am proud to announce the completion of the first version of the UT Knoxville Climate Action Plan, and I can think of no better time than on Earth Day to share it with you.”
“Would it be feasible to promote some sort of a spring flower jubilee?” It was that simple question, posed 60 years ago, that birthed an event that now attracts people from all over the country and the world to the Great Smoky Mountains every year for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, being held this year April 21 through 25.
Sixty years ago it was just a seed of an idea inside Bart Leiper’s head — a celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Leiper, general manager of Gatlinburg’s Chamber of Commerce, wrote Samuel Meyer, then head of the botany department at UT Knoxville, requesting the department to arrange a so-called spring flower jubilee. Seeing the opportunity to turn the park into a giant outdoor classroom for students, botanists and nature-lovers alike, Meyer recruited professors Fred Norris and Royal Shanks to organize the first ever Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smokies.