Baldwin Lee has seen his share of poverty. In his forthcoming book, to be titled “On Photographing in the South,” Lee, a photography professor in the School of Art at UT Knoxville, will provide a visual tour of the Southeast, including some of the poorer areas of the region. Lee is sharing these same photos with his students this year to help them understand poverty — and to help them learn to look beyond poverty to see people.
Flu shots will be available to UT Knoxville students, faculty and staff from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the University Center Ballroom. Shots will cost $20 — $5 less than last year — and all proceeds will go to the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund, which provides food and toys to needy families during the winter holidays. Sponsors include the UT Student Health Service, the UT School of Nursing, the Knoxville News Sentinel Charities and Dr. Charlie Barnett. “This year our campus community will be facing both H1N1 and the seasonal flu,” said Student Health Services administrator Jim Boyle. “Therefore, it is especially important to get vaccinated for both.”
American film director, producer, writer and actor Shelton Jackson, aka Spike Lee, will visit the UT Knoxville campus next week as part of the university’s Legends Lecture Series. Lee will give his lecture, “America Through My Lens,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in Staff Lot 9, along Phillip Fulmer Way.
UT Knoxville welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the first home football game of the 2009 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:21 p.m. for the Volunteers’ game against Western Kentucky University. Gates open at 10:15 a.m. ESPN-SEC Sports will televise the game. The university would like to remind visitors to campus about stadium policies and inform them of a few changes to some game day traditions.
UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre will open its 35th season with Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Dale Dickey, on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage.
Life on the UT Knoxville campus will be bustling once again as students return to campus this weekend for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The first phase of the UT Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) upgrade of campus wireless Internet connectivity is complete, which means a more secure, reliable, and available wireless network for its users. OIT encourages all students, faculty and staff to switch from the old wireless network, known as “nomad,” and begin using one of the new and improved networks.
UT Knoxville is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s top education service and evaluation companies. UT is mentioned for its affordability and “vibrant academic and social atmosphere” made up of “a broad range of students,” in the new 2010 edition of “The Best 371 Colleges.”
Work has commenced on a new and more formal brick entrance to campus at Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Neyland Drive. The project involves the building and installation of two curved brick structures, UT signage, and new landscaping.
UT Police Department Chief August Washington has been named the new chief of police for Vanderbilt University. He will begin his new post on July 27. “While we are disappointed to lose Chief Washington, we are happy for him and this great career opportunity,” said Jeff Maples, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.