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UT Pairs with SETDD for Second Year of Smart Communities Initiative

This semester, UT faculty and students will be assessing livability conditions for senior citizens in Grundy County, developing a business plan for a farmers market in Pikeville, laying the groundwork for local and regional disaster planning, and designing commemorative spaces along the Trail of Tears.

Grad Converts Bread Truck into Mobile Fashion Company

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It all started in a closet. What was once just an idea for Brandi King, a 2015 Haslam College of Business graduate, is now a reality. Her company, Rentique, officially opens its doors this week. Rentique is a mobile fashion truck that rents high-end dresses and apparel for special occasions. The truck features a changing room, sitting area and a variety of clothing styles.

Manning and Pharr Face off in UT Commercial

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Two great strategic minds go toe-to-toe in the university’s latest TV commercial. In the spot, UT scientist George Pharr squares off against Vol For Life Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Their chosen battlefield: a game of chess. The spot will air during most televised Tennessee sporting events. Broadcast networks allot thirty seconds of free promotion time for each school during games.

History Department to Host Workshop for High School Teachers September 26

Area high school teachers will have the opportunity to learn best teaching practices on subjects ranging from ancient Chinese philosophy to the cultural impact of Alex Haley’s novel Roots at a half-day program hosted by UT’s history department on Saturday, September 26.

Tenure and Promotion Workshops Slated for September

There are three tenure and promotion workshops scheduled this month. Faculty who are preparing for tenure and/or promotion are encouraged to attend a session that fits their schedule. The meetings will be located in the Frieson Black Cultural Center Rooms 102, 103, and 104 at 9:30-11:30 a.m. September 8; 1:30-3:00 p.m. September 9; and 10:00-11:30 a.m. September 14.

National Emergency Preparedness Month Begins With Severe Weather Tips

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Everyone on campus plays a critical part in emergency preparation and response. In its role of coordinating the campus community, the Office of Emergency Management will be sharing information throughout September, National Emergency Preparedness Month, to prepare the campus to best handle dangerous situations. Severe weather is a common occurrence in East Tennessee. It’s easy to forget how dangerous lightning, damaging winds, floods, and hail can be. Do you know how to protect yourself? Learn more at the campus Safety website.

Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Helping Advance Latinas in Tech Field

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Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Rocha, who works on Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry Hazen’s joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory team, was chosen as one of thirty-two women worldwide to be profiled in Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine’s “Latinas at Tech Giants” edition.