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New Campus Buildings, Construction Projects to Greet Students

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Students and faculty returning to Rocky Top next week can expect to see several large transformations to campus. Most notable are the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway to the Hill. A new location to eat and shop will open along Cumberland Avenue, just in time for the Volunteers’ home opener game on August 31.

Help New Students by Wearing “Ask Me” Buttons during Welcome Week

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Faculty and staff can help new students make the transition to life at UT a little easier during Welcome Week, August 16 through 22, by wearing an “Ask Me” button. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is launching the “Ask Me” button initiative this semester as a way to help new students feel comfortable asking faculty and staff questions as they join the UT family.

First New Residence Hall in 45 Years Opens to Students Next Week

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The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, the first residence hall built in forty-five years at UT, will open its doors next week to about 700 undergraduate students. The residence hall boasts state-of-the-art technology and an environmentally conscious living space. The opening of the new hall will assist UT in accommodating a larger residential population – 7,400 students will live on campus this year.

UT’s Rawn Earns Top Honor in Field of Materials Science

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College of Engineering associate professor Claudia Rawn has been named a 2014 ASM International Fellow, earning one of the highest honors attainable in her field. She is the third member of the department to be honored in the last seven years.

UTPD leaders chosen for Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police has selected UT Police Chief Troy Lane and Lieutenant Donnie Ross to take part in its National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. The association is bringing campus law enforcement leaders together to focus on violent crimes against women and to support best practices within campus police departments.

Sorority Village Complete—Just in Time for Fall Recruitment

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With the completion of the Alpha Omicron Pi and Delta Gamma houses, Sorority Village on Morgan Hill is now complete—just in time for sorority recruitment. Women begin moving in to the two houses next week. Now that the development’s thirteen houses are complete, 535 women will live at Sorority Village

Endowment Backs UT’s Focus on Energy; Could Mean Millions in Funding

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UT’s commitment to energy is getting a major boost from the Gibson Family Foundation, courtesy of a $1.5 million endowment. The Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering has been created with the specific goal of expanding research into environmentally friendly, sustainable energy, with Stephen Paddison, professor and Ferguson Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, named as the first chair.