Counting on the generosity of Volunteers, UT’s second annual Big Orange Give kicks off Homecoming Week and seeks to raise $500,000 in five days. The campaign has doubled its goal from last year’s successful effort, which involved more than 1,630 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students pledging a total of $250,105 online.
The community is invited to experience international fine dining and savor foods from various countries at the Ready for the World Cafe, which kicks off Thursday, October 2. Seven luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 4 in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.
The Center for International Education will host its annual International Education Week September 22-26 with events that celebrate the diverse culture on campus and showcase the university’s global initiatives.
UT’s recycling program has expanded to fraternity housing. The initiative, which launched last week, provides recycling containers in and around houses on Fraternity Park Drive. These containers are for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass, and plastics.
Tenea Lowery joins the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a new assistant director who will oversee ten campus chapters who are members of the National Pan-Hellenic and Multicultural Greek Councils. In her new position, she hopes to improve awareness and support of multicultural fraternities and sororities on campus.
The Center for Student Engagement welcomed new assistant director Tyger Glauser to their office over the summer. In her position, Tyger will advise the Cultural Attractions Committee, All Campus Events, and Volapalooza.
As students make their way to UT for the 2014–2015 school year, they will be greeted by an array of activities and events during the university’s traditional Welcome Week. The week that gives students a glimpse of campus life kicks off Saturday, August 16, as both new and returning students move into residence halls beginning at 8:00 a.m.
As students move in this week, a few campus roads near the residence halls will be closed and others will reverse their normal traffic flow to help students get their belongings transported to their building as quickly as possible.
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.
UT Recycling’s first large-scale project of the 2014–15 school year is a plan to improve paper recycling efforts on campus. Last year, UT sent 6,309 tons of material to the landfill at a significant cost to the university. That was, however, the least amount of trash sent to the landfill by the university in at least the past fifteen years.