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.
Are you ready for life on Rocky Top? Campus will be bustling all weekend with students arriving for the fall semester. Move-in day for most first-year students is Saturday, August 16.
The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.
One year into a two-year pilot program, UT’s test of a new online learning technology platform has achieved successful outcomes that have resulted in additional state funding. Launched in May 2013, the pilot program uses technology developed by Coursera and edX, national innovators in massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The initiative is a partnership between the UT System and the Tennessee Board of Regents and is funded by a $1 million appropriation from the state of Tennessee for online innovation projects in connection with Governor Haslam’s “Drive to 55” campaign.
In an effort to maintain the quality and beauty of our campus, UT Facilities Services and UT Police are asking for your help with wiping out graffiti. During the past few weeks, Facilities Services crews and UTPD have reported a disturbing increase in the number of “tags,” which are not only an eyesore on campus and costly to remove, but they can also cause permanent damage to UT buildings.
Shoppers can enjoy new merchandise and up to 75 percent off at UT’s McClung Museum Store during the Spring Sale from April 12 to 19. The sale will feature new merchandise, including pottery, prints, glass art, and jewelry by local artists, as well as unique children’s toys, games, and books.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free stroller tour on Monday, April 14. The 10:00–11:00 a.m. event will be focused on the temporary exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork.