More than 1,200 student teams from forty-two states and fourteen countries will travel to UT next week for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. The competition will be held May 22 through 25. Destination Imagination, a nonprofit organization that provides learning opportunities to enrich the global community, will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary at Global Finals. This is the fourteenth year Knoxville has hosted the creative thinking and problem-solving competition for kindergarten through university-level students.
UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
Campus Renewal, a national Christian ministry group with a branch at UT, came up with a big idea: having campus ministries work together to create a daily prayer book. Each day features a prayer, a scripture passage, a description of the organization that submitted it, and a group of people at the university to specifically pray for. The groups range from faculty and staff to transfer students and students with disabilities, to support staff and the Board of Regents.
“I Heart UT Week,” which begins Saturday, will give students a brief diversion before finals. The event will include seven days of philanthropic and entertaining activities. The week includes a photo contest, a day of service, the annual Volapalooza contest, athletic events, and a stress release party, among other events.
UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.
Faculty, staff, and students who are also military veterans are invited to sign a board commemorating Veterans Day. The board will be displayed on campus during the National Day of Remembrance on November 12 and other times throughout the year.
It won’t be long before University of Tennessee students are enjoying the new and long-awaited RecSports fields on Sutherland Avenue. The 40-acre complex will open early in the spring semester.
A veterans reunion, the annual campus parade, and a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act are among the events highlighting this year’s Homecoming celebrations. Homecoming events begin Sunday and culminate on Saturday, November 3, when the football Vols take on Troy in Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.
Renovations to the Commons in Hodges Library are almost complete and a large portion will open in mid-October. The Commons have been undergoing renovations since early summer.
WBIR Channel 10 takes a look at UT’s FUTURE program, an initiative that gives students with intellectual disabilities the chance to attend college. The program began last year at UT through a grant from the US Department of Education. Students attend specialized classes and audit one academic and one physical education class per semester. “They don’t necessarily