Tennessee graduates are less likely to have student loan debt than students in other states. And those who do owe less. That good news comes from the new Project on Student Debt report, issued by the nonprofit Institute for College Access & Success.
Looking for some great books for your children or your students? Educators, librarians, and parents are invited to a workshop Friday that will highlight the best titles of the year. Registration is now under way for “The Best of the Best 2012 Workshop,” which is being co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.
The UT National Defense Business Institute has been awarded the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, multi-year contract with the US Navy. The Navy has identified the institute as a prime contractor for research and development support through SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in twenty-two areas including engineering, financial management, and program management.
Although UT will soon welcome the Class of 2016, First-Year Studies program organizers are already looking ahead to next year and want your input in selecting the common reading book for the Class of 2017. FYS has announced that its Life of the Mind program for the Class of 2017 will focus on environmental sustainability.
The most iconic building on the UT Knoxville campus is now officially its greenest. Ayres Hall has become the first building on campus to become LEED-certified—at the silver level—by the US Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Building Institute. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction, and operation of high-performance buildings.
Thirty-one middle-schoolers from around the Southeast came to UT in June to design egg-drop bungees, rollercoasters and even construct a microgrid. The College of Engineering hosted the AT&T Middle School Introduction for Engineering Systems (MITES) program where minority and female students—groups underrepresented in engineering—got an up-close look at the in-demand field and had fun doing it.
UT is working to create a new One Stop student services center to streamline the most common services students need to manage their enrollment, registration, financial aid, and payments. The One Stop center will open in summer 2013 on the ground floor of Hodges Library. The paperless, wireless environment will give enrolled undergraduate and graduate students one location to access the primary services of the registrar, financial aid, and bursar offices.
Tennesseans who are starting home-based baking businesses are getting some help from the UT Extension Online Learning system. More than 100 entrepreneurs across the state are earning certifications through a state-mandated food safety program.
Almost all of Staff Lot 9 west of Neyland Stadium will be closed from July 2 through July 9, as workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot. The excavations are part of preparing the site for the construction of a proposed parking garage.
Cindy Davis, associate professor in the College of Social Work, has been named a senior Fulbright specialist. She will spend a month leading lectures and workshops at two institutions in the Malaysian region of the Island of Borneo in the South China Sea.