Vern Granger, assistant dean of enrollment services and director of admissions since 2009, leaves UT Friday to become associate vice president and director of admissions and first year experience at The Ohio State University. A national search is under way for a new admissions director.
Starting this Wednesday and continuing for the next two weeks, traffic will be slow along a section of Volunteer Boulevard in front of Hodges Library, the pedestrian walkway, and Claxton Education Building.
The campus’s Spring Cleanup is in its seventh week of tidying up around campus. The twelve-week campaign is an effort to declutter academic buildings by getting rid of surplus equipment, used furniture, trash, and recyclables. After six weeks, crews from Facilities Services have removed approximately 200 tons of surplus equipment and furniture from fourteen buildings.
Dress up, bid up, and tee up by attending the ninth annual Alex Haley Scholarship Golf Tournament beginning Sunday, July 15. The scholarships were established to honor world-renowned author and UT professor, Alex Haley, and have raised more than $225,000 for UT students.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will host the 2012 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 13-16. The conference will highlight how university and community partnerships can enrich student learning and increase faculty roles in the academic setting and in the community. Faculty members from all UT campuses are invited to submit proposals by Friday, June 15.
Melahnie Springfield, a graduate student in advertising, participated in UT’s first Social Media Week, April 25-26. Springfield and her teammates took part in a social media advertising campaign competition focusing on the Dell XPS 13 laptop computer. The competition was judged by Adam Brown, executive director of social media for Dell and a 1994 UT advertising graduate.
Otto Wheeley, 1943 alumnus and venture capitalist known for helping many East Tennessee entrepreneurs get their start, died Monday at age 90. He established the Venture Capital Center at UT to help support new local technologies, and was named the university’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005. The Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer are given annually to faculty members who excel in commercialization of university-based research.
The ‘dog days’ of summer are upon us, which means it is peak energy use time on campus. From June 1 through September 30, UT will pay significantly more for energy used on weekdays between the hours of 2:00 and 8:30 p.m. Faculty and staff should make every effort to limit their energy use during the peak times.
UT is home to the nation’s first fully-automated electric bike sharing stations thanks to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry. Cherry and his team are collecting data on a number of questions related to safety, environmental impact, and travel behavior to see if electric bikes could become more popular here in the US.
Applying for and filling jobs are easier and more efficient than ever with UT Jobs—an online database integrating all staff openings across the university. The new system, launched in January, streamlines and automates many job search, application, and hiring processes, allowing UT to better recruit and retain talented employees.