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Navy Chooses UT for Large-Scale Contract

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.

Life of the Mind Looks Ahead to Next Year

Life of the Mind

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.

Iconic Ayres Hall Receives LEED Certification

Ayres Hall

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.

College of Engineering Hosts Program for Middle School Students

Students participating in the AT&T Middle School Introduction for Engineering Systems (MITES) program

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.

New One Stop Center to Streamline Student Services

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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.

Archaeological Digs to Close Staff Lot 9 in Early July

Traffic Cones

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.

Social Work Professor Named Senior Fulbright Specialist

Cindy Davis

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.

Search Under Way for Admissions Director

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.