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What’s Your Big Idea?—Kenton Yeager

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Associate professor Kenton Yeager runs UT’s master’s program in theatrical lighting design. He designed and built a one-to-six-scale working theater laboratory to provide students with a safe, accessible way to learn lighting, scenery, sound design, stage management, and more.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Discuss Employee Engagement Survey Results

The results of the system-wide employment engagement survey are in and faculty and staff are invited to forums this week and next week to learn more about the findings. The results shared will be specific to the groups invited to the different sessions taking place on May 2, May 7, and May 8.

In Memoriam: Jesse Poore

Jesse H. Poore, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, former co-director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance, died on April 25 at his home. Poore came to UT in 1986. He served as co-director of JICS from 2000 to 2005; director of the Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011; and UT System vice president for information technology and chief information officer from 2008 to 2009.

Inaugural Class of Humanities Center Fellows Selected

Four UT faculty members and three graduate students have received appointments as resident fellows of the University of Tennessee Humanities Center. The inaugural class of fellows for the full 2012-2013 academic year includes faculty members Flavia Brizio-Skov, Vejas Liulevicius, Mark Luprecht, and Rachelle Scott; and graduate instructors Anthony Minnema, Kyle Stephens, and Katharine Burnett.

Be Prepared for Spring Storm Warnings

Do you know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for areas that include our campus? The university will send a UT Alert text message and e-mail to the campus community when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for areas that include our campus. If the message directs you to shelter in place, please take the steps listed at safety.utk.edu.

Public Forums Scheduled for Vice Provost Candidates

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in forums during the next two weeks to meet the three finalists for vice provost for faculty affairs. The candidates are John Zomchick, executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English; Dixie Thompson, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; and Jay Whelan, professor and head of the Department of Nutrition.

UT Campus, Fort Sanders Will Get Clean-Up This Sunday

A campus community cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, when Earth Day is celebrated globally. UT’s Knoxville and agricultural campuses and the Fort Sanders neighborhood will get a spa treatment from the Campus Beautification Committee, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Team VOLS, Rec Sports, and the Office of Sustainability.

Update on Air Quality of Campus

While most of Knox County’s air quality measures in the green or good range today, the Knox County Health Department is advising that areas near the downtown-area mulch fire are likely still being impacted by unhealthy air due to smoke. While the impact area changes due to weather conditions and wind direction, health officials said Wednesday that if you can smell smoke, the air quality is unhealthy.

UT Finishes Strong in RecycleMania Competition

More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.