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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

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.

The Impact of Giving

Caitlin Conley Wise will never forget the day she met Steve and Laura Morris, who are making her college dreams a reality. Wise is part of the university’s first-year class of Haslam Scholars and the first student to benefit from the M. Steven and Laura Capps Morris Endowed Honors Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding student each fall.

UT to Hold Earth Day Celebration in Circle Park

The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.

UT Holds ‘Bike-In Movie’ to Promote Sustainability on Campus

In celebration of Earth Month, an outdoor screening of the movie “Wall-E” will take place at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater. This all-ages event combines the beloved past time of drive-in movie theaters with a cleaner, more environmentally friendly vehicle: the bicycle. Walkers are welcome, too.

Pedestrian Detour from the Hill to Volunteer Boulevard

The recent expansion of the new Student Union construction site has limited pedestrians’ access routes to Volunteer Boulevard from the east side of campus. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the South Pedestrian Bridge from the Hill to the Haslam Business Building walkway.