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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.

Two Vols Teach Students Awarded Scholarships

Two VolsTeach students have been awarded Noyce Scholarships that total more than $30,000. Mallory Campbell, a junior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Maria Owens, a senior majoring in chemistry, will each receive $12,000 for two academic years and a $10,000 induction stipend.

UT to Hold Weatherization Workshop as Part of Earth Month Celebrations

UT’s Community Action Committee is hosting an hour-long weatherization workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, as part of ongoing Earth Month celebrations. UT alumnus and AmeriCorps member John McCollum will discuss some simple and easily applied solutions that can reduce home energy consumption and cost and provide health and environmental benefits.

UT Recycling Now Collecting Personal Electronics

Upgrading to a new phone, but not sure what to do with your old one? Since early February, the campus has been collecting people’s personal electronic devices to be recycled. UT Recycling is accepting cell phones, small batteries, laptop batteries, personal printer and toner cartridges, calculators, MP3 players, CDs and DVDs, power cords, and accessory cases.

UT Chancellor Honors Top Faculty, Staff and Students

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Faculty, students and staff were recognized at the annual University of Tennessee Honors Banquet Monday at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. At the banquet, the largest UT honors event of the year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus community.

Instructor Evaluations Begin Today

SAIS Instructor Evaluations

Last fall, the university converted the way students evaluate their instructors to a completely web-based, online system. This semester’s evaluation period opens this afternoon and runs through April 30. “The results in the fall were a good sign of progress,” Provost Susan Martin said. “The previous, all-paper system response rate was higher, so there’s room for improvement. But we’re certainly headed in the right direction.”

Brown Bag Lecture Series Focuses on Environmental Issues

As part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration, the Office of Sustainability is hosting a ‘brown bag’ lecture series at lunchtime each day this week. Employees and students are invited to bring their lunches to these entertaining and educational sustainability-themed lectures, which run from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.