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Hodges Library Commons to Undergo Major Renovation

The Commons in Hodges Library will undergo a major renovation this spring. Renovations will begin immediately following this semester’s final exams and continue for several months. The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be an updated facility that improves the Studio and provides more group study spaces, more natural light, and better organized services.

‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ Premieres Tonight

Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Clarence Brown Theatre. The play tells the story of a woman who impulsively answers a ringing cell phone when its owner is unable to do so. She is then forced to confront her own moral assumptions and her own need for human connection in a technological world. Watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the play.

UT Chef Wins Gold With ‘Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger’

With a unique twist on a national favorite dish, UT Chef Jason Timmons brought home gold from the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence Challenge, held last week at the University of South Alabama. Timmons beat out the competition with his entrée, a “Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger en Croute,” and his dessert, an “Inside Out Pineapple Upside Down Cake.” At 11:00 a.m. today, UT will host the final South Region ACE Competition at Presidential Court Café. Attendees can sample the food made by competing chefs.

Update on McClung Tower Repair Work

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Consulting engineers have determined that exterior repair work is needed on all four corners of McClung Tower, according to Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Dave Irvin. Workers discovered last month that a large section of concrete had separated from the bottom of McClung Tower’s second floor, on the west side of the building. The area will remain cordoned off as the university works to bid the job, which will be classified as an emergency repair.

‘Construction Party’ to Remind Campus that UC Eateries, Stores Are Still Open

Although construction is now under way on a new Student Union, restaurants and stores are still open for business inside the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. To remind the campus community of all the University Center amenities, a “construction fair” will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 28, outside the Cumberland Avenue entrance of the UC. Attendees are invited to enjoy free food, drinks, and giveaway items from a variety of entities.

Campus Makes Strides Toward Climate Action Plan Goal, Completes Chancellor’s Challenge

In February 2011, Chancellor Cheek challenged the campus community to work together to reduce our energy consumption. The Chancellor’s Challenge is now over, and the results are in. The campus has reduced electricity use by one-kilowatt hour per square foot over this past year. We have also saved more than $900,000 in electricity costs.

College of Business Dean Search Extended

The search to select the next dean of the College of Business Administration has been extended. Provost Susan Martin decided to extend the process after meeting with the search committee and considering input from many different sources. Dean Jan Williams has agreed to continue serving until the post is filled permanently.

Changes to The T System

Due to the closure of a section of Andy Holt Avenue near the University Center, changes will be made to The T Transit System, effective Sunday, March 25, 2012.

KAT Routes for Visitors to the University Center

Campus visitors, especially those going to the University Center, will be directed to park at Volunteer Hall on White Avenue. The T: North-South and The T: Late Nite buses run along White Avenue with a stop located across from the Volunteer Hall garage entrance. Visitors can catch those routes to reach the University Center.

Additional Commuter Student Parking Added

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More parking has been added for commuter students, effective Monday, March 26. The Convention Center surface parking lot (also called the Poplar Lot), located on Poplar Street and Henley Street across the railroad tracks just east of the Hill, will accommodate UT commuter students from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday during the academic year.