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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UT’s spring break is set for March 19-23. Will you be traveling during this time? Please keep in mind some important information to help you return to campus safely, recharged and ready for the rest of the semester.
The university has collected hundreds of books to help Knox County’s newest high school, the L&N STEM Academy, fill its library shelves. Today a truck will load up donated books and deliver them to the STEM Academy, a magnet high school focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Five finalists for the new dean of the College of Business Administration have been announced. Three will visit campus next week and will lead open forums for the campus community.