This spring the General Assembly passed Public Chapter 1061. The law, which takes effect on July 1, allows generally all UT full-time employees with a valid handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on UT property. The university has adopted a new safety policy concerning firearms and has posted a list of commonly asked questions.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s academic accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Undergraduate students can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years, one year less than what is normally required. UT 3+3 is a new accelerated degree program offered by the College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences.
Students from UT’s Haslam College of Business are partnering with college students in India to promote clean drinking water through Procter and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. This international program provides water-cleansing packets to developing countries.
Castles, more Choral Evensong performances in Canterbury Cathedral, and a benefit concert in another famous church. These are among the adventures in the repertoire of UT Chamber Singers, who will soon be halfway through their twelve-day tour of England, where they are performing in some of the country’s most historic and best-known cathedrals.
An ASM International Materials Camp supported by UT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and scientists at CNS Y-12 National Security Complex is giving local students the chance to study debris from the space shuttle Columbia, with an eye on improving materials used in space flight.
Destination Imagination’s Global Finals Expo—considered the world’s largest celebration of creativity and innovation—will bring a record-setting 16,700 participants to the UT campus next week. This is the fifteenth consecutive year that UT has hosted the competition.
On June 5 and 6, UT’s Early Learning Center for Research and Practice will host the inaugural Early Learning Institute. The two-day event will feature keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.
The Apartment Residence Hall on Andy Holt Avenue will close by the end of this month and demolition will begin in June, as part of UT’s four-year plan to replace six residence halls around Presidential Court with seven new facilities.
The 1980s television program MacGyver sparked interest in science. The National Academy of Engineering is hoping it can serve as inspiration to a new generation, and is sponsoring a contest for ideas for a show that would feature a female engineer in the lead role. UT students—male or female, engineer or not—are encouraged to enter.