Ready for the World News

UT Junior Designs, Sells Bow Ties to Raise Money for Knox Water Charity


A bow tie can say a lot about a man, and in Harrison Collins’s case it says he’s passionate about water. Specifically, clean water. Collins, a junior in marketing and entrepreneurship, has designed and is selling high-end bow ties to raise money for TivaWater, a Knoxville-based organization that provides water filters to communities in developing countries in Africa and around the world.

Public Writing Course Project Made a Difference in the Community

Students in one UT English class spent the semester learning a lot more than grammar and punctuation. This semester, English lecturer Erin Smith challenged her English 255 students to practice their public writing skills by running fund-raising campaigns for local charities. “I wanted my students to have an opportunity to learn the importance of their writing skills in the real world,” Smith said.

Student Named Alternate for Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Brianna Rader

Brianna Rader, a Haslam Scholar and a senior in the College Scholars program from Knoxville, is an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in Great Britain. Rader, a graduate of Halls High School, was one of the top regional applicants for the scholarship. Being an alternate means she could still be awarded a Marshall Scholarship if a slot opens up.

Professor Recalls Chance Meeting with Mandela

Catherine Higgs

The recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela caused one UT professor to recall her chance meeting with him. Catherine Higgs, professor of history and vice chair of Africana studies, met Mandela in the Johannesburg airport in February 1991, a year after he was released after serving twenty-seven years in jail for protesting against the apartheid state.

Senior Lindsay Lee Named Rhodes Scholar; Seventh in UT History


Lindsay Lee, a senior studying math and Spanish, has been named a Rhodes Scholar, the most prestigious international award a student can earn. Lee, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the seventh UT student to receive the honor in the Rhodes program’s 111-year history. “I am incredibly humbled to be in the same shoes as some of the most important movers and shakers around the world,” Lee said.

Ready for the World Cafe Says Hola! to a Taste of Spain November 21

The Ready for the World Café welcomes diners to Spanish fare on Thursday, November 21, in the UT Visitors Center. The lunch will feature garlic soup, Spanish omelets, Calamares fritos, pork kabobs, and caramel flan. The cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Attendees must reserve tickets in advance by calling 974-6645 or e-mailing

Help Develop New Quality Enhancement Plan

The university has started developing its new Quality Enhancement Plan, an important part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process. The QEP team has developed five potential topics. Feedback from the campus community will help shape one of these topics into our new QEP.

Ready for the World Cafe Takes Second Tour of Japan November 14

Diners at UT’s Ready for the World Café will savor the flavors of Japan a second time on Thursday, November 14, in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive. The lunch consists of edamame, shrimp and smoked octopus salad, salmon teriyaki, and green tea cake. The cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.

Ready for the World Cafe Journeys to Japan November 7

Diners at Ready for the World Café will continue their delectable travels to the Far East with a taste of Japan on Thursday, November 7. The lunch consists of tempura prawns and vegetables, sushi, and red bean ice cream. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.