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.
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.
Students in the UT Management Society and faculty and staff in the Department of Management are supporting Mobile Meals in a big way this holiday season. The student organization raised $3,000 and the department contributed another $600, all of which will fund 1,058 meals for seniors in the community.
The campus community is playing a part in helping disadvantaged Knoxville area residents stay warm this winter. Students in the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work organized the UT Coats for the Cold project, which collected more than 500 coats from the university community. The coats will be distributed from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 7, in the KARM Thrift Store parking lot, 733 N. Hall of Fame Drive.
Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
UT fans recycled their way to second place in the Southeastern Conference in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly recycling competition among US colleges and universities. UT Recycling took on the challenge to increase recycling and composting at football games, to shrink its environmental footprint, and to broaden sustainability efforts.
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.
Get an early start on holiday shopping with a visit to UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The McClung Museum Shop will hold its annual holiday sale November 15 through 22.
For almost five years, UT students and faculty have been working with city and county officials, the community, and members of the Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition to rehabilitate two historically and culturally important cemeteries in East Knoxville. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, they will celebrate the progress of a new “Community Passage,” 1,000 linear feet of pathways constructed throughout Odd Fellows Cemetery.
UT’s Engineering Research Center, CURENT, recently held two Family Engineering Nights at Lake City Elementary School and Green Magnet Academy. The events connected about 400 students and their families to engineering exhibits which included solar cars, paper helicopters and homemade circuits.