Service News

Rickey Hall Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.

From Afghanistan to the UT Campus, Student Veteran Continues to Serve

Douglas Oeser

Grad student. Loving father. Veteran. Twenty-five-year-old Douglas Oeser holds all these titles. Oeser is one of UT’s student veterans. He served the US Army in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. Oeser recalled that the transition from soldier to student wasn’t easy.

CURENT Hosts ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Today’

Twenty-six high school girls arrived on UT’s campus with an idea of what engineering was but after four hours of exploration they had a much clearer idea. The girls were taking part in a program called “Tomorrow’s Engineers Today,” organized by CURENT along with the campus’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers and TN-SCORE.

Report: Modest Economic Growth Continues, Some “Sore Spots” Persist

Modest employment gains, an uptick in consumer spending on automobiles, and marginal improvements in the housing industry are indications the US and Tennessee economies are inching toward recovery. But it will be at least another year or two before the economy shows significant growth, according to a study by the UT Center for Business and Economic Research.

Center for Literacy Studies Changes Name to Reflect Broader Mission

The Center for Literacy Studies has changed its name to reflect its broader mission to support improvement in education and workforce development through training, resources, advocacy, and research. The organization’s new name is the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment.

Campus has New Peace Corps Recruiter

Amanda McRoy, center, with some friends in Cameroon during her two-year Peace Corps stay

Amanda McRoy said joining the Peace Corps was “the most life-changing decision” of her life. Now, she wants to help UT students as they consider service in the Peace Corps.

‘Accidental Asian’ Author to Speak to UT Freshmen; Public Invited

Eric Liu

Eric Liu, author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, will visit campus Tuesday to address the Class of 2016. Liu will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is open to the public and free parking is available in G-10 parking garage.

Living Light Goes to Chattanooga for Last Tour Stop

Living Light

Living Light, the university’s energy-efficient, solar-powered house, is traveling to Chattanooga as part of a multi-city tour of the state from July 20-29. This is the home’s last stop before it comes back to Knoxville where it will reside at the UT Gardens.

Workshop to Highlight Year’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults

Looking for some great books for your children or your students? Educators, librarians, and parents are invited to a workshop Friday that will highlight the best titles of the year. Registration is now under way for “The Best of the Best 2012 Workshop,” which is being co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.