UT Spotlight News

Joy DeSensi Is a Good Sport

Chancellor’s Professor Joy DeSensi found her passions early in life: music and sports. She started out to be a classical pianist and still plays the 1931 piano given to her by her grandfather, who ran an Italian bakery in the working class "Hill" district of Pittsburgh. She also excelled in a completely different field – competitive rifle shooting – which was one of the few sports available to high school girls in Pittsburgh in those days.

Flipping the Switch

When UT Knoxville launched the Switch Your Thinking campaign, it set an ambitious goal of reducing energy use by 10 percent. Meeting that goal will take effort and a watchful eye from every member of the campus community.

Don’t Be an April Fool!

Don’t let your lack of knowledge about UT legends make you a target of April Fools’ jokes. Bone up on UT lore and avoid getting caught by any of the tricksters out today!

Search Committee Chooses National Firm

The search for the next chancellor at UT Knoxville has picked up momentum with the announcement that a search firm has been selected to assist with the process. "The firm will be helping us administratively with the search," said Hap McSween, search committee chairman, "but their main job is in developing candidates."

Committee, Police to Improve Fort Sanders Safety

I want to update you on numerous efforts to improve safety in the Fort Sanders neighborhood, which is home to more than 12,000 residents—many of them UT students and employees.

Street Clinic Plugs Gaps in Medical System

As a volunteer at the People’s Clinic in Knoxville’s warehouse district, nursing faculty member Mary Kollar takes healthcare to the city’s least advantaged residents.

Chancellor Search Committee Moves Forward

The search committee charged with helping to find the next Chancellor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, held its first meeting Thursday and outlined plans for a broad and inclusive process that will include extensive campus community involvement and input. Harry "Hap" McSween, chair of the 21-member committee said the group will work diligently to identify a leader with great vision for the campus.

Send Roses Award

Each month, the UT Human Resources Positive Recognition Committee – a group selected by the chancellor from departments all across campus – honors an employee who has demonstrated outstanding courtesy and customer service with the Send Roses Award.

Keeping Campus Running During Holidays

During the holidays, most UT employees get the pleasure of spending time at home or traveling out of town to be with family and friends. But for more than a hundred campus employees, staying away from the office isn’t an option. These men and women are still on campus to maintain UT’s 217 buildings, keep them safe and secure, and provide many other key services that must continue regardless of the time of year.

Library Commons Is Soooo Cool

Remember when going to the library meant looking through a card catalog to find a book and studying alone in silence? Well, that’s ancient history. Today, Hodges Library at UT is bustling with people working on laptops, collaborating on digital projects and getting help for their computers. Welcome to The Commons.