Employees and covered spouses currently enrolled in the Partnership PPO who have been contacted for health coaching in 2015 must complete a biometric health screening by July 15.
Four Human Resources policies have been updated, and the changes are effective May 1, 2015.
Effective June 30, 2015, the pay grade minimums for all regular staff salary schedules will be updated based on a market analysis. As a result, approximately 150 employees will receive pay increases.
UT’s Veterans Resource Team will distribute 1,500 Buddy Poppies for faculty, staff, and students to wear the week of Memorial Day, May 25–29. Last year, the group gave out 1,000 poppies with more than 500 additional requests.
UT Admissions Director Kari Alldredge has been appointed to serve as interim associate vice provost for enrollment management. Allredge will begin her appointment on June 1 upon the retirement of Richard Bayer, assistant provost and director of enrollment services.
A national search is underway for the associate vice chancellor of Human Resources for the Knoxville campus.
Work will begin in May, after spring commencement, on a renovation of Torchbearer Plaza and Circle Park.
On Friday, first responders from eleven agencies participated in a disaster drill and more than 100 nursing students—the entire junior class—portrayed victims, complete with theatrical makeup that gave them realistic-looking gashes and bruises. The catastrophe played itself out in the morning, then gave way to an afternoon exercise where campus officials talked about repairs, closures, press briefings, and the process of getting back to normal.
Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to Picnic on the Plaza, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Humanities Amphitheater. Hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek with support from the Institute of Agriculture, the Institute for Public Service, and President Joe DiPietro, the Picnic on the Plaza is a special event to celebrate UT’s faculty and staff and thank them for their service and excellence.
Then a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech, Ashley Maynor, filmmaker and UT digital librarian, was on campus in Blacksburg when the flood of condolence cards, teddy bears, and other things began pouring into the area.