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UT’s Blamey, McKanders, Patterson on “Forty under Forty” List

Two UT employees have made the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty” list of young community leaders. They are Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center, and Karla McKanders, associate professor of law.

New UT Cleaning Philosophy Shines

A new way to clean campus buildings is boosting efficiency as UT switches more office space to its in-house cleaning service. The Total Cleaning initiative emphasizes nightly cleaning of public areas such as classrooms, lobbies, and bathrooms to give campus buildings an overall improved appearance. “With our goal to become a Top 25 university, we need to improve the curb appeal of our facilities,” said Gordon Nelson, assistant director in Building Services.

UT “Like Home” for David Brown

David Brown has seen a lot of changes at UT over the years, but one thing remains constant—his appreciation for the work he does here. Brown, who currently drives the UT Recycling truck, recently celebrated forty-five years with the university.

New Look for Facilities Services Employees

UT’s Facilities Services employees are sporting an updated look—light gray shirts and charcoal pants. The new uniforms come as part of the department’s reorganization effort, which is in line with the university’s long-range master plan and its goal to become a Top 25 public research university.

Federal Tax Changes

For Your Benefit

Legislation passed earlier this week by the US Congress will affect taxes deducted from paychecks beginning this month. It’s important to know how these tax changes will affect your pay. Paychecks issued on Tuesday, January 8, to employees paid biweekly will reflect the changes, and employees paid monthly will notice the changes in paychecks issued on January 31. Read on for a summary of the changes passed by Congress.

Staying Well Is Key to Finals Week Success

With finals approaching, staying healthy and mentally sharp is a key assignment for students. Staff at the Safety, Environment, and Education (SEE) Center offer some basic tips for staying well as the semester comes to a close.

Emily Simerly Named UTPD Chief of Administration

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University of Tennessee Police Department Lieutenant Emily Simerly has been named Deputy Chief of Administration, Chief Troy Lane announced today. Simerly began serving in her new role on Tuesday.

UT Foundation Employees Receive Annual Honor

The UT Foundation has recognized several Knoxville-area employees with its annual award for outstanding work in support of the foundation’s mission. They were honored at a board meeting held in October.

Deadline Extended for Improved Flexible Spending Account

The deadline for enrolling in UT’s improved flexible spending account program with a debit card for eligible expenses has been extended through 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, November 10. The flexible spending account allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical and dependent care expenses such as co-pays, daycare, prescriptions and prescribed over-the-counter medications.

Register Now for Customer Service Certification

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UT employees interested in advancing their skills in customer service are invited to complete the Employee and Organizational Development Customer Service Certification. The prerequisite course, Customer Service 101, will be offered on Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, October 25. The courses are free.