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Facilities Services Supervisor Honored with Patriot Award

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Construction Services Director Tim Tomlinson has been honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Tomlinson was nominated for the award by Sergeant Willard Pippin of the Facilities Services Electric Shop.

Help Acknowledge a Facilities Services Employee

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Facilities Services has named Gary Robertson its first Employee of the Month Award recipient. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take part and nominate a hardworking and dedicated member of the Facilities Services team for the Employee of the Month Award.

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

Brrr—it’s cold out there. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the university’s inclement weather policy. Remember that UT will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions, and please note the ways that we will notify you in the event of a closure or delay in our normal operating schedule.

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.