Staff Stuff News

OIT Advises Against Using Internet Explorer Web Browser

A severe vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. The Office of Information Technology is recommending that UT students, faculty, and staff stop using Internet Explorer and switch to an alternate web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

New Director of Design Services Has Close Ties with UT

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Andy Powers has been named UT Facilities Services’ new director of design services. A 1982 UT graduate, Powers has worked for a number of local Knoxville design firms, and much of his career as an architect has been focused on UT projects.

Sign Up for ARAMARK UT Reward Cards

ARAMARK will be issuing UT Reward cards for faculty and staff from 10:00 a.m. to noon today at Mabel’s on the Agriculture Campus. The cards give faculty and staff a 15 percent discount on regularly priced food and drink in most ARAMARK-run dining establishments on campus.

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.