Each year, the UT Alumni Association funds awards that recognize excellence in the classroom. The Outstanding Teacher Award is part of the association’s continuing effort to encourage resourceful and creative instruction and to publicly recognize exceptional teaching, especially the teaching of undergraduates.
The 2011-12 Campus Chest campaign wrapped up its official final week with pledges totaling $480,507 or 81.44 percent of the $590,000 goal. The campaign has been extended for another week to provide additional opportunity for employees to make pledges.
Three candidates for UT Knoxville vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs will interview this week. Each of them will have one interview session open to the campus community. The candidates in this internal search are Dorothy Bryson, the senior director for the College of Engineering; Charles Houston, director of alumni programs and diversity initiatives; and Scott Rabenold, interim vice president for development and alumni affairs and president of the UT Foundation.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and the Commission for Women will sponsor an outstanding woman to attend a Higher Education Resource Services Institute in 2012. Women faculty members or administrators who have a proven record of professional growth and responsibility, and who have a keen interest in campus administration and the challenges of growing a university rich in international and intercultural diversity, are encouraged to apply.
Do you take advantage of UT’s Flexible Benefits? Employees interested in joining the plan or participating for another year should sign up during this year’s open enrollment period, which ends November 30. The flexible benefits plan allows employees to pay certain predictable medical and dependent care expenses, such as co-pays, with pre-tax dollars.
The University of Tennessee’s 2011-2012 Campus Chest campaign is now at 68 percent of its goal. This year’s goal for the Knoxville-area is $590,000. We have raised $404,199 to date. The campaign is now entering its last official week. The Campus Chest campaign has met or exceeded its goal consistently for the last 20 years.
Roberta Martin, wife of Tennessee basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin, and the rest of the UT basketball staff wives are hosting a “Basketball 101″ event for women Friday, October 28, at Thompson-Boling Arena. A special offer is being extended to UT women faculty and staff at a cost of $50 to attend this event. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 25, and space is limited.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has signed the Power Down Pledge, have you? By inking his thumbprint on the pledge poster, the chancellor pledged to reduce his on-campus energy use. The Power Down Pledge is an initiative of Make Orange Green and the Chancellor’s Energy Challenge, an aggressive energy-reduction program aimed at reducing UT’s energy consumption by 10 percent.
By now you should have received all the information you need to make decisions for you and your family about UT’s health, dental, and flexible benefit plans for next year. The annual enrollment transfer period for UT’s health insurance program is October 1 through November 1. Open enrollment for UT’s Flexible Benefits Plan is open until November 30.