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UT to Insource Custodial Services

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is moving all of its custodial services back in house, ending its agreements with outside cleaning contractors and hiring many of their employees. The transition to in-house custodial services is set to be complete by July 1, 2013, with the hiring of approximately 120 employees.

UT Chancellor Honors Top Faculty, Staff and Students


Faculty, students and staff were recognized at the annual University of Tennessee Honors Banquet Monday at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. At the banquet, the largest UT honors event of the year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus community.

KAT Routes for Visitors to the University Center

Campus visitors, especially those going to the University Center, will be directed to park at Volunteer Hall on White Avenue. The T: North-South and The T: Late Nite buses run along White Avenue with a stop located across from the Volunteer Hall garage entrance. Visitors can catch those routes to reach the University Center.

Book Drive for L&N STEM Academy

Help Knox County’s newest high school put books on its library shelves by joining the campus book drive from February 3 through February 10. Books must be donated with no strings attached and may be used in any way that benefits the new high school library or Knox County schools.

UT to Test UT Alert Text System Tuesday

The university will test the UT Alert text messaging and e-mail system at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. All UT Alert subscribers should receive a message marked “test” around the scheduled time. The UT Alert system sends messages to any device that can receive text messages through cellular service, such as cell phones, text pagers, and smart phones.

Free Healthy Living Expo Tickets for UT Employees

UT employees are being offered free admission to Knoxville’s Healthy Living Expo Knoxville Convention Center tomorrow and Saturday. The expo is the area’s largest health, fitness, and green living event. The two-day event features educational sessions, dietary discussions, and workout demonstrations focusing on the needs of women, men, and seniors.

Safe Zone Training for Faculty and Staff Set for Spring Semester

Two Safe Zone training sessions have been set this spring for faculty and staff. Safe Zone is a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and students who believe that every member of the community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment.

Electronic Prepayment of Conference Registrations

In keeping with efforts to save paper and improve efficiency, the Office of the Treasurer has developed an electronic process for the prepayment of conference registrations. The same form and supporting documents or invoices are still required. However, instead of submitting paper documents to the Office of the Treasurer, these must be scanned and routed electronically through IRIS.

Spring Issue of ‘Training Pages’ Now Available

The newest issue of Employee and Organizational Development’s employee course catalog “Training Pages” is now available online with course listings for January through June. Registration is now open.

New Employees to be E-Verified

As of January 1, the University of Tennessee is required to “E-Verify” all new employees. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States.