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Spotlight on Sustainability: The UT Mug Project

Students and employees across campus are now taking advantage of a new progressive sustainability campaign: the Mug Project. Members of the campus community can bring their own mug of twenty-four ounces or less and receive ninety-nine-cent drip coffee and fountain beverages.

Create Your Own Safe Zone; New Training for UT Departments

Faculty and staff can now arrange a special Safe Zone training for their department or unit. 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. Safe Zone training explores LGBT issues in an honest and open way and provides an opportunity for participants to become LGBT allies

Employee Satisfaction Survey Under Way Across the State

By now, many Knoxville-area UT employees have received an e-mail or paper survey for the system-wide employee satisfaction survey. The UT system is overseeing the confidential survey, which is designed to gauge your opinions and needs in areas such as pay, benefits, job satisfaction, professional development, performance evaluation, leadership, and communication. The survey is open through November 15.

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher by Friday

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.

Campus Chest Extends its Deadline

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.

Vice Chancellor Candidates Interview this Week

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.

Apply Now for the 2012 HERS Institutes

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.

Open Enrollment for UT’s Flexible Benefits Plan

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.

Campus Chest Campaign Enters its Final Week

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.