The results of the system-wide employment engagement survey are in and faculty and staff are invited to forums this week and next week to learn more about the findings. The results shared will be specific to the groups invited to the different sessions taking place on May 2, May 7, and May 8.
Jesse H. Poore, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, former co-director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance, died on April 25 at his home. Poore came to UT in 1986. He served as co-director of JICS from 2000 to 2005; director of the Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011; and UT System vice president for information technology and chief information officer from 2008 to 2009.
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in forums during the next two weeks to meet the three finalists for vice provost for faculty affairs. The candidates are John Zomchick, executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English; Dixie Thompson, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; and Jay Whelan, professor and head of the Department of Nutrition.
The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.
UT’s Community Action Committee is hosting an hour-long weatherization workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, as part of ongoing Earth Month celebrations. UT alumnus and AmeriCorps member John McCollum will discuss some simple and easily applied solutions that can reduce home energy consumption and cost and provide health and environmental benefits.
The Boyd Venture Fund is seeking applications from student-owned companies interested in securing a grant to help grow their businesses. The deadline for application submissions is April 24. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation administers the semi-annual fund. All Knoxville campus students are eligible to apply regardless of academic discipline or degree program.
The four finalists in the search for a new chief of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Police Department will visit for interviews over the next month. The candidates, all of whom have experience in either Knoxville or campus law enforcement, will meet with administrators, the police chief search committee, UTPD officers and administration, and Student Life representatives.
The UT Knoxville School of Music will present a Community Sing of the three-part arrangement of Handel’s Messiah, on Sunday, April 15. The free 4:00 p.m. event will be in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium.
Last fall, the university converted the way students evaluate their instructors to a completely web-based, online system. This semester’s evaluation period opens this afternoon and runs through April 30. “The results in the fall were a good sign of progress,” Provost Susan Martin said. “The previous, all-paper system response rate was higher, so there’s room for improvement. But we’re certainly headed in the right direction.”
The Spring Clean-up aims to improve the look of our campus and to enhance safety by decluttering hallways and other spaces. The clean-up effort begins April 16. Below is the complete schedule for the Spring Clean-up.