Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.
A Clarksville, Tennessee, vineyard beat out wineries from fourteen states and won the Best of Show title at UT’s eleventh annual Wines of the South competition. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery took the main prize with its 2008 Syrah during the competition this month. Fifty wineries from across the Southeast entered the contest and submitted 392 wines.
The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) will be the featured speaker at UT’s PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center on Henley Street. Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, will deliver the Ackermann PR Keynote Lecture at the event.
Teaching children responsibility is key to helping them develop positive habits as they grow into dependable, mature adults. Some parents and teachers might find the task difficult. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers tips to parents and teachers as they work with children, especially those in elementary and middle school.
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.
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.
A UT Knoxville accounting professor testified before US Congress last week about regulatory initiatives being considered by several federal agencies and corporations. Joseph Carcello appeared before the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee in the United States House of Representatives.
Area teen girls are invited to the screening and discussion of “Miss Representation,” a documentary film that links the media’s portrayal of women to the dearth of women in leadership positions. Screening will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Hidges Library. Guided group discussions will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Time magazine interviewed Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, about his study which discovered that the use of electric vehicles may not be as clean as originally thought, particularly in the world’s most populated country, China.