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UT to Host Expert Panel Discussion on Japan Nuclear Reactor Accident

University of Tennessee, Knoxville is hosting a panel of nuclear experts from the university, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), industry and radiological emergency response to discuss the earthquake and tsunami-caused nuclear reactor accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant near Sendai, Japan. The panel will be moderated by Professor of Nuclear Engineering and UTK-ORNL Governor’s Chair Howard Hall.

Gift to UT College of Law Benefits Estate Planning at Wills Clinic

A $150,000 gift made by a Bristol, Tenn., native will support community members in need of estate planning through the wills clinic at the UT Knoxville College of Law. The clinic, which gives law students real-world experience in trust and estate matters through their work with economically disadvantaged clients in the area, will be renamed the Homer A. Jones Jr. ACTEC Wills Clinic in honor of Jones’ contribution.

News Sentinel: $23 million restoration project of Ayres Hall now complete

This News Sentinel article explores the multi-million dollar restoration project of UT’s iconic building, Ayres Hall, built in 1921. Ayres Hall now has a front patio, marble walls and clocks on its bell tower as was intended in 1921. The building will be one of the oldest structures to receive LEED certification.

New Ramp Allows Greater Accessibility to UT’s Torchbearer Statue

The Torchbearer is now more welcoming, thanks to a ramp that has been installed at the iconic statue in Circle Park on the UT Knoxville, campus. The ramp allows for increased accessibility to the statue for those with limited mobility. The Torchbearer was erected 43 years ago and, until now, there was no way to get to the statue without going up or down a number of steps. Jenny Richter, UT’s ADA coordinator, said construction of the ramp was prompted by a suggestion from a staff member who became aware that a visitor was unable to reach the statue.

UT Managers, Supervisors Graduate From Leadership Certification Program

UT Knoxville is implementing programs to improve leadership and management processes within the university’s departments. The Leading at UT: Part 2 Certification training program recently graduated 15 managers and supervisors from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Facilities Services and Housing, among other university departments.

UT Presidential Search Committee Holds First Meeting; Appoints Search Advisory Council

The University of Tennessee Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting Thursday and named the members of its Search Advisory Council. The Presidential Search Committee was appointed during the UT Board of Trustees annual meeting. The committee, to be chaired by Board of Trustees Vice Chair James Murphy III, will be assisted by the search firm Witt/Keiffer.

UT Board of Trustees Approves Budget and Sets Tuition for 2011

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved Thursday a $1.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 which includes the final year of federal stimulus funding and a 9 percent tuition increase at the Knoxville, Martin and Chattanooga campuses.