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Friends Don’t Let Friends Forget Big Orange Friday

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On Rocky Top, every Friday is Big Orange Friday. Watch the latest Big Orange Friday video, which highlights the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new extension of Pedestrian Walkway. The cold weather gives these students even more ways to keep orange on Friday.

Soldier-Sister Reunion at Commencement Elicits Cheers, Standing Ovation

The brother and sister embrace after reuniting at commencement.

For sixteen months, UT graduate Marvyl Cockrell had been missing her younger brother Dale, who is stationed aboard the Navy’s USS George Washington. Today, Dale made a surprise appearance at the university’s commencement ceremony. Marvyl was one of more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received their degrees from UT this week.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Reigniting Public Service

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Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Printing Home Goods

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Ryann Aoukar, associate professor in the interior design program, uses a 3D printer to develop functional prototypes of his designs. This eliminates manufacturing middlemen and potential problems with production.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Special Spaces

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The UT chapter of Special Spaces is a student organization that helps children with life-challenging illnesses by making sure they have their own special space to imagine, dream, and heal.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Getting Social Across the Nation

Karen Freberg, alumna of the College of Communication and Information and assistant professor at the University of Louisville, has the big idea to launch a social media competition for students on a national scale.

What’s Your Big Idea? Dinosaurs!

Big Orange Big IdeasJefferson Chapman, director of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, talks about a really big idea—the addition of a “big,” 2,400-pound, twenty-four-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens, a hadrosaur (or duck-billed) dinosaur to the museum.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Garden Party

Kathy Kidd and Kathryn Humber at UT’s Early Learning Center talk about the big idea of having the children and staff grow much of their own food in an effort to eat healthier. They want the school’s new kitchen garden to be a model for the community and a training ground for early childhood educators on gardening with young children and families.

McClung Museum Welcomes Life-Size Dinosaur Sculpture

Campus is now home to the oldest and the newest Volunteer. A 2,400-pound, 24-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens—a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur—was installed today outside the front entrance of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture as part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Knowing the Consumer

Curtis Rose, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and senior vice president of digital strategy at Erwin Penland, has the big idea of combining consumer psychology and digital capabilities to grow your business.