Two great strategic minds go toe-to-toe in the university’s latest TV commercial. In the spot, UT scientist George Pharr squares off against Vol For Life Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Their chosen battlefield: a game of chess. The spot will air during most televised Tennessee sporting events. Broadcast networks allot thirty seconds of free promotion time for each school during games.
The start of a new semester is the perfect time to remind Volunteers everywhere to wear orange on Friday. All members of the Volunteer community are encouraged to wear orange each and every Friday to support the university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jefferson 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.
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.