David Brown has seen a lot of changes at UT over the years, but one thing remains constant—his appreciation for the work he does here. Brown, who currently drives the UT Recycling truck, recently celebrated forty-five years with the university.
As Tennessee officials struggle with the severe economic downturn affecting the nation and many parts of the world, many are wondering if the worst is over. For some perspective, Tennessee Today sat down with Bill Fox, a professor of economics and the director of the UT Center for Business and Economic Research.
Hosted by Human Resources, the annual Fall Festival — a tribute to UT employees — is from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m tomorrow at TRECS. This annual employee appreciation event always draws several thousand staff and faculty. It’s also one of the few times each year when the UT employee community comes together and just kicks back.
"Many of you have heard me talk about the University of Tennessee Police Department’s motto of ‘Enforcement Through Cooperation.’ The phrase refers to the vital partnership between the police department and the campus community. As a member of the faculty and staff, you play a key role in ensuring the safety of our campus."
"At UT Knoxville’s Ready for the World (RFTW) international and intercultural initiative, we have been working hard to find exciting ways to boost global knowledge and awareness on campus," says Mary Papke, director of the Ready for the World initiative. "We’ve got a great lineup of events, films, symposia and lectures this semester."
"The Switch Your Thinking campaign unveiled last week sets an ambitious goal for our campus—a 10 percent reduction in the amount of energy we use over the course of this fiscal year," says UT Knoxville Interim Chancellor Jan Simek. "This call to action asks four simple things of all Knoxville-area employees—turn off lights, computers, power strips and window air conditioners when they’re not in use. I believe passionately in the Switch Your Thinking initiative—it makes sense in the heart and the pocketbook."
Our door says "admissions," but our mission is much more. Student access and success are among our highest goals. As UT Knoxville becomes more a school of choice for our state’s—and nation’s—best and brightest students, we must increase our efforts to maintain a diverse student body and increase accessibility for all qualified students.
As chairman of the Chancellor Search Committee, I was pleased to announce last week that we have invited five highly qualified finalists to campus. During the finalists’ visits, faculty and staff will have a chance to meet each candidate, ask them questions and provide the search committee with feedback.
"Welcome to what promises to be an enormously exciting fall semester at UT Knoxville! As we start this new academic year, I want to express my sincere appreciation to our faculty and staff. Your dedication is moving UT forward in its core functions of education, research and service to Tennessee."
Marva Rudolph, director of UT Knoxville’s Office of Equity and Diversity, discusses the university’s diversity goals and its progress toward obtaining them. To date, more than 80 academic and non-academic departments on campus have developed plans aimed at achieving those goals.