Four UT student startups were named among the 13 finalists in Launch Tennessee’s 36|86: Student Edition Pitch Competition. The competition brings together student companies from universities across Tennessee as part of the agency’s statewide University Venture Challenge (UVC) program. GeoAir, SimPath, In With the Old, and the Sorority Guide will pitch June 4 in Nashville as part of the 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference.
UT’s Office of Disability Services has been renamed Student Disability Services (SDS). The office partners with the campus community to enhance campus diversity by creating equitable access for students.
Lucille “Lucy” Greer, who just completed her junior year at UT, has received a prestigious Boren Scholarship that will allow her to spend next year studying Arabic and international politics in Jordan.
Two have founded nonprofit organizations. One is a sign language interpreter. Another was a high school offensive lineman who also served as a head teacher for an English tutoring program. These are just a few of the accomplishments of the 14 high school seniors who will be attending UT this fall as Haslam Scholars, UT’s premier academic program.
At commencement events around the country, college graduates are getting more than just their diplomas; they’re receiving inspiration and bits of advice from the speakers at their ceremonies.
On a whim during her sophomore year, Payton Miller painted the Rock. Approximately 1,050 cans of spray paint, 300 hours of work, and 30 paintings later, the senior took her final bow as the unofficial painter of the Rock.
More than 3,000 UT seniors will embark on a new journey after they graduate next week. Many will begin their first post-college jobs, while others will take internships or fellowships or attend graduate school in the fall. UT’s Center for Career Development aims to reach all undergraduates early in their college careers to help them achieve their goals after graduation.
Caroline Knight, a graduating senior in cinema studies, is an award-winning filmmaker whose latest project is now being shown at film festivals around the country.
Seven UT students have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award. The students were recently notified of their selection with surprise visits from Chancellor Beverly Davenport and other UT administrators while in class, in student organization meetings, and even in their coach’s office. They will receive a Torchbearer medal during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wednesday, April 19. The event is the university’s largest recognition event of the year.
Ovi Kabir, a junior in political science with a concentration in pre-law, grew up in Jellico, Tennessee, then later moved to Oak Ridge, so East Tennessee has always been home for him. During his first year on campus, he was involved with many different organizations including SGA, Clement Hall Residence Association, and Tennessee crew. This year he has dialed it back to focus hon community service around Knoxville and serve as the president for Tennessee Crew.