For Lydia Pulsipher, a retired UT geography professor, sharing her Slovenian culture is a way of life. Since 2010, Pulsipher has served as honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Tennessee—and she’s opened her home to serve as the consulate.
Jared Bruhin and John Edwards might have two of the most coveted jobs on campus. They’re Smokey’s handlers and his best pals. Bruhin and Edwards are responsible for everyone’s favorite bluetick coonhound while he’s on campus for game days and other appearances.
A class discussion about an enslaved African prince in the 1600s has inspired a group of UT undergraduate students to help stop modern-day human trafficking. The inaugural Human Trafficking on Rocky Top event will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public. Local experts will speak and an involvement fair will follow the presentation.
On December 1, also known as Giving Tuesday, UT is encouraging alumni and other donors to support VOLstarter projects.
Joy Harjo, an award-winning poet, musician, and author whose works reflect her Muscogee Creek tribal heritage, will be coming to UT in the fall of 2016 as the new Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing.
WUTK 90.3 The Rock will hold the station’s seasonal fundraiser, Exam Jam XI, at 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, at The Concourse at the International. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit WUTK Gift Fund, helping to keep the self-supporting broadcast lab and station on the air.
Brightspace Desire2Learn will present its demonstration in two sessions at 8:30–10:00 a.m. and 1:30–3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, in Room 213, Hodges Library.
The Media Relations team is looking for stories about interesting students graduating in December to feature in Tennessee Today and to promote to the media at commencement time.
Three candidates seeking to become director of the Experience Learning initiative will visit campus in early December. Each will make a public presentation for the campus community while they are here.
UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the year’s final home football game. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. EST for the Volunteers’ game against the Vanderbilt University Commodores. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.
Tennessee spends less on a per capita basis than almost any other state on its highways and roads yet enjoys roadways that are better than those in most states. But according to a new paper produced by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, roadway quality is now at risk unless new funding is found.
In December, UT’s Haslam College of Business will take eighteen first-year business students to study abroad in Cuba. The program, led by George Drinnon and Andrew Seidler in the college’s undergraduate programs office, will take place in Havana December 11–19.
Jessica Hay, assistant professor of psychology, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.3 million dollar NIH grant for “Infant Statistical Learning: Resilience, Longevity, and Specificity.”