Results of the Big Orange Family Campaign are in and they are impressive. The campaign yielded 1,370 new donors, bringing the total to 2,277 faculty and staff who support the university. Campus participation is now at an all-time high at 47 percent overall.
Alumni Affairs News
All UT veterans and their families are invited to campus for the third Veterans Reunion, a homecoming event held every five years. “Your Service—Our Freedom” is the theme of the reunion, sponsored by UT’s Office of Alumni Affairs. Events begin Friday, November 2, and continue through the football game against Troy University, Saturday, November 3.
Dress up, bid up, and tee up by attending the ninth annual Alex Haley Scholarship Golf Tournament beginning Sunday, July 15. The scholarships were established to honor world-renowned author and UT professor, Alex Haley, and have raised more than $225,000 for UT students.
Former Lady Vol Chamique Holdsclaw will share her story of survival and ultimate victory over depression during a UT alumni event Tuesday, April 10, at the Foundry at the World’s Fair Park site in downtown Knoxville. The cost is $20 per person. Registration closes Sunday, April 8. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Holdsclaw prior to her talk.
UT is launching a host of career services for alumni, including a networking website, a job search engine, professional development webinars, job fairs, and social events. The initiative comes in response to a large-scale alumni survey last year that showed graduates overwhelmingly want more support in starting and advancing their careers.
A longtime student adviser and member of the alumni affairs staff has won a prestigious national award. Mary Holtman-Reed, director of alumni programs and adviser to the Student Alumni Associates, was presented with the Outstanding Advisor Award by the Affiliated Student Advancement Program.
UT Knoxville’s alumni board of directors honored some of its most outstanding members in a gala held Friday, September 9, at the Marriott in downtown Knoxville. Four people were honored as distinguished alumni for their years of service and great personal and professional success.
Sports, fitness, and wellness will be the focus of this year’s Alumni Summer College at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Alumni and friends will explore the world of athletics, learn about healthy living, and delve into the psychology of sports during the week. Participants do not have to be UT alumni. The Alumni Summer College will take place July 13-17, with a one-day trip to Abingdon, Virginia, on Saturday, July 16.
Critics call A. Scott Pearson’s latest novel “chilling”, “tantalizing,” and “a delicious tale.” Pearson—author, surgeon, and UT Knoxville alumnus—will be the featured speaker at an event sponsored by the UT Office of Alumni Affairs and the Alumni Association’s Knox County Chapter. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in the Hodges Library Auditorium on UT’s campus.
Twenty new members have joined the UT Knoxville Chancellor’s Associates. The group, composed of business, professional and community leaders from the Knoxville area, help build public understanding of and support for the university. They serve three-year terms and meet monthly to learn about and interact with the university.