In its fourth year, the Big Orange Family Campaign saw 2,628 faculty and staff members respond to the campaign call to “Be the Volunteer Difference” by giving back to UT. More than 52 percent of UT faculty and staff contributed this year. Thirty-three departments and units had 100 percent participation
Alumni Affairs News
UT’s second annual “Be a Hero” Day was a great success. Some 350 alumni and friends participated in the special day on April 27 to support student, faculty, and staff UT projects via VOLstarter, UT’s crowdfunding site.
Wednesday, April 27, is the second annual “Be a Hero” Day, when anyone in the UT community can be a #UTHero by supporting student, faculty, and staff projects on VOLstarter.
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.
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.