Some Rwandan farmers are getting a taste of UT’s volunteer spirit.
Alumni and Development News
The Big Orange Family Campaign is a annual month-long initiative to enhance philanthropy among faculty and staff.
During the week of February 13–17, UT is challenging each alumni chapter around the country to raise a $500 scholarship.
With a gift of $500,000, Suzanne S. Masters, a 1989 graduate of UT’s School of Advertising and Public Relations, has established the DeForrest Jackson Endowed Professorship, named after her favorite professor.
The Regal Scholars program, offered for the sixth year in a row, provides one-year renewable scholarships to 10 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 10 juniors, and 10 seniors. The Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group’s foundation invests $100,000 each year in the program to cover tuition and room and board for 40 UT students from Knox County.
The university raised nearly $131 million in private support from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations in fiscal year 2014, marking a 40 percent increase over last year’s total.
The university’s Office of Alumni and Development and the Office of Communications and Marketing have won top awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence international competition. The communications and marketing team captured a Gold Award for their work on re-branding the T transit system in partnership with the Office of Parking and Transit. The Knoxville campus alumni and development team won a Silver Award for last fall’s Big Orange Give campaign.
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.
“I Heart UT Week,” which begins Saturday, will give students a brief diversion before finals. The event will include seven days of philanthropic and entertaining activities. The week includes a photo contest, a day of service, the annual Volapalooza contest, athletic events, and a stress release party, among other events.