A UT alumna has been honored for her outstanding performance on the CPA exam. Margaret Sharp, of Knoxville, has received the prestigious 2013 American Institute of CPAs Elijah Watt Sells Award. Only fifty-five individuals out of 94,154 test takers, or .05 percent, received this distinction.
The College of Communication and Information will name a classroom in honor of CCI alumna Hilda Murray, an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive. A brief ceremony, part of the CCI Board of Visitors spring meeting, will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in Room 309 of the Communications Building. A plaque honoring Murray, which will hang outside the classroom, will be unveiled at the ceremony.
While a student at UT, Paige Braddock cut her teeth as a cartoonist for the Daily Beacon newspaper. The budding illustrator went on to work at several major newspapers before being hired by the creator of the Peanuts brand. Braddock, now executive vice president and creative director of the Charles Schultz Studio, returned to UT Thursday and was honored with the Accomplished Alumni award. She is a 1985 School of Art graduate.
UT alumnus Ray Austin is starring in a reality series on Bravo. Austin, a 1997 psychology graduate and former defensive back for the Volunteers, is part of the cast for the cable network’s 100 Days of Summer, which chronicles six young, successful, and ambitious Chicagoans as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal, professional, and social lives over one intense summer season. The show airs at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesdays.
When the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, open on Friday, alumna Stephanie Garant-Jones will be backstage, helping the extravaganza unfold before the world. Garant-Jones, who earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2007, is part of the crew orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies.
UT’s first Big Orange Give—a 125-hour online giving campaign—far exceeded its goals for fundraising and expanding its network of Big Orange donors. Held during homecoming week, the campaign doubled the $125,000 goal, raising $250,105 from more than 1,640 donors from all fifty states and abroad.
Homecoming stands out as the greatest orange-and-white celebration on the UT calendar for both students and alumni. This year’s festivities culminate on Saturday, November 9, when faculty, staff, and students from different colleges, offices, and organizations across campus welcome back thousands of lifelong Vol fans. “Cirque du Rocky Top” is this year’s Homecoming theme.
The campus kicks off an ambitious online giving campaign today. The Big Orange Give aims to raise $125,000 in 125 hours to aid the university on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university. The campaign begins at 4:00 p.m. today and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. The campaign will be driven primarily through its website and the social media channels of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.
This year’s Homecoming festivities will be a family affair. Little Vols ages ten and under are invited to don their orange and white to march in the Homecoming parade on Friday, November 8, and then enjoy crafts and treats with alumna Carol Aebersold, creator of Elf on the Shelf.
Chairman and CEO of P. F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. Rick Federico has received the Accomplished Alumni award from UT. Federico, a 1976 sociology graduate, was honored with the award earlier this month. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.