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.
He has been called the “Voice of the SEC,” one of the most powerful people in sports media, the “King of the South,” and the “Oprah Winfrey of college football.” Now, Paul Finebaum can be called a University of Tennessee accomplished alumnus. The 1978 political science graduate was honored with the Accomplished Alumni Award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.
Sixty students selected for this year’s Alternative Fall Break will volunteer on projects in five different cities from October 17 through 20. To defray their travel expenses, the students are raising money through UT’s new “Impact Big Ideas” crowd-funding program. Although the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development established online giving years ago, the crowd-funding approach is new.
Wendell Potter, a veteran journalist, public relations executive, author, and advocate for health care and insurance reform, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday. The 1973 journalism graduate was honored by UT with the award. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.
Peter Hoffman, a protector of intellectual property at the world’s largest aerospace company, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday. The 1984 graduate in the mechanical engineering master’s program was honored by the award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.
From science stars to baseball starters, the university’s latest TV commercial shines a light on the talent and opportunities that abound on Rocky Top. Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites. R.A. Dickey, former Vol baseball player and current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.
If it wasn’t for one UT alum, we might not have the personal computer. Mark Dean, a 1979 graduate in electrical engineering, had the big idea of developing technology that allows us to plug almost anything into computers and have the devices and PCs communicate seamlessly. Dean joined the College of Engineering faculty this fall.