Journalist Woody Paige is best known for his sports knowledge and wit. The ESPN broadcaster and Denver Post reporter and columnist credits UT’s journalism school for building a great foundation for his career. Paige was honored Monday with an Accomplished Alumni award.
An inventor, a connector, a legend. These are just a few of the outstanding alumni who were honored by the university at its alumni board of directors awards dinner on Friday, September 7. UT recognized eighteen outstanding alumni in four categories: Alumni Promise Award, Alumni Service Award, Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the highest honor given.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.
Eight UT alumni brought home a total of ten medals, including five golds, from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 2012 medal tally for former UT athletes surpasses the school’s previous record of eight medals, which was set at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. UT’s total medal count places the university seventh among all schools and second among SEC programs for this year’s Olympics.
UT has named comedienne Leanne Morgan to its list of Accomplished Alumni of 2012. Morgan, a 1992 graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, made a name for herself in the comedy world after appearing on ABC’s “The View” and as a finalist on Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom.”
John Hubbard, senior vice president and worldwide head of development operations for Pfizer, Inc., was this year’s commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences. In his address to the graduates, Hubbard shared how his time at UT helped foster future big ideas.
Two College of Law alumni with broad experience inside the Beltway will visit campus on Wednesday, March 14, to share their experiences. Chuck Fleischmann and Jo-Marie St. Martin will speak on “Inside Washington” at noon in Room 132 of the College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.
Mariselle Morales, a 2008 graduate from UT Knoxville, will be competing in the Miss America pageant as Miss Puerto Rico on Saturday. Morales won the Miss America Puerto Rico pageant in July 2010.
UT Knoxville alumnus Robert Hobbs has curated dozens of exhibitions around the globe. This week, he’s visiting UT Knoxville for a lecture at the School of Art. The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday Oct. 28, in Art and Architecture Building room 109.
Two UT Knoxville School of Art alumni visited the campus for a lecture and exhibit opening on Thursday, Sept. 16. Bill FitzGibbons and Creighton Michael, both accomplished artists, launched the Filament exhibit which will run through Oct. 31 in the Ewing Gallery, housed in the campus Art and Architecture building.