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.
President Barack Obama recently nominated UT alumnus Kenneth L. Mossman to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Now a professor of health physics at Arizona State University, Mossman is an expert in radiation health and safety. He received his master’s degree in 1970 and doctorate in 1973, both from UT, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sharon John, 1986 communications and advertising alumnus, shares her success story with the New York Times. John is the CEO of Build-A-Bear. “After high school, I enrolled in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I majored in communications and advertising.,” she said. “I liked advertising because it meshed two of my favorite subjects, art and
The College of Business Administration will hold its fifth annual Alumni Awards Gala to celebrate the accomplishments of alumni and friends of the college on October 18. The event will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Marriot, 501 East Hill Avenue. The evening will include a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and an awards program.
Ken Huntsman, who received his master’s degree in computer science UT, was right in the middle of things when e-mail got its start. This week, UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek presented Huntsman with an Accomplished Alumni Award. Huntsman was on campus speaking to the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program about “Creating ‘the Internet on Training Wheels.'”
Bill Galvin says the key ingredient to career success is perseverance. As CNN International’s vice president for business development and sports programming, Galvin says this “never say die” attitude was crucial to starting his career. The College of Communication and Information recently presented Galvin with an Accomplished Alumni award.