Alumni News

Artist Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Wade Guyton, the first UT alumnus to have work featured in the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday evening. The 1995 graduate of the College Scholars Program, who focused his last two years of study in the School of Art, was presented with an Accomplished Alumni award in New York on December 12.

Elf on the Shelf: Alumna’s Creation Sparks New Holiday Tradition


Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.

Holliday to Get Honorary Doctorate, Speak at December Commencement

Chad Holliday

Alumnus Charles O. “Chad” Holliday—chairman of the board of Bank of America, former CEO of DuPont, and a leader in business sustainability—will receive the fourth honorary degree granted by UT. The degree was approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting today. Holliday will receive an honorary doctorate in engineering at the December 15 commencement ceremony, where he will be the featured speaker.

Former White House Counsel Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Murray and Culvahouse

A. B. Culvahouse’s legal expertise has helped political leaders make Supreme Court nominations, pick vice presidential candidates, and write treaties. Now, he can add “Accomplished Alumni” to his list of achievements. Friday, the former White House counsel was honored by the university with an Accomplished Alumni award.

Manning Helps Dedicate Peyton Manning Pass

The ribbon was cut by, from left to right, Katie Zipper and Nathan Zipper, members of the Class of 2007 Senior Gift Committee; Adam Brown, member of the Class of 2008 Senior Gift Committee; Alex Hansen, member of the Class of 2009 Senior Gift Committee; Manning; Cheek; Taylor Reynolds, member of the Class of 2009 Senior Gift Committee; Mary Holtman-Reed, director of the Senior Gift Program; Dave Hart, UT athletic director; and Joe DiPietro, UT System president.

More than 1,000 Vol fans joined alumnus and football legend Peyton Manning, University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, and alumni donors today to officially dedicate Peyton Manning Pass. The road, named for Manning fourteen years ago, was recently painted to resemble Shields–Watkins field. The custom asphalt stamping and painting project was made possible by UT’s Senior Gift Campaign fund.

Namesake to Help Dedicate Newly Painted Peyton Manning Pass

Peyton Manning Pass

Alumnus and football legend Peyton Manning will join Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and alumni donors to officially dedicate Peyton Manning Pass. The road, named for Manning fourteen years ago, was recently painted to resemble Shields–Watkins field. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19. The public is invited to attend.

College of Nursing Names Fabulous Forty in Honor of Fortieth Anniversary

The College of Nursing honored forty of its alumni during a celebration of its fortieth anniversary. The Fabulous Forty Nursing Alumni were named at the fourth annual NightinGala on Sept. 21. The Fabulous Forty—forty outstanding College of Nursing alumni—were nominated and selected because of how they make a difference in the lives of individual patients, organizations, and/or the community.

UT Honors ESPN and Denver Post’s Woody Paige


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.

Alumni Board of Directors Honors Outstanding Alumni

Mark Dean

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

Big Orange Big Ideas

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.