Donna Thomas, who has worked with UT Athletics for twenty-one years and has served as interim director of UT Knoxville’s Thornton Athletics Student Life Center for six months, has been named as the center’s permanent director. The Thornton Center provides academic support, educational programs, and a learning environment in which student-athletes have the opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today that director of women’s athletics Joan Cronan will serve as interim vice chancellor/director of athletics, which will be the senior administrator position for Tennessee Athletics, until a permanent vice chancellor/director of athletics is named.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus and the UT Athletics Department are teaming up to show their Volunteer spirit by helping Tennessee counties affected by the recent storms. From 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, UT students and staff will be at Regal Soccer Stadium to collect items from the community to aid the residents of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, Washington, Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea counties.
UT Women’s Senior Associate Athletics Director Donna Thomas is now serving as the interim director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. She will oversee the center in addition to her current position as senior associate athletic director. Eric Brey, who has been serving as director of the Thornton Center, has assumed a position in the Student Success Center.
Continuing the tradition, the UT Athletic Department is providing funds in support of academics for the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville campus. With a total gift of just over $10 million, $1.375 million goes to support academic scholarships awarded to non-student athletes including Volunteer, Bicentennial and band scholarships, as well as scholarships for members of the Peyton Manning and Neyland Scholars Programs.
UT Knoxville welcomes fans to campus Saturday for the Volunteers’ game against the Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina but urges visitors to be cautious about traffic conditions and Halloween celebrations. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. EDT. Neyland Stadium gates will open at 5:45 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
All full-time UT employees are eligible to purchase two season tickets to UT Athletics events, including football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, at a 20 percent discount based on ticket availability.
The “Big Orange Football Warmup and More” non-credit course returns to give Tennessee football fans an opportunity to hear about the upcoming season from an insider’s perspective. The two-session course is set for Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 and is hosted by UT Professional and Personal Development.