The Tennessee football team continues to give back to the community. On Saturday, a house built by the Vols was dedicated to Kim Dixon and her family in South Knoxville. Throughout the summer the Vols have built different portions of Dixon’s new home after her previous home was lost in a fire. Saturday’s ceremony was the culmination of hard work and teamwork by every member of the football team.
Economics professor Don Bruce has been named UT’s new faculty athletics representative for the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In the new role, Bruce will work closely with top university administrators to support a campus environment where academics remain a central focus in college sports.
ESPN College GameDay is letting fans choose the campus where ESPN will film one of its commercials. Volunteer fans can help give UT a leg up by voting early and often. Fans from all Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are voting to have the opportunity for GameDay to shoot an ad on their campus in late July or early August. The school that receives the most votes by May 10 wins.
Basketball season has arrived at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with home opening games set for next week. The first regular season home game for the men is Friday, November 11, against UNC Greensboro. The Lady Vols begin their regular season home schedule against Pepperdine University on November 13.
The University of Tennessee on Monday named Dave Hart as the school’s vice chancellor and director of athletics. Hart, who was the director of athletics at Florida State University for 12 years (1995-2007), most recently served as the executive director of athletics at the University of Alabama, where he led the day-to-day operations of the department.
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.