Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

Big Orange: Campus Welcomes Its Largest Freshman Class in at Least Three Decades


Nearly 4,700 freshmen—the largest first-year class in at least thirty years—will begin classes at UT on August 20. Overall, about 7,400 students will live on campus this fall, about 300 more than last year. While some students have already moved to campus, the big move-in day begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Join Chancellor Cheek for the Annual Fall Kickoff Picnic Monday


Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites all Knoxville campus employees to a Fall Kickoff Picnic on Monday, August 18, at the Gate 21 Plaza of Neyland Stadium. The picnic has become an annual employee event during Welcome Week. Monday’s menu will include hot dogs, barbecue and hamburger sliders, homemade potato chips, potato salad, assorted cookies, brownies, and Mayfield ice cream. A vegetarian option will be provided.

RSVP Now for Chancellor’s Thank-You Lunch for Campus Employees


Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is hosting a Spring Thank-You Lunch for campus employees from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Thompson-Boling Arena. UT employees who responded to the last employee engagement survey asked for more opportunities to see and hear directly from their campus or institute leader. A casual lunch to wrap up the semester will be served buffet style on the ground level of the arena. Employees may RSVP online.

Chancellor Cheek’s April Open Office Hours

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The final open office hours session with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for this academic year will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. Chancellor Cheek began holding open office hours last fall to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to share ideas, thoughts, and questions. If you would like to meet with the chancellor during office hours, please send an e-mail with your request to by Thursday, April 17.

UT Employee Events are Being Improved from Survey Feedback

Some exciting changes are being made to campus employee events in direct response to feedback you provided in the most recent Employee Engagement Survey. UT employees who responded to the survey asked for more opportunities to see and hear directly from their campus or institute leader.

UT-Pellissippi Sign Agreement Enhancing Volunteer Bridge Program

L to R: Matthew Krebs, Pellissippi Community College President Anthony Wise, UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, and Marcus Hudson. Krebs, of Knoxville, is a sophomore in political science. He attended Knoxville Catholic High School and was in the 2012-13 bridge cohort. Hudson, of Memphis, is from the 2011-12 cohort and is now a junior in kinesiology.

A bridge program that allows students to have dual enrollment and seamless transfer between Pellissippi State Community College and UT will open its doors to more students and become more affordable, thanks to changes being implemented for the coming year. UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and Pellissippi President Anthony Wise met at 10:00 a.m. today to sign a memorandum of understanding enhancing the Volunteer Bridge Program.

Chancellor Hosts Breakfast for Facilities Workers Battling Cold-Weather Issues

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Facilities Services employees were recognized this week for their service above and beyond the call of duty during recent freezing weather. Chancellor Cheek invited more than 170 employees to breakfast to extend his personal thanks. This month’s plummeting temperatures, rain, and snow have resulted in broken pipes and flooding at numerous sites around campus. Employees have worked extended shifts to address the problems.

Help Us Dedicate Pat Summitt Plaza This Friday


Join Chancellor Cheek and other officials tomorrow as the campus celebrates the greatest basketball coach ever, Lady Vols Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, with the dedication of Pat Summitt Plaza. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. This historic day gives the campus community a special opportunity to thank Coach Summitt for her nearly forty years of service. This will be a very special Big Orange Friday for our campus, so come out and wear your orange.