Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

UT students help expand ‘Rocky Top’ brand

UT students are helping to expand the Rocky Top brand by designing products that eventually end up on store shelves. WATE-TV Channel 6 featured the students and UT’s Rocky Top Institute in this story.

Rocky Top: The history behind the song

WBIR-TV

Ann Fairhurst, head of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, was recently interviewed by WBIR-Channel 10 about the history of the Rocky Top song  and UT’s Rocky Top Institute, which allows students to develop products around the brand. See the full story here.

UT Expert: Shorter Holiday Shopping Season is Boon for Consumers

The bad news: a later Thanksgiving this year means six fewer shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. The good news, according to Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, is that consumers will likely find much better deals well into December because retailers will continue to offer steep discounts to lure shoppers in and make up for lost time.

Ready for the World Cafe Features Italian Fare October 10

UT’s Ready for the World Cafe continues its culinary journey with a taste of Italy on Thursday, October 10. The lunch consists of bruschetta, porcini mushroom polenta cake, pork osso bucco, and panna cotta. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.

Faculty, Staff, Alumni Invited to Participate in Judging Wines of the South Contest

The UT Wines of the South competition is back this year and for the first time, the average consumer will have the chance to be a judge. Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in the event, which will begins at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the UT Conference Center. The discounted price is $49.

Effort Under way to Establish Endowment in Memory of Culinary Institute Founder

An effort is under way to establish an endowment scholarship fund in memory of John M. Antun, founder of the UT Culinary Institute. Wanda Costen, an associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, made the first contribution to the fund this summer. She presented a $1,000 check to Antun’s widow, Lola Antun.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Ocoee River Economic Impact Study in the News

A recently released UT study shows that visitors who took whitewater rafting excursions on the Ocoee River last year pumped $43.8 million into the economies of the thirty counties that surround the river. The Ocoee also was the most visited whitewater river in the United States, according to the report. The study, conducted by Steve

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Study: Rafting Ocoee River has $43.8 Million Economic Impact on Region

Visitors who took whitewater rafting excursions on the Ocoee River last year pumped $43.8 million into the economies of the thirty counties that surround the river, according to a newly released study from UT. The Ocoee also was the most visited whitewater river in the United States, according to the report. Steve Morse, an economist

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