Division of Student Life News

Miracle Makayla: Graduate Defies Death to Finish Degree


When death came knocking, all Makayla Claussen could think about was living long enough to earn her college degree. On Saturday, Claussen will achieve her goal. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Claussen’s steep climb to graduation and the drive she has demonstrated to get there will make Saturday’s ceremony cause for a Big Orange celebration.

North Texas ‘Mean Green’ Meets Rocky Top During Homecoming

This year, thousands of students, alumni, faculty, and staff will show their Volunteer spirit during Homecoming, scheduled for November 8–14. The Vols will take on the University of North Texas at noon Saturday, November 14, in Neyland Stadium.

Apply to be a Member of the 2016 Student Disciplinary or Greek Judicial Board

Student Conduct and Community Standards is recruiting members for its 2016 Student Disciplinary Board and Greek Judicial Board, which are still currently operating under the existing code of conduct. Members of these Boards are charged with deciding whether the student or organization is responsible for the Standard of Conduct violation and the appropriate penalty for the violation.

Ninety-Eight Students Travel to Seven Cities for Alternative Fall Break

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Ninety-eight students will spend their fall break helping the impoverished, feeding the hungry, and assisting people with disabilities. Alternative Fall Break trips, coordinated through the Center for Leadership and Service, help fulfill the center’s mission to educate and engage all students to lead and serve in the global community.

Five Things for You to Do in October

Fall break is just around the corner, and Halloween is just a few weeks away. We’re almost halfway through the semester, but there’s still plenty for you to do around campus and in Knoxville. Here’s our top picks for five things for you to do this month.

University Cuts Big Orange Ribbon on New Student Union


On Friday, the university celebrated the midpoint of the largest building project in its history. More than thirty people lined up to cut the ceremonial orange ribbon, which spanned the width of UT’s new pedestrian bridge, at the dedication of the new Student Union.