Jimmy G. Cheek News

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.

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

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 chancellor@utk.edu by Thursday, April 17.

Chancellor Cheek’s Open Office Hours

As part of the university’s ongoing mission to be a more work-friendly campus, Chancellor Cheek plans to regularly set aside office hours to meet with faculty and staff. The first two dates for scheduled office hours are November 19 and December 10. To schedule a time to meet with the chancellor, send an e-mail with your request to chancellor@utk.edu by the close of business on November 15 for the first session or December 5 for the second session.

Cheek Signs Letter Urging Obama, Congress to Close Innovation Gap

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has joined 193 other US university leaders in signing a letter that urges President Barack Obama and members of Congress to close an “innovation deficit” by improving funding for scientific research and education. “At UT, we are doing great research that impacts people’s lives—but we could be doing so much more,” Cheek said. “Additional funding for research is directly linked to problem solving and job creation.”

Students Invited to Join Chancellor Cheek for Pancake Supper

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is inviting all UT students to join him for a late-night pancake supper on Wednesday, April 24. The event begins at 9:00 p.m. on the second floor of Hodges Library. It will continue until 10:30 p.m. or until the food runs out, whichever comes first. Cheek and the vice chancellors will be serving pancakes and toppings, bacon and sausage, and orange juice. Everything is free.