From seeking new uses for old buildings to finding ways to stimulate tourism, UT students are putting classroom lessons into practice in collaboration with Lenoir City, Tennessee, as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). “Our Smart Communities Initiative is now in its third year and we’re excited to collaborate with our program partner, Lenoir City, on a cluster of projects focused on the downtown area,” said Kelly Ellenburg, director of UT’s Office of Service-Learning, which oversees the SCI.
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Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Science, received the President’s Award for research on Tuesday following President Joe DiPietro’s State of UT address.
The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated outstanding faculty with awards in diversity leadership, advising, teaching, research, academic outreach, and service on December 1 at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony held at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.
George Pharr, Belle Upadhyaya, Maria Stehle, and Michael Handelsman received top faculty honors at Wednesday’s Chancellor’s Honors Banquet.
UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships has made some changes to better serve the growing number of students interested in applying for major awards. In an effort to increase visibility and be more accessible, ONSF—which has its main office in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy—now has a satellite office in Hodges Library.
At the campus’s annual Honors Banquet last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Suzanne Lenhart, a mathematics professor and Chancellor’s Professor, was recognized for her excellence in academic outreach. Michael Handelsman, director of global studies, received the Ready for the World Award.
Students from ten different countries will talk about the political, economic, and social issues affecting their nations at a conference aimed at bringing a global awareness to the UT campus. The conference will be held on November 17 at the Baker Center and is free and open to the public. The Ready for the World Committee and the College of Social Work are hosting the conference.
Five current students or recent graduates from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have received grants from the Fulbright US Student Program to work and study abroad. This is the largest number of student Fulbright winners that UT Knoxville has had in at least twenty years.