Office 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.

Student Death Protocol and Response

When the death of any UT Knoxville student occurs, whether it’s on or off campus, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life coordinates the university’s response. Student Life staff members’ goal is to provide timely, caring assistance to the family and the campus community.

WBIR-TV: Underage Drinking – Too Much, Too Soon: A 10News Town Hall

WBIR-TVWBIR-TV hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss underage drinking. Ashley Blamey, director of UT’s Safety, Environment, and Education (SEE) Center, was part of the panel and discussed some of UT’s efforts to help students make safer, smarter decisions. These efforts include positive peer pressure and reaching students early.