From visiting slums to attending a wedding, Chelsea Ennis has seen some of the lowest lows and highest highs of India. “I decided to study abroad so that I could experience a culture and a way of life completely different than my own,” said Ennis, a UT Knoxville psychology major who left for India on May 22 and will be returning to the U.S. on July 3.
Ready for the World News
Ready for the World, the campus’s international and intercultural initiative, is now collecting information about UT events for its fall semester 2011-2012 Passport. The Passport is a calendar of the semester’s events and activities, with particular attention given to those that emphasize international and intercultural awareness and civility.
A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, effort to help Burundian refugees adjust to living in Knoxville is one of four university-based community outreach initiatives named regional winners of the 2011 Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. UT’s proposal, entitled “Ready for the World,” documented the relationship between the university and a number of Burundian families with refugee status who have settled in Knoxville.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek hosted a crowd of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in celebrating civility and community on the UT campus Friday. The day marked the formal launch of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community and what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer. The event was part of UT’s annual International Festival.
Today kicks off a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community. The Celebration of Civility and Community takes place at 11:30 a.m. today on the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Plaza, as part of the twenty-sixth annual International Festival.
Filmmaker and women’s rights activist Diana Saqeb will lead a discussion following the showing of 25 Percent, her documentary about female members of the Afghan Parliament, on April 12 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
First-year students and faculty members agree: FYS 129 seminars are a change from ordinary. Students enjoy small-group learning while transitioning to college. Professors enjoy engaging with students on topics of mutual interest while receiving $1,500 for research support. The deadline for seminar proposals is April 8.
Every week, 30 UT Knoxville students volunteer for two-hour shifts at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) headquarters housed in an abandoned schoolhouse in south Knoxville. These students help RAM workers organize hundreds of boxes of donated medical supplies in preparation to run clinics. RAM’s biggest clinic –- and what the UT volunteers considered their most significant undertaking with RAM yet –- took place in the Jacobs Building in Chilhowee Park Feb. 5-6.
Knoxville native Alicia McClintock knew she wanted to be a doctor, but it was a medical mission trip to Belize that confirmed that international medicine was the best way for her to give back. McClintock, a senior in biological sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently shared her story on UT’s Ready for the World Facebook page.
UT faculty, staff and students are being sought to participate in the 2011 English Summer Camp at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, June 22 through July 15, 2011. This is the fifth year for the camp — the largest of its kind in the world — where 3,200 freshman Chinese students will take part in an intensive three-week English learning experience.