Most college students spend their summers lazing around their parents’ house or taking a couple classes, but Jennifer Smith helped change the world. Smith, a senior Russian language and global studies major from Maryville, along with three other UT Knoxville students, spent seven weeks of their summer volunteering in Uganda with Nourish International.
Ready for the World News
The Ready for the World Café is going on the road and changing its operation this fall. The café will no longer operate in the Hermitage Room of the University Center. Rather, it will operate in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive, as a weekly, full-service, fine-dining experience with international themes.
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 submissions is October 14.
Renowned artist Willie Cole, who transforms ordinary objects like shoes and irons into sculptures and whose works have been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on September 15 and 16. Cole’s visit is underwritten by a grant from UT’s Ready for the World initiative and the support of the UT School of Art.
The Fall 2011 Ready for the World Passports have arrived and are ready for distribution. The Passport is a free calendar and guide to many of the international and intercultural events taking place on campus and in the community through the end of the academic year.
With funding from Ready for the World, the campus’s international and intercultural initiative, the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will showcase three exhibits. “Exhibition of Sudan: The Land and the People” opened on June 4. “Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons” and “The Decorative Experience” will open in September.
When Kathy Herd learned that her friend of forty-five years, Melva Snapp, needed help after a tornado hit her Alabama community this spring, Herd packed her van with everything from canned chicken to lamp oil and headed to Alabama. Herd has been a construction coordinator with UT Facilities Services for 30 years. “My friend had eleven people in her home, no power, and no food on the mountain,” Herd said. “She needed me. I wanted to do something, any little thing that would help.”
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, 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.