Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. The UT Media Relations office is looking for UT faculty, staff, students, and alumni who were in New York or Washington, D.C., and witnessed the attacks or who played a role in the rescue or cleanup operations. We’re also looking for people who have seen their work, research, or lives greatly impacted by 9/11.
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Beginning this month, when faculty and staff members register computers for use on the UT Knoxville network, they will be asked to complete a brief survey as part of the university’s annual Self-Certification process. The survey questions will be in regard to the types of information employees electronically store and whether or not the devices for which they are responsible contain legally protected information.
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.
Each year, the Department of University Housing asks faculty and staff members to come and assist on one of the busiest and most important days of the new school year: the arrival of the incoming freshmen class. On Saturday, August 13, move-in day will set a lasting impression of our campus for students and parents. To make it a great process, university housing needs your help.
On Wednesday, May 4, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will host an open forum for faculty and staff. UT’s new fiscal year starts in July, and Chancellor Cheek will give an update on the university’s budget and plans that have already been put in place to offset the decreased state funding. Much of the time will be used for questions and answers about the budget and other topics employees would like to discuss.
Valerie Cade, author of “Bully Free at Work: What You Can Do to Stop Workplace Bullying Now!,” will be at UT Knoxville on Dec. 1 to present two free workshops for faculty and staff. Her visit is being hosted by the Provost’s Office.
UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek wants to have lunch with faculty and staff on Oct. 25, and he’ll foot the bill for the first 50 people.
Start celebrating the holiday season early with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. The show is coming to Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and UT employees will receive 10 percent off the ticket price.
The Access and Diversity Staff Retention Fund is taking a proactive role in helping UT employees expand their cultural awareness. The fund gives monetary assistance to any Knoxville-area system, Ag campus or UT Knoxville staff or faculty employee interested in attending a program on diversity. These programs include national seminars and conferences relating to diversity and multicultural themes.
I would like to encourage you to attend the annual Autumn Festival — a tribute to UT employees — from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow at TRECS. Due to weather concerns, all festival activities will be held indoors. This annual employee appreciation event hosted by Human Resources always draws several thousand staff and faculty. It’s one of my favorite days because so much is going on — bingo, ice cream, music, vendors, door prizes and catered lunch.