Thank A Giver News

Legacy of Roofer Shelters the Dreams of Engineering and Architecture Students

Sophomore Victoria Vest and senior Ryan DeLozier are making their engineering dreams come true thanks to alum Don Tinsley. Tinsley received his business degree from UT in 1942 and went on to establish scholarships for students studying architecture, mechanical, or civil engineering—career paths that influenced the success of Tinsley’s commercial roofing business in Knoxville.

Jones Professorship Puts UT on the Map for Hydrogeologist

A native of British Columbia, Canada, Larry McKay had to pull out a map to locate the state of Tennessee twenty years ago when he was invited to UT. Knoxville was the place he wanted to go to start his career as a professor after he learned the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences would award him the Donald H. Jones Professorship of Hydrogeology. The endowed professorship, established by 1950 UT geology graduate Donald Jones and his wife Flo, has given McKay the opportunity to combine his love of teaching with research.

UT Celebrates ‘Thank A Giver’ Day to Honor Donors

More than 200 gift tags are being hung all over campus to celebrate “Thank A Giver” (TAG) day on Friday, April 20. The event celebrates the success of the $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee. The most ambitious fund-raising effort in the university’s history, the campaign raised $1.3 billion over six years for the statewide systems, placing UT in an elite group of less than thirty universities to achieve this goal. More than $860 million is dedicated to UT Knoxville programs.

The Impact of Giving

Caitlin Conley Wise will never forget the day she met Steve and Laura Morris, who are making her college dreams a reality. Wise is part of the university’s first-year class of Haslam Scholars and the first student to benefit from the M. Steven and Laura Capps Morris Endowed Honors Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding student each fall.