The Volunteer statue in Torchbearer Plaza has witnessed many milestones since his 1968 debut on campus including marriage proposals, the Vol Walk, and plenty of graduation day photos. The recent renovation of the plaza has provided a unique opportunity for alumni staff to return a piece of UT history to hundreds of Volunteers.
“I’m a little bit superstitious sometimes,” said Val Tanco. “When I have hunches of something big, it usually ends up being right.” On a hunch, Tanco and her wife, Sophy Jesty, kept their daughter Emilia out of day care the morning of June 26 and asked their friend and attorney Regina Lambert to meet them at the College of Veterinary Medicine, where they are both assistant professors.
Work has begun on the renovation of UT’s Circle Park and Torchbearer Plaza. To mark the beginning of the renovation, here are a few facts that shed some light on the history of the Torchbearer.
Nine students received the Torchbearer award, the highest honor given to students, on Wednesday at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet.
The companion website to Torchbearer, the university’s magazine for alumni and friends, is faster, better, and more stylish than ever after its recent redesign. Refined categories, improved navigation, and more featured articles on the home page make finding interesting content easy—and with the new layout, this content can be enjoyed anywhere, from a desktop computer to mobile phone.
Last week the Memphis Commercial Appeal spoke with three Greater Memphis students receiving more than just a diploma from UT. Aeron Glover and Jayanni Webster of Memphis and Drew Shapiro of Germantown each received the Torchbearer award, the campus’s highest honor for academic achievement and commitment to others through activities and contributions to the university and the community.
An assistant professor of architecture at UT has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design. Ted Shelton joins a list of about 180 fellows appointed in the institute’s thirty-three-year history. His research explores the relationship between the US interstate highway system and American cities. He has analyzed the social, structural, and environmental impacts of highways in 200 US cities.