Torchbearer News

Upcoming Deadlines for Chancellor’s Honors Award Nominations

Don’t forget to submit your materials for Torchbearer nominations due today. Other awards honored at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet also have upcoming nomination deadlines. The Excellence in Academic Outreach award is due February 24. Extraordinary Community Service faculty and staff nominations, Extraordinary Customer Service, and Extraordinary Service to the University awards are due February 28.

Remembering Avon Rollins Sr.

If a single image enshrines the memory of the late Avon Rollins Sr., it’s a Knoxville News Sentinel photo from May 1963 of his six-foot-four body lying on the sidewalk in front of the Tennessee Theatre as part of the effort to integrate Knoxville’s movie theaters.

Forensic Anthropology Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

For three decades—long before the popularity of the CSI television series—the Forensic Anthropology Center has been on the forefront of forensic anthropology, turning out research and training law enforcement to solve crimes and identify the remains of unknown individuals.

UT Torchbearer Recipients Gather to Celebrate 85th Anniversary of Award

More than 95 recipients of the Torchbearer award—the highest student honor bestowed by the university—gathered on campus over the weekend to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the award. The reunion brought together Torchbearer recipients representing classes from 1945 to 2015.

Seven Seniors Receive UT’s Highest Student Honor

Seven students received the Torchbearer award, the highest honor given to a student, Tuesday at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service.

Torchbearer Plaza Bricks Find Their Way Back to Circle Park

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.

On June Twenty-Sixth: A Historic Decision

“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.