Torchbearer News

UT Torchbearer Recipients Gather to Celebrate 85th Anniversary of Award

Members of the Torchbearer Reunion gather in front of the Torchbearer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, for a group photo on Friday, November 11, 2016. Photo by Steven Bridges - http://stevenbridges.com

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

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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.

Torchbearer Website Gets Redesign

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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.

Commercial Appeal: Torchbearers share tips on how to excel

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.