UT Extension News

UT Celebrates Morrill Act, 150 Years of Land-Grant Universities

Left to right, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington, and UT System President Joe DiPietro dedicated a plaque commemorating the passing of the Morrill Act at the university's annual Ag Day celebration.

The university commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of public land-grant universities on Saturday, November 3, during the annual Ag Day celebration. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862, providing federal funds to establish many of America’s public colleges and universities to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts to all.

Take 5 for Education: UT Expert Offers Tips on Teaching Children Responsibility

Teaching children responsibility is key to helping them develop positive habits as they grow into dependable, mature adults. Some parents and teachers might find the task difficult. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers tips to parents and teachers as they work with children, especially those in elementary and middle school.

Operation: Military Kids Reaches Out to Area Youth through UT

When freshman Shelby Summarell heard that UT Knoxville was involved in Operation: Military Kids, she knew she wanted to volunteer. Having a dad who took two tours of Kuwait with the Army National Guard, Summarell knows how difficult it can be when parents and children are separated by war. OMK is a program that provides social, educational, and recreational programming for youth of deployed military personnel.

Landscaping Workshop Aimed at Homeowners

Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods, a partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority, UT Extension and the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, will host a workshop for homeowners interested in learning the essential steps to a healthy landscape, key strategies to managing soil and turf and how to build a rain garden. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

UT Extension Specialist Honored with National Evaluation Training Award

In the course of a year, how many people do we see? How many lives do we touch? Those are numbers Joseph Donaldson wants to know – and he trains others to find that valuable information. Donaldson is now being recognized by his peers nationally for his work with UT Extension in training and evaluation efforts.