Every week, 30 UT Knoxville students volunteer for two-hour shifts at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) headquarters housed in an abandoned schoolhouse in south Knoxville. These students help RAM workers organize hundreds of boxes of donated medical supplies in preparation to run clinics. RAM’s biggest clinic –- and what the UT volunteers considered their most significant undertaking with RAM yet –- took place in the Jacobs Building in Chilhowee Park Feb. 5-6.
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UT faculty, staff and students are being sought to participate in the 2011 English Summer Camp at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, June 22 through July 15, 2011. This is the fifth year for the camp — the largest of its kind in the world — where 3,200 freshman Chinese students will take part in an intensive three-week English learning experience.
UT Knoxville undergraduate and graduate students will visit Knox County schools to celebrate Geography Awareness Week. This week about 30 UT students will pair together to present a lesson on fresh water in 23 area classrooms. Presentations will be offered to third, fourth and fifth grade classes.
Leah Wilkerson has a passion for military life and interacting with individuals with disabilities. A junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her goal is to combine these two interests to make a fruitful career.
Say “care packages” and you probably imagine boxes chocked full of homemade goodies that parents send to their children who are away at college. Two UT Knoxville women are switching that up a bit: they are packing boxes with snacks, essential clothing items, medicine and toiletries to send to soldiers in Afghanistan.
Faculty and students from the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Engineering at UT Knoxville will travel to Haiti over fall break to begin a months-long design-and-build project in Fond-des-Blancs, a town 70 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. This is the first UT Knoxville group to travel to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake. The group will depart at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, from Staff Lot 9 next to the Art + Architecture Building.
With each step of his long hike, UT Knoxville alumnus Brian Thompson made strides for kids. This summer, Thompson hiked the Appalachian Trail to encourage people to donate to children’s charities around the nation. Thompson is one of the many UT alumni, faculty, staff and students who have shared the stories of their charitable efforts with Volunteers Rock the World.
While most college students spent the summer soaking up the sun or taking summer classes, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, junior Johannah Reed was helping to conserve wildlife in the Costa Rican rainforest.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, 60 students and faculty in the College of Business Administration at UT Knoxville will put down their books and pick up their hammers for a building blitz. The Tennessee Organization of MBAs (TOMBA) students are building their eighth annual Habitat for Humanity house.
Many UT Vols give their time to various volunteer efforts, but few would give up a real job to be a volunteer. Deen Alam, a senior majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience and biological psychology, was offered a job at Parkwest Medical Center and declined to continue volunteering. He said he values the flexibility of his time as a volunteer and wants to stick to his plans to become a successful doctor.