What’s Your Big Idea News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Alyssa Schroder and Jacob Arbital

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Alyssa Schroder, a senior in sustainability, and Jacob Arbital, a senior in environmental studies, have the big idea of getting UT involved in a national competition called Small Steps, Big Wins, where undergraduates on campus compete against their peers from other schools to complete social and environmental actions. UT is vying for the top spot.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Cal MacLean

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Cal MacLean, head of the theatre department, has the big idea of connecting Knoxville’s local musical talents with UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

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Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Kenton Yeager

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Associate professor Kenton Yeager runs UT’s master’s program in theatrical lighting design. He designed and built a one-to-six-scale working theater laboratory to provide students with a safe, accessible way to learn lighting, scenery, sound design, stage management, and more.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Lynne Miller

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. College of Nursing instructor Lynne Miller started the Precious Prints Project, a program that partners with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to provide parents who have lost children a tangible remembrance of their child.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Jim Boyle

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Jim Boyle, director of the Student Health Center, had the idea of bringing key student services under one roof. The new Student Health Building houses the Student Health Center; the Counseling Center; and the Safety, Environment, and Education Center.

What’s Your Big Idea?—John Utley

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. UT senior John Utley is studying mechanical engineering. He’s on the EcoCAR 2 team, working to improve fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions through advance vehicle technologies.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Min Kao

When UT alum Min Kao, founder and chairman of Garmin, heard that the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had outgrown its current home in Ferris Hall, he donated $12.5 million toward a new building to house the department. Kao visited the campus last month to dedicate the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Rupy Sawhney

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Professor Rupy Sawhney, head of the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, wants to see departments at UT become more involved in their respective communities through their actions.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Andy Rogers

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Andy Rogers, a 2011 graduate who majored in biochemistry and minored in theater, has found a way to combine these areas by creating a musical called “Andy and the Beats,” which focuses on type I diabetes.