April 4, 2016

Board Approves Knoxville and Agriculture Campus Master Plan

The UT Board of Trustees approved on Friday an update to the Campus Master Plan, which serves as a guide for future construction and renovation improvements on the Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture campuses. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the State Building Commission will consider the plan over the next several months. Approval from both bodies is necessary before it can be adopted. Updates to the plan increase the focus on campus beautification and connectedness and add new ideas for reuse and renovation of existing facilities. Read more...

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President Emphasizes Commitment to Student Safety
Declaring even a single incident of sexual assault "one too many," President Joe DiPietro told UT trustees the work of raising awareness and protecting students is ongoing and not new. DiPietro’s remarks came during his report to the full board at its spring meeting, which took place on the UT Martin campus Friday. The importance of diversity, efforts regarding sexual assault prevention, and the status of the state’s facilities management initiative were among matters the board heard about at its meeting. Read more...
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Trustees Approve Naming of Boyd Research Center and Stokely Family Residence Hall

The Board of Trustees approved two proposals Friday to name a national research center and a new residence hall on the Knoxville campus. The Center for Business and Economic Research is now the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, named in honor of UT alumni Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny. The Stokely Family Residence Hall is being built on the site of the former Gibbs Hall and the William B. Stokely Athletics Center. The name serves to honor the Stokely family’s more than 100-year commitment to UT. Read more...

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Board Approves ORNL's Mason for Honorary Degree, UT's Thirteenth
A scientific leader and strategic partner of UT's will receive an honorary degree from the university this spring. The Board of Trustees approved a proposal Friday for Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason to receive an honorary doctorate in science. He will be UT’s 13th honorary degree recipient. Read more...
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Trustees Approve Renaming of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences
The Board of Trustees approved a proposal Friday to rename a joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory research institute. The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences is now the Shull Wollan Center—A Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, named in honor of two pioneers in neutron scattering, Clifford Shull and Ernest Wollan. Read more...
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UT Joins MIT Partnership Exploring Innovations in Fibers and Fabrics

UT has been selected to participate in a $317 million public-private partnership run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which was announced Friday. Much like the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation announced by the White House in 2015, the MIT partnership, named Advanced Functional Fibers of America, won a national competition for federal funding to create a Manufacturing Innovation Institute designed to accelerate innovation in manufacturing. Read more...

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College of Nursing Invites Students, Faculty, and Staff to HealthBeat 2016 April 6

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to HealthBeat 2016. The College of Nursing is joining forces with the Student Health Center and UT Medical Center for the free event, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Panhellenic Building. A variety of screenings and tests will be provided. Read more...

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In Memoriam: Sylvia Hart
Sylvia Hart, founding dean of the College of Nursing, passed away Tuesday, March 29. She was 87. Hart was appointed dean in 1971 and served in the position for twenty-one years. She was responsible for launching the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs during her tenure. Read more...
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Spring Fest Offers Family Fun on Ayres Lawn

UT's National Residence Hall Honorary is hosting a spring family-friendly event for the community from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, on the Ayres Lawn. Read more...

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Announcements
Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Begins Today Read more...
Spring Cleanup Forms for East and South Stadium Halls and Science & Engineering Research Facility Due Today Read more...
Contribute to WUOT's Spring Fund Drive Read more...

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Events
Writers in the Library: Nikky Finney, 7:00 p.m. Today Read more...
Fundamental Free-Speech Principles: Threats to the First Amendment, noon Tuesday Read more...
Symposium: Why Businesses Value a Healthy Community, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday Read more...

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