At UT, our research and knowledge is not destined for just academic journals and textbooks; we strive to incorporate our achievements into programs that benefit our local community, the state of Tennessee, and individuals all over the world.
In the Knoxville community, faculty and graduate students in sports psychology help local girls develop good exercise habits and healthy self-images; our College of Law performs pro bono work for underserved clients; and nursing faculty and students help provide medical services to the homeless in the Knoxville area.
Students also lead the way in giving back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, the Knox County Read With Me children’s literacy program, and the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
But our interaction with the community does not simply flow outward; members of the public have free access to many of UT’s cultural and academic resources, including the Frank H. McClung Museum, the UT Gardens, music recitals, and public lectures.
Our Center for Business and Economic Impact recently estimated that UT has an economic impact of more than $800 million on the state, accounting not only for direct expenditures by the university, but also the multiplied impact of things like spending by employees, jobs created by research funding, and more. The university’s partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will continue to attract leading researchers in the sciences to conduct their work in Tennessee.
UT contributes to every aspect of life, from theatre to biochemistry, and we continue to move forward in our mission to be the preeminent public research and teaching university linking the people of Tennessee to the community, the nation, and the world.
Students in one UT English class spent the semester learning a lot more than grammar and punctuation. This semester, English lecturer Erin Smith challenged her English 255 students to practice their public writing skills by running fund-raising campaigns for local charities. "I wanted my students to have an opportunity to learn the importance of their writing skills in the real world," Smith said.
The bad news: a later Thanksgiving this year means six fewer shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. The good news, according to Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of UT's Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, is that consumers will likely find much better deals well into December because retailers will continue to offer steep discounts to lure shoppers in and make up for lost time.
UT announced today an aggressive student housing redevelopment plan that will transform the student experience and accommodate the growth in student learning communities. The plan involves replacing six residence halls around Presidential Court with seven new modern facilities in five years.
UT's new Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen is ready to hit the ground running. Coming from Haywood Community College in North Carolina, Jacobsen is eager to implement a variety of initiatives on the large scale afforded by the UT campus. "The pride of being a Southeastern Conference school is something that I want to tap into," he said.
Brianna Rader, a Haslam Scholar and a senior in the College Scholars program from Knoxville, is an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in Great Britain. Rader, a graduate of Halls High School, was one of the top regional applicants for the scholarship. Being an alternate means she could still be awarded a Marshall Scholarship if a slot opens up.
Smokey, the beloved UT mascot, will be joined on his adventures by raccoon and turtle friends in a new interactive electronic book that was released this month. Tales from Rocky Top, Volume I contains three children's stories selected through a writing competition that took place last spring. The book is produced through the UT Rocky Top Institute.
The Office of Service-Learning facilitates meaningful and reciprocal service-learning partnerships between faculty and community organizations. We strongly encourage community partners to contact us and begin the steps toward partnership.
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