Community

We strive to fulfill our mission as a land-grant university by serving the citizens of our community and state—and increasingly, our nation and world. Our efforts extend beyond the campus and into our community through many partnerships, ranging from an annual statewide high school science and humanities symposium to scholarship programs to recruit and retain students from underserved populations.

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 our Veterinary Social Work program supports pet owners during care for their animals.

In the US, UT strives to help combat hunger, homelessness, natural disaster destruction, and poverty from Appalachia, through the South, to the Great Lakes, and Washington, DC.

Our students also take part in community improvement projects around the world including medical missions in Guatemala, farming and gardening sustainability in Uganda and Jamaica, and potable water system creation in Peru.

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, the Ronald McDonald House, and 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.

UT generates $1.6 billion in annual income for the state of Tennessee, creates nearly 33,000 jobs, and contributes more than $125 million in tax revenue to the state and local governments, according to a study by our Center for Business and Economic Research.

The university’s partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to attract leading researchers to Tennessee.

UT contributes to every aspect of life, and we continue to move forward in our mission to be the preeminent public research university linking the people of Tennessee to the community, the nation, and the world.

Community News

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Forensic Anthropology Center

This week's featured partnership is the Forensic Anthropology Center, which offers training to law enforcement, as well as assistance with identification of remains, at the world's first natural outdoor lab developed for forensic studies. Center members also work on international recovery efforts and teach in the National Forensic Academy, a training program in evidence identification, collection, and preservation.


UT Legendary Marching Band Director WJ Julian Passes Away

WJ Julian, one of the most innovative leaders of the UT Pride of the Southland Band, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family. He was ninety-two. Julian led the band for more than thirty years. He was dedicated to a standard of excellence that became a trademark of the band during numerous presidential inaugurations and bowl game appearances. The band's performance has become legendary in Knoxville and throughout the world of college football.


Center for Transportation Research Event Has Multiple Benefits

The Center for Transportation Research is helping launch a Knox County–wide outreach program, the Knoxville Area Scavenger Hunt, to help encourage middle and high school students in the area to learn more about and better use public transportation.


Eleventh Street Bridge to Close June 1, Reopen Mid-July

The pedestrian bridge connecting the Eleventh Street Garage to the Hill will be closed starting Monday, June 1, for rust removal and repainting.


Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive.


Partnerships That Make a Difference: Center for Transportation Research

This week's featured partnership is the Center for Transportation Research. CTR partners with state and local agencies, businesses, and industry throughout the country. CTR works with community agencies to meet the needs of transportation-disadvantaged residents and conducts a summer transportation academy for seventh- and eighth-grade girls.


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