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.

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, 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.

Community News

UT Aims to Double Big Orange Give Donations from Last Year

Counting on the generosity of Volunteers, UT's second annual Big Orange Give kicks off Homecoming Week and seeks to raise $500,000 in five days. The campaign has doubled its goal from last year's successful effort, which involved more than 1,630 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students pledging a total of $250,105 online.


UT Sees Rise in Game Day Recycling

UT Recycling has stepped up its efforts to move toward its goal of "Zero Waste Game Days" at Neyland Stadium. Its goal for the 2014 football season was to divert at least 50 percent of the game day waste from landfills. After the first two home games, the unit has met this goal by sending more than 50 percent of game-day waste to be processed for recycling and composting for the first time ever.


College of Law Dean Finalists to Visit Campus, Participate in Public Forums

Five finalists for the position of dean of the College of Law will visit campus over the next two weeks. As part of their visits, each candidate will lead a public forum for the campus community and respond to questions following their presentation.


Landscape Architecture Students, Faculty, Alumni Win State Awards

An effort of the Landscape Architecture program to help improve the health of regional water resources and the communities they sustain has been recognized with a state award.


Ready for the World Cafe Kicks Off Fall Season October 2

The community is invited to experience international fine dining and savor foods from various countries at the Ready for the World Cafe, which kicks off Thursday, October 2. Seven luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 4 in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.


UT Pregame Showcase Focuses on Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theater

Misty Anderson, an English and theatre professor, will be speaking at this week's Pregame Showcase on "Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theatre." This week's showcase will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, two hours before the Vols' home game against the Florida Gators.


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