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.

For academic year 2013-14, the Center for Business and Economic Research estimates that UT generated $1,597 million in income for the state and created 32,922 jobs, accounting for payroll, non-payroll, and student and campus visitor spending. 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

Department of Religious Studies Hosts Lecture by Renowned Biblical Scholar

Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about "Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew."


McClung Museum Hosts Artist Panel Discussion February 2

In honor of its new exhibit, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host an artist panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2.


UT to Host Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl

Fifteen teams from thirteen East Tennessee high schools will compete at the sixth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl. The daylong competition is sponsored by UT's Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Center.


Partnerships that Make a Difference: Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Jr. Day of Service

This annual conference gets students involved in interactive sessions focused on creating a leadership brand, leading in a diverse world, servant leadership, and social justice. That event is followed by a half-day of community service in the Knoxville area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where students experience first-hand some of the topics and issues discussed earlier in the day.


Church Lecture Series Highlighting Architecture and Design, Kicks off January 26

Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester as part of the Church Memorial Lecture Series.


Fall 2014 Dean’s List Now Online

The fall 2014 dean’s list has been posted online.


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