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

UT Exhibit Describes Urban Analysis and Design Intervention

Beginning Monday, October 5, the UT College of Architecture and Design will host an exhibition in the Ewing Gallery that describes a methodology for urban analysis and design intervention. The exhibition will run through Oct. 31.

Frieson Black Cultural Center Named in Honor of Alumni Brothers

When the rigors of college life were intense, Don and Ron Frieson found a home away from home at the Black Cultural Center. The Frieson brothers returned to their alma mater Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renaming of the building to the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The Friesons recently gave $1 million to the center in tribute to their family.

Institute of Agriculture Announces All Vol Cheese for Sale

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is introducing a product line called All Vol Cheese that will soon be available for purchase. Four flavors are offered—Checkerboard Mild Cheddar, Game Day Sharp Cheddar, Smokey's Smoked Gouda and Torchbearer Jalapeño. All Vol Cheese will debut at Ag Day on the Institute of Agriculture campus at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3.

UT Joins China Town Hall on Chinese Investments in the US

China Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving seventy-five cities throughout the United States on Monday, October 5. This year's program will feature a live webcast panel and a talk on campus with Ryan Ong, director of the US-China Business Council's Business Advisory Services division.

Chancellor’s Big Orange Bus Tour Spreads Vol Cheer at Nine High Schools

The first Chancellor's Big Orange Bus Tour concluded Thursday with a stop at Farragut High School. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek brought great news to thirty Knox County students this week by dropping into their classrooms to hand deliver an offer of admission. The Chancellor's Big Orange Bus Tour began on Sunday, September 20, and traveled more than 1,300 miles to visit nine high schools in eight cities across the state. Seniors who applied to UT in early August were among the first to be admitted to the Class of 2020.

UT to Host President of Carnegie Foundation October 6

The public is invited to attend the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture featuring Anthony S. Byrk, president of the Carnegie Foundation, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6 at the Crowne Plaza, 401 Summit Hill Drive.

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