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

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.


Tooth Serves as Evidence of 220 Million-Year-old Attack

At the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, gigantic reptiles—distant relatives of modern crocodiles—ruled the earth. Some lived on land and others in water and it was thought they didn't much interact. But a tooth found by a UT researcher in the thigh of one of these ancient animals is challenging this belief.


UT architecture students help design Nashville’s future

The Nashville Ledger recently featured students in the College of Architecture and Design and their efforts to improve the city through their […]


Baker Center Talk to Feature Los Alamos National Lab Director Charles McMillan

Charles F. McMillan, nuclear physicist and director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give the Baker Center's annual Distinguished Global Security Lecture on October 1 at UT. McMillan will speak on "The Timeline of Technology." The event is free and open to the public.


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