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

Pedestrian Bridge Near Strong Hall to Close August 6

Continuing work on the Strong Hall construction site will close the nearby pedestrian bridge over Cumberland Avenue on August 6 for the fall and spring semesters. A reopening date has not yet been set.


Section of Twentieth Street to Close August 1–5

A section of Twentieth Street in front of the Shelbourne Towers building will close from early morning on Friday, August 1, through the evening of Tuesday, August 5. The road closure will allow work crews to remove utility connections in preparation for the demolition of the building.


Lake Loudoun Boulevard Narrowing to Two Lanes July 21-25

A section of Lake Loudoun Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction from July 21 to July 25 as construction crews conduct utility work in the area. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, utility work will reduce the street to one lane in each direction just north of the intersection with Phillip Fulmer Way. All lanes of traffic will be open after 4:00 p.m.


UT Mourns Passing of Seigenthaler, Who Received Honorary Doctorate Last Year

John Seigenthaler—founding editorial director of USA Today, First Amendment champion, and freedom fighter—was laid to rest Monday in Nashville. Seigenthaler, who died Friday at the age of eighty-six, was awarded an honorary doctorate by UT's College of Law last year. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek granted the award, saying the Nashville native "embodies the Volunteer spirit through his words, his service, and his commitment to truth, equality, and justice."


McClung Museum Hosts Free Family Events, Tours and Films in July

Museum lovers, families with children, and other community members are invited to explore and enjoy a variety of free events this month at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. The activities kick off Saturday, July 12, with a Family Fun Day featuring the exhibit Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee.


In the News: Freedom Cyclers bring attention to human trafficking

A group of seniors have been biking cross-country to raise awareness about human trafficking and money to fight modern-day slavery. […]


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