At UT, our research and knowledge is not destined for just academic journals and textbooks; we strive to incorporate our achievements into programs that benefit our local community, the state of Tennessee, and individuals all over the world.
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 nursing faculty and students help provide medical services to the homeless in the Knoxville area.
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, and the 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, from theatre to biochemistry, 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.
Tomorrow is the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor—a day forever etched in the memory of one East Tennessee veteran who earlier this year shared his story with UT's Center for the Study of War and Society. Durward Swanson, ninety-two, is from Georgia but now lives in Maryville. He was an eighteen-year-old member of the Army Air Corps when he arrived at Hickam Air Force Base adjacent to Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in October 1939.
Leading firms are now using data analytics to drive their business strategies, make critical decisions, and compete through their analytical prowess. Tom Davenport, one of the world's renowned experts and thought leaders on knowledge management, data analytics, and business processes, will conduct an interactive half-day seminar at UT on February 7 on how businesses can use big data to drive organizational change. It is open to the public and the campus community.
Steps are being taken to reduce food waste at Neyland Stadium while helping those in need throughout the Knoxville community. UT Recycling, in partnership with the UT Food Recovery Network and ARAMARK, donated 606 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank after the last home football game of the season.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured the sign language-interpreted presentation of A Christmas Carol held at the Clarence Brown Theatre this week.
Students in the UT Management Society and faculty and staff in the Department of Management are supporting Mobile Meals in a big way this holiday season. The student organization raised $3,000 and the department contributed another $600, all of which will fund 1,058 meals for seniors in the community.
The campus community is playing a part in helping disadvantaged Knoxville area residents stay warm this winter. Students in the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work organized the UT Coats for the Cold project, which collected more than 500 coats from the university community. The coats will be distributed from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 7, in the KARM Thrift Store parking lot, 733 N. Hall of Fame Drive.
The Office of Service-Learning facilitates meaningful and reciprocal service-learning partnerships between faculty and community organizations. We strongly encourage community partners to contact us and begin the steps toward partnership.
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