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

Steam Plant Conversion Continues

Big changes are already taking place at the UT Steam Plant as part of its ongoing conversion project. The project, which began in March, includes the elimination of coal use at the plant through the replacement of the plant's coal-fired boilers with high-efficiency, natural gas/fuel oil boilers.


Humanities Center Lecture Series Begins September 3 with Art Scholar

American art scholar Alexander Nemerov will kick off the UT Humanities Center's third annual Distinguished Lecture Series on September 3. Nemerov's talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled "Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908–1912."


UT Faculty, Staff, and Students Prepare for Medal of Honor Convention

The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, to be held in Knoxville September 10 through 13, is giving UT students special opportunities to interact with some our nation's most honored veterans.


Vols to Open the Season on Sunday; Phillip Fulmer Way to Close Earlier

UT welcomes fans to campus this Sunday for the first home football game of the 2014 season. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers' game against the Aggies of Utah State University. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. The new SEC Network will televise the game. Tickets are still available for the game at UTTIX.com.


Newest VolShop to Hold Grand Opening on August 29 and 30

The university will celebrate the grand opening of its new VolShop at the University Commons development on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30. The new store, next to Wal-Mart, is the latest satellite location of the main VolShop. Door prizes and giveaways are planned throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.


UT Recycling Expands to Fraternity Houses

UT's recycling program has expanded to fraternity housing. The initiative, which launched last week, provides recycling containers in and around houses on Fraternity Park Drive. These containers are for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass, and plastics.


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