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

World Premiere of Medea Opera at UT November 7 to 9

An adaptation of a Greek play about a betrayed woman and revenge will have its world premiere at UT and will run from November 7 to 9.


Award-Winning Pianist Alec Chien to Perform at UT November 6

International award-winning pianist Alec Chien will perform at UT on Thursday, November 6.


Judaic Studies Program Presents Lecture on American Judaism

Deborah Dash Moore, director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver a talk, "Urban Origins of American Judaism," at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10.


Facilities Services Wears Pink

Dozens of Facilities Services employees sported pink last Wednesday to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on campus. The department's "Wear Pink Day" was launched this year to support and recognize those who have been touched by the disease.


Campus Sponsors Latin Day for Middle and High School Students

The Department of Classics is sponsoring its thirty-third annual Latin Day on Thursday, October 30.


Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall brings cooler weather, colorful leaves—and college application deadlines for all high school seniors.


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