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.
ESPN’s SEC Network will broadcast its live SEC Nation program from the south lawn of Ayres Hall from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturday.
On the corner of Church Avenue and Locust Street downtown stood the bustling Hotel Arnold in the 1920s. Today, the location is a parking lot.
Give fifteen Knox County high school students a hip bone and they can tell you if the person it belongs to was male, female, young, middle-aged, or old.
The Haslam College of Business recognized the accomplishments of two alumni and one corporation during its sixth annual Alumni Awards Gala on November 14.
The university welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the year's final home football game.
Kelly Leiter, dean emeritus of the College of Communications at UT, passed away on Saturday, November 15, at his home in Knoxville.
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.