It’s also about making new friends, learning Big Orange traditions you’ll treasure for life, and discovering your own potential for big ideas. The knowledge and experience you gain at UT will prepare you to transform those thoughts into actions.
Our campus has everything you need to be your home away from home—inviting you to get involved in anything your heart desires. From traditional Greek organizations to professional societies, from archery and judo to rugby, water polo, and every other sport in between, students can pursue any interest through more than 400 active clubs.
If you’re an aspiring journalist, try writing for the Daily Beacon. Show off your jazz dance skills on the UT Dance team. Get behind the camera or write scripts for our student TV station, UTTV. Work with our entrepreneur center to turn your inspired idea into a profitable business. Plan a new hike every weekend through the UT Canoe and Hiking Club.
Stimulate your mind through area arboretum tours, star gazing, skydiving trips, film nights, and international coffee hours, where our students, faculty, and staff meet up to chat and learn how to make various international dishes.
Our campus welcomes speakers and honored guests from all walks of life. In recent years, we’ve hosted Spike Lee, Dolly Parton, Al Gore, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Ralph Nader, and authors Ishmael Beah, Jeannette Walls, and Tracy Kidder.
Our students are known for their volunteer spirit, both on game day and in the community. The Center for Leadership and Service sums up what it means to be a Vol through alternative spring and fall break trips and other ongoing service opportunities. We’re also involved in outreach programs in areas like health care, animal welfare, hunger and homelessness, city beautification, youth outreach, global issues, and more. Volunteer opportunities also exist with UT Recycling, the Student Success Center, and VolsTeach.
When hunger strikes, choose from healthy, made-to-order dishes at our food courts, or dine at one of our national brand restaurants, including Subway, Starbucks, IHOP, Einstein Bagels, and Smoothie King. Our Mug Project and reusable to-go boxes are working to eliminate single-use cups and containers from our dining facilities, and all food waste is composted and reused for campus landscaping.
Our state-of-the-art student rec center will get your endorphins running with Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pools, aerobic, spin, and yoga classes, game courts, personal training, and a wide selection of free weights, exercise machines, and wall-mounted TVs.
Sustainability-minded student residents can lead as Eco Vols, a Make Orange Green initiative dedicated to reducing residence hall energy consumption. Switch Your Thinking, an aggressive campaign to reduce energy consumption on campus, is inspiring our entire community to think differently about energy use. For instance, our campus is the first in the nation to launch an electric bicycle–sharing program. Other student bike rental programs make forsaking the car a great option for commuting between classes.
Several of our buildings meet LEED specifications, including Ayres Hall, the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, the Student Health Center, and the Baker Center. Campus-wide lighting upgrades and other ongoing sustainability projects are reducing our energy dependence, as will alternative energy projects slated for the near future.
Campus is kept alive with year-round entertainment, events, and activities. Thompson-Boling Arena hosts world-famous rock stars and preeminent acts such as Cirque Du Soleil, while the acclaimed Clarence Brown Theatre presents theatrical masterpieces for the campus and the community.
Step off campus into Knoxville, and you’ll enter an urban, but cozy, city with a diverse culture of music, eclectic foods, boutique shopping, arts, and entertainment. Weekly farmers’ markets sell the freshest-tasting local food, while downtown galleries present art by world-famous artists as well as the work of UT’s talented visionaries.
Sports fans are also drawn to the Tennessee Smokies baseball and Ice Bears hockey games. World famous tourist destinations Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, and the Great Smoky Mountains are all right at our doorstep.
Oh, and we also play a little football…and basketball, softball and baseball, along with thirteen other sports.
More than 1,200 student teams from forty-two states and fourteen countries will travel to UT next week for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. The competition will be held May 22 through 25. Destination Imagination, a nonprofit organization that provides learning opportunities to enrich the global community, will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary at Global Finals. This is the fourteenth year Knoxville has hosted the creative thinking and problem-solving competition for kindergarten through university-level students.
UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
Campus Renewal, a national Christian ministry group with a branch at UT, came up with a big idea: having campus ministries work together to create a daily prayer book. Each day features a prayer, a scripture passage, a description of the organization that submitted it, and a group of people at the university to specifically pray for. The groups range from faculty and staff to transfer students and students with disabilities, to support staff and the Board of Regents.
“I Heart UT Week,” which begins Saturday, will give students a brief diversion before finals. The event will include seven days of philanthropic and entertaining activities. The week includes a photo contest, a day of service, the annual Volapalooza contest, athletic events, and a stress release party, among other events.
UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.
Faculty, staff, and students who are also military veterans are invited to sign a board commemorating Veterans Day. The board will be displayed on campus during the National Day of Remembrance on November 12 and other times throughout the year.
UT ranked tenth on the Top 20 green power using university by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
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