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Daily Campus Update for March 26

March 26, 2020

A Message from the Chancellor

Dear Vols,

Earlier today, one of our most celebrated alumni generously gave a little of his time—and gave some of our students one big surprise.

Former Vols quarterback and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning dropped in on a communication studies class on Zoom today to encourage our students to keep a positive attitude and to help others where they can.

It’s a message we can all take to heart as we navigate this unexpected end to the spring semester. I’m inspired by alumni like Peyton and so many others who give back to the university and their communities—especially during challenging times like these.

We have received an incredible response to our call to help students who need extra assistance during this uncertain time.

After only two days, our VolStarter fundraiser has raised $34,491 from 268 donors. More than half the gifts came from alumni and more than a quarter came from faculty and staff. The rest came in from students, their families, retirees, and other friends of the university.

When asked why they decided to give, donors told us:

“My experience on Rocky Top changed my life. I am proud to support the University of Tennessee.”

“UT provided me with financial help when I attended in the late 1960s. I could not have continued in school without that financial help. This is a way to thank the school for that help.”

“We are Vols for Life and that means taking care of people.”

Like all of you, I am proud to be a Vol.

Donde Plowman

Peyton Manning Drops In on Online Class

Manning surprised an unsuspecting class of communication students when he joined their Zoom class Thursday.

Orientation Update: Online Advising, Virtual Pre-orientation, Live the Experience

Incoming students were notified Wednesday that orientation, which is held every spring and summer to help prepare new students, will be held in three phases incorporating both online and in-person experiences. Plans include online advising, a virtual pre-orientation experience, and a more robust Welcome Week in August.

In the News: Nursing Dean, Faculty Urge Public to Stay Home

College of Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser and Associate Professor of Nursing Carole Myers penned a guest column in the Knoxville News Sentinel, stressing the importance of social distancing as a means of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students Asked to Check In by Filling Out Survey

This can be an uncertain time for students as they navigate a new way of learning online. The Division of Student Success is asking students to check in by filling out a survey they received by email Wednesday to help ensure they are getting the support and resources they need to succeed.

New Dining Hours—Takeout Only

Beginning Friday, March 27, Arena Dining will begin serving takeout breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Chick-fil-A offers takeout breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Visit UT Dining for details.

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