Help Us Exceed Our Campus Chest Goal

Our university has a twenty-two year tradition of meeting or exceeding our annual Campus Chest campaign goal. Today we are just $3,000 away from meeting this year’s $620,000 goal. As we enter this holiday season, we are asking for all members of the campus community to consider making a donation of any amount to help us exceed this year’s goal.

Maintaining Campus Civility

I have said many times that our university exists to serve our students. I value each of you and it’s my job, along with other administrators, faculty, and staff, to make sure our students have the best possible learning experience. Recent events on our campus that involve hate speech, bullying, sexual assaults, homophobia, and racism are very troubling to me.

Taking Care of Our Vets

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Senior Melina Gardner is a brave and ambitious young woman and a great example of our fast-growing population of veterans who need a different level of support to succeed. We’ve taken several steps to meet the unique needs of the 900 servicemen and -women and dependents now enrolled at UT.

UT Honored as a Trailblazer for Student Success

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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities focused the national spotlight on UT for the impact we’ve made on improving graduation and retention rates. The national organization of 239 public research universities and state university systems honored us as a Trailblazer.

Accountability in Funding—Tennessee’s Big Steps Forward

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Several years ago, our state took a big step forward when it changed its formula for funding public colleges and universities. Tennessee is now one of twenty-five states that have adopted an outcomes-based funding model; five other states are currently on a similar path.

Kudos

Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.

Celebrating Jim Haslam and the New Haslam College of Business

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Our campus community and many alumni and friends gathered to thank the Haslam family for their $50 million transformational gift and celebrate the naming of the Haslam College of Business. The gift places the college among the nation’s most elite named business schools.

Legend Mary Costa Receives Honorary Degree

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Mary Costa, a Knoxville native, arts advocate, and accomplished opera singer and actress, received UT’s seventh honorary degree—an Honorary Doctorate of Humane and Musical Letters.

Today is the Last Day to Share Your Feedback

Colleagues, today is the last day you can take the Employee Engagement Survey. If you have shared your feedback in the survey, thank you. If you have not taken the opportunity, please do today.

We Need Your Feedback

If you have not yet completed the 2014 Employee Engagement Survey, please take the time to do so today. Your feedback is valued and important. A strong participation rate is important to ensure that we receive the broadest spectrum of insights from faculty and staff.