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A bimonthly newsletter from University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek
Chancellor Cheek

Notes in Brief...

Faculty Appreciation Week
Is February 13-17

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Faculty Appreciation Week is next week. This year’s theme is “Big Thanks for Big Ideas in Teaching, Research, and Outreach.” I encourage you to say "thank you" to faculty members who have meant a lot to you.

UT and Y-12 Enhance Partnership

This past fall, UT and Y-12 signed an agreement strengthening our partnership. It paves the way for joint appointments of key researchers, engineers, executives, and staff. We’ve already seen some exciting collaborations, and we’re confident the relationship will grow our research capabilities, faculty numbers, technologies, and facilities.

NSF Award Will Help UT Create Computer Links

UT is helping create a new generation of linkages among high-performance computers and research facilities across the country, thanks to an $18 million award from the National Science Foundation.

Kudos, Kudos, Kudos

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


Big Orange. Big Ideas.I hope by now you’ve seen this phrase on our website, on banners around campus, on T-shirts, and in newspaper ads. "Big Orange. Big Ideas." is the centerpiece of the branding strategy we rolled out on February 1. It will be the framework we use to market the university and tell people about UT’s impact on the state and the nation. The new look and words are simple, but they provide a much-needed platform for telling our story and strengthening our reputation—all of which play a big role in helping us move into the ranks of the Top 25.

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Big Ideas for the New Year

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions—goals to improve themselves in some form or fashion. As a campus, we’ve also made some resolutions for 2012: improve our facilities, make steady progress on our journey to being a Top 25 public research university, improve employee compensation, and push for increased fundraising.

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Student Union Work Set to Begin

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We will soon begin the largest single building project in our history: the construction of our new Student Union to replace the University Center. Funded entirely by existing student fees and by the revenue-generating operations in the University Center, the Student Union will provide much-needed space and will be a point of pride for our campus.

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Sorority Village Progress

If you’ve driven down Kingston Pike in the past few months, you’ve seen that work is well under way on Sorority Village on Morgan Hill. Thirteen houses will be built on the site over the next few years, and eight of the homes are expected to open to residents this fall. This exciting project is a collaboration between sorority leaders, alumni, our campus and our community.

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