Community

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.

Community News

UT to Host 2014 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer April 21

John Luther Adams, a composer who this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will visit campus on Monday, April 21, as part of Earth Day celebrations in the community. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., he will work with students during their rehearsal. At 6:00 p.m., Adams will present a lecture about his work, his compositions, and how they relate to his life as an environmental activist. It will be held in Room 109 of the UT Art and Architecture Building.


UT-Published Comprehensive Bibliography of the Smokies Now Available

The most comprehensive bibliography of sources related to the Great Smoky Mountains is now available for purchase from the University of Tennessee Press. Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, is the culmination of fifteen years of research. It catalogs printed material on the Great Smoky Mountains from the earliest map documenting the De Soto expedition in the sixteenth century to writings that were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Iranian Scholar to Give Baker Center’s Distinguished Global Security Lecture

Haleh Esfandiari, founder and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will give the Distinguished Global Security Lecture on Monday, April 21, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Free and open to the public, her talk—"Iran: Defender or Disrupter of Regional Security?"—will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.


Ready for the World Café Tours Thailand April 22

The Ready for the World Café will continue its edible expedition with a taste of Thailand on Tuesday, April 22. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Lunch will consist of a papaya salad with shrimp, green curry beef, sweet and sour fish, and coconut pumpkin custard. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.


Senior Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Teach English in Bulgaria

Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.


Scenic Designer Bob Cothran to be Honored at Clarence Brown Theatre Gala

UT professor emeritus and celebrated scenic designer Bob Cothran will be awarded the Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artistic Achievement Award at this year's Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Sunday, June 8. Tickets are now on sale for the 6:30 p.m. gala, which will be downtown at the Standard Knoxville, 416 West Jackson Avenue.


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