A UT 4-H Extension initiative aimed at empowering college students to create obesity prevention programs for their peers and high school students has received a $4.9 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture. "Get Fruved" is the brain child of Sarah Colby, an assistant professor of nutrition. It is a 4-H social marketing and environmental change initiative that harnesses the power of peer-to-peer interaction in an effort to get children, adolescents, and college students to eat more fruits and vegetables and adopt healthy lifestyles.
The university has partnered with Campus Televideo, powered by DirecTV, to provide expanded digital cable service for the campus. This new service expands channel offerings and provides more than fifty high-definition channels. The new digital service requires faculty and staff who have analog (nondigital) televisions in their offices or classrooms to get digital-to-analog converter boxes.
Harry "Hap" McSween has worked for the university for thirty-seven years. He's been giving back to UT for more than thirty years. A Chancellor's Professor, distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences, and last year's SEC Professor of the Year in 2013, McSween gives back to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. "I'm just trying to make my academic program stronger," he says. The Big Orange Family Campaign wraps up this week, and there are lots of ways for faculty and staff to give back to the areas of campus that matter most to them.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall announced this week staffing plans for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Over the next year, the office will operate under an interim-staffing plan. Effective immediately, Jenny Richter will become the interim director. A search will be conducted for a twelve-month limited duration appointment interim assistant director.
Participants can get a whirlwind education on a variety of topics at Mic/Nite, where eleven UT faculty members will take turns making short presentations about their work. This semester's Mic/Nite will be held on Thursday, March 13, at the Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 North Central Avenue. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, including a cash bar and free pizza. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude around 8:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
A team of students is heading to Trelawney, Jamaica, for the first international Alternative Spring Break trip in seven years. Since 1993, UT's Alternative Break program has offered students the opportunity to spend their fall and spring breaks engaged in community service projects meant to increase their awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities served.
The Office of Service-Learning supports faculty in the design and implementation of service-learning courses and facilitates quality service-learning partnerships between faculty and community organizations.
Working at the University of Tennessee offers more than just a stable job. Generous vacation and personal leave, numerous retirement options, free tuition, and all the added benefits of life at a major research university.