Student@Tennessee, Monday, Apr 12, 2010 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students

Good News

--- Doug Canfield, doctoral student in instructional technology and coordinator of the Language Resource Center in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the Social Science Research Council dissertation proposal development fellowship for the summer of 2010. This fellowship will enable Canfield to participate in two dissertation proposal development workshops in the Virtual Worlds research field, led by Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Douglas Thomas, professor with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. His proposed study is titled "Authentic encounters in synthetic worlds: A discursive investigation of communities of language practice in the Metaverse."

--- Two UT Knoxville undergraduates have been named 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. Michael Jungwirth and Nathan Stebbins, both juniors, will receive scholarships from the Goldwater Foundation for their final year at UT. The scholarships are awarded yearly to sophomores and juniors who are pursuing careers in research in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. This year, the Goldwater Foundation awarded 278 scholarships from an applicant pool of 1,111 undergraduate students across the U.S. Four-year institutions like UT are allowed to nominate four students each year to the competition. This year, eight undergraduates at UT applied for the university's nomination through the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. In addition to Jungwirth and Stebbins, UT student Lauren Johnson, also a junior, was recognized by the Goldwater Foundation and received an honorable mention. UT's success this year with the Goldwater competition matches that of Vanderbilt and!
  Duke, both of which also received two scholarships and one honorable mention.

Mark Your Calendar

--- UT Knoxville students, faculty, staff and the greater Knoxville community are invited to participate in a conference call with the offices of Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to hear directly from Senate staffers on climate and energy policy. Dubbed "Let's Talk, Tennessee," the conference call will take place at 11 a.m. today and is hosted by UT Knoxville sociology Assistant Professor Paul Gellert in partnership with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. To join the call, dial 712-432-3100 and then enter conference code 253385. To sign up and/or submit questions for the Senators, visit: Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Disney College Program info meeting, 7 p.m. tonight at the Quarry Trail Apartments theater. The program is a 5-to-8 month, paid internship at either the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL or the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The UT Women's Leadership Program, sponsored by the Student Orientation and Leadership Development office, is presenting the final workshop in the four-part Women at Work series. Margaret Sallee will present research findings and general information on "Work/Home Life Balance," 4 p.m. tomorrow in 221 University Center. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask] or call 974-2435.

--- Aspiring Entrepreneurs Face-off in Final "Vol Court" Session -- Eight teams of budding entrepreneurs will square-off in the last session of "Vol Court," 5:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Stokely Management Center, seventh floor. The team with the best business ideas will receive $1,000 to launch their business, space at the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) business incubator, mentoring from Technology 2020's Center for Entrepreneurial Growth (CEG) and 10 hours of legal advice from Miller & Martin, PLLC -- a prize package worth more than $20,000.

Vol Court is a series of nine free how-to seminars led by entrepreneurs and business experts from across the state. The program is joint effort of UTRF, the College of Business Administration's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) and the CEG.

--- UT College Republicans meeting, 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the UC Hermitage Room. Speaker: John Duncan III, candidate for Knox County Trustee. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- "Graduate Admissions 101" workshop, 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Career Services classroom in Dunford Hall. Ideal for sophomores or juniors who are planning to attend graduate school and are beginning to gather general information. Topics include: types of degrees, timelines, ways to learn about programs, elements of the application, required tests, preparing a strong candidacy and more. Students unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to view an online workshop at

--- UT College Democrats meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 136 College of Law Building. Speaker: Ezra Maize. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Grab a bowl for a helmet, alert your sidekick and saddle up dreamers. The iconic American musical "Man of La Mancha" rides into the Clarence Brown Theatre on Thursday, April 15. The production features a grand and stunning set, more than 50 costumes, a cast of 34 professional, undergraduate and graduate actors, and a 16-piece orchestra. The show runs through May 2. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinees begin at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $5 to $33. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 974-5161.

--- The UT student organization Volunteer Without Borders (formerly known as Engineers Without Borders) is having a fundraising concert at New Amsterdam on The Strip, 10 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Tickets $5 at the door. All proceeds go towards travel costs, lodging at a local medical clinic, and materials for the organization on their next visit to a village called La Fortuna in Guatemala. The trip will provide the villagers with potable water and sustainable crops during the dry season and smokeless stoves to eliminate respiratory problems among the villagers. For more info e-mail [log in to unmask] or visit

--- The UT Science Forum presents Soren Sorensen, professor and head of the department of physics and astronomy, who will speak on "The End of the Universe" at noon Friday, April 16, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Rooms C-D. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask] or call 974-8156.

--- Relay For Life is set for 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in Circle Park. There will be food, live music, games and activities. Support the fight against cancer. To sign up or make a donation, please visit

--- The UT Department of Military Science-Army ROTC will host the third annual Mountain Man Memorial March on April 17 in Gatlinburg. Preliminary events begin on April 16. "This small event began as a way for us to honor one of our fallen, UT alumnus 1st Lt. Frank Walkup, who was killed in Iraq on June 16, 2007," said Cadet Greg Early, the Cadet Battalion Commander of the UT Army ROTC Rocky Top Battalion.

On April 16, the festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a ceremony honoring East Tennessee Gold Star Mothers. This event will be held at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Traffic Light 5, 88 River Road, Gatlinburg.

On April 17, opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell parking lot, 530 Parkway, Gatlinburg. The 26-mile, marathon-length march/run starts at 9 a.m. There will be quarter- (6.25 mi) half- (13.1 mi) and full- (26.2 mi) length routes in three divisions -- heavy (wearing military back packs), light (without military back packs) and civilian. 

At 8 p.m. the weekend concludes with an award ceremony to recognize winners and supporters. This also takes place in the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell parking lot.

For more information about the third annual Mountain Man Memorial March and to register, see

Get Involved

--- Come Bowl For Kids’ Sake for Big Brothers Big Sisters! Have fun and raise money to mentor area children at the 28th annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake on Wednesday, April 14 at the UC Down Under. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and every dollar raised will help BBBS change the community by providing disadvantaged children with a caring adult friend.

--- The first annual Friday Night 5K is this Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m., benefiting underprivileged elementary school students in Knoxville through Clinic Vols and Second Harvest. You can register online at or on the Pedestrian Walkway every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or at TRECS 3-5 p.m. Registration fees are $20 for students, $25 for the general public, and $18 per person for non-student groups of 8 or more. At the race, registration will be $30 for everyone. Also, stop by the FN5K table on the pedestrian walkway/TRECS to purchase a T shirt for $10 that will help in advertising for the 5K to ensure that this event is a success for the youth of Knoxville.

Important Deadlines

--- The university's anti-virus contract with McAfee will expire this summer. All students that are using UT's version of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Windows and Virex 8.6 for Mac should remove the software as soon as possible and install a new anti-virus application. The deadline for removing these applications is June 1. OIT is recommending Microsoft Security Essentials for student computers running Windows and ClamXav for Macintosh computers. Both of these applications are free for personal use. Information about both of these products and how to obtain them is available on the UT anti-virus Web site, If you have any questions or would like assistance with this transition, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at 974-9900 or visit the OIT Service Center located at the Commons at Hodges Library.

Ready for the World Events

--- "Goodbye, School. Hello, Summer" is the theme of the final week of this semester's Ready for the World Café. The menu for this week includes citrus grilled chicken with fruit salsa; chili-lime marinated beef fajitas; salmon ceviche with pita chips; vegan baked ziti with roasted vegetables; corn and sweet potato pudding; pineapple herbed rice; and balsamic mushroom salad with candied walnuts. The Ready for the World Café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center. Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out.

--- Mihai Coman, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Bucharest, Romania, will visit UT Knoxville for the next 10 days to talk about the state of journalism in present day Romania. He will speak in a variety of classes and at the I-House, and he will deliver a public lecture tonight. Coman's visit is sponsored by the College of Communication and Information's School of Journalism and Electronic Media and Ready for the World. His lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

--- Peace Corps Globe Talk, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 212 Hodges Library. Learn more about the Peace Corps. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

This Week in SGA

--- The SGA Traditions Committee is hosting its annual Orange and White Week this week. All events are free for students and open to the public. The week is full of various activities to get students excited for the annual Orange and White game. This year's theme is "We Believe in Dooley." The first event is an outdoor screening of the film "Rudy," tonight at 8:30 at the Humanities Amphitheatre. For more info and the schedule of events, visit

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