Student@Tennessee, Monday, Aug 23, 2010 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- The UT Libraries has instituted a card swipe entry system for the Hodges Library between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The second floor Melrose door will serve as the sole entry point for UT students, faculty and staff during these hours, and a swipe of the VolCard will be required to enter. Individuals may still exit at the ground floor doors, but entry will be closed between midnight and 7 a.m. at the Volunteer entrance.

Good News

--- Becoming a Top 25 university is a top priority for UT Knoxville, and to make sure the campus stays on task, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has appointed a project director to oversee the effort. Effective Sept. 1, Mary Albrecht, associate dean for academic programs and professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will oversee the Top 25 project and serve as associate vice chancellor.

--- UT Knoxville joined the ranks of the nation's Top 50 public institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2011 undergraduate rankings. UT Knoxville ranked 47th among all public universities, up five spots from last year, and its engineering and business programs continue being nationally ranked.

--- Music faculty from UT Knoxville will join forces in a special performance to help raise money for the UT School of Music Student Scholarship Fund. The Tellico Musicale will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Tellico Village Yacht Club in Loudon.

Mark Your Calendar

--- UT's television station (TVC) interest meeting, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in the studio (first floor of the Communications building). The first week of shows will be Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.

--- Looking to get involved this fall in an organization that will not only further your professional career but will also bring you memories and friendships of a lifetime? Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed business fraternity invites you to attend Rush events to learn more and gain the opportunity to join an organization with purpose in the fields of professionalism, leadership, community service, and brotherhood.
Aug. 24 & Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. - Information Session at AMB 27 (casual dress) 
Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. - Rush Night 1 at UC Hermitage Room (business casual dress)
Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. - Rush Night 2 at UC Down Under (casual dress)
Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. - Rush Night 3 at UC Ballroom (business professional dress)
Questions? Contact Shelby Talbott at [log in to unmask]

--- Have an interest in horses? Ever wanted to learn to ride, but never really had the chance? The University of Tennessee equestrian team is looking for new members. Whether you are an experienced rider or a novice, there is a level of riding for everyone. If you would like to learn more, an interest meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the Student Aquatic Center.

--- Public Relations Student Society of America info/interest meetings, 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in the Scripps Convergence Lab on the fourth floor of the Communications Building. Students in any major interested in learning more about public relations should come to a meeting and find out about PRSSA.

--- Info sessions for UT's national co-ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 25 and 26 in UC Room 237. Questions? Contact Whitney Fredi at [log in to unmask]

--- UT Scuba Club interest meeting, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the conference room on the second floor of the Student Aquatic Center. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- UT Muslim Student Association info meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the I-House Great Room. Pizza and drinks will be served after the meeting.

--- Undergraduate Mock Trial Organization informational meetings, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 and Aug. 30 in 227 University Center. Mock trial provides hands-on knowledge about the courtroom to those interested in developing their public speaking skills for law or other careers. Students interested in participating must try out at the beginning of the school year. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Student Photography Club would like to welcome students of all experience levels to come share, learn and shoot together. The first interest meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, in HSS 203.

Get Involved

--- Starting the new semester with a volunteer effort? UT Vols are always giving back to the community in a big way. Go to the Volunteers Rock the World Facebook page,, to check out how your fellow Vols are showing their orange pride in the community. Become a fan of the page, share your stories and upload your own pictures or videos. For more information about Volunteers Rock the World and to get a free T-shirt to wear in your picture, contact Bridget Hardy at [log in to unmask]

--- Time is running out to join UniTe (or to renew your membership) for the 2010 academic year. Sign up today and be guaranteed six BEAT shirts. It's a great way to show your UT spirit. Drop by Tyson Alumni House or go online to

--- The LGBT & Ally Resource Center is asking students to take a survey and provide feedback about the center. For more info visit

--- Peace Corps info session, 12:45 p.m. today in Starbucks, Hodges Library. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- All Campus Events would like to announce the 17th annual Volunteer Challenge, taking place on Monday, September 13th through Friday, September 17th, 2010. Volunteer Challenge program pairs UT student organizations with local Knoxville agencies to provide a weeklong meaningful community service experience full of “Volunteer” spirit. During the week, your organization can benefit a local non-profit agency by contributing your time to complete a variety of projects for the agency. Interest meeting is Tuesday, August 24th at  6:30 in UC room 226

--- Sign-up to fast in the Muslim Student Association's 10th annual Ramadan Fast-a-thon on Thursday, Sept. 2, and raise money to feed the hungry. For every person who pledges to fast, a local business will donate $2 to the Love Kitchen. Plus, those who fast are invited to attend the Fast-a-thon dinner in the UC Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. That means tons of delicious international food for FREE! Sign up on the UC Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 – Sept. 1 or anytime online at

--- Are you looking to get inVOLved on campus? There are many opportunities through the different branches of SGA. Currently, both Student Services and Freshman Council are accepting applications for new members. The Student Services branch is comprised of nine committees that focus on the many facets of university life, including UT traditions, new students and campus beautification. Freshman Council works year round on legislative issues concerning the freshman class as well as participating in many social events around campus. Applications for Student Services and Freshman Council, as well as more information are found online at The deadline to apply for Student Services is Sept. 10 and the deadline to apply for Freshman Council is Sept. 3.

Ready for the World Events

--- Remembering Hurricane Katrina --- UT Libraries is helping mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with screenings of two documentaries. "A Village Called Versailles" will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in Hodges Library auditorium. The film tells the story of a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, where a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. Now, their livelihoods are threatened by the BP oil spill. "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in Hodges Library auditorium. The film tells the story of New Orleans' Faubourg Tremé, arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. Screenings are free and open to the public.

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