Student@Tennessee, Monday, Nov 15, 2010 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- Online Course Evaluations --- As the end of the semester approaches, your professors will ask you to complete evaluations of your courses. These evaluations will be entered into the Student Assessment of Instruction System (SAIS). While some evaluations may be administered in class, more than half will be administered online.

SAIS results are used in a variety of ways across campus. If you've used Tennessee 101 ( in selecting a class or instructor, you've used SAIS data. Professors use their results to evaluate teaching methods and materials. Some departments provide SAIS information to accrediting agencies for their majors. Scores also are included as a part of faculty evaluation and tenure and promotion decisions.

Moving SAIS away from paper forms will save more than 1.25 tons of paper annually, but to make the online process successful and to realize this savings fully, it is important for students to fill out the evaluations online when asked to do so. When you receive the e-mail notifying you of courses to be evaluated by online SAIS, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.

If you have questions about SAIS, please contact Elizabeth Pemberton at [log in to unmask] or at 947-4373.

Good News

--- A team of UT undergraduates accounting students has been named among the top ten in the country in AICPA's national accounting case competition. Now they need your help to spread the word and get the vote out to send them to New York with a chance to win $10,000 and represent UT on a national stage! Please vote for Team Titans between November 12-19 (Friday to Friday) at

--- The Center for International Education at UT Knoxville has awarded scholarships to 106 students who will be studying abroad during spring break and during the spring semester. Six students have received $500 to study abroad during spring break; another 100 have received $1,000 scholarships to study abroad during the spring semester.

--- The UT Police Department has announced Lt. Emily Simerly as its new public information officer. In this new role, Simerly will serve as the point of contact for inquiries made to UTPD. Simerly also will continue to serve as the department's lieutenant of special operations. As such, she oversees the Community Relations Unit (CRU), police communications, records unit and special projects.

Mark Your Calendar

--- The UC Down Under (basement level) has special events and values for students as the weather cools down: Xbox 360 Tournament Sundays at 3pm with a different game each week; and $3 Thursdays, when you can bowl, play pool, ping pong, or Xbox 360 from 6 to 9 p.m. for only $3 plus tax and shoe rental. Watch for Down Under staff members passing out coupons for free play or shoe rental around the UC and the ampus for even more savings!

--- Amnesty International at UTK and Liberty in North Korea (LINK) are hosting a screening of the documentary, "Hiding," 5 p.m. tonight in 252 Hodges Library. The film documents the lives of refugees that have fled from North Korea to China.

--- STAND (Students Taking Action Now for Darfur) along with the UT Issue Committee and the Honors Council are hosting Carl Wilkens, a witness to the Rwandan genocide, 7 p.m. tonight in the UC Auditorium. He was the only American to remain in Rwanda as thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of their troops. Free and open to the public.

--- "Howard H. Baker, Jr.: A Life in Public Service," a conference examining the career of the U.S. Senator from Tennessee, will bring together noted scholars and journalists from around the country on Nov. 16-17 in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will explore topics ranging from Sen. Baker's role in the Senate Watergate Committee's investigation to the service rendered by Sen. Baker as Senate minority and majority leader, President Richard Nixon's overtures to Sen. Baker as a possible successor to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan and Sen. Baker's tenure as White House Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan.
The conference will be webcast. During the conference, items from the Modern Political Archives illustrating Baker's life and work will be on display.

--- UT Libraries' Film Movement series continues with a screening of the Slovenian film "A Call Girl," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Hodges Library auditorium. A country girl's excitement with life in the big city is shattered when one of her clients, a visiting politician, dies of a heart attack on her watch. In Slovenian with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

--- An Inside Peek Into TVA: A Panel Discussion with TVA Engineers, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in UC 221. Come hear from a variety of chemical, civil, mechanical, nuclear and electrical engineering managers discussing their experiences working with TVA. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Career Services, TVA, ASME, Theta Tau, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, UT AIChE, UT American Nuclear Society and IEEE. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Women's Coordinating Council presents "Two Can Play That Game," a forum that will focus on the double standards in society our women and men face everyday. The forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the UC Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Volition, an organization working towards raising awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, will have a general informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in UC 220.

--- The UT Science Forum presents Jill Narak, DVM and assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, who will speak on "Neurologic Exams on Dogs and Cats – Patients Who Can't Talk," noon Friday, Nov. 19, Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room 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.

Get Involved

--- Are you interested in horses, have ridden your whole life, or want to learn? Then join the Equestrian Club. Both a recreational and a competitive program are available. Recreational riders take beautiful trail rides through the mountains each week at the team barn while improving their riding. On the competitive team, riders of all levels can ride and compete against other colleges in hunt seat, western or both. Everyone rides, from those who have never ridden to those who have shown nationally. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]

--- MEDIC Regional Blood Center is calling all Volunteer fans to get inVOLved and prove that your blood runs orange. It's time for the 23rd Annual Battle of the Orange and Blue, a blood drive competition that puts Tennessee fans against Kentucky fans. The annual event kicks off today and runs through Friday, Nov. 19. Each donor will receive a special game day Orange/Blue t-shirt and a coupon for a free pint of Mayfield Ice Cream. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds (16-year olds can donate but MUST have parental consent), and all donors must have positive identification.

--- Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor for FYS 101 in the Spring? Come by UC 220 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to get more information on the application process and the types of experiences you will gain. Speak with previous Peer Mentors about their experiences and learn more about the responsibilities. Becoming a Peer Mentor is a great opportunity for gain leadership skills, help freshman connect to UT by teaching them the traditions of being a Volunteer. Questions? Call 974-6641 or e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- UT Dance Marathon invites you to participate in the annual Dodgeball and 3-on-3 Basketball tournaments, Sunday, Nov. 21 in HPER beginning at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $30 for 1 DodgeBall team, $25 for 1 Basketball team, and $70 for 1 DodgeBall and 2 Basketball teams. All proceeds go to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Please print the registration form at, and return to the Dance Marathon Office at UC 315A or at the door of the event.

Make Orange Green

--- America Recycles Day Launches UT Truck Design Competition --- The kickoff of a name design contest for UT Knoxville's new recycling truck is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall. America Recycles Day will kick off the contest for students to create a name design that will be displayed on the campus's new recycling truck.

Ready for the World Events

--- The Ready for the World Café will celebrate a modern Southern Thanksgiving this week. The menu includes braised short ribs, chicken soup with cornmeal sage dumplings, roasted Parmesan asparagus, roasted acorn squash with wild rice stuffing, Caprese salad skewers with a balsamic vinegar reduction, Southern shrimp and grits with various toppings, carving station, assorted seasonal desserts and hot apple cider. The café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

--- The International House hosts Indian Week this week. Events include Indian movie night, 6 p.m. tonight, with a screening of the film "Parineeta" in the I-House study room. Free and open to the public. Also this week is a Coffee House gathering to learn more about Indian henna and (maybe) get a temporary henna tattoo, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Enjoy authentic Indian snacks and mango lassi. Tickets $2 for students, $3 for staff and faculty: $3; $4 for the general public. And at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, learn more about the country at Indian Culture Night. Enjoy authentic Indian food and performances of Indian Classical dance, Bollywood dance, musical performances and more. Tickets are on sale at the I-House front desk. Cost: Students: $5; Faculty & Staff: $6; Community: $7; I-House club member: $2. For more information, call the I-House front desk at 974-4453.

--- The International House is sponsoring a trip to the Smoky Mountain Palace's "Cirque de Chine" show in Sevierville on Saturday, Nov. 20. Meet at noon in front of the I-House. Return time is approximately 6 p.m. Tickets $10 for students plus children; $5 for I-House club members, $5 for children (1-5), $24 for the public. Please sign up before 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the I-House front desk. For more information, call 974-4453.

Knoxville Connection

--- The UT Food Science Club will hold their annual holiday cheese sale fundraising event from now till the end of the holiday season. All proceeds are donated to students and research associates in the department to attend scientific conferences to present his or her research, pay for membership dues to professional organizations (ACS, Institute of Food Technologists, Etc.), and fund any travel expenses needed. Last year, some of the proceeds from the cheese sale was donated to Relay For Life and to the Ronald McDonald house. The cost of the cheese is $5 per 1-lb block. However, if you would like to have the cheese come in a blue gift box, 2-lb cheese gift boxes are available for $10. A booth will be setup on the corner of Joe Johnson and River Drive on the ag campus every Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. and every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. until Christmas.

--- Take steps to stop Alzheimer's at the Foothills Memory Walk, Saturday, Nov. 20, at Maryville College to support the Eastern TN Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Raise/contribute what you can for the cause. Volunteers also needed. Country music performer Brett Eldredge is scheduled to perform at the event. Questions? Visit

This Week in SGA

--- The SGA Academic Affairs Committee, the Student Success Center and UT Athletics present the second annual "VolWalk of Life" in the UC Ballroom, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Learn all about the great resources UT has to offer. The "VolWalk of Life" is an interactive experience based on the game "Life." You will spend about 15 minutes learning about campus resources that can help you succeed. Free food and door prizes including a Kaplan test prep course, a Gateway netbook computer and signed UT memorabilia. In addition, the first 100 students will receive a free T-shirt. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Do you have questions about what your Student Government is doing for you and your campus? Join the SGA Campus Outreach Committee at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the UC Shiloh Room as they present a unique opportunity for students, staff and faculty members to ask Executive Board Members questions to find out what actually is up with SGA.

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