Student@Tennessee, Monday, Apr 11, 2011 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- UT is approaching the end of the 2011 spring semester. This is a time of increased hours of studying and preparing final projects. The UT Police Department would like to remind everyone to take an active role in keeping their personal items safe. Statistically, April is one of the highest property crime months of the year. With everyone's help, these kinds of crime can be reduced.

The most prevalent crime on campus is theft of unsecured property. In most cases, these are crimes of opportunity. Never leave your personal belongings unattended, even if only for a short time. By being aware of your surroundings and keeping your valuables in sight, you lessen the risk of being a victim of crime.

For more information on staying safe on campus, visit

Good News

--- UT School of Music graduate student Keith Brown was granted the opportunity to record his first jazz CD with the French Label "Spacetime Records" in November 2010. Spacetime Records is the same record label that his father, UT music instructor Donald Brown, records with. Keith Brown's CD, "Sweet and Lovely," will be released on April 15. The release party will be held at 6 p.m. that day at the Knoxville Museum of Art as part of their Alive After Five Series.

Mark Your Calendar

--- WUOT 91.9 FM's annual Spring Fund Drive is this week. More than a third of the station's budget comes from public radio fans including many UT Knoxville students, faculty, and staff. For more information or to make a pledge of support, visit the WUOT website,

--- Poet Jane Sasser will read at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m. tonight in the Hodges Library auditorium. Sasser is also a longtime creative writing teacher at Oak Ridge High School whose students are frequent winners of local writing contests. For more info e-mail [log in to unmask] or visit

--- Students invited to meet Coach Pat Summitt -- The Lady Vols basketball team has concluded another successful season, with a 34-3 record, an SEC regular-season championship, an SEC tournament championship, and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to hear from Coach Summitt about this season and her views about the important link between academics and athletics. Mark your calendars for 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, on the floor of Thompson-Boling Arena. Refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held for an autographed basketball. Please RSVP to Beth Gladden at 974-9008 or [log in to unmask]

--- View winning student videos on the theme of "My Everyday Civility" on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. This is the sixth annual Free Range Video Contest sponsored by The Studio, a media production lab in Hodges Library. More contest information at

--- M. Mitchell Waldrop, acclaimed science writer and editor for the journal "Nature," will give UT Knoxville's annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Waldrop will speak on "Lessons My Stories Taught Me." The program is free and open to the public.

--- T.H. Breen of Northwestern University will discuss why and how thousands of ordinary men and women banded together to fight for liberty and freedom in the American Revolution as part of the 2011 Milton Klein Visiting Scholar Lecture, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in rooms 223-224 of the University Center. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public.

--- Japanese speech contest, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday April 14, in the Great Room at the International House. Listen to songs and speeches by UT students studying Japanese. The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes and Japanese food will be offered. For more information email [log in to unmask]

--- UT Science Forum, noon Friday, April 15, in Thompson-Boling Arena dining rooms C-D. Speaker: Mitchell Goldman, assistant dean for research and chair of the department of surgery at the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Topic: "Research at UT's Graduate School of Medicine." Free and open to the public. For more info email [log in to unmask] or call 974-8156.

--- UT College of Veterinary Medicine open house, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event will take place, rain or shine. Guests will learn about dog bite prevention and tour exhibits featuring small animal medicine, large animal medicine, community organizations, and pet rescue centers. For more info visit

--- 2011 VOLAPALOOZA: The Kick off to Commencement concert will be held Friday, April 29, at World's Fair Park featuring headliner Girl Talk with special guest Matt Costa and opener The Kingston Springs. This year's concert is presented by Campus Entertainment Board, Cultural Attractions Committee, Student Government Association, URHC, Aramark, All Campus Events, TeamVOLS, and WUTK.  All UT students are free with ID entry at the gate. Tickets for the general public can be purchased at or at the UC Central Ticket Office. Tickets for the general public are $15 and will be $20 the day of the show. As a part of the Kickoff to Commencement ceremonies, graduating seniors will be allowed early entry at 6:00 p.m. for a special Senior Hour with free food and giveaways. Gates for the public will open at 7:00 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:45 p.m. Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed toward the Office of Student Activities at 974-5455, or!
  via email at [log in to unmask] Also be sure to visit the Volapalooza Facebook and Twitter pages.

Get Involved

--- Senior Gift is an opportunity for UT seniors to take part in a long-standing tradition on campus. Since 1991, seniors have pledged their loyalty and exhibited their Volunteer pride by giving over $300,000 to scholarship endowments, UT academic programs, and permanent campus monuments. This year, seniors are challenged to make a gift of at least $55 to the College Fund. Seniors who donate $55 or more will have a personalized brick placed on the Senior Sidewalk in Circle Park. In addition, they will receive recognition cords to wear at graduation, recognition in their college's commencement program, and a special donor gift. For additional information and to make your gift online, visit 

--- The Student Success Center is now accepting applications for Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders for the upcoming fall semester. Positions will be available for undergraduate students hoping to help others in math, chemistry, biology, and engineering.  Interested students should visit the SI Website at or contact Tiffany Hedges at [log in to unmask] for more information.

--- Alpha Phi Omega book drive, now through June 30. Donate used books by leaving them in "Better World Books" boxes located at the UC, the I-House, Hess Hall and Laurel Apartments. For more info e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Gamma Gamma Sigma bake sale to benefit the Salvation Army, noon to 2 p.m. today on the Pedestrian Walkway. For more info e-mail [log in to unmask]

Ready for the World Events

--- The Ready for the World Café will celebrate Central and South America this week. Heroes Day, a Costa Rican holiday, is April 11, and the Day of the Americas, a Honduran holiday, is April 14. The menu will include roasted chayote and red pepper salad with tangerine dressing, Aztec chicken, grilled tilapia Vera Cruz with lemon and thyme, scented salsa, Yucatan style pork, meatless tamale pie, Ecuadorian potato cakes with peanut sauce, and green beans with coriander and garlic. The 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 eleven dollars for the all-you-can-eat buffet or nine dollars for a plate of food to carry out.

--- The UT Jazz for Justice Project is hosting a film screening of the movie "Bouncing Cats" on Thursday, April 14 in the UC auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Break-dancing by local break-dancers is set for 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the film screening begins, followed by a question-and-answer session with legendary b-boy Crazy Legs from the Rock Steady Crew. The film is the inspiring documentary of one man's attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda through the unlikely tools of hip hop and breakdance. Narrated by Common and featuring interviews with Will.I.Am, Mos Def and K’Naan, the story follows the legendary Crazy Legs and b-boy Abramz, the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), on a journey to unify, empower and inspire youth in the war torn country.

--- UT International Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, on the UC plaza. Learn about many of the cultures represented by UT faculty, staff and students. The International Festival showcases cultural expressions, traditional foods, art displays, and other activities from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, the International House invites many professional performers who will provide amazing performances at the festival. The event is not ticketed, but please remember to bring cash as most vendors might not be able to accept credit cards.

Knoxville Connection

--- Hess Hall residents invite you to support the less fortunate in our community by helping make them a meal. From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, come to Hess Hall Lobby to make a sandwich or two for Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). For more info email [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]

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