Student@Tennessee, Monday, Aug 15, 2011 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- --- Welcome Back ---

Welcome to UT Knoxville for the 2011-2012 academic year! Welcome Week continues with a full schedule of events.


--- Sign the Rock ---

On their way to Torch Night, freshmen will be invited to sign UT's famous Rock for the first time.

--- Torch Night ---

Torch Night is the official welcome to the Class of 2015, but it also marks the return to campus for all students. The ceremony takes place at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will welcome the students, underclassmen will take a pledge of loyalty to the university, freshmen will be formally declared part of the student body and candles will be lit to symbolize the "Torch of Preparation."

Following Torch Night, the Class of 2015 will head to Neyland Stadium for the Night in Neyland, an opportunity to hear from the coaching staff, learn some of UT's athletic traditions and take the official class picture. The evening will wrap up with a video dance party at 9:30 p.m. at Presidential Courtyard.

For more Welcome Week info and a full schedule of events, visit

--- --- Pedestrian safety on campus --- As students and faculty come back to Big Orange Country, it won't be hard to notice large-scale construction and improvement projects on many corners of our campus. From new academic buildings to improved services, the UT community will be a part of opening many new and renovated facilities over this new academic year.

The University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) has suggested safer, quicker routes for pedestrians on campus. Andy Holt Avenue at Phillip Fulmer Way is one of the busiest intersections on campus. UTPD is encouraging members of the campus community to use the pedestrian bridges at the University Center (UC) as an alternative to using the crosswalks to ease its congestion. Two bridges connect the UC to The Hill while two other paths take pedestrians alongside the Haslam Business Building toward the intersection of Andy Holt Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard. These walkways are accessed at the second level of the UC, off the plaza.

--- --- Sign Up for UT Alert --- UT Alert is the emergency text messaging system on campus used to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the campus community can stay informed in the event of a campus emergency. Students are alerted via text message and/or e-mail if there is an immediate danger on campus. Pertinent information will be relayed, along with where students can go for more information. The system is only used for emergency contact purposes, and does not distribute advertising or other unsolicited content. To sign up for UT Alert, you will need your NetID and password. Additional information and a link to sign up are located at

Good News

--- KUB can help UT students make their move easier with the "Start/Stop" utilities service function at Whether it's a move to Knoxville or to a new house or apartment across town, UT students who are KUB customers can start or stop their utility service online from anywhere, anytime. Just go to and follow the Start/Stop link under Service Options on the home page. New visitors will need to register on the site to set up an account. Students even can select a date to start or stop service online, and will get a confirmation e-mail when the service request is submitted.

Mark Your Calendar

--- RecFest, sponsored by UT RecSports, is set for 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow at TRECS. RecFest is designed to entertain and educate students on everything that RecSports has to offer. Free burgers, pizza, and snow cones will be provided. At the event, each RecSports program (i.e. Intramural Sports, Fitness, Outdoor) and the individual sport clubs will have an informational booth. Questions? Visit the RecSports website at

--- InVOLvement fair and diversity festival, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the Pedestrian Walkway between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building. Students can meet representatives from dozens of campus organizations, and enjoy free food and live entertainment.

--- Computational science information session, 10:00 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 19, in the UC Shiloh Room. Faculty members Jack Dongarra, Robert Harrison, Lee Riedinger, Lou Gross, Jim Ferguson and Joshua Fu will share some of the exciting developments in computational science at UT Knoxville, which is a national leader in this field. Free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Graduate students are invited to attend a UT Libraries open house event, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the Hodges Library first-floor galleria. Find out how the librarians can help you meet your research needs and learn about the library services available to you. Refreshments will be served. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Don't miss the action as the Vols gear up for an exciting season with home match-ups against rivals Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina!

Tickets for the 2011 season will be assigned on a game-by-game basis and sales will begin on Monday, Aug. 22 for the Montana game. Our student ticketing system found at will allow you to create groups with friends, purchase your ticket online and print your ticket from your computer.

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