Student@Tennessee, Monday, Feb 25, 2013 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- Faculty Appreciation Week is this week. Leave a shout-out to your favorite professor!

--- Starting this Friday, if you remotely connect to your campus computer from other locations off campus, you will need to take an additional step to increase your online security.

--- UT is welcoming fans of country music star George Strait, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Thompson-Boling Arena. The sold-out concert will bring more than 20,000 guests to campus, affecting traffic and parking.

Good News

--- A group of UT students is leading the charge in an international competition that seeks to make a big impact through small steps. Since this fall, more than one hundred students have joined a competition called Small Steps, Big Wins, where undergraduates on campus compete against their peers from other schools to complete social and environmental actions. UT is currently in first place among forty-eight other schools worldwide.

--- The companion website to Torchbearer, the university's magazine for alumni and friends, is faster, better, and more stylish than ever after its recent redesign. Refined categories, improved navigation, and more featured articles on the home page make finding interesting content easy—and with the new layout, this content can be enjoyed anywhere, from a desktop computer to mobile phone.

--- Vol Compliments, a Facebook sensation sweeping across the campus, is a big idea that's making the Internet a friendlier place for UT students. Vol Compliments is a Facebook page that posts nice and encouraging notes about students and others in the UT community.

Mark Your Calendar

--- Peace Corps info display, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. today through Wednesday in the Humanities Plaza. Stop by and learn about Peace Corps and how you can begin "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love." Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a series of events this week for their annual Spring NSBE Week, including a resume workshop, speed networking, an engineering expo, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- To kick of Women's HERstory month, the Women's Coordinating Council presents Week 1: Beauty and Social Week. WCC will be allowing students to send a compliment and candy to friends, significant others, or women at the YWCA on Pedestrian Walkway from 12:30 to 2:30 today though Thursday, Feb. 28. The event Beauty & Beyond will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Humes Multipurpose Room and will help women deal with self-esteem issues and insecurities by bringing in a representative from Paul Mitchell. The week will end with a screening of the film "For Colored Girls" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the UC Auditorium. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask] 

--- The Clarence Brown Theatre production of "A Raisin in the Sun," now through March 10. For ticket information call 974-5161.

--- The International Justice Mission at UT will meet at 5 p.m. today in HSS 70 to talk about the upcoming "Stand for Freedom" March 5-7. IJM is an organization that combats human trafficking and other forms of violent oppression, and as a campus chapter they seek to raise awareness of these issues. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Issues Committee lecture, 7 p.m. tonight in the UC auditorium. Speaker: Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Novelist Valerie Laken will read at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m. tonight in the Hodges Library auditorium.

--- Student Art in the Library will unveil the spring exhibition of student works and announce the prize winners at 4 p.m. tomorrow in 135 Hodges Library.

--- Interested in careers related to Kinesiology or Therapeutic Recreation? Come listen to a panel of professionals in the field from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the University Center Auditorium.  Find out about these majors, related careers, and practical career information.  Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel Discussion in the Great Room of the I-House.  Come out to learn about Peace Corps service from volunteers who have served all over the world. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Meeting of the UT chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in HBB 302. Guest speaker Teena Carter will be discussing consumer products and her work in the industry for over 20 years. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Student Dental Association's "Smiles for Panama" team will be having a percentage night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at LaserQuest located at 8083 Kingston Pike. Proceeds will go toward funding their dental mission trip to Panama. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Hollywood screenwriter Scott Myers will speak on character types in Hollywood films, 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Hodges Library auditorium. Myers wrote the screenplays for the films "K-9," "Trojan War," and "Alaska." Free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Graduate Student Senate will host its 21st annual Love Your Libraries 5K Race to benefit the UT Libraries at 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 2, in Circle Park. Join to show your love for the UT Libraries. Entry form at

--- The UT Full-Time MBA Program and Business Analytics Program will co-host an Open House for prospective dual degree MBA/Masters in Business Analytics (MBA/MSBA) candidates from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.on Thursday, March 7, in the Haslam Business Building, Room 401. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. Questions? Call 974-5033 or [log in to unmask]

--- Are you preparing for interviews this semester? Would you like to meet and network with local alums? Join PRSSA, UT's pre-professional organization for public relations students and the UT Alumni Association Women’s Council on Thursday March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the CCI Scripps Lab for Aspire to be Interview Ready. Students of all majors are invited to attend and dinner will be provided. Registration is encouraged at [log in to unmask] Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Cultural Attractions Committee presents Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are free for students in advance, $5 at the door. $10 for UT faculty/staff. $15 for the general public. For more information or to arrange disability accommodations please contact the Office of Student Activities at 974-5455.

--- The UT Science Forum presents Juan Carlos Idrobo, Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discussing "Exploring the Universe One Atom at a Time," noon to 1 p.m. on March 1 in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room C-D. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

Get Involved

--- Interested in community service? Learn more about Rotaract, the campus chapter of Rotary International, at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in HSS 112. The group will discuss their upcoming Canstructarama event. Questions? Email [log in to unmask]

--- Students have the opportunity to join Impact, a new organization designed to show students what it means to support UT. Impact will work closely with current and future UT alumni to serve as ambassadors of philanthropy. Students will take part in creating the events for "I Love UT Week" in April and again in the fall. Applications for membership are available at the Tyson Alumni House or online at and are due by February 28th at the Tyson Alumni House. Questions? Email [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]


--- Do you know of a UT Knoxville faculty, staff, or student who goes the extra mile to help promote environmental leadership and sustainability on campus through education, peer outreach, and/or individual actions?  If so, nominate them for a 2013 Environmental Leadership Award. Visit or e-mail [log in to unmask] with questions.

--- Fulbright US Student Program info sessions, 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Baker Center auditorium. Learn more about opportunities to travel to one of 150 countries around the world to conduct research or teach English. All undergrads and grad students invited to attend. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Attention all pre-professional medical, dental, and veterinary students: VIDA is coordinating a UT volunteer trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, August 3-15. This trip will give you about 45 - 120 hours of volunteer experience for your veterinary/medical/nursing/dental school application while helping the communities in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

Important Deadlines

--- The summer school timetable is now available. Priority registration begins this week. Visit to access the timetable of classes, and don't forget to consult your advisor. For more information on summer school, visit

--- The Dean of Students office is accepting applications for scholarships for undergraduate students based on campus leadership and campus and community service. Students may apply for these scholarships themselves or may be recommended by another member of the community. The application deadline is Friday, March 8. More information and the application at: 

--- The Summer 2013 Financial Aid Application is now available online. If you are attending summer classes, please have the form completed no later than April 1 to ensure that aid will be processed in time for Summer payment due date. There is no financial aid available for Mini-Term. Submission after April 1 will not guarantee that the awards will be in place in time for payment.

It also is time to file your 2013-2014 FAFSA. Please make sure to file by July 1 to ensure that your aid is in place in time for the Fall payment due date.

Questions? Call 974-3131.

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