Student@Tennessee, Monday, Feb 4, 2013 
Newsletter for UT Knoxville Students


--- The federal government is now text messaging smart phone consumers through their wireless carriers, regardless of whether they sign up for a notification system. The federal messages are location-based and sent to people with smart phones that are capable of receiving the wireless emergency alerts through their carrier. These messages are different than UT Alert text messages. The messages also will look different.

--- The world is "melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning" because of destructive environmental changes, and we must alter our ways if we want to keep the planet habitable for ourselves and future generations. That's the warning from noted environmentalist Bill McKibben in his latest book, "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet," selected as next year's Life of the Mind common reading selection for UT freshmen.

--- Starting in March, 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.

Good News

--- Join the campus tomorrow in celebrating the opening of the new Student Health Center Pharmacy. Plan to drop in between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for giveaways, food and beverages, and to register for a drawing for an iPad. The facility is a big benefit to students, who will no longer need to leave campus to have prescriptions filled. The pharmacy is on the first floor of the Student Health Building. The pharmacy's hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Questions? Call 974-5932.

Mark Your Calendar

--- The UT Cinema Club will be showing "What About Bob?," starring the hilarious Bill Murray, at 7 p.m. tonight in Art and Architecture room 111. Free and open to everyone. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Have you ever seen an electron microscope up close? If not, you can see two of them at an open house in Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) Room 307 from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. Check out the cutting-edge, ultra-powerful devices that are key to discovering and improving advanced materials used in areas like medicine, nuclear security, nanotechnology and green power.

--- UT OUTreach Mardi Gras party, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the LGBT & Ally Resource Center, F-103 Melrose Hall. Masks optional. Enjoy king cake, beads, and free pizza. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Issues Committee is hosting the current expert in the field of "Stuff White People Like," Christian Lander, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the UC Auditorium. Lander is the author of the NY Times best-selling book, "Stuff White People Like," which was hailed as a hilarious, but thoughtful look at race and social class in modern culture. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Students are invited to celebrate the opening of the UT Libraries' newly renovated Commons. A street fair, featuring music, games, and prizes, will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Commons, 2nd floor of Hodges Library.

--- The UT chapter of the PR Student Society of America invites students of all majors to learn about developing a "personal brand" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Scripps Convergence Lab. Jennifer Holder, owner of Pirate Girl PR, will be there to guide students to develop what makes them stand out from others. Free pizza. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The UT Creative Writing Club meets at 7:15 p.m. every Thursday in Room 207 of the Howard Baker Center. Open to all students interested in writing poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The UT Science Forum presents Thomas C. Namey, MD, of the UT Nutrition Institute, speaking on "Low Testosterone: Implications for Men's Health Far Beyond Sex," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 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]

--- The University of Tennessee Outdoor Program (UTOP) has teamed up with Paul Lewis of the Physics and Astronomy Department to offer two separate evenings of beautiful and educational astronomy in Big South Fork. The events will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and March 8 in the Big South Fork Recreation Area near Oneida, TN. Transportation is included in the $5 fee. You can sign-up for the trip Mon-Fri from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UTOPIA, the Outdoor Program office located on the bottom floor of TRECS. UTOP trips are open to all UT students, faculty and staff. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

Get Involved

--- Interested in water resources? The American Water Resources Association is holding an interest meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Barley's Taproom. All undergraduate and graduate students interested in water quality and management are encouraged to attend. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Join Campus Disability Advocates for the semester introductory meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in 216 Black Cultural Center. Learn more about how to get involved with disability advocacy at UT. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask] 

--- Stop by a booth located in the University Center right outside of Rocky Top, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5-8, to make Valentines Day cards for the elderly. The cards will be delivered to two local assisted living homes on Saturday, Feb. 9. This event is hosted by the Leadership and Service Ambassadors. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Looking for a way to get involved, develop your leadership skills and give back to the campus community? Become a mentor for the Minority Achievement Program. This student organization works to pair first-year students with upperclassmen to help them experience a smooth and successful transition into college life. They are now accepting applications for new mentors. All interested applicants must have all required materials submitted by Friday, Feb. 8. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Interested in seeing more bicycling, walking, and other human powered transportation/recreation on the UT campus and surrounding community? Bike Walk Knoxville will be holding a Kickoff Party and info session at Barley's in the Old City from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. Meet other passionate students and community leaders, and learn about exciting volunteer involvement opportunities. Free pizza provided and raffle tickets available for excellent prizes. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- You are invited to join Impact, a new student 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. Open house is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in UC 223-224. Applications for membership are available at the Tyson Alumni Memorial House or online at Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Peace Corps information session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Room 251 of Hodges Library. Learn about Peace Corps and how you can begin your own adventure. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- Applications to become a Baker Ambassador are now available online at Paper applications are available on the third floor of the Baker Center. This is a terrific opportunity for all students to get involved with the Baker Center and help plan and host student activities. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Baker Center. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]


--- Got an idea for a business? Enter the 6th Annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition for an opportunity to compete for $20,000 in cash awards. Entries should be submitted to [log in to unmask] attn: Undergrad Biz Plan Comp. by Monday, Feb. 25.

--- All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for summer research internships. Up to 75 internships with $2,000 each in financial support will be awarded for research or creative projects that UT undergrads conduct with a faculty mentor during the summer of 2013. The application deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 28. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask] or visit

Ready for the World Events

--- This week is Colombia Week at the I-House. Events include a free cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, free samples of Colombian coffee at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, and a Colombian Culture Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, featuring a traditional Colombian meal, cultural presentations, Colombian salsa and cumbia performances and much more. Tickets to the Culture Night are $5 at the I-House front desk. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- LASO, the Latin American Student Organization, wants to hear about student travels, and is hosting a meeting in the BCC multi purpose room, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb 7, to talk about study abroad experiences or travel experiences to different places and countries. Free food. Questions? E-mail [log in to unmask]

--- The Diversity Job Fair will connect students from different backgrounds with employers who are committed to diversifying their workforce through full-time positions, internships, and summer employment. The job fair will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in the UC Ballroom. Students of all majors, classifications, and populations are invited. Questions? e-mail [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]

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