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Which Torch Will You Bear?

If you want to be better connected on campus, grow as a leader, and gain skills, get involved as a student leader. There are hundreds of ways to serve and bear the torch for past, present, and future Volunteers. Click here for a list of involvement opportunities.

Vol Tip: Interest sessions about student leadership positions will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28 in the UC Shiloh Room and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1 in UC Room 221.


Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force Members and Meeting Announced

The university-wide Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force has been appointed and will begin a series of open meetings to examine the critical issues involved in creating a responsive and comprehensive sexual assault and misconduct policy. The next task force meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Rooms C and D. Members will review the interim policy and discuss the applicable laws, regulations, and other policies surrounding sexual misconduct and relationship violence.


A Reminder about Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA is a federal law that gives you certain rights with respect to your education records. One of the rights FERPA gives you is the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information included in your education records. This law is why UT is required to obtain your consent so that your parent or guardian can view your financial record to make payments to your account. An explanation of how you can grant someone consent can be found here.



Request Your Ticket for Florida Game on Wednesday and Thursday

The UT versus Florida game is right around the corner— set for Saturday, October 4 in Neyland Stadium. Make sure you are in the Rocky Top Rowdies student section by requesting your $10 ticket on Big Orange Tix this Wednesday or Thursday, September 24 and 25.


Safety Tip of the Week: Hazardous Materials

Do you know what do if a train car or tanker truck carrying chemicals spills its dangerous contents near campus? Is it safer to evacuate or shelter? Where would you shelter? While this is an unlikely event, we need to be prepared. Cooperation by the campus community will play a large part in how successful our response is to the incident. Answers can be found on the emergency preparedness website.



Help Mentor New Vols as an Ignite Team Leader

Help freshmen successfully transition in to college as an Ignite Team Leader. Ignite is a leadership development and transition program for incoming first year students that takes place each summer. Team leaders provide a meaningful mentoring relationship while helping freshmen learn what it means to be a Volunteer. Applications are due October 15.


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Study Abroad Fair Tomorrow

Stop by the Study Abroad Fair to learn about different programs and summer internships and how to start planning your own experience. Meet students who have studied abroad and get information on scholarships and financial aid. The fair is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 23 in the UC Ballroom.



Learn About Student Green Fee at Committee Meeting

Want to learn more about the Student Green Fee? Attend the Student Environmental Initiatives Fee Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 24 in the Facilities Services 108 Conference Room. The committee will discuss environmental campus projects and fee proposals from various departments across campus. Visit the Office of Sustainability’s website for more information about UT’s green fee.


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UT Libraries Commemorates Banned Books Week

UT Libraries is joining libraries and bookstores around the country to honor the freedom to read and draw attention to banned and challenged books. This week is Banned Books Week, which highlights books that have been censored for various reasons, including expressing unpopular or unorthodox points of view. Follow along on Twitter at #volsread and #readbannedbooks and post a shout-out or a quote from your favorite banned book.


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Former Labor Secretary, Acclaimed Economic Guru to Speak at UT

Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and part of the economic transition team advisory board for President Barack Obama, will deliver the Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture tomorrow. His talk, ”Inequality for All: Bipartisan Solutions for America’s Economic Future,” is set for 7:00 p.m. in Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. A book signing will follow at 8:00 p.m.

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