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SGA Corner: Tailgates, Birthday Celebrations, and Getting Involved

Temperatures are dropping, football season is heating up and SGA is getting ready for big things this semester. Tailgates, a birthday celebration, and ways for YOU to get involved—in this week’s SGA Corner.


Get Your Big Ideas Funded on VolStarter

Ever had a big idea or UT project that you couldn’t finish because of a lack of funds? VolStarter is here to help! Launching in October, VolStarter is an online fundraising website where supporters can donate to any student project. The website hosts a variety of projects from student-run events to out-of-state competitions. If you would like your big idea to appear on VolStarter, apply here.


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Breaking Bad Actor to Speak During Disability Week

RJ Mitte, best known for his role as Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad will visit campus on Thursday, October 2 as a part of UT’s third annual Disability Week. His talk, “Overcoming Adversity: Turning a Disadvantage in to an Advantage,” is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UC Auditorium. The event is free for students who opted-in for student programming and $5 for students who did not opt-in. Click here for the complete Disability Week schedule.


ReVOLve Mini Grants Available for Sustainability Projects

Do you have an idea for a sustainability project that could impact our campus community but need money to help you get started? Apply for the ReVOLve Mini Grant. The grant is a partnership between the Center for Leadership and Service, the Office of Sustainability, and UT Recycling that awards up to $1,000 to chosen environmental, economic, and social sustainability projects. Applications are due October 15.



Sign Up for First-Ever Homecoming Day of Service

Celebrate the Tennessee tradition of serving others during UT’s first-ever Homecoming Day of Service. Students can help with a variety of volunteer projects ranging from cleaning to gardening to interacting with local youth in the community. The day of service will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8. Transportation and supplies will be provided. Click here to register.



UT Professor’s 21-year Student Photo Project Featured at State Museum

For more than two decades, Professor Rob Heller has been taking his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette to photograph life in the small East Tennessee town. An exhibition of the photos—”Eyes on LaFollette: UT Student Photojournalism Project Marks 20 Years”—will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville from October 3 to November 30.


Nominate a Classmate for Courage to Climb Award

Do you know a fellow student who is making an impact on campus and the community? The Division of Student Life’s Courage to Climb Award recognizes students who show promise in the areas of research, community service, promotion of civility and inclusion, leadership development, and campus involvement. Click here to nominate a friend or classmate that you think is a rising star on campus.


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Explore Different Cultures Friday During International Festival

Take a trip around the world right here on campus during the thirtieth annual International Festival. The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tomorrow on the Pedestrian Walkway. UT’s international students and organizations will offer food and set up displays of their country’s history and culture. The festival will also feature dance performances and an African drum ensemble.

jobs and internships

Intern with the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC

The Heritage Foundation is seeking interns for the spring semester to work with experts on foreign and domestic policy issues in areas of energy and the environment, the rule of law, homeland security, and health care. Heritage also offers opportunities to work in communications, marketing, development, coalition building and outreach, and government relations for students interested in business. Applications are due October 1.



Get Active and Meet Friends with Intramural Sports

Looking to make some new friends or just want to show off your athletic skills? If you answered yes to either question, sign up to play an intramural sport this semester. Every current student is eligible and encouraged to participate. Check the RecSports Intramurals website for a full list of activities.

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