Not displaying correctly? View this newsletter online.

Submit to Vol Update
publicize your news or event



Creating and Maintaining an Inclusive Community

Diversity and inclusion are core values on our campus. We have a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds and experiences. As Volunteers, we welcome and respect all individuals. Help us to continue to strengthen diversity and inclusion by getting involved with the many programs and initiatives offered on campus. Familiarize yourself with our principles for civility and communityvital tenants to creating and supporting a welcoming campus.



Get Involved with the SGA Student Services Committee

Did you know that some SGA’s Student Services oversees some of your favorite activities on campus, including the Homecoming Bonfire, Big Orange Friday events, and Orange and White Week? Get involved to help make an impact in an area of student life that means something to you. There are a wide variety of subcommittees: academics, diversity, technology, traditions, sustainability, and more. Applications are due by Friday, September 5.


New Resource Collects Course Syllabi

Based on student feedback, UT has created the Syllabi Repository, a database of course syllabi from previous semesters. This resource can help you make informed decisions about your course selections each year. The project is currently in the pilot stage and contains only syllabi from upper-division undergraduate courses from the College of Arts and Sciences from fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Plans to expand the syllabi repository are in the works.



Safety Tip of the Week: Report Suspicious Activity

Every member of the campus community plays a critical role in preventing violent crime. If you see something that doesn’t feel right, say something by reporting it. UTPD urges everyone to trust their instincts and share information that seems suspicious or just out of place. Call UTPD at 974-3111 or text the keyword UTPD followed by your message to TIP411 (847411). You can also anonymously report a tip online. Learn more about suspicious activities that you should be aware of when out and about both on and around campus.



Congrats to Christopher Smith, This Week’s Student Honorary Football Coach

On Friday, the Office of the Dean of Students and UT Athletics announced that Christopher Smith was chosen as the first student honorary football coach of the season. Christopher will attend practice on Thursday then join the team on the sidelines for this weekend’s game against Arkansas State. A senior in English from Antioch, Tennessee, Christopher was chosen for his involvement on campus, continued support of UT, and attendance at UT Athletics events.

see you there

National Geographic Hosts Young Explorer Grants Events

National Geographic will host a workshop on Saturday, September 20 to promote its Young Explorers Grants Program. From documenting threatened animals to exploring canyons, the program supports students pursuing field projects in research, exploration, and conservation. Students will receive grant-writing tips and discuss their proposal ideas with National Geographic Society staff. A schedule of events and registration information can be found here.


Free Practice Graduate Admissions Tests

Kaplan Test Prep has partnered with Career Services to host a free graduate school admissions practice test event at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on Saturday, September 13. You can choose from practice versions of the MCAT, LSAT, DAT, OAT or GRE tests. Following the exam, you’ll receive a detailed score report, complete explanations to every question, and strategies for improving your overall score. Click here to register.


see you there

Undergrads, You’re Invited to an Open House

Join the UT Libraries for an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, in the Commons at Hodges Library. Learn about the library while playing games, winning prizes, and participating in a free photo shoot session. UT Libraries wants to know what they can do to make your research easier. Tweet your suggestions to #helpushelpyou this week for a chance to win prizes.



Meet New Students in International Friendship Program

Want to meet new and interesting students from different countries all around the world? The International Friendship Program will match you with an international student to build a meaningful friendship that helps foster growth and develop shared cultural experiences. Apply by Friday, September 12.



New Faces in Student Life: Rachel McClelland

Rachel McClelland, director of student media, joined the UT Knoxville staff this summer from Indiana State University. She’s been all over, having lived in six different states, but is happy to call Knoxville home now. Learn more about Rachel here.

Read more at Vol Update
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= To view the STUDENT@TENNESSEE archives or Join/Leave the list: