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Dr. Altha Stewart, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the UTHSC Center for Health in Justice
Dr. Altha Stewart

Altha Stewart First African-American Named President-Elect of APA

Dr. Altha Stewart, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the UTHSC Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, was named president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association. Stewart is the first African-American to lead the more than 37,000-member organization, which sets policy, establishes practice guidelines, and represents the field of psychiatry nationally and internationally. Stewart, also chief of social and community psychiatry at UTHSC, takes office as APA president in May 2018.

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Tennessee Alumnus Centennial

Some of the most accomplished alumni in University of Tennessee history were celebrated at an occasion marking the 100th anniversary of the system-wide alumni magazine, Tennessee Alumnus, and capping off 2017 celebrations of the centennial.

Independent Title IX Commission Report Released

The independent Title IX Commission charged in January 2017 with helping the University enhance efforts to be a national model for Title IX compliance on UT campuses statewide completed and submitted its report to UT President Joe DiPietro.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Visits UTIA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Knoxville campus before heading to Tellico Plains, Tennessee for a round table discussion with U.S. Forest Service personnel and local forest partners.

UTHSC To Become Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Campus →

UTHSC announced plans to become a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus in 2018. The initiative was advocated for by both students and administrators and is part of several wellness initiatives seen as fitting for a health science campus training future health care providers in multiple disciplines. The campus has made strides in other health-related initiatives including expansion and renovation of University Health Services, the campus’ primary care clinic; free biometric screenings for all facilities and administrative employees; encouraging enrollment of Campus Rec’s Healthy Living Program dedicated to adopting improvements to nutrition and exercise; and hosting “Boo Flu,” an annual vaccination program providing free flu vaccines on campus.

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UTHSC Makes ‘Top Workplaces’ List for Fourth Year →

In fall 2017, the Memphis Commercial Appeal named UTHSC among its “Top Workplaces” for the fourth consecutive year. Sixty Memphis-area workplaces were listed based on employee surveys conducted by independent firm Energage. Pay, benefits and workplace culture were some of the topics in the survey.

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UT Martin “VETS Campus” Designation →

UT Martin became one of 20 Tennessee institutions designated a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The Tennessee VETS Act became law in 2014 and established the program of recognition for higher education institutions that prioritize outreach to veterans and deliver services to create supportive educational environments for military veteran students.

UT Knoxville’s Pride of the Southland Band

The band continued an honored tradition—representing the state of Tennessee in the presidential inaugural parade. It was the band’s 58th inaugural parade. Several media outlets made note of their performance, including People magazine.

Fall semester saw the band’s first female leaders in its 148-year history. Junior Rebecca Percy of Trussville, Alabama, is the drum major—only the third woman to hold the position. Senior Laiton Pigg is starting her second year as assistant drum major.

Restoration of the Lady Vols Brand

In September, UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport and former athletic director John Currie announced a commitment to restoring visibility of the Lady Vols brand, a move lauded by the community.

Join the Journey

UT Knoxville launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, Join the Journey, to raise $1.1 billion to support five key priorities—undergraduate scholarships; graduate fellowships; faculty awards, professorships, and chairs; college and unit priorities; and comprehensive athletic excellence. The campaign was launched with more than $800 million already committed toward the goal.

Largest Human Letter Ever

Almost 5,000 UT Knoxville students, faculty and staff gathered at Neyland Stadium to form the world’s largest human letter—a Power T, of course—live on the Today show as part of Al Roker’s week-long trek across the country to five universities to break world records. Guinness World Record officials were on hand to verifiy the record was broken, live on national television.

UT Extension Agent Named Among the Nation’s 10 Best

UT Extension Agent and County Director Larry Moorehead was named one of the nation’s 10 Exceptional Extension Specialists by Successful Farming magazine (Nov. 15 article). Moorehead also is a member of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents & Specialists Hall of Fame and is serving as the official ambassador for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents national meeting in Chattanooga in 2018.

Popular Painter Payton Miller Leaves Her Mark on The Rock

Among the most artistically gifted ever to spray a can of paint, Payton Miller also was just another UT Knoxville student until she received a biochemistry degree in the Chancellor’s Honors Program in May. She spent more than 300 hours of her time as an undergrad painting iconic images on The Rock. After graduating, she picked up her paints to create a mural, which was unveiled at a special celebration for the Veterans Resource Center in Hodges Library.

UT System News App Launched

The first and only platform to aggregate all and solely UT news updates, feature stories and videos from UT campuses and institutes across the state was delivered with the launch of the UT System News App. Via the on-demand news feed, users can customize information received, set push notifications and share stories via social media and email.