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Growing Communities

Derrick Stowell had no idea his passion for environmental education and therapeutic recreation would launch a world-impacting program.

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Writing from a Blue Flame

UT Knoxville alumna Monica Brashears' gothic novel named as one of the best books in 2023.

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Courtney Brown, UT Knoxville '23, speaks to high school students about her personal experiences as a UT Promise scholarship recipient.

Why Scholarships Matter

UT Knoxville graduate Courtney Brown reflects on the opportunities she found through UT Promise.

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Marcus, Isaiah, Zander and Melanie Williamson.

What Family Means to Me

Growing up, my family really valued the importance of our last name. We took a lot of pride in being…

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Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Army (ret.), chairman National Advisory Board of the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, declared the center open during it's dedication ceremony.

The Uniform

Retired U.S. Army Gen. B.B. Bell first put on a military uniform during his freshman year in Army ROTC. He…

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Ivan Navarrette worked to prepare the playing field at Lusail Stadium in Qatar for the World Cup.

No Higher Thing

To a turf grass student, it might seem like there’s no higher career peak than managing the pitches for the…

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Michaela Frederick (Martin ’17, ’22) was named Sharon School Teacher of the Year and Weakley County School District Teacher of the Year in 2021-2022. Photo by Nathan Morgan

‘Greatest Joy and Blessing’

Michaela Frederick teaches students with “different abilities.” Such work requires a sturdy foundation to lean on, and Frederick found hers…

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Laurie Allen is the executive director, professor of practice and Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in the Arts- Based Collaborative Department at UT Chattanooga.

More Than an Arts Career

UT Chattanooga’s Arts-Based Collaborative works to incorporate the arts into children’s learning.

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David Golden is a Herbert College of Agriculture professor of food microbiology.

What’s in a Date?

A professor of food microbiology reveals the facts and myths behind ‘sell by’ and ‘use by’ dates.

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David Anderson, Ady the dog, Jack Lacey and Ed Pershing

A Partnership to Health

A talk with Jack Lacey and Ed Pershing.

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The Power of “ONE”

There is nothing more powerful and needed than the power of one.

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Troy Galyon on Mount Katahdidn, the terminl point of the Appalachian trail

Better World

We all want to do our part to make the world a better place, but more often than not, we…

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Erin Zammett Ruddy

Loosening the Grip on the Big Life Plan

Erin Zammett Ruddy learned some life skills in her 20s that also helped her face the pandemic. Just don’t ask…

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A Black man in a suit and glasses stands in front of the Nashville City Hall with his arms crossed

Diversity: A Good Start, Not the Finish Line

Robert Fisher considers an Alexander Hamilton quote as a reminder of a specific duty institutions owe to the people they…

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Peter Tsai

N95 and 35 Years of Experience

When Peter Tsai was told he should win the Nobel Prize, he laughed.

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Wildlife veterinarian Dan Grove extracts a lymph node from a deer carcass

To Be Different

After 11 moves across nine states, Dan Grove landed his dream veterinarian job.

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Theater teacher Alison Manning and her students on set

Remembering Why

Teaching is not easy. It is more than making awesome lesson plans, having great test scores and getting a top…

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Michael Johnson, a student veteran at UT Martin stands under the American flag at half-mast

Preparing for War

Si vis pacem para bellum … If you want peace, prepare for war.

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Shane Cotriss stands in front of the Entrepreneurship Wall of Fame at UTC

The Game Changing SMILE

Through challenge, competition and encouragement, Shane Cotriss discovered a path he loved at UTC.

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Slide Book cover

Make ’Em Laugh

An excerpt from Carl Wolfson's Slide!, a tragicomedy about the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies team collapse as well as about Wolfson,…

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Caty Davis

Own Your Truth

Generational addiction stalked the family of Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis. But she didn’t back down.

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Delmont Jones runs in the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon

Running for My Life (And Theirs, Too)

In September 2013 I participated in my first 5K (3.1-mile) race.

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Sally Kirkpatrick

Silencing the Sneer

Since the sixth grade, this novelist dealt with anxiety, self-doubt and depression. After she crumpled under its weight, she found…

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