Spring 2017

When someone else’s misfortune reminds us of our own good fortune, giving back is the right thing to do. It’s also a part of the UT mission—to provide outreach that makes a difference in people’s lives—that we alumni are taught to value.

This issue of Tennessee Alumnus brings stories of UT alumni, expertise and contributions to making a difference, starting with our cover story on the historic Smoky Mountain wildfires of 2016.

A rocking chair that survived the fire sits on the foundation of a burned down cabin at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek.

Weaving a New Story

On Nov. 28, 2016, a wildfire raced from the Great Smoky Mountains and into nearby communities. These are the stories…

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Harrison Kincaid, Onise, Stacy, and Sara Cox pose with one another in Haiti. (Photo courtesy of Stacy Cox)

Hearts for Haiti

From housing to healthcare, UT helps where it’s needed.

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Terrence Terrell Jones

9,000 Miles To Africa

Terrence Terrell Jones, a UTHSC medical student researches TB.

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Jana Ogg (right) and Denis Ochaka

Global Outreach, Local Perspective

A UT Martin alumna learns leadership lessons.

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Fake News Becomes A Real Story

A UT Chattanooga researcher studies relationship between fact and perception.

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Smoky Mountain Stories

UT Press captures a national park’s history.

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Kevin Lauer (foreground) fire management consultant with CTAS, instructs Gary West, deputy commissioner, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, State Fire Marshal’s Office (left) and Patrick Sheehan (right) executive director for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Firefighting Teamwork

Mutual aid is ensured by IPS planning, and provides resources beyond the means of any single fire department.

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Dr. Laura Wheat

Coping with Disaster

Dr. Laura Wheat, assistant professor of counselor education, is proud that many of her students in the immediate wake of…

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Topper the cat rests while recovering from injuries sustained during the Gatlinburg wildfires. Topper was treated by the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and released back to his owner, Katrina Cannon, who otherwise lost everything in the fire.

Rocky Recovery for Topper

During the ferocious fires that ravaged the mountains in November, the Sevier County Humane Society triaged injured animals, including a…

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Map of the area impacted by the Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Prepping to Prioritize

After every disaster, emergency managers pose one question: What can be done better next time?

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A large UT icon, made up of tiny images of UT staff, faculty, students, and alumni

We Are One

We are the University of Tennessee.

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Cindy Ogle

The Day Life Changed Forever

Cindy Ogle (Knoxville ’73, ’78), Gatlinburg's city manager, recounts her wildfire experience.

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UT President Joe DiPietro giving the 2017 State of the University Address

State of the University: We Are One

Tennessee is in the midst of historic transformation that one day will be seen as a time when the state…

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Beverly Davenport

Chancellor Davenport Takes Over

Beverly Davenport took office Feb. 15 as the eighth chancellor of UT Knoxville.

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Jose Barbarosa loads up produce from the Teaching and Learning Garden.

Teaching and Learning Garden Puts Down Roots

Students in the UTC College of Arts and Sciences have been putting down roots in the community— literally.

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New Leadership

One of Chancellor Keith Carver’s first priorities was to connect with current and potential students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and…

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Dr. Daniel Sumrok speaks about the mission of the Center for Addiction Science during an event announcing that the center was named the first Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine in the country.

Breaking the Stranglehold of Addiction

The first Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine in the country is in Memphis, Tennessee, and operated by UT's College…

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University of Tennessee Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries student Emily Hockman launches a weather balloon equipped with an aerial acoustic recording system. The system was used to listen for the calls of at-risk avian species on DoD facilities.

Project of the Year

Dave Buehler was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense last year for a project tracking threatened bird species using…

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Kay Cole James

IPS Agencies Welcome Women in Public Service

More than 100 women from across Tennessee, representing different positions in state and local government, attended the annual Women in…

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Joe DiPietro

A message from the president

Whether on behalf of the university or on their own initiative, members of the UT team make a difference every…

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UT Alumni Association President Kimbrough Dunlap III (Knoxville ’85) welcomes new Health Science Center graduates to the UT Alumni Association during fall commencement in Memphis.

Alumni Snapshots: Spring 2017

Photos from alumni all over the world.

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