Summer 2024

As I look across my backyard on this summer morning, I see many hands that have brought it to where it is today. Those in the past who laid the foundation of it. Those in the present who are reshaping it. I know there will be hands in the future who will change it further.

It is not unlike the University of Tennessee—another thriving ecosystem that has been planted and pruned by many generations of hands. It also provides sustenance to the many who encounter it and leave enriched.

Jeff Guenther checks a patient’s teeth in Crossville.

The Dentist Will See You Now

The Healthy Smiles project continues to boost Tennessee's dental workforce and delivers crucial care to rural communities.

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UT Martin Chancellor Yancy Freeman pauses for a selfie with Jaycee Campbell during the spring 2024 ceremony.

Setting Records

The UT System celebrates record-breaking enrollment figures while peer institutions grapple with fluctuating numbers.

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The Energy and Environmental Science Research Building.

Growing UT

The University of Tennessee's statewide growth fuels projects to modernize and expand facilities across it's campuses.

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The university community celebrated the groundbreaking of two new residential communities slated to welcome students in the fall of 2025.

Creating Access

UT Knoxville continues enhancing campus capacity to support academics, research, and the Volunteer experience.

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A bulldozer moving dirt at the construction site of BlueOval City in West Tennessee.

Turning Blue

Political science students from the UT Martin College of Business and Global Affairs lead focus groups for Ford's BlueOval City…

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Erkan Kaplanoglu, left, and Juan Pena work on the hand rehabilitation system.

A Gripping Story

Juan Pena found his calling while studying in the UTC mechatronics program.

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Master Gardener Peter Markovich speaks to Hamilton County Master Gardener interns about the raised beds located next to the UT Extension office in Chattanooga.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The ranks of master gardeners continue to grow across Tennessee, spreading horticultural knowledge.

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An illustration rendering of a feasibility study for a marina in Savannah.

Learning to Lead

Learn how the CPM program's growth in West Tennessee is enhancing professional development for local leaders and driving significant economic…

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Ingram Scholars 2024 (second year) From left: Jay Carroll, Lincoln County; Colin Cheplen, Giles County; Aaliyah Dunavant, Lawrence County; Paige Stiles, Marshall County; Mercie Ashmore, Lewis County; Bibi Crane, Maury County; Pat Ford, director.

Leading Through Networking

The Ingram Scholars program provides an opportunity for exemplary UT Southern students to help their communities while networking with local…

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Jill Joyce assists a student in a pre-algebra class at West Valley Middle School.

Growing Her Dream

UTK alumna Jill Joyce never thought she would be where she is now: seated next to a student, helping him…

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Career Growth Through An Alumni Network

Becky Spaulding has reinvented the career services program into the UT Alumni Association Center for Career Advancement.

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Mike Griffin Takes the Lead

Mike Griffin prepares to take on the role of president of the UT Alumni Association.

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Illustrations of a diverse group of people.

UTAA Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

Each year, the UT Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty and staff for their work in three categories.

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Illustration of hands giving hearts and money as representation of giving and donations.

Women Philanthropists Award Grants

This year, the alliance has approved five projects for a total of $40,854 in support for the 2024-2025 Giving Circle…

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UT System President Randy Boyd at an agricultural research and education center.

Growing for Tennessee

Growth is about impact—harnessing the power of education, research and outreach to address our state’s most pressing challenges.

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Virginia Pearl Moore, UT Extension's first home demonstration agent.

UT Extension’s Virginia Pearl Moore

UT Extension’s first home demonstration agent, Virginia Pearl Moore, touched the lives of countless young women in Tennessee.

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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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David Sholl wearing a blue dress shirt, standing in front of a mural wall with imagery of research in action.

Scholl Selected as UT-ORII Executive Director

In April, David Sholl was named the executive director of the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.

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A crowd of attendees fill the Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center.

UTK tops Attendance Records

UT Knoxville topped national attendance records across football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball events during the 2023-24 season.

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UT Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena filled with graduating students during the spring 2024 commencement ceremony.

UTC’s Roundhouse Rocked Commencement

For the first time since 2019, commencement ceremonies at UT Chattanooga’s McKenzie Arena were held without restraints.

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A black female student wearing graduation robes and cap smiles while waiting for the commencement ceremony to begin.

UTS Seniors Leave Lasting Legacy

On graduation day at UT Southern, 56 seniors donned red and orange cords showing they participated in the Senior Giving…

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Six aero engineering students stand for a photo holding up their red and blue electric motor-propelled aircraft.

UTM Aero Team Shines

The UT Martin aero engineering team took fifth place at the 2023-24 Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition.

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A student using an iPad to make a donation at a UTHSC Giving Day table run by three female workers.

UTHSC Giving Day Surpasses Donor Goal

The fourth annual UT Health Science Center Giving Day surpassed the goal of 1,000 donors in 24 hours.

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