Winter 2019

In this issue of the Tennessee Alumnus, we celebrate the makers of music, maps and prosthetic arms. From performance halls to labs, our makers learn the skills they need to succeed. For UT develops makers and sends them out into the world where they create and, sometimes, in that creation build their own businesses, large and small. UT even helps the makers navigate the labyrinthine worlds of state and federal paperwork to move their businesses forward. We have stories about that in this issue, too.

For UT is a maker. It makes teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers, farmers and more out of students. It helps turn ideas and dreams into reality. It has helped the makers turn Tennessee into the vibrant state that it is.

Riley Toll

Making Makers

From labs to clubs to Hodges Library, UT Knoxville makes spaces for makers.

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David Harman

The Maker City

UT alumnus David Harman helps drive Knoxville’s creative space.

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Chris McDonald in his Nashville studio.

The Music Maker

Chris McDonald found his calling at a young age. Or, rather, his calling found him.

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Joe DiPietro

‘Right President at the Right Time’

After leading the University of Tennessee system for eight years, UT’s 25th president is ready to retire.

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Serendipitous Daring

UT alumnus Randy Boyd takes the reins as interim president.

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A UT researcher in a lab setting

Bringing Life-changing Inventions to Market

UTRF provides UT innovators with the right formula for success.

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Glenn Draper in his office with memories of his career as a choral director in 2016.

The Family Business

Glenn Draper didn’t just train singers, he built a legacy.

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Sherry Costanza Steady

Steady As She Goes

Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps business owner Sherry Costanza Steady.

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Dena, Kennedy, Joshua and Ken Oakes

Daylilies, Pumpkins and More

The Center for Profitable Agriculture celebrates 20 years of helping makers.

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Ken Brown and Harry Kochat

Saving Lives

A new UTHSC pharmaceutical manufacturing facility will help heal the world.

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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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Samantha Lane

Making Time for What Matters

Samantha Lane helps others find work-life balance through workshops, training and a signature product line.

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UT students from all campuses

Funding Their Futures: UTAA Awards Scholarships, Impacts Dreams

The UT Alumni Association’s Fund for the Future provided $398,000 in scholarships, faculty support and legislative internships for the 2018-19…

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First-generation college students gather at the Rock for a celebration.

First-Generation Students Honored

On Nov. 8, the Knoxville campus joined in the celebration of National First-Generation College Student Day.

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UT Chattanooga’s student rocket team

Rocketing to No. 1

UTC’s student rocket team—the Rocket Mocs—are the No. 1 team in the country.

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high school students touring an automobile manufacturing facility

Celebrate Manufacturing Day

UT Center for Industrial Services partnered with some of its manufacturing partners in Tennessee to host tours for local high…

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anti-hate yard sign reads "UTHSC is a Hate-Free Campus"

Taking A Stand Against Hate

When students at UTHSC were asked if they would sign a banner with a message of unity against hate, more…

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corn harvesting equipment in West Tennessee

Agricultural Business Degree Added

This is UT Martin's 18th bachelor’s degree program and expands the previous agricultural business concentration under the general agriculture degree.

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4-H campers at Lone Oaks holding fresh eggs

Stepping Up for STEM and 4-H

Summer (and camp) is coming. 4-H camps connect students to agriculture and more.

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Executive Leadership Institute Participants

Learning to Lead

Eighteen faculty and staff members, representing each UT campus and institute are participating in an intensive, 12-month training program designed…

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Alumni Snapshots: Winter 2019

Tennessee alumni and students around the state.

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