Winter 2021

After years of letters protesting the Tennessee Alumnus name, as it signifies a single male graduate, as well as letters in support of maintaining a more than 100-year tradition, this spring we decided to survey the readers of our print magazine to obtain their thoughts.

Ultimately, the publication became Our Tennessee, encompassing all campuses and everyone within—UT is for all, and so this is Our Tennessee. It also alludes to the impact UT has on the state. As goes the University of Tennessee, so goes the state of Tennessee. It is our state, and we change it—and the world—with each degree awarded.

Winter 2021 cover featuring a collage of faces

Welcome to Our Tennessee

Our Tennessee includes all campuses and everyone within Tennessee, and our name change reflects the impact UT has on our…

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A Black woman seated in front of a microscope smiles confidently in her research lab

Making Space

A UTC professor buzzes with ways of expanding diversity in the field of ecology.

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The Garcia sisters

Three Sisters

Three first-generation Latinas at UT Knoxville have undergone similar journeys into a field in which few women go. Also, they’re…

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Opening Doors

Difficult conversations open the door to friendship for IPS coworkers.

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Ben Kredich plays an electric guitar in his bedroom

Dignity of Risk

UT FUTURE students take steps towards the unknown as they navigate through college and independence.

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Dameon Berry's wife and kids gather on their ranch

Serving Those Who Have Served Us

UT Extension’s AgrAbility program helps veterans who choose to farm and as well as farmers who continue farming after debilitating…

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A Black woman in a white coat walks confidentally through the Memphis Medical District

Reflective of the Population

For Jasmine Jefferson, a mentoring program tipped the scales in favor of a career in medicine.

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Nancy Sanchez

Conserja. Apoyadora. Amiga.

As an admissions coordinator, Nancy Sanchez provides the support and encouragement she wishes she received.

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Randy Boyd tells a joke on a stage as two seated men laugh

Diverse as One

As president of the UT System, one of my main goals is to make the university a strong and welcoming…

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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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UT by the Numbers

UT System had a record 52,559 students enroll this fall.

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Two Pennies and a Pledge

One UT alumnus made a promise to himself when as a college student he had two cents to last two…

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Chad Goldman pictured near the Cumberland river in Nashville

Calling for Philanthropy

Chad Goldman wants to help others find acceptance. 

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Beetle-Mania: Project IDs New Species in Tennessee Valley

A UTC professor uncovered 53 species of beetles never before found in the Tennessee Valley.

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Haslam Family Makes $40 Million Gift

A $40 million gift to the Haslam College of Business aims to elevate its national reputation and mission of developing…

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UT Martin Introduces BSME

A new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program began accepting students in the fall 2020 semester.

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Record Enrollment Set

The UT Board of Trustees celebrated new enrollment records during its annual fall meeting.

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New Teaching/Learning Hub for CVM

Construction crews broke ground in October 2020 for an extension to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

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IPS Receives USDA Grants

IPS will offer two new training and technical assistance programs in 2021 with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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