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UT’s Institute for Public Service Rebrands

The UT Institute for Public Service officially launched its new rebranding during the IPS Annual Conference on Aug. 13-15 in Memphis, Tennessee. The marketing strategic planning team recommended rebranding so IPS and its six agencies can present a consistent look as they continue to build awareness for the institute across the state.

IPS selected Red Deluxe of Memphis to work with on its rebranding process.

UT Knoxville

UT Knoxville Celebrates 225 Years as an Institution

UT Knoxville has been “lighting the way” in Tennessee and throughout the world for 225 years, making it one of the oldest public institutions in the country. The institution will be honoring its anniversary by sharing stories that highlight its students, faculty and staff; research; creativity; the Volunteer spirit; leaders; service and traditions.

The university hosted its 225th birthday party on Sept. 10 in the Humanities and Social Sciences courtyard. The event included a carnival, family activities and visits from Smokey.

Events will be held all year long to celebrate the anniversary. For a full schedule of events and more information on the anniversary, please visit

UT Martin

UT Martin Alumnus Makes Largest Gift in University History

During the summer Board of Trustees meeting, UT Interim President Randy Boyd and UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver announced that Bill and Rosann Nunnelly will be bequesting $22 million to UT Martin — the largest gift in its history. The donation will provide scholarships to students who attend the Martin campus, giving preference to students from Hickman County, Tennessee, where Bill was raised.

Although the gift is a bequest and won’t be realized until the couple is deceased, four Hickman County students received the first UT Martin Nunnelly Scholarships this fall. The Nunnellys have also committed to four more student scholarships in the fall of 2020. More than 90 scholarships could be awarded annually through the gift.

UT System

“Everywhere You Look UT” Mural Campaign

On June 7, the UT System unveiled its second “Everywhere You Look, UT” mural in Sharon, Tennessee. The mural is displayed on a 65-foot-tall grain bin owned by Robinson & Belew, Inc. This family-run business was founded in 1950 and ships corn, soybeans and wheat around the world.

The Robinson family boasts three generations of UT Martin alumni. Keith Fowler, the current president of Robinson & Belew, is a 1985 graduate of UT Martin, alongside his wife Linda Robinson Fowler.

“I realized everywhere you look there’s UT,” Interim UT President Randy Boyd said. “Having murals all across the state will help reinforce the message. People will see the murals and then think, ‘You know, they’re right. Everywhere you look, I do see UT.’”

In August of 2018, the first mural was painted on a water tower in downtown Knoxville on a property owned by Boyd.

The UT System is still looking for high-traffic, high-visibility properties for future mural campaigns. Preferred locations include Tennessee interstates, highways and waterways or buildings nestled in the center of town.

If you would like to learn more information or submit ideas for other locations, please visit

UT Chattanooga

UT Chattanooga’s Patten Chapel Celebrates 100 years

On May 30, UT Chattanooga’s Patten Chapel celebrated its 100th birthday. Patten Chapel is the only chapel on a public college campus in the state of Tennessee and one of the oldest buildings on campus. Edith Manker Patten gave $75,000 in 1917 to honor her deceased husband, John A. Patten.

The building was dedicated on May 30, 1919. Throughout the past century, it has hosted numerous weddings, memorials, sorority inductions and until the mid-1900s, commencements.

Today, it still hosts weddings almost every weekend, white coat ceremonies, memorials and the occasional faculty or staff member who chooses to spend a few peaceful moments in the pews during a midday break.


UTHSC Launches Campaign for Specialty License Plate

The UT Health Science Center in Memphis kicked off a campaign in August to establish a collegiate license plate featuring the UTHSC shades of green and orange and its logo. Money generated from the sale of the license plate will be used to support outreach at the university.

The state has approved the creation of a UTHSC plate, but in order for production to commence, 1,000 people must preorder the plate and pay a $35 deposit. The UTHSC administration will pay the $35 deposit for the first 1,000 people who reserve their plate. Specialty plates cost $61.50 annually.

Plates can be ordered online at or at the security desks in the Madison Plaza complex, the Pharmacy Building, the Dunn Dental Building the General Education Building, the Hyman Administration Building and the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation.


UTIA’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Celebrates 100 Years

UTIA’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is celebrating a century of educating students with a slate of events.

On Oct. 5, UTIA will honor the department’s 100 years during its annual Ag Day, where faculty, alumni and current students will have the opportunity to reconnect. The event will begin four hours before kickoff of the UT vs. Georgia football game.

The department will also host the Centennial AREC Tailgate on Oct. 26 before the UT vs. South Carolina game. The event will be located on the Smokey Lawn annex to Circle Park and will begin four hours before kickoff. Commemorative swag will be available while supplies last.


UT Space Institute Hosts Its Annual Fall Picnic

On Sept. 27, picnic participants kicked off the day with the annual fun-run around campus and were then treated with breakfast from Chick-Fil-A and lunch from Whitt’s.

Throughout the day, guests played bingo, corn hole, volleyball, basketball and carnival games; ate cotton candy; voted during a dessert contest; dunked campus leaders in the dunking booth and took a ride on a pontoon boat. The campus also offered door prizes, which included autographed balls from UT Knoxville coaches, gift cards, prints of the moon and stars taken from the UTSI observatory and other UT items.

On Sept. 24, all faculty, staff and students commemorated UTSI’s 55th anniversary of joining the UT System by taking a group photo in special anniversary T-shirts.


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