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Snowed in on campus one Friday afternoon, Chris Weller (’13) was thinking about fresh fruit. Specifically, he was thinking about the UMass Permaculture Initiative, a pioneering project with extensive campus gardens and orchards. He wondered if a project like it would work at UT. The climate is good and the campus is large enough. In his notebook, Weller wrote the words “Big Orange Orchard.” Continue reading

Reading Appalachia

Jamie Osborne (’08) is not quite sure why, as a child, she was never introduced to children’s literature from her native Appalachia. As a master’s student she focused her thesis on the subject and is hoping to create awareness of the genre with a new exhibition. Continue reading

Traveling Pants

Randy Lawson (’82) got quite a surprise recently when a pair of pants he wore in a Clarence Brown Theatre production turned up in a play he was working on in New York. Continue reading

Jed DeKalb (’76), the state’s chief photographer, has spent more than three decades photographing a succession of five Tennessee governors. But he got his start at UT, capturing a slice of campus life in the 1970s. Continue reading

Healing through Helping

David and Brittany Spence faced every parent’s worst fear when their son, Forrest, passed away at just fifty-five days old. To honor him, they created the Forrest Spence Fund to help families struggling with the non-medical needs of a critically or chronically ill child. Continue reading

Form Follows Function

While battling lung cancer, alumnus Michael Clapp’s mother saw the need for a garment for chemotherapy patients that would help create a more dignified treatment process. Clapp and his sister, calling on sewing skills taught to them by their mother, created One Day Apparel. Continue reading

Out of the Frying Pan

If you’ve never thought of a skillet as a work of art, you’ve probably never seen a Borough Furnace skillet. John Truex (’04) crafts each one from scrap iron in a furnace he designed himself. Continue reading

Broadway and Beyond

Conrad Ricamora (’12) was still a student at UT when he found out he would be one of the stars of the critically acclaimed musical Here Lies Love in New York. And soon, the award-winning actor may be making his way to your television. Continue reading

Making College More Accessible

Our responsibility as a land grant institution is to ensure that all of Tennessee’s best students can attend the state’s flagship research university. A number of new initiatives are now helping to open our doors even wider. Continue reading