Spring 2014

    In fall 2013, Torchbearer magazine put out a call to faculty and staff for nominations of students who are doing great things. We received more than 100 nominations for students who not only excel at academics, but also put their Big Ideas into action through philanthropy and outreach. The eight students featured in the magazine define the words “class act,” and we are proud to call them Volunteers.

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  • Nathan Smith has spent the past year watching about 160 movies, organizing a pop-up movie event in Knoxville, writing for his own entertainment blog, and becoming director of hip hop programming for WUTK.

  • A woman with a dubious reputation. Presidential cabinet members at each other’s throats. A president with a conspiracy theory. It’s not a fictional story of political intrigue. It’s real-life drama—detailed…

  • Tramell Tillman’s first stage role was at age ten, in a church play. “I was petrified,” he remembers. “I had to say one line, ‘Hello. How are you?’ When I said the line, all the nerves went away, and I was enthralled by all the energy. I thought, ‘I really like this.’”

  • Dabney Wilson was only four when her cousin Clayton died of cancer. The UT nursing student has few personal memories of him, but his legacy lives on through others’ stories…

  • Brayan Zavala is very aware of the value of the education he’s received since immigrating with his parents from Mexico when he was just one year old.

  • When UT senior Lindsay Lee interviewed in the Rhodes Scholarship finals in November 2013, she convinced the committee that she’s going to change the world. She became one of thirty-two Rhodes Scholars chosen from a field of 857 candidates.

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