Spring 2017

    You don’t have to be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to put on your dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic. UT’s student Ballroom Dance Team has 34 members of varying levels of experience; however, most dancers join the team with little to no experience at all.

    The team practices six hours a week on campus and dances together at local dance studios in Knoxville on the weekends. They travel to out-of-state competitions twice a year, including a large national competition in Ohio. The team also hosts fundraiser dances that are open to anyone and include a group dance lesson, a few hours of dancing, and a silent auction.

    Photo by Kellie Crye Ward (’08)

    March 30, 2017 0 comment
  • It could have been a meet-cute moment straight out of the movies. Picture it: A young woman transfers to a big state university from a small community college in Florida…

  • History honors students look at how a “hillbilly” girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation. The course pulls students in to study someone they thought they already knew and familiarizes them with analyzing popular culture as a historical source.

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  • For the second year in a row, music students have had the opportunity to work with a cappella master Avi Kaplan from the Grammy Award–winning group Pentatonix. Kaplan visited campus…

  • Bradley and Meredith Holtz are alumni who exemplify the Volunteer spirit. Watching the devastation caused last year by the wildfires in Gatlinburg, they knew they had to find a way…

  • From her vantage point in the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School library, with a wall of windows looking over downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding national park, librarian Pat Gunn saw nothing but gray darkness and a red glow.