John Cullum

Knoxville native John Cullum is a two-time Tony Award winner who is best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Holling Vincoeur on television’s Northern Exposure. The Clarence Brown Theatre honored Cullum with its CBT Artistic Excellence Award in 2015. Continue reading

The Actor

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.’” Continue reading

The Entertainer

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. Continue reading

The Designer

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. Continue reading

The Scholar

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. Continue reading

A Sears Renaissance

For more than eighty years, the Sears Tower has dominated the skyline in Memphis but has been empty for nearly two decades. Now, Christopher Miner (’95) is hoping to breathe new life into the building by transforming it into an urban village to serve as a gathering place for Memphis artists. Continue reading

Come back to class before each home football game

As football season begins, one of UT’s other game day traditions—the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase—kicks off another year. Twenty-one years after the showcase was created, it is still introducing football fans to some of UT’s most exceptional faculty members. Continue reading

Perpetuating the Planet

Marion Oates’ love for nature began at the age of 10, when she was inspired by an aunt to start a leaf collection. As a donor, she is passing her conservation ethic to a new generation. Continue reading

Hello, Dolly!

Entertainment legend, philanthropist and East Tennessee native Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate from UT during the College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony. Continue reading