As the COVID-19 pandemic became more prevalent in March 2020, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers began to prepare for the worst, evaluating areas on campus for use in the event that local hospitals became overwhelmed. Though these preparations have not been necessary, they are reminders of the role the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has played in times of crisis throughout history.

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  • Tamika Catchings (’00, ’02) learned more than basketball from her coach, Pat Summitt. And she put those lessons into action through her Catch the Stars Foundation.

  • For 23 years Jane Moser has driven the same red Thunderbird to her job at UT. She’ll give the car a bit of a rest when she retires at the end of February.

  • The guest book sits on a table at the entrance of Gus Manning’s room at Little Creek Sanitarium. Adorned with an orange cover, its pages are filled with names and dates printed in blue ink. From famous athletes and coaches to everyday people like secretaries and ticket takers, the content reveals the depth of Manning’s impact at the University of Tennessee. Manning worked nearly 50 years in the Tennessee athletics department after graduating from the university in 1950.

  • In the College of Social Work, faculty, staff, and students are challenged to put classroom lessons to work in the community to make the world a better place, especially for underserved populations. Here’s a look at four college programs that look to fill voids, right wrongs, and improve lives—all while teaching the next generation of social workers to do the same.

  • The university’s first self-guided audio tour enables people to read and listen to descriptions of 20 historically significant locations that date as far back as the late 1800s.