Donna Spencer

  • Ask what it means to be a Vol, and chances are you’ll hear a lot about serving others. Service is one of the strongest elements of our shared identity—it’s literally what makes a Volunteer a Volunteer. That strength is reflected in the many campus initiatives aimed at giving students, faculty and staff, and alumni opportunities to serve.

  • Twenty years ago, Michael Bishop (MS ’83) stumbled on police records about the murder of UT freshman Paula Herring in Nashville in 1964. A man was convicted of the murder, but the more Bishop researched, the more he realized that something just wasn’t right.

  • Author David Madden, who recently received the Accomplished Alumni award as his papers were acquired by UT Libraries, ties together a diverse literary career.

  • 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.”

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