News from the Hill, Fall 2013

Spotlight on Big Orange Give’s big success and Dean Theresa Lee’s turn as a Vols coach

Dean Lee Serves as Honorary Vols Coach

Head coach Butch Jones welcomed Theresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to serve as an honorary coach for the South Alabama game in September. Pia Wood, associate vice provost and director of the Center for International Education, also served as an honorary coach. Take a look at their amazing behind-the-scenes experience in this video by UT Athletics.

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Dean Theresa Lee as Honorary Vols Coach


UT Knoxville Exceeds Goal of Big Orange Give

UT’s first Big Orange Give—a 125-hour online giving campaign—far exceeded its goals for fundraising and expanding its network of Big Orange donors.

Held during Homecoming week, the campaign doubled the $125,000 goal, raising $250,105 from more than 1,640 donors from all 50 states and abroad.

Noteworthy alumni and leaders like Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, Professor Emeritus Bill Bass, alumnus and financial expert Dave Ramsey, and alumna and Lady Vol Basketball Coach Holly Warlick led the charge through special video messages and challenge gifts during the campaign. Big Orange Give relied primarily on email and social media to reach potential donors.

“Our Volunteer family went above and beyond in coming together to help us surpass our goal and highlight the innovative programs and research happening on our campus every day,” Cheek said.

Donors were able to direct their gifts toward specific colleges or departments, or even specific student projects through the Impact Big Ideas program, a crowd-funding effort that allows individuals to make donations toward selected student projects in need of funding.

Even though Big Orange Give is over, alumni and friends of the college can always contribute online.


WATE: Dean Lee Discusses Daylight Savings Time Effects on Sleep

Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Psychology, discusses the sleep effects of the daylight savings time change.

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Dean Theresa Lee Interview on WATE