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UT Trustees Approve Record Low Tuition Increase

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a historic low tuition increase for the third straight year.

The 1.8 percent undergraduate tuition increase trustees approved is the lowest increase since 1984 and marks three consecutive years of increases at or below 3 percent—a first since the UT system was established in 1968. Trustees approved a 2.2 percent increase in 2016 and a 3 percent increase in 2015. The majority of fees will not increase. Of those for which a change was approved, the net increase at each campus ranges from 0 percent to less than 3 percent.

“Since we began self-limiting tuition and fee increases in 2015, our goal has been and continues to be keeping college tuition affordable for all Tennesseans,” UT President Joe DiPietro said.

Increased state funding and University-wide efforts to control spending have led to three years of UT self-imposed limits on tuition increases. It’s part of the University’s efforts across campuses to help Tennesseans toward better futures through higher education, DiPietro said.

“Together, we are stronger,” he said. “Together, we’re making Tennessee stronger through our efforts.”

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Recognitions, June 23

The College of Architecture and Design extends condolences to friends, family and alumni on the death of Professor William “Bill” Shell. Professor Shell passed away on June 12. Shell served the college for 41 years and taught thousands of students. He retired in 2010, and in commemoration of that event, the college reported, “Shell’s many gifts—his intelligence, his challenging coursework, his dedication to architectural education, his wealth of stories and his dry wit—will be greatly missed by students, faculty and alumni alike.”

A group of 24 students from the Haslam College of Business studied a wide range of management styles during mini-term in London, England, in May. Professors Russell Crook and Don Bruce led the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students on the trip, exposing the group to cultural differences in the business environment and the United Kingdom’s current economic transformation.

UT alumnus and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning awarded scholarships to four incoming freshmen: Emma Kate Hall of Lebanon, Tennessee; Grace Neiman of West Point, Nebraska; Sydney Peay of Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Blake Turpin of Knoxville. The Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment was established in 1998 and, including this year’s four recipients, 33 students have benefited from the scholarship. It is awarded to incoming students each year on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. All Peyton Manning Scholars are part of the Haslam Scholars Program, the university’s premier honors program.

Funding Opportunities, June 23

NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster ( and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Standard Deadlines for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH PHS 2017-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]) (PA-17-302)
  • NIH PHS 2017-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]) (PA-17-303)
  • NIH Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21) (PAR-17-313)
  • NIH Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01) (PAR-17-314)
  • NIH Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp)(PA-17-307)
  • NCI Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network (UM1)(RFA-CA-17-027)
  • NHLBI The Impact of Microenvironment on Lung Progenitor Cell Function (R01) (RFA-HL-18-022)

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Recognitions, June 16

David M. Royse, coordinator and associate professor of music education in UT’s School of Music, is one of nine music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty. The program is designed to introduce music faculty to professions in the music industry, giving them background to better prepare students for careers as 21st-century musicians.

Dillon Dunn, a fifth-year Architecture student, was recently awarded the 2017 Aydelott Travel Award for a study proposal titled “Architecture and Pilgrimage: Movement Through Time.” The prestigious scholarship will fund a summer-long journey to study architecture in four countries across Europe and Asia. Dunn’s winning proposal outlines plans to analyze four religious structures in as many countries, including the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel; Loro Jonggrang and Prambanan Temple Compound in Central Java, Indonesia; and the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College recently recognized Tanya Brown, executive director of marketing and public relations for the Haslam College of Business, with its Young Alumni Award. “Tanya’s academic ability, drive and work ethic were evident from the time she matriculated,” said Joel E. Cramer, division head for Pulliam. “The Pulliam School of Journalism Young Alumni Award was given in recognition of the realization of the promise Tanya exhibited as student. We are proud of her achievements and to have her representing Franklin College and the Pulliam School of Journalism.”

The Haslam Summer Scholars Research Awards granted 20 faculty members a total of more than $400,000 to pursue high-quality research in 2017. Now in its fourth year, the program has more than tripled in size since its inception. “These awards reward our faculty for recent performance and incentivize our top researchers to continue their great work,” said Charles Noble, associate dean for research and faculty and the Henry Professor for Business. “More and more, these summer research awards also are an expectation for faculty at top business schools.”

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