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Addressing the Opioid Crisis

UTIA is tackling dimensions of the nation and state's opioid epidemic by providing expertise to state leaders and delivering education to both youth and adults. UTCVM pharmacist Terry Stevens has been appointed to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. In Gibson County, 4-H'er C.J. Bryson (pictured) is teaching 4-H'ers about the risks and reasons to avoid drugs, including opioids. As part of the 4-H program Health Rocks!, 4-H members in many Tennessee counties are joining C.J. to provide these lessons to eight-to-fourteen-year-olds in schools and at 4-H camps. At a shelter for recovering addicts in Madison County, Amy Elizer, UT Extension county director and Family and Consumer Sciences agent, is teaching residents money management skills and how to make sound financial decisions. Understanding how to make them is among the challenges recovering addicts face. Look for more about these efforts in video news stories by Charles Denney of UTIA Marketing and Communications. Find them in March and April at the Institute's website.

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New Blasingame Chair of Excellence Joins Us

We welcome Andrew Muhammad as the Institute's Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resource Policy. Muhammad will assist the state and nation's agricultural decision makers in evaluating potential policies and programs concerning agricultural commodities, food and nutrition, natural resources, and international trade. He will also work to grow agricultural opportunities for both Tennessee and the region. Click here to learn more about Dr. Muhammad.

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Wildlife & Fisheries Accreditation Is First in the Nation

The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to the wildlife and fisheries management concentration of study available to CASNR students majoring in wildlife and fisheries science. This historic achievement represents the first and only time, nationwide, that a concentration of a wildlife and fisheries major has been accredited by a professional organization.

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An Invitation to the UT Gardens Gala

Mark your calendars now for a very special evening in the UT Gardens. The sixth annual UT Gardens Gala will be Friday, April 27, 2018. Watch for more details ahead.

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How a Dream to Launch Our Construction Science Program Came True

When Eric Drumm approached the Office of Institutional Advancement in 2009 with the dream of a construction science program and raising $1 million in private support, each was a pie in the sky hope. Click here to learn how the former head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science was able to work with the office to make both a reality.

Message from the Chancellor

There's a lot of good news to share this month, including the strong support for UTIA in the governor's proposed fiscal year 2019 budget, the near-completion of our new ten-year strategic plan, the launch of our Big Orange Family Campaign, and the results of our student climate survey to be shared at an Institute-wide forum. Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow on Groundhog Day, but it appears to me that winter will soon be behind us and we have much to look forward to. Our fiftieth year as an Institute is off to a great start, thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and leaders and the support of our many partners from around the state and the world. I look forward to seeing you at various events and activities over the coming weeks and hope that your outlook is also warm and bright.


P.S. Be sure to follow me and the latest Institute developments on Twitter at @UTIAChancellor.

Thank You

We're proud of your help in UTIA achieving a 96 percent participation rate in the recent information security training. Click here for a message from Sandy Lindsey, UTIA chief information security officer, regarding the important training and also the monthly emails each of us receives that address current security topics.

A Moment in UTIA's Fifty Years

In 1968, the agricultural campus welcomed an important addition. The newly constructed Ellington Plant Sciences Building opened to ease overcrowding in Morgan Hall. It was one of the first buildings to incorporate significant design input from faculty. Under the general guidance of Lloyd Seatz, head of the Department of Agronomy, committees were formed to determine use of the new spaces. Ellington's ground floor was planned for lecture rooms, laboratories, and a large auditorium, later to be named Hollingsworth. The second floor was assigned ornamental horticulture, agricultural biology, and forestry. The third floor housed agronomy.

Ironically, fifty years later, new construction to replace Ellington is first on the list of capital state projects to be funded. The governor has included in his budget this year $4 million for initial development of the plan.
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