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Third Thursday

From Chancellor Larry Arrington


Ag Day is just around the corner, and we will have our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 3, in the Brehm Animal Science Arena. Displays for Ag Day will be set up during the picnic for everyone to preview and vote on their favorite. I hope you will plan to join us for lunch and also take part in Ag Day on Saturday, October 4, starting four hours before kickoff as the Vols take on the Florida Gators. Let’s all be at Ag Day to “Brag About Ag!”

The UTIA Advisory Council has been very active this year. Join me in thanking Rob Ellis for his service as chair. Dr. Carrie Stephens has been elected chair for the coming year.

Congratulations to our Advancement team on a record-breaking year for dollars raised and number of donors. These efforts add tremendous value to our programs throughout UTIA. Thanks to the entire team for their hard work.

We’re very proud that Dean Thompson has been elected to serve on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Board of Directors. In addition to general responsibilities as a board member, he will serve as the AAVMC’s official representative to the Association of Public Land Grant Universities’ Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources. This speaks to his significant contributions and leadership to veterinary medicine education and the profession as a whole.

I want to compliment the Institute’s Web Advisory Committee for its diligent efforts to develop the Institute websites into a dynamic and enlightening presence of which we can all be proud. The Web Guidelines and Best Practices mentioned below are a great first start at creating this presence. I thank the following individuals for serving on this important committee: Megan Bruch, Dr. Bob Denovo, Doug Edlund, Jean Hulsey, Joel Lown, Tammy McKinley, Dr. Steve Oliver, Robert Ridenour, Lynne Scott, Lisa Stearns, Dr. John Stier, Emily Tipton, John Toman, Sophie Willborn, and Billy Williams.

Protecting our electronic information and assets is important to the Institute and becomes harder each day with the millions of attacks we face. There will be times when our systems get compromised and quick actions must be taken. Please read the Information Security Incident Response Plan that has been created by the Institute Information Technology Security Committee for guidance on handling compromised machines.

Go Vols,


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

New UTIA Web Publishing Guidelines

The UTIA Web Advisory Committee (WAC) is pleased to announce the completion and official approval of the Web Guidelines and Best Practices. Everyone who is planning a website or who maintains a current site must read and comply with the policies contained in this important document. Adherence to these website policies is required of every UTIA website that is hosted on a UT server. Read context about how the guidelines were developed.

Institute Announces Information Security Incident Response Plan

The UTIA Security Committee has developed an Information Security Incident Response Plan for the Institute. The goal of the plan is to facilitate a quick and efficient response to incidents and to limit their impact while protecting the Institute’s information assets. The plan defines roles and responsibilities, documents the steps necessary for effectively and efficiently managing an information security incident, and defines the channels of communication.

Read about why this plan was developed and what it means for you.

Come Brag About Ag!

Join in the Ag Day Fun on October 4


Ag Day will take place on Oct. 4 in the Brehm Animal Science Arena. Enjoy all your favorite Ag Day activities such as visiting with current and former faculty, staff and students; live music; the insect petting zoo and cricket spitting; and so much more! Festivities start four hours before the Vols take on the Florida Gators in Neyland Stadium. Kickoff time TBA. Click here for detailed information and to purchase tickets to the football game.

From CVM Dean Jim Thompson

Helping veterinary students develop and succeed goes well beyond the classroom, and we take our responsibility to our students very seriously. While our students are academically exceptional, they report experiencing anxiety and, in one measure, a high rate of depression. These results are in line with other veterinary colleges. Consequently, we are working hard to develop a comprehensive wellness program that supports not only our students but also our college as a whole. Read more.

CASNR Career Fair on October 1 Marks Thirtieth Year

Résumé Workshop for Students Set for September 25

The thirtieth annual CASNR Career Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, in Brehm Animal Science Arena. To help students prepare, CASNR is hosting a Résumé Doctor workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 25, in 156-157 Plant Biotechnology Building. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend to receive one-on-one career-related assistance on how to work a job fair, interviewing techniques, résumé preparation and critique, Hire-A-Vol registration, and answers to job-related questions. The UTIA chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international honor society of agriculture, is providing free pizza to students who participate.

Faculty members are asked to encourage their students to participate in the workshop and attend the Career Fair. Students will have the opportunity to discuss professional internships and careers with recruiters from across the Southeast and beyond. Not only do they gain perspective on jobs, they are able to polish their skills in professional communication. Faculty are also encouraged to drop in and say hello to recruiters, quite a few of whom are alumni.

Emily Gray, CASNR director of Career Services, coordinates the Career Fair. In an interview with Marketing and Communications, she discusses the Career Fair, its focus, and the recruiters who return each year.

Gardens to Host Howling Good Time


Howl-O-Ween is a new Halloween-themed event planned for 2 to 5 p.m. on October 19 in the UT Gardens, Knoxville. Sponsored by the UT Gardens and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, Howl-O-Ween caters to dogs and dog lovers alike. Visitors will enjoy a costume pet parade with prizes; food trucks; and an expo of dog rescue groups, businesses, and educational booths. For more information visit the UT Gardens' website

Grants and Contracts for May Update

There was an issue last month with Third Thursday’s report of grants and contracts received in May. We apologize for the problem. Here is a corrected listing of the awards.


Ames Plantation’s Heritage Festival provides fun for the entire family on October 11 at Grand Junction, Tennessee, and history comes alive October 18 at the sixteenth annual Fall Folklore Jamboree at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.


On September 25, UT Extension will host a day-long workshop in McMinnville for nursery growers and Extension agents and specialists about sustainable nursery irrigation. Read more.


Autumn is the ideal time to add plants to the landscape, and the Institute has three plant sales ahead. The UT Gardens, Knoxville, sale is September 27, with a preview sale for UT employees the day before. The UT Gardens, Jackson, hosts a sale and garden lecture series October 1-2. The UT Arboretum Society’s sale is October 11 in Oak Ridge.

Maturation Fund Program Issues Call for Proposals

The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) is announcing a call for submissions for the eighth annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. for the Institute. The program helps UT researchers—faculty and students alike—further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest-ranking proposals.

Proposals are due in to AgResearch’s Office of Sponsored Programs by close of business on October 13. Specialists with the office encourage applicants to contact them in advance of that date for assistance in submitting their materials.

Field Day Helps Producers Turn Pumpkins Into Profits

Visit Jackson to See Huge Pumpkin Display and Take Fun Fall Photos

If you know a pumpkin producer, spread the word about the seventh annual Pumpkin Field Day September 25 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. The event aims to help producers boost their business or pump up production.

According to a survey from previous field days, visitors estimate the information gained in the production, business and marketing classes at the Pumpkin Field Day is worth more than $1,000 to their operations.

And be sure to visit the Center if you are in the area from September 25 to November 30 to see the state’s largest pumpkin display, comprised of 5,000 pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash! It's fascinating to see and a great place to snap selfies or photos of your family.

Woods and Wildlife the Focus of October 15 Forest Resources Field Day

The Institute hosts a Woods and Wildlife Field Day on October 15 on the grounds of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Sessions will help forest owners with ten or more acres make management decisions that balance sustainability with fiscal goals.

The field day will feature UT experts and professionals with private organizations as well as state and federal agencies as speakers and will include tours focusing on a variety of forest management topics including wildlife management, reforestation, forest health, and best management practices.

UT Gardens Plant of the Month for September—Sunflower

Although summer is waning, vivid sunflowers in gardens and fields alike are bringing a smile to most people’s faces. The UT Gardens is featuring sunflowers as its Plant of the Month. James Newburn, assistant director of the UT Gardens, Knoxville, captured this photo of a cheerful sunflower show on the grounds of the gardens.


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