Ready for the World Café concludes semester with tropical flair

The Ready for the World Café at UT will offer a tropical menu for its final week of the semester, April 18–21.

The menu for this final week at the café is tropical salad, yummy honey chicken, sweet and spicy spinach, sweet and sour meatballs, Caribbean casserole, seafood gumbo, and almond wild rice.

Diners will be able to enter a raffle for a football signed by the UT football team.

The café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the UC.

Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. Aramark's faculty/staff discount card can be used at the café.

The café is operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism (HRT) 445.

Students in HRT 445 take turns planning the menus, marketing the café, and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT's provider of dining services, prepares the food.

This week's café manager is Jake Storey.

Storey, of Titusville, Fla., is a senior in HRT. He has worked with the hospitality team at Thompson-Boling Arena and is a member of the UT football team. He hopes to go to culinary school to become a chef and own a restaurant.

UT to hold public meeting about campus master plan

UT will host a public meeting for the community to review the draft master plan for the Knoxville and agricultural campuses. The meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the UT Visitors' Center.

This community meeting is part of a series of meetings to get feedback on the draft plan. Once finalized, it will be a guide that helps the university pursue its overall goals and make decisions on land usage, placement of buildings and investments in infrastructure.

This new (2011) draft plan is an update to a previous version created in 1994 and updated in 2001.

A key element to moving UT from a Top 50 public research university to the ranks of the Top 25 involves having the resources to improve and supplement campus facilities in order to support first-rate academic and research programs, along with student housing and services.

The planning process identified significant needs for academic space on the Knoxville and agricultural campuses. The Knoxville campus has the greatest deficiencies in general classroom, class lab and research space.

Among the goals are to define current and future facility needs, promote a sense of community, integrate instruction, research, student living, and student life, and create a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment. Considerations of traffic, parking and related infrastructure are taken into account, along with how to promote sound environmental policies and development and building practices.

After the review and stakeholder meetings, a final report will be submitted to the UT Board of Trustees for their consideration at their June meeting. If approved, the final draft is submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the State Building Commission for approval and finalization.

For more information about the master plan, visit http://www.utk.edu/masterplan/.

UT extension FCS experts train faith leaders in money matters

In times of personal crisis, many people turn to their faith. The same sometimes happens when facing financial hardships. Many people look to their places of worship for help. But sometimes spiritual leaders don't believe they're qualified to give advice about money.

To assist faith leaders in this area, UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences experts will offer a two-day workshop titled "Responding to Financial Crisis — Tough Times, Tough Choices." The event is presented in collaboration with the Coalition for the Integration of Faith & Finances.

The conference will include information where faith leaders can learn financial knowledge such as plans to reduce spending, manage credit and make lifestyle adjustments to new economic realities. Participants will hear how to guide people through an accurate assessment of their situations, and the steps to take to make sure things don't get worse.

Featured speakers include Rev. Flora Williams, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University who is an ordained minister and registered financial consultant. Williams is the author of 19 books on family economics, financial planning and counseling. Other speakers include Syble Solomon, creator of the program "Money Habitudes" and winner of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Educator of the year.

The workshop will be May 2-3, 2011, at the Church Street United Methodist Church, located at 900 Henley Street in Knoxville. To register, contact Barbara Metzger with UT Extension at 865-974-1364 or bmetzge1@utk.edu

UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee's 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. An educational and outreach organization funded by federal, state and local governments, UT Extension, in cooperation with Tennessee State University, brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, youth and community development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

UT partners with community and student growers to offer Farmers Market on Wednesdays beginning May 18

The UT Farmers Market will open Wednesday, May 18, and will continue through October every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Local produce, music, food, crafts and children's activities will be featured each week at the UT Gardens off of Neyland Drive.

Some of the participating partners include Mountain Meadows Farm, Wild Hare Farm, Clear Springs Farm, La Villa Real Vegetable Farm, and Gregory's Greenhouse, as well as the UT Harvest Market booth, where the produce is grown and sold by UT students interested in becoming growers. In addition to fresh produce, plants and vegetable transplants will be available to purchase.

The UT Culinary Institute will be offering cooking demonstrations and members of UT Extension and community organizations will be providing information on gardening, food preservation and food safety.

The UT Farmers Market is presented by UT Organic and Crop Production and the UT Gardens. For more information and to keep up with new information, see Facebook "UT Farmers Market". For information on being a participating vendor, see http://vegetables.tennessee.edu/ or contact Fiona McAnally at fmcanall@utk.edu or 865-806-1557.