Girl Talk to headline Volapalooza on Friday

2011 Volapalooza: The Kickoff to Commencement concert will be held Friday at World's Fair Park featuring headliner Girl Talk with special guest Matt Costa and opener The Kingston Springs.

This year's concert is presented by Campus Entertainment Board, Cultural Attractions Committee, Student Government Association, URHC, Aramark, All Campus Events and WUTK.

All UT students may enter free with ID at the gate. Tickets for the general public can be purchased at www.knoxvilletickets.com or at the UC Central Ticket Office for $15 or $20 the day of the show.

As a part of the Kickoff to Commencement ceremonies, graduating seniors will be allowed early entry at 6:00 p.m. for a special Senior Hour with free food and giveaways.

Gates for the public will open at 7:00 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:45 p.m.

Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed toward the Office of Student Activities at 974-5455, or email at colin@utk.edu.

UT Psychological Clinic to host free anxiety and depression screenings

As part of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week and Mental Health Month, the Psychological Clinic at UT will be hosting a free anxiety and depression screening day to provide public education about the conditions and offer referrals for individuals suffering from these disorders.

The screenings will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Psychological Clinic. Screenings will be conducted on a walk-in basis by graduate students in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program and supervised by licensed psychologists.

Anyone interested in learning more about the symptoms of depression and anxiety — either for themselves, a friend, or family member — can attend the screening day and receive a brief consultation about these symptoms and the importance of seeking treatment. Referral information also can be provided in handout format so that individuals can pass it along to other individuals who may be interested in treatment services in the Knoxville community.

The clinic also can provide a brief consultation and referral information to individuals who know a friend or family member who may be suffering from depression or anxiety.

This event is open to the public.

Staff member honored by Tennessee Science Olympiad Board of Directors

UT employee Rai-Lynne Broach Alexander has been honored by the Tennessee Science Olympiad Board of Directors with the 2011 Service Award. Alexander was honored for her contributions to the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament.

David Stanislawski, director of the Tennessee Science Olympiad and president of the board of directors, gave her the award at the tournament awards ceremony in early April.

Alexander is an administrative assistant in the Governor's School for the Sciences and Special Programs office, within the College of Arts and Sciences. Stanislawski said Alexander has been the behind-the-scenes cohesive force driving and organizing much of what happens at the state tournament. She has coordinated the tournament since 2004, working with three faculty directors over the years.

For the past three years, Jeffrey Kovac, UT professor of chemistry, has directed the state tournament. As a team, Kovac and Alexander have advanced the tournament in many ways and earned high praise in program evaluations.

On the day of the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament, roughly 1,000 participants, including students, coaches, and parents from across the state, are on campus competing in events, and more than 160 faculty and student volunteers help with the competition. Alexander oversees the communication, logistics, facilities, catering and scheduling for the event and is on site that day to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Alexander is a 2002 UT Knoxville graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology. A former science student, she enjoys watching students compete in the tournament and demonstrate their knowledge and skill. She also enjoys interacting with the faculty at the tournament.

The 2011 Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with support from the UT/ORNL Science Alliance, the College of Engineering, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.