Chemistry department to hold Honors Day

The Department of Chemistry will be holding its 2011 Honor's Day Awards Ceremony today. Dub Shults, retired Associate Director of ORNL Analytical Sciences Division will be the guest speaker at this annual event.

Introduced in 1979, Honor's Day Awards Ceremony is held annually to recognize outstanding academics, service and teaching in the chemistry department. Awards will be given to outstanding undergraduates along with general awards and recognitions for achievement and scholarship. Graduate awards will be given in specific areas of chemistry as well as overall service, teaching, research and merit awards.

Exceptional staff members will also be recognized for their service to the department. Members of the faculty will enjoy awards given for their achievements in the way of service, appointments and prestigious awards.

A reception will be held in Buehler Hall Room 511 at 2:45 p.m. prior to the awards program, which begins at 3:40 p.m. in 555 Buehler Hall.

UT to hold conference on social justice and university

The Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Social Justice will be hosting a conference on Social Justice and the University that will use the idea of social justice to explore the challenges universities face meeting the economic, social and global pressures of the 21st century.

The conference will open with a reception today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will continue on Friday and Saturday. With faculty, student, staff and community participants, the conference is designed to begin an ongoing discussion of how social justice can inform the responsibilities of higher education.

The keynote speakers are: John Gaventa, professor and research fellow at the Institute for Development Studies in England; Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center; and Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gaventa has written widely on issues of power, participatory development and governance, civil society and social change.

Piven is one of the foremost political sociologists in the country, having written influential work on protest, the welfare state and voting. Piven is also a past-president of the American Sociological Association. She is cofounder of Human SERVE (Service Employees Registration and Voter Education), an organization that worked to increase voter registration among underrepresented and low-income populations.

Wright is the President Elect of the American Sociological Association and series editor of the Real Utopias Project. The Real Utopias Project focuses on egalitarian change through the fundamental redesign of basic social and economic institutions.

The Social Justice and Universities Conference is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Ready for the World, the Chancellors Honors Program, Hodges Library, the School of Information Sciences, the Office of Research, the College of Law, the African Studies Program, Global Studies and the Departments of Anthropology, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Geography.

Kickoff to Commencement to be held Friday

The Kickoff to Commencement is an annual end of the year concert and celebration for UT students and the surrounding Knoxville Community.

This year's event is being presented by the Campus Entertainment Board, the Cultural Attractions Committee and the Student Government Association. WUTK 90.3 The Rock is serving as the media sponsor.

Volapalooza 2011 will feature musical performances by headliner Girl Talk, special guest Matt Costa and opening act the Kingston Springs. The event will be at the Rec Sports Field.

The night will start with Senior Hour at 6 p.m., where graduating seniors will be allowed to enter early to receive free food from local vendors and a selection of other free items to honor their achievement.

Gates for non-seniors and the general public will open at 7 p.m. The show will begin at 7:45 p.m. The event is free for all UT students with a valid student ID presented at the gate.

Tickets for non-students and the general public are $15 prior to the event and will be $20 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in room 124 of the UC or online at http://knoxvilletickets.com.

Any questions or arrangements for special accomodations should be directed to the Office of Student Activities at 865-974-5455 or via email at colin@utk.edu.

Third annual multicultural graduation celebration to be held Saturday

The Black Cultural Programming Committee & the Office of Minority Student Affairs at UT will hold a Multicultural Graduation Celebration on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the UC Auditorium.

This will be a time of cultural expression, fellowship, food and accolades.

The keynote speaker will be author, lecturer and media journalist Ed Gordon from BET's Weekly with Ed Gordon.

The event is open to all students, graduates and their friends and families.

Students should RSVP online at http://omsa.utk.edu/programs/graduation2011.php.

For more information, contact OMSA at (865) 974-6861.