Every spring, the Vols earn their title.
On Saturday, UT's Center for Leadership & Service will host the annual Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Day of Service.
Composed of three breakout sessions covering 35 different programs and speakers, the conference will cover topics including servant leadership and social change, growing in leadership, leading in a diverse world, creating your leadership brand and impact careers and professional leadership. The information learned in the sessions is then applied in a "service" component following the conference in which students volunteer at local organizations.
Storyteller Steve Whitby will serve as the scheduled keynote speaker and is best known for his lessons and stories about average citizens facing extraordinary opportunities.
Alicia Price, coordinator of CLS, explained that the event seeks to underscore the importance of leadership and human potential.
"Leadership is demonstrated through every aspect of the day, from the breakout sessions to the keynote speaker," Price said. "Our office believes that leadership and service are indispensable to one another."
Elise Heuberger, senior in English and political science and a Leadership and Service Ambassador, is looking forward to the event's service component.
"For me, serving is the best way to get to know other students," Heuberger said, "and many times, it is the only chance I get to interact with certain groups such as underclassmen."
Previously, service sites have included the Beardsley Community Farm and the YWCA of Knoxville. The conference is open to UT students and faculty as well as to the Knoxville community.
"Students always unload the buses from service after a full day of leadership education and volunteering, and they are truly impacted and enthusiastic about their next step on campus and in the community," Price said.
The conference begins at 8:30 a.m on Jan. 18. Online registration can be found at here.