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State Botanical Garden and Horticulture Programs Reaching All Generations

Located across the state in Jackson, Crossville, and Knoxville is the UT Gardens. The UT Gardens is nationally recognized for its function as an outdoor lab that utilizes every type of tree, aquatic plant, shrub, and even ornamental grasses.

The botanical gardens were established in 1983, by the Department of Plant Sciences. Since  the beginning it has been recognized as one out of thirty-four All American Selections test sites in the United States. Through its functionality, it is able to provide information such as: the tolerance of heat and cold, production of flowers, uniformity of plants, flower and plant size, the resistance of pest and the appeal within landscape.
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Retail Faculty Engage in Gatlinburg and Clinton Communities

Michelle Childs


Sejin Ha


Ann Fairhurst


Youn Kyung Kim


Retail and consumer science faculty are currently working on two community-based projects: “After the Fire: Small Business Recovery in Gatlinburg” and “Rebuilding the Litter Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue Gift Shop.

Michelle Childs, Sejin Ha, Ann Fairhurst, and Youn-Kyung Kim will aid in the long-term disaster recovery process for Gatlinburg’s small businesses and community. This research assesses challenges that local business owners and managers faced during and after the wildfire in November and December, 2016, by identifying key factors when confronted with disaster survival and recovery. Researchers are developing a short- and long-term disaster recovery plan that can be utilized by small businesses in Gatlinburg and other cities that experience disasters. To identity research participants and small businesses (retail, hospitality, and tourism businesses) in Gatlinburg, the team worked with the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The findings and the small business recovery plan developed from this project will be shared with businesses and local agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce, Sevier County tourism offices, and Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. Recommendations will be shared with local stakeholders such as the Small Business Administration for effective disaster prevention and management strategies related to small business recovery.

The team is developing a small business disaster recovery strategy which will be used to develop a long-term sustainable small business continuity model encompassing three main stages: preparedness (e.g., pre-disaster plans, disaster management); short-term recovery (e.g., identifying support systems); and long-term recovery (e.g., economic revitalization and funding).
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Samuel Participates in Introduction Knoxville Spring Class

Javiette Samuel


Javiette Samuel, director of community engagement and outreach, recently participated in the Introduction Knoxville (IK) spring class of 2018.

Introduction Knoxville, a program of Leadership Knoxville (LK), began in 1993 to provide professionals new to the area and those with new positions of greater responsibility a program to quickly learn more about our community. According to their website, LK was created to “build a stronger city by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community” by implementing leadership programs, workshops, and events that inspire leaders at all levels. Continue reading

National Alliance for Broader Impacts Needs Partner Campuses

Deadline: August 20

NABI is seeking applications for new partners to join the Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design (BID) project. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project is an extension of Portal to the Public. NABI is working to develop a flexible tools that will help universities and informal science education (ISE) organizations partner to support researchers in developing broader impacts. Tools will focus on developing durable institutional partnerships. NABI seeks six new university/ISE partnerships to assist with testing and refining the toolkit. More information can be found here.

Public Engagement With Historical Records

The National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.  A grant is typically for one to three years. The Commission anticipates making up to three grants of between $50,000 and $150,000. The optional draft deadline is August 3. The final deadline is October 4.

Public Humanities Projects

Deadline: August 29

National Endowment for the Humanities encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. Public Humanities Projects grants fund programs and activities that promote the humanities for general audiences. Projects should highlight history, literature, ethics, and art, or address complex issues in society. The deadline is August 29.

Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Awards Program

APLU created the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Designation and Awards program to recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development. Participating institutions complete a rigorous self-study process and earn the IEP designation if enough benchmarks are met. Those who earn the designation are then eligible to apply for the IEP Awards, which are given in the categories of Talent, Innovation, and Place. More than 60 universities have received the designation. Those who achieve the designation may then apply for the awards submit three case studies on their efforts, which can be found in the IEP Universities Library. There are two remaining submission dates in 2018, August 3 and December 7.

City of Knoxville Holds Engagement Roundtable

The City of Knoxville Save Our Sons Initiative is hosting a series of neighborhood engagement roundtables with organizations, local community advocates, and businesses  for frank conversations to elicit community participation in continuing the work to create strong, safe, and healthy communities. Conversations will address the realities and perceptions of the participants’ lives and their challenges, raise community awareness, and gain perspectives on the appropriate strategies to create a city-wide partnership to continue the work. Surveys will be collected to better identify immediate needs and implementation strategies. The first neighborhood engagement roundtable is Tuesday, July 10 at Vine Middle School from 6:00-7:30.

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