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The University is closing the Humanities building this summer to complete renovations on the HVAC system. Because of the construction and the impracticality of moving the Music Library, the library will be closed throughout the summer.  Our last day open will be the last day of Spring classes Tuesday May 10.  We will not be able to re-open until the day before Fall classes begin, August 16.  

However, starting June 1, we will begin offering a paging service for materials requested through the library’s online catalog.  These items can be held at the Hodges Library circulation desk for pickup or can be delivered to faculty and graduate students’ School of Music mailboxes via Library Express.  Connie will still be managing reserves for the summer, and any physical materials faculty place on reserve will also be available at the Hodges Library circulation desk.  Please contact any of us here in the Music Library if you have questions. Thank you.

Chris Durman:, 865/974-6899
Connie Steigenga:, 865/974-5150
Matt Jordan:, 865/974-4121

Student Winners of UT Writing Prizes Announced

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The UT Creative Writing Program announces the winners of its yearly writing contests for students. The 2011 contest winners will read from their award-winning works at an event sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and Writers in the Library. The reading will take place on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 pm in 1210 McClung Tower. Undergraduate winners will read at 7 pm; graduates, at 8 pm. The readings are free and open to the public.

Winners of the undergraduate creative writing prizes are:

First Prize: Will McClure for “Keep Driving”
Second Prize: Cynthia Bentley, “When Peace Comes”

First Prize: Faith Barger, “Survivor’s Guilt”
Second Prize: Stephanie Riggs, “Out to Lunch”

First Prize: Logan Murphy, “Dive, a Sestina”
Second Prize: Jeremy Brunger, “The Fisherman”

First Prize: Allison Yilling, “Cusco”
Second Prize: Ryan Butz, “And Yet”


First prize: Josh Robbins
Second prize: Charlotte Pence
Third prize (a tie): Beth Kefauver and Tawnysha Greene

First prize: Beth Kefauver, for “Lizard Girl”
Second prize: Tawynsha Greene, “Eskimo Days”
Third prize: Charlotte Pence, “What’s Left Undone”

The graduate writing prizes were endowed by the same long-time UT English professor for whom UT’s John C. Hodges Main Library is named.

Library Network Outage, April 9th and 10th

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The Office of Information Technology will be making network upgrades this weekend starting at 10:00PM on Saturday, April 9th. The upgrade should be complete by Sunday, April 10th at 6:00AM.

During the upgrade, network connectivity (wired and wireless) will be intermittent campus-wide and library online resources such as the web site, databases, and electronic journals may be temporarily unavailable.

Jane Sasser at Writers in the Library, April 11

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Poet/writer Jane Sasser will read from her work at Writers in the Library on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Hodges Library Auditorium.

Sasser has published dozens of poems in periodicals such as the North American Review, Atlanta Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Sow’s Ear — and even the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Itinerant from Finishing Line Press (2009) and Recollecting the Snow from March Street Press (2008). Sasser works in other literary forms as well, writing short stories, essays, and novels, and winning awards for both her essays and children’s writing.

Sasser won First Place in Fiction from the Alabama Writers’ Conclave 2009 Literary Competition. Recognition for her poetry has included a First Place at the 2007 Southern Festival of Books and Finalist in the 2010 literary contest held by Still: The Journal.

As a longtime teacher of English and creative writing at Oak Ridge High School, she has inspired and motivated many budding writers.

Sasser’s reading is free and open to the public.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Department of English and the UT Libraries. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947 or, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

Jeff Daniel Marion to receive James Still Award

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Jeff Daniel Marion will receive the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers during the Chattanooga Arts & Education Council’s (AEC) Conference on Southern Literature, April 14-16. Marion is the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee Libraries.

Jeff Daniel Marion has published eight poetry collections, four poetry chapbooks and a children’s book. Ebbing & Flowing Springs: New and Selected Poems and Prose, 1976-2001 won the 2003 Independent Publisher in Poetry and was named Appalachian Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association. Marion’s newest collection, Father, was published in 2009. From 1975 to 1980, he edited The Small Farm, a distinguished regional poetry journal that he founded. In 1979 Marion received the first Literary Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Founded in 1987, the Fellowship of Southern Writers (FSW) is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes and encourages excellence in southern literature. The FSW commemorates outstanding literary achievement, encourages young writers through awards, prizes and fellowships, and recognizes distinction in writing by election to membership.

Humorist and author Roy Blount, a frequent guest on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “Prairie Home Companion,” is among the speakers at the literary festival. Featured writers include novelist Charles Frazier, who received the National Book Award for his novel, Cold Mountain; short story writer and novelist Richard Bausch, 2010 winner of the Dayton Peace Prize; and short story writer Elizabeth Spencer, subject of a documentary that will premiere at the AEC event. Perennial festival favorites — novelists Lee Smith and Clyde Edgerton — will also make presentations during the event.

Other Fellowship prize recipients for 2011 include Gerald Barrax, Elizabeth Cox, Kate Daniels, Jerre Dye, Ernest Gaines, James Hall, Scott Russell Sanders, George Singleton and Minton Parks.

The event will take place April 14 to 16 in the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Chattanooga.

For more information about the conference visit

Chancellor Cheek: Reduce Power Use from 2-8 p.m.

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April 1, 2011

To: UT Knoxville Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek
Subject: Call to Conserve Energy During New Peak Times

Today marks the beginning of Earth Month on our campus. It also marks a change in the way we purchase

UT Knoxville is one of the largest electrical customers in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service area. TVA is changing the rate structure for its largest customers in an effort to reduce overall consumption
during high energy use times. Going forward, our energy costs will vary based on times that TVA has identified as peak power use times.

This change provides our campus community with a special opportunity to save money by adjusting our study, work, and play habits around those peak times.

Here is how you can help:

* Cut back on energy usage in the afternoon to early evening hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays in the spring and summer months.

* Students in residence halls should avoid doing laundry during the peak time period if possible. Students
also should be conscientious of energy consumption when using computers, televisions and game systems
during the peak time hours.

* Faculty and staff should take advantage of natural light in their offices and take lighting into consideration when arranging for conference and workroom space. They should also avoid printing or copying large documents and using other electronic machinery during peak times.

* Whenever possible, higher electric use activities should be scheduled for periods outside of the peak
time window.

While the most critical months are June, July, August, and September, we must start preparing ourselves
for those high usage months when our costs will be almost 50 percent higher than other months.

Campus-wide, several changes have been made with more to come. We’ve adjusted the electric water heaters
in our academic and administrative facilities for peak time compliance. We’re also working to adjust
room and class schedules to reduce our need to cool our large classrooms during peak times.

In 2008, we launched a goal of cutting our energy consumption by 10 percent. Earlier this year, we asked
you to help us cut 10 percent over last year. I know that this opportunity combined with your ongoing
efforts will allow us to save even more energy this calendar year.

Because our students, faculty, and staff have already proven their ability to impact our costs, I am confident that we can make a difference. Thank you for your help with this important effort and for all
that you do to enhance our campus sustainability.