FRUVE–set daily, practical health goals

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KNOXVILLE—Get Fruved! Eat more fruits and veggies, that is.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students today are launching a healthy foods campaign that will run through November 19.

The goal of Fruved (which alludes to fruits and vegetables) is to challenge fellow students to set daily and practical health goals: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Trade a soft drink for water. Eat one extra serving of fruits and vegetables a day.

There will be plenty of visual cues to help. Fruved team members will be sporting tomato, grape, carrot, spinach, and banana suits. There may be some good-natured pranks along the way.

Events will include dance-offs and giveaways, including food, T-shirts, and movie tickets.

Throughout the campaign, participants may visit to follow the antics of the tomato, grape, carrot, spinach, and banana students and learn where they may join in.

“It’s about just being a little healthier every day,” said Sarah Colby, UT assistant professor of nutrition, who is working with students on the campaign.

The initiative is all about “small choices, every day,” she said. “It’s the habits that we develop now that will decide the quality of the rest of our lives.”

This is Fruved’s inaugural year and students hope to spread it beyond Knoxville to sixteen college campuses nationwide in 2012, Colby said. She will seek grant funding for the effort.

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Robert Morgan, Poet / Novelist / Chronicler of the American West, will read at UT Library

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MorganBooksAuthor Robert Morgan will present the final reading of the fall semester at WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m., in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Morgan is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Two titles published this year demonstrate the breadth of his talent: Through portraits of influential Americans from Thomas Jefferson to Kit Carson, Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion tells the story of the American conquest of the West. The poems in his new collection, Terroir, explore memory, family narratives, and the natural world. “Readers of Morgan’s fiction will recognize many places, themes, and voices, while fans of his poetry will see a fresh energy in poems drawing on science and folklore, Native American history, and music.”

His acclaimed novel Gap Creek won a Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was chosen Book of the Year for 2000 by the Appalachian Writers Association. Gap Creek was both a New York Times bestseller and a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Morgan has also proved to be an accomplished biographer. His Boone: A Biography has been praised for stripping away the myth to reveal the complex character of the legendary frontiersman.

Morgan is Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University and has been visiting writer-in-residence at half a dozen universities. His awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010.

Read a review of Lions of the West on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

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

Large-format printing at Pendergrass Library

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Pendergrass Library now offers large format printing, great for posters and banners! Our HP Designjet 510 printer offers output on rolls of 24-inch, 36-inch, & 42-inch paper, both plain and coated. For fastest results, please create your file at the desired ouput size, save it as a PDF, and bring it to Pendergrass Library on a flash drive. Questions? Please send them via e-mail to Doug Engle (

Connie Steigenga moves to new position with UT Libraries

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Connie Steigenga, the daytime supervisor at the Music Library, will be leaving us in a few weeks to join the Systems team in Hodges Library. Her new role as a Senior IT Technologist will keep her in contact with the Music Library staff and faculty, but she will no longer have direct duties for the Music Library.  Please join us in wishing her well in her new position.