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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee is honoring students who live on campus and perform well in their classes.

The first Academic Excellence Reception sponsored by University Housing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the University Center Ballroom.

Students who earned a 3.75 or better GPA for the fall and live in campus residence halls are invited. More than 1,100 students achieved that mark. About 6,500 students live on campus.

“It is very inspiring to know that more than 15 percent of the students living in our residence halls have achieved that level of academic success,” said Tim Rogers, vice chancellor for student affairs.

“One of our primary goals is to provide a living and learning environment that supports these bright young minds as they cultivate their cognitive and interpersonal skills. We attempt to partner with the university’s academic mission, especially as it relates to the ‘Ready for the World’ international and intercultural initiative. It is an honor to recognize these students.”

Rogers and other campus administrators including Ken Stoner, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and executive director of University Housing, and Todd Diacon, vice provost for academic operations, will greet and congratulate students at the reception.

Students who attend the reception will be treated to refreshments and will have a chance to win door prizes. They also will be presented a commemorative lapel pin in the shape of torch with the word “excellence” on it to symbolize their accomplishments.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Kristi Nelms, University Housing assistant director, (865) 974-2571,