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KNOXVILLE — Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2010 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Alumni Awards. Nominations are due Feb. 19. The awards are sponsored by the UT Alumni Board of Directors.

This is the second year alumni will be honored for their service and professional or personal promise. A distinguished alumnus award also will be given. The three categories are:

  • The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award pays tribute to outstanding leadership, service and philanthropy. Last year’s winners were Jim and Natalie Haslam, and Howard H. Baker Jr.
  • The Alumni Service Award acknowledges exceptional service or leadership to UT over a generous period of time.
  • The Alumni Promise Award recognizes alumni no older than 40 who are making an early mark in their career, civic involvement or both, showing bright promise for the future.

“UT’s graduates have achieved incredible milestones…building success in our society, educational system, business world and international policies,” said Lisa Hood Skinner, UT Alumni Board awards committee chair and senior vice president of Ackermann Public Relations. “It’s fitting that we recognize these distinguished alumni who provide exceptional support to their alma mater, give back to the community, demonstrate a promising future and overall encompass the Volunteer spirit.”

For online nomination forms and award criteria and descriptions, visit

The UT Alumni Board of Directors, established in 2009, incorporates alumni from various walks of life who provide insight and leadership to alumni operations and are active advocates for the university and its programs. Alan Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Company (commonly known as McCormick Spices), is chairman of the board of directors.

A recognition dinner on behalf of all recipients will be held Sept. 10, 2010, in Knoxville.

For further information and off-line nomination forms, contact Jane Kramer at (865) 974-3011.

C O N T A C T :

Beth Gladden (865-974-9008 or

Lisa Hood-Skinner (865-584-0550 or