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Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to the Picnic on the Plaza, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 22. The picnic will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena due to the threat of inclement weather. Picnic on the Plaza, hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek with support from the Institute of Agriculture, the Institute for Public Service, and President Joe DiPietro, is a special event to celebrate UT’s faculty and staff and thank them for their service.

140584 picnicontheplaza_TNToday1 v1.0“The event is an opportunity to show our appreciation for all that our faculty and staff do for the university,” said Cheek.

Join the chancellor and special guests for a barbecue picnic with music, games, and giveaways. RecSports will have games such as giant checkers, Connect Four, horseshoes, and cornhole set up for guests to enjoy, as well as footballs and hula hoops.

Volunteer Dining will serve pulled pork with buns, grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, cookies, brownies, and beverages. Vegetarian choices include black-eyed pea and kale salad, veggie burgers, and baked beans.

Invitations will be sent via e-mail, but attendees do not need to RSVP.

For transportation to the picnic from campus locations not within walking distance, the T’s Hill Route and Neyland Express will be running every five to seven minutes. The Hill Route services locations on Circle Drive, Cumberland Avenue, Andy Holt Avenue, and Volunteer Boulevard, while the Neyland Express services River Drive, Service Drive, Chapman Drive, Neyland Drive, and the bus plaza at Neyland Stadium Gate 21. For more info on T bus routes, visit the Ride the T website and access live bus locations online.

KAT’s Knoxville Trolley Vol Line services locations near the Conference Center Building and Eleventh Street Garage along with the UT Police Department, Cumberland Avenue, and Volunteer Boulevard. This service will run every ten minutes.


Karen Dunlap (865-974-8694, kdunlap6@utk.edu)