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The UT community is saying thank you to its graduate and professional students during its annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8.

GradAndProfStudentAppWeek v0.3squareThe week will include professional development opportunities, social activities, and special events to celebrate the contributions made by this special group of students:

Monday, April 4

Kick-off Breakfast: This invitation-only event is at 8:00 a.m. at the Frieson Black Cultural Center and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Interviewing and Negotiating for Academic Positions Workshop: 4:00–5:00 p.m. in the Student Union’s Center for Career Development, Room 225. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.

Reception for Dixie Thompson: Meet Dixie Thompson, the new vice provost and dean of the graduate school, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library Mary E. Greer Room. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate.

Tuesday, April 5

Free Portraits: The UT Libraries are offering free professional portraits for graduate and professional students from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Studio, Hodges Library. A graduate student ID will be required. These photos can be used for professional social media and networking accounts such as LinkedIn. Noon to 2:00 p.m. reservations are filled; the Libraries will accept walk-ins from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Career Paths Outside Academia Workshop: 4:00–5:00 p.m. in Center for Career Development Room 229. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development.

Wednesday, April 6

Love Your Graduate and Professional Student Day: A daylong opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to do something special for the graduate or professional students in their lives.

Night Out with the Vols Baseball Team: Free tickets for patio seating at the 6:00 p.m. game are available online.

Thursday, April 7

Developing a Teaching Portfolio Workshop: 1:00–3:00 p.m., in the International House Great Room. Sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.

Friday, April 8

Three-Minute Thesis Competition: The UT Libraries will hold a three-minute thesis competition from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Greer Room, Hodges Library. Graduate students will hone their presentation and communication skills by describing their thesis topic in three minutes or less in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. A panel of judges will select the most successful presentations and winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m. To reserve time to pitch your thesis, register online.

Massage and Snack Break: The libraries will offer free massages from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Hodges Library Room 211. A graduate student IDs will be required. Register to reserve your spot online. Snacks will also be available in the Commons throughout the day.

For more information, contact Ferlin McGaskey at or 865-974-3932.