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In its fourth year, the Big Orange Family Campaign saw 2,628 faculty and staff members respond to the campaign call to “Be the Volunteer Difference” by giving back to UT.

More than 52 percent of UT faculty and staff contributed this year. Thirty-three departments and units had 100 percent participation (see list below).

“I am so appreciative of the support of our faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “They exemplify the Volunteer difference with their generosity and make a positive impact  on the lives of our current and future students.”    

Donors can designate their gifts to any college, department, program, scholarship, or established gift fund that they choose.

“This gives faculty and staff the opportunity to raise their hand and say, ‘I believe in this community and this university,’” says Lauren Herbstritt, director of new media fundraising. “We work for a special place that educates and inspires all who are touched by the institution.”

Click here to see a video of an undergraduate theatre major talking about what the generosity of the university community means to her and her academic experience.

The following departments and units had 100 percent participation:

Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

Center for Educational Leadership

Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences and Vols Teach

Center for Health Education and Wellness

Center for Leadership and Service

Center for Student Engagement

Dean of Students Office

Department of Accounting

Department of Business Analytics and Statistics

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Classics

Department of Economics

Department of Management

Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism

EHHS Computers and Communication

Facilities Services—Arena, Building Service, Customer Service—Athletics

Facilities Services—Lock and Key

Facilities Services—Plumbing Services

Haslam College of BusinessçAdministration, Diversity, Marketing and Public Relations

Haslam College of Business—IT Support

Haslam College of Business—Undergraduate Programs

Human Resources

McClung Museum

Multicultural Student Life

New Student and Family Programs

Office of Equity and Diversity

Off-Campus and Commuter Services

Rec Sports

Student Conduct and Community Standards

Student Government Association

Student Media

Thornton Center

UT Foundation


Brooks Clark (865-974-5471,