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Big Orange Bash awards for the University of Tennessee at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville on April 20. From left to right: Members of the Knoxville Alumni Chapter are Stacy Moody, Sonja Hill, Leroy Bible, Larry Kaminsky, Whitney Overbay, Alex Lohmann, Odessa Hight, and Karyn Altshuler. Photo by Steven Bridges

Football wasn’t the only draw during the Orange and White Game weekend. The fourth annual Big Orange Awards Bash brought together alumni leaders from across the country who serve UT in a volunteer capacity to recognize outstanding accomplishments from the past year.

Alumni chapters and councils gather UT alumni and friends for programs, networking events, and community service, as well as to raise funds for student scholarships. These leaders truly embody the Volunteer spirit by being proud, involved, and invested in their alma mater.

Chip Bryant, vice chancellor of development and alumni affairs, noted that chapter and alumni scholarships had grown 140 percent in just three years. “That accomplishment is a testament to the support, passion, and dedication of alumni leaders,” said Bryant.

Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor of alumni affairs, added his congratulations to those honored. “The collective body of work is indeed remarkable. UT is very fortunate to have great volunteer leaders,” he said.

Awards given at the Big Orange Awards Bash:

Outstanding Alumni Chapters

  • Atlanta
  • Central Savannah River Area
  • Charleston
  • Columbia (South Carolina)
  • Houston
  • Knoxville
  • Nashville
  • New York City
  • North Alabama
  • North Atlanta
  • Pittsburgh
  • Southern Middle Tennessee
  • Tampa Bay
  • West Palm Beach

Accomplished Alumni Chapters

  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Southwest Florida
  • Sullivan County (Tennessee)

Best Use of Social Media: Nashville Region

Most Unique Event: Bay Area (San Francisco) for the Silicon Valley Tickle College of Engineering student trip

Rising Star Award: North Alabama

Student Engager of the Year: Central Savannah River Area

Most Collaborative Chapter: New York City

Philanthropic Chapter: Knoxville

Special Interest Diversity Council Alumni Scholarship Challenge Awards

  • First to Reach Fundraising Goal: Army ROTC Council
  • Most Donors and Dollars Raised: Black Alumni Council
  • Second to Reach Fundraising Goal: LGBTQA+ Alumni Council



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