July 18, 2024

‘I Heart UT’ week celebrates service

Though Volapalooza headliner BlackBear cancelled his appearance, UT students celebrated the last week of classes.

Classes ended at the University of Tennessee this week with plenty of celebration.

The alumni office and Student Alumni Associates (SAA) hosted “I Heart UT” week from April 23 to April 27. According to the UT alumni website, the week “[educates] students about the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy.”

The week started out with donuts, free food and gifts provided by SAA members. Students also participated in a “Cash Cab” game.

Tuesday, everyone walking down Pedestrian Walkway could grab a fanny pack, hot dogs and snow cones. Tuesday also marked a day of service. Students volunteered their time to serve at the UT Gardens. The day ended with the Multicultural Graduation Celebration in Cox Auditorium.

Wednesday brought an opportunity for students to write five thank you notes to UT donors in exchange for an “I Heart UT” tank top. Students recognized professors by writing notes Thursday afternoon.

The final two days offered students a wide range of free food options. Students ate food from Moe’s at the Philanthro-PARTY, breakfast for dinner at the Chancellor’s Pancake Supper and free lunch to celebrate the last day of classes.

Chancellor Davenport served pancakes in Hodges library Thursday night.

“We wanted to fill you up so you could study for finals. Good luck to you all,” Davenport said in a tweet.

UT students celebrate the last day of classes with Volapalooza Friday night. Volapalooza is a free concert series for opted-in students and the biggest “I Heart UT” event. Artists include headliner Juicy J, Zella Day and more. The event, usually held in World’s Fair Park, moved to Thompson-Boling following several days of rain.

BlackBear originally planned to headline the concerts but cancelled due to a medical emergency.

Students get back to business when final exams begin Tuesday, May 1.