Meet the Volunteers

Our Donors Understand What It Means to Truly Be a Vol

David Leventhal

Emergency Fund Helps Nontraditional Student Thrive as an Educator
For David Leventhal (’07, ’20), the coronavirus pandemic hit during an already challenging time. A nontraditional student, Leventhal returned to UT to pursue a master’s degree in secondary education and teaching with a young child to support and a mortgage to pay. More

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith

Charitable Bequests Ensure Legacy of Cowgirl ‘Culture’
Sue Conley ('75) and Peggy Smith are matching their passion for farm-to-table food production with their passion for UT by revitalizing the UT Creamery—and ensuring its success through bequests in their wills. More

Phil and Brenda Wenk

Couple Boost Alumni Chapter Tri-Star Scholarships with New Endowment
Phil and Brenda Wenk believe in giving back no matter the circumstances. The endowment they created at UT will undoubtedly support future Vols who need assistance. More

Lauren Reed

Lauren Reed: Born to Go to UT
Lauren Reed’s parents were such big fans of UT that it was assumed she would one day attend school there. With the help of scholarships, Lauren is realizing those dreams of being a Vol. More

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The Mossman Scholars Endowment
Ken and Blaire Mossman's love of learning convinced them to make a gift to UT. Today, the Mossman Scholars Endowment is helping students travel abroad in search of transformational learning opportunities. More

Nick Giecek

Creating Opportunities for Experiential Learning
"I am passionate about sports," says Nick Giecek, who played hockey and lacrosse during his years at Knoxville Catholic High. "But more importantly, I am passionate about helping people with disabilities." Giecek's twin brother, Drew, has an intellectual disability and autism. "Having a brother who has special needs has made me more patient, understanding, and willing to help people who need care." More

Lee Martin

A Planned Gift Grows Student Engineers and Entrepreneurs
The Engineering Entrepreneurship Program teaches engineering students how to be leaders in the field. It's supported, in different ways, by a UT alumnus with a familial connection to a current UT professor. More

Terry Scholes

Where His Heart Is
In his years as founding principal of EMC Structural Engineers in Nashville, Terry P. Scholes ('79) made his marks on blueprints in orange ink. "My blood has always run orange," says Scholes. "But it also stands out. Everybody in this town knows that if it's an orange mark, it's mine." More

Ruth Huenemann

The Ruth L. Huenemann Fellowship Endowment
Ruth Huenemann's fellowship endowment is supporting graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in the public health nutrition field. More

Al Separk

A Win-Win Gift
By donating his IRA required minimum distribution to UT, Allen "Al" Separk ('69) helped his law school and reduced his income tax liability. More

Stuart Brotman

An Endowed Professorship Puts UT on the Cutting Edge of Telecommunications
Larry Patrick wanted to find a way to honor Herb Howard, a longtime professor in the College of Communication and Information. Patrick did it with an endowed professorship. More

Leadership Institute

A Gift of Leadership
An unrestricted gift made by Larry Wilks inspired a former classmate, George T. “Buck” Lewis to do the same. Read about the impact of their gifts on UT. More

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A Legacy of Natural History Beauty
Through their bequest to McClung Museum, Joel and Ardie Rynning have preserved their cherished ornithological lithographs. More

Blaire and Ken Mossman

A Legacy Still Transforming a College
Ken and Blaire Mossman's interests and passions were wide ranging. One was a researcher and a scientist and the other a lover of languages whose career took her into editing scientific journals. It is fitting then that their enduring legacy supports the College of Arts and Sciences, a college whose mission is as broad as the Mossmans' love of learning. More

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Legacy Gift Supports Conservation Research
Recruiting and retaining top-caliber faculty to teach, lead, and mentor students is of the highest priority for the university. Faculty awards and professorships are instrumental in meeting this goal.   More

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Care-giver and Life-giver
In 12-hour shifts, Ellen Bradshaw Sherrill, a nurse, compassionately labors over the care of dozens on 3-East. The mother/baby floor of UT Medical Center was her training ground, so she was more than familiar with the process of delivering her first born.  More

Elaine Altman Evans

Artfully Giving: Longtime Curator Leaves a Legacy of Commitment to McClung Museum
Known around campus simply as “the lady in the Karmann Ghia,” the late Elaine Altman Evans was just as eccentric and rare as the 1971 Volkswagen black sports coupe she drove.  More

Elaine Altman Evans

A Great Loss Births a Calling to “Make Nurses”
A still, small voice whispered: “You’re going to do something special.” At just 7 years old, it was a vivid moment—anchored by the breathtaking beauty of a pastoral sunrise on a farm—that never stopped stirring Bobbie Lovell’s soul.  More

The McCallens

Father’s Love Turns Waymaker for Future Generations
It is a debt Dr. Perry B. McCallen will never be able to repay. Expressing his gratitude for the guidance, determination and love demonstrated to him by his late father and sister, McCallen created a $950,000 engineering scholarship endowment in their memory at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  More

The Vaughns

Living to Serve
He didn’t need to know her name or where she was from to know that she mattered. With the quickness of a grasshopper, Buck Vaughn (Knoxville ’59) jumps from his office chair and dashes through the door to the other side of the narrow two-lane street.  More

A Waterfront Paradise Translates into Scholarships for UT Business Students
Although LaVerne Culbertson never attended college, life had taught her enough to turn 42 acres into one of the largest marinas on Norris Lake.  More