April 23, 2021

1. Donate Next Week During UTHSC Giving Day!

Tuesday, April 27 will be the first UTHSC Giving Daya 24-hour campaign to encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to support the university and its current and future health care heroes with gifts of any size.

The goal for the inaugural UTHSC Giving Day, led by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, is 500 gifts in 24 hours. Donations can be made to support a specific college—Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy—or an initiative or program at UTHSC. Additionally, some donations may be matched, doubling their impact.

UTHSC Giving Day is an opportunity to raise funds to help the university grow and thrive in the future as we train the next generation of health care heroes. To participate in UTHSC Giving Day on Tuesday, April 27, go to

2. New UTHSC Events Calendar

Visit the NEW UTHSC events calendar at to see upcoming events (in-person and virtual) and submit your upcoming events! 

Please submit all upcoming events (in-person or virtual!) for your college, department, or unit to the events calendar by:

  • clicking “log in” at the top right corner
  • entering your NetID and password
  • clicking “Log In with School ID”
  • clicking “Submit an Event” at the top right corner

The UTHSC Digital Content team will review and approve submitted events, so don’t worry if your event does not display immediately after hitting the submit button.

If you have any issues logging in, submitting an event, or any problem at all with the events calendar, please contact the UTHSC Digital Content team at

View UTHSC Events Calendar

3. Wear Denim on Wednesday, April 28

Make a statement by wearing denim on Wednesday, April 28, to support survivors of sexual violence. For more information regarding Denim Day, visit

4. Register for the UTHSC Addiction Symposium on May 4

Drug misuse and addiction is a pressing and often unmet health problem nationwide and throughout Tennessee. Although it has attracted widespread attention in legislatures and the media, the epidemic of opiate abuse is only one dimension of drug abuse that afflicts individuals, families, and communities - with profound, long-standing, and often tragic medical and psychosocial outcomes.

On Tuesday, May 4, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the UTHSC College of Medicine will be sponsoring the second UTHSC Addiction Symposium, designed as a concentrated update on key issues in drug misuse and addiction. Experts in addictive disorders will address a wide spectrum of basic and clinical topics from the genetics of addiction to nicotine and predictive indices of human addiction, as well as the clinical presentation and diagnosis of addictions.

The symposium is open to all UTHSC students, faculty, and staff, will be transmitted by Zoom, and is accredited for 2 hours of CME. For more information about the symposium's agenda and to register for the conference, please visit the UTHSC Addiction Symposium website

Register for the UTHSC Addiction Symposium

5. Faculty and Staff: Return to Campus Update


As we move toward an in-person fall semester for our students, we want to clarify the expectations of where our employees will work. The UTHSC administration is allowing each supervisor and/or department head to determine whether their employees:

  • Return to full-time, in-office work on campus (or another designated location)
  • Maintain a hybrid schedule (combination of working some days on campus + some days remote)
  • Continue to fully work remote

Since the return to in-office work may look different in each department, we are relying on our supervisors to provide guidance and proper protocols to ensure day-to-day workplace practices that keep us all safe and productive.

Please note that all employees working on campus are still required to wear masks, practice proper social distancing, and receive temperature screenings, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.

Employees should direct questions regarding work schedules to their immediate supervisor. Supervisors, if you have any questions or concerns regarding work schedules, please contact Human Resources at or 901.448.5600.

Steve Schwab, MD

Kennard Brown, JD, PhD, MPA, FACHE
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer

Chandra Alston, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

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