The Torchbearer award is the highest award a student can receive at the university. Each year, a select few students are nominated as Torchbearers. One of the unique things we do to notify students of their Torchbearer selection is to surprise them. The Chancellor comes to let them know in person, which provides a personal touch.
So far we have notified four students. The Chancellor has stopped by a class, an organization meeting, a meeting with a coach, and an office to surprise the students.
What a great way to end an awesome week on campus. Congratulations to another Torchbearer, Elisabeth Logan! pic.twitter.com/x3qPCHoXDj
— UT Knoxville (@UTKnoxville) March 31, 2017
We bring along a camera to catch their reactions. We then are able to give them a shout out on social media after receiving the award.
— UT Knoxville (@UTKnoxville) March 30, 2017
It is a great way to promote the outstanding work of these students. It’s also a way to show the Chancellor meeting more students since she started her position.