Health Education & Wellness

Center News and Highlights

WBIR Reports on Campus Sexual Assault Prevention
July 10th, 2014
WBIR interviewed Center for Health Education & Wellness Director Ashley Blamey on what UT is now doing to prevent sexual assaults on campus.

“S.E.E. Center” is renamed “Center for Health Education and Wellness”
June 1st, 2014
The S.E.E. Center is officially renamed The Center for Health Education & Wellness to more accurately reflect our mission and initiatives.

Safe Spring Break
March, 2014
Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. Safe Spring Break 2014 – The Safety, Environment and Education (S.E.E.) Center hosted the Safe Spring Break event, “Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.” Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14, 2014 on Pedestrian Walkway. This event highlighted the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle during spring break and beyond. At the event, students had the opportunity to engage in interactive learning opportunities and receive informational publications and giveaways, including 2014 Safe Spring Break tank tops given to the first 100 student participants each day. Students were encouraged to wear their shirts during spring break while they engaged in safe and fun activities, and then to post their photos to the Center’s twitter feed @volshelpvols.

40 Under 40
Fall, 2013
S.E.E Center Director Ashley Blamey awarded “40 Under 40″

Stay Well Bags
Fall, 2013
The S.E.E Center distributed 500 Stay Well Bags to UT students during finals week of Fall 2013. The Stay Well Bags were a collaboration between the S.E.E Center, Student Health Center, and the Student Health Center Pharmacy.

UT Ranked Fifteenth in New U.S. News “Best Colleges for Veterans” Rankings
November 26th, 2013
UT is ranked fifteenth in the nation among all public and private universities in U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural rankings for Best Colleges for Veterans. The new ranking category provides data and information on schools that assist veterans and active service members with pursuing a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill by providing federal benefits, which include tuition and housing assistance.

UT ranks No. 15 on list of best schools for military veterans
November 27th, 2013
KNOXVILLE — U.S. News and World Report named the University of Tennessee among the top 15 schools in the nation for military veterans. UT comes in at No. 15 on the list intended to help veterans select a school to pursue their degrees under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The national college list maker used annual data already provided by schools to specifically look at colleges that meet three qualifications: certification for the G.I. Bill, participation in the Yellow Ribbon Project, and membership in the Service Opportunity Colleges Consortium. UT currently has 908 students registered as veterans, active military servicemen or women, or dependents of active military members or veterans. UT formed a task force in 2011 to examine and address the needs of veterans. It also holds annual events like a welcome home dinner for students, faculty and staff veterans and a National Remembrance Day Roll Call to memorialize soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2011. Veterans already receive priority registration, but UT plans to add a separate student orientation for veterans and active military members. More than 773,000 veterans and their loved ones have taken advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides tuition and housing assistance to eligible veterans and their family members, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

WORLD Aids day 2013
November 25th, 2013
World Aids Day – On November 25, 2013, the Safety, Environment and Education (S.E.E.) Center partnered with the Lambda Student Union and the Knox County Health Department to host the annual Worlds AIDS Day. The event was held on the second floor of Hodges Library between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. At the event, students were able to receive free and confidential HIV testing, learn from an informational display, take a free red HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon, and interact with others globally through the Facing AIDS Project photo testimonial. (World Aids Day)

UTK honors veterans at National Remembrance Day Roll Call
November 11th, 2013
Veterans Day is a day to remember, thank and honor those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces. Several University of Tennessee students and faculty congregated to honor those veterans at the National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call sponsored by the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans, the Student Veteran Advisory Group, Office of Veterans Affairs, the Center for the Study of War and Society, CAPS Veteran Pre-College Program, and UT libraries.

UT honors Veterans Day with flag garden, Roll Call
November 11th, 2013
Beginning at 7 a.m., the names of the 6,769 soldiers killed in combat since the 9/11 terrorist attacks were read, marking the third annual campus Roll Call. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 because it’s considered the last day of battle in World War I. An armistice, or ceasefire, was set for the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  “It’s just to create a tradition around Veterans Day to give the campus the opportunity to honor people as well as memorialize these events,” said Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center & Case Management and task force chair of the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans.

Campus to Celebrate Veterans Day with Roll Call, Flag Garden and Library Display
November 11th, 2013
UT celebrated Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university created a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia.

S.E.E. Center participates in Take Back the night
October 24th, 2013
The Take Back The Night Foundation served to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.  We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.  TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.

S.E.E. Center sponsors and presents at First annual male summit
October 11th, 2013
The 1st Annual Male Summit addressed a broad range of current issues facing males on UT’s campus, and provided participants with information about how they can be the best they can be. Coach Cuonzo Martin was the Keynote Speaker, and participants and learned what they can do academically, socially, and personally to make a change in themselves.

Rosa Thomas elected to CAC leadership class of 2014
October 6th, 2013
Participants were selected based on their demonstrated commitment and volunteerism. CAC Community Leadership introduces concepts of Servant Leadership and connects participants to the resources they need to improve their leadership capacity.

UT to Strike Balance with Yoga Fest
October 1st, 2013
The goal of this event was to help students learn to alleviate stress while increasing fitness and overall health, teach students how to invest in themselves, engage in the practice of yoga and reduce and manage their stress through controlled breathing and relaxation techniques.

Students Unwind at Yoga Fest
October 4th, 2013
Yoga Fest was part of the VolAware Street Fair, which followed the theme of “Unwind Before You Unravel” on Pedestrian Walkway. Students gathered together on the grass with mats, towels and bare feet. The instructor started with simple breathing and stretching exercises, directing from the front with a microphone while another woman next to her demonstrated the moves

Speak UP!
September 27th, 2013
Speak UP!

S.E.E. Center Honored for Alcohol Prevention Program Made for UT Students
September 16th, 2013
UT’s S.E.E. Center has received national recognition for “Alcohol and You,” an online interactive alcohol education module created for First Year Studies 100, a course required for all freshmen.

SAMHSA announces winners of tech-based challenge to prevent high-risk drinking among college students
September 18th, 2013
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the three prizewinners for its Technology-based Products to Prevent High-risk Drinking among College Students Challenge. SAMHSA launched this Challenge in May to help decrease high-risk drinking among college students. For the purpose of this Challenge, high-risk drinking was defined as those situations that may involve but not be limited to: binge drinking (commonly defined as five or more drinks on any one occasion for males, four or more drinks for females); underage drinking; drinking and driving; situations when one’s condition is already impaired by another cause, such as depression or emotional stress; and combining alcohol and medications, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, and antihistamines.

S.E.E. Center awarded national award for alcohol awareness module
September 26th, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s Safety, Environment and Education Center (S.E.E.) has received national award for its “Alcohol and You” online module geared to inform freshmen in First year studies 100 about alcohol and its side-effects.

Alcohol and You Featured on Designsensory Website
August 26th, 2013
The S.E.E. Center turned to Designsensory to develop an interactive module for students to learn more about alcohol consumption. Prior to the official start of the semester, incoming freshmen are required to take the short quiz which is accessed as an interactive module. Designsensory’s efforts included original illustration work and “if this, then that” back-end technical development that allows the finished module to have variable interactive functionality for differing results based on students’ answers to the quiz questions.

Fake ID Detection Training Session
August 5th, 2013
The Metropolitan Drug Commission (MDC) hosted a special fake ID training at Goal Post Tavern for 37 servers, bartenders and bouncers on The Strip. MDC worked with UT’s Safety, Environment and Education (SEE) Center, the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) and the University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) to assist the Cumberland businesses, keep students safe and prevent underage drinking.

MDC, University of Tennessee combat fake ids with a free training
July 1st, 2013
MDC has joined with UT’s SEE Center to offer a special fake ID training for servers, bouncers and bartenders on the Cumberland Strip late this summer.

Alcohol conversations before college shown to make a difference
July 1st, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s guide for parents to start the conversation and have a conversation with their student about alcohol was featured in the Metropolitan Drug Commission’s July -September newsletter.

The economic cost of violence against women to higher education at the open hearing \ The Economic Impact of Violence Against Women
May 22nd, 2013
The Tennessee Economic Council on Women hosted nine public hearings in 2013 to explore the economic impact of violence against women in Tennessee. From law enforcement and court costs to healthcare, social services and business concerns, violence perpetrated against women is costing Tennesseans millions, and the Council’s efforts will better define that expense for use by leaders, policymakers, and advocates statewide.

Alcohol at UT Module CHASCo Presentation
May 21st, 2013
Laura Bryant presents at Annual CHASCo Conference about the UT pre-matriculation Alcohol and You module.

Late Night Study Session
December 5th, 2012
The S.E.E. Center partnered with the Office of Multicultural Student Life and the Counseling Center to offer stress relief activities to students before final exams.

Late Night Study Session
April 29th, 2013
The S.E.E. Center and Counseling Center provided an area at the BCC for students to relax and de-stress during study breaks with crafts and healthy snacks.

Big Idea: Support Student Veterans with Poppies
May 3rd, 2013
The Task Force in Support of Student Veterans at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has another big idea for supporting student veterans. They plan to pass out 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to faculty, staff, and students to wear the week before Memorial Day, May 20 through 25. Last year, the Task Force passed out 500 poppies and saw enough interest to double the distribution this year.

Rosa Thomas Receives the Symbol of Hope Award
April 8th, 2013
Rosa Thomas, the S.E.E. Center’s Wellness Coordinator, was awarded with the Hardy Liston, Jr., Symbol of Hope Award which recognized her for her commitment to the enrichment of the human spirit through the promotion of cultural diversity at UTK.

Volunteers speak UP!
April 26th, 2013
When will you speak UP? If you see someone who has had too much to drink, Speak UP! and make sure they get home safely. Looking out for each other is the Volunteer way. Volunteers speak UP for each other.

Did You Know… You Have a Choice?
March 11th, 2013
During the spring semester of 2013, the S.E.E. Center ran an ad series in the Beacon entitled: Did You Know… You Have a Choice? The purpose of this campaign was to educate the campus community about student norms pertaining to: volunteerism, the relationship between GPA and alcohol, student alcohol consumption, and student participation in alcohol free events.

Did You Know… You Have a Choice?
March 4th, 2013
During the spring semester of 2013, the S.E.E. Center ran an ad series in the Beacon entitled: Did You Know… You Have a Choice? The purpose of this campaign was to educate the campus community about student norms pertaining to: volunteerism, the relationship between GPA and alcohol, student alcohol consumption, and student participation in alcohol free events.

Did You Know… You Have a Choice?
February 25th, 2013
During the spring semester of 2013, the S.E.E. Center ran an ad series in the Beacon entitled: Did You Know… You Have a Choice? The purpose of this campaign was to educate the campus community about student norms pertaining to: volunteerism, the relationship between GPA and alcohol, student alcohol consumption, and student participation in alcohol free events.

Did You Know… You Have a Choice?
March 18th, 2013
During the spring semester of 2013, the S.E.E. Center ran an ad series in the Beacon entitled: Did You Know… You Have a Choice? The purpose of this campaign was to educate the campus community about student norms pertaining to: volunteerism, the relationship between GPA and alcohol, student alcohol consumption, and student participation in alcohol free events.

De-Stress for Success
April 29th, 2013
During finals, the S.E.E. Center, in partnership with Aramark, are giving away oranges to students to help them De-Stress for Success with a healthy snack. To get your \”S.E.E. Center <3 You\” Orange, stop by Hodges Library between 10am and 12pm.

Dean of Students – Student Recognition Ceremony
April 22nd, 2013
S.E.E. Center student worker Siera Seward, received the Dean of Students “Outstanding Contributions to Campus Life” award on April 22nd.

VOLS 2 VOLS Inaugural Peer Educator Class
April 13th, 2013
The inaugural class of VOLS 2 VOLS peer educators was inducted on April 13th. These 7 peer educators have committed to educate the UT student community via: educational programs, raising awareness, and providing information, resources, and referrals to the UT student community.

Smoking, Sleep, and Sex Panel Discussion
March 13th, 2013
March is Women’s History Month at UT. On March 13th, Rosa Thomas, hosted a panel of experts at the International House as they discussed Smoking, Sleep, and Sex.

New course on alcohol, finances required for UT freshmen
March 5th, 2013

Big Idea: Freshmen Course Now Includes Alcohol Awareness, Financial Literacy
March 1st, 2013

Smoking the Whole Truth
February 2nd, 2013
Azieb Kidanu and Rosa Thomas presented about the services available for tobacco cessation in the local community, how to help a friend or family member quit smoking, and ways to develop a healthy habit through this interactive presentation.

Laura Bryant elected CHASCo Secretary
January 6th, 2013
CHASCo is a Tennessee organization proactively addressing issues of alcohol, other drugs and violence in order to promote healthy and safe campus environments

Taps To Ring Across UT on Veterans Day
November 9th, 2012
“Taps,” the somber bugle call associated with military service, will be heard ringing across UT on the chimes of Ayres Hall on Monday, November 12, in celebration of Veterans Day. This year marks the 150th anniversary of “Taps,” and with it a new tradition will be born. UT’s Task Force in Support of Student Veterans asked campus administration to allow Ayres Hall’s chimes to play “Taps” while a moment of silence is observed at noon on Veterans Day.

Big Idea: Pin Fits Student Veterans to a “T”
November 16th, 2012

Survival Guide to Stress
July 1st, 2012
Stress is a natural part of life. The Survival Guide to Stress is a tool that was developed to assist students in identifying the sources of stress, creating a plan to manage stress, and knowing how to ask for help. We are all Volunteers—we look out for each other!

Campus Moment of Silence and Taps
November 14th, 2012
At noon on November 12th the University held an inaugural moment of silence will be held and the Ayers Hall chimes will play.

A Presentation by an American Hero – Bruce P. Crandall,l Colonel US Army
November 14th, 2012
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall shared his story of heroism with faculty, staff, and students on November 14th. Crandall flew 900 combat missions in Vietnam and helped evacuate many wounded troopers before he was severely wounded himself. Crandall received the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military decoration, on February 26, 2007, from President George W. Bush.

Facing World Aids Day
December 1st, 2012
The S.E.E Center provided the UT Community the opportunity to write why they are facing AIDS, snap a picture of themselves holding the sign, and share the photo with the FACING AIDS photo gallery on

Carole Gallagher receives the Koala-T Award
May 1st, 2012
The Division of Student Life “Koala-T” employee award program recognizes staff members who go above and beyond to provide quality service on a daily basis. Koala-T winners exemplify excellence in job performance, attitude and initiative, even in difficult or trying circumstances.  These employees are truly the “best of the best” in the Division!

Volunteers Say Thank You
November 12th, 2012
Faculty, staff and students wrote notes of gratitude to veterans on red, white and blue sticky Messages were posted to a six foot 2D model of the word “Volunteer” located on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.  The “Volunteer” is now displayed in the S.E.E. Center.

7th Annual Sister-To-Sister Summit
November 12th, 2012
The 7th annual Sister-to-Sister summit was held at UT’s University Center. The summit was a day for young girls to come together and discuss the difficult issues they face as teenagers. Approximately 100 girls from four local middle schools and 25 high school facilitators are participated at this year’s summit. The S.E.E. Center provided 125 hand sanitizers that were placed in goody bags for the girls.

Health and Wellness Survey Launch
October 24th, 2012
The Health and Wellness Survey was administered to 4000 full time graduate and undergraduate students to establish trend and baseline data on the characteristics and behaviors of the University of Tennessee student population. Gathering trend and baseline data will allow the Safety, Environment, and Education (S.E.E.) Center and Student Counseling Center to gain information about the following focus areas: campus safety, substance (alcohol and drug) use, health & wellness, sexual wellness, the student veteran population, and sucidality. Information from the survey will guide future prevention and intervention programming that the S.E.E. Center and Student Counseling Center provides to the University community such as social norming, and health & wellness campaigns.

Here Comes the Sun – Sun Safety Campaign
June 1st, 2012
The S.E.E. Center, Health Center and RecSports partnered during the summer of 2012 to highlight the importance of staying safe and healthy while engaging in high levels of activity in the sun. The goal was to reach students and encourage tips to prevent sunburn and other long term health consequences in the future.

Ashley Blamey is Named President of HECMA
May 29th, 2012
The Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA) is the founding national organization for professionals providing case management services within the post-secondary education environment. HECMA keeps members current on resources, promotes best practices, develops research, and works toward the advancement of higher education case management standards.

Memorial Day Poppy Project
May 28th, 2012
The Task Force in Support of Student Veterans distributed more than 500 paper poppies across campus and encouraged UT employees to wear them on Memorial Day in honor to those who have lost their lives in service to their country.

Underage Drinking Too Much, Too Soon.  Town Hall to Reignite Discussion About Teen Drinking.

April 17th, 2012
For Alcohol Awareness Month in April, WBIR-TV, in partnership with the Metropolitan Drug Commission, brought a modern-day perception to this decades-old problem at a special town hall meeting titled \”Too Much Too Soon.\” A team of eight panelists discussed underage drinking prevention.

21 Days to Make a Good Habit
March 1st, 2012
The goal of the event was to promote strategies for students to improve academic success by adopting healthy habits regarding study skills, time management, stress management, sleep, nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and taking care of their body. Nearly thirty organizations were represented at the fair, including the UT College of Nursing promoting skin cancer awareness, Rec Sports showcased wellness and activity programs, a variety of food and drink vendors offering healthy snack options, and UT Federal Credit Union promoting financial wellness. The fair is sponsored by the SEE Center and the Central Program Council.


Reconstitution of the S.E.E. Center
January 1st, 2011
The S.E.E. Center was originally developed as a unique approach to campus alcohol and substance abuse prevention efforts, but has grown to incorporate the Distressed Student Protocol, Case Management, Threat Assessment Task Force, and the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans. The S.E.E. Center coordinates all health and wellness education efforts as well as alcohol and substance abuse prevention.

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