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Smokey Wants to Visit All 50 States

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Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America

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Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Curaçao, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany, Greenland, Greece, Grenada, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, St. Kitts, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Bean Station, Bristol, Clarksville, Crossville, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Norris

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Where in the World is Smokey?

Smokey Visits France and Ireland

Courtney Holder is a UT Knoxville senior majoring in communication studies.

“I was able to spend last semester studying abroad in Chambéry, France, and, of course, I wanted to take Smokey along on some of my adventures!

“It was my first time out of the country and I was able to spend five exciting months learning, engaging and experiencing all sorts of new things!”

She sent two photos:

The first photo was taken at Mont Blanc.

“My university in France was located in the Alps region, so I was sure to take many opportunities to see the scenery and snowboard at several of the nearby ski stations. In this picture, I am with friend and fellow UT student -- Heather Bayko -- who came to visit while also studying in France. Among the beautiful landscape behind us, you can see Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. I guess you could officially say that Smokey has now been snowboarding in the Alps as well!”

The second photo was taken in front of the Cliffs of Moher.

“During a St. Patrick’s Day trip to Ireland, some other study abroad students and I took a six-hour bus ride through the countryside to the west coast and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. It was well worth the view and wildlife we saw there!”

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Military Coup Doesn’t Stop Smokey!

Cindy Stockdale is a 1990 graduate of UT Knoxville and now works as director of accounts payable in the UT Treasurer’s Office.

Her photo is from Roatan, Honduras.

“Even a military coup could not keep Smokey out!  My husband, daughter and I went to Roatan on vacation. They went for scuba diving, and I went for snorkeling (and just relaxing!). One month before we were scheduled to leave the military threw their president out of the country!  We saw a few of the troops at the airport when we landed but were not on the mainland so there was no other evidence of any problems.“


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Hola, Volunteers!

Kim Hinchey, an interpreter at UT Knoxville, recently took Smokey to Tegicugalpa, Honduras.

“We were there to work with sign language interpreters to better provide services for the many deaf Hondurans,” she said. “We also visited Manos Felices (Happy Hands), a school for deaf children. While there, we worked with the teachers to help them enhance their teaching methods for deaf students.”

The first photo was taken in the Valley of the Angels and the other was taken at the school with maestros (teachers) Ramon and Anny.

“The people of Honduras were very gracious. Smokey and I have found a second home,” she added.


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Too Much History to “Miss.’

Lauren Herbstritt, director of annual giving and alumni affairs at UT Knoxville’s College of Law, sent this photo taken in front of playwright Tennessee Williams’ house in Columbus, Miss.

“A few notable things about Columbus,” she wrote. “It has the most antebellum homes on the National Historic Registry in the country. 

“It is also the birthplace of Memorial Day.  Four young women went to Friendship Cemetery and decorated both the confederate and union soldiers’ graves. The union soldiers have since been moved up north, but the compassionate act is remembered each year with a candlelight tour of the cemetery. 

“Columbus, Miss., is also home to Mississippi University for Women, the first, public all-women college in the nation.”

Herbstritt and her husband, Chris, a 2004 graduate of UT Knoxville’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource, visited Columbus for the annual Market Street Festival.



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It’s all Greek to Smokey

Craig Watts is a 1988 alumnus of UT-Knoxville. He now works as an environmental engineer in Charlotte, N.C.

He’s pictured at Aggelokastro (Angel’s Castle) on the Greek island of Corfu.

“The Aggelokastro was a fortress believed to have built in the 13th century to repel attacks from Venetians and African pirates,” he wrote.

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UT's 'Where in the World is Smokey?' Completes Worldwide Trek

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This summer, Smokey crossed the finish line in his worldwide trek called "Where in the World is Smokey?"

The "Where in the World is Smokey?" challenge debuted two years ago as a way to draw attention to Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Initiative at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Smokey has visited all seven continents, 55 countries and now, after stopping in Mississippi, all 50 states.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni were offered free T-shirts to wear as they traveled. Participants then submitted photos of their adventures to UT. Hundreds of photos have been posted on the Ready for the World Web site and can be viewed at

"'Where in the World is Smokey?' has been a huge hit with our university family and really helped us spread the word about Ready for the World," said Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Sarah Gardial. "Smokey has traveled the globe and given our university family a chance to share stories about their adventures—and also talk to people around the world about the great things going on here at UT Knoxville."

"Where in the World is Smokey?" concluded his global adventure this summer when Smokey finally visited his 50th state—Mississippi. (Submissions must be received by the end of this week to be posted on the Web site.)

The first person to submit a photo from Mississippi was Marshall Ramsey, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. Ramsey is a 1991 graduate of UT's College of Business Administration and worked as a cartoonist for The Daily Beacon. His Beacon work earned him the John Locher Memorial Award, the top prize awarded to college editorial cartoonists.

After learning that his photo from Vicksburg—home of the Vicksburg National Battlefield—completed Smokey's worldwide trek, Ramsey created a special cartoon for "Where in the World is Smokey?"

"With 'Where in the World is Smokey?' wrapping up, now we're ready to take the Smokey program a step further," Gardial said. "In the next few days, we'll introduce a new challenge that capitalizes UT's volunteer spirit and also underscores this year's Ready for the World theme of 'Our World in Need,' with a special focus on the issue of poverty."

The goal of Ready for the World is to support the culture of diversity on campus that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural perspectives; encouraging faculty to incorporate international and intercultural aspects in all of their courses; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to make these opportunities a key part of their UT experience.

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Smokey Completes His U.S. Trek with Visit to Mississippi!

Marshall Ramsey is a 1991 graduate of UT’s College of Business Administration. Once a cartoonist for The Daily Beacon, Ramsey is now a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist who works for The Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Miss.

The Ramsey family – Marshall and wife, Amy, and children, David, Daniel and Evan -- recently took Smokey to Vicksburg, Miss., home of the Vicksburg National Battlefield, lots of casinos and the Mississippi River. 

Featured in the photos are the new and old Vicksburg River bridges, the Ramsey family in front the bridges, Marshall Ramsey in front of the Welcome to Mississippi sign, and a sign talking about the siege of Vicksburg.

Ramsey said his great-great-grandfather, J.C. Eckles, fought at Vicksburg before becoming a Methodist circuit rider in North Mississippi. He later moved to Maryville, where Ramsey’s family is from.


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