Alumni Complaints

Hi Chris,

Let me go ahead and lock in the opportunity to meet up on Friday, March 13.

Name your time and I’ll be there – I will say I prefer sometime between 11 am – 2 pm.

By the way I have no qualms about tailored messages centered on form responses; it’s common practice in communications and public relations.

Further, I appreciate that you have limited time and need to stay on message.

I don’t imagine your intent is to be flippant or arrogant, which is why I wanted to caution you about how your message is received:

Irrespective of your intent, my understanding is your training is in accounting and business administration, rather than appraisal of the historical significance of sites, landmarks, or architecture.

I hope you can see how a statement of objective truth offered without justification concerning the historical significance of Fort Sanders properties might be perceived as "arrogance."

The properties are within the Fort Sanders Historic District overlay. In my view, that contradicts your assessment that the properties are not historically significant.

The home which the University of Tennessee has settled to purchase for $1.1 million is highlighted as a structure of interest on KGIS.

Please see the attached map:

I will invite my friend to our proposed meet up.

I actually have more than one friend (many alumni) in Knoxville strongly opposed to the Master Plan’s outcome concerning these White Avenue Properties.

I’m hoping they’ll be able to attend as well to demonstrate the broad opposition among alumni to the outcome of the master plan in its current iteration.

Thanks,

Tanner

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 9:29 AM, Cimino, Chris <cimino> wrote:
> Tanner,
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> Let’s get together. It is true I have received several emails and while no
> two responses are the same, you are correct, I have, in the interest of
> time, copied some responses in order to make a response to all concerned.
> My intent is not to be flippant or arrogant. Emails are difficult to convey
> perspective. I don’t want to be misunderstood so let’s meet. And bring the
> friend along if you wish.
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> Do you have some time to meet next week, perhaps Friday, March 13th?
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> Chris
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> From: Tanner Jessel [mailto:mountainsol]
> Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 8:21 AM
> To: Cimino, Chris
> Subject: Re: Alumni Complaints
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> Chris,
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> I appreciate the time you have taken from your day to e-mail me back.
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> Since I have read your largely copy-pasted comments already, I know you are
> getting a fair amount of feedback about this topic.
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> I would add to your comments the Alumni Memorial Building’s restoration. It
> is a facility with rich history and restoration to be proud of.
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> I would like to take you up on the offer of discussing the steps leading to
> the master plan in its current iteration.
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> You’ve been a good sport in communicating with me and I respect that. It’s
> actually more than I expected from a University famous for the "Big Orange
> Screw."
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> Out of my respect and appreciation for your engagement, I feel I should
> advise you that your comment "the truth is they have not been historic in
> the original sense for a long time" comes across as arrogant.
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> I don’t mean to be harsh, but I think you should be aware of the effect of
> this comment, especially if you are sending it out as a standard response on
> this topic. In fact, I’m using a friend’s words reacting to your
> copy-pasted comments after reading them last week.
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> My friend is a retired employee of the University with expertise in history.
> The reason it comes across to my friend as arrogant is because it is not
> apparent that you have the credentials to make a determination about the
> historic significance of a site or property.
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> Also, your comment that the "homes are not historic" on account of their
> being butchered into apartments is unjustifiable. I live in a historic
> neighborhood in Knoxville. It’s on the National Register. Two historic
> homes split into apartments in my neighborhood were restored in 2007 by Knox
> Heritage.
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> Take note of the transformation of multi-family homes back into single
> family homes in my neighborhood.
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> http://www.cityofknoxville.org/press_releases/content/2006/1115.asp
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> Finally the home you purchased for 1.1 million dollars looked pretty
> lovingly restored to me. The gray one could use some TLC, but I sure am
> envious of the beautiful porch and interior of the white one.
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> I make a point to visit other Southern Universities when I travel. With
> each historic home destroyed, UT is losing its unique character.
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> A stack of bricks looks the same in Starkville Mississippi, Athens Georgia,
> or Gainesville, Florida as it does in Knoxville, Tennessee. No amount of
> visual cues, branding or architectural detail can change that a brick is a
> brick.
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> History, traditions, and values are what distinguish UT-Knoxville from other
> SEC schools.
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> I’m afraid the master plan is eroding all three of those points of
> character.
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> We need to preserve the character of the University. That includes the
> residential communities and undeniably historic properties in Fort Sanders.
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> I’d like to talk with you either in person or on the phone to bring me up to
> speed on the decision making process that led to the master plan. Please
> let me know what might be convenient for you.
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> Thanks,
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> Tanner
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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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