Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center may soon be able to show their school spirit wherever the road takes them.
UTHSC has kicked off a campaign to get a collegiate license plate featuring the appropriate shades of green and orange and the UTHSC logo. Money generated from the sale of the license plate will be used to support educational outreach at the university.
Adding a new collegiate license plate to the roster of specialty plates available in Tennessee takes work by the university and a commitment from supporters to purchase it.
The state has approved the creation of a UTHSC plate. However, in order for production to commence,1,000 people must preorder the plate and pay a $35 deposit.
The UTHSC administration will pay the $35 deposit for the first 1,000 people who reserve their plate. Specialty plates cost $61.50 annually. Since the university is paying the deposit, those who order UTHSC plates now will pay only $26.50 for the first year, which will be due when the plate is picked up from the county clerk’s office.
Three designs have been proposed. Those who preorder will be asked to indicate preference. The design with the most votes will be chosen as the official UTHSC license plate. Once the design is established and the requisite numbers of preorders are made, the new UTHSC license plates should be available in four to six months.
Plates can be ordered online at uthsc.edu/license-plate or at the security desks in the Madison Plaza complex, the Pharmacy Building, the Dunn Dental Building, the General Education Building, the Hyman Administration Building, and the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation.
“We have a lot to be proud of at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, from the $4 billion UTHSC contributes to Tennessee’s economy, to the 32,000-plus jobs across the state supported by UTHSC and its affiliated organizations, to the more than 57,000 health care professionals who have graduated from our institution since 1911,” said Sally Badoud, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Marketing at UTHSC. “We’re excited to be able to support additional educational outreach and increase the awareness of UTHSC with this new license plate.”