Today' Shows Features University of Tennessee Break A Record For Largest Human Letter [VIDEO]By Anne Collins, UniversityHerald Reporter
The University of Tennessee officials are confident they can recruit 3,374 people to beat the current record for the largest human letter live on NBC's "Today" show. Weatherman Al Roker will broadcast live on Wednesday of the university's attempt to build the world's largest human letter, a Power T at Neyland Stadium.
The event is part of Roker's annual "Rokerthon" tour of campuses across the country. He was at Northern Michigan University on Tuesday for the largest game of freeze tag. On Monday he was at the University of Oklahoma for the larges human cloud and thunderbolt.
Guinness Book of World Records officials were present at both events to certify both records. They will also be on the UT campus on Wednesday according to Knoxville News Sentinel.
UT has set a goal of recruiting 4,000 students for the event. They were not able to share how many students, staff and alumni had signed up as of Tuesday morning. Karen Simsen, UT spokeswoman said that they are very optimistic that their volunteers will turn out and help the university break the record.
The record is currently being held by Queen's University in Ontario. UT Dean of Students, Melissa Shivers said the national exposure is good for the school. She added that the spirit and energy at the University of Tennesse is second to none and they will surely take this opportunity to further share their spirit on a national stage on the 'Today' show.
The "Today" show has visited UT in recent years. In 2012, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, hosts of the morning show's 10 a.m. hour, visited the UT campus after they won an online contest. They had an ambush makeover of a faculty member, a food segment and "Are You Smarter Than a College Student" game.
Shivers said the "Today" show producers were probably impressed by the turnout at that time which may have influenced their decision to return to Knoxville. She said they may have been amazed by their community response to their visit.
University of Tennessee sign up forms are available online.