By Brianna Williams, Staff Writer —
September 10-14 marks the start of Founder’s Week at UTC, which is a week that will celebrate the school’s 132nd anniversary through numerous events on campus.
UTC Chancellor Steven Angle is one of many who is excited for the week to kick off and join in on all of the festivities.
“Founder’s Week honors UTC starting as a university, all of the accomplishments of the university, and all the people who are the university,” Angle said.
One of the many events held includes “Mocs Games,” a faculty and staff appreciation event held on Chamberlain Field that consists of corn hole, horseshoes, giant Jenga, and plenty of treats. Mocs Games will also provide a chance to donate non-perishable food items to Scrappy’s Cupboard, a UTC program that offers food assistance to students in need.
Students like sophomore Brett Raley, who said that he is excited for the food and corn hole, seem to be most enthusiastic about Mocs Games 2018.
Other events throughout Founder’s Week include a photo booth, scholarship luncheon, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business naming celebration, and the State of the University Address given by Chancellor Angle.
Chancellor Angle hopes that many will come to celebrate the major donation made to the business school at the Rollins commemoration or take part in discussion after his State of the University Address.
In fact, Chancellor Angle’s State of the University Address will not just be a speech, but a way in which students can connect with the university and help define how they want UTC to grow.
“We’d like to have students come to see the context for the discussions that we will be having throughout this year,” he said.
After Chancellor Angle’s Address, there will be a follow-up in which students are encouraged to provide feedback and talk about details for the future of UTC.
While there are many fun and exciting events occurring, Founder’s Week is much more than a weeklong celebration—it is a way to remember the university’s origins and look forward to advancements and growth.
“We were founded by the community here because they felt that they needed a university to be apart of their community if they were going to thrive… We’re trying to be that university 132 years later,” Chancellor Angle said.