By Emily King, Staff Writer—

Last week UTC celebrated its 133 anniversary during Founder’s Week. 

Founder’s Week kicks off each year as a celebration of the start of the University. UTC was founded on Sept. 15, 1886, then known simply as the Chattanooga University.

One part of Founder’s Week was the ARC’s tenth birthday party, which consisted of pizza, balloons, and a huge birthday cake with candles. There was also a memorabilia table showing the flag football field that was there before the ARC, and a photo station in which one could hold a sign with the answered question, “What does the arc make me think of?”

Dr. Jamie Harvey, associate professor of health and human performance, noted the ARC’s importance during her speech at the “birthday party.”

“This is my second home,” Harvey said.  “We recreate ourselves here.” 

  Junior Melissa Dunaway expressed excitement over some of the Founder’s Week events.

“I am about the open houses and events.  It helps to familiarize myself with the facilities on campus,” Dunaway said.

There were certainly a lot of open houses to attend this year.  All week long, there was a variety of events. 

Mocs games on Monday consisted of a type of “field day” at the ARC, in which students could play games and win prizes.

The Week also included a movie night on Chamberlain field on Thursday, screening “Space Jam” for students to watch.

Founder’s Week was supposed to end with a rededication of the Guerry Center and the Chancellor’s annual State of the University Address on Friday, which were rescheduled due to a campus closure. 

The rededication and State of the University Address will now be held on Thursday, Sept. 26.

“Traditions are important. This is a time where we celebrate what it means to be a Moc. Our community values and cherishes UTC as an important part of Chattanooga. Our students need to get to know this community and be a part of it. We look at what UTC was in the past, where we are today, and where we are going in the future,” Chancellor Angle said. 

According to Angle, some differences in “where we are today” include Oak and Vine streets being landscaped, along with a refreshed Guerry Center. 

“People were so excited to see the last fence come down on Vine street. There is an excitement about what is happening at UTC—the accomplishments of our students amaze our community,” he said.

“I hope students will participate and add new traditions,” Angle said when asked what he hopes for future Founder’s Week traditions. “We will celebrate the successes of our students, faculty, and staff as we look to adapt and evolve as a University. We strive to provide the best educational experience possible.”

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