A collection of sketches of the people and events that illuminate the two-hundred year history of the University of Tennessee from its beginnings as Blount College through its redesignations as East Tennessee College and East Tennessee University and its emergence in the twentieth century as the statewide University of Tennessee system.
Originally appearing over the past several years in Context, the faculty and staff newspaper at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, these carefully researched essays, produced by University Historian Milton M. Klein and his staff, have been revised, edited, and compiled by Professor Klein and his research associate, Margaret Ellen Crawford, especially for this bicentennial volume.
Readers of these 231 pages will enjoy walking down memory lane with interesting characters like law professor John Neal and education professor Orin Graff, important univer- sity presidents such as Charles Dabney and James Hoskins, sports luminaries like General Robert Neyland and UT's first cheerleader, engineering professor "Red" Matthews, and UT's academic "hall of famers"-- one Nobel laureate, five Rhodes scholars, five Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, and one U.S. Supreme Court justice. On the serious side, the book tells of UT's experience in the Civil War and World War II, the Vietnam War protests, the breakdown of racial barriers as African-American students entered the university, first at the graduate level and then nine years later as undergraduates, and the admission of women at the end of the nineteenth century. Student life is illuminated by stories of high jinks like the Halloween prank at the turn of the century which put a wagon atop Jefferson Hall and, on a more somber note, the snowball fight in 1965 which led to the death of student.
Academic life is highlighted in the history of the various colleges and departments on the Knoxville campus, as well as of UT's "Pride of the Southland Band." The history of the physical campus is illustrated in stories of Hopecote, the Faculty Club, and Tyson Alumni House and also of famous statuary like the Volunteer and Europa and the Bull.
The volume contains 175 illustrations and is fully indexed. For further information, contact the University of Tennessee Bookstore, University Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4800 (orders, only: 1-800-733-8657, Mon.-Fr., 8:30 a.m.--5:00 p.m.; FAX orders 24 hours a day 1-423-874-4233).
Notice!!! The second edition of Volunteer Moments is now available at the UTK Bookstore!!!