UTC Outdoors Trips

UTC Outdoors is sponsoring a few trips in July: Batcave Canoeing at Nickajack Lake, beginner-level kayaking on the Hiwassee and stand-up paddleboarding every Wednesday night this month and next (except for July 2).  All trips are free with a refundable $20 check deposit that will be returned the day of the event.  ARC members must sign up in the UTC Outdoors office, located on the bottom floor of the ARC, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reserve their place and be eligible to go.


There are two Batcave Canoeing trips planned, one on July 15 and the other July 22.  The cave provides a sanctuary for endangered grey bats, and more information on the cave’s history can be found here.  The trip begins around dusk those days.


The Hiwassee Whitewater Kayaking trip is scheduled for July 19, 10 a.m. to around 7 p.m.  The trip is beginner-level, covering 5 miles of Class 2 whitewater.  There is a prerequisite class required to go on this trip that meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12-1:30 p.m.  One of these is held the Tuesday before the trip (July 15).


Stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, as previously mentioned, is held every Wednesday night in June and July with the exception of July 2 due to Campus Recreation being closed at this time.  The trip takes place on the Tennessee River, starting from the UTC Rowing Center near Scrappy Field.  Just like any other trip, one must sign up in the Outdoors department ahead of time.


UTC Aquatics Announcements

UTC Aquatics is offering aqua fit classes to all ARC members this summer as well as swim lessons to members and guests!


-Aqua Fit

Aqua Fit is a low-stress workout in water to high-energy music that helps improve strength, cardiovascular health, endurance and flexibility.  As well, it is great for injury rehabilitation.  UTC Aquatics offers Aqua Fit classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6:30 through Friday, August 1st.


*Aqua Fit classes will not be offered June 30-July 4 as part of the summer shutdown.


-Swim Lessons

The classes offered are the following:


For children (Classes are 30 minutes):

-Parent and Child Aquatics (ages 6 months-3 years)

Times offered: 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

-Preschool Aquatics (ages 3-5 years)

Times offered: 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Open for all (Classes are 50 minutes):

-Level I: Introduction to Water Skills

Times offered: 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

-Level II: Fundamental of Aquatic Skills

Times offered: 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

-Level III: Stroke Development

Times offered: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

-Level IV: Stroke Improvement

Times offered: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

-Level V: Stroke Refinement

Times offered: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

-Level VI: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Times offered: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

*An evaluation can be performed if you are unsure of your level*

Those interested in swim lessons must fill out and complete a registration form and participant waiver.  Then, either return both to the Campus Recreation office located in the ARC or mail both to the following address:


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Attn: Anna Forkum/Swim Lesson Coordinator

Red Cross Courses, Dept 7056

601 East Fifth Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598


The registration form and waiver can be found here.  The program includes 8 lessons, Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks.  Registration must be turned in to office at least 30 minutes prior to first class.


Remaining sessions this summer are:

-June 16-26

-July 7-17

-July 21-31


Pricing for sessions is as follows:

UTC Students: $30 for 30-minute lesson and $50 for 50-minute

UTC Faculty & Staff: $40 for 30-minute lesson and $60 for 50-minute

Guests: $50 for 30-minute lesson and $70 for 50-minute

Only cash or checks will be accepted.
All instructors are certified through American Red Cross.

Summer Shutdown/Redone Basketball Courts

Due to renovations to the ARC’s basketball courts and other general maintenance and cleaning, the ARC will be closed the week of June 28th through July 6th.  In addition, the courts will be closed the previous week, June 21st through the 28th.

While the ARC is closed the week of July 4th, Maclellan Gym will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Friday, July the 4th.

UTC Outdoors Rentals will remain open at its regular times except for Friday, July 4th.  Climbing areas will be closed the whole week.

The renovated ARC basketball court’s design can be seen as the featured image of this article.


To summarize:

  • Campus Recreation (ARC, Climbing, Fitness and Pool) CLOSED   June 28-July 6
  • Outdoors Rentals OPEN June 30-July 3, CLOSED July 4
  • Maclellan Gym Courts OPEN  June 30-July 3  8am-8pm, CLOSED July 4-6




Tri-Training Class

ARC Fitness will be offering an 8-week triathlon-geared training course to all ARC members, beginning on June 9th.  The program will prepare people mentally and physically for competing in the Sportsbarn Sprint 2014 on August 10th.


The Sportsbarn Sprint is an annual “sprint” triathlon consisting of a 0.25-mile swimming course in Lake Chickamauga, 8.2 miles of “flat and fast” biking and a 2-mile run.


The triathlon hosted 365 competitors last year, men and women between ages of 9 and 69, with last year’s winner clocking in just under 40 minutes.  A spokesperson for Sportsbarn said they are anticipating close to 600 competitors this year.


Heading the program is Assistant Director of Campus Recreation’s Fitness Program Lindsay Manning-Hyden, who has taught the course and competed in the Sportsbarn Sprint the past three years.


The training class costs $25.  This includes:


-physical training sessions twice a week,

-informal meetings on how to train,

-a Tri-Training Team tee shirt,

-refreshments at the end of each session,

-and maybe other surprise goodies.


For $10 more, a hybrid bike can be rented for the entire eight week course and race.  There is a limit of 20 spots available for the course, so email Lindsay at Lindsay-Manning@utc.edu.


Cost for the race is $50 per competitor if registered before August 6th and $55 afterwards.  More information and registration itself can be found here.  Note: there is no “day of” registration, so register online early.


The race starts 7 a.m., so be sure to carb load the night before, and good luck to all triathletes!


Farewell to our Seniors


Our seniors are some of the most important staff members we have, their experience and knowledge of the UTC Campus Recreation facilities, services and duties have made Campus Recreation the success it is today!

Here are their profiles and their plans:

 Brian Harder


Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN

Major: Exercise Science and a minor in Philosophy

Future Plans: I plan to go to graduate school in physical therapy, but it is unknown if that will work out yet. I’m still in the application process. I will probably pursue occupational wellness if that doesn’t work out.

Most Interesting Event: Hmm, most interesting experience… My entire freshman year was full of laughs, and I’ve progressively gotten more and more boring as the study time has increased. During freshman year spring break, I cracked my collar bone playing football Florida. During my x-ray, the nurse was sure to tell me that they had to increase the x-ray strength because of the density of my chest. Anyway, Mom ended up with a mysterious medical bill from a Florida hospital. HAHA!

Wish me luck after graduation!

Bianca Hopson 


Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Exercise Science

Future Plans: Worksite Wellness

What was the most interesting event during your time here at UTC?

Most Interesting Event:: Even as a senior, the most interesting event during my time at UTC was a Susan G. Komen event that was held during October 2009, my freshman year.  That was the year that everyone met on Chamberlain Field wearing their pink Breast Cancer Awareness shirts and stood in formation to make the big pink ribbon.  We were trying to break a record of having the most people in the picture.  The greatest thing was seeing so many people that supported the cause. It was pretty great!

 Cortland Archie


Hometown: Memphis, Tn

Major: Business Administration: General Management

Future Plans: My future plan is to attend graduate school. My goal is to become a successful CEO of my own fortune 500 company. I plan to own a chain of ice cream treateries.

Most Interesting Event: The most interesting event during my time with Campus Recreation was weekend training we had at Camp Lookout. It was a great way to bond with everyone in the department. The most interesting overall event during my time at UTC has to be the beginning of the 2011 spring semester, when classes were canceled for almost the entire first two weeks due to snow and ice.

Kayla Johnson


 Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Marketing

Future Plans: I plan to go work for Bridgestone back in Nashville where I got offered a job.

Most Interesting Event: The most interesting event that happened while I was here was the event I worked on with a group of friends to help students become more aware about AIDS.

Mylan Johnson


Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Biology Major

Future Plans: My future plans are to become a successful Forensic Analyst, get married and raise a family, grow to be a better person and travel the world.

Most Interesting Event: The most interesting events at UTC I was part of were the Pink Symposium in 2009, NAACP Fashion Show in 2013, Campus Rec Staff Training at Camp Lookout, and the UTC Outdoors snowboarding trip 2014.

Taylor Reece Jordan


Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Major: Sports and Leisure Administration: Outdoor Recreation

Future Plans: After college, I will join the populace of recent graduates in mass hysteria trying to find jobs.  We’ll see where it goes from there!

 Taylor Rines

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Hometown: Morristown, TN

Major: Psychology; minor: nutrition

Future plans: go to grad school for physical therapy.  Get my PhD.  Then become a traveling physical therapist and travel around the world doing what I love and living life to the fullest!

Most Interesting Event: The most interesting thing that has happened to me here at UTC, is first of all, too many to count, but the top ones would be: starting of my college days with mocs camp, all of the crazy costumes I had to walk around campus in for ADPi shows, getting the opportunity to study abroad in London during the summer Olympics and having athletes buy your drinks and of course meeting and making life long friends.

 Felicia Stevens


Hometown: Sewanee, TN

Major: Psychology with an Education minor

Future plans: Attend graduate school for a Masters in School Psychology and work with elementary aged children as a School Psychologist.

Most Interesting Event: Interesting event during time at UTC- receiving national service award in Pittsburgh, PA this summer for Omega Phi Alpha Sigma Chapter at UTC.

 Nathan Wanuch


Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Major: Secondary English Education

Future Plans: Get a teaching job. Publish a novel. Get my Masters of English with an concentration in Literary Studies.

Most Interesting Event: Becoming an All-Region finisher in cross country and leading the Mocs to a sixth place finish and the top team in Tennessee

Paul F. Robinson Jr.


Hometown: Jackson, TN

Major: LAS (Legal Assistance Studies)

Future Plans: After school my plan is to join the military to enhance my leadership abilities and to complete my law degree and from there continue my career in the military or open a private practice to help the people.

Most Interesting Event: The most interesting event since entering college was the experience of growing from a boy to a man. College has geared me ready for the world and to crave my niche in it.

 Rickeé Linzy Roper


Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tn

Major: HHP: Exercise Science

Future Plans: My near future plans are to catch up on sleep and enjoy my summer before I have to become a full-time adult. My long term future plans are to find a job in my field that I will love, which would be to become an Athletic trainer in the corporate world and also travel the world.

Most Interesting Event: My most interesting event during my time time here at UTC would have to be the “great blizzard” of 2012 right before the spring semester began. We were out of school for the first week of school because of so much snow. Everybody was playing outside in the snow like a little community on strike. I can’t explain how much excitement I had running through me during that time. It was a great time for the students to interact with each other outside of just passing each other on the way to class. Students were knocking on each other’s doors just to see what they doing because there was really nothing to do but be friendly. It was so awesome!

 Grant Michael Cook


Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Major: Exercise Science

Future Plans: As soon as I graduate I start the next step in my life as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army.  I am so ready to start that stage with Emily Fillmore, because I can’t imagine beginning any worthwhile adventure without having her next to me.

Most Interesting Event:
Being involved with the Chattanooga Rugby Football Club, from the debaucherous rugby Bonnaroo known as Pitch-A-Tent to slicing my foot open during my revealing Zulu Warrior run I have never experienced a group with more camaraderie and passion as the men of this team and was privileged to be a part of them.

Maria Matty


Hometown is Tullahoma, TN.

Major: Psychology

Future Plans: I plan on traveling after graduation.

Most Interesting Event: My favorite event is the dive-in movies.

Andy Taylor


Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Major: Political Science

Future Plans: Aside from being a stay at home trophy husband and dog owner, I will move on to pursuing a career as an officer in the United States Army.  When asked about my most memorable moment at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the only one that comes to mind is meeting the great people of Campus Recreation.

Jeff Prosise


Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Major: Exercise Science

Future Plans: After graduation I plan on working towards earning my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. My goal is to work with top level athletes to achieve their maximum potential in strength and fitness.

Most Interesting Event: I couldn’t pick one time in particular. I’d say my time here at UTC has been one big interesting event. It always seems like there’s a good time to have and never a shortage of awesome friends to share them with.

 Alec Miller 


Hometown: Somerville, TN

Major: Biology: Pre-professional

Future Plans: Grad School

Most Interesting Event:  Best Memory: 100 ft. Banana Split every year!

Roddriquis Cortez Mosby


Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Major: Exercise Science

Future Plans: After school, I plan to live here in Chattanooga for a few years and develop a team of people to help start on a plan of mine that involves opening up a diabetic and obesity clinic. This clinic will be used to help educate and train people who are diagnosed with diabetes or declared obese to live a better and educated lifestyle with their condition.

 Most Interesting Event: My most interesting event here at UTC was when I joined the greatest fraternity known to man,Omega Psi Phi Incorporated, and i got to participate in a probate in front of the student body

Darius Gray

Get to Know Doug Sansom

Doug Sansom

Doug Sansom, Craft Specialist III, Campus Recreation, handles maintenance issues or problems that may arise in the Aquatics and Recreation Center.   He’s been a busy guy!  According to Caesar Wood, Director of Campus Recreation, Sansom worked nearly seven days a week, even weekends to ensure the ARC pool rehab project was completed as soon as possible.  ”His dedication to give up his time on Saturdays and Sundays to work with the contractors is above and beyond what is expected and he never did complain one minute!” exclaimed Wood. 

One particular problem took Sansom’s creative powers.  “The contractors who re-plastered the pool did not install the hand rails and they were having problems getting these installed with the water in the pool.  So Doug came up with a very creative way to get them installed correctly and safely!  He used some engine pliers with a needle nose end and used his snorkel abilities with a wrench to get these installed.  If you could be here to see it–it was impressive on how he was able to get the job done.  His ability to think creatively and get the job done for the safety of our students should be commended.

 Doug and friends

If you like to nominate someone for the Chancellor’s Award please check the link below.



Again, Thank You So Much For All The Hard Work  

Intramural Basketball Champions

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Fraternity Champions, Pi Kappa Alpha.

  • Team MVP was Ian Walters.
  • Strategy changed on a game to game basis based upon how we thought we could best match up and utilize our strengths against every team. Our main focus was to push the ball in transition on offense, and play relentless defense on every possession in hopes of forcing turnovers and getting into transition.
  • Team motto was “If ya ain’t first, you’re last!”



 Resident Hall Coed, Lockmiller Lock-Down.

  •  Lockmiller’s MVP was Tyler Adams.
  •  The team strategy consisted of Chaos; offensively using the pick and roll, and defensively just pressuring the ball.
  •  The Team Motto “Lock Down, which was also the team’s name”.



Resident Hall Men, Boling Ballers.

  • MVP was Montel
  •  Boling squad strategy was to get up and down with pressure defense and creating chaos. And get us in transition into transition and run the teams off the court.
  • Team Motto – “Lock Up. Grab boards. Get Buckets”.


Open Women Champions, Chatt-Nast

Open Women Champions, Chatt-Nasty.

  •  MVP was Jenaya
  • Strategy was to make sure five girls showed up, execute when we had numbers and rotate the ball until open shot/layup.
  • Team Motto “Get Buckets”.

Open Men Gold Champions, Spain-Kenya

Open Men Gold Champions, Spain-Kenya.

  • MVP Matt
  • Strategy have fun and rebound.
  • Team Motto “Rebound?”


Open Men Blue Champions, Hand-Down Man-Down

Open Men Blue Champions, Hand-Down Man-Down.

  •  MVP Brandon
  • Strategy defense first, defense last.
  • Team Motto “Hand-down man-down”.


Open Coed, I Don’t Know.

  •  MVP Shep
  • Strategy get the ball to Shep, by any means necessary.
  • Motto “Pass the Ball to Shep”.

Sorority Champions

Delta Zeta Ninja Turtles. No picture available.

  • MVP Elaina
  • Strategy be the team that score the most points.
  • Team Motto “Refuse to lose”


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Big Congrats to UTC climber Dallas Jones!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA big congratulations goes out to Mr. Dallas Jones a member of the UTC Club Sport team climbing team, Chatt Nasty, for placing 2nd place in the Advanced Division and 6th   place overall in the Southern Comfort XIV bouldering competition! The Southern Comfort XIV competition is hosted by Appalachian State Climbers’ Coalition and is part of   the Collegiate Climbing Series.


If you would like to highlight your club sports accomplishments, please visit us the in the Campus Recreation Office located in the Aquatic and Recreation Center!


Climbing in Chattanooga

CityScope magazine’s Spring issue has arrived and includes a great article about the rise of people coming to Chattanooga for the incredible climbing available. In the article UTC is mentioned for our climbing gym along with a picture of one of our students crushing on the boulder. have a read at the link below or stop by the UTC Outdoors Center for your own copy:


A Letter From Dr. Gene Ezell

The UTC Campus Recreation department strives for excellence in all our services. We hear from folks regularly about how we can continue to improve and try hard to listen to our patron’s and accommodate what we can. Every now and then we hear from someone about how great of a job that we are doing. Below is one that we are proud of and wanted to share:

I have been at UTC for 40 years, and needless to say, lots of changes have occurred during that time span.  One of the most exciting and positive changes to our campus has been the addition of the ARC—Aquatic and Recreation Center.

 Having been on hundreds of college campuses around the country, I can say from experience that this is one of the absolute best facilities of its kind on any college campus.  The ARC’s design is most visually appealing, it has state of the art exercise and workout equipment on each level, and the pool is THE best I have ever seen in a college or any institutional setting.

 From the positive reactions I have heard from several alumni, faculty and students, I’m sure it is and will continue to be a major recruiting plus for UTC.  It is conveniently located, a free benefit to students, and is very inexpensive for faculty.  In addition to the aforementioned equipment, there are a variety of exercise classes and services offered that appeal to both students and faculty.  I am taking advantage of the very affordable ‘personal trainer’ option, and have found that this service is very professionally-delivered and extremely beneficial.

Dr. Gene Ezell