Valentine’s Day Blast from the Past

It’s a longstanding tradition to send your special someone a card to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but 20 years ago, UTC students took a different approach.

Try some of the lines from the Personals section of the February 15, 1996 issue of the University Echo.

Echo Personals, University echo, Vol. 95, No. 20, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers, Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Celebrate International Writing Centers Week with the WCC!

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the WCC all next week for daily games, trivia, and writing challenges to help us celebrate International Writing Centers Week!

Just what is International Writing Centers Week? First created in 2006 by the International Writing Centers Association, this annual event provides an opportunity for writing centers around the world to “to celebrate writing and become more aware of the important role of their individual campus/community writing centers.”

Check out our list of events!

Monday, Feb. 8:

Six Word Stories: The Sequel

Our popular 6-word story contest returns…with a twist! Stop by to write your own—and read the other contest entries!

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Magnetic Poetry Contest

Put your creative writing skills to the test.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

What’s My Line?

Contribute a line to our collaborative short story, knowing only the previous sentence—then come back later to see the final result.

Thursday, Feb. 11

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” We agree, and we’ve got paper, pens, and art supplies for you to write and decorate a homemade Valentine for that special someone. We’ll have some famous love letters on hand to provide creative inspiration!

Not only that, everyone who makes an appointment at the WCC next week will have the opportunity to participate in trivia challenges and games–with both daily and weekly winners! Make your appointment today and follow us on  Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Flood Recovery Update


  • As many of you know, we froze some of the wet Library books after the flood as a way of preventing the development and spread of mold. Now these approximately 8,500 books are on the way to Texas for a special de-freeze process that helps to preserve the books as they thaw.  We hope to have them back in 4-6 weeks.  Upon return, we will review the items for integration back into the collection, or for replacement depending on the condition of the book.
  • We will shortly begin our book-by-book review of the entire impacted book area on the Ground Floor.  To date, we completed a book-by-book review of those sections that were hardest hit by the flood. We now need to remove, inspect, and clean all of the books, as well as the shelf itself.
  • Pending review time we will hire additional institutional students to complete this task in the most expeditious manner possible.
  • Personnel in the Collections Department, with assistance from Library IT, is working to price the close to 9,000 identified as impacted to date, with assistance from Ambassador Books and Amazon.  Items not priced via either of these services will be manually priced.  At present 3,900 of the 8,500 books included a replacement cost.
  • The new paging system is working very well by all accounts.

The Building

  • We are awaiting the delivery of replacement ceiling tiles for the Ground floor.
  • We are awaiting sample carpet tiles for the Ground and First floors.  Once a new pattern has been selected, the state will either approve the direct purchase and replacement, or we will use a public bid option for carpet replacement.
  • Group room walls have been repaired and partially painted.
  • Floor electrical outlets will be replaced on the Ground and First floors, as well as several light fixtures on Ground.
  • An external company helping us with the recovery, Belfor, is in the process of scraping the glue off the First and Ground floors, left by the original carpet tile.
  • Belfor has removed most fans and dehumidifiers from the building.
  • Students have been flexible in adapting to the new 2 hour study room reservation length, reduced from 4 hours to 2 hours in order to provide more rooms to more students.
  • The next Emergency Response meeting with the state is scheduled for this Thursday.
  • We have No Estimated Time of Opening yet for the First or Ground floors; we will update everyone once we have more information.

Library Update as of January 26, 2016


  • Recovery efforts continue throughout the 1st and Ground floors. Library staff is working with building, insurance, and state professionals to salvage materials and restore operations as quickly as possible.

Requesting Library Materials

  • The Library has instituted a temporary paging (or retrieval) system so that students, faculty and staff can use undamaged materials. While the Ground floor is still off-limits, you are now able to place a hold on an item you want. If it’s available, library staff will retrieve the item from the Ground floor and will make it available at the 1st-floor CheckOut Desk within 24 hours of your request.  You will receive an email as soon as the item is ready for pick-up. What happens if the material you need has been damaged in the flood? We’ll borrow it from another library on your behalf using the inter-library loan system! Click here for complete details on how to get the materials you need.

3rd Floor Study Rooms

  • As 1st-floor study rooms are currently unavailable for use, the Library has temporarily made all  3rd-floor study rooms reservable for 2-hour study sessions. You may reserve online and check out a room key from the 1st-floor CheckOut Desk. Click here to see the room reservation calendar online. Please note: the Roth Grand Reading Room and the two 3rd-floor quiet study lounges continue to be available for regular study use as well.

Building Access

  • Most of the 1st-floor and the entire Ground floor remain closed at this time.
  • Construction is underway on 1st floor repairs.
  • The exterior building entrance on Vine/Douglas is now open for routine traffic.
  • The interior West Stairwell (the one the closest to the new Auditorium) remains closed.

We will update you on construction progress over the next week, and we hope to have more specific information available soon.

Project MUSE Journals

The Project MUSE Standard Collection offers access to over 350 high quality journals in the humanities and social sciences. The database features full text current and archival journal articles with significant coverage of literature, literary criticism, film studies, performance reviews, dramatic arts, cultural studies, race and ethnicity, religion, human rights, global public health, environment and sustainability, and gender studies.

Check out the title list broken down by subject here !

Journals can be accessed via the library’s Journal A-Z List.
Go To Project MUSE
Titles include:

Southern Cultures

Southern Cultures

WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly

WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly

Journal of the History of Ideas

Journal of the History of Ideas

Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature

Journal of American Folklore

Journal of American Folklore