Welcome Back Class of 1969!

Welcome Back to Campus Class of 1969! While many campus landmarks remain in place and the Mocs spirit is as strong as ever, a great deal has changed in the past 50 years. For example, here are a few facts comparing the university as it was in 1968-1969 to the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • Enrollment has increased by 365% (from 2,503 to 11,638)
  • Faculty and instructional staff have increased by 365% (from 156 to 726)
  • The number of degree programs offered has increased by 74% (from 46 to 80)
  • The number of degrees awarded has increased by 455% (from 466 to 2,585)
  • The size of the main campus has increased by 356% (from 31 acres to 141.35 acres)

Additionally, alumni from the class of 1969 will likely remember the remarkable 1968 football season, where the Mocs won 9 out of 10 games played, losing only to Ole Miss. In honor of the Homecoming season and the Class of 1969’s Golden Anniversary, check out these scenes from the 1969 Moccasin yearbook. To learn more about University history, visit our Digital Collections to browse past issues of Moccasin yearbooks, course catalogs, and the complete run of the University Echo newspaper.

University of Chattanooga cheerleaders

Group photograph of the 1968-1969 cheerleading squad.


Photograph of Phi Mu's homecoming decorations.

Phi Mu’s 1968 homecoming decorations were appropriately space-themed.


A partial schedule for the 1968 University of Chattanooga football season.

A partial schedule for the 1968 University of Chattanooga football season.


The marching band demonstrates a new formation in advance of the formal creation of UTC.

Upcoming Training on Biomedical and Life Sciences Lab Research Methodology Resources from Springer Nature!

person with question bubble thinking at desk

Springer Nature will be visiting UTC Library on Wednesday, September 18th to offer two training sessions in Library 321:

11:00 am (lunch provided)
3:00 pm (snacks and beverages provided)

Both sessions will cover the same content – Springer Protocols, Nature Protocols, Nature Methods and the Springer Nature Experiments platform.

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Key Springer Nature Resources:

    • Springer Protocols is a database of 50,000+ laboratory research set-up guidelines in biomedicine and the life sciences.
      View the title list here. UTC Library has access to 1980-2018 Protocols.



All of the above can be searched on the Springer Nature Experiments platform.

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New Special Collections Exhibition: Thirteen Decades of Back to School Traditions and Campus Growth

The start of another semester means new exhibits featuring material from Special Collections! Visit the George Connor Special Collections Reading Room (LIB 439) to learn about back to school traditions that have shaped the university campus over the past 130 years, including Convocation, Founders Day, Homecoming and Rat Week. A sample of these traditions are pictured below.

University of Chattanooga students wearing their Rat Week caps.

University of Chattanooga students wearing Rat Week caps in 1966. 1967 Moccasin yearbook.


Image of Phyllis Marie White, the first black Homecoming Queen at UTC

1970 Homecoming Queen Phyllis Marie White was the first black student to win this title. University Echo, 1970 November 10.


UTC Students with Founders Day cake in the shape of Old Main

2011 Founders Day Celebrations included a giant cake in the shape of Old Main, the original university building. University Echo, 2011 March 10.

After you check out the exhibit, take this Buzzfeed Quiz to test your knowledge about campus history!

Join Special Collections as a Graduate Assistant!

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Graduate Assistants (GA) help Special Collections achieve its mission by working on archival processing and description, digital capture and metadata projects, and outreach initiatives including exhibitions and lesson plan development. In consultation with the Director of Special Collections, GAs will work on projects based on the students’ learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals as well as unit needs. Students who successfully complete projects in Special Collections gain important transferable skills and exposure to professional software applications and data management strategies that help prepare them for further study or careers in a wide range of fields, including English, Psychology, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Education.

The Special Collections Graduate Assistantship spans the 2019-2020 academic year during the Fall and Spring semesters with the possibility of renewal for the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 20 hours/week for a total of 280 hours/semester. The successful applicant will be awarded a $4500 stipend and a maintenance fee waiver of $4225 each semester.

Information about graduate assistantships, including eligibility and requirements to remain eligible is available on the Graduate School’s Opportunities of Assistantships and Internships page.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistantship duties may include:

  • arranging and describing archival collections;
  • authoring biographical and historical notes that provide context for archival materials;
  • creating finding aids in compliance with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and local practices using ArchivesSpace;
  • assist in scholarly communication and Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) projects by gathering and reporting data;
  • collaborate on the creation of instructional materials related to scholarly communication topics like publishing, open access, and copyright;
  • conducting oral history interviews;
  • transcribing audio and video assets;
  • using scanners and cameras to digitize archival materials and rare books;
  • creating descriptive metadata and developing digital collections using CONTENTdm;
  • applying controlled vocabularies, including LCSH, LCNAF, AAT, and RightsStatements.org, to describe digital objects;
  • curating web and physical exhibitions;
  • authoring lesson plans for K-12 audiences;
  • conducting research and writing narratives for grant applications;
  • and developing Buzzfeed quizzes, blog posts, and other outreach initiatives.

Required qualifications include:

  • ability to work independently and produce high quality, thorough, and accurate work;
  • strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as demonstrated initiative and adaptability;
  • working knowledge of office productivity suites, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
  • effective written and oral communication skills;
  • ability to follow detailed written instructions;
  • and ability to work 20 hours/week during Special Collections’ hours of operation.


Interested parties should apply for a Graduate Assistantship in Special Collections for the 2019-2020 academic year by submitting a cover letter, resume, and application to the Director of Special Collections, Carolyn Runyon, at Carolyn-Runyon@utc.edu.

The cover letter should provide a description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise and address what the applicant hopes to gain from the assistantship, including learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals. The cover letter should also describe how they would like to positively contribute to the mission of Special Collections. We encourage all applicants to think broadly about what they hope to accomplish in their practical experiences and pitch projects such as curating exhibits, processing collections, authoring finding aids, drafting records management policies, creating a digital preservation plan, developing programming, or creating curriculum maps, lesson plans, and research guides.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Check out the Summer 2019 issue of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magazine for a glimpse of the Scenic City’s storied baseball history with photographs, postcards, and pennants from the Chattanooga History Collections, courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections. Learn about Jackie Mitchell’s legendary performance against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig at Engel Stadium, as well as how Willie Mays got his start playing for the Chattanooga Choo-Choos in the Southern Negro League.

Engel Stadium postcard, circa 1945

CHC-1987-05-168-a. Engel Stadium postcard, circa 1945. Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Engel Stadium’s “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” History, published in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 3, was drafted by Kellie Jewell Gleason, an intern in the Library’s Special Collections unit from the Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science in Summer 2019.