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- Homecoming 2008
- Class of 1958 inducted to 50-Plus club
- Celebration: 50 year anniversary of Chattanooga win over Tennessee
- New Alums Experience the GOLD
Blue and gold wrapped First Tennessee Pavilion for Homecoming 2008. Alumni groups enjoyed the theme “Moc ‘n Roll” with live music by the Beaters, routines by the UTC Band, Cheerleaders and The Sugar Mocs, Stepdown performances, fun in the Kid’s Zone and good food.
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Friends from the Class of 1958 rekindled fond memories of their college experience at their weekend reunion in November. A reception honored the classmates at the Chattanoogan Hotel. The group was then invited to attend the UTC Campaign for Tennessee gala, where Jim Pennington and his wife Jo led the alma mater.
Historic Patten Chapel, the site of weekly chapel services, university concerts, awards programs and graduation ceremonies became the setting for this group’s induction into the 50-plus club
Jim Pennington, Fred Herren, Nona Johnson Jordan, Ann Knox Cook, Charles McGee, and Joe O’Rear were among those who participated.
“Chancellor Roger Brown and Kim White, President of the UTC Alumni Board of Directors, recognized each member with a 50-Plus pin and certificate. The UTC Chamber Singers also held a special performance in their honor,” said Patrick Miles, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs. “Betty Quave and Edith Beene Boswell were also recognized that morning, in honor of the 60th anniversary of their graduation.”
Following the induction ceremony, classmates joined students from earlier graduating classes at the annual 50-Plus Club Luncheon. Dr. Brown and Dr. John Delaney, UTC Vice Chancellor of Student Development, offered a presentation addressing the state of the University. Rob Robertson (’43), Bo McClain (’57) and his wife Barbara (’59), and John and Beverly Rutledge (both ’57) also attended the luncheon. Several participants attended the Chattanooga-Appalachian State football game, where they had special reserved seats.
On November 8, 1958, more than 40,000 spectators at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville watched Chattanooga defeat the Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 14-6. When the whistle sounded, jubilant fans from Chattanooga charged the end zones, fought briefly with Tennessee fans for possession of the goal posts; and then both groups joined in fighting police and security forces that had been ordered to drive them off the field. Back in the locker room, the Chattanooga players heard a “tremendous commotion,” said starting end Harold Wilkes. Upon investigation, they saw the mob of fans doing battle with over 100 policemen armed with truncheons, tear gas grenades, and a high pressure fire hose. Paddy wagons were on the scene; flames leapt up from a torched police cruiser. The battle went on for almost an hour. “It was the damnedest riot you ever saw,” said Wilkes.
From Light upon a Hill by John Longwith and “Chattanooga Conquers Tennessee 14-6 Fans Riot After Game,” Chattanooga Times, November 9, 1958
Fifty years later, on November 8, 2008, UC team captain Bill Rizer served as honorary captain with current UTC captains Neil Brown and William Giles at the coin toss of the UTC-Appalachian State game at Finley Stadium. In addition a special halftime ceremony presentation honored team members.
The Friday night before the game, team members were honored with a reception, followed by the UTC Campaign Kick-off dinner where they were recognized as honored guests. Those attending included Joe Abercrombie, Jerry Arnold, Hunter Bradley, Bob Boyd, Bill Crooks, Johnny Green, Don “Chick” Hill, Lloyd Hubbert, Charlie Jones, Ronnie McClurg, Spanky Mercer, A.C. Moore, Jr., David Moore, Skipper Nardo, Tom Pledger, W. L. Rewis, Bill Rizer, Dan Sheehan, Herb Schutte, Ed Taliaferro, Ron Wade, Robert Waller, Tom Weathers, Harold Wilkes, and Bob Yurjevic.
A new program initiated by the Office of Alumni Affairs, UTC GOLD, includes all alumni of UTC who have graduated or passed at least 24 semester hours from the University in the last ten years.
“UTC GOLD participants receive resources to continue social and professional networking and much more,” said Patrick Miles, Assistant Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs.
To receive invitations to UTC GOLD events, new graduates must update their contact information each time their address (physical or e-mail) changes by visiting www.utcalumni.com.
Join the GOLD Council or nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna. For more information, please visit www.utcalumni.com/gold.php.