Just a few weeks are left until the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center officially closes to make room for the second phase of the new Student Union, scheduled to open in 2018. Make some time before the end of the semester to stop in and enjoy some activities or just roam through the halls before the last official day on Friday, May 8.
Opened in 1954, the building has served as a central hub of activity and has hosted thousands of events and welcomed hundreds of thousands of people through its doors.
Here are a few things you should make sure to do in the next couple of weeks:
Take a step back in time
Take a few minutes to walk down the hallway on the second floor, where the UC Auditorium is located.
The UC staff has hung historical documents, old photographs, and newspaper clippings with information about the history of the building. Even if you only have five minutes, you might learn a few new things about our university’s history while browsing the display.
Attend one last event
You can always look back and remember the last thing you were able to do in the building—whether it’s seeing one more film or hearing one more speaker.
Check the UT event calendar for events happening throughout the building.
Have one last game night
Grab your friends and head to Down Under Recreation for one last game night. Down Under will host the Last Strike event from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, before the building closes. Everyone is invited to come out and bowl, play billiards games or table tennis, or participate in any other Down Under activities for free.
Down Under Recreation will close to the public on Sunday, April 26. More details about the event and times can be found on the University Center website.
We will continue to update you in the coming weeks with details about what offices will be moving to other locations temporarily and timelines for the move to the first phase of new Student Union.
Related: Local historian Jack Neely recently wrote about the UC’s history in his Scruffy Citizen column for Knoxville Mercury.