Office of Multicultural Student Life News

Frieson Black Cultural Center Named in Honor of Alumni Brothers


When the rigors of college life were intense, Don and Ron Frieson found a home away from home at the Black Cultural Center. The Frieson brothers returned to their alma mater Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renaming of the building to the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The Friesons recently gave $1 million to the center in tribute to their family.

Board Approves Naming of the Frieson Black Cultural Center


The UT Board of Trustees approved a proposal today to rename a popular student programming and support building for UT Knoxville alumni Ron and Don Frieson. The building previously known as the Black Cultural Center, on Melrose Avenue on the Knoxville campus, is now named the Frieson (fry-son) Black Cultural Center.

‘Remember the Titans’ Coach to Keynote Black Issues Conference

Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Black Issues Conference on February 2. “We Are America: Divided We Fall. Together We Stand” is the theme of the conference, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Office of Multicultural Student Life Presents ‘Dis-Oriented,’ a Trio of Asian American Women

The Office of Multicultural Student Life is kickstarting 2012 with DISoriented, an evening of cultural indigestion, color-blindness, and inter-ethnic vertigo, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 , in the UC Auditorium. DISoriented features three Asian American women as they present dynamic, solo performances on how they are working to “DISorient” themselves from external stereotypes and internal expectations.

UT to Host Lecture, Music Performance Honoring Lumbee Indians Nov. 20

The history of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be explored next week through a public lecture and concert at UT Knoxville. The Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising,” winners of a 2010 Native American Music award, will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, in the University Center auditorium.