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Music Center ribbon cutting

Dinners, a gala, a fireworks show—even a surprise donation of a piece of Tennessee history.

These were all part of the celebrations that marked the openings of our new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center and John D. Tickle Engineering Building. It’s been sixty-four years since we’ve opened two new academic buildings in the same semester.

Natalie and Jim Haslam and other family members, including Governor Bill Haslam, were on hand to help us dedicate the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The festivities, on September 12 and 13, included a concert, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a luncheon. In honor of Natalie Haslam, US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, along with three other couples, gave UT the original manuscript of “Tennessee Waltz” to be displayed prominently in the new building.

Fireworks at the Tickle Building openingJohn and Ann Tickle were in town to help us dedicate the new engineering building on October 3 and 4. The festivities included a dinner capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the lighted building, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a gala marking the College of Engineering’s 175th anniversary. More than 800 people attended the two days of celebrations.