Ceremony planned to celebrate lighting
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 12:00 pm
The University of Tennessee at Martin will have a brighter campus after Tuesday. The completion of a campus lighting project has resulted in the installation of hundreds of new lights across the university grounds that will officially be illuminated for the first time with a ceremony and outdoor meal.
The new lighting will replace old lights that were installed on the campus around 1970. The replacements will produce more light while using less energy, and many new lights will illuminate previously unlit areas of the campus, increasing campus safety.
The illumination celebration is slated from 5-7 p.m. in the quad near the Boling University Center on the UT Martin campus, where entertainment events will be held prior to the lighting at 7 p.m. Segway races, cornhole games and “red neck” golf will be available, in addition to entertainment activities in honor of earth week. A door prize will also be held for a lamppost that will be dedicated to the drawing winner.
“This event offers an opportunity for the university community to celebrate our new lighting along with the arrival of spring. The new lighting will bring a classic look and increased safety,” said UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes.
A wide selection of picnic foods will be available. Meal cost will be $7 for community members.
Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT system president, will address guests, as well as the UT Martin student government president.
Area residents are invited and encouraged to attend the celebration.