Hess Hall’s 50th Anniversary

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Come celebrate Hess Hall, your UT home away from home

More than 20,000 residents have called Hess Hall home. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Hess Hall of today at its 50th anniversary reunion:

When: September 25, 2010
Time: 3 hours prior to kickoff of VOLS vs. UAB game
Location: Hess Hall; Joe Johnson–John Ward Pedestrian Mall; Amphitheatre
Cost: $15 Adults; $8 Children 10 and under

A limited number of football tickets are available to purchase for alumni attending the reunion. Instructions for purchasing football tickets will be included in the e-mail confirmation of your registration.

Recapture favorite memories, renew friendships, and return to campus for the 50th anniversary celebration of this campus landmark. E-mail Phyllis Moore or call 865-974-3011 with questions.

But whether you will be able to join us or not, please send your memories of life in Hess Hall over the years to torch@tennessee.edu or post them in the comments below. Be sure to tell us the year(s) when those memories were made. We’ll share them all with eTorch readers, whose own memories may be prodded. Thanks for sharing!

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Mike Smith July 21, 2010 - 9:15 pm

I lived on the 4th floor facing the courtyard beginning in the fall of 1971 thru the spring of 72. Great memories. Met many great people but have lost contact over the years. Would love to attend the reunion but I’m coming back there in Dec. and cannot make 2 trips work. Would like to read more blogs about those years in Hess.

Kathy Smith DeWitt July 22, 2010 - 6:38 am

I met some of the most important people in my life at Hess Hall .
They still remain among my dearest friends .
1971-72 & 1972-73 .

Bill Rush July 22, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Was there 1970-71, had lived in East Stadium 1968-70
My Daughter lived in Hess and was a RA-got her Masters in 2008
Great memories

Ziad Ziady July 23, 2010 - 2:56 am

I wish I could attend this reunion to rekindle some memories and meet old friends but I now live and work in Lebanon where I was born. My journey of understanding the goodness of the American people and their way of life started at Hess Hall. I will ever remain grateful to the living memories of the years 1972-1975 as I still hold dear to my heart each person, students and professors, who took me as a friend despite being from a far away land. I know that, similar to other students, Hess Hall was a place where we lived, loved, studied, discussed and debated issues, and developed high hopes to change the world for the better. I hope this spirit is still alive in Hess and the University for all generations to come.

Nan Kosht Richards July 24, 2010 - 1:48 pm

I was a lobby rat in Hess Hall my freshman and sophomore years 1984-86. I met some great friends- still keep in touch with some. There were several Spring Break road trips and shorter weekend trips. Sneaking up to the boys rooms after curfew to watch movies. I’ll never forget when 4 friends who were RA’s and lived at Hess died in a small plane crash in 88. Even though I had moved out of Hess Hall, the staff let me ride with them to the funerals. They were a very close group.

Darryl Light September 24, 2010 - 4:56 pm

I lived in Hess Hall all four years that I attended UT–’80-’84. Those years are some of the best years of my life. I served as President of H.H.A.R. We had cookouts, midnight skates, movies, and our infamous Spring Bash! (We were the first dorm to have a VCR!) Gosh, so much fun….all the time! I will always cherish all the great times and great memories had while living in Hess Hall (which was on J-4).

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