2012 A-Y Guide to Life on the Mountain
The 2012 A-Y Guide to Life on the Mountain
For faculty and staff new to the area
Produced by the Office of the Dean of the College
Welcome to Sewanee! This booklet is an unofficial A-Y guide to life on the Mountain.
You will find in these pages information about activities ranging from everyday concerns (Where can I find a good cup of coffee?) to advice about critical family issues (How can my spouse find a job?). In short, this is both a welcome packet and a survival guide for life at Sewanee.
Please feel free to contact me or Cindy Church, my administrative assistant, in the Office of the Dean of the College at 598-1248. We will do what we can to answer your questions and to ease your adjustment to Sewanee. We are happy that you are here.
Dean of the College
If you find any information contained in this document to be inaccurate, please contact Cindy Church (firstname.lastname@example.org or 598-1248). Your help in keeping this guide up-to-date is greatly appreciated.
AIRPORTS The closest major airport is Nashville (BNA). Chattanooga (CHA) and Huntsville (HSV) are also served by the major airlines. For foreign travel, Atlanta’s airport may be your best (and cheapest) choice.
Transportation is available between the Atlanta airport (ATL), Chattanooga, Monteagle, and the Nashville airport via Groome Transportation (800) 896-9928. Groome Transportation stops in Monteagle at the Smoke House Motel. Their schedule and rates are available at http://www.groomechattanooga.com. There are no taxis in Sewanee so you will have to arrange transportation from the Smoke House into town (a five minute drive but not walkable). You can often find a ride to the Nashville airport (or anywhere else for that matter) by posting a request on the University’s internet classifieds (email@example.com). Please see classifieds listing on how to join! If you choose to drive and park, the daily rate for parking at the Nashville Airport is $8 if you use the economy parking lot.
ALCOHOL The drinking age in Tennessee is 21. Franklin County has a law that requires everyone to be carded for beer purchases. Beer is sold in grocery and convenience stores. Wine and liquor are sold in liquor stores. In Sewanee, you can get beer at the Sewanee Market. There are two liquor stores located in Monteagle, Eagle Liquors and Village Wine & Spirits. Of course there are others down the mountain in Cowan and Winchester. Beer is sold only after 12 noon on Sundays but not the hard stuff.
AA and Alanon are held on the Mountain and the schedule is on the back page of the Messenger.
ATMs There is a Regions ATM located outside the Tiger Pantry (next to the University Book and Supply Store, 598-1153). There are also ATMs at Regions Bank downtown and at various banks in Monteagle. The cashier’s office (in Carnegie Hall) will cash checks for up to $100, and they can stamp checks for more than $100 which can then be cashed at Regions Bank.
BABYSITTING There are many qualified sitters from the high school and college communities. The going rate is $6-$10 per hour. A list of students interested in sitting is circulated early in the semester.
BAKERIES Shenanigans, 598-5774, offers fresh baked breads. Swiss Pantry, 962-0567, in Belvidere sells wonderful cookies and pies. Dutch Maid Bakery (931) 592-3171 in Tracy City has a variety of fresh baked goods and specialty candies. Also great bread is available from the Bread Peddler (931) 924-3764 at the Piggly Wiggly. In Sewanee, the Blue Chair, 598-5434, sells elegant cakes and cookies, breads and great baguettes and Julia’s, 598-5193, sells Bread Peddler bread and delicious baguettes.
BANKING Regions Bank and Soutern Community Bank are full service banks located in downtown Sewanee. There are several other banks in Winchester. The Ascend Credit Union is located in Decherd. These banks are eligible for direct deposit from the University. There are also several different banks in Monteagle, which include Mountain Valley Bank (931) 924-0070, Citizen’s Tri County Bank (931) 924-4242, and Citizen’s State Bank (931) 924-7800.
There is also a bank in Cowan, Franklin County United Bank, which is full service and open on Saturday (931) 967-2900.
BC The BC or Bishop’s Common is home to the Student Post Office (SPO, a misnomer because it is where college faculty get their mail, too), the Tiger Bay Pub, student activity offices, residential life offices, Associate Dean of Students offices, a few faculty/staff offices, and pool tables, air hockey, and foosball.
BICYCLES Bikes are a great way to get around Sewanee. Children 12 and under are required by state law to wear helmets. There are bike stands scattered around campus. Lock your bike if you don’t want it “borrowed.” The Sewanee Outing Program runs a bicycle repair shop out of the basement of the Women’s Center. Check the Outing Office for hours. Woody's Bicycles is located downtown behind Shenanigans, a great resource for bikes, parts, accessories, and information. The Tennessee code regarding safe bicycle usage (55-8-172) states, “Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles. (a) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle. A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.”
BOOKS, also see LIBRARIES The University Book and Supply Store, 598-1154, run by Barnes & Noble, has a limited number of books in stock but is very helpful about ordering books. Prices may be a little higher than Amazon, but you’ll make up the difference by not paying shipping. The Book and Supply Store gives faculty and staff a 10% discount on all purchases (except food). Barnes and Noble may be found in Chattanooga and Nashville. There are a Borders Books and Music in Nashville and a McKay’s Used Books in Chattanooga.
CELL PHONES Cell phone service is available on the Mountain although the service is not always reliable due to our terrain, but reception should improve once the new cell towers are activated. AT&T, 962-2234, and Verizon (931) 454-2355 seem to be the current favorites. This is all of the current information we have regarding this issue.
CHILDCARE, see PRESCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE and BABYSITTERS
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Regular classes are offered in Sewanee for dance, and piano instruction is available. There are often activities for children at the Community Center — such as gymnastics and karate. Sports opportunities (outside of school) include swimming, soccer, basketball, and baseball. There is football also available in Cowan for ages 6-13. Watch the local paper to sign up for the Cowan Lions, which should be sometime in August. The Sewanee Mountain Messenger (commonly referred to as The Messenger), the weekly newspaper, is ta good source of news about upcoming activities.
There are several playgrounds in Sewanee: one by the bookstore, one at the Woodlands, and one behind the Community Center. There is also a small but good selection of children’s books at the Thurmond Memorial Library (located in the Blue House on University Ave.). The Monteagle Public Library offers a larger selection of children’s books and has an excellent playground behind it. Our own duPont Library has a great selection of children’s books. Woods Lab has several displays of stuffed birds and mammals that are fun to see.
Chattanooga, Tullahoma, Nashville, and Huntsville all have a variety of activities for day trips.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES & MOSQUES Since Sewanee is an Episcopal university, there are many Episcopal churches and services in the area. The University chapel is All Saints’ Chapel, 598-1274, located at the center of campus. The local parish church is Otey Memorial Parish located across from the elementary school. Otey has a Sunday school and sponsors a range of community and youth programs. The Chapel of the Apostles at the seminary has daily Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, and Evening Prayer.
There are Roman Catholic churches in Alto and Winchester. Many other Christian denominations are represented in the area. Check The Messenger for service times each week.
The closest Jewish synagogues and Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist temples are located in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Murfreesboro. There is also a Mosque in Huntsville. The closest Unitarian congregations are in Tullahoma and Chattanooga.
Latter-Day Saints living in Sewanee or Franklin County would be members of the Tullahoma Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Those living in Monteagle would be members of the Altamont Ward, and those living in the valley toward South Pittsburg would be members of the Kimball Branch.
CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds is a listserv available to faculty, staff, community members and students. Postings include a wide range of topics from items for sale to information about community events. To subscribe to the list, go to www.groupspaces/sewanee. This is a very high volume listserv with a large amount of great information, so it might be helpful to create a separate mailbox for this in your inbox.
CLUBS/GROUPS If you’re looking for a way to get connected, try one of these groups or check out the OUTREACH and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Barbara Newcomb 598-0712
Franklin County Humane Society (Animal Harbor shelter) 962-4472
Sewanee Arts and Crafts Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sewanee Garden Club
COFFEE Sewanee has two great coffee shops: Stirling’s, the campus hangout, and The Blue Chair, downtown. Both offer an array of baked goods and breakfast and lunch items. Stirling’s is open late and offers entertainment most weekends. The University Book Store also sells coffee and snacks. The Globe, right next door, has coffee and pastries in the morning.
COMPUTERS The University of the South supports both Mac and Windows computer platforms. The Information Technology Services Help Desk, (931) 598-1369, provides hardware, software, and system-related support. Computing and multimedia support for classrooms, computing labs, and University events is available by contacting Academic Technology, (931) 598-1362.
CRITTERS The price of all the natural woodlands beauty in Sewanee is the prevalence of all manner of creepy crawly things and an abundance of deer. Snakes are prevalent in Sewanee; most are harmless, but some are not (a good rule of thumb: venomous snakes have triangular heads). Be careful around high grass, wood and rock piles. Check your pets (and yourself) regularly for ticks. Buy a guide to snakes and insects and enjoy learning the names of all your neighbors. Plant flowers but expect to share them with the local deer population. Learn to identify poison ivy and poison oak.
DEAN OF STUDENTS A list to help identify deans of students and their areas of expertise:
Associate Dean Alex Bruce — discipline, students with academic trouble;
Assistant Dean of Students Mary Beth Williams — residential life;
Assistant Dean of Students Hagi Bradley — fraternity/sorority and student activities;
Director of the Sewanee Outing Program John Benson — outing program, PRE
DOCTORS Sewanee has a fine collection of primary care physicians, a good dentist, and a small hospital, Emerald-Hodgson. There is a larger hospital in Winchester, the Southern Tennessee Medical Center (STMC), and excellent medical facilities in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Chattanooga. Minor emergencies will be handled at Emerald-Hodgson or STMC; major trauma will usually require helicopter transport to Nashville or Chattanooga.
DRESS Sewanee is traditionally a rather dressed up town. Many students will put on a dress or tie for class. Faculty members are more dressed up for class than at most campuses (although gowns are used to hide a multitude of sins). If a party invitation does not mention dress and you don’t know the hosts well, assume that the attire will be dressier than casual.
DRIVING NEW RESIDENTS MUST REGISTER THEIR MOTOR VEHICLES, AND OBTAIN TENNESSEE DRIVER’S LICENSES WITHIN 30 DAYS. Tags are easy to get by taking your registration slip and title or name and address of lending institution, to the County Clerk’s Office at Franklin County Courthouse in Winchester, in the middle of the square, (931) 967-2541. If you have Tennessee tags on your car, you must have a Tennessee driver’s license. You may register to vote when you get your license.
Please go to www.tn/gov/safety/driverslicense/dlnew.shtn/ for instructions.
For road conditions in Tennessee call (800) 858-6349 or check on the web at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/
The speed limit in Sewanee is 20 mph (with the exception of Tennessee Ave. ad Georgia Ave., which is 15 mph.) The speed limit in the school zone is 15 mph and is strictly enforced.
DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDRY Village Cleaners located behind the Blue Chair in Sewanee (423) 371-0792, and Sewanee Cleaners, (931) 598-0116, located in Monteagle between Village Wine and Liquors and the Piggly Wiggly offer dry cleaning. Sisk Cleaners, (931) 967-2573, in Winchester does a fine job at a reasonable price.
ELECTRICITY Duck River Electric, (931) 598-5228, is located in on Rt. 41A near downtown Sewanee. A membership fee and a deposit are required. You will need the Housing Number (UH number on home if renting from the University), mailing address, and a social security number. You also must submit $5 for a credit check — if you have a good rating the deposit may be reduced or waived.
Sewanee is subject to brief inexplicable power outages. If your electric appliances and alarm clock have battery back-ups you may want to be sure you keep a fresh battery in them.
EMAIL Faculty, staff, college and theology students are assigned an email address. You may access your University account from any on-campus or off-campus location. Please remember to manage your email account effectively so that it will work efficiently and within a limited allotment of disk space.
The University maintains several mailing lists including ‘facstaff’ (faculty and staff), ‘admstaff’ (administrative staff), ‘cstudent’ (college students), and ‘tstudent' (seminary students). The main email lists (facstaff, admstaff, cstudent, tstudent, cfaculty, tfaculty) are for University business communications only.
EMERGENCY SERVICES Call 911. To reach emergency assistance in Sewanee, you dial 911. If you need the police, but it is not a life-threatening emergency, use (931) 598-1111.
Fire Department Community members and students staff the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD). Our insurance rating (ISO) is a very low 6/9 because of this highly rated service. If you see a bunch of students jump up in class and run out the door, it probably means that their beepers went off.
Emergency Medical Service The Sewanee Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) is also a volunteer service. Volunteers are Tennessee certified EMS Technicians who have undergone 190 hours of classroom training and extensive testing by the state.
Police Department The police are not volunteers. Sewanee has a unique relationship with its police officers. Most people know the police by sight and they will come to know you. Officers average 6,000 miles per month on patrol — the legend is that if you need them you can bet that they’ll be driving by soon. If you have an emergency, call 911. If it is not a serious emergency, call (931) 598-1111. They will be there when you need them most. They are serious about the 20/15 mph speed limit. You’ll get a strong finger wagging the first time but keep speeding and you can count on a ticket.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The following list is a suggestion of where to start and is not meant to be a definitive list. The secret to employment in Sewanee is creativity, flexibility, and networking (not the big city kind — more like “Hey, you wouldn’t happen to know of any jobs in the area for a baroque accordionist?”) It is highly advisable to visit potential employers in person instead of just mailing an application.
University Positions: Hiring for non-teaching positions at the University is handled through the University Human Resources Office. You may access descriptions of non-teaching job openings on the web at www.sewanee.edu/personnel/jobs. The Dean of the College’s office handles all college faculty positions.
Other Colleges and Universities in the area:
Aquinas College http://www.aquinas-tn.edu/
Belmont University http://www.belmont.edu/hr/index.cfm
Chattanooga State Technical Community College http://chattanoogastate.edu
Cumberland University http://www.cumberland.edu/hr/
Fisk University http://www.fisk.edu/
David Lipscomb University http://www.lipscomb.edu/
Middle Tennessee State University http://www.mtsu.edu/~hrs/empl/
Motlow State Community Collegehttp://www.mscc.cc.tn.us/humanresources/index.html
Tennessee State University http://www.tnstate.edu/ohr/
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga http://www.utc.edu/%7Epersonel/
University of Tennessee Space Institute http://www.utsi.edu/
Vanderbilt University https://188.8.131.52/clients/vanderbilt/publicjobs/canviewjobs.cfm
Primary and Secondary Schools in the area:
Franklin County School Board* (931) 967-0626
Marion County School Board* (423) 942-3434
Grundy County School Board* (931) 692-3467
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School (931) 598-5651
Good Shepherd Catholic School (931) 967-5673
* Requires Tennessee Certification. Applications are available at Department of Education, Teacher Education and Certification, 125 Cordell Hull Bldg., Nashville, TN 37219.
Other The Tennessee Dept. of Employment Security in Tullahoma (111 E. Lincoln St., (931) 455-3455) and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, (931) 967-6788, can provide you with employment information in the immediate area. For major job markets, you may need to commute to Chattanooga (45 minutes), Huntsville, Alabama (50 minutes), Murfreesboro (60 minutes), or Nashville (90 minutes).
Check the classifieds in The Messenger and The Herald-Chronicle (Franklin County paper) for local job information. The Tennessean (Nashville) and The Times-Free Press (Chattanooga) list openings in the region.
FARMERS’ MARKET The Sewanee Gardener’s Market is located on Highway 41A near the Sewanee Market and runs Saturday mornings during the growing season. As the name implies, it is quite small but a great source of flowers, herbs, baked goods, and vegetables. There is also The Cumberland Farmer's Market. People order over the weekend online from local growers and pick up their orders at the Community Center on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Their website (www.sewanee.locallygrown.net) says “We are a community-run market providing local products from family farms in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee.” During the growing season there are numerous roadside stands in Monteagle and Tracy City.
FIREWOOD AND INTENTIONAL FIRES Firewood can be ordered from the Forestry Operations of PPS through Connie Gall, (931) 598-1453. You must obtain permission from the State Forestry Department, (931) 598-5535, to do any sort of controlled burning (burning brush, bonfires, etc.).
FOOD, also see RESTAURANTS or BAKERIES The Piggly Wiggly (no kidding) in Monteagle is the closest grocery store but some people feel that they pay a premium for the convenience. The managers at the Pig are great about stocking special request items — they have a remarkable array of hummus and cheeses for a small grocery. Most people in Sewanee do their major grocery shopping at the Kroger or Wal-Mart in Decherd (just past Winchester, about a 25-minute drive). There is also a Food Lion in Winchester. The Sewanee Market is great when you realize you’re missing one ingredient or you need munchies. The Blue Chair Market and Julia’s offers fresh baked breads and great baguettes.
There is a disagreement about whether you should tip the kid who takes your groceries out to the car. Those who do tip generally tip $1.
For natural foods, Whole Foods (423) 702-7300 in Chattanooga is a Sewanee favorite. There is also a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s in Nashville. Also, in Chattanooga, there are a Fresh Market, (423) 499-4233, and an Earthfare, (423) 855-2511. The Blue Chair Market also sells some organic food items. Sharp Shopper in Cowan is worth visiting for some discount items.
There is a gardeners’ market (like a farmers’ market only smaller scale) each Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. during the summer. Get there early, things sell out quickly.
There are Sam’s Clubs in Chattanooga and Murfreesboro. There is a Costco, a Sam’s Club, and a Publix in Huntsville.
GARBAGE and RECYCLING Garbage collection is once a week for those who live on the Domain. The day depends on where you live. White paper will be picked up for recycling at curbside the first and third Friday of each month. They also pick up newspapers/magazines, aluminum cans, and plastic. Curbside recycling must be in blue bags provided by the University. You can pick up bags at the Physical Plant warehouse or from Rental Housing. Newspapers, cardboard, metal, and #1 and #2 plastics can be delivered for recycling to the County Convenience Center located on University Avenue.
If you work for the University, the cost for garbage and recycling services is deducted from your paycheck.
GAS, NATURAL Elk River Gas Company, (931) 967-3642, is the local gas provider. There is a connection fee. Please note that natural gas is not available in all parts of Sewanee.
GASOLINE Sewanee Auto Repair is the one source for gas within Sewanee and is open daily until 5. They are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Prices are comparable to off the Mountain. There are several 24-hour gas stations in Monteagle and Winchester. Sewanee Auto Repair also offers auto repairs, friendly service, and the prestigious Gas Hog award. Other sources for auto repairs in Monteagle are D & B Auto, (931) 924-5040, and J & J Garage, (931) 598-5470, located between Monteagle and Sewanee.
HOTELS The guest rooms in Sewanee are owned and run by the University. To make reservations at the Sewanee Inn or Rebel’s Rest call (931) 598-1686 or visit their website at www.sewanee.edu/guestrooms.
There is also a variety of accommodations close to Sewanee in Monteagle and Cowan:
All phone numbers are in the (931) area code.
Edgeworth Inn & Campus Suites, 924-4000
American Eagle Inn, 924-8880
Best Western Smokehouse Lodge, 924-2091
Regency Inn, 924-2221
Days Inn, 924-2900
DuBose Conf. Center, 800-537-9968
Monteagle Inn Bed & Breakfast, 924-3869
Northgate Lodge, in the Assembly, 924-279
Franklin-Pearson House, 962.3223
HOUSING You have three options for housing in Sewanee:
•Rent from the University
•Purchase or build a home
•Rent from a private party
If you are renting from the University, you will receive rental contracts and housing information from University Housing. Please be sure to return these signed contracts promptly. This is the only way to guarantee that you have housing in the fall. Also, it’s a good idea to call and verify that the information arrived in the housing office, (931) 598-1171.
The asking prices for Sewanee housing may seem a little steep depending on whether this is your first home and where you are coming from. Prices currently range from $58,000 to $1.1 million. The average listed price is $286,212. A list of houses for sale on the Domain is available from the Lease Office, (931) 598-1998.
There are a limited number of privately owned homes for rent on the Mountain if you cannot find what you want from University housing. Check local realtors for availability. Remember that an advantage of having the University as landlord is that problems or repairs are taken care of without expense.
While most faculty and many staff members live in Sewanee, some choose to live outside Sewanee where housing may be cheaper or there may be more opportunities for spousal employment. Other popular areas are Monteagle, Midway, Jump-Off, Sherwood, Cowan, Winchester, Estill Springs, Manchester, Tullahoma, Chattanooga, and Murfreesboro.
LIBRARIES In addition to its academic collection, duPont Library also houses popular books and periodicals, a great video and DVD collection, and a growing collection of children’s literature. Videotapes and DVDs can be checked out for three days. The Academic Technology Center, in the basement, has a computer lab with both Mac and Dell computers, a large lounge area, multimedia equipment, group study rooms, and a conference room. Media Services, on the ground floor, has video equipment that can be checked out, as well as a viewing room, video editing equipment, and audio-visual equipment. The library also has several public computer terminals with internet access and wireless network access throughout the building.
The Archives, on the Kappa Sigma House next door to the library, offers a wealth of papers, photographs, rare books, and artifacts that could complement nearly any class taught at the College or Seminary. Drop by to see what is available to embellish your lecture or discussion.
There is a small book collection at Thurmond Library, located in the Blue House on University Ave., mostly of children’s books and popular fiction. Monteagle Public Library, (931) 924-2638, is open Monday-Friday. Franklin County Library, (931) 967-3706, is located in Winchester.
Sewanee has an agreement with Vanderbilt University in Nashville that provides faculty and staff with access to the Vanderbilt libraries (http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/).
MAIL AND PACKAGES Every college student and college faculty member has a post office box in the Student Post Office (SPO) in the basement of the Bishop’s Common. The School of Theology students and faculty have mailboxes located in Hamilton Hall at The School of Theology. The official zip for the School of Theology is 37383-0001.
In addition to professional correspondence, you are welcome to use your SPO box as your personal address; however, be aware that the SPO is closed during some university breaks. Home delivery is available in most areas of town. Post office boxes are available for rent at the Sewanee Post Office, open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon Saturday. The College zip code is 37383-1000. The village of Sewanee zip code is 37375.
Mail to your SPO box should be addressed as follows:
Jane and John Doe
SPO (it is not necessary to list the box number)
735 University Ave.
Sewanee TN 37383-1000
The SPO sells stamps and handles outgoing U.S. mail. Official outgoing mail may be charged to your department by placing your department charge number in the bottom left hand corner of the envelope.
UPS and Federal Express can be picked up and shipped from the SPO at the Bishop’s Common. Payment for shipping is by cash or check only. Do not be surprised if a package mailed to your home gets delivered to your office. Our UPS and FedEx folks tend to pay more attention to the name than the address.
MAPS Campus, street, and trail maps are available in the Bishop’s Common, the foyer of Thompson Union, and the Admission Office.
MARDI GRAS Mardi Gras is to Southern college students what Spring Break is to our Northern neighbors. Expect campus to be a bit quiet during the festival, 42 days before Easter (sometime between early February and early March).
MOVIES The University’s movie theater is located in Thompson Union, (931) 598-1500, and when the University is in session movies are shown on the weekend. It offers one of the best entertainment values around, if you are OK with seeing movies a couple of months after their release. The Montana Drive-In on Highway 41 between Estill Springs and Tullahoma is also a great deal for a movie, $6 per person for two movies. Tullahoma has a Regal 8 Cinema as well.
Winchester’s Oldham Theater, (931) 967-2516, is an old-fashioned theatre that’s been split into two screens and offers new releases and pickles in addition to the usual concessions. The Alma Mater Theater, (931) 592-8222, in Tracy City is a community-run movie house showing first release movies on the weekends.
Chattanooga and Nashville have an array of multiplex theatres.
MOVING U-Hauls can be returned to 215 Bypass Road, Winchester, (931) 968-6272. Budget vans will need to be returned to Chattanooga or Nashville. Ryder trucks are available in Tullahoma, (931) 455-7509, or Manchester, (931) 728-1966. Finally there is The Moving Man in Decherd, (931) 968-1000.
NEWSPAPERS The local paper (funded in part by the University) is The Sewanee Mountain Messenger. The Messenger is free and available around town each Thursday, and it is also now available online. The county papers are The Herald-Chronicle (covering Franklin County), The Grundy County Herald, and The Cumberland Chronicle. All three are bi-weekly. Daily newspapers The Tennessean (Nashville), The Times-Free Press (Chattanooga), and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are also available around town or for home delivery. The New York Times is available from the Tiger Pantry by subscription. Subscriptions can be arranged at the checkout counter. Many newspapers from across the U.S. and the world are available in the library.
NOTARY SERVICES There are several notaries on campus, including: Renee Blair, University Relations; Cindy Church, Dean of the College’s office; Joe David McBee, duPont Library; Melinda Partin, Treasurer’s office; and Teresa Smith, Human Resources. Regions Bank also has a notary available.
OUTREACH/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES A great way to get to know people is through volunteer opportunities. Here is a very short list of some of the opportunities:
PARKING To ensure safety, efficiency, consistency, and aesthetics, the University has developed a comprehensive parking policy. This policy is reviewed frequently and amended as necessary. Your understanding and compliance with the Parking Policy is helpful, appreciated, and helps make Sewanee a better place to live and grow. For detailed policy information: http://www2.sewanee.edu/trafficappeal/policy
PETS Dogs have long been welcome members of the Sewanee community (with the exception of Pit bulls). However, all dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times while on the Domain. Any dog not under its owner’s control is subject to pick up by the Sewanee Police Department. No dogs other than guide dogs are allowed in University buildings. The complete Dog Control policy is available from the Police Department.
Under Tennessee law, dogs and cats must receive rabies vaccines annually. Veterinarians in the area include Animal Care Center, (931) 967-7250, and Town and Country, (931) 967-3666, in Winchester. Mobile Veterinary Services, (931) 607-5239, will come to you. Coffee County Veterinary in Manchester is also a local favorite.
The Franklin County Humane Society operates Animal Harbor. The only animal shelter in Franklin County, Animal Harbor is located at 9020 David Crockett Highway in Belvidere, nine miles west of Winchester. Abandoned dogs and cats are sheltered there and offered for adoption to loving homes. Call (931) 962-4472 for information about adopting pets, volunteering with The Humane Society or making a donation.
Franklin County Animal Control 967-5389, http://www.petfinder.com/shelter/IL87.html, “Franklin County Animal Control works along with area law enforcement and volunteers in rescuing and caring for unwanted animals. We try to help educate the public on spaying/neutering and proper care of their pets. We rescue pets, seek veterinarian care for them, and provide adoption counseling to the prospective homes. We are putting forth every effort possible to end animal abuse and neglect and are in the process of updating the current laws set forth to prosecute people found guilty of abuse and neglect.”
PHARMACIES There are two pharmacies in Monteagle: CVS Pharmacy, (931) 924-2832, and Fred's Pharmacy, (931) 924-3207.
PRESCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE The University of the South Child Care Center, (931) 598-1699, takes infants and children ages six weeks to five years old. Space is offered first to faculty, staff, and students. Call Michelle Carter, director, for information.
Sewanee Children’s Center, (931) 598-5928, at Lower Cravens Hall, welcomes children from 18 months to five years of age — call Director Maggie Hanson for more information. There is an after school program for children to age eight. There is a lottery in the spring for new placements but spaces sometimes become available during the year. Contact Director Amy Webb for more information.
St. Luke's Parents' Morning Out (PMO) is a Tuesday and Thursday morning program for ages six weeks through pre-K at The School of Theology. Space is available first to The School of Theology folks. Remaining space is often available at a first-come-first-served basis to the greater University and mountain community, and spaces sometimes become available during the year. Contact Ivy Lowry at (931) 598-3408.
RECYCLING, see GARBAGE
REPAIRS If you live in University Rental Housing, any repairs needed should be called into the repair line, (931) 598-1358, during normal working hours. For emergency repairs (risking bodily harm or property damage) after hours and weekends call (931) 598-1111 (Police Dept.). If you need referrals for repairs in your privately owned home, try the University’s classifieds.
The University’s dining hall, McClurg (http://dining.sewanee.edu/) offers an incredible buffet. Faculty, staff, and their families get a discount if they use Tiger Dollars (money that can be put on your ID card).
Crust Pizza, (931) 598-9880 — pizzas
Shenanigans, (931) 598-5774 — sandwiches, salads, pizza, soup, quiche, beer, fresh bread, and other baked goods
Stirling’s Coffee House, (931) 598-1885 — specialty coffees, soup, salads, muffins, bagels
The Globe Café, (931) 598-9568 — sandwiches, pizza (Tiger dollars accepted)
Tiger Bay Pub, (931) 598-1140 — in the Bishop’s Common, sandwiches, grill, beer
The Blue Chair Coffee Shop, (931) 598-5434 — coffees, specialty drinks, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads
Julia's, (931) 598-5193 — paninis, fish tacos, daily specials, desserts, and additional entrees available in the frozen section for take out.
IvyWild, (931) 598-9000 — New American cuisine with local charm
The Corner House, (931) 967- 3910
Platters, (931) 967-9158 — buffet and sandwiches
Sernicola’s, (931) 962-3380 — Italian
Fiesta Grill, (931) 962-9939 — Great Mexican food in a nice atmosphere
Winchester & Tullahoma
Arezzo's, (931) 962-8680 — Great Italian food visit http://www.arezzos.com for hours and other information
Camino Real, (931) 968-9930 — Good Mexican food and it's almost always busy in the evening
Emil's, (931) 461-7070 — French chef and owner in Tullahoma
Evergreen Chinese Super Buffet & Grill, (931) 967-0988 — Large selection, sushi bar
Los Alamos, (931) 967-7007 — great Mexican food with live music some nights
Oasis, (931) 962-4411 — steak, chicken, pasta, drinks, and karaoke sometimes for the brave
Raphael's Pizzaria & Restaurant, (931) 962-4997 — pizza, calzones, pasta, and great sandwiches
San Miguel's, (931) 967-9197 — coffee, great paninis, soups, and homemade desserts (free wireless)
John T's BBQ, (931) 967-9600 — ribs, brisket, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, and cornbread
Variety of fast food also
Midway (midway between Sewanee and Monteagle)
Mi Casa, (931) 924-5550 — Mexican food, beer and alcohol, live entertainment on Fridays
Pearls's, (931) 598-5770 —
Monteagle offers a variety of fast food plus:
Edgeworth Inn, (931) 924-4000 — prix fixe, gourmet meals in an intimate setting
High Point, (931) 924-4600 — upscale, full bar, reservations needed
Modern Dave's Cafe, (931) 924-8363
Papa Ron’s Pizza & Pasta, (931) 924-3355 — casual, good menu, beer and wine
Shan’s Chinese Buffet, (931) 924-8885 — Chinese and Japanese style buffet
Tea on the Mountain, (931) 592-4832
SCHOOLS, also see PRESCHOOLS NOTE: To enter public school, children must have a validated immunization certificate. The certificate is available from the county Health Department, (931) 967-3826, located at 338 Joyce Lane in Winchester and can be validated by a local doctor.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Most of the school districts in the area offer open enrollment. You do not have to live in a community in order to attend school there. Classes for Franklin County public schools begin August 8. Call the Franklin County Board of Education, (931) 967-0626, for more information. A child must be five years old by Sept. 30 to enroll in kindergarten, or six by Sept. 30 to attend the first grade. Enrollment requirements include legal proof of age (preferably a birth certificate), a physical exam, tuberculin test, up-to-date immunizations, and a social security card.
Sewanee Elementary School, (931) 598-5951, is downtown. The school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
J. D. Jackson Junior High School, (931) 967-7355, is located at 601 W. Cumberland, Cowan.
Franklin County High School, (931) 962-0905, is located at 801 First Ave., Winchester.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, 598-5651, serves day students grades 6-12 and boarding students grades 9-12. The SAS campus is adjacent to the University’s campus at the yellow flashing light on the way to Monteagle. Opening weekend for the upcoming 2012-2013 year is Aug. 19-21. Classes start Aug. 20.
The School of the Good Shepherd, (931) 967-5673, is a Catholic day school in Winchester, which serves K through 6th grade.
SHOPPING There is no getting around the fact that Sewanee is a small town in a rural area. Getting your shopping done may require a little more driving and mail ordering than you are accustomed to. The up side is that it’s not a very materialistic community and you’ll find that you don’t spend nearly as much money as you do elsewhere. The Lemon Fair and Taylor’s are boutiques in Sewanee that offer jewelry and accessories. There is a Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. The closest place to get everyday items is the Dollar General Store, Family Dollar, or Fred’s in Monteagle, the Wal-Mart in Decherd or South Pittsburg, or Hammer’s in Winchester or South Pittsburg. Cut-rate shopping on many items is available at the Sharp Shopper in Cowan. Builder's Supply in Monteagle has building supplies, paints, pool supplies, etc. Lowe's in Kimball and Home Depot in Winchester are also great places for home improvement supplies. If you enjoy hunting for bargains you’ll enjoy the Monteagle Flea Market. You can get almost anything your heart desires in Chattanooga or Nashville and everything your heart desires in Atlanta.
SMOKING is prohibited in and near all university buildings.
SPO, see MAIL AND PACKAGES
TAXES The Tennessee income tax does not apply to salaries and wages, but most income from stocks, bonds and notes receivable is taxable. Sales tax varies by locality but is generally quite high (9.25% for most items/ 8.25% for essential groceries). Property taxes are very low.
TELEPHONE Most Sewanee numbers and ALL University numbers begin with 598. Often people will only give you the final four digits of their number. You can’t assume that this means it is a University extension but you can assume that it begins 598. To reach University extensions from off campus dial 598 and the number.
If you will be living in University housing, you will receive local and long-distance (AT&T) telephone service through the University phone system administered by the Telecommunications Office. Telephones are available through their office located behind the bookstore.
If you live outside University housing, but still in Franklin County, you should set up your phone service with Bell South, (931) 557-6502. Monteagle and Grundy County residents should contact the Ben Lomand phone company, (931) 592-2121.
If you rent your home from the University, the University phone system will provide you with many services including voice mail. You must make a special request to Telecommunications (Ext. 1095) if you want your phone number reported and listed with directory assistance outside the University. Otherwise, your number will be classified as a non-published number with the telephone company and will only be available to the public through the University operator 598-1000. For incoming calls, a single ring indicates an internal call; a double ring is an external call.
duPont Library has a great collection of area phone books.
TELEVISION Without an aerial, cable, or satellite hook-up, most homes in Sewanee will not get good reception. Cable television is available from Charter Communications, (931) 598-5771. There are a couple of satellite providers, and folks are happy to offer their opinion on which one might be best for you.
TIGER PANTRY Located beside the University Book and Supply Store, the Tiger Pantry is the one convenience store on campus. It is also the pick-up spot for New York Times subscriptions.
TIME Sewanee is in the Central Time Zone but is right on the border. Chattanooga and Atlanta are in the Eastern Time Zone. Nashville is Central.
UTILITIES, see ELECTRICITY, GAS, TELEPHONE, or WATER
VIDEOS duPont Library has a good collection of videos and DVDs (check out time is for three days). There is a DVD store in Midway and one or two in Monteagle, but if you’re a serious and impatient film buff, you might want to join one of the mail order DVD clubs.
VOTING To vote in Tennessee an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old, and a resident of the state for a period of at least 50 days. You may register to vote when you get your driver’s license. Watch The Messenger for information about other places and times to register.
WATER The Sewanee Utility District, (931) 598-5611, provides water in Sewanee. SUD is on Sherwood Road just down the road a piece from 41A. There is a connection fee. Due to a state-of-the-art sewage filtration system purchased a few years ago, water is expensive in Sewanee. Fix leaks quickly, use the carwash in Winchester, and shower with a friend.
The water is safe to drink from the tap but may be brown due to mineral build up, especially when you first move in. Before doing laundry for the first time after moving in, run a wash cycle to clear the pipes.
WEATHER Although Sewanee’s latitude would suggest hot temperatures, our altitude (1,900 feet above sea level) moderates the temperature. The average low for the year is 35° (January) and the average high is 75° (July) although you can expect it to get considerably hotter. Monsoon season usually starts in March, and summer heats up in June and stays warm through September. We have a long gorgeous fall followed by a brief and often foggy winter with one or two significant (by southern standards) snowstorms. Precipitation is about five inches/month and comes in all forms — rain, ice, snow, and awe-inspiring thunderstorms. Statistics aside, the weather can change at a moment's notice. When in doubt, layer.
For weather-related situations that may affect the normal operation of the university, call Ext. 3333. The University will also contact the local radio stations with news of university and school closings. Local stations include WZYX (1440 AM) in Cowan and WCDT (1340 AM) in Winchester.
YARD CARE Although the University technically owns all the land within the Domain, yard care is your responsibility unless you live in the Woodlands or in one of the housing clusters. If you rent from the University and do not keep your grass cut, the housing office will send in Physical Plant personnel at $35/hr. and charge this service to your paycheck.
EVERYTHING ELSE The classifieds listserv is a great source of information about everything. The Sewanee Mountain Messenger is also a good source for all things Sewanee. The marketing and communications office (Ext.1286) and the alumni office (Ext.1402) are also good resources for random questions.
A BRIEF SEWANEE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Climber's Guide to Sewanee by Martin Knoll and Jason Price
Comparative Description of the Native Trees of the Sewanee Area by Stephen Puckette
Ely: Too Black, Too White by Ely Green, Arthur Ben Chitty (Afterword), Bertram Wyatt-Brown
Go Take a Hike, a Guide to Hiking on the Domain of the University of the South by Mary Priestley and Greg Allen
Men Who Made Sewanee by the Rev. Moultrie Guerry
Ninety-Nine Iron: The Season Sewanee Won 5 Games in 6 Days by Wendell Givens
Rebel's Rest Remembers: Sewanee Summers When We Were Young by Rene Lynch
Reconstruction at Sewanee; the founding of the University of the South and its first administration, 1857-1872 by Arthur Ben Chitty
Sewanee by William Alexander Percy (Editor), Walker Percy (Introduction), Katharine Pettigrew (Illustrator)
Sewanee in Stone: Architecture and History by David Bowman
Sewanee Perspectives On the History of the University of the South Gerald L. Smith and Samuel R. Williamson, Jr. editors
Sewanee Places by Gerald L. Smith and Sean T. Suarez
Sewanee Sesquicentennial History The Making of the University of the South by Samuel R. Williamson, with essays by Annie Armour; foreword by Samuel R. Williamson, Gerald L. Smith
Under the Sun at Sewanee, (1967) by Waring McCrady (no longer in print but you can occasionally find or borrow a used copy) and Under the Sun at Sewanee (1977) by Doug Cameron and Waring McCrady
Yea, Sewanee’s Right, A Pictorial History of the University of the South (2011) by Samuel R. Williamson Jr. and Gerald L. Smith with Tracey Omohundro
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU?
If you are coming from the East, you are farther west than you think — almost due south of Chicago. If you are coming from the North or West, you are nowhere near Florida. This area is referred to as Middle Tennessee or the Cumberland Plateau. The Mountain refers to the top of the Cumberland Plateau and, particularly, Sewanee. No matter where you go from here it is always referred to as “down,” as in “I’m going down to the grocery store” or “I’m going down to Nashville” (which is north but is still down off the Mountain).
Here is a brief list of nearby towns and cities, their area codes and distances:
Monteagle / (931) / 6 miles Tullahoma / (931) / 30 miles
Tracy City / (931) / 12 miles Manchester / (931) / 20 miles
Kimball/S. Pittsburg / (423) / 20 miles Murfreesboro / (615) / 55 miles
Chattanooga / (423) / 50 miles Nashville / (615) / 90 miles
Winchester / local / 12 miles Huntsville, AL (256) / 56 miles
Chattanooga (http://www.chattanoogafun.com/) is the closest city of any size. It’s an easy 45-minute drive. Downtown offers museums, restaurants, and specialty shops. The Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, and Hunter Museum of American Art are all worth a visit. If you have younger children, the newly renovated zoo would be a great day trip. There’s a great shopping/eating neighborhood called North Shore on the north side of the river. (That’s the Tennessee River. The Chattahoochee River is in Georgia). Tennessee’s biggest mall, Hamilton Place, is on the far side of town — take I-24 to I-75 North. For the kitschier side of Tennessee tourism, be sure to take visiting relatives to Rock City. The Chattanooga Lookouts are great for a minor league baseball fix.
Huntsville (http://www.huntsville.org/) is a very family friendly town. It takes about an hour to get there mostly along back roads. (Be sure to stop at the Swiss Pantry in Belvidere for cowboy cookies to make the ride go faster.) Attractions include the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (home of Space Camp), the Museum of Art, Early Works children’s museum, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, and Sci-Quest science museum. Huntsville is the closest place to go ice skating. Huntsville also sponsors a variety of free movies and concerts in their city parks in the summer.
Nashville (http://www.visitmusiccity.com/indexfull.php) is the closest place for nightlife. There are a couple of large performance venues but the best music is in the small clubs around town. It’s not all country music, although there’s plenty of that. Nashville has some wonderful independent bookstores and natural and international foods stores. The city is home to an NFL football team and an NHL hockey team. Nashville also has several great restaurants. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Public Library are all great places to spend a day.
Atlanta (http://www.atlanta.net/) is two and a half hours of easy driving until you get to the city itself, which is notoriously awful (and not just by small town driving standards). But, it’s worth the drive. Atlanta offers great cultural opportunities, incredible food, all the shopping you could possibly want (and then some). Atlanta also offers you a chance to be completely anonymous for a day or two (until you run into someone else from Sewanee who’s hiding out there for the weekend).
Where’s the beach? If you need to see big water and a lake won’t do it for you, the closest saltwater is in Savannah, Georgia, 414 miles away and approximately a seven hour drive. Your next best bet is Mobile, Alabama. There is also Destin, which is as close as Mobile.
Flying away In addition to being served by most of the major carriers, the Nashville airport is a Southwest mini-hub and you can get cheap and direct flights to a host of locations for a quick weekend away.
Sushi, please You can find decent to good sushi, Thai, and Indian food in Huntsville, Nashville, Murfreesboro or Chattanooga. Fresh Market in Chattanooga has tasty sushi to go. There is a plethora of Chinese and Mexican restaurants in the area of greatly varying quality. Everyone’s an expert on where to go — just ask around. Also, if you enjoy international cuisine be sure to watch the University calendar for the semi-annual OCCU potlucks (see Recreation and Entertainment on Campus).
RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT ON CAMPUS
Art Shows There are regular exhibits in the University Gallery, at Stirling’s Coffee House, at the Nabit Art Building, and at the gallery at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. Student and community exhibits are frequently displayed in the Bishop’s Common Gallery and on the second and third floors of Carnegie Hall. There are SACA arts and crafts fairs throughout the year.
Bishop’s Common offers pool tables, air hockey, ping-pong, and free cable. The Pub and the University SPO are in the basement of this building.
Children’s Activities A variety of children’s activities are available throughout the school year and summer. Programs include music, dance, and swimming lessons, a variety of sports camps, and organized soccer, swim and baseball programs. Children are also welcome at most University cultural events.
Evensong is a sung evening prayer service in the Anglican tradition. The University Choir offers evensong the first Sunday evening of most months during term time.
Fourth of July Extravaganza The annual festival includes a street dance, parade, cake contest, cat show, dog show, games, street vendors selling food, arts and crafts show, fireworks at Lake Cheston, music and cookout, and a community breakfast and flag raising. What more could you ask for?
Fowler Center Faculty and staff have free use of all the gym’s facilities. Just show your University ID at the control desk. Eligible dependents can get an ID card from the Athletic Dept. x1284 for just $5/year. The Fowler Center houses a climbing wall, basketball-volleyball courts, an indoor track, a swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball and squash, a weight room, a dance studio, and exercise machines. The Athletic Department (598-1284) runs a full intramural program. Faculty and staff participate in many sports.
German Language Total Immersion Seminar The seminar is an exciting opportunity for teachers of German, students and other German speakers to use German exclusively in a total immersion environment.
Golf and Tennis Club Membership A dsicounted fee is available for students, staff, and faculty giving you unlimited golf and tennis for one year. Without the membership, you will pay for golf per round. You can use the tennis courts without a membership but, technically, a member could bump you.
Jazz Coffee House The Ayres Multicultural Center sponsors several jazz coffee houses each semester. The events bring top quality jazz groups from Atlanta to campus to perform in an intimate venue.
Lake Cheston Located near the football practice fields, Lake Cheston is a great place for picnicking, beach volleyball, canoeing, and fishing. A small sand beach is a good spot for the kids to play although there’s some debate over whether the water is safe for swimming.
Lessons And Carols Each December All Saints’ Chapel and the University Choir offer the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. This is a very popular event with tour buses coming from miles around. All three performances often fill the chapel to capacity. The Sunday evening service is designated for the community.
Medieval Colloquium The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is an annual, interdisciplinary conference held in April attended by medievalists from throughout the United States. Each of our meetings is organized around a distinct theme, broad in scope.
OCCU Potlucks The student-run Organization for Cross-Cultural Understanding (OCCU) sponsors an international cuisine potluck dinner each semester; a gastronomic highlight of the year.
The Perimeter Trail The Perimeter Trail is a 25-mile hiking trail that circles the Domain. Maps are available at the SOP office (see below).
Sewanee Arts & Crafts Association sponsors craft fairs on the Saturday of family weekend, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on Commencement Saturday, and on the Fourth of July. SACA welcomes new members.
Sewanee Chorale is a community organization that usually performs twice each year. Practice is held on Monday nights.
Sewanee Outing Program (SOP) No, this has nothing to do with getting Rosie O’Donnell to talk publicly about her lifestyle. The SOP sponsors frequent outdoor events and courses in hiking, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, and backpacking. Most events are free and open to everyone as is equipment rental. Look for their printed schedules or inquire at the Bishop’s Common.
Sewanee Summer Music Festival For those in Sewanee during June/July the nationally known SSMF provides a series of musical performances by promising artists and professional faculty. Season or individual tickets are available.
Sewanee Summer Seminar The Sewanee Summer Seminar is a program of lectures, discussions and outings designed for alumni and friends of the University. The staff is composed of faculty in such departments as history, religion, English, French, political science, fine arts, theatre, physics, biology, chemistry, geology, film, and music.
Sewanee Tennis Association was created to support those interested in tennis at Sewanee. It sponsors a USTA sanctioned tournament for young players in August, and several other informal events during the year.
Sewanee Writers’ Conference During July/August, dozens of accomplished and aspiring writers come to Sewanee for the Writers’ Conference. Many of the readings are open to the public.
South Cumberland Recreation Area, (931) 924-2980, is part of the state parks system. There is a Visitor Center located between Monteagle and Tracy City. Guided nature walks are sponsored around the Mountain.
University Orchestra made up of students, faculty and staff, community members, and a few professional performers from Nashville and Chattanooga, performs 2-3 times each year and serves as the pit orchestra for musicals. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, contact Joseph Lee at 598-3216.
University Sponsored Cultural Events The University offers dozens of plays, concerts, and lectures each year. Most are open to everyone and free. The Performing Arts Series brings internationally renowned talent to campus. The Tiger Bay Pub and Stirling’s Coffee Shop offer more intimate venues for musical performances and readings.
Yoga Various opportunities are available in Sewanee and close by. Styles range from Sivananada, Iyengar, general Hatha, gentle relaxation, and meditation. See the Messenger and Campus Week for details.
Abbo’s Alley is a cultivated nature walk that crosses South Carolina Avenue.
All Saints’ Chapel is the University’s main center for worship and the spiritual center of the campus. Although the building is of cathedral-like stature, a cathedral refers to a place where a bishop presides and because there is no bishop at All Saints', it is technically a chapel.
BC Bishop’s Common, the student union and home to a variety of offices, The Tiger Bay Pub, and the SPO.
Comps Comprehensive exams, administered by college departments to junior or senior majors. It is a tradition following comps for friends of the “comped” students to decorate the student’s car.
COTA Chapel of the Apostles
The Domain is the campus plus the areas controlled by the University, approximately 13,000 acres. The University owns all the land on the Domain but leases parcels to people who own homes or businesses.
Downtown or the Village refers to the business area of Sewanee. There is a bank, post office, gas station, coffee shop, florist, several restaurants, salons, gift shops, and art gallery.
EQB Ecce Quam Bonum, the University motto. The translation is “How good it is” shortened from “How good it is when brethren dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133). The EQB also refers to a club and meeting room located near the Telecommunications Office.
Jump-Off is the area off Jump-Off Road. You go through Jump-Off to take the back road to South Pittsburg. Jump-Off is home to the Land Trust, an alternative housing community.
The Land Trust The Jump-Off Community Land Trust is an intentional community located on 1,200 acres protected by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust. The people who live at Jump-Off share a common resolve to preserve and protect the integrity of the land.
Lost Cove is a lovely piece of land now owned by the University and The Land Trust for Tennessee. This area will be managed by Sewanee and used for both academic and recreational purposes.
Midway (so named for being mid-way between Sewanee and Monteagle) may be reached by turning the opposite way from the entrance to St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. St. James’ Church and the Midway Market are located in Midway.
OG The Order of Gownsmen, the University’s honor society
PPS Physical Plant Services, the folks that keep this place looking nice and in working order.
Proctor's Hall is not a building. It is a rock along the Perimeter Trail and a road name.
SAS St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, a private Episcopal school (grades 6-12, boarding and day).
SES Sewanee Elementary School, the only public elementary school in Sewanee (grades K-5).
Shakerag Hollow is an area along the perimeter trail to see wildflowers and many other beautiful sites. (Although the flowers are beautiful, it is forbidden to take any of the plants. So, do resist the urge to take them home with you!)
Sherwood is the community in the valley off the mountain reached by Sherwood Road. Children from Sherwood attend SES.
S of T The School of Theology
SOL School of Letters
SOP Sewanee Outing Program
SPO Student Post Office, located in the BC (see above). Pronounced “spoe.” SPO is used as a noun (“Take these to the SPO.”) or as a verb (“I’ll SPO it to you.”).
St. Mary’s An Episcopal convent just off the Domain. It is also a retreat and conference center.
The Gates The University’s gates located on Highway 41. There is a student tradition to touch the ceiling of your car as you drive out the gates to grab the angel that will protect you until you return to Sewanee. The story of the Sewanee angel is available for sale at the Lemon Fair, one of the gift shops downtown.
The Messenger or Sewanee Mountain Messenger is the weekly local newspaper. See NEWSPAPERS
The Mountain refers to the entire area on the plateau.
The Pig The Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Monteagle.
The Seminary is The School of Theology located in Hamilton Hall.
The Valley The portion of Franklin County that is not on the Mountain, including Cowan, Winchester, and Decherd.
V-C Vice-Chancellor (see University Senior Administration)
The Woodlands is the University housing development located off Roarks Cove Road. It is also sometimes referred to as Fertile Acres because of the population of seminary children there.
Yea, Sewanee’s Right! The University cheer. The full cheer is “Tigers! Tigers! Leave them in the lurch. Down with the heathens, up with the church. Yea, Sewanee’s Right.”
SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS AND GOVERNING BOARD
The Chancellor is The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard. The chancellor is ex officio president of the Board of Trustees. To be eligible to be chancellor one must be a bishop of one of the owning dioceses. The chancellor performs ceremonial functions and is the formal head of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor and President is John H. McCardell Jr. The vice-chancellor is responsible for ensuring that the University functions according to the University Ordinances as dictated by the Boards of Trustees and Regents, concentrating on the overall strategic plans for the University and major fund raising.
The Provost is Dr. John Swallow. Offices and positions reporting to the provost include Institutional Research Registrar, Information Technology, Athletics, Dean of the College, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Review.
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is Dr. John Gatta. The dean is responsible for administering the academic policies governing the college faculty and students. The dean and the associate deans, Dr. Larry Jones and Dr. Richard Summers, provide academic counseling, coordinate the activities of academic departments, and monitor the college budget. The dean appoints department chairpersons and participates in faculty recruitment and evaluation.
The Dean of The School of Theology is The Right Reverend Neil Alexander. The office of the dean is responsible for all seminary programs including the advanced degrees program and continuing and extension education.
The Dean of Students is Mr. Eric Hartman. Mr. Hartman’s staff oversees student activities and organizations, student housing, the Greek system, discipline, and counseling services.
The Dean of Admission is Ms. Lee Ann Afton-Backlund. The admission staff oversees the entire admission process including interviews, group information sessions, applications, recruitment, and financial aid.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration is Dr. Jerry Forster. Forster monitors the financial health of the University, and oversees Rental Housing, Human Resources Services, Emergency Services (police, fire and EMS), and Physical Plant Services. Forster is also the community relations representative.
The University Chaplain and Dean of All Saints’ Chapel is The Rev. Tom Macfie Jr. In addition to services at All Saints’, the chaplain’s office coordinates outreach activities including the Spring Break outreach trips.
The Associate Provost for Information Technology and University Librarian is Dr. Vicki Sells. Information Technology includes the Library, Academic Technology Services, Print Services, Computing and Networking Services, Systems and Programming, and Telecommunications.
The Vice President for University Advancement is Jay Fisher. University Advancement includes the Development and Alumni offices.
The University Legal Counsel is Donna Pierce. She is responsible for providing, managing, and coordinating legal services for the university and apprising university officials on legal matters related to the performance of their duties.
The Director of Athletics is Mark Webb. The Director of Athletics supervises the intercollegiate athletic program, physical education, intramurals, the golf course, and the equestrian center.
The Executive Director of Marketing and Communications is Parker Oliver. The office provides strategic marketing support to offices and programs throughout the University, with particular emphasis on student recruitment and fundraising. From concept to delivery, the professional staff manages market research, publications production, media relations, web development, graphic design, advertising, event support, photography, and the University master calendar.
The Director of Physical Plant Services is John P. Vineyard. He is responsible for campus facilities, utilities, grounds, environmental, safety, and rental housing. Vineyard manages facilities maintenance, operations, projects, and the campus master plan.
The Board of Trustees is composed of the bishops and three members from each of the 28 Episcopal Dioceses that own the university, the president of the Associated Alumni and 15 alumni representatives, two faculty members from the college, one from The School of Theology, and three students. The Board of Trustees elects the Board of Regents, the chancellor, the vice-chancellor, and the chaplain. The trustees meet once a year.
The Board of Regents consists of 18 members plus the chancellor and the vice-chancellor as ex officio members. The Board of Trustees elects 12 members of the Board of Regents. The remaining six members of the Board of Regents are nominated by the Board of Regents and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. At least 14 members of the Board of Regents must be members of the Episcopal Church. In effect, the Board of Regents is the executive board of the Board of Trustees. The regents meet three times each year.
HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY
Ten Episcopal dioceses, concerned by the failure of the Episcopal Church to establish within the southern states a single successful university, agreed in 1856 to work together to create an institution that would serve the entire area. Responding to their bishops’ invitation, clergy and lay delegates from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee met at Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 4, 1857, and organized the first Board of Trustees. Sewanee continues to be owned by 28 Episcopal dioceses in 12 states and is governed by a Board of Trustees, most of whom are elected from these dioceses, and by a Board of Regents, which acts as the executive board of the trustees.
This first meeting of the trustees was followed by a second later that year in Montgomery, Alabama, at which time the name and site of the university were chosen. At a third meeting, in 1858, at Beersheba Springs, a resort near Sewanee, the trustees received the charter for the university from the State of Tennessee.
Because the founders accepted an offer of land from the Sewanee Mining Company at a place known to Native Americans as Sewanee, the University and the community are popularly known as Sewanee. The University is located on a 13,000-acre campus atop the western face of the Cumberland Plateau approximately 90 miles from Nashville and 50 miles from Chattanooga. The campus, called the Domain, consists of the university buildings, residential areas, the village of Sewanee, lakes, forests, woodland paths, caves, and bluffs.
The Sewanee community, with a population of 2,500 persons, offers an unusually rich and varied cultural and social life. Students, faculty, staff, and community members make a significant contribution to the health and safety of the community as volunteers in many service organizations such as the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Service. The Sewanee Outing Program features caving, kayaking, rappelling, camping, ice skating, canoeing, and sailing. Other cultural and social resources include the Performing Arts Series, duPont Lectures, use of duPont Library, film series, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, concerts, plays, and many international events such as the Sewanee Economics Symposium, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. See www.sewanee.edu events for a weekly listing of events on campus.
The Sewanee Review, published by the University, is the oldest continuing literary quarterly in the United States and one of the best journals of its kind.
The Sewanee Theological Review is published quarterly by The School of Theology.
The University of the South consists of a College of Arts and Sciences with approximately 1,450 undergraduates and a graduate School of Theology that includes about 100 graduate students pursuing master’s degrees, and the Sewanee School of Letters enrollment for the summer of 2012 was 70 students, but plans for enrollment to grow yearly increasing to more than 100 students. Sewanee School of Letters offers the M.A. in English and American Literature and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. An additional 50 students pursue Doctor of Ministry and other degrees during the three-week advanced degrees session at The School of Theology.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE
The College of Arts and Sciences has approximately 1,450 undergraduates from 42 states and 22 foreign countries. The college offers 1,026 courses, allowing undergraduates a choice of 36 majors. There are course requirements in literature, mathematics and the natural sciences, the social sciences, foreign languages, the fine arts, and physical education. In addition, the college offers study-abroad programs, a 3/2 engineering program, and a natural resources program. The faculty numbers roughly 134. Close to 100% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D.
The University has an impressive record of academic achievement with 26 Rhodes Scholars. More than 70% of the students pursue graduate studies and a high percentage of students who apply to medical, law, and business schools are accepted. Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa are among the national leadership and scholastic honorary organizations at Sewanee. About 80% of students participate in the intramural sports program, and there are varsity teams in 24 sports.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
The School of Theology educates women and men to serve the broad whole of the Episcopal Church in ordained and lay vocations. The School develops leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of Christ’s church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service. Sewanee’s seminary education and world-wide programs equip people for ministry through the gift of theological reflection in community. Grounded in faith, Anglican heritage, and scholarship, The School of Theology at Sewanee represents the best in theological education for the clergy and lay leaders of tomorrow. Degree programs of various types prepare priests and lay persons for ministry. They include Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, Anglican Studies Program, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching.
NEW FOLK WISDOM
Bits of wisdom — or opinion — from folk who were once new here, too.
If all of this doesn't make sense to you right now, mark it on your calendar to read it again in six months. Then you'll understand.
If you are buying a new car, get fog lights.
The road down the Mountain to Cowan/Winchester isn't as long, steep, or winding as it seems the first time.
It's important to find a niche here — a group of people with whom you have something in common. For some people it is the church, for others it is the tennis courts. If you can’t find something that’s just right for you — start something new.
Sewanee is great in the summer. The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival offer great readings and concerts. The Fourth of July celebration would make King George III weep.
Sewanee is a very unusual place. If you think something’s weird, chances are someone else agrees with you.
You can erase a hard day by heading out to one of the bluffs to watch the sunset.
You can't always tell how smart someone is by the way they talk.
The shopping carts at grocery stores are called "buggies" and the bags are called “sacks."
It's really great when the students leave.
It's really great when the students come back.
Air conditioning is to the South what heat is to the North.
Ice storms are beautiful but much harder to deal with than snowstorms. Don’t expect plows — you’ll have to wait for Mother Nature to take care of this one.
Allergies and insects are the price we pay for living in what other people would consider a vacation spot.
If you have small children use the phrase “when you are grown and leave Sewanee.” Otherwise, they won’t.
Your house is always referred to as the house of the person who lived there before you. It will be named after you after you move to another house, or die.
Living in Sewanee is a bit like being aboard a ship. When your tour of duty ends, you need to get off (the ship; the Mountain) for a while.
When disagreeing with another person, it's best to do so in the most civil way possible. It’s a small town and you and the other person may both be here for a very long time.
Many people here are related and the person who makes you crazy is either the cousin of or has remarkably and inexplicably become a friend to the person with whom you thought you had so much in common. Be careful what you say and to whom.
You can say anything you want about anybody as long as you preface it with “Bless his/her heart.”
Planning vacations with friends or family who live elsewhere can be difficult. They’ll want to get away to the country and you’ll want to get away from the country.
You are no longer new when you a) have won the free gas at the Sewanee Auto Repair or b) recognize the names of most everyone who does.