The UT Bookstore, a place where many students go to buy textbooks or supplies and fans find their Volunteer apparel, is essential to campus life at UT.
But recently, something is different. Due to the seemingly never ending construction on campus, what students, faculty and Volunteer fans have come to know as the Bookstore is going under a few changes.
The bookstore has changed its name to Vol Shop.
The name change came in preparation to move into the new Student Union, set to be completed in late 2016.
"All of our resources, such as the technology shop and the other entities, will be under one roof," Tommi Jamison, marketing manager at the Vol Shop, said. Places such as the Sweet Shop and Bookstore Technology Center will be combined with the former Bookstore and to consolidate anything a shopper needs into one center.
"There were a couple of ideas communications worked with," Jamison said, adding that the name Vol Shop was eventually picked by the Chancellor's Cabinet.
The change was initiated when construction on the new Student Union began in spring of 2012. "We were told by the directors that things would be changing when construction in the UC started," said Caitlin Shu, a senior in English who used to work at the UT Bookstore. Shu worked at the store for a year and nine months from roughly fall 2010 to spring 2012.
"I don't think I was ever formally told about the name change," recalled Shu. "I noticed that the managers would answer the phone as Vol Shop."
This name change, however, is not the only time the bookstore has undergone changes.
"I think in the past it has been known as the University of Tennessee Book and Supply Store," Jamison said.
According to the bookstore's website, from 1892 to 1893 it was known as College Bookstore. At the urging of ProfessorCharles Ferris, a former UT football player, the store was moved from a room in the Y.M.C.A. building downtown to East College to become better established. The UT bookstore became incorporated and then moved to South College in 1901.
For more than 50 years, The UT Bookstore has been a part of UT community and tradition.
"I would definitely keep it as the UT bookstore," Shu said. "I see the name as a part of our school's legacy."
It is university-owned and operated, meaning staff answer directly to UT administration. The bookstore supports Vision 2015: Pursuit of the Top 25. All profit goes back to the school and helps provide scholarships, student activities and campus activities.