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UT Martin Somerville Center to host grand opening Aug. 24


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Somerville Center will host a grand opening reception beginning at 1 p.m., Aug. 24, at the former Methodist Fayette Hospital, located at 214 Lakeview Road in Somerville. The Somerville location is UT Martin’s fifth educational outreach center in West Tennessee.

“The addition of this center enhances our outreach and truly makes UT Martin the university for all of West Tennessee. Students can now conveniently access our programs from anywhere in the region,” said Dr. Brian Donavant, interim executive director of the UT Martin Office of Educational Outreach.

Announced in June 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly approved $250,000 in recurring funding for the center in the state’s 2016-17 budget. An additional $875,000 in one-time funding was also approved to support the renovation of the hospital facility, which Methodist Healthcare donated to the city of Somerville in July 2015.

“The new UT Martin Somerville Center will quickly become a vital part of our community’s identity,” said Kara Tapp, center director. “I want every student to have the same feeling of belonging that you get when you walk onto the main campus (in Martin). By bringing UT Martin into our hometown, we will be able to offer new opportunities for citizens who would not have had the chance to further their education at distant locations.”

The center offers a variety of general education and other undergraduate courses supporting bachelor’s degree requirements in more than 80 specialized programs, including agricultural business, criminal justice, history, social work, political science, psychology and interdisciplinary studies. General education courses available at this location include art, biology, chemistry, English, math and others. The center also offers periodic ACT preparation courses for high school students.

While the building will be occupied by several tenants, the UT Martin Somerville Center will use about 40 percent of the facility, or approximately 21,000 square feet. Major renovations officially began in December 2016.

For more information, contact Tapp at or call 901-465-7313.



(top) The newly renovated UT Martin Somerville Center features a variety of photography and signage throughout the building.

(bottom) This open lounge area will be a place for students, faculty and staff to create relationships and work together on projects. There are several such spaces in the new center, which occupies approximately 21,000 square feet of what was once Methodist Fayette Hospital.

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