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Alumni Association Aquarium Trip This Weekend

10/22/2006
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The Tennessee Aquarium

Cumberland University alumni, their families and friends of the university are invited to join the CU Alumni Association for an exciting day trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 25.

According to Justin Bradford, coordinator of alumni relations and annual giving, the upcoming trek to the Tennessee Aquarium promises a day's worth of fun, education, fellowship and new experiences.

"In the past, our alumni and friends have really enjoyed some of the day trips we've organized. We take care of planning and travel arrangements so our alumni and friends can focus on fun and family," Bradford said. "It's an exciting time to visit the Tennessee Aquarium. They've recently opened their Ocean Journey exhibit, which features the Penguins' Rock gallery. They're also currently hosting a unique jellyfish exhibit called 'Jellies: Living Art.'"

Travelers will meet at the main Cumberland University parking lot on the morning of Saturday, July 25 and are scheduled to depart via charter bus at 8 a.m. The bus will return to campus at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person for adults and $25 for children under 12. Ticket price includes admission to the aquarium and a box dinner during the return trip.

"For dinner, we plan to stop at the Nickajack Lake rest area and watch the sun begin to set by the Tennessee River," Bradford noted. "We're hopeful our alumni and friends will join us for a great mini-vacation before children return to school in Lebanon and Wilson County on August 1."

Each year, the Tennessee Aquarium attracts approximately one million visitors to Chattanooga. The aquarium showcases a diverse collection of thousands of living specimens, including examples of both fresh and saltwater fish, native songbirds, river otters and 70 species of turtles, snakes, alligators, crocodiles, frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. The new 'Jellies: Living Art' exhibit features six different species of jellyfish paired with art and represents a partnership between the aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

For more information, please contact Mr. Bradford at 615.547.1253 or at jbradford@cumberland.edu.