UTC’s Convocation 2013 will be held on September 12, at 12:15 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend this free event. A reception will follow in the Fine Arts Center lobby. To watch Convocation live, go here.

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In keeping with our recent tradition of connecting convocation to our First Year Reading Experience, this year’s guest speaker will be Will Wade, UTC’s new Men’s Basketball Head Coach.

“I believe appreciation, enthusiasm, competitiveness, unselfishness, and accountability are the cornerstones for a meaningful college experience,” Wade said, referencing his presentation. “Furthermore, these five values will help lead you towards success and satisfaction in all facets of your life.”

Prior to coming to UTC, Wade was considered one of the top up-and-coming assistant coaches in college basketball. During his four years at Virginia Commonwealth University, Wade was an integral part of implementing the Ram’s full-court press ‘Havoc’ defense. During his last two seasons at VCU, Wade’s defenses led the nation in steals, posting the 18th most all-time during 2012-2013.

Wade spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Harvard University. A 2005 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Secondary Education, Wade spent six years with the Clemson basketball program from 2001-07.

The UTC First Year Reading Experience fosters a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff by providing a common topic for discussion across disciplines and relationships. This year’s book, This I Believe, features a compilation of essays on the topic of personal belief and philosophy. The book is based on the popular National Public Radio segment.

To provide more opportunities to spur discussions, the University is offering a series of First Year Reading Experience-related activities throughout the year.

September 12

UTC Convocation

12:15 p.m., Hayes Concert Hall

Will Wade, Men’s Basketball Head Coach

This I Believe keynote speaker

October 12

Dedication of Chamberlain Pavilion

10 a.m.

Ron Wade, Former Football Player and Alumnus

This I Believe essay

 November 7

Student Veteran Organization

Noon, Chickamauga Room

This I Believe readings

Students focusing on why they served, etc.

These events are subject to change. Visit UTC.edu/FYRE for up-to-date schedule and information

Read Chancellor Steven Angle’s essay here.

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