Next week is Thanksgiving and the final day of classes is December 1st – where did the semester go?
On November 11th Coffee with the Chancellor went into a classroom and I met with some of Dr. Kazemersky’s and Dr. Ennis’s upper division Engineering students. We had an open discussion and covered many issues from summer session course availability to when will the new library (and Starbucks) finally open? The next Coffee with the Chancellor is targeted to faculty and staff and will be hosted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science on December 3rd from 8:00 to 9:30 in the Maytag Room (426), EMCS Building. These events have no agenda and people come and go as their schedule allows. It is always fun to interact in an informal format and I learn a lot about the campus.
This past week was a busy one for Mocs Athletics. Friday brought home wins in volleyball and in the women’s and men’s basketball opening games – the Lady Mocs beat Villanova University 49-45 and men’s basketball won 110-53 over Hiwassee College. Saturday brought three road victories for men’s wrestling against Michigan State, Northern Illinois and Kent State. Football triumphed over Tennessee Tech with another strong showing. Mocs football is now 8-3 and ranked 9th in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the Sports Network Top 25. The final regular season game of the season is this Saturday as we play Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. With a win, we might receive a bye for the first round of the playoffs. Without a bye, our first playoff game (hopefully at Finley) will be November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for details and check “gomocs.com” for the more information.
The Employee Engagement Survey ends tomorrow, November 21st. If you have not yet taken the survey, please do so now. We want and need your input. Just a reminder – no one at UTC or UT will see the individual responses, this survey is anonymous.
Lastly, as we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for all you do – It is the people who make our university such a special place. You are UTC! Have a joyous Thanksgiving.