Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
11/20/2019   View Online →

Fall 2019 E-Newsletter

Photo of students playing games at Oak Street RoastCase Study to be Published

A case study by Laura Petrus and Emelia Dunston from the Office of Student and Family Engagement will be included in the second edition of the book, Maybe I Should . . . Case Studies on Ethics for Student Affairs Professionals. Scheduled to be released on December 2 by Lexington Books, their case study is titled “Inappropriate Use of Influence.”

Headshot of Dr. Crystal L. EdenfieldPresentation at Student Affairs Conference

Dr. Crystal L. Edenfield, Director of Student Success Programs, and Dr. Kim Wingate, TEP Coordinator for the School of Education, will give a presentation titled “Bridging the Gap Between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs: An Inclusive Model for Collaboration” at the annual NASPA conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of student affairs professionals in the country, in Austin, Texas next year.

Photo of Student working out in ARCHosting 500+ Recreational Professionals

The Office of Campus Recreation hosted the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional Conference in October at the Chattanooga Convention Center. This year’s conference theme, “Bridging Wellness,” brought more than 500 recreational professionals and students from ten states to Chattanooga.

Photo of student talking to employers at career fairCenter for Career and Leadership Development

Marc Holcomb and Rob Liddell from the Center for Career and Leadership Development served on the board for the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers (TACE) this year. Their efforts resulted in co-sponsoring the Diversity & Inclusion Networking Night at the National Civil Rights Museum during the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) annual conference in Memphis in December 2019 and bringing the TACE annual conference in Chattanooga in May 2020.

Headshot of Donna CooperCenter for Career and Leadership Development

Donna Cooper, Associate Director for Career Development in the Center for Career and Leadership Development, published an article in the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) 2020 Job Search Handbook. Donna has also accepted the role of southeast regional coordinator for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE).

Staff Spotlight

Headshot of Andrew La Haie

If Andrew La Haie is stressed, you’ll never know it. Even though he manages 600 residents and 20 resident assistants as the Resident Director of UTC’s biggest housing complex, West Campus, he keeps his cool at all times. “I can always count on Andrew to remain level headed and provide an unbiased opinion when things are heated or people are upset,” Rocio Lopez Fontela, Assistant Resident Director of West Campus Housing, said.

He’s also not afraid to jump in and help when needed. “I’ll never forget the moment when a resident assistant got sick and had to call out while on duty,” Lopez Fontela remembered. “Instead of telling someone else to do rounds that night, he stepped up and did them himself. That stuck with me. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I want to be that kind of leader.’”

Appointments, Promotions and Retirements

  • Cindy Strine joined the University as the Director of Campus Recreation.
  • Ronnie Simpson is our new Coordinator of Operations in Campus Recreation.
  • Cory Cantrell, Ellie Davis and Sam Elder accepted positions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as admissions counselors.
  • Dana Adams has accepted the position of Recruitment and Publications Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Holly Kell joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an evaluation counselor.
  • Jenell Campbell joined the Records Office as an Administrative Specialist.
  • Robert Hensley accepted the position of Academic Athletic Eligibility Coordinator for the Records Office.
  • Ashley Leverett is the new Graduation Specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences in the Records Office.
  • Kassi Thomas and Monica Watson joined the Records Office as Academic Records Specialists.
  • Shirl Gholston is retiring from UTC after 26 years of service as the Director of Student Support Services at the end of this year.
  • Doug Burkhart, Assistant Director of Housing Facilities for Residence Life, is retiring at the end of the year after nearly seven years at the University.

Logo for Late Night BreakfastLate Night Breakfast: Dec. 5

Sponsored by Office of Student and Family Engagement, Mocs Dining and the Student Government Association, the bi-annual tradition of Late Night Breakfast will be on Thursday, December 5, from 10 p.m. to midnight in the University Center Food Court. Hundreds of students will enjoy a much-needed study break with late night food and fun. To volunteer for this event, sign up here.

Photo of student waving at crowd during commencement ceremonyCommencement: Dec. 13 – 14

It’s time to celebrate the Class of 2019! The commencement ceremony for graduate students begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13 in McKenzie Arena. The undergraduate commencement ceremony for all colleges follows on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m.

Logo for Winter Welcome WeekWinter Welcome Week: Jan. 6 – 10

UTC will host its annual Winter Welcome Week during the first week of classes for the spring 2020 semester. Beginning on Monday, January 6, students can enjoy daily, free events. Winter Welcome Week is organized by the Office of Student and Family Engagement.

Photo of student studying a specimen in a microscopeMajors & Minors Fair: Feb. 13

The Center for Academic Support & Advisement will host the Majors & Minors Fair on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in UC Tennessee Room. Academic departments will be available to talk to students about undergraduate majors and minors. Free snacks and raffle prizes will be available.

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