October is an exciting month for our university community! We’re thrilled to kick off this month during a spirited Homecoming week, and wrap the month up with Fall Family Weekend! Join us in celebrating the spirit of UTC this week as we connect with new and old UTC friends! This Homecoming will be “out of this world” with a special space theme for all to enjoy. The week features a ton of activities for students to participate in on campus, further fostering that sense of connection to their home away from home!
As you guide your student through their academic journey, we want to remind you of the wealth of resources at your disposal. From academic support near midterms to counseling services, our campus is here to provide a supportive environment for you and your student. Your involvement in the process is crucial, and we encourage you to become familiar with the resources! Check out the Family Resource Guide at the bottom of the newsletter for a peak at some of these amazing resources.
Stay tuned for more updates on social media, emails and future newsletters! In the meantime reach out to us by phone at 423-425-2321 or email at email@example.com if you have any questions. And give us a follow on Facebook or Instagram!
- October 16-17 (Monday-Tuesday): Fall Break- No classes
- October 18 (Wednesday): Undergraduate mid-term grades due from faculty by 10:00 am
- October 23 (Monday): Spring 2024 course schedule available to view online
- October 30 (Monday): Last day to withdraw on a course-by-course basis with a grade of W (one or more courses)
Greetings from Janice Cosey, Bursar
The Fall 2023 Semester will end in a little over 10 weeks! Season is changing and the holidays are just around the corner.
We are still prepared to assist in the continued educational journey of your student(s)! Email should be checked regularly to avoid any oversight of important information via the student portal, MyMocsNet. It is suggested students provide access to parents, guardians, or others, by setting up the MyMocsPass Phase, through the MyMocsNet account, which also allows the Bursar Office Team to discuss specific account related information.
We continue to encourage students to set up ACH/Direct Deposit for refunds through the student’s MyMocsNet account. It is a vital step to ensure the funds expected can be delivered as quickly and securely as possible. Paper checks are mailed to the permanent address on file, which can take 5-10+ days via USPS. If assistance is needed on adding the refund account information, please go to www.utc.edu/bursar, click the “Video Instructions” tab in the middle of the page and click on the video titled “Bursar Series: Direct Deposit.
If the Tuition Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) was utilized for the Fall Semester, the second payment is due on October 1 and the final payment will be due on November 1. A late fee is applied on the 4th of the month if the scheduled payment is not received.
If you have general questions, please contact our office at 423.425.4781 or email us at Bursars-Office@utc.edu. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.
Exciting times are ahead at Mocs Dining! We’ve lined up a series of fantastic events that we can’t wait to share with your students:
- Homecoming Themed Lunch on October 5th at Crossroads: Join us for a delightful Homecoming-themed lunch on October 5th at Crossroads. It’s bound to be a memorable feast!
- Scrappy’s Market on October 19th: Back by popular demand, Scrappy’s Market returns on October 19th. Students can enjoy the incredible opportunity to bag 10 items of fresh produce absolutely FREE!
- Mocs Bucks Reload, October 16th – October 29th: Mark your calendars for our Mocs Bucks Reload event from October 16th to October 29th. For every $100 of Mocs Bucks you reload, we’re adding an extra $15 for FREE! To reload your Mocs Bucks, simply visit mocsdining.campusdish.com. From there, select ‘Mocs Bucks,’ and then choose either resident or non-resident Mocs Bucks reload.
Stay up to date with Mocs Dining by following us on Instagram and Facebook (@mocsdining)!
Spring Housing Application
The Spring 2024 housing application opens October 2. Students can apply through Manage My Housing.
While there are no classes for fall break, October 16-17, the residence halls will remain open. Residence halls will however close at noon Wednesday, December 13 for winter break.
Housing and Residence Life has once again partnered with the Center for Academic Support and Advisement to offer Residential Tutoring. The full schedule is available at www.utc.edu/tutor (and on our social media: @utchousing).
Housing Issues or Concerns
Please encourage your students to contact their RA or RD with any questions or concerns. From roommate conflicts to maintenance-related concerns, they are there to help. Please also have them check out the Housing Student Handbook that contains information on how to live in our residence halls.
- If your student has a maintenance issue, have them fill out a maintenance request in Manage My Housing. If it is an emergency, have them contact their complex office or RA On Call.
October Housing Events
- Boling: Morning Coffee and Donuts | October 3, 7:30 a.m., outside of the Community Room
- Boling: Squeeze the Day | October 4, 6:30 p.m., Community Room
- West Campus: Free Mom Hugs & Dad Fist Bumps | October 10, 3:30-5 p.m., West Lobby
- West Campus: Travel Journal Decorating with the Center for Global Education | October 10, 7-8 p.m., West MPR
- Boling: S’mores Bar | October 10, 8:15 p.m., Boling Courtyard
- Lockmiller: Cookies For Wellbeing | October 11, 5-7 p.m.
- Palmetto Place: Ice Cream Social | October 11, 7-9 p.m.
- Boling: Make Your Own Fall Wreath | October 18, 5 p.m., Community Room
- Walker/UCF: Reverse Trick & Treating | October 19
- The Aviary at Stacy Town Center: Tasty Tidbits: “Behind the Scenes: What They Didn’t Tell You About Success” with Sheaba Chacko | October 19, 12-1 p.m.
- JO: Wellness Week | October 23-26
- The Aviary at Stacy Town Center: Pizza with the Chancellor | October 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
- West Campus: Love-Bombing (Sugar Scrub Making) with the Center for Wellbeing | October 23, 4-5 p.m., Location TBD
- Stagmaier: Plant Kindness | October 23, 7-8 p.m., Stagmaier Lounge
- Boling: Halloween Bash | October 23, 7 p.m., Community Room
- Boling: Paint Night – Halloween Edition | October 24, 7 p.m., Boling Community Room
- Stophel: Harvest Festival | October 24, 7-9 p.m., Stophel Courtyard
- West Campus: Conflict Doesn’t Have to Be Scary | October 24 7:30-8:30 p.m., Location TBD
- Lockmiller: Halloween Costume Party | October 25, 6-8 p.m., Lockmiller Gazebo
- Boling: Crafts N’ Chat | October 27, 7 p.m., Boling Community Room
- West Campus: Reverse Trick & Treating | October 30, 8-9 p.m.
Operation Move In Survey
Just over a month ago, we moved more than 3500 students onto our beautiful campus. Time has flown by!
As we strive to continually enhance the student experience, we are reaching out to request your valuable feedback on your move in experience. Your insights on various aspects of Operation Move In, such as the check-in process, communication, and overall organization, will enable us to identify areas that need enhancement and ensure a smoother transition for incoming students in the future.
Click HERE to give us your thoughts and help us improve Operation Move In 2024.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates the UTC Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in collaboration with other campus and community areas. All events on the calendar will take place in the Lupton Hall first-floor common area unless noted:
- All Month: Hispanic Heritage Month Timeline, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Multicultural Center (Lupton Hall 119)
- Tuesday, Oct. 3: “Un Nuevo Pasado/Someday Soon: A Documentary by Pablo Mazariegos,” 6 p.m., Fine Arts Center Roland Hayes Concert Hall
- Tuesday, Oct. 10: Study Abroad Spotlight, 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 10: Guest Lecturer: Best-Selling Author Cynthia Orozco, 5 p.m., University Center Auditorium
- Thursday, Oct. 12: Game Night-Loteria, 7 p.m.
Details about the events can be found on the Multicultural Center’s Hispanic Heritage Month page.
The UTC Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an array of themed electronic resources that can be perused at one’s own pace. Resources can be found on the Library’s Celebrating Hispanic Heritage page.
Graduation Applications Due
Is your student planning to graduate in May or August 2024? Did you know they need to apply to graduate?
Students who apply by October 15 for May or August 2024 graduation and are approved as graduation candidates will have access to registration on November 8, 2023 – the first morning of currently enrolled student registration.
If your students is completing degree requirements in August 2024, they will need to submit a graduation application for the Summer 2024 term. Students who are completing degree requirements in Summer 2024 but want to participate in the May graduation ceremony must request to participate.
If your student is unsure how to apply, visit the graduation website here and click “How to Apply” for easy-to-follow instructions.
UT Student Experience Survey
This survey is administered to all 54,000 students across the UT system to collect information about the student experience. The Student Experience Survey opens on October 1, and we need everyone’s help to encourage our students to complete the survey. Our student feedback informs us about the MOCS experience and helps us identify opportunities for the future.
Encourage your student to take this short survey to share feedback and lead real change on campus.
Important changes are on the horizon for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2024-25 school year. The FAFSA application will now become accessible Jan. 1, 2024, a departure from the customary opening date of Oct. 1.
The changes come after the passage of the FAFSA Simplification Act, which “represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024-25 award year,” according to the U.S. Education Department’s FAFSA website.
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study funds and loans, students need to complete the FAFSA form.
We are excited to bring students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community from across the galaxy together to showcase UTC spirit! Prepare to launch with a week of SPACE themed events and activities for students to enjoy that are out of this world! Encourage your student to check out the calendar and attend some of these stellar events!
UTC’s bi-annual Bloodanooga Blood Drive, in collaboration with Blood Assurance, is taking place Oct. 10-11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room. A single blood donation will save three lives in our community.
Blood donors will receive free food and a special event T-shirt. As an extra incentive, all donors will be entered into a drawing to win a turntable sound system and vinyl starter pack. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to another successful event.
Parent and Family Resource Guide
New the PFA website is the Parent and Family Resource Guide aimed to be a one-stop-shop for information you may need to guide your student throughout the academic year! Be sure you check it our and bookmark the page for easy access.