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February 2018 Newsletter
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Dear Parents & Families,
 
As we all have seen on the news, both locally and nationally, this year's flu season has been tough.  For our students, the stress of classes and other responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain a lifestyle that supports their health and wellness.  Plus, close living quarters allow viruses and illnesses to spread a lot faster from student to student.  Often, students don't slow down until they are hit with an illness and forced to miss time in class and work.  So, what can your student do to stay healthy? 
  • Get a Flu Shot
    • While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that this year’s vaccine is only 30 percent effective, the immunity it spurs will reduce the severity of symptoms in those who come down with the bug.  Moreover, flu season often peaks in February.  
  • Take Care of Your Body - Physically & Mentally
    • Making your mental and physical health a priority is key to staying healthy during this time of year.  Easy ways to achieve this include drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods, regular exercise and getting a good amount of sleep each night.  Additionally, if stress levels start to rise, take a step back and find a way to ease your mind - watch a movie on Netflix, take a quick walk outside or find a game to play for a few minutes.
  • Keep Things Clean
    • Illnesses can easily spread through simple acts of contact. Washing your hands with hot, soapy water and keeping common surfaces clean is essential to not spreading germs.
If your student does get the flu or a very severe cold, the best thing for him/her to do is to stay home and rest to stop the spread of illnesses.  It's recommended that individuals stay home until fever free for at least 24 hours.  Make sure they contact their professors and let them know that they'll be missing class due to illness.  It's also important that your student stay up to date with their assignments while they're home resting. 

As a reminder, our staff here in the Office of the Dean of Students are available throughout the year as a resource for you and your student.  Please let us know if we can be of assistance.  You can reach us by phone at (423) 425 – 4761 or you can contact me directly at utcparents@utc.edu
 
Take care,
Emelia Dunston
Associate Dean of Students
Each month, this section will feature links to recent articles we believe provide helpful tips and information on current issues related to college students and the collegiate experience.  If you come across any articles you think would be good to share with other UTC families, send us the links at utcparents@utc.edu.
 
Coffeehouse Chats are small, informal gatherings held on Saturday mornings in March and April from 9:00am to 11:00am (local time) at neighborhood coffee shops.  These events allow us to bring UTC to YOU.  Come meet and mingle with other UTC families in your area to foster new connections and relationships.  Join us at the location closest to you!



More dates to be added soon. 
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Mark your calendars!  Fall Family Weekend 2018 is scheduled for September 21 - 23, 2018.

Fall Family Weekend is the ideal opportunity for families to spend time with their student, explore Chattanooga, visit with administrators and faculty, and learn more about the services and resources available on campus.  Plus, you'll get a chance to catch our Mocs Football team in action as they take on Samford University on Saturday, September 22.  

The full schedule of events will be announced later this summer.
Academic Dates to Remember
  • February 16:  Summer 2018 Course Schedule available to view online
  • February 19-23:  Summer 2018 Priority Registration for currently enrolled UTC students
  • February 27:  Summer 2018 Registration for readmits and transfer students
  • March 9:  Deadline for petitions to be submitted for May Graduation Candidates
Click the button below to view the full Academic Calendar for 2017-2018
2017-2018 Academic Calendar
Updates from the UTC Office of the Bursar

Students will start registering this month for Summer 2018.  You can check the Academic Calendar to view the dates for both summer and fall restoration using the link above.  It is important that students clear their holds for fees and related charges prior to the date they are scheduled to register for either semester.  An updated bill will be available online for students who still have an outstanding balance.  An email notification will be sent to students when the eBill is ready for viewing.  Parents set up by the student as an Authorized User will also receive an email notification when the eBill is available for viewing.
 
1st Reminder:  For anyone on the Tuition Installment Payment Plan (TIPP), the next payment is due March 1, 2018 and the final payment is due April 1, 2018.  Be sure to go in and view the payment amount due for these dates in case there has been changes to your student's account.

2nd Reminder:  1098T forms are available at the following link - https://1098.tennessee.edu/.  Students will use their UTC ID and password to login to the retrieval site to access their 2017 1098T form.

3rd Reminder:  Parents - please have your FERPA Pin ready when calling the Bursar's Office to ask specific questions about your student's account. 

Contact the Bursar’s Office at 423-425-4781 if you have any questions.

Dear Parents,
 
I wanted to express my appreciation for your support on two recent events:
  • On Sunday, January 21, University Career Services and the Pre-Health Career Advising Office partnered with the Hamilton Place Mall JC Penney to offer Suit-Up.  Participating students were invited to consult with seasoned professionals and then purchase career attire at deep discounts (40% off).  More than 200 students received expert advice on how to dress for success. 
  • By the time you are reading this newsletter, University Career Services would have hosted our Spring Career Day program. Held on Thursday, February 1, this event is designed to encourage students from all majors to speak with representatives from nearly 100 local/regional companies to learn about entry-level positions and experiential learning opportunities such as internships and summer & part-time positions.  We tweaked our format to better align with class schedules and introduced a block of networking in the afternoon from 1-3 p.m. and a second block in the early evening from 5-7 p.m. Both blocks were hosted in the Tennessee Room in the University Center.
Upcoming Events
  • Students working towards/completing degrees in Education (especially Teaching Candidates) should make plans to attend Teacher Recruitment Day on Thursday, March 1 from 10am until 11:30am.  Representatives from individual schools and school systems will be on campus to describe their current openings.
  • Our friends in the College of Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a Spring Career Fair within their academic building on Wednesday, March 7 from 10am until 2pm.  Please watch this video to get a sense of these employer engagements on the UTC campus.
 
Please contact me at Robert-Liddell@utc.edu with any questions.

Best,
Rob Liddell
Director, University Career Services
Updates from Housing & Residence Life
 

The housing application for current UTC students opened on Monday, January 22, 2018. We are excited to share that approximately one-third of on-campus residents have applied to return next year!  As a THANK YOU to our current residents who reapply to live on campus for the 2018 – 2019 academic year, Housing & Residence Life are gifting Housing Beanie hats!

Apply online at www.utc.edu/housing and click on the “Manage My Housing." Applications submitted by February 25th will be eligible to be a part of the room selection process on March 5-9th.  Applications submitted AFTER February 25th will receive a room assignment after Spring Break.


Scholars in Residence

On Monday, February 19, 2018, our Housing and Residence Life Department is hosting a special ceremony called “Scholars in Residence.”  This is a time where we celebrate the accomplishments of our on-campus freshman and recognize students who made the Dean's List during the fall semester. A UTC Housing and Residence Life student initiated the Scholars in Residence Honors Program in 1990. At that time the student was serving as an Assistant Resident Director of Lockmiller Apartments and wished to recognize on-campus residents who had excelled academically. The tradition still continues of promoting and recognizing the scholastic achievement of the residents. 
 

Need to Contact Us?
Call (423) 425-4304 or email Housing@utc.edu.  Our business hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Celebrating the Class of 2018

If your student is graduating this spring or summer, make sure they come to the Graduation Celebration March 6 and 7, in the UTC Bookstore.  This one stop shop for graduating seniors offers a variety of services for their convenience.  From ordering their cap and gown, invitations and class ring to talking with staff from the Records Office, Financial Aid and Alumni Affairs, this is one event they won't want to miss!  The Graduation Celebration times are Tuesday, March 6 from 11am to 5pm and Wednesday, March 7 from 11am to 3pm.  

Also, parents or students who purchase a class ring are invited to attend the Class Ring Ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 10am.  At this event, parents, friends or professors share highlights of their student's journey toward graduation and present them with their rings in this moving ceremony.  A brief reception will follow.

For more details about the Graduation Ceremony or the Class Ring Ceremony, contact UTC Alumni Affairs at (423) 425-4785.  We look forward to welcoming your student into the UTC Alumni Family!

Updates from Campus Recreation
 
 
Aquatics

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course 
Do you want your student lifeguard certified or maybe they need for a summer job? The ARC offers life guarding courses throughout the semester. This is one of the lowest rates you can find in the Chattanooga area and they fill up fast. If this date does not work out for you, click here for other dates in the semester!

Fee: $225
Location:  ARC Pool
Date: February 24th - 26th
 
 


Climbing at the Red River Gorge Weekend Trip
UTC Outdoors is offering an incredible opportunity to go camping and climbing at the Red River Gorge located in Kentucky's beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest.  This will be a weekend long trip full of climbing, camping and exploring the National Forest.  We would like to encourage our participants to complete a UTC Outdoors belay clinic prior to the trip date if they are unfamiliar with climbing and proper climbing protocols.  UTC Outdoors will be offering belay clinic prior to this trip that are free of charge.  This trip is also free and all equipment, food, camping fees and transportation will be covered.

Trip Dates: February 16 - 18
Location: Red River Gorge in Kentucky
Registration Closes: February 13 at 6:00pm
Cost: FREE
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: February 13 at 8:15pm in the ARC Spin Room


Belay Clinic
February 16 from 6pm to 8pm

Trained UTC Outdoor staff teach participants the basics of belaying and an introduction to route climbing safety techniques.  Upon successful completion of the clinic, participants will become certified to belay others on the UTC Climbing Wall.  All equipment is included and the clinic is FREE.
*Participants must sign up in advance but walk-ins are also welcomed.*


Wet Exit Clinic
February 27 from 7pm to 9pm

Meet UTC Outdoor upstairs at the ARC Pool ready to get wet and learn how to wet exit on a kayak!  Pre-registration is recommended and walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with equipment limit.
 

Family Swim Night - Friday, March 9

Our Chattanooga Spirit Teams - the UTC Cheerleaders and the Sugar Mocs Dance Team - are hosting Family Swim Night on Friday, March 9 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Aquatic and Recreation Center Pool. 

This event is open to anyone, not just members, and the cost is $5 per person.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Questions?  Contact Ashli Skiles, Cheer and Dance Coach, at Ashli-Skiles@utc.edu for more details.
Parents,

The UTC Counseling Center provides up to 8 FREE individual counseling sessions per semester, unlimited Group Counseling sessions, and offer affordable Psychiatric medication evaluation/management ($45 for evaluation, $20-30 for each follow up).  We also provide consultation/referral services and 24/7 on-call crisis support (423-425-HELP).  

If your student needs more intensive support, we will refer to community providers.  Students can come for an intake assessment or consultation Monday-Friday between 9am and 3:30pm. We are located on the 3rd floor of the University Center, Room 338.  Check out our website at www.utc.edu/counseling-center or call 423-425-4438 for further information.

Keep in mind that we cannot provide any details about a student's therapy unless they have signed a release of information for us to share information with you, and sometimes that permission can limit what we can share.
Upcoming Events
 
  • Saturday, February 24th  - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -  CECS Open House
    • The College welcomes all to a hands-on Open House.  Come experience interactive presentations of the College’s programs and student activities.  In connection with the national and community wide observance of Engineers Week – CECS will wrap up the week with an Open House for area students, educators and parents.  It is open to the public and will feature time for tours of the labs, project demos, and more! All events will be in EMCS Building located at the intersection of Palmetto, Vine and E Fifth Streets, are free to the public with complimentary lunch provided.
  • Wednesday, March 7th – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The College’s Career Fair  
    • Dozens of local, regional, and national employers will be on hand to meet with students regarding internship, co-op, and post-graduation employment opportunities. The Fair is located on the 3rd and 4th Floors of the EMCS Building.  Be sure to encourage your Engineering, Engineering Management, and Computer Science MOC to bring his/her resume, and network with the public and private sector human resource professionals!
  • Friday, April 20th – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  - The Inaugural CECS Technology Symposium, 
    • Located in the University Center, this event will showcase innovative undergraduate and graduate student and faculty research projects conducted across multiple disciplines including engineering, engineering technology management, and computer science.  The symposium is  free and open to the public and is designed to provide a venue for research initiatives to be presented, with the student and faculty researchers present to answer questions and engage in dialogue with all visitors. The College’s Senior Design and Capstone Projects are the culmination of the students’ programs of study, enabling them to apply the knowledge and skills they have accumulated to solve “real-world” problems, and to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant products in a wide range of applied research.   A team of judges will review and evaluate the projects located in the Tennessee Room of the University Center.  A keynote speaker will kick-off the day with a presentation at 9 a.m.  Projects will be available for viewing from  to 9 a.m. -2 p.m.  Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. Students at all educational levels and their parents and friends, educators, business and industry representatives, governmental leaders, entrepreneurs, and the general public are all welcome, and will find the day’s events of great interest! Parking will be available in the parking garage located at Mabel and E. 5th Streets. 
Sign Up for UTC ALERT

The UTC ALERT system is designed to inform the UTC community in the event of an emergency.  UTC ALERT messages can go out via text, email, the UTC website and official UTC social media.  The system will be used only for emergency contact purposes.  Up to three phone numbers and three emails can be registered per student.

To sign up, go to https://www.utc.edu/alert.
Study Abroad in Spain for Summer 2018

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures will sponsor its annual study abroad trip to Spain this summer from May 28-June 27 (four-week program) or July 27 (eight-week program). Students can earn between 9-15 hours of credit through a wide range of courses dealing with history, business, art, and culture, as well as traditional language and literature courses. This is an authentic immersion program, in which students live with Spanish host families while attending the University of Alcalá de Henares, 19 miles from Madrid. It is an affordable and exciting experiential learning opportunity, which allows students to understand another culture and improve their Spanish, while completing the foreign language requirement or taking classes towards the major or minor.

Anyone who is interested in the program, can contact Dr. Lynn Purkey via email at lynn-purkey@utc.edu or by calling (423) 425-4147.
UTC Fraternity and Sorority Life wants to reassure and remind parents and guardians that Hazing is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Hazing is defined as any intentional or reckless act, on or off University-controlled property, by one (1) student, acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger his or her mental or physical health or safety. “Hazing” does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

If your student shares an incident, activity or act with you that raises concern that they may be experiencing hazing as a new member of their Greek-lettered organization, please submit a report here, or contact Danny Grzesik or Aubrey Duman at (423) 425-2321.  
 
The UTC Faculty Chamber Trio is presenting a concert on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.  The trio members are Erika Schafer, trumpet, Ronda Ford, flute, and Jenny Parker, piano.  

The program will also feature a world premiere by UTC faculty member, Michael Broder.  Other featured composers include Mozart, Piazzolla and Stephenson.

UTC is hosting the 2018 RESEARCH Dialogues event on April 3rd and 4th in the University Center. This campus-wide event celebrates Scholarship, Engagement, the Arts, Research, Creativity, & the Humanities by showcasing the scholarly and creative accomplishments of UTC’s undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, & staff. We welcome all parents, family, and community members to join presenters for an exciting and engaging conference where you can see the fascinating work your students and their faculty are accomplishing as you browse the poster sessions, take a deep dive with a podium talk, or cheer our participants on as they go head to head in fast-paced pitch competitions!

For more information about the event, please visit the website: http://www.utc.edu/research-dialogues/ 

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