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Dr. John DelaneyMeet the Vice Chancellor for Student Development

Dear Students:

On behalf of colleagues within the Division of Student Development, I am very pleased to warmly welcome you to UTC.

This is a campus where one person can really make a difference. Set your academic work as your priority and let nothing sway you from your class or lab responsibilities, but make sure you take the time and invest the effort to make our campus a better place because you are here. Join or start a student group, a club sport, or explore other engaging activities and programs. Grab a friend or two and make sure you attend a play, hear a lecture, work out in the ARC, enjoy a musical performance, cheer at an Athletic event, or catch a program that gives you a different perspective or a new experience. Look for ways to explore the wonderful opportunities that Chattanooga and our region offer, or simply wander downtown or over to the North Shore to browse through eclectic stores, visit the coffee shops, or to hang out with friends at Clumpies Ice Cream shop.

We need you to ask us lots of questions! Ask questions about your class work, your residence hall room, your parking decal, your fee statement, how to join the club rugby team, etc… you get the picture! We are not a big place, and learning how to navigate the pathways through UTC as soon as possible will make your campus a much more comfortable and accessible home while you are here. Learn what resources are available for you to use, and then use them often. It is never too early in your college career to chat with a staff member in the Career and Student Employment Center to learn about part-time jobs or career track plans, to visit with a colleague in the International Office to review our list of study abroad locations, or to run by the Advisement Office or speak with your advisor just to make sure you are on track with your program of studies or with any questions you may have about a particular class or academic major.

This is a friendly and welcoming campus and community, a university with outstanding academic programs, and with caring and well-informed faculty and staff colleagues who will support your success from your arrival on campus all the way through to graduation. When you succeed, we succeed. It really is that simple! Your primary goal should be to complete your degree work in four years and to learn and grow as an educated and informed person during these formative years. I also hope you will collect rich and fond memories and experiences on your journey with us during your time at UTC. I look forward to helping you achieve your personal and professional dreams, goals, and aspirations over the next four years. You have worked hard to earn the opportunity to be a UTC student, and I am confident you will be very proud to be a member of the MOCS Family and to wear your and blue and gold.

Go MOCS!

Dr. John M. Delaney

Vice Chancellor for Student Development

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