Incoming students enjoy Mocs Camp
A new orientation program sponsored by the Student Development Office drew a crowd of first-year students to Mocs Camp, which encouraged students to get involved in the UTC community and the Chattanooga area.
“Mocs Camp was designed to be an extension of our Orientation program that gives incoming freshmen an opportunity to experience Chattanooga,” said Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. “The students began the weekend at the Lookouts game and ended the weekend by rafting down the Ocoee River. Throughout the weekend they also went canoeing, hiking, shopping at the mall, and rode the Chattanooga Ducks. The 65 students that attended really enjoyed the experience.”
This three-day retreat helped to facilitate the transition between high school and college, encouraging new students to make friendships with other first-year students.
The inaugural Mocs Camp success was summed up by incoming freshman Christina Koldys. “Thanks for one of the best weekends ever! Can’t wait till August now!” Koldys said. Participant Erin Frost said, “I had so much fun. I can’t wait for college.”
Upper class student leaders served as Mocs Camp counselors. Mocs Camp participants received individual attention from the leaders, who represent various religious, Greek, and student organizations.
“Mocs Camp provides ownership to these incoming students,” said Student Government Association (SGA) President Bill Staley. “UTC is now their campus. The experience will get them involved and help the University with the retention of students.”
The Office of Student Development plans to continue the program in 2008.
July 10, 2007