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Signing ceremony to reestablish ROTC at UTC

The University of Tennessee, The United States Army, The Tennessee Army National Guard, and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invite the campus and community to a signing ceremony marking the reestablishment of the campus’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps on Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. on the University Quadrangle between Founders Hall and Patten Chapel. A reception will follow the ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Patten Chapel.

UTC faculty recently granted approval to move forward and offer students a new ROTC program in Fall 2007. Initially, UTC’s ROTC will be a satellite program of the ROTC program at UT Knoxville. ROTC will provide new scholarships and other financial benefits for UTC, according to Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Borden, Program and Enrollment Officer. He says the ROTC program at UTC will allow students to explore what it means to be an Army Officer, with a Presidential Appointment, commonly known as a Commission.

“It will provide the students with opportunities to develop self-confidence as leaders, and opportunities to develop relationships and connections within a fraternal type organization,” Borden said.

Off campus, the UTC ROTC program will serve as a resource for the JROTC programs at the local high schools.

Borden says a special opportunity has been extended to current sophomores who will be juniors in Fall 2007 and seniors who will be in graduate school in Fall 2007. Students in these groups who plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2009 may attend Leadership/Internship camp in Summer 2007, which will allow these students to enroll in the upper ROTC division program in Fall 2007.

UTK ROTC commander Col. Marshall Ramsey will serve as department head of the UTC ROTC program.

For more information about UTC’s ROTC program, please email Captain Ben Smith, Benjamin-C-Smith@utc.edu/.

March 16, 2007