Homecoming Student Steering Committee

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The Homecoming Student Steering Committee is a select group of student leaders who are responsible for the planning, execution and promotion of all student-focused Homecoming events. This group is chosen through a rigorous application process each spring with an emphasis on academic achievement, on and off-campus involvement and commitment to the spirit and traditions of the institution. The committee is advised by the Assistant Director for Student Engagement and the Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement in the Office of the Dean of Students.

The application for the 2019 Committee is now open!  Click here to apply! See the information below to learn more about the committee and positions!

 


Join the 2019 Student Steering Committee! 

Committee Overview

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time (12 credit hours) undergraduate student during both the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters

  • GPA: 2.50 (Chairs), 2.75 (Student Director/Assistant Student Director) – cumulative; must maintain for entire term

  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing with the institution; must maintain for entire term

  • Candidates should have a commitment to servant leadership, an understanding of the level of visibility and responsibility associated with being a student leader and an appreciation for inclusion

  • Candidates should understand the need for confidentiality in some areas of the Homecoming planning and execution process

  • Position term: January 28, 2019 – end of Homecoming 2019. Once a 2019 Homecoming date is selected, a defined term end date will be communicated to committee members

  • Must attend all committee and sub-committee meetings. Committee meetings will be at 5:30pm on Mondays starting on January 28, 2019. Sub-committee meetings schedule TBD.

  • Must attend committee’s spring leadership retreat in February 1-3, 2019 (housing, meals and transportation provided) and summer work day (TBD)

  • Must attend all events run by the Student Steering Committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence)

  • Must attend designated shifts at outreach events (ex. Welcome Week, tabling, student organization meetings, etc.)

  • Some event planning will happen over the summer, so summer communication and some work is expected

  • All positions are subject to other duties as assigned

Stipends run February, March, April, August, September, October, November (if Homecoming is in November)

  • Student Director - $150 stipend/paid monthly

  • Assistant Student Director - $100 stipend/paid monthly

  • Chairs - $50 stipend/paid monthly

  • Committee Apparel – polo shirt, t-shirt, name tag

  • Meals – all retreat meals, meals at some Homecoming events

  • Housing – retreat only

Event planning, student organization management, leadership development, time management, conflict management, marketing skills, and risk management.

 

Application Information

Application Opens: November 14, 2018

Application Closes: December 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST

Interviews: January 14-16, 2019

Selection Notification: January 18, 2019

Committee Term Begins: January 28, 2019

Step 1: Stop by the Homecoming Table in the UC & Ask Some Questions!

While this is not required to apply, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the committee and the available positions.  We will be at a UC Lobby Table on January 25 from 11am to 2pm. 

Step 2: Submit an application through MocSync

The application process for the 2019 Homecoming Student Steering Process includes submitting an online application through MocSync and a letter of recommendation by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, December 3, 2018. 

The application contains short answer questions designed to get to know you and gauge your interest in the Student Steering Committee. Please take adequate time to provide thoughtful answers.

If you need accommodations to apply for this opportunity, please contact Brady Coleman at brady-coleman@utc.edu

Step 3: Interviews

Once applications close, the selection committee will review the applications submitted and select a group of applicants to participate in an individual interview. If you are selected, you will receive an email with a link to sign-up for an interview time. Interviews are 20 minutes in length. During that time, you should expect to tell us about yourself, your involvement on or off campus, desire to assist with Homecoming and share information from your application.  Note: No applicant is guaranteed an interview.

Applicants selected to interview will be notified by Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Interviews will be held January 14-16, 2019

Step 4: Selection

After interviews are complete, the selection committee will meet to decide the best team for our next student steering committee. All applicants will be contacted once final decisions are made.  

To apply for the 2019 Student Steering Committee, please click HERE

 

Position Descriptions & Responsibilities

Committee Structure - PDF Download

The Student Director is the official student spokesperson for Homecoming at UTC and provides leadership and overall management of the student steering committee while overseeing the Outreach and Involvement sub-committee.  

Responsibilities include:  

  • Lead student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Serve on the University-Wide Homecoming Committee 
  • Oversee the Assistant Student Director and the Outreach and Involvement sub-committee 
  • Preside over bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and coordinate meeting agenda 
  • Update and publish the Homecoming Packet and lead all communication efforts to student leaders regarding opportunities for organizations to participate in committee programs 
  • Participate in press appearances as requested or assign a proxy 
  • Assist student steering committee advisors with: 
  • Planning and logistics of the committee retreat 
  • Developing a post-Homecoming assessment to gain student feedback 
  • Facilitating committee goal setting and assessing goal achievement 
  • Creating a feedback summary to provide to next year’s committee 
  • Recruitment and selection of next year’s committee 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position 

The Assistant Student Director works with the Student Director to provide leadership and overall management of the student steering committee by overseeing the Programming sub-committee and providing program planning direction and support.  

Responsibilities include:  

  • Represent the student steering committee in meetings when needed or when the Student Director is unavailable 
  • Oversee the Programming sub-committee and ensure a diverse offering of events/programs; assist chairs with event logistics including supplies/facilities/security needs, risk management, event management, budgeting, and marketing 
  • Assist chairs with space reservations, catering requests, and budget management 
  • Take minutes at student steering committee meetings and distribute minutes afterward 
  • Assist student steering committee advisors with:  
  • Managing the committee budget 
  • Training committee members on program planning and procedures 
  • Facilitating committee goal setting and assessing goal achievement 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Promotions Chair coordinates creative marketing efforts for the student steering committee through social media, digital graphics, and printed materials.  

Responsibilities include:  

  • Manage and create content for the official UTC Homecoming social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) including promoting events/programs in advance and while they are happening 
  • Select and order giveaways and other promotional items 
  • Work with the Office of Communications and Marketing to create digital graphics and printed materials to market student steering committee programs and events 
  • Coordinate outreach strategies such as tabling to promote committee programs and events 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Homecoming Court Chair organizes the application, interview, and selection process of the UTC Homecoming Court.  

Responsibilities include:  

  • Manage all aspects of the Homecoming Court application and interview process including recruiting applicants, coordinating an interview committee, and scheduling interviews 
  • Provide exemplary communication to all Homecoming Court applicants and candidates to keep them aware of their status throughout the process and attendance expectations as well as be available to answer any questions applicants or candidates might have 
  • Work with advisor to maintain an accurate score sheet and create and manage a student voting process in MocSync 
  • Coordinate logistics related to the celebration of Homecoming Court at Kickoff and the football game including scripting the announcements, announcing when needed, scheduling practices, and ordering supplies 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The University Day of Service Chair plans a community-focused full day service experience the Saturday prior to Homecoming to provide UTC students, faculty, and alumni the opportunity to give back to the Chattanooga community.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for event 
  • Coordinate projects for the service experience including soliciting service opportunities that benefit community organizations 
  • Manage volunteer logistics including developing and facilitating an online registration process, recruiting volunteers, and coordinating volunteer assignments and check-in process 
  • Communicate the importance of civic engagement and expectations through a kickoff and closing ceremony 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position 

The Paint the Campus Blue & Gold Chair coordinates the Banner Painting Competition and the Faculty/Staff Office Decorating Competition and other efforts that enhance the campus environment, increase awareness and boost morale during Homecoming. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for event 
  • Oversee all participating organization and office needs including recruitment of groups and offices to participate, creating/adjusting rules for the events, managing registrations, any and all communication and holding all groups accountable to the rules and expectations of the event 
  • Oversee judges panel including recruitment, training, all communication for/with the panel, scoring rubric structure; work with advisory team to tally scores 
  • Coordinate opportunities to both highlight all participants and celebrate those chosen as winners 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position 

The Kickoff and Alumni Engagement Chair plans a kickoff pep rally for the campus community and a student-alumni networking event. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Collaborate with the Office of Alumni Affairs (in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor, Chattanooga Athletics, Spirit Groups, Marching Mocs and Chattanooga City/County officials) to ensure the success of each event 
  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for each event 
  • Collaborate with Homecoming Court Chair in announcement of Homecoming Court candidates during Kickoff event  
  • Create a strategy for students and alumni to engage with one another during the Alumni Mixer, and manage a student and alumni registration process for the event 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Small Events Co-Chairs plan small daytime events each day of Homecoming Week to provide additional opportunities for students to engage in Homecoming activities. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for each event 
  • Develop creative ways to engage students in Homecoming activities and provide social opportunities between classes and to connect events to the chosen Homecoming theme 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Late Night Programs Chair plans two evening (after 8:00pm) events that are open to all students. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for each event 
  • Develop creative ways to engage students in Homecoming activities and provide social opportunities in the evenings and to connect the events to the chosen Homecoming theme 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Lip Sync Chair plans the annual Lip Sync competition, open to any registered student organization at UTC. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for event 
  • Oversee judges panel including recruitment, training, all communication for/with the panel, scoring rubric structure and judges introductions and work with advisory team to tally scores 
  • Oversee all participating organization needs including recruitment of diverse organizations to participate, creating/adjusting rules for the event, managing registrations including song lists and music access, any and all communication, day-of-show run through, wristband distribution and holding all groups accountable to the rules and expectations of the event 
  • Develop creative ways to keep audience entertained during event 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

The Game Day Experience Chair plans an event to take place before the Homecoming football game to engage students in alcohol-alternative activities that promote social engagement, spirit, and encourage student attendance at the game. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Collaborate with University departments such as Chattanooga Athletics to plan event activities and ensure their success 
  • Coordinate all event logistics which could include supplies/facilities/vendor needs, A/V media needs, risk management and event staffing/security needs, guest speaker/entertainment, marketing, budget management, on-site management and program evaluation for event 

Additional Expectations of Homecoming Student Steering Committee members include: 

  • Support student steering committee efforts to make Homecoming student programs/events accessible and inclusive to all UTC students 
  • Participate in bi-weekly student steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings 
  • Attend all events run by the student steering committee, including events on game day (class counts as an excused absence) 
  • Assisting with marketing efforts including hanging up posters, visiting classes/organization meetings, staffing promo tables, and social media promotion 
  • Participating in mandatory spring retreat and summer work day 
  • Maintain all eligibility requirements related to position

 


Previous Commmitees 

 

Student Director

Alexis Hurley

Student Director

AD Campus Involvement

Sophi Falcone

Assistant Director for Campus Involvement

AD Outreach

Davon Crews

Assistant Director for Outreach

AD Programming

Keili Keoho

Assistant Director for Programming

CE Co-Chair 1

Hailey Puckett

Community Engagement Co-Chair

CE Co-Chair 2

Mickey Teal

Community Engagement Co-Chair

 

Lip Sync

Kierstan Szalay

Lip Sync Chair

Kickoff

Cheyenne Hooper

Kickoff & Alumni Engagement Chair

Court

Rachel Frizzell

Homecoming Court Chair

 

Promotions

Madi Taylor

Promotions Chair

Late Night Programs

Latara Bates

 

Late Night Programs Chair
Small Events

Cara Campbell

Small Events Chair

 

Game Day

Ashley McKnight

Game Day Experience Chair

 

Student Director

Brittany Watlington

Student Director

AD Campus Involvement

Alexis Hurley

Assistant Director for Campus Involvement

AD Outreach

Jasmine Liev

Assistant Director for Outreach

AD Programming

Hailey Rapheal

Assistant Director for Programming

CE Co-Chair 1

Cidney Coppock

Community Engagement Co-Chair

CE Co-Chair 2

Caroline Waldron

Community Engagement Co-Chair

 

PTC

Sophi Falcone

Paint the Campus Blue & Gold Chair

Kickoff

Madison Frazier

Kickoff & Alumni Engagement Chair

Court

Kelli Keoho

Homecoming Court Chair

 

Social Media

Andreya Steidl

Social Media Chair

HAD

McKenna Bowery

 

Homecoming After Dark Chair
Small Events

Ricarnicea Johnson

Small Events Chair

 

Tailgate

Malik Sampson

Tailgate Chair

LipSync

Ashley McKnight

LipSync Chair 
jessica bastianelli

Jessica Bastianelli

Co-Director

wbp842@mocs.utc.edu

cody henegar

Cody Henegar

Co-Director

hzs447@mocs.utc.edu

korri bowers

Korri Bowers

Banner Painting Chairperson

wxr944@mocs.utc.edu

 

quentin payne

Quentin Payne

Kick Off Chairperson

hln323@mocs.utc.edu

kelsey guess

Kelsey Guess

Field Games Chairperson

tzs341@mocs.utc.edu

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Mikayla Long

Lip Sync Co-Chairperson

zvs467@mocs.utc.edu

 

brittany watlington

Brittany Watlington

Lip Sync Co-Chairperson

xnj136@mocs.utc.edu

austin miele

Austin Miele

Step Show Co-Chairperson

pym166@mocs.utc.edu

kacie sherrell

Kacie Sherrell

Step Show Co-Chairperson

mds136@mocs.utc.edu

 

jyeforeman

Jye Foreman

Homecoming Court & Tailgate Chairperson

ybk148@mocs.utc.edu

chelseawoodard

Chelsea Woodard

Social Media Chairperson

txl456@mocs.utc.edu

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Austin Arias

Advisor & Assistant Dean of Students

Austin-Arias@utc.edu

  

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Heather Delbridge

Graduate Advisor

Heather-Delbridge@utc.edu