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Let's Celebrate!

It's time to celebrate being a first generation student.
November 2-9 

So, put on your best blue and gold and join your fellow First Gen Mocs for lots of celebratory activities. Some are virtual and some are in person.* We can't wait to celebrate with you.

* Please follow Covid-19 guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing at all in-person events.

Some events require registration so we can order enough supplies for everyone.


Monday, November 2

Drop in any time from 10 am to Noon and claim one of our rock painting stations and paint encouraging messages. Chamberlain Plaza
Sarah Edgar, Financial Literacy Coordinator, will host a virtual event to talk about how to manage your budget while attending college. Click to Join.
Meet up to to hide the rocks painted during First Gen Rocks around campus. Chamberlain Field Fire Pit

Tuesday, November 3

Swing by to grab a quick breakfast bag. It's the most important meal after all.  West Campus Lobby
That's right! Art and graffiti are all good when it's done with sidewalk chalk. Heritage Plaza. Must Pre-Register.

Wednesday, November 4

Swing by to grab a quick breakfast bag. It's the most important meal after all.  Top of Cardiac Hill between Hunter and Stagmaier Halls
Adult coloring pages are still fun and combine that will a good chat and they're pretty perfect. Chamberlain Field. Must Pre-Register.
A virtual externship experience where students will hear from BlueCross leaders on a variety of topics, including career opportunities at BlueCross BlueShield. Must Pre-Register.
Josh McPhatter, Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, will be interviewing Dr. Crystal Edenfield, Student Success Programs Director and Kaylah Santos, First Gen student. Instagram Live on @utchattanooga

Thursday, November 5

Feeling like giving back. Drop by help write greeting cards that will later be delivered to residents of local nursing homes. Chamberlain Plaza
Endia Butler, Student Employment Coordinator, will help you learn more about working right on campus. Click to Join.
We will be talking about Failing Forward: How First Gen Professionals Have Reimagined Their Mistakes. Click to Join.

Friday, November 6

Our first gen banner is getting more and more full; mark your spot on our banner. Be sure to pick up a First Gen t-shirt while you're there (while supplie last). Chamberlain Plaza

Saturday, November 7

Mini workshops where you can learn how to change a tire, get a crash course in belly dancing, get tips on self defense and more! Terrell Owens Way Must Pre-Register

Sunday, November 8

Join us for a tour of Mainstreet in downtown Chattanooga. Meet at the corner of Vine and Douglas Streets Must Pre-Register. 

Monday, November 9-10

Presented by HubSpot, an experience for first generation individuals interested in learning more about what it really means to work in technology. A two-day digital experience with over 20 sessions with tips and advice to break personal and employment barriers going into the tech industry. The goal is to provide students with the context, community, and real-life examples of other first gen people doing great things in tech. Learn more. Questions about the event? Contact Vienne Chanthachack, People Operations @ HubSpot Click to Register.