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Welcome Week activities happen the first week of each semester, so check out the schedule below and get involved! 

Events are open to ALL currently enrolled UTC students and are FREE unless otherwise noted!



Winter Welcome 2021: Virtual Edition

Just because we’re virtual doesn't mean you still can't get involved! The first week of classes is full of daily activities for the UTC Community. 

Looking for more? Find even more events on MocSync!

Need accommodations to participate in an event? Reach out to the event contact listed for each event. 

Pre-registration may be required for some events. Please check the event description for more information.


Tuesday, Jan. 19

Format: Virtual


Do you want to know why Indiana Jones is a terrible archaeologist? Do you have burning questions about prehistoric or historic societies? Are you curious about how archaeologists learn about the past?

If so, then join Dr. Brooke Persons, an archaeologist and professor in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, on zoom in a virtual Ask Me Anything from 11 am to 1pm on Thursday, January 21, 2020.

Sponsored by Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies

Event Contact: Brooke Persons, brooke-persons@utc.edu

Format: Virtual

What even is the ARC? Is it a pool? A gym? If you are curious about the Aquatic & Recreation Center or just want to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions, join us for a night of fun and fitness! We will be offering over 30 different events this evening so I guarantee there is something for everyone! For a brief description of each event please view the list below. Make sure to check out Mocysnc for additional information and zoom links!

  • GX Classes – A different Group Fitness class will be offered every 30 minutes. Each class will last 30 minutes.  A total of eight Group Fitness classes will be offered.
  • Club Sports Information Sessions – Clubs will be given the opportunity to share information with students about their respective clubs. A total of eight Club Information Sessions will be offered.  Each information session will last 30 minutes.  Some clubs may choose to work together on their information sessions, for example Men’s and Women’s Rugby.
  • Outdoor Programs – Outdoors will have the opportunity to present once each hour, for a total of four sessions. Session times can vary.  Examples of topics may include:  Behind the Scenes Tour, Outdoors Information Sessions, LNT, Technical Skills Workshop, etc.
  • Aquatics Information Session – Campus Recreation Aquatics is making a splash. Come learn about out Adult Swim Clinics, Night swim X, Water Aerobics, Lifeguarding Classes, and more.  Whether you are an avid lap swimmer, a fearful novice, or are just looking to float down our lazy river, there’s a place for you at UTC’s Aquatics and Recreation Center.
  • Campus Recreation Employment Information Session – We will offer two information sessions on employment with Campus Recreation. These sessions will explain the value and benefits of working for Campus Recreation, the open positions, and application process.  They will also include a question and answer portions for prospective candidates to ask questions. 
  • Personal Training Information Session – We will offer two information sessions on personal training with Campus Recreation. These sessions will showcase what our Personal Training program is like, explain the process of signing up for Personal Training, and allow participants to ask questions to some of our Personal Training Staff Members. 
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating Information Session - We will offer two information sessions on nutrition, healthy eating habits, meal prep ideas, etc.
  • Intramural Sessions – We will offer two sessions to showcase our Intramural Sports program. Examples of what these sessions could look like include:  overview of intramurals for Spring 2021, exploring E-Sports at UTC, Trivia, how to become an Intramurals Official, etc.

Learn more about each event on MocSynchttps://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/organization/campusrec/events

Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Event Contact: Craig Gosnell, craig-gosnell@utc.edu


Wednesday, Jan. 20


Format: Virtual

Do you want to know why Indiana Jones is a terrible archaeologist? Do you have burning questions about prehistoric or historic societies? Are you curious about how archaeologists learn about the pas?
If so, then join Dr. Morgan Smith, an archaeologist and professor in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, on zoom in a virtual Ask Me Anything from 10am to noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2020.

Sponsored by Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies

Event Contact: Brooke Persons, brooke-persons@utc.edu 

Format: Virtual

Zoom Link: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/97567206727

If you’ve wondered about ways to learn about different parts of both the academic and non-academic experiential learning opportunities at UTC, feel free to pop into this informational session.  You’ll hear about GIS, Acting, Music, Research, Service Learning, Leadership and a broad variety of amazing hands-on opportunities that any student can do, AND earn points toward semester and graduation level recognition and benefits.  Open to all UTC students.

Sponsored by ThinkAchieve

Event Contact: Bengt Carlson, bengt-carlson@utc.edu 

Format: Virtual

Grab a cup of your favorite cocoa and learn more about time management strategies as you start the new semester. 

Learn more and get the Zoom link: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6662538

Sponsored by Disability Resource Center

Event Contact: Jaime Butler, jaime-butler@utc.edu 

Format: Virtual

Join Disney Channel actress, dancer, and TikTok personality KayCee Stroh for a virtual game of trivia and test your Disney knowledge for a chance to win a prize! KayCee is best known for playing Martha Cox in the "High School Musical" movie franchise. KayCee will be hosting the trivia and answering participant questions! This event will be held on Zoom using Kahoot! which can be played from a web or mobile browser or through the Kahoot! app.

Space is limited, so register now by RSVPing to reserve your spot! A Zoom link will be emailed to registered students 2 hours before the start time of the event. This event is open to currently enrolled UTC students only. Not all students are guaranteed to win a prize. Must be a currently enrolled UTC student to be eligible to win a prize.

Click here to register: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6672234 

Sponsored by The Office of Student & Family Engagement

Event Contact: Taylor Asgard, taylor-asgard@utc.edu


Thursday, Jan. 21


Format: Virtual

Learn more about academic and service societies, clubs, and organizations. Receive more information about how to get involved with CECS students and develop new friendships at the same time!

Click here for more information: https://new.utc.edu/engineering-and-computer-science/outreach

Sponsored by College of Engineering and Computer Science

Event Contact: Center for Student Success, 423-425-5465

Format: Virtual

UTC students interested in summer, semester or year-long study abroad are required to attend a general study abroad information session offered by the UTC Office of Study Abroad.

UTC Study Abroad office staff discuss available programs, how you should choose the best program, transfer of credit, application procedures, financial aid and scholarships.

Learn “almost” everything about study abroad programs and UTC policies so that you will get the best out of your study abroad experience.

Click here for more information: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6611010

Sponsored by Center for Global Education

Event Contact: Jamie Booth, jamie-k-booth@utc.edu, 423-425-4731

Format: Virtual

Learn basic words and phrases in different languages throughout the semester. Our own international students and staff will be teaching us how to speak in their native languages.

Click here to learn more: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6638951

Sponsored by Center for Global Education

Event Contact: Patricia Lin-Steadman, patricia-lin-steadman@utc.edu

Format: Virtual

Building a vision board the old fashioned analog way is a lot of fun but what if going digital is the way you want to go? In this free virtual class, we will explore the methodology behind building an effective and dynamic vision board using cross platform, accessible online applications. Building a visual inspiration board that goes where you go across devices may be just what you need for the new year. 

To make it easier for you to follow along with the class, working from a computer with a large (or multiple) display that will allow you to easily have multiple browser windows open would be helpful but not required. You could also view the class from a mobile device so your computer is free for use. The websites we'll use are www.canva.com, www.pinterest.com and www.unsplash.com.

Class will be taught by April Corbett of Upstate Mississippi in partnership with Chattanooga-based nonprofit, The Chattery. Please register ahead of time. Class will be led on Zoom.

Click here to learn more and register: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6659881

Sponsored by Veteran Student Services

Event Contact: Squoia Holmes, squoia-holmes@utc.edu. 423-425-4663.

Format: Virtual

Registration Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zht83_-9SjKVit_6ziYRUw

This moderated panel discussion will focus on  the history underlying mistrust of medical science, the development of the Covid-19 vaccines, and faith informed responses to the pandemic.

Speakers: Joshua Swamidass (Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology and Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering at WUSTL), Kayana Jean-Philippe (Healthcare Consultant and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial Participant) and Reverend Stephen Ko (Senior Pastor of New York Chinese Alliance Church)

Moderator: Rasool Berry (Teaching Pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, NY)T

New York University and the AND Campaign, Co-Sponsored by UTC Department of Political Science and Public Service

Event ContactBengt Carlson, bengt-carlson@utc.edu 


Friday, Jan. 22


Format: Virtual

Join Housing and Residence Life & the Office of Student and Family Engagement on Friday, January 22, at 6 p.m. to paint your own masterpiece! Students who participate in our virtual event will acquire the supplies needed in advance and then hop on our Zoom call to paint their own mini canvas while getting to know other students as well as setting goals for the spring semester with the Faculty-in-Residences. Supplies for this event include an 8x10 canvas, a paintbrush, and a small amount of 3 different paint colors. 

Virtual participants can acquire the supplies in multiple ways and can select an option when registering for the event: 

  1. Have supplies delivered on-campus (for students who have returned and are currently living in campus housing)
  2. Request to have supplies mailed to your off-campus residence (for students not living on campus). This option is available until noon (Eastern) on Tuesday, January 19th. 

Supplies are limited, so registration is required. RSVP to secure your spot. Limit of one canvas per student. 

Click here to register: https://mocsyncorgs.utc.edu/event/6670423 

Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Student & Family Engagement

Event Contact: Elena-Grace Anderson, elena-anderson@utc.edu or Josh McPhatter, Joshua-mcphatter@utc.edu