Members of the class of 2015 had the chance to experience beloved University of Tennessee traditions their first week on campus. Dozens spray-painted their names on the Rock, a megaton chunk of dolomite, as part of the festivities. They also ran through the T at Neyland Stadium and paused for a photo-op on the turf.
Welcome Week 2011 News
The Class of 2015 was officially welcomed to the student body Monday night as more than 4,000 first-year students participated in Torch Night, a UT tradition since 1925. Students held electric candles as Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced that the torch had been passed to the newest class of Volunteers. The Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR-TV were on campus Monday and talked with students taking part in Welcome Week activities.
Approximately 4,200 freshmen will begin classes on Wednesday at UT Knoxville. By average ACT scores, they rank among the top 8 percent of students statewide. Move-in begins Saturday for more than 7,500 new and returning students who will converge on UT’s nine residence halls across campus. About 89 percent of the freshmen are Tennessee residents; the class is expected to be 19 percent minority and almost 9 percent African American.
This weekend, students will head to UT Knoxville to kick off the 2011–2012 school year, and Rocky Top is ready for them. Welcome Week, a long-standing tradition at UT that gives students a glimpse of campus life, begins Saturday, August 13, as both new and returning students move into residence halls. On Sunday, freshmen will gather in Thompson-Boling Arena for Torch Night—a ceremony that has “passed the torch” to new students each year since 1925. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will officially welcome the Class of 2015, and then the students will be led into Neyland Stadium to learn about some great athletic traditions from coaching staff.
Welcome (back) to campus! Move-in day is tomorrow, and it’s sure to be an exciting day for our new and returning students. With a little planning, your move-in day will be a smooth one. Residence hall check-in begins Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for women and 2:00 p.m. for men. University staff will be on hand to answer questions for students and families. Volunteers from the community also will be available to help unload cars. For Saturday and Sunday, students moving in to the residence halls can utilize temporary parking areas around each hall and any staff lot.
As students and faculty come back to Big Orange Country, it won’t be hard to notice large-scale construction and improvement projects on many corners of our campus. From new academic buildings to improved services, the UT community will be a part of opening many new and renovated facilities over this new academic year.
As a freshman, Brandi Panter arrived at the University of Tennessee in fall 2008 from a rural farming community outside Nashville. She was one of only four students at UT from her high school graduating class. The experience is one Panter, now 21 and a senior, doesn’t want other students to go through. She is one of 170 upperclassmen who are part of the new “Welcome Leaders” program.
A young woman checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital for cancer treatment. Her cells are biopsied and, when they show traits of immortality, are sold for medical research worldwide. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie. In fact, it’s a true story, and the subject of the award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book’s author, Rebecca Skloot, will visit UT Knoxville on Monday, August 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Each year, the Department of University Housing asks faculty and staff members to come and assist on one of the busiest and most important days of the new school year: the arrival of the incoming freshmen class. On Saturday, August 13, move-in day will set a lasting impression of our campus for students and parents. To make it a great process, university housing needs your help.