The University of Tennessee alumni chapters sent students off in style to begin the school year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as at the two other UT undergraduate campuses in Chattanooga and Martin.
More than 350 students attended these Student Send-off Parties across country to excite students about beginning the school year at UT. The students got the opportunity to meet one another, find out more about the UT campuses, enjoy refreshments, and win lots of door prizes. This was also a great way for parents to get acclimated to the UT community.
One of the largest Student Send-off Parties, co-sponsored by UT Knoxville’s Parents Association, was in Williamson County, Tenn., where more than 120 incoming freshman students gathered at Granny White Park in Brentwood.
“Being able to share in the excitement of eager incoming freshmen and their parents, while also witnessing prideful UT students and alumni from our county sharing their own personal UT experiences with one another, made all the planning and preparation worthwhile,” said Dawn Dietrich, a board member for the Williamson County UT alumni chapter and UT’s Parent Association.
Many other UT alumni chapters hosted Student Send-offs including Gibson County, Greene County, Rutherford County, and Washington County. Additionally, several out-of-state chapters also held events: Central Savannah River Area, Charlotte, N.C., Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Pa., Richmond, Va., Washington D.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
The out-of-state Student Send-off Parties included not only freshmen but upperclassmen as well. Patricia DiMatteo, a sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., especially appreciates the support of the alumni in her hometown.
“It means so much to be able to go home, 800 miles away, and know that you will still have a piece of the university there. It is also amazing to see the excitement that the alumni have to see students and feel connected to the university again. It is definitely a win-win situation,” DiMatteo said.
If you would like more information on how you can be more involved in your local alumni chapter, visit the UTAA website for more information.