About New Student & Family Programs

The Office of New Student & Family Programs oversees all orientation and transition programs for new students and their families. We also provide services and information to parents and families through the Parents Association. Our programs include orientation, Welcome Week, Parents Association, Family Weekend events, and more.

Our office collaborates with campus and community partners to provide mentoring opportunities for new students, and we proudly employ undergraduate students to work with us in developmental leadership positions.

Our staff relies on numerous student leaders including Student Director Staff and Orientation Leaders who are responsible for the success of our programs.

Office Mission

The mission of New Student & Family Programs is to connect new students to the university community, inform students and parents of university resources, and create a system of support for families in order to impact student success from orientation through graduation.

Contact Us

New Student & Family Programs
412 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-4546
Fax: 865-974-1373
newvols@utk.edu || parents@utk.edu


Emily Parker, Assistant Dean of New Student & Family Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Patrick Ladd, Director, Family Engagement
Heather Studenberg, Director, Orientation & Transition
Jamil Price, Assistant Director
Celeste Waugh, Coordinator, Family Engagement
Courtney Pearson, Coordinator, Commuter & Off-Campus Services
Terri Williams, Accounting Specialist
Jenn Edwards, Administrative Specialist
James Kelly, Graduate Assistant
Casey Renegar, Graduate Assistant
Jessica Stroup, Graduate Assistant

Student Staff

Dante Arnwine
Grant Barrett
Jackie Cook
Nick Cooper
Zac Hyder
Kaitlin Kelley
Abby Powell
Marcel Valentine