May 17, 2012
June 4-July 11: Summer Orientation
August 18-19: Move-in Weekend
August 22: Fall Classes Begin
September 21-23: Fall Family Weekend
October 11-12: Fall Break
This is Your Last Bi-Weekly Email!
This email marks the last bi-weekly email that you will receive from the Parents Association, which means your student will sooon begin his/her journey at the University of Tennessee. Beginning Wednesday, June 6, you will receive our weekly emails, containing important dates and deadlines, campus news and safety information, and information to prepare your student to attend orientation and start classes in the fall. To ensure that you receive our weekly emails, please make sure that your email address is up to date with us, and that you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your "safe senders" list or address book. For more information, please feel free to call our office at (865) 974-4546 or click here.
Summer Orientation is almost here! Prior to attending orientation, it is important that your student complete all the steps of the "VolAboard!" online pre-orientation program. VolAboard includes foreign language exams and helpful information about the general education curriculum, the Orientation advising process, and how to use the UT NetID. It also features a "homework" module with a planning worksheet that your student must download, complete, and bring to orientation. Encourage your student to click here to get started!
What Every Parent Should Know About Orientation
If your student is attending orientation this summer, you may have some questions about his or her orientation session. Students will have the opportunity to meet with numerous offices from across campus to ask questions and get detailed information about life at the University of Tennessee - inside and outside the classroom. During orientation, students will take a detailed campus tour and meet with an academic advisor and schedule their classes for the fall semester. As your family plans their trip to campus this summer, make sure to include the following items in your bag:
- Orientation planning worksheet (completed as part of the VolAboard! Pre-Orientation)
- A picture ID (he or she will need this to get a VolCard student ID made)
- Comfortable clothes
- Walking shoes
- Lightweight blanket
- Light jacket (the rooms can be cold!)
- Extra snack money and socks for bowling during evening activities
- Orientation parking permit (please leave on the dashboard in your car)
For more information about orientation, including directions to campus and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit http://sold.utk.edu/orient.php, email email@example.com or call (865) 974-2435.
Parents, when you attend orientation, you will take part in the parent orientation program. Often, you will be in separate sessions from your student. If your student is entering UT this fall and he or she has not yet signed up for orientation, click here to register today.
We are excited to officially welcome you to the University of Tennessee and the Parents Association. Be sure to stop by the Parents Association table at Orientation Check-In to say "hello" and receive your exclusive Parents Association parent tote bag. We look forward to meeting you!
VolCard the Key to UT
At Orientation your student will receive a VolCard. The VolCard is a student ID card given to every student enrolled at the University. Your student's VolCard is for his/her use only, and should not be shared with friends or family.
The VolCard serves as an access card or "key to the University." Some of its functions include purchasing meals, doing laundry in campus residence halls, purchases at the UT Bookstore, admission to athletic events, use of University Library facilities and resources, TRECS access, residence hall access and much more. Students can swipe their VolCard at dining or retail facilities on campus to utilize their meal plan and/or Dining Dollars. For more information on meal plans and Campus Dining, click here. Click here to learn more about the VolCard.
Tutoring Options for Students
UT students have access to countless resources to help them excel academically. While your student should always seek support for his/her professor, there are additional resources available. The Student Success Center (SCC) has two locations on campus to offer students academic assistance, and houses many important resources including the "Tutoring & Study Help" resource on their website. The Office of Multicultural Student Life also offers tutoring in the Black Cultural Center.
Also, many academic departments offer assistance centers such as: The Math Tutorial Center, Physics Tutorial Center, the Chemistry Tutorial Center, the Language Resource Center, and the Writing Center. Your student will learn more about the various tutoring options available at UT during Orientation.
Laptop and Computing Requirements for Students
Some Academic Colleges and Academic Programs at the University of Tennessee require students to have laptops and/or computers which meet certain minimum performance requirements. The UT Bookstore Technology Center at the University Center provides these requirements and discounted prices on hardware and software. Click here for more information.
Help with Choosing Majors Available at UT
Many students who enter UT this fall will come to us undecided about their majors. Sometimes this causes alarm in parents who fear their students may get behind if they don't have a major selected. Rest assured that once your student is on campus, he or she can receive help in selecting major and planning career goals from the Office of Career Services. Some of the resources available to students are individual career counseling, interest inventories and personality assessments, resources, and even a credit bearing class (Exploring Majors and Careers). You can learn more about these services and read some FAQ's in the family section of the Career Services website.