By Riley Gentry, Staff Writer—
The Winter Organization Fest hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students was held in the University Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
At this event, many UTC registered organizations came together to help show students what they have to offer.
Hannah Turcotte, coordinator for student engagement, said this event is beneficial to students who want to get involved on campus but are not sure which organization to join.
She said that it is extremely beneficial for freshmen who want to get involved, but were too overwhelmed in the fall semester to join an organization.
“Now that they have one semester under their belt they can kind of figure out what they want to get involved in,” Turcotte said.
While this event is helpful to freshman students, all students were welcome to go and see what organizations UTC has that might interest them.
Ashley Kate Lawrence, a junior marketing major from Nashville, said she decided to go to the event because she wanted to know more about the UTC Bigs program.
“I miss my siblings and thought they would be a good fit to help me not miss them as much,” Lawrence said.
At the event, students could walk around to many booths that consisted of both academic and non-academic organizations.
Turcotte said a sampling of all the organizations UTC has on campus were present at the event.
Organizations included the Student Government Association, Freshman Senate, The House, University Christian Mission, Men’s Rugby, and a variety of special-interest groups, including UTC Bigs.
Students who attended the event were offered food such as chicken tenders and nachos.
A variety of prizes were also handed out to attendees. Prizes included Mocs gear such as pop sockets, koozies, lanyards, pens, etc.
According to Turcotte, every fall an event similar to this one is held, but the difference between the fall event and the winter is students’ knowledge of what college is like.
The size of the event also varies from fall to winter, with winter being a bit smaller.
It’s never too late to join an organization, and by attending events like the Winter Organization Fest, students are able to get to know campus organizations they may have never heard of before attending.
For more information about the various organizations on campus visit: http://catalog.utc.edu/content.php?catoid=4&navoid=67.