Slap the Rock
The UT Traditions Committee did an outstanding job of delivering this time-honored tradition to kick off the school year even amidst the pandemic. We took a series of extra precautions to manage high attendance for this event to include as many students as possible. We had almost 300 total attendees, and students were so grateful for the opportunity to have some in-person programming during welcome week and really feel like a part of the Volunteer family.
Plant Pop-Up Shop
The Environment and Sustainability Committee hosted a pop-up shop with the new local business Oglewood Ave: A Modern Houseplant Boutique on campus in October to promote sustainability. Additionally, they emphasized the mental health benefits of adding some greenery into your living space when students are spending more time in their dorm rooms and apartments than ever. The committee did a fantastic job of considering COVID precautions at this event, and they created an event blueprint that has been helpful as we try to deliver in-person opportunities for our students. They also worked out a partnership between SGA, Oglewood Ave, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful, and a portion of all proceeds that Oglewood Ave. earned at the pop-up shop was donated to Keep Knoxville Beautiful.
Rock the Vote
The Government Affairs Committee and the new Students for the Rock committee partnered on an event at the Rock to promote voter registration before the Tennessee deadline. They helped students register for the first time, check their registration status, and change their registration to Knox County if they so desired. We had a significant turnout for this event, and the committees felt good about how many students they helped engage in the election.
Handle Your Boo-ze
The Health and Wellness Committee hosted an event the week of Halloween focused on providing information and resources about safe alcohol consumption. Students answered trivia questions about standard drink sizes and signs of alcohol overdose, and then they got a pumpkin to take home with a QR code that takes them to more information from CHEW (Center for Health Education & Wellness). Students loved the trivia game setup and getting to take pumpkins home with them, and H&W got great feedback from students about this event.
Emma Kate Hall
Student Service Director