by Kiera Przygoda
This summer, the university is hosting more than 100 different conferences on campus, ranging from academic institutes to sports camps and youth summits. Among these conferences is Orientation, where the newest Volunteers are getting ready to start life on Rocky Top.
Hosting conferences and camps on campus provides the opportunity to introduce our university to visitors from all over the world. Last year, visitors over 17 countries experienced Big Orange Country and what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer. The inclusion of summer sports camps and youth summits introduces college life to young prospective students. This year, University Housing expects over 14,000 visitors to stay on campus!
There are six residence halls remaining open throughout the duration of summer to house the participants of these conferences. The residence halls being used are Volunteer Hall, Hess Hall, Brown Hall, Orange Hall, and Magnolia Hall and Dogwood Hall, the university’s newest residence halls which opened in spring 2019.
“Conferences isn’t just about customer service, but it is about recruiting, showing off our campus, and demonstrating our true Volunteer Spirit.” – Carrie Worley, Coordinator for Conferences & Contracts
To help keep the resident halls operating in the summer, conference assistants, trained college students, focus on customer service to help serve the needs of the conferences being hosted by the university. These conference assistants are UT students who voluntarily live on campus during the summer and help run the front desks of the residence halls handling all monetary transactions and conference guest requests.
Every summer the university continues to grow and expand the conferences that come to Knoxville. It is our hope and mission that we create a great footprint of this amazing university to anyone that comes to visit.
Kiera Przygoda is a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in communication studies. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for the Office of Communication and Marketing. She has a passion for writing and media and a love for Disney. Kiera is also a student assistant at SEC Network and VFL Films.