Rick Brown - Johnson Obear Apartments
- Hometown: Sayreville, NJ
- Universities and Degrees: B.S. - Business Administration (Finance) from The College of New Jersey ‘10, M.A. – Counseling in Higher Education: Concentration in Student Affairs Practice from University of Delaware ‘12
- What are some things that make you unique? My outlook on life. I usually try to treat everything as a new experience, because it actually is. Even if situations are similar, they are never actually the same. I try to stay positive in everything I do. “Stay gold”.
- What is your advice to incoming freshman? Get involved. Whatever that means for you. Club or intramural sports. Research. Internships. An on-campus job. Greek Life. Residence Hall Association. Residence Life. Hall programming. Do something to get involved, connected, and engaged around campus. One of the most important things you will do during college is find what you are passionate about and find ways to connect that to your daily life. If you can do that, you’ll be fine. Learn to study. Even if you didn’t have to in high school you will need to get in the habit now. Meeting with your professors can also go a long way.
- What is your advice to outgoing upperclassmen? Even though you are finishing up here, don’t think everything is over. You can still try new things after this. And if you need to start over in a new path, that’s okay too. It’s never too late. Also, stay connected to UTC. Find ways to give back and get connected to the new classes coming through. Even if you just come to Homecoming each year or make small donations, that can make a huge difference for the future classes.
Tina Ottey - Stophel Apartments
- Hometown: St. Andrew, Jamaica
- Universities and Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, WVU Tech. Currently working on a Master of Science in Construction Management at UT Chattanooga.
- What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga? Playing football at Coolidge Park and Soccer at Redoubt.
- What do you enjoy most about working with on campus residents?
- What is your advice to incoming freshmen? Ensure that all your time is spent wisely. Try to get involved in different organizations that can help you grow into a well-rounded individual. Enjoy your college years.
- What is you advice to outgoing upperclassmen? Networking is KEY! It's all about who you know. Don't be afraid to be proactive.
Rachel Neice Loderhose - Lockmiller Apartments and Stagmaier Hall
- Hometown: Montclair, VA
- Universities and Degrees: B.A. in Music with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Calvin College. Currently working on M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College
- What are some things that make you unique? I shapeshift. Just kidding! Though people have told me I easily acclimate to new cultures easily.
- What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga? I love walking around downtown, throwing a Frisbee around Coolidge Park, or going to the awesome local coffee shops around here: The Mean Mug, Niedlov’s, Cadence Coffee Company, Stonecup…all so good.
- What is your advice to incoming freshmen? Make the most of your time here: be involved! Get into a club or group, get to know your roommates, get to know the staff who works here. College is a unique phase of life where you’re surrounded by people who want to serve you and surrounded by your peers, so ENJOY it! Be involved.
- What is you advice to outgoing upperclassmen? Get plugged into your local community: meet neighbors, build relationships with your co-workers. You’re leaving that unique phase called college where everyone around you Being known by those around you will help you to feel more at home and will encourage you to be present wherever you are. What’s the phrase? Bloom where you’re planted.
Stefanie Proctor - Walker & UC Foundation Apartments
- Hometown: Oswego, NY
- Universities and Degrees: Regent University, BS in Organizational Leadership and Management and MA in Human Services Counseling
- What are some things that make you unique? I can typically be found dancing or singing 90% of the time and the other 30% making sound effects.
- What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga? Eating. Coffee. Listening to birds early in the morning. Coffee. Coffee. Although those are things I enjoy doing wherever I go. I’m going to explore more.
- What is your advice to incoming freshmen? Take notes in class. If you are too tired to understand what’s happening because you’ve made poor decisions, your mind will usually follow after what you’re writing. Know that things are going to happen that are out of your control and some that are in it, but you can only move forward. Learn from everything; not just the bad stuff.
- What is your advice to outgoing upperclassmen? Boom. Even if you don’t know “what you’re going to be when you grow up,” know that you can find things in unexpected places. Always anticipate discovering something you love when your imagination is lacking.
Tyrone Smiley - Guerry & Decosimo Apartments
- Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
- Universities and Degrees: Jacksonville State University - Master of Public Administration (2012) & Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2009)
- What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga? I thoroughly enjoy the downtown atmosphere and the business district that surrounds UTC. There is always something going on and something to do for everyone to enjoy.
- What is your advice to incoming freshmen? Your freshman year of college will be one of the best experiences that you will ever have. You go off to college to learn and get an education but you also want to enjoy yourself and have fun in the process. Getting involved on campus will open up several resources and introduce you to exciting people that you can turn to for advice. Students are more open to asking other students about class assignments, setting up tutorial sessions and entertainment opportunities. Studies show that students who join student organizations and get involved on campus have better test scores and a higher graduation rate. GET INVOLVED, STUDY, AND HAVE FUN!
- What is your advice to outgoing upperclassmen? “It’s not always about the grades you make, but the hands you shake”. Networking is a major factor in this complex and ever-changing society. Thousands of college students graduate each year with various degrees and employers will receive tons of applications and resumes for one vacant position. But it will be that one person who did the unpaid internship, connected with the right people and networked their way through college to get called for an interview. Knowledge is power and we all need it but you want to make sure you get connected. Before you graduate, begin researching professionals in your career interest and see what steps it took them to get where you want to be. It’s not always what you know, but who you know.
JT Taylor - Boling Apartments
- Hometown: Central City, Kentucky
- Universities and Degrees: Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Physical Education & Master of Science in Campus Recreation with emphasis in Student Affairs and Campus Services both from Western Kentucky University.
- What are some things that make you unique? I am a huge sports fanatic. Love to play, watch and study them. I am a twin, born five minutes after my amazing sister Jillian.
- What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga? I love that Chattanooga offers so many activities for the active adult. This is definitely a city that someone who is active will always find something to do.
- What is your advice to incoming freshmen? Take time to figure out your new environment and then find a way to connect to UTC. With all of the sports clubs, and different organizations you’ll be able to find something.
- What is your advice to outgoing upperclassmen? Be optimistic about the world and take time to figure out what you want to do. Utilize all of the great resources we have here at UTC to make sure you’re one of the best candidates stepping into the world. Always stay connected to UTC, because you never know who might be able to give that future employer a call on your behalf.