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Schedule of Events

Event information is subject to change, and new events are being added periodically. Please check back often for new events and information.

Friday, October 9

Family Weekend Welcome, 8:30am
Notification via Email

Check your email inbox as we welcome you virtually to Fall Family Weekend 2020. The schedule will include the Zoom links to all virtual engagement opportunities for the day. Unlike Fall Family Weekend events in the past, there is no need to check-in with us! Registered parents and families are free to join us as schedules permit.

Virtual Big Orange Friday, All Day
Join In on Social Media

Big Orange Friday is a UT tradition on campus, improving student morale by encouraging school spirit. Students and families are encouraged to wear orange as we get ready to cheer on the Vols the following day, as they take on the Bulldogs at the University of Georgia on Saturday. We will be hosting a social media campaign all day so you can tag us on Facebook @UTKFamily and show off your school spirit and wear orange when you participate in our virtual programming!

Coffee Chats (Family Affinity Spaces), 9-10:15am
Virtual Event

You and your family will have the opportunity to connect with other Volunteer parents and families! We will be hosting breakout rooms so you can connect with families of similar identities. This event is B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Coffee)!

Big Orange Friday Kahoot Trivia, 10:30-11:00am
Virtual Event
Join us for our first round of Kahoot Trivia to test your trivia knowledge on all things UT! Our first place winner receives a prize!

Chancellor Plowman’s COVID-19 Update, 11:30am
Virtual Event

Tune into Chancellor Plowman’s Live COVID-19 Update to hear the latest data for our campus, as her team discusses recent developments and looks ahead to the coming days and weeks.

The Live Update can be found at

Parents Council Informational Session, 12:00pm
Virtual Event
Thinking about joining our Parents Council? Council members serve as liaisons, reflecting the views of parents and families to the administration and communicating with fellow parents and families about the university’s goals and plans. This webinar style informational session allows you to meet current members of our Council and inquire more.

General information about our Parents Council can be found at

Philanthropy Opportunities with Amy Williams, 12:30pm
Virtual Event

Connect with Amy Williams, the Director of Family Philanthropy at the UT Foundation, to learn more about how you can give to the Parents and Families Fund and other ways to qualify as a Family Leadership Society Member.

Find out more at

Student Voices Panel, 1:00pm
Virtual Event
Engage with student leaders on campus in our virtual Q&A session to get answers to any questions you may have about campus life on Rocky Top!

Big Orange Friday Kahoot Trivia, 2:00-2:30pm
Virtual Event

Join us for our second round of Kahoot Trivia to test your trivia knowledge on all things UT! Our first place winner receives a prize!*

*Participants may only win once.

Parents and Families for Student Success, 2:30pm
Virtual Event

Wondering how to support your student as they navigate the fall semester? The Family Engagement team is excited to partner with Student Success representatives who will share more about academic success programs that are available for your student.

Big Orange Friday Kahoot Trivia, 4:30-5:00pm
Virtual Event

End the day with us in our third round of Kahoot Trivia to test your trivia knowledge on all things UT! Our first place winner receives a prize!*

*Participants may only win once.

Family Night — Detroit Style Pizza Cooking Class, 6:00-7:00pm

Virtual Event

Detroit pizza is a thick and usually rectangular-shaped pizza that uniquely has the sauce layered on top of the cheese. In this class you will learn how to create a soft and airy crust, a crunchy exterior, and cheesy, crusty edges. A sneak preview tip for achieving the perfect crust is to use the right pan. A true Detroit-style pizza pan is more like a cast iron skillet than a cake pan. Join Jeff as he shares other great tips and ideas for making this pizza your own.

Instructor: Chef Jeff Ross, Blackberry Farm.

Registration is closed.

Saturday, October 10

Virtual Family Fun Run 5K Event, All Day
Virtual Event
Families are encouraged to get their steps in for our Virtual Family Fun Run! Choose your location and time of the day to run, walk, or jog the 5K (3.1 miles). Select our race event on the JustMove app and log your official time. Individuals or groups with the fastest time or with the most spirit will receive a prize!

To register for the 5k, download the JustMove App onto your mobile device. If you are a new user, create a profile. After you have created your profile, click HERE to access the Challenge and press “join” at the bottom of the screen.”

Remember to follow social distancing guidelines as you take the opportunity to get out of the house and get moving with friends and family.

DIY Tailgate Kit, All Day
Included in Registration Packet 
Tailgate from your couch by downloading our Do-It-Yourself Tailgate Kit, filled with decorations, coloring sheets, and recipes to fill your tailgate needs!

Download link is in your Friday afternoon check-in email.

Vol Football vs. Georgia, 3:30pm 
Away Game in Athens, GA | Watch on CBS
Join more than 100,000 Big Orange fans from home in cheering the Vols on to victory as they take on the University of Georgia Bulldogs in this SEC matchup.

Share your game day attire, food spread, game day signs, or even videos of your family singing Rocky Top on social media with the hashtag #FFWFootball2020 for the chance to win swag and other prizes!

Sunday, October 11

Looking Ahead
Schedule a Zoom or phone call with your student. Sunday is a great chance to get in touch with your student to check-in on them and see how they’re really doing. Midterms have come and gone and we’re a little more than a month away from the Thanksgiving Holiday and our Fully Online Exam Period. Ask them how they’re feeling about closing out the semester and see if they need any extra support.

This is also a great chance to share the information you’ve learned the past two days. Use the tips and resources shared at Friday’s Parents and Families for Student Success session if they need an extra boost. Let them know how much support is available to them through this unprecedented semester.

If you plan on visiting your student on Rocky Top this semester or at any time in the near future, be sure to check out Visit Knoxville for weekend activities and safe events happening in the city. If you’re not ready to make the trip just yet, they also provide a variety of ways you can experience Knoxville from wherever you call home.