Student orientation is vital to our campus for many reasons.
Most importantly, it is the front porch where first-year, transfer, and adult students enter as they embark on a new and challenging chapter in their lives.
Orientation is also the first impression many parents and guests receive of the university that their students will attend, and some of those students are leaving home for the very first time.
Finally, orientation is an amazing tool for developing our most involved and dedicated student leaders.
The hard-working and talented student orientation leaders lead twenty-three orientation sessions annually. Support to this endowment will provide superlative students with scholarships to recognize their efforts and leadership abilities during orientation.
The fund is named in honor of Debby Moberly Schriver, because she impacted the lives of those around her in profound and tangible ways for many years, serving as the director of student orientation.
Alan Wilson, chairman, president, and CEO of the spice manufacturing giant McCormick & Company, and his wife, Wendy, generously provided a $25,000 gift for the Debby Schriver Endowment for Student Orientation. Alan Wilson was the subject of a 2008 feature story in Tennessee Alumnus magazine.
All former student orientation assistants, orientation leaders, and alumni who have benefited from the orientation program are encouraged to contribute to this fund to expand the opportunities for students through orientation programming.