T.H.E. Society Forms to Promote College of Arts and Sciences

First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Tennessee Technological University will soon have other students to turn to as they adjust to college life.

T.H.E. Society of Arts and Sciences students was recently formed to promote the college and to provide recruitment and retention of students. "T.H.E." Society was a name chosen by students to represent every aspect of college life - the human experience.

The idea for the group was formed by Jack Armistead, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Mary Patterson, 1968 TTU graduate and former IBM executive; and students Mary Margaret Webb, Penny Douglas and Jennifer Vaughn to promote the college through recruitment and retention activities.

Patterson, an alumnus of the mathematics department, is funding the program. Through her work on the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, she has become aware of how important student representation can be in promoting the interests of the college.

The group will consist of a faculty adviser, history professor Jeff Roberts, and eight to 15 students representing the humanities, social sciences, science and mathematics, computer science and pre-health studies.

Each member of the group will be responsible for mentoring to a group of first-year students, representing his/her area during recruitment receptions, visiting his/her home high school, conducting a teleconference targeted on prospective majors, awarding outstanding teachers in key high schools and sponsoring an Arts and Sciences weekend for prospective and current students.

The group will also be responsible for an early-fall event for all new students in the college and a late-spring activity to thank outgoing and welcome incoming members.