Father of Chelsea Spruance '15
Chair, UT Family Association
Q: Why did your daughter choose UT?
A: Chelsea and I traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast and down into the South looking for the right fit for her college career. Our search ended the day we walked onto the UT campus. Chelsea liked the size of campus, and she felt that the class sizes would provide a more personal connection with her professors-she would be a person not a number.
Q: What do you like best about UT?
A: When Chelsea and I attended orientation, I remember the reoccurring theme of family. We were told that everyone on staff would work together to help students as they adjusted to their new surroundings. I have found through the years this theme of family was not just a comforting word for newcomers. Whenever there was a problem or concern, the faculty and staff at UT were right there to help. This is very comforting when you are living more than 1,000 miles from
Q: What made you get involved with the Family Association?
A: As a father of a freshman, I was a little nervous when I left my daughter for the first time. The services that the Family Association provides are very helpful in easing the transition into life with a child away from home. I wanted to help and support this program, knowing that many freshmen families would feel as I did.
Q: How do you continue to stay connected to UT?
A: For three years I have been working with and supporting Career Services, the office responsible for helping graduates find jobs. If students can't get a job in the field they love and have studied, what a terrible waste. Career Services has made great progress introducing UT to employers who are interested in hiring UT graduates. I have also enjoyed working with and supporting the Department of Education in their efforts to graduate students who are superior in their ability to teach at all levels.
Q: Why do you support UT?
A: My grandfather started the tradition of supporting the schools and colleges that have educated our family members. UT has allowed my daughter, Chelsea, president of Psi Chi, the national honors society in psychology, to expand her horizons, test new boundaries and experience challenges that will provide her with the tools to move forward in life as a productive and compassionate person. What more could a father ask for?
Q: Why do you think it is important to give your time to UT?
A: My involvement with UT has been a very exciting and rewarding experience. I think it is important to let faculty and staff know their efforts are recognized and appreciated. The best way I know to express this appreciation is to roll up your sleeves and get involved. Education is a three-way partnership between the student, parent and the University. If each one pitches in, all three benefit.
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