Even before his current job with Undergraduate Admissions, Tyler Lewelling helped UT students become immersed in the college experience.
“I worked as a tour guide here as an undergrad and that was a really fun job,” he said. “I was also an orientation leader. Both of those really prepared me for a role in student services and helped develop a passion for the university and working with prospective students.”
Lewelling, coordinator of freshman recruitment, works with potential UT students across the state.
“I answer a lot of emails and phone calls from students, go to high schools and college fairs to talk to prospective students, and work with the rest of our freshman recruitment team to make sure that we’re serving all the students in our recruitment territories,” he said.
Lewelling draws on his own positive UT experience during recruitment outreach.
“Some prospective students know very little about the university, and I’m their first introduction to UT,” he said. “I love UT, and recruiting new students is a way of giving back to the university.”
Outside his work with UT, Lewelling enjoys experiencing the city of Knoxville.
“I’m a really big foodie. I like to try new restaurants, and we have a lot of great restaurants here.”
Lewelling’s favorite part of UT is the people—faculty, staff, and students.
“What makes us special is the people here. They’re what made me want to stay in Knoxville, especially after I graduated, and what really made the whole college experience worthwhile,” he said. “We’ve got great staff and faculty that really want to serve the university.”
To Lewelling, it’s the people who define the phrase “Volunteer spirit.”
“I really relate the Volunteer spirit back to the people,” he said. “As Volunteers, we’re able to truly give back to the university and serve students—past, present, and future.”