UTC Counselor Education Newsletter November 17, 2016

Congratulations Graduates!


Friday, December 16, 2016

2:00 pm at McKenzie Arena

Pinning Ceremony

Friday, December 16, 2016

12:00pm-1:00pm at First Centenary United Methodist

433 Oak Street Chattanooga, TN 37402

If you would like to come and support the graduates RSVP by December 9th via email to CounselorED@utc.edu

GSA Dates

November 2 - December 2: "Toy Drive" (drop-off new toys @ Grad Student Lounge)

December 6: "Study with Starbucks" coffee hours noon-5:30pm

December 6: Last day to submit survey "We Want Your Feedback" UTCLearn link (and enter to win a gift card!)

2017 Academic Dates

Thursday, December 15 (2016): Deadline to pay Spring 2017 fees

Friday, December 23 - Tuesday, January 3: University is closed

Monday, January 9: Classes begin

Wednesday, February 22: CPCE test/payment due day

Saturday, April 1: Last day to apply for Spring Graduation with the $50 late fee

Friday, May 5: Graduation

Thursday, June 1: Practicum and Internship form due date (School Counselors note that schools end before this date so your forms will need to be turned into the school you are working at before the semester is over!)

Thursday, June 15: Fall 2017 Graduation application deadline

  • The Application for Graduation is located in MyMocsNet on the Academics Tab
Holidays from Around the World


Celebrated all around the world, Christmas falls on December 25th each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The word “Christmas” literally means “Christ’s Mass,” and is a feast central to the Christian liturgical year. Furthermore, it is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations and an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. Celebratory decorations typically include “decking the halls” with holm, ivy, and other greens, and nativity scenes are popular in several countries. And of course, a Christmas tree decorated with lights and ornaments is usually a staple to the house, particularly in the United States.


Hanukkah (or Chanukah) has many different transliteration spellings (you’ve already seen two). It consists of an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BCE). The holiday is observed for eight days and nights, and because it starts on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew Calendar, it can fall anywhere from late November to late December. Hanukkah rituals include the lighting of the Menorah, which consists of 9 candles in a holder. One candle is lit on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, and the center candle is used for lighting the others. Other Hanukkah family customs include singing Hanukkah songs, reciting Psalms, and, especially in North America and Israel, exchanging presents.


This is a week-long holiday celebrated in communities in the United States and Canada, as well as in the Western African Diaspora to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Created by Maulana Karenga in 1966, it is observed from December 26-January 1, and ultimately ends with a feast and the exchanging of gifts. There are seven core principles that are celebrated during Kwanzaa, including unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Celebration of Kwanzaa can include colorful household decorations with art and African cloth, readings and reflection of the African Pledge, and a candle-lighting ceremony with a kinara (which holds just two less candles than the Menorah!)

Las Posadas

With its origins in Spain, Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration that is now primarily celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of the Southwestern United States. The roots of this holiday are in Catholicism but several different branches of Christian Latinos follow the tradition. During the celebration, a procession moves from house to house with a candle inside a paper lampshade, stopping at each home to sign and pray. Eventually, the procession ends at a home or church, and the celebration continues with caroling, feasting, and pinata breaking!


Also referred to as the Feast of the Sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha is an important Islamic holiday celebrated worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born, Ishmael, on God’s command. Eid-al-Adha is a 3-day celebration at the end of Ramadan. Families traditionally dress in their finest clothing to perform prayer in a large congregation or mosque and sacrifice their best halal domestic animals as a symbol of Abraham’s sacrifice. Ultimately, most of the meat is shared with friends, neighbors, and the poor, to ensure that none are without a chance to partake in the holiday feast!


This five-day Hindu festival is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, among others. The festival is also referred to as the “festival of lights” and celebrates both the attainment of nirvana by Mahavira (an Indian Sage), as well as a Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand (Hindu religious leader). The word “Diwali” is a contraction of a word translating to “row of lamps,” as the holiday involves the lighting of small clay lamps to symbolize the victory of good over evil. During the festival, firecrackers are burst and all those celebrating wear new clothes and share sweets with family and friends.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It falls on different dates each year, between January 21 and February 20. Visits to friends and family take place during this celebration. The color gold is said to bring wealth, and the color red is considered especially lucky. The New Year's Eve dinner is very large and includes fish, noodles, and dumplings. This year Chinese New Year began on February 8, and it's the year of the monkey!

Information retrieved from:

Mackie, L. (2013, January 3). From Christmas to Diwali: Winter Holidays around the World. In United Planet Blog. Retrieved from http://www.unitedplanet.org/blog/2013/01/03/from-christmas-to-diwali-winter-holidays-around-the-world

Winter Celebrations. (2016, August 26). In National Geographic Kids. Retrieved from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/winter-celebrations/#WH-Tree-Lights16x9.jpg

Ways to Relieve Stress over the Holidays
  • Take time to read your favorite holiday book!
  • Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with a friend!
  • Go ice skating!
  • Take a Christmas light decoration tour!
  • Make a gingerbread house!
  • Spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear!
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen!
  • Donate toys and clothes for those in need!
  • Watch a funny Youtube video such as;

"Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!!!" - The Counselor Education Family

The primary mission of the UTC Counseling Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, skillful professional counselors to provide services in clinical mental health and school settings. Based on a developmental process of personal and professional wellness, this program emphasizes skill acquisition at early stages, progressing towards a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, and cultural competence in order to work with a variety of individuals.

Counseling Lab Number: (423) 425-4698 - Email: CounselorED@utc.edu

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