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UT F.R.O.G. – A special forces unit

I just completed my second tour of duty with the UT F.R.O.G. Special Forces Unit yesterday at Parks Tower. F.R.O.G. stands for First-Year Resident Orientation Guide. It is an elite group and one of which I am proud to be a part.  A UT F.R.O.G. is integral to ensuring that the move-in process for first-year students into their residence halls is a quick, efficient and damage-free experience. “Out of the car.  Into the room.  Now!” is our motto.

Unlike the Navy S.E.A.L., a F.R.O.G. is able to smile, speak freely about duties, experiences and assignments. We don’t have to be able to swim 500 yards in 12.5 minutes or less, followed by a 10-minute rest; do 42 push-ups in under two minutes, followed by a two-minute rest; do 50 sit-ups in under two minutes, followed by a two-minute rest; do six pull-ups, followed by a 10-minute rest; run 1.5 miles in boots and long pants in less than 11.5 minutes.

But we do have to be ambassadors of the institution and do everything in our power to ensure a welcoming and pleasant environment.  Our duties include: greeting new students and families; answering questions; carefully unloading vehicles and transporting apparel and survival equipment (LED TVs, XBox’s and refrigerators, etc.) in as few trips as possible to assigned living spaces; directing traffic within the perimeter; ensuring proper hydration levels by distributing beverages; policing hallways and removing boxes and other obstacles that may hinder our mission; managing elevator capacity and traffic; and reassuring parents that their students are ready to meet the challenges of college and that they will be well taken care of.

It’s a demanding job, but at the end of the day we can hold our heads high knowing that the class of 2016 is safe and sound and ready to receive their first assignments today.

Good luck UT Class of 2016 and Go Rockets!

2 Responses to “UT F.R.O.G. – A special forces unit”

  1. Jameela Abdullah Says:

    Thank you for participating as a FROG, John! The Office of Residence Life truly appreciates and values your contributions to the success of the 2012 residence hall opening!!

  2. Marie Janes Says:

    I have served as a Faculty FROG since 2002…and I have the t-shirts to prove it! Being a FROG is a rewarding service opportunity I can provide for students and their families, especially since my program is offered online through Learning Ventures. I met wonderful moms and dads, and equally talented children this past week moving into International House. In addition, I met a fabulous diverse group of student FROGs who did the heavy lifting! With so much enthusiasm and motivation–it’s going to be a great year at UT!

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John Adams

John Adams is the Senior Director for Enrollment Brand Strategy and has been with the University since 2001 when he joined The Medical College of Ohio as Director of Institutional Communications. John is a native of Toledo and a 1976 graduate of UT’s College of Business Administration where he majored in marketing and was a recipient of the Pacemaker Award. You’ll find him writing observations about the UT community today and maybe some stories from his past when he was a student. You may even read a few things about John’s interests outside of work that include music, photography and pop culture. And to all of our current students, “ You are the reason we are here!” Be True to Your School.

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