Show your TTU Pride and get rewarded
The TTU Alumni Association has partnered with NASA Federal Credit Union to offer alumni an exclusive new benefit. That's right, NASA — the official credit union of NASA Headquarters. but you don't have to be an astronaut to participate.
We'd like to introduce the Tennessee Tech University Alumni Association Platinum Advantage Rewards Card.
This is much more than a credit card with a low rate, no annual fee and no balance transfer fee. It's a way for you to help support Tennessee Tech.
With each credit card issued, a contribution is made to help support the Tennessee Tech University Alumni Association.
And, with every purchase, you earn points that you can redeem for Tennessee Tech Alumni Association donations and events, along with brand-name merchandise, gift cards, and travel! Earn 1 point for every $1 in purchases and double rewards points for Tennessee Tech-related purchases, including memberships, conferences, events and donations.
Plus, it has a cool new design, so you can show your TTU Pride whenever you use the card.
TTU Craft Center offers Second Saturday workshops for children, adults
The Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University will open its doors and studios to children and adults for its monthly Second Saturday event on March 14.
Second Saturday features workshops for all ages in a variety of media and discounts on certain items in the Goldenrod Gallery.
Colleges, TTU to expand higher ed options in Cookeville
A new higher education center in Cookeville will soon make it easier for students to earn job training and college degrees in the Upper Cumberland.
Tennessee Tech University, Nashville State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College are joining forces to expand higher education programs and transform the way education is offered to the region by becoming partners in a learning center.
It will also provide more opportunities for students in the region to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise, a last-dollar scholarship available to Tennessee high school graduates to cover the cost of tuition at a community or technical college or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.
Metal jewelry exhibition comes to TTU Craft Center
An exhibition of metal jewelry and brooches that focuses on the beauty of lines, shapes and tool imprints will be on display at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft until April 10.
Artist Jim Bové is an artist and associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania.
His work has been featured in several books and his work is in collections across the United States, Japan, the Dominican Republic and Malaysia. Bové has organized and curated international exhibitions and lectures in the U.S. and Japan, including a cross-cultural exchange program.
Phi Delta Theta brings All-Sing back to TTU
A Tennessee Tech University tradition returned to campus, courtesy of Phi Delta Theta.
All-Sing is an a cappella music competition that began in 1968 but hasn’t been around since 2008.
Matthew Phillips, a senior communication major, is the philanthropy chairman for Phi Delta Theta and has wanted to reinstate All-Sing since becoming a member of the fraternity in 2012.
“We wanted to bring All-Sing back because we understand its history and importance, not only to Tech, but to Cookeville as well,” said Phillips. “What better year to begin than the Centennial!”
Awardees for TTU Engineers Week recognized
Tennessee Tech University recognized top engineering faculty, staff and alumni during Engineers Week, Feb. 23 – Feb. 26.
“There is no better way to celebrate the engineering profession than to bring in alumni who can communicate to our students the importance of becoming Renaissance engineers,” said Joseph Rencis, dean of the College of Engineering. “We’re working to develop the mentality across engineering disciplines that engineers’ first responsibility is to positively impact society.
“That concept is something our faculty and successful alumni demonstrate on a daily basis.”
FIRST LEGO League tournament returns to TTU
High school and middle school students spent Saturday, Feb. 14, at Tennessee Tech University building robots designed to show adults how they want to learn.
TTU again hosted FIRST LEGO League’s East Tennessee Championship Tournamen. Nearly 500 students from across Middle and East Tennessee participated in the challenge.
The competition involves students ages 9 to 14; each year, the contest’s theme focuses on a different real-world issue. Students design and program LEGO robots to perform tasks tied in to that theme.
In this year’s challenge, “World Class – Learning Unleashed,” students designed robots to change how we gather knowledge and skills.
TTU civil engineering team conducts bridge study
A team of Tennessee Tech University civil engineers will monitor the demolition of an 85-year-old bridge, with the hope that the data they gather will help others better understand bridge behavior.
“Assessing complex or ‘truss’ bridges like this one is a tough job,” said civil engineering professor Matthew Yarnold. “We’re just trying to increase the state of knowledge about them so that we can accurately evaluate them in the future.”
TTU pre-dental students volunteer at Cookeville mission
Pre-dentistry students from Tennessee Tech University are preparing for graduate school by assisting the Cookeville Rescue Mission with its patients.
“It’s literally first-hand learning,” said Alexa Hancock, a sophomore from Jamestown. “I get to see exactly how a dentist operates, get experience, and give back all at the same time.”
Hancock volunteers at the mission on a rotating basis. She used GI Bill benefits from the National Guard to attend Tech.
TTU awards 25 high school girls for computer science
To encourage girls in Tennessee to pursue careers in computer science, Tennessee Tech University will this month recognize 25 high school students for their computing accomplishments.
The university is the Middle and East Tennessee affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and annually gives girls the Aspirations in Computing Award. This year, 13 girls won the award and 12 were named runners-up.
“If you looked at the percentage nationwide, the number of women in computing has fallen. This is one of the initiatives that we are taking to find ways to increase the number of women in computing,” said Hosi Karzai, project manager in TTU’s Information Technology Services and one of the event’s organizers. “There’s a huge movement out there. It’s wonderful to be a part of it. It’s rewarding as a woman.”