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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   October 2014





TTU fibers student expands talents after NYC internship


After two months working with a professional knitter in Brooklyn, New York, Tennessee Tech University senior Jessica Hagar made approximately 100 hats and several shirts.

Most of what she made is now being sold in a variety of stores across the country including Anthropologie and Free People.

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TTU alumnus travels to International Space Station


Mechanic. Test subject. Scientist. Engineer. Russian speaker. Astronaut. Barry Wilmore, ’85, ’94 electrical engineering, will fill those roles during a voyage to the International Space Station, first as a member of the crew and then as the station’s commander. He and two Russian cosmonauts left on Sept. 25, and will return in March.

Wilmore credits Tech, especially during his undergraduate studies, with giving him a solid foundation on which to build his career.

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TTU clay professor, alumnus invited to participate in exhibition of leaders

In honor of his artistry and mentorship, clay professor Vince Pitelka has been invited with one of his former students to participate in a New York art show about the future of clay craft and its artists.

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$3 million NSF grant helps meet the need for math, science teachers in Hamilton County

NSF-funded residency program will help increase the number of science and math teachers in high needs schools. The two-year program will train 24 teachers and support them as they gain master's degrees from TTU.

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TSBDC at TTU hosts business planning seminar Oct. 14

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will host a seminar about writing a business plan Oct. 14. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit or call (931) 372-3648 to sign up.

The TSBDC also offers free and confidential one-on-one counseling with potential and current small business owners.

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TTU Center for Craft announces Bacchanal 2014 donors


Bacchanal, one of the main fundraisers for scholarships for Appalachian Center for Craft students, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, at Spankies Restaurant. More than a dozen donors contribute every year to make the event possible.

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football fans can welcome Golden Eagles back home after five weeks


Tennessee Tech is back home in Tucker Stadium for the first time in five weeks to face a nemisis that has been the longest-running rivalry in Golden Eagle football history. Saturday's 7 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference contest with Murray State will be the 80th in the series.

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TTU Career Services provides a variety of services, resources, and events of interest to Alumni


The Career Services office provides a variety of services, resources, and events that are of interest to TTU alumni. Whether you are a recent graduate in need of career assistance, an employed alumnus interested in recruiting for your organization, or a proud graduate eager to share your professional story with students — the Career Services office welcomes your engagement. Career Services is available for use by TTU alumni at any time throughout your career.

Join the LinkedIn TTU Career Services Group and the TTU Alumni Association Group.

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Business & Engineering Alumni Titans Tailgate Event

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

College of Business and College of Engineering alumni are invited to a tailgating event at the Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game. Activities will start at 10 a.m. in the East Outdoor Fan Zone, at the entrance of gates 9 and 10. Kickoff is at noon.

Tickets for both the game and tailgating event are only $35 per person. If you already have a Titans ticket, a “tailgating only” ticket is just $15 each. The tailgate event includes a food buffet and three drinks. To purchase tickets, visit or call Alumni Relations at 931-372-3205 or toll-free at 1-800-889-8730. The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 10.

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WCTE Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 5 p.m.

Experience the Upper Cumberland's FIRST Craft Beer Festival with over 50 Craft Brews including Calfkiller, brews from Nashville and across the country! Come and enjoy beer samplings, and music and food all Saturday afternoon in Beautiful Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St., in Cookeville.

A ticket to the TTU Oct. 18th football game — TTU vs. Eastern Kentucky, PLUS tailgating at the 98.5 Kiss FM Tailgate Park, PLUS a ticket to WCTE's Blues & Brews CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL! Advance Tickets: $50; At the gate: $60

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Tennessee Tech Homecoming 2014

Friday, Nov. 7 - Saturday, Nov. 8

We'll be adding to the schedule of events as the date approaches, so be sure to check the Alumni Events Calendar often.

Invite other TTU alumni and friends and plan to attend! We look forward to seeing you!

> View photos of Homecoming 2013

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Class of 2004 Nursing Reunion Dinner & Homecoming Events

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Tennessee Tech University Alumni Association and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing invite Class of 2004 nursing alumni and their families to a reunion dinner at Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill, during TTU's Homecoming 2014. 

Come back to campus and have fun socializing with other nursing alumni, faculty and administrators at Homecoming events sponsored by the School of Nursing and the Alumni Association.

More event details and registration information are available online at

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Rebel Rifles, Pershing Rifles, CAPERS, Golden Nuggets & ROTC Sponsors Reunion

Saturday, November 8, 2014

TTU Rebel Rifles, Pershing Rifles, CAPERS, Golden Nuggets and ROTC Sponsors are holding a reunion at Tennessee Tech simultaneous with Tech's 2014 Homecoming celebration.

Details about the itinerary, registration and more were mailed this week and are also available online at

You may also like to check out the "TN Tech ROTC Drill Team" Facebook group.

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1,000 pre-orders needed to produce new TTU specialty license plate

Show your Tech Pride and pre-order your new Tech specialy plate today! The plate has an eye-catching design that features the official TTU Athletics logo.

The university created the new tag that will allow TTU to earn $15 per plate, but the plate is NOT yet available at your county court clerk's office. The State of Tennessee requires that 1,000 plates be sold before it will produce and distribute the new specialty plate.

Let's see how fast we can reach 1,000! Visit to pre-order your plate or click "order now."

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Buy raffle tickets today for a VIP trip to the 2015 Masters, support TTU golf teams and the Alumni Association

Are you or a family member a golf enthusiast? Want to attend the Masters as a VIP next year?

Enter the Masters Raffle for a chance to win FOUR passes for two consecutive rounds of the 2015 Masters Tournament as well as VIP accommodations, chef-prepared meals and more! There are a limited number of tickets, so purchase yours today!

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the TTU Alumni Association and the TTU Men's and Women's Golf Teams.

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