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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   Winter - 2014





2014 TTU Alumni Golden Eagle Lovebirds Contest


Did you meet on campus or while you were both attending Tech? Tell us your Golden Eagle Lovebirds story for a chance to win!

At almost every event, we hear stories from alumni who first met in college and then chose to spend their lives together. Now, the TTU Alumni Association would like to recognize these special couples.

Tell us your Golden Eagle Lovebirds story, and you could receive a Valentine's Date Night Gift Basket from the TTU Alumni Association!

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TTU professor wins Guinness record for tuba collection


R. Winston Morris has been teaching the tuba at Tennessee Tech University for nearly half a century. For almost all of that time, he has also been collecting tubas.

Over the years, Morris has acquired more than 2,000 tuba figurines, statues, sculptures and paintings. The Guinness Book of World Records noticed, and recently gave him the title for “largest collection of tuba-related items.”

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TTU sports management master's enrollment exceeds expectations

There has been an online sport management master’s degree program at Tennessee Tech University for less than a year, and already enrollment numbers are exceeding expectations.

The program is designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers in sport management, including administration, marketing and facilities operations.

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TTU chemical engineering students test entrepreneurial talents


There are other ways to cool a can of soda than with a refrigerator or ice in a glass. Freshmen chemical engineering students set out to find a few of them.

After their designs were built and tested, the students in the chemical engineering department’s university experience course tried to sell them to a couple of Cookeville’s “serial entrepreneurs.”

“The campus is going to try to institute minors that have entrepreneurship in them; this is our pilot run,” said Holly Stretz, associate professor of chemical engineering and course instructor. “A renaissance engineer isn’t just supposed to get a job and do well. They’re supposed to create jobs. We have to get our students thinking about that early.”

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TTU students move to finals in top fine craft competition


Glass vases and woven pillows by Tennessee Tech University seniors Sam Meketon and Jessica Hagar, respectively, are in the running for awards from one of North America’s top fine craft competitions.

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TTU ranks no. 9 in nation's "A-List" universities


Tennessee Tech University ranks ninth as a Top 25 "A-List" school and second in the South, according to the new ranking system from that highlights schools with exceptional affordability, accessibility and academic quality.

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Chinyere Mbachu awarded prestigious Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship

It's been a long time coming, but four years' worth of hard work has paid off for Chinyere Mbachu, a Ph.D. chemical engineering student at Tennessee Technological University. Mbachu is the recipient of the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship of up to $50,000 grant, on the basis of her work with modeling of a reactor under laminar regime for the production of biodiesel.

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TTU concerts now streamed live online


Tennessee Tech University is the first public university, and the third in the state, to offer a live streamed broadcast of most of its concerts online.

Currently, students and faculty members can choose to have their concerts streamed and anyone with access to the Internet can tune into to watch the performance.

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TTU civil, mechanical faculty explore technology to monitor bridge performance

It's a well-known fact that America's infrastructure of roads, bridges, rail lines and electrical grids have been given a C-minus or D-plus rating by monitoring agencies. In light of that, a pair of assistant professors in Tennessee Tech University's College of Engineering are working on technology that could provide a partial solution to this crisis.

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Tennessee Tech ROTC Program to stay open


The U.S. Army has suspended the closure of Tennessee Tech University’s ROTC program and 12 other schools nationwide.  

“The best part about this announcement is that our ROTC students who desire to serve and lead have the opportunity to stay at Tennessee Tech,” said TTU President Phil Oldham.

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Alumni dinner in Bristol, Tenn.

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 6 p.m.
620 State Restaurant & Venue, 620 State St., Bristol, TN 37620

The TTU Alumni Association invites you to join us for a fun evening and fine dining experience at Bristol's upscale casual restaurant and music venue.with other Tech alumni and friends from the Tri-Cities area! Meet and visit with senior university administrators as well as Alumni Relations staff. Plus, it's a great opportunity to get to know alumni from the Tri-Cities area.

RESERVATIONS: The cost is $20 per person, which includes dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks. Register online or call 931-372-3205 or toll free at 1-800-889-8730.

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2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m.
Leslie Town Centre, W. 1st St., Cookeville, TN 38501

Tennessee Tech will honor outstanding alumni from each academic division and athletics who have made a significant impact in their career fields and their personal accomplishments.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. Business attire is suggested.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are requested by Wednesday, Feb. 5. The cost is $25 per person. Online registration is available at or you may call the Alumni Relations office at 931-372-3205 or toll-free 1-800-889-8730.

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TTU alumni reception & Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble concert at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, March 13, 2014
eception 5:30-7:30 p.m., concert 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Join us for a fabulous evening at Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2014, beginning with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Room, adjacent to Weill Recital Hall. Meet and mingle with TTU alumni and friends, university administrators and Alumni Relations staff. Enjoy a selection of heavy hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and a cash bar.

At 8 p.m., hear an exciting performance from the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) in Weill Recital Hall.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations made through the TTU Alumni Association are $20 per person, which includes the reception and concert ticket. Register online at or by calling the TTU Alumni Relations Office at 931-372-3205 or toll free at 1-800-889-8730. Please register by Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

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Exclusive offer on auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual

Masters Golf Tournament Raffle

Augusta National is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. A trip to The Masters is the Holy Grail for any golfer.

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2015 Tennessee Tech Masters program.  Buy your tickets today.

Trip Highlights

  • The winner and three guests will enjoy three days/two nights in a luxury home located in Augusta, Ga.
  • Four Masters Tournament passes for your choice of Wednesday and Thursday or Saturday and Sunday rounds
  • Hospitality passes for breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres
  • Accommodations and chef-prepared dinners in a luxury home near Augusta National

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

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New Tennessee Tech specialty license plate coming

This past session of the Tennessee Legislature saw the authorization for a new Tennessee Tech specialty license plate. Funds raised from the old TTU specialty plate went to the Tennessee Arts Council. With this new plate, funds will go to the TTU Alumni Association to help support Tech.

Before the plates can be made, Tech must collect commitments for at least 1,000 plates. More details, including the final design, will be coming in the future.

Make sure you are on our mailing list to receive the latest information about this new opportunity. Call the Alumni Relations Office at 931-372-3205 or toll free at 1-800-889-8730, or email us at

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Tennessee Tech University wines

Wine lovers are sure to enjoy award-winning Tennessee Tech wines. Inspired by the school’s colors, purple and gold, the sweet, red wine and dry, white wine were crafted to appeal to a range of palettes.

To learn more about Tennessee Tech wines or to make a purchase, visit

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Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Blend coffee

Support your alma mater while enjoying the great taste of Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles Blend Coffee. A portion of all proceeds will go directly to the TTU Alumni Association in support of events, programs, and services for YOU—our alumni, students and friends.

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TTU Alumni Association travel program

Upcoming Trips:

May 21-29, 2014   ♦  Mediterranean Antiquities    Venice to Athens—Journey to revered lands of antiquity aboard Oceania Cruises’ graceful Insignia and visit some of the Mediterranean’s most celebrated cities and ports along the coasts of Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece.

August 13-21, 2014   ♦  Baltic Marvels  ♦  Copenhagen to Stockholm—Marvel at the exquisite architecture and charming capitals of the Baltic as you cruise from Denmark to Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden aboard Oceania Cruises Marina, a sleek haven replete with magnificent amenities and outstanding cuisine.

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Lifetime email address & forwarding service

Establish a free, personalized TTU Alumni Association email address that will remain yours for life by using the TTU Alumni Association email forwarding service.

The benefits of using the alumni association email forwarding service are twofold: It's a great way to show your TTU Pride and you can keep the same email address – even if you change your email account, your email provider or your email address at work.

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Tennessee Tech University Alumni Relations

Box 5157, Cookeville, TN 38505
Phone: 931-372-3205  ·  Toll free: 1-800-889-8730

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