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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   December 2014





Nearly 800 graduate from Tennessee Tech this fall


In more than 30 years working for Tennessee State Parks and raising a family, Sam Elder never had time to finish his degree. Elder, born in 1942, was the oldest person to walk across the Tennessee Tech University stage Saturday to receive his bachelor’s degree.

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Tennessee Tech releases TechWorks resume and job database


Tennessee Tech University’s Office of Career Services recently launched a new resume and job database, TechWorks. This upgraded system replaces the former Experience system.

Alumni, students and employers have their own login portals for the TechWorks database. Employers can post jobs, receive resumes from TechWorks, and register to attend one of Tennessee Tech’s five annual career fairs.

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Tennessee Tech is closer to becoming an all-Steinway school


Tennessee Tech University is closer to becoming an all-Steinway school thanks to 25 new Boston pianos purchased with a gift from an anonymous donor.

"To be a Steinway school means to be equated with the 150 other Steinway schools in the country and that’s a big deal," said Jennifer Shank, interim dean of the College of Education and chairwoman of the music department.

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TTU names Whitson-Hester School of Nursing dean


Huey-Ming Tzeng will join Tennessee Tech University as the dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing in January.

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TTU names new College of Business dean


Thomas H. Payne has accepted an offer to join Tennessee Tech University as the next dean of the College of Business.

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Engineering students provide custom assistive technology to area children


For the 15th year in a row, mechanical engineering students in professor Stephen Canfield’s class have designed assistive technology for community children just in time for the holidays.

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Fishing team advances to FLW National Championship


Four students from the Tennessee Tech fishing team are going to the FLW National Championship for the first time in school history.

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TTU honored by White House for volunteer commitment

Tennessee Tech University made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth time in six years, and the number of students committed to volunteer service is higher than ever.

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Physics professor named educator of the year

The Tennessee Science Teachers Association has named physics professor and chairman Stephen Robinson the higher education science educator of the year.

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TTU to host regional economic development conference Jan. 13

The Upper Cumberland is open for business, and regional leaders will host an economic development conference, REDI for Action, Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Tennessee Tech University.

The daylong conference will include sessions about tourism, grant writing, education, revitalization efforts and business incubation, among other topics.

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Alumni Office closed for the holidays

The TTU Alumni Relations staff wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Our office will be closed from Dec. 24, 2013, through Jan. 4, 2014. We will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5.

If you would like to make a gift to Tennessee Tech while the university is closed, you can make it online with your credit or debit card at or you are welcome to call 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3206. Please leave your name and phone number, and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

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2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards

Make plans to attend the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards reception, dinner and ceremony.

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.

We'll begin taking reservations for the event after we return from the holidays on Jan. 5. Online registration will be available at or you may call the Alumni Relations office at 931-372-3205 or toll-free 1-800-889-8730. The cost is $25 per person.

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Tennessee Tech and Titans team up

Tennessee Tech and the Titans team up for a special opportunity. Tickets starting at just $36 for the Titans vs. Colts game on December 28.

TN Tech Alumni Group Offer

  1. Click the above link
  2. Use Passcode "tntechTitans"
  3. Build an account
  4. Purchase your seats
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Enjoy Tennessee Tech award-winning wines

The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy and give DeMonaco Winery's 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 palates.

  • Espiritu de Oro (Golden Spirit) - This delicate dry white wine exhibits fresh citrus and tropical fruit aromas, carrying over to fruity green apple flavors on the palate, complemented by a refreshing acidity.
  • Dulce Nectar Morado (Sweet Purple Nectar) - This crimson red sweet wine opens with earthy berry notes on the nose, carrying over to strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate and ends with a smooth, round, lingering finish.

Made in partnership with Tennessee Tech, part of the proceeds go to support the university.

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

» Find DelMonaco TTU Wines in a store near you or order online

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Tennessee Tech University Diploma Frames

You worked hard to earn your degree, and there's no better way to protect and display your diploma than in one of these beautiful diploma frames.

Choose between several mats, frames and layouts.

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Shop for authentic TTU merchandise at the Tennessee Tech University Bookstore


Welcome Back, Alumni. Tennessee Tech prepared you for life-long success. As a successful graduate and pillar in the community, celebrate your achievements by displaying your pride. It's time to reconnect to campus.

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