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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   Spring - 2014





Eight TTU alumni recognized for being outstanding


Every year, a select group of alumni are recognized for their lifetime achievements and outstanding support of Tennessee Tech University.

This year, eight were recognized at a Feb. 7 reception at the Leslie Town Centre. Each of the university’s six colleges, the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Athletics selected a former student to recognize.

Award recipients were Jerry Bellar '58, College of Agriculture and Human Ecology; Bob Luna '82, College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Pemberton '11, Athletics; Grady Williams '57, College of Business; Mark Heinrich '75, M.A. '76, College of Education; David Wright '80, College of Engineering; Danny Brooks '03, College of Interdisciplinary Studies; and Dr. Steve Talbert '88, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

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Golden Eagles Soar Around the World


The TTU Alumni Association would like to introduce a new feature to our website: Golden Eagles Soar Around the World. 

Have photos of friends, family, or yourself supporting TTU from around the globe? Want to share your Purple Pride with others?

Submit your pictures now and be featured on our website, and show TTU alumni and friends where you SOAR!

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TTU helps to meet national need for environmental professionals

With a new graduate program, Tennessee Tech University is helping to meet a national need to better protect the environment.

Between 2008 and 2018, the national need for environmental scientists and other specialists is projected to grow nearly 30 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help meet that need, this semester the university began offering a professional science master’s with a concentration in environmental informatics.

The program focuses on the use of business, geographic information systems and statistics tools in environmental data management. The degree will qualify graduates for jobs as environmental scientists and specialists.

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TTU selected to join national leaders in engineering education

NSF-funded Pathways to Innovation encourages entrepreneurs in engineering 

Tennessee Tech University has gained momentum on its aggressive plans to link engineering education and entrepreneurship by being selected as one of 12 universities across the U.S. to take part in the new Pathways to Innovation program.

The Pathways program will lead TTU through a process to design and implement unique plans to use entrepreneurship and innovation to transform undergraduate engineering education. This program was created by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, known as the Epicenter.

TTU boasts the largest number of undergraduate engineering majors in the state and produces 30 percent of engineering graduates in Tennessee. At Tennessee Tech, the Pathways team leaders are Stephen Canfield, mechanical engineering professor, and Vahid Motevalli, associate dean for Research and Innovation in TTU’s College of Engineering.

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TTU recognizes engineering alumni


To celebrate some of its top engineering alumni, Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering recently recognized four of its graduates for their contributions to their fields.

Recognized were Kim Williams '94, industrial engineering; Lynne Parker '83, computer science; Cullen Lamar Dunn '64, civil engineering; and Trudy A. Harper '83, '84, electrical engineering.

The ceremony was part of the culminating banquet for the university’s annual Engineers Week.

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Senior art students host solo thesis shows


Five senior art students are currently hosting shows to display their work in glass, clay, ceramics, metals and wood at the Appalachian Center for Craft.

The senior thesis shows are a culmination of all that the students have learned at the university, and gives them the opportunity to work on developing artist statements and putting a show together at a gallery, doing everything from selecting pieces to displaying them.

Center for Craft galleries are free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Four TTU cadets take top prize in German-sponsored competition


After weeks of training that challenged their mental and physical strength, four cadets in Tennessee Tech University’s Golden Eagle Battalion earned a gold badge during the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition earlier this month at Indiana University.

The badge is a foreign award offered by the host country, Germany, and made available to U.S. service members starting in 1972. Participants compete in nine events over three days testing their military performance, physical ability and overall professional character in hopes of earning a gold, silver or bronze badge.

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TTU research team assesses water quality in Obed-area streams


The Obed watershed, which encompasses parts of Cumberland, Morgan and Fentress counties, has been the focus of some recent sampling activity by researchers from Tennessee Tech University’s Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources.

TTU’s Water Center faculty are spearheading the research that is leading to the development of a watershed planning tool and involves assessing the inflow and infiltration conditions in Crossville’s wastewater collection system and monitoring of the water quality and quantity in that region.

“This project is important in helping community leaders make decisions about the water resources in the Obed watershed,” said Dennis George, project leader and director of the TTU Water Center.

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TTU finance students outperform Wall Street, again


It will be Deryl Martin’s last time to ring Tennessee Tech University’s closing bell on the year-long Tennessee Valley Authority’s investment challenge, but at least he’s going out on top.

For the fifth, and Martin’s final, time, his investment class has won the TVA’s annual investment challenge and outperformed Wall Street with its stock purchases. Twenty-five colleges and universities participate in the competition, which began 16 years ago.

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TTU Appalachian Center for Craft artists in residence host show


The six artists in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University are showcasing some of their best work in a show in the North Windows Gallery until May 4.

The pieces exhibit powerful, functional and conceptual fine craft in various media. The variety of techniques, materials and content on display pushes the media to the edge.

For more information, visit or call (931) 372-3051.

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Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman to speak at TTU spring commencements

This spring, an estimated 1,400 students and their families will hear from Gov. Bill Haslam and Kevin Huffman, state commissioner of education, at Tennessee Tech University’s commencement ceremonies May 10.

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TTU Alumni Reception in Long Beach, Calif.


Save the date and plan to attend!

TTU alumni and friends are invited to join us for an Alumni Reception on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at The Sky Room UP Lounge, located atop the Historic Breakers Building.

Meet President Phil Oldham and enjoy an unequalled panoramic view of the city. We'll have a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

RESERVATIONS: Please make your reservation by Tuesday, June 10. Online registration will be available soon or you may call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205. The cost for the event is $20 per person.

PARKING: Valet parking is available.

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TTU Alumni Dinner in San Francisco, Calif.


Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

TTU alumni and friends are invited to an Alumni Dinner on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at McCormick & Schmicks Seafood and Steaks in San Francisco near Ghirardelli Square.

Have dinner with President Phil Oldham in the Alcatraz Room/Fiesta Deck. Enjoy wonderful fresh seafood (alternative available), beer and wine.  

RESERVATIONS: Please make your reservation by Tuesday, June 10. Online registration will be available soon or you may call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205. The cost for the event is $25 per person.

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Discover the marvels of the Baltic on a 7-night luxury cruise

Featured Trip:

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. From $2,699 per person, double occupancy (includes airfare). View the brochure

NEW Special Offers for this cruise include:

  • Free pre-paid gratuities
  • Free unlimited internet package
  • $100 shipboard credit per stateroom
  • Free unlimited shore excursions in St. Petersburg
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Experience the excitement of the 2015 Masters Tournament in person

Did you watch Bubba Watson win this year's Masters? Would you like to experience the excitement in person next year?

Enter the Tennessee Tech Masters Raffle for the opportunity to win these prizes and more:

  • FOUR 2015 Masters Tournament passes for two consecutive rounds
  • Three days/two nights in a luxury home located in Augusta, Ga.
  • Hospitality passes for breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres
  • Accommodations and chef-prepared dinners in a luxury home near Augusta National

The drawing for the winner of our first Masters Golf Tournament Raffle will be held during the 2014 Tennessee Tech Homecoming football game on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Reserve your tickets today!

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

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Protect and display your diploma in a TTU frame

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 custom crafted hardwood diploma frames.

> Find out more or place an order

> If your diploma has been lost or damaged, click here to order a replacement diploma.

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Buy your NEW Tennessee Tech license plate today!

order now

Show your Tech Pride and order your plate now. Funds raised from this new TTU specialty plate will go to the TTU Alumni Association to help support Tech.

The annual fee for a specialty license plate is $35, which is in addition to your motor vehicle registration fee.

Once 1,000 plates are sold, you will be notified to pick up your plate at your county clerk's office.

Call the Alumni Relations Office at 931-372-3205 or toll free at 1-800-889-8730, or email for more details or questions.

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Enjoy Tennessee Tech red and white wines

Enjoy award-winning Tennessee Tech wines. The sweet, red wine and dry, white wine were crafted to appeal to a range of palates.

Find out more about Tennessee Tech wines or make a purchase, at

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Save on auto and home insurance

Get quality auto and home protection at the right price. Tennessee Tech alumni could save hundreds. Free quote. Liberty Mutual Insurance

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Phone: 931-372-3205  ·  Toll free: 1-800-889-8730

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