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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   July 2014





TTU launches redesigned website


Tennessee Tech recently launched a new website design at that offers new navigation and added features. The Office of Communications and Marketing worked diligently to design a site that is useful to all audiences.

As you navigate the new site, you may find the search tool helpful until you become familiar with the organizational structure.

Please use the “Contact Us” link on the homepage to alert the staff of any problems you encounter.

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Looking for memories of your time at Tech


TTU alumni, we want to hear from you! We're looking for memories of your time at Tech to share in our alumni magazine and on the alumni website. Your stories are not only fun to read as we reminesce about the "good old" days, but they also provide current and future students with a sense of Tech's past and how it relates to the university's future.

If you'd like to share some of your favorite memories, please email them to We look forward to hearing from you!

TTU President Oldham honored with TCPRA’s Otis Floyd Award


Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham recently was honored by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association with the Dr. Otis Floyd Jr. Award, presented annually to a higher education administrator in Tennessee to recognize superior achievement in innovation, leadership, vision and communication.

Known for his vision, understanding and integrity, Floyd was the first African‐American chancellor of the State Board of Regents for Tennessee and former president of Tennessee State University.

Under Oldham's leadership the past two years, TTU crafted a new vision that aspires to raise the national reputation of the university by building on its traditional strengths. The university also developed Flight Plan, a strategic lens through which the university sets priorities. Examples of Flight Plan initiatives that have been created and funded to improve the student experience include Freshman Flight Path, an early intervention program to monitor freshman class attendance. Retention efforts also received a boost through Student Success Centers in each college staffed with additional advisers. As a result, TTU’s student fall-to-spring retention rate increased 5 percent.

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TTU trumpet students earn international recognition


Earlier this year, two Tennessee Tech University trumpet players won awards at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference.

Junior music education major Alex Wilborn, of Baxter, won first place in the conference’s solo competition for performers younger than 26.

Junior music performance major Stephen Arnold, of Mount Carmel, was one of nine students in the international competition’s undergraduate collegiate category to win a conference scholarship.

“These ambitious students continue the standard of excellence that TTU music majors consistently demonstrate in receiving nationally and internationally competitive awards,” said TTU trumpet professor Charles Decker.

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Former Tech standout Kevin Murphy taking advantage of shot with Lakers


The Los Angeles Lakers are sure to go through some growing pains over the next few years with the aging Kobe Bryant arriving at the final few years of his career and former All-Star Pau Gasol signing with the Chicago Bulls in free agency. Hoping to make a lasting impression on the organization this summer is former Tennessee Tech great Kevin Murphy, who has already shown off his greatest skill in the 2014 NBA Vegas Summer League.

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Start times announced for Golden Eagles home football games


Starting times for Tennessee Tech's six home football games at Tucker Stadium have been announced for the 2014 season. The Golden Eagles' home schedule includes three night contests – one on a Thursday – and three afternoon games.

The first three home dates – Thursday, Aug. 28 vs. Kentucky Christian, Saturday, Oct. 4 vs. Murray State, and Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. Eastern Kentucky – will all kick off at 7 p.m. CT.

All times are tentative and subject to change. Time changes will be announced on

To order single game or season tickets, please call (931-372-3940) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center, or click here to order online.

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Student-designed TTU tartan to be on shelves this fall


Jaylen Moore is not a student at Tennessee Tech University anymore, but a project she worked on with nine others will have a lasting presence at her alma mater.

Shortly after graduating with a merchandising and design degree, the Cookeville native’s purple and gold plaid won a class competition to create the university’s official tartan.

The plaid will be licensed with the Scottish Register of Tartans, a Scottish organization that preserves and promotes historic and contemporary tartans. It will be produced by Collegiate Tartan Apparel and available for purchase in time for the university centennial at that company’s website and the campus bookstore.

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TTU Oakley farm yields dozens of tomato varieties


In a 6,000 square-foot greenhouse at Tennessee Tech University’s Oakley farm, Michael Best and Mary Roller have been growing 24 varieties of tomato since March.

“These are the best tomatoes I’ve seen in 40 years of growing them,” said Best, TTU professor of agricultural economics.

Eventually, Best says he aims for TTU’s agriculture program to be able to grow tomatoes and other produce like lettuce, basil and peppers year-round to help supply the university’s dining halls and sell to other customers. The money from the tomatoes goes back to the farm.

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Ogbe above the rim and at the top of the class


A solid standout and a leader on the basketball court. An excellent student in the classroom. A fixture in the community.

There are certain criteria that the Tennessee Tech Man and Woman of the Year awards ask for each year, and it's not an easy feat to meet all three.

But for Tech men's basketball senior Dennis Ogbe, it wasn't just something to strive for, it was what he expected from himself.

Ogbe was selected as the 2014 Tech Athletics Man of the Year, and he built a pretty impressive resume over the 2013-14 academic year.

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Tennessee Tech keeps trees growing along with the campus

When Tennessee Tech University reaches its centennial year in 2015, its grounds crews hope to have 18 healthy senior citizens which have been a part of the campus since the beginning.

Kevin Tucker, director of horticulture and grounds, is working with Arbormedics arborist Scott Winningham to examine and care for each of Tech's 1,700 trees on the campus' 285 acres. Special attention is being shown to 18 trees which are 100 years or older, called 'legacy trees.'

"The big deal here at Tennessee Tech is preservation," says Winningham. "We're going to save and protect as many of these trees as we can."

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Cookeville named most affordable college town

Great Value Colleges says that Cookeville is the most affordable place to get a four-year degree in the nation.

The company, which helps college-bound students find affordable higher education, compiled the listing based on cost-of-living index scores from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Other towns that made the list include Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home of four universities including Wake Forest University; Knoxville and Nashville.

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Rencis named American Society for Engineering Education president-elect


Tennessee Tech University College of Engineering Dean Joe Rencis was installed as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education at the recent annual conference in Indianapolis, June 15-18, 2014.

Rencis will work with the presidential leadership team to develop a strategic plan this coming year, and under his leadership in 2015-16 as president he will implement the strategic plan.

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TTU’s Hermann honored by American band directors


Joseph Hermann, director of bands at Tennessee Tech University, was recently given the American School Band Directors Association’s most prestigious award.

The A. Austin Harding Award is given biannually to an educator without extensive teaching experience in primary or secondary schools. The association’s active members are primary or secondary school teachers.

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Class of '64 Golden Grad Reunion

Thursday, Aug. 28 - Saturday, Aug. 30

The TTU Alumni Association invites members of the Class of 1964 back for their Golden Grad Reunion.

A packet containing a reunion itinerary, registration information, a memory book personal page form (also available by clicking here) and other information were mailed June. Please complete and return the memory book form no later than Wednesday, Aug. 6, for inclusion in the book.

If you know of a fellow classmate from the Class of '64 who attended but did not graduate, please let us know. We welcome all members of the class to attend.

For more information or questions, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 931-372-3205 or toll-free at 1-800-889-8730.

View photos of last year's reunion

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Alumni Tailgate at Northern Iowa University vs TTU football game

TTU alumni and friends in Iowa and Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin: Mark your calendars now to attend the Alumni Tailgate and football game as the Golden Eagles take on the Panthers at Northern Iowa University on Sept. 27.

In the next few weeks, we'll post information about times, location and tickets on the Alumni Calendar at as it becomes available. 

Bring the family and wear your Tech apparel (or purple or gold) and support the Golden Eagles! You can buy licensed TTU gear online at the University Bookstore.

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

TTU Rebel Rifles, Pershing Rifles, CAPERS, Golden Nuggets and ROTC Sponsors are holding a reunion at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Nov. 8, simultaneous with Tennessee Tech's 2014 Homecoming celebration.

If you were a part of any of these groups, we encourage to join us! The reunion committee has planned a number of fun events as well as plenty of time to socialize with old friends and classmates.

Details about the itinerary, registration and more will be mailed in mid-September and will be available online at or call (931) 372-3205 or (800) 889-8730 for more information.

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

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

TTU Athletics Director Mark Wilson and TTU Head Golf Coach Polk Brown want to share an exciting opportunity with you!

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

Did you know that none of the fees paid for the current State of Tennessee TTU license plate go to Tennessee Tech? The TTU Alumni Association is working to change that.

The university has created a new Tech tag that will allow TTU to earn $15 per plate, but it needs 1,000 pre-orders before the plate can be produced. 

If you have to pay for a license plate anyway, why not order one that shows your Golden Eagle pride? The plate has an eye-catching new design that features the official TTU Athletics logo.

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

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

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A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual has partnered with the TTU Alumni Association to offer alumni exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance. You could enjoy valuable and unique benefits, including Better Car Replacement™, Accident Forgiveness, Home Protector Plus™, and our Multi-Policy Discount.* Call 800-981-2372 or visit Liberty Mutual to learn more or get a free quote.

*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

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Enjoy Tennessee Tech award-winning red and white 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 palates.

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

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Check out two new and exciting trips for TTU alumni

GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST — July 25-August 2, 2015
Portland to Clarkston (8 nights) | View photos and map

Discover the timeless majesty of the Columbia and Snake Rivers as you immerse yourself in the history and natural grandeur of the Pacific Northwest. From Portland to Clarkston, Washington, cruise to charming towns and historic sites aboard the elegant American Empress, stopping at Astoria, Stevenson, The Dalles, and Sacajawea State Park.

MEDITERRANEAN MOSAIC — October 4-13, 2015
Athens to Barcelona (8 nights) | View photos and map

History springs to life as you sail the Mediterranean aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Riviera. Ports of call on the shores of Greece, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain will provide a mosaic of unforgettable experiences.

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Shop for authentic TTU merchandise at the Tennessee Tech 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.

Tennessee Tech University Alumni Relations

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

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