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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   June 2014





TTU business, engineering students team up to invent, market ideas


Bringing a new drug to market in the United States takes more than a decade and often billions of dollars.

A team of chemical engineering students at Tennessee Tech University came up with an idea to reduce that time and expense by designing a device to eliminate the need for human testing. A TTU business student developed a business plan for their invention.

The collaboration is part of a pilot program, putting together chemical engineering students and faculty with those from business.

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More than 1,200 graduate from TTU


On Saturday, Sherburne Martin proved that a college degree can be for everyone.

Martin first enrolled at Tennessee Tech University in 1969 but left to get married. After she and her husband, James, had their first daughter, she tried to come back to TTU but the pair had another child 19 months later. She left the university in 1976 without her degree.

After seeing all of her five children receive their degrees, the Knoxville resident returned and earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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TTU students gain leadership skills by smiling


When Chelsea Mills is sitting behind a desk in Tennessee Tech University’s Memorial Gym, she is a sophomore from Chattanooga studying exercise science, physical education and wellness.

But when she stands at the front of the class to introduce herself, she owns her own sport agency and works to negotiate contracts for professional athletes.

It’s an exercise in leadership for her and more than a dozen other students involved in SMILE, Sport Management Institution for Leadership Excellence, an organization that helps students figure out who they want to be and how they plan to get there after college.

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TTU to launch official tartan plaid


All semester, students in TTU’s human ecology program played with shades of purple and gold, layers and line widths. There were nearly a dozen plaids and students, faculty, staff and alumni were asked to select a favorite. The winning pattern will be launched in the fall, featured on a variety of projects as the official university tartan plaid.

While designing their tartans, the students also developed marketing plans, special hangtags for the products and the products themselves. When the line launches in the fall, the university bookstore will have items for a variety of ages and incomes.

They envision sweatpants and sweatshirts with the university name or logo in tartan, folders and lanyards for students. For others, they hope to see rain apparel, fleece jackets, ties and bowties, blankets and high-end scarves.

View the winning design at

TTU chemistry, chemical engineering students join nation's top ranks


Amanda Werlein, junior at Tennessee Tech University, divides her time between the chemistry lab, where she works with metals with low levels of radioactivity, and the practice room, where she plays euphonium and belongs to the tuba ensemble.

This summer, she will take her experience with radiochemistry to one of the top programs in the country, where she will work with top chemists in the best labs. She is one of 12 students across the country accepted to her program.

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TTU's Child Development Lab envisions environmentally-based playground


Tennessee Tech University’s College of Education offers a unique resource to regional families and university students through its Child Development Lab, which offers the highest quality child care and gives TTU students hands-on training.

The lab has moved to a newly renovated space on campus and the children are in need of a new playground. The vision of a green, natural playscape for increased interactive play opportunities and creative hands-on, learning adventures is in development.

The children of the CDL, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, spend their days in a socially stimulating and language-rich environment where learning occurs through play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.

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Tennessee Tech University receives accolades touting price, quality

A number of recent higher education rankings are sharing what professors, students and alumni already know: Tennessee Tech University is becoming a leading technological university in the South.

In's 2014 ranking of colleges with the best return on investment for their degrees, Tennessee Tech ranks first in the state of Tennessee and ninth for all colleges and universities in the eight-state central south U.S. region.'s data show that degrees from Tennessee Tech provide higher anticipated financial returns over the course of a 20-year career than any other school in the state, with respect to the program costs., which offers information about online programs, ranks Tennessee Tech's online Master of Business Administration programs as a 'Best Buy' for students seeking a high quality, low cost graduate degree.

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First national women in cyberspace conference a success


As computer viruses like the Heartbleed bug and other security threats continue to steal data, Tennessee Tech University computer scientists are helping to build a diverse and talented workforce ready to meet those challenges head-on.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by next year, there will be 4.2 million jobs created that deal with cybersecurity.

TTU computer science associate professor Ambareen Siraj spent the past year organizing the nation’s first Women in Cybersecurity conference, funded by the National Science Foundation. Her plan to host 100 people in Nashville grew and grew until the list of attendees more than tripled.

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Develop your artistic side at TTU's Center for Craft this summer


Spend a week, part of a week or weekend developing or improving your artistic side at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University.

The Center for Craft’s summer workshop series will begin May 16 and run through the beginning of August. This year, workshop attendees will be able to not only pick the medium they want to explore, but also the tone of their exploration with workshop themes.

“Center for Craft workshops give our guests a number of opportunities to discover unique expressions as they forge new pathways within the arts and crafts,” said Center for Craft director Jeffrey Adams. “Our workshops offer a wide range of possibilities to be explores for the beginner and advanced artisan. Our studios and stunning grounds serve as both inspiration and as a point of departure for your journey.”

Workshops will be held in each of the five studios – wood, clay, fibers, glass and metals. For the first time, there will be half-week workshops for those seeking to explore their artistic sides for longer than a weekend but who are unable to commit to a full week. The courses begin Wednesday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

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All-time best: Combined 14-team GPA tops 3.0 for 11th consecutive semester


Talk about a winning streak, this one dates back five years without a blemish. To top it off, the latest "win" also shatters records.

For the 11th consecutive semester – every semester since spring 2009 –Tennessee Tech’s student-athletes have teamed up to top 3.0 for their combined grade point average (GPA). Golden Eagle student-athletes from 14 teams combined to post a 3.293 GPA for the 2014 Spring semester, the highest semester in school history.

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Six home games, several long-running rivalries highlight 2014 Tech football schedule


Renewing a heated regional rivalry after eight years, two non-conference games against teams from the tough Missouri Valley Football Conference, another Thursday night opener in Tucker Stadium and a typically challenging eight-game Ohio Valley Conference slate await the Tennessee Tech football team in 2014.

The 12-game Golden Eagle football schedule was announced this week by head coach Watson Brown and TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson.

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2014 Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble, presented by Budweiser

The 2014 Pepsi Golden Eagle Scramble, presented by Budweiser, will be held June 6-7-8 at three golf courses around Cookeville.

Always one of the most popular summer golf tournaments in the region, the tournament is named in memory of former player, coach and Hall of Famer Bobby Nichols. Drawing more than 500 golfers, the tournament is hosted by the Tennessee Tech University Athletics Department and serves as a major fund raising event for the Tennessee Tech Athletics Association.

"This tournament is not only an exciting and enjoyable event, it is also a fund raising tournament, and we are so grateful for all of the people who make it such as success each year, from the players to the sponsors to the volunteers," said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics. "The primary purpose has been, and will continue to be, to generate revenue for the athletic teams and student-athletes, and we are committed to making it one of the best tournaments around."

The tournament, the largest in the region, will return to the Cookeville Golf Club, Ironwood Golf Course and White Plains Golf Course.

Register online, on the phone or in person

For more information, call the Athletics Ticket Office at (931) 372-3940.

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TTU Alumni Reception in Long Beach, Calif.

Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.

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 our new 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.

Make your reservations today!

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TTU Alumni Dinner in San Francisco, Calif.

Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

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 our new 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.

We look forward to seeing you! 

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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 reunion information will be mailed in mid-June. Please complete and return the memory book form no later than Friday, Aug. 1, for inclusion in the book.

The cost for the reunion is $70 per person for the "Weekend Package." Individual event prices vary and will be itemized in the reunion packet.

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.

Your presence will make this year's reunion an event to remember!

View photos of last year's reunion

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Tennessee Tech Homecoming 2014

Friday, Nov. 7 - Saturday, Nov. 8

Homecoming Events:

Friday, Nov. 7:

  • TTU Athletics Hall of Fame 2014

Saturday, Nov. 8:

  • 9 a.m. - TTU Alumni Continental Breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Tailgate Lunch, Departmental & Club Displays & Family Activities
  • 1:30 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game - TTU vs. Southeast Missouri State University

We'll post more details and a schedule of events for alumni, so be sure to check the Alumni Events Calendar often as the date approaches.

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

> View photos of Homecoming 2013

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Rebel Rifles Reunion

A TTU Rebel Rifles, Pershing Rifles, CAPERS, Golden Nuggets and ROTC Sponsors Reunion will be held 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, you are encouraged to join us! We have 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 available soon. Email or call (931) 372-3205 or (800) 889-8730 for more information.

SAVE THE DATE and make plans now to attend!

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

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Display your Purple Pride with a new TTU license plate

Drivers of all ages can show their Purple Pride in a new way beginning next year.

Tennessee Tech University is unveiling a new State of Tennessee license plate in advance of its centennial year, which will be 2015-2016. The new plate design features the university athletic mark and a purple centennial ribbon on a gold background with a watermark of the athletics mark.

It replaces the current plate, which features the interlocking TTU logo and a watermark of the eagle from the university flag.

The plate will be available at the county clerk office after 1,000 are sold.

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

To reserve your plate, visit or click "order now."

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Experience the excitement of the 2015 Masters Tournament in person

Did you watch Bubba Watson win the 2014 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 your choice of Wednesday and Thursday or Saturday and Sunday 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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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 tailored for the way you live today. You could also enjoy valuable discounts such as New to Liberty, Newly Married, New Move, and Hybrid Vehicle.* 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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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 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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Enjoy Tennessee Tech award-winning 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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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.

Tennessee Tech University Alumni Relations

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

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