TTU to Carnegie Hall: A busy season ahead for Tuba Ensemble
Tennessee Tech University’s tuba ensemble will host, or perform, nearly 20 concerts in two weeks during its 38th annual Octubafest series.
From TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium, the student performers will get on the road for performances at Nashville’s Gaylord Convention Center Oct. 28, in the nation’s capital at the U.S. Army Band’s tuba workshop and at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University.
In the midst of all that, they are preparing to return to New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2014, for their eighth performance in the hallowed venue.
TTU to name Robert and Gloria Bell Hall Oct. 24
Bob Bell served as president of Tennessee Tech University for more than a decade, and now the university will recognize his service by naming the Nursing and Health Services Building in honor of him and his wife, Gloria, as Robert and Gloria Bell Hall.
A naming ceremony will be held in the auditorium of Robert and Gloria Bell Hall Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the hall’s rotunda and in Bell Hall 260. The ceremony and reception are open to the public. Guests should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-372-3301.
The naming ceremony will be livestreamed at http://www.tntech.edu/web/live/
More students choosing to become nurses, TTU program continues to change to meet demand
Enrollment is up and programs are expanding in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech University. The TTU nursing program’s expansion is in response to the increased demand for health care professionals across the country.
“Employment opportunities, national initiatives in nursing and medicine and the state of healthcare reform are driving enrollment numbers. With the Affordable Care Act, we’re going to need primary care professionals,” said Bedelia Russell, interim dean of TTU’s Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.
U.S. Army announces plan to close TTU ROTC
Tennessee Tech University's Army ROTC program is one of 13 across the nation and three in Tennessee identified by the U.S. Department of Defense for closure. East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee Martin also received notification.
TTU President Phil Oldham and many concerned university supporters say it is a bewildering decision they will fight to reverse.
“ROTC programs are lifelines to American kids from rural areas who are making extraordinary efforts to serve their country and earn an education,” Oldham added.
TTU's American Chemical Society Student Chapter is outstanding
The student chapter of the American Chemical Society is outstanding and environmentally friendly.
For the first time, the group has received both the Outstanding and Green chapter designations from the American Chemical Society. The top 5 percent of chapters across the nation get the “outstanding” label every year.
“This is a significant accomplishment by our faculty and students,” said Jeffrey Boles, chairman of TTU’s chemistry department. “They have worked very hard to earn this award and organized many events throughout the year.”
TTU fashion merchandising students explore world's fashion capital
After a trip overseas, most people describe what they did with a list of sites visited or foods tasted. A fashion student describes the colors.
“Florence and Milan were beautiful but very modern and gray,” said Susannah Warren, a senior fashion merchandising major at Tennessee Tech University. “Venice was brighter. It was oranges and reds and greens; it was more vibrant.”
Every summer, TTU fashion students have the chance to go to one of the world’s fashion cities: Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta or Milan. This year, they will go to New York City.
“It’s the best place domestically and it begins our rotation,” said Lizbeth Self-Mullens, associate professor of merchandising and design and interim dean of TTU’s College of Agriculture and Human Ecology. “By the time they graduate, I hope they will have been to all three domestic cities and one international experience.”
Memorabilia of World War heroes coming to TTU
Writings of a friend and adviser to World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York are moving from an East Tennessee family’s home to Tennessee Tech University.
“It is my pleasure, in tandem with my children, to donate this collection to Tennessee Tech University, where it will be maintained in archival condition and be open to the public for research,” said Dotty Bushing.
The first of the artifacts to come to the university’s Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library are photographs and letters between the senior Bushing and Sgt. York. Art Bushing’s World War II diary also will become part of the collection at TTU.
TTU nursing, Spanish students explore Cuban healthcare, culture
No cell phones, no Google and no internet. For eight days, some of Tennessee Tech University’s nursing and Spanish language students lived a simpler life in communist Cuba.
After two years of planning by Marketta Laurila, Spanish professor, and Melissa Geist, associate professor in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and interim dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, nine TTU students went to Cuba.
“We wanted this collaboration between the Spanish language students and the nursing students because there is a growing Hispanic population in Middle Tennessee and most of the hospitals where our students will be working are seeing that,” Geist said. “We wanted them to explore the culture and the people.”
The OVC launches new fan-focused blog, continues to stream events digitally
The Ohio Valley Conference has officially launched its new OVC Extra blog (www.ovcextra.com), a fan-focused, fun, social media-driven site that gives passionate OVC followers the opportunity to contribute content and to learn more about the student-athletes, coaches, and unsung heroes who make the OVC special.
In addition to the new blog, the OVC is continuing to stream hundreds of games online for free on the OVC Digital Network (www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com). This innovative service provides high-definition video to fans on any computer, tablet or smart phone, and it's easy to use, requiring no registration as fans can simply log onto the site to access the streams. All OVC schools will continue to stream every home football and men's and women's basketball contest, and will branch out to stream more volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball contests this year.