TTU Alumni Association celebrates new building, new opportunities
Tennessee Tech alumni have a new home when they come back to campus. The former Varsity Cinema (also known as the Varsity Theater or Varsity Twin) is now Tennessee Tech’s Alumni Center, which houses the Alumni Relations office, as well as the offices of the Vice President for University Advancement, University Development and Advancement Services.
The Alumni Center is located at 705 N. Dixie Ave., on the corner of 7th St. and Dixie Ave. (view on map).
Just one block from the Tech campus, the Varsity Cinema continued operation until closing in 2001. After it was sold, the building was renovated and became the home of MMA Creative advertising, the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and several other businesses. When the building became available again, the TTU Foundation purchased it on behalf of the university to be used as a formal alumni center that would also centralize University Advancement’s offices in one location.
Tennessee Tech Alumni Relations will be hosting an Open House at the Alumni Center tomorrow, from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is invited.
“We are very excited about the new facility and look forward to the opportunities it will provide for the university and our alumni,” said Alumni Director Tracey Duncan.
Centennial Celebration begins with Charter Day, March 27
Charter Day, the first event of the Centennial Celebration, is the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Tech's charter signing. Join the campus community, city and county, and state political and educational leadership for a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 27, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.
In honor of the event, the Tennessee Board of Regents is holding its quarterly meeting on campus that day. Joining President Oldham onstage will be Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, leadership from THEC and TBR, and Emeriti Presidents Arliss Roaden, Angelo Volpe and Bob Bell.
The ceremony, lasting about 45 minutes, includes a dramatic skit and presentations of proclamations and a House Joint Resolution proclaiming March 27 "Tennessee Tech University Charter Day" in Tennessee, Putnam County and Cookeville.
Guest parking will be available next to the Intramural Field on Willow Avenue; shuttles will run continuously to and from Derryberry Hall from 9:30 to 11:30 that morning. The program will also be streamed live at https://www.tntech.edu/web/live .
For additional information, visit email@example.com and https://www.tntech.edu/centennial/charter-day .
TTU students named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-funded Epicenter
Two from Tennessee Tech University will join the ranks of a national group of students selected to bring more entrepreneurial activities to their campuses.
The University Innovation Fellows program is directed by Epicenter, an organization directed by Stanford University and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Artist, students to collaborate on environmental art installation at TTU
Tennessee Tech University students will have the chance to work with environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck to create a large-scale art installation.
During the week of March 23-27, students and Holsenbeck will create a waterfall of 3,000 plastic bottles in the lobby of the Roaden University Center.
During her time at TTU, Holsenbeck will provide a demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. and speak at the Appalachian Center for Craft at 4:30 p.m. March 25.
TTU computer science organizes national women in cybersecurity conference
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields globally. From 2007 to 2013, cybersecurity job postings increased 74 percent.
While half of the United States' workforce are women, women represent less than 15 percent of the cybersecurity workforce.
To help to meet that need, one Tennessee Tech University computer science associate professor is organizing a conference to bring together industry professionals and higher education faculty and students.
“This conference is to help to recruit and retain aspiring women in cybersecurity, and advance their careers in this field,” said Ambareen Siraj, founder and chair of the Women in Cybersecurity conference. “Cybersecurity is a growing field and increasing the participation of women and minority groups is absolutely critical to bridge existing gaps and help the workforce to perform better.”
TTU to open virtual reality, prototyping and design lab
Some of the books once housed in Tennessee Tech University’s Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library have made way for a different kind of learning environment.
Behind a glass door on the third floor is a technology lab that allows anyone to step into a human heart, jump into a polluted river, and design, build and test devices and prototypes.
“We are working, as a university, to integrate our respective academic silos and find more ways to combine the curriculum with experiential education,” said Thomas Payne, dean of the TTU College of Business. “iCube was designed to combine engineering and business, to allow students and faculty to collaborate, communicate and create together across disciplines.”
TTU’s Center for Craft opens doors, studios for annual Celebration
Flowers will bloom from colorful wool, sparks will fly off bright orange metal and shapely pots and bowls will rise from slabs of clay at this year’s Celebration of Craft.
Hosted by Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, the celebration features hands-on workshops for children of all ages, live music and an auction, as well as food from a variety of vendors to satisfy many tastes. Celebration is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
Ties strengthen between TTU, Indian universities
Ties between Tennessee Tech University and several institutions in India are growing stronger.
In recent weeks, several of TTU’s administrators and faculty have travelled more than 8,000 miles in response to invitations to build partnerships and exchanges.
“All the top universities are doing this; these days everything is global,” said Mohan Rao, chairman of TTU’s mechanical engineering department. “It’s good for their students and our students to have these interactions. Also it creates faculty exchange and research opportunities.”
Joseph Rencis, dean of TTU’s College of Engineering, Vahid Motevalli, associate dean of the College of Engineering, and Rao traveled around the South Asian nation to visit several universities.
The trio met with officials from the Vellore Institute of Technology and the Automotive Research Association of India and College of Engineering, Pune, to discuss building a one-plus-one graduate program. The program will allow select Indian students to receive master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from VIT or Pune and TTU by doing one year of study in India and a second here.
Tennessee Tech tuba ensemble releases 27th recording
Tennessee Tech University’s award-winning tuba ensemble recently released a recording of music the group performed at its eighth appearance in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
The CD, “Evolutions (Carnegie VIII),” is the group’s 27th recording since TTU tuba professor R. Winston Morris founded it 50 years ago.
The recording includes a composition by Cookeville composer and TTU graduate Ben McMillian, pieces by music professors Greg Danner and Joshua Hauser, as well as another TTU alumnus, Kenyon Wilson, tuba professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Colleges, TTU to expand higher ed options in Cookeville
A new higher education center in Cookeville will soon make it easier for students to earn job training and college degrees in the Upper Cumberland.
Tennessee Tech University, Nashville State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College are joining forces to expand higher education programs and transform the way education is offered to the region by becoming partners in a learning center.
It will also provide more opportunities for students in the region to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise, a last-dollar scholarship available to Tennessee high school graduates to cover the cost of tuition at a community or technical college or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.