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Tech Connect Alumni e-Newsletter:   April 2015





TTU College of Education adds national board-certified program in applied behavior analysis


The College of Education at Tennessee Tech University will offer a nationally board-approved strand of study in applied behavior analysis as part of its exceptional learning doctoral degree. The program focuses on school-aged children and adults and will be available to university students in the fall.

Applied behavior analysis is a data-centered approach to instruction and behavior change. Graduates of the program are equipped for careers in research, education, medical support services, residential facilities or private practice, and will be eligible to take the national board certification exam.

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TTU ranked best value public school by SmartAsset


Another rankings company has ranked Tennessee Tech University among the best value schools in Tennessee.

TTU ranks third in the listing of 10 schools, behind Vanderbilt University and Christian Brothers University. It is the highest ranked public university on the listing.

The ranking, by, is based on an aggregation of several categories, including average scholarships and grants, starting salary after graduation, tuition, cost of living and retention rate.

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TTU students elected to National Society of Black Engineers regional positions


For the first time since its founding in 1983, a student from Tennessee Tech University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers has assumed a top regional leadership position.

Kierna Mason, a junior chemical engineering major from Nashville, was elected the society’s region three chairperson at a conference March 29. She is the president of TTU’s NSBE chapter and will assume the regional position May 1. The regional position is the most recent honor for a group that is becoming increasingly involved at TTU.

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Eagle Works competition awards student innovators


Nine student innovation and entrepreneurial teams were awarded funding Saturday for their original inventions and business plans in Tennessee Tech University’s annual Eagle Works competition.

A total of 45 students and 12 teams began the competition in TTU’s Bell Hall. By noon, preliminary rounds had whittled the field down to six teams. These finalists presented their concepts to a crowded auditorium of judges and audience members.

“This is the ultimate educational experience,“ said TTU President Phil Oldham. “Eagle Works offers students the chance to apply what they’ve learned at Tech in a competition that mirrors what you’d find outside of the classroom. It shows students the power of an original idea, what can you do with it, what can you make with it, and helps them transform this idea into something valuable.”

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Replacements of TTU’s Derryberry eagle being cast


Replicas of the iconic Tennessee Tech University golden eagle statue are in the process of being cast by artists from the Appalachian Center for Craft.

The statue, which was stolen by TPI students in 1952 from Monteagle, Tennessee, was taken down over the summer so it could be checked for necessary maintenance in advance of the university Centennial.

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TTU’s TSBDC offers entrepreneurship seminar

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a seminar for prospective entrepreneurs Thursday, May 7.

John Woodard, the center’s assistant director, will lead the seminar, Business Start-Up Essentials. He will discuss business start-up basics, business structures, challenges, planning, cash needs and financing.

The seminar is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in TTU’s Johnson Hall 208, located at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. To sign up, call (931) 372-6249 or visit

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TTU BusinessMedia Center, Tennessee Aquarium bring environmental education to life


Swimming through the river, it’s easy to see dozens of different species of aquatic life. All of a sudden, it isn’t. The water is murky and the spots where the fish or other creatures should be are bare.

A glance up at the riverbank helps to explain why. Silt running off a nearby construction site is polluting the water and covering critical habitat.

Then a question comes up on the screen, asking the student what she wants to do about the site: remove it or otherwise modify the project to protect the environment.

The virtual riverbank is the latest result of a collaboration between the Tennessee Aquarium and Tennessee Tech University to expand educational offerings at the aquarium. Using 3-D Oculus Rift virtual reality technology, the College of Business’ BusinessMedia Center has created an environmentally correct river using science and data from the aquarium.

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Alumni Event in Huntsville, Alabama

DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 28, 2015, beginning at 5:30 

We'll begin the evening with a reception upstairs in the Prive’ Lounge at Monaco Pictures, 370 The Bridge Street, Huntsville, AL 35806. Enjoy a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, beer and wine while you mix and mingle with TTU alumni and friends.

Following the reception, relax in the high back leather recliners and enjoy one of the featured movies. View the movie titles at

RESERVATIONS: Register by Tuesday, May 26, at or by calling the Alumni Relations office at 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205. The cost of the event is $20 per person.

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TTU Alumni Night at the NY Yankees Game

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 6, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m.

Mark your calendars now to join TTU alumni and friends at a New York Yankees Game!

We'll gather in the Executive Suite at Yankee Stadium, for a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the baseball game at 7:15 p.m. The Yankees will take on the L.A. Angels.

The cost of the event is $40 per person, which includes the reception and game ticket.

RESERVATIONS: Registration will be open soon, online at or you may call TTU Alumni Relations at 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205. For more information, please email or call the Alumni Relations Office.

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Alumni Brunch and a Day at Zoo Atlanta

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

TTU alumni are invited to an Alumni Brunch and a day at Zoo Atlanta — an event for the whole family. Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, spend the remainder of the day strolling through the zoo and enjoying all the wildlife and exhibits.

The cost of the event is $20 each for adults; there may be a lower price for children (TBD).

Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.

RESERVATIONS: Registration will open soon, online at or by calling TTU Alumni Relations at 1-800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205.

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Tennessee Tech University diploma frames

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 diploma frames.

Choose between several mats, frames and layouts.

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Official TTU ring, pendant and limited edition centennial ring, pendant and lapel pin

The official Tennessee Tech ring and pendant represent the special memories and traditions of your years at Tennessee Tech — hearing the Tech Hymn played by the Derryberry tower carillon or the Golden Eagle Marching Band at football games, hanging out on South Patio with your friends between classes and classes, discussions and time spent with your favorite professors. This ring and pendant are a tangible connection to your past, present, and future.

In celebration of the university's centennial, we have also designed a customized signet ring, pendant and lapel pin that features Tennessee Tech's centennial mark. The centennial ring, pendant and lapel pin are a limited edition and will only be sold in 2015 and 2016.

Show your TTU Pride by wearing an official Tennessee Tech ring, pendant or lapel pin.

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Two exciting trips for alumni


July 18-26, 2015 | AMERICAN EMPRESS | Clarkston to Portland

Follow the passage of Lewis and Clark’s fabled expedition to the Pacific coast as you journey through a geological masterpiece of astounding landscapes. From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest while cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi.


October 4-13, 2015 | OCEANIA CRUISES RIVIERA | Athens to Barcelona

Special Price Reduction: 2-for-1 cruise fares with free airfare from select cities and bonus $1,000 early booking savings per stateroom if booked by June 15, 2015

History comes to life on this impressive voyage that reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. Uncover a dazzling mosaic of cultural and historical treasures as you sail to Greece, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Riviera.

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