TTU launches redesigned website
Tennessee Tech recently launched a new website design at www.tntech.edu 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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 TTUsports.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.