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University of Makers

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the National Week of Making kickoff event at the White House hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This past year, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Vahid Motevalli, associate

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Seriously, A Blog Post about Budgets?!

Even a short conversation regarding budgets can have the effect of a commercial strength sedative. Although annual budgets seldom reflect accurate year-end expenditures, the value of a well-designed budget process for institutional stability and consistent progress toward strategic goals cannot

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Memphis to Mountain City

Have you ever really looked at the official University seal for Tennessee Tech? Chances are, if you are like most of us, you have glanced at it on occasion but never really considered the relevance of its symbolism. One of

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Avoid looking for a job. Create one.

Some TTU graduates in the near future won’t have to spend as much time polishing their resumes; they’ll be busy creating the jobs that inspire them. The Volpe Library third floor is on the verge of becoming home to an

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What Do You See?

Having been exceptionally near-sighted most of my life, I have always been envious of anyone with excellent eyesight. Fortunately, I am blessed with corrective eyewear. However, I have observed that even people with perfect eyesight don’t always see the same

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Form Follows Function

Every so often many of us get the urge to rearrange the furniture in our homes. Sometimes we need to accommodate a new situation; sometimes it is just for change itself. I have observed that universities have similar tendencies. While

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Students, Students, Students

You have likely heard the first rule in real estate is “location, location, location.” Similarly, the first rule in higher education is “students, students, students.” Although it’s easy to get caught up in the details we contend with on a

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Fly Like an Eagle

There is a rhythm to a university campus, as I noted in a post early last fall, and each time of year has its own unique charm. This past Saturday was a perfect example of the bittersweet conclusion of another academic

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Funding and the Future: The Conversation Begins

Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed 2014 budget, unveiled during his recent State of the State address, allows us to launch a conversation about how state funding decisions will affect our campus this year. While the Tennessee General Assembly will hone the

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Back to the Future…

From H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we all seem to be intrigued by time travel. Despite changing circumstances and situations, our history influences our present and future much more than we generally care to

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