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Thankfulness (turkey optional)

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I know all of us are anxious to spend special time with family, friends, food, and football. Although not totally American, the practice of periodically pausing to show thankfulness has been a part of the American story since early colonial days. However, it is noteworthy that...

Lest we forget

To pause and reflect on this historic Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I, I’m honored to share a message written by Dr. Michael Birdwell, Tech history professor. Birdie, as we all know him, has dedicated his professional life to research and teaching so that we...

The greatest human invention

Innovation has been a consistent characteristic of Tennessee Tech through the years and is now a core tenant of the new Tennessee Tech Tomorrow Strategic Plan. We love and appreciate invention in all forms, just as we strive to create the most inventive culture of any university in the...

College is a team sport

As we welcomed our new and returning students to campus this week, I was struck yet again by their enthusiastic spirit and infectious optimism for the future. You cannot help but be excited and equally optimistic after spending even a few minutes with any one of them. To hear...
Campus traditions capture the core culture and passion of a university. And they can be a lot of fun. Over the past couple of years, the expression Wings Up has become a whole lot of fun. Using a forward fist with an extended thumb and little finger, students began using...
Architect's rendering of new laboratory science building

Under construction

As the beautiful fall colors filter onto campus along with seasonable temperatures, we are enjoying another exciting Homecoming week. As usual, the week is full of elections, student activities, concerts, alumni reunions and, of course, ball games. The reunions, particularly, cause us to reflect on Tennessee Tech “back in...

What will it take?

As we anxiously await the return of more than 10,000 students to campus next week, the seasonal rhythms are very familiar. Excitement is building for the start of fall classes, football games and concerts. Everything seems normal, but I am unable to get this simple question out of my mind....
There’s nothing too bold and nothing too big for Tennessee Tech University. For the 600-plus campus and community members who participated in or visited the Tennessee Tech Tomorrow event in Bryan Fine Arts a couple of weeks ago, the energy created by students and faculty left us all more sure...
This past week at Tennessee Tech has been hard on a deeply personal level, both to many members of the Tech community and to myself: 19 valued Tech employees were notified that they would be laid off at the end of April. These particular positions were selected not due...
News about next fiscal year’s budget continues to evolve, and we shared the latest information with the Budget Advisory Committee yesterday. As we continue to work on this issue, our primary objectives are to serve students, protect our core mission, preserve dollars for the academic units, and optimize efficiency of...