Welcome back

Welcome back. We’ve been waiting for you. Over the past week, Tech has taken on the wonderful tempo of a new fall semester. Today, students are telling their parents farewell and moving into residence halls. We’re welcoming more than 2,100 freshmen at convocation Friday. For me, the enthusiasm for the students’...

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 things, or they look at something routinely, but never...

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 some may spend a lot of time analyzing organizational structures,...
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 regular basis, everything we do at Tennessee Tech is...

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 year.  More than 1,300 new TTU alums flew from...
Tennessee Tech has a great culture of healthy competitiveness and a tradition of excellence in everything that we do.  That spirit is nowhere more evident than within our world-best student Baja team in the College of Engineering. Tech has won a total of 12 Baja Championships, twice the number...
Spring has always been my favorite time of year.  I love seeing everything bloom and come back to life from the long winter nap.  The good thing about southern winters is they are usually short. Unfortunately, the groundhog lied this year with the promise of spring and warmer weather,...
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 final budget before members approve it in late spring, I...

Back to the Future…

http://youtu.be/ooQrZGxIoq0 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 admit, as Marty McFly learns in the Back to...
From our family to yours, we wish you health and happiness, peace, love, and joy throughout this holiday season.  May 2013 bring you all the best. Phil and Kari p.s.  Here are some holiday smiles we would like to share with you. http://youtu.be/OgUTHMtpj5Q