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  

Tis the Season…FINALS

Yes, it's that wonderful time of the year when everyone is anxious to celebrate the holidays, and the only thing in the way is the dreaded week of final exams. Even the name itself can elicit cold sweats and episodes of hyperventilation. The good news is that it, like most...
It is often easy to overlook the obvious.  In that regard, Homecomings are only possible when a place you call home exists.  Over the past couple of weeks, we enjoyed our first Tennessee Tech Homecoming as president and first family.  All the associated events were outstanding. Plus the weather...
As the new guy on campus, it is a lot of fun discovering all the amazing attributes of Tennessee Tech.  Yes we certainly have signature programs in engineering and science, but everybody already knows and expects that.  However, don’t be so quick to put TTU in a box, because...

Words are powerful…

The framers of our U.S. Constitution knew well how powerful words capture the hearts and minds of people. They knew from personal experience that information had to be free and accessible to all for any government to exist, as Abraham Lincoln later described it, “of the people, by the...

Making a Difference …

This time of year universities report a lot of numbers related to our successes. For instance, the official enrollment at Tennessee Tech this fall is slightly less than 11,500. This is a strong indication of the value placed in this great university and its potential impact on the lives...

It's a Southern Thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJWiIkz7MP0 Grits, sweet tea, and football!  It’s a Southern Thing. Fall semester is officially here. Although the fall equinox is still a few weeks away and 90 degree temperatures remain, make no mistake, the seasons have changed. Last Friday’s Dancin’ on Dixie celebrated the end of summer break and ushered in...