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Alumni Weekend 2018

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The Crawford Alumni Center presents

Alumni Weekend, April 12-14, 2018

alumni.tntech.edu/alumni-weekend

The Crawford Alumni Center at Tennessee Tech is excited to announce the inaugural Alumni Weekend, April 12-14, on the Tennessee Tech University campus.

There will be activities for all ages taking place on campus and in the community throughout Alumni Weekend -- science programs for children, a Backdoor Playhouse production, workshops at the Appalachian Center for Craft, "history hikes" between the Cookeville History Museum and Cookeville Depot Museum -- and one of the largest events on campus, Window on the World international festival. Scroll down to view the entire weekend schedule of events.

Please contact the Crawford Alumni Center at (931) 372-3205 or alumni@tntech.edu with any questions.


THURSDAY, APRIL 12
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BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition Featuring Anna Gardner

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Dr., Smithville, TN 37166
Hosted by the Appalachian Center for Craft / School of Art, Craft and Design

Free.
Key contact: Robert Sparrow Jones, 931-372-3051


Computing and IT Alumni Conference Reception

5:30 p.m., The Biz Foundry, 114 Cedar Avenue
Hosted by the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and the Department of Decision Sciences and Management in the College of Business. Sponsors include Digital Dream Forge.

Conference cost is $30, which covers Thursday night's reception and Friday's continental breakfast and lunch. Online registration will be available soon.
Key contact: Sydney Gebka, 931-372-3691, sgebka@tntech.edu


Drawings and Paintings by Kathryn Jill Johnson

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Roaden University Center, TTU
Hosted by Center Stage

Drawings and paintings by Kathryn Jill Johnson. Informed by psychoanalytic theory, symbolist poetry, and absurdist humor, each work has a "cast of characters," images in flattened landscapes or ambiguous spaces. Johnson describes her process as piling up clues and rearranging them into melancholic jokes, farcical calamities and occasional moments of grace. Exhibit on display through April 26.

Free.
Key contact: Kim Winkle, 931-372-3738, kwinkle@tntech.edu


"I Have a Voice: Tennessee's African American Musical Heritage" History Exhibit

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cookeville History Museum, 40 E. Broad St.

From the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis to the R&B scene on Nashville's Jefferson Street to Knoxville's Gem Theatre, the Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world. This Tennessee State Museum exhibition, which gives a snapshot of Tennessee's rich African American musical heritage, is touring the state, with a stop in Cookeville from March 10 to May 3.

Free. Visit http://tnmuseum.org/I_Have_a_Voice/ and www.cookevillehistorymuseum.com/.
Key contact: Museum Manager Beth Thompson, 931-520-5455, 931-528-8570, bthompson@cookeville-tn.com.


Jazz Bands Concert

7:30 p.m., Wattenbarger Auditorium, Bryan Fine Arts Building, TTU

Alumni of Tennessee Tech jazz ensembles have gone on to play with the Boots Randolph Band, The Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Disneyland bands, the London Symphony Orchestra and more. Today's ensembles, the Troubadours and Trouveres, are among the longest-running bands on campus, with their roots in the dance parties and clubs from the 1950s on.

Free. Visit www.tntech.edu/fine-arts/music/ensembles/jazz.
Key contact: Chris McCormick, 931-372-6182, cmccormick@tntech.edu


FRIDAY, APRIL 13
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Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Banquet

5:30-9:30 p.m., Leslie Town Centre
Hosted by the Crawford Alumni Center and Tennessee Tech Alumni Association Advisory Board

Reception, 6-7 p.m.
Dinner and speakers' program, 7-9 p.m., honoring winners of the:

  • 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
  • 2018 Outstanding Service Award
  • 2018 Outstanding Philanthropy Award

Tickets are $40. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 4. Call 931-372-3205. Email alumni@tntech.edu or visit www.alumni.tntech.edu.
Key contact: Margo Dirkson, 931-372-3205, mdirkson@tntech.edu


Ascension Dedication Ceremony

3:30 p.m., Centennial Plaza (RUC lobby in case of rain), TTU
Hosted by the Office of the President

Public art commissioned during TTU's Centennial Celebration, "Ascension" is a 52-foot-tall, 7,000-pound stainless steel sculpture created by Asheville, N.C., artist Hoss Haley. It was installed in 2017 on Centennial Plaza adjacent to N. Dixie Ave., two blocks from Tech's first public art piece, the sculptural series "Roman Forum," installed in 1983.

Free.
Key contact: Laura Clemons, 931-252-4501, lclemons@tntech.edu


Computing and IT Alumni Conference

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson Hall, TTU
Hosted by the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and the Department of Decision Sciences and Management in the College of Business. Sponsors include Jackson National.

Conference cost is $30. Online registration will be available soon.
Key contact: Sydney Gebka, 931-372-3691, sgebka@tntech.edu


Investment Challenge and Research Presentation

Time to be determined, Johnson Hall 401, TTU
Hosted by the College of Business

TVA donates $500,000 a year to roughly 25 schools in the Southeast for students to invest. At TTU, finance students apply to participate in the program; their presentation will highlight their performance in the challenge, their current portfolio and how it's managed on a day-to-day basis. There will also be a presentation by Assistant Professor Brittany Cole about the investments program she's helped build during her time at TTU. Also scheduled: a presentation by Tor Guimaraes, Jesse E. Owen Chair of Excellence Professor.

Free.
Key contact: Brittany Cole, 931-372-3340, bcole@tntech.edu


Nursing Continuing Education Workshop

12:30-5 p.m., Robert and Gloria Bell Hall, TTU
Hosted by the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Nursing Development Council

"Law and Ethics in Nursing and Health Care," speaker Stephen Dickens, JD, FACMPE. This continuing education activity has been submitted to the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver b the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Cost is $20 for students and $35 for all others. Online registration will be available soon.
Key contact: Jason Hurley, 931-372-6802, jhurley@tntech.edu


Tech Players' Spring Production of "Big Love" by Charles Mee

8 p.m., Backdoor Playhouse, TTU

Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliants, "Big Love" is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. Directed by Mark Harry Creter. Produced in cooperation with the (Re) Making Project. The 28th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Cash and checks payable at the door. Visit www.tntech.edu/bdph.
Key contact: Artistic Director Mark H. Creter, 931-372-3343, mcreter@tntech.edu


Window on the World International Festival Symposium

10:10-11:10, Johnson Hall Auditorium, TTU

Hosted by TTU Center Stage and College of Business Globalization Committee
Symposium speaker TBA.

Free. Visit http://wowttu.org/2018/home.html.
Key contact: WOW Coordinator Kaitlin Salyer, 615-655-4727, salyerkaitlin@gmail.com


SATURDAY, APRIL 14
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Craft Workshops in Enameling, Shibori Dyeing and Glass Bead Making

1:30-3:30 p.m., Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Dr., Smithville, TN 37166
Hosted by the Appalachian Center for Craft / School of Art, Craft and Design

Create wearable and sculptural art! All materials, tools and equipment provided for these hands-on workshops for beginners:

  • Enameling - learn a variety of techniques to fuse glass to copper. Create pendants, key chains or small ornaments (maximum 10 participants).
  • Shibori dyeing - use century's old techniques, pole wrapping and resist dyeing to produce patterns on silk scarves with fiber reactive dye (maximum 12 participants).
  • Glass bead making - create glass beads using a torch and glass rods. Learn to add color and texture to the beads (maximum 9 participants).

Participants may take home enameled and dyed creations. Glass beads will be mailed to participants.

Cost: $30. Register by March 30 at https://epay.tntech.edu/C20205_ustores/web/classic...
Key contact: Gail Gentry, 931-372-3051, ggentry@tntech.edu


Eagle Works Trade Show and Competition

Tradeshow: 11 a.m.-noon, RUC Tech Pride Room, TTU
Competition and keynote address: 1-4 p.m., RUC Multipurpose Room, TTU
Hosted by iCube

The Tennessee Tech Eagle Works Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition encourages and supports student entrepreneurship. Contestants form teams focused around an innovative business idea, validate their business ideas with lean concepts, write a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win thousands in awards. Tennessee Tech supports contestants by providing fun events, workshops, groups of like-minded people, a cutting edge makerspace, virtual reality technologies, for-credit classes, and awards from sponsors and industry partners.

Saturday morning's trade show is a chance to interact with students and see their booths and projects. The afternoon competition also features a keynote speaker.

Free. Visit www.tntech.edu/eagleworks.
Key contact: Michael Aikens, 931-372-6333, maikens@tntech.edu


Family Brunch and Tech History Exhibit

9-11 a.m., Varsity Alumni Building, corner of North Dixie and 7th
Hosted by the Crawford Alumni Center

Perfect rest-stop for people participating in the Family Ride and Walk along the Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail, an event sponsored by Caney Fork Cycles. Light refreshments. Exhibit on "Lost Places" - artifacts from and photos of buildings and spaces that have been relocated, repurposed or demolished over the years.

No registration required; drop-ins welcome.
Key contact: Margo Dirkson, 931-372-3205, mdirkson@tntech.edu


Family Ride and Walk

Time to be determined, Tennessee Heritage Central Rail Trail
Hosted by Caney Fork Cycles

Visit www.caneyforkcycles.com.
Key contact: Kurt Phifer, 931-526-1488, kurt@caneyforkcycles


Golden Eagle Softball vs. Murray State

1 and 3 p.m., Tech Softball Field

The Tennessee Tech softball team, under the direction of Tech alumna and TTU Sports Hall of Famer Bonnie Bynum Graham, takes on Ohio Valley Conference foe Murray State in a crucial league doubleheader as both teams make moves in the standings for the OVC Tournament in Oxford, Ala.

Free. Visit http://www.ttusports.com/sports/sball/index.
Key contact: Head Coach Bonnie Bynum Graham, 931-372-6552, bbynum@tntech.edu


Golden Eagle Spring Scrimmage

Time to be determined, Tucker Stadium

Visit http://www.ttusports.com.
Key contact: Head Coach Dewayne Alexander, 931-372-3930, dalexander@tntech.edu


History Hikes

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Broad Street in Cookeville's historic arts and culture district.

Explore downtown's rich history with a stroll between the Cookeville Depot Museum and Cookeville History Museum. Pick up your entry (and enjoy some cookies) at either museum, find the answers to the trivia questions along Broad Street between the two museums and have the form back by 3:30 p.m. to be included in the prize drawing!

Visit www.cookevilledepot.com.
Key contact: Museum Manager Beth Thompson, 931-520-5455, 931-528-8570, bthompson@cookeville-tn.com


Nursing Reunion, Classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993

6-9 p.m., Robert and Gloria Bell Hall, TTU
Hosted by the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Nursing Development Council

  • Reception, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tour of simulation lab, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Dinner, following reception and tour, time TBD

Online registration will be available soon.
Key contact: Whitson-Hester School of Nursing Interim Dean Kim Hanna or Nursing Development Council President Rebecca Tolbert


STEM Safari Saturday

9 a.m.-noon, Ray Morris Hall, TTU
Hosted by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center

"STEM Around the World" for ages preK-3rd grade accompanied by parent or guardian. Children and families will play STEM games from around the world, go on a Google Earth scavenger hunt, and connect STEM concepts to world landmarks.

Free, but registration required. Visit www.tntech.edu/stem/safari-saturdays.
Key contact: Scott Eddins, 931-372-6599, seddins@tntech.edu


Tech Players' Spring Production of "Big Love" by Charles Mee

2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Backdoor Playhouse, TTU

Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliants, "Big Love" is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. Directed by Mark Harry Creter. Produced in cooperation with the (Re) Making Project. The 28th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Cash and checks payable at the door. Visit www.tntech.edu/bdph.
Key contact: Artistic Director Mark H. Creter, 931-372-3343, mcreter@tntech.edu


Window on the World International Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hooper Eblen Center, TTU
Hosted by TTU Center Stage and College of Business Globalization Committee

International festival of diverse food, performances and cultural displays from around the world.

Free. Visit http://wowttu.org/2018/home.html.
Key contact: WOW Coordinator Kaitlin Salyer, 615-655-4727, salyerkaitlin@gmail.com