The signature celebration in honor of President Volpe and first lady Jennette Volpe on the eve of the president's retirement will a baseball-themed picnic open and free to the Cookeville and campus communities on Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the university's Main Quad.
In recognition of the Volpes' love for America's favorite pastime and the pinstriped Yankees, the event will feature baseball fare: hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. TTU physics professor John Wells will add to the atmosphere by playing ballpark tunes and pieces with a New York theme on the carillon.
Shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from all major TTU parking areas. Community members should find plenty of parking available in the lots adjacent to the intramural fields, in the lot south of Eblen Center and in the lot behind Smith Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Roaden University Center's Multipurpose Room.
On Saturday, May 13, President Volpe will share goodbyes with spring graduates; he has been asked to give the commencement address at his final graduation ceremony as president.
After 13 years at the helm of TTU, President Volpe will end his term as, currently, the longest serving president at any public university in Tennessee. Upon President Volpe's retirement July 1, Dr. Robert (Bob) Bell, dean of TTU's College of Business Administration will become the university's eighth president.