Bell Inauguration to Showcase Campus, Set Tone for Future

Inaugural events for Tennessee Tech University's eighth president, Bob Bell, have been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 8, to recognize and honor the new president and first lady, Gloria Bell.

Organizers welcome community attendance at the public celebrations and ceremonies, which include the investiture ceremony, a free luncheon, an open house at the president's home, as well as art and history exhibits.

"The inauguration is a great opportunity to showcase Tennessee Tech and to tell the 'Tech story' in a way that gives us the historical perspective of the university, but also shows us who we are now and where we're going," said Richard Rand, a TTU associate professor and chairperson of the inauguration activities.

Community members are invited to join the campus for the scheduled events:

Thursday, Oct. 5

  • Dedication Ceremony, sponsored and conducted by the Bell's home church, First United Methodist Church, at 204 E. Spring St., Cookeville, at 7 p.m. Rev. John Michael Jones will lead the service to honor the Bells.
Friday, Oct. 6
  • Investiture Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Hooper Eblen Center. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning will conduct the ceremony. Local, state and university representatives will extend greetings to the new president.
  • Inaugural Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Roaden University Center. A free buffet-style luncheon in the Roaden University Center's Multipurpose Room will be offered to everyone who attends the investiture ceremony. President and Mrs. Bell will visit the dining room.
  • Walton House Open House, 2-4 p.m. President and Mrs. Bell will welcome visitors to their new residence. A student art exhibit will be on display, and music will be provided by TTU faculty and students.
  • Faculty Art Exhibit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bryan Fine Arts Building Reception Room. Featured artists hail from campus and the Appalachian Center for Crafts.
  • University History Exhibit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., University Library, main floor. The exhibit includes artifacts spanning the university's 85 years, as well as photos and books.
  • Alumni Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room. The banquet honors both the Bells and this year's winners of the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Award winners are Helen King Cummings, James Peters, John Rose, Wendell and Frances Long, and Virginia Plummer. Music provided by a faculty jazz ensemble. Tickets are $12, and reservations are required. Call 372-3205 by Monday, Oct. 2.

Sunday, Oct. 8

  • Symphony Concert, 3 p.m., Wattenbarger Auditorium. This opening concert of the 2000 season features pianist Ilya Iltin. Program includes works by Berloiz, Strauss and Rachmaninoff, as well as a symphonic arrangement of the TTU alma mater. Reservations required. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $8 for students. Call 372-6088 for ticket availability.
Tennessee Tech offices will be closed Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and day classes have been canceled.
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