College of Business dedicates Throckmorton classroom

The Tennessee Tech University College of Business Board of Trustees dedicated the Dr. Bruce and Virginia Throckmorton Classroom on Wednesday, Jan 12.thumb_COB_Dedication_1.20Among those attending the classroom dedication were, front row, Donna Simpson, Rebecca Greer, Rod Pineda, Bruce Throckmorton, and back row, Charles Macke, Curtis Shinsky, Patricia Shinsky, John Mayher and Matthew Hall.

Several years ago, the College of Business embarked upon a campaign to renovate the aging classrooms in Johnson Hall. So far, 13 rooms have been renovated. The Dr. Bruce and Virginia Throckmorton Classroom is the first room to be dedicated in 2011.

Bruce Throckmorton, who celebrates his 40th anniversary with TTU this year, said he considers Room 318 of Johnson Hall to be his. He has taught business classes in Room 318 for 30 years. Throckmorton said he decided to donate money for the classroom renovation in recognition of his 40 years at Tech and in memory of his wife, who passed away in May 2009 and was known well by College of Business faculty and staff members.

The expected cosmetic changes are complete, including new paint, a lectern, and new carpet. But Throckmorton insisted that the traditional chalkboard remain in the classroom.

"I still like blackboards over a whiteboard. It's easier for me to work that way," he said.

"We could not be more pleased that Dr. Throckmorton has chosen to be a model for giving as we dedicate this Johnson Hall classroom. As the campaign to renovate classrooms across the campus moves forward, we must count on more TTU family, alumni and friends to get the job done," said J. Mark Hutchins, vice president for University Advancement. "We are proud to be able to highlight Bruce as a perfect example of making this happen."

For more information about Johnson Hall classroom renovations, contact Cheryl Montgomery at 931-372-3882.