Lisic to Speak at TTU Summer Commencement

Graduates will catch a glimpse of what it's like for a career to be professionally successful and personally meaningful when Tennessee Technological University associate chemistry professor Edward Lisic speaks at the university's summer commencement Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m. in Hooper Eblen Center.

His peers have labeled him "the most sought-after instructor in the chemistry department," and he has impressed the university and community with a commitment to helping others.

"Mr. Ed, as we lovingly call him, radiates with passion for his teaching," said student Matthew Glass. "Every day, he's up ready to teach with a big grin stretched from ear to ear."

Lisic, who received the university's 1999 Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching, is known to many younger students because of his traveling chemistry "magic shows" put on in area schools.

Students who have never stepped on Tennessee Tech's campus know Lisic from his work with the distance learning program. He has taught chemistry classes to workers at different TVA sites across the Southeast through the Extended Education office's interactive video system.

University honors program director Connie Hood said he represents what is best about the university.

"Last year, he reinstated honors labs, which allows him to test new experiments with smaller groups of inquisitive students," she said. "The students describe him as energetic, outgoing and warm."

Before joining Tennessee Tech as an assistant professor in 1989, Lisic earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from East Tennessee State University in 1981 and his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986.

He also served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cincinnati's Biomedical Chemistry Research Center and with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Nuclear Medicine Group.

The 335 students graduating from Tennessee Tech this summer hail from nine states including Tennessee, 53 Tennessee counties and four foreign countries. They represent 26 undergraduate fields of study and 12 graduate fields. Following summer commencement, Tennessee Tech will have granted some 45,000 degrees.