TTU hosts about 8,000 visitors during summer
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2009) – Summertime may inspire thoughts of sand, sun and surf for some, but at Tennessee Tech University, summertime means camps, conferences and other activities for learning and fun.
Nearly 8,000 people visit TTU in the summer season for cheerleading and dance, music or sports camps, science and engineering workshops, studying or just looking around, say campus officials, and many of them stay in campus residence halls during their visits.
The advantage of offering such summer programs is that it gives visitors an opportunity to see and experience campus, says Bobby Hodum, executive director of enrollment management at TTU.
“Folks get to experience the campus, and whether their visits are for a day, a week or longer, seeing the campus makes a big difference,” Hodum said.
Sports camps attract the single greatest segment of visitors, accounting for about 2,700 high school athletes, says Rob Schabert, sports information director. The university hosts athletic camps for six individual sports — baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, soccer and volleyball.
Following athletic camps, the segment making up the second greatest number of summer visitors will be 1,250 cheerleaders and dance camp participants from school districts throughout the Upper Cumberland.
Recently, American Legion Boys’ State brought about 600 high school juniors from across the state for a week’s stay. TTU faculty, staff and administrators serve as counselors and organizers of the annual event, making themselves available to answer questions about the university.
June kicked off with about 100 high school musicians attending the Southeast Chamber Music Institute, which has previously proven to be a successful recruitment opportunity for the School of Music. Some of TTU’s best student musicians enroll after having attended the event, organizers say.
About 1,100 other campus visitors will be participating in some other type of summer music camp at the university.
TTU also hosts two Governor’s Schools during the summer.
About 40 students will attend Tennessee Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership, a five-week summer residence program that’s designed to provide opportunities for gifted and talented high school students from across the state to develop a greater knowledge of information technology and business leadership.
The Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, a challenging five-week residence program, will bring about 60 students to campus to stimulate and build their interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A weeklong President’s Academy for Emerging Technologies will offer a similar introduction to STEM disciplines to about 40 students from the Upper Cumberland area.
Other STEM programs being offered on campus this summer will attract approximately 250 students and teachers from across the state.
Not all summer visitors come for camps and conferences, however. More than 200 prospective students and their families schedule visits for a look around the campus and its facilities, Hodum said.
Another 1,500 students visit campus during the summer season for Student Orientation and Registration, or SOAR, activities.