TTU Pride Days Kickoff August 16 Businesses, Community Encouraged to Join In

Put a little purple and gold in your windows or on your lawn during the last two weeks of August. Tennessee Tech University's first "Pride Days" begin Aug. 16-30 for the community and campus.

Pride Days coincide with the return of students to campus through the night of the Golden Eagles' first home football game.

"There's so much to be proud of -- our sports teams did exceptionally well last year, the push is on to increase enrollment, and we've recently enjoyed partnering with the City of Cookeville and the Putnam County Chamber on several projects to benefit the university and community," explained TTU's Marketing Director Alisa Frazier.

So what can you do to get involved and exhibit TTU pride?

"At the most basic level, everyone is encouraged to decorate their homes, offices, even their cars, with purple and gold," said Lee Wray, the university's director of Alumni Relations. "And we're offering a few items to help them do that."

Alumni Relations will provide on a first-come, first-served basis campaign-style TTU Pride signs featuring the new TTU logo. Pride stickers will be available Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Roaden University Center Information Desk. The signs can be displayed in front of homes or businesses while the stickers can be used to decorate just about anything.

Special Pride Days events:

The University Bookstore, located in the Roaden University Center, is offering Jerzees-brand purple polo shirts sporting a Pride design for $20.99 (larger sizes $2 additional). The shirts will be available Aug. 23.

"These shirts will be great to wear on Purple and Gold Day," said bookstore manager, Scott Harper. "Plus we also carry many other items that can be used to show TTU pride as well, including shakers, clothing, home dor items, even purple and gold candy."

University representatives will deliver decorating items to any business if you call and make a request. For decorating supplies, call Frazier at 372-6525.