“TTU Pride Days was started several years ago as a way to welcome students to campus at the start of each fall semester. The university is a big part of this community, so that means we want to make the community a big part of this event as well,” said Tracy Black, TTU marketing director.
Two community groups were recognized this year for their unique displays of TTU Pride.
They are Jacob’s Ladder daycare at the First United Methodist Church of Cookeville and the Putnam County school system’s Independence program that provides additional independent living and job skills training for students age 18 to 22.
“The Purple Room for the pre-kindergarten students at Jacob’s Ladder just had a big, purple celebration that incorporated TTU Purple Pride themes,” she said. “The students made a purple and gold banner by linking their individual handprints together to create a TTU logo, and they hung that banner outside their classroom door for everyone to see.”
All of the students dressed in TTU purple and gold that day. “Several of them were wearing T-shirts with TTU logos, and one little girl even had on a TTU cheerleading uniform,” Black said. “All of them got into the theme of the event with a spirit that was definitive of TTU Pride.”
So did the students of the new Independence program, which is actually being housed on campus in a Tech Village facility.
“Even though the program is new and their office is new to campus, they all got whole-heartedly into the Awesome Office decorating contest with a level of enthusiasm and an excitement that was contagious to anyone who witnessed it,” she said.
“Their participation in the contest, which earned them an award for merit, was the perfect way for us to welcome them to campus,” Black continued.
Both groups are perfect examples to illustrate that the spirit of TTU Pride is for everyone, she said.