News and Events

Comm Week promotes student work, games

Comm Week begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16 with a news hole tournament (corn hole with newspapers instead of beanbags) in RUC 342. That same day, Tennessee Tech alumni and communication professionals will speak at 6 p.m. in RUC 342 and RUC 369. For information about any of the scheduled events, email Christine Seiber at

Debate team concludes season

The following students placed at the Buccaneer Parli Plunder Debate Tournament at Eastern Tennessee State University, Kingsport campus on April 7. A list of individual and team awards for the 2017-2018 season may be downloaded at the team's webpage.

Individual Awards:

  • First Place Team in Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association Debate: Amanda Smith and Derrick Sarmiento
  • Second Place Speaker Award in Novice NPDA Debate: Amanda Smith

Students earn Society for Collegiate Journalists awards

The Society for Collegiate Journalists recently honored Tennessee Tech journalism students and student publications. The 2018 SCJ National Contest judges entries published in 2017.
Eagle Eye
  • First Place Concept of the Book – The Eagle
  • Second Place Yearbook Overall Excellence (Over 7,000) – The Eagle
  • Second Place Photography – The Eagle
  • Third Place Coverage of the Year – The Eagle
  • Third Place Reporting in Words – The Eagle
  • Third Place Display – The Eagle

Debate team wins big in Blountville

The following students placed at the Northeast State Community College Novice Debate Tournament in Blountville, Tennessee, on March 31.
  • First Place Team in Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association Debate: Amanda Smith and Gavin Dies
  • Second Place Team in Novice NPDA Debate: Madison Davis and Derrick Sarmiento
  • Fourth Place Speaker Award in Novice NPDA Debate: Amanda Smith
  • Eighth Place Speaker Award in Novice NPDA Debate: Derrick Sarmiento

Speech and debate team recognized at national tournament

The Tennessee Tech Speech and Debate Team earned several awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament at Tennessee State University in Nashville held from March 14-17. The group was ranked seventh in the nation among similarly sized teams.

Individual Awards
  • Madison Davis: National Champion Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association Speaker
  • Madison Davis and Derrick Sarmiento: Semifinalists in Novice NPDA Debate
  • Josh Hardin and Amanda Smith: Quarterfinalists in Novice NPDA Debate
  • Marcelo Gonzales: Quarterfinalist in Editorial Impromptu Speaking
  • Madison Davis: Quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Madison Davis: Excellence Award in Interviewing
Team Award
  • Seventh Place Overall Sweepstakes Award for Division I Entry Size

Interview with a communication major  

Student Marcelo Gonzales was recently featured in the University's "Student Spotlight." Click here to read the profile. 

Student radio station offers DJ training 

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in hosting a radio show or podcast on 88.5 FM The Nest must attend DJ training. The four classes cover Federal Communications Commission rules, on-air etiquette and operating studio equipment. For information about upcoming training dates, contact program director Cameron Fowler at

Student magazine available online

The 2017 fall edition of Eagle Eye may be read online. The magazine features work by students in Magazine Production and Design, Feature Writing, and Fundamentals of Photojournalism. A limited number of the magazines have been printed and are available in the Communication Department office (RUC 376).