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Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Alumni with Awards

Published Tuesday Dec 23, 1997

Tennessee Technological University's Alumni Association has chosen the recipients for its annual alumni awards, given to people who have shown outstanding effort in their vocations and avocations.

The 1997 winners of the association's awards are astronaut Roger Crouch, World Paralympics medalist Matt Bulow and retired Tennessee Tech librarian C.P. Snelgrove. They will be honored at a reception during Homecoming at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Multipurpose Room of the University Center.

Roger Crouch's boyhood dream of being an astronaut came true not once, but twice. Last year, he was selected as a payload specialist and began training for the first Microgravity Science Laboratory mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia. MSL-1 launched on April 4, but the mission ended early because of a faulty generator cell. Crouch and the rest of the crew -- the first shuttle crew to make a "reflight" -- were then scheduled to fly again on July 1.

During his career, Crouch has received numerous medals and commendations from NASA, including the Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1995, the Superior Accomplishment Medal in 1992 and both the Sustained Superior Performance Exceptional Service awards in 1989.

Matt Bulow, a certified prosthetist and manager of Nashville Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, tells his clients that they can let their disability be the end of their world or their ultimate challenge.

Bulow puts these words into practice and takes his disability as the ultimate challenge. Losing his right leg below the knee to bone cancer when he was 14, Bulow is still competing in the world-class competitions in San Diego, Madrid and two sites in Germany. Last year, he and the other three members of the American team won the bronze medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the World Paralympics in Atlanta. In 1993, Bulow set a Paralympics long-jump record.

During his undergraduate years at Tennessee Tech, Bulow lettered in tennis for four years and won both singles and doubles competitions in the National Amputee Tennis Regional Tournament in Dallas.

C.P. Snelgrove received the Outstanding Service Award. Joining Tennessee Tech as its first professional, full-time librarian in 1936, Snelgrove helped Tennessee Tech build its library volumes from 12,000 to more than 600,000 volumes when he retired. He had no full-time staff, but ran the library, instead, with students working for 20 cents an hour. His own salary was $166.66 a month, being during the Depression.

After devoting his entire adult life to library stewardship, Snelgrove has also served Tennessee Tech and many other community organizations in his retirement. He organized and chaired Tennessee Tech's Emeriti Faculty Club. He has volunteered for the Tennessee Library Association, the Cookeville Rotary Club, the Tennessee Folklore Society, the American Cancer Society, the Cookeville/Tennessee Tech Symphony Guild and the American Red Cross.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception at 4:30 p.m. The event will conclude with Crouch's presentation to President Angelo Volpe of the items from Tennessee Tech that were carried aboard the space shuttle Columbia. For more information, call 800-889-8730 or 931-372-3205.

--Amy Ervin

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