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Alumni weekend is April 12-14 at Tennessee Tech

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Events are scheduled on Tennessee Tech's campus and in the Cookeville community for the university's inaugural alumni weekend event.

Published Wednesday Mar 28, 2018

With more than 25 athletic, cultural, educational and social events and activities across campus and the community, Tennessee Tech’s Crawford Alumni Center is making plans to host the university’s inaugural alumni weekend April 12-14.

The weekend will include the alumni awards and recognition banquet along with a variety of family-friendly events Thursday through Saturday.

“This is an opportunity for alumni to interact with the university and get a good view on what’s happening on campus now,” Brandon Boyd, director of the Crawford Alumni Center said. “We would like for this to become an annual event. Hopefully it is the start of something really exciting.”

Since spring is an active time on Tech’s campus, alumni weekend features several standing events, like the annual Window on the World international festival celebrating its 20th iteration at Tech that Saturday, alongside events scheduled specifically for alumni.

Events begin Thursday, April 12, with a Computing and IT Alumni Conference reception at the Biz Foundry and a concert by the Tech jazz bands at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

On Friday, April 13, alumni conferences, presentations and workshops continue; the Tech Player’s Spring production of “Big Love” by Charles Mee takes the stage at the Backdoor Playhouse and the Alumni Association awards and recognition banquet will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Leslie Town Centre.

At the banquet, awards will be presented to nominees in four categories. The 2018 recipients are professional golfer Scott Stallings, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; retired businessman Dick Murphy, Outstanding Service Award; members of the Tech Foundation Board of Directors Ottis Phillips and John Rose, Outstanding Philanthropy Awards; and retired physician Walter Derryberry, Distinguished Alumnus Award. They join more than 200 award recipients since the program began in 1975.

“This is the most important event of the year for the Alumni Association,” said Boyd. “It’s exciting to honor these individuals who are representing their alma mater so well.”

This year's ceremony includes special recognition of two long-time Tennessee Tech administrators, Leo McGee and Marc Burnett, as pathbreakers and role models for students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Other special guests are African-American alumni who were “firsts” in their respective areas.

The event includes hors d’ouevres, dinner and a performance by the Tech Chorale. Tickets for the banquet are $40 and reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 4.

To make a reservation for the alumni awards banquet, visit alumni.tntech.edu/2018alumniawards or call 931-372-3205.

On Saturday, April 14, alumni are invited to a family lunch and history exhibit at the Crawford Alumni Center. There, a new university history exhibit prepared by the university archives is on display. The exhibit features information and images of “Lost Places” on tech’s campus, including buildings and spaces that have been relocated, repurposed or demolished over the years.

Saturday will also feature a nursing alumni reunion honoring the classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993; a Golden Eagle football scrimmage; a Golden Eagle Softball game; the Eagle Works trade show and competition; a family ride and walk along the Tennessee Heritage Central Rail Trail and craft workshops in enameling, Shibori dyeing and glass bead making at the Appalachian Center for Craft, among other events. Some events do require preregistration.

For details and a full listing of events, visit alumni.tntech.edu/alumni-weekend.

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