BY: Will Housley
Tennessee Tech University welcomes author June Scobee Rodgers and her husband, retired Army Lt. Gen. Don Rodgers, on Sunday, March 27.
June will be signing copies of her book, Silver Linings, an inspirational story of her life before and after the fateful space shuttle Challenger 51-L Teacher in Space mission, of which her late husband, astronaut Dick Scobee, was commander.
The event will take place in the Tech Pride Room at 2:30 p.m., where Rodgers will speak briefly, answer questions and autograph books. Refreshments will be provided.
June is the founding chairman of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. She holds a doctorate from Texas A&M and a master's degree from Chapman College in California.
She has taught at every grade level from kindergarten through college and recently served on the president's National Advisory Council on Education.
She has received numerous honors and service awards including the National Eagle Award, the Women's International Center's Living Legacy Award, the Tennessee Woman of Distinction Award and the International Association of Management Companies' Spirit of Volunteerism Award.
Internationally, she continues to serve on the Vatican Observatory Foundation Board of Directors.
Most recently, she received the National Award for Excellence in Leadership 2000 from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Leicester in England.
She currently resides in Chattanooga with her husband, Don, who is a Cookeville native and TTU electrical engineering graduate. They both serve on the TTU Foundation.
Don is a Vietnam veteran with 34 years of active service. In addition to his TTU degree, he also holds an advanced degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
His military education includes completion of the Signal School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Signed copies of Rodgers' book will be available for $25 each, cash or check.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Putnam County Library Friends.