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Tennessee Tech Today - 2020-2021

Tennessee Tech Today is produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing. The weekly show takes an in-depth look at the successes of our bold, fearless and confident students, faculty and staff. The show also focuses on research, athletics and events on campus. The show is available for media use as well as any student, faculty, staff or alum wanting to get the latest news on campus. 

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» Episode #75 - May 21, 2021 (Celebration of Excellence Award winners: General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching - Marchus Rogers and Philip Davis; Award for Excellence in Creative Inquiry Instruction - Mari Ramler and Julie Stepp; Award for Excellence in Creative Inquiry Mentoring - Duckbong Kim and Rena Wood; Caplenor Award - Satish Mahajan; Outstanding Clerical and Support Staff Award - Geri Anna Alcorn, Kathleen Lordo, Sharon Buckner, Megan Cooper and Alisha Looper; and, Outstanding Professional Award - Ashley Akenson and Cassandra Gronendyke)

» Episode #74 - May 14, 2021 (Celebration of Excellence Award winners: Derryberry Award -Rachel Baker; Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award - Julie Baker; Excellence in Advising Award- Whitney Foust and Brandi Lovin; Scholar-Mentor Award - Indranil Bhattacharya; Scholastic Research Award - Chad Luke  and Michael Olsen; Outstanding Faculty Awards in Teaching - Robby Sanders and Mary Fornehed; and, Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service -Sarah Smith, Nursing)

» Episode #73 - April 30, 2021 (Allen Mullis, the executive director for student success, and Simone McKelvey, the director of the Launchpad Student Success Center, talk about Launchpad; Tania Datta and Alfred Kalyanapu, associate professors in civil and environmental engineering, along with students Maci Arms and Thomas Harris, discuss water research in Gainesboro)

» Episode #72 - April 23, 2021(Eric Hall, a pre-dentistry and biochemistry major, talks about the success of the Remote Area Medical Clinic; Holly Stretz, a professor in chemical engineering, Dennis Piercy, a chemical engineering graduate student, and John Clark, a junior chemical engineering major, discuss their current research)

» Episode of 71 - March 27, 2021(Rob Owens talks about his time as the interim vice president for student affairs and making the transition into the role of chief diversity officer)

» Episode 70 - March 19, 2021 (Suzann Hensley, interim director, discusses a national award for the Marc L. Burnett Student and Recreation Center; Darron Smith, Dean of the College of Ag and Human Ecology, talks about the construction of the new poultry lab; Samantha Hutson, assistant professor in Human Ecology, gives some insight into the new master's program in community health and nutrition; and, Tech student Brandon Pierce explains his vision on entrepreneurship)

» Episode #69 - March 12, 2021 (President Phil Oldham previews the fall semester in his report to the Tech Board of Trustees; Golden Eagle football head coach Dewayne Alexander gives a preview of Sunday's game with Murray State; and, mechanical engineering assistant professor Ahmad Vasel, graduate student Hollee Sadler and senior Andy Davis discuss the Fluid Mechanics Research Lab)

» Episode #68 - February 12, 2021(Charria Campbell, director of Tech's Intercultural Affairs, and student Zaire Mattox discuss black cultural issues; and, volleyball head coach Jeannette Waldo previews the Golden Eagles' first home matches of the season)

» Episode #67 - February 5, 2021 (Ismail Fidan, a professor in manufacturing and engineering technology, and graduate student Robert Shelton discuss the benefits of Tech's iMakerSpace; and, Golden Eagle baseball coach Steve Smith previews the upcoming season)

» Episode #66 - January 30, 2021 (Julie Baker, associate dean of the College of Education, Chief Randy Evans, Major Ken Sircy and Major Scott Winfree of the Cookeville Police Department, and students Jamaal Thompson and Chanel Bishop, discuss the class Service Learning in the Community in Collaboration with the Cookeville Police Department; and, Golden Eagle basketball standout Anna Jones talks about the women's basketball season)

»Episode #65 - January 22, 2021(Computer Science professor Ambareen Siraj, who was named the 2020 Cybersecurity Person of the Year, discusses Tech's Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center; Golden Eagle football coach Dewayne Alexander and players Henry Karimu and Bailey Fisher talk about the upcoming football season)

» Episode #64 - January 15, 2021 (Tennessee Tech health services director Leigh Ann Ray and assistant director Kim Williams talk about dealing with COVID-19 on campus)

» Episode #63 - January 4, 2021 (Tennessee Tech alumnus Jake Hoot opens up about his life and career during the pandemic and what 2021 looks like for him)

» Episode #62 - December 23, 2020 (Mechanical Engineering students John Wagner, Emily Carroll, Gabriel DaSilva and Lexie Carroll talk about building a sensory swing for the son of alumna Lorren Robertson; and, Tech athletics director Mark Wilson discusses sports during a pandemic)

» Episode #61 - December 15, 2020  (Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees members Trudy Harper, Barry Wilmore, Fred Lowery and Daniel Hines share messages with recent graduates; Stephanie Erwin Dedmon delivers her commencement address; and, Steve Robinson, chair of Tech's physics department, discusses the upcoming "Christmas Star")

» Episode #60 - December 7, 2020 (Provost Lori Bruce discusses the academic aspect of the Fall 2020 semester; and life-long friends Shanna Muncy and Diana Mabry Reich share their journey to graduation)

» Episode #59 - November 27, 2020 (President Phil Oldham discusses wrapping up the fall 2020 semester; and, Michael Aikens, director of innovation and entrepreneurship in the office of research and economic development, updates the Rural Reimagined initiative)

» Episode #58 - November 20, 2020 (Alice Camuti, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies, discusses waiving entrance exams for graduate students for summer and fall 2021; and, men's basketball head coach John Pelphrey previews the upcoming season for the Golden Eagles)

» Episode #57 - November 13, 2020 (Jerry Keeton, coordinator of student activities, discusses the different look of Homecoming 2020; and, women's basketball head coach Kim Rosamond previews the upcoming 2020-2021 season)

» Episode #56 - November 6, 2020 (Mary McCaskey, director of military and veterans affairs, previews Veterans Week; and student veterans Kia Atkins, Dylan Beaver, Kenneth Fisher, Anderson Schmittou and Jessica Spicer share their stories)

» Episode #55 - October 30, 2020 (Shelia Hurley, an associate professor in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, discusses an art therapy grant; Manny Gumban, a chemical engineering major, recaps the Car Team's success; and head coach Jeannette Waldo previews the upcoming volleyball season)

» Episode #54 - October 23, 2020 (Jeff Schaeffer, director of Tech's water center, Biology assistant professor Kit Wheeler, Biology professor Amanda Rosenberger, and graduate student Lori Nabors talk about World Fish Migration Day; and students Braden Wall and Lawson Tidwell discuss learning about radio in their mass comm class)

» Episode #53 - October 16, 2020 (Football head coach Dewayne Alexander talks about playing conference football in the spring; and, Dawson Hassler discusses being the student representative on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission)

» Episode #52 - October 9, 2020 (Astronaut Barry Wilmore, an alumnus and Board of Trustees member, discusses his new opportunity to return to space; archivist Megan Atkinson talks about the new addition to the Tech archives; and, project and design manager Christine Daniels offers up insight into the new west patio area)

» Episode #51 - October 2, 2020 (Graduation rates climb higher; Lee Wray, chief of staff, talks about being the new Board of Trustees secretary; and Eric Brown, assistant director of CEROC, discusses Cybersecurity Month)

» Episode #50 - September 25, 2020 (Julie Baker, associate dean of the College of Education, discusses the success of the HIPSTER program; Pedro Arce, a chemical engineering professor, talks about teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic; and, Steve Frye, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, explains what it is like to have COVID-19)

» Episode #49 - September 18, 2020 (Rory Roberts, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, discusses a new research grant; Nursing professor Melissa Geist talks about earning a distinguished honor; and, head coach Polk Brown gives an update on the golf program)

» Episode #48 - September 11, 2020 (President Phil Oldham discusses the latest Money Magazine ranking; Students Katelyn Dibrell and Isabel Badoe talk about Eagle's Flight; and, Lauren Michel, assistant professor in earth sciences, talks about getting an article published in Sedimentology)

» Episode #47 - September 4, 2020 (Cheryl Montgomery, director of program development and engagement in the College of Business, discusses the Women's Leadership Conference: Fall 2020; and Melinda Anderson, director of the College of Human Ecology, and some of her students preview the return of the Friday Cafe')

» Episode #46 - August 28, 2020 (SGA president Aaron Lay discusses student issues during COVID-19; Charria Campbell, director of multicultural affairs, discusses the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center 30th Anniversary; and, Mark Wilson gives an update on Tech athletics)

» Episode #45 - August 21, 2020 (Provost Lori Bruce discusses the academic structure and Rob Owens, associate vice president for student affairs, talks about students being back on campus for the Fall 2020 semester)

» Episode #44 - August 14, 2020 (Dan Warren, interim associate vice president of facilities and business services, and Kerri Demeri, director of auxiliary services, discuss students returning to campus; and Christy Killman, chair of the exercise science department, talks about the new Academic Wellness Center)

» Episode #43 - August 7, 2020 (Melissa Robertson and her youngest son, Thomas, talk about their journey together to commencement; and, Cory Gleasman, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, discusses the new computer science education program)

» Episode #42 - July 24, 2020 (Michael Aikens explains a $300,000 CARES Act grant for the TCRI CARES project; President Phil Oldham, Pingen Chen and Mohan Rao comment on the EV charging station project; and, Hailey and Natalie Jennings talk about coming to SOAR)

» Episode #41 - July 17, 2020 (Provost Lori Bruce discusses her lecture that reached more than 14,000 world-wide; and, Tennessee Tech alum Scott Stallings talks about life on the PGA Tour, his mentor Bobby Nichols and a life-changing physical transformation)

» Episode #40 - July 10, 2020 (David Mullinax, director of campus recreation, discusses the opening of the Marc L. Burnett Fitness and Recreation Center; and, Golden Eagle head football coach Dewayne Alexander talks about how COVID-19 has impacted the Tech football team)

» Episode #39 - July 2, 2020 (Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham discusses the start of the second Summer session; Marc Burnett comments on having the new fitness and recreation center named after him; and, Matt Manzaro talks about a busy couple of months at the Golden Eagle Golf Club)

» Episode #38 - June 12, 2020 (Tennessee Tech athletics director Mark Wilson discusses how COVID 19 has affected Tech athletics and retired sports information director Rob Schabert talks about being inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame)

» Episode #37 - June 5, 2020 (Tennessee Tech alumna Stephanie Dedmon talks about how Tech prepared her to become the Chief Information Officer for the State of Tennessee and what the evolving role of a CIO looks like)

» Episode #36 - May 29, 2020 (Dan Warren, interim vice president for facilities and business services; Megan Atkinson, university archivist; and Eric Brown, assistant director of Tech's Cybersecurity, Education, Research and Outreach Center)

» Episode #35 - May 22, 2020 (President Phil Oldham addresses the campus returning for the Fall 2020 semester; Tech alum Bobby Wilson talks about being named executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; and Tech alum Sam Matson discusses his appearance on Jeopardy)

» Episode #34 - May 15, 2020 (Tech alumna Amy New, CEO of Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Ismail Fidan, Caplenor Award winner; Commencement video celebration messages from Gov. Bill Lee, Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton and Tech President Phil Oldham)

» Episode #33 - May 8, 2020 (Celebration of Excellence award winners for student workers, diversity, advising, clerical, professional and Derryberry, including interviews with each winner)

» Episode #32 - May 1, 2020 (Jennifer Shank, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, talks about taking commencement to her graduating seniors; Michael Aikens, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and students Libby Baldwin, Daniel Hines and Annalicia Larsen discuss Eagle Works; and Allen Mullis, Executive Director for Student Success, and Simone McElvey, Director of Advising and Retention Services, discuss registration for summer and fall semesters)

» Episode #31 -  April 17, 2020 (Tech Alumnus and astronaut Barry Wilmore discusses isolation and distancing from COVID 19; Christina Mick, counseling center assistant director, talks about counseling services for students; and Eric Brown, assistant director of Tech's Cybersecurity, Education, Research and Outreach Center, praises Cyber Eagles for their showing in a recent competition)

» Episode #30 - April 10, 2020 (Tech Alumnus Jake Hoot, winner of season 17 of the Voice, discusses his tribute song to tornado victims, "Tennessee Strong;" and Eric Brown, assistant director of Tech's Cybersecurity, Education, Research and Outreach Center, gives tips about going online)

» Episode #29 - April 3, 2020 (Provost Lori Bruce, CITL interim director Bedelia Russell, auxiliary services director Kerri Demeri, Chartwells marketing director Kristen Smith, and Chartwells resident district manager Sam Holm)

» Episode #28 - March 27, 2020 (Tech student Hunter Hinshaw and Center for Rural Innovation director Michael Aikens on 3D printing headbands; ITS director Yvette Clark and ITS students Demetric Gould and Erika Smith on telecommuting and classes going online; and Tech staff member Jessica Davis on surviving the deadly tornado that hit Putnam County three weeks ago)

» Episode #27 - March 13, 2020 (Coronavirus update; Doc and Susan Wells, and Aderick Moore help tornado victims with computer files recovery; Tech students volunteer for RAM clinic)

» Episode #26 - March 6, 2020 (Putnam County tornado reaction: President Phil Oldham, Bill Hall, construction project manager; Steve Ewing, grounds; Dewayne Alexander, Tech football coach; Chris Tucker, Bailey Fisher, Michael Scavo, Tech football players)

» Episode #25 - Feb. 28, 2020 (Jeff Schaeffer, water center director; Michelle DePolo, softball head coach; and a calendar update from Kate Sommers)

» Episode #24 - Feb. 21, 2020 (Kari Oldham, Tennessee Tech First Lady; April Crockett, computer science instructor; Carlos Medrano and Vadim Kholodilo, computer science majors)

» Episode #23 - Feb. 14, 2020 (Ambareen Siraj, director of Tech's Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center; Manny Gumban, president of the engineering joint council; and Steve Smith, Tech head baseball coach)

» Episode #22 - Feb. 7, 2020 (Kris Craven, First Lego League tournament director and partner for East Tennessee region; and, Dewayne Alexander, Tech head football coach)

» Episode #21 - Jan. 31, 2020 (Russ Coughenour, director of the center for career development, and Mark Wilson, athletics director)

» Episode #20 - Jan. 24, 2020 (Robert Owens, interim vice president for student affairs; Monica and Micah Hartsfield, spirit program coordinators)

» Episode #19 - Jan. 17, 2020 (Jake Hoot, season 17 winner of The Voice; Charria Campbell, director of multicultural affairs; Kim Rosamond, women's basketball head coach; Akia Harris and Anacia Wilkinson, women's basketball seniors)

» Episode #18 - Jan. 10, 2020 (Steven Frye, director of interdisciplinary studies; Julie Baker, associate dean of the college of education; and Tony Boles, Tech alum and director of Macon County schools)

» Episode #17 - Dec. 20, 2019 (Early Intervention and Mechanical Engineering project students help an infant with cerebral palsy; S.K. Ballal retires after 55 years at Tennessee Tech)

» Episode #16 - Dec. 13, 2019 (Fall Commencement 2019 - Jordan Patrick, who received a purple heart for being wounded in combat as a U.S. Marine; and Justin Mosher, who was in a coma and went through a long rehab after a devastating car wreck, overcame their circumstances to graduate from Tennessee Tech.)

» Episode #15 - Dec. 6, 2019 (Tennessee Tech president Phil Oldham; new board of trustee member Fred Lowery; Clinical Immersion class students Amy Tribble and J.P. Nelms, and nursing professor Melissa Geist)

» Episode #14 - Nov. 29, 2019 (University Innovation Fellows Rachel Smith, Courtney Savage, Mick Davis, Holly Stretz and Kevin Bryant; and Golden Eagle head football coach Dewayne Alexander)

» Episode #13 - Nov. 22, 2019 (Eagle Works Idea Challenge winners Bailee Kauffmann, Eric Pardue and Emma McDonald; Darron Smith, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology; senior football players Andrew Goldsmith and Shannon Fayne)

» Episode #12 - Nov. 15, 2019 (Michelle Huddleston, Service Learning Coordinator; Adam Nakamoto, Scholars United for the Homeless; and Kim Rosamond, Tennessee Tech women's basketball head coach)

» Episode #11 - Nov. 8, 2019 (Brandon Boyd - Director of the Crawford Alumni Center; Jerry Keeton - Coordinator of Student Activities and Campus Life; and Dewayne Alexander - head football coach)

» Episode #10 - Nov. 1, 2019 (Lee Wray - Homecoming; Mary McCaskey and Travis Williams - Veterans Day; John Pelphrey - Men's Basketball)

» Episode #9 - October 25, 2019 (Octubafest with R. Winston Morris, College of Business Women's Leadership Conference with Cheryl Montgomery, and athletics roundup with Mark Wilson)

» Episode #8 - October 18, 2019 (National Chemistry Week with Amanda Carroll and Abby Rossi; Golden Eagle Volleyball with Jeannette Waldo and Ali Verzani; and Golden Eagle Football with Michael Scavo)

» Episode #7 - October 11, 2019 (Rural Reimagined with Michael Aikens and Cybersecurity with Eric Brown)

» Episode #6 - October 4, 2019 (The Voice contestant Jacob Hoot; Preview Day - Brandon Johnson; Heatin' Up the Quad - Shelley Brown and Martin Smith; linebacker Aderick Moore)

» Episode #5 - September 27, 2019 (Board of Trustees - Mason Hilliard, Sally Pardue, Barry Wilmore; TechBot research - Ismail Fidan, Andreas Sauter, Aslan Nasirov; quarterback Bailey Fisher)

» Episode #4 - September 20, 2019 (Provost Lori Mann Bruce, College of Business Dean Thomas Payne, wide receiver Metrius Fleming and agriculture professor Dennis Duncan)

» Episode #3 - September 13, 2019

» Episode #2 - September 6, 2019

» Episode #1 - August 29, 2019