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Tennessee Tech Today

Tennessee Tech Today

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. Hosted by Buddy Pearson, the news and communications director, the show is available for media use as well as any student, faculty, staff or alum wanting to get the latest news on campus. For more information, contact Pearson at (931) 372-6328.

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» 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