Tennessee Tech Today is a weekly podcast produced by the Office of News and Communications.
The show highlights all aspects of campus life, including research, student achievement,
faculty and staff stories, athletics and events.
This week on Tennessee Tech Today, we talk to Dr. Holly Anthony, Professor in the
department of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education about her work
and winning the university’s Caplenor Award, the university’s highest faculty honor.
We will also hear from David Johnson, a Tennessee Tech almunus who is moving up the
ranks of Nissan’s corporate structure and currently serving as senior vice president
of manufacturing and supply chain management.
In this week’s episode of Tennessee Tech Today, we talk to newly-elected Student Government
President and junior business major Addison Dorris. We also chat with Chemical Engineering
Professor Pedro Arce, winner of the university’s Scholar-Mentor Award.
This week on Tennessee Tech today, we talk to student winners of this year’s Eagle
Works competition to hear about their innovative and award-winning business ideas.
Another display of student ingenuity is set to take place April 21st with the 17th
Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day on Tech’s campus. We will talk to event organizer
Amy Hill and some of the students presenting their work.
In this week's episode of Tennessee Tech Today, we celebrate cultural diversity, and
harmony with an event held on Tech's campus! We will hear from a Tech alumna about
why she has a passion for teaching. And WTTU, Tech's radio station, is celebrating
50 years of achievements and success.
In this program, for only the second time in school history, a student has earned
the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship; one of the most coveted and highly sought after
scholarships in the nation. We’ll visit with the winner and those who actually encouraged
him to apply when he was reluctant to do so. And this coming week is one of the most popular in the sporting world, the Masters.
A director of career development at Tech has a special connection with the tournament.
We’ll learn about his ties to a tournament that is a tradition unlike any other.
In this program, the spring engineering job fair took place this past week. More
than 150 companies from across the southeast made their way to the Hooper Eblen Center
to interview Tech’s best and brightest.
A significant number of the representatives of the companies attending the job fair
were very familiar with
Tennessee Tech. We will visit with some alumni that once were engineering students,
and now are back at the job fair recruiting for companies.
Tennessee Tech has earned high honors from an organization that focuses on service
to the military and veterans. Tech has been rated a military friendly school with
additional honors, recognizing the university’s support and commitment to active military
members, veterans and their families.
In this program, the war between Russia and Ukraine has escalated quickly. We will
hear the perspective of a Tennessee Tech political science professor on what has become
a full-scale war in less than two weeks.
On a brighter topic, it’s never to early to start thinking about summer camp. The
Elinor Ross Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, which is sponsored by Tech’s college
of education, has an amazing six week summer program for disadvantaged children and
families that is accepting applications now.
And we’ll learn more about an initiative to help reduce costs for Tech students. This
year the program saved almost 1,000 Tech students a total of almost 150-thousand dollars.
In this program, Tennessee Tech faculty are finding ways to reduce the financial burdens
on students, using open educational resources to utilize free online textbooks and
more. A small group of faculty helped save students almost 150-thousand dollars this
The landscape keeps changing in collegiate athletics. The Ohio Valley Conference
and the Big South have announced an agreement to combine their two conferences for
football starting in 2023. Tennessee Tech president Phil Oldham explains what that
means for Tech, as well as what the future might hold.
In this episode, one of the world’s biggest current headlines is the potential invasion
of the Ukraine by Russia. A Tennessee Tech political science professor helps us understand
what’s going on and what’s at stake.
The man who led the Tennessee Tech University marching bands and all its musical ensembles
for almost 30 years is now enshrined into the National Band Association hall of fame,
along with legends the likes of John Philip Sousa.
And Engineers Week is coming on campus. We’ll learn about the schedule of events,
competitions and challenges where engineering students battle to decide which major
is the best.
In this program, Tech hosts and manages a website that is really a one stop shop for
those interested in giving their time to organizations through volunteerism or service,
or for those that need assistance. And it’s not just for students or staff. Anyone
can take advantage and get involved.
The national signing day for college football took place recently. Tech head football
coach Dewayne Alexander signed 13 players to become Golden Eagles. The coach will
talk about how the landscape of recruiting has undergone a drastic change, with the
addition of subjects like Name, Image and Likeness and the transfer portal, as well
as the impact of Covid.
In this edition, Tech president Phil Oldham discusses his recent meeting as a member
of the NCAA Board of Governors overseeing collegiate athletics. He also touches on
local issues including the renovation of Tucker Stadium and the prospect of new interstate
The Oakley STEM center not only provides teaching and learning of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics to college students, but also provides events for young
children that haven’t even started school yet.
In this episode, more than 800 degrees were awarded during Tennessee Tech’s fall commencement.
One went to a registered nurse on the Tech campus who overcame hardship and abuse
in her early years to build a wonderful life and family, and now holds a master’s
And we’ll get some helpful tips from a Tech cybersecurity expert on how to avoid being
scammed during the holiday season.
Mechanical engineering students at Tennessee Tech have been designing and constructing
special projects for special needs students in the upper Cumberland region for years.
We’ll join a group of students on the delivery of one of their projects.
The department chair of the school of mechanical engineering is passionate about engineering,
but he’s also passionate about meditation, and what it can do for you.
In this program, mechanical engineering students at Tennessee Tech combine practical
classroom experience with designing and creating equipment to help special needs children
in the upper Cumberland region.
Tech president Phil Oldham lays out plans for a significant upgrade of the university’s
football facilities, a new Football Operations Center and a renovation of Tucker Stadium.
Advice from Tech’s school of human ecology on dealing with the challenges of all the
food that goes with Thanksgiving.
In this program, the Marc Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center is one of
the most popular buildings on the Tech campus. Coordinator of intramural sports Les
Fralix details how the building has garnered national awards.
Ken Moore is a Tech graduate whose career has taken him from success as an orthopedic
surgeon to the mayor of one of the most popular cities in middle Tennessee.
November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Ben Iles is one of a large number of Tech students
who currently or previously served in the United States military.
Guests are Russ Coughenour, director of career development at Tennessee Tech, on the
upcoming Engineering/STEM career fair at the Hooper Eblen Center and how it can be
a life changing event for Tech students, Mark Wilson, director of athletics at Tennessee
Tech, on the football game at Tennessee, the philosophy of scheduling games like this,
what it means to Tech financially and otherwise, and how games like this may become
more difficult to schedule in the future.
Guests are Dr. Joe Slater, dean of the College of Engineering, on the groundbreaking
for the new Ashraf Islam Engineering Building, Lieutenant Colonel James Bryant, professor
of Military Science, on staff of Tennessee Tech University ROTC, on the stair run
at Tucker Stadium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Polk Brown,
head coach of the Tennessee Tech men’s golf team, on the start of the season and his
new role of no longer being the head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams.
Guests are Don Sowers, adjunct professor for the College of Interdisciplinary Studies,
who helped coordinate volunteers for the clean up efforts in the massive flooding
in Waverly Dr. Jeremy Wendt, chair and professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
in the College of Education, on Tech having the first licensed program completer in
the state of Tennessee in the new K-12 Computer Science Education program. Courtney
Brehm, assistant director for New Student & Family Programs, discussing the upcoming
family weekend at Tennessee Tech.
Guests are Cynthia Polk-Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, on her new role
at Tech, the appeal of the university and of Cookeville and putting students first;
Dewayne Alexander, head football coach of the Golden Eagles, on entering the new season
with the opener Thursday, September 2nd.
The guest is Tennessee Tech University president Dr. Phil Oldham. Topics covered include
beginning a new year on campus, dealing with the COVID pandemic past and present,
building and growth on campus, relationships with the local government and community,
research opportunities for students and vision for the future.