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Meet Our Advising Team

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TENIKA BURGESS
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Fine Arts (Music), Agriculture, and Interdisciplinary Studies with an interest in Law.
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Allow yourself to make mistakes but LEARN from them so that NO experience is wasted because discovering what you DO NOT want to do most likely will lead you to what you DO WANT.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Theatre including storytelling, applied theater, and creating.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Time outdoors with family.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
The people and the beautiful campus close to nature and bigger cities.

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SHERRIE CANNON
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Civil Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies with an interest in Pre-Veterinarian or Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Studies - Undecided.
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Go to class so that the professor learns your name.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Magic the Gathering
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Use a pencil - Things change and you need to be able to erase, be flexible, and move forward.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Being an alum, it is the feeling of being home.

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WHITNEY FOUST
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Coming Soon 
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 223
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Coming Soon
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Coming Soon
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Coming Soon
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Coming Soon

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LAURA NISBET
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Coming Soon 
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Be who you’ve always wanted to be. In high school, I was so shy and wasn’t involved in any clubs or organizations. When I moved away to college, my older brother encouraged me to change into whoever I wanted to be. I immediately got out of my comfort zone by joining campus organizations and meeting new people. That changed my life. I went on to become leaders in those organizations and had an amazing college experience.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
I like to take my Pomeranian, Charlie, kayaking on the Caney!
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
CrossFit! I may not be very good at it, but it sure helps me to destress. I have fun while working out and it is a great way to meet new people.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Tech is home to me! I was a student here and had such an amazing experience that I decided to stay and work here. I also really love how beautiful the campus is. Campus in the fall is my favorite.

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SUZANNE SWAIN
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Coming Soon
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
 
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Remember that each semester is a gift to your future self. Cultivate and invest in you!
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Kayaking has been a wonderful hobby to take up, especially with the beautiful places locally to paddle. So many waterfalls and places to explore in the Upper Cumberland!
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Dance it out! It helps to put on great music to lift  your spirit – and dance like nobody’s watching. 80’s, in my case.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Tech is a place that whatever niche you are in, there is a supportive community ready to assist you reaching your goals. This is so important when transitioning to university life.

 

Meet Our Directors

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CHRIS KOHL
Assistant Director
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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More about me...
 
What advice would you give to a new student?
Step out of your comfort zone and try new things.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Anything dealing with Walt Disney World.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Going for a walk in the fresh air. 
 
What do you like most about Tech?
How personal everyone is.

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SIMONE MCKELVEY
Director
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
More about me...
 
What advice would you give to a new student?
Ask for help when you need it.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
I like to bake desserts and to make soap.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Listening to audiobooks. It's a nice escape.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Tech and Cookeville have been a place for new opportunities for me.