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Meet Our Advising Team

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TENIKA BURGESS
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in: Fine Arts (Music, Art, Music Ed, and Art Ed), Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, Special Education, Secondary Education, Exercise Science, Physical Education & Wellness, Psychology
 
Phone: (931) 372-6336
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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SUSAN CADLE
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in: Agriculture, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies (LIST), Professional Studies, Communication Studies, & Environmental & Sustainability Studies, College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Undecided
 
Phone: (931) 372-6277
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Enjoy every minute of your college experience. The time will go by very fast.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Traveling is so fun! Even when things happen that are not planned, it allows me to learn something new.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Organizing my space. If I feel my things and thoughts are out of order I will regroup, rethink, and redo.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Isn’t the campus beautiful?! There are a lot of places to see and be at Tech.

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SHERRIE CANNON
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Students with Last Names A-L in: Accounting, Basic Business, Business & Information Technology, Business Management, Economics, International Business & Cultures, Finance, Marketing
 
All students in: Basic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technology & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Basic Engineering, Interest Chemical Engineering, Interest Civil & Environmental Engineering, Interest Manufacturing Engineering Technology
 
Phone: (931) 372-6846
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: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, English, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology, Political Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Science
 
Phone: (931) 372-6281
Office Location: Volpe Library 223
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Network and get involved in extra curricula activities. You never know who you will meet and what those relationships can turn into. They may become your best friends, help you get a fantastic internship, or be a reference for a job application. Your extracurriculars also play a part in building skills you will need to be a well-rounded student.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Painting
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Yoga
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Family traditions. My parents and siblings all have TTU degrees, and Tech has been part of my story my entire life.

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LAURA NISBET
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in:
Computer Science & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Computer Science

Students with Last Names M-Z in: Mechanical Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Mechanical Engineering
 
Phone: (931) 372-3838
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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KAYLA WILSON
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Students with Last Names M-Z in: Accounting, Basic Business, Business & Information Technology, Business Management, Economics, International Business & Cultures, Finance, Marketing
 
All students in: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Electrical & Computer Engineering
 
Students with Last Names A-L in: Mechanical Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Mechanical Engineering
 
Phone: (931) 372-3834
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Stay flexible and be okay with not having your entire future figured out right now. Use this opportunity to explore everything you’re interested in and remember that you have an awesome team of advisors here who would love to assist you in getting things more figured out! 
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Tubing
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Journaling. Getting my thoughts out of my head onto paper gives me clarity and helps me to see that my problems are smaller than I thought. 
 
What do you like most about Tech?
I spent some of the best years of my life as a student here. 
 

 

Meet Our Directors

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CHRIS KOHL
Assistant Director
 
Phone: (931) 372-6850
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) 372-6176
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.