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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 246
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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 226
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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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LORI HUNTER
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
Interdisciplinary Studies with an interest in Math, Nursing, Health-related Professions, Law, or 
Interdisciplinary Studies - Undecided.
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 224
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What advice would you give to a new student?
1) Make connections with students, faculty, and become involved in an organization. 2) Figure out how you best learn by attending workshops on succeeding in college.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Watching sci-fi movies.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Quiet reflection.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
There is an energy here that is different from other colleges and I find it a very friendly campus.

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LUCY MCGAUVRAN
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Human Ecology, Civil Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies with an interest in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Undecided, and Law. 
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 225
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Get to know your faculty members and advisor!
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Baking!
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Take at least a 10-minute walk outside at least once a day.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
The student-centered atmosphere.

 

Meet Our Directors

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CHRIS KOHL
Assistant Director
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 247
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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 223
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.