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Tech's Student Veterans Organization Assists in Center Hill Lake Shoreline Cleanup

Article from "Center Hill Lake hosts 6th annual shoreline cleanup with community partners" by Heather King, Nashville District Public Affairs, published March 30, 2022.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2022) – Volunteers from Tennessee Technical University’s fishing team, Student Veteran Organization (SVO), and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, along with the Dekalb Fire Department, Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, Austin Bottom Community, and the Timothy Hill Group, came to Center Hill Lake to lend assistance for the two-day cleanup. 

Ten beautiful lakes stem from the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee to form the Nashville District. Maintaining the natural beauty of these lakes and their recreation areas require effort and partnerships between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and local community partners.

Due to previous restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic and various high-water events throughout the district, lake and shoreline cleanup efforts were put on hold. As the 2022 recreation season rapidly approaches, Center Hill Lake relaunched their shoreline cleanup program. With help from the local community, Center Hill held their sixth annual cleanup at Sligo Marina.

Lt.Col. Nathan Branen, Nashville district’s deputy commander, attended the event stating, “Part of the Corps mission is to be good stewards of the public land. These cleanups not only allow us to fulfill our mission but helps us instill the message of good stewardship of our district’s natural resources to others in the community.”

Ensuring the shoreline, campgrounds, and recreational areas stay pristine is difficult for the Corps to handle alone. Ashley Webster, a park ranger at Center Hill Lake, explained, “Each year, Center Hill hosts over 1.7 million visitors. The fact we can come together several times a year to clean up the shorelines together displays the pride our visitors and local community have for Center Hill.”  

For some volunteers, the spring cleanup effort is an opportunity to give back to their community. Travis Williams, an Army veteran, president of TTU’s SVO, grew up in the area. “This is where I grew up, and I feel like I’m cleaning up my home.” Williams is no stranger to the Corps; his father works for the Nashville District. As SVO president, Williams reached out to his old friend Kevin Salvilla, the resource manager at Center Hill Lake, and asked for volunteer opportunities. “I really want the SVO to be more involved in the community. We have a lot of biology and wildlife majors; it’s important to connect them to that community while also providing professional connections.”

ROTC Cadet and sophomore at TTU, Sierra Alexander, was equally eager to volunteer. “I really enjoy volunteering with the Corps!” Alexander, recently hired as a Geographic Information System intern with the Memphis District, hopes to work for the Corps permanently after her time in the Army is complete.

The DeKalb County Solid Waste Management donated an industrial size dumpster for the cleanup effort. After both days, the dumpster was filled to the brim of debris. The owners of Sligo Marina donated boats for trash removal, and transportation of the volunteers to the various sites along the shoreline. They also provided a free meal to all volunteers.

At the conclusion of the event, Kevin Salvilla, resource manager at Center Hill Lake, handed out certificates of appreciation to all the volunteers and said, “We sincerely appreciate your efforts to help us keep these areas clean, not just for your use, but for others in the future.”


Tennessee Tech named to the College of Distinction's 2021-2022 list of "Best Military Colleges"

September 24, 2021

College of Distinction certificate

Tennessee Tech has been honored by the College of Distinction program as being one of the best colleges in the United States in supporting military students. The program has named Tennessee Tech onto their list of "Best Military Support Colleges". Here is a brief description of this honor, taken from their website:

Colleges of Distinction’s mission is to help students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences find the best well-rounded, inspiring undergraduate education for them. And so, we are excited to further highlight schools that dedicate resources to the service of one of our nation’s most underrepresented populations: service members and veterans of the military. 

Institutions with the Military Support Recognition are aware of the unique challenges military students face on college campuses. These institutions are proud to support and cultivate the skills that military students bring to the classroom, all while helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Colleges of Distinction has hand-picked a selection of the best colleges in the United States that cater to supporting military students’ interest to help you with your college search. 

In addition to "Best Military Support Colleges", Tennessee Tech has also been named to the following lists:

  • Best Engineering Colleges

  • Best Nursing Colleges

  • Best Career Development Colleges

  • Best Education Colleges

  • Best Business Colleges


Tennessee Tech University is a 2021 Military Times Best for Vets College!

June 16, 2021

2021 Military Times Best for Vets announcement

The department of Military and Veteran Affairs is excited to announce that Tennessee Tech has made it into the list of the 2021 Military Times' Best for Vets: College rankings. We are honored to be on this list, and strive to be a top college destination for veterans and their families.

Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges is the largest and most comprehensive rankings of schools for military service members and veterans, and has been a top resource to help with their education decisions.  The rankings are based on survey responses from schools as well as public data about colleges and universities obtained from the Department of Education and Department of Veterans Affairs.


DoD restores concurrent use of Federal Tuition Assistance & Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) education benefits for Guard and Reserve Members

May 17, 2021

On May 4, 2021, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) signed a memorandum enabling members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use Federal Tuition Assistance and GI Bill® benefits to fund their education, similar to active duty servicemembers.

Currently, individuals who qualify for Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), also known as the “Post 9/11 GI Bill®,” are able to simultaneously use Federal Tuition Assistance and GI Bill® benefits. In 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a policy that prohibits similar concurrent usage of tuition assistance with the Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR).

The DoD has now updated its policy to allow Guard and Reserve members to utilize both their GI Bill® benefits and the tuition assistance concurrently, providing parity with active duty servicemembers.

This means that Guard and Reserve members enrolled in half-time or more program of study may now receive their Tuition Assistance and MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) benefits simultaneously for the same course.

This is still a very new development, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


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