Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University

Infobox University

name=Tennessee Technological University
type=State university
president=Robert Bell
undergrad=8060cite web |url=http://www.tntech.edu/studentprofile.html |title=About TTU // Student Profile |accessdate=2007-09-25]
campus=Suburban, convert|235|acre|km2cite web |url=http://www.tntech.edu/history.html |title=About TTU // History |accessdate=2007-09-25]
mascot=Golden Eagles
colors=Purple & Gold
website= [http://www.tntech.edu/ www.tntech.edu]
Athletics= [NCAA Division I]
[Ohio Valley Conference]

Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, US, a city approximately seventy miles (110 km) east of Nashville. It was formerly known as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (1915), and before that as Dixie College, the name under which it was founded as a private institution in 1909. It places special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, although degrees in education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and other fields of study can be pursued as well. Additionally, there are graduate offerings in engineering, education, business, and the liberal arts. It is operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and its athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Tennessee Tech is ranked among the Top 8 Public Schools in the South in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges." It was also ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South in the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 college guides. The Princeton Review also listed TTU as a "Best College Value" in 2006 and 2007. TTU is one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" as reported by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. in 2006.

As of fall semester 2007, Tennessee Tech enrolls over 10,000 students (8,060 undergraduate and 2,261 graduate students), and its campus has 87 buildings on 235 acres (0.95 km²) centered along Dixie Avenue in north Cookeville. The average class size is twenty six students and the student to faculty ratio is 18:1. Less than one percent of all classes are taught by teaching assistants with the rest of the classes being taught by professors. The ethnic breakdown of the undergraduate student population is: 88.2% White/Caucasian, 4.1% African American, 1.5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.3% Hispanic, 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 4.6% Other.

Buildings on campus

Educational or Administrative

*Roaden University Center (RUC)
*Bartoo Hall (Department of Curriculum and Instruction)
*Brown Hall (Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering)
*Bruner Hall (Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science)
*Bryan Fine Arts (Music and Art)
*Clement Hall (Basic Engineering)
*Derryberry Hall (Administration)
*Henderson Hall (English literature, History)
*Johnson Hall (Business - named after past Business School Dean, Louis Johnson)
*Kittrell Hall (Earth Sciences)
*Lewis Hall (Industrial Technology)
*T.J. Farr Building (Education, Psychology, and Honors Program)
*Foster Hall (Chemistry)
*Matthews Daniel Hall (Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, & Political Science )
*Pennebaker Hall (Biology)
*Prescott Hall (Chemical, Civil, and Industrial Engineering)
*South Hall (Agriculture and Human Ecology)
*The Hooper-Eblen Center ("The Hoop")
*Volpe Library (named after past TTU President Angelo Volpe)

Dormitories/residence halls

*Browning Hall (Men's)
*Cooper Hall (Coed)
*Crawford Hall (Women's)
*Dunn Hall (Coed)
*Ellington Hall (Coed)
*Evins Hall (Men's)
*Jobe Hall (Business)
*Marshall Hall (Engineering)*
*Maddox Hall (Engineering)
*McCord Hall (Engineering)
*MS Cooper Hall (International students)
*Murphy Hall (Honors)
*New Hall (Freshmen Only)
*Pinkerton Hall (Coed)
*Warf Hall (Coed)
*White Hall (Engineering)*

*Marshall and White Halls are scheduled to be torn down in order to make room for a new freshman residence hall at the end of the Spring 2008 semester.



* Accounting & Law
* Agriculture
* Biology
* Chemical Engineering
* Chemistry
* Civil and Environmental Engineering
* Computer Science
* Decision Sciences & Management
* Earth Sciences
* Economics, Finance, and Marketing
* Education
* Electrical and Computer Engineering
* English & Communications
* Foreign Languages
* History
* Human Ecology
* Industrial & Systems Engineering
* Manufacturing & Industrial Technology
* Mathematics
* Mechanical Engineering
* Music & Art
* Nursing
* Physics
* Psychology
* Sociology, Philosophy, & Political Science
* Web Design
* World Cultures & Business


* Cooperative Education
* Distance MBA
* [http://honors.tntech.edu/ Honors]
* Military Science

Research Centers

* [http://www.cesr.tntech.edu/ Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR)]
* [http://www.tntech.edu/cmr/ Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR)]
* [http://www.tntech.edu/wrc/ Center for the Management Utilization & Protection of Water Resources]
* [http://www.tntech.edu/stem/ Center for Teaching & Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)]


The Golden Eagles compete in the following sports:


* Basketball
* Football
* Baseball
* Cross Country
* Golf
* Tennis
* Rifle


* Basketball
* Softball
* Soccer
* Volleyball
* Cross Country
* Track
* Tennis
* Golf

On Campus Groups

Honors Societies

*Alpha Kappa Delta - Sociology
*Alpha Lambda Delta - Freshman
*Alpha Mu Gamma - Foreign Languages
*Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre
*Beta Alpha Psi - Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems
*Beta Beta Beta - Biology
*Beta Gamma Sigma - Business
*Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering
* [http://www.fhsu.edu/agriculture/natdta/ Delta Tau Alpha] - Agriculture
*Eta Kappa Nu - Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
* [http://www.kdp.org/ Kappa Delta Pi] - Education
* [http://kappamuepsilon.org/ Kappa Mu Epsilon] - Mathematics
* [http://www.kon.org/ Kappa Omicron Nu] - Human Ecology
*Mortar Board - Senior
*Omega Chi Epsilon - Chemical Engineering
*Omicron Delta Epsilon - Economics
*Omicron Delta Kappa - Leadership
*Order of Omega - Greek system
*Phi Alpha Theta - History
*Phi Kappa Phi - Scholastic
*Pi Kappa Delta - Speech and Debate
*Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science
*Pi Tau Sigma - Mechanical Engineering
*Psi Chi - Psychology
*Scabbard and Blade -ROTC
*Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics
*Sigma Tau Delta - English
*Sigma Theta Tau - Nursing
*Tau Beta Pi - Engineering

Religious Organizations

*Baptist Collegiate Ministries
*Campus Outreach
*Canterbury Club
*Chi Alpha
*Fellowship of Christian Athletes
*Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
*LDS Student Association
*Newman Campus Ministry
*Presbyterian Student Association
*Reformed University Fellowship
*University Christian Student Center
*Wesley Foundation


*Alpha Gamma Sigma
*Alpha Phi Alpha
*Kappa Alpha
*Kappa Sigma
*Omega Psi Phi
*Phi Beta Sigma
*Phi Delta Theta
*Phi Gamma Delta
*Pi Kappa Alpha
*Sigma Alpha Epsilon
*Sigma Chi
*Sigma Phi Epsilon
*Tau Kappa Epsilon


*Alpha Delta Pi
*Alpha Kappa Alpha
*Delta Gamma
*Delta Sigma Theta
*Kappa Delta
*Omega Phi Alpha
*Phi Mu
*Zeta Tau Alpha
*Zeta Phi Beta

Departmental Clubs

*Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
*Chem-Med Club
*American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliates NetworkTTU Mini Baja Team

Points of interest

*Gerald D. Coorts Memorial Arboretum

Notable alumni

* Rodney Atkins - Country singer.
* Beth Boden, Rockford Thunder shortstop.
* Roger K. Crouch - An American scientist who flew as a payload specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1997.
* Stephanie Fischer - Rockford Thunder infielder.
* Mike Hennigan - American football player for the Detroit Lions and New York Jets in the NFL.
* Barbara McConnell - Former member of the New Jersey General Assembly. [ [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/c&h/notablewomenofhuntco.pdf "Notable Women Throughout the History of Hunterdon County"] , Hunterdon County, New Jersey Culture & Heritage Commission, 2000. Accessed March 10, 2008.]
* Bill McDaniel - Professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox in MLB.
* Frank Omiyale - Professional football player for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.
* Ken Sparks, Football coach at Carson-Newman College.
* Harry Stonecipher - Former CEO of Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Sundstrand.
* General Carl Stiner - Commander United States Special Operations Command from June 1990 to May 1993.
* Jim Youngblood - former professional football player for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL.

Campus lore

*"Dammit the Dog": a former university president once said "dammit" to a dog in front of a crowd. He covered by saying that was the dog's name. The dog has his own tombstone, an operable fire hydrant, on TTU campus opposite Derryberry Hall.
*T.J. Farr Building is one of the few buildings on campus not called "Hall." It is said this is because when you say "Farr Hall" in the south, people think you're referring to something other than an academic building, namely a " Fire Hall".
*The golden eagle atop Derryberry Hall was stolen by students from a hotel in Monteagle, Tennessee. After being retrieved by the owner of the hotel many different times, the hotel owner later donated the statue to the university. The governor officially pardoned the students involved.
*The "Blizzard" is a tradition which started in 1985 when students celebrated the first successful shot made by Tennessee Tech in a basketball game against MTSU by throwing showers of "Tech Squares" (toilet paper) into the air. Since MTSU moved to the Sun Belt Conference, the Blizzard is now performed against Austin Peay State University.

The Tennessee Tech Hymn

The quiet hills stand steadfast 'round walls of russet brown.
On halls serene and campus green the smoky hills look down
And steadfast may I cherish what thou hast giv'n to me.
Oh Alma Mater Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.

Deep purple stand the mountains and golden sets the sun.
We proudly wear these colors fair until our goal is won
We pledge thee faithful service, our love and loyalty.
Oh Alma Mater Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.

Words and music by Joan Derryberry. cite web |url=http://www.tntech.edu/techhymn.html/ |title=About TTU // Traditions / Tech Hymn |accessdate=2007-09-25]


* http://www.tntech.edu/traditions.html

External links

* [http://www.tntech.edu/ Tennessee Technological University]
* [http://www.ttusports.com TTUSports.com]
* [http://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/ Appalachian Center for Craft]
* [http://www.ecampustours.com/virtualtours/default.aspx?FafsaCode=003523 Virtual Tours of TTU Campus]

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