A message to campus from Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham:
Dear Campus Community,
We have learned more throughout the day about the loss of life and property in our town. We now know several of our Tech community members are suffering too. A few have significant, but non-life-threatening injuries. We are doing what we can to assist and comfort them. Several others have lost their homes and possessions. Hundreds are without power.
Tomorrow, we will close campus while our community, students, faculty and staff work through the challenges they are facing. I also ask that tomorrow be a Tech Loves Cookeville day of service for those who are able and willing to help. Without the people of Cookeville, there would be no Tennessee Tech. It is a privilege to be able to give back. I hope you will consider taking the time to do something big or small, whether you remove debris, donate to a shelter, or comfort a friend or stranger.
You will find opportunities to donate and serve on the homepage at www.tntech.edu.
I encourage you to follow the Facebook pages of Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, and the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency for additional opportunities. Food services will operate on a normal schedule, as will the Volpe Library and Health Services. The Counseling Center is available 24 hours a day at 931-372-3331.
How we serve students each day is important, and we will get back to our main mission soon. We plan to resume our regular class and office schedules on Thursday. But tomorrow, we will serve others.