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 Interview transcript of Louvenia Gardenhire conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed snow and frozen river in childhood. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-21

Interview of Louvenia Gardenhire conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed snow and frozen river in childhood. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-21

 

1994-1999

 

circa 1990

 Interview of Keith Mills conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed snow of 1993-1996, dry weather in early 2000's, and the ice storm in 2015. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-20

Interview transcript of Dennis Clark conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed flooding in 1949, a tornado in 1974, a blizzard in the 1990's, snow in the 1980's and 1960's, and the drought of 2006 and 2007. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-20

Audio recording of an interview of Damon Prince by Joshua Egwuatu conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. The recording duration is 1 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds. Prince attended Tennessee Tech University off and on from 1992 to 2014. Prince discusses his background in a military family, why he decided to attend Tennessee Tech, how Cookeville was different from other places he lived, how changes to high school academic requirements made him ineligible to play football at Tech, his interest in music and career in music, what it was like being a minority student at Tennessee Tech, university employees and friends that pushed and helped him graduate, how he got involved with the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC), how students used the Black Cultural Center, his career in human resources, and his work for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Princes gives advice to students and Egwuatu. Egwuatu compares his experiences with the BCC and college with Prince’s experiences. For a transcript of the recording, see item BCCOH_Prince_20210112_transcript.

2021-01-20

 Transcript of interview of James Clark conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed the ice storm of 1990's, storms of 2020, farming in 2023, and snows in childhood. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-28

Interview of Dennis Clark conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed flooding in 1949, a tornado in 1974, a blizzard in the 1990's, snow in the 1980's and 1960's, and the drought of 2006 and 2007. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-20

 

1989-03-23

Interview of James Clark conducted by Theo Kline. Discussed the ice storm of 1990's, storms of 2020, farming in 2023, and snows in childhood. Project funded by the Tennessee Technological University Rural Reimagined grant.

2023-04-28

19 page transcript of an interview of Laishka Bruno by Aaron Stewart conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. Bruno studied mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech University from 2008 to 2014, with a year and a half break for a co-op at General Electric. Bruno discusses her background growing up in a military family with Puerto Rican heritage and living in Fort Hood, Texas; Germany; and Tennessee. She describes what school was like for her growing up, why she decided to attend Tennessee Tech, why she picked her major, the challenges of being a Hispanic and woman student in engineering classes and at Tech, her favorite projects while at Tech and difficult classes, how she lived on and off campus during her time at Tech, and her experience with her co-op. She details her college extracurricular activities with the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Joint Council, the Multicultural Affairs peer mentoring program, Engineering a Future, E-Week, and Theta Tau. She follows that with a discussion of four Tech employees who influenced her: Dr. Robert Owens, Marc Burnett, Dr. Kristine Craven, and Dr. Elizabeth Ojo. Bruno describes her work with PepsiCo Frito-Lay and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her work environment. She follows by discussing how she used the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center (BCC) and the influence of the BCC on her. She describes the subtle racism she experienced in Cookeville and how she and her friends did not feel safe going out alone. Bruno details her career path after she graduated, her school and career accomplishments that she is most proud of, what her life is like, and some of her favorite and challenging memories from Tech. Bruno ends with advice for underrepresented students at Tech and offers mentorship assistance to students. Throughout the interview, Stewart compares his experience as a student and in Cookeville to Bruno’s experience. For the interview recording, see item BCCOH_Bruno_20210108.

2021-02-03

Collection of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by Tennessee Tech student volunteers in the 2020-2021 RACE PLUS program for the 30 year anniversary of the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. The students interviewed Black and Hispanic alumni of Tennessee Tech University. Interviews cover the background of the individuals, their experiences at Tennessee Tech, and their lives after leaving Tech. Not all of the interviews are available publicly online--some of the oral histories have a restriction on being published online until 2040-2041. If you are interested in accessing those, please contact the Archives at archives@tntech.edu

2020-2021

 Tennessee Tech's magazine.

2015

Transcript of an interview of Dana Mason Owens by Ariauna Buckingham conducted over Zoom for the Black Cultural Center Oral History Project. The recording duration is 1 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds. Owens enrolled in Tennessee Tech University as an undergraduate in Fall 1992. She earned three degrees from Tech. Owens describes growing up and attending school in Knoxville, Tennessee, her decision to attend Tennessee Tech University, what it was like transitioning to a predominantly white university and university academics, her decision on majoring in engineering and then switching to biology, what it was like living in Early Hall and another dormitory on campus, her work-study positions while in school, staff and faculty members that influenced her, how the Black Cultural Center changed over time and the different directors of the Center, what she did for fun while a student, pleding and being a soror in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., what it was like being a minority student on campus, her pride in getting three degree from Tech and how she applies those as a homeschool educator and mother, the Blizzard at basketball games, step shows on campus, lasting friendships from college, the differences between the assistance and resources available to students now compared to when she was in college, advice for minority college students, her memories of President Angelo Volpe, and how she did not have any Black teachers for her undergraduate courses. For the audio recording, see item BCCOH_Owens_20201118.

2021-12-06

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