COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Tech University’s Wings Up Weekend is a celebration of all things purple and gold, and this year there is something for everyone. This year’s Wings Up Weekend will be April 8-10.
“Much like homecoming brings everyone to campus each fall, Tech designed Wings Up Weekend as an opportunity for alumni and the local community to come together each spring to engage with students, faculty and staff and enjoy our beautiful campus,” said Brook Fleenor, events coordinator for Tech’s Crawford Alumni Center.
Kicking the weekend off will be an artist talk and reception at the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery on Thursday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m. for the current exhibiting artist.
For Friday, April 8, the events featured include the Civil and Environmental Scholarship Fund golf outing, with registration ending on April 1; the Tech Bachelor of Fine Arts student exhibition reception and awards ceremony at the Appalachian Center for Craft; and the Tech Players production of AIRNESS at the Backdoor Playhouse.
Then Saturday, April 9, will be filled with softball games, a NASA Celebration, a Purple and Gold football scrimmage, a soccer game, Window on the World and more.
The Window on the World (WOW) event will be on the Main Quad from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the community. This event celebrates cultural diversity and harmony where participants are invited to learn and understand more about our world and its people. Admission to WOW is free, but varying costs are associated with food and vendors. More information and a full event list can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/centerstage/wow/index.php.
The Cookeville History Museum is showcasing What We Were Wearing: A Timeline of Cookeville Fashions, an exhibit that features select pieces from the Tennessee Tech School of Human Ecology’s Historic Macindoe Costume Collection. The exhibit is open at the museum Tuesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
Tennessee Tech Athletics is hosting the Football Alumni Brunch at 10 a.m. at the Athletic Performance Center. This event is only open to former football players, coaches, trainers or managers. To register, email Kristie Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crawford Alumni Center is hosting a NASA Celebration to honor the alumni, faculty and friends of Tech who have worked for NASA. The event is free to the public and will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Stonecipher Lecture Hall on Tech’s campus. Join Tech alumni, faculty and friends as they share their stories from their time at NASA and hear special guests Lt. Gen. Don Rogers, ’57 electrical engineering and Dr. June Scobee Rodgers.
The community is also invited to cheer on the Golden Eagles football team in a Purple and Gold Scrimmage that will take place in Tucker Stadium at 1:30 p.m. and the Golden Eagle softball team as they take on Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in a double header at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
To close out the weekend of all things purple and gold the softball team will be playing Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville on Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m.
Most Wings Up Weekend events are free and open to the public. Visit https://www.tntech.edu/univadv/cac/events.php to learn more and to sign up for events that require registration.