Vitale to speak at Tech’s College of Business Fall Celebration

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech University’s College of Business will host their annual Fall Celebration on Oct. 27 at the Del Monaco Winery and Vineyard. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. 

This celebration is designed to bring students, faculty, staff, and alumni together. During this event, guests will have the opportunity to both appreciate and celebrate the college’s achievements and outstanding alumni. The highlight of the evening is the kickoff of the yearlong Albrecht Distinguished Lecture Series.

The guest speaker for the Fall Celebration will be Dick Vitale, an ESPN College Basketball Analyst. Vitale coached both college and NBA teams before moving on to join ESPN in 1979. He quickly became one of the top analysts and ambassadors. His thorough knowledge of basketball allows for an enthusiastic, passionate, sometimes controversial, but never boring, style. “Awesome, baby” and “diaper dandy” are just two of the many Vitale-isms to take a life of their own.  

Vitale is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, an author of several books and a devoted philanthropist. He has helped raise over $130 million for cancer research through the V Foundation and established scholarships for the Boys and Girls Club, Notre Dame University and his alma mater, Seton Hall. Vitale participates on the selection committees for the Naismith and Wooden Awards and is a member of The Associated Press voting panel for the top 25 teams in college basketball.

During the event, there will be a private student reception where Tech students will get the chance to interact with the guest speaker one-on-one. 

The cost to attend the 2022 Fall Celebration is $75 for alumni and friends and $15 for students, and advanced registration is required by Oct. 13.

Del Monaco Winery and Vineyard is in Baxter, Tennessee at 600 Lance Drive. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets visit

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