Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Visitors Swamp TTU

Summertime may inspire thoughts of sand, sun and surf for some, but at Tennessee Tech University, summertime means camps, conferences and other activities for learning and fun. Nearly 8,000 people visit TTU in the summer season for cheerleading and dance, music or sports camps, science and engineering workshops, studying or just looking around, say campus officials. Sports camps attract the single greatest segment of visitors, accounting for about 2,700 high school athletes in camps for six individual sports. Following athletic camps, the segment making up the second greatest number of summer visitors will be 1,250 cheerleaders and dance camp participants. Recently, American Legion Boys’ State brought about 600 high school juniors from across the state, and June kicked off with about a hundred high school musicians attending the Southeast Chamber Music Institute. About 1,100 others will be participating in summer music camps. More than 400 students will be on campus for Governor’s Schools, science camps and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related camps and conferences. And more than 1,500 students will visit campus during the summer season for Student Orientation and Registration, or SOAR, activities.