Officials at Tennessee Tech University have decided to change the name of TTU Pride Days to Purple Pride Days. The event this year will begin Monday, Aug. 23, and run through Sept. 16, and officials say some new features are planned for this year’s annual celebration that welcomes students back to Cookeville.
“This year, the Office of Communications and Marketing partnered with Athletics to have a unified Pride Days promotion,” said TTU Marketing Director Bobbie Maynard. “It just made sense with all the work Athletics does with the Purple Pride Caravan and getting our communities energized about TTU. We now have a single yard sign design with the words ‘Purple Pride’ and the eagle head, as well as extending pride days from two to four weeks this year.”
Maynard also said that while some areas have been scaled back, such as free promotional items, other areas have been expanded, including the formation of a campus committee to help with Pride Days. Yard signs are still available for pick up on campus at the RUC Information Desk, Alumni Office, TTU Ticket Office and University Bookstore.
“We’ve also restructured the decorating contests this year,” said Maynard. “We still have the Awesome Office Decorating Contest for on-campus offices to participate in; but instead of a committee choosing the winner, we have online voting this year that runs through Sept. 8. So those who decorate earlier and get their photos submitted to us are up on the Web longer for voting. The prizes are also different this year. We’ve gotten many donations from local businesses who have been generous in their support of the university and the Pride Days promotion.”
In addition, another on-campus decorating contest is planned this year for students living in the dorms. Working with Residential Life, a contest is planned for dorm floors to compete against each other to show who has the most Purple Pride. The winning floor will receive a pizza party courtesy of Chartwells, as well as special seating and free concessions at the first home football game scheduled for Sept. 16. For a complete list of contest rules and prizes, as well as to see the directory of the local businesses offering TTU discounts, visit www.tntech.edu/pridedays.