President Nellis to Speak at Cottage Dedication Ceremony Thursday

The Cottage, which used to serve as the Practice House, now is available for public use.

WHAT:           Dedication of the Cottage

WHEN:           2 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16)

WHERE:         The Cottage (directly east of Human Sciences building, 1301 Akron Ave.)

The Cottage, one of the oldest buildings on the Texas Tech University campus, will be dedicated Thursday.  Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis and Human Sciences Dean Linda Hoover will speak, as will Associate Dean Tim Dodd and Angela Burkham, the regional program director for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The building was originally used as a Practice House for home economics majors. A number of female students lived in the house and would cook, clean and take care of community members' babies, all to learn how to run a household. A home economics faculty member also lived there and oversaw the women. Since the 1970s it has been used for child care, storage and temporary office until renovation began in 2011.

The Cottage reopened last year; the first floor is a conference room and meeting area that is available for public use as part of the university's mission to increase community outreach and engagement, while the second floor is home to the Center for Adolescent Resiliency.

Visitors for the dedication can park in the lot south of the 15th Street entry station.

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CONTACT:  Melissa Wofford, director of marketing, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-2643 or melissa.wofford@ttu.edu.