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Celebrate with some of MTSU’s top new graduates!

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sat down with several students in the Cope Administration Building recently to discuss their plans after their Dec. 13 graduation with honors from the university. The students graduated with honors after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

Hamilton County Honor Graduates – Fall 2014

 

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In the photo above, McPhee, seated at left, joins a trio of fall 2014 Hamilton County honor graduates to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Jalisa Jones of Chattanooga, a criminal justice major; standing are Carly Duffy, left, of Chattanooga, a genetics and biotechnology major, and Kaitlin Pitre of Soddy-Daisy, an interdisciplinary studies/elementary education major.

Jones, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, is a 2011 alumna of Notre Dame High School and also was a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society, the Scholars Academy, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Collegiate 100 Black Women of MTSU during her college career. She is the daughter of Lisa and Michael Jones Sr. of Chattanooga and plans to become a defense attorney.

Duffy, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and biotechnology, is also a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success and the recipient of the Eliot Dawson Bioventures/Biotechnology Scholarship, during her college career. She is the daughter of Claudia and Terence Duffy and the sister of Julianne Duffy and the late Luke Duffy, all of Chattanooga. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate for a career in laboratory research.

Pitre, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies/elementary education, is a 2011 alumna of Soddy-Daisy High School. She is the daughter of Ann and Mark Pitre and the sister of Mark Pitre, all of Soddy-Daisy, and will begin her studies for a master’s degree in literacy this spring. She also will serve as a graduate assistant in MTSU’s Department of Elementary and Special Education.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Fall 2014

 

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In the photo above, McPhee, seated at left, joins nine fall 2014 Rutherford County honor graduates to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Zac Woodward of Murfreesboro, a music business major; standing are, from left, Amethyst McClellan of Murfreesboro, a nursing major; Amanda Gambill of Smyrna, a public relations major; Robert B. Allen II of Smyrna, a financial institutional management major; Shannon Hallavant of Murfreesboro, a mathematics education major; Jonathan Driver of Murfreesboro, a psychology major; Austin Hitt of Murfreesboro, a professional computer science major; Molly Devine of La Vergne, an English major; and Jessica Schwendimann of Murfreesboro, a sociology major. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Woodward, a cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in music business, is a 2010 alumna of Mt. Juliet High School and minored in media management. He is the son of Kris Wienk and Bob Lynch of Murfreesboro and plans a career as producer of a Nashville radio show.

McClellan, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, is a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School and an Experiential Learning Scholar at MTSU. She is the daughter of Consuelo Motto of Murfreesboro and plans to obtain her nursing license and begin her career in health care, then earn a master’s degree in nursing.

Gambill, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, is a 2011 alumna of Smyrna High School. She minored in office management and women’s studies at MTSU. Her parents are Rita and Dave Gambill of Smyrna, and she plans to work in a public relations agency in Nashville.

Allen, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in financial institutional management, is a 2011 alumnus of Smyrna High School. He is the son of Nichole and Robert Allen and the brother of Austin Allen, all of Smyrna, and plans a career in investment banking in Nashville.

Hallavant, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education, is a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School and the recipient of the Frances Stubblefield Calculus II Award and the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship during her MTSU career. Her husband, Buddy Hallavant; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Leo Davenport; and cousin, Brandy Herman, all live in Murfreesboro. She plans a career teaching mathematics at Stewarts Creek High School.

Driver, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, is a 1999 alumnus of Oakland High School and a Dean’s List honoree throughout his MTSU career. He also is a 2014 and 2014 recipient of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences’ Certificate of Superior Academic Performance – Psychology and a graduate of the University Honors College. He is the son of Kathryn A. Driver of Murfreesboro and Jimmy C. Driver of Lebanon and plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Hitt, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in professional computer science, is an alumnus of Oakland High School and recipient of the Richard Detmer Award for Computer Science and the Excellence in Computer Science Award during his career at MTSU.

Devine, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, is a 2010 alumna of Aaron Academy. She minored in history and information systems and served as treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society during her MTSU career. Her fiancé, Andrew Stophel, is a Smyrna resident, and her parents, Windi and Mike Devine, live in La Vergne. She plans a career as a librarian.

Schwendimann, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, is a 2010 alumna of Siegel High School and minored in psychology and child development/family studies during her MTSU career. Her parents, Renee and Alan Schwendimann, and brother, Will Schwendimann, all live in Murfreesboro. She plans a career as a licensed school counselor.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s fall 2014 commencement, including photos and videos, here.

 

Summer 2014

More of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their summer 2014 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during an August photo session in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Aug. 9 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

Hamilton County Honor Graduates

 

Hamilton County native Jacob Lisemby, seated at right, an organizational communication major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s recent summer 2014 commencement ceremony, joins McPhee to discuss his future plans. Lisemby, a Chattanooga resident and 2010 alumnus of the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, received his Bachelor of Science degree Aug. 9 and was a member of the Order of Omega honor society for the Greek community. He was included on the Dean’s List throughout his enrollment at MTSU and is a cum laude graduate of the university. Lisemby’s parents are Reginald and Crystal Lisemby and his siblings are Faith and Judah Lisemby, all of Chattanooga.

 

Hamilton County resident Cathy Camille Patty, seated at right, a nursing major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s recent summer 2014 commencement ceremony, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Patty, a Chattanooga resident and 1987 alumna of Northwest Georgia High School, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree Aug. 9 and was a member of The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Patty, a cum laude graduate of MTSU, is married to Paul Patty of Chattanooga and the couple has three children: Lauren Peace, Justin Patty and Hampton Patty, all of Chattanooga. She is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Ellis of Trenton, Georgia, and the late Donald Ellis.

 

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates

 

Rutherford County resident Olivia Voravong, seated at right, a business management major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s recent summer 2014 commencement ceremony, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Voravong, a Murfreesboro resident and 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School, received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and minored in economics and finance. The cum laude graduate is the daughter of Gen and Tov Voravong and granddaughter of Kim and Khamdy Mathavong, all of Murfreesboro. She plans to continue working with her current employer and move up the company’s corporate levels.

 

President McPhee, seated at left, joins four Murfreesboro residents who graduated with honors during the university’s recent summer 2014 commencement ceremony to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Regan Best of Murfreesboro, an animal science major; standing are, from left, Miranda Troup of Murfreesboro, an advertising and public relations major; Matthew Dravis of Murfreesboro, an electromechanical engineering major; and Melissa Beasley of Rockvale, a business administration major.

Best, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree, is a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School and was a member of the Golden Key honor society at MTSU. She plans to attend graduate school. Her parents are Sammi and Michael Best, both of Murfreesboro.

Troup, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree, is a 2011 alumna of Riverdale High School and was a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society at MTSU. She is moving to Atlanta to work with a marketing firm/advertising agency. Her parents are Janet York and Bill Troup, both of Murfreesboro.

Dravis, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree, is an alumnus of Washington (Illinois) Community High School and was chosen as MTSU’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology Outstanding Student of the Year for 2013-14. He is married to Michaelle Mitchell-Dravis of Murfreesboro and is the son of Kathy and Richard Dravis, both of Washington, Illinois.

Beasley, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, is a 1992 alumna of Ravenna (Michigan) High School and was a member of MTSU’S Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. She is married to Eric Beasley of Rockvale, and the couple has four children: Brittani Beasley of Austin, Texas; Samantha Miller of Honshu Yokosuka, Japan; and Grace and Sophia Beasley, both of Rockvale.

 

Spring 2014

More of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their spring 2014 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a May photo session in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors May 10 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Blount County Honor Graduate

 

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Blount County native Steven Faulkenberry, seated at right, an engineering technology major who graduated with highest honors during the university’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss his future plans. Faulkenberry, a Maryville, Tennessee, resident and 2010 alumna of Heritage High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering technology. He was selected as the Outstanding Student in Computer Engineering Technology for 2013-14 as well as an Honors Associate in the University Honors College. Faulkenberry, a summa cum laude graduate, is the son of Don and Nyana Hill of Maryville and Ron Faulkenberry of Kansas City, Missouri, and the grandson of Carolyn and J.T. Crawford, also of Maryville. He plans to continue his education at MTSU with a master’s degree in engineering technology and a doctorate in computational sciences and become a hardware design engineer in CPU development.

 

Bradley County Honor Graduate

 

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Bradley County native Melani Owens, seated at right, a film production major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Owens, a Cleveland, Tennessee, native and 2010 alumna of Walker Valley High School, received her Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Communication and minored in political science. Owens, a magna cum laude graduate, was included on the Dean’s List through much of her enrollment at MTSU. She is the daughter of Gary and Kendra Owens and granddaughter of Carol Martin, all of Cleveland, and the sister of Brittany Owens of Ooltewah, Tennessee and Valerie Braddy of Georgetown, Tennessee. Owens plans to continue her production work and screenwriting in Nashville.

 

Coffee County Honor Graduate

 

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Coffee County native Justin Kanjanabout, right, an early-childhood education major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss his future plans. Kanjanabout, a Manchester, Tennessee, native who now lives in Murfreesboro, is a 2009 alumna of Coffee County High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education and was included on the Dean’s List through much of his enrollment at MTSU and plans to teach prekindergarten through third grades. Kanjanabout, a cum laude graduate, is engaged to Kayla Gipson of Manchester, Tennessee, and also is the grandson Candice Barnes and the nephew of James Barnes, both of Murfreesboro.

 

Marion County Honor Graduate

 

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Marion County native Allison Lloyd, seated at right, a communication disorders major who graduated with highest honors during MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Lloyd, a Jasper, Tennessee, native and 2011 alumna of Marion County High School, received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theater and minored in psychology. She received the Outstanding Communication Disorders Major Award for 2014 and was included on the Dean’s List throughout her career at MTSU. Lloyd, a summa cum laude graduate, is the daughter of Ruth Ann Lloyd and George Lloyd, both of Jasper, and plans to earn a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

 

Roane County Honor Graduates

 

Roane County native Emilie Aslinger, right, a global studies and French language major who graduated during MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Aslinger, a Kingston, Tennessee, native, is a 2010 alumna of Roane County High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU with highest honors. A Buchanan Fellow and graduate of MTSU’s University Honors College, Aslinger also is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Aslinger is a summa cum laude graduate and plans to attend graduate school with a focus on international education. She is the daughter of Jane Ann Aslinger and Dennis Aslinger, both of Kingston.

 

Roane County native Kelly Leanne Weeks, right, a psychology major who graduated during MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Weeks, an Oak Ridge, Tennessee, native, is a 2009 alumna of Oak Ridge High School and received her Bachelor of Science in psychology with minors in music and science. A member of the Psi Chi honor society, Weeks plans to earn a master’s degree in social work from MTSU to become a licensed clinical social worker. She is the daughter of Pat Weeks and J.W. Weeks, both of Lenoir City, Tennessee, and the granddaughter of Reba McGinnis of Oak Ridge.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates

 

McPhee, seated at left, joins five Murfreesboro residents who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Samantha Rosas, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Standing are, from left, Patrick Travis Woodruff, a cum laude graduate who received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and English; Robert Daniel Murphy, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and graduated summa cum laude; Ryan Stahlbusch, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace maintenance management; and Anna Laura Williams, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Rosas, a Murfreesboro resident, minored in sociology and was included on the Dean’s List throughout her career at MTSU and is considering graduate school. Her Murfreesboro relatives include Larry and Sharon Reeves and Ariel, Alex and Elijah Rosas.

Woodruff, a native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and a 1988 alumnus of Roanoke Rapids High, received the 2013 Homer Pittard Creative Writing Scholarship at MTSU and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. He plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in philosophy and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. His family includes his wife, Kristal Woodruff, and children Christian, Pheobe and Sophie, all of Murfreesboro; daughters Sarah and Samantha Woodruff, both of Wilson, North Carolina; and his mother, Nancy Woodruff, of Marion, North Carolina. His eldest daughter, Melissa Woodruff of Roanoke Rapids, passed away in 2011.

Murphy, a Rutherford County native, and a 2010 alumnus of Siegel High School, minored in mathematics and plans to earn a doctorate in physics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, then conduct scientific research and teach at the university level. A Buchanan Fellow and graduate of MTSU’s University Honors College, Murphy also is the recipient of a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the 2014 MTSU Faculty Achievement Award in Physics and is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He is the son of Brian and Annette Murphy and the sibling of BJ and Mackenzie Murphy, all of Murfreesboro. Murphy’s grandparents are Arlene and the late Daniel Harris and Robert and Sandra Murphy, and he’s also the nephew of Judy and the late John Davis, all of Murfreesboro.

Stahlbusch, a native of Schoolcraft, Michigan, and a 1997 alumnus of Schoolcraft High School, is a member of the Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sigma honor societies as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. He was the recipient of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Society 2013 Charles E. Taylor Scholarship, the MTSU Enrichment and Diversity Scholarships and the National Business Aviation Association’s Maintenance TRACS Scholarship via Global Jet Services and was the vice president of education for MTSU’s Aerospace Maintenance Club as well as vice president of the university’s chapter of Alpha Eta Rho. Stahlbusch also was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, serving as an APG mechanic on C-130, C-17 and C-5 aircraft from 2003 to 2009 and is a veteran of the U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns. Stahlbusch plans to earn his Airframe and Powerplant Technician certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and work in corporate aviation, and he is considering attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree in aviation safety and security. Stahlbusch’s parents are Lon and Lynne Stahlbusch of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Steve and Linda Schiele of Schoolcraft.

Williams, a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School, minored in secondary education and received several honors at MTSU, including the College of Education’s Teacher Education Scholarship, the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Achievement in Flute and Senior Honors Awards and the School of Music’s T. Earl Hinton Music Education Scholarship. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, she also earned recognition in multiple music competitions for her performances on flute and piccolo, including the 2014 Convention Performer honor at the National Association for Music Education and third place in the Florida Flute Association’s 2014 College Young Artist Competition. Williams plans to become a band director in Tennessee, and her career goals also include earning master’s and doctoral degrees in music and teaching at the university level. Williams’ mother, Cathy Williams, and brother, Dr. Zachariah Williams, live in Murfreesboro.

Don’t miss new fall programs on ERC@MT, MTSU’s Channel 9

Check the schedule and mark your calendar now for the best in educational programming this fall on The Education Resource Channel @ Middle Tennessee, also known as ERC@MT!

Click on the Sept. 7-13 mini-schedule above for a printable version.

Bookmark this page, www.mtsunews.com/erc-mt, and you’ll stay on top of all the MTSU education access channel’s new offerings, including programming for the week of Sept. 7-13, shown at right.

The ERC@MT channel serves Rutherford and Cannon counties and portions of DeKalb, Smith and Wilson counties.

 It airs on Comcast Channel 9 in Rutherford County and DTC Communications’ Channel 195 in Cannon and DeKalb counties and some areas in Rutherford, Smith and Wilson counties. It also airs on AT&T U-verse Channel 99 across Middle Tennessee.

The Educational Resource Channel @ Middle Tennessee broadcasts educational programming suitable for all ages 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including:

  • nationally recognized documentaries and short films;
  • instructional K-12 series on varied topics;
  • the renowned “Classic Arts Showcase” and NASA Television;
  • MTSU’s monthly video magazine, “Out of the Blue”; and
  • special “MTSU Presents:” shows on unique university events and topics.

New programs for the week of Sept. 7-13 and links for information include:

ERC@MT continues to expand its programming and has also rearranged its schedule appearance to better accommodate viewer needs by beginning each broadcast day at 6 a.m.

For more information about The Education Resource Channel @ Middle Tennessee, email Gail Fedak at gail.fedak@mtsu.edu.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU finalizes summer 2014 graduation list

MTSU is proud to release a printable list of the graduates who received their degrees in the recent summer 2014 commencement ceremony.

A graduate's-eye view of the crowd of students and well-wishers inside Hale Arena at MTSU's Murphy Center marks the Aug. 9 summer 2014 commencement ceremony. (MTSU photo by GradImages.com)

A graduate’s-eye view of the crowd of students and well-wishers inside Hale Arena at MTSU’s Murphy Center marks the Aug. 9 summer 2014 commencement ceremony. (MTSU photo by GradImages.com)

This list, alphabetized by home county and surname, is the final compilation by the MTSU Registrar’s Office of the names and hometowns of MTSU’s summer 2014 graduates. The PDF is available by clicking here.

Full news coverage of the summer 2014 commencement ceremony on Aug. 9, including videos and links to plenty of photos, is available here

MTSU graduation lists are finalized after each commencement day. An archive of recent graduation lists by semester is available here.

Please note: These final graduation lists are provided by the MTSU Registrar’s Office and are compiled from information from each student’s official records. The Office of News and Media Relations does not compile nor create the final graduation list.

For questions about an individual student’s inclusion on the list, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 615-898-2111 or records@mtsu.edu.

MTSU students plan for new WWII study-abroad adventure to Italy

MTSU students interested in World War II are making plans now for staging their own Italian campaign next year as part of a new study-abroad course.

Dr. Derek Frisby, an associate professor of global studies and cultural geography in MTSU’s Department of History, will lead a group of up to 30 individuals on a 15-day trek through Sicily and Italy in July 2015.

Dr. Derek Frisby

Dr. Derek Frisby

Frisby said “the soft underbelly of Europe,” as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill described Italy, is an often underappreciated theater of operations in the war.

The itinerary will take the group to the beaches where British, Canadian and American forces invaded Sicily in July 1943 and trace the route Gen. George S. Patton’s forces took to Palermo.

“Italy controlled the Mediterranean, and that was crucial to European supply routes and logistical efforts,” said Frisby. “The Italian campaign was part of an effort to relieve pressure on the Russian front.”

The students then will visit the active volcano Mt. Etna and the dormant volcano Mt. Vesuvius. They’ll also tour the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, which was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

Italy and Sicily WW2 map webThe critical World War II battle sites of Anzio and Salerno are on the group’s agenda, along with tours of the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Forum and some wine tasting and craft sampling in the cities of Naples and Florence.

“This trip is really about warfare and culture and the memory of warfare,” said Frisby, who noted that he welcomes the opportunity to include some ancient and cultural history, too.

Dr. Louis Haas, Frisby’s history-department colleague who specializes in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, will be part of the group to provide his expertise in these areas. Haas has conducted extensive historical research in Florence.

Frisby said the cost will run at least 20 percent less than an average commercial tour’s price. Group airfare will cost $1,885 per student, he said, and each student’s total trip cost should be $4,200 to $4,500.

The true benefit of the trip is its origin as a faculty-created, faculty-led course. Frisby said this plan enables the professor to improvise and alter the schedule if students find something else of interest along the way.

“It allows faculty members to customize the experience for the students,” Frisby said. “The professors get to know the students before they leave. They get to talk to the students and discuss what their research interests are.”

Frisby, who has led World War II-focused study-abroad excursions to Pacific islands and western Europe, will require a deposit of $500 from each student in the next 30 days to reserve a place on the trip.

To learn more about the class, contact Frisby at 615-494-8620 or derek.frisby@mtsu.edu.

Financial aid for students is available through the Office of Education Abroad. For more information about financial aid, call 615-898-5179 or email educationabroad@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

New course provides food for thought on ‘MTSU On the Record’ (+VIDEO)

A new MTSU course that takes a wide-ranging look at the production and processing of food was the topic of a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Tony Johnston

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Tony Johnston first aired Aug. 18 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation here.

Johnston, a professor of food science and agribusiness in MTSU’s School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, will explain “World Food and Society,” a new University Honors College course he created and will begin teaching this fall.

Students will explore economic, political, social and cultural issues related to food and hunger in the world, including malnutrition, food production, biotechnology, ecological destruction and food aid.

“We, as a society, really don’t have any idea of where our food comes from, how much it really costs to produce it, how much area it takes to produce food to make it so inexpensive in the United States versus the cost of production in any other country,” Johnston said.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

A video clip of the interview may be seen below.

http://youtu.be/RgqJxM-QUjs

Gently used household goods needed for Aug. 23 ‘Great Giveaway’

When international students come to MTSU for the fall 2014 semester, they’ll be able to get what they need to make their homes more comfortable.

Raiders for Christ is accepting donations of gently used household items for its annual “Great Giveaway” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at the group’s headquarters, 1105 E. Bell Road in Murfreesboro.

Raiders for Christ logo web“Anything that would help an international student set up an apartment or a dorm room is welcome,” said Sarah Johnson, director of women’s outreach.

The most sought-after items include china, silverware, mattresses, sheets, comforters, sofas, chairs, toaster ovens, shower curtain liners and umbrellas.

“Bicycles go over really well, because most of the time they don’t have any way to get around,” Johnson said.

About 20 volunteers, including five truck drivers, will be on hand to help load and transport items to students’ residences. Each international student may take one large item and as many small items as he or she wants.

Johnson said Raiders for Christ, an MTSU student organization that describes itself as “a community of disciples on a journey with Jesus,” has conducted the “Great Giveaway” for some 15 years.

“We’ll have about 100 students come in during the day,” she said.

To donate items or for more information, contact Raiders for Christ at 615-896-1529 or send an email to Johnson at sarahfjohnson@yahoo.com.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU hosting Aug. 16 reading conference for area educators

MTSU is hosting an annual conference Saturday, Aug. 16, to help area educators improve the reading skills of their students.

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Click flier to view readable version.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia, the second annual Reading Conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the MTSU Business and Aerospace Building inside the State Farm Lecture Hall (S102). Registration and breakfast runs 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

The keynote address entitled “Beyond What Works: When Research Meets Reality” will be given by Dr. Deborah Simmons, an MTSU alumna and nationally known reading expert and researcher. She is currently a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University where she conducts research in reading acquisition and development for preschool through secondary grades.

Simmons received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from MTSU and her doctorate from Purdue University. She was an educator in Rutherford County for eight years and also served on the faculties of Bowling Green University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Oregon.

The daylong conference also includes breakout sessions for elementary school, middle school and high school educators on the topics of content area reading, writing and vocabulary.

Register online and find speaker and session details at http://www.mtsu.edu/dyslexia. The $50 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU Pigskin Pre-Game moves to new Rockvale site for Aug. 9 event

The annual MTSU Pigskin Pre-Game preseason social event will offer another new venue and will be held earlier this year.

Pigskin Pre-Game 2014 graphic webThe event, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the MT Alumni Association, will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Annalee Acres, 11000 state Route 99, in Rockvale, Tennessee.

For directions, visit www.annaleeacres.com and click on the “Contact” link or call 615-274-3376.

The Pigskin Pre-Game serves as the kickoff for the MTSU Blue Raiders football season each year and a fundraiser for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

“All proceeds of this event benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded to children or grandchildren of MTSU alumni,” said Paul Wydra, Alumni Relations assistant director.

“We love this event every year because it is a great chance for everyone to get together for a good cause and get ready for some Blue Raider football.”

Wydra added that the alumni association has been “very fortunate with the support Pigskin Pre-Game has garnered through the years and looks forward to having another successful event.”

Ticket prices are $30 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Attendees must pay in advance and RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 7, to secure their tickets. Admission will include food, beverages, entertainment by the Nashville-based O’Donnells, door prizes and more.

For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve tickets, call 800-533-6878 or 615-898-2922, or visit www.mtalumni.com.

Payments can be mailed to the Office of Alumni Relations, MTSU Box 104, Murfreesboro, TN, 37132.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU Pigskin Pre-Game attendees enjoy food and fellowship in this file photo from the 2013 celebration. The 2014 event will be held Aug. 9 at Annalee Acres in Rockvale, Tennessee. (MTSU file photo)

MTSU Pigskin Pre-Game attendees enjoy food and fellowship at the 2013 celebration. The 2014 event will be held Aug. 9 at Annalee Acres in Rockvale, Tennessee. (MTSU file photo)

Alumna, now a Buddhist nun, outlines her life on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MTSU alumna Dolma Johanison, whose personal path has led her from toting a gun to becoming a nun, was the guest on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dolma Johanison

Dolma Johanison

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Johanison originally aired July 28 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation here.

Johanison graduated from MTSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her career includes a stint with the Army National Guard, a job as a criminal analyst at the Pentagon and her current profession as an acupuncturist in Poolesville, Maryland.

She considers her conversion to Buddhism, however, to be the defining moment of her life. In 2008, she took more than 200 vows at Poolesville’s Kunyang Padyul Choling temple to become a nun, dedicating her life to alleviating suffering wherever she finds it.

“We all possess what is referred to as ‘the Buddha seed,’” Johanison said. “And ‘the Buddha seed,’ upon watering and nourishment, will grow and flourish internally, reaching our spiritual attainment, ascending to a higher level of being.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the searchable “Audio Clips” archives here and here.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

‘Passport to Happiness’ exhibit unlocks Scandinavia’s rosy outlook (VIDEO)

MTSU students learned firsthand why the people of Scandinavia’s cozy countries continually top the United Nations’ “World Happiness Report,” and their own report is “Passport to Happiness,” a new art exhibit open through Aug. 15 in MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery. Check out this short video about the exhibit:

http://youtu.be/0othZylIJb0

Read more about the exhibit here.