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[WATCH] MTSU’s China educational exchange program welcomes fifth year

HANGZHOU, China — Several Rutherford County schoolchildren, parents and teachers were welcomed to China Tuesday, July 19, as part of a unique educational exchange organized by MTSU. The 28-member delegation, in country for two weeks, will visit classrooms, participate in enrichment activities and go with Chinese families for home visits as part of the reciprocal exchange with Dongcheng Education Group of Hangzhou Normal University. It is the third such trip led by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and his wife, retired Murfreesboro City Schools teacher Elizabeth McPhee. Rutherford students visited China in 2012 and 2014, and Dongcheng students came to Murfreesboro in 2013 and 2015.

https://youtu.be/KDO0WrsXa44

Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-china-exchange-july2016/.

— Video by Andrew Oppmann

Last day to vote for Blue Raiders for ‘Best Upset’ ESPY!

MTSU basketball fans still have times to cast their votes for the Blue Raider men’s team to win the “Best Upset” category in this year’s ESPY Awards.

The Blue Raiders made history in March when they became just the eighth No. 15 seed to defeat a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, upending No. 2 ranked Michigan State Spartans in the opening round, 90-81, on March 18.

MTSU men's basketball players Reggie Upshaw, left, and Perrin Buford were key members of the team that pulled an historic upset over Michigan State earlier this year. (MTSU photo illustration)

MTSU men’s basketball players Reggie Upshaw, left, and Perrin Buford were key members of the team that pulled an historic upset over Michigan State earlier this year. (MTSU photo illustration)

The ESPYs take place at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, July 13, and will be televised on ABC. Fan voting for each category can be found at ESPYs.com and is open until the beginning of the awards show.

Cast your vote now here.

Murfreesboro mayor and MTSU alumnus Shane McFarland is doing his part to encourage Middle Tennessee to vote for the Blue Raiders.

“As a mayor and Blue Raider alumnus, I couldn’t be more excited about supporting MT Basketball in national recognition for the team’s upset against Michigan State in the NCAA tournament earlier this year,” McFarland said in a city news release. “Now we have the opportunity to show our appreciation by voting the amazing game as the ‘Best Upset’ in this year’s ESPY Awards. I encourage all MT fans to go online and vote.”

Fans can follow MTSU athletics anytime at www.goblueraiders.com, the official website of MT Athletics.

BERC study: Number of exporters in Tennessee grows faster than in U.S.

In 2014, there were 7,326 different exporters in Tennessee, a 2.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 7.4 percent increase from 2010.

The number of Tennessee exporters has grown significantly faster than the total number of American exporters.

Dr. Steven Livingston

Dr. Steven Livingston

These are among the findings of the new “Global Commerce: Tennessee and the International Economy” report by the Business and Economic Research Center in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. The report highlights both trends in the location of Tennessee’s exporters and trade trends in Tennessee.BERC Global Commerce logo-horiz

This issue of the award-winning signature BERC publication highlights potential strengths and weaknesses of Tennessee’s trade dynamics within the context of global economic trends.

“The one interesting trend is that the central areas of Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis generally saw declines in the number of exporters, while their immediately surrounding metro areas all saw gains,” said Dr. Steven Livingston, editor of “Global Commerce” and a BERC fellow who has produced the quarterly report since the late 1990s.

Highlights of the report include:

      • Number of Tennessee exporters: Up from 2010.
      • Rising export zip codes: La Vergne and Morristown.
      • Export trend: 0.66 percent growth (10th in the nation).
      • Top export sectors: Medical equipment and motor vehicle parts.
      • Fastest growing areas: Electric storage battery parts and activated carbon.
      • Declining products: Peptones and derivatives and drive axles with differentials.
      • Fastest growing markets: Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia.
      • Declining markets: Oman and Indonesia.

“’Global Commerce’ is a core BERC product,” said Dr. Murat Arik, director of BERC. “We will continue to build on its excellent tradition and provide an award-winning product for Tennessee manufacturers, exporters, and leaders.”

The complete report can be viewed here.

The Business and Economic Research Center supports the public service activities of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and engages in a variety of educational and research activities aiding businesses, government, civic organizations and other interested individuals in understanding Tennessee’s economic and business climate. For more information, please visit www.mtsu.edu/berc.

This chart shows state and national exporting trends in recent years. (Source: MTSU Business and Economic Research Center)

This chart shows state and national exporting trends in recent years. (Source: MTSU Business and Economic Research Center)

Photography Student Show gives big picture to aspiring pros

MTSU’s Photography Student Show is on display at the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, giving aspiring photographers a chance to display their creativity to a large audience.

The summer showcase officially kicked off with a June 13 grand opening that organizers say attracted over a hundred visitors on the first day.

Students were allowed to submit a maximum of five photos for the show. They’re displayed in the gallery located on the second floor of the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building. The gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A searchable, printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. Off-campus guests visiting the Baldwin Gallery should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

The Photography Student Show is on display in the Baldwin Photographic Gallery located on the second floor of the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building. (MTSU photos by Steven Michael Johnson)

The Photography Student Show is on display in the Baldwin Photographic Gallery located on the second floor of the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building. (MTSU photos by Steven Michael Johnson)

The gallery will remain open throughout the summer and will give students even more opportunity to have their work viewed by outside parties — which was part of the goal for the faculty committee that oversaw the organization of the show.

Jackie Heigle

Jackie Heigle

Tom Jimison

Tom Jimison

Jonathan Trundle

Jonathan Trundle

Photography professors Tom Jimison, Jonathan Trundle and Jackie Heigle all played vital roles in helping students prepare for the show, providing feedback throughout the spring semester to those students wanting to display their work.

According to spring 2016 graduate Hannah Allen, who participated in the show for a number of years, such a showcase is a great opportunity for students needing a chance to get their work displayed as well as build their professional portfolios.

“It’s just the fact that the student body can walk in here and see all the hard work we’ve done,” Allen said. “I’ve seen people in here work so hard for this, so it’s just amazing to see all of this up on the wall.”

A sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at the Baldwin Photographic Gallery. (MTSU photo by Steven Michael Johnson)

This unique take on the “campaign poster” from the film classic “Citizen Kane” is a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

Student James Brummett's vision of a neon sign is a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

Student James Brummett’s vision of a neon sign is a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

Allen submitted four photos to the gallery that combined digital and analog formatting. Her composites included portraits of students combined with photographs of nature Allen had taken in various places.

“It was all about making the images look like they were one — the digital person in the studio and the intimate moment I had with nature by myself. I wanted those images to represent that person,” said Allen.

Baldwin Gallery logo webTrundle described the style of Allen’s composites as “double exposure” and was overall pleased with her and her classmates’ submissions. With a full gallery on display, the turnout for the opening event was one of the best in recent years, he said.

“This semester there were definitely more submissions than usual, especially looking at the past few years,” he added. “The fact that we’ve also allowed freshman classes and others to participate has certainly helped with the submissions as well.”

The show’s primary goal however is still to serve as a finale to the college’s photography students.

“In my four or five years of doing this, the show has been very beneficial. It gives them the ability to see what it takes to get a portfolio together. Displaying their work on the wall also allows (them) to analyze their presentation and other things they could improve upon,” said Trundle.

The preparation and experience students gain from participating in the show is valuable, particularly for those graduating students like Allen who will be preparing to take their work into the real world as they seek employment opportunities.

Photos by MTSU student Ben Kautzky are a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

Photos by MTSU student Ben Kautzky are a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

“When they go out to look for a job, an interview, or another gallery show, they have a little bit of experience as well,” Trundle continued. “This is a real-life experience that still allows them to take chances with their photography as they continue to try and make a name for themselves.”

With a successful show in the books, Trundle and the rest of the photography department faculty will turn their attention to the next set of events that will be held in the McFarland Building. The facility was renovated last year to accommodate the department’s move from their previous outdated headquarters near the quad.

For more information on the show and entries, contact Trundle at Jonathan.Trundle@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2084.

MTSU’s photography concentration is part of the Department of Electronic Media Communication in the College of Media and Entertainment. The program boasts new facilities that include a new digital lab, two digital classrooms, two traditional darkrooms, two daylight-capable photo studios, a student gallery and a camera obscura.

The program also includes the nationally recognized Baldwin Photographic Gallery. Jimison is the gallery’s curator.

For more information about the gallery, visit http://baldwinphotogallery.com or www.facebook.com/BaldwinPhotoGallery.

Learn more about MTSU’s photography concentration at www.mtsu.edu/programs/photography.

— Steven Michael Johnson (news@mtsu.edu)

A collage of photos of produce are a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

A collage of photos of produce are a sample of the student photography on display as part of the Photography Student Show at MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

A collection of photos of human subjects are part of the student photography on display in the Photography Student Show at MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

A collection of photos of human subjects are part of the student photography on display in the Photography Student Show at MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

Hood interviews D-Day survivor in June’s ‘Murfreesboro Storytellers’

MTSU’s John Hood talks to 91-year-old D-Day survivor Bill Allen and his wife, Idalee, as part of the June edition of “Murfreesboro Storytellers,” according to a city of Murfreesboro news release.

Enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Allen was on board the American ship LST-523 on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and later when the transporter struck a mine and split in two, killing dozens of Army soldiers. Allen survived the blast, jumped overboard and was rescued by a Higgins boat with a handful of others.

In 2013, Allen returned to see the wreckage of the sunken ship on the English Channel floor off the coast of France with the help of a three-man submarine as part of a PBS documentary. Hood, MTSU’s director of government and community affairs, interviews Allen about his amazing story and his return trip to Utah Beach.

The June 2016 episode can be viewed below:

https://youtu.be/X8WJbC9eKew

It can also be seen on CityTV Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The June edition of Storytellers was recorded on location at Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. Storytellers is produced by CityTV’s Michael Nevills.

You can watch “Murfreesboro Storytellers” on CityTV (located on Comcast Xfinity Channel 3 and AT&T Uverse channel 99) or view the program online by visiting www.murfreesborotn.gov/storytellers.

[WATCH] MTSU’s Gordon keeps EMC students truckin’ at Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — For MTSU electronic media communications professor Robert Gordon, his role in coaching students working here is all about capturing the essence of “the Roo.” Gordon is a key member among a group of MTSU faculty and staff supporting about 40 College of Media and Entertainment students working at the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The team is in its third year of a unique partnership between the university and festival organizers Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment. At the heart of MTSU’s Bonnaroo presence is its 40-foot, $1.7 million Mobile Production Lab, known as “The Truck,” which is covering the event’s Who Stage for the second straight year.

http://youtu.be/zmVJbBIvvHw

Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-bonnaroo-2016/.

— Video by Rob Janson

Student veterans get stronger campus voice with new SGA position

The 956 student veterans and their families on MTSU’s campus finally have an official voice in student government.

The Student Government Association formally created a Veteran Senator position at the beginning of the spring semester and hosted its first election this semester for the new position as well.

Sociology major and student veteran Sean Anthony Martin, who was appointed to be the first veteran senator late in the fall 2015 semester, has relished in serving his peers.

Sean Martin

Sean Martin

“It’s really been fascinating to see how so many people are concerned about their representation in the SGA now,” said Martin, a U.S. Marine veteran from Smyrna, Tennessee. “It’s something we haven’t had before and it’s great.”

Martin has already been a key figure on campus working in the new Veterans and Military Family Center, which opened in November in renovated space on the first floor of Keathley University Center

It was his time there, along with his participation on Gov. Bill Haslam’s task force for veterans’ education, that made him the most logical option as the initial appointment to represent student veterans on the SGA, said Dr. Hillary Miller, director of the Veterans and Military Family Center.

Lindsey Pierce

Lindsey Pierce

Dr. Hilary Miller

Dr. Hilary Miller

“One of the things I love about Sean is how he sees the big picture. He understands policy,” Miller said. “His work on the governor’s task force was about creating policies for veterans. He has the mind for this, and it’s been a perfect fit.”

SGA President Lindsey Pierce played a vital role in aggressively creating the position with input from Miller. The two have been working on the position since spring 2015.

“Our student veterans have been involved in the SGA for years, but always wanted a formal position,” Miller added. “After (Pierce) was elected, she really made this an initiative and reached out to us and we said we wanted a seat and she did as well.”

The two worked diligently to create the seat and getting it approved by SGA senators. Miller then approached Martin, who quickly accepted the appointment to serve until SGA elections this spring.

With just one semester on the job, Martin has worked to make sure his short term is successful. His main project has been to work on the addition of another seat to the SGA, this time for disabled students including some veterans.SGA official seal

“I think us (veterans) coming into the programs as nontraditional students, sometimes we’re behind the curve. We hear the term ‘disabled’ a lot, especially with Veterans Affairs. I’ve sat down with other senators and we’ve all agreed we need to facilitate an ‘accessibility’ senate seat,” said Martin.

Martin thinks an accessibility seat would help bridge the gap between traditional and nontraditional students as well as force an open conversation about the needs of disabled students that may not otherwise be had.

Martin will graduate in May and three students are on the spring SGA election ballot to be the next veteran senator. SGA elections are being held April 11-14 to elect the executive officers and senators, with results expected to be released sometime during the next week.

For more information on the veteran senator position and the Veterans and Military Family Center, contact Dr. Hillary Miller at Hilary.Miller@mtsu.edu.

For more information about the SGA, visit www.mtsu.edu/sga.

— Steven Michael Johnson (news@mtsu.edu)

MTSU School of Music

Producer/Writer/Announcer: Gina Logue

Individually or collectively, instrumentally or vocally, the MTSU School of Music makes a joyful noise.

Listen to: MTSU School of Music

(Update from Nov. 2011)

Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team

Producer/Writer/Announcer: Gina Logue

Dr. Hugh Berryman exposes students to the fascinating world of forensic anthropology and how to preserve and analyze crime scene evidence.

Listen to: Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team

(Update from Nov. 2011)

Political Jingles

Producer/Writer/Announcer: Gina Logue

Can you sing your way into elective office? There was a time when candidates thought it was possible, and two MTSU centers of excellence are taking “note” of it.

Listen to: Political Jingles

(Update from Nov. 2012)