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9th Alumni Summer College offers attendees ‘Food for Thought’

For former MTSU students and university friends planning to attend the ninth Alumni Summer College in June, the best advice is to come hungry and hurry before the class fills up.

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This year, the theme is “Food for Thought” — a tasty sampler of production, preparation and consumption of what we eat. Field trips for the 2016 event, which will be held June 22-24, include:

  • The Grove at Williamson Place, owned and operated by alumni John L. (Class of 1974) and Melissa (’75) Batey and Brandon (’02) and Katherine (’01) Batey Whitt at Batey Farms in the Blackman community, located west of Murfreesboro.
  • Cracker Barrel headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee, where class members will see behind-the-scenes at one of America’s favorite restaurants.
  • Goodness Gracious at the Mill in Readyville, Tennessee, where owner Karen Ford and alumna daughter Danielle Worrell (’04) will discuss their catering and restaurant business.
  • Short Mountain Distillery in Cannon County, where owner Billy Kaufman will introduce attendees to moonshiners from yesteryear.

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, Alumni Summer College has become an annual tradition for bringing alumni and university friends back to campus for fun and “edutainment,” as Rhonda King, alumni relations assistant director, calls it.

Short Mountain Distillery near Woodbury, Tennessee, has become internationally recognized in only five years’ time. MTSU Alumni Summer College attendees will meet local legends of moonshine from another era. (Photo from shortmountaindistillery.com)

Short Mountain Distillery near Woodbury, Tennessee, has become internationally recognized in only five years’ time. MTSU Alumni Summer College attendees will meet local legends of moonshine from another era. (Photo courtesy ShortMountainDistillery.com)

Tuition is $250 per person, which includes the classes, field trips, tour admissions, meals and coach bus travel. To learn more, visit www.mtalumni.com or call Alumni Relations at 615-898-2922.

The deadline to register is Friday, May 20, but space is very limited, and King urges “students” not to wait too late.

“Alumni Summer College is a highlight of the attendees’ summer,” King said. “It feels like a summer camp atmosphere. My favorite thing is getting to be a part of the relationships built among class members.

“Alumni Summer College is so much more than going to class,” she continued.

“You get to share a camaraderie with fellow Blue Raiders. It provides an insider’s view of things not only going on at the university, but with fields and industry surrounding the theme.”

Dr. Doug Winborn, chair of the MTSU Health and Human Performance department, will help kick off the class schedule with “The 12 Primary Ingredients of Health.”

MTSU Alumni Summer College participants will visit the décor warehouse during their field trip to Cracker Barrel corporate headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo from crackerbarrel.com)

MTSU Alumni Summer College participants will visit the décor warehouse during their field trip to Cracker Barrel corporate headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo courtesy CrackerBarrel.com)

King said Winborn will share how “feeding your mind, body and spirit are essential to produce a happy and healthy outlook.”

MTSU alumna Tammy Algood of Smyrna, Tennessee, one of the top nutritionists in Tennessee and cookbook and magazine author, will deliver “Grandmother’s Sunday Dinner … Millennial Style (and Minus the Lard for Cooking Fried Chicken)” in another class.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s spokeswoman for its Pick Tennessee Products campaign earned her master’s degree in education from MTSU in 1994.

A third class features Dr. Tony Johnston from the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience bringing “Sizzling Issues in Food Production.”

His segment will feature how to stay safe and healthy when eating prepared foods such as ice cream and in restaurants.

One other field trip will feature the Lane Agri-Park for the Rutherford County Farmers Market, where participants can see, shop and meet vendors from more than 20 Middle Tennessee counties.

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

‘MTSU On the Record’ springs into action for Alumni Spring Weekend

MTSU is welcoming graduates back to their alma mater this spring with a special discussion on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Paul Wydra, assistant director of alumni relations, first aired April 11 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org). You can listen to their conversation below.

Paul Wydra

Paul Wydra

Wydra discussed the 2016 Alumni Spring Weekend, which is slated for April 21-24 at various locations around campus. The event-filled extravaganza includes tours of new and recently renovated buildings, musical concerts and special discounts.

MT alumni logo web“The goal of this event is to make you proud of … the progress that this university has made, not only in its infrastructure, … but also in its classes and its new programs and its wonderful teachers,” Wydra said.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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Liberal Arts, Basic and Applied Sciences offer public classes

To help kick-start the upcoming MTSU Alumni Spring Weekend, the university’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Basic and Applied Sciences are inviting people to attend classes, labs and lectures at no cost.

During the week of April 18-22, alumni, retirees and community members are welcome to register for topics such as genetics, professional pilot, evolution, exploring the universe and additional offerings from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, or attend an English class specific to Harry Potter, visit a course on set design for the upcoming “West Side Story” production, join an art class for art teachers or take a modern dance class from the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Mark Byrnes

Dr. Mark Byrnes

Among the nearly 40 College of Liberal Arts open class options will be speech and theatre assistant professor Kristi Shamburger's "Theatre Appreciation" class from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m. April 19. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Among the nearly 40 College of Liberal Arts open class options will be speech and theatre assistant professor Kristi Shamburger’s “Theatre Appreciation” class from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m. April 19. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Dean Bud Fischer in Basic and Applied Sciences and Liberal Arts Dean Mark Byrnes say they want university alumni and friends to sample a college classroom or laboratory environment through a new Open Classroom Initiative.

Space is limited. Participants must register in advance and be 18 years old, and they also are being asked to respect each professor’s classroom rules.

To learn more, visit www.mtalumni.com/openclasses.

Guests may obtain a free parking passes from The Alumni House, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd. The passes will allow them to park in any parking spot, except those marked for handicapped drivers, as well as at meters.

Campus maps will be provided, but a searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Dr. Robert "Bud" Fischer

Dr. Bud Fischer

The Open Classroom Initiative “will give members of the community a chance to see the fantastic teaching and learning that goes on in our courses,” Byrnes said.

“We are offering seats in a wide range of interesting classes. We encourage anyone who is interested to come see the academic side of campus at work.”

Fischer said MTSU has “a lot of exciting pedagogies going on in our classrooms and labs, and I want to invite the alumni and community to come to campus and fully immerse themselves in our classrooms and labs to experience the learning environment our students get to be a part of every day.”

Attendees are welcome to register for one or more science-related classes, all liberal arts classes or, if times do not conflict, take classes from both colleges.

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

For the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, MTSU Concrete Industry Management chair Heather Brown will be teaching the “Applications of Concrete in Construction” class from 1 to 2:25 p.m. April 21. Participants can learn about all the new technology coming to the industry helping benefit the public and environment. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU Concrete Industry Management chair Heather Brown will be teaching the “Applications of Concrete in Construction” class from 1 to 2:25 p.m. April 21 for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Participants can learn about all the new technology coming to the industry helping benefit the public and environment. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

Registration open now for April 28 MTSU accounting alumni event

The 25th annual Accounting Alumni Appreciation Day at Middle Tennessee State University will be held Thursday, April 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building.

The event is targeted to those interested in accounting, taxation and computer training. The fee will be $125 for MTSU alumni and $175 for all others.

]Seating is limited, so participants should register early. To do so, visit www.mtsu.edu/accounting.

Net proceeds will be earmarked for accounting scholarships. Lunch will be provided at the Student Union Building. A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.Jones College of Business logo-updated

Participants will earn eight hours of CPE credit and have the opportunity to visit with alumni and former professors and see how the campus configuration is changing.

The first speaker, Aaron Beam, the former CFO of HealthSouth, will present “The Ethics Playbook,” followed by Doug Tatum, chairman and CEO of the Co-Investment Partnership, a private equity co-investing fund, who will present a session based on his best-selling book, “No Man’s Land: Growing a Small Business and the Capital Requirements Thereof.”

There will also be a general session, titled “An Overview of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Avoiding Fraud,” presented by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Breakout session topics and leaders will include:

  • “Big Data Analysis—Auditor’s Use of Big Data,” Dr. Tammy Bahmanziari, MTSU associate accounting professor.
  • “Tennessee Business Court,” Dr. Lara Daniel, MTSU accounting professor and alumna.
  • “Leases and Revenue Recognition,” Dr. Jeannie Harrington, MTSU associate accounting professor.
  • “Tennessee-Specific Ethics,” Tennessee State Board of Accountancy representative.
  • “Emotional Intelligence and the Accounting Firm,” Dr. Stephen Salter, MTSU accounting professor.
  • “FASB Update,” Dr. Paula Thomas, MTSU accounting professor.
  • “Excel Tips and Tricks,” Dr. Kelly Williams, MTSU assistant professor.

For more information, call the MTSU Department of Accounting at 615-898-5306.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Alumnus paints mural outside Veterans and Military Family Center

Ever since Dr. Hilary Miller became director of the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center and the center became a reality last November, she wanted to enhance the exterior walls in the first-floor hallway of the Keathley University Center.

She wanted the gray walls painted to reflect a welcoming appearance for all who approached the center’s office door. She also she hoped the work might be performed by a veteran. Meetings were held, but no artist’s name surfaced.

Dr. Hilary Miller, left, director of MTSU's Veterans and Military Family Center, discusses the eagle mural with alumnus Randy Purcell, a professional artist, in the Keathley University Center. Purcell is painting a 70-foot section of the hallway outside the center. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

Dr. Hilary Miller, left, director of MTSU’s Veterans and Military Family Center, discusses the eagle mural with alumnus Randy Purcell, a professional artist, in the Keathley University Center. Purcell is painting a 70-foot section of the hallway outside the center. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

Miller consulted MTSU art professor Sisavanh Houghton, who had an idea: contact former student Randy Purcell, a military veteran who paints murals.

Miller reached out to Purcell, a professional artist who was more than up for the task but was busy at the time.

Miller eventually got her wish, and Purcell, a member of MTSU’s Class of 2009, got the artistic commission.

Now visitors to the center in KUC Room 124 — a one-stop-shop for MTSU’s student veterans and families — will be beneficiaries of the artist’s patriotic mural for years to come.

“It’s pretty cool that we have a veteran, an alumnus and a professional artist that’s doing this work,” Miller said of Purcell’s mural thus far.

“We want folks to see this and hope people will stop by to visit.”

Purcell, who has been commuting from his home in Hermitage, Tennessee, to campus for about two weeks to create the mural, said he and the center had the same goal: “to make people feel welcome, and this does that. … It has really brightened up the hallway.”

Trademarks from the 70-foot-long 500-plus- square-foot endeavor include:

  • A large American bald eagle about to land.
  • A U.S. flag, appearing to be blown by the wind.
  • A painting of “Uncle Sam” on canvas, mounted to plywood and then framed.
MTSU alumnus Randy Purcell applies white paint on a section of a patriotic mural he is creating outside the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center in the Keathley University Center.

MTSU alumnus Randy Purcell applies white paint on a section of a patriotic mural he is creating outside the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center in the Keathley University Center.

Stars and stripes grace the walls throughout. The words “MTSU: Home of the Soldier Scholar” and “Welcome to the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center” will greet guests.

Purcell even made use of the typographic font from the iconic Uncle Sam poster.

“I like the transition feel of the moving flag,” Miller said. “I hope it conveys an idea of transitioning to the university after serving in the military and eventually transition out to a career.”

Purcell, a studio art major who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, said he is “just honored to be here to do this.”

“It’s a great center and it’s my alma mater,” he added.

Purcell’s wife, Tracy, earned her master’s degree from MTSU’s Jones College of Business.

Purcell said he anticipates completing the mural by Wednesday, March 30. The Uncle Sam painting will be finished at home and added at a later date.

To learn more about his artistry, visit www.randylpurcell.com.

For more on the center, visit www.mtsu.edu/military or call 615-904-8347.

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

Alumnus’ new book on ADHD is focus of ‘MTSU On the Record’

An MTSU alumnus is taking a nontraditional approach to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Terry M. Huff

Terry M. Huff

Huff book cover webHost Gina Logue’s interview with Terry M. Huff, author of “Living Well with ADHD,” first aired March 21 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation below.

Huff, a licensed clinical social worker who practices in Nashville, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work at MTSU before working with people with mental health and developmental disabilities in the early years of his career.

Diagnosed with ADHD himself in 1994, Huff turned his private practice to the treatment of others with the disorder.

He came to realize, however, that conventional treatment of ADHD does not make progress any easier.

“I think we need to change our language a little bit and think about concepts that point in a direction like ‘activating your attention’ … and to create conditions where you can sustain your effort and keep the wheels on the track so you can finish what you start,” Huff said.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

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

MTSU’s fifth annual Alumni Spring Weekend set April 21-24

MTSU Alumni Spring Weekend events will be held April 21-24 at various on- and off-campus venues.

This marks the fifth annual Alumni Spring Weekend and all alumni, guests and families are invited back to campus for a series of open houses and other exciting events, said Paul Wydra, assistant director in the Office of Alumni Relations.

All events will be listed on www.mtalumni.com and events are constantly being added or updated as Alumni Spring Weekend approaches. The alumni office recently emailed invitations to alumni and friends and will send follow-up email invitations in early April.

College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, left, leads a tour in the new Science Building during Spring into Middle Alumni Spring Weekend for alumni and friends of the university in this April 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, left, leads a tour in the new Science Building during Spring into Middle Alumni Spring Weekend for alumni and friends of the university in this April 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

No registration is required except for the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, Alumni Spring Weekend Lunch in the Student Union Blue Raider Grill. The cost is $5 per person.

Highlights include:

  • A performance of “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. April 20-24 in Tucker Theatre.
  • An aerospace alumni barbecue at the Flight Operations Center at Murfreesboro Airport and tours of the air traffic control simulator in the Business and Aerospace Building.
  • Open houses for the Baldwin Gallery and photography lab.
  • The MTSU Symphony Concert at 8 p.m. April 23 and the MTSU Brass Chamber Ensemble Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. April 24. Both will be held in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building.
  • One-day alumni pass for guests to the Campus Recreation Center and a 20 percent discount certificate for clothing and gifts during Phillips Bookstore’s Salute to Spring. The discount certificate is available from at The Alumni House, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd., or at the alumni table in the Student Union April 23.

Alumni Spring into Middle72“The main reason for Alumni Spring Weekend is to have alumni, friends and families return to campus and see the tremendous growth of the university in the past several years,” Wydra said.

“We know that during homecoming time can be limited so, we wanted to have a spring event where you could get to see different buildings, programs and take a tour to see everything new on campus,” he added.

For more information, visit the website or call 615-898-2922.

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

Alumni and friends of MTSU enjoy the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience breakfast in this April 2015 file photo during Alumni Spring Weekend. The ag alumni banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Alumni and friends of MTSU enjoy the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience breakfast in this April 2015 file photo during Alumni Spring Weekend. The ag alumni banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Country music star Paslay receives MTSU alumni award at Opry

NASHVILLE — MTSU recording industry alumnus and country music hit-maker Eric Paslay took a pause from his Tuesday night, March 15, performance at the Grand Ole Opry to belatedly accept one of the top recognitions given by his alma mater.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee presented the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter with the university’s 2015-16 Young Alumni Achievement Award, announced last fall along with other alumni awards in advance of the annual homecoming celebration.

MTSU recording industry alumnus and country music star Eric Paslay, second from right, holds his 2015 MTSU Young Alumni Achievement Award presented Tuesday, March 15, at his Grand Ole Opry performance in Nashville Tuesday night. From left are Ken Paulson, dean of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, Paslay, and MTSU alumnus Pete Fisher, general manager of the Opry. (Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry)

MTSU recording industry alumnus and country music star Eric Paslay, second from right, holds his 2015 MTSU Young Alumni Achievement Award presented Tuesday, March 15, at his Grand Ole Opry performance in Nashville Tuesday night. From left are Ken Paulson, dean of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, Paslay, and MTSU alumnus Pete Fisher, general manager of the Opry. (Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry)

Paslay (Class of 2005), who was on tour last fall and unable to attend the awards presentation on campus, was all smiles as McPhee presented the award to him on the Opry stage.

A Grammy nominee in 2013 as a songwriter, Paslay received his first Grammy nomination this year as a performer in the best country duo/group performance category for his collaboration with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley on “The Driver.”Distinguished Alumni graphic cropped

Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits as a songwriter including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and his own “FridayNight,” the lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.

He has penned tunes for artists ranging from Amy Grant to Donny and Marie Osmond to Lady Antebellum.

MTSU’s recording industry program is part of the university’s College of Media and Entertainment. Learn more at http://www.mtsu.edu/media/.

MTSU recognizes outstanding alumni each year who bring the university prestige and distinction through their professional careers, loyal support and service to the wider community. Since 1960, the MTSU Alumni Association has recognized accomplished alumni with the association’s highest honor: the Distinguished Alumni Award. A younger alumnus who is making a positive impact in the world receives the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Grammy-nominated MTSU alumnus and country music star Eric Paslay holds the university’s 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award presented by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee Tuesday night (March 15) at Paslay’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Paslay (Class of 2005) was on tour last fall and unable to attend the awards presentation on campus. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Grammy-nominated MTSU alumnus and country music star Eric Paslay holds the university’s 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award presented by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee Tuesday night (March 15) at Paslay’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Paslay (Class of 2005) was on tour last fall and unable to attend the awards presentation on campus. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Alumni Association seeks Distinguished Alumni award nominees

The MTSU National Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016-17 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Jeffrey Bonner (Class of 1982), MTSU 2015-16 Distinguished Alumnus, center, is flanked by his fellow honorees in this October 2015 file photo, including, from left, Britnee Kinard ('05), recipient of the True Blue Citation Service to Community; Richard Key ('62), True Blue Citation Service to University recipient; Charles Massey Jr. ('64), recipient of the True Blue Citation Achievement in Education for non-MTSU faculty; and Dr. Derek Frisby ('94), True Blue Citation of Distinction Achievement in Education recipient for current or retired MTSU faculty) recipient. Not pictured is Eric Paslay ('05), the Young Alumni Achievement honoree. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Jeffrey Bonner (Class of 1982), MTSU 2015-16 Distinguished Alumnus, center, is flanked by his fellow honorees in this October 2015 file photo, including, from left, Britnee Kinard (’05), recipient of the True Blue Citation Service to Community; Richard Key (’62), True Blue Citation Service to University recipient; Charles Massey Jr. (’64), recipient of the True Blue Citation Achievement in Education for non-MTSU faculty; and Dr. Derek Frisby (’94), True Blue Citation of Distinction Achievement in Education recipient for current or retired MTSU faculty) recipient. Not pictured is Eric Paslay (’05), the Young Alumni Achievement honoree. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

The awards, which will include an overall Distinguished Alumni recipient and Young Alumni Achievement honoree, recognize those with prolonged records of achievement who have made outstanding contributions to society and who exemplify the ideals for which MTSU stands in extraordinary ways.

This year marks the third year for the expanded awards, which include True Blue Citations of Distinction.

“These awards are an awesome way to show our distinguished alumni that their service does not go unnoticed,” National Alumni Association President Tony Beard said.

Tony M. Beard, 2015-2016 National Alumni Board Association President, Alumni.

Tony Beard

“We are so proud of the mark our MT alumni are making on this world. There is nothing greater than to see a True Blue alumnus making great strides to make this world a better place to live through their efforts and contributions.”

People are encouraged to nominate someone for an award. Criteria and nomination forms can be found at www.mtalumni.com/awards.

Nominations for all awards are due on or before Friday, April 1. The nomination form can be mailed to MTSU Alumni Association Awards, Box 104, Murfreesboro TN 37132.

Recipients selected in late summer will have a celebration in their honor during homecoming week this fall, as well as be recognized at the homecoming parade and football game.

Click on the badge to see a list of all those honored as MTSU Distinguished Alumni since 1960.

Click on the badge to see a list of all those honored as MTSU Distinguished Alumni since 1960.

The dates for homecoming week and the homecoming game have not yet been finalized.

The True Blue Citations of Distinction will include awards for the following categories:

  • Young Alumni Achievement.
  • Achievement in Education — MTSU Faculty.
  • Achievement in Education — Non-MTSU Faculty.
  • Service to Community.
  • The David Cullum Award for Service to the University, named for the former president of the National Alumni Association, Blue Raider Athletic Association and MTSU Foundation, who died May 2, 2013. He was a member of the Class of ’55.

Anyone with questions about the nomination form or process can contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling 615-898-2922 or 800-533-6878 or emailing Michelle Stepp, alumni relations associate director, at Michelle.Stepp@mtsu.edu.

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

MTSU ‘Hatch Show Print’ exhibit features 2 art alumni, professor

MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery is showcasing one of the most iconic advertising formats in the music industry with its new exhibit, “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective,” open now through March 10.

MTSU professor emeritus Christie Nuell's print "Leon's Kitchen" is part of a new exhibit, “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective,” at MTSU's Todd Art Gallery through March 10.

MTSU professor emeritus Christie Nuell’s print “Leon’s Kitchen” is part of a new exhibit, “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective,” at MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery through March 10.

Set for Rooms 224 and 224A inside Todd Hall in the center of campus, the exhibit also celebrates the career of longtime MTSU art professor emeritus Christie Nuell through her art and that of two of her printing students.

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

The exhibit features work by Nuell and:

  • Hatch master printer Jim Sherraden (Class of 1983), one of Nuell’s first students at MTSU.
  • Celene Aubry, Hatch manager.
  • Heather Moulder (Class of 2011), Hatch artist and a student during Nuell’s final teaching semester.

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Brothers C.R. and H.H. Hatch founded their printing firm in 1879 in Nashville, producing their first handbill to advertise an appearance of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, a circuit-riding revival preacher and brother of famed abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Hatch Show Print artist Heather Moulder's "Darlin'" is part of “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective,” at the Todd Art Gallery through March 10.

Hatch Show Print artist Heather Moulder’s “Darlin'” is part of “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective” at the Todd Art Gallery through March 10.

Hatch posters soon advertised everything from sporting events to circuses and operas, cementing its music-industry reputation by making use of its location behind the Ryman Auditorium from 1925 to 1992 and its long relationship with the “Grand Ole Opry” radio program. To attract more business, the Hatches often claimed, “Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.”

The company produces 500 to 600 letterpress posters each year with the same Hatch brothers’ techniques, using hand-carved blocks laid out in reverse on plates, inked and run through antique letterpress machines by hand.

Its Haley Gallery showcases Sherraden’s work as master printer for the company, displaying his monoprints — contemporary interpretations and celebrations of Hatch Show Print’s classic wood blocks — and conducting visitor tours and workshops.

Nuell, an internationally recognized artist who was raised near Vatican City and now lives on the Isle of Man, taught printmaking and design for 31 years at MTSU. She retired in 2012 and has continued exhibiting her works, including an acclaimed 2013 exhibit at The Arts Company in Nashville.

“Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective” will be on display during the Todd Gallery’s regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed on weekends and state and university holidays.

For more information about Hatch Show Print, visit its website, www.hatchshowprint.com. For more on Nuell and her work, visit www.christienuell.com.

For more information about the Todd Art Gallery, including parking and directions, contact gallery director Eric Snyder at 615-898-5653 or eric.snyder@mtsu.edu or visit www.mtsu.edu/art.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Hatch Show Print master printer Jim Sherraden's "Nashville Calling 2: Johnny Cash" is part of “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective” now at the Todd Art Gallery.

Hatch Show Print master printer Jim Sherraden’s “Nashville Calling 2: Johnny Cash” is part of “Hatch Show Print: A Retrospective” now at the Todd Art Gallery.