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Register now, get credits for April 27 MTSU accounting alumni event

The 26th annual Accounting Alumni Appreciation Day at Middle Tennessee State University will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 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 is $125 for MTSU alumni and $175 for all others. Net proceeds will go to accounting scholarships. Lunch will be provided at the Student Union Building.

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

Among the morning session speakers are John Wermert, MTSU associate professor and director of the Masters of Accounting Program, who will present “Audit Update.” He will be followed by Jones College Dean David Urban, who will discuss the college’s Dale Carnegie® Initiative. The morning session wraps up with MTSU professor Tim Koski’s presentation on “Federal Tax Update.”

Breakout sessions and leaders will include:Accounting seminar graphic-July2016

  • “Workplace Violence,” MTSU business law instructor Susan Bradley
  • “Tennessee-Specific Ethics,” Wendy Garvin, executive director of the Tennessee State Board Of Accountancy
  • “The End of Accounting?”, Jeannie Harrington, MTSU associate professor and chair of the Department of Accounting
  • “Balanced Scorecard,” MTSU professor Stephen Salter
  • “FASB Update,” MTSU professor Paula Thomas
  • “Excel Tips and Tricks,” MTSU assistant professor Kelly Williams
  • “PC-Fraud,” Jim Wilson, CPA, CFE, with Wilson and Wilson PC

There will be two late afternoon general sessions. MTSU associate professor Stan Clark will present “Earnings Management.” The final session will be Steve Ruckart, president of RAI Advisors, presenting “Strategies & Best Practices for Integrating Financial Planning into an Accounting Practice.”

Seating is limited, so participants should register early. To do so, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/accounting and click on the Alumni tab. For more information, call the MTSU Department of Accounting at 615-898-5306.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU alumnus engineers audio role in Oscar-winning animated short

MTSU alumnus and adjunct professor Daniel Rowland is hearing an entirely new song — one of international congratulations — after a successful working relationship with music virtuoso Adrian Belew led to creating the score for an Oscar-winning animated short film.

“Piper,” the six-minute Pixar short that preceded the record-breaking “Finding Dory” in theaters, took home the Oscar for best short film (animated) for director-writer Alan Barillaro and producer Marc Sondheimer.

The tiny tale tells the story of a baby sandpiper, frightened by the giant waves that nearly wash her away as she searches with her speedy, spindly-legged family and friends for food on the shore, and how she overcomes her fear. (You can watch the trailer below.)

Belew composed the music for the beloved little film, and Rowland, a 2008 alumnus of MTSU’s Master of Fine Arts program in music technology and recording arts and an adjunct instructor in the College of Media and Entertainment, produced and engineered the tracks, all in Belew’s Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, studio.

The pair are featured in a March 6 CNBC feature that you can read here.

Rowland, who’s now a senior audio engineer at LANDR, a Toronto-headquartered online automated mastering service, wound up using the LANDR systems to master “basically every mix I exported out of Pro Tools,” according to a story on the LANDR blog about the project.

The alumnus has taught at MTSU since earning his master’s degree, presenting introductory and advanced Pro Tools classes as well as “Electronic Music, Synthesis, and MIDI,” “Critical Listening” and “Recording Studio Techniques.”

Daniel Rowland

Daniel Rowland

CME-logo-webHe was able to accommodate students’ hectic schedules as well as his own by offering several of those courses online via instructional videos from his own business, The Online Audio School.

In 2010, he met Belew, the frontman, singer, co-writer and guitarist for progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson for 30 years as well as a multi-instrumentalist for David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Tom Club and the Talking Heads. The pair worked together at Belew’s Mt. Juliet studio, and Rowland ultimately became Belew’s audio engineer and co-producer on the artist’s world tours and several albums.

The partnership expanded when Rowland co-founded the app company NOIISE and released an iOS professional multi-effects processor app, FLUX:FX, with Belew and the Amsterdam-based companies Mobgen and Elephant Candy. They followed that with another app, FLUX by belew, a re-imagining of the album format that never plays the same way twice, featuring hundreds of tracks that Rowland recorded, mixed and co-produced.

Rowland’s other recent projects include mastering for artist Tank’s No. 1 R&B/hip-hop album “Sex, Love & Pain II”, the “Star Wars Rebels” animated series and Gwen Stefani.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU Alumni Association seeks Distinguished Alumni Award nominees

The MTSU National Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017-18 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The awards, which 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.

Distinguished Alumni and True Blue Citations of Distinction Awards in the Ingram Building. 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, from left, Dan Pfeifer, True Blue Citation of Distinction Achievement in Education, Helen Campbell, True Blue Citations of Distinction Achievement in Education, Cynthia Chappell, David Cullum Award for Service to the University, Bobbie Jo Meredith, Young Alumni Achievement Award, Jeff Creek, Distinguished Alumnus, and Libby Green, Service to the Community Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award 2016-17 recipients include, from left, Dan Pfeifer, True Blue Citation of Distinction Achievement in Education; Helen Campbell, True Blue Citation of Distinction Achievement in Education; Cynthia Chappell, David Cullum Award for Service to the University; Bobbie Jo Meredith, Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jeff Creek, Distinguished Alumnus; and Libby Green, Service to the Community Award. The MTSU National Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017-18 Distinguished Alumni Awards. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

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

National Alumni Association President Don Witherspoon said the association is pleased to recognize Distinguished Alumni for their contributions, which reflect honor not only on the recipients and their families, but the university as well.

“Our True Blue community, which continues to grow throughout the world with each graduating class, is proud of our heritage,” Witherspoon added. “These Distinguished Alumni have added to the prestige of our great university by their contributions in respective areas. We applaud their efforts as we recognize their accomplishments.”

People are encouraged to nominate someone for an award. The entire process is done online at www.mtalumni.com/awards. Nominations for all awards are due on or before Friday, March 31.

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.

The dates for Homecoming Week and the Homecoming Game have yet to be determined.

Distinguished Alumni graphic croppedThe True Blue Citations of Distinction will include awards for the following categories:

  • Achievement in Education — MTSU Faculty.
  • Achievement in Education — Non-MTSU Faculty.
  • Service to Community.
  • The David Cullum Award for Service to the University, named in memory of 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 process can contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling 615-898-2922 or 800-533-6878, or email Michelle Stepp, Alumni Relations associate director, at Michelle.Stepp@mtsu.edu.

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

 

Scott tops MTSU’s Grammy nominees group with 2 wins [+VIDEOS]

Former MTSU student Hillary Scott branched out into contemporary Christian music in 2016 and brought home two Grammy Awards Sunday night, Feb. 12, in her inaugural venture with her group The Scott Family.

Scott, who’s also a member of country supergroup Lady Antebellum, won both her nominations in her new field: best contemporary Christian album for “Love Remains,” which was released in July, and best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “Thy Will,” which she co-wrote, off that album.

The Scott Family includes Scott’s parents, country singer Linda Davis and songwriter-musician Lang Scott, and her younger sister, Rylee.

A Department of Recording Industry alumnus, Josh Craig, also was part of a Grammy-winning project: “Hymns” by artists Joey & Rory, which won this year’s Grammy for best roots gospel album.

Craig, a 2015 cum laude audio production graduate of MTSU, worked on the “Hymns” album alongside winning producer Joe West at “The West Barn” studio in Franklin, Tennessee. Craig, who specializes in audio engineering, also provides mixing and editing services from his home studio.

Josh Craig

Josh Craig

Scott and Craig joined another former MTSU student and two recording industry alumni with recognitions for their work at the 59th Grammy Awards: Chris Young, Brad King and Pete Fisher.

Young’s No. 1 single, “Think of You,” which he co-wrote and which features singer Casadee Pope, was a nominee in the best country duo/group performance category. Released in January 2016, it was bested by a special collaboration between icon Dolly Parton and a capella group Pentatonix in a reworking of Parton’s classic “Jolene.”

King, a 2015 MTSU recording industry graduate specializing in audio production, was the assistant engineer on the team that recorded “Poets & Saints” by the group All Sons & Daughters. It was released in September and competed with Scott in the best contemporary Christian album category.

Fisher, the Grand Ole Opry’s former longtime vice president and chief executive officer, was an executive producer on a team that created “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry,” a concert film released in theaters in December 2015 and a nominee in the best music film category. It features behind-the-scenes interviews and performances by 2008 MTSU university studies alumnus Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton. Director Ron Howard took home the Grammy in that category for his project”The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years.”

The 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and all of the categories with MTSU-related nominees were announced during the pre-show nontelevised ceremony. This year’s Grammys recognized music released between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.

MTSU also was represented at several pre-Grammy events around L.A. over the weekend and announced a new educational partnership with the Grammy Museum. You can read those stories here.

Both Young and Scott, who attended MTSU in the 2000s, have established scholarships in the university’s Department of Recording Industry to help students working toward careers in the music industry. Young announced his scholarship for MTSU junior and senior students Thanksgiving weekend, while Scott established her scholarship for female recording industry students in September 2015.

“Think of You” also was a contender for a 2016 Country Music Association award for “Musical Event of the Year.” Young also was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for best male country vocal performance for “Gettin’ You Home.”

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Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher

Scott and Lady Antebellum have been nominated for more than two dozen CMA and Grammy Awards. They won the 2010 Grammy for best country performance by a duo or group for “I Run to You” and swept the 2011 Grammys with awards for record of the year, song of the year, best country album, best country song and best country group performance for “Need You Now.”

King, a multiple Dean’s List honoree while at MTSU, already operates his own recording studio as well as working at local studios with a production team. His website, http://bradkingaudio.com, lists several albums he’s engineered for Christian artists, including Brady Toops, Seth Talley & Natalie Schlab and the group NewSong.

Fisher, who recently took the CEO’s post at the California-based Academy of Country Music after 17 years at the Opry’s helm, earned a bachelor’s degree in recording industry management from MTSU in 1987 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 2004. He also serves on the Board of Trust for the College of Media and Entertainment.

The complete list of this year’s Grammy nominees and winners is available at www.grammy.com/nominees.

MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry, for the third straight year, is part of an international list of acclaimed music schools praised by The Hollywood Reporter that includes Juilliard, Berklee and London’s Royal College of Music. The department is No. 18 on the magazine’s “Top 25 Music Schools 2016,” which was part of the Dec. 2 edition of the publication.

You can learn more about MTSU’s recording industry program, part of the College of Media and Entertainment, at www.mtsu.edu/recording-industry.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU trailblazer, community leader Gloria Bonner to retire March 1

Always a teacher at heart, MTSU’s Gloria Bonner pledges to continue fulfilling that God-given purpose even after she leaves her alma mater in a few weeks.

The woman known to so many as simply “Dr. Bonner” will officially retire March 1, leaving in her current role as assistant to the president in the Office of University Community Relations, President Sidney A. McPhee announced Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Dr. Gloria Bonner, assistant to the president in the Office of University Community Relations at MTSU, greets Leadership Rutherford Class of 2017 member and MTSU alumna Carrie Beth Catron during the group’s Feb. 1 visit to campus. Catron was a former student of Bonner’s during her years as an education professor at the university. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Dr. Gloria Bonner, assistant to the president in the Office of University Community Relations at MTSU, greets Leadership Rutherford Class of 2017 member and MTSU alumna Carrie Beth Catron during the group’s Feb. 1 visit to campus. Catron was a former student of Bonner’s during her years as an education professor at the university. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

With her 44 years in education, 32 of which have been spent in academic and administrative roles at MTSU, Bonner is wrapping up an extraordinary career by leaving a legacy of leadership, mentorship, passion and service that few can match.

She was the first African-American dean of an academic unit at MTSU and has been recognized throughout her career as a strong advocate for high academic standards at the university, state, regional and national levels.

“As a teacher, fundamentally, once a teacher always a teacher,” Bonner said, “whether you’re educating people in the classroom or whether you’re educating them from an administrative position or whether you’re educating them in the community.”

In her current role, Bonner has worked closely with McPhee on strengthening university outreach to and collaboration with the wider community to advance the university’s mission of helping more people earn a college degree and get a quality education.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

“Dr. Bonner’s service to her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, and our entire community has been extraordinary,” McPhee said. “She has devoted more than four decades to classroom teaching, research, community service and administration at our university, most notably as dean of our former College of Education and Behavioral Science and as my assistant for community relations.

“Beyond our campus, she has exemplified our ‘True Blue’ ideal of service through her work with various governmental, nonprofit and educational organizations. Her hard work and belief in the importance of forging relationships at many different levels benefitted not only the students of our university but the citizens of our city, county and state.

“My wife, Elizabeth, as well as the students, faculty, staff and alumni of MTSU, join me in thanking Gloria for her devotion to our university, her friendship and lifetime of service.”

After earning her bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees at MTSU, Bonner secured her doctorate in education from Tennessee State University in Nashville. She taught in Murfreesboro City Schools and the Dekalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia, before returning to her alma mater.

Bonner rose up the academic ranks at MTSU to become a tenured professor in 1999 before transitioning to administration. She eventually became dean of the then College of Education and Behavioral Science and helped lead the transition to the new College of Education building.

In this September 2016 file photo, Dr. Gloria Bonner, assistant to the president in the MTSU Office of University Community Relations, chats with attendees at the university-sponsored “Friday Night Live on the Square” event in downtown Murfreesboro. In the background is MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

In this September 2016 file photo, Dr. Gloria Bonner, assistant to the president in the MTSU Office of University Community Relations, chats with attendees at the university-sponsored “Friday Night Live on the Square” event in downtown Murfreesboro. In the background is MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

She is a past recipient of the MTSU John Pleas Outstanding Faculty Award, the Trailblazer Award in Education, the Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award in Higher Education in the State of Tennessee and the MTSU Faculty Award. Among other career highlights, she was a presenter at the University of Oxford in England, a graduate of the Harvard University Management Development Program and an inductee into the TSU College of Education Wall of Fame.

“Life for me has been extraordinary,” said Bonner, who grew up in “humble, humble beginnings” just a few blocks from campus on First Avenue.

“And to be able to fulfill my dreams — I love this university because it’s a part of who I am. I take ownership of all of the great opportunities that people created for me.”

In recent years, Bonner has focused on community outreach through initiatives such as the Community Engagement Council, an advisory group of local leaders, and by leading on-campus initiatives such as the annual Employee Charitable Giving Campaign and the annual “Bleed Blue: Beat WKU” blood drive for the American Red Cross.

Giving back to the community has always been a must for Bonner, who has shared her time and talents through local organizations such as the boards of directors for Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and service in Rotary International, to name a few, and via enrichment opportunities such Leadership Middle Tennessee. She was the 2010 recipient of the local NAACP’s Jerry Anderson Humanitarian Award for Service to the Community.

Bonner is pledging to stay active in the community, but she also looks forward to more time with her family: her husband, Ray Bonner, an MTSU alumnus, Blue Raider Sports Hall of Fame inductee in football and a longtime football and track coach who’s spent the last three years as an assistant track coach at MTSU, and their daughter, Tracey Nicole Bonner, a professional actress.

As it has throughout her life, Bonner said her faith will guide her in this next phase. She noted one of her favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“If my future is as extraordinary as my previous years, I have a lot to look forward to,” she said. “And that’s the thing I’m excited about.”

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

TBI director discusses law enforcement on ‘MTSU On the Record’

The head of Tennessee’s primary investigative law enforcement agency was the guest on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Mark Gwyn

Mark Gwyn

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Mark Gwyn, an MTSU alumnus and director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, first aired Feb. 7 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation below.

Gwyn will be the keynote speaker for the 21st annual Unity Luncheon, a tribute to unsung community heroes, Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Student Union as part of MTSU’s celebration of Black History Month.

The first African-American to head the agency, Gwyn, a native of McMinnville, Tennessee, was appointed director in 2004. He joined the TBI as a special agent in 1988 and has served as the agency’s executive officer and head of its Forensic Services Division.

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One of the topics Gwyn addressed during the interview was a need for greater community policing in light of numerous clashes between police and African-Americans nationwide.

“It has brought out the distrust that the public has in law enforcement,” said Gwyn. “For whatever reason, it’s here now and law enforcement has to address it.

“We’ve got to get back to the community. We’ve got to let the community understand that we’re here to protect you. We’re here to serve you. We’re not here to harm you, but we do have a job to do.”

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.

‘Founding mother’ of MTSU theater, Dorethe Tucker, dies at 97

Funeral services were held Jan. 11 for MTSU theater Professor Emerita Dorethe “Dot” Pigg Tucker, who died Jan. 8 at the age of 97.

A student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a graduate of then-Middle Tennessee State College, Mrs. Tucker joined the faculty of the college’s Language Arts Department in 1956 and became a member of the Department of Speech and Theatre when it was formed in 1965.

Professor Emerita Dorethe “Dot” Tucker, right, and her husband, Dr. Clay Tucker, pose for a photo on the steps of the MTSU theater named for them during a special 1987 ceremony at the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Auditorium. Mrs. Tucker, called the “founding mother of today’s Department of Theatre and Dance” at the university, died Jan. 8 at age 97. She taught and directed theater at MTSU from 1956 to 1981; her late husband was a professor of English and dean of the College of Liberal Arts. (MTSU file photo)

Professor Emerita Dorethe “Dot” Tucker, right, and her husband, Dr. Clay Tucker, pose for a photo on the steps of the MTSU theater named for them during a special 1987 ceremony at the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Auditorium. Mrs. Tucker, called the “founding mother of today’s Department of Theatre and Dance” at the university, died Jan. 8 at age 97. She taught and directed theater at MTSU from 1956 to 1981; her late husband was a professor of English and dean of the College of Liberal Arts. (MTSU file photo)

She worked as a theater director and sponsor of the Buchanan Players, an organization for MTSU students that allows them to create, produce, direct and perform in new plays, until her retirement from MTSU in 1981.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro was in charge of arrangements and has more details available here.

During her tenure at MTSU, Mrs. Tucker taught acting and directing, served as sponsor of the Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Dramatic Fraternity and directed almost 100 plays, helping to provide training and experience for her students and entertainment and enlightenment for the school and community.

Mrs. Tucker was a founding member of the Tennessee Theatre Association and later served as president, executive board member and chair of the group’s college and university division. She also was a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Dr. James Brooks Jr., former chair of MTSU’s Department of Speech and Theatre, remarked at a 2015 alumni reunion that Mrs. Tucker was the “founding mother of today’s Department of Theatre and Dance.”

“She was the heart and soul of theater at MTSU,” he said. “She was beloved by her students, and rightly so. No one could ever have had more commitment to educational theater than she did.”

The university honored Mrs. Tucker and her husband, H. Clayton “Clay” Tucker, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU, in 1987 by naming the theater inside the Dramatic Arts Auditorium for the couple. Dr. Tucker, a U.S. Navy veteran and professor of English, died in 1997 at age 91.

The nearly 53-year-old Tucker Theatre, which is used year-round at MTSU for theatrical productions and special campus events, was renovated in 2010 to better accommodate audiences and upgrade stage lighting, mechanicals and audio and video components.

Jeff Gibson, current chair of MTSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, said Mrs. Tucker’s legacy of dedication and commitment to the university and the theatre program continues today through the awarding of the Dorethe Tucker Scholarship to outstanding students of theater performance, as well as “The Dorethes,” an annual awards ceremony recognizing student achievements in the department.

You can listen to a 1995 interview with Mrs. Tucker via the Albert Gore Sr. Research Center’s archives, in which she recalls her years at MTSU, here. A transcript of the interview is available as a PDF here.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

This page from the 1979 edition of MTSU's yearbook, Midlander, shows theater-student members of the Buchanan Players with their organization's sponsor, professor Dorethe Tucker, seated at center right. Tucker, who taught at MTSU from 1956 to 1981, died Jan. 8 at age 97.

This page from the 1979 edition of MTSU’s yearbook, Midlander, shows theater-student members of the Buchanan Players with their organization’s sponsor, professor Dorethe Tucker, seated at center right. Tucker, who taught at MTSU from 1956 to 1981, died Jan. 8 at age 97.

MTSU alumnus Pete Fisher named CEO of Academy of Country Music

MTSU alumnus Pete Fisher is leaving his executive position with the Grand Ole Opry Jan. 30 to become CEO of the California-based Academy of Country Music.

After 17 years as vice president and chief executive officer of the Nashville-based Opry, the academy announced Fisher’s new role with the ACM on Jan. 9. He’s expected to relocate with his wife, Hope, to the West Coast in the coming weeks, according to an ACM news release.

Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher

Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in recording industry management from Middle Tennessee State University in 1987 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 2004. He also serves on the Board of Trust for the College of Media and Entertainment.

“As I enter my 30th year in the country music industry, I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given to serve those who both create country music and those who help connect that great music with fans all over the world,” Fisher said in a statement.

“I want to thank the officers and board for giving me this exciting opportunity to lead the academy into a new era. I look forward to collaborating with them and our passionate and talented staff, charting an exciting course into the future.”

At the Opry, Fisher managed the daily operations of the 4,400-seat Grand Ole Opry House and produced its weekly shows, along with numerous audio projects and television specials.

academy-of-country-music-logo-web“Pete has served the Academy of Country Music for 14 years as an active, engaged board member and his skills as an innovative leader are proven,” Ken Tucker, chairman of the ACM’s board of directors, said in the release.

“Pete is a team builder, a champion of the importance of office culture and a person who believes strongly in discerning and following a strategic path alongside those around him. Through Pete’s successful leadership, the Opry became a place that recognized the importance of exposing legendary, contemporary and emerging artists equally.”CME-logo-web

Fisher will be only the second CEO in the ACM’s 53-year-history. Bob Romeo stepped down from the post in May 2016 after 13 years.

According to the ACM, Fisher’s entertainment experience ranges from artist management to music publishing with a special emphasis placed on service to a variety of music industry organizations.

Founded in 1964, the Academy of Country Music is a fan-focused artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the ongoing philanthropic work of ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy. The ACM comprises more than 4,900 professional members nationwide and is headquartered in Encino, California. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

Vice Mayor Doug Young, MTSU alumnus, dies after cancer battle

MTSU alumnus Doug Young, a Murfreesboro native, vice mayor, councilman, businessman and family man, lost his long battle with cancer Sunday, Dec. 18. He was 68.

Mayor Shane McFarland ordered flags on city buildings be lowered to half-staff this week in honor of Young, according to a news release from the city of Murfreesboro.

Doug Young

Doug Young

“Murfreesboro has lost one of its greatest champions,” said McFarland. “We will miss his leadership and dedication to our City Council. Doug Young was one of the most selfless people I have ever met and that showed in the way he helped our City for many years. Murfreesboro is a better place because of him and I am better for having known him. He will truly be missed.”

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee extended the University’s condolences in the passing of Young, who served his alma mater in the MTSU Alumni Association, the MTSU Foundation and as chairman of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board.

“Doug Young was a friend, a tireless advocate for our University and a force for good in our community,” McPhee said. “Our hearts at MTSU are heavy with this news.”

Young was elected to the Murfreesboro City Council in 2002 and as vice mayor in 2014. He was a leading advocate for the funding, planning and development of the Public Safety Training Center, honored in his name during a groundbreaking Nov. 8 at the former Franklin Heights Housing Complex.

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce recently named Young as the inaugural recipient of a lifetime achievement award named in his honor. Young, the owner of City Tile and Floor Covering Company since 1973, was a fixture in the community and instrumental in shaping Murfreesboro through his leadership and service.

Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Read the city of Murfreesboro’s full story at http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1622.

In this spring file photo, pictured from left are Murfreesboro City Councilman and MTSU alumnus Doug Young; Danielle Mayeaux, MTSU assistant athletic director; Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mark Foulks; and Andrew Oppmann, vice president of marketing and communications at MTSU stand in front of the new MTSU-themed fire truck unveiled on campus that will serve the university campus from Station No. 3. (MTSU file photo)

In this spring file photo, pictured from left are Murfreesboro City Councilman and MTSU alumnus Doug Young; Danielle Mayeaux, MTSU assistant athletic director; Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mark Foulks; and Andrew Oppmann, vice president of marketing and communications at MTSU stand in front of the new MTSU-themed fire truck unveiled on campus that will serve the university campus from Station No. 3. (MTSU file photo)

Singer Young creates scholarship for recording students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — RCA Records Nashville artist and former MTSU student Chris Young celebrated the season of giving Nov. 27 by creating an annual scholarship for recording industry students at his alma mater.

“MTSU helped to give me a foundation for the music business, and I want this scholarship to help other students who are looking to take a similar path,” said Young, a native of Murfreesboro.

Chris Young

Chris Young

Young’s gift will allow MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry to award a yearly scholarship, starting this fall, for a rising junior or senior.

“Chris has remained a loyal and connected MTSU alumnus through the years,” said Joe Bales, vice president of university advancement.

“He’s returned to perform several times in MTSU’s Murphy Center as his music career ascended and remains generous with his time and talent, even donating some of his touring audio equipment and accessories a few years ago.”

Young, who just released his first holiday-themed album, “It Must Be Christmas,” continues to give back to communities along his remaining 2016 “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” stops. Through Dec. 10, he’s encouraging fans to bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to his concerts; the gifts will then be donated to local Toys For Tots campaigns.

With five albums to his credit, Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles and 15 gold/platinum certifications. His hits include “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” the platinum-certified “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope.

Formal RIM logoThe former MTSU student, who attended in 2005, has performed several times at the university. In 2008, Young was the special guest of MTSU’s Invention Convention — the same event he attended as a child — where he sang several songs to an excited crowd of 300 middle-school youngsters.

The Department of Recording Industry in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment has been consistently recognized by international publications and organizations as one of the top programs in the world.

Recording industry undergrad majors at MTSU can focus on audio production, commercial songwriting or music business. A Master of Fine Arts degree in recording arts and technologies prepares MTSU graduate students for advanced work in audio production, recording and integrated electronic media.

The department also collaborates with MTSU’s School of Music on a “music industry” minor concentration that allows students to minor in music-industry entrepreneurship or recording industry.

MTSU students who are interested in applying for the scholarship may contact the Department of Recording Industry office at 615-898-2578.

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