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MTSU alumnus Haston honored by Boy Scouts’ regional council

The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently recognized U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, an MTSU alumnus, as its 2015 Class of Eagle Scouts honoree.

Since 2010, Haston has served as Tennessee’s 75th adjutant general, making him responsible for supervising the Tennessee Department of Military that includes the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee State Guard.

Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee's adjutant general and an MTSU alumnus, is recognized April 24 in Nashville as the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America's 2015 Class of Eagle Scouts honoree. Shown from left to right, are Haston's wife, Anne Haston; Haston; J.B. Baker, 2015 president of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, also an MTSU alumnus; and Larry Brown, an executive with Middle TN Council BSA Scout Executive. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Carden)

Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, center, Tennessee’s adjutant general and an MTSU alumnus, is recognized April 24 in Nashville as the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2015 Class of Eagle Scouts honoree. Shown from left to right, are Haston’s wife, Anne Haston; Haston; J.B. Baker, 2015 president of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, also an MTSU alumnus; and Larry Brown, an executive with Middle TN Council BSA Scout Executive. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Carden)

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts and requires completion of 21 merit badges and an in-depth project, which must be planned and carried out by the scout.

During 2015, the Middle Tennessee Council awarded 361 Eagle Scout ranks, an award earned only by 4 percent of all scouts nationwide, according to a news release from the Middle Tennessee Council.

“Haston represents the ideals of being an Eagle Scout, in his work life and personal life as well,” the release states.

After addressing this year’s Eagle Scout class, the scouts stood and saluted Haston, who was in the Boy Scouts as a youth in McMinnville, Tennessee.

He attained the rank of Life Scout with Troops 120 and 37 and was an explorer scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, the release states. During his time in scouting, he earned the God and Country and Good Turn Awards.

Haston graduated from MTSU (Class of ’79), where he also completed the university’s ROTC program, which led him into his career with the National Guard.

As an adult, he provided assistance to the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a merit badge counselor and eagle board member.

Haston also served as the chairman of the 2010 100th anniversary of the Council Jamboree, which had over 14,000 in attendance, and as as 2014 Council Jamboree chair. He and his wife, Anne, have a son, Travis, who also is an Eagle Scout.

Ninth 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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The deadline to register is Friday, May 20, but space is very limited, and Rhonda King, alumni relations assistant director, is urging “students” not to wait too late.

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 King 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.

“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. 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)

Weather software donation will boost students’ job edge

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University’s aerospace students will have the unique opportunity to use an aviation operations management solution, WSI Fusion, in their simulation lab.

MTSU is the first Ab initio (beginning) training program to have access to this product and students will graduate with a competitive advantage not offered at other aviation schools, officials said.

MTSU offers an April 21 thank-you to Southwest Airlines and The Weather Company for a sizable gift in the form of WSI Fusion weather software that will be utilized in the aerospace department's NASA FOCUS Lab in the Business and Aerospace Building. From left are MTSU associate professor Andrea Georgiou; Southwest employees and MTSU alumni Larry Schadle, Capt. Ken Hamilton and Whitney Dix; and MTSU Provost Brad Bartel, College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, interim aerospace chair Wendy Beckman and MTSU senior Evan Lester. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

MTSU offers an April 21 thank-you to Southwest Airlines and The Weather Company for a sizable gift in the form of WSI Fusion weather software that will be utilized in the aerospace department’s NASA FOCUS Lab in the Business and Aerospace Building. From left are MTSU associate professor Andrea Georgiou; Southwest employees and MTSU alumni Larry Schadle, Capt. Ken Hamilton and Whitney Dix; and MTSU Provost Brad Bartel, College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, interim aerospace chair Wendy Beckman and MTSU senior Evan Lester. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences’ Department of Aerospace secured the donation of WSI Fusion from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, through an ongoing partnership with Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is a sponsor of MTSU’s NASA Flight Operations Center-Unified Simulation Lab, or FOCUS, which trains students in real-life scenarios, and provides a unique opportunity for seniors to learn how to work as a team to safely and efficiently run a virtual airline.

Weather plays a critical role in aviation, and this state-of-the-art software, which also is used by Southwest Airlines will prepare and equip MTSU students for their future careers in aviation.

WSI Fusion is an advanced, proactive flight monitoring application that fuses public and proprietary weather information with real-time flight and airspace data into one common view and facilitates timely communication directly with aircraft. This allows users to leverage big data and feel more confident about operational decision-making.

In the midst of an April 21 aerospace career fair in the Business and Aerospace Building’s first-floor south lobby, MTSU officials took time to say “thank you” to their industry partners.

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“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to gain familiarity with airline weather and dispatching software,” said associate professor Andrea Georgiou, who helped the department arrange the donation.

“MTSU aerospace students will have a major advantage over other college applicants when applying to the airlines. Students can put this on their cover letters and resumes that they’ve had this training”

Provost Brad Bartel called it a coup for Georgiou, the department and the students who will benefit from the advanced technology.

TWCo-IBM-Logo-Lockups“We already feature one of the top aerospace programs in the country,” Bartel said. “This weather software donation will take our students to another level in terms of career advances and opportunities. They already will be trained in the industry’s most sophisticated software.”

Interim aerospace department chair Wendy Beckman said that “exposure to this product during their capstone experience will be a significant advantage to all aerospace students as they begin their professional careers.

“Our flight dispatch students in particular will benefit from familiarity with the software package as they apply for jobs,” she added. “We are very appreciative of Southwest Airlines and The Weather Company for allowing our students this opportunity.”

Southwest72MTSU alumni with ties to Southwest attending included Capt. Ken Hamilton (Class of 1992, ’93), Larry Schadle (Class of ’92, ’93) and Whitney Dix (Class of 1999), all of whom helped secure the gift and have roles in the MTSU-Southwest relationship.

Georgiou attended a five-week dispatch training session offered by Southwest in 2015. After establishing a rapport with Southwest officials, Georgiou invited them to visit MTSU’s facilities.

“They came and saw the FOCUS lab and were really impressed with it,” she said. “They saw a platform with weather and wanted to improve the lab.”

The NASA FOCUS Lab emerged from a 2010 grant obtained by professor Paul Craig.

In the lab, students from all six aerospace concentrations must work together to solve issues that arise during their study shifts. To ensure the highest level of realism, aerospace and psychology faculty and graduate and undergraduate students monitor the simulations, implement real-world problems and disruptions, and conduct debriefings.

Georgiou will visit Southwest Airlines in early June for software training with senior Evan Lester, who oversees the NASA FOCUS Lab, is graduating May 7 and will return as a graduate student. The Weather Company and Southwest officials will return to campus later to view the product in use.

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

MTSU senior aerospace major Evan Lester calls up The Weather Company's WSI Fusion weather software that students will begin utilizing in the fall. Lester, who graduates in May, will return as a graduate student and continue overseeing the NASA FOCUS Lab.

MTSU senior aerospace major Evan Lester calls up The Weather Company’s WSI Fusion weather software that students will begin utilizing in the fall. Lester, who graduates in May, will return as a graduate student and continue overseeing the NASA FOCUS Lab.

Alumni from Southwest Airlines are shown with MTSU aerospace department staff and NASA FOCUS Lab representatives during a visit to campus April 21. From left are aerospace professor Paul Craig; psychology professor Glenn Littlepage; alumni and Southwest representatives Larry Schadle, Capt. Ken Hamilton and Whitney Dix; aerospace associate professor Gerry Hill; interim aerospace chair Wendy Beckman; aerospace assistant professor Andrea Georgiou; and senior Evan Lester, who oversees the NASA FOCUS Lab.

Alumni from Southwest Airlines are shown with MTSU aerospace department staff and NASA FOCUS Lab representatives during a visit to campus April 21. From left are aerospace professor Paul Craig; psychology professor Glenn Littlepage; alumni and Southwest representatives Larry Schadle, Capt. Ken Hamilton and Whitney Dix; aerospace associate professor Gerry Hill; interim aerospace chair Wendy Beckman; aerospace assistant professor Andrea Georgiou; and senior Evan Lester, who oversees the NASA FOCUS Lab.

Traveling alumnus aims high as MTSU’s 14th Fulbright scholar

Studying abroad, learning new languages and volunteering with refugees helped convince 2015 MTSU graduate Dalton Lauderback, the university’s latest recipient of a Fulbright Award, of the importance of being a “globally engaged citizen.”

MTSU’s 14th Fulbright recipient, 2015 alumnus Dalton Lauderback will be an English teaching assistant in Germany during the 2016-17 school year. (Submitted photo)

MTSU’s 14th Fulbright recipient, 2015 alumnus Dalton Lauderback, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany during the 2016-17 school year. (Submitted photo)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends students, young professionals and artists to teach and/or conduct research for up to a year in other countries.

Lauderback, the 14th MTSU Fulbright recipient in the last seven years, will serve as an English teaching assistant in Sachsen, Germany, during the 2016-17 school year. You can see a list of past and present Fulbright recipients at www.mtsu.edu/honors/FULBRIGHT.php.

After graduating in 2015 with a double major in global studies and political science, along with minors in psychology and German, Lauderback chose to apply for the Fulbright teaching position in Germany for several reasons.

His grandparents emigrated from the area in the 19th century, and he also has a genuine interest in teaching and learning about other cultures, especially foreign languages.

“For me, learning a second language has, in a way, opened up the world,” Lauderback says.

“While serving as an English teaching assistant, I not only hope to connect personally with the students, teachers and the local community, but I also want to help others form international connections and have the kinds of global experiences that knowing multiple languages allows.”

Lauderback has spent the past few years as a volunteer for Catholic Charities of Tennessee, where he taught English to refugees from Myanmar, Congo and Somalia. Once a week, he visited refugees at their apartments in order to teach them the basics of the English language and to help them transition into American culture.

Dalton Lauderback

Dalton Lauderback

During the spring 2014 semester, he completed a study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, describing his experience there as “one that really opened my eyes to what the world has to offer.”

When he returned to MTSU, he decided to work as an International Student Exchange Program Ambassador because he wanted to encourage his fellow students to pursue similar study-abroad opportunities.

After his time in Germany, Lauderback says, he hopes to serve in Southeast Asia with the Peace Corps and to apply to Yale University’s global affairs master’s program.

He hopes to work for the nonprofit company Mercy Corps, and his ultimate goal is working in developing regions on issues of conflict resolution and sustainability.

Regardless of his future career, however, Lauderback says, he “will always be a globally engaged citizen.” He added that the Fulbright is a great opportunity to continue to pursue his passions in international relations, civic service and intercultural communication.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the Fulbright fellowship, one of the world’s most prestigious educational exchange programs. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

University Honors College Dean John Vile credits Laura Clippard, coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Fellowships, for her role in MTSU students obtaining Fulbright, Goldwater and numerous other awards and fellowships in recent years.

Dan Kramer, director of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, was on campus April 28 to meet with students and faculty for an information session on how to be competitive in the Fulbright process.

To learn more about the Undergraduate Fellowships Office and the steps to obtain national scholarships, visit www.mtsu.edu/honors/ufo, call Clippard at 615-898-5464 or email Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu.

— 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.