Logo

MTSU Greek Row hosts trick-or-treating for mini-goblins Oct. 30

Greek Row will become a happy haunting ground again this year as MTSU’s Panhellenic Council hosts a free pre-Halloween trick-or-treat experience Thursday, Oct. 30.

A stylish witch and twin Captain Americas prowl MTSU’s Greek Row for treats during the 2013 “Trick-or-Treat on Greek Row” Halloween event. This year’s free public event for area youngsters 12 and under is set for Oct. 30. (photo courtesy of MTSU Fraternity and Sorority Life)

“Trick or Treat on Greek Row” is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in front of the organizations’ houses at the corner of Alumni Drive and North Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

You can find Greek Row on a searchable campus map at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

“The purpose of it is to provide a safe place for children in the community to trick-or-treat,” said Donald Abels, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Inflatable bounce houses, games and activities, face painting and candy galore are in store. Youngsters ages 12 and under are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Abels at 615-898-5812 or donald.abels@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

100-plus take in MTSU True Blue Experience Day in the sciences

Shatima White, second from right, a senior at Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee, shows initiative in discussing an aspect of MTSU assistant professor David Nelson's biology research during the Oct. 17 True Blue Experience Day for the College of Basic and Applied Science in the Science Building. Watching in the front of the class are Joselyn Alvarez, a senior at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, and Tyler Braun of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He is a senior at Cascade High School, and alreay has already had his application accepted. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

Shatima White, second from right, a senior at Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee, shows initiative in discussing an aspect of MTSU assistant professor David Nelson’s biology research during the Oct. 17 True Blue Experience Day for the College of Basic and Applied Science in the Science Building. Watching in the front of the class are Joselyn Alvarez, a senior at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, and Tyler Braun of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He is a senior at Cascade High School and has already had his application accepted. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

Tyler Braun received his acceptance letter from the MTSU Office of Admissions two weeks ago.

The Cascade High School senior visited the Murfreesboro campus for the second time Oct. 17 and liked what he saw in the new 257,000-square-foot Science Building, which will be his academic home away from home starting in 2015.

“This place is amazing,” said Braun, a Bell Buckle, Tennessee, resident. “My dad (Sean Braun) helped do the lighting and electrical work. He’s really proud of the building.”

More than 100 people, including 64 prospective students, attended the True Blue Experience Day that emphasized the 11 departments in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Students from as far away as Memphis and Bowling Green, Kentucky, spent the day touring campus and talking to university personnel.

Pre-dentistry, a branch of biology, is the area of study Braun plans to pursue.

A 30-minute drive to campus will leave Braun close to family, and he admitted attending MTSU is “far less expensive for the same education.”

Craig Redden, a Bowling Green High School senior, and his mother, Melanie, traveled across the state line for his fourth college visit. An MTSU alumna, Melanie Redden (Class of 1991) wanted her oldest child to see the campus she is both proud and fond of even 24 years later.

“This was a much better visit than I even could’ve conceived,” Craig Redden said. “I’ve been surprised by the depth of opportunities and the immediate availability — the opportunities not just to incoming freshmen, but as you continue an education here.”

MTSU assistant biology professor David Nelson, left, talks about his department and research opportunities with Craig Redden and his mother, Melanie, Oct. 17 during the MTSU True Blue Experience Day for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. The Reddens are from Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Craig Redden is a senior at Bowling Green High School. Melanie Redden is an MTSU alumna. Earlier, Nelson shared with the entire group about his research in the Science Building.

MTSU assistant biology professor David Nelson, left, talks about his department and research opportunities with Craig Redden and his mother, Melanie, Oct. 17 during the MTSU True Blue Experience Day for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. The Reddens are from Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Craig Redden is a senior at Bowling Green High School. Melanie Redden is an MTSU alumna. Nelson also talked with the group about his research in the Science Building.

Biology is the field Redden, who scored a 33 on his ACT, plans to pursue wherever he attends college, but the Science Building and its faculty and leaders left an impression.

“It’s a dream come true for a first-time campus visitor,” he said of the facility. “And the entire staff is eager to get going and stay going. That took me by surprise.”

Redden and his mother, who shared fond memories of the late chemistry professor Aaron Todd, listened as assistant professor David Nelson and MTSU junior biology major Larissa Wolf of Murfreesboro talked about their research. Respective biology and chemistry department chairs Lynn Boyd and Greg Van Patten led tour groups.

The Reddens also met with University Honors College Dean John Vile.

Prospective students will have more opportunities for a firsthand look at campus:

  • The final Fall Preview Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 1.
  • Other True Blue Experience Days will be held Jan. 23, 2015, for students in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Jan. 30 for prospective students in the College of Mass Communication, the Jones College of Business and the Colelge of Education.
  • Admissions has special Saturday tours planned for Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, with all starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Services and Admissions Center.

To register, visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

University officials urge prospective students apply by Dec. 1 in order to be considered for major scholarships for those who qualify.

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

Sign up now for new series of fall rape-defense classes at MTSU

The MTSU Police Department is offering another free five-week fall series of RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, classes beginning Tuesday, Oct. 21, for all female MTSU students, faculty and staff, along with the general public.

The Rape Aggression Defense Class is a program of realistic defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that emphasizes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Certified RAD instructors teach the free course.

Classes will be held each Tuesday from Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendance at all five sessions is mandatory.

Class size is limited for this new fall RAD course, so the MTSU Police Department is encouraging interested parties to enroll soon.

Participants should email their names and contact information to rad@mtsu.edu. Instructors will notify participants about their enrollment and the class location via email or phone.

For more information about MTSU’s RAD classes, send an email to rad@mtsu.edu.
— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU, agencies urge public to attend Oct. 20 water quality event

Middle Tennessee State University representatives will be among a host of area agencies gathering Oct. 20 in Murfreesboro to educate and engage the public on the importance of protecting the area’s water supply.

In this file photo from the spring, MTSU senior Stuart Montez, a music business major from Little Rock, Ark., volunteered to help cleanup litter in the Sinking Creek wetland area as part of Alternative Spring Break activities. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

In this file photo from the spring, MTSU senior Stuart Montez, a music business major from Little Rock, Ark., volunteered to help cleanup litter in the Sinking Creek wetland area as part of Alternative Spring Break activities. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Water Resources will host the “interactive” public event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

The event targets people who live in the Stones River Watershed, an area roughly 921 square miles that includes parts of Cannon, Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties. The goal of the event is to help those residents connect, share information, develop relationships and collaborate with others making contributions to water quality.stormwater logo

Residents from all of these counties are asked to share the important responsibility of protecting and improving water resources in the watershed.

“Learn more about our local environment where we live, work and play and network with a variety of organizations,” said Cynthia Allen with MTSU’s Stormwater Program. “The event is set up like a fall festival/Earth Day event geared toward education. Over 25 agencies will be in attendance to share ongoing efforts geared towards research, protection efforts and recreation regarding local streams.”

“This event will be a chance for people to see how water quality is being protected in the Stones River Watershed,” said Meredith Benton, regional director of TDEC’s Nashville Field Office. “It will also be an opportunity for people to find out from the people and organizations already contributing to the effort and how they can be involved with keeping the watershed healthy in the future.”

Watersheds are land areas that drain into a particular stream or lake. TDEC officials say a healthy watershed is important because these waters supply drinking water, water for agriculture, habitat for plants and animals as well as recreational opportunities like swimming, fishing and boating.

The following organizations, groups and state agencies will participate in the event:

  • TDEC Division of Water Resources
  • Stones River Watershed Association
  • Cumberland River Compact
  • Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation
  • Friends of the Greenway
  • Discovery Center
  • Middle Tennessee State University
In this file photo, MTSU student volunteers help plant trees along Garrison Creek in east Murfreesboro in November 2012. (File photo by MTSU News and Media Relations)

In this file photo, MTSU student volunteers help plant trees along Garrison Creek in east Murfreesboro in November 2012. (File photo by MTSU News and Media Relations)

  • MTSU Stormwater Program
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Rutherford County
  • Stones River National Battlefield
  • Metro Nashville
  • City of Murfreesboro
  • City of Lebanon
  • City of Mt. Juliet
  • Wilson County
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • UT Extension
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture-319 Program
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture – Forestry
  • Water City USA
  • Tennessee Environmental Council

For more information about this meeting, contact Regan McGahen at 615-532-1175 or regan.mcgahen@tn.gov.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Cynthia Allen of the MTSU Stormwater Program puts soil around one of dozens of trees planted Nov. 9 along Garrison Creek in Murfreesboro. Allen coordinated a volunteer team of about 40 students for the tree planting event, which was hosted by the MTSU Stormwater Program in partnership with the Tennessee Environmental Council and the city of Murfreesboro.

In this 2012 file photo, Cynthia Allen of the MTSU Stormwater Program puts soil around one of dozens of trees planted along Garrison Creek in Murfreesboro. Allen coordinated a volunteer team of about 40 students for the tree planting event, which was hosted by the MTSU Stormwater Program in partnership with the Tennessee Environmental Council and the city of Murfreesboro.

Chili’s supports Raiders’ Closet with Oct. 20 MTSU benefit

A major restaurant franchise is giving back some of its profits to fund a service for job-seeking MTSU students.

For each special flier presented Monday, Oct. 20, at the Chili’s restaurant at 755 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Raiders’ Closet.

The Raiders’ Closet founder, Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb, will be at the restaurant to hand out fliers to customers as they walk in.

Hemby-Grubb, a professor in the Department of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship, created Raiders’ Closet to provide students with gently used professional attire to wear on job interviews.

“Raiders’ Closet will always be in need of gently used professional suits, accessories and monetary donations, because each time a student secures a suit from our inventory, we must replace it with another suit,” Hemby-Grubb said.

“The ‘give back’ event with Chili’s on Oct. 20 will ensure that Raiders’ Closet has funds available with which to replenish our inventory.”

Raiders’ Closet, which is located in Room 327 of the Keathley University Center, allows students to try on professional clothing items and keep them, free. It depends on donations of both clothing and money to operate.

The Oct. 20 fundraiser is good only at the Northwest Broad St. Chili’s location from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is good for all food and nonalcoholic beverage sales.

For more information, contact Hemby-Grubb at 615-898-2369 or virginia.hemby-grubb@mtsu.edu or Jaye Kiblinger at 615-898-2902 or jaye.kiblinger@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb displays some of the items available for students preparing for job interviews and new jobs at the newly relocated Raiders’ Closet. (file photo submitted)

MTSU plans routine tornado-siren testing Tuesday

MTSU plans to test its tornado sirens on campus Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 12:20 p.m.

This will be a brief, routine test of the system, and no safety actions will be required.

The university notifies the campus and surrounding neighborhoods before these monthly tests. Tests are conducted on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays to minimize distractions for classes and community neighbors.

Members of the campus community can prepare for emergency weather situations anytime by checking MTSU’s list of “safe places” at http://bit.ly/MTSUSafePlaces. You also can make note of the siren-testing schedule by visiting http://mtsunews.com/tornado-siren-testing. Bookmark both sites!

Remember that, in the event of a weather emergency, all students, faculty and staff automatically receive a Rave alert at their MTSU email addresses. If you’re not already receiving text and/or voice alerts too, visit http://mtsunews.com/weather and use the “click here and log in” link to make those notification changes.

MTSU students, faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14. Classes will resume Oct. 15.(MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break from Saturday, Oct. 11, through Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Fall semester classes will resume at their regular times Wednesday, Oct. 15.

All MTSU offices will be open their normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13-14.

Weekend and fall break hours for the James E. Walker Library are as follows:

  • The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday;
  • Monday hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and
  • Tuesday hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. It will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday and resume its regular fall hours.

The Student Union will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Weekend and fall break hours for the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center are as follows:

  • The Campus Recreation Center fitness facilities will be closed from Saturday through Tuesday. They will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday;
  • Campus Recreation Center offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; and
  • Student Health Services and the Campus Pharmacy, which are located in the rec center building, will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The pharmacy’s drive- thru will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The pharmacy closes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

For ARAMARK/MT Dining facilities open during fall break, visit http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSS/MiddleTennessee.

Prospective students and their parents have plenty of opportunities to visit campus. Visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp to schedule a tour.  (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Prospective students and their parents have plenty of opportunities to visit campus. Visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp to schedule a tour. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

A special Saturday campus tour Oct. 11 and daily campus tours Monday and Tuesday are full. To schedule a daily tour for other days, call 615-898-5670 or visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

True Blue Experience Days will be held Oct. 17 for prospective students in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; Jan. 23, 2015, for prospective students in the Colleges of Behavioral and Health Sciences and Liberal Arts; and Jan. 30 for prospective students in the Colleges of Mass Communication, Business and Education.

The Office of Admissions also has special Saturday tours planned for Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, with all starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Services and Admissions Center. The above phone number and website provide ways to register.

University officials urge prospective students and their parents to apply by Dec. 1 to receive priority consideration for major scholarships.

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

MTSU flips punch line on ‘Tonight Show’ jab at ‘Murfreersboro’ (+VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University is standing up for its hometown with some good-natured humor directed at “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon regarding the correct pronunciation of the Midstate city’s name.

In this video screen grab, stand-up comedian John Mulaney, left, a guest on the popular late night NBC show "The Tonight Show", butchered the city of Murfreesboro's name during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon in which Mulaney relates a horrible experience at a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, gig during his early days on the road.

In this video screen grab, stand-up comedian John Mulaney, left, a guest on the popular late night NBC show “The Tonight Show”, butchered the city of Murfreesboro’s name during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon in which Mulaney relates a horrible experience at a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, gig during his early days on the road.

The issue hit national airwaves Wednesday night on “The Tonight Show” when stand-up comedian John Mulaney, a guest on the popular late night NBC show, butchered the city of Murfreesboro’s name during an interview with Fallon in which Mulaney relates a horrible experience at a Murfreesboro gig during his early days on the road.

In sharing his story, Mulaney awkwardly mispronounces Murfreesboro as “Murfreersboro” — while being adamant that he was pronouncing it correctly — and he and Fallon had some laughs about the city’s name, including a running gag regarding the number of R’s it contains.

You can see the exchange here: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/12866.

In a video filmed Wednesday afternoon that playfully jabbed back, MTSU mass communication student Chris J. Davis, news director of the student-run MT10 News, “interviewed” students about how to properly say their town’s name, and then asking them to name the host of “The Tonight Show.”

The interviewees proceed to pronounce Mur-frees-boro flawlessly, while Fallon’s name gets some, er, extra R’s added. Watch the video here:

http://youtu.be/eR2aTbU3I5I

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, who also participates in the video, sent Fallon a care package via overnight mail filled with MTSU and Murfreesboro gear for Fallon to keep or give to his audience.

The university reached out to Nashville NBC affiliate, WSMV-TV Channel 4, to share the video with the New York NBC affiliate in hopes of properly educating those around the Big Apple on how to correctly pronounce the proud home of the Middle Tennessee State University.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sent "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon a care package via overnight mail Thursday filled with MTSU and Murfreesboro gear for Fallon to keep or give to his audience. (MTSU photo)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sent “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon a care package via overnight mail Thursday filled with MTSU and Murfreesboro gear for Fallon to keep or give to his audience. (MTSU photo)

MTSU’s Confucius Institute signs pact with Discovery Center (+VIDEO)

In a ceremony featuring traditional Chinese music, dancers and a man in a giant panda suit, leaders of the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and MTSU signed a pact Friday, Sept. 26, that they hope will lead to future cultural collaborations.

The agreement inked by University Provost Brad Bartel and Discovery Center CEO Tara McDougall will allow MTSU’s Confucius Institute to develop activities and displays about Chinese culture at the children’s museum.

http://youtu.be/RXoSzqYfadk

Sept. 26 was Chinese Culture Celebration Day at the center, a free event that marked MTSU’s observance of the 10th anniversary of the global Confucius Institutes.

“We are pleased to strengthen our great relationship with the center and look forward to working with them on future opportunities, both through our Confucius Institute and throughout the university,” Bartel said.

Bartel also unveiled a $10,000 digital cultural exploration station donated to the center by the Hanban headquarters of Confucius Institutes.

It features a 55-inch monitor that patrons may touch to access interactive programs about sites of interest in China, food, music, kung fu, calligraphy, the Chinese zodiac and other topics.

Confucius Institute Day Discovery Center graphicVisitors enjoyed Chinese music and dance, calligraphy demonstrations and Chinese tea tasting at the special event, as well as mini-Chinese classes where they learned basic Chinese phrases and characters.

Since its founding in 2010, MTSU’s Confucius Institute has helped K-12 schools offer Chinese language programs, led students to summer camps in China and taken school administrators to China for educational collaboration and exchange.

The institute also offers noncredit Chinese language programs at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for children and adults.

For more information about Confucius Institute, visit www.mtsu.edu/cimtsu.

— Andrew Oppmann (andrew.oppmann@mtsu.edu)

Guanping Zheng, right, director of MTSU's Confucius Institute, addresses the crowd assembled for the signing of the partnership between Discovery Center CEO Tara McDougall, left, and MTSU University Provost Brad Bartel. (MTSU photos by Andrew Oppmann)

Guanping Zheng, right, director of MTSU’s Confucius Institute, addresses the crowd assembled for the signing of the partnership between Discovery Center CEO Tara McDougall, left, and MTSU University Provost Brad Bartel. (MTSU photos by Andrew Oppmann)

Chinese dancers entertain the crowd Sept. 26 at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring during Confucius Day, where the center and MTSU also signed a pact aimed at future cultural collaborations.

As fall preview days approach, note Dec. 1 scholarship deadline

In the midst of a busy fall campaign to recruit students for 2015 and beyond, MTSU officials want people to be aware of a key date along the way.

It’s Monday, Dec. 1 — the deadline for prospective students and their parents or guardians to complete and send in their admissions application to be fully considered for major scholarships.

“It’s important for students to come out and visit early and make their decision,” said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for enrollment at MTSU.

“We encourage students to apply early to be fully considered for the scholarships we are offering.”

Information on scholarships available to MTSU students can be found at www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

 )

Prospective MTSU students take information from the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership table in the Student Union earlier this year. The first in a series of on-campus visits occurs Saturday, Sept. 27, with a Fall Preview Day. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU is in the middle of its annual statewide fall True Blue Tour.

MTSU officials and academic staff have visited Chattanooga, Johnson City and Knoxville, and the MTSU Caravan visits Nashville Tuesday, Sept. 30. The final swing will be to the west, visiting Memphis and Jackson.

Saturday, Sept. 27, marks the first of two Fall Preview Days on campus. Students and their parents have time to register at www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

“People can still register,” said Melinda Thomas, director of undergraduate recruitment in the Office of Admissions, “and we encourage them to get there early.”

The preview day starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, but participants can arrive as early as 7:30 to check in inside the Student Union on the east side of campus. A printable campus map at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap14-15 shows parking and MTSU buildings.

Campus and housing tours and academic sessions will be available throughout the day. Lunch vouchers will be provided to registered students. The preview day ends at 3 p.m.

Any student already admitted to MTSU will receive an “I Choose True Blue” T-shirt, Thomas said.

MTSU recruiters are trying to meet with students earlier in the recruiting process, Thomas said, adding that financial aid and application workshops are being conducted in different regions across the state. This includes the recently announced scholarship incentives promoting the “Graduate in 4 and Get More” offerings. Learn more at www.mtsu.edu/apply.

Other upcoming on-campus recruiting events include:

  • Friday, Oct. 17 — “True Blue Experience Day” for students who will be part of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 — Fall Preview Day.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 — “True Blue Experience Day” for prospective students in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Friday, Jan. 30 — “True Blue Experience Day” for prospective students in the College of Mass Communication, the Jones College of Business and the College of Education.

Daily campus tours also are continuing. Call 615-898-5670 or visitwww.mtsu.edu/rsvp to find available dates and to register.

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