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‘MTSU On the Record’ examines Scholars Week dedication to learning

A recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program previews Scholars Week, the university’s annual tribute to academic rigor and critical thinking skills.

Nick Carr

Nick Carr

Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk

Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk

Scholars Week web bannerHost Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk, interim chair of the Department of History and member of the Scholars Week Committee, first aired March 20 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation below.

Scheduled for March 27-31, Scholars Week enables both undergraduate and graduate students to display their research at various locations around campus with one day set aside for each university college.

Nick Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” will deliver the Scholars Week keynote address at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Student Union Ballroom, followed by a book-signing opportunity. The event is free and open to the public.

“He looks at the way the technologies of reading and writing have changed over time, and then he links that to ideas about neuroplasticity,” Myers-Shirk said of Carr. “He describes the way in which our thinking and reading changed as our tools changed.”

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 historians help bring ‘Tullahoma Campaign’ to life in special symposium

Two members of the MTSU community will lend their expertise to a daylong examination of one of the Civil War’s most heralded strategic maneuvers.

The Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Symposium is slated for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall, located at 29 Railroad Square in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

Shirley Farris Jones

Shirley Farris Jones

Dr. Vince Armstrong

Dr. Vince Armstrong

Among the speakers will be Dr. Vince Armstrong, an adjunct history professor at MTSU, and Shirley Farris Jones, a Civil War historian and retired MTSU employee.

The “Tullahoma Campaign” was a Union endeavor between June 24 and July 3, 1863, that resulted in the removal of the Confederate Army from Middle Tennessee. Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans maneuvered his Union troops around the Rebel forces of Gen. Braxton Bragg to cut them off from supply reinforcements.

You can learn more about the strategy of the Civil War's "Tullahoma Campaign" at the MTSU Public History Program's special "Backroads Heritage" website. Click on the campaign map above to visit.

You can learn more about the strategy of the Civil War’s “Tullahoma Campaign” at the MTSU Public History Program’s special “Backroads Heritage” website. Click on the campaign map above to visit.

Rebel units made their stand at Shelbyville and Bell Buckle, while the Union forces camped at Hoover’s Gap between Manchester and Murfreesboro. Bragg and his soldiers retreated first to Tullahoma, then to Decherd and Cowan and finally to Chattanooga.

Armstrong helped develop maps for a book about the Tullahoma Campaign published by Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage. He has written several articles about the Tullahoma Campaign.

Jones has been active with the Rutherford County Historical Society, the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and the Martha Ready Morgan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She is the author of six books.

Other speakers include Nashville-Davidson County Historian Carole Bucy and historian and author Thomas Cartwright. Historian and documentarian David Currey will serve as moderator.

Topics to be discussed include “The Tullahoma Campaign and its Significance,” “Migration of Troops from Stones River to Chickamauga,” “Martha Ready Morgan: From Wife to Widow in 630 Days” and “Women and Spies in the Civil War.”

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage, a nonprofit organization, are sponsoring the symposium. The registration fee is $95, which includes breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and a registration packet.

For more information, call 615-613-5627 or send an email to tnbackroads@bellsouth.net.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Professor has advice to help STEM majors succeed on ‘MTSU On the Record’

Helping majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Ginger Holmes Rowell

Dr. Ginger H. Rowell

WMOT-new web logoHost Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Ginger Holmes Rowell, a professor of mathematical sciences, first aired March 14 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation below.

Rowell and mathematical sciences lecturer Ameneh Mahrou Kassaee administered questionnaires to MTSU freshman STEM majors to determine their motivation for pursuing an education in those disciplines.

They discovered that, while the students had high grade and career motivation, they might not have enough intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy and self-determination to ensure their success.

“Perhaps they don’t know as much about the field as they might think,” said Rowell. “Once they get to college, they may find that it’s different than it was in high school.

Ameneh Mahrou Kassaee

Ameneh M. Kassaee

OTR Rowell STEM cover web“For example, in mathematics, sometimes they think it’s just solving problems. But once you start to do mathematics research, it’s at a whole different level of involvement and engagement.”

Rowell and Kassaee’s research paper, “Motivationally-Informed Interventions for At-Risk STEM Students,” was published in the July-September 2016 edition of the “Journal of STEM Education.” You can read the PDF here.

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.

Harrington named accounting chair in MTSU’s Jones College of Business

MTSU professor Jeannie Harrington has been named chair of the Department of Accounting in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Dean David Urban announced.

A member of the MTSU faculty since 1988, Harrington has taught several different courses during her tenure, currently teaching Cost Accounting at all levels and International Accounting in the Study Abroad program.

Dr. David Urban

Dr. David Urban

Dr. Jeannie Harrington

Dr. Jeannie Harrington

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Harrington is taking on this position of leadership in our Department of Accounting. Our Accounting program is one of only 185 programs in the world holding separate accounting accreditation from AACSB International, the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for business and accounting programs,” Urban said.

“Dr. Harrington’s long history of supporting our students, our alumni, and the accounting profession provides her with an excellent foundation from which she can propel our program to an even higher level of recognition.”

Harrington received her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University, her M.B.A. from MTSU, and her doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining academia, Harrington worked for Puryear, Hamilton, Hausman, and Wood in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It is a great honor to serve as chair. The outstanding quality and dedication of the faculty, students and alumni make my job very rewarding,” Harrington said. “I continue to believe accounting is the best business major with unlimited opportunities and career paths.”

Harrington is the faculty adviser for the Student Institute of Management Accountants IMA and also serves on the Nashville IMA Board.

She can be reached at Jeannie.Harrington@mtsu.edu. For more information about the Department of Accounting, visit www.mtsu.edu/accounting.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

‘MTSU On the Record’ checks what’s brewing in fermentation science major

A recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program examined a process that is used to make everything from beer to bread.

Dr. Tony Johnston

Dr. Tony Johnston

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Tony Johnston, a professor in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, first aired Feb. 28 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation below.

Johnston wrote the proposal for MTSU’s new fermentation science major, the first degree program of its type in Tennessee.

WMOT-new web logoIn food processing, fermentation is the process by which carbohydrates are converted either to alcohol or organic acids through the use of microorganisms. Foods and drinks processed in this manner include sauerkraut, yogurt, beer, wine, bread and some types of meats.

Beginning in fall 2017, MTSU will teach courses in fermentation science in partnership with local companies, and hands-on training sessions at industry sites, as well as internships, will be scheduled to accommodate both working professionals and traditional students.

“There are literally hundreds of potential jobs out there — not just in the state of Tennessee, not just in Middle Tennessee, but literally worldwide,” said Johnston. “This is the biggest selling point, to me, about this degree program.”

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 on WGNS: Opera, science renovations, black history project

MTSU faculty and staff took to WGNS Radio recently to share information about an upcoming opera performance, major renovations to science facilities and an ongoing partnership to document the area’s black history.

The details were shared during the Feb. 20 “Action Line” program with host Bart Walker. The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. If you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Guests and their topics were as follows:

• H. Stephen Smith, professor of voice in the MTSU School of Music, discussed the upcoming presentation of the opera “Dido and Aeneas” March 31 through April 1.

WGNS-FM Radio’s “Action Line” program featured MTSU on its Monday, Feb. 20, program. Pictured are: at top from left to right, MTSU graduate student Lindsey Fisher; Vonchelle Stembridge, program coordinator for Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center; and MTSU history professor Brenden Martin; center, H. Stephen Smith, voice professor; and Dr. Ron Henderson, physics department chair. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

WGNS-FM Radio’s “Action Line” program featured MTSU on its Monday, Feb. 20, program. Pictured are: at top from left to right, MTSU graduate student Lindsey Fisher; Vonchelle Stembridge, program coordinator for Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center; and MTSU history professor Brenden Martin; center, H. Stephen Smith, voice professor; and at bottom, Dr. Ron Henderson, physics department chair. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

The MTSU Opera Theater will present “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, in the Hinton Music Hall inside the Wright Music Building. Tickets are $10 to the general public and free to MTSU students with a valid ID.

“Dido and Aeneas” is an opera composed in or before 1689 by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell. Purcell is considered one of the greatest English composers of his era. This era was known as the Baroque period, which was known for music that combined passionate emotion with complex, challenging techniques. MTSU students will put an interesting twist on their production by setting the opera well into the future — in the year 2500.

For more information about MTSU Opera Theater or become involved, contact Smith at h.stephen.smith@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2504.

• Dr. Ron Henderson, chair for the Department of Physics, discussed the recent grand re-opening of the renovated Wiser-Patten Science Hall and Davis Science Building.

MTSU held a Feb. 15 ceremony to reopen the two buildings, which underwent roughly $20 million in renovations to provide updated space and technology to several of science-related programs. These renovations provide new homes for physics, geosciences, anthropology and other departments and functions of the university.

The university also unveiled the Science Corridor of Innovation, which combines the two renovated structures with the new Science Building and will eventually includes assets such as the living-learning residence hall for science students and the observatories.

Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/davis-wiser-patten-reopen/.

• Dr. Brenden Martin, professor of history and director of the MTSU Public History Program, MTSU graduate student Lindsey Fisher, and Vonchelle Stembridge, program coordinator for Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, discussed an ongoing African-American history project.

The MTSU Public History Program is partnering with Bradley and the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department to create and install a new exhibit to interpret the history of African-American education in Rutherford County.

MTSU wants to get the word out to let the community know about this partnership, and is inviting anyone who has stories, images, objects, or memorabilia that they would be willing to share.

Read more and learn how you can help at http://www.mtsunews.com/bradley-academy-history-project-2017/.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in guesting on WGNS to promote their MTSU-related activities should contact Jimmy Hart, director of news and media relations, at 615-898-5131 or via email at jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu.

 

MTSU Center for Historic Preservation documents FFA’s Tennessee legacy

Another chapter in Tennessee’s agricultural history has been written with help from MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation.

Representatives from the center and from Tennessee Future Farmers of America presented copies of “Tennessee FFA: Tradition and Transformation” to Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

Dr. Carroll Van West

Dr. Carroll Van West

Dr. Carroll Van West, center director and Tennessee State Historian, co-wrote “Tradition and Transformation” with Savannah Grandey, an MTSU alumna from Woodbury, Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee FFA and its foundation to highlight the leadership and achievement of thousands of alumni who wear the FFA blue jacket.

“Generations of FFA leaders have shaped our economy, our government and the very landscape we share as Tennesseans,” said West.

CHP-TN FFA history cover-webThe ceremony was part of the celebration of the national Future Farmers of America Week and the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act, the 1917 federal law that established agricultural vocational training and spurred the 1928 development of FFA.

After the presentation of West and Grandey’s work, legislators presented a state proclamation honoring the Smith-Hughes Act centennial.

“Many Tennesseans have participated in the FFA, each with a unique story of how the organization shaped them into who they became as adults,” said Mark McBride, chairman of the Tennessee FFA Historic Preservation Committee.

“Dr. West and Savannah Grandey did a fantastic job researching our records to complete this history, all with the desire to help us convey the importance of the FFA to agriculture in Tennessee.”

McBride, Steven Gass, Chelsea Rose and John Mayfield lent their support to the project.

To purchase a copy of “Tennessee FFA: Tradition and Transformation,” contact the Tennessee FFA at 615-253-5207 or the Tennessee FFA Foundation at 931-372-6050. For more information, contact the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, call 615-898-2947 or visit www.mtsuhistpres.org.

— Gina Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Pleas Award winner Turnage hailed as ‘perfect faculty member’ [+VIDEO]

The 21st recipient of MTSU’s highest honor for black faculty is being praised as a credit to her profession and a caring mentor to future members of her profession.

Dr. Barbara Turnage, a professor of social work, was presented with the John Pleas Faculty Award at a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Hazlewood Dining Room of MTSU’s James Union Building.

The award is presented annually during Black History Month to a black faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.

“The award is not about me,” Dr. John Pleas, the retired psychology professor for whom the honor is named, said to Turnage. “It’s about you. It’s about all these individuals who are named on the back of the program that have made contributions to the university.”

As a roomful of colleagues and admirers looked on, Turnage was hailed by her colleagues for her research, teaching and community service. Social work professor John Sanborn called her “fantastically collegial.”

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Turnage has built a social work career that has included providing social services for those with impaired and/or aging parents, new mothers and families with physical and mental health needs.

She also has counseled methadone clients and individuals who were at risk of harming themselves or others. This practical experience has informed her teaching, mentoring and research.

“Her communication abilities are quite amazing, and her bubbly personality is nothing short of infectious,” said Justin Bucchio, an associate professor of social work.

In addition to her academic achievements, Turnage is vice chair of the Board of Directors for Journeys in Community Living, a program that supports adults with intellectual disabilities. She will assume the chair in fall 2017.

“Dr. Turnage exemplifies a passion for helping social work students become self-driven, knowledgeable practitioners,” said Laura R. James, a master’s degree candidate in social work from Murfreesboro. “She cares about our academic performance and supports field opportunities commensurate with our career interests.”

MTSU social work professor Barbara Turnage thanks her family, colleagues and supporters after receiving the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award at a Feb. 21 ceremony in the James Union Building. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU social work professor Barbara Turnage thanks her family, colleagues and supporters after receiving the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award at a Feb. 21 ceremony in the James Union Building. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

At MTSU, Turnage has served on MTSU’s Faculty Senate, the Forrest Hall Review Committee, the Africana Studies Program Development Committee and the International Education and Exchange Committee. She continues to serve on multiple faculty, search, admissions and qualifying exam committees.

In accepting the award, Turnage called her family and colleagues to the podium to share the moment with her.

“Everything we do is based on our foundation, based on people that support us,” said Turnage. “I just wanted you to know my support system. These are people that I know love me no matter what, no matter what I do or say. … I can’t thank them enough for loving me.”

“From the college perspective, you’re the perfect faculty member,” said Dr. Harold Whiteside, dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

For more information about the John Pleas Faculty Award, go to www.mtsu.edu/aahm/john-pleas-award.php.

Previous winners of the Pleas Faculty Recognition Award since its inception are:

  • Dr. Bichaka Fayissa, economics professor, 1998.
  • Dr. Laura Jarmon, English professor, 1999.
  • Dr. Gloria Bonner, dean of the College of Education, 2000.
  • Dr. Sharon Shaw-McEwen, social work professor, 2001.
  • Dr. Alphonse Carter, engineering technology professor, 2002.
  • Dr. Bertha Clark, professor of communication disorders, 2003.
  • Dr. Anantha Babbili, 2004, dean of the College of Mass Communication.
  • Dr. Pat Patterson, professor of chemistry, 2005.
  • Dr. Rosemary Owens, dean of continuing studies and public service, 2006.
  • Dr. Connie Wade, chair of the Department of Elementary and Special Education, 2007.
  • Dr. Marva Lucas, chair of the Department of University Studies, 2008.
  • Dr. Adonijah Bakari, history professor, 2009.
  • Dr. Dwight Patterson, 2010, chemistry professor.
  • Dr. Raphael Bundage, 2011, music professor.
  • Dr. Cheryl Slaughter Ellis, professor of community and public health, 2012.
  • Dr. Newtona “Tina” Johnson, professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, 2013.
  • Dr. Sekou Franklin, political science professor, 2014.
  • Dr. Michaele Chappell, professor of mathematics education and coordinator for the Masters of Science in Teaching program, 2015.
  • Dr. Linda Clark, professor of mathematics in the Department of University Studies, 2016.

— Gina Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU social work professor Barbara Turnage, left, receives the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award from Professor Emeritus John Pleas at a Feb. 21 ceremony in the James Union Building. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU social work professor Barbara Turnage, left, receives the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award from Professor Emeritus John Pleas at a Feb. 21 ceremony in the James Union Building.

Dr. John Pleas, emeritus professor of psychology, gives remarks Tuesday, Feb. 21, before presenting the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award to Dr. Barbara F. Turnage, professor in the Department of Social Work. The ceremony was held in the Hazlewood Dining Room of the James Union Building. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Dr. John Pleas, emeritus professor of psychology, speaks Tuesday, Feb. 21, before presenting the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Award to Dr. Barbara F. Turnage, professor in the Department of Social Work.


Social work professor to receive MTSU top minority faculty honor Feb. 21

Feb. 15, 2017

An MTSU professor whose dedication to others has been the hallmark of her career is the 2017 John Pleas Faculty Recognition Award honoree.

Dr. Barbara Turnage

Dr. Barbara Turnage

Social work professor Barbara Turnage will receive the award in a 4 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Hazlewood Dining Room of the James Union Building.

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

MTSU presents the John Pleas Faculty Award each year during Black History Month to a minority faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service. The honor, established in 1997, is named for Dr. John Pleas, an MTSU professor emeritus of psychology.

Turnage, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, has built a social work career that has included providing social services for families with impaired and/or aging parents, new mothers and families with physical and mental health needs.

She also has counseled methadone clients and individuals who were at risk of harming themselves or others. This practical experience has informed her teaching, mentoring and research.

Dr John Pleas web

Dr. John Pleas

At MTSU, Turnage has served on MTSU’s Faculty Senate, the Forrest Hall Review Committee, the Africana Studies Program Development Committee and the International Education and Exchange Committee. She continues to serve on multiple faculty, search, admissions and qualifying exam committees.

Click on the poster to see a larger PDF version.

Click on the 2017 poster to see a larger PDF version.

In addition to her academic achievements, Turnage serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Murfreesboro’s Journeys in Community Living, a program formerly known as the Rutherford Adult Activity Center that supports adults with intellectual disabilities. She will assume the board’s chair in fall 2017.

Turnage, a first-generation high school graduate, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She earned her doctorate in social work from Tulane University and earned a four-year regents’ fellowship there.

Pleas Award nominees must have completed at least five years of service at MTSU and have a record of outstanding service. Each nominee must have three letters to support his or her nomination.

For more information about the John Pleas Faculty Recognition Award at MTSU, contact Dr. Linda Clark, professor of mathematics in the Department of University Studies and the 2016 Pleas Award winner, at 615-904-8234 or linda.clark@mtsu.edu.

Along with Clark, previous winners of the Pleas Faculty Recognition Award since its inception are:

  • Dr. Bichaka Fayissa, economics professor, 1998.
  • Dr. Laura Jarmon, English professor, 1999.
  • Dr. Gloria Bonner, dean of the College of Education, 2000.
  • Dr. Sharon Shaw-McEwen, social work professor, 2001.
  • Dr. Alphonse Carter, engineering technology professor, 2002.
  • Dr. Bertha Clark, professor of communication disorders, 2003.
  • Dr. Anantha Babbili, 2004, dean of the College of Mass Communication.
  • Dr. Pat Patterson, professor of chemistry, 2005.
  • Dr. Rosemary Owens, dean of continuing studies and public service, 2006.
  • Dr. Connie Wade, chair of the Department of Elementary and Special Education, 2007.
  • Dr. Marva Lucas, chair of the Department of University Studies, 2008.
  • Dr. Adonijah Bakari, history professor, 2009.
  • Dr. Dwight Patterson, 2010, chemistry professor.
  • Dr. Raphael Bundage, 2011, music professor.
  • Dr. Cheryl Slaughter Ellis, professor of community and public health, 2012.
  • Dr. Newtona “Tina” Johnson, professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, 2013.
  • Dr. Sekou Franklin, political science professor, 2014.
  • Dr. Michaele Chappell, professor of mathematics education and coordinator for the Masters of Science in Teaching program, 2015.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Professor examines inmates’ grief, mortality on ‘MTSU On the Record’

A recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program looked at how older inmates deal with the deaths of friends and relatives as well as their own mortality.

Dr. Ron Aday

Dr. Ron Aday

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Ron Aday, a professor of sociology, first aired Feb. 21 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation below.

Aday is co-author of “Older Prisoners’ Experiences of Death, Dying and Grief Behind Bars,” which was published in the September 2016 edition of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. (You can read the report at this link.)

The report paints a grim portrait of a rapidly aging inmate population who often dare not give expression to their feelings when they learn that a loved one is dead.

WMOT-new web logoWhile some fear becoming targets if they show any emotional vulnerability, the report notes, others try to come to grips with the realization they might not get the health care they need as they approach the end of their own lives.

“When I started studying this decades ago, we didn’t have 30,000 or 40,000 people that were over age 50,” said Aday. “Now it’s almost 300,000, and in another five years or so we’re going to have a half a million people over age 50, inmates that have three or four chronic illnesses.”

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.

8 MTSU women are among nominees for ATHENA leadership awards

The MTSU community is well-represented among the nominees for the 2017 ATHENA International Leadership Award and the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

Click on the logo for ticket information.

Click on the logo for ticket information.

Rutherford Cable, a local organization for women’s professional advancement, will present the awards at a dinner ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

University-based nominees for the International Leadership Award include:

  • Lara Daniel, professor of business law and assistant dean for assessment in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.
  • Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle, history professor and director of MT Engage, a program to promote engaged learning in students’ educational experiences.
  • Dr. Hilary Miller, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU.
  • alumna and philanthropist Dr. Liz Rhea, a member of the boards of the MTSU Foundation, MTSU Alumni Board and the Blue Raider Athletic Association.
  • Barbara Scales, director of MTSU’s June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students.

University-based nominees for the Young Professional Leadership Award include three MTSU alumnae:

  • La’Endia Buchanan, recruiting coordinator and adviser in the Career Development Center at MTSU.
  • Dr. Alicja Lanfear, lecturer in the Department of Biology and a founding officer of the Tennessee Association of Biology Teachers.
  • Asheton Winborn, chapter adviser for the Zeta Theta Chapter of Chi Omega sorority at MTSU.
Dr. Liz Rhea

Dr. Liz Rhea

Dr. Hilary Miller

Dr. Hilary Miller

Dr. Mary S. Hoffschwelle

Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle

Professor Lara Daniel

Professor Lara Daniel

Martha Mertz, founder of the ATHENA International Leadership Award program, will serve as keynote speaker for the awards dinner.

Mertz, an expert on women and leadership, worked with the Lansing, Michigan, Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980s to create the program, which supports, honors and develops women leaders and is offered in more than 500 communities worldwide.

“The ATHENA award recognizes individuals who excel in their professions, give back to their communities and help raise up other leaders, especially women,” said event chair Anne Henslee.

Asheton Winborn

Asheton Winborn

Dr. Alicja K. Lanfear

Dr. Alicja K. Lanfear

La’Endia Buchanan

La’Endia Buchanan

Barbara Scales

Barbara Scales

“The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, introduced to the Rutherford County community in 2016, recognizes an emerging leader under age 40 who exemplifies the ATHENA values and serves as a role model for women personally and professionally.”

Tickets to the award dinner and ceremony are $60 per person and are available online at www.rutherfordcable.org.

Rutherford Cable; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Ascend Federal Credit Union; Deloitte, Farrar/Wright PLLC; Guaranty Trust; State Farm; NHC HealthCare; General Mills; Dempsey Vantrease & Follis PLLC; and VIP Murfreesboro sponsor the awards.

For more information, including a complete list of nominees, contact Tosha Stoutenberg, marketing and communications chair for Rutherford Cable, at tstoutenburg@ascendfcu.org or visit www.rutherfordcable.org.

— Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

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