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[WATCH] MTSU renews pact with Civil Air Patrol Tenn. Wing

Middle Tennessee State University recently renewed its partnership with the Tennessee Wing of Civil Air Patrol, a relationship launched three years ago to benefit aerospace education for state high school students. Interim Provost Mark Byrnes, the university’s chief academic officer, met Friday, March 17, with commanders of the U.S. Air Force’s volunteer civilian auxiliary, then signed a three-year extension of the pact that links CAP with MTSU’s Department of Aerospace in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Here’s a recap of the signing ceremony:

Read the full story http://www.mtsunews.com/civil-air-patrol-renewal-2017/.

Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] Descendant of Madam C.J. Walker kicks off Women’s History Month

A descendant of Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles, delivered an address at the official opening ceremony Wednesday, March 15, in the Keathley University Center Theater. “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme of this year’s observance. In conjunction with the theme, buttons will be distributed across campus bearing the likeness of Madam C.J. Walker, the hair products magnate who was hailed as the first self-made African-American millionaire in the country in the early 20th century.

Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, author and journalist Bundles has written biographies of Madam C.J. Walker and is a former producer for NBC News and a former producer and executive for ABC News. She maintains the Madam Walker Family Archives and serves as a consultant and historical adviser for Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, a line of hair care products developed by Sunline Brands. During the March 15 ceremony, six women received awards from the MTSU National Women’s History Month Committee for their trailblazing work. Here’s a recap:

Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-nwhm-2017/.

Video by Sarah Mustian

MTSU business students offer ‘BEST’ selves at spring career fair [WATCH]

This year’s BEST Career and Internship Fair at MTSU again drew employers from throughout the region on hunt for talented students looking to jumpstart their careers.

Dozens of students took advantage of the opportunity to sell themselves to potential future employers at the Business Exchange for Student Talent, or BEST, event held Wednesday in the Student Union Ballroom. Here’s a recap:

Sponsored by faculty in the management and marketing departments in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, BEST takes on a “speed networking” format in which groups of students meet with employment recruiters stationed at tables throughout the ballroom. After a 15-minute exchange, students move to another table.

“It’s important for our students to connect with their next stage in life, whether it’s graduate studies or whether it’s the start their career,” said Laura Buckner, internship coordinator in the Department of Marketing. “They’re here at MTSU for a reason, and that’s to move forward in life. … Every business is looking for good talent.”

The primary purpose of BEST is to help students get full-time jobs. The three-hour fair is geared toward students majoring in marketing, business administration, management and entrepreneurship within the Jones College, although other students can also attend. Faculty encouraged students to dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes and do a bit of research in advance to become familiar with the employers.

Participating companies were hiring for positions such as entry-level marketing, sales, logistics, retail and management professionals. Internships were also available.

For more information about the Jones College of Business and its programs, visit www.mtsu.edu/business.

— Video by Sarah Mustian (sarah.mustian@mtsu.edu)

[WATCH] MTSU students, alums look to future at Fall Career Fair

Hosted by the Career Development Center of Middle Tennessee State University, the 2016 Fall Career Fair was held Oct. 27 on the track level of Murphy Center. It was free and open to all MTSU students and alumni. This year’s fair drew almost 170 employers, a 20 percent increase from last year, as well as a number of graduate/professional schools. Here’s a video recap of the event:

Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/fall-career-fair-2016/.

— Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] MTSU Homecoming Parade 2016 – Sights & Sounds

This video is a sights and sounds recap of Middle Tennessee State University’s 2016 Homecoming Parade held Oct. 15, 2016, along East Main Street in Murfreesboro, Tennessee:

Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] MTSU unveils large turbofan engine donated by Southwest Airlines

Students in Middle Tennessee State University’s aerospace maintenance program will be taking their training up a few levels thanks to Southwest Airlines’ generous donation of a turbofan airplane engine.
The 4,300-pound CFM56 engine, which was used on flying aircraft, was delivered a few weeks ago and will now be used to teach the Department of Aerospace maintenance management students about modern, high-bypass turbofan engines. Those engines “rule the skies today with regard to commercial transportation,” said Bill Allen, associate professor and coordinator of the Maintenance Management Program. Here’s a recap of the Oct. 4 unveiling at the MTSU Flight Operations Center maintenance hangar at Murfreesboro Airport:

Read the full story here.

Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] Diverse cast of MTSU supporters recite ‘True Blue Pledge’

Middle Tennessee State University again enlisted a diverse cast of students, faculty, staff and alumni to recite the latest video expression of what is becoming a cherished Blue Raider tradition.

The True Blue Pledge is recited each fall at MTSU’s annual University Convocation ceremony, during which President Sidney A. McPhee formally welcomes new students to campus and explains MTSU rituals and traditions.

The pledge, which begins with the simple phrase “I am True Blue,” underscores MTSU’s core values of honesty and integrity; respect for diversity; engagement in the community; and committing to reason, not violence.

“These words express not only the ideals the university wishes to share with its students but also our devotion to student success,” said McPhee, who enlisted a task force five years ago to develop the university’s foundational values and ultimately the pledge that captures the spirit of those values.

The True Blue Pledge reads: 

“I am True Blue.

“As a member of this diverse community, I am a valuable contributor to its progress and success. I am engaged in the life of this community. I am a recipient and a giver.

“I am a listener and a speaker. I am honest in word and deed. I am committed to reason, not violence. I am a learner now and forever.

“I am a BLUE RAIDER. True Blue!”

Here is the video:

Those appearing include:

  • Madison Tracy — MTSU Student Government Association president, public relations major.
  • Rahsaan Robinson — SGA senator for the College of Media and Entertainment, Interfraternity Council vice president of membership development, student orientation assistant, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity member, marketing major.
  • Mei Han — director, MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture.
  • Megan Barry — MTSU student ambassador, Blue Elite, student orientation assistant.
  • Zach Hirt — MTSU Sigma Chi Fraternity president, finance major.
  • Pastor James McCarroll — chairman, MTSU Community Engagement Council.
  • Shea Kramer — Blue Elite, nursing major.
  • Don Witherspoon — MTSU alumnus (’64), president, MTSU National Alumni Association.
  • Roy Brewer — associate director and assistant chief, MTSU Police Department..
  • Hermon Phuntling — Blue Elite, global studies major.
  • Tyler Bailey — MTSU student ambassador, ROTC cadet, mechatronics major.
  • Courteney Gibson — MTSU soccer player, physics major.
  • Dr. Mary Martin — MTSU Faculty Senate president, MTSU alumnus (’79), mathematics professor.
  • Mason Bradley — Campus School student, future Blue Raider.
  • Brent Stockstill — MTSU football quarterback, leisure sport & tourism major.
  • Ty Petty — MTSU Women’s basketball player, leisure sport & tourism major.
  • Risa Witherow — Blue Elite, geosciences major.
  • Bruce Petryshak — MTSU’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

For more information about MTSU’s True Blue initiative, visit www.mtsu.edu/trueblue/index.php.

[WATCH] MTSU hosts poignant 9/11 observance to ‘never forget’

MTSU’s Department of Military Science held a 9/11 Observance Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial outside of the Tom H. Jackson Building. The event was held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Here’s a recap of the event:

Read the full story here.

Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 FM launch party in Nashville

NASHVILLE — With a seamless segue from a classical rendition of Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” to its Americana interpretation, a new player emerged Friday, Sept. 2, in the Nashville radio market. WMOT-FM, MTSU’s 100,000-watt professional radio station at 89.5 on the dial, officially changed formats at 11 a.m. Friday from a mix of classical, jazz and news-talk to Americana music in a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in downtown Nashville. Here’s a recap of the kickoff ceremony:

Read the full story here.

Video by Rob Janson

[WATCH] Students again flock to Jones College’s courtyard bash

MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business again brought out hundreds of students with barbecue, music, free T-shirts and lunchtime fellowship at the second annual Back to Business Courtyard Bash held Thursday, Sept. 1, in the courtyard area of the Business and Aerospace Building. With Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q again providing the food and First Tennessee Bank donating the T-shirts as a first-time sponsor, hundreds of students fell in line to grab a tasty bite and interact with Jones College faculty and staff who welcomed them back for the fall semester in a casual atmosphere. Here’s a quick recap:

Video by Jimmy Hart

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