[WATCH] Hear from the 2016 June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarship winners


Three rising seniors at MTSU will start the fall 2016 semester knowing that their entire year’s tuition will be paid. Rebecca Craighead, Andrea Madison and Lori Grimes are the 2016 recipients of the June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarships. The foundation annually awards the stipends to women undergraduates age 23 and older. The nonprofit foundation is named for an MTSU chemistry professor who pioneered numerous advances for MTSU women.


[WATCH] MTSU, Bridgestone unveil new workforce leadership program

Middle Tennessee State University, working with leading tire and rubber company Bridgestone Americas, has created an innovative leadership development program to help women and men already in the workforce enhance their skills and even earn a degree. The new Applied Leadership certificate program launches this fall, with Bridgestone employees being among the inaugural group of students. The program offers adult learners already on the job a chance to earn additional job certifications — and even a bachelor’s degree — through online courses and short, intensive on-campus instruction. MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee was joined by Bridgestone representatives Tuesday, June 7, in announcing the new program. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] MTSU’s Huber talks leadership with visiting Civil Air Patrol cadets

Almost 100 cadets from the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol spend a week on the MTSU campus this month for the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s weeklong annual training encampment. The cadets, ranging in age from 12 to 21, stayed in campus residence halls, attending special presentations by the university on aerospace and leadership and learning military drill and customs during the encampment. It was the first time the Tennessee Wing has held its annual training for cadets on a university campus.

The Department of Aerospace hosted the encampment, and its faculty trained cadets on MTSU’s 360-degree air traffic control simulator as well as equipment at the aerospace campus at the Murfreesboro Airport. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, spoke to Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets Monday, June 6, during a session on leadership and service. Here’s a recap:


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— Video by Andrew Oppmann

[WATCH] Air Force Raptor demo team discusses ‘astounding’ aircraft at MTSU

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team discussed their careers and the power of the stealth aircraft during a special visit Friday, June 3, at MTSU. The Raptors, who spoke in the Business and Aerospace Building’s State Farm Lecture Hall, were in Rutherford County for the 2016 Great Tennessee Airshow held Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, at Smyrna Airport. With about 100 people in attendance, including nearly 45 members of area Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol composite squadrons for teenagers, Raptor team members left quite an impression on adults and young people alike. Raptor demo teams are known for performing precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the F-22, which is the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft capable at flying at great speeds and altitudes. Here’s a recap of their visit:


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Video by Leigh Harrington

[WATCH] MTSU senior’s cross-country flight of a lifetime retraces aviation pioneer’s path

Middle Tennessee State University senior Collin McDonald of Carthage, Tennessee, left Murfreesboro May 19 to begin a monthlong adventure that eventually will take him on a cross-country journey that follows that of aviation pioneer Cal Rodgers more than 100 years ago.

McDonald, 22, who is a 4.0 student majoring in aerospace maintenance management and an Honors College Buchanan Fellow, plans to take 30 days to complete the flight he is calling “Vin Fiz2” because Rodgers’ plane was called The Vin Fiz after a grape soft drink. McDonald anticipates at least 100 stops along the way. Here’s a recap of his deaprture:


Learn more about McDonald’s adventure at www.mtsunews.com/mcdonald-retraces-pioneers-path.

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

[WATCH] MTSU students pitch ideas for seed money at biz plan finals

Students put their top business ideas on display at the Jennings A. Jones College of Business 2016 Business Plan Competition Finals, which wrapped up the spring semester by awarding a total of almost $20,000 in prizes to four finalists and other contest participants representing student entrepreneurs looking to turn their business ideas into reality. Dr. Bill McDowell, chair holder of the Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship, which sponsors the event, said the competition gives students an intense hands-on learning experience while allowing them to gain feedback on their plans, develop networks and expose their ideas to potential investors. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] MTSU shares ‘Farm2School’ life with 1,200 City Schools’ children

About 600 Murfreesboro City Schools’ third-graders learned about the MTSU gardens and another 600 took in the dairy portion of the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center Thursday (May 12). Several dozen buses transported the youngsters in two shifts to the MTSU Farm and Dairy in Lascassas, Tennessee, for the second “Farm2School” field trip in as many years. Here’s a recap:


— Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] MTSU celebrates 2K-plus graduates at Spring 2016 commencement

MTSU’s spring Class of 2016 undergraduates marched across the stage at Murphy Center Saturday, May 7, armed with new university degrees and words of inspiration from Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and HBO executive Kary Antholis. A total of 2,034 undergraduates received their degrees. The morning event included students from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the Jones College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Media and Entertainment. The afternoon ceremony featured students in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the University College. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] First 13 MTSU mechatronics grads pursue jobs

With Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Higher Education approval, MTSU’s Department of Engineering Technology began a mechatronics engineering program nearly three years ago. In August 2013, Michigan native and Michigan State transfer Dallas Trahan became the program’s first student. Others followed, and the trickle has ballooned to a fast-growing 250 majors as the spring semester winds down.

During the university’s May 7 morning commencement ceremony, 13 seniors will become the first MTSU mechatronics graduating class. Here’s a recap about the 13 graduating seniors, their projects and the prospects for high-paying jobs.


— Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] MTSU holds inaugural College of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony

MTSU held its inaugural College of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony Friday, May 6, at Murphy Center. The afternoon ceremony saw 349 students presented with graduate degrees, including 316 master’s candidates, 16 education-specialist degree recipients and 17 doctoral candidates. Four graduate students also received graduate certificates. Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and Tennessee’s state historian, served as graduate commencement speaker. Noting that MTSU has been conferring master’s degrees since 1952 and doctorates since 1970, university President Sidney A. McPhee said this first-time ceremony for graduate students, independent of MTSU’s undergrad event, reinforces the importance of the university’s mission. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Jimmy Hart