Lamont Dozier, Bob Dylan and that famous Motown sound [VIDEO]

Motown hit-maker Lamont Dozier, who co-created “Baby Love,” “Heat Wave” and “Can’t Help Myself,” among more than 50 No. 1 hits, took an enthusiastic, multigenerational crowd on a joyful trip through musical history Oct. 21 in MTSU’s James Union Building. Among the many stories he told, were the tales of Bob Dylan’s visit to Motown’s Studio A and an explanation of how Motown came to find its signature sound.


Read the story at www.mtsunews.com/lamont-dozier-honor-2015.

— Video by Leigh Harrington

Motown legend Lamont Dozier brings great storytelling, music to MTSU [VIDEO]

Motown hit-maker Lamont Dozier was named a Fellow of the Center for Popular Music at MTSU during a special ceremony held Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the James Union Building. Dozier is the second person to be so honored by the university’s special Tennessee Board of Regents’ Center for Excellence.


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/lamont-dozier-honor-2015/.

Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU students, Habitat for Humanity partner to make history [VIDEO]

In five hours’ time, MTSU students managed to hammer together a little piece of Tennessee history. Under the guidance of Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, students and other volunteers participated Monday, Oct. 19, in the nonprofit organization’s inaugural panel build in the state. A panel build is a one-day event in which only the interior and exterior walls of a house are constructed. Participants constructed the interior and exterior walls of a house for Zach and Nikki Newbold and their children, Zoe and Eli.


Construction is slated to start at the end of March with the dedication anticipated around the end of April at Castle and University streets in Murfreesboro. Read more here.

— Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU ag students exhibit leadership traits at Farm Labs Open House [VIDEO]

More than 300 people saw agriculture — and MTSU ag students — in action during the recent MTSU Farm Laboratories Open House in Lascassas, Tennessee.

MTSU faculty and staff are helping the nearly 500 School of Agribusiness and Agriscience students become leaders in their specialized areas.

The open house has become a tradition as alumni and friends of the university and the campus and Murfreesboro and Rutherford County communities converge at the farm on Guy James Road.


Read the full story at www.mtsunews.com/2015-farm-labs-open-house.

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


MTSU announces Regional Scholars Program for select out-of-state students [VIDEO]

ATLANTA — Middle Tennessee State University unveiled a new Regional Scholars Program Sept. 30 that will provide incentives for select potential out-of-state freshmen who live within 250 miles of its Murfreesboro campus.

The program, which will reduce MTSU’s out-of-state tuition by 48 percent, will be offered starting in Fall 2016 to students with an ACT composite of 25 and above. President Sidney A. McPhee made the announcement at an Atlanta luncheon with area guidance counselors and MTSU alumni.


Read the full story here.

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

MTSU Jones College’s ‘Back to Business Courtyard Bash’ a big hit [VIDEO]

The MTSU Jennings A. Jones College of Business drew hundreds of students to its “Back to Business Courtyard Bash” held Aug. 26 outside the Business and Aerospace Building. Jones College faculty and staff mingled with students, who were treated to a free meal of barbecue and the trimmings plus a T-shirt giveaway.


Video by Jimmy Hart

State Historian Carroll Van West receives MTSU Career Achievement Award [VIDEO]

Director of the Center for Historic Preservation, a professor of history at MTSU since 1985 and the governor-appointed Tennessee State Historian since 2013, Dr. Carroll Van West is this year’s recipient of the MTSU Foundation’s Career Achievement Award, considered the pinnacle of recognition for stellar professors. West received the honor during the annual Fall Faculty Meeting held Friday, Aug. 21, inside Tucker Theatre.


Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/2015-mtsu-foundation-awards/.

Video by Jimmy Hart

McPhee touts student retention in ‘State of University’ (highlights) [VIDEO]

Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee delivered his 15th “State of the University” address before a packed house Friday, Aug. 21, at the 2015-16 Fall Faculty Meeting at Tucker Theatre. McPhee emphasized the university’s continuing drive to improve student retention and graduation rates, symbolized by the Quest for Student Success initiative implemented by the university in the 2014-15 academic year. Here are highlights from his address:


Read a full report here and see the full address here.

Video by Jimmy Hart

MTSU President McPhee, volunteers help students move in at ‘We-Haul’ [VIDEOS]

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University, pitched in during the 2015 “We-Haul” effort, where campus organizations and community volunteers helped incoming freshmen move into the residence halls.


Video by Andrew Oppmann

An army of volunteers also helped with the move-in, to delight of students and their families!


Video by Jimmy Hart

MTSU Out of the Blue revisits Bonnaroo-August 2015 [VIDEO]

In this episode of “Out of the Blue” we talk with Dean Ken Paulson and faculty from MTSU’s newly named College of Media and Entertainment. From their students’ recent work behind-the-scenes at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to the renaming of one of MTSU’s most well known and nationally respected colleges reflecting the new age of communication, it’s all here in our August 2015 episode.


You can watch “Out of the Blue” on Murfreesboro cable Channel 9 Monday through Sunday at 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on NewsChannel5+ Sundays at 1:30 p.m. It’s also available on other cable outlets in middle Tennessee, so check local listings.

View the “Out of the Blue” archives anytime at http://www.youtube.com/mtsuoutoftheblue.