MTSU students fired up for 2014 Fight Song Competition (VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University’s fraternities, sororities and other student groups gathered for the 2014 Fight Song Competition, part of the Week of Welcome events that marked the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Activities continue through the Labor Day holiday.


— Video by Andrew Oppmann


MTSU Science Building leaves quite a first-day impression (VIDEO)

As first impressions go, the new $147 million MTSU Science Building left a lasting and memorable one Monday, Aug. 25, for students attending the opening day of fall semester classes in the 2014-15 academic year.

The building features 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, about 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas and space for student presentations.

To read more of this story, visit www.mtsunews.com/science-building-leaves-impression. For more on the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, visit www.mtsu.edu/cbas.

Dr. Paula Thomas receives 2014 Career Achievement Award (VIDEO)

With more than 30 years of service molding future accountants as a member of the Jones College of Business faculty, Dr. Paula Thomas was honored Aug. 22 as the 13th recipient of the Career Achievement Award during MTSU’s Fall Faculty Meeting at Tucker Theatre. Thomas holds the Deloitte Foundation Professorship in Accounting.


Read the story at www.mtsunews.com/career-achievement-award-2014.

MTSU President McPhee gives State of the University 2014 address (VIDEOS)

After acknowledging the many accomplishments the university has made during the past year, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee had a straightforward message to faculty and leaders during the Aug. 22 Fall Faculty Meeting inside Tucker Theatre: “We must ensure that we recruit, retain and graduate students.”

Now in his 14th year of leading the Blue Raider campus, McPhee gave his traditional State of the University address before the hundreds of faculty and staff who have returned to campus to start the fall semester.


McPhee touted the ongoing improvements to campus infrastructure and facilities, including the opening of the new Science Building this fall ahead of schedule.

The president also pointed to academic improvements such as the launch of the mechatronics engineering program and increases in research funding in graduate studies.

An extended, half-hour version of the president’s remarks can be watched below:


You can read more about the State of the University remarks at www.mtsunews.com/fall-faculty-address-2014, which also includes a link to a transcript.

‘We-Haul’ 2014 helps MTSU students move into dorms (VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University’s annual “We-Haul” volunteer move-in project, led by the university’s fraternities and sororities, helped students move into residence halls for the 2014-15 academic year.

Community and campus organizations joined MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to lend a hand in the effort Aug. 22.


You can learn more about this year’s event at www.mtsunews.com/we-haul-2014-moves-students.

‘Honored’ Class of 2014 enter Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

Representing excellence in newspaper, television and radio news, six veteran journalists were inducted into the second class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame before a capacity crowd Tuesday afternoon at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The inductions were held during the 60th annual conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, which sponsored the ceremony along with the Associated Press. The Hall of Fame is an independent partner with MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, which houses the hall in its Center for Innovation in Media inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building on the MTSU campus.

The 2014 honorees were: Joe Birch, longtime co-anchor, WMC-TV Action News 5, Memphis; Bob Johnson, retired co-anchor of WTVC-TV News, Chattanooga; Alex S. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times; Luther Masingill, WDEF Radio/TV, Chattanooga; Otis Sanford, longtime former reporter, editor, columnist, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis; and Sam Venable, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel.


Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/tn-journalism-hall-of-fame-2014-induction/.

MTSU 2014 summer graduation celebrates milestone (VIDEO)

MTSU’s newest graduates may be among the 1.6 million-plus students receiving college degrees across the United States this year, but they are much more than numbers, university leaders said Aug. 9.

Speaking at the university’s summer 2014 commencement ceremony inside Murphy Center, guest speaker Scott Boyd, the outgoing president of the MTSU Faculty Senate, assured the 872 graduating students that their goals, their challenges and their futures make them unique.

“You are part of that large number … and it could be easy to be lost in the crowd,” said professor Boyd, who also is head of the theatre design program in MTSU’s Department of Speech and Theatre.

“You’ve worked very hard to make sure you’re sitting here at this moment. You established calculated goals to arrive at this point.

“You have empowered yourselves. … You proactively took your life in your own hands and achieved this. Don’t give your power away to anyone or anything.”


Of the 872 MTSU students celebrating Saturday, 651 are undergraduates and 221 are graduate students, including 201 master’s degree recipients, 13 education-specialist degree recipients and seven new doctoral degree-holders. One graduate student also received a graduate certificate.

Read more at www.mtsunews.com/summer-commencement-2014.

Students’ research includes music production, Parkinson’s study (VIDEO)

During an MTSU research project this summer, four students needed only three weeks to be in total harmony on a recording project.

They aced the assignment in all phases.


“It has been great,” said their faculty mentor Chris Haseleu, the former chair in the College of Mass Communication’s Department of Recording Industry. “The final product is outstanding. They worked well together, which was part of my proposal … to give and take criticism to advance the project.”

To learn more about undergraduate and other forms of research, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/research/. For more on this story, visit http://www.mtsunews.com.

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

‘Passport to Happiness’ exhibit unlocks Scandinavia’s rosy outlook (VIDEO)

MTSU students learned firsthand why the people of Scandinavia’s cozy countries continually top the United Nations’ “World Happiness Report,” and their own report is “Passport to Happiness,” a new art exhibit open through Aug. 15 in MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery. Check out this short video about the exhibit:


Read more about the exhibit here.

MTSU aviation camps’ thrill of flying attracts teenagers (VIDEO)

The third annual MTSU Introduction to Aviation Summer Camp attracted nearly 40 high school students from across the region and even one from as far away as Texas.

With assistance from flight instructors and other MTSU personnel, director Wendy Beckman made sure the 36 teenagers gained a full grasp of all aspects of aerospace.


Discover more about the camps by visiting http://mtsunews.com/aviation-camp-attracts-students/.