Expand your world with MTSU study-abroad program (VIDEO)

MTSU put the world at its students’ fingertips at its annual Study Abroad Fair Nov. 19 in the Student Union’s first-floor lobby. The event provided students with information about studying in other countries. If you missed it, watch the video below as Tiffany Bickers, director of MTSU’s Office of Education Abroad, as well as faculty and students explain the benefits of the program.


Read the full story here. Find out more about MTSU’s study-abroad program here.

Video by Leigh Harrington

VIDEO: Don’t miss premiere of ‘Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!’

The world premiere of “Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!” is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at this year’s Artlightenment Art Show and Film Festival. The event will be held at the Celebrity Center, 1130 8th Ave. S. in Nashville.

Written and directed by Dr. Bob Pondillo, professor emeritus of mass media history and American culture at MTSU, the 33-minute film tells the story of an assisted living facility resident who feels he has lived an inconsequential life until he has an epiphany on New Year’s Eve. More than 30 electronic media communication majors on the production degree track, several graduate students from the recording industry master’s degree program and a few recent alumni worked on the project, as well as makeup artists from the Department of Speech and Theatre.


Read more about the film and others at www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-at-artlightenment-2014/.

— Video by Leigh Harrington

VIDEO: Cutting the ribbon on the new look of Murphy Center!

State Sen. Bill Ketron and President Sidney A. McPhee of Middle Tennessee State University formally reopened MTSU’s historic Murphy Center after a $12.6 million renovation of the four-decades-old multi-purpose facility. Renovations include new lighting, concessions, automatic blinds, a new HVAC unit and updated restrooms. The ceremony was held Thursday, Oct. 30, during “Murphy Madness,” which kicked off the seasons for Blue Raider men’s and women’s basketball. See the ribbon-cutting in the video below:


— Video by Andrew Oppmann

Young artists create ornaments for Tennessee Christmas tree at MTSU (VIDEO)

Young local artists have applied their talents and enthusiasm to an MTSU-based project to help remind Tennesseans that they need a little Christmas — now.

Students from Lori Kissinger’s EXL Organizational Communications in Communities class served as artists’ assistants to nearly two dozen young men and women who attend the Transition Academy of Rutherford County Schools and the Tennessee School for the Blind.


The artists used paint, glue, holiday decorations and plenty of laughter during a recent workshop to create unique ornaments for Tennessee’s 2014 national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about their efforts at www.mtsunews.com/vsa-tenn-tree-2014.

VIDEO: MTSU Fall Career Fair opens doors for prepared students, alumni

The 32nd annual MTSU Fall Career Fair was held Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Student Union Ballroom. Hosted by the MTSU Career Development Center, the event is the university’s largest on-campus fair of the year, with a diverse group of 98 employers and 25 graduate and professional schools in attendance and almost 1,000 students and alumni stopping by during the three-hour event. The event was free and open to current MTSU students or alumni. Organizers said one of the primary purposes is to educate students about career options and connect students and alumni with employers for entry-level and internship opportunities. Here’s a video report from this year’s fair, with interview tips and more:


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/fall-career-fair-2014/.

Video by Leigh Harrington

VIDEO: True Blue fun at MTSU Homecoming Parade 2014!

Throngs of Blue Raider supporters lined the streets near campus Saturday, Oct. 18, for the 2014 Middle Tennessee State University Homecoming Parade. Enjoy some of the sights and sounds from this annual True Blue tradition, which had the theme of Raiderstock this year!


Video by Jimmy Hart

VIDEO: MTSU faculty laud Science Building Grand Opening

Several hundred people joined Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and university President Sidney A. McPhee Wednesday, Oct. 15, to christen the new 257,000-square-foot Science Building on the south side of MTSU’s campus.


Read more at www.mtsunews.com/sci-bldg-ceremony.

VIDEO: Bonnaroo organizers share insights with MTSU students

MTSU’s College of Mass Communication sponsored the daylong symposium, “Bonnaroo: The Making of a Music Festival,” on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Staffers from every facet of the music festival joined Bonnaroo co-founders Ashley Capps, Jonathan Mayers and Rick Farman to explain how they create, promote, maintain and safely operate a city of 80,000-plus people that emerges for four days every year near Manchester, Tennessee. The symposium drew standing-room-only crowds in the parliamentary room of the Student Union. Here’s a brief video report from the event:


For more coverage, go to www.mtsunews.com/bonnaroo-business-symposium-2014.

Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU students ‘paws’ to pet Canyon the therapy dog at Walker Library (VIDEO)

Leah Chism, a second-semester freshman from Murfreesboro, gave patrons of the James E. Walker Library a break from midterm exam stress on Monday, Sept. 29. Chism is the owner of Canyon, a two-year-old purebred Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. After undergoing weeks of training, Canyon was certified as a therapy dog by New Jersey-based Therapy Dogs International. He is callm and loving around all kinds of people and is a big hit with students, many of whom had to leave their pets at home when they enrolled in college.

Canyon and Leah also are scheduled to appear at Walker Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2; 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

For more information, call Walker Library at 615-898-2817.

–Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

A video about Leah and Canyon in the library may be viewed below.



MTSU interior design majors explore ‘true blue’ in Oaklands event (VIDEO)

MTSU’s interior design majors heard and saw the history of the color blue at their “Singing the Blues” Thursday, Sept. 18, at Oaklands Historic House Museum in Murfreesboro..

The MTSU student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, also known as ASID, sponsored the event.

A video synopsis is available for viewing below.


–Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)