[WATCH] MTSU Honors class drives science at Bellwood Discovery School

Using superheroes as an educational tool, an MTSU honors science class brought STEM Extravaganza to Bellwood Discovery School for the second year. The 14-member Contemporary Issues in Science honors class for non-science majors promoted science and sustainability to 80 Discovery School fifth-graders April 14. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Here’s a recap of the activity:


— Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] MTSU nutrition students promote greater consumption of fruits, vegetables

Students from MTSU’s Nutrition and Food Science Program, in partnership with the Kroger supermarket chain, have spent the spring 2016 semester conducting tours of the produce department at a Murfreesboro Kroger store to encourage the public to eat more fruits and vegetables. Funded with a grant from the Produce for Better Health Foundation, the students gained valuable experience that will serve them well in their future careers as dietitians. The shoppers learned ways to put more fruits and vegetables into their diets economically by picking produce in season and considering dried, canned and frozen foods, as well as juices, as ways to make their diets healthier.


[WATCH] Graduating student veterans praise Stole Ceremony, MTSU experience

MTSU’s Theresa Huntley and Sean Martin were two of nearly 50 student veterans recognized April 13 during the Graduating Veterans Stole Ceremony in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. Starting with the first Stole Ceremony in May 2015, MTSU began to honor its graduating veterans with a formal ceremony. They receive red stoles to wear during graduation, which will be Friday, May 6, for those in the College of Graduate Studies and separate 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies for seniors. Huntley and Martin praised the Stole Ceremony and their time as undergraduates. Huntley is a marketing major in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and Martin is a sociology major in the College of Liberal Arts. Here’s a recap of the ceremony:


— Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] MTSU agritourism class offers glimpse of farm life for children

Children have a blast when they visit a farm — or, in this case, the assortment of agriculture-related stations manned by MTSU students and volunteers for the third Agricultural Education Spring Fling April 12 in the Tennessee Livestock Center. More than 750 children from Rutherford County elementary schools and another 250 people participated in the MTSU agritourism class-led field trip. Here’s a video recap below:


[WATCH] MTSU lunar rover team banks on new airless tire design at NASA event

MTSU Experimental Vehicles Program lunar rover team members hope a new airless tire design and parts assembly will lead to a ‘wheel of fortune’ at this year’s NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Because of new competition rules regarding tires, recent MTSU graduate Thomas Kenney’s design and the machine shop work by junior mechatronics engineering major Kelly Maynard and others may keep the MTSU engineering technology entry among the elite in the international field competing in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, after a best-in-U.S. finish in 2015. Here’s how they fared in Day 1 competition:


[WATCH] Posters, performances wrap up MTSU Scholars Week 2016

Several hundred MTSU students and faculty wrapped up the annual Scholars Week Friday, April 1, with performances and 200 poster presentations in the Student Union Ballroom. Scholars Week emphasizes the research, scholarly efforts, creativity and collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty within the university’s academic colleges. Performances included an excerpt from the student production of “West Side Story”; various dancers from the MTSU Dance Theatre; and musician Hunter Marlowe, a senior audio production major from Newnan, Georgia, who is one of four Jones College of Business finalists in the Business Plan Competition. Here’s a recap:


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

[WATCH] Bells ring on Bell Street for MTSU Chinese music center opening

With a performance of replica ancient bells, the first and only center of its kind in North America opened at Middle Tennessee State University Thursday, March 17. The grand opening of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of international dignitaries and university supporters on the first floor of the new Andrew Woodfin Miller Sr. Education Center at 503 Bell St. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Leigh Harrington

[WATCH] Recap of Miller Education Center grand opening

MTSU held the public unveiling Monday, March 14, of the Andrew Woodfin Miller Sr. Education Center on Bell Street, a renovated campus addition that provides needed office and instructional space for some of the university’s key programs. The building is named in honor of Andrew Woodfin “Woody” Miller Sr., an MTSU alumnus (Class of 1966) and Nashville businessman whose record $10 million individual donation in 2012 made the subsequent purchase of the former hospital building possible. Here’s a recap of the ribbon-cutting ceremony:


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Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] MTSU students speed-network their way to concrete internships

To get a jump-start on summer employment, 26 MTSU Concrete Industry Management students utilized a speed-networking environment to catch recruiters’ attention. Eighteen companies from the industry attended the speed-networking event, which was held in late February in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building. Concrete Industry Management, one of the university’s signature programs, conducts these events to help students meet with potential full-time employers after the internship process and graduation. Here’s a recap:


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Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] 11th annual Posters at Capitol features student research

Undergraduate students from across Tennessee, including MTSU researchers, witnessed state government in action and shared their research with legislators Feb. 24 on Capitol Hill in Nashville. Joined by more than 50 of their peers from other state universities, the MTSU group talked about their scholarly efforts with state legislators during the 11th annual Posters at the Capitol event. Posters at the Capitol lets student researchers visit with their senators and representatives and gives legislators a glimpse at what the academic achievers are pursuing at respective Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee system schools.


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Video by Randy Weiler