(WATCH) Come on ‘gymnewbies’! Campus Rec wants you! … to watch this

Are you a “gymnewbie?” Have a New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Students and staff from MTSU’s Campus Recreation Center take an entertaining approach to help new and current users get in shape without looking like a beginner. Check it out below!


For more details on Campus Rec, including hours of operation and services offered, visit http://mtsu.edu/camprec/index.php.

— Video by Leigh Harrington

Couple creates new MTSU scholarship for Bahamian high schoolers (VIDEO)

GREAT EXUMA, Bahamas — A Franklin, Tennessee, couple who founded a network of substance-abuse treatment clinics has funded a special targeted scholarship to allow students from a high school in the Bahamas to attend MTSU.

Michael and Tina Cartwright, who have a second home in The Bahamas, wanted to help students from L. N. Coakley High School in Great Exuma develop expertise through higher education that, in turn, would help benefit others on the island of Exuma.

The Cartwrights, who both attended MTSU, established a $600,000 scholarship fund to cover tuition, housing and other expenses for four Coakley students to live and take classes on MTSU’s Murfreesboro campus.

The scholarship will renew after the first group of four honorees graduate from MTSU.

Michael Cartwright, chairman and co-founder of American Addiction Centers, announced the gift during events Jan. 21-22 in The Bahamas with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, a native of the country. You can watch a video from the events below and learn more about the scholarship here.


(VIDEO) MTSU, Blackman High partnering for Collegiate Academy

Middle Tennessee State University will become a partner in Blackman High School’s new Collegiate Academy, offering college-level courses on the high school campus this fall and assisting in the development of its academic enrichment programs. The institutions signed an agreement Tuesday, Jan. 6, that will allow Blackman juniors and seniors who meet eligibility standards to take up to six hours of university courses at no cost to students. Credits will count on high school and college transcripts. Watch this video of the signing ceremony:


— Video by Leigh Harrington

(VIDEO) Salute! 3 MTSU ROTC cadets sing ‘Army Song’ as new officers

Three MTSU military science ROTC cadets became second lieutenants Friday, Dec. 12, during the annual fall commissioning ceremony inside the Keathley University Center Theater. 2nd Lts. Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee, and Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee, will be serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, while 2nd Lt. Teana Harle of Murfreesboro will serve in the Tennessee Army National Guard. All graduated Saturday, Dec. 13, at MTSU’s fall commencement ceremonies. All three cadets of the Blue Raider Battalion have met and/or surpassed their ROTC requirements to become second lieutenants. Watch as they finish the ceremony singing the Army Song:


— Video by Jimmy Hart

(VIDEO) Recap of MTSU’s Fall 2014 Commencement ceremonies

An estimated 1,803 MTSU students received their degrees in two fall 2014 commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13, inside Murphy Center. Morning speaker was MTSU alumnus and current Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland while fellow alumnus and current NBC News executive Ken Strickland addressed graduates in the afternoon. Here’s a recap of both ceremonies:


Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU American Sign Language Club: Students give the deaf a ‘hand’ (VIDEO)

The American Sign Language Club at MTSU has been in existence since 2011. Blake-Lyn Giles of Springville, Tennessee, said she formed the student organization because there weren’t many places around Murfreesboro that taught ASL. Giles lost her hearing as the result of an ear infection when she was a small child. With Giles graduating this year, the future of the club is in jeopardy. If you are interested in joining or leading the club, please contact MTSU’s Office of Student Organizations and Service at 615-898-5812. A video of the club in action at a Nov. 24 meeting is available for viewing below.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)


MTSU agritourism class gives youngsters Santa, animals, more (VIDEO)

An MTSU agritourism class held a “Breakfast with Santa and the MTSU Farm Animals” event Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Tennessee Livestock Center on Greenland Drive. For the first-time event, the 25-member fall semester agritourism class wanted more than 90 children ages 3 to 12 to enjoy a glimpse of farm life — various animals, a straw maze, MTSU Dairy chocolate milk and more. There was a story time, craft, reindeer food and photo opportunities — plus breakfast with Santa!


Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU, Mitchell-Neilson connect school, real life for kids (VIDEO)

Mitchell-Neilson Primary and Elementary Schools in Murfreesboro are teaming with MTSU to instill the importance of college in students at a very young age. The program, which is implemented through the College of Behavioral and Health Science’s Collaborative Learning and Leadership Institute, is designed to help youngsters make the connection between classroom learning and real life. MTSU students interact with the kids, gaining valuable experience and insight while serving as role models for the children. A video shot at Mitchell-Neilson provides a thumbnail sketch of how the program works.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)



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, joins faculty and students to 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