MTSU launches special Friday transfer tours to recruit students (VIDEO)

Tennessee. Tullahoma, Five Points community in Lawrence County, Chapel Hill, Columbia, Greenbrier and Murfreesboro were other Tennessee hometowns for the campus guests.

Prospective students, most accompanied by parents or siblings, became the initial group to visit MTSU Friday (Feb. 13) in the first of three special Friday tours to recruit students wanting to transfer from community colleges and four-year universities.

It marks the start of a bold initiative by MTSU to recruit transfer students.


Future transfer-specific tours will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, and Friday, April 10.

For more information, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/index.php or call 615-898-5670.

(VIDEO) MTSU’s Chappell honored with 2015 Pleas Award for faculty

Dr. Michaele Chappell is the 2015 recipient of John Pleas Faculty Award, presented annually to a minority faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service. Chappell, a professor of mathematics education and program coordinator for the Masters of Science in Teaching program, was presented with the honor in a Feb. 26 ceremony in the Tom Jackson Building as part of MTSU’s celebration of Black History Month. Here’s a recap of the ceremony:


Read the full story at here.

— Video by Jimmy Hart


(WATCH) Alpha Omicron Pi takes top spot in ‘Stepping for a Cure’ step show

Some MTSU fraternities and sororities showcased their collective grooves at the “Stepping for a Cure” event at MTSU Friday, Feb. 13. The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council sponsored the step show Friday night at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, with proceeds benefitting the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Alpha Omicron Pi took first place and fan favorite honors. Here’s a recap:


— Video by Leigh Harrington

(WATCH) MTSU, Montverde Academy sign dual-enrollment pact

MONTVERDE, Florida — MTSU has signed a first-of-its-kind partnership with Florida’s Montverde Academy, a premier private boarding school known for its strong international enrollment and 100 percent college placement rate. The pact, signed Friday, Feb. 13, by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Montverde Headmaster Kasey Kesselring, will allow for dual enrollment of Montverde students, most likely through online classes by the university. Watch this video recap of the event:


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-montverde-partnership/.

— Video by Andrew Oppmann

(WATCH) Actor Hill Harper inspires crowd at MTSU to write blueprint for their lives

Actor Hill Harper was keynote speaker for an event Wednesday night at the Student Union as part of MTSU’s celebration of Black History Month. His appearance, which was free and open to the public, drew a standing room only crowd and featured a Q&A session at the end. Best known for his roles in the television series “CSI: NY” and “Covert Affairs,” Harper is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University’s law school. He embraced acting as a member of Boston’s Black Folks Theater Company. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Harper is the author of several New York Times bestsellers. Here’s a video recap of his remarks:


— Video by Leigh Harrington

(WATCH) Speaker applauds Unity Luncheon honorees for sacrifices

MTSU celebrated five honorees at Tuesday’s 19th annual Unity Luncheon inside the Student Union Ballroom. The Midstate honorees included Clifford Allison, Dr. Barbara Canada, Percy Ford, Madelyn Scales Harris and Karl Thomas. A hallmark of MTSU’s Black History Month observances since 1996, the luncheon highlights the achievements of citizens whose guiding principle is service to others. Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, senior pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, was keynote speaker. Nominees for the award must be age 60 or older, have resided in the Middle Tennessee area for 25 years or more and who have made outstanding contributions to their community. Here’s a short video recap of the Feb. 10 event:


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/2015-unity-luncheon-honorees/.

— Video by Jimmy Hart

(WATCH) Central Magnet students load up record donation for MTSU pantry

Students from Central Magnet School’s Beta Club presented record one-time donations of nonperishable food and money to the MTSU Student Food Pantry Thursday, Jan. 29, following a recent food drive.

In just a week, Central students collected 7,000-plus cans of food and raised $2,600 to help the pantry restock its shelves. MTSU staff brought a truck to pick up the donations from the grade 6-12 magnet school, which is operated by Rutherford County Schools and located on East Main Street, a few blocks west of the MTSU campus. Check out the video below about this wonderful community service effort!


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/central-donation-mtsu-pantry/.

Video by Jimmy Hart

Tech-savvy MTSU students assist AdamsPlace residents (VIDEO)

Monthly during the MTSU academic year, University Honors College students become the apples of the AdamsPlace residents’ eyes.

That’s because the students assist the residents, who might have issues with Apple computers, laptops, iPhones and iPads, plus Kindles, Nooks and more.

The residents, all retired but busy with modern technology, appreciate the students’ help. The students, nearly all in their late teens or early 20s, enjoy solving technical issues and spending time with the older generation — and the feeling is mutual.


(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.