[WATCH] MTSU Summer 2016 Commencement recap

MTSU’s newest alumni marched across the stage at Murphy Center on Saturday, Aug. 6, for summer commencement. Speaker Tricia Farwell, an advertising and public relations professor and the outgoing MTSU Faculty Senate president, told the 886 graduates that they have countless “outrageous adventures” ahead. The summer 2016 graduates included the first 10 recipients of MTSU’s new Doctor of Education in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement degree — the first of its kind in Tennessee. Here’s a recap:


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— Video by Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

[WATCH] MTSU Project SEED students’ research progress ‘great’

MTSU Project SEED students Helene Hamo and Edgar Lozano made successful progress in research efforts this summer. The respective Stewarts Creek High School and Central Magnet School seniors worked in the program under the guidance of MTSU Department of Chemistry chair Greg Van Patten and graduate and undergraduate students. Project SEED (Summer Education Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged) is a summer research program opening new doors, giving rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to work with scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic and federal laboratories.


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— Video by Randy Weiler

[WATCH] MTSU recognizes student veterans with Stole Ceremony

Joe Stout figures he has spent about one-half of his life trying to earn a bachelor’s degree. On Saturday, Aug. 6, he will earn his MTSU degree in liberal studies with a concentration in management training. Wednesday (Aug. 3), the U.S. Army veteran and nine others received recognition from the university in the form of a stole they can wear with their cap and gown at commencement in Murphy Center. MTSU’s leadership honored 10 of 28 graduating student veterans during the fifth Stole Ceremony, recognizing their “commitment, recognition and appreciation,” said Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives.


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[WATCH] MTSU Honors College student rides on international stage

MURFREESBORO — Meghan Miller plans to trust her riding ability and her horse named Remington as she competes in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships starting Tuesday, July 26. The Middle Tennessee State University junior integrated studies major, Honors College Buchanan Fellow and Murfreesboro resident will compete against U.S., Canadian and Mexican riders in the event at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, about 25 miles southeast of Denver.


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[WATCH] Self-service kiosk at MTSU provides convenient license renewal option

MTSU students, faculty and staff as well as the surrounding community are being encouraged to take advantage of a more convenient option to renew or replace a Tennessee driver license or state identification card. Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, including Commissioner Bill Gibbons, joined MTSU officials on Tuesday, July 19, to officially unveil and raise public awareness about the driver license self-service kiosk installed earlier on campus. Located inside Blue Print Solutions on the first floor of the Student Union Building at 1768 MTSU Blvd., the kiosk is open to the general public, as well as students and staff. The kiosk is accessible from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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[WATCH] MTSU, Tennessee Tech researchers discover new bacteria in cooling towers, hot tubs

Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Technological University student and faculty researchers have discovered two new species of bacteria found in a cooling tower and hot tub in Putnam County, Tennessee. And the discovery may provide clues to new pathways of disease and treatment, said the lead scientists, whose nearly 20-year research endeavor has been published in Genome Announcements (January 2016) and the International Journal of Systematic Microbiology) in February.



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[WATCH] MTSU’s China educational exchange program welcomes fifth year

HANGZHOU, China — Several Rutherford County schoolchildren, parents and teachers were welcomed to China Tuesday, July 19, as part of a unique educational exchange organized by MTSU. The 28-member delegation, in country for two weeks, will visit classrooms, participate in enrichment activities and go with Chinese families for home visits as part of the reciprocal exchange with Dongcheng Education Group of Hangzhou Normal University. It is the third such trip led by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and his wife, retired Murfreesboro City Schools teacher Elizabeth McPhee. Rutherford students visited China in 2012 and 2014, and Dongcheng students came to Murfreesboro in 2013 and 2015.


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— Video by Andrew Oppmann

[WATCH] MTSU ACE Camp recruits future builders, designers

One of 17 high school students attending the MTSU ACE Summer Camp, Dylan Akers obtains his love for building and design through DNA. His father, Chris Akers, is a civil engineer with Littlejohn Engineering Associates, an S&ME company, in Nashville. And the passion flowed to Dylan, 17, a rising Franklin (Tennessee) High School senior. The ACE Mentor Program camp, which is free to participants and the only one in the U.S. this summer, brings students from Atlanta, Birmingham, Brentwood, Nashville, Murfreesboro and elsewhere to learn about architecture, construction and engineering — hence the ACE acronym.



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[WATCH] Hear from the 2016 June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarship winners


Three rising seniors at MTSU will start the fall 2016 semester knowing that their entire year’s tuition will be paid. Rebecca Craighead, Andrea Madison and Lori Grimes are the 2016 recipients of the June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarships. The foundation annually awards the stipends to women undergraduates age 23 and older. The nonprofit foundation is named for an MTSU chemistry professor who pioneered numerous advances for MTSU women.


[WATCH] MTSU’s Gordon keeps EMC students truckin’ at Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — For MTSU electronic media communications professor Robert Gordon, his role in coaching students working here is all about capturing the essence of “the Roo.” Gordon is a key member among a group of MTSU faculty and staff supporting about 40 College of Media and Entertainment students working at the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The team is in its third year of a unique partnership between the university and festival organizers Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment. At the heart of MTSU’s Bonnaroo presence is its 40-foot, $1.7 million Mobile Production Lab, known as “The Truck,” which is covering the event’s Who Stage for the second straight year.


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— Video by Rob Janson