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)

MTSU’s Confucius Institute, Discovery Center sign pact for cultural education (VIDEO)

Leaders of the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and MTSU signed a pact Friday, Sept. 26, that they hope will lead to future cultural collaborations. The agreement inked by University Provost Brad Bartel and Discovery Center CEO Tara McDougall will allow MTSU’s Confucius Institute to develop activities and displays about Chinese culture at the children’s museum.


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/confucius-institute-discovery-center-signing/.

— Video by Andrew Oppmann

McPhee, state higher ed leaders tackle workforce, funding challenges (VIDEO)

NASHVILLE — From rising tuition to curriculum innovation to partnerships with business, Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee joined three other higher education leaders Wednesday in discussing these and other issues related to better preparing students for today’s workforce.The Nashville Business Journal hosted the panel entitled “Nashville Ahead: A discussion on higher education and workforce readiness.”

Moderated by Nashville Business Journal Publisher Kate Herman, the luncheon panel at the Omni Nashville Hotel was attended by a variety of area business leaders. Joining McPhee on the panel was Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Kimberly Estep, chancellor of Western Governors University Tennessee; and Jerry L. Faulkner, president of Volunteer State Community College.

The panelists agreed that the state’s higher education institutions must develop strategies to combat rising tuition costs, must adapt curriculums to equip students with the “soft skills” needed to achieve lasting career success while also stressing to state lawmakers the need to make higher education a top priority.


Read the full story at http://www.mtsunews.com/mcphee-higher-ed-panel.

MTSU plays key role in state emergency communication center (VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Sept. 8 to kick off National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.


TEMA partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health and MTSU to develop the center, which will provide live, high-definition satellite video uplinks that government agencies and TV stations can use to broadcast information to the public during incidents such as tornadoes, floods and other public health emergencies.

Staff from the MTSU College of Education’s Center for Educational Media and the College of Mass Communication’s Department of Electronic Media Communication shared technical expertise to properly equip the studio inside the joint information center, which has been two years in the making and was funded primarily through federal grants.

Read the full story at www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-majic-tema-partnership.

MTSU students fired up for 2014 Fight Song Competition (VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University’s fraternities, sororities and other student groups gathered for the 2014 Fight Song Competition, part of the Week of Welcome events that marked the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Activities continue through the Labor Day holiday.


— Video by Andrew Oppmann


MTSU Science Building leaves quite a first-day impression (VIDEO)

As first impressions go, the new $147 million MTSU Science Building left a lasting and memorable one Monday, Aug. 25, for students attending the opening day of fall semester classes in the 2014-15 academic year.

The building features 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, about 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas and space for student presentations.

To read more of this story, visit www.mtsunews.com/science-building-leaves-impression. For more on the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, visit www.mtsu.edu/cbas.