MTSU ag students exhibit leadership traits at Farm Labs Open House [VIDEO]

More than 300 people saw agriculture — and MTSU ag students — in action during the recent MTSU Farm Laboratories Open House in Lascassas, Tennessee.

MTSU faculty and staff are helping the nearly 500 School of Agribusiness and Agriscience students become leaders in their specialized areas.

The open house has become a tradition as alumni and friends of the university and the campus and Murfreesboro and Rutherford County communities converge at the farm on Guy James Road.


Read the full story at www.mtsunews.com/2015-farm-labs-open-house.

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


MTSU announces Regional Scholars Program for select out-of-state students [VIDEO]

ATLANTA — Middle Tennessee State University unveiled a new Regional Scholars Program Sept. 30 that will provide incentives for select potential out-of-state freshmen who live within 250 miles of its Murfreesboro campus.

The program, which will reduce MTSU’s out-of-state tuition by 48 percent, will be offered starting in Fall 2016 to students with an ACT composite of 25 and above. President Sidney A. McPhee made the announcement at an Atlanta luncheon with area guidance counselors and MTSU alumni.


Read the full story here.

— Video by Andrew Oppmann (andrew.oppmann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU Jones College’s ‘Back to Business Courtyard Bash’ a big hit [VIDEO]

The MTSU Jennings A. Jones College of Business drew hundreds of students to its “Back to Business Courtyard Bash” held Aug. 26 outside the Business and Aerospace Building. Jones College faculty and staff mingled with students, who were treated to a free meal of barbecue and the trimmings plus a T-shirt giveaway.


Video by Jimmy Hart

State Historian Carroll Van West receives MTSU Career Achievement Award [VIDEO]

Director of the Center for Historic Preservation, a professor of history at MTSU since 1985 and the governor-appointed Tennessee State Historian since 2013, Dr. Carroll Van West is this year’s recipient of the MTSU Foundation’s Career Achievement Award, considered the pinnacle of recognition for stellar professors. West received the honor during the annual Fall Faculty Meeting held Friday, Aug. 21, inside Tucker Theatre.


Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/2015-mtsu-foundation-awards/.

Video by Jimmy Hart

McPhee touts student retention in ‘State of University’ (highlights) [VIDEO]

Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee delivered his 15th “State of the University” address before a packed house Friday, Aug. 21, at the 2015-16 Fall Faculty Meeting at Tucker Theatre. McPhee emphasized the university’s continuing drive to improve student retention and graduation rates, symbolized by the Quest for Student Success initiative implemented by the university in the 2014-15 academic year. Here are highlights from his address:


Read a full report here and see the full address here.

Video by Jimmy Hart

MTSU President McPhee, volunteers help students move in at ‘We-Haul’ [VIDEOS]

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University, pitched in during the 2015 “We-Haul” effort, where campus organizations and community volunteers helped incoming freshmen move into the residence halls.


Video by Andrew Oppmann

An army of volunteers also helped with the move-in, to delight of students and their families!


Video by Jimmy Hart

MTSU Out of the Blue revisits Bonnaroo-August 2015 [VIDEO]

In this episode of “Out of the Blue” we talk with Dean Ken Paulson and faculty from MTSU’s newly named College of Media and Entertainment. From their students’ recent work behind-the-scenes at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to the renaming of one of MTSU’s most well known and nationally respected colleges reflecting the new age of communication, it’s all here in our August 2015 episode.


You can watch “Out of the Blue” on Murfreesboro cable Channel 9 Monday through Sunday at 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on NewsChannel5+ Sundays at 1:30 p.m. It’s also available on other cable outlets in middle Tennessee, so check local listings.

View the “Out of the Blue” archives anytime at http://www.youtube.com/mtsuoutoftheblue.

MTSU unveils plans for Veteran and Military Family Center [VIDEO]

Administrative efforts to make MTSU both a statewide and national leader in educating veterans takes a significant turn this fall. By late October, the new Veterans and Military Family Center will be up and running, enabling the university’s student-veteran population to have a virtual one-stop-shop to meet a variety of academic-related needs. MTSU will celebrate the dedication of the center at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, highlighting a busy fall semester for student-veterans. The public and MTSU community are invited. At the second Graduating Senior Stole Ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Tom H. Jackson Building’s Cantrell Hall, university President Sidney A. McPhee unveiled renderings for the proposed facility, providing facts and the need for the center. Here’s a recap:


Video by Jimmy Hart

Summer celebration showcases MTSU student, faculty research [VIDEO]

Nearly 50 research projects were showcased during the annual MTSU Summer Research Celebration July 31 in the Student Union Ballroom. Nearly 90 students and 40 faculty participated in the summer research through various means. Here’s a quick recap:


For more information about MTSU’s research, call the Office of Research at 615-898-5005 or visit http://www.mtsu.edu/research/.

Video by Randy Weiler

MTSU, City of Murfreesboro unveil Adams Indoor Tennis Complex [VIDEO]

The City of Murfreesboro and MTSU officials unveiled Wednesday, July 15, the long-anticipated Adams Indoor Tennis Complex, an eight-court facility that greatly enhances the Blue Raider tennis program while also expanding playing and tournament opportunities for area residents. The new $5.8 million complex covers a footprint of 70,000 square feet at 925 Golf Lane and represents the latest partnership between the City of Murfreesboro, MTSU and the nonprofit Christy-Houston Foundation.


Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/adams-indoor-tennis-complex-2015/.

Video by Jimmy Hart