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[WATCH] Diverse cast of MTSU supporters recite ‘True Blue Pledge’

Middle Tennessee State University again enlisted a diverse cast of students, faculty, staff and alumni to recite the latest video expression of what is becoming a cherished Blue Raider tradition.

The True Blue Pledge is recited each fall at MTSU’s annual University Convocation ceremony, during which President Sidney A. McPhee formally welcomes new students to campus and explains MTSU rituals and traditions.

The pledge, which begins with the simple phrase “I am True Blue,” underscores MTSU’s core values of honesty and integrity; respect for diversity; engagement in the community; and committing to reason, not violence.

“These words express not only the ideals the university wishes to share with its students but also our devotion to student success,” said McPhee, who enlisted a task force five years ago to develop the university’s foundational values and ultimately the pledge that captures the spirit of those values.

The True Blue Pledge reads: 

“I am True Blue.

“As a member of this diverse community, I am a valuable contributor to its progress and success. I am engaged in the life of this community. I am a recipient and a giver.

“I am a listener and a speaker. I am honest in word and deed. I am committed to reason, not violence. I am a learner now and forever.

“I am a BLUE RAIDER. True Blue!”

Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMtrMCj2AMY

Those appearing include:

  • Madison Tracy — MTSU Student Government Association president, public relations major.
  • Rahsaan Robinson — SGA senator for the College of Media and Entertainment, Interfraternity Council vice president of membership development, student orientation assistant, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity member, marketing major.
  • Mei Han — director, MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture.
  • Megan Barry — MTSU student ambassador, Blue Elite, student orientation assistant.
  • Zach Hirt — MTSU Sigma Chi Fraternity president, finance major.
  • Pastor James McCarroll — chairman, MTSU Community Engagement Council.
  • Shea Kramer — Blue Elite, nursing major.
  • Don Witherspoon — MTSU alumnus (’64), president, MTSU National Alumni Association.
  • Roy Brewer — associate director and assistant chief, MTSU Police Department..
  • Hermon Phuntling — Blue Elite, global studies major.
  • Tyler Bailey — MTSU student ambassador, ROTC cadet, mechatronics major.
  • Courteney Gibson — MTSU soccer player, physics major.
  • Dr. Mary Martin — MTSU Faculty Senate president, MTSU alumnus (’79), mathematics professor.
  • Mason Bradley — Campus School student, future Blue Raider.
  • Brent Stockstill — MTSU football quarterback, leisure sport & tourism major.
  • Ty Petty — MTSU Women’s basketball player, leisure sport & tourism major.
  • Risa Witherow — Blue Elite, geosciences major.
  • Bruce Petryshak — MTSU’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

For more information about MTSU’s True Blue initiative, visit www.mtsu.edu/trueblue/index.php.

[WATCH] MTSU hosts poignant 9/11 observance to ‘never forget’

MTSU’s Department of Military Science held a 9/11 Observance Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial outside of the Tom H. Jackson Building. The event was held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Here’s a recap of the event:

https://youtu.be/7FU5wzEtYcg

Read the full story here.

Video by Jimmy Hart

[WATCH] WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 FM launch party in Nashville

NASHVILLE — With a seamless segue from a classical rendition of Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” to its Americana interpretation, a new player emerged Friday, Sept. 2, in the Nashville radio market. WMOT-FM, MTSU’s 100,000-watt professional radio station at 89.5 on the dial, officially changed formats at 11 a.m. Friday from a mix of classical, jazz and news-talk to Americana music in a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in downtown Nashville. Here’s a recap of the kickoff ceremony:

https://youtu.be/xLfQdtQVOA0

Read the full story here.

Video by Rob Janson

[WATCH] Students again flock to Jones College’s courtyard bash

MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business again brought out hundreds of students with barbecue, music, free T-shirts and lunchtime fellowship at the second annual Back to Business Courtyard Bash held Thursday, Sept. 1, in the courtyard area of the Business and Aerospace Building. With Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q again providing the food and First Tennessee Bank donating the T-shirts as a first-time sponsor, hundreds of students fell in line to grab a tasty bite and interact with Jones College faculty and staff who welcomed them back for the fall semester in a casual atmosphere. Here’s a quick recap:

https://youtu.be/bgv__qWV6sU

Video by Jimmy Hart

[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:

https://youtu.be/zUSnUItxMH0

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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.

https://youtu.be/H2f-dRFXT0g

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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.

https://youtu.be/RSoEO4XVn-o

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— Video by Randy Weiler

[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.

https://youtu.be/Y_SaizCkrmg

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— Video by Randy Weiler

[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.

https://youtu.be/SV4D2yZZluM

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— Video by Jimmy Hart

[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.

https://youtu.be/f6UH42rrc4I

 

Read the full story here.

— Video by Randy Weiler