(VIDEO) Salute! 3 MTSU ROTC cadets sing ‘Army Song’ as new officers

Three MTSU military science ROTC cadets became second lieutenants Friday, Dec. 12, during the annual fall commissioning ceremony inside the Keathley University Center Theater. 2nd Lts. Chenequa Godette of La Vergne, Tennessee, and Manychanh Kittirath of Antioch, Tennessee, will be serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, while 2nd Lt. Teana Harle of Murfreesboro will serve in the Tennessee Army National Guard. All graduated Saturday, Dec. 13, at MTSU’s fall commencement ceremonies. All three cadets of the Blue Raider Battalion have met and/or surpassed their ROTC requirements to become second lieutenants. Watch as they finish the ceremony singing the Army Song:


— Video by Jimmy Hart

(VIDEO) Recap of MTSU’s Fall 2014 Commencement ceremonies

An estimated 1,803 MTSU students received their degrees in two fall 2014 commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13, inside Murphy Center. Morning speaker was MTSU alumnus and current Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland while fellow alumnus and current NBC News executive Ken Strickland addressed graduates in the afternoon. Here’s a recap of both ceremonies:


Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU American Sign Language Club: Students give the deaf a ‘hand’ (VIDEO)

The American Sign Language Club at MTSU has been in existence since 2011. Blake-Lyn Giles of Springville, Tennessee, said she formed the student organization because there weren’t many places around Murfreesboro that taught ASL. Giles lost her hearing as the result of an ear infection when she was a small child. With Giles graduating this year, the future of the club is in jeopardy. If you are interested in joining or leading the club, please contact MTSU’s Office of Student Organizations and Service at 615-898-5812. A video of the club in action at a Nov. 24 meeting is available for viewing below.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)


MTSU agritourism class gives youngsters Santa, animals, more (VIDEO)

An MTSU agritourism class held a “Breakfast with Santa and the MTSU Farm Animals” event Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Tennessee Livestock Center on Greenland Drive. For the first-time event, the 25-member fall semester agritourism class wanted more than 90 children ages 3 to 12 to enjoy a glimpse of farm life — various animals, a straw maze, MTSU Dairy chocolate milk and more. There was a story time, craft, reindeer food and photo opportunities — plus breakfast with Santa!


Video by Leigh Harrington

MTSU, Mitchell-Neilson connect school, real life for kids (VIDEO)

Mitchell-Neilson Primary and Elementary Schools in Murfreesboro are teaming with MTSU to instill the importance of college in students at a very young age. The program, which is implemented through the College of Behavioral and Health Science’s Collaborative Learning and Leadership Institute, is designed to help youngsters make the connection between classroom learning and real life. MTSU students interact with the kids, gaining valuable experience and insight while serving as role models for the children. A video shot at Mitchell-Neilson provides a thumbnail sketch of how the program works.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)



Expand your world with MTSU study-abroad program (VIDEO)

MTSU put the world at its students’ fingertips at its annual Study Abroad Fair Nov. 19 in the Student Union’s first-floor lobby. The event provided students with information about studying in other countries. If you missed it, watch the video below as Tiffany Bickers, director of MTSU’s Office of Education Abroad, joins faculty and students to explain the benefits of the program.


Read the full story here. Find out more about MTSU’s study-abroad program here.

Video by Leigh Harrington

VIDEO: Don’t miss premiere of ‘Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!’

The world premiere of “Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!” is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at this year’s Artlightenment Art Show and Film Festival. The event will be held at the Celebrity Center, 1130 8th Ave. S. in Nashville.

Written and directed by Dr. Bob Pondillo, professor emeritus of mass media history and American culture at MTSU, the 33-minute film tells the story of an assisted living facility resident who feels he has lived an inconsequential life until he has an epiphany on New Year’s Eve. More than 30 electronic media communication majors on the production degree track, several graduate students from the recording industry master’s degree program and a few recent alumni worked on the project, as well as makeup artists from the Department of Speech and Theatre.


Read more about the film and others at www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-at-artlightenment-2014/.

— Video by Leigh Harrington

Children soak up Chinese culture at MTSU


Youngsters from MTSU’s Child Care Lab, Child Development Center and Ann Campbell Early Learning Center gathered Nov. 6 at the Fairview Building for some fun and games Chinese style. The Confucius Institute at MTSU led the children in making panda masks, celebrating the Year of the Horse with stick horse rides, trying to toss a beanbag into a hole in the Great Wall of China and listening to Chinese music.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)



VIDEO: Cutting the ribbon on the new look of Murphy Center!

State Sen. Bill Ketron and President Sidney A. McPhee of Middle Tennessee State University formally reopened MTSU’s historic Murphy Center after a $12.6 million renovation of the four-decades-old multi-purpose facility. Renovations include new lighting, concessions, automatic blinds, a new HVAC unit and updated restrooms. The ceremony was held Thursday, Oct. 30, during “Murphy Madness,” which kicked off the seasons for Blue Raider men’s and women’s basketball. See the ribbon-cutting in the video below:


— Video by Andrew Oppmann

Young artists create ornaments for Tennessee Christmas tree at MTSU (VIDEO)

Young local artists have applied their talents and enthusiasm to an MTSU-based project to help remind Tennesseans that they need a little Christmas — now.

Students from Lori Kissinger’s EXL Organizational Communications in Communities class served as artists’ assistants to nearly two dozen young men and women who attend the Transition Academy of Rutherford County Schools and the Tennessee School for the Blind.


The artists used paint, glue, holiday decorations and plenty of laughter during a recent workshop to create unique ornaments for Tennessee’s 2014 national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about their efforts at www.mtsunews.com/vsa-tenn-tree-2014.