‘Honored’ Class of 2014 enter Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

Representing excellence in newspaper, television and radio news, six veteran journalists were inducted into the second class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame before a capacity crowd Tuesday afternoon at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The inductions were held during the 60th annual conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, which sponsored the ceremony along with the Associated Press. The Hall of Fame is an independent partner with MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, which houses the hall in its Center for Innovation in Media inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building on the MTSU campus.

The 2014 honorees were: Joe Birch, longtime co-anchor, WMC-TV Action News 5, Memphis; Bob Johnson, retired co-anchor of WTVC-TV News, Chattanooga; Alex S. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times; Luther Masingill, WDEF Radio/TV, Chattanooga; Otis Sanford, longtime former reporter, editor, columnist, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis; and Sam Venable, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel.

Read more at http://www.mtsunews.com/tn-journalism-hall-of-fame-2014-induction/.

Students’ research includes music production, Parkinson’s study (VIDEO)

During an MTSU research project this summer, four students needed only three weeks to be in total harmony on a recording project.

They aced the assignment in all phases.

“It has been great,” said their faculty mentor Chris Haseleu, the former chair in the College of Mass Communication’s Department of Recording Industry. “The final product is outstanding. They worked well together, which was part of my proposal … to give and take criticism to advance the project.”

To learn more about undergraduate and other forms of research, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/research/. For more on this story, visit http://www.mtsunews.com.

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

‘Passport to Happiness’ exhibit unlocks Scandinavia’s rosy outlook (VIDEO)

MTSU students learned firsthand why the people of Scandinavia’s cozy countries continually top the United Nations’ “World Happiness Report,” and their own report is “Passport to Happiness,” a new art exhibit open through Aug. 15 in MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery. Check out this short video about the exhibit:

Read more about the exhibit here.

MTSU aviation camps’ thrill of flying attracts teenagers (VIDEO)

The third annual MTSU Introduction to Aviation Summer Camp attracted nearly 40 high school students from across the region and even one from as far away as Texas.

With assistance from flight instructors and other MTSU personnel, director Wendy Beckman made sure the 36 teenagers gained a full grasp of all aspects of aerospace.

Discover more about the camps by visiting http://mtsunews.com/aviation-camp-attracts-students/.

MTSU students gain multimedia experience at Bonnaroo (VIDEO)

Students from Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Mass Communication are providing multimedia coverage of the 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, under a unique partnership between the university, the festival and The Tennessean.



You can learn more at http://mtsunews.com/mtsu-teams-with-bonnaroo-2014.

MTSU, city schools alliance promotes STEM at Camp PRiSM (VIDEO)

McKyla Carter, just 9, liked all the learning so much at the recent Camp PRiSM that it “made me upgrade what I think about what I want to do in life.”

This is the kind of impact Camp PRiSM  — Practices in Science and Math — can have on the Murfreesboro City Schools students who attend each year. Camp PRiSM is a partnership between the city schools and Middle Tennessee State University.



For more on the story, visit http://mtsunews.com/mtsu-city-schools-promote-stem.

MTSU, Albany Tech College sign pact for transfer students (VIDEO)

Officials from MTSU and Southwest Georgia’s Albany Technical College signed an agreement May 20 allowing students who graduate with an associate’s degree from Albany Tech to transfer to MTSU to earn a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering technology.



For more details on the pact, visit http://www.mtsunews.com/mtsu-albany-tech-sign-agreement.

Speakers urge MTSU spring 2014 grads to ‘double your world’ (VIDEO)

MTSU’s new graduates can “double your world” by preparing to “enter a global marketplace of ideas and commerce,” the director-general of the Confucius Institutes said at the university’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies May 10.

They’ll be successful, too, if those students hold onto the strong foundation of ethics and education that the university helped to give them, a retiring U.S. Army three-star general said.



Madam Xu Lin, who also serves China as a vice minister of education, was the guest speaker at MTSU’s morning graduation ceremony. Lt. Gen. William N. “Bill” Phillips, an MTSU alumnus and three-star U.S. Army general, spoke at the afternoon event.

Both speakers also were awarded honorary doctorates from the university.

During the ceremonies, 2,303 students earned their degrees — 1,904 undergraduates and 397 graduate students.

You can learn more about MTSU’s spring 2014 commencement at http://mtsunews.com/spring-commencement-2014.

MTSU history students create exhibit about Center for the Arts (VIDEO)

MTSU students recently displayed an important contribution to Murfreesboro’s historic preservation. “Cornerstone of the Community: A History of 110 West College Street” was unveiled at a gala celebration Friday, May 2, at The Center for the Arts.

The project is a chronicle of the site’s many incarnations from the early 1800s to the present day. The varied uses of this landmark will be told through a first-floor wall display that includes oral histories, photographs and material culture. Students who researched, planned and constructed the permanent installation are in the “Essentials of Museum Management” class taught by Dr. Brenden Martin of the MTSU Department of History.



For more information, contact Martin at 615-898-2643 or brenden.martin@mtsu.edu. You can learn more about the efforts behind the project at http://mtsunews.com/center-for-the-arts-preservation-project.

MTSU President McPhee recognizes Campus School on 85th anniversary (VIDEO)

Noting its special role in educating students and preparing future teachers for the classroom, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee made a special presentation May 8 to the students, faculty and staff of Homer Pittard Campus School in recognition of its 85th anniversary at its Lytle Street location.

With Blue Raider mascot Lightning on hand to delight the youngsters gathered inside the school’s gymnasium, McPhee reminded the students of the benefits of attending a special school.



The longtime K-5 teaching laboratory school is owned by Middle Tennessee State University and jointly operated by MTSU and Rutherford County Schools. It got its start in 1911 when Middle Tennessee Normal College opened an elementary school inside Kirksey Old Main, the administration building at the time. Campus School opened the Lytle Street building in 1929.

You can learn more about the anniversary celebration at http://mtsunews.com/campus-school-85th-anniversary.