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High school students unearth facts of forensic science at CSI:MTSU [VIDEO]

They came to MTSU from high schools in four different states to learn more about forensic science in a hands-on environment. Within the first hour of the eighth annual CSI: MTSU summer camp, the 36 young participants found themselves in the shoes of the professionals at an alarming crime scene: A teenager was missing from her family’s home, where even a casual observer could see foul play, in a scenario straight from the headlines.

http://youtu.be/iyhoJRC7qWc

Read more about the 2015 CSI:MTSU camp at http://mtsunews.com/csi-mtsu-2015.

(WATCH) Scotts recognized for strong support of chemistry

MTSU honored longtime contributors and Murfreesboro residents Dan and Margaret Scott by naming the Chemistry Department Office in their honor Friday, May 29, during a ceremony attended by dozens of supporters on the second floor of the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. The Scotts were chosen because of their significant contributions of both time and money to MTSU and because of their impact on the university. Following the ceremony, a sign with their name was unveiled in the chemistry department’s office area on the third floor. Here’s a video recap:

http://youtu.be/HhVS_81TD04

Read the full story here.

— Video by Jimmy Hart

Scotts recognized for strong support of chemistry [VIDEO]

MTSU honored longtime contributors and Murfreesboro residents Dan and Margaret Scott by naming the Chemistry Department Office in their honor Friday, May 29, during a ceremony attended by dozens of supporters on the second floor of the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. The Scotts were chosen because of their significant contributions of both time and money to MTSU and because of their impact on the university. Following the ceremony, a sign with their name was unveiled in the chemistry department’s office area on the third floor. Here’s a video recap:

http://youtu.be/HhVS_81TD04

Read the full story here.

— Video by Jimmy Hart

(WATCH) Study-abroad group gives True Blue salute to fallen MTSU alumnus in Vietnam

Members of an MTSU study-abroad course remembered a fallen alumnus recently on the site where he gave his life during an infamous battle in the Vietnam War. History professor Derek Frisby and a small group of students in his course, “Warfare and Public Memory in Vietnam,” visited Hill 937 in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley just days before American’s remembered fallen soldiers during Memorial Day observances. One of the soldiers who died in the Battle of Hamburger Hill was U.S. Army Spc. Jerry Michael Lovell, a 22-year-old from Shelbyville, Tennessee, who was killed May 18, 1969. Frisby and five students climbed the hill recently to pay tribute to Lovell, who attended MTSU in 1964.

http://youtu.be/pK26XgKChA4

Read the full story here.

Kudos! Professor Ryan Otter receives President’s Silver Column Award (WATCH)

Ryan Otter’s work as a teacher, researcher and advocate for student success has led to special recognition by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. Otter, an associate professor of biology, is the eighth recipient of the President’s Silver Column Award, which McPhee established in 2004. McPhee, along with Dean Bud Fischer of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, recently surprised Otter at his office in the Science Building with the news. Watch:

 

http://youtu.be/cegkBZJqo3Y

Read the full story here.

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

Kudos! Professor Ryan Otter receives President's Silver Column Award (WATCH)

Ryan Otter’s work as a teacher, researcher and advocate for student success has led to special recognition by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. Otter, an associate professor of biology, is the eighth recipient of the President’s Silver Column Award, which McPhee established in 2004. McPhee, along with Dean Bud Fischer of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, recently surprised Otter at his office in the Science Building with the news. Watch:

 

http://youtu.be/cegkBZJqo3Y

Read the full story here.

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

MTSU students pitch ideas, earn cash at biz plan contest (WATCH)

The 2015 MTSU Business Plan Competition finals featured three teams pitching their ideas recently inside the Student Union Ballroom before a panel of judges. Salomon’s House LLC was the top winner, earning team members $7,500 in seed money to help bring their entrepreneurial idea into reality. Second-place winner was Green Source Energy Recovery, earning that team $5,000. Here’s a recap of the event:

http://youtu.be/BdD2QQ2pQEI

Read the full story here.

— Video by Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU students offer hope, support at 2015 Relay For Life (WATCH)

The third annual Relay For Life event held April 17 on MTSU’s campus raised more than $13,000 for the American Cancer Society. Catch a glimpse of the fun activities — dancing, corn hole and more — inside MTSU’s Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center that night:

http://youtu.be/9yiyTSDhwr4

Video by Leigh Harrington (leigh.harrington@mtsu.edu)

Ken Griffey Sr. discusses baseball then and now (VIDEO)

Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Sr., a mainstay of “The Big Red Machine” in the 1970s, delivered the luncheon address at the 20th annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference April 3 in MTSU’s James Union Building. This was the final year for the conference at MTSU. Next year, Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, will host the gathering of baseball aficionados and scholars.

A video of Griffey Sr. is available for viewing below.

http://youtu.be/vv0RagQ-2N0

(WATCH) Social entrepreneur Agrawal: Master a skill, check your friends …

Social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal was named by Forbes magazine as one of 2013’s “Top 20 Millennials on a Mission.” Agrawal is author of the book “Do Cool Sh*t,” which shares insights from her journey of leaving a traditional job that she hated to founding the popular farm-to-table pizza restaurant, WILD (formerly known as SLICE), in New York as well as co-founding female garment company THINX.

Agrawal was keynote speaker at the March 23 kickoff of MTSU’s second annual Nonprofit & Social Innovation Week. Agrawal told students that while surveys show that many millennials have felt the need to move back in with their parents in recent years, the changing nature of the economy has opened up promising opportunities for them to start their own businesses. But to do so, she cautioned, students must identify their passion and commit long term to turn that passion into a career. Here’s a recap of her remarks:

http://youtu.be/w3QIW77lPVk

— Video by Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)