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University women to meet Feb. 12 for info on political lobbying

As the Tennessee General Assembly continues its 109th session, local university women will be learning how to lobby their lawmakers at a special Thursday, Feb. 12, meeting.

“Tips of the Trade: Lobbying the Hill and the Congressional Delegation” is the theme of the next meeting of the Murfreesboro Branch of the American Association of University Women. It’s from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Room 101 of MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building.

Joyce McDaniel

Joyce McDaniel

Jane Grigor Ferrell

Jane Grigor Ferrell

Joyce McDaniel and Jane Grigor Ferrell, founding partners of The Ferrell-McDaniel Company in Nashville, will deliver the presentation.

Ferrell-McDaniel is “an association management and political action committee development firm,” according to the company’s website.

Ferrell, a former president of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus and former member of the Davidson County Election Commission, has consulted on strategy, fundraising and organization for political campaigns in eight Southern states. She also was one of the key players in the formation of the Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee and served as its executive director.

McDaniel was administrative assistant to the late state Sen. Anna Belle Clement O’Brien for 11 years and is a former press secretary for the Senate Democratic Caucus.

AAUW Mboro logo webIn 1997, McDaniel started two businesses: Perennial Services Management, which offers consulting, event planning and management, and Perennial Services Network, which provides nonmedical personal services to the elderly.

The attendees’ new knowledge will come in handy Tuesday, Feb. 24, which is Lobby Day on the Hill for Tennessee Academic Standards, and Wednesday, March 4, which is Lobby Day on the Hill for Women’s Issues.

The public is invited to the Feb. 12 MTSU meeting.

Dinner will be served at the meeting at a cost of $5 per person. Reservations may be made by Thursday, Feb. 5, by calling 615-893-1786. The organization also is requesting donations of personal hygiene products for Murfreesboro’s Domestic Violence Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Ayne Cantrell, MTSU professor emerita, at acantrell@comcast.net.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Stein brings ‘Harlem Street Portraits’ to Baldwin Photo Gallery

Acclaimed photographer Harvey Stein is returning to MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery with a new exhibit, “Harlem Street Portraits,” that opens Tuesday, Jan. 20, for a monthlong run.

Harvey Stein

Harvey Stein

Stein, who brought his photo collections from Mexico and Italy and from Coney Island to MTSU in 2007 and 2011, respectively, also plans a free Feb. 5 public lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building on campus.

He shot the photos for the “Harlem Street Portraits” exhibit over a 23-year period to capture the “energy and grace” of the New York City neighborhood he says has always been “welcoming and vibrant and eager to connect.”

The photos in the Baldwin Gallery exhibit, which ends Feb. 26, also are included in a hardbound book published in 2013. The exhibit is co-sponsored by MTSU’s Black History Month Committee.

Baldwin Gallery logo webThe Baldwin Photographic Gallery is located in Room 269 of the Bragg Mass Comm Building, and its operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The public can schedule a visit to the nationally renowned gallery by contacting MTSU photography professor and Baldwin curator Tom Jimison at tom.jimison@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2085.

Stein, an award-winning photographer, author, educator, curator and lecturer, is director of photography at the Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York City and has had his photos exhibited worldwide as well as included in 50 museums and private collections. He teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City and also conducts major photo workshops across the United States.

Of the Harlem photos, Stein explains that they’re “mostly collaborative portraits that abandon the strategies of candid photography and instead engage the individual with their full knowledge and involvement.

“I usually don’t point, shoot and scurry on,” he continues. “I want to enter into some kind of exchange and dialogue. Usually at my instigation, we share a brief conversation or laugh, comment on the passing scene, come to a shared understanding. I want my subjects to be as aware of my presence as I am of theirs.”

You can learn more about Stein’s work at his website, http://harveysteinphoto.com. The Baldwin Photographic Gallery website is located at http://baldwinphotogallery.com. A searchable campus map of MTSU, complete with parking details, is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Photographer Harvey Stein will bring this photo and more to MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery for his "Harlem Street Portraits" exhibit Jan. 20-Feb. 26. The exhibit is free and open to the public, as is Stein's Feb. 5 lecture in Room 103 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building. (Photos copyright and courtesy of Harvey Stein)

Photographer Harvey Stein will bring these photos and more to MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery for his “Harlem Street Portraits” exhibit Jan. 20-Feb. 26. The exhibit is free and open to the public, as is Stein’s Feb. 5 lecture in Room 103 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building. (Photos copyright and courtesy of Harvey Stein)

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Register, sponsor a hole for Chair of Insurance golf tournament

Registration and hole sponsorships are available for MTSU’s 2015 Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance Invitational Scramble Golf Tournament.

To learn more about the Martin Chair of Insurance, click the image above.

To learn more about the Martin Chair of Insurance, click the image above.

This year’s tournament will be held Tuesday, April 21, at Champions Run Golf Course on Mount Pleasant Road in Rockvale.

The purpose of this annual tournament is to raise money to fund scholarships for students enrolled in the insurance program within MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business. Students are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership potential and dedication to the insurance business.

Golf Tourney graphicHole sponsorships are available for $150 and higher-level sponsorships are available as well. A sponsorship form is available here.

Player registration is $150 per player, and a registration form is available here

Last year, the Chair of Insurance awarded $60,000 in scholarship money to almost 50 students. More than 600 students have been offered financial assistance through scholarships since 1983.

For more information about sponsorships and registration, contact Dr. Emily Zietz at emily.zietz@mtsu.edu or 615-898-5618; or Patti Parsons at patti.parsons@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2371.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU admissions office resumes daily tours for prospective students

Daily campus tours at MTSU will resume Monday, Jan. 12, for prospective students and their families.

Campus tours, which are administered by the Office of Admissions, give potential MTSU students, their parents and family members an opportunity to explore campus on a walking tour led by a member of the university’s Blue Elite campus visit leaders and participate in an information session with an admissions representative.

K.G. Kennedy, a student member of the Office of Admissions Blue Elite during the 2013-14 academic year, provides a walking campus tour for visitors. (MTSU file photo)

K.G. Kennedy, a student member of the Office of Admissions Blue Elite during the 2013-14 academic year, provides a walking campus tour for visitors. (MTSU file photo)

To schedule a daily campus tour, go to www.mtsu.edu/tours.

For details on other special events — including True Blue Experience Days on Friday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 30, the University Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House Monday, Feb. 16, and Spring Preview Days Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, June 6 — visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

All guided campus tours will begin in the Tour Room of the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive, on the east side of campus. A visitor’s parking lot is located between the center and the softball field.

A printable map, showing the Student Services and Admissions Center and nearby parking as well as the rest of the MTSU campus, is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

For the week of Jan. 12-16, tours will be held at 1:30 p.m. only. The university will be closed Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and daily campus tours will resume at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 20. During spring break March 9-14, campus tours will be at 10 a.m. only.

Special Friday tours for prospective transfer students will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10.

Special Saturday tours for all prospective students will be held starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 7, April 18 and May 16. The visit will include a housing tour.

Daily campus tours will end Wednesday, April 29.

For more information, call 615-898-5670 or email tours@mtsu.edu.

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

Jan. 10 College Goal Tennessee event at MTSU offers financial aid help

MTSU and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation have a valuable, free offer for prospective high school students planning to attend college.

It’s College Goal Tennessee at MTSU, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10. Sign-in will be in the south lobby of the Business and Aerospace Building.

To find nearby parking and the event location, a printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

Prospective students and their parents or guardians will receive assistance and advice from MTSU and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation personnel during the Saturday, Jan. 10, College Goal Tennessee at MTSU event. In this file photo, Jones College of Business adviser Amie Donahue helps then-sophomore Ryan Cooke. (MTSU file photo Andy Heidt)

Prospective students and their parents or guardians will receive assistance and advice from MTSU and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation personnel during the Saturday, Jan. 10, College Goal Tennessee at MTSU event. In this file photo, Jones College of Business adviser Amie Donahue helps then-sophomore Ryan Cooke. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Between Jan. 3 and Feb. 15, there will be 25 College Goal events held across the state.

Event organizers use these sessions to assist prospective students and their parents or guardians in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form and to share financial aid resources, how to apply and much more.

Jackie Owens, an MTSU financial aid counselor in the MT One Stop and coordinator of the College Goal event, urges participants to pre-register “so we can be adequately staffed and provide our best service to students and families during this event.”

To register, go to www.mtsu.edu/goal. Nationally, the event is called College Goal Sunday, but MTSU and other venues across the state choose to host the local events on days other than a Sunday.

For a list of all Tennessee locations, visit www.tn.gov/collegegoalsunday/locations.html.

“We want to be able to provide one-on-one counseling and individual assistance for the students and families that plan to attend,” Owens said. “College Goal at MTSU is an opportunity for us to offer free assistance to students from nearby communities who are planning to attend any college, not just MTSU.”

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation representative Annie Trout, left, assists with registration during the 2013, College Goal Tennessee at MTSU session in BAS. (Submitted photo)

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation representative Annie Trout, left, assists with registration during the 2013 College Goal Tennessee at MTSU session in the Business and Aerospace Building. (Submitted photo)

All students seeking federal and state aid must complete the FAFSA annually.

Volunteers at the College Goal at MTSU and the other similar events in Tennessee will help steer students in the right direction regarding financial aid.

Students and their parents or guardians can begin filing their FAFSA Jan. 1. However, for first-time FAFSA applicants, the process can prove stressful, Owens said.

Attendees need to bring their driver’s license, Social Security number, 2014 federal tax return and bank statements. For the complete list of needed documents, visit www.mtsu.edu/goal.

All participants will need a PIN number for the FAFSA if they plan to complete the FAFSA online during the event. To obtain the PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov.

The parking, registration and advice are free.

For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/goal or www.tn.gov/collegegoalsunday/index.html, email CollegeGoal.SundayInfo@tn.gov or call 615-904-8215 or 800-342-1663.

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

MTSU songwriting stars take stage for Nashville benefit concert

A special MTSU songwriting benefit concert drew a full house of enthusiastic supporters to hear headlining alumnus Eric Paslay, fellow Grammy-nominated songwriter Dylan Altman and a half-dozen MTSU recording industry students.

The Dec. 7 event, co-sponsored by ASCAP and Spirit Music Nashville, generated almost $4,000 in ticket sales at the Listening Room Café in downtown Nashville.

Odie Blackmon, a veteran songwriter and the new coordinator of the Department of Recording Industry’s commercial songwriting concentration, expressed his thanks to students, sponsors and supporters for all their help with the show.

MTSU songwriters pose for a group photo after the Dec. 7 inaugural benefit concert for the Department of Recording Industry’s commercial songwriting concentration at Nashville's Listening Room Cafe. Standing from left are MTSU students Kyle Crownover, Caitlin Spencer, Terrez Sieber and Collin Baxter; program coordinator Odie Blackmon; MTSU alumnus Eric Paslay and his fellow and Grammy-nominated songwriter Dylan Altman; mass communication dean Ken Paulson; and MTSU student Nick Carpenter. MTSU student Zack Russell is kneeling in front. (Photo submitted)

MTSU songwriters pose for a group photo after the Dec. 7 inaugural benefit concert for the Department of Recording Industry’s commercial songwriting concentration at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe. Standing from left are MTSU students Kyle Crownover, Caitlin Spencer, Terreze Sieber and Collin Baxter; program coordinator Odie Blackmon; MTSU alumnus Eric Paslay and his fellow and Grammy-nominated songwriter Dylan Altman; mass communication dean Ken Paulson; and MTSU student Nick Carpenter. MTSU student Zack Russell is kneeling in front. (Photos submitted)

“This money will go directly to hire a new adjunct professor for the spring 2015 semester!” he said in an email after the show. “We are already working on another ‘MTSU Songwriting Series’ show for the spring with a major country star, so stay tuned.”

MTSU students Nick Carpenter, Collin Baxter and Kyle Crownover, who just finished an Advanced Commercial Songwriting course, were joined by Commercial Songwriting students Caitlin Spencer, Zack Russell and Terreze Seiber to open the show.

Paslay, a 2005 grad of MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, has made regular appearances on country music airplay charts with this year’s self-titled debut release, which hit No. 4 on Billboard’s country albums listing and includes his top-10 single “Friday Night.”

The music business major’s songs have been winners for other artists too, including Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and Paslay’s Grammy-nominated “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” for the Eli Young Band. Both hit No. 1 on the charts.

MTSU alumnus Eric Paslay, right, harmonizes with his fellow Grammy-nominated songwriter Dylan Altman at the Dec. 7 inaugural benefit concert for the Department of Recording Industry’s commercial songwriting concentration at Nashville's Listening Room Cafe.

MTSU alumnus Eric Paslay, right, harmonizes with his fellow Grammy-nominated songwriter Dylan Altman at the Dec. 7 inaugural benefit concert for the Department of Recording Industry’s commercial songwriting concentration at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe.

Altman, who was nominated for a 2014 Grammy for co-writing Jason Aldean’s No. 1 “Take a Little Ride,” has also written for and with Paslay as well as for Will Hoge and Tim McGraw. Altman’s songs also have been featured on the ABC drama “Nashville.”

Blackmon is himself a Grammy-nominated songwriter for Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” which also won the 2005 Country Music Association Song of the Year. He co-wrote George Strait’s “She’ll Leave You with a Smile” and Gary Allan’s “Nothing On But the Radio,” both of which topped the country charts.

MTSU’s ongoing partnerships with the music industry have continued to expand the Department of Recording Industry into one of the top programs in the nation.

The department was part of an international Top 25 list of acclaimed schools touted by The Hollywood Reporter in mid-November, and Billboard magazine has also touted MTSU’s program as one of the top five in the world.

More than a dozen MTSU alumni or former students and faculty from around the university have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the last four years. Seven have won Grammys, including a couple of repeat recipients, in categories from classical to gospel to bluegrass.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU salutes veterans with ‘awesome’ game-day events (+VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Morris Summers and his older brother Felix once again found “their spot” at the annual MTSU Veterans Memorial Service Nov. 22.

It was in seats near five Summers family memorial bricks placed near others at the Veterans Memorial site outside the Tom H. Jackson Building on the west side of campus between Kirksey Old Main and Middle Tennessee Boulevard.

The memorial service was just one of a number of activities for veterans and men and women currently serving in the military as part of the 33rd annual Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day events sponsored by MTSU Athletics and the Department of Military Science.

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In addition to their own bricks at the site, others purchased for family members included one for their father, S. Felix Summers; one for Morris Summers’ son, Norman C. Summers; and one for Morris Summers’ father-in-law, George C. Hixson.

“We’ve been coming almost every year,” said Morris Summers, a 1973 graduate who earned his degree from the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. “We came 33 years ago to the first veterans program, and walked across the (Horace Jones) field that day. We have not missed more than three of these.”

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, left, and MTSU faculty member, veteran and Veterans Committee member Tony Johnston listen as MTSU alumnus and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Bud Morris of Murfreesboro makes a point following the Veterans Memorial Service Saturday (Nov. 22) outside the Tom H. Jackson Building. It was the first of a number of Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day activities for vets and those currently serving in the military. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, left, and MTSU faculty member, veteran and Veterans Committee member Tony Johnston listen as MTSU alumnus and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Bud Morris of Murfreesboro makes a point following the Veterans Memorial Service Nov. 22 outside the Tom H. Jackson Building. It was the first of a number of Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day activities for vets and those currently serving in the military. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

“I think it’s awesome,” Morris Summers said of the ceremony. “I was telling Dr. (Sidney A.) McPhee that the programs they have now are excellent for guys and women coming back to school or just now starting school.”

One of the newer programs is Vet Success on Campus. MTSU, which has a student-veteran population of around 1,000 and their dependents, has one of the highest-rated veteran-friendly programs in the nation.

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder spoke from the heart and personal experience in a message about veterans.

She spoke of the “amazing sacrifices service members and their families have to go through.”

Grinder’s daughter-in-law, Billie Jean Grinder, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, was killed in Iraq Feb. 21, 2010, a short time before her deployment was to end.

“Not everyone can be in the military,” Grinder said, “but everyone can support active-duty personnel and veterans.” She urged the audience of nearly 100 people to not “miss one opportunity to thank a person in uniform. To those of you here today in uniform, I salute you.”

The state leader told the audience “MTSU has been a great partner in helping veteran students.”

Those attending the 30-minute ceremony heard Grinder’s message about suicide by veterans.

“Tennessee’s lost far too many veterans to suicide,” she said. “The trend’s going upward. Something’s wrong with that.”

John Furgess, left, of Nashville, presents Joe "Joey" Nunley Jr. with the 2014 Dr. Joe Nunley Sr. Memorial Award for Service to Others during the MTSU Salute to Armed Services veterans' picnic outside the Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame Saturday (Nov. 22). Furgess also said any World War II veteran attending would share in the Nunley memorial award. Future recipients will be from Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

John Furgess, left, of Nashville, presents Joe “Joey” Nunley Jr. with the 2014 Dr. Joe Nunley Sr. Memorial Award for Service to Others during the MTSU Salute to Armed Services veterans’ picnic outside the Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 22. Furgess also said any World War II veteran attending would share in the Nunley memorial award. Future recipients will be from Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

During the service, MTSU Veterans Committee members held a tree-planting, this year for families of veterans.

At the Dr. Joe Nunley Memorial Award presentation during the veterans’ picnic adjacent to the Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame, MTSU alumnus John Furgess (Class of ’65) of Nashville recognized all World War II veterans with the 25th presentation of the honor.

Past recipients Fayne Haynes of Murfreesboro and Ed Smith of Brentwood, Tennessee, were among the World War II veterans attending.

In 2015 and going forward, veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be nominated for the honor.

Furgess presented Murfreesboro’s Joe “Joey” Nunley Jr. with the 2014 Dr. Joe Nunley Sr. Memorial Award for Service to Others.

“I knew something was going to happen. I didn’t know exactly,” said Nunley Jr., telling the crowd “genetics” played a role in his receiving the trophy.

“This starts a new chapter of this award, and this is a way to do it.”

The events were a prelude to the MTSU-Florida Atlantic University football game in Floyd Stadium. The vets and active-duty personnel were recognized during the game and halftime

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

Peyton Smalley, 5, of Murfreesboro, adds a shovel of dirt to a tree being planted for family members of veterans and active-duty personnel Saturday (Nov. 22) at the MTSU Veterans Memorial Service. The event was held in the Military Memorial site next to the Tom H. Jackson Building. Smalley came to the event with his grandfather, Curtis Shriver, a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard and 35-year veteran in the military.

Peyton Smalley, 5, of Murfreesboro, adds a shovel of dirt to a tree being planted for family members of veterans and active-duty personnel Nov. 22 at the MTSU Veterans Memorial Service. The event was held in the Military Memorial site next to the Tom H. Jackson Building. Smalley came to the event with his grandfather, Curtis Shriver, a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard and 35-year veteran in the military.

 

Brothers Felix, left, and Morris Summers sit near a group of Summers family bricks are located at the MTSU Veterans Memorial site outside the Tom H. Jackson Building Saturday (Nov. 22). MTSU alumnus Morris Summers (Class of 1973), who lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Felix Summers, a Murfreesboro resident, served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Enterprise. They attended the annual Veterans Memorial ceremony. In addition to their own bricks, others include their father, Sewell F. Summers, Morris's son, Norman C. Summers, and Morris Summers' father-in-law, Geroge C. Hixson.

Brothers Felix, left, and Morris Summers sit near a group of Summers family bricks located at the MTSU Veterans Memorial site outside the Tom H. Jackson Building Nov. 22. MTSU alumnus Morris Summers (Class of 1973), who lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Felix Summers, a Murfreesboro resident, served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Enterprise. They attended the annual Veterans Memorial ceremony. In addition to their own bricks, others include their father, Sewell F. Summers, Morris’s son, Norman C. Summers, and Morris Summers’ father-in-law, George C. Hixson.

Veterans and active duty members of the military were honored at halftime of Saturday's football game at Floyd Stadium as part of the 33rd annual Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day events sponsored by MTSU Athletics and the Department of Military Science. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Veterans and active duty members of the military were honored at halftime of Saturday’s football game at Floyd Stadium as part of the 33rd annual Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day events sponsored by MTSU Athletics and the Department of Military Science. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

A skydiver delivers the game ball to Floyd Stadium Saturday. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

A skydiver delivers the game ball to Floyd Stadium Saturday. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU's Band of Blue played patriotic tunes during Saturday's halftime as part of the Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day events. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU’s Band of Blue played patriotic tunes during Saturday’s halftime as part of the Salute to Armed Services Veterans Day events. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

 

Continuing ed credits available at Dec. 4 Accounting CPE Day

Dept of Accounting logo webPresentations on accounting and financial reporting, auditing, taxation and ethics will highlight the upcoming sixth annual Department of Accounting CPE Day at Middle Tennessee State University.

The continuing education event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the State Farm Lecture Hall on MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building.

Participants can earn up to eight hours of continuing professional education, or CPE, credit. The cost is $175, which includes all seminars, materials and lunch.

The sessions and presenters include:

  • “Tennessee Legislative Updates,” Jeff Foster, senior tax counsel, Tennessee Department of Revenue.
  • “Tennessee-Specific Ethics,” Mark Crocker, executive director, Tennessee State Board of Accountancy.
  • “FASB Update,” Dr. Stan Clark, associate professor of accounting.
  • “Tax Update,” Dr. Denise Leggett, assistant professor of accounting.
  • “Private Company Financial Reporting,” Chad Milom, partner, accounting and assurance department, Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain.
  • “Excel Budgeting Techniques,” Dr. Tammy Bahmanziari, associate professor of accounting.
  • “Revenue Recognition,” Dr. Jeannie Harrington, associate professor of accounting.
  • “Budgeting for Small Businesses,” Monica Davis, accounting faculty.
  • “Professional Skepticism,” Dr. Rebekah Heath, assistant professor of accounting, and Dr. Sandy Benson, interim chair, Department of Accounting, and associate professor of business law.
  • “Taxes and The Affordable Care Act,” Dr. Tim Koski, professor of accounting.
  • “Audit Update,” Bill Mooningham, accounting faculty.

To register or get more information, visit the Department of Accounting website at www.mtsu.edu/accounting or call the department at 615-898-5306.

The 24th annual Department of Accounting Alumni CPE Day at MTSU will held on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Celebrate spirit of the season with MTSU’s 30th anniversary ‘Messiah’

The Monday, Dec. 1, performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by the MTSU Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society marks the 30th anniversary for the group’s presentation of the beloved holiday oratorio.

Messiah 2014 graphic“Messiah” will be presented beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at First United Methodist Church, located at 265 W. Thompson Lane.

Tickets for the production are $10 per person and available at the door. MTSU faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with valid IDs.

Dr. Raphael Bundage

“We’ve presented ‘Messiah’ to the MTSU community and our neighbors for 30 years, and I believe that’s a grand testament to both our choral society and the community,” said Dr. Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU’s School of Music and Choral Society music director/conductor.

“We’re deeply honored to perform it once again.”

The MTSU “Messiah” production once again will feature a professional orchestra and MTSU student and faculty soloists performing the Christmas portion of the work, which includes some of its most popular recitatives, arias and choruses.

The choruses to be performed include “And the glory of the Lord,” “And He shall purify,” “For unto us a child is born,” “Glory to God” and the ever-popular “Hallelujah” chorus.

John Kramar

H. Stephen Smith

Alice M. Clements

The 30th anniversary guest soloists include:

  • soprano Alice Matlock Clements, an MTSU music alumna and local voice teacher.
  • tenor H. Stephen Smith, a voice professor in MTSU’s School of Music.
  • baritone John Kramar, a voice professor at East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, North Carolina.

For more information on this and other concerts in the MTSU School of Music, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music’s Concert Calendar.

For details on joining the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, contact Bundage at raphael.bundage@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2849.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU serves with style at etiquette seminar featuring 4-course meal

Learning the social graces at the dinner table can be fun as well as enlightening.

ASID etiquette event poster webMTSU’s student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers hope to prove that fact at an etiquette seminar and four-course meal planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Hazlewood Dining Room of the James Union Building.

“We want to help our students here at MTSU with having that etiquette background, that civility, that business etiquette,” said Deborah Belcher, who chairs the Department of Human Sciences. “And, since this was all borne from home economics, I think we need to continue that tradition.”

Belcher, who has taught etiquette for years, recently completed training at the Burlington, Vermont-based Emily Post Institute.

Post, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose 1922 book “Etiquette: In Society, in Business, in Politics and At Home” was a bestseller, became the gold standard in her time for expertise on the proper ways to behave in all kinds of situations. Her descendants continue her work today at www.emilypost.com.

For example, as Belcher said, “Can you eat asparagus with your fingers? Yes, if it does not have a sauce on it. When it has a sauce, then you must cut it.”

Before the dinner, teams of students will attempt to set the tables appropriately. Teams who perform best and fastest will win prizes.

Deborah Belcher

“The table setting itself tells you the connection with the menu and what you’re going to have for dinner,” Belcher said.

Belcher said the meal usually consists of soup, salad, sorbet to cleanse the palate, an entrée and vegetables, bread, dessert and a choice of coffee, tea or water.

The price of the dinner is $25 per person, which covers the meal and facilities charges. For more information, call 904-230-6490.

The seminar previously tackled such subjects as how to eat with chopsticks and the proper ways of toasting. This year’s seminar has a masquerade theme and will include some after-dinner dance instruction.

Belcher said the key to understanding proper etiquette is to treat others as one would wish to be treated.

“If we know these rules and we practice the rules, when we go out for a job interview, or we’re in a social situation, then we know we can fall back on these rules, and that creates a level of comfort,” she said.

To learn more about the American Society of Interior Designers or the Department of Human Sciences, contact Belcher at 615-898-2302 or deborah.belcher@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)