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MTSU offers Summer Math Institute June 8-10 students in grades 7-12

Rising seventh- through 12th-graders looking to grow in mathematics can achieve this through the Summer Math Institute at MTSU.

Math sign72The 2½-day camp will be held Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10, in Rooms 141 and 149 in the College of Education Building. To register online, visit www.campSTEM.us.

Program highlights include modeling and real-world applications, graphing, problem-solving, strategies, games and puzzles, logic and reasoning and on-campus departmental visits.

Teachers for the camp will be Victoria Hamlin and Brittany Sikorski. Hamlin is an instructor in the MTSU Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The Summer Math Institute at MTSU is tuition-based. A fee of $75 covers all activities, snacks and supply costs. Financial aid opportunities are available for students needing assistance.

For more information, contact David Lockett at 615-415-7963 or email him at David.Lockett@mtsu.edu. He teaches fourth-graders at Homer Pittard Campus School.

An MTSU Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member’s find can be viewed in a glass case on the second floor of Kirksey Old Main. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

CUSTOMS orientation sessions begin with scholarship recipients

The Middle Tennessee State University summer orientation for the new freshman class begins this week as major scholarship recipients kick off the first of 10 sessions scheduled through the end of July.

Along with parents and family members, a capacity of more than 325 students arrive on campus Thursday, May 21, for the first of the two-day CUSTOMS orientation process to acclimate them to campus.

In this 2013 file photo, CUSTOMS student orientation assistants use signs to gather new students before heading to their next destination on the agenda. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

In this 2013 file photo, CUSTOMS student orientation assistants use signs to gather new students before heading to their next destination on the agenda. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Coordinated by the Office of New Students and Family Programs, CUSTOMS shows freshmen the ropes of being an MTSU student. It helps new undergraduate students make the transition into the university; it prepares them for educational opportunities; and it propels them into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the university.

To learn more about CUSTOMS , dates for the 10 sessions and to register for a future session in June or July, visit www.mtsu.edu/customs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’re excited about a new format allowing for advising and registration to take place simultaneously,” said director Gina Poff.

Throughout all sessions, the first day of CUSTOMS will be “what I consider how to be a successful student on campus,” Poff said. “It will be the functions of the university: how to be involved, how to register, where to park and where to eat.”

Day Two will be about how to be a successful student academically and incorporate the advising and registration aspects, she added.

CUSTOMS globeScholarship recipients and their families were quick to respond and register for the first session.

“We’ve just completed a spring semester and held commencement,” Poff said. “We’re geared up for our new students. It’s all hands on deck (for MTSU personnel) for everybody coming for CUSTOMS, to have them prepared by August.”

Students are required to attend every CUSTOMS activity and register for classes at the end of the session.

To find parking and building locations, a printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

For more information, visit the CUSTOMS website or call 615-898-5533. New Student and Family Programs is located in Keathley University Center Room 326.

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

High school journalists: Sign up now for MTSU’s 1st ‘Innovation J-Camp’

The Center for Innovation in Media in MTSU’s College of Mass Communication is welcoming high-school journalists to the inaugural “Innovation J-Camp” July 13-17 on campus.

Click on the graphic above for more information about the inaugural Innovation J-Camp at MTSU.

Click on the graphic above for more information about the inaugural Innovation J-Camp at MTSU.

The weeklong workshop will guide students who’ve completed the ninth grade to become digital storytellers who can produce content for video, Web, mobile, social media and print audiences.

They’ll learn about news basics and new media platforms each day, then tackle hands-on assignments in the field with camp instructors.

By week’s end, each camper will post video, photo and written stories on a special website they’ll build and manage to showcase their multimedia project.

Camp sponsor Canon USA is providing participants with new digital video cameras to use on campus for their projects.

The cost of the five-day camp is $150 person, which covers all materials, equipment, lunches and snacks.

The Center for Innovation in Media is located inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building on campus; a searchable campus map of MTSU, complete with parking details, is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

Val Hoeppner

Val Hoeppner

Whitney Matheson

Whitney Matheson

Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson

The center, also known as the CIM, opened in 2012 and combines the newsrooms for Sidelines, MTSU’s student newspaper; WMTS-FM, the student radio station; Match Records, the student record label; MTTV, the student-operated cable television station; and WMOT-FM, MTSU’s 100,000-watt National Public Radio affiliate.

The CIM was developed via $700,000 in federal stimulus funds and enables students from all media disciplines to hone their skills under the same roof in a state-of-the-art facility.

CIM Director Val Hoeppner will serve as lead instructor for Innovation J-Camp, accompanied by journalist-in-residence Whitney Matheson and mass communications dean Ken Paulson.

For information about the inaugural Innovation J-Camp, visit http://innovationjcamp.org or contact Hoeppner at val.hoeppner@MTSU.edu. For more information about MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, visit www.mtsu.edu/masscomm.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Young writers can create their own adventures at MTSU camps June 8-19

Young people across Middle Tennessee who enjoy reading and writing can add to their summer adventures by registering now for MTSU’s annual Youth Writers’ Camps, set June 8-19.

Students who’ll be in third to 11th grades can spend two weeks learning to “read like writers” and to tell stories to others with the help of the Middle Tennessee Writing Project.

Click on the logo for registration information.

Click on the logo for registration information.

The Kids’ Camp for third- through fifth-graders will be held at MTSU from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, while the Teen Camp for grades five to 11 will be held at Stones River National Battlefield on the same days and times.

Registration costs are $200 for new campers and $175 for returning participants.

The Youth Writers’ Camps feature writing-related activities to encourage campers to exercise their creative energy in composing stories, memoirs, comics, songs, poems and more.

Local teachers with the Writing Project lead the camps, encouraging students to explore different writing styles and topics and work with their peers and teachers to become more confident in their own writing, said Dr. Ellen Donovan, director of the Middle Tennessee Writing Project and a professor of English at MTSU.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

This year’s campers will enjoy a special visit and workshop with poet and filmmaker Matthew Brown, a lecturer in MTSU’s Department of English who works regularly with K-12 writers and founded the MTSU Writers Corps, a creative writing group of student veterans.

During camp sessions, the participants will play word games, write daily, learn to give and receive feedback on their projects and publish their chosen pieces in a camp anthology.

Each student will receive a camp T-shirt, a writer’s notebook, a daily morning snack and a copy of the camp writing anthology as part of their registration fees. Campers should bring their own lunches each day, organizers say.

Campers and parents can get more information and find a downloadable application form at www.middletnwritingproject.org/youth-writers-camps. A limited number of scholarships also are available for campers; you can learn more by contacting the Middle Tennessee Writing Project office at 615-898-5981.

You can learn more about Brown at his website, www.matthewbrownpoetry.com.

The Middle Tennessee Writing Project serves the greater Middle Tennessee region as one of more than 200 networked sites that form the National Writing Project, a professional development effort for teachers of kindergarten through college-aged students.

The project works to improve writing instruction, help teachers use writing as an effective teaching strategy in other areas, and develop teacher leadership to reform and improve education.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Warm up hamstrings, get out the dog leashes for See Spot Run May 2

If you like to run as much as your dog does, you can do it together and help a worthy cause at this weekend’s 2015 “See Spot Run for Humanity” event.

The 2015 5K Run/Walk is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. at Peck Hall for both people and their canine companions.

Both individuals and groups and their dogs are welcome to participate, and an organization with 15 or more participants may enter as well.

Click on the logo for a registration link.

Click on the logo for a registration link.

Registration is available at www.active.com, and the entry fee for individuals is $30. Prizes include a dry-fit-style shirt for all participants and awards to the top age group finishers.

Funds raised by “See Spot Run for Humanity” will go to support Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and the MTSU Habitat Blitz Build.

Each human race participant is required to bring his or her dog’s rabies tag number. Retractable leashes will not be allowed at the race.

The MTSU Office of Student Organizations and Service and Sigma Pi fraternity sponsor the race. For more information, contact the Office of Student Organizations and Service at 615-898-5812 or go to www.mtsu.edu/sos.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU admissions, arts staff to be on hand at JazzFest May 1-2

In addition to contributing to the excellent music that will fill downtown Murfreesboro this weekend, MTSU will also have other staff on hand at the annual JazzFest celebration.

Main Street JazzFest returns to the Murfreesboro square Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, for the 19th edition of this free event. The forecast calls for sunny skies.Main-Street-JazzFest 2015

Staff from the MTSU Office of Admissions will be on hand Friday evening for high school band day to answer questions from prospective students and parents, help them with applications and financial aid and check on status of applications.

On Saturday, the College of Liberal Arts will have staff on hand to talk about upcoming concerts, plays and other MTSU Arts events for the 2015-2016 season.

Between sets, on both days, there will be drawings for MTSU event tickets, concert tickets, backpacks, T-shirts, caps and other items.

MTSU WordmarkPianist Reggie Thomas will be the headliner at this year’s JazzFest and is set to perform Saturday evening. Other performers include Music City Swing, Rob McGaha, Rock Williams, Halfbrass, MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, MTSU Faculty Combo and Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Several high school bands will perform Friday night, beginning at 6 p.m., and middle school bands on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., on a secondary stage on the west side of the square. There will also be several activities for children that begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

For the second consecutive year, The Southeast Tourism Society named Main Street JazzFest one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May 2015.

For more information and the lineup schedule, visit www.jazzfestmainstreet.com.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Join the party at MTSU musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ through April 26

MTSU Theatre’s flashy, farcical, slightly racy production of  “La Cage Aux Folles,” set April 22-26 in the university’s Tucker Theatre, is a full-fledged family affair from backstage to the orchestra pit.

MTSU junior Dominic Gillette, left, and costume design professor Tommy Macon are in costume for their roles as Georges and Albin as rehearsals continue for the April 22-26 musical "La Cage Aux Folles" at Tucker Theatre. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU junior Dominic Gillette, left, and costume design professor Tommy Macon are in costume for their roles as “Georges” and “Albin” in the April 22-26 musical “La Cage Aux Folles” at Tucker Theatre. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. April 22-25 for the multi-Tony Award-winning musical, which follows the foibles of a St. Tropez show-business couple whose son wants to marry a strait-laced politician’s daughter. A 2 p.m. matinee is set for Sunday, April 26.

Tickets for the MTSU Arts performances, sponsored by Ascend Federal Credit Union, are available online at www.showclix.com/event/LACAGE and at the theater box office an hour before curtain times.

“This show is more about family than anything else,” junior theatre major Saul Rodriguez said of the musical, which began as a 1973 French play, became a 1978 French-Italian film, was turned into a 1983 musical by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman and remade into a 1996 comedy film starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

“It’s very appealing to a lot of people. It’s a very fun show.”

Rodriguez, a resident of Lafayette, Tennessee, portrays a butler, Jacob, who works for a gay couple, Georges and Albin.

Georges, portrayed by junior theatre major Dominic Gillette, is the owner and master of ceremonies for a popular St. Tropez drag club, “La Cage Aux Folles.” His longtime partner, portrayed by MTSU costume design professor Tommy Macon, is the undisputed star of the drag-queen show in character as “Zaza.”

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Click on the graphic for a link to purchase tickets April 22-26.

The pair’s son, Jean-Michel, tells the men he’s engaged to his girlfriend, Anne. Adam Moreno, a junior theatre major from Oak Ridge, portrays Jean-Michel, who is the result of Georges’ brief fling with a woman almost 25 years earlier, and Knoxville sophomore Delaney Keith is his new fiancée, Anne.

Jean-Michel and Anne want their families to get along, but that may be awkward because Anne’s father, Edouard Dindon, portrayed by theatre professor Crosby Hunt, leads an ultraconservative political group that wants to shut down all the drag clubs. Chaos, paparazzi, songs, dances and hilarity ensue.

“It’s such a family-oriented show, even though it’s not a traditional family,” said Keith, also a theatre major. “I think it’s great that this is being portrayed as so ‘normal,’ because the love is so real for everyone, whether it’s between my character and Jean-Michel’s character or between Georges’ and Albin’s characters.”

“That was one of the most important things about this show for me, with what’s going on now in Indiana and in Tennessee, when friends of mine friends who want to get married have to go out of state,” said theatre professor Deborah Anderson, a nationally acclaimed instructor who is directing “La Cage” to conclude her 34-year teaching career at MTSU.

“That was something I’ve talked with them about, how important this issue is at this time; I think 10 years ago, when there was no chance of same-gender marriage, it was just a big fun play then, but now I think it’s really meaningful. … This couple had been married for seven years when the play starts, and it’s just tossed off as not a big deal.”

Professor Deborah Anderson

Professor Deborah Anderson

Anderson and Hunt’s son Ian, a 2012 MTSU alumnus and professional musician in New York City, is returning to campus to provide percussion for the show.

Macon, who is normally in the backstage role of helping students create the professional-caliber costumes for which MTSU productions are renowned, said he lobbied hard for the role of Albin.

“It’s obviously the role of a lifetime,” Macon said, preening a bit in full “Zaza” mode with a beautiful light auburn wig, impeccable makeup and a magnificent lace-and-sequin-clad hourglass figure that’s enough to make Dolly Parton jealous.

“Any actor that’s ever wanted to act, this is the most exciting role, the most challenging — it’s a pivotal role, and it challenges all three areas of your abilities (acting, singing and dancing). I wanted to do this show with Deborah before she left, so I asked her to please give me the opportunity, and she did.”

Gillette, who’s spent most of the last two academic years on the Tucker Theatre stage in productions including “A Doll’s House,” “American Tall Tales” and “Amen Corner,” said he’s finding his tuxedoed role as Georges a welcome challenge.

“There’ve been some nights where I’ve been battling with myself on how to portray him,” the Chattanooga resident said with a wide grin, “but this is definitely a fun show, and I think it’s a show that everyone will generally love. It’s a feel-good type of show, and that’s why it attracted me.”

The 21-member cast also includes Paul Gray, Skylar Grieco, Kyle Finn Brown, Ben George, Moira Vaughn, Haley Orozco, Abbey Kairdolf, Kelsey Blackwell, Dallas Boudreaux, Jasmine Reid, Monzie Salazar, Jay Mullens, Alicia Pickett, Jonathan Carter and Beth Ann Stripling.

General admission tickets are $10 each and $5 for K-12 students and senior citizens. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

“There’s a line in one of our songs that says ‘It’s rather gaudy but it’s also rather grand,’ and I think that perfectly describes everything about this show,” Rodriguez said.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU ‘BEST’ career fair draws 160 students, 40 employers (+VIDEO)

About 160 MTSU business majors donned business attire and brought their best elevator pitches to special career fair that drew 40 employers looking to recruit new hires and interns.

The Business Exchange for Student Talent, also known as BEST, hosted the career fair Wednesday, April 15, in the Student Union Ballroom. Sponsored by faculty in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Jones College of Business, the “speed networking” event allowed students to conduct short interviews with employers in small groups before moving on to the next table.

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Dressed in a nice navy blue business suit and resume in hand, senior marketing major Brittney Potts of Summertown, Tennessee, left the fair without the internship she wanted, but satisfied that she had gotten on the professional radar of several companies in attendance.

“I was really looking to go in for an internship opportunity, and I found out a lot of companies were looking,” Potts said. “It was my first career fair, so it was kind of nerve-racking, but I handed my resume out to a lot of people. … I have a few that I think I’ll get a callback from.”

MTSU junior Cody Wilson, right, talks with Pam Stephens, left, and Julie Darnell, center, of Wegmann Automotive USA Inc. during the BEST Career Fair in the Student Union Ballroom Wednesday, April 15. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU junior Cody Wilson, right, talks with Pam Stephens, left, and Julie Darnell, center, of Wegmann Automotive USA Inc. during the BEST Career Fair in the Student Union Ballroom Wednesday, April 15. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Potts said that for future career fairs she’ll research the companies a bit more beforehand, “that way I’ll know which companies would be a better fit for me.”

Employers on hand represented a wide variety of industries, ranging from AFLAC to The Hershey Co. and from Waffle House to Waste Management. Full-time positions and internships in the fields of marketing, management and sales were available.

Souk Wisithaphong, a recruiter for convenience store chain Speedway LLC in Smyrna, Tennessee, said she was searching for candidates for the company’s leadership and internship programs.

“I found a lot of good candidates here,” she said. “I look forward to getting in touch them … and hopefully start scheduling some interviews.”

BEST fair logo-cropThat’s just the sort activity organizers craved.

“Employers have (given) fantastic feedback about the event, not only the number of students that they’ve seen, but the quality of preparedness,” said Laura Bucker, an instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing and one of the fair organizers. “They see that students are serious minded and ready to start their careers.”

Marketing major Malik Stoudemire, a sophomore from Chattanooga, Tennessee, hasn’t yet decided his specific career path, but used his experience at the career fair to build the necessary interviewing skills to land that dream job upon graduation.

“I got a lot of tips on how to network and building relationships,” he said. “This was my first fair, and I feel that the next one I go to I’ll be more prepared.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/career/best.php.

MTSU displays ‘Cosmic Couture’ on runway in April 11 fashion show

Tomorrow’s clothing designers will display the fashions of the future in the annual Textiles, Merchandising and Design Runway Show.

The event is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Room 221 of MTSU’s Learning Resources Center. General admission tickets are $25. VIP seating is $50. A campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

TXMD show spring 2015 poster webSenior students in the TXMD program will create clothes to fit the Space Age theme of “Cosmic Couture” and the three subthemes of “Cyberpunk,” “Space Odyssey” and “After Earth.”

“The biggest thing that a student’s going to take from this class, I hope, is how to work in a group the way they’re going to have to work when they get in the industry,” said Rick Cottle, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences.

“I’m excited about the fashion show because I get to put a collection in it,” said Abby Barham, a senior from Jackson, Tennessee.

“I just want it to be really crazy but also natural at the same time and giving that overall ‘space’ look,” added Ashley Rivera, a senior from Newport, Tennessee, who will be applying makeup on some of the models.

The runway show is a prelude to Middle Tennessee Fashion Week at MTSU sponsored by the student organization Fashion and Design Students, or FADS.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, FADS will present “The Fashion Exchange” pop-up shop in the LRC lobby. Gently used clothing donated by TXMD students will be on sale for $1 per item. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.

The “Student and Alumni Trunk Show” will offer clothing items made by TXMD students and alumni from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the LRC lobby. Cash is preferred, but some vendors may accept credit cards.

Local fashion industry professionals will speak about their careers in a panel discussion slated for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Room S102 of the Business and Aerospace Building. A brief question-and-answer session will follow.

Panelists will include Christy Sanford of Greenhouse Ministries; Jake Manny, art director; Imogene + Willie, designers; Megan Prange, owner of Megan Prange Pattern and Apparel Production; and Casey Freeman and Savannah McNeill, designers and bloggers at “Hey Wanderer.”

In addition, the MTSU Textiles, Merchandising and Design program is this year’s exclusive education sponsor of Nashville Fashion Week.

“It fits directly into the mission of recruiting students, student success while on campus and placing students with jobs because it helps us make industry connections,” Cottle said.

Two MTSU alumnae will be at their alma mater April 10 and 11 to recruit from the program and attend the runway show.

Lisa Struble, vice president of technical design, and Amy Cornwell, technical designer for UnderArmour, also will help the MTSU program create a professional advisory board.

Except for the runway show, all Middle Tennessee Fashion Show events are free. For more information, contact Cottle at 615-494-8752 or rick.cottle@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Micayla Aponte, a senior from Hermitage, Tennessee, sews a garment in preparation for the 2015 Textiles, Merchandising and Design Runway Show April 11 at MTSU. (Photos by MTSU News and Media Relations)

Micayla Aponte, a senior from Hermitage, Tennessee, sews a garment in preparation for the 2015 Textiles, Merchandising and Design Runway Show April 11 at MTSU. (Photos by MTSU News and Media Relations)

Early versions of some “Cosmic Couture” designs are on display in a window on the second floor of MTSU’s Learning Resources Center.

Early versions of some “Cosmic Couture” designs are on display in a window on the second floor of MTSU’s Learning Resources Center.

300 students gravitate to math-science expo at MTSU (+VIDEO)

Nautica Turner has gained an early grasp on life after high school as an adult and the need to recycle.

The 11th-grader at Johnson Learning Center in Nashville provided “Living Wall,” as one of nearly 130 student posters and projects shown April 9 during the MidTN STEM Innovation Hub’s STEM Expo held in the MTSU Science Building.

 

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STEM — or science, technology, engineering and mathematics — stood front and center on the first and second floors of the Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium areas, as middle school and high school students, their teachers and a number of parents created a maze of human bodies.

The STEM Expo is a way for the students’ work to be shown with their peers and critically evaluated by judges from higher education and other STEM-related fields.

As Station Camp Middle School student Camden Gammicchia, foreground, tries to get their robotic can crusher to work, teammate Gracie Hile, left, explains the process to MTSU chemistry professor Preston MacDougall. The exchange took place April 9 during the third annual MidTN STEM Innovation Hub STEM Expo in the Science Building. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

As Station Camp Middle School student Camden Gammicchia, foreground, tries to get their robotic can crusher to work, teammate Gracie Hile, left, explains the process to MTSU chemistry professor Preston MacDougall. The exchange took place April 9 during the third annual MidTN STEM Innovation Hub STEM Expo in the Science Building. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Turner’s “Living Wall” utilizes “recycled wood, bottles, a raincoat and soil to grow things,” she said. “It should really inspire people to use it.”

Nearly 300 students attended the STEM Expo. Project-wise, the event has grown from 25 in 2013 to 80 in 2014 and now topped by 130 this year. Students, mainly from Davidson and Sumner counties, came from more than 20 Midstate high schools and middle schools and one from McMinn County in East Tennessee.

“It was a truly wonderful event where students came to campus and the Science Building for the STEM Expo,” said Dr. Tom Cheatham, director of the Tennessee STEM Education Center. “Our faculty and the doctoral students who served as judges were quite impressed by the students’ work.”

Cheatham coordinated the event on campus with Vicki Metzgar, Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub director, and Michelle Williams, the organization’s executive assistant.

“It was spectacular,” said Metzgar, assessing the full day that included special activities and lunch.

McGavock High School junior Chris Lewis, 17, who is in the Nashville school’s engineering pathway and a member of the Technical Students Association, called it “an awesome event.”

Amy Hale and Nicole Clemmer of Central Magnet School discuss their STEM Expo poster and project with Guanping “Ping” Zheng, left, Mike Novak and Paul Cui April 9. Zheng serves as director of the Confucius Institute.

Amy Hale and Nicole Clemmer of Central Magnet School discuss their STEM Expo poster and project with Guanping “Ping” Zheng, left, Mike Novak and Paul Cui April 9. Zheng serves as director of the Confucius Institute.

“All of these different projects that people have worked on and all these ideas they have come up with are amazing,” Lewis added. He and other McGavock students brought several robots, which they operated by remote control near the Science Building’s front entrance.

In addition to MTSU, sponsors included Siemens, the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Aegis Sciences, Belmont and Lipscomb universities, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Adventure Science Center, American Chemical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Deloitte Lipscomb University, Goodall Homes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Instruments and Cumberland Center: Global Action Platform.

The sponsors awarded 15 trophies to posters and presentations considered the best by 26 judges. About half of the judges were MTSU doctoral candidates. Every participant received a medal. Awards were presented in the Keathley University Center Theater.

In 2016, event organizers plan to hold the expo in Nashville. To learn more about the MidTN STEM Innovation Hub, visit http://midtnstem.com.

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

Part of the crowd of more than 300 people make their way around the posters shown during the third annual MidTN STEM Innovation Hub STEM Expo April 9 in the Science Building.

Part of the crowd of more than 300 people make their way around the posters shown during the third annual MidTN STEM Innovation Hub STEM Expo April 9 in the Science Building.