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City 3rd-graders enjoy MTSU ‘Farm2School’ field trip [+VIDEO]

About 600 Murfreesboro City Schools third-graders learned about the MTSU gardens Thursday, May 12, while another 600 took in the dairy portion of the university’s Experiential Learning and Research Center.

Several dozen buses transported the youngsters in two shifts to the MTSU Farm and Dairy in Lascassas, Tennessee, for the second “Farm2School” field trip in as many years.

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The field trip is part of a partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU. The two entities have collaborated to bring more than 28,000 students for four Education Days at MTSU women’s basketball games and teamed for many student-teaching events and educational and academic endeavors through the years.

Cristian Betancourth, 10, of John Pittard Elementary said he had a lot of fun and “learned how you can make things out of cow poop.”

Several MTSU and city schools staff members coordinated the four-hour event. Various MTSU students shared information about the dairy, the garden and life on a farm.

Murfreesboro City Schools participates in the national Farm2School Network program.

To learn more about the MTSU agriculture program, visit www.mtsu.edu/programs/agribusiness, www.mtsu.edu/programs/animal-scienceor call 615-898-2523.

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

Murfreesboro City Schools third-graders await a talk about the MTSU Dairy milking parlor from sophomore Taylor Schiefer, right, May 12 during the second "Farm-to-School" field trip to the MTSU Farm in Lascassas, Tennessee. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

Murfreesboro City Schools third-graders await a talk about the MTSU Dairy milking parlor from sophomore Taylor Schiefer, right, May 12 during the second “Farm-to-School” field trip to the MTSU Farm in Lascassas, Tennessee. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

Murfreesboro City Schools third-graders touch food included in the MTSU dairy cattle's diet during a

Murfreesboro City Schools third-graders touch food included in the MTSU dairy cattle’s diet during a “Farm2School” visit May 12 at the MTSU Farm and Dairy in Lascassas, Tennessee.

MTSU aerospace dedicates new simulator building [+VIDEO]

MTSU students are the beneficiaries of a new $700,000 Department of Aerospace Flight Simulator Building dedicated Thursday, May 5, at Murfreesboro Airport.

Accompanied by aerospace faculty and staff and other university administrators, President Sidney A. McPhee led the tributes to the 3,600-gross-square-foot metal facility that will house four flight simulators at MTSU’s Flight Operations Center just off Memorial Boulevard.

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Other features include a classroom, six briefing rooms, bathrooms and infrastructure to support spaces. The design of the building lends itself to future expansion in three directions, and the profile of the building’s roof is inspired by the profile of an aircraft wing.

“This is a very impressive building,” McPhee said. “With the various simulator technology we have for training our students, a new facility is an added bonus and a great space for them to learn as they prepare for aviation careers.”

MTSU seniors Charles Greenfield, left, of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Kevin Allsop of Knoxville, Tennessee, check the view from the cockpit of the flight simulator May 5 during the dedication of the Flight Simulator Building at Murfreesboro Airport.

MTSU seniors Charles Greenfield, left, of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Kevin Allsop of Knoxville, Tennessee, check the view from the cockpit of the flight simulator May 5 during the dedication of the Flight Simulator Building at Murfreesboro Airport.

“We’re very excited to begin using our new simulator building,” said Dr. Wendy Beckman, interim chair for the Department of Aerospace.

“Our faculty, staff and students have already been in there this semester. We moved over our four simulators that were in our old hangar across the airport. That hangar has been returned to the maintenance management program.”

Seniors Charles Greenfield of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Kevin Allsop of Knoxville, Tennessee, said the building has been a great addition to their final year in college as they await graduation Saturday, May 7.

“It has been nice to learn in a facility like this,” Greenfield said, “and to see the (aerospace) logo out front.”

“This has been great,” added Allsop. “It has been nice having a three-hour class in this building and to have the new furniture.”

The simulators are used by all professional pilot students at MTSU from early training through their transition to turbine-powered aircraft, Beckman added. Students began using the new building in January when spring semester classes got underway.

The simulators include:

  • a CRJ, or Canadair Regional Jet, turbofan, a training device for small passenger aircraft.
  • a Frasca Beech 1900 for turboprop aircraft similar in size to MTSU’s 8- to 12-passenger King Air aircraft. This simulator introduces students to high-speed and high-altitude aircraft, a two-person crew environment and turboprop operations.
  • DA-40, a replica of MTSU’s fleet of 19 Diamond Star training aircraft.
  • Frasca 142, a generic multiengine trainer that students fly as part of obtaining their multiengine certificate.

The Frasca simulators are named for Rudy Frasca, a U.S. Navy veteran, who founded Frasca Aviation and later Frasca International. Frasca simulators are used in all aspects of the aviation industry.

MTSU’s Department of Aerospace has nearly 675 students currently enrolled, including 641 undergraduate majors. They’re served by 14 full-time faculty and 12 staff members. In addition to maintenance management, major concentrations include professional pilot, administration, flight dispatch, technology and unmanned aircraft systems operations.

To learn more about aerospace at MTSU, which is one of 11 programs in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, visit www.mtsu.edu/programs/aerospace or call 615-898-2788.

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

MTSU students, alumni, administrators and staff watch as university President Sidney A. McPhee, second from right, and Dr. Wendy Beckman, third from left , cut the ribbon to dedicate the new aerospace Flight Simulator Building May 5 at the MTSU Flight Operations Center at Murfreesboro Airport. Beckman is interim chair in aerospace. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU students, alumni, administrators and staff watch as university President Sidney A. McPhee, second from right, and Dr. Wendy Beckman, third from left , cut the ribbon to dedicate the new aerospace Flight Simulator Building May 5 at the MTSU Flight Operations Center at Murfreesboro Airport. Beckman is interim chair in aerospace.

Shown are several of the simulator bays in the new $700,000 MTSU Aerospace Department Flight Simulator Building May 5. The facility is next to Murfreesboro Airport. MTSU students train on four different simulators.

Shown are several of the simulator bays in the new $700,000 MTSU Aerospace Department Flight Simulator Building May 5. The facility is next to Murfreesboro Airport. MTSU students train on four different simulators.

MTSU sets Oct. 15 homecoming game vs. WKU Hilltoppers

MTSU’s 2016 homecoming game will be Saturday, Oct. 15, when the Blue Raiders football team will take on Western Kentucky University’s Hilltoppers, university officials announced May 4.

Kickoff time for the Oct. 15 contest has yet to be determined.

The game will follow several campus activities, including the annual blood drive competition against WKU, the Golden Raiders Reunion honoring the Class of 1966, the annual Homecoming Parade, the “Mixer on Main” Parade-Watching Party and Homecoming Tailgate on the lawn of the President’s Residence.

In this October 2015 file photo, hundreds of MTSU fans turned out for the “Mixer on Main” event along East Main Street in conjunction with the Homecoming Parade. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

In this October 2015 file photo, hundreds of MTSU fans turned out for the “Mixer on Main” event along East Main Street in conjunction with the Homecoming Parade. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

“Homecoming is perhaps our program’s most anticipated date of the season, and we’re glad the 2016 game will feature our longtime rival and Conference USA partner,” Director of Athletics Chris Massaro said.

The seventh annual “Blood Battle” between MTSU and WKU, the three-day event when the universities challenge each other to donate the most pints of blood during drives on each campus, will be held in the days leading up to the game.

The Mixer on Main Parade-Watching Party and Homecoming Tailgate, both family-friendly events, will feature music, parade announcers and souvenir photos. Alumni officials said road construction on the Middle Tennessee Boulevard project will not slow either signature event.MTSU-WKU-helmets-web

“Alumni staff are working closely with MTSU Campus Planning and the city of Murfreesboro to ensure that the festivities will be in full gear,” said Rhonda King, MTSU’s assistant director of alumni relations.

“Walnut Grove will be in full swing before the game with Raider Walk, activities and tailgating.”

King said officials will provide updates on www.MTalumni.com as plans for homecoming week progress.

MTSU’s National Alumni Association will host the Golden Raiders and induct the newest 50-year class into the Golden Raiders Society during a luncheon and ceremony Oct. 14.

“These 50-plus-year graduates have so much MTSU knowledge and experience,” King said. “They are the living history of this university, and we are proud to commemorate this milestone with them.”

King added that the Mixer on Main Parade-Watching Party “is a favorite homecoming tradition among alumni. It is the perfect place for friends and family to gather. It is moving to see multiple generations of Blue Raiders celebrating all things MTSU.”

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

In this October 2015 file photo, the Band of Blue makes its way down East Main Street during the Homecoming Parade. (MTSU file photo)

In this October 2015 file photo, the Band of Blue makes its way down East Main Street during the Homecoming Parade. (MTSU file photo)

Campus School celebrating ’50s with May 10 ‘Reunion Picnic’

Homer Pittard Campus School is inviting former students, staff members and friends to an upcoming throwback picnic celebration on its grounds.

The “Reunion Picnic on the Lawn” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the school, located at 923 E. Lytle St. in Murfreesboro.

Located at 923 E. Lytle St. in Murfreesboro, Homer Pittard Campus School is a K-5 teaching laboratory school jointly operated by Middle Tennessee State University and Rutherford County Schools. (Photo courtesy of Homer Pittard Campus School)

Located at 923 E. Lytle St. in Murfreesboro, Homer Pittard Campus School is a K-5 teaching laboratory school jointly operated by Middle Tennessee State University and Rutherford County Schools. (Photo courtesy of Homer Pittard Campus School)

Sponsored by Friends of Campus School and the Parent Teacher Club, the picnic will have a theme of “Celebrating the ‘50s! Dance to the Oldies.” Food will be provided by the PTC, and no reservations are required.

Rita King, Friends of Campus School president, said attendees are in for a treat. An area dance group will be performing classic swing routines and a DJ will be playing ’50s music for picnic-goers to get in on the action.

Campus School logo webThe event will also feature a display celebrating the 1950s set up in the school’s lobby, and student-led tours of the building will also be available. Campus School is a K-5 teaching laboratory school jointly operated by Middle Tennessee State University and Rutherford County Schools.

“We’re just inviting everybody to come out and enjoy chatting and renewing acquaintances,” King said.

Campus School Principal Sherry King said hot dogs, milk shakes and chips will be served “soda shoppe style” and students and staff will be wearing ’50s attire.

There will also be a special display honoring the late Dr. Mary Tom Berry, a longtime MTSU faculty member, former elementary education department chair and school teacher who died in February. The Campus School library is named “The Mary Tom Berry Media Center” in honor of her efforts and impact on the laboratory school’s success and role in teacher training.

For more information about the school, visit www.hpc.rcs.k12.tn.us or call 615-895-1030.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Get your tickets for May 3 ‘True Blue Night’ with Nashville Sounds

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The Nashville Sounds will celebrate Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday, May 3, with its second annual True Blue Night at First Tennessee Park.

MTSU’s men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis and MTSU’s women’s basketball coach Rick Insell will throw out the two ceremonial first pitches immediately before the Sounds play the Iowa Cubs at 6:30 p.m.

The Sounds are offering MTSU students, faculty, alumni and supporters special discounted tickets with designated seating for the game. You can buy tickets for $8 a seat here through Monday, May 2, by using the promotional code “TRUEBLUE” when prompted.

Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis

Rick Insell

Rick Insell

“We thank the Nashville Sounds for providing this great opportunity for the MTSU community to celebrate our True Blue pride in coaches Insell and Davis – and see some baseball in a terrific park,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee.

Davis and Insell will sign special posters at the game commemorating their Conference USA championship seasons. MTSU also will provide giveaways, and Lightning, the university’s mascot, will be on the field between innings.

The nationally recognized student group “Maybe April,” which includes MTSU’s Katy Bishop and Kristen Castro and their bandmate Alaina Stacy, will sing the National Anthem. The group was recently featured in Billboard Magazine as one of the industry’s “emerging female country trios.”

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Nashville Sounds mascot Booster, left, and MTSU's Lightning pause a moment for a photo before the July 1 "True Blue Night" at First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville. (MTSU photo)

Nashville Sounds mascot Booster, left, and MTSU’s Lightning pause for a photo before 2015 “True Blue Night” at First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville. (MTSU file photo)


 

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Fashion, networking tips available at women’s expo April 30 at MTSU

Fun, food and fashion await young women eager for the latest strategies to propel them to success at “The Couture Experience Women in Business Showcase” Saturday, April 30, at MTSU.

Couture Experience 2016 poster webThe free public showcase is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 30 in MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building, located at 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

Parking is available in the Ingram lot, but attendees are advised to expect traffic delays due to road construction. A printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

The event is part of MTSU’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

Sholanda Brown

Sholanda Brown

“It’s kind of like a seminar/fashion show/showcase of business owners where participants are able to, toward the end of the event, walk around and see what the different vendors have to offer,” said Sholanda Brown, one of the coordinators of the program and a benefits analyst in the MTSU Office of Human Resources.

Brown, who also is the owner of The Couture Experience by Shalon, joined forces with Latoya Bennett, owner of the Ellie Colour wardrobe stylist firm, and Meichelle Gibson, co-owner of Gibson Consulting and Entertainment Group, to provide a networking and information exposition for prospective businesswomen and those working in their first five years of the business world.

Bennett will explain how to make appropriate fashion transitions for all occasions without abandoning a sense of style. Gibson will discuss how to take a business to the next level and turn obstacles into opportunities.

Brown said all vendors will be local providers of products and services who operate in the city of Murfreesboro.

“We’re going to have them come up to the stage and talk about their businesses and how the businesses can have an impact on the community,” said Brown.

Along with Brown, Bennett and Gibson’s company, the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and the MTSU National Women’s History Month Committee are co-sponsors of the “Women in Business Showcase.”

For more information, contact Barbara Scales, director of MTSU’s June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, at 615-898-2193 or barbara.scales@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU lets the dogs out for a great cause at ‘See Spot Run’ 5K event May 1

Canines and their humans are welcome to participate in the 11th annual “See Spot Run” 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at MTSU’s Peck Hall.

Click on the image to register for the 2016 "See Spot Run" 5K Run/Walk, set Saturday, May 1, at MTSU.

Click on the image to register for the 2016 “See Spot Run” 5K Run/Walk, set Saturday, May 1, at MTSU.

Proceeds from the event will support the MTSU Blitz Build and Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity. MTSU’s Office of Student Organizations and Service and the Sigma Pi fraternity are sponsoring the event.

A printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. A map of the race route is available online here.

Racers may register at www.active.com or by mailing in a printable registration form, found here, with payment.

The entry fee is $30 before Monday, April 25, and $35 after that date. All participants will receive a dry-fit style shirt, and age-group winners will receive awards.

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more at a rate of $25 per person for racers who register by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Room 330 of the MTSU Student Union.

Each participant who brings a dog also must bring the dog’s rabies tag number. Retractable leashes are prohibited.

Gold’s Gym Tennessee and H3O Aquatics are co-sponsors of this event. For more information, contact the Office of Student Organizations and Service at 615-898-5812 or go towww.mtsu.edu/sos.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Runners and their dogs take to the road in the 2015 "See Spot Run" 5K Run/Walk at MTSU. (Photo courtesy of MTSU See Spot Run)

Runners and their dogs take to the road in the 2015 “See Spot Run” 5K Run/Walk at MTSU. (Photo courtesy of MTSU See Spot Run)cause

MTSU brings ‘West Side Story’ to life in Tucker Theatre

Shakespeare first cut them out in little stars, and a quartet of American theater geniuses modernized the young lovers’ story into a musical that lit up Broadway nearly four centuries later.

Click on the poster for ticket information.

Click on the poster for ticket information.

Now MTSU Theatre students want audiences to feel the hope and heartache of Maria, Tony and their friends in a full-scale MTSU Arts production of the Broadway classic “West Side Story” that runs through Sunday, April 24, in Tucker Theatre.

“This show is special for us because of where America is right now,” says senior Sadie Katie Hampton, a Knoxville, Tennessee, resident and stage manager for the musical. “We’re doing our best, with all of the craziness going on in the world today, to show a story.

MTSU Arts logo“We’ve done big shows here, but this is grand and it’s very serious and real and relevant. Every rehearsal I walk into, I’m immersed in this new world.”

Tickets for Wednesday night sold out, but seats remain for Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, nights at 7:30 and for the 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 24.

Tickets are available here. General admission tickets are $15 each and $10 for K-12 students; MTSU students, faculty and staff with valid IDs will be admitted free.

The 1957 musical updated “Romeo and Juliet,” won two Tony Awards and a Grammy and is regularly revived on Broadway. The 1961 film version of “West Side Story” won 10 Academy Awards. Its songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim — “Somewhere,” “America,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty” — are classics, as is its iconic Jerome Robbins choreography of the battling, finger-snapping Jets and Sharks.

But with film-version lyrics like “Life is all right in America/If you’re all white in America” and blunt depictions of racism, immigration, gang violence, futile deaths and authority figures passing the buck in both the stage and film musicals, the MTSU cast agrees that “West Side Story” is, unfortunately, just as timely almost 60 years later.

“While this show has a lot of spectacle to it, a lot of fun numbers, a lot of interesting and amazing things to see, I hope people will walk away from it and realize that there is a lot of hurt and pain in this world,” explains Knoxville freshman theatre major Brianna Smart, the show’s bright-eyed female lead, Maria. “We as human beings cause it to each other for the most ridiculous reasons.

Knoxville freshman Brianna Smart, left, and Murfreesboro junior Collin Peterson rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” outside MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. The pair portray Maria and Tony, respectively, in the MTSU Theatre production, which runs April 20-24. Tickets are available at http://www.mtsuarts.com. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Knoxville freshman Brianna Smart, left, and Murfreesboro junior Collin Peterson rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” outside MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. The pair portray Maria and Tony, respectively, in the MTSU Theatre production, which runs April 20-24. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

“If we can have 10 people walk away each night thinking, ‘Hey, this story had a message,’ then I think we’ve done a good job. … We as a cast are particularly focusing on the story and the importance of understanding where everyone has come from, and the battles they’ve faced, and not facing one another with prejudice but with love and respect.”

The MTSU production features a full orchestra and 38-member cast plus a crew that brings the total involved to nearly 80 people.

It’s the Department of Theatre and Dance’s largest musical production since the record-setting four-night run of “Les Misérables” in fall 2013 and is being led by the same pair: director Kristi Shamburger, a theatre professor, and musical director Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU’s School of Music.

Professor Kristi Shamburger

Professor Kristi Shamburger

The department’s dance program is playing a role in “West Side Story,” too, with choreography help from assistant professor Marsha Barsky. A complete cast list is available here.

“We’ve not really run into any unexpected challenges as there are always elements to overcome in every production,” Shamburger said, “but we are learning to navigate our set; the show is quite physical with a considerable amount of stage combat, dance and climbing!

“We have a fantastic cast that has been such a joy to work with too. They are always ready to ‘rev us off,’ as the script says. I hope audiences will join us on this worthwhile journey, because it’s full of excitement, fun and emotion.”

Murfreesboro junior Collin Peterson, a vocal performance and music education major who’s already sung and acted on local stages as well as at Hinton Hall and Tucker Theatre, says he soon realized, in rehearsing as Tony, something key about the show.

“There’s a big message toward the end [where] I’m speaking to ‘Doc,’ and I say, ‘Even if it only lasts from one night to the next, it’s worth the world.’

“That’s the love that Tony and Maria get to share for that small amount of time,” he explains, “and I think that’s important to remember, for all of us.”

For more information about the show, visit www.mtsuarts.com or call 615-494-8810.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Pianist Park closes inaugural Keyboard Artist Series April 20

International award-winning pianist Esther Park will help MTSU’s School of Music conclude its inaugural Keyboard Artist Series season Wednesday, April 20, with a free performance in the university’s Wright Music Building.

Park’s 8 p.m. public concert will be conducted inside the Wright Building’s Hinton Music Hall. A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Dr. Esther Park

Dr. Esther Park

Park, winner of both the 2013 Jose Roca and Russian International Piano Competitions, among many such contests, has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States, Europe and Asia.

She took her first piano lessons at age 4 and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, as well as a Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music. Park currently is an assistant professor of piano at East Tennessee State University and the director of ETSU’s Pre-College Program.

School of Music new logo web“Dr. Park’s recital will be a great finale to our inaugural season of the MTSU Keyboard Artist Series,” said Dr. Arunesh Nadgir, coordinator of keyboard studies at MTSU.

The recital, titled “Le France,” will feature the works of Baroque-era composer Jean-Philippe Rameau and Impressionist Claude Debussy, both Frenchmen, in the first half and pieces influenced by French culture and composers in the second.

Park will perform movements from Rameau’s circa-1726 “Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin” and Debussy’s early 1900s “Images,” followed by “French Suite in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Twelve Variations on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Liszt’s concert transcription from Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust.”

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir

Nadgir explained that despite almost 200 years separating the Rameau and Debussy works, “the two composers strongly connected through the French keyboard tradition. The listener will certainly hear similarities between these works.

“The second half offers wonderful music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. The audience will certainly appreciate the elegance of the Bach, the lightness and innocence of the Mozart and, finally, the virtuosic fireworks of the Liszt,” he continued.

For more information on the new Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU, which features MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world, visit www.mtsu.edu/music/keyboardseries.php.

For details on more MTSU School of Music concerts, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music “Concert Calendar” link.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Leadership values strike True Blue chord with MTSU students

Industry leaders and an MTSU faculty member brought their wit, wisdom and knowledge to the table during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa True Blue Leadership Day.

The daylong event, held April 15 in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building, brings noted professionals from a variety of professions to share their leadership experiences with MTSU students and faculty.

ODK logo croppedThe ODK True Blue Leadership Day highlights the core values of the “True Blue Pledge” by educating participants about multiple aspects of leadership.

Guest speakers included:

  • Tara MacDougall, CEO of the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring.
  • Ryan Hirsch, operations manager of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust.
  • D.J. Smith, marketing director with Just Love Coffee, and Kevin Baugherle, director of sales for Gigi’s Cupcakes.
  • Dr. Jeremy Sather, assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  • Bob King, founder and CEO of Cavalry Logistics LLC.

Senior Nausheen Qureshi, who will graduate in May with a degree in nutrition and food science, said she felt MacDougall “gave a very detailed, strategic way to reach the leadership plan we all strive to achieve.”

“I liked how she gave practical tips of what to do with networking, examples of organizations to join and an idea of what’s happening in the community,” Qureshi added.

Sophomore biochemistry major Akmal Ishmetov and junior business management major Jordan Welborn were part of the group listening to Smith and Baugherle, whose companies are co-branding.

Ishmetov, who is from Moscow, Russia, learned a great deal — “how to do everything, have a goal, pursue it, don’t stop and learn how to take failure and move on,” he said.

Welborn, who is from Murfreesboro, requested and received business cards from both men.

“I’m just exploring a lot of different of options and making as many connections as I can,” she said. “I really enjoyed their stories, background and what they do with adoption.”

Just Love Coffee founder Rob Webb and his wife, Emily, adopted two daughters from Ethiopia. He felt led to support other adoptive families, which led to Just Love Coffee Roasters. To date, more than $500,000 has been provided to adoptive families, mission-minded groups and nonprofits trying to make a positive impact on the world.

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

Tara MacDougall, CEO of the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, addresses the audience April 15 during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa True Blue Leadership Day in the amphitheater of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Tara MacDougall, CEO of the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, addresses the audience April 15 during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa True Blue Leadership Day in the amphitheater of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Kevin Baugherle, left, sales manager for Gigi's Cupcakes, discusses the growth of the business. He and D.J. Smith, marketing director for Just Love Coffee, shared a segment together during the April 15 ODK True Blue Leadership Day in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building amphitheater. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers)

Kevin Baugherle, left, sales manager for Gigi’s Cupcakes, discusses the growth of the business. He and D.J. Smith, marketing director for Just Love Coffee, shared a segment together during the April 15 ODK True Blue Leadership Day in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building amphitheater. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers)

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring CEO Tara MacDougall addresses the audience April 15 during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa True Blue Leadership Day in the amphitheater of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring CEO Tara MacDougall discusses strategic goals to accomplish April 15 during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa True Blue Leadership Day in the amphitheater of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)