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Greeks urge MTSU to ‘take the pledge’ against sexual violence (+VIDEO)

Members of the MTSU campus community are putting their signatures where their sensibilities lie in saying “no” to sexual assault.

 At an Oct. 28 pledge drive at the Student Union, the Interfraternity Council collected promises from 136 people to get off the sidelines and get involved when they see sexual assault happening or about to happen.

Members of fraternities and sororities encouraged students to sign an online personal promise at www.itsonus.org to refuse to be bystanders when they see situations that are or have the potential to become sexual assaults.

A photo booth was available where students had their pictures taken in front of an MTSU “True Blue” backdrop while holding signs that read “It’s on us to look out for someone who has had too much to drink,” “It’s on us to never blame the victim” and other similar statements.

You can watch a video from the event below.

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MTSU’s involvement in the “It’s On Us” campaign is part of a national initiative launched in September by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“Its primary purpose is to address sexual assault issues on college campuses and across the nation in general,” said Donald Abels, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

The promise reads:

“I pledge to recognize that nonconsensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”

“It’s a personal commitment to keep men and women safer on campus,” said Mitch Denning, vice president of member development for the Interfraternity Council.

To spread the word, MTSU fraternities and sororities are touting the “It’s On Us” campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Twitter hashtags are #itsonus and #truebluemove.

Donald Abels

Mitch Denning

“We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should,” Obama said in announcing the initiative. “We make excuses. We look the other way. The message that sends can have a chilling effect.”

A study published in the “Journal of American College Health” showed 19 percent of undergraduate women experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.

Men are also at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 71 men, or nearly 1.6 million men, have been raped in their lifetimes.

“It’s time for us as men to actually take a stand, to try and show that we’re more than just saying, ‘Hey, I’m True Blue,’” said Josh Hollingsworth, vice president for philanthropy and community service for the Interfraternity Council. “We believe in the words that we speak every day as fraternity men.”

For more information, contact Abels at 615-898-5812 or donald.abels@mtsu.edu or Denning at 615-417-8944 or mitch.denning1@gmail.com.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU sophomores Alden Wakefield, left, Daniel Stiles and Cody Pratt hold up statements for a photo Oct. 28 in the Student Union after signing the “It’s On Us” pledge to refuse to be a bystander when sexual assault is about to occur. Greek organizations at MTSU are uniting in an effort to change the conversation about sexual assault. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU debate team makes early case for strong 2014-15

MTSU’s nationally competitive debate team continues its winning ways with a strong start to the 2014-15 season.

After hosting the International Public Debate Association’s National Tournament and Convention this past April, the team spent the summer recuperating and working with incoming freshmen and new debaters, according to Dr. Patrick Richey, MTSU debate team coach and director of forensics at MTSU.

Dr. Patrick Richey

Dr. Patrick Richey

The team began the season in late September at the University of Northern Georgia’s annual Chicken and Egg tournament, which included both National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) and International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate formats.

In NPDA competition, two-person teams debate head-to-head in multiple rounds, with a new topic presented each round. In IPDA formats, debaters primarily go one-on-one, with various time limits in effect for both formats.

The MTSU team took fourth place overall at the UNG tournament and fourth in IPDA and NPDA debate formats respectively.

The teams made up of Leigh Stanfield, a junior liberal arts major, and Cody Lester, a senior liberal arts major, and Abby Howard, a freshman liberal arts major, and Eric Settle, a sophomore studying behavioral and health sciences, advanced to partial octofinals in NPDA. Settle advanced to semifinals in novice IPDA debate.

Click the image to visit the MTSU Debate web page.

Click the image to visit the MTSU Debate web page.

The team won 12 speaker awards with Leigh Stanfield leading the way with a second place debut speaker award. The team had four days rest before hitting the road again, this time to compete at Walter State Community College’s Smoky Mountain debate tournament held in Morristown, Tennessee.

The team won first place overall “by a significant lead” at Walter State, Richey said, while the team of Abby Howard and Eric Settle advanced to quarterfinals.

The teams of Steven Saksa, a freshman basic and applied sciences major, and Kellye Guinan, a sophomore liberal arts major, and Alvin Loyd, a sophomore liberal arts major, and Alex Lempin, a sophomore basic and applied sciences major, advanced to the semifinals. The team won four speaking awards led by Abby Howard’s third place honor.

The team next travels to Tennessee State University, Valdosta State University and Belmont University.

Founded with the university in 1911, the MTSU Blue Raider Debate team was revamped in 2011. In October 2012, the team hosted its first tournament on campus in nearly a decade and now participates in debates throughout the region.

For more information, visit MTSU Debate’s web page at www.mtsu.edu/debate or contact Richey at patrick.richey@mtsu.edu.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Join MTSU students Oct. 28 for analysis of hottest midterm elections

Curious about the hottest midterm Congressional races around the country and what effect they could have on our nation? Count on MTSU’s newest campaign analysts — students enrolled in Kent Syler’s special midterm elections course — to give you the answers Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Students in the interdisciplinary course “Advertising, Communications and Strategy in the 2014 Midterm Election” will offer critiques on 11 U.S. Senate and House races beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Room S-328 of MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building.

Syler and the students are encouraging the public to attend. A searchable campus map with parking notes is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

“We have 22 students in 11 teams, and they’re each responsible for being experts on a particular Senate and House race,” Syler said of the class, which is serving political science, sociology and journalism majors.

“We’ve been discussing national strategies for this midterm election — how the GOP is trying to nationalize the races and make them a referendum on Obama, and the Democrats are trying to localize the races and focus on local issues. These students are looking at polling, ads, the issues and changes from week to week, and they’re watching which races really have been heating up.”

The presentations will be succinct and will include clips of campaign ads, news coverage and more from the races.

Kent Syler

Kent Syler

“There’s one race we’re watching in Alaska that includes an ad with an X Games star attacking a candidate for not looking like he knows what he’s doing on a snowmobile,” Syler said with a laugh. “That is the first time I’ve ever seen that, definitely.”

The students will focus on national issues that “everyone is talking about,” the professor added, and they’ll explain the importance of state- and district-specific issues in other areas with which Tennesseans may not be familiar.

Syler, an MTSU alumnus who’s taught at the university since 2002, has been involved in politics for more than 30 years. He managed former Congressman Bart Gordon’s 1984 campaign and served as Gordon’s chief of staff from 1985 until Gordon retired in 2011.

He’s also served as a political analyst for Nashville media for several years and will be offering commentary on the Nov. 4 elections for WSMV-Channel 4.

“I’ll be bringing these students up to WSMV on election night, too, and they’ll be helping get the election results to the live broadcast,” he said. “It’s a great and exciting opportunity for them to be right in the middle of all the action and behind the scenes as well.”

For more information on the Oct. 28 event, email Syler at kent.syler@mtsu.edu.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

UPDATE: Cleanup at Oaklands Historic House postponed until Wednesday, Oct. 29

Due to inclement weather expected Tuesday afternoon, the MTSU Stormwater Program has postponed the cleanup at Oaklands Historic House until Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Volunteers are still needed for cleanup, which will now be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Oaklands Historic House, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

Participants will be cleaning up the spring beside the house. Appropriate attire includes: Waterproof boots or waders, old shoes/boots with socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Organizers will have waders available for volunteers for getting into the water to remove debris.

The MTSU Stormwater Program strives to raise awareness about the importance of water quality and to reduce the amount of pollutants that flow into the water supply through runoff.

For more information, contact Amanda Sherlin with the MTSU Stormwater Program at 615-904-8575, by email at Amanda.Sherlin@mtsu.edu or visit the website www.mtsu.edu/stormwater.


 

Student volunteers needed for upcoming cleanup events

Oct. 22, 2014

The MTSU Stormwater Program is offering two upcoming opportunities for students to volunteer their time to help protect the water supplies on campus and in the surrounding community.stormwater logo

A campus cleanup is set from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, near the detention ponds along Rutherford Boulevard on the east side of campus. Participating students are advised to wear old shoes/boots with socks and long pants.

Students are asked to gather at the Rutherford parking lot across from Greek Row and should look for a tent and volunteer signs in the parking lot. Volunteers will be cleaning up the grassy areas around the detention ponds that collect the campus’ stormwater runoff.

The next day, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., a cleanup will take place at the spring beside the Oaklands Historic House, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

In this file photo, MTSU students empty trash they collected during a Campus Cleanup Day sponsored by the MTSU Stormwater Program. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

In this file photo, MTSU students empty trash they collected during a Campus Cleanup Day. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

Volunteers should wear waterproof boots or waders, old shoes/boots with socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Organizers will have waders available for volunteers. The cleanup will require volunteers to get in the water to remove trash and debris in some cases.

The rain date for that event is 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The MTSU Stormwater Program strives to raise awareness about the importance of water quality and to reduce the amount of pollutants that flow into the water supply through runoff.

For more information or questions about these events, contact Amanda Sherlin with the MTSU Stormwater Program at 615-904-8575, by email at Amanda.Sherlin@mtsu.edu or visit the website www.mtsu.edu/stormwater.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

 

Oct. 21 is deadline for students to create QEP logo for contest

MTSU students have until Oct. 21 to showcase their visual creative skills and submit the winning logo to represent the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan.

The Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, is an accreditation review requirement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the South.

According to the accrediting association, widely known as SACS, the QEP “describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.”

Click on the image for more details and a printable entry form.

Click on the image for more details and a printable entry form.

MTSU’s previous QEP centered on Experiential Learning, a highly successful initiative in which the university emphasized hands-on activities and public service as an integral part of a student’s learning experience.

The next proposed QEP — which is still being developed by a committee representing a cross-section of faculty, staff and students — involves students in active learning and critical reflection. This would be accomplished “by creating a culture of engagement emphasizing within the classroom and beyond the classroom experiences and reflecting on these experiences within an ePortfolio that showcases the knowledge, skills and abilities achieved.”

The theme for MTSU’s new QEP is “MT Engage: Engage Academically, Learn Exponentially and Showcase Yourself.” Participants of the logo design contest are asked to use the three different sections of the theme as a guideline for creating their own logo. Organizers said it is important for the logo to capture the theme of the entire QEP in a single visual.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 21. For more information, rules and regulations, visit www.mtsu.edu/logocontest or send an email with subject line “logo contest” to qep@mtsu.edu.

MTSU has been working closely with Dr. Tricia Farwell’s fall advertising campaigns class to help plan the logo contest and kick-off event. The students enrolled in the course make up a team that includes: Chad Jones, Sonia Torres, Laura Moore, Taylor Sloan, Courtney Webb, Grace Mueller and Morgan Mosley.

“Our team is heavily involved in this campaign and we are excited to see the positive impact of our hard work in the final outcome of this wonderful opportunity we’ve been given,” student Sonia Torres said.

The top three logos will be showcased at a university wide event at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, on the Student Union Commons.

Voting will take place during the event and the logo an MTSU student designs could be selected as the official logo for MTSU’s QEP. In addition the top three logo designers will receive a gift card award.

“We are really glad that MTSU has allowed our class to be a part of this,” said student Morgan Mosley. “We are excited to see what kind of creative logos our fellow students can come up with. It is cool how students are given the opportunity to leave their mark on our school.”

For more information about MTSU’s QEP, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/QEP/.

MTSU student’s comments land Science Building role (+VIDEO)

Kenneth Ball

Kenneth Ball

Kenneth Ball never imagined a cameo appearance in a news video would lead to having to speak in front of influential people including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

But that’s exactly what happened and led College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer to select him to represent students during the 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, grand opening of the new Science Building on campus.

Haslam will be the featured speaker for the occasion, which includes a ribbon-cutting for the $147 million, 257,000-gross-square-foot structure that includes 13 research laboratories, 36 teaching labs and six classroom lecture halls.

Ball, chemistry professor Tammy Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and state legislator Bill Ketron also will be among those who speak.

“Kenneth is an excellent student who has a strong grasp of how this building can increase student engagement and create intellectual atmosphere,” said Fischer, who was taken by Ball’s comments in a video about the Aug. 25 first-day impressions of the Science Building

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Ball, 21, a senior from Savannah, Tennessee, said it “definitely is a privilege” to be the student speaker.

“I’m humbled to do it,” he said. “I know there are a lot more qualified students, but I will do the best I can.”

Ball, who said he would write his speech while at home on fall break, said he plans to touch on “the difference between the new and the old buildings,” the latter referring to the Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall, both of which will remain functioning facilities.

“One of the big things for me is the availability of being able to study,” Ball said. “There are open-area desks, lobby areas and rooms just for studying.”

The general science major said he hopes to graduate in 2016. Nearly all of the classes in his major have been completed.

His minor in secondary education and two student teaching residencies are what is extending his MTSU time. He plans to be a secondary school teacher after graduating.

The youngest of Bob and Carol Ball’s five children, Kenneth Ball has three siblings who have earned MTSU degree: Bobby Ball Jr., Hilary Ball Kakanis and Kathryn Ball.

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

MTSU, Sony/ATV Nashville introduce ‘All Access’ for students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new partnership between Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville and MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry will allow students to submit two of their songs directly to Sony/ATV’s creative team.

Troy Tomlinson

 Sony/ATV will then select a number of students to perform two more songs at a live showcase.

“We are constantly searching for new writers and writer/artists,” said Troy Tomlinson, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Nashville. “The ‘All Access’ program is designed to make access to industry professionals easy and rewarding for talented students.”

After the live performances, Tomlinson said, the Sony/ATV team may extend an invitation to a limited number of students to experience a day in the publishers’ Music Row studios.

Beverly Keel

Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry in the College of Mass Communication, said the partnership “provides a pathway for MTSU students to share their talent and work with industry professionals.”

Keel said students can submit two songs via YouTube to Sony/ATV Music Publishing by Saturday, Nov. 15. Interested students should first contact Keel at beverly.keel@mtsu.edu for information on submitting their entries.

The opportunity is open to both songwriters and singers, Tomlinson said. Songwriters must submit original songs, and singers may send a song written by another writer or a cover of a song by another artist that has not been a radio single. All genres of music are welcome.

Ken Paulson, dean of MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, said the partnership will continue through the spring 2015 semester.

“This is a special opportunity for talented students to showcase their work for an audience of accomplished music professionals,” Paulson said. “This bridges the gap between the classroom and recording industry in a creative and positive way.”

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

MTSU recording industry seniors Logan Rhea, left, a senior from Norcross, Georgia, and Kelsey Feltman of Nashville listen to professor Matt Foglia as they prepare to record juinor Katy Bishop inside MTSU's Studio A in the Bragg Mass Communication Building. MTSU students can submit songs for consideration by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville thanks to a new partnership between the university and the music publisher. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU recording industry seniors Logan Rhea, left, a senior from Norcross, Georgia, and Kelsey Feltman of Nashville listen to professor Matt Foglia as they prepare to record junior Katy Bishop of Jonesboro, Arkansas, inside MTSU’s Studio A in the Bragg Mass Communication Building. MTSU students can submit songs for consideration by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville thanks to a new partnership between the university and the music publisher. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

‘MTSU On the Record’ hoists the flag with student honoring service (+VIDEO)

An MTSU student who is carrying on several family traditions was featured on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with 20-year-old chemistry major and Woodbury, Tennessee, native Tyler Stone first aired Sept. 29 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation here.

Tyler Stone

Tyler Stone

Stone is descended from a long line of pioneers. His forefathers date back to 1766, when Uriah Stone and his entourage became the first white men to settle in Tennessee’s Central Basin. Stones River is named for Uriah Stone.

American Legion Post 279 in Woodbury is named for Hilton Stone, Tyler’s great-grandfather. Hilton Stone served in the U.S. Army from 1932 to 1947 and in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1971 before settling into a job as a military recruiter.

Tyler Stone is commander of Squadron 279 of the Sons of the American Legion, a youth group that devotes itself to good works in service of the legion’s four pillars — veterans’ affairs and rehabilitation, national security, Americanism and children and youth.

“Everyone has their own stories, their own feelings,” said Stone of the differences between different generations of veterans. “But overall, everyone … has served their country in the most beautiful, patriotic way possible.”

Following in his mother’s footsteps, Stone said he already is qualified as an emergency medical technician at the state and national level. He aspires to become an emergency room physician after college.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

A video clip of the interview may be seen below.\

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Prospective graduate students seek ‘a leg up’ at MTSU Grad Fair

A pre-nursing major minoring in Spanish, MTSU junior Brianne Knight of Selmer, Tennessee, was among dozens of visitors Tuesday who stopped by the MTSU Grad Fair to collect information about taking their undergraduate degree to the next level.

Students, staff, alumni and members of the local community were invited to the annual event, held this year in the second floor ballroom of the Student Union. Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies, the free event allowed faculty and staff from across the university to discuss opportunities to pursue an advanced degree — online or on campus — and boost careers.

Dr. Jackie Eller, left, interim vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, talks to MTSU senior Kimberly Corado about graduate degree opportunities during the 2014 Grad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Student Union. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Dr. Jackie Eller, left, interim vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, talks to MTSU senior Kimberly Corado about graduate degree opportunities during the 2014 Grad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Student Union. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Knight said obtaining an advanced degree will likely give her “a leg up” once she enters the job market. By attending Tuesday’s Grad Fair, she was able to connect with advisers within her major and gain a better idea of the steps she needs to take to attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree.

“I learned that there are plenty of opportunities out there that students don’t know about, but that they need to know about,” said Knight, who wants to use her health care and multilingual talents as a traveling nurse throughout the world. “I got connections today … It was very helpful.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by the year 2018, one in every seven new jobs will require a graduate degree. And U.S. Census figures show that adults with advanced degrees earn an average of 44 percent more than those with undergraduate degrees.

MTSU offers 100 graduate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, education and business, including the Accelerated Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program, which allows eligible undergraduates in certain disciplines to earn both degrees in five years.

Dr. Jackie Eller, interim vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, said the interdisciplinary programs within MTSU’s graduate studies, such as the Master of Professional Science program with six concentrations, and the Master of Science in Management with three concentrations, “are just what many employers are seeking for their staff members’ professional development.”

Janet Kelly, enrollment management specialist in the College of Graduate Studies, talks Tuesday, Sept. 30, to MTSU seniors Kristian Eagle and Rachel Matthews about graduate degree opportunities during the 2014 Grad Fair at the Student Union.

Janet Kelly, enrollment management specialist in the College of Graduate Studies, talks Tuesday, Sept. 30, to MTSU seniors Kristian Eagle and Rachel Matthews about graduate degree opportunities during the 2014 Grad Fair at the Student Union.

The master’s in professional science, for example, combines business management skills commonly found in traditional MBA programs with advanced learning in specific science concentrations.Graduate Studies-logo

“These programs are enjoying robust enrollment,” Eller said. “Many of our graduate programs enjoy a national reputation in disciplines as diverse as public history, molecular biosciences, and recording arts and technologies.”

The university recently added a human resources leadership concentration in the Master of Professional Studies. That program now offers three concentrations: strategic leadership, training and development, and now, human resources leadership, which is designed for working adults and offers the flexibility of both on campus and online studies.

Knight convinced her friend Danyel Woody, a junior exercise science major from Memphis, Tennessee, to join her at the Grad Fair. Woody, who is minoring in coaching, was glad she decided to come along.

“I didn’t know I could venture out (and study) other things,” she said, such as studying health in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. “I do want to go to grad school. … If you have a master’s, it looks better than someone with just a bachelor’s degree.”

For more information about MTSU’s graduate programs, call the College of Graduate Studies at 615-898-2840 or visit www.mtsu.edu/gradschool.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU students premiere Paris documentaries at Nashville’s Belcourt

Eleven MTSU College of Mass Communication students screened their cinematic work from their summer travels to Paris during a special event at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre.

The students traveled to France in May as part of the MTSU Signature Documentary Program Abroad to create stories about artists who live and work in Paris. The three short films that resulted had their premieres Sept. 30 at the Belcourt.

The MTSU students who filmed and produced Paris documentaries are: (back left to right) Lucas Fleming, Richard Adams, Tiffany Murray, Amber Bradford, Justin Carroll, Samantha Hearn and Kelly Rozell; (front left to right) Kelsey Price and Bing Li. (Submitted photo)

The MTSU students who filmed and produced Paris documentaries are Kelsey Price and Bing Li, seated in front, and from left, Lucas Fleming, Richard Adams, Tiffany Murray, Amber Bradford, Justin Carroll and Samantha Hearn. (Submitted photo)

Led by Documentary Channel founder and MTSU associate professor Tom Neff, the program resulted in films centered on up-and-coming fashion designers and musicians. The films — “Fighter,” “A Designer’s Canvas” and “Le Debut” — were directed, produced and edited entirely by the students.

“I have judged many festivals for documentaries, and the excellence of the work of these MTSU students rivals anything being produced in the country today,” said Neff, a lecturer in the university’s video and film production program.

“The audience will be very impressed with the quality and professionalism of the documentaries the students have created, and the films showcase the ability and talent of the students at MTSU.”

The students, who attended the screening, represent a mix of film, electronic media communication and journalism majors. They included Richard Adams, Amber Bradford, Justin Carroll, Mayra Cervantes, Lucas Fleming, Samantha Hearn, Bing Li, Will Messerschmidt, Tiffany Murray, Kelsey Price and Kelly Rozell.Belcourt flier-designer-webBelcourt flier-fighter-webBelcourt flier-le debut-web

“Fighter” is about an Afro-French singer named Jara Ezo and her first big solo, “Dangerous Fighter.” With immigrant parents from Togo, Africa, Ezo grew up in the south of France. As a child she was beaten and bullied for being the only black girl in town, an experience that haunted her until her father taught her to fight back. He died when she was 17, and Ezo was left to continue fighting for her dreams without him. She leaned on the women in her life who taught her dance, music and courage. In “Fighter,” viewers will meet the three women who help shape her destiny.

“A Designer’s Canvas” is about a young fashion designer named Pierre-Henry Bor, who has been an artist since he was a kid. The spark for fashion design came to him when he came across the fashion institute, Instituto Marangoni. He has interned for famous designers such as Eric Charles Donatien and Iris Van Herpen. His designs are heavily influenced by these designers and reflect the classic architectural style of Paris.

And “Le Debut” is about Alice Elia, the latest winner of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress Competition. Growing up in Bordeaux, France, Elia’s growing heart for fashion began to bloom at the early age of 7. Being chosen as the winning designer for the Red Carpet Green Dress Competition, her design was worn by Hollywood actress Olga Kurylenko at the Oscars in March. Le Debut follows Elia as her time at design school is coming to an end, and her debut into the real world of fashion is beginning.

Neff said the MTSU Signature Documentary Program Abroad provides a unique opportunity for film students to travel abroad to gain valuable experience under the direction of faculty and staff.

“These students went to a foreign city, worked with a new artist for only three weeks, produced three documentaries of the highest caliber, comparable to any films coming out of any film school, bar none,” Neff said.

“They faced and overcame obstacles that would be challenging for the most experienced professionals, much less student filmmakers. The films are highly visual, inspiring, and engaging and will be a treat to the audience. We should all support the incredible talent we have in Tennessee.”

For more information about MTSU College of Mass Communication’s video and film program, visit http://mtsu.edu/programs/video-production/.

Tom Neff, front left, an MTSU lecturer in video and film production, enjoys dinner with students participating in the MTSU Signature Documentary Program Abroad during their travels to Paris in May. The students will premiere three documentaries they created based on the trip at a Sept. 30 screening in Nashville. (Submitted photo)

Tom Neff, front left, an MTSU associate professor in video and film production, enjoys dinner with students participating in the MTSU Signature Documentary Program Abroad during their travels to Paris in May. The students premiered three documentaries they created based on the trip at a Sept. 30 screening in Nashville. (Submitted photo)