MTSU pushes applying by Dec. 1 to enhance scholarship chances

Middle Tennessee State University officials urge prospective high school seniors and their parents or guardians to apply by Monday, Dec. 1, if they plan to start at MTSU in fall 2015.

Meeting this deadline will allow seniors with a 3.5 or higher grade-point average and an ACT score of 25 or higher (1130 SAT equivalent or higher) the opportunity to be considered in the initial awarding of guaranteed freshman academic scholarships and the highly competitive Buchanan Fellowships.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

To apply, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/how-to-apply/. To view academic requirements for scholarships, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ and click on “First-Time Incoming Freshmen.”

Meeting both the deadline and qualifications gives outstanding students the chance to receive a Chancellor’s, Presidential, Provost or other major scholarship from the MTSU Scholarship and Financial Aid offices.

Failing to meet the Dec. 1 deadline may be a missed opportunity for a major scholarship. Applications received after Dec. 1 risk scholarship money not being available. Applications mailed to MTSU must be postmarked Dec. 1.

“MTSU has expanded its scholarships to the best and brightest in Tennessee, but the deadline for priority consideration is fast approaching,” said Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for Admissions and Enrollment Services.

“December 1 is only days away, so please take a few minutes today to apply,” Witherow added. “Don’t miss an opportunity to allow MTSU to invest in your future. We believe in you, your potential and your success.”

To learn more about the University Honors College and Buchanan Fellowship, the highest award given to an entering MTSU freshman, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/.

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

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Business student’s design named winner of MT Engage logo contest

MTSU business student Justin Johnson created the winning logo design that will now represent the MT Engage curriculum enhancement plan for the entire university.

Student Justin Johnson, right, stands with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee next to Johnson's winning logo design during the Nov. 6 kickoff for MT Engage, the university's next Quality Enhancement Plan, on the Student Union Commons. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Student Justin Johnson, right, stands with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee next to Johnson’s winning logo design during the Nov. 6 kickoff for MT Engage, the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan, on the Student Union Commons. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

A logo contest was part of the Nov. 6 kickoff for MT Engage, which is the theme for the university’s newest Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP.

The QEP is an accreditation review requirement every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional accreditation body for higher education institutions in the South.

MT Engage encourages students to “engage academically, learn exponentially (and) showcase yourself.” Logo contest entries had to incorporate that tagline into the design.

The top three entries were displayed at the Nov. 6 kickoff at the Student Union Commons, and votes were collected from the campus community that day.

“I decided to enter the contest because it was a great opportunity to exhibit creativity and for students to get involved on our campus,” said Johnson, a Jones College of Business computer information systems major from Memphis.

“After reading the description of the program, I was even more enthused by its values. Engaging academically, learning at an exponential rate and showcasing yourself is exactly what it takes to have a healthy start to a career path after college.

“I utilized my vision to portray these aspects, and I’m truly honored to be the winner.”

The contest and kickoff were planned and executed by a student team from professor Tricia Farwell’s fall advertising campaigns class in the College of Mass Communication.

Johnson’s logo competed against designs by students Grace Mueller and Brian Scocchio; the finalists received gift cards for their efforts.

Johnson’s design features a silhouette of a group of students linked arm-in-arm, surrounded by a laurel wreath with the blue MT logo in the center.

He said the students symbolize the engagement as they learn and grow with each another, while the wreath symbolizes victory, “which is not only the student’s achievement of a college degree, but also truly achieving the college experience utilizing the values under ‘Engage.’”

MT Engage logo-webMT Engage will emphasize “active learning and critical reflection” as a part of students’ learning beginning with the freshman year.

The initiative will focus on general education engagement as well as students using an e-portfolio to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities gained over the college experience.

The QEP, which is still being developed by a committee and subcommittees representing a cross-section of faculty, staff and students, is chaired by Dr. Dianna Rust, an associate professor in university studies. The plan will need to be implemented in time for the SACS on-campus review in spring 2016.

MT Engage follows the university’s previous reaffirmation initiative, the Experiential Learning, or EXL, program, which emphasized hands-on activities and public service as an integral part of a student’s learning experience during their junior and senior years.

MT Engage seeks to expand on the EXL concept by engaging students earlier during their freshman and sophomore years.

For more information about MTSU’s QEP, visit www.mtsu.edu/QEP or contact Rust at 615-898-5325.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Find your place in the world at MTSU Study Abroad Fair Nov. 19 (+VIDEO)

MTSU will put the world at its students’ fingertips at its annual Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Student Union’s first-floor lobby.

2014 Study Abroad Fair flier webThe event, which provides students with information about studying in other countries, is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19.

Tiffany Bickers, director of MTSU’s Office of Education Abroad, said students can obtain information from about 30 tables staffed by study-abroad personnel.

About 20 of those tables will provide information on faculty-led programs, she said, while other tables will have information about organizations and consortia that also offer educational excursions.

Tiffany Bickers

Tiffany Bickers

Bickers said 415 MTSU students took advantage of study-abroad trips during the 2013-14 academic year.

“Out of that 415, definitely over 50 percent participated in faculty-led programs,” she said.

The Office of Education Abroad reported that global studies majors led the number of students taking study-abroad courses during the last academic year.

Mass communication, foreign language, art, recording industry, international relations, speech and theatre, organizational communication, animal science, biology, English and psychology majors also participated in study-abroad courses in 2013-14.

While the Study Abroad Fair is in progress on the first floor of the Student Union, workshops on scholarships to help pay for the educational trips will be underway on the second floor in Room 201.

Workshops are slated for 10:30 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 1:30 p.m. These workshops will offer information on Fulbright grants, Gilman scholarships, Boren scholarships and fellowships and Critical Language Scholarships.

Critical Language Scholarships, also known as CLS, provide overseas language training in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

“They’ll want to start six to 12 months in advance in order to access as many scholarships as possible, because the deadlines are so early,” Bickers said.

MTSU’S International Education and Exchange Committee also allocates about $250,000 in study-abroad scholarships each year.

Bickers said students who want to study in other countries next summer or in fall 2015 should seek assistance before winter break. Study-abroad students will be on hand at the fair to provide testimonials about their own experiences.

“We want it to, of course, be rigorous academically, but we also want it to be fun and full of learning, not just in the classroom but outside of the classroom,” Bickers said.

The Study Abroad Fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Education Abroad at 615-898-5179 or Bickers at tiffany.bickers@mtsu.edu.

For information about Boren, Fulbright, Gilman and CLS scholarships, contact Laura Clippard in the University Honors College at 615-898-5464 or laura.clippard@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Here’s a recap of the fair and program:


MTSU named 2015 ‘Best for Vets’ college by Military Times

Middle Tennessee State University has again been named among the best colleges nationally for supporting student veterans by the Military Times.

The publication announced its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings this week as the nation celebrates Veterans Day. In their fifth year, the rankings factor in a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. 2015_Best for Vets_COLLEGES-web

Of the top 100 schools ranked, MTSU was the only Tennessee four-year college to make this year’s list and was also named to the 2014 list. The Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU was named a “Best for Vets” business school for 2014 earlier this year.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

“MTSU is thankful for the many veterans who’ve chosen to pursue their college degrees on our campus,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “Our faculty and staff will continue to support them and their families by making resources available to help them successfully obtain their degrees. And of course, we honor their service to our country and community.”

“Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families,” according to a Military Times release.

MTSU currently has a veterans’ population of just over 1,000, which includes veterans and active duty service members and their dependents.

MTSU was the first school in Tennessee with an on-campus representative for VetSuccess, a collaboration between the university and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a place where students with military service can gather to obtain assistance and peer support.

The university has a standing Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which recently worked with the Information Technology Department to develop an analytical information system that can provide an on-demand snapshot of the campus veteran community. This will allow the committee to make data-informed decisions and create programs and policies tailored specifically for the veteran community on campus.

MT-Veterans-logo-300x174MTSU representatives are also deeply involved in the Tennessee Veteran Education Task Force that aims to help Tennessee become the No. 1 state in the country for veteran educational achievement and employment. Also active on campus is the student-led veterans group, Blue Raider American Veteran Organization (BRAVO).

The survey-based “Best for Vets: Colleges” doesn’t manipulate mainstream research to skew more “veteran,” according to the Military Times. Editors say the detailed survey requires schools to “meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives” offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Bets for Vets.

Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent.

“By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services,” Miller added.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015.

The Military Times is made up of the Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times. Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings includes: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.

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

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

Nov. 18 Senior Day set to share info, opportunities with future alumni

Middle Tennessee State University will again salute graduating seniors with Senior Day on Nov. 18 in the Student Union.

In this November 2013 file photo, Kathy Creel, an MTSU peer career adviser, left, chats with senior Cecily Rivers during Senior Day 2013 at the Student Union. (MTSU file photo)

In this November 2013 file photo, Kathy Creel, an MTSU peer career adviser, left, chats with senior Cecily Rivers during Senior Day 2013 at the Student Union. (MTSU file photo)

Organized by the offices of Development and Alumni Relations and the College of Graduate Studies, the event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, on the second floor of the Student Union. The event is focusing on seniors who will graduate in December 2014 and May 2015.

Seniors can enjoy a pretzel and s’mores bar and sign up for door prizes while also having a great opportunity to get their questions answered about life after college, organizers said.

Seniors can learn about graduate programs, make an appointment with career services to review their resumes, find out what the Alumni Association has to offer, and learn what they can do to give back to their alma mater.

Participating groups include the Development Office, Alumni Relations, College of Graduate Studies, Financial Aid, Career Development Center, Young Alumni Group, Blue Raider Athletic Association, Blue Raider Ticket Office, Phillips Bookstore and the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center.

Student volunteers remove 275 pounds of trash at cleanup events

The MTSU Stormwater Program recently completed two successful community cleanups with the help of student volunteers to protect water supplies on campus and in the surrounding community.

A campus cleanup was held Monday, Oct. 27, near the detention ponds along Rutherford Boulevard on the east side of campus. The effort resulted in the collection of 165 pounds of trash by the 52 volunteers, made up mostly of students.

MTSU Stormwater Program staffer Amanda Sherlin, right, passes out special buttons to student volunteers who helped during an Oct. 27 cleanup event near the retention ponds on the east side of campus. (Photos courtesy of MTSU Stormwater Program)

Volunteers cleaned up the grassy areas around the detention ponds that collect the campus’ stormwater runoff.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a smaller group of student volunteers participated in a cleanup event at the spring beside the Oaklands Historic House on North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro.

Volunteers had to wear waterproof boots or waders as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts for this cleanup, which required volunteers to get in the water to remove trash and debris in some cases. Some volunteers waded, and others used kayaks to reach the deeper parts of the spring.

The Oaklands cleanup, which included four student volunteers and a staffer from the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department, resulted in 110 pounds of trash being removed, including a 40-pound cylinder.

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 www.mtsu.edu/stormwater.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)


Participants in the MTSU Stormwater cleanup event at the spring near Oaklands Historic House on North Maney Avenue pose for a photo. They included, from left to right, MTSU student Marina Brown, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation staffer Marta Morgan, MTSU Stormwater Program staffers Cynthia Allen and Shelia Knight, student Macie Mussleman, Stormwater staffer Amanda Sherlin, and students Keith Dillard and Mostafa Hassan.

MTSU student volunteers Cameron Dandridge, a freshman exercise science major from Memphis, Tennessee; Paizley Wilburn, an undeclared freshman from Giles County, Tennessee; and Achol Wek, a freshman chemistry/pre-med major from Memphis, help the MTSU Stormwater Program during a campus cleanup up event on Oct. 27.

MTSU senior Steven Chaput, a mechanical engineering major from Manchester, Tennessee, separates recyclables from trash collected by student volunteers during an Oct. 27 cleanup event hosted by the MTSU Stormwater Program. Chaput is a member of Students for Environmental Action.

MTSU Stormwater Program staffer Cynthia Allen dons camouflage waders to do her part during the program’s Oct. 29 cleanup event at the spring near Oaklands Historic House on North Maney Avenue.

Student follows new ‘adventure’ in copyright law for children’s author

MTSU junior Heather McFadyen is the recipient of MTSU’s inaugural Chitwood Award for Excellence for her plan to allow beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary to reclaim ownership of her legendary book “Ramona Quimby, Age 8.”

Heather McFadyen

Heather McFadyen

The award will be presented in a special 4 p.m. ceremony Thursday, Oct. 30, in MTSU’s Bragg Mass Communication Building. It recognizes the best “Recapture Project of 2014” proposed by a Department of Recording Industry student in a copyright law class taught by MTSU associate professor Deborah Wagnon.

The Recapture Project is tied to U.S. Copyright Act (Section 203), which allows creators of copyrights to terminate the rights of their publishers and reclaim ownership of their songs or books. Participation in this cutting-edge project is required of each student studying copyright law with Wagnon.

Wagnon, who also is an entertainment business attorney, said she will be contacting Cleary’s representatives to present McFadyen’s proposal.

“The students achieve a working knowledge in an area that is challenging and relevant to current issues of importance in the entertainment industry,” Wagnon said. “They research and execute the ‘recapture’ of the copyright(s) to significant works of their targeted creators, whether songwriters or literary authors.

Ramona Quimby cover web“Each student must also design a proposed plan for the current exploitation of the recaptured work(s) that is worthy of presentation to their recording artist/songwriter or literary author, providing information needed to get valued works back after 35 years.”

A selection committee voted unanimously for McFadyen, a New Orleans native, for her proposed recapture of Cleary’s book, which was published in 1981.

“Ms. Cleary is a revered author who has dedicated her long career to inspiring children through her many published works,” Wagnon said. “This project was a highly creative and thoughtful master plan for how to secure the book’s copyright for its original author and how to bring this great work to a new generation with innovative and exciting new ideas proposed by Heather.”

McFadyen said she selected Cleary’s work for her project because Cleary’s character Ramona Quimby has inspired her to always follow an adventure.

“Today, as I had an opportunity to use the works of Beverly Cleary in my studies, I had no idea that yet again, she’d be taking me on another adventure,” McFadyen said.

“The recapture project not only gave me the chance to continue Ms. Cleary’s mission to help children, but also sparked a new path that I hadn’t imagined. In doing this project, I discovered a passion for law. I’m thankful for the excitement and push the Chitwood Award of Excellence has given me, and I look forward to my latest adventure: law school.”

David "Ritt" Chitwood

David “Ritt” Chitwood

The Chitwood Award of Excellence was created to honor MTSU recording industry major David “Ritt” Chitwood, 28, who was struck and killed by a dump truck in a January 2014 traffic accident near campus.

Organizers said Chitwood, a Nolensville, Tennessee, resident, served as an inspiration for faculty and students alike because of his optimism and eagerness to learn after surviving a near-fatal 2006 car wreck.

Deborah Wagnon

Deborah Wagnon

His motto was “keep on keeping on,” Wagnon said, “so it is appropriate that this recapture project, which requires tenacity and attention to detail, was created in his honor.”

“Heather’s project was particularly impressive as she had obviously taken great care in her research, in addition to giving a strong presentation of how she would propose taking this great book back to the marketplace once the copyright was secured by Ms. Cleary,” the professor added.

“I began developing the Recapture Project in 2011 for my Copyright Law classes. It requires research and legal detail on the one hand, and creativity and entrepreneurial thinking on the other. Heather demonstrates both in her project and is most deserving of the award.”

Copyright law is a required course in MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and is one of the university’s signature departments.

The Department of Recording Industry is the only one of its kind in the nation to be housed in a college of mass communication and offers a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in music business, audio production and commercial songwriting, as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in recording arts and technologies.

For more information about the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU, visit www.mtsu.edu/recording-industry.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Student accounting group earns international nod for ‘superior’ work

An MTSU student accounting organization has been recognized by its governing body as one of its top units internationally.

The Board of Directors for Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting students and professionals, named MTSU’s Zeta Gamma Chapter a “superior chapter” for its efforts during the 2013-2014 academic year.

This is the highest award given to Beta Alpha Psi chapters, and each superior chapter will receive an award check for $275 sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.Beta Alpha Psi-MTSU combo graphic

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation, according to the organization’s website, www.bap.org.

MTSU accounting professor Paula Thomas serves as faculty adviser for the student chapter.

In a congratulatory letter to MTSU this month, Kevin D. Stocks, the
 2014-2015 president of Beta Alpha Psi, noted that under Thomas’s leadership, the MTSU chapter “has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership.”

“This honor is due to the hard work and dedication of the faculty — particularly Dr. Paula Thomas — and the students involved,” said Dr. David Urban, dean of MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business, which includes the Department of Accounting.

Dr. David Urban

Dr. David Urban

Dr. Paula Thomas

Dr. Paula Thomas

“On any campus with an accounting program, Beta Alpha Psi is always where the very best accounting students are found,” Urban noted. “I am pleased that our Zeta Gamma chapter is upholding the highest standards of leadership, scholarship and service.”

Beta Alpha Psi introduces students to accounting professionals from CPA firms, industry and government. Activities include:

  • weekly meetings with professional speakers.
  • community service projects.
  • site visits to accounting firms and other businesses.

The group hosts networking and other events open to professionals, faculty and members. Beta Alpha Psi is open to accounting majors with an overall GPA and accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For information about the Department of Accounting, visit www.mtsu.edu/accounting. For more information about Beta Alpha Psi, visit www.mtsu.edu/~bap.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

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.


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)