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Civil War printing talk launches new day, time for ‘MTSU On the Record’

The next edition of “MTSU On the Record” will consider whether the pen was mightier than the sword in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Dr. Alan Boehm

Dr. Alan Boehm

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Alan Boehm, a professor of collection development and management at the James E. Walker Library, will be the first show for the program’s new weekday and time slot: 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

The upcoming show will air Tuesday, Jan. 24, and will re-air in its regular weekend slot from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Boehm, who is in charge of the library’s special collections unit, will discuss its most recent exhibit, “Printing the Civil War: Representation and Commemoration During and After the Conflict.”

“We have a lot of what are loosely called regimental histories,” said Boehm. “We have books written in the effort to explain the causes of the Civil War. We have a number of books that are biographical in nature recounting both the generals’ and upper echelon officers’ experience … as well as the foot soldiers’ experience.”

Dr. Derek Frisby

Dr. Derek Frisby

To enhance viewers’ appreciation of the display, Dr. Derek Frisby, a military historian and lecturer in MTSU’s Department of Global Studies and Cultural Geography, will lead an informal talk at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the library’s fourth-floor special collections area.

WMOT-new web logo“The American Civil War witnessed numerous innovations and technologies to the battlefield,” said Frisby. “Yet it was perhaps one of the older weapons in the Union arsenal that secured their victory — the printing press.”

Frisby’s talk is free and open to the public and will include a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. Off-campus visitors attending the daytime event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

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

Items in the “Printing the Civil War” display are shown in the James E. Walker Library’s Special Collections area. The red book is “The Boys of ‘61” by newspaper reporter Charles Carleton Coffin, who penned Union-friendly articles for the Boston Journal. (Photo submitted)

Items in the “Printing the Civil War” display are shown in the James E. Walker Library’s Special Collections area. The red book is “The Boys of ‘61” by newspaper reporter Charles Carleton Coffin, who penned Union-friendly articles for the Boston Journal. (Photo submitted)

‘Eminent’ pianist Asche performs Jan. 29 in ‘Keyboard Artist Series’

Internationally acclaimed pianist Charles Asche will bring the works of Beethoven and Chopin to life in the third public concert of MTSU’s 2016-17 Keyboard Artist Series, set Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Wright Building’s Hinton Music Hall.

A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Charles Asche

Dr. Charles Asche

Asche, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a 3 p.m. program that includes Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata and Chopin’s “Sonata No. 3 in B Minor,” along with a shorter Beethoven standalone work, “Andante favori in F Major.”

Click on the poster to see a larger version.

Click on the poster to see a larger version.

“The ‘Appasionata’ will be familiar to many people, containing some of Beethoven’s most memorable themes and technically demanding passages,” said Adam Clark, a professor of piano in MTSU’s School of Music and one of Asche’s former students.

“The Chopin sonata presents the composer at the height of his compositional powers. The work contains some of his most beautiful and characteristic melodies, as well as moments of virtuosity that one might expect to find in his etudes.”

Asche has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, South America, Russia and Asia in venues that include the renowned Rachmaninoff Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, Taiwan’s National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Sala America in the National Library in Santiago, Chile, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Asche, a product of the prestigious National Music Camp at Interlochen and a winner in the camp’s Concerto Competition, earned his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin with one of the first comprehensive studies of the piano works of Cuban composers Amadeo Roldan and Alejandro Garcia Caturla.

Dr. Adam Clark

Dr. Adam Clark

“We are very excited to present this eminent pianist and teacher,” said Clark. “He has performed and taught all over the world, and will bring a wealth of insight, artistry and experience to our stage. I know that I would not be where I am today had it not for the gift of being able to study with him.

“It is an honor to present him at MTSU, and I’m hopeful that many people from our community will come out to hear him.”

There is no public admission charge for Asche’s concert or any of the Keyboard Artist Series performances, but organizers suggest a $10 donation for non-MTSU students and faculty.

The 2016-17 Keyboard Artist Series, which features MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world, concludes Monday, Feb. 27, with a concert by Dr. Arunesh Nadgir, coordinator of keyboard studies for MTSU’s School of Music.

For more information on the Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU, 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)

MTSU Honors Transfer Fellowship has Feb. 15 application deadline

A special incentive in the form of a $3,500 scholarship for up to four semesters awaits prospective MTSU transfer students who meet the eligibility criteria and apply by the Feb. 15 deadline.

The MTSU Honors College is offering 30 Honors Transfer Fellowship awards, which are patterned after the highly successful Buchanan Fellows Program.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

To apply, visit http://mtsu.edu/honors/transfer.php.

Chosen applicants will be a part of the fifth class of transfer students. The transfer fellowships began in 2013. In the previous four years, the Honors College awarded 15 such awards.

“In talking to President Sidney A. McPhee, this is two years after implementation of the Tennessee Promise (free community college tuition),” said John Vile, Honors College dean. “We are anticipating that significantly more community college graduates will be benefiting from that this year.”

The fellowship is open to students who anticipate having completed 60 hours of college or university coursework with a 3.5 GPA or better by the fall of 2017.

Honors College logoRecipients will gain special consideration for support for study abroad and for making presentations at scholarly conferences. Students who are accepted as fellows will complete a common class together during their first semester at MTSU.

For up to six out of state transfer recipients, the award will be $7,000 per semester because they pay higher tuition and fees, Vile said.

For those who do not receive the Honors Transfer Fellowship, MTSU Financial Aid also offers a guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship of $1,500 a semester to students with a 3.0 GPA who complete their application by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Applications by mail must be postmarked by Feb. 15. Applications must include official transcripts of all college and university work, two letters of recommendation from college professors and/or honors administrators and a personal essay.

For more information, call 615-898-2152.

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

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