Army honors MTSU’s McPhee, Huber with invitation to jump with Golden Knights

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Army’s Golden Knights precision parachute team will honor MTSU’s commitment to student veterans on Tuesday, April 25, by inviting President Sidney A. McPhee and retired Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber to join them for a tandem parachute jump.

The recognition comes for MTSU’s substantial support efforts for student-veterans, the 2016 opening of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and its recent expansion into career placement.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Keith M. Huber

Keith M. Huber

It will be the first parachute jump for McPhee and the first free-fall jump for Huber, the university’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives. The administrators, each paired with a Golden Knights team member, will descend over Outlaw Field in Clarksville.

A Special Forces veteran with 38 years as an infantryman and a Green Beret, Huber earned his jump wings in hundreds of tethered descents, but he’s never conducted military free-fall jumps nor been involved in sport parachuting.

Former President George H.W. Bush jumped with the Golden Knights three times, most recently when he celebrated his 90th birthday in 2014.

U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion spokesman Lee Elder said the precision parachute team, which is visiting the Nashville area for the first time since 2004, hopes to draw awareness to career opportunities in the Army.

“We are truly honored that President McPhee and General Huber are making such a major investment of their time to participate with the Golden Knights,” Elder said.

“It’s typical of the support that MTSU has given our recruiting efforts for the regular Army and Army Reserve over the years. They’ve always gone all-out to help us in a number of endeavors, and this is just the latest example.”

Army Golden Knights-LogoMcPhee said it was difficult to turn down an invitation offered by the Golden Knights, especially since Huber personally delivered it to him.

“The record speed in which we built and opened the Daniels Center shows that it’s hard to say no to General Huber,” McPhee said. “How could I refuse this?”

McPhee said while he appreciates the Army’s nod toward MTSU’s efforts to attract, retain and graduate veterans, the true honor goes to those who serve.

“We at MTSU want to do right by to those who gave so much to our nation,” he said.

Huber said the offer to jump with the Golden Knights “is one of respect and appreciation for our programs.”

“Many academic campuses seek the title of ‘Vet Friendly’ as a slogan to attract future students,” he said, “but MTSU demonstrates a veteran and military family loyalty in a consistent and comprehensive manner.”

Huber said he was “honored to participate” alongside McPhee, adding that “represents another challenge to conquer your apprehension at 13,000 feet and to simply do what is right to honor our veterans.”

For more information about the Daniels center, visit www.mtsu.edu/military.

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

‘MTSU On the Record’ studies science savvy for non-science teachers

Teaching teachers how to teach science is the subject of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Katherine Mangione

Dr. Katherine Mangione

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Katherine Mangione, an assistant professor in MTSU’s Department of Elementary and Special Education, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 30, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Mangione asserts that student teachers, now known as preservice teachers, need special instruction to familiarize themselves with the lingo of scientific disciplines, especially if they are not particularly science-savvy.

WMOT-new web logo“Vocabulary in science is exceptionally precise,” said Mangione, “so when the science teacher is explaining the concept of a wave, he may mean something different in a physics class, but then your earth science teacher … may be teaching things like P-waves and S-waves before and after earthquakes or ocean waves.”

Mangione, biology professor Cindi Smith-Walters and Alyson Smith Bass, an associate professor of elementary and special education, wrote about their research in the Electronic Journal of Science Education. You can read the article here.

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.

MTSU Alumni Summer College ‘Greatest Hits’ awaits June 21-23 attendees

The 10th year of Alumni Summer College at MTSU will combine the best of the previous nine years, as music, food, athletics, history and more await an expected 100 attendees.

Alumni Summer College graphic“Greatest Hits: A Remix of ASC Classics” will be the theme for the June 21-23 event, which will be held at on- and off-campus venues.

Alumni Summer College is an annual three-day program presented by MTSU’s Office of Alumni Relations. Alumni and friends are invited to campus to connect with the university, learn about interesting subjects and have loads of fun, said Rhonda King, alumni assistant director.

MTSU faculty, alumni, and local experts present information in an “edutaining” way through classroom lectures and interactive field trips, King said.

Included are the classes, field trips, tour admissions, meals and traveling by coach buses. Lodging reservations are the responsibility of the participants.

Tuition is $250 per person. Space is limited, and there is a May 15 registration deadline. To learn more, visit www.mtalumni.com or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-898-2922.

Alumni Summer College participants are scheduled to hear from Hugh Berryman, nationally recognized forensic scientist. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Alumni Summer College participants will hear from Dr. Hugh Berryman, nationally recognized forensic scientist. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

Each year focuses on a different theme that showcases MTSU’s work and study in that particular field, King said. Past themes have included “Exploring Our History,” “How Things Work,” “A Song’s Life,” “Wide World of Sports, “A Century in the Making,” “Whodunnit?”, “Stories from the American Civil War,” “The Science Around Us” and “Food for Thought.”

Here’s a sample of “classes” this year:

  • Touring Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall, which reopened in January after two years and $20 million in renovations.
  • An update from Dr. Hugh Berryman, nationally recognized forensic scientist, on the Mexican-American War Dead Identification Project. Remains of soldiers, most likely Tennesseans, were discovered in Mexico and returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in 2016 after five years of negotiations, sparked by Berryman’s urging.
  • Insights on MTSU men’s and women’s basketball success from head coaches Kermit Davis and Rick Insell.
  • Learning about the MTSU Center for Coaching and Student Success from Department of Health and Human Performance professor Colby Jubenville. The College of Behavioral Sciences center has been designed to address the challenging gap between approaching graduation, graduation and securing gainful employment.
  • Scheduled visits to the Ryman Auditorium, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and Studio A and dinner at Five Senses Restaurant.

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

The world famous Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville will be a stop for those attending the 2017 MTSU Alumni Summer College June 21-23. (Photo by Chris Hollo)

The world famous Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville will be a stop for those attending the 2017 MTSU Alumni Summer College June 21-23. (Photo by Chris Hollo)

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