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Blackman Collegiate Academy explores MTSU science options

Blackman Collegiate Academy juniors sampled science at MTSU and the University Honors College during a Friday (March 24) visit to campus.

Geosciences, biology, physics and astronomy, Concrete Industry Management and the university’s Experimental Vehicles Program were areas the Blackman High School students discovered in the school’s second visit to MTSU this year.

MTSU biology chair Lynn Boyd addresses research and career opportunities in her field March 24 in the new Science Building during the Blackman Collegiate Academy Day at MTSU. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

MTSU biology chair Lynn Boyd addresses research and career opportunities in her field March 24 in the Science Building during the Blackman Collegiate Academy Day at MTSU. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

The MTSU-Blackman partnership is one of several arranged each semester during the academic year. It allows freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors opportunities to spend time on the college campus, meeting MTSU students, faculty and administrators and learning about many of the university’s 140-plus programs.

As part of the partnership, which is designed to give them a competitive edge as they prepare for college, juniors and seniors in the academy who meet eligibility standards can take up to six hours of university courses taught by MTSU instructors at Blackman at no cost. The credits will count on high school and college transcripts.

Diamond Bradley, 17, was one of nearly 10 students taking in a 45-minute session on concrete. They even made concrete coasters.

“This has been a good experience,” Bradley said at the conclusion of the session. “I had trouble with mine, but I enjoyed the process. There’s a lot to learn off simple concrete. There’s a lot to the process.”

Classmate Gabrielle Brown, 16, liked the fact “a lot of job opportunities” can be found in the concrete industry.

Blackman High School junior Gabriele Brown makes a concrete coaster during a session led by Concrete Industry Management's Nicole Green as part of the March 24 Blackman Collegiate Academy Day at MTSU.

Blackman High School junior Gabriele Brown makes a concrete coaster during a session led by Concrete Industry Management’s Nicole Green as part of the March 24 Blackman Collegiate Academy Day at MTSU.

Zach Rachidi, 16, was with a group in Wiser-Patten Science Hall witnessing “cool” things happening in physics, led by Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson.

“Actually it was pretty cool and entertaining (demonstrations by Henderson), but it is not something I want to do,” said Rachidi, who expressed a strong interest in being a pilot and following an aerospace path.

Rachidi said he “learned a lot about the Honors College — the GPA requirements and the (Honors) opportunities at MTSU.”

Henderson, concrete’s Heather Brown and Nicole Green, biology chair Lynn Boyd, geosciences chair Warner Cribb and engineering technology chair Walter Boles discussed careers in their respective fields. In addition to Wiser-Patten, sessions were the new Science Building, Davis Science Building, Voorhies Engineering Technology Building

Dean John Vile and event coordinator Susan Lyons provided a complete rundown of Honors College options and requirements as they toured the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.

Concluding their visit, Blackman students heard about “a typical day in the life of a college student” from MTSU Student Ambassadors in the Student Union Building.

After arriving on campus earlier in the day at the Student Services and Admissions Center/MT One Stop, Blackman students received True Blue Bags and heard about the admissions process from Linda Olsen, director of undergraduate recruitment, and recruiter Joey Clark.

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

MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson explains how various heat and water processes will create steam and eventually cause the sides of aluminum can to cave in March 24 to Blackman Collegiate Academy students visiting MTSU.

MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson explains and then shows Blackman Collegiate Academy students how various heat and water processes create steam and eventually cause the sides of aluminum can to cave in March 24 at MTSU.

 

Get a closer look at MTSU during upcoming Spring Preview Days

Middle Tennessee State University will host hundreds of prospective students and their families Saturday, March 18, for the first of two Spring Preview Days on campus.

MTSU holds preview days as a way for prospective students to see the campus, take tours given by student guides, learn about departments, programs and student organizations and meet faculty and staff from academic areas and Student Affairs.

Transfer students visiting MTSU listen as Emilie Hendren, second from left, a public relations major, informs them about the James E. Walker Library's many features. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

Virtually all MTSU campus tours include a stop in the James E. Walker Library. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

To register for any preview day or other special events, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php. Preview Day events begin in the Student Union Building, 1768 MTSU Blvd. To find various buildings and parking, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

The second preview day will be Saturday, May 13.

MTSU admissions officials want prospective students and their families to enjoy the full campus experience during preview days. Visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/docs/Preview-Day-Agenda.pdf for the complete schedule that begins with the 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. check-in and registration in the Student Union lobby.

For questions about the admissions process, email admissions@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2233.

For questions about special events and tours, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670. Daily campus tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In late March, admissions staff and recruiters will begin holding the first of seven Paint Your Future True Blue events at community colleges across Tennessee.

The community college visits include Pellissippi State (March 28) in Knoxville; Nashville State (April 4); Vol State (April 5) in Gallatin; Jackson State (April 6); Motlow State (April 11) in Lynchburg; Chattanooga State (April 13); and Motlow State (April 19) in Smyrna.

All of the community college events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time. No registration is required.

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

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Music-led enhanced campus tour awaits MTSU visitors [+VIDEO]

Prospective Middle Tennessee State University students and their families will enjoy an enhanced campus tour experience — featuring live acoustic music by current students — following upgrades unveiled this week for weekday campus visits.

The upgrades — live music, a walk through MTSU history, a “selfie spot,” a new video in cinemascope and surround sound featuring current students and “True Blue Bag Campaign” — are just part of the heightened tour experience that includes a recording by the Band of Blue performing the MTSU fight song.

Excluding holidays, MTSU conducts daily campus tours, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters and once a day during the summer starting at the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive.

For more on the guided campus tours, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/daily-campus-visits.php.

University President Sidney A. McPhee said he knows prospective students feel welcome when they visit.

“In an effort to expand this sense of belonging, the admissions department launched the True Blue Bag Campaign,” said McPhee, noting that every visitor will receive a distinctive blue bag when she or he checks in for a tour. It will contain an MTSU Viewbook, Visitors Guide and information for parents.

“With these bags, our campus visitors will be very visible, not only in tour groups but also as they explore campus on their own,” he added.

As MTSU visitors await the start of the campus tour, musicians Kenny Arnold, left, and Cooper Gilliam entertain from the stage. Gilliam is a freshman from Martin, Tenn., while Arnold is a sophomore from Baltimore, Md. Both are commercial songwriting majors. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

As MTSU visitors await the start of the campus tour, musicians Kenny Arnold, left, and Cooper Gilliam entertain from the stage. Gilliam is a freshman from Martin, Tenn., while Arnold is a sophomore from Baltimore, Md. Both are commercial songwriting majors. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

In anticipation of more visitors, MTSU officials put plans in motion for the additional amenities on the first floor of the admissions tour area. The second floor houses the MT One Stop, which provides an array of services in financial aid, course registration, tuition and billing and transcripts.

“This revamped tour offers prospective students an opportunity to become immersed into the environment and culture of MTSU,” said Nathan Haynes, associate director of marketing and technical support for undergraduate recruitment.

“We have taken advantage of the architectural and technological assets of the student services facility and utilized them to their fullest extent to create an innovative and unique experience that also includes a chance to see our on-campus housing,” Haynes added.

Linda Olsen, director of undergraduate recruitment, said the campus tour is “one of the key steps in the decision-making process for prospective students.”

“We have dedicated many resources to assure our tour stands out as students explore their university options,” Olsen added.

True Blue Bags will be available to all visitors on weekday campus tours.

True Blue Bags will be available to all visitors on weekday campus tours.

Rob Janson, strategic communications manager in the Office of Marketing and Communications, suggested and developed the idea to add acoustic music, featuring students from the university’s popular Commercial Songwriting program within the internationally recognized Department of Recording Industry.

Five MTSU songwriting students have been hired to perform original songs, giving them exposure and experience, 45 minutes before each tour begins.

“The revamped MTSU tour experience is really designed to be just that: an experience,” Janson said. “We’ve essentially taken what was a fairly standard presentation and infused it with MTSU-centric programming that quickly immerses prospective students and their families in the True Blue culture.

“We believe the music is the first of its kind on a college campus,” added Janson, referring to the first-floor stage in the visitor’s lobby area.

Students can meet with their admissions counselors following the tour, Haynes said.

Donna Baker, archivist with the Albert Gore Research Center, developed the plan for the history walk through and contributed Gore Center memorabilia. Copies of MTSU Magazine and MTSU Visitors Guide are available for guests.

For questions about events and tours, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670.

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

Pieces of history from the Gore Research Center greet visitors as they walk through to enter the 75-seat tour room in the Student Services and Admissions Center. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Pieces of history from the Gore Research Center greet visitors as they walk through to enter the 75-seat tour room in the Student Services and Admissions Center. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Nearly 40 MTSU visitors watch a new 20-minute video featuring a number of university students sharing the campus story for prospective students and their families Feb. 24 in the Student Services and Admissions Center.

Nearly 40 MTSU visitors watch a new 20-minute video featuring a number of university students sharing the campus story for prospective students and their families Feb. 24 in the Student Services and Admissions Center.

Feb. 20 Honors open house targets high-ability prospective students

Most public and private secondary schools are closed for the Presidents’ Day Holiday. MTSU happens to be open.

That’s why the University Honors College and the Office of Admissions host public, private and homeschool students for the annual Presidents’ Day Open House.

John Vile, standing right, the Honors College dean, visits with incoming Buchanan Fellows and their families during the Honors College Presidents' Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

John Vile, standing right, the Honors College dean, visits with incoming Buchanan Fellows and their families during the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

More than 500 prospective students and their parents will be attending the open house from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, all across the MTSU campus.

For more information about the open house, including the full schedule, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/open-house.php. To register, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php. Parking is available in the Rutherford Lot (http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap), where visitors will be shuttled to campus.

The Honors College offers personalized teaching, smaller classes and a competitive edge in a more interactive learning environment for high-ability scholars. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet people who can answer questions and show you the campus and academic departments, including honors students, financial aid and scholarship staff and academic advisers.

“This has been one of our most popular events during the past few years,” said Honors College Dean John Vile.

Vile said the open house comes early enough for “high school sophomores and juniors to get an idea of MTSU before they begin applying for colleges and universities and late enough for seniors who are trying to decide which of the colleges or universities that have accepted them are the best fit.”

Honors College logoFor Vile, who is a political scientist and presidential historian, the open house provides the opportunity “to give my famous Presidents’ Day Quiz,” he added.

Optional events for attendees include a demonstration by the MTSU Mock Trial team, a “mad science” demonstration by physics and astronomy professor Eric Klumpe and tours of campus housing, recording industry, the Center for Innovation in Media, the Mobile Production Lab, Walker Library and aerospace’s air traffic control lab.

Attendees also are welcome to take in the 3 p.m. Honors Lecture Series led by Nashville’s Keel Hunt with The Strategy Group.

For more information, call 615-898-2152.

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

Dr. Eric Klumpe performs a physics demonstration for an audience attending the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo.

Dr. Eric Klumpe performs a physics demonstration for an audience attending the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo.

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)

Dec. 1 deadline looms for prospective MTSU students’ applications

The message to prospective students from Middle Tennessee State University administrators and advertising campaigns this fall contains a specific deadline: Apply by Thursday, Dec. 1, or risk missing out on guaranteed scholarship money for those who meet the qualifications.

Laurie Witherow, left, associate vice provost for Student Affairs, talks about Middle Tennessee State University program opportunities with Kristi McHugh and her son, Brantley, of Gurley, Ala., during the True Blue Tour Recruiting visit to Huntsville, Ala., Oct. 11. Brantley McHugh, 16, is a junior at Madison County High School in nearby Gurley. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

In this October file photo, Dr. Laurie Witherow, left, associate vice provost for student affairs, talks about MTSU program opportunities and the importance of the Dec. 1 application deadline with Kristi McHugh and her son, Brantley, of Gurley, Ala., during the True Blue Tour recruiting visit at the U.S. Space & Rockent Center in Huntsville, Ala. Brantley McHugh, 16, is a junior at Madison County High School in Gurley. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Guaranteed scholarships are available to high school seniors who plan to begin college at MTSU in August 2017 if those prospective students:

  • Meet academic requirements.
  • Complete the application.
  • Pay the application fee by Dec. 1.

“I have an assignment for the high school seniors over their Thanksgiving holiday: Apply to MTSU,” said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for undergraduate recruitment in the Division of Student Affairs.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

“The application deadline for scholarship consideration is Dec. 1,” she added. “We need to have sixth-semester transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and an MTSU application by that date. MTSU guarantees scholarships to applicants who have at least a 25 ACT and a 3.5 high school GPA.

“Don’t miss out because you let the deadline slide.”

Guaranteed scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000 a year for four years for recipients who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The awards include:

  • Chancellor’s Scholarship — $5,000 per year; requires a minimum 30 or higher ACT score and minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Presidential Scholarship — $4,000 per year; requires a 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA.
  • True Blue Scholarship— $3,000 per year; requires a 26 ACT and 3.5 GPA.
  • Provost’s Scholarship — $2,000 per yearr; requires a 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA.

For equivalent SAT scores for these scholarships and other information, including the online scholarship guide, visit www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-freshmen.php.

Recipients must meet requirements for GPA, enrollment, satisfactory academic progress, and service, where applicable, to maintain their scholarship eligibility.

More information can be found at www.mtsu.edu/scholarships.

Prospective students whose applications are received after Dec. 1 may learn that scholarship money will not be available. Applications mailed to MTSU must be postmarked Dec. 1.

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

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

Nov. 5 MTSU Fall Preview Day features ‘FAFSA Frenzy’ assistance

MTSU’s Fall Preview Day Saturday, Nov. 5, has a new wrinkle for the nearly 600 students and their family members planning to attend.

FAFSA — or Free Application for Federal Student Aid — assistance will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in the Business and Aerospace Building, 1642 MTSU Blvd., as part of preview day activities that start at 8 a.m. in the Student Union, 1768 MTSU Blvd. To find parking and buildings, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Director of Recruitment for Undergraduate Admissions Melinda Thomas.

Melinda Thomas

MTSU’s first “FAFSA Frenzy” is an extension of the College Goal Sunday events held at MTSU in the past when the federal government allowed people to begin the FAFSA online process on Jan. 1.

Now the government allows the process to begin Oct. 1, and MTSU officials thought Fall Preview Day would be a great chance for people touring campus to file their form to be eligible for grants, loans and work-study funds for college offered by the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

“This is an opportunity for families to receive hands-on assistance in completing the FAFSA,” said Melinda Thomas, the director of the MT One Stop on the second floor of the Student Services and Admissions Center. The MT One Stop provides services in the areas of financial aid, course registration, tuition and billing and transcripts.

The FAFSA event, open to the public, is free. Several computers will be available in BAS, Thomas said. Additional information regarding the event can be found at www.mtsu.edu/goal.

The Student Services and Admissions Center is located at 1860 Blue Raider Drive.

For the 581 prospective students and nearly 1,130 guests accompanying them Saturday, Fall Preview Day lets them explore campus, tour buildings and meet faculty and staff from academic areas and the Division of Student Affairs. To learn more, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php.

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

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

MTSU initiates recruiting events with Sept. 24, Nov. 5 Fall Preview Days

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome prospective high school students and their families to visit the campus Saturday, Sept. 24, in the first of two Fall Preview Days.

MTSU conducts preview days as a way for prospective students to see the campus, take tours given by student guides, learn about departments, programs and student organizations and meet faculty and staff from academic areas and the Division of Student Affairs.

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

To register for any preview day or other special events, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php. Events begin in the Student Union.

To find various buildings and parking, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

In addition to the Sept. 24 preview day, other scheduled campus visit days include Saturday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, March 17, 2017.

Saturday’s preview day includes breakfast, lunch and an option to attend the 6 p.m. MTSU-Louisiana Tech football game.

Campus officials urge students to apply by Dec. 1 in order to be considered for scholarship consideration if they meet ACT score, high school GPA and other academic criteria.

To learn about scholarships, visit http://mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

Linda Olsen

Linda Olsen

“We’re really promoting high school seniors to come out and spend the day with us,” said Linda Olsen, director of undergraduate recruitment.

“This will be their first opportunity to get the full celebration and display of departments and campus tour. … It’s a way to have a full day’s experience of what it means to be True Blue and a Blue Raider.”

MTSU also takes the campus on the road with its annual True Blue Tour. Stops will include:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oct. 4.
  • Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 5.
  • Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 11.
  • Johnson City, Tennessee, Oct. 18.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee, Oct. 19.
  • Franklin, Tennessee, Oct. 26.
  • Nashville, Nov. 1.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 9.
  • Jackson, Tennessee, Nov. 10.
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nov. 15.
  • Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 16.

All True Blue Tour student and family receptions will begin at 6 p.m. local time, except for Nashville, which has a 6:30 p.m. start.

MTSU offers daily campus tours at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day the university is open, Olsen said. There also will be one other Saturday tour, scheduled for Nov. 19.

Transfer student tours will be held Friday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Nov. 11.

For admissions questions, email admissions@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2233. For questions about events and tours, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670.

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

MTSU, 60 schools recruit students at Rutherford County College Night

Area high school students, their parents and families are invited to attend the upcoming Rutherford County College Night — one of the first college recruiting fairs in the Middle Tennessee region this fall.

The event, hosted by MTSU, features nearly 60 colleges and universities from across the Southeast. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Ballroom, 1768 MTSU Blvd., on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro. For general information, visit www.mtsu.edu/rccn.

Rutherford County College Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Rutherford County College Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Anyone planning to attend should park in the Rutherford lot off Rutherford Boulevard on the east side of campus. Shuttles will transport visitors to the Student Union Building and return them when they leave. To find parking and building location, a printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Students from Rutherford and surrounding counties are welcome to attend.

Along with MTSU personnel, dozens of colleges and universities will send representatives in their effort to recruit students for the 2017-18 academic year and beyond.

“This year, we will be an automated fair,” said Joey Clark, an admissions recruiter who now works with Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties after previously recruiting Shelby County students.

Students can register at www.gotocollegefairs.com. After registering, the student will be provided a printable barcode or one that can be utilized from their phone. This will allow college recruiters to scan the student’s barcode and instantly receive all necessary information.

“Ultimately, this takes the place of contact cards and truly saves a great deal of time for the students and families,” Clark said. “It allows students to optimize their time with recruiters face to face.”

TACRAO logoKristen Russell, senior admissions counselor, said the event allows area high school students to efficiently maximize interactions with multiple schools, which is ideal for any student in their college search process.

For questions about the event, call 615-898-2233 or email admissions@mtsu.edu.

The Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers endorse the event.

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

Alumna lands role as MTSU undergraduate recruiting director

It did not take long for Florida transplant Linda Olsen to make a major impact as a new leader in the MTSU Office of Admissions.

Just weeks after starting her job as director of undergraduate recruitment, Olsen attended a local community function. Murfreesboro resident and MTSU alumnus Don Witherspoon (Class of 1964) also was in attendance.

Friends Fady Abdelnour, left, 18, and Mary Sadek, right, 19, both of Nashville and Glencliff High School graduates, visit with Linda Olsen, the new director of undergraduate recruitment at MTSU during CUSTOMS freshman orientation June 1 in Tucker Theatre. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Friends Fady Abdelnour, left, 18, and Mary Sadek, right, 19, both of Nashville and Glencliff High School graduates, visit with Linda Olsen, the new director of undergraduate recruitment at MTSU during CUSTOMS freshman orientation June 1 in Tucker Theatre. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Witherspoon, the National Alumni Association vice president, introduced a graduating high school student planning to attend another university to Olsen, who then invited the student to visit MTSU the following week.

“After coming to campus and meeting with faculty and administrators, the young lady has decided MTSU is the best place for her,” Olsen said. “She is now committed to her hometown university.”

For Witherspoon, who will replace 2015-16 National Alumni Association President Tony Beard July 1, “it was one of the more gratifying things I’ve seen in my years as an MTSU alumnus,” he said.

“It was tremendous they (MTSU) were willing to do that and provide an opportunity for somebody who is very deserving,” Witherspoon added.

“Don is an alumnus and community member, and it was his guidance along with everyone working together to bring a student to the university,” Olsen said.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for undergraduate recruitment, said MTSU “is delighted to welcome home one of our alumni to lead our efforts in recruiting outstanding students to our university.”

“Linda brings a love and appreciation for MTSU and for the students we serve,” Witherow added. “We are as excited to have her as she is to be with us. Linda is a great example of what it means to be True Blue.”

A 1998 graduate with a master’s degree in school counseling, Olsen said MTSU “has a sense of a small school with a feel of family.”

“Under President (Sidney A.) McPhee’s leadership, there’s an overall culture of caring for each student that includes every member of the community, both on and off campus, supporting students toward success,” she said.

Olsen comes to MTSU from Melbourne, Florida, where she was collegewide director of admissions and advising for Eastern Florida State College.

The first major event under Olsen’s leadership will be the Saturday, June 4, MTSU Preview Day on the MTSU campus. Admissions, housing, academic departments and more will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and host hundreds of prospective students and their families.

“I’m excited about the potential for building an outstanding future class of outstanding students,” Olsen said. “We have an enthusiastic team of energetic admissions professionals who are ready for the upcoming fall, and the opportunity to show students what a great place MTSU can be for them.”

Olsen is completing her doctorate in higher education leadership and policy studies with the University of Central Florida. Her children include a son Randy, who lives in Portland, Oregon; and a son, Robert, and daughter, Rachel, have also moved to Murfreesboro and plan to eventually enroll at MTSU.

Linda Olsen is the daughter of Dr. Jim Calder, a professor emeritus in elementary and special education in the MTSU College of Education, and Beverly Calder, an adjunct supervising MTSU student teachers.

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

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