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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.

Registration remains open for new MTSU students at June 4 Preview Day

Registration remains open for the MTSU Preview Day Saturday, June 4, with hundreds of prospective students and their family members expected to attend.

Former Blue Elite member Kyle Elliot, wearing MTSU blue at left, leads a campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in an August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo)

Former Blue Elite member Kyle Elliot, wearing MTSU blue at left, leads a campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in an August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo)

Admissions, enrollment and academic officials are preparing for the preview day, which runs from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will begin in the Student Union, located at 1768 MTSU Blvd.

To find parking and building locations, a searchable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

To register, visit www.mtsu.edu/how-to-apply. Then go to the tabs labeled “Schedule a Campus Visit” and “RSVP for Special Events.”

Preview Day is the university’s signature open house for prospective students and their families. This campus visit program includes department presentations, opportunities to meet faculty and staff from academic areas and student affairs, and take campus tours.

Linda Olsen

Linda Olsen

Linda Olsen, new director of MTSU undergraduate recruitment, is inviteing prospective students and their families to “come out and join us for Preview Day, where members from all areas of the True Blue community will be on hand to share what makes MTSU the place you want to call home.”

“Students will have an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, administration and current students while touring the campus and learning what we have for you here at MTSU,” she added.

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

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

Summer opportunities to visit MTSU abound for prospective students

Prospective MTSU students and their families wanting to visit campus this summer have ample opportunities.

Now through Friday, Aug. 7, campus tours will be offered Monday through Friday starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive.

MTSU daily campus tours and special Saturday tours are led by Office of Admissions Blue Elite team members like K.G. Kennedy, center, shown in this file photo. (MTSU file photo)

MTSU daily campus tours and special Saturday tours are led by Office of Admissions Blue Elite team members like K.G. Kennedy, center, shown in this file photo. (MTSU file photo)

Special Saturday tours will be offered starting at 10 a.m. July 18 and Aug. 1.

To register, visit www.mtsu.edu/tours.

The daily campus and special Saturday tours include an information session, housing tour and visits inside the Campus Recreation Center, James E. Walker Library, Science Building, John Bragg Mass Communication Building and Business and Aerospace Building.

Housing tours are available each weekday at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m., departing from the Keathley University Center, room 300.  For more information, please call 615-898-2971 or email housing@mtsu.edu.

To find parking and campus buildings, view a printable campus map at www.mtsu.edu/maps.

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

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

MTSU admissions office resumes daily tours for prospective students

Daily campus tours at MTSU will resume Monday, Jan. 12, for prospective students and their families.

Campus tours, which are administered by the Office of Admissions, give potential MTSU students, their parents and family members an opportunity to explore campus on a walking tour led by a member of the university’s Blue Elite campus visit leaders and participate in an information session with an admissions representative.

K.G. Kennedy, a student member of the Office of Admissions Blue Elite during the 2013-14 academic year, provides a walking campus tour for visitors. (MTSU file photo)

K.G. Kennedy, a student member of the Office of Admissions Blue Elite during the 2013-14 academic year, provides a walking campus tour for visitors. (MTSU file photo)

To schedule a daily campus tour, go to www.mtsu.edu/tours.

For details on other special events — including True Blue Experience Days on Friday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 30, the University Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House Monday, Feb. 16, and Spring Preview Days Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, June 6 — visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

All guided campus tours will begin in the Tour Room of the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive, on the east side of campus. A visitor’s parking lot is located between the center and the softball field.

A printable map, showing the Student Services and Admissions Center and nearby parking as well as the rest of the MTSU campus, is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

For the week of Jan. 12-16, tours will be held at 1:30 p.m. only. The university will be closed Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and daily campus tours will resume at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 20. During spring break March 9-14, campus tours will be at 10 a.m. only.

Special Friday tours for prospective transfer students will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10.

Special Saturday tours for all prospective students will be held starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 7, April 18 and May 16. The visit will include a housing tour.

Daily campus tours will end Wednesday, April 29.

For more information, call 615-898-5670 or email tours@mtsu.edu.

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

MTSU students, faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break Oct. 11-14. Classes will resume Oct. 15.(MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break from Saturday, Oct. 11, through Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Fall semester classes will resume at their regular times Wednesday, Oct. 15.

All MTSU offices will be open their normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13-14.

Weekend and fall break hours for the James E. Walker Library are as follows:

  • The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday;
  • Monday hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and
  • Tuesday hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. It will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday and resume its regular fall hours.

The Student Union will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Weekend and fall break hours for the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center are as follows:

  • The Campus Recreation Center fitness facilities will be closed from Saturday through Tuesday. They will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday;
  • Campus Recreation Center offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; and
  • Student Health Services and the Campus Pharmacy, which are located in the rec center building, will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The pharmacy’s drive- thru will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The pharmacy closes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

For ARAMARK/MT Dining facilities open during fall break, visit http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSS/MiddleTennessee.

Prospective students and their parents have plenty of opportunities to visit campus. Visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp to schedule a tour.  (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Prospective students and their parents have plenty of opportunities to visit campus. Visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp to schedule a tour. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

A special Saturday campus tour Oct. 11 and daily campus tours Monday and Tuesday are full. To schedule a daily tour for other days, call 615-898-5670 or visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

True Blue Experience Days will be held Oct. 17 for prospective students in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; Jan. 23, 2015, for prospective students in the Colleges of Behavioral and Health Sciences and Liberal Arts; and Jan. 30 for prospective students in the Colleges of Mass Communication, Business and Education.

The Office of Admissions also has special Saturday tours planned for Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, with all starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Services and Admissions Center. The above phone number and website provide ways to register.

University officials urge prospective students and their parents to apply by Dec. 1 to receive priority consideration for major scholarships.

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

MTSU daily campus tours now underway

Daily campus tours led by the MTSU Office of Admissions have resumed for the spring 2014 semester.

A group of visitors circles the Student Union Commons during a campus tour of MTSU. (MTSU file photo)

Through this week, Jan. 13-17, tours will be held daily at 1:30 p.m.

No campus tours will be held Monday, Jan. 20, because the university will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21, tours will be conducted twice daily: at 10 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.

The last daily tour of the semester will be Wednesday, April 30.

Tours start at the Student Union and last approximately 90 minutes. A printable campus map can be found at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.

Additional special admissions recruiting events scheduled this semester include the University Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House on Monday, Feb. 17,  and the first Spring Preview Day Saturday, March 22. 

A second preview day is scheduled Saturday, June 7. All students are welcome for the preview days; high school seniors and transfer students are highly encouraged to attend.

For more details on these special events, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php.

Please note that no campus tours will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 31, and Monday, Feb. 17, because of other scheduled campus events. On Tuesday, March 4, only the 1:30 p.m. daily tour will be offered.

During MTSU’s spring break, March 10-14, admissions staff will conduct only the 10 a.m. daily tour.

To register for the daily tours, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit. For more information, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670.

Daily campus tours resume at MTSU for spring

Daily campus tours have resumed for the spring 2013 semester at MTSU.

The McGuire family, who drove from Columbia, Tenn., for the October 2012 True Blue Experience at MTSU, watch as Melinda Thomas, left, MTSU admissions director of recruitment, directs Columbia Central High senior Salama McGuire to special events in the new Student Union Building. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

Sponsored by the MTSU Office of Admissions, tours will be available at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours start at the new Student Union and last approximately 90 minutes.

Campus tours program coordinator Betty Pedigo noted that daily campus tours will not be available:

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, April 12, the “True Blue Experience Days”;
  • Monday, Feb. 18, which is the date of the University Honors College’s Presidents Day Open House;
  • during the week of spring break, March 11-15; and
  • on Friday, March 22, which is Spring Preview Day.

The last daily tour of the semester will be Wednesday, May 1.

Led by student guides, campus tours include stops in the James E. Walker Library and the recording industry facilities in the John Bragg Mass Communication Building before ending in Keathley University Center. An admissions counselor also provides a short presentation before each tour begins.

Housing tours are available separate from the campus tour at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m., respectively.

To register for the daily tours, click here. For special events, click here. Both sites include directions to campus; officials encourage attendees to park in the Rutherford Boulevard parking lot.

A printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTParkingMap12-13

For more information, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670.

Daily campus tours resume for spring semester

Daily campus tours at MTSU, sponsored by the Admissions Office, have resumed for the spring 2012 semester.

Tours will be available at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays. No Thursday-afternoon tours will be available, however.

Betty Pedigo, campus tours program coordinator, also said daily tours will not be scheduled on Monday, Feb. 20; Friday, March 2 and March 5-9 (spring break); Tuesday, March 20; and Friday, April 6.

MTSU student tour guides will be assisting with the University Honors College’s Presidents’ Day Open House on Feb. 20 and an all-day visit by the Nashville School of the Arts on March 20, she said.

The last campus tour of the semester will be Wednesday, April 25.

For more information, click on “Campus Tours” at www.mtsu.edu/admissn/ or email tours@mtsu.edu.

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

Oct. 29 Preview Day awaits prospective students

Fall Preview Day at MTSU will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the first tour starting at 9 at the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center on Blue Raider Drive.

The preview day lets prospective MTSU students, their parents or guardians and families visit and gain a glimpse of campus life.

The tour will include visits to the James E. Walker Library, John Bragg Mass Communication Building, Business and Aerospace Building, Keathley University Center and one of the residence halls, an admissions official said.

After the tour, visitors will return to the Rec Center for an academic open house. Representatives from the Admissions Office, Office of Financial Aid, Housing and Residential Life, all of the academic colleges, Transfer Student Services and the Department of Student Programming will provide information and answer questions from prospective students and their families.

Fall Preview Day attendees must pre-register online. Go to bit.ly/MTFallPreviewDay11, which will take you directly to the Fall Preview Day event details. Click “Register” at the bottom of the page to sign up.

Daily campus tours are held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Wednesday, Dec. 7. No tours will be conducted Nov. 21-25 because it’s Thanksgiving week.

For more information about admissions, tours and Fall Preview Day, call 615-898-2111.

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

Students, faculty observe fall break Oct. 15-18

MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli

MTSU students and faculty will observe fall break from Saturday, Oct. 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 18, officials in the University’s provost office said.

Fall-semester classes will resume at their regular time on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

All MTSU offices will be open for their normal hours of 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18.

The James E. Walker Library will be closed Oct. 15-16. The facility will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, and from 7:30 a.m. to midnight Oct. 18.

The Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center facilities will be closed during fall break. Campus Recreation offices and services will reopen at 6 a.m. Oct. 19. However, Student Health Services and the Campus Pharmacy, which are located in the rec center building, will be open Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pharmacy’s drive-through  window also will be open until 4:30 p.m. both days.

No campus tours will be conducted Oct. 14 and Oct. 17-18. Daily campus tours will resume Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. To schedule tours, visit www.mtsu.edu/admissn and click on “Campus Tours” or call 615-898-5670.

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

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