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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)

New, returning MTSU student veterans treated to ‘newcomers briefing’

New and returning MTSU student veterans and their families were welcomed Jan. 19 at a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.

The event was held in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building, 628 Alma Mater Drive.

Hilary Miller, at back standing, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, listens to comments from Trey Smith during the “newcomers briefing” provided by the center Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building for new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families. Seated, from left, are Aaron Greenberg and Dr. Brian Hinote, an associate professor in the anthropology and sociology department. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

Dr. Hilary Miller, standing at center left, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, listens to comments from Trey Smith during the “newcomers briefing” provided by the center Thursday, Jan. 19, for new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families. Seated, from left, are Aaron Greenberg and Dr. Brian Hinote, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

The briefing was to ensure veterans and their families are up to speed on campus resources, said Dr. Hilary Miller, center director.

Miller and her staff targeted new-to-MTSU student veterans and family members, but the event was open to all military-connected students, she said.

“Our goal is to make sure they have on-campus contacts for all offices that can help them be successful,” Miller said. “In addition, we want them to know the center staff, be connected to us and know other student veterans.”

The agenda included a dinner; a welcome and introduction of staff and an explanation of the center’s mission, led by Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general; introductions of veterans; and a discussion of current center programs and fall semester events, led by Miller.

Dr. Derek Frisby, a veteran, MTSU alumnus and professor in the Department of Global Studies and Cultural Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, shared information on MTSU and its relationship with veterans.

Officials also discussed discovering campus resources for veterans, which include tours and information about the G.I. Bill, VetSuccess on Campus and tutoring, and Miller presented a college challenge to the newcomers by emphasizing graduation and employment expectations.

Student veterans can get more information about the center at its website, www.mtsu.edu/military.

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

Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, speaks to new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families attending a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, speaks to new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families attending a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.

U.S. Army Capt. Shane Smith, an assistant professor in the MTSU Department of Military Science, speaks to new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families at a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center held Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. 

U.S. Army Capt. Shane Smith, an assistant professor in the MTSU Department of Military Science, speaks to new and returning MTSU student veterans and their families at a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center held Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Tom H. Jackson Building.

While Military Science professor Capt. Shane Smith holds her daughter, Ava, at right, MTSU student veteran Nashelly Larmon signs in for the “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

While Military Science professor Capt. Shane Smith holds her daughter, Ava, at right, MTSU student veteran Nashelly Larmon signs in for the “newcomers briefing” Jan. 19 in the Tom H. Jackson Building.

MTSU student veteran Timothy “TJ” Lewis, left, accepts a tote bag with information from U.S. Army Capt. Shane Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Military Science, after signing in at the “newcomers briefing” hosted by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.

MTSU student veteran Timothy “TJ” Lewis, left, accepts a tote bag with information from U.S. Army Capt. Shane Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Military Science, after signing in at the “newcomers briefing” hosted by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center Jan. 19 in the Tom H. Jackson Building.

MTSU student veteran Emily Steinway speaks during the “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center held Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

MTSU student veteran Emily Steinway speaks during the “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center held Jan. 19 in the Tom H. Jackson Building.

Jan. 29-31 Tennessee Guitar Festival features acclaimed alumnus

An acclaimed MTSU alumnus and a Peruvian-American virtuoso will perform in free concerts and present free master classes for music aficionados when MTSU celebrates the 16th annual Tennessee Guitar Festival Jan. 29-31 on campus.

Jorge Caballero

Jorge Caballero

Matt Palmer (photo courtesy of Mamta Popat)

Matt Palmer

Headlining this year’s festival are Matt Palmer, the MTSU alumnus who debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2014 in that venue’s D’Addario Performance Series, and Peruvian-American guitarist Jorge Caballero.

Palmer will present the MTSU festival’s Sunday, Jan. 29, concert at 8 p.m. on the Hinton Music Hall stage inside the university’s Wright Music Building, and Caballero will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30.

A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. Off-campus visitors attending the master classes can obtain a special one-day permit at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

A Tennessee native and 2003 magna cum laude graduate of MTSU who is now director of guitar studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and coordinator of the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop, Palmer has received rave reviews at international performances.

Guitar International Magazine described his work as having “the soul of an artist, with the technical virtuosity of the highest caliber and a heightened sense of musicality.”

You can get a preview of Palmer’s MTSU appearance by watching a video of his performance of Sergei Rudnev’s “Night” below.

Caballero is renowned for his historic recordings, including Antonín Dvorâk’s “New World” Symphony transcribed for solo guitar, making him one of only two guitarists in the world to perform and record the monumental work.

He’s performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Presidential Symphony of Ankara, Turkey, among others.

You can preview Caballero’s MTSU visit by watching a video of his performance last year of Modest Mussorgsky’s “The Great Gate of Kiev” from “Pictures at an Exhibition” below.

Palmer’s master class is set for Jan. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall. Caballero will present his master class Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall.

“We have been doing this festival for many years, and I can attest that these two performers are of the best we’ve ever had,” said Dr. William Yelverton, festival director and a professor of music at MTSU. “This is a unique opportunity to hear truly two of the finest guitarists in the world today.”

More information is available at www.TennesseeGuitarFestival.com.

For details on more MTSU School of Music events, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music “Concert Calendar” link.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU, Oaklands travel down the aisle with style in wedding-dress exhibit

A country music legend’s wedding dress headlines the 2017 display of gorgeous and historic gowns in Murfreesboro for the sixth year of a fashionable partnership between the MTSU Department of Human Sciences and Oaklands Mansion.

Gowns from decades of nuptials will be on display at “Wedding Dresses through the Decades,” an exhibit co-sponsored by the MTSU Department of Human Sciences, at Oaklands Mansion Jan. 21 through March 5. This photo is from the 2016 exhibit. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Gowns from decades of nuptials will be on display at “Wedding Dresses through the Decades,” an exhibit co-sponsored by the MTSU Department of Human Sciences, at Oaklands Mansion Jan. 21 through March 5. This photo is from the 2016 exhibit. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

The dress that Barbara Mandrell wore for her 1967 wedding ceremony highlights the sixth annual “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” exhibit, set Saturday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, March 5, at Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

Mandrell’s mother made the two-time Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year’s wedding gown for her for less than $100. The exhibit also will include the white naval uniform worn by Mandrell’s husband, producer Ken Dudney.

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The silver lace overlay gown Mandrell wore at the 1992 renewal of her vows on her 25th anniversary also will be on display. It has a detachable white and silver tulle skirt and a matching detachable five-foot train.

That gown was created by Bob Mackie, who has designed fashions for Carol Burnett, Cher, Bette Midler, Tina Turner and Diana Ross, among others.

Students from the Textiles, Merchandising and Design Program at MTSU are instrumental in putting the exhibit together.Oaklands Educational Director Mary Beth Nevills and her colleagues “have created a heartwarming, beautiful display that showcases the memories, details, styles and history of weddings through each dress,” said Deborah Belcher, chair of the MTSU Department of Human Sciences.

The exhibit will include dresses representing each decade from 1847 to the present and will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays Jan. 21-March 5. Exhibit admission is $10 per person.

For information on after-hours viewings, group tour rates and special evening openings, contact Nevills at 615-893-0022 or mb@oaklandsmuseum.org.

To learn more about MTSU’s Textiles, Merchandising and Design Program, contact Belcher at 615-898-2302 or deborah.belcher@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

‘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)

‘Your Tired, Your Poor’: Listen to Jan. 9 ‘MTSU On the Record’

Producer/Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. John Vile

Synopsis: The dean of the University Honors College and political historian discusses his book “American Immigration and Citizenship: A Documentary History.”

MLK 2017 speaker tells MTSU crowd ‘to BUILD a legacy’ [+VIDEO]

In a show of unity to cap a night of celebration, a diverse crowd made up of hundreds of MTSU students along with several members of the faculty, staff and wider community formed a circle around the Student Union Ballroom Monday night, Jan. 16.

Holding their blue-lit candles and silently reflecting on a man whose dream continues to inspire so many, participants in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Candlelight Vigil had just enjoyed an evening filled with encouraging words and musical and theatrical tributes to the slain civil rights leader as well as a reminder that they all have a part to play in the march toward equality and justice.

Guest speaker Derrick Hayes of Columbus, Georgia, exhorts the crowd with a “Word of Encouragement” at MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Jan. 16 inside the Student Union. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

Guest speaker Derrick Hayes of Columbus, Georgia, exhorts the crowd with a “Word of Encouragement” at MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Jan. 16 inside the Student Union. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

Derrick Hayes of Columbus, Georgia, a motivational speaker and author of “1 WORD is All It Takes,” delivered the keynote address for this year’s campus observance of the federal holiday, which was sponsored by the Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and hosted by the Kappa Xi chapter of King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

“I’m starting to see things in words that I never saw before,” Hayes said. “Inside of the word ‘life’ is the word ‘if.’

“If you don’t try, who’s to say you will succeed? Because life will take you through something, only to make you do something … Inside the word ‘destiny’ is the word ‘tiny,’ the tiny steps … that lead to the big things.”

Hayes, who developed a scholarship fund at his alma mater Tennessee State University, used the acronym BUILD to urge students to build their own legacies by: Becoming their true selves, including having a written bio; Understanding their uniqueness; Investing in networking; Learning from relationships; and Developing themselves to the fullest.

Wearing a blue T-shirt with the word “W.O.E.” across the front in big white letters, Hayes asked the crowd to follow one instruction: “Before you leave here tonight or before you go to sleep, give someone a WOE. That means give somebody a Word of Encouragement.”

An audience member listens thoughtfully during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Monday, Jan. 16, inside the Student Union. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

An audience member listens thoughtfully during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Monday, Jan. 16, inside the Student Union.

Hayes also reminded students how much King valued the power of education to transform lives, an outlook not lost on MTSU alumna De’Janel Henry, emcee of the celebration.

“This institution not only made my reality a dream, but my dream my reality,” said Henry, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who earned her master’s degree in education from MTSU in fall 2015.

While Henry reminded the crowd of the “timeless values” that King exhibited — courage, truth, faith, justice and compassion —Brian Owen, college pastor for New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and the Point Campus Ministry, led a recitation of MTSU’s True Blue Pledge, which outlines the university’s values, including a commitment to reason, not violence.

Owen also led a prayer in honor of King, a Baptist minister who “had a relentless dedication to seeing all people created in your image being recognized and honored as such. His love of the gospel message drove him to seek the eradication of social injustice. He was compelled to deliver the gospel of freedom beyond his hometown. God, will you please give us this same courage and willingness.”

In between were special presentations by Alpha Phi Alpha and spoken word duo “Soulfool.” MTSU’s Generation of Purpose Gospel Choir sang a stirring a cappella rendition of “What If God Is Unhappy?” while violinist Chandler Custer, an Austin Peay State University student from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, played a tribute to King’s wife, Coretta Scott King. Don Aliquo, MTSU professor of saxophone and jazz studies, was joined by MTSU senior student Devante Buford ofAntioch, Tennessee, for a saxophone duet of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by jazz great Charles Mingus.

Daniel Green, director of the MTSU Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs, also made special presentations to four area middle school students who participated in an MLK oratorical and art contest. The youngsters could submit an original poem, speech, essay or work of art that honored King’s message of nonviolence and service through leadership.

After the students shared their winning entries with the audience, Green presented them with a special medallion and framed certificate. Among the MTSU administrators in attendance were President Sidney A. McPhee; Dr. Deb Sells, vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services; and Sarah Sudak, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

For more information about this year’s event, contact Green at 615-898-5812 or daniel.green@mtsu.edu.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU students respond to a speaker's remarks at the university's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Jan. 16 inside the Student Union. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

MTSU students respond to a speaker’s remarks at the university’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Jan. 16 inside the Student Union.

Members of the Generation of Purpose Gospel Choir let their voices ring in the Student Union Ballroom Monday, Jan. 16, during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

Members of the Generation of Purpose Gospel Choir let their voices ring in the Student Union Ballroom Monday, Jan. 16, during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration.

Chandler Custer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, an Austin Peay State University student and member of event sponsor Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, performs on his violin during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Monday, Jan. 16, inside the MTSU Student Union. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

Chandler Custer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, an Austin Peay State University student and member of event sponsor Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, performs on his violin during MTSU’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration, held Monday, Jan. 16, inside the MTSU Student Union.

MTSU senior music major Devante Buford of Antioch, Tennessee, left, performs jazz legend Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” with MTSU jazz studies professor Don Aliquot, right, Jan. 16 during the university’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration inside the Student Union. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

MTSU senior music major Devante Buford of Antioch, Tennessee, left, performs jazz legend Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” with MTSU jazz studies professor Don Aliquo, right, Jan. 16 during the university’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration inside the Student Union.

MTSU students, staff and guests line and light the Student Union Ballroom Monday, Jan. 16, during the university’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

MTSU students, staff and guests line and light the Student Union Ballroom Monday, Jan. 16, during the university’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration.

TSSAA keeps Spring Fling events, basketball championships at MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University will continue its long-running and successful run of hosting state championships for select high school sports at its facilities following a recent decision by the TSSAA.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control voted Jan. 12 at its meeting in Hermitage, Tennessee, to extend its contract with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce to host the “Spring Fling” championships through 2021.

Chris Massaro

Chris Massaro

Spring Fling is the series of championship competitions featuring the TSSAA five spring sports: track and field, baseball, boys’ soccer, softball, and tennis.

MTSU partners with the chamber to host the track and field events at the Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium while also serving as the site for the baseball championships at Reese-Smith Field.

TSSAA logoThe TSSAA Board also voted to extend the contract with the chamber to host the Division I Girls’ and Boys’ State Basketball Championships through 2021. The tournaments are held each March inside MTSU’s Murphy Center; this year’s events are set March 8-11 and March 15-18, respectively.

“We are proud to host these championship events at Middle Tennessee,” said MTSU Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. “It’s one of the most important events in these young students’ lives and we are thrilled to help provide that experience.

“Anytime we can bring high school students to our campus, it benefits the entire university and our community.”

The Chamber of Commerce has estimated Spring Fling brings in about $3.5 million in tourism dollars to the local economy by drawing thousands of visitors from throughout the region each year. Each of the four-day TSSAA high school basketball tournaments generates similar tourism revenue for Rutherford County.

For more information about the TSSAA tournaments, visit http://tssaa.org.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU recognizes 4,750-plus high achievers on fall 2016 Dean’s List

More than 4,750 MTSU students are included on the latest Dean’s List for their academic achievements for the fall 2016 semester.

fall2016 deans list graphicThis list, alphabetized by home county and surname, is the final compilation by the MTSU Records Office of the names and hometowns of students receiving the Dean’s List distinction for the fall.

The searchable PDF is available by clicking here.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours.

The “Dean’s List” notation applies only to undergraduate students. MTSU’s lists are updated after each semester ends and student grades are posted.

An archive of recent Dean’s Lists by semester is available here.

Please note: This updated Dean’s List information is provided by the MTSU Registrar’s Office and is compiled from information from each student’s official records. The Office of News and Media Relations does not compile nor create the final Dean’s List.

For questions about an individual student’s inclusion on the list, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 615-898-5170 or records@mtsu.edu.

‘MTSU On the Record’ takes listeners to ‘Marguerite’s Landing’

An MTSU professor emerita, author of several prize-winning books, will discuss her newest publication on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. June McCash

Dr. June McCash

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. June Hall McCash will air from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

McCash Marguerite cover webMcCash’s latest historical novel is “Marguerite’s Landing,” which is based on the true story of a woman who fled with her family to Jekyll Island in the late 1700s as revolution created social upheaval in her native France.

The book’s protagonist, Marguerite du Bignon, is depicted as a plucky woman who endures setbacks and hardships while trying to create a home in a strange new land.

“She was the only woman, aside from her servants, on the island,” said McCash. “She had to come into a brand new culture she knew nothing about, learn a new language, and, I think, weave her way through a very difficult period of time historically.”

McCash is the author of 13 books, including four novels, eight nonfiction works and a book of poetry. She was named Georgia Author of the Year in 2011 and 2013 for her novels.

WMOT-new web logoA former professor of French in the MTSU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, McCash is a recipient of both the MTSU Foundation’s Distinguished Research Award and Career Achievement Award. She also was the founding director of the university’s Honors Program, which evolved into the current University Honors College.

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.

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