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VSA Tennessee’s Young Soloist Competition set for Feb. 22 at MTSU

VSA Tennessee is excited to introduce six young individuals competing in vocal and instrumental music at its Feb. 22 Young Soloist Competition at MTSU.

The annual event will last from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on MTSU’s campus. Tickets are $5 at the door, and those age 13 and younger will be admitted free.

Competitors are vying to represent the state of Tennessee in the International Young Soloist Competition at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts later this year.VSA national logo web

The musicians performing at MTSU are part of VSA Tennessee, the state organization on arts and disability that was established in 2001 on the MTSU campus. Students in MTSU professor Lori Kissinger’s Organizational Communication in Communities EXL Class are once again handling logistics for this year’s event.

The statewide event is open to any vocalist or instrumentalist under the age of 25 with any form of disability. In addition, bands and musical groups can apply as long as one of the members of the group has a disability, according to the vsatn.org website. The state contest is part of an international competition, which will be held May 25 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and will feature winners from across the nation.

Lori Kissinger

Lori Kissinger

Laura Dodd

Laura Dodd

JP Williams, country music artist

JP Williams

Sen. Jim Tracy

Sen. Jim Tracy

Hosts for the state contest include state Sen. Jim Tracy as well as VSA’s International Young Soloist 2003 and 2004 winner, Laura Dodd, who will perform a song. Dodd has shared stages with some of country music’s best, including George Jones, Travis Tritt, Rascal Flatts, Patty Loveless, Bruce Hornsby, Josh Turner and Ben Vereen.

The Young Soloist event will also feature Nashville singer/songwriter JP Williams as a special guest for the night. Williams has built his solo artist resume, including openers for Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis and Jo Dee Messina, as well as a headliner spot for a college tour singing his original tunes for students throughout the northeastern U.S.

The 2016-17 Tennessee VSA Young Soloist program is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diane and Dr. David Black and the First Tennessee Foundation as well as fundraising efforts of the Kissinger’s fall 2016 and spring 2017 ORCO 3250 classes.

For more information about VSA Tennessee, visit www.vsatn.org or contact Kissinger at userk7706@comcast.net or 615-210-8819.

— Jessica Allen, jlh2gd@mtmail.mtsu.edu

VSA Tennessee will choose the top performers from among the six young individuals competing in vocal and instrumental music at its Feb. 22 Young Soloist Competition at MTSU. (Submitted photo)

VSA Tennessee will choose the top performers from among the six young individuals competing in vocal and instrumental music at its Feb. 22 Young Soloist Competition at MTSU. (Submitted photo)

MTSU student shows True Blue leadership at statewide level

MTSU student Nick Lembo joined over 500 other students representing Tennessee colleges and universities this past fall at the legislative chambers of the State Capitol in Nashville to share ideas and opinions, all while getting the opportunity to learn how the government works.

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the junior political science/pre-law major served as a delegate to the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature. TISL “is a forum for the top echelon of the state’s campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works,” according to its website.

Lembo represented MTSU and MTSU’s Student Government Association by being elected the TISL’s Speaker of the House.

MTSU student Nick Lembo, shown here, joined over 500 other students representing Tennessee colleges and universities this past fall at the legislative chambers of the State Capitol in Nashville as a delegate to the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU student Nick Lembo, shown here, joined over 500 other students representing Tennessee colleges and universities this past fall at the legislative chambers of the State Capitol in Nashville as a delegate to the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Lembo said he was humbled to be elected by his peers. He was required to give a speech outlining his qualifications, experience and who he is as a person. His campaign platform centered on consistency and core values.

“My first experience was groundbreaking,” he said. “I became familiarized with the process of debating, sponsoring legislation and the duties of being an elected official.”

Lembo got involved in TISL during his sophomore year, when he was encouraged by another student to see what it was all about. The organization strives to give students a better understanding of how government procedures are handled. At a student level, responsibilities of leadership, parliamentary procedure and logical arguments of bipartisan debate are discussed and practiced.

Dr. Danny Kelley

Dr. Danny Kelley

Lembo serves as a committee chairman for internal affairs in the SGA, and he knows that the experiences he had with TISL in November 2016 will help him with any obstacle he may face while holding a leadership position in the SGA.

“SGA is a driving force for learning about politics and law. It teaches students how to utilize those skills to make the most of their TISL experience,” said Dr. Danny Kelley, SGA faculty adviser and assistant vice president for student affairs.MTSU SGA Logo web

“Anyone can make an impact. Attending TSIL has opened my eyes to the realities current politicians and citizens face,” he said. “I encourage you to research a current problem, reach out to others for their opinion, find a solution and present it.”

Lembo is exemplifying his True Blue spirit while attending MTSU, also pursuing a philosophy minor. His future endeavors include law school so he can make a change in people’s lives through pen and paper.

“As it’s often said, it’s not about the letters on the paper as much as it is about the people behind the letters,” he said.

For more information about MTSU’S SGA and how to get involved, visit www.mtsu.edu/sga. For more information on the TISL, visit www.tislonline.org.

— Faith Few, student writer (news@mtsu.edu)

MTSU unveils ‘Science Corridor’ with renovated science buildings [+VIDEO]

MTSU geosciences students feel like they attend another university. Students in the nationally acclaimed Forensic Institute for Research and Education, physics and astronomy, and mechatronics engineering programs love their expanded laboratory and classroom spaces.

With a grand reopening Wednesday, Feb. 15, the university publicly unveiled Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall, which underwent renovations totaling $20 million to $25 million the past two years.

To accompany the $147 million Science Building that opened in fall 2014, MTSU now possesses some of the finest science facilities — being branded as the Science Corridor of Innovation — in the South and nation.

University leaders say the renovations of Wiser-Patten Science Hall, which opened in 1932, and Davis Science Building, which opened in 1968, will add to MTSU’s stature in research, help recruit students and faculty and boost entrepreneurial efforts and future job placement for undergraduate and graduate students.

“With these renovations, we now have what I consider some of the best science facilities in the country, offering students a wide variety of innovative programs, research spaces and learning environments,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee.

Students and faculty have gained about 110,000 square feet of science space. Wiser-Patten maintained its historic look and has refurbished front steps, while planners and construction crews created additional natural lighting and kept much of the original wood floors.

The Strobel Connector and other areas will provide more collaborative space for students and faculty. Both have first-class labs, and many flat-screen televisions will add to the learning experience

McPhee said the two “magnificent structures, restored and improved to a state far beyond the condition they enjoyed in their former prime, join the jewel of our campus — the 250,000-square-foot Science Building that houses our biology and chemistry departments, as well as home to many of our key research laboratories.”

Noting that he’s extremely pleased with the work performed by Turner Construction Co., McPhee told the crowd that the company has agreed to sponsor the “Great Tennessee Eclipse Event” this summer that “will give students from area schools a chance to see these buildings up close, engage with our faculty and see a once-in-a-lifetime event. Vice president and general manager John Gromos represented Turner at the ceremony.

Dr. Robert “Bud” Fischer, College of Basic and Applied Sciences dean, said he’s ecstatic about the present and future.

“When you talk about the Science Innovation Corridor, I think of it as science, but science in a broader sense,” Fischer said, adding that the corridor includes James E. Walker Library, with all of its science holdings and Dean Bonnie Allen’s implementation of the new Makerspace area, and continues to the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building, home to recording industry, “where music is an art, but there is also the science of music.”

Members of the Strobel family and MTSU staff and administrators watch as university President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson, College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, Turner Construction Co. VP and general manager John Gromos and MTSU interim provost Mark Byrnes to cut the ribbon on the front steps of the newly renovated Wiser-Patten Science Hall Feb. 15. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Members of the Strobel family and MTSU staff and administrators watch as university President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson, College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, Turner Construction Co. VP and general manager John Gromos and MTSU interim provost Mark Byrnes to cut the ribbon on the front steps of the newly renovated Wiser-Patten Science Hall Feb. 15. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Interim Provost Mark Byrnes said the “renovation of these historic buildings will enable them to continue to be centers of scientific learning.”

“As interim provost, I am excited about the learning that will happen in these newly refurbished spaces,” Byrnes added. “As an MTSU alumnus who took his required science courses there around 1980, I am excited about the buildings looking so good in 2017.”

Dr. Hugh Berryman, nationally recognized director of the Forensic Institute for Research and Education, said FIRE’s staff and students are very pleased to have space in Wiser-Patten.

“We are especially excited about our new forensic anthropology laboratory, which provides an area to consult with law enforcement and medical examiners on forensic skeletal cases,” he said. “It also provides the space to educate students in osteology and forensic anthropology techniques using our newly acquired skeletal collection.

Berryman noted that the space will facilitate student research projects by providing technical equipment, including an X-ray fluorescent analyzer, surgical microscope with digital photographic equipment and microscribe digitizer. The proximity of the research laboratory to the smart classroom will promote training of MTSU students as well as presentations to area middle and high school students, he said.

For Department of Geosciences chair Warner Cribb, the difference between their space in Kirksey Old Main to their new home in the renovated Davis Science Building is like night and day.

“Our students feel like they are going to school at a different university,” he said. “It gives them a sense of community.”

Physics and astronomy students and faculty adapted quickly to their space and the fact they are now in one building: Wiser-Patten.

The crowd attending the Feb. 15 grand reopening ceremony in the new Strobel Lobby for MTSU’s Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall listens as MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee discusses the completion of the work by Turner Construction Co.

The crowd attending the Feb. 15 grand reopening ceremony in the new Strobel Lobby for MTSU’s Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall listens as MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee discusses the completion of the work by Turner Construction Co.

“Our space nearly doubled,” said Dr. Ron Henderson, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “Our teaching labs and faculty research labs are in one building.

“We are happy with all the dedicated student study areas. … About 40 giant windows were unbricked, bringing in natural light. This completely changed what the building feels like.”

Advising space for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences also increased immensely, officials said. Fermentation science, a new School of Agribusiness and Agriscience program, has featured space.

With a gift from presenting sponsor Turner Construction, MTSU and the Department of Physics and Astronomy will host the Great Tennessee Eclipse Event Monday, Aug. 21. Thousands of pairs of safety glasses with the Turner logo will be given to every student in Rutherford and surrounding counties.

The solar eclipse will offer a rare view of nearly 100 percent across the Midstate, including Nashville and Murfreesboro. Schools from the region will be invited to campus to view the eclipse and visit the science buildings.

Tours of the Davis and Wiser-Patten facilities and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences advising office followed the program, which included recognizing the family of Dr. Eugene Strobel, former associate professor in biology. Professor Emerita Katherine Strobel and their daughters Amy, Jane and Mary Ann Strobel attended the event in the Strobel Lobby.

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

Holding special eclipse glasses, MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson explains the university’s planned Aug. 21 ”Great Tennessee Eclipse Event” to the audience attending the Feb. 15 grand reopening ceremony for the Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall.

Holding special eclipse glasses, MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy chair Ron Henderson explains the university’s planned Aug. 21 ”Great Tennessee Eclipse Event” to the audience attending the Feb. 15 grand reopening ceremony for the Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall.

John Gromos, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Co., discusses the construction partnership with MTSU and the company's sponsorship of the university's "solar eclipse event" Aug. 21. His company built the Science Building and completed the renovations for Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall.

John Gromos, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Co., discusses the construction partnership with MTSU and the company’s sponsorship of the university’s “solar eclipse event” Aug. 21. His company built the Science Building and completed the renovations for Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall.

March 15 is application deadline for Community Foundation scholarships

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is offering three scholarships specifically for MTSU students and prospective students, all with deadlines of March 15.

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The Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 to honor the late owner of Overton Produce Company and several related companies.

Eligible applicants for the Nash scholarships must be MTSU sophomores or above, including graduate students, who are working a minimum of 20 hours per week and maintaining a 2.0 or higher grade-point average.

Ken Shipp, an MTSU alumnus who coached football for several teams at the collegiate and professional level, established a scholarship in his name in 2009 for graduating seniors from Rutherford County public high schools who plan to attend MTSU. Shipp died in 2012.

Cameron Blake Parnell

Cameron Blake Parnell

Ken Shipp

Ken Shipp

Applicants for the Shipp scholarship must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and/or meet the eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Lottery scholarship. In addition, they must have financial need and be persons of good moral character.

Family and friends established the Cameron Blake Parnell Scholarship Fund in 2015 to honor the professional pilot and MTSU alumnus, who earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration in 2006. Parnell died in 2014 in a hiking accident in Crater Lake, Oregon.

Applicants for the Parnell scholarship must be rising juniors or seniors at MTSU who major in aerospace and plan to become pilots. They also must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.

For more information, contact Pat Embry of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at 615-321-4929, extension 114, or at pembry@cfmt.org, or visit www.cfmt.org/request/scholarships.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Daniels Center’s Transitioning Home will link student vets, jobs [+VIDEO]

Expanding the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center will further help veterans — on campus and in the community — in making the transition from the military to civilian life.

MTSU held a ribbon-cutting for the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Keathley University Center Room 316, thanks to repurposed office space donated by MTSU’s Division of Student Affairs. Activities during the event also took place in KUC Theater and the Daniels Center in KUC 124.

The nearly 600-square-foot Veterans Transitioning Home facility will allow Shane Smith, interim employer search agent, and recent MTSU graduate and transition manager Sean Martin to match veterans and other MTSU students with prospective employers. Smith and Martin also are veterans.

If student veterans’ matches don’t fit, they will collaborate with the MTSU Career Development Center to help land jobs for other MTSU students.

The new addition ties in to the center’s “E” mission — enroll student veterans and family members, encourage them while at MTSU, assist with employment, educate the university community and expand the veteran-education knowledge base, officials said.

“The annex we open today is the next logical step in that philosophy of proactive service for our student veterans,” university President Sidney A. McPhee said.

MTSU officials cut the ribbon Feb. 14 for the Daniels Center Transitioning Home office to assist student veterans and others. Celebrating the expansion are, from left, center director Dr. Hilary Miller; MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee; The Journey Home Project co-founder David Corlew; Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause; Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Director Many-Bears Grinder; Keith Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives; and Ed Hardy with The Journey Home Project. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

MTSU officials cut the ribbon Feb. 14 for the Daniels Center Transitioning Home office to assist student veterans and others. Celebrating the expansion are, from left, center director Dr. Hilary Miller; MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee; The Journey Home Project co-founder David Corlew; Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause; Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Director Many-Bears Grinder; Keith Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives; and Ed Hardy with The Journey Home Project. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

“Through the generosity of Mr. (Charlie) Daniels and The Journey Home Project, and a grant given to MTSU by Gov. (Bill) Haslam and Mike Krause, this additional space will be the bridge between our student veterans and businesses who want to hire graduates with strong academic credentials and proven leadership abilities,” McPhee added.

Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and a veteran himself as a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, has made a number of visits to MTSU since Haslam named him to lead THEC in 2016.

“Today’s dedication of the Daniels Veterans Transitioning Home is another tangible step by MTSU to support our veterans and military connected students,” Krause said. “As we continue to find ways to serve those who have served the country, MTSU’s efforts are an example to the rest of the nation.”

Dr. Hilary Miller, director of the Daniels Center, said the new office area is courtesy of Dr. .Deb Sells, vice president of student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services.

The additional space “is a wonderful gift from Dr. Sells,” said Miller, referring to the room formerly used by College of Basic and Applied Sciences advisers.

“We also want retirees to know they, too, can come here and we will help them transition to civilian life … even if they are not an MTSU student.”

Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, and David Corlew with The Journey Home Project also spoke at the event.

“Once they achieve their degree, what do they do in their next chapter?” Huber said. “This will assist veterans in their transition. It serves the community and businesses.”

Musician Charlie Daniels is chairman of the Journey Home board. Through the veterans’ endeavor, he and his wife, Hazel, have donated $125,000 to the MTSU veterans center.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, shown at far left, is among the front-row dignitaries listening to a speaker during the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home event in the Keathley University Center Theater Feb. 14.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, shown at far left, is among the front-row dignitaries listening to a speaker during the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home event in the Keathley University Center Theater Feb. 14.

“This is a wonderful experience,” Corlew said. “It’s Valentine’s Day and there’s a room full of love and compassion. The music was unbelievable. … This is the final piece, to take a veteran, help them, be there and let them know somebody cared. This is the journey. We want them to continue the journey.”

Operation Song co-founder Bob Regan and Cory Fischer performed veteran-inspired music, and MTSU senior Mary Vaughan sang the national anthem.

Representing Quilts of Valor, Jill Shaver, Janice Lewis and presenter Ginger Fondren gave handmade quilts to MTSU alumnus Terry “Max” Haston, adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard; Jennifer Vedral-Baron, director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Krause.

Attendees also included Many-Bears Grinder, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner, and numerous VA officials.

Daniels Veterans Center logo webTwo offices, a conference room and a reception room with two computers for students are part of the room’s configuration.

The 2,600-square-foot Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center opened on the first floor of the KUC in November 2015. It is a one-stop shop for MTSU’s approximately 1,000 student veterans and family members.

MTSU has the largest dedicated space for veterans on a Tennessee campus. Staff members assist student veterans with the transition into college, academic plans, career goals, G.I. Bill benefits and counseling needs.

To learn more about the center, its services and resources, visit www.mtsu.edu/military or call 615-904-8347.

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

Speaker Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, gestures while making a point as he addresses the audience while attending the MTSU Daniels Center Transitioning Home event Feb. 14 in the KUC Theater.

Speaker Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, gestures while providing remarks at the MTSU Daniels Center Transitioning Home event Feb. 14 in the KUC Theater.

Shane Smith, left, swaps business cards with visitors from the corporate world attending the ribbon-cutting for the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home Feb. 14 in KUC Room 316. Smith is interim employer search agent.

Shane Smith, left, swaps business cards with visitors attending the ribbon-cutting for the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home Feb. 14 in KUC Room 316. Smith is the Daniels Center’s interim employer search agent.

Honors lectures on ‘rhetoric in contemporary culture’ open to the public

The general public is once again welcome to join an MTSU Honors College class for the spring 2017 Honors Lecture Series each week for topics on “Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture.”

Honors Lecture Series poster

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The series continues at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, when MTSU alumnus Keel Hunt, a public affairs consultant, author and former journalist, will discuss “Political Speech: How Candidates Win and Leaders Lead.”

Honors College logoThe spring lecture series takes place from 3 to 3:55 p.m. every Monday with the exception of March 6, when MTSU students and faculty will begin spring break.

The lecture series ends April 10.

MTSU’s Honors Lecture Series, which is always free and open to the public, has been a staple in the fall and spring semesters for two decades. It features focused topics and presenters from multiple disciplines on and off campus and is a required course for upper-division Honors College students.

Lectures are held in the Simmons Amphitheatre, Room 106, in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. A searchable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. Off-campus visitors attending the lectures can obtain a special one-day parking permit at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

Dr. Kaylene Gebert

Dr. Kaylene Gebert

Politics, social issues, climate change are among the upcoming lectures. To view the full schedule, visit http://mtsu.edu/honors/lecture-series/2017-spring.php.

“Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture” explores arguments that people use for various contemporary — and often controversial — topics, said Dr. Kaylene Gebert, an Honors College faculty member and a former university provost.

“While rhetoric is an ancient art, rhetoric or persuasion is clearly evident in our daily world, including a newer form: social media,” said Gebert, who collaborated with Associate Honors Dean Philip Phillips to develop the theme and to schedule presenters.

“The series provides a diverse, yet powerful, set of exemplars, pictures, arguments and studies that pervade our culture and attempt to persuade us,” Gebert said. “The goal of the series is to promote informed reflection and constructive dialogue on rhetoric and the pervasive role it plays in how we perceive the world around us.”

For more information about the Honors Lecture Series or MTSU’s University Honors College, call 615-898-2152.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 15, is deadline to apply for transfer student scholarships

Wednesday, Feb. 15, is the final deadline for students planning to transfer to Middle Tennessee State University to apply for two significant scholarships: the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship and the Honors Transfer Fellowship.

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)

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)

Applications, fees, transcripts and other requirements for both scholarships must be completed online — or mailed applications postmarked — by Feb. 15.

To receive the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship, a $3,000 award per year for two years with a maximum of four semesters, first-time students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 45 to 105 credit hours and must meet the Feb. 15 application deadline.

For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-transfer.php. Questions about the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship also can be directed to the MT One Stop in person in Room 210 of the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive, or by calling 615-898-2111.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

To receive the University Honors College’s Honors Transfer Fellowship, an award of $7,000 per year or $3,500 per semester, qualified students should have completed 60 hours of college or university coursework with a 3.5 GPA or better by fall 2017.

To apply for theHonors Transfer Fellowship, visit http://mtsu.edu/honors/transfer.php. For more information, contact the University Honors College at 615-898-2152.

“We have to have everything by Feb. 15 in order for transfer students to qualify for the guaranteed scholarships,” said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost in the Division of Student Affairs.

Admissions personnel need the following from prospective transfers:

  • Admission application.
  • Paid application fee.
  • Official college transcripts through the fall 2016 semester, reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement.
  • Official high school transcript, if applicable.

Student applicants also must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

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

Fellow MTSU tour guide Peyton Tracy, left, and prospective transfer students and their parents listen as Meaghan Hill shares about Peck Hall during the Feb. 10 campus tour. Eligible transfers need to apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for guaranteed and Honors scholarships.

Fellow MTSU tour guide Peyton Tracy, left, and prospective transfer students and their parents listen as Meaghan Hill discusses Peck Hall during a Feb. 10 campus tour. Eligible transfers need to apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for guaranteed and honors scholarships.

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.

Women’s group sets March 10 deadline to apply for $1K MTSU scholarships

Applications for two renewable $1,000 scholarships that are available exclusively to MTSU students are due by Friday, March 10.

AAUW Mboro logo webThe Murfreesboro chapter of the American Association for University Women is offering the Ruth Houston Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and the new Butler-Fouts Memorial Graduate Scholarship for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.

Eligible applicants for the Houston scholarship are nontraditional female undergraduate students age 24 and older who demonstrate academic promise and financial need and who have completed their freshman year at MTSU successfully.

The Butler-Fouts scholarship is available to female graduate students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups who demonstrate academic promise and financial needs.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in or accepted into an MTSU graduate program. Preference will be given to applicants who show that they are close to completing their degrees.

The scholarship is renewable, which could mean a total of $2,000 for an academic year for eligible students.

For more information or to apply, go to www.aauw-murfreesboro.org and click on “Education.”

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Feb. 28 is deadline for MTSU Scholars Week abstract proposals

MTSU students and their faculty mentors who are preparing for the 11th annual Scholars Week 2017 must submit their abstract proposals by noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to Dr. Andrienne Friedli, Scholars Week Committee chair.

Senior horse science major Emily Ann Carrol Smith, left, of Cosby, Tennessee, discusses her research with Kalab Fulton, a junior animal science major and biology minor from Shelbyville, Tennessee, during MTSU’s 2016 Scholars Week in this March 2016 file photo. Students and faculty preparing abstracts for this year's Scholars Week face a Feb. 28 deadline. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

Senior horse science major Emily Ann Carrol Smith, left, of Cosby, Tennessee, discusses her research with Kalab Fulton, a junior animal science major and biology minor from Shelbyville, Tennessee, during MTSU’s 2016 Scholars Week in this March 2016 file photo. Students and faculty preparing abstracts for this year’s Scholars Week face a Feb. 28 deadline. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

Abstracts should be submitted online through www.mtsu.edu/research/scholarsWeek/index.php.

Dr. Andrienne Friedli

Dr. Andrienne Friedli

Friedli said that each online abstract submission should include a project title and 150- to 300-word summary of the research project. Only submissions with undergraduate and graduate students as first authors will be eligible for judging and prizes.

Applicants will be notified by March 6 if their abstracts have been accepted.

Scholars Week 2017, set March 27-31, will include department and college activities in discipline-specific venues to allow undergraduate, graduate and faculty scholars to make their presentations. Each college has separate submission processes and deadlines for proposals.

Planned activities will include talks, readings, performances, posters and multimedia presentations, said Friedli, a chemistry professor who’s led the Scholars Week Committee for a decade. She also serves as director of special projects for MTSU’s Office of Research Services and director of the university’s Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity, or URECA, grants.

Scholars Week will culminate in a universitywide showcase of posters and multimedia from 12:40 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 31, and performances from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. March 31 in the Student Union Ballroom.

Judges will select the winners from each of the colleges. The awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

The Scholars Week Committee includes representatives from all of MTSU’s nine colleges, who help arrange each college’s Scholars Day during the weeklong event.

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

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MTSU physics major Ghayath Dukkouri, left, of Damascus, Syria, records audio production major Hunter Marlowe of Newnan, Georgia, as Marlowe plays a tune during the finale event for MTSU Scholars Week in this 2016 file photo.

MTSU physics major Ghayath Dukkouri, left, of Damascus, Syria, records audio production major Hunter Marlowe of Newnan, Georgia, as Marlowe plays a tune during the finale event for MTSU Scholars Week in this 2016 file photo.

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