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‘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.

Immigration’s role in American history is focus of ‘MTSU On the Record’

The impact of immigration in shaping the American experience is the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Vile immigration book cover webHost Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a political scientist, will air from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Vile is the editor of “American Immigration and Citizenship: A Documentary History.” In this book, using a mixture of statutes, constitutional provisions, speeches, judicial decisions and interpretive essays, Vile traces changes in immigration policy over the years.

WMOT-new web logoIn the interview, Vile also comments on contemporary attitudes toward immigration stemming from current political controversies such as “sanctuary cities,” where mayors have refused to prosecute undocumented immigrants solely for violating federal immigration laws.

“For all practical purposes, the national government does set immigration policy,” said Vile, “but once they’re here, that does present a little bit different issue, and I think it will be sort of one of the flashpoints that we’ll just have to watch for and see how it’s resolved.”

The fall 2016 Honors College Lecture Series, which focused on “Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration,” featured Vile as one of the presenting scholars.

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.

This circa 1905 photo of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, created by the Detroit Photographic Co. and the focus of countless immigrants’ hopes since it opened in October 1886, is part of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and is featured on the cover of MTSU political scientist John Vile’s book “American Immigration and Citizenship: A Documentary History.” (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

This circa 1905 photo of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, created by the Detroit Photographic Co. and the focus of countless immigrants’ hopes since it opened in October 1886, is part of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and is featured on the cover of MTSU political scientist John Vile’s book “American Immigration and Citizenship: A Documentary History.” (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

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)

MTSU on WGNS: The Founders, security boosts, consumer polls

MTSU faculty and staff took to WGNS Radio recently to share information about recent efforts to boost campus security, a spring break honors course to study the Founding Fathers, and a recap of recent results for our quarterly statewide consumer survey.

The details were shared during the Dec. 19 “Action Line” program with host Bart Walker. The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. If you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Guests and their topics were as follows:

MTSU faculty and staff appeared Monday, Dec. 19, on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program. Pictured are, top left, University Police Chief Buddy Peaster; bottom left, Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research; and Dr. John Vile, dean of University Honors College. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

MTSU faculty and staff appeared Monday, Dec. 19, on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program. Pictured are, top left, University Police Chief Buddy Peaster; bottom left, Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research; and Dr. John Vile, dean of University Honors College. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

• MTSU Police Chief Buddy Peaster discussed recent campus security upgrades, including the creation of “active shooter” pocket guides and installation more surveillance cameras throughout campus.

The university has created and begun distributing an active shooter pocket guide while also increasing video surveillance and announcing plans to install emergency call stations around campus.

The multi-year camera project represents a $1.1 million investment that will allow police to better investigate incidents captured on video as well as better respond to situations in real time. Read more at www.mtsunews.com/active-shooter-guides-cameras.

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and well-respected Constitutional scholar, discussed his spring 2017 Constitutional course that includes a trip with students to Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Vile, a political scientist and native Virginian, will teach the spring 2017 course “Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Constitutional and Political Legacy of America’s Founders.”

During spring break, March 4-11, the class will visit numerous locations in Virginia and the District of Columbia. You can learn more about his plan at www.mtsunews.com/vile-on-the-record-dec2015.

• Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research in the Jones College of Business, discussed the latest Consumer Outlook Survey that shows more optimism this holiday season.

The Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index soared to 113 from 47 in September. The quarterly survey consists of a series of questions that measure areas such as how consumers feel about the local, state and national economies as well as their personal financial situations and the job market.

When asked about the possible effects of the recent presidential election on the economy, the majority of Tennessee consumers expect that Trump’s victory will have a positive effect on the future of the overall American economy.

Read more and see the full survey report at www.mtsunews.com/tenn-consumer-outlook-dec2016.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in guesting on WGNS to promote their MTSU-related activities should contact Jimmy Hart, director of news and media relations, at 615-898-5131 or via email at jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu.

In the News: MTSU experts weigh in on election, Obama legacy

MTSU faculty experts recently expressed themselves for national media outlets on several hot button topics, including various election-related issues and Russian perspectives on American politics.

• Kent Syler, assistant professor of political science, commented on the lack of yard signs by political candidates for www.expresstelegraph.com Oct. 13. His views may be read here.

Kent Syler

Kent Syler

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor of political science, wrote an article titled “2016 Presidential Race Reveals the Systemic Crisis in American Society” for www.rethinkingrussia.ru. It was posted on Nov. 14 and is available here.

Korobkov also was interviewed about whether Americans are happy with Donald Trump on the program “Morning Ireland” on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 on Nov. 11. The podcast can be heard here.

Russia Direct published Korobkov’s comments on President Barack Obama’s legacy in an article titled “Obama’s legacy: Not that bad after all?” on Nov. 24. It may be read here. Russia Direct also published Korobkov’s editorial titled “What Obama’s foreign policy legacy means for Trump” Nov. 25. It is available here.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile, professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College, appeared on “Inside Politics,” a program on WTVF-TV’s sister channel NewsChannel5+ Nov. 14 to discuss the American presidential election. His analysis may be viewed here.

Vile also provided information Nov. 11 on the transition of power between U.S. presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson for the British Broadcasting Corp. The article is available here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-898-5081 or via email at gina.logue@mtsu.edu.

‘MTSU On the Record’ takes historic road trip to America’s origins

A deeper look at what motivated our Founding Fathers to build a new nation is ahead on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

WMOT-new web logoHost Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. John Vile, dean of MTSU’s University Honors College, aired from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. (Listen to the full interview below)

Vile, a political scientist and native Virginian, will teach the spring 2017 course “Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Constitutional and Political Legacy of America’s Founders.”

During spring break, March 4-11, the class will visit numerous locations in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The itinerary for the spring break trip includes:

  • Poplar Forest, President Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat in Forest, Virginia.
  • Monticello, Jefferson’s estate, and Ash Lawn, President James Monroe’s home, both in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Montpelier, President James Madison’s home, in Orange, Virginia.
  • St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775.
  • Several sites in Williamsburg, Virginia, including the College of William and Mary.
  • Mount Vernon, President George Washington’s home, in the Virginia community named for it.
  • Gunston Hall, the Lorton, Virginia, home of George Mason, a delegate to the first Constitutional Convention and the acknowledged “father of the Bill of Rights.”
  • The National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

“We’re primarily concentrating on the period from 1776 to roughly 1791, you know, some of the early presidents,” said Vile. “We are going to try to integrate some work related to women and African-Americans, who sometimes get overlooked in the period.”

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.

Learn classical Indian yoga this fall at MTSU weekend classes

The Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition at MTSU is offering classical Indian yoga on campus this fall.

CALA yoga instructor Rishi will be leading weekend fall classes at MTSU. (Submitted photo)

CALA yoga instructor Rishi will be leading weekend fall classes at MTSU. (Photo submitted)

These classes feature practices designed to “activate your body, mind, and energy in a way that promotes holistic health and well-being,” said Dr. Shelley Thomas, director of CALA.

The skills learned in the class can be practiced at home and elsewhere, meaning students can continue mental and physical development as a means of bringing balance and focus into their lives.

Click the image to see class offerings and to register for the 2016 Summer Language Institute.

Classes are offered on weekends this fall and taught by an instructor trained and certified in India.

The full yoga lineup, information about the instructor, and comments about the classes can be found at the CALA “See Our Classes” link at www.mtsu.edu/cala. Details on specific classes are available by clicking on each class name.

Classes will be held in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.

A printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU is offering weekend yoga classes this fall. In the “Surya Kriya” class, participants learn a holistic practice for health and complete inner well-being. (Submitted photo)

MTSU is offering weekend yoga classes this fall. In the “Surya Kriya” class, participants learn a holistic practice for health and complete inner well-being. (Photo submitted)

 

Learn Spanish this fall at accelerated 5-day evening classes at MTSU

The Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition at MTSU is offering accelerated five-day Spanish classes this fall.

Costs are discounted for MTSU faculty, staff, and students as well as for high school students and K-12 teachers/administrators. These classes are open to anyone in the community (ages 13 and up) and target those wanting to start learning Spanish or improve current language skills.

Classes will be held in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. The class schedule is as follows:

Spring breakers from local schools and the community pose earlier this year after CALA's five-day accelerated Spanish Part 1 course at MTSU. (MTSU photo)

Spring breakers from local schools and the community pose earlier this year after CALA’s five-day accelerated Spanish Part 1 course at MTSU. (MTSU photo)

  • Spanish Part 1:  Sept. 5-9, 6-9:30 p.m., MTSU Honors 116
  • Spanish Part 1:  Oct. 3-7, 6-9:30 p.m., MTSU Honors 106 (coincides with Rutherford County Schools’ spring break)
  • Spanish Part 1:  Nov. 14-18, 6-9:30 p.m., MTSU Honors 106
  • Spanish Part 1:  Jan. 2-6, 2017, 6-9:30 p.m., MTSU Honors 106
  • Spanish Part 2:  Jan. 6-9, 2017, 6-9:30 p.m., MTSU Honors 106

“This is the perfect way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time,” said Brian Roberts, class instructor and assistant director of CALA, which is the language-training center of the MTSU Honors College.

CALA’s accelerated classes are engineered to provide rapid gains in the language by appealing to how the brain learns best, which is how people learn their native language — with lots of hands-on, interactive methods that take place in a fun, low-stress atmosphere using movement, songs, games and stories.

To learn more and register for classes, please visit CALA’s website at www.mtsu.edu/cala.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

‘MTSU On the Record’ guest explores amending U.S. Constitution

In the aftermath of the national political parties’ conventions, the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program considered the possibility of a different kind of governmental gathering.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with John Vile, a political scientist and dean of the University Honors College, first aired Aug. 1 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org). You can listen to their conversation below.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Conventional Wisdom cover-Vile

Vile is the author of “Conventional Wisdom: The Alternate Article V Mechanism for Proposing Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

The book examines the portion of the Constitution that allows the states to call a convention to consider amendments to the country’s bedrock legal document.

Under Article V, the states have an option to call a convention to endorse changes that can become part of the Constitution once they’re ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or by conventions in three-fourths of the states.

Vile said, however, that it’s still a matter of conjecture as to just what a national constitutional convention would look like and how it would be run.

“Many of the people who are most in favor of calling a convention believe that the states would be in complete control,” said Vile.

“I don’t believe that …. In my judgment, the convention itself probably would settle on most of the rules by which it would be governed.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

[WATCH] MTSU Honors College student rides on international stage

MURFREESBORO — Meghan Miller plans to trust her riding ability and her horse named Remington as she competes in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships starting Tuesday, July 26. The Middle Tennessee State University junior integrated studies major, Honors College Buchanan Fellow and Murfreesboro resident will compete against U.S., Canadian and Mexican riders in the event at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, about 25 miles southeast of Denver.

Read the full story here.

— Video by Randy Weiler

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