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MTSU on WGNS: Pigskin Pre-Game, language, yoga and new bacteria

MTSU faculty and staff took to the radio recently to share information about an MT Athletics upcoming promotional tour,.

The details were shared during the Aug. 15 “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 included:

MTSU faculty and staff are shown Aug. 15 at WGNS Radio in downtown Murfreesboro. Guests for the "Action Line' program included: At top from left, Brian Roberts, assistant director of the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition; Dr. Mary Farone, biology professor and researcher; yoga instructor Rishi; and Dr. Shelley Thomas, director of CALA. (MTSU photo illustration)

MTSU faculty and staff are shown Aug. 15 at WGNS Radio in downtown Murfreesboro. Guests for the “Action Line’ program included: At top from left, Brian Roberts, assistant director of the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition; Dr. Mary Farone, biology professor and researcher; yoga instructor Rishi; and Dr. Shelley Thomas, director of CALA. (MTSU photo illustration)

• Paul Wydra, MTSU Alumni Relations assistant director, talked about the annual Pigskin Pre-Game fundraiser set for Saturday, Aug. 27. The event will once again kick off the MTSU Blue Raiders football season for alumni and friends of the university.

A fundraiser for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, the event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Grove at Williamson Place, 3250 Wilkinson Pike, just off Medical Center Parkway across from Embassy Suites Hilton near Interstate 24.

Read more here.

• Dr. Shelley Thomas, professor of foreign language and director of the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition (CALA) at MTSU, was joined by Brian Roberts, assistant director of CALA, and CALA Yoga teacher Rishi to discuss ongoing accelerated Spanish language classes and classical Indian yoga classes offered this fall.

CALA, the language training center of the MTSU Honors College, is hosting accelerated five-day accelerated Spanish classes this fall. These classes are open to any one in the community (ages 13 and up). Costs are discounted for MTSU faculty, staff, and students as well as for high school students and K-12 teachers/administrators.

CALA also is offer classical Indian yoga at MTSU this fall. These classes feature practices designed to activate your body, mind, and energy in a way that promotes holistic health and well-being. Learn more about the Spanish and yoga, including dates, location and costs.

• Dr. Mary Farone, MTSU biology professor and researcher, discussed how MTSU and Tennessee Technological University student and faculty researchers discovered two new species of bacteria found in a cooling tower and hot tub in Putnam County, Tennessee.

The discovery may provide clues to new pathways of disease and treatment, said the lead scientists, whose nearly 20-year research endeavor was published in the January 2016 edition of “Genome Announcements” and the February “International Journal of Systematic Microbiology.” Read more and see a video here.

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.