MTSU moon buggy team earns 2014 Neil Armstrong Design Award (VIDEO)

The 14-member MTSU moon buggy team brought home the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award, bestowed by judges on the MTSU Team 2 entry nicknamed “The Beast,” in the recent NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in Huntsville, Ala.



The event challenges high school, college and university students to design, construct, test and race lightweight, human-powered rovers capable of performing in the demanding environments to be explored by future space voyagers.

Team captain Ryan Miller, a senior electro-mechanical engineering major from Chattanooga, Tenn., led the design effort, which began in the summer of 2013.

To learn more about the project, visit http://mtsunews.com/moon-buggy-team-earns-award.

State Department official discusses ‘Conflict Prevention’ at MTSU (VIDEO)

A top U.S. diplomatic official offered his perspective on the world’s most volatile regions in an address at MTSU April 22.

Jason Lewis-Berry discussed “Conflict Prevention and Response after Iraq and Afghanistan” in the Tom Jackson Building as the Senior Practitioner Inaugural Lecture in International Affairs, a component of MTSU’s master’s degree program in international affairs.

You can watch an excerpt from his  address below.



For more information on the lecture and the international affairs master’s degree, visit http://mtsunews.com/lewis-berry-security-lecture-s2014.

‘Thou Doth Print Too Much’: MTSU Walker Library art display (VIDEO)

The latest artwork gracing the first-floor atrium of MTSU’s James E. Walker Library has a Shakespearean theme.  A handheld skull, evoking a scene from Act V, Scene I of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” now greets library patrons, and is flanked by the admonition, “Thou doth print too much,” as a reminder to patrons to be conservative in their printing practices.

You can watch a video below of MTSU art students putting up the display Friday, April 18:



The display will remain in place through May 2 and will be visible during regular library hours.

For more information about the project, contact assistant professor Erin Anfinson at 615-904-8412 or erin.anfinson@mtsu.edu, or Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or kristen.keene@mtsu.edu. You can read more about the project at http://mtsunews.com/library-paper-display-s2014.

MTSU town hall meeting airs Quest for Student Success initiative (VIDEO)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee conducted three town hall meetings on campus in April to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the ongoing “Quest for Student Success” initiative.  You can view a portion of Dr. McPhee’s presentation to faculty and staff below.



The first town hall meeting was held April 15 in the Parliamentary Room of the MTSU Student Union.

Launched last fall, the Quest for Student Success reforms are aimed at helping MTSU students stay on track academically, resulting in more students completing their degrees. The effort is in line with Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55″ goal to extend the reach of higher education and includes a top-to-bottom review of university operations.

For more information about the Quest for Student Success, go to www.mtsu.edu/studentsuccess.

MTSU President McPhee holds town hall meeting (VIDEO)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee has set three town hall meetings on campus this month to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the ongoing Quest for Student Success initiative.

You can view a brief video of the first town hall meeting, held April 15  in the MTSU Student Union Parliamentary Room, below.



The other town hall meetings will be held in the Parliamentary Room of the MTSU Student Union from  9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

You can learn more about the first town hall meeting at http://mtsunews.com/first-student-success-town-hall-2014. For more information about the Quest for Student Success, visit www.mtsu.edu/studentsuccess.


‘Great Gatsby’ style dominates at MTSU Fashion Runway Show (VIDEO)

The MTSU Department of Human Sciences presented its annual Fashion Runway Show April 11 in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

The inspiration for the couture on display came from the metals, architecture and cars of the Great Depression, when the glamour of fashion was in stark contrast to the condition of the country.

Transportation in the “Great Gatsby” era was the prominent theme, a timely choice coming on the heels of the motion picture remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” winning the 2014 Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

You can watch video from this year’s fashion show below.



The students are working under the direction of Dr. Rick Cottle, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences. For more information, contact Cottle at 615-494-8752 or rick.cottle@mtsu.edu.

MTSU’s first Ag Education Spring Fling hosts 800 children (VIDEO)

Nearly 800 youngsters, ages 5 to 8, from schools in Rutherford and Cannon counties and the Murfreesboro City Schools were invited to the MTSU campus for the first Agricultural Education Spring Fling, Tuesday, April 15, at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro.

The event featured plenty of animals, including dairy and beef cattle, dairy and meat goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks; a Tri-Green Equipment exhibit; the Rutherford County Farm Bureau Women’s “Lil’ Acres” interactive exhibit; a barnyard playground featuring a straw maze; a display with alternative fuels researcher Cliff Ricketts’ Corvette and Toyota Prius; and the MTSU Dairy’s renowned chocolate milk.



For more on the special event, visit http://mtsunews.com/agricultural-event-makes-children-smile.

MTSU Blue Raider Debaters host national tournament (VIDEO)

The MTSU Blue Raider Debate team is hosting the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament and Convention for colleges and universities this week. The tournament, which is open to the public, runs Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13, with debate rounds starting in the morning and continuing throughout the day at various buildings on campus.



The tournament and convention conclude with an awards banquet set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Student Union. Read more here.

MTSU’s Project Help serves children with special needs (VIDEO)

Project Help is Rutherford County’s only community- and center-based program serving very young children, including those with special needs.   Project Help will formally be renamed “The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center at Middle Tennessee State University” later this month.

To view a sample of the activities the children engage in each day, watch the video below.



For more details about Project Help and its services, visit www.mtsu.edu/ProjectHelp.

Former MLB All-Star Willie Wilson discusses autographs at MTSU event (VIDEO)

Willie Wilson, a former All-Star with Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, shared a few anecdotes — including a bad experience with signing autographs — from his career during his April 4 luncheon address at the ninth annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference in the James Union Building’s Tennessee Room.

Wilson was an American League All-Star outfielder in 1982 and 1983 and led the league in singles for four consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1982. He led the league in stolen bases in 1979, his first season as a full-time player in the majors, and he captured the league batting title in 1982 with a .332 average.



Read more about the conference at http://mtsunews.com/baseball-in-lit-and-culture-2014/.