‘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/.

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ livens MTSU’s Tucker Theatre stage April 9-13 (VIDEOS)

The Drowsy Chaperone,” a delightful parody of the American 1920s musical comedy, will take MTSU’s Tucker Theatre stage for five shows in April presented by the university’s Speech and Theater Department.

The opening night for the production, part of the 2013-14 MTSU Arts series sponsored by Ascend Federal Credit Union, will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. The rest of the run includes shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12. An afternoon matinee will be staged at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Hear from the director and two of the cast members in the videos below.




Tickets can be purchased online at www.mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre by clicking on the “Drowsy Chaperone” link, then the “Get Tickets” link in the upper left corner of the next webpage. You can also purchase tickets by phone by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Advance general admission tickets are $10 each and $5 for K-12 students and senior citizens when purchased online and $12 and $7 at the door. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

For more details on the show, visit http://mtsunews.com/the-drowsy-chaperone-2014.

Forensic science pair dissect Battle of Little Bighorn at MTSU (VIDEO)

A pair of forensic scientists who’ve studied the 1876 clash on the shores of the Little Bighorn River in south central Montana delivered a special lecture on the MTSU campus Thursday, March 27, with archaeological evidence that tells a more complete story.

Drs. Douglas D. Scott and P. Willey delivered the MTSU’s William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Lectureship, “Bullets and Bones from the Battle of the Little Bighorn,” in the Tennessee Room of MTSU’s James Union Building.

MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education, or FIRE, sponsored Scott and Willey’s free public lecture. The Bass Lecture Series, named for renowned University of Tennessee forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, brings respected forensic-science experts to campus each fall and spring.



Scott and Willey explained how the archaeological evidence at the Little Bighorn site, where Gen. George Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment was soundly defeated by the warriors of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, reveals the weapons used and equipment carried and the locations where the men fought and died. Their bones have helped the investigators understand their true ages, heights and illnesses and how they died.

Scott, a forensic archaeologist often called “battlefield archaeology’s founding father,” is an adjunct professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Willey, a physical anthropologist who specializes in human skeletal remains and historical medical anthropology, is a professor at California State University-Chico. Before joining that faculty, he curated the Bass skeletal collection at the University of Tennessee.