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WGNS features Confucius Institute, ‘Happines...

WGNS features Confucius Institute, ‘Happiness’ exhibit, equine therapy

MTSU faculty and staff again shared their expertise with listeners of WGNS radio during the July 21 “Action Line” program with veteran host Bart Walker.

The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. Don’t worry if you missed it: you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Guests for the July WGNS "Action Line" program featuring MTSU included (bottom left): Mike Novak, assistant director of the Confucius Institute at MTSU; (top, l to r) MTSU students Kaitlyn Roberts and Brittany Gardner and Dr. Debrah Sickler Voigt, associate professor of art education and director of the MTSU Scandinavia Abroad Program; and (bottom right, l to r) Dr. Holly S. Spooner, associate professor of horse science at MTSU and graduate student Sarah Newton-Cromwell. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Guests for the July WGNS “Action Line” program featuring MTSU included (bottom left): Mike Novak, assistant director of the Confucius Institute at MTSU; (top, l to r) MTSU students Kaitlyn Roberts and Brittany Gardner and Dr. Debrah Sickler Voigt, associate professor of art education and director of the MTSU Scandinavia Abroad Program; and (bottom right, l to r) Dr. Holly S. Spooner, associate professor of horse science at MTSU and graduate student Sarah Newton-Cromwell. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Guests included:

  • Mike Novak, the new assistant director of the Confucius Institute at MTSU, discussed his new position, background and the various activities and programs through CIMTSU. Novak, most recently principal of Liberty Elementary School in Shelbyville, Tennessee, became the institute’s new assistant director July 1. Read more here.
  • Dr. Debrah Sickler Voigt, associate professor of art education and director of the MTSU Scandinavia Abroad Program, and MTSU students Brittany Gardner and Kaitlyn Roberts discussed the “Passport to Happiness” art exhibit. The exhibit runs July 21-Aug. 15 inside Todd Art Gallery. It features multimedia artworks and artifacts created in Denmark, Norway, and America that focus on the theme of happiness and showcase why Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world. The exhibit was created under the guidance of Sickler-Voigt and her Scandinavia Abroad students. Read more here.
  • Dr. Holly S. Spooner, associate professor of horse science at MTSU, and graduate student Sarah Newton-Cromwell discussed the upcoming equine therapy event, “Uniting Higher Education with Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.” The event, set for Aug. 6-8 at Tennessee Miller Coliseum, will include participants from all over our region. MTSU’s Horse Science program has been a pioneer in equine therapy, working in particular with the V.A. to help in the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. Click here to learn more about the program.

MTSU is featured on “Action Line” from 8:10 to 9 a.m. on the third Monday of each month, except in January.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)


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