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MTSU on WGNS: Animation research project, veteran support, ‘Joys of the Season’

MTSU faculty and staff took to WGNS Radio recently to share information about a recently completed faculty research project, a new advisory council to assist veterans and an upcoming special holiday concert on campus.

The details were shared during the Nov. 20 “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.

MTSU faculty and staff were guests for the Nov. 20 WGNS Radio “Action Line” program. Pictured are: top right, Erin Anfinson, associate professor in the MTSU Department of Art & Design; top right from left, Marianne Myers, assistant director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, and Sean Martin, transition manager with the Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU; and bottom right from left, H. Stephen Smith, interim associate dean for the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, and Meredith Kerr, development director for Liberal Arts. (MTSU photo collage by Jimmy Hart)

MTSU faculty and staff make guest appearances on the Nov. 20 WGNS Radio “Action Line” program. Shown are, clockwise from top left, Erin Anfinson, an associate professor in the MTSU Department of Art and Design; Marianne Myers, assistant director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System; Sean Martin, transition manager for the Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU; Meredith Kerr, development director for MTSU’s College of Liberal Arts; and H. Stephen Smith, interim associate liberal arts dean. (MTSU photo collage by Jimmy Hart)

Guests and their topics were as follows:

• Erin Anfinson, an associate professor in MTSU’s Department of Art and Design, who discussed an upcoming presentation on her animation research project.

Anfinson researched the project this past summer as a National Park Artist-In-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. She completed the three-minute animation in early October and will be presenting her research and creative project during Scholar’s Week at MTSU next spring.

The park has 81 acres of restored tallgrass prairie that Anfinson spent five weeks researching and collecting photographs, video and audio to use in future animations. She was the recipient of a Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant, which supported her participation in artist residency and the creation of the film.

• Sean Martin, transition manager with the Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU, and Marianne Myers, assistant director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, or TVHS, who discussed the new TVHS Veterans and Family Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council was formed to assist and support both the Nashville and Alvin C. York VA medical campuses with concerns and possible upcoming changes of programming. The council will be listening to and learning about the concerns veterans and their families have within the Tennessee VA health care system.

The council includes stakeholders from across the state to ensure a wide vision. During monthly meetings, administrators and veterans share ideas about possible changes and creating new policy for achieving a more positive healthcare system overall.

• H. Stephen Smith, interim associate dean for the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, and Meredith Kerr, development director for Liberal Arts, who discussed the upcoming “Joys of the Season” special holiday concert.

The concert, which features seasonal classics from students and faculty within the fine arts departments, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Tucker Theatre at MTSU. In addition to the music, student artwork will be on display in the foyer that patrons can bid on, with proceeds benefiting MTSU Arts.

Men’s head basketball coach Kermit Davis will make a guest appearance, accompanied by some special “tall elves.” General admission tickets are $10, and children in grades K-12 and seniors age 55 and up can attend for $5 each. MTSU students can attend free with a valid ID.

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.


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