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Alumni Summer College ‘Greatest Hits’ await June 2...

Alumni Summer College ‘Greatest Hits’ await June 21-23 attendees

The 10th year of Alumni Summer College at MTSU will combine the best of the previous nine years, as music, food, athletics, history and more await an expected 100 attendees.

Alumni Summer College graphic“Greatest Hits: A Remix of ASC Classics” will be the theme for the June 21-23 event, which will be held at on- and off-campus venues.

Alumni Summer College is an annual three-day program presented by MTSU’s Office of Alumni Relations. Alumni and friends are invited to campus to connect with the university, learn about interesting subjects and have loads of fun, said Rhonda King, alumni assistant director.

MTSU faculty, alumni, and local experts present information in an “edutaining” way through classroom lectures and interactive field trips, King said.

Included are the classes, field trips, tour admissions, meals and traveling by coach buses. Lodging reservations are the responsibility of the participants.

Tuition is $250 per person. Space is limited, and there is a May 15 registration deadline. To learn more, visit or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-898-2922.

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Each year focuses on a different theme that showcases MTSU’s work and study in that particular field, King said. Past themes have included “Exploring Our History,” “How Things Work,” “A Song’s Life,” “Wide World of Sports, “A Century in the Making,” “Whodunnit?”, “Stories from the American Civil War,” “The Science Around Us” and “Food for Thought.”

Here’s a sample of “classes” this year:

  • Attendees will tour Davis Science Building and Wiser-Patten Science Hall, which reopened in January after two years and $20 million in renovations.
  • Dr. Hugh Berryman, nationally recognized forensic scientist, will offer an update on the Mexican-American War Dead Identification Project. Remains of soldiers, most likely Tennesseans, were discovered in Mexico and returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in 2016 after five years of negotiations, sparked by Berryman’s urging.
  • Participants will hear insights on MTSU men’s and women’s basketball success from head coaches Kermit Davis and Rick Insell.
  • Department of Health and Human Performance professor Colby Jubenville will discuss the MTSU Center for Coaching and Student Success. The center in the College of Behavioral Sciences has been designed to address the challenging gap students face as they approach graduation, receive their degrees, and find gainful employment.
  • Attendees are scheduled to visit the Ryman Auditorium, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and Studio A, and enjoy dinner at Five Senses Restaurant.

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The world-famous Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville will be a stop for those attending the 2017 MTSU Alumni Summer College June 21-23. (Photo by Chris Hollo)

The world-famous Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville will be a stop for those attending the 2017 MTSU Alumni Summer College June 21-23. (Photo by Chris Hollo)