Alumni Summer College delights attendees with hist...

Alumni Summer College delights attendees with historic opportunities

Milking cattle, tasting wine, gazing at the stars and an array of other historic opportunities kept those attending the fifth annual Alumni Summer College busy as bees.

 Alumni Summer College, held June 20-22, included on- and off-campus venues extending to Nashville and Williamson County.

This year’s Alumni Summer College theme, “A Century in the Making,” commemorated the University’s Centennial and programs rooted in its history, as well as highlighting the unique careers of some MTSU alumni.

Each year’s Alumni Summer College gives alumni and friends an opportunity to expand their knowledge of interesting subjects with an MTSU-focused curriculum that combines innovative classes and entertaining tours, said Rhonda King, assistant director in the Office of Alumni Relations.

“Alumni Summer College is a program that many will not miss,” King said. “There are sets of siblings who attend in order to spend time together. There are some attendees each year who return to campus for the first time in a decade or more.

“Even if you are familiar with MTSU, there will be something new you didn’t know was happening on campus.”

During this year’s session, participants:

  • landed a plane in Memphis in the aerospace department’s 360-degree air traffic control simulator;
  • learned about smartphone and tablet technology; and
  • toured the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion in Nashville, where alumna Casey Guimbellot Pash (B.S. ’06) serves as executive residence manager.

They also dined in Conservation Hall, a 14,000-square-foot underground meeting facility located on the grounds of the governor’s residence.

All MTSU alumni and friends over age 21 are welcome to attend the Alumni Summer College each year. The event is a great opportunity whether MTSU is your alma mater or you want to learn more about the MTSU community in which you live, King said.

“All who possess a curiosity to learn and a desire to have fun while doing so are welcome,” she said.

For preliminary information on the June 2013 session of Alumni Summer College, log on to or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-898-2922 or 800-533-6878.

— Randy Weiler (