Seventy-five former MTSU students returned to campus and special field trips as part of the seventh annual Alumni Summer College.
History and the Civil War provided the theme for this year’s summer college, held June 25-27.
From welcomes provided by university staff and administrators to a surprise visit by Abraham Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs of Nashville, the event was much anticipated by attendees, who turn it into a family and friends reunion.
“Everyone is excited to reunite with old friends,” said Alumni Relations assistant director Rhonda King. “It’s like a family reunion.”
First-time attendee Ann Waggoner of Tullahoma, Tennessee, who earned her master’s degree and specialist in education degrees in 1971 and ’94, respectively, said it had been a great experience.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting people — and a lot of people from Tullahoma are here,” she said.
King, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Vice President for Advancement Joe Bales provided first-day welcomes. McPhee and Bales met the group at the Rutherford County Courthouse on the historic public square in downtown Murfreesboro.
They later visited the Stones River Battlefield before returning downtown for dinner.
Two of the highlights from Day 2 of Alumni Summer College were hearing presentations by author and historian Robert Hicks of Franklin, Tennessee, who wrote “The Widow of the South,” and Murfreesboro physician George Smith, who discussed the “13th United States Colored Troops Living History Association.”
The Friday, June 27, agenda included trips to Nashville to visit the Belle Meade Plantation and to Franklin to tour The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.
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— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)