Alumnus’ gift takes the cake for University Centen...

Alumnus’ gift takes the cake for University Centennial

MTSU alumnus Jay Qualls, left, joins Drew Ruble, senior editor for university publications, with the Centennial cake Qualls created to celebrate MTSU's 100th anniversary. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Celebrity cake designer and MTSU alumnus Jay Qualls has donated a Centennial-themed birthday cake to MTSU to thank his alma mater for all his successes in life.

Qualls, a recent cast member on the TLC cable television hit “The Next Great Baker” and a graduate of the Jennings A. Jones School of Business, used MTSU Magazine’s recent list of “100 Things We Love About MTSU” as inspiration for his creation.

The cake, which has been on display in the James E. Walker Library, is featured on page 27 of the August edition of the magazine along with a story about Qualls.

MTSU Magazine is distributed twice annually to more than 96,000 alumni readers, many living within 100 miles of MTSU. MTSU faculty and staff, state lawmakers and members of the Tennessee Board of Regents also receive copies of the alumni-and-friends publication. The magazine is available online at

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