College of Basic and Applied Sciences gets active ...

College of Basic and Applied Sciences gets active on Scholars Day

Sophomore ag major Victoria Harrison, right, tries to get Brownie the calf to pay attention to a student admirer during the College of Basic and Applied Sciences’ Scholars Day March 27 on the KUC Knoll. (MTSU photo)

To feed MTSU students’ chocolate cravings and sugar fixes at the College of Basic and Applied Sciences’ Scholars Day March 27, the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience offered chocolate-milk samples and the chemistry department made strawberry ice cream.

Students buzzed around the Knoll outside the Keathley University Center to check out the CBAS offerings, which also included a calf named “Brownie” from the MTSU Farm (ably handled by ag sophomore Victoria Harrison) and one of Dr. Cliff Ricketts’ Corvettes used in his alternative-fuels research.

CBAS Scholars Day activities from its 10 departments also included:

• a Formula car, Baja vehicle and moon buggy, all projects under way by engineering-technology student teams;

• a rock climbing wall and a Humvee, courtesy of the National Guard, for military science use;

• flight simulators demonstrated by associate aerospace professor Dr. Wendy Beckman;

• computer games, displays and posters from the Department of Computer Science;

• mathematical puzzles, free pencils and program information about the Department of Mathematical Sciences; and

• a Department of Biology display that included a comparative-forensics microscope for students to try, along with free cups and lanyards.

Other departments showing off their accomplishments include Concrete Industry Management, chemistry, and physics and astronomy.

The annual Scholars Week, which is March 26-30, showcases MTSU’s research and scholarly activities across campus. The Universitywide finale will be Friday, March 30, from 12:40 until 2:45 p.m. on the Murphy Center track level.

— Randy Weiler (