WGNS ‘Action Line’ features Ricketts’ trip, VetSuc...

WGNS ‘Action Line’ features Ricketts’ trip, VetSuccess

MTSU alternative-fuels expert Dr. Cliff Ricketts and the new MTSU and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs partnership called “VetSuccess on Campus” will be topics host Bart Walker will feature on Monday, March 19, from 8:10 until 9 a.m. on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program.

Dr. Cliff Ricketts makes history-making drive.

Dr. Cliff Ricketts makes history-making drive.

WGNS airs on 1450 AM and 100.5 and 101.9 FM. During “Action Line,” Walker will open phone lines for listeners to call 615-893-1450 with questions.

Ricketts will field Walker’s questions about his recent 2,582-mile coast-to-coast journey that required only 2.15 gallons of gas purchased at the pump. Ricketts and his support team drove three Toyota-made vehicles from Tybee Island, Ga., to Long Beach, Calif., with solar and electric power, hydrogen from water, ethanol and an ethanol blend E95 (95 percent ethanol and 5 percent gas) as the fuel sources. He is a 36-year School of Agribusiness and Agriscience professor who has spent 34 years in alternative-fuels research.

Heather Conrad

University Registrar Cathy Kirchner and Veterans Affairs counselor Heather Conrad will field questions about VetSuccess on Campus. The program works to help ease veterans’ transition into higher education with a more supportive campus environment and easier access to VA benefits and academic advice on career counseling, financial aid, answers to VA chapter questions and more. MTSU has nearly 1,000 veterans enrolled and is the first Tennessee university to implement the VetSuccess program.

Conrad’s office will be located in Room 201 in MTSU’s Cope Administration Building starting Monday, April 2. Her new phone number will be 615-898-2974. Her email is

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