Top high school, transfer prospects get ‘Tru...

Top high school, transfer prospects get ‘True Blue’ experience

Gabriella Armour, left, of Pleasant Shade, Tenn., and her mother, Nona, listen as Dr. George Riordan, director of the MTSU School of Music, answers their questions Oct. 5 during an academic presentation from the College of Liberal Arts at the MTSU “True Blue Experience.” Gabriella Armour is a senior at Smith County High School and is interested in anthropology and music. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

Nearly 100 academically talented prospective MTSU students attended the True Blue Experience Day on Oct. 5.

During the day, they not only toured campus and visited the university’s housing and residential life facilities, but they also heard about the University Honors College from Dean John Vile in the Keathley University Center Theater.

They also could attend academic presentations from seven of the MTSU’s nine colleges in the new Student Union Building.

There also were special sessions for prospective transfers.

MTSU will hold a Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, and a second True Blue Experience Day Friday, Nov. 16.

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Christian Paret, left, of Hermitage, Tenn., a prospective transfer student, listens while Morgan Byers of Murfreesboro talks to a College of Basic and Applied Sciences adviser during the Oct. 5 True Blue Experience. At right is Amy Byers, whose daughter, a Siegel High School junior, is interested in MTSU’s aerospace, physics and astronomy, and music programs.

The McGuire family, who drove from Columbia, Tenn., for the True Blue Experience at MTSU, watch as Melinda Thomas, left, admissions director of recruitment, directs Columbia Central High senior Salama McGuire to special events in the new Student Union Building. Looking on are Ondelene McGuire, second from left, Gary McGuire Sr. and Gary McGuire Jr. Family friend Zahriya Parham is standing behind Salama.

Prospective MTSU students walk down a hallway in the new Student Union Building on their way to the next stop during their Oct. 5 True Blue Experience.