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MTSU on WGNS: Concrete industry program, True Blue...

MTSU on WGNS: Concrete industry program, True Blue tour, Career Closet drive, more

MTSU students and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program recently to talk about the university’s concrete industry management program, upcoming events for prospective students and a recent drive to restock the Career Closet on campus.

The live program with host Scott Walker was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. If you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of the Aug. 15 program here.

MTSU students and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s Aug. 15 “Action Line” program with host Scott Walker. Guests included, from left in order of appearance, MTSU seniors Ashley and Kayla Gates; Tony Strode, associate director of undergraduate admissions; and Kristen Janson, assistant director for the MTSU Alumni Relations Office. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)
MTSU students and staff appeared on WGNS Radio’s Aug. 15 “Action Line” program with host Scott Walker. Guests included, from left in order of appearance, MTSU seniors Ashley and Kayla Gates; Tony Strode, associate director of undergraduate admissions; and Kristen Janson, assistant director for the MTSU Alumni Relations Office. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

Guests included:

• Kayla and Ashley Gates, rising seniors in the Concrete Industry Management program who discussed their experiences in the program and at the recent Big Machine Music City Grand Prix as well as career plans.

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Identical twins and MTSU rising seniors, the sisters helped staff the MTSU’s Concrete Industry Management booth at the grand prix to share their experiences in the program and also prepared a special commemorative panel that was displayed at the booth to celebrate the partnership between the grand prix and the university.

The Gateses’ older sister, Autumn, is a recent MTSU CIM alumna working as a sales rep for Irving Materials Inc., or IMI. Their father, Clark Gates, works in sales of fly ash in the industry. Even grandmother Betty Gates has a concrete background. 

• Tony Strode, associate director of undergraduate admissions, discussed this year’s True Blue Tour to recruit prospective students as well as other available campus tours throughout the year.

MTSU’s admissions team and campus partners are gearing up for another True Blue Tour, crisscrossing Tennessee and bordering states Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia to meet prospective students. The tour kicked off Aug. 17 with the Rutherford County student reception in the Student Union Ballroom.

President Sidney A. McPhee and Deb Sells, vice president of Students Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment and Academic Services, lead the team that includes staff, deans and other administrators, plus representatives from more than 20 departments prepared to answer questions and provide information for guests. Learn more and about other campus tour opportunities at https://www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.

• Kristen Janson, alumna and assistant director for the MTSU Alumni Relations Office, discussed her new role, the recently completed Career Closet Extravaganza and other alumni relations happenings.

MTSU’s Alumni Office and the Career Development Center recently teamed up for the clothing drive to restock the MTSU Career Closet. Thanks to MTSU alumni, faculty, staff and local community, the Career Closet has professional attire available at no cost for students seeking their first internship or job interview. Students may acquire one full outfit each school year from the closet. 

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The inaugural Career Closet Extravaganza was held Aug. 11-12, with clothing drop-off at the MTSU Alumni House located at 2263 Middle Tennessee Blvd. (The event brought in 1,152 hanging pieces and 107 bags from a total of 86 donors!)

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in guesting on WGNS to promote their MTSU-related activities should contact Jimmy Hart, director of news and media relations, at 615-898-5131 or via email at jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu.


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