MTSU faculty discuss nursing, writing and music on...

MTSU faculty discuss nursing, writing and music on WGNS

The Jan. 14 WGNS “Action Line” radio program with veteran radio host Bart Walker featured a variety of MTSU-related topics.

The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. You can listen to an archived broadcast here.

Dr. Michael Parkinson

Dr. Debra Rose Wilson

The MTSU guests included:

  • Dr. Debra Rose Wilson, an MTSU nursing professor and the 2013 recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Association’s Excellence in Nursing Education Award. The statewide award “recognizes outstanding performance in nursing education and nursing leadership, which improves the quality of nursing care, and professional and community service,” according to

On a 2010 trip to the University of Botswana to speak to nurse leaders about stress management and self-care, Wilson originated the “I Am Proud to Be a Nurse” campaign to improve the image of nurses in the African nation. You can read the full story here.

  • Matthew Brown, an MTSU English instructor and founder of the Writers’ Corps. He will discuss the purpose of the informal association of MTSU students who are current or former members of the military, along with their dependents.

The corps held a free public reading of their works in the fall at the Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza in Nashville and another in December at Reveille Joe’s in downtown Murfreesboro. Some writing corps members will join Brown on the program. Learn more about the Writers Corps here.

  • Dr. Michael Parkinson, who is in his first year as director of the MTSU School of Music.
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Parkinson, who began his tenure in July 2013, most recently served as professor and director of the school of music at Ohio University, where he taught classes in jazz studies and music industry/entrepreneurship. Parkinson previously served as music chair and taught jazz studies at Webster University in St. Louis and as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also designed the bachelor’s degree of music in jazz studies.

The MTSU School of Music presents more than 180 concerts each year, including fully staged operas, wind band, orchestral, choral, jazz, faculty and student solo and chamber music performances. Check out the concert calendar at

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