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MTSU on WGNS: The Founders, security boosts, consu...

MTSU on WGNS: The Founders, security boosts, consumer polls

MTSU faculty and staff took to WGNS Radio recently to share information about recent efforts to boost campus security, a spring break honors course to study the Founding Fathers, and a recap of recent results for our quarterly statewide consumer survey.

The details were shared during the Dec. 19 “Action Line” program with host Bart Walker. The live program 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 show here.

Guests and their topics were as follows:

MTSU faculty and staff appeared Monday, Dec. 19, on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program. Pictured are, top left, University Police Chief Buddy Peaster; bottom left, Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research; and Dr. John Vile, dean of University Honors College. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

MTSU faculty and staff appeared Monday, Dec. 19, on WGNS Radio’s “Action Line” program. Pictured are, top left, University Police Chief Buddy Peaster; bottom left, Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research; and Dr. John Vile, dean of University Honors College. (MTSU photo illustration by Jimmy Hart)

• MTSU Police Chief Buddy Peaster discussed recent campus security upgrades, including the creation of “active shooter” pocket guides and installation more surveillance cameras throughout campus.

The university has created and begun distributing an active shooter pocket guide while also increasing video surveillance and announcing plans to install emergency call stations around campus.

The multi-year camera project represents a $1.1 million investment that will allow police to better investigate incidents captured on video as well as better respond to situations in real time. Read more at www.mtsunews.com/active-shooter-guides-cameras.

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and well-respected Constitutional scholar, discussed his spring 2017 Constitutional course that includes a trip with students to Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Vile, a political scientist and native Virginian, will teach the spring 2017 course “Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Constitutional and Political Legacy of America’s Founders.”

During spring break, March 4-11, the class will visit numerous locations in Virginia and the District of Columbia. You can learn more about his plan at www.mtsunews.com/vile-on-the-record-dec2015.

• Dr. Tim Graeff, director of the MTSU Office of Consumer Research in the Jones College of Business, discussed the latest Consumer Outlook Survey that shows more optimism this holiday season.

The Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index soared to 113 from 47 in September. The quarterly survey consists of a series of questions that measure areas such as how consumers feel about the local, state and national economies as well as their personal financial situations and the job market.

When asked about the possible effects of the recent presidential election on the economy, the majority of Tennessee consumers expect that Trump’s victory will have a positive effect on the future of the overall American economy.

Read more and see the full survey report at www.mtsunews.com/tenn-consumer-outlook-dec2016.

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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