MTSU on WGNS: MALA, ‘Saddle Up’ event and new lead...

MTSU on WGNS: MALA, ‘Saddle Up’ event and new leadership training

MTSU faculty and staff took to the radio recently to share information about a new, flexible master’s program, an upcoming fundraiser for a childhood learning center and a new workforce leadership program for those already on the job.

The details were shared during the June 20 “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 included:

MTSU faculty and staff appeared on the Monday, June 20, “Action Line” program on WGNS Radio. Guests were, at top from left, Drs. Peggy Carpenter and David Gotcher, University College; bottom right, Dr. Dawn McCormack, College of Liberal Arts; and bottom left, Christy Davis, ACE Learning Center. (MTSU photo illustration)

• Dr. Dawn McCormack, director of the College of Liberal Arts’ Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA) degree program, discussed the growth of this new flexible degree.

MALA allows students to develop skills and expand knowledge in subjects they’re most passionate about pursuing. The program allowing anyone with a bachelor’s degree to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around subjects they find most captivating.

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• Christy Davis, new director of the ACE Learning Center at MTSU, discussed the center’s upcoming major fundraiser, which will be more family friendly this year.

The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, or ACE, is getting ready for its 10th annual “Saddle Up for ACE Learning Center” fundraiser set for 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at MTSU’s Murphy Center.

Food will be available from Chick-fil-A, Kroger, Newk’s, Purity Dairies, Publix and more. There will be activities for kids such as a magician, live bee observatory, sensory stations, animals from Discovery Center, horse grooming, straw maze, gigantic coloring book, and more.

For more information, including how to get tickets, go here.

• Dr. David Gotcher, interim dean of MTSU University College, and Dr. Peggy Carpenter, assistant dean of academic outreach for University College, discussed the new Applied Leadership Concentration launching in the fall targeting those already in the workforce.

Working with leading tire and rubber company Bridgestone Americas, MTSU has created the new Applied Leadership certificate program. Bridgestone employees will be among the inaugural group of students in the program, which offers adult learners already on the job a chance to earn additional job certifications — and even a bachelor’s degree — through online courses and short, intensive on-campus instruction.

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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

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