MTSU experts will study Mexican War remains in U.S.

September 28, 2016

"With dignity and precision befitting the honors due fallen American soldiers, skeletal remains unearthed from what was a Mexican-American War battlefield were welcomed home Wednesday, Sept. 28, after 170 years."

This was made possible after more than 5 years of diplomatic negotiation initiated by the encouragement of Dr. Hugh Berryman, Middle Tennessee State University anthropology professor and director of MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education.

Dr. Berryman was present to witness the transfer of the remains from the Army C-12 aircraft and to pay his respects at Dover Air Force Bace. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, as well as MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, interim Provost Mark Byrnes, interim College of Liberal Arts Dean Karen Petersen and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, the university’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives.

Berryman will lead a team of MTSU professors and colleagues from other academic institutions in volunteering to assist the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System in the historical, bio-archaeological and forensic analysis of what is believed to be the remains of as many as 13 members of the Tennessee militia who died in the Battle of Monterrey in 1846.

Transport of Mexican War remains
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MTSU hosts 9/11 Observance to 'never forget'

September 11, 2016

“Never forget,” Huber told the crowd. “Remember where you were and how it impacted you, reflect on how precious life is and that life is not a spectator sport. And you must respond and you must focus on being worthy as an individual and as an organization of the democracy that is provided at such a cost.” 

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My Father's War: A Story of War, Survival, and Grace

Sponsored by a Distinguished Lecture Grant & the Dept. of Theatre & Dance


Join us for this Two-Person Performance on Tuesday, September 13 at 9:40 – 11:05 a.m. in Tucker Theatre.

The Artists: Carol Ponder and Robert Keiffer have been theater and music professionals for over 40 years. Carol has been onstage since she was eight years old.  A professional actress with a long resume of all kinds of theater, she is also an award-winning concert and recording artist that has appeared on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland; and  the Ryman Auditorium to name a few!  Robert began his performing career in ballet. A knee injury led him to theater as a multifaceted actor. Then he turned to directing, with a specialty in developing one-person shows. His co-creations include The Diary of Opal Whitely, starring Nan Gurley, author and Dove Award Winner. They toured the show for nine years, including three weeks at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. Roberts other works have been seen in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and in arts centers around the country. 

The Show: On July 4, 1989, 44 years after the end of his war, Lieutenant Herschel Ponder sat down at his kitchen table to write his war memoir. He began with a dedication to his three daughters, “I had a sudden urge to tell you about my war, World War II and the subsequent coping, my peace.”  Carol Ponder, Herschel’s middle daughter, with her husband, Robert, have adapted her father’s memoir into a two-person performance created in the great tradition of storytelling and song from Carol's family home in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. This story describes his fears, his joys, and his struggle to remain human during and after an inhumane war; but his story is not just about WWII. It’s about going to war and coming home again. His memoir, a historical document, is a story for all generations!

MTSU is 1 of 6 campuses to receive funds through the 2016 Veterans Reconnect grant program 

August 24, 2016
"The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced the six campuses receiving nearly $1 million in funds through the 2016 Veteran Reconnect grant program. The grant is part of the State of Tennessee's larger efforts to support and encourage adult learners, many of whom are veterans, studying at Tennessee institutions."

"Through Veteran Reconnect, Middle Tennessee State University will enhance the services offered to veteran students and their families through the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Family Military Center. Specific initiatives include funding for a full-time transition manager to work with veteran students as they transition into the university, as well as travel for the position and the Center’s employer search agent. Additionally, the Center will hire a graduate assistant to focus on outreach to veterans on campus through communications and social media. Funds will also go to support students attending veteran-related conferences." 

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MTSU Celebrates Renamed Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans Center

August 23, 2016 
With the unveiling of a plaque and a new logo for MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center named for them, MTSU formally recognized the couple and The Journey Home Project he co-founded to assist veterans during a Tuesday, Aug. 23, celebration at the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. Charlie and Hazel both received honorary Blue Raider jerseys, of which were given to them by senior Blue Raider Athletics footballer and student veteran Steven Rhodes.

unveiling logoMTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, first lady Elizabeth McPhee, Hazel Daniels, Charlie Daniels and Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, display the new Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center logo unveiled in an Aug. 23 celebration. The event recognized the couple and The Journey Home Project for gifts totaling $120,000 for the center. Daniels autographed the patriotic fiddle McPhee is holding and presented it to the center as a gift from him and the foundation.

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