MTSU host 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 His memoir, a historical document, is a story for all generations!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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Veterans Center hosts a successful newcomers briefing

August 17, 2016
New and returning MTSU student veterans and their families attended a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. The briefing was a veterans’ orientation for them and their families, enabling them to find campus resources. The agenda included:

  • Barbecue dinner.
  • Welcome, introduction of staff and center’s mission, led by Keith M. Huber, senior advisor for veterans and leadership and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general.
  • Veterans’ introductions.
  • Current center programs and fall semester events, led by Dr. Hilary Miller, center director.
  • MTSU and Veterans relationship, led by Dr. Derek Frisby, an MTSU alumnus and faculty member in the Global Studies and Cultural Geography program in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Discovering campus resources (includes tours and information about G.I. Bill, VetSuccess on Campus, tutoring and more).
  • College challenge from Dr. Miller, emphasizing graduation and employment expectations.

Huber speaking at Newcomers Briefing

Keith M. Huber, left, MTSU senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, welcomes all student veterans and their family members to campus and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center during the newcomers orientation. Click here for more pictures from the newcomers briefing.

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10 student veterans recognized at MTSU Stole Ceremony

August 3, 1016
Four days before graduation, 10 MTSU student veterans received recognition from the university in the fifth Stole Ceremony held in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.

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Useful links

  • The Helping Heroes Grant is a $1,000 per semester grant, awarded to students who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.
  • The National Resource Directory provides access to over 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The VA is proud to assure their users they can trust the content as resources are reviewed regularly by a content management team that includes several Veterans and subject matter experts.

    A few features of the new Web site include a faster, more robust search engine; a Bookmark & Share capability for use with social media tools; and an "In the News"; feature that provides links to news and updates about Wounded Warrior and Veterans issues. Also included on the site is an expanded Homeless Assistance section where users can find information on a variety of programs and benefits.