Charlie Daniels’ giving heart lands him one of his most prestigious honors

November 30, 2016

MTSU Salutes Veterans and Rakkasans at Football Game Nov. 5

November 22, 2016

Rakkasan Newsletter 

CDT West Defends Honors Thesis 

November 14, 2016

CDT West successfully defends his Honors Thesis on the contributions of MTSU ROTC to past conflicts.  Congratulations, Jake!

Jake West Honors Thesis Defense

35th Annual Salute to Veterans and Armed Services Picnic 

November 5, 2016

"Lifelong friends Bob Lamb and Bud Morris were shocked and humbled when they learned they would be the 2016 co-recipients of the Joe Nunley Award presented at the conclusion of the 35th annual Salute to Veterans and Armed Services picnic Saturday, Nov. 5.

While Gulf War veterans were the featured honorees during the annual MTSU Veterans Memorial outside the Tom H. Jackson Building, Lamb and Morris — who both retired with the rank of captain from the U.S. Army (Lamb later retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves) — they were from the Vietnam War era." - Written by: Randy Weiler

Operation Song was a sucess!

October 28, 2016

The Daniels Center partnered up with Operation Song, The Nashville Music Hall of Fame, The Journey Home Project, and MTSU Songwritters to host a songwriting session for seven MTSU student-veterans. "The daylong “Operation Song” songwriting session at MTSU culminated in new friendships, seven unique songs and a mini-concert filled with cheers, tears and standing ovations." Written by: Gina Fann 

Operation Song

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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. Written by: Andrew Oppmann

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. Written by: Jimmy W. Hart

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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!

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