The Record, Jan. 31, 2011, V19.14
Read the PDF version here! >>Top of Page 2011 Black History Month: Unity Luncheon details, complete MTSU schedule
Click the graphic above for the full 2011 schedule of events at MTSU! >>Top of Page Historic visit strikes sweet note for MTSU music major by Gina K. Logue
The week of Chinese President Hu Jintao's official state visit with U.S. President
Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., provided a moment of bliss—and a chance to be an
unofficial ambassador, of sorts—for MTSU graduate student Yifei Zhong.
The Chinese Ministry of Education invited Yifei, 23, to attend a Jan. 19 reception
for Hu on the South Lawn of the White House along with other students and professors
from various locations.
The violin-performance major says she doesn't know why she was selected, but her
reaction was sheer delight.
"Wow! That's a big thing!"; Yifei recalls thinking upon receiving the e-mailed invitation.
"I've got to go, no matter what!";
Yifei says her professors have told her that they're impressed with her lack of stage
fright, and that poise and presence came in handy, even though she did not perform
at the reception.
"I was very, very excited at that moment,"; Yifei says. "I got the chance to shake
hands with both of them.";
Obama impressed Yifei by saying "Ni hao,"; or "Hello"; in Chinese. Hu asked about
Yifei's hometown, which she told him is Hangzhou.
Yifei attended Hangzhou Normal University, one of MTSU's educational partners, until
her senior year. That's when she came to MTSU as an exchange student. She has studied
here for two years and plans to graduate in May with a master's degree.
The trip was Yifei's first time traveling by herself and her first trip to Washington.
She's not so certain where her next journey will take her; she says she's still trying
to decide whether to work for a year or two or pursue a doctorate. Regardless of which
career path she chooses, though, Yifei says she'll take fond memories of the day the
leaders of her homeland and her adopted homeland met with her—and each other.
WITNESSING HISTORY—MTSU graduate student Yifei Zhong, shown at top, leaves the White
House after a brief ceremony on the South Lawn to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao
Jan. 19 for an official state visit. U.S. President Barack Obama and Hu, above center,
listen during the ceremony. The leaders are shown in the background of Yifei's photo
of the event, above, which also welcomed Chinese students from other U.S. universities.
Yifei, who transferred from MTSU's educational partner school Hangzhou Normal University
two years ago, is working on her master's degree at MTSU. photos courtesy of Yifei Zhong
COMMAND PERFORMANCE—MTSU graduate student Yifei Zhong plays her violin inside Hinton
Music Hall after returning from Washington, D.C., where Chinese students from several
U.S. universities met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
MTSU Photographic Services photo by Andy Heidt >>Top of Page Studying 1st-generation families by Gina K. Logue
Intrigued by a documentary in which a young woman was ostracized by her parents for
two years for realizing her dream of attending college, Tara Perrin set out to learn
how other first-generation college students handle the challenges of their educational
Perrin is a 36-year-old MTSU sociology major and Tallahassee, Fla., native. She's
writing her master's thesis on first-generation students' perceptions of changing
family relationships as a result of higher education and how those changes affect
their college careers.
"For some people, it's a really smooth transition, and for others, it's a very, very
difficult transition to go to school and to stay in school, because your family can
be quite antagonistic toward you,"; says Perrin, who adds that she had her parents'
total support as a first-generation college student.
Surveys conducted in 1996 by the National Center for Education Statistics—and bolstered
by data from follow-up surveys in 1998 and 2001—found that approximately 40 percent
of all university freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.
In performing her qualitative research, Perrin is analyzing her interviews with students
and comparing them to existing academic data. While she's found plenty of quantitative
research with grade-point averages and retention and graduation rates, Perrin finds
little research is available on the family dynamics of the first-generation student's
"Without really hearing qualitative stories about their struggles and how they deal
with things and how these instances do come out, I feel the literature's really lacking
in that regard,"; Perrin says.
Even if academia has little to say on the subject, personal anecdotes abound. Some
recurring themes include parents who say they are supportive but never ask their sons
or daughters about their studies or, worse yet, rebuke or dismiss children who try
to initiate a conversation about what they're learning in college.
In one of the few qualitative studies Perrin has found on the subject, a student
was criticized by her parents for playing classical music in the home; the parents
resented what they perceived as an attempt to try to make her family "better."; In
another case, a parent was upset that a student used unfamiliar language during an
argument unrelated to school.
"A lot of parents who have not been to college can't relate to what their children
are doing,"; says Steve Saunders, interim director of the McNair Program, a federally
funded endeavor that helps low-income, first-generation college students prepare for
doctoral studies. "They have no point of reference.";
Saunders, himself a first-generation college student, says educational groundbreakers
in families often have stressors that students from more educated families don't understand.
Those may include paying for food, rent and utilities while trying to concentrate
on their studies.
"I think what they (first-generation students) see are hurdles that other students
don't see, because they don't exist for those other students, who come from families
that have a fairly high level of education,"; Saunders says.
Perrin says she thinks universities can play a more supportive role by asking students
on admissions forms if they are the first in their families to go to college, allowing
them to be counted and their progress documented. The information gathered might even
become a marketing tool to promote the university to potential clientele, she adds.
"People don't come here with the goal of failing,"; Perrin says. "They want to be
successful. Sometimes you have to give some students a little more support in order
for that to happen, and I feel like we need to know who those students are. Quantifying
first-generation status would be a good step toward figuring that out.";
Perrin's thesis is due in March. She plans to earn her master's degree in sociology
in May 2011.
FAMILY TIES—MTSU grad student Tara Perrin, second from right, poses with her father,
Tony Johnston; her father's girlfriend, Betty Farrish; her husband, Richard Perrin;
and their dog, Daisy Mae. Unlike some families in her master's thesis research, Perrin
says hers has supported her educational goals. Tara's mother, the late Phyllis Johnston,
passed away before Tara completed her bachelor's degree. photo submitted >>Top of Page Classes canceled? Check online, TV, radio, Rave alerts!
When inclement weather threatens the area, MTSU closing information will be available
online at www.mtsu.edu
and on local radio and TV stations, and the university also will send out an alert
via the Rave system.
Class cancellations will apply to all classes. MTSU offices will be open unless otherwise
stated. Overnight decisions will be announced by 6 a.m. the next day.
Get winter-weather details anytime at http://bit.ly/MTWeather
! >>Top of Page
In Brief: Recognize achievement!
The Career Achievement Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010-11 MTSU
Career Achievement Award by Monday, Feb. 7. Award criteria and a nomination form can
be found at www.mtsu.edu/provost/career_award.shtml
. Forms should be sent to The Career Achievement Award, Office of University Provost,
Attention: Faye Johnson, Cope Administration Building 111. >>Top of Page Lectures focus on Sandburg, 'Misquoting Jesus' from Staff Reports
Scholars who study Carl Sandburg's musical interests and the history of early Christianity
will bring their expertise to MTSU in February as part of the university's ongoing
Distinguished Lecture Series.
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Dr. Jhon C. Akers will interpret the works of poet Carl Sandburg
on classical guitar in "Carl Sandburg and the Spanish Guitar,"; a free public lecture
slated for 7:30 p.m. in the State Farm Lecture Hall, Room S102, of the Business and
Akers, an associate professor of modern languages at Wofford College in Spartanburg,
S.C., was the featured lecturer twice for the Sandburg Days Festival in Galesburg,
Sandburg, a poet, historian and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, also collected folk
songs and wrote children's literature and had a lifelong love for the Spanish guitar.
And on Friday, Feb. 18, the Department of Philosophy at MTSU is sponsoring a free
public lecture, "Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Bible and Readers Who May
Never Know,"; by Dr. Bart D. Ehrman.
The lecture is planned for 3:30 p.m. in the State Farm Lecture Hall in the BAS. Ehrman
will sign copies of his books immediately following his lecture.
Ehrman, the author of more than 20 books, including three New York Times
bestsellers ( Jesus Interrupted, God's Problem
and Misquoting Jesus
), is the James A. Gray Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a leading authority on the New Testament and
the history of early Christianity. His work has been featured in Time, The New Yorker, The Washington Post
and other print media, and he has appeared on NBC's "Dateline,"; "The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart,"; CNN and other media outlets.
The Ehrman lecture is part of the annual Applied Philosophy Lyceum in conjunction
with MTSU's Distinguished Lecture Committee.
For more information on the Feb. 8 Sandburg lecture, contact Dr. William Yelverton
at 615-898-2004 or 615-898-5623. For more information on the Feb. 18 Ehrman lecture,
contact Connie Huddleston at 615-494-7628. >>Top of Page Remember, faculty: Special-projects funding deadline is Feb. 11
MTSU faculty, take note: The deadline for proposals for 2011 Special Projects Grants
is Friday, Feb. 11.
Each year the MTSU Foundation grants up to $20,000 to fund a special project pursued
by a full-time faculty member. The grant is considered seed money for a project that
will garner visibility and acclaim for the university.
The Special Projects Committee reviews all submissions and selects the winning project
and may split the award, depending upon the projects submitted.
For details on special-project grant funding applications, please visit www.mtsu.edu/development/special_projects.shtml
. >>Top of Page Researchers prep for Feb. 9 'Posters at the Capitol' event by Randy Weiler
Twelve MTSU students will provide seven presentations being showcased Wednesday,
Feb. 9, during the sixth annual "Posters at the Capitol"; in Nashville.
Along with their mentors, the MTSU student presenters will be joined by research
peers from the other Tennessee Board of Regents schools—Austin Peay, East Tennessee,
Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and University of Memphis—and those from the University
of Tennessee campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin.
An expected 61 poster presentations are scheduled to begin around 10 a.m. in the
Legislative Plaza hallway. MTSU's contingent will stay until about 3 p.m. The public
is welcome to view the posters and talk to the young researchers.
"It should be a great day for the students,"; said Dr. Tom Cheatham, College of Basic
and Applied Sciences dean. "Sen. (Bill) Ketron is helping us make arrangements this
year. The only change for us is that UT-Martin is joining the UT contingent for the
first time, and we have more posters than ever.";
The MTSU students include co-collaborators Ryan Nichols of Nashville and Catherine
Chokuba of Franklin; Katrina A. Smith of Murfreesboro; Lindsey Bailey of La Vergne;
Samuel Mitchell of Nashville; collaborators Jessica Taylor of Manchester, Nikhil Reddy
of Murfreesboro and Daniel Gouger of Chattanooga; Daniel Messick of Shelbyville; and
collaborators Matt Cooley of Camden, Jason Pomeroy of Lascassas and Kyle Wiseman of
Ian Hajizadeh of Nashville and George Carter of Kingsport are alternate co-presenters.
The students expect to discuss their research with their respective state legislators.
After lunch, they will pose for photos with new Gov. Bill Haslam.
Dr. Andrienne Friedli, Undergraduate Research Center director and professor of chemistry,
and Emily Born, coordinator of the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant and
URC coordinator, are spearheading the MTSU students' participation at Posters on the
Assisting Cheatham with set-up preparations are academic advisers Jennifer Danylo,
Travis Tipton and Andrew Symonds and executive secretary Sheila Bleam.
A listing of MTSU student presenters, their faculty mentors and abstract titles includes:
- Nichols and Chokuba with faculty mentor Dr. Daniel Erenso, abstract title "Studying
Elasticity by Zapping, Trapping and Stretching Red Blood Cells Extracted from Normal
Mice with Sickle Cell Disorder";;
- Smith with Dr. Ngee S. Chong, "Characterization of Aminobiphenyl Isomers and Their
Interactions with Calf Thymus DNA and Nucleotide Bases";;
- Bailey with Dr. Scott Handy, "One Pot Halogenations and Cross-Couplings in Ionic Liquids";;
- Mitchell with Friedli, "Porous Silica Films as a Reliable Medium for Sensing Protein-Antibody
- Taylor and Reddy with Dr. Norma Dunlap, "Synthesis of Cyclopropyl Daniel Gouger, Peptidomimetics
with Potential Anti-HIV and Alzheimer's Activity";;<</li>
- Messick with Dr. Nate Phillips, "The Effects of Daminozide on Flower Production and
Sex Ratios in Hydroponic Greenhouse Cucumbers";; and
- Cooley and Pomeroy with Dr. Mark Abolins, "Movement of Groundwater Along Fold Hinges
in Central Rutherford County, Tennessee.";
The alternate poster presenters are mentored by Erenso on "Efficacy of Gene Therapy
in Sickle Cell Mouse Model as Measured by the Red Blood Cells' Elastic Response.";
>>Top of Page Campus, community unite for Feb. 3 luncheon
Campus and community will come together on Thursday, Feb. 3, to launch MTSU's Black
History Month at the annual Unity Luncheon, honoring citizens for their service to
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a keynote address from Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings,
the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and
Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also is an award-winning researcher
who focuses on the work of teachers who are successful with African-American students.
Sponsored by the MTSU Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center and the Black History
Month Committee, the luncheon will be held in the Tennessee Room inside MTSU's James
The 2011 honorees include:
- Marshall County Director of Schools Roy D. Dukes;
- entrepreneur Ernestine "Tene"; Johnson of Murfreesboro;
- community organizer Wordna McKnight of Murfreesboro;
- community leader Carolyn Peebles of Smyrna; and
- Pastor and NAACP Branch President Goldy L. Wade of Murfreesboro.
Dukes, who earned his master's degree in administration and supervision from MTSU,
has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and supervisor. He is past
president of the Housing Authority and Rotary Club in Lewisburg and also is a member
of Phi Beta Sigma and the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Club International
Award, as well as the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Service Award. Dukes received
the 2004 NAACP George Turner Award of Excellence and in 2005 was inducted as a school
administrator into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.
Johnson, who was the first African-American woman to own a business in downtown Murfreesboro
and also one of the first African-American females on the design team when clothing
manufacturer White Stag moved to town, is a past member of the Rutherford County Chamber
of Commerce. She has served on the board of the Rutherford County Guidance Center
and was one of the first instructors at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. She also
taught Rutherford County adult classes and is active in Southeast Baptist Church as
a member of the Women's Bible Study and as a Bible teacher for several local churches.
McKnight and her close friends have organized a community meal for many years on
a designated Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to health issues, she
has held the meal only once in the past three years and may not be able to continue
the tradition. Murfreesboro City Councilman Ron Washington has worked with McKnight
during the past 10 years to help sponsor the community event and says she recruited
many volunteers to help with the food and fellowship.
Peebles is known as a tireless worker in her Living Truth Christian Center in Smyrna.
She is a member of the Smyrna Rotary Club and has been active in that town for the
last 20 years. She has run for a position on the Smyrna Town Council twice, including
a second campaign in fall 2010.
Wade, an ordained associate minister in the Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church,
received the Jerry Anderson Hero Award in 2009 for his service as president of the
Murfreesboro Branch of the NAACP. He has been featured in The Daily News Journal
as a "Person You Should Know"; and is a Man of Valor in the Antioch Baptist Church
and a past member of the Room in the Inn committee. He also serves as president of
an amateur golf organization. Wade currently is working with Dr. Linda Gilbert, director
of Murfreesboro City Schools, to organize pastors and associate pastors to help meet
the needs of area children through tutoring and serving as role models.
The public is invited to join the luncheon and celebration. Tickets are $20 for adults
and $10 for students and can be obtained by contacting Brenda Wunder at 615-898-2591
. >>Top of Page Art department makes national call for exhibit
The Department of Art at MTSU has issued a national call for artists to submit 8-by-10-inch
works on paper by Friday, March 11, for inclusion in "80 Square,"; a new scholarship-benefit
exhibition and sale.
Drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and mixed media will be accepted. All work
submitted will be included in the "80 Square"; exhibit and sale on Saturday, March
19, and proceeds from all sales will benefit the MTSU Department of Art Scholarship
Tinney Contemporary will host the one-night exhibition on March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.
at its gallery at 237 Fifth Ave. N. in Nashville. An artist preview is planned from
5 to 6 p.m. at the gallery.
Artists can download full submission details at www.mtsu.edu/~art
or contact Sisavanh Houghton at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. >>Top of Page Join MT alumni, friends to watch the Predators
Celebrate MTSU Alumni and Friends Night with the Nashville Predators on Saturday,
Feb. 19, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!
The Preds will face the Phoenix Coyotes beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person,
which includes the game ticket and cost of a special pregame reception from 5:30 to
7 p.m. in the D-G Room of the arena's lower concourse. The gathering will include
food, and nonalcoholic drinks and a cash bar will be available.
All reservations and prepayments must be made by Friday, Feb. 4. To reserve your
seat, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-533-6878 or e-mail email@example.com
. >>Top of Page New ed courses will 'move Tennessee forward'
by Tom Tozer
With the help of a $501 million "Race to the Top"; grant from the U.S. Department
of Education, disbursed over the next four years, Tennessee schools will be responsible
for attaining higher standards in student performance and outcomes.
When the Tullahoma City Schools received $608,000 of those funds, officials decided
to use part of the money for professional development and helping teachers earn advanced
degrees, all aimed at helping students in the classroom.
School officials contacted Dr. Lana Seivers, dean of the College of Education at
MTSU, to propose developing coursework allowing Tullahoma teachers to take up to four
graduate classes to meet newer state standards and implement best teaching practices.
The classes also would count toward license renewal and, ultimately, an advanced degree.
"The Tullahoma City School district recognizes that the quality of teachers and school
leaders impacts student academic performance,"; Seivers said. "The College of Education
at MTSU is pleased to partner with them to enhance the skills of their professional
The dean added that MTSU received approval from the state to engage in the Race to
the Top initiative.
"We look forward to establishing similar collaborations,"; Seivers said.
Approximately 100 teachers in the Tullahoma system do not have a master's or education
specialist's degree, according to partnership coordinator Dr. Joel Hausler, who is
a professor in MTSU's Womack Family Educational Leadership Department.
"About 50 of them said they wanted to participate in professional development,";
Hausler said. "It's a great thing for us to have that many folks come back to MTSU.
Many of them are already MTSU graduates.";
The courses that have been and are being developed by MTSU will benefit all 276 licensed
employees in the Tullahoma school system, Hausler noted. Some will take classes to
renew their licensure. Those earning a graduate degree also will see an increase in
"We'll convert these programs into a cohort program where they will work on a master's
degree once they get through these classes,"; he said. "Getting their graduate degree—that's
Tullahoma High School will continue to offer classes in the evenings and on weekends
to make it as convenient as possible for teachers, Hausler pointed out.
"This is an on-the-ground program,"; he emphasized. "Our faculty and adjunct faculty
go there. Once we get the cohort programs going, we may meet at Motlow (State Community
Tullahoma officials said in a statement that the grant's four-year lifespan requires
them to "make sure that the dollars invested in the grant serve our children, our
professionals and our community well. … Our expectation is to expand our professional
capacity and to meet our needs today and in our future.";
Hausler said he sees this new partnership as a prime example of how a school system
can support its teachers, especially new ones, and how a university can reach out
"What we're teaching them, they can learn over a weekend and put into practice in
the next few weeks on the job,"; he said. "That's exciting. It's just-in-time learning.
The kids are the beneficiaries of all of it. The whole purpose is to move Tennessee
forward."; >>Top of Page Career Development Center to host 2 events this spring
from Staff Reports
Editor's Note: The date for the MTSU Spring Career Fair is incorrect in print editions of the Jan.
31 Record. The correct date, Feb. 8, is included in the story below and via the Career Center
The MTSU Career Development Center will play host to two career events during the
spring semester, aiming at connecting students with employers hiring for internships,
summer job and full-time entry-level opportunities.
The MTSU Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 8, will feature corporate, educational
and government employers seeking internship and full-time entry-level candidates.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.
The fair is sponsored by a consortium of area universities and is held each spring
for prospective graduates from each participating university. Employers from business
and government provide employment information and accept resumes from candidates.
A side component of this fair is teacher recruitment. Representatives from school
districts from counties across the region recruit new teachers. Some are offering
A free ticket is required for the event and can be obtained by visiting the Career
Development Center in Room 328 of the Keathley University Center.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Internships and Summer Jobs Fair will take place from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Murphy Center. Employers from various industries will be recruiting
for both seasonal employment and professional internship opportunities.
"Seventy-three percent of students work 11 or more hours a week, according to the
2010 MTSU Graduating Senior Survey,"; said Bill Fletcher, director of the Career Development
Center. "The Internships and Summer Jobs Fair is an excellent way for employers to
tap into an eager workforce interested in part-time jobs and internships.";
For additional information, please contact the Career Development Center at 615-898-2500
or visit www.mtsu.edu/career
. >>Top of Page Groundhog Day Luncheon set from MT Athletic Communications
The 38th Annual Groundhog Day Luncheon to benefit Blue Raider baseball has been set
for Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m.
The luncheon is hosted by the Blue Raider baseball team and the Blue Raider Athletic
Association as an opening pitch to the 2011 season. The event will feature its traditional
menu of ham hocks, white beans, tomato salad, green onions, corn bread, chocolate
cake and ice cream.
Due to scheduling conflicts with Murphy Center, this year's Groundhog Luncheon will
take place at the James Union Building on the MTSU campus.
Space restrictions will limit the luncheon attendees to the first 500 people who
make reservations, organizers said.
All tickets for this year's event are $20, or attendees can reserve a table for 10
at $250. Make reservations by calling the Middle Tennessee ticket office at 615-898-2103
or 888-937-6878 or the BRAA office at 615-898-2210.
Baseball 2011 season tickets are now on sale through the ticket office at Floyd Stadium.
Ticket prices are $60 for a season family bleacher pass and $45 for a season single
For questions about chairback seating at Reese Smith Field, contact the BRAA at 615-898-2210.
>>Top of Page Blue Raider Leadership Summit schedules February conference
The Blue Raider Leadership Summit, an educational opportunity for students to learn
the principles and techniques of effective leadership and to network with other students,
will offer a special overnight conference Feb. 4-5.
During "The Leadership Addiction: A Prescription for Effective Leadership,"; students
can expect an etiquette dinner, "how not to dress"; fashion show and numerous educational
sessions with emerging leadership topics. An estimated 100 student leaders are expected
to attend the event, which is the only student-led conference on campus.
BRLS is for students who are new to leadership positions or aspiring leaders. BRLS
is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service and planned by B.O.L.T., or Better
Our Leaders for Tomorrow.
The early-bird deadline is past, but attendees still can sign up through Tuesday,
Feb. 1, at a cost of $30 per person. That registration fee includes transportation,
lodging and all meals and conference materials.
For more information about the BRLS, visit www.mtsu.edu/leadandserve
. A BRLS application is under the Leadership Conferences page. >>Top of Page People Around the World: Fulbright professor building partnerships in Asia
by Gina K. Logue
Dr. Sean Foley is putting his third Fulbright Fellowship to use in a relatively unexplored
but highly relevant area of scholarship as he continues to investigate religious connections
between the Arab Gulf States and Southeast Asia.
Foley, an assistant professor of history at MTSU, is working and studying mostly
in Malaysia, under the auspices of the International Islamic University Malaysia,
with a stipend from the Fulbright Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department
of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
His experiences in other countries in the region, however, are yielding future benefits
for academia in general and for MTSU specifically.
On Foley's visit to India last month, the historian built ties with both Muslim and
non-Muslim universities on the subcontinent, including Jawaharlal Nehru University
in New Delhi.
"My trip will lay the foundation for future classes on Indian history, Islam generally
and Islam in South Asia, including India and Pakistan,"; Foley writes via e-mail.
"This trip will also cement ties between MTSU and its history department with universities
in India to facilitate the work of department scholars who are interested in work
Building partnerships with institutions of higher learning around the globe and facilitating
international exchange and study-abroad opportunities for both faculty and students
are high-priority goals at MTSU.
"Sean's travel and research presentations in India will highlight the name 'Middle
Tennessee State University' throughout the region,"; says Dr. Amy Sayward, chair of
the MTSU Department of History. "We hope that Sean's contacts today will lead to a
more international graduate-student body in our department and on our campus in the
years to come.";
Foley delivered a lecture on the Arab Gulf States at the Indian-Arab Cultural Center
at Jamia Milia University in New Delhi on Dec. 20 and on Dec. 21 at the Indian National
Seminar, which was held at the Centre for West Asian Studies at Aligarh University
in Aligarh, India.
"The seminar is India's premier annual national conference on Middle East studies
and included the top scholars in the field,"; Foley writes. "It was covered in India's
English- and Hindu-language newspapers … While at the conference, I also chaired a
panel on conflict and peace resolution in South Asia. I also built close ties to Indian
faculty and graduate students.";
As of fall 2010, 400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 60 countries
were enrolled at MTSU, according to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning
and Research Fact Book.
"As we continue to build our Ph.D. program in public history, we believe this will
draw an international student body, as every country and region is interested in preserving
and presenting its history to a public audience,"; says Sayward. "We're already seeing
our Ph.D. students thinking about their own research more broadly as we've had students
from Iran and Libya join the program this year.";
Foley's itinerary includes trips to Singapore and Thailand. He will return to New
Delhi in April to deliver another lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
INTERNATIONAL TIES—Dr. Sean Foley, MTSU history professor and three-time Fulbright
Fellowship winner, addresses the Indian National Seminar on Dec. 21 at the Centre
for West Asian Studies at Aligarh University in the photo above and poses at the Taj
Mahal in Agra, India, at left. photos courtesy of Dr. Sean Foley >>Top of Page Faculty/Staff Update Appointments Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross
(chemistry) has received a special one-year appointment to the Association for Women
in Science board of directors. Iriarte-Gross will serve as secretary of the national
board after Dr. Susan M. Fitzpatrick moved from secretary into a new role as president-elect.
Awards Dr. Don Hong
(mathematical sciences) received the State Farm Excellence Award in December for
his outstanding support of MTSU's actuarial science program. Fengqing "Zoe"; Zhang
's master's thesis, supervised by Dr. Don Hong
(mathematical sciences) has won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools' 2011
award for Innovative Application of Technology in a Master's Thesis. The award will
be presented at a special ceremony during the 40th Annual CSGS Meeting Feb. 24-27
at the Westin Huntsville (Ala.). Zhang earned her Master of Science from MTSU in May
2010 and is currently working toward a doctorate in the Department of Statistics at
Northwestern University. Certifications Kim Bland
(Health Services) is now certified by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical
Pathology to perform colposcopy exams, enabling Health Services to offer the service
to students who receive an abnormal pap exam. Lisa Schrader
(Health Services) is one of the first health educators to earn the designation of
Master Certified Health Education Specialist, effective April 1. The designation is
awarded to those with advanced knowledge and skills and a high level of practical
field experience in health education. Events Dr. Dennis Walsh
(mathematical sciences) completed a professional-development program, "Teaching Introductory
Statistics Following GAISE and the Common Core,"; on Jan. 5 from the Mathematical
Association of America/Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics
in New Orleans on Jan. 5. Exhibitions Professor Marc J. Barr
(electronic media communication) is exhibiting some of his computer-designed tea
sets and covered cups through Feb. 20 in "Magic Dirt,"; a national juried ceramics
exhibition at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery at Old Dominion University in
Norfolk, Va. Media Dr. William Ford
(Weatherford Chair of Finance) was interviewed by Lawrence Kudlow Jan. 11 on "The
Kudlow Report"; on CNBC. Professor Doug Tatum
(Wright Chair of Entrepreneurship) was interviewed by Jim Blasingame of The Small Business Advocate
on Jan. 3. Tatum also was quoted in "Would You Pay $170,000 for a Consultant?"; in
the Jan. 12 edition of The New York Times
. Passages Dr. Anna M. Burford
(business education, marketing education and office management), 83, passed away
on Jan. 5. Dr. Burford was employed by MTSU from August 1981 until her retirement
in July 2000. She was a professor in the Department of Business Education, Marketing
Education and Office Management. Dr. Burford was a native of Glasgow, Ky., and the
daughter of the late Ollis and Pearlie Quinn Burford. She also was preceded in death
by a brother, Hardin T. Burford. She is survived by her brother, Alwin B. Burford,
and his wife, Joyce, of Bowling Green, Ky.; her sister, Seva Lee Burford of Murfreesboro;
nephews Danny Burford and Kevin Burford and nieces Kim Clayton and Krista Staples.
Dr. Burford was a member of North Boulevard Church of Christ. She also taught at Morehead
State University and Western Kentucky before joining the MTSU family. Dr. Price Edwin Harrison Jr.
(health, physical education and recreation), 77, passed away Jan. 4. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Price Edwin Harrison Sr. and Ella McKnight Harrison. Dr.
Harrison is survived by his brother, James T. Harrison (Peggy); two sons, Price Edwin
Harrison III (Stacy Davis Harrison) and Mark Michael Harrison, and a daughter, Hart
Harrison, all of Nashville. Dr. Harrison grew up in Murfreesboro and as a young man
spent summers in Alaska working on the railroad. He graduated from MTSU, continued
his advanced studies at Rice University and attended Boston University, where he earned
a doctorate in health and physical education. Dr. Harrison then spent 20 years as
a professor in MTSU's Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (now
Health and Human Performance). He raised purebred Angus cattle and founded Angus News,
a trade newspaper that he published for 40 years. He was a devoted member of Buckner's
Chapel United Methodist in Smithville, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, contributions can
be made to The MTSU Foundation in his honor. Dr. Sarah McCanless Howell
(history), 80, passed away on Jan. 3. Dr. Howell was employed by MTSU from September
1970 as a professor of history until her retirement in July 1996. Preceded in death
by her parents, Sarah Hardcastle McCanless and George Folsom McCanless, Dr. Howell
is survived by her brother, George F. McCanless Jr. (Christel), and her son, Philip
Roberts Howell. Dr. Howell, who was born in Morristown, Tenn., attended Ward-Belmont
Preparatory School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University,
where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She received a Fulbright scholarship
for study in Strasbourg. After several years of teaching and a period of residence
in Atlanta, she returned to Vanderbilt, where she earned a doctorate in history. Dr.
Howell taught for 26 years at MTSU, specializing in American culture and intellectual
history. She was an active member of St. David's Episcopal Church and the Centennial
Club, and in retirement, she studied family history and contributed several articles
to the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Donations in her memory may be made to St.
David's Episcopal Church or Second Harvest Food Bank. Ms. Ruby Alice Knox-Brown
(Facilities Services), 78, passed away on Jan. 4. Ms. Knox-Brown was employed by
MTSU from July 1969 until her retirement in September 1999. She was a custodian in
Facilities Services. Ms. Knox-Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Frank
and Zollie Martin Knox; her brother, George Martin, and two sisters, Dellie Irene
Knox Word and Carlene Knox Smith. Ms. Knox-Brown was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church and later united with Faith Chapel Original Church of God, serving
as a devoted member of the Mothers Board. She was educated in the Wilson County School
System and was a hard and dedicated worker, retiring from MTSU after 30 years of service.
She also worked for 30-plus years for George and Nelda Pope. Ms. Knox-Brown leaves
a devoted family to cherish her memories, including daughters Joan Ann Davis and Wilma
Jean Henderson, both of Murfreesboro, and grandchildren Cheryl (Toney) Bigsby of Murfreesboro,
Dr. Howard (Josefine) Henderson II of Conroe, Texas, Kimberly (Chris) Hopkins, Quincy
Richardson, Jeaneka Davis and LuQuinta Richardson, all of Murfreesboro. She also leaves
12 great-grandchildren—Farrunti Newman, Jr., Demetrous Kirkendoll, Daicori Sunders,
Diamonique Bufors, Acoei Richardson, Toney Bigsby Jr., Tammarion Bigsby, Sanaa Henderson,
Keymani Richardson, Ka'Leah Richardson, Carrington Hopkins and Daiton Davis—and two
great-great-grandchildren, Farrunti Newman III and De'Shawn Herrin. Ms. Knox-Brown
also is survived by two loving sisters, Guther Lee Knox White and Hannah Frances Knox
McHenry, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The Rev. Dr. W. Beryl West
(psychology), 79, passed away Jan. 5. Dr. West was employed by MTSU from September
1969 until his retirement in July 2006 and was a Post-Retiree until April 2009. Dr.
West was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Beryl and Lota Bernice Smith West
of Borger, Texas, and a sister, Myrna Belle Jones of Carlsbad, N.M. He is survived
by his wife, Linda Marlin Lynch West; his brother, Bob (Helen) West of McKinney, Texas;
his sons, Greg (Jan) West of Midland, Texas, and Mark West of Murfreesboro, and stepson,
Eric (Michele) Lynch of Murfreesboro; and his grandchildren, Andy, Kate, and Maddie
West of Texas, Abby West of California and Chris Parker Lynch of Missouri. Dr. West
graduated from Borger High School in 1949 and was licensed to preach by the First
Baptist Church of Borger that fall. He graduated from West Texas A&M University in
1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and obtained his master's degrees
in theology and divinity from Southwest Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He pastored
several churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area before serving as pastor of Highland
Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, from 1958 to 1968 and earning his Master of Education
and Doctor of Education degrees in psychology from North Texas State University. From
1969 to 2001, he served as the interim pastor for various churches in Middle Tennessee
and in 2001 became the full-time pastor for Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He retired
in spring 2010 after serving as a pastor for 61 years. In 1969, Dr. West joined the
MTSU family as a professor in the psychology department. During his tenure at MTSU,
Dr. West was named RBJ Campbell Distinguished Professor in 1986 and received the Outstanding
Public Service Award in 1980 and 1984. He founded the Black Student Union and Psi
Chi/Psychology Club at MTSU (serving as the initial faculty sponsor for each), helped
to establish the MTSU Multicultural Affairs Committee and, with others, wrote the
initial grant that resulted in the creation of the MTSU Women's Center. Dr. West also
founded the Tennessee Association of Specialists in Group Work and the Tennessee High
School Teachers of Psychology Association and was the voice of the "Band of Blue";
from 1970 to 1996. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made
to the W. Beryl West Psychology Scholarship Fund of the MTSU Foundation. Personnel Changes Mitzi Brandon
(Provost's Office) is the new curriculum specialist in the Provost's Office after
serving MTSU with distinction for many years in various capacities, most recently
in the Office of Creative and Visual Services (formerly Publications and Graphics).
Her new post will include catalog production, computer operations, project management,
curriculum management and other areas. Shannon Hardebeck
(mass communication) is the new executive aide in the dean's office in the College
of Mass Communication. She is a native of middle Tennessee and studied music business
at Belmont University and psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She's
been part of the MTSU family since 2008 and will officially begin her new job on Feb.
5. Presentations Dr. Don Hong
(mathematical sciences) presented colloquium talks in December at Ningbo University,
Hunan Normal University and North China University of Technology. Drs. Alanna L. Neely
and Cliff Ricketts
(agribusiness and agriscience) presented "Dual Credit: Enhancing Image, Improving
Post-Secondary Transition and Coaching Students to Enter College Efficiently and Effectively,";
"The Relationship Between Leadership Styles, Personality Types, Communication Style,
Learning Style and Career Choices"; and "Taking Agricultural Mechanics to Its Highest
Level by Incorporating Inquiry-Based Instruction to Teach Alternative Fuel Research";
at the National Association of Agricultural Educators/Association for Career and Technical
Education Convention held Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in Las Vegas. On Sept. 21 at the Ninth Annual
Tennessee Educational LEADership Conference in Nashville, Neely and Dr. Warren Gill
(ABAS) presented "Incorporating College Success Techniques into a Dual-Credit Course
Curriculum: Coaching Students on How to Enter College Efficiently and Effectively
from the First Day."; Dr. Dennis Walsh
(mathematical sciences) presented a talk, "Tic-Tac-Toe with Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe,";
at the Mathematics of Games and Puzzles session of the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings
in New Orleans on Jan. 6. Publications Dr. Don Hong
(mathematical sciences) recently published two papers: "Triangulation-based method
for constructing molecular surfaces"; with Wenjun Huang and Huanwen Liu (University
of Guangxi Nationalities, China) for the 2010 Second International Conference on Multimedia and Computational Intelligence
in Wuhan, China
(Sept. 29-30, 2010, pp. 423-426) and "Mathematical Tools and Statistical Techniques
for Proteomic Data Mining"; with Shiyin Qin (Beihang University) and Fengqing Zhang
(Northwestern University) in the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science
, 5 (2010), No. 2, 123-140. Gina Logue
(Office of News and Media Relations) wrote "The Quest to Heal Others,"; a profile
of U.S. Military Academy cadet Alexandra Rosenberg, for the Winter 2010 awards edition
of Phi Kappa Phi Forum
. Professor Shelley C. Moore
(nursing) and Nancy J. Wells
(Vanderbilt University) published "Staff Nurses Lead the Way for Improvement to Shared
Governance Structure"; in the Journal of Nursing Administration
, November 2010, Vol. 40, Iss. 11; pg. 477. Dr. Jeffrey Walck
(biology) recently published a paper, "Understanding the germination of bulbils from
an ecological perspective: a case study on Chinese yam (Dioscorea polystachya),";
in the international journal Annals of Botany
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. >>Top of Page Campus Calendar: Jan. 31-Feb. 13, 2011 Please note: Event dates, times and locations may change after press time. Please
verify specifics when making plans. TV Schedule: "MTSU Out of the Blue";
Cable Channel 9: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m., 5 p.m.
NewsChannel 5+ (Comcast 250): Sundays, 1:30 p.m.
for other cable-outlet airtimes or www.youtube.com/mtsunews
for a complete show archive. Radio Schedule: "MTSU On the Record";
8 a.m. Sundays, WMOT 89.5-FM
Podcasts available anytime at www.mtsunews.com
. Sports @ Home Feb. 2: Women's Basketball vs. Louisiana-Monroe
, 7 p.m. Feb. 3: Mardi Gras Night—Men's Basketball vs. Louisiana-Monroe
, 7 p.m. Feb. 5: Track and Cross Country Middle Tennessee Invitational; "Coaches vs. Cancer";
South Alabama Basketball Doubleheader
—Men, 3 p.m.; Women, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Women's Tennis vs. UT-Martin
, 1 p.m. (Nashboro Village) Feb. 12: Track and Cross Country MT Valentine Invitational
, 11 a.m.; " Learning Circle Honor Roll Day"; FIU Basketball Doubleheader
—Men, 4:30 p.m.; Women, 7 p.m. Feb. 13: MTSU Softball vs. Murray State
, 1 p.m.
For information, visit www.goblueraiders.com
. Through Feb. 10
"12"; X 12";: A National Juried Exhibition of Small Scale Works of Art";
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Todd Gallery
For information, contact: 615-898-5653. Monday, Jan. 31
Spring Honors Lecture Series: Dr. Brad Bartel, "The Mother-Goddess Figurine Problem
of the European Paleolithic";
3 p.m., Room 106, Honors Amphitheatre
For information, visit www.mtsu.edu/~honors
or contact: 615-898-2152. Stones River Chamber Players, "Happy Anniversary 2011!";
7:30 p.m., Hinton Music Hall
For information, visit www.mtsumusic.com
or contact: 615-898-2493. Tuesday, Feb. 1
Black History Month: Campus Sing
Noon, Keathley University Center Theater
For information, contact: 615-898-2831. Black History Month: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Display
11 a.m.-1 p.m., KUC second floor
For information, contact: 615-898-2831. Black History Month: Keith Craig Musical Medley
5-6 p.m., Wright Music Hall
For information, contact: 615-898-2831. Wednesday, Feb. 2
38th Annual Groundhog Day Luncheon for MTSU Baseball
11:30 a.m., Tennessee Room, James Union Building
Tickets: $20 per person
For information, contact: 615-898-2103. Thursday, Feb. 3
Black History Month: Annual Unity Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
11 a.m., Tennessee Room, JUB
Admission: $20 adults, $10 students
For information, contact: 615-898-2591. Thursday, Feb. 3
Black History Month: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, "Campus and Community Collaboration";
6 p.m., Tennessee Room, JUB
For information, contact: 615-898-2831. Friday, Feb. 4
First Friday Star Party: Guest Speaker Santos Lopez, "Debunking Apocalypse 2012";
6:30 p.m. lecture, Room 102, Wiser-Patten Science Building; followed by telescope
viewing at the MTSU Observatory
For information, contact: 615-898-5946 or 898-2483. MTSU Wind Ensemble
8 p.m., Hinton Music Hall
For information, visit www.mtsumusic.com
. Sunday, Feb. 6
Faculty Voice Recital: Amanda King
7 p.m., Hinton Music Hall
For information, visit www.mtsumusic.com
. Monday, Feb. 7
TIAA-CREF Employee Financial Counseling Sessions
To schedule an appointment, contact: 800-732-8353. Association of Secretarial and Clerical Employees Blood Drive
10 a.m.-4 p.m., KUC 322
To make an appointment, visit www.givelife.org
. Spring Honors Lecture Series: Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, "Experimental Vehicles: Innovation
and Creativity in Engineering";
3 p.m., HONR 106
For information, visit www.mtsu.edu/~honors
. Guest Recital: "Visions of America: Music of Paul Osterfield"; featuring Michael Jorgensen,
violin, and Caleb Harris, piano
8 p.m., Hinton Music Hall
For information, visit www.mtsumusic.com
. Tuesday, Feb. 8
Black History Month: "QUESDay,"; Omega Psi Phis in the Military Display
11 a.m.-1 p.m., KUC second floor
For information, contact: 615-898-2831. Tornado Siren Test Date
(no action needed)
12:20 p.m., campuswide
For information, contact: 615-898-2424. Black History Month Step Off
7 p.m., Tom Jackson Building
For information, e-mail email@example.com
. Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Jhon C. Akers, "Carl Sandburg and the Spanish Guitar";
7:30 p.m., State Farm Lecture Hall (Room S102), Business and Aerospace Building
For information, contact: 615-898-2004 or 898-5623. Thursday, Feb. 10
Retired Faculty/Staff Coffee
9:30 a.m., Foundation House
For information, contact: 615-898-2922. Friday, Feb. 11
Deadline for 2011 Special Project Grant Applications
For information, visit www.mtsu.edu/development/special_projects.shtml
. Saturday, Feb. 12
Faculty Quartet: Joseph Walker, piano; Jessica Dunnavant, flute; Amanda King, soprano;
Tanya Lawson, clarinet
8 p.m., Hinton Music Hall
For information, visit www.mtsumusic.com
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