Scholars Week 2016 - Schedule of Events

Note: Proposals for each college event have separate submission processes and deadlines. Please read instructions carefully.

Monday, March 28

College of Basic and Applied Sciences Guest Speaker
Dr. Tad Sonstegard "Precision Breeding to Improve Tropical Cattle: Increasing Production, Quality, and Animal Well Being."
4:00-5:00 PM, SCI 1190
Abstract: Dr. Tad Sonstegard, Chief Scientific Officer of Acceligen (RCI’s agricultural subsidiary), is an internationally recognized leader in livestock genetics, with more than 20 years of experience. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota – and has 166 peer-reviewed PubMed listed publications. The talk addresses the tools and resources for bovine genomics/biotech necessary to improve beef production in a tropical setting/production environment.

College of Education Scholars Day 
College of Education Poster Presentation for Research and Creative Works for COE Students and Staff.
5:00-6:00 PM, outside COE 160. Call for Abstracts [.PDF]. Contact for information and proposal form [.DOC].

College of Education Guest Speaker
Inge Meyring Smith

6:00 pm, COE 160
Abstract: In 1938 at the age of 15, Inge fled Nazi Germany with her parents on Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), barely escaping the Holocaust. Inge has made tremendous contributions to education as the founder of Head Start in Tennessee and of Battleground Academy’s Lower School. She also helped start the Harpeth Academy and was the first Headmistress. In its 62nd year in operation, Inge is the founder and owner of Smith Preschool in Franklin, TN. She is the author of Born for America: The Life of Inge Meyring Smith.

Scholars Week Keynote Speaker
Bill Ivey, "​Creativity, Career and Public Education"

7:00 PM, Student Union Ballroom
Abstract: Bill Ivey (Visiting Research Associate, Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology) is one of America's leading experts in arts administration, education and cultural public policy. In an era when business, technology, economics and education are increasingly intertwined, Ivey seeks to explore and define a balanced understanding of artistic expression, creativity, scholarship and their impacts on American democracy and quality of life.   

Tuesday, March 29

College of Basic and Applied Sciences Scholars Day
Poster Session
11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Science Building Atrium
Printable poster registration forms are available online and are due by March 22.

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences Scholars Day
"Building a Research Team: Cooperation, Collaboration, Success!"
3:00-4:30 PM, CKNB Lobby 

Wednesday, March 30

College of Liberal Arts Scholars Day
Research Talks and Panels by students and faculty. 
Presentations will be from 10:00-4:00 in Todd 204 and Todd 348. This year we have presentations concerning a wide range of topics. All are welcome to come for the day or for a talk or two (program, abstracts). For more information contact

College of Business Scholars Day
Business Plan Competition Trade Show
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
New Student Union Atrium
Deadline for submissions is Feb. 24. More information is available online.

National Women’s History Month Presentation and Panel Discussion
“Determined to Rise: Black Female Students in Higher Education”
12:00-1:00 PM; Student Union Building, Room 224
A short presentation and panel discussion focusing on the experiences of Black female college students, particularly at MTSU. What campus support systems do these women perceive as enhancing their ability to persist through college? What challenges do these women encounter, and how do they approach these challenges? What lessons can be learned from Black college women’s determination to achieve academic success? Contact Presenter and Panel Organizer: Newtona (Tina) Johnson.

Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication 
Student Speech Contest
4:30 p.m., Todd Hall 204
Printable applications due Feb. 28.

College of Media and Entertainment
Les Paul's Big Sound Experience
10:00 AM-6:00PM, Honors Parking Lot (next to the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building)
Free admission

Invited Speaker: Harold Bradley
1:00 PM, KUC Theater
Legendary guitar player and a Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley will speak at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Keathley University Center Theater. Bradley played on hundreds of sessions for classic hits, working with artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. He will talk about guitar playing, his career and his interactions with Paul.

Thursday, March 31

College of Media and Entertainment
Les Paul's Big Sound Experience
10:00 AM-6:00PM, Honors Parking Lot (next to the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building)
Free admission

Invited Speaker: Chuck Ainlay
11:20 AM, Bragg Bldg, Room 180
Chuck Ainlay, a renowned engineer and producer, will speak to students at 11:20 a.m. Thursday in Room 180 of the Bragg building. Ainlay, who worked with artists ranging from Dire Straits to George Strait, was named Engineer of the Year by the Nashville Music Association and “engineer with the most Top 10 hits” by Music Row magazine. 

Invited Speaker: Arielle Peri
1:00 PM, KUC Theater
Successful guitar player and singer/songwriter Arielle Peri will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday in the KUC Theater. She has performed with artists such as Cee Lo Green and Alice Cooper and become a role model for female musicians nationwide. She is also recognized for building her own guitars.  

Friday, April 1

University-Wide Scholars Day: Poster, Multimedia, Performances
New Student Union Ballroom, 12:40 pm – 2:45 pm
Contact: Mrs. Julie Gannon (x7848)
Awards at 3:00 pm
Judging Contacts: Dr. Will Langston (x5489), Jason Vance (x7871),
or Dr. Nat Smith (x8852)

April 4-April 17

First-place posters will be on exhibit in the Walker Library following Scholars Week.
Contact: Jason Vance (x7871)