News Archive


MTSU's General Huber talks with Civil Air Patrol Cadets 

June 21, 2017

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, senior advisor for the MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, spoke about leadership with Civil Air Patrol cadets attending the 2017 CAP National Engineering Technology Academy, sponsored by the MTSU College of Basic & Applied Sciences.

MTSU veterans' leader brings Memorial Day addresses

May 29, 2017

On Memorial Day, May 29, Lt. Gen. Keith Huber (U.S. Army, Ret.), senior advisor for MTSU Daniels Center, delivered the keynote address at the closing event for The Healing Field at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro. In the video below, he discusses the meaning of Memorial Day.

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MTSU McPhee, Huber jump with Army Golden Knights

April 25, 2017

MTSU's President Sidney A. McPhee and retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, a university adviser on student veteran services, encountered a leap of faith, literally, Tuesday as they tandem jumped with members of the Army Golden Knights precision parachute team at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Airport.

Along with MTSU sophomore Andrew Wigdor, McPhee and Huber were invited to participate because of MTSU’s commitment to student veterans, the opening of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and a recent expansion into career placement.
Story by: Daily News Journal

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MTSU Salutes Graduating Student Veterans in 7th Stole Ceremony

April 19, 2017

Almost 50 of the 122 student veterans who will be graduating in May were honored in the Daniels Center's 7th stole ceremony. 
Story by: Randy Weiler

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Governor pushes jobs at state Veteran Education Academy at MTSU

March 8, 2017

"Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam not only loves veterans who served their country, but he wants them in Tennessee’s workforce."

"Haslam said jobs were the primary reason he attended the second Statewide Veteran Education Academy, hosted Wednesday, March 8, at Middle Tennessee State University." 
Story by: Randy Weiler

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Veteran Education Academy
MTSU photo by: Andy Heidt

Veterans Transitioning Home Ribbon Cutting 

February 14, 2017

Middle Tennessee State University held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, Feb. 14, for an expansion of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, gaining added space on the third floor of the Keathley University Center, where the Daniels Center Veterans Transitioning Home will be located. 

The nearly 600-square-foot addition — to go with the center's main office area on the first floor of KUC — will assist student veterans and others as they continue and wrap up their education at MTSU and transition to the business world.
Story by: John M. Goodwin

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MTSU Salutes Veterans and Rakkasans at Football Game Nov. 5

November 22, 2016

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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

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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!

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." - State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission Press Release

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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.
Written by: Randy Weiler

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 Human Geography program in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Discovering campus resources (includes tours and information about GI 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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MTSU welcomes almost 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets for training

June 6, 2016 
"Almost 100 cadets from the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol are spending the week on the MTSU campus for the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s weeklong annual training encampment. The cadets, ranging in age from 12 to 21, are living in campus residence halls, attending special presentations by the university on aerospace and leadership and learning military drill and customs during the encampment. It is the first time the Tennessee Wing has held its annual training for cadets on a university campus."


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, speaks to Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets June 6 during a session on leadership and service. Several training sessions are being conducted for cadets during the weeklong Tennessee Wing Encampment held on the MTSU campus. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

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NPT’s first story for this round of Veterans Coming Home featuring United States Marine Corps veteran and recent MTSU graduate Sean Martin

June 3, 2016
"Using prose and poetry to bridge the civilian / military divide? United States Marine Corps veteran and recent MTSU graduate Sean Martin shares how fellow students at the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center and Writer Corps helped him find community and a renewed sense of purpose. This video from NPT kicks off a new round of stories for the national public media series Veterans Coming Home. Look out for more stories striving to connect civilians and veterans, break down stereotypes and broaden our sense of what it means to serve at"

VA-MTSU alliance earns national acclaim for serving student vets

June 1, 2016
"A partnership between MTSU and the local VA facility in support of student veterans has earned national honors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tennessee Valley Healthcare System teamed up with MTSU to provide comprehensive VA benefits and health care services to student veterans. VA staffers have offices in the veterans center, which is located inside MTSU’s Keathley University Center in the heart of the campus, and veterans can stop in anytime to see trained staff about their mental health care, education and other VA health care services and benefits." For the full story, visit MTSU News. You can also visit the Daily News Journal for more information.

Name Change: now the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

April 28, 2016
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee held a private dinner with Charlie and Hazel Daniels at his residence April 26, 2016. That evening he announced the new naming of the Veterans and Military Family Center for Charlie and his wife.  

President McPhee and Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, along with the directors of The Journey Home Project, present a $70,000 check to MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to support the Veterans and Military Family Center after a dinner April 26, 2016 at the President's Residence. The project has donated $120,000 to the center since it opened in November 2015.  (Photo: Andrew Oppmann)

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