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April 'Out of the Blue' boosts online learning, adds nutrition grad program, celebrates alumnus' top thesis

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Good news is springing up all over in the April 2021 edition of Middle Tennessee State University's “Out of the Blue” TV magazine show with stories on the growth of online learning options, a new graduate program in nutrition, and a top statewide honor for an alumnus' master's thesis.

Join us this month to hear from:

• Dr. Trey Martindale, MTSU's chief online learning officer and head of MTSU Online in the University College, who discusses how a year of serving students during the pandemic is changing, and guiding, distance and virtual learning for the future.

• Dr. Liz Smith, director of MTSU's Master of Professional Studies Leadership in Nutrition Program in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences' Department of Human Sciences, and MPS graduate student Carmen Bell, who explain how the new degree is serving both students and the community.

Ben Burnley, a 2020 alumnus of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media's master's program in the College of Media and Entertainment, and his thesis adviser, Dr. Jason Reineke, who discuss how Burnley's thesis on social media's growing influence on politics earned the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools Graduate Student Thesis/Final Project Award as the best in the state.

You can watch “Out of the Blue,” with host Andrew Oppmann, anytime online on MTSU's YouTube channel and on MTSU's True Blue TV, airing on Murfreesboro cable Channel 9 daily at 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, as well as on NewsChannel5+ at 3:30 p.m. Sundays.

“Out of the Blue" also is available as iTunes and Google Play podcasts and on other cable outlets in Middle Tennessee, so check local listings.

Enjoy previous editions of "Out of the Blue" here in our archives, too.

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