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INSIDE MTSU: Put time-saving calendar on your to-do list

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All right. Sit down. You’ve earned it. This is the first time you’ve slowed down all week, right?

You’ve been running full speed at work, helping to cover for folks who decided to take the whole month off, including attending every year-end meeting and producing every year-end report ever invented.

The family is scrambling to make holiday travel plans and attend all the school pageants, church programs, temple services and neighborhood get-togethers.

They all seem to be scheduled at the same time.

And wasn’t there a ball game and musical performance you didn’t want to miss?

Notice that no one’s mentioning preparing meals, wrapping presents, cleaning or decorating the house and vehicles and yard.

Makes you tired seeing all that written down, huh?

There is one gift you can give yourself this holiday that will help. You can even make it part of a New Year’s resolution, if you like.

Bookmark, and use, the University Master Calendar.

Its URL is simple: www.mtsu.edu/calendar.

If you forget — and what could possibly cause you to — it’s right on the university home page at www.mtsu.edu, too.

Why would we suggest keeping track of another calendar?

That’s the beauty of it: You don’t have to keep track of anything.

The calendar, which launched earlier this semester, can do that for you.

It includes each event that’s scheduled in or at an on-campus facility. It has contact information and more details, simply by clicking on the event link.

When you visit the site, it automatically shows the top featured events for the coming two months. Users can get the full impact of the calendar by selecting all to see each day’s events in color-coded calendars.

You can customize a calendar search to find upcoming special lectures, athletic events, musical or theatrical performances, conferences, films, art exhibits, community meetings — the list is limited only by your interests.

You can even subscribe to a selected calendar to get weekly updates via e-mail, RSS or iCal feeds.

Then, when there’s an event of interest to you and your family on campus, all you have to do is get over to the university and enjoy. We’ve done almost everything for you but get everyone buckled into the car.

In short, bookmarking the calendar may be one of the best things you do for yourself this year, and next. So, give it a try.

We look forward to seeing you at MTSU for the rest of the year and all through 2013. Happy holidays and best wishes for a great new year.

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