The audience attending last week’s (Sept. 19) grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $65 million Student Union Building listens to remarks from President Sidney A. McPhee. (MTSU)
Administrators, deans and admissions counselors from Middle Tennessee State University will kick off a six-city tour this week to recruit prospective students.
The True Blue Tour, MTSU’s cross-state effort to recruit the best and brightest students for the 2013-14 academic year, includes stops in Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis, as well as events on the Murfreesboro campus, said Debra Sells, vice president for the Division of Student affairs and vice provost for Enrollment and Academic Services
The Johnson City stop will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Millennium Place. Admission is free and open to all interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as prospective transfer students, alumni and others wanting to learn more about the university.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the tour will move to Knoxville, where university officials will be at the Knoxville Museum of Art, located at 1050 World’s Fair Park, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Sells will speak at the gatherings. College deans, financial aid counselors and admissions personnel will also be attending. They will answer questions prospective students and their parents may have about the university and share MTSU’s many student-centered qualities.
Registration for the event is not required but is encouraged.
“The True Blue Tour is always a highlight of the fall recruitment season,” Sells said. “It’s a chance for us to take our message directly to high school students and their families, and to expose them to the faculty and staff that make MTSU the great university that it is.”
“This year we’ll also be targeting potential community college transfers,” Sells added, “and we’ll be interested in talking with alumni and others who may have an interest in our graduate programs.”
The university will host a lunch with area high school counselors at both the Johnson City and Knoxville sites, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sells said the counselor luncheons are used to communicate the university’s major programs, concentrations and offerings that the counselors then can share with their students.
The schedule for the other tour stops are:
• Oct. 2 — Chattanooga at Chattanooga Convention Center
• Oct. 8 — Nashville at LP Field Club Level Concourse
• Oct. 24 — Memphis at The Great Hall in Germantown
• Oct. 25 — Jackson at The Aeneas Building