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An eventful autumn awaits the Middle Tennessee State University community and general public.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university and others will be treated to everything from the comedy of Chris Hardwick to a myriad music and theatre activities to athletic events featuring the Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders.
Lectures, special conferences and symposiums, Homecoming 2013 and an annual tribute to U.S. veterans and active-duty personnel also are among the mix.
As part of Week of Welcome activities, Hardwick will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Murphy Center.
The multi-talented Hardwick serves as host of the pop-culture show, “The Nerdist,” the only U.S.-produced television program on BBC America. He also headlines AMC’s “Talking Dead,” the live follow-up talk show for the cable network’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead.”
For more Week of Welcome activities, visit www.mtsunews.com.
Throughout the fall, a number of special events will be taking place.
• “Les Miserables,” an MTSU School of Music and theatre student production, will be held in Tucker Theatre nightly at 7:30 Thursday, Sept. 19, through Saturday, Sept. 21, and a Sunday, Sept. 22, matinee at 3 o’clock.
Tickets are $10; the play is free (with ID) for students. For more, visit mtsu.edu/socialmedia/lesmis.php;
• The annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science for girls in grades 5-8 and young women in grades 9-12 will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 on campus, primarily in science buildings. For more information, visit mtsu.edu/wistem/eyh/index.php or call 615-904-8253;
• The annual MTSU Economic Outlook Conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Student Union Ballroom. Financial expert and author David Darst, managing director and chief investment strategist for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in New York, will be the luncheon speaker. Registration for the general public is $50 and can be made online at mtsu.edu/econconference. The last day to register is Sept. 20;
• Homecoming will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, with a week full of activities leading up to it and the Conference USA game against East Carolina. This year’s alumni and Student Government Association theme is “Deep Blue Sea.”
For more information, visit mtsu.edu/sga/homecoming.php or www.mtalumni.com;
“This year, the SGA has worked to create new events as well as expand the current traditions that our student body, faculty and staff, community and alumni can all get excited about,” said Brandon Loso, SGA homecoming director;
• Oct. 15-18 marks the dates for the 25th anniversary of the biennial International Holocaust Conference.
For more information, contact program Chair Elyce Rae Helford at firstname.lastname@example.org;
• The Tennessee Valley Corridor Forensics Symposium “The Past, Present and Future of Forensic Science” will be held Tuesday (5 to 9 p.m.) and Wednesday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Oct. 29-30, in the Student Union Ballroom.
Guest speakers will include Dr. William Bass, founder of the Forensic Anthropology Center and professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; James Markey, retired sergeant for the Phoenix (Ariz.) Police Department and owner of Investigative Lead LLC; and Paulette Sutton, retired director of investigations for the Division of Forensic Pathology in Shelby County.
For more information, visit mtsu.edu/fire/workshops.php;
• The MTSU Lady Raiders and Tennessee Lady Vols will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Murphy Center in a nonconference women’s basketball game that may draw a capacity crowd.
For ticket information, visit goblueraiders.com/content.cfm/id/151;
• The 32nd annual Salute to Armed Services/Veterans Day event will be held Saturday, Nov. 9.
It features a memorial service, picnic, recognition of the Joe Nunley Award recipient, football game at 3 p.m. between MTSU and Florida International, the Band of Blue’s inspirational halftime tribute to veterans and active-duty personnel and more.
For more information, call Marco Born at 615-898-2452;
• A full schedule of School of Music events will be held throughout the fall.
For a complete list, visit mtsu.edu/music/calendar.php; and
• For Alumni Association events, visit mtalumni.com/s/1092/start.aspx.