As we approach mid-April at MTSU — with a special April 12-15 Centennial Alumni Weekend just ahead and students, faculty and staff now four weeks away from spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 — where has the 2011-12 academic year gone?
Sophomore Jordan Dodson, a sophomore chemistry major from Murfreesboro, explains his Scholars Week poster to sophomore physics major Jonathan Herlan of Limestone, Tenn., during the 2012 Scholars Day finale March 30 in Murphy Center.
It has flown by.
Next weekend, the campus will be teeming with excitement when alumni, their families, students and friends of the university crisscross campus for a broad spectrum of activities. To learn more, visit mtalumni.com.
Next month, Centennial commencement ceremonies will fill Murphy Center twice. There is a 9 a.m. ceremony for students graduating from the College of Graduate Studies, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Education and Mass Communication. The 2 p.m. ceremony features students graduating from the colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Behavioral and Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and University College. For more information, visit http://mtsunews.com/graduation-info/. More news about commencement and graduation speakers will be available closer to May 5.
As a prelude to Alumni Weekend and Spring Commencement, MTSU just concluded its annual Scholars Week. At MTSU, neither man (nor woman) lives by athletics and Greek Life alone.
Within the core or campus, research and scholarly activity — the real reason nearly all students attend MTSU — continue to grow rapidly.
Scholars Week began this year with keynote speaker Dr. Eugenie C. Scott discussing the red-hot topics evolution and creationism in front of a capacity crowd in the Business and Aerospace Building’s State Farm Lecture Hall.
Throughout the week, all of the colleges within MTSU celebrated Scholars Days in their own special way. My favorite, because it’s both educational and fun, is the College of Basic and Applied Sciences’ Scholars Day.
What other college’s Scholars Day lets you pet and touch “Brownie” the calf, drink chocolate milk and eat strawberry ice cream, play games and puzzles, ride a Moonbuggy and sit in a Humvee?
To conclude Scholars Week, a university wide Scholars Day event was held in Murphy Center. A record 331 students’ posters were presented along with 26 faculty and 15 centers from across campus.
“The poster sessions were high-caliber,” Provost Brad Bartel said. “So many disciplines were represented. All in all, it was a great, great week.”
“I love the idea that we come together as a university community,” history department chair Dr. Amy Sayward said after judging one of the categories. “To know that we have this kind of research going on is why I volunteer.”
One of the great things about Scholars Week is the sharing of ideas and the interest students have in other’s research.
For a list of Scholars Week poster winners, visit http://mtsunews.com/scholars-week-2012/.
Randy Weiler is a media specialist and writer in the Office of MTSU News and Media Relations.