FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 17, 2010
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GERMAN STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATORS VISIT MTSU CAMPUS
Professionals Gather to Exchange Ideas about Serving University Students
(MURFREESBORO) – Middle Tennessee State University will welcome a delegation of university student affairs professionals from Germany on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as part of their week-long tour of institutions of higher learning in the area.
The visit is made possible under the auspices of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), a Washington, D.C.-based professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students. The organization boasts more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses and represents 29 countries, according to its Web site, www.naspa.org.
“Our staff will be exposed to some new thoughts about how schools abroad are structured,” says Dr. Deb Sells, Vice President of Student Affairs and Vice Provost of Enrollment and Academic Services. “That’s not a chance we get very often. It will prompt us to think about why we do what we do, which will be beneficial in and of itself.”
The German delegation includes Clemens Metz, executive director of Studentenwerk Freiburg; Dieter Reitz, executive director of Studentenwerk Aachen; Dr. Ralf Schmidt-Roch, executive director of Studentenwerk Thuringia; Ted Thurner, assistant director of Studentenwerk Oldenburg; and Christina Walz, executive director of Studentenwerk Kassel.
Sells says the German visitors will be treated to a tour of the campus, lunch in McCallie Dining Hall, a discussion of mutual interests and a possible examination of projects under construction at MTSU, including the new student union and College of Education and Behavioral Science buildings.
With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.