Thursday, December 02, 2010

[225] Magazine Subscriptions Not Connected With MTSU

University Receiving Calls on Alleged Student ‘Salespeople’

EDITORIAL CONTACT: Tom Tozer, 615-898-2919

(MURFREESBORO)—Individuals claiming to be students selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for MTSU are not affiliated with the university, officials said today.
“MTSU doesn’t have students going door-to-door selling things to benefit the university,” said Tom Tozer, director of MTSU’s Office of News and Public Affairs. “Fundraising for MTSU departments, scholarships and the like generally are handled by our Development Office, and anyone working with them will have the appropriate identification. You’ll probably also have heard some publicity about the fundraising event from our office, if it’s an appropriately university-sanctioned event.”
Concerned residents across the state contact MTSU from time to time to report questionable activities by people representing themselves as salespeople for MTSU, Tozer added.
One recent caller said a young man has been soliciting magazine subscriptions around Murfreesboro to fund Army ROTC scholarships at the university. The MTSU Military Science Department is not raising funds this way, officials said, and the name given by the alleged salesman is not valid.
“We simply encourage folks to trust their good sense and not fall victim to this kind of activity,” Tozer said. “We appreciate that our neighbors want to help our students, but the best way to do that is through our Development Office.”
Citizens approached by individuals claiming to be selling items to raise funds for MTSU can also report the activity to their local police departments.

Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution located in Murfreesboro and is the state’s largest public undergraduate institution. MTSU now boasts one of the nation’s first master’s degree programs in horse science, and the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., acclaims MTSU’s Master of Science in Professional Science degree—the only one in Tennessee—as a model program. This fall, MTSU unveiled three new doctoral degrees in the sciences.

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