Thursday, January 16, 2014

[318] Awaiting new Student Services building opening in March, MTSU spring semester starts Jan. 16

MURFREESBORO — With MTSU spring semester classes ready to begin Thursday, Jan. 16, the opening of the $16 million Student Services and Admissions building in March will be a much anticipated and welcome addition to campus for current and future students.

MTSU faculty, staff and administrators will welcome thousands of students to campus for not only their classes, but also for music and theatre events, special lectures, athletic competition and more.

“It is with great anticipation that we greet the coming academic semester, as many of our new Student Success initiatives — including the opening of the MT One Stop facility — begin to take shape,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “This is an exciting time to be part of our university community.”

Last fall, MTSU unveiled a Quest for Student Success initiative, helping to eliminate barriers to student success and bolster retention and improve graduation rates. The plan will continue into the new year and new semester.

All of MTSU eagerly awaits the March 17 opening of the Student Services and Admissions building, which will include the MT One Stop to bring admissions, financial aid, scheduling, course registration, enrollment and business office functions together under one roof.

Located across Blue Raider Drive from the Student Union and next to a new student parking garage, the approximately 58,000-square-foot facility “represents a new way to think about the way we deliver basic enrollment services in the areas of financial aid, course scheduling and enrollment,” said Dr. Deb Sells, vice president of student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services. “The MT One Stop is designed to bring a new approach to providing high-touch, comprehensive and coordinated enrollment services to MTSU students.” The MT One Stop will be located on the second floor.

From the academic perspective, Provost Brad Bartel said all faculty members “are excited about the beginning of the spring semester.” He added that MTSU “has additional advisers to assist students, and the academic departments are offering a full complement of courses.”

Final-semester seniors will be working toward graduation Saturday, May 10, when
MTSU will hold two commencement ceremonies.

Students in the College of Graduate Studies (all master’s, education specialists and doctoral degree candidates), the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the College of Education will receive their degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

A 2 p.m. commencement ceremony is planned for students graduating from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, College of Mass Communication and University College.

More graduation details, including the guest speakers for each ceremony, will be available later this semester at

MTSU will be closed and no classes will be held Monday, Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Students and faculty will be off Monday through Saturday, March 10-15, for spring break. Classes will end Wednesday, April 30; a study day will be held Thursday, May 1; and final exams will take place from May 2-8.

To learn if the campus schedule will be affected by inclement weather this semester and throughout the year, visit

MTSU spring semester 2014 (Jan. 16 - May 12)
   Jan. 16 — Classes begin
   Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No classes
   March 10-15 — Spring break
   April 30 — Last day of classes
   May 1 — Study day - No classes
   May 2-8 — Final examinations
   May 10 — Commencement
   May 12 — Deadline for final grades

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