Thursday, January 16, 2014

[318] MTSU faculty to discuss nursing, writing and music on WGNS

The Tuesday, Jan. 14, WGNS “Action Line” radio program with veteran radio host Bart Walker will feature a variety of MTSU-related topics.

The live program will be broadcast from 8:10 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. WGNS airs on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 and podcast are available as well.

Tuesday’s guests include:

• Dr. Debra Rose Wilson, an MTSU nursing professor, was the 2013 recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Association’s Excellence in Nursing Education Award. The statewide award “recognizes outstanding performance in nursing education and nursing leadership, which improves the quality of nursing care, and professional and community service,” according to

On a 2010 trip to the University of Botswana to speak to nurse leaders about stress management and self-care, Wilson originated the “I Am Proud to Be a Nurse” campaign to improve the image of nurses in the African nation. Funding the project with $13,000 of her own money, Wilson designed pins with the message “I Am Proud to Be a Nurse” and distributed the pins to every nurse in the country. Extra pins were sold for $5 each to help recoup costs.

 Matthew Brown, an MTSU English instructor and founder of the Writers’ Corps, will discuss the purpose of the corps, an informal association of MTSU students who are current or former members of the military, along with their dependents.
The corps held a free public reading of their works in the fall at the Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza in Nashville. The corps also held another reading in December at Reveille Joe’s in downtown Murfreesboro.

Learn more about the Writers Corps at

• Dr. Michael Parkinson is in his first year as director of the MTSU School of Music, which had a number of concerts and recitals in the fall and will have a busy spring calendar as well.

Parkinson, who began his tenure in July 2013, most recently served as professor and director of the school of music at Ohio University, where he taught classes in jazz studies and music industry/entrepreneurship.

From 1997 to 2007, Parkinson served as music chair at Webster University in St. Louis, where he taught courses in jazz studies. Previously, he served as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he designed the bachelor’s degree of music in jazz studies. 

The MTSU School of Music presents more than 180 concerts each year, including fully staged operas, wind band, orchestral, choral, jazz, faculty and student solo and chamber music performances.

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