Friday, November 21, 2014

[216] Civic engagement, student success, Center for Popular Music highlight WGNS program

The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. If you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Guests included:

Dr. Mary Evins, MTSU history professor and coordinator for the American Democracy Project, discussed efforts to get college students more engaged in the democratic process. Evins said one of the project’s goals is to increase “students’ growth in awareness of American heritage and their personal responsibilities in a participatory democracy.” Learn more about the project here.

•  Dr. Richard “Rick” Sluder, vice provost for Student Success, and Vincent Windrow, assistant vice provost for Student Success, discussed MTSU’s ongoing efforts to help students earn their degrees. Sluder joined MTSU Sept. 15 as part of MTSU’s “Quest for Student Success” initiative, a series of reforms launched in October 2013 to better help students stay on track academically and complete their degrees. Windrow is assisting in this effort to make sure that students are aware of the many resources available to help them stay on track to graduate. Learn more here.

Dr. Greg Reish (REESH), director of the Center for Popular Music at MTSU, discusses his goals after taking over as center director July 1. He is writing a book about American vernacular guitar styles from the mid-19th century through bluegrass and country music of the 1940s. In addition, Reish is a professor of musicology in the MTSU School of Music and an accomplished singer and instrumentalist on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer and ukulele. Learn more here.

Students, faculty and staff interested in being a guest on WGNS to promote their MTSU-related activities should contact Jimmy Hart, director of News and Media Relations, at 615-898-5131 or via email at

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