Thursday, January 29, 2015

[270] MTSU True Blue Experience Days help kick-start next recruiting phase

MURFREESBORO — Continuing a busy season to attract new and transfer students for the 2015-16 academic year and beyond, MTSU’s upcoming recruiting events include back-to-back True Blue Experience Days.

They will be held Friday, Jan. 23, for prospective students wanting to major in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Behavioral and Health Sciences and Friday, Jan. 30, for students wanting to major in the Colleges of Business, Education and Mass Communication.

True Blue Experience Days offer potential students, their parents and families an opportunity for an in-depth campus visit. They are able to view campus facilities; meet deans, advisers, faculty and other academic staff; talk to admissions and financial aid personnel; and gain a sense of student life and the MTSU community.

The True Blue Experience Days run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and start in the Student Union Building, 1768 MTSU Blvd. To pre-register for any of the Office of Admissions special events this winter and spring, visit or call 615-898-5670. To find parking and campus buildings, a printable campus map can be found at

For the Jan. 23 True Blue Experience Day, a two-hour block of time will be set aside for “various opportunities that will be planned for students to visit our departments and the majors, and get a feel of what’s going on,” said Dean Terry Whiteside, who guides the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

Departments within Whiteside’s college include criminal justice administration, health and human performance, human sciences, the School of Nursing, psychology and social work. He and department chairs will formalize final plans.

The College of Liberal Arts departments “are excited to share with prospective students and their parents the variety of options we offer for study and preparation for a fulfilling career,” said Lucy Langworthy, advising manager for the college.

“Students will get to attend classes in their areas of interest and meet students and professors who will answer relevant questions,” said Langworthy, who added that the visitors will also “get tours of our facilities and see such space as the production area in theatre, observe letterpress printing in art and visit rehearsal and performance halls in the music department.”

Music faculty will also talk to students about which concentrations of music are best for their career choice and will give them pointers on how to prepare for an audition, Langworthy said. School of Music audition dates include Saturday, Jan. 31; Monday, Feb. 16; and Saturday, Feb. 28. To learn more, visit or call 615-898-2469.

In addition to music, other Liberal Arts departments include art, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, political science, sociology and anthropology and speech and theatre. Mark Byrnes serves as college dean.

For the Jan. 30 True Blue Experience Day, here are early plans for the participating colleges:

• Education, which includes elementary and special education, plans to take the students and family members to the renovated Ned McWherter Learning Resources Center for most of the program, said Jim Rost, advising manager in the college. Dean Lana Seivers will address the visitors. Associate professor Willis Means will conduct a 30-minute interactive teaching activity. The student teaching residency team will lead a 30-minute teaching-specific activity. A tour of the College of Education Building will include brief visits while classes are in session;

• Jones College of Business attendees will meet Dean David Urban and interact with a panel of current students and young alumni, said Amie Donahue, a college adviser. Once the panel ends, participants will join a microeconomics course, which is required of all students in the college. From 9 to 10 a.m., two advisers with printed materials will be available at a table provided by the admissions office in the Student Union Ballroom. Departments include accounting, business communication and entrepreneurship, computer information systems, economics and finance and management and marketing; and

  Mass Communication Dean Ken Paulson said his college “plans to incorporate an interactive media showcase into our program, offering students the chance for hands-on experiences with video and photography, music production and a range of digital media.” Departments include electronic media communication, journalism and recording industry. Associated programs include media study and media management, public relations, video and film production and more.

The True Blue Experience Day for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences was held Oct. 17.

Other special events include:

• The Monday, Feb. 16, University Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House, which is expected to attract about 700 people visiting from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

• Spring Preview Days scheduled for Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, June 6.

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