Monday, February 09, 2015

[286] MTSU people, programs, technology make impact on prospective students

Colleges of Business, Education, Mass Comm hold True Blue Experience Days

MURFREESBORO — Zac Miller, Jacob Rex and others were impressed by the MTSU College of Mass Communication’s facilities and technology during the True Blue Experience Day Friday (Jan. 30) on campus.

Strong impressions made by veteran College of Education faculty members on Allison Carbaugh may have applied the finishing touches to recruiting the Farragut, Tennessee, resident to the Murfreesboro university.

And Friendship Christian School senior Evan Hemontolor had high praise for he Jones College of Business and its new Dale Carnegie program to build people skills.

More than 60 prospective students and nearly 90 people altogether attended the final True Blue Experience Day for the 2014-15 academic year, giving high school students and their parents an opportunity for a more in-depth campus visit.

The potential students met deans, faculty members, advisers and other academic personnel; they talked to admissions and financial aid personnel; they visited classes and laboratories (including Mass Comm’s impressive $1.8 million mobile production truck); some took a campus tour; and they gained a hint of university life.

Rex, who is from Baneberry, Tennessee, in Jefferson County, and Miller, who is from Greeneville, Tennessee, were first in their group to sit in the two anchor chairs in Mass Comm’s Center for Innovation in Media’s “green room,” where MTSU students learn the ropes of broadcast news for student-run television station MT10.

Rex, who already works part-time for the Standard-Banner weekly newspaper in Jefferson City, said he has been accepted to MTSU and recently applied for housing.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to come here,” he said, adding he plans to major in journalism to pursue a media career. He attended with his father, Steve Rex.

Miller, who visited MTSU several months ago, was impressed by MTSU’s newsroom. He visited with his parents, Johnny and Kim Miller.

Carbaugh, visiting along with her father, Steve, said she “loved the classrooms. They seem designed toward a smaller classroom, and the entire (College of Education) building is very nicely designed.” She and other prospective students met Dean Lana Seivers in the college’s conference room.

Carbaugh said hearing from early childhood education professor Willis Means and Educational Leadership faculty members Heather Dillard and Nancy Caukin made “me want to get out of high school now because they knew what they were doing, made it interesting and are passionate about education.”

Prospective students visiting the Jennings A. Jones College of Business in the Business and Aerospace Building met Dean David Urban and heard an overview of the college; they interacted with a panel of current students and young alumni; and attended a microeconomics course required of all students in the college.

“The Carnegie program helps you make connections with people and offers several leadership skills,” said Evan Hemontolor, who lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, and was joined by his mother, Medana Hemontolor.

Evan Hemontolor enjoyed a panel of young alumni “who were good at answering questions and made you want to attend MTSU,” he said.

The Jones College of Business departments include accounting, business communication and entrepreneurship, computer information systems, economics and finance and management and marketing. To learn about the college’s various programs, visit

The College of Education’s departments include elementary and special education and the Womack Educational Leadership. For its programs, visit

Under the leadership of Dean Ken Paulson, Mass Comm houses the departments of electronic media communication, journalism and recording industry. For the various programs, visit

Melinda Thomas, director of undergraduate recruitment, shared with attendees about the MTSU Student Success Advantage and the “Graduate in Four and Get More” program, both announced in 2014 to help reduce the financial burden of tuition. For more information, visit

For information on upcoming admissions events and to pre-register, visit

Admissions also conducts daily campus tours. For more information, call 615-898-5670 or email

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