Wednesday, May 27, 2015

[472] WGNS features MTSU CUSTOMS, journalism camp, language institute

Listeners of WGNS radio heard details on these efforts during the May 18 “Action Line” program with veteran host Bart Walker.

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:

Wendi Pelfrey, interim director of undergraduate recruitment; Gina Poff, director of New Student and Family Programs; and Vincent Windrow, interim vice provost for Student Success discussed the CUSTOMS new student orientation program and recruiting efforts.

Pelfrey also provided details about a May 31 event in partnership with Olive Branch Church in which the church will host an event that targets high school juniors and seniors and connects them with MTSU staff to gather information and be able to ask questions about admission to MTSU.

Val Hoeppner, director of MTSU’s Center for Innovation in Media in the College of Mass Communication, discussed the inaugural “Innovation J-Camp,” which will be held on campus July 13-17.

The weeklong workshop will guide students who’ve completed the ninth grade to become digital storytellers who can produce content for video, Web, mobile, social media and print audiences. Only a few spots remain, Hoeppner said. Read the full story here.

Dr. Shelley Thomas, founder of the MTSU Summer Language Institute and a professor of foreign language, and Brian Roberts, assistant director of the Summer Language Institute, discuss this year’s Summer Language Institute. MTSU again is offering the community a chance to quickly learn a foreign language this summer through its Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition.

Registration is open for classes at this year’s institute, which includes various levels of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish — all taught in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Classes for Chinese begin in mid-May, with the majority of classes scheduled for June, with some also offered in July and August.

Classes are for residents age 13 and older. For a full schedule, to register and to view a video, go to and click on the “See Our Classes” button. Read more here.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in guesting 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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