Thursday, October 08, 2015

[147] Host of MTSU alums visit classrooms to address science students

MURFREESBORO — The MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences created a special Homecoming Week experience for its students with the help of over 50 alumni who returned to campus to give back.

The college Ambassador Initiative, engineered by the college’s development director Nicole Chitty and embraced by Dean Bud Fisher and his faculty and staff, brought 51 alumni and friends of the university to 37 classrooms. The alumni shared about their careers, what their years at MTSU were like, improving soft skills and more.

“This has been a great week for our students to meet and interact with these accomplished alumni from our college,” Fischer said. “Our students have learned the important skills the alumni learned when they were at MTSU, what they look for in the people they are hiring and many valuable traits.”

Key alumni and university friends who made an impact in classrooms throughout the college included:

• Chris Hefley — founder and president of LeanKit.
• Gareth Stageman — head of information technology for UBS International.
• Rusty Barnett — recently retired executive of BP Corp.
• Judith Bevels — an executive with Siemens
• Mike Bailey, Ken Frizzell and Tyler Stokes — Nissan North America engineers.
• Max Barrett — JE Dunn Construction.

Barrett came from Texas to speak to the college’s students.

Five distinguished military alumni participated in a panel discussion Thursday (Oct. 1) with about 90 of the Department of Military Science’s ROTC cadets in the Keathley University Center Theater and later a small group setting in Forrest Hall, which serves as the home of the program.

The ROTC Leadership Panel consisted of:

• Maj. Gen. Terry “Max” Haston (Class of 1979), adjutant general with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
• Retired Brig. Gen. Les Fuller (’73).
• Retired Brig. Gen. David Ogg (’78, ’87).
• Retired Col. Jeffrey Bonner (’82).
• Retired Lt. Col. John Harris (’74).

Bonner is the 2015-16 MTSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni. He and a group of others were recognized during the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Oct. 2 in the Sam Ingram Building.

University President Sidney A. McPhee attended the military leadership panel session. He joined both the military alumni and the other alumni and friends in a Friday evening appreciation dinner at B. McNeel’s in downtown Murfreesboro.

In addition to military science, College of Basic and Applied Sciences departments include aerospace, the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, biology, chemistry, computer science, Concrete Industry Management, engineering technology, geosciences, mathematics physics and astronomy.

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