Tuesday, April 19, 2016

[425] MTSU Liberal Arts, Basic and Applied Sciences will offer open labs, classes to public April 18-22

MURFREESBORO — To help kick-start the upcoming MTSU Alumni Spring Weekend, the colleges of Liberal Arts and Basic and Applied Sciences are inviting people to attend classes, labs and lectures at no cost.

During the week of April 18-22, alumni, retirees and community members are welcome to register for topics such as genetics, professional pilot, evolution, exploring the universe and additional offerings from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; or attend an English class specific to Harry Potter, visit a course on set design for the upcoming “West Side Story” production, join an art class for art teachers, attend a modern dance class and more from the College of Liberal Arts.

Deans Bud Fischer in Basic and Applied Sciences and Mark Byrnes in Liberal Arts want university alumni and friends to sample what things are like in a college classroom or laboratory through a new Open Classroom Initiative.

Space is limited. Participants must register in advance and be 18 years old. They also are being asked to respect the professor’s classroom rules. To learn more, visit http://www.mtalumni.com/openclasses.

Guests may obtain a free parking passes from The Alumni House, 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd. The passes will allow them to park in any parking spot except handicapped and also at meters. Campus maps will be provided, but a searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

The Open Classroom Initiative “will give members of the community a chance to see the fantastic teaching and learning that goes on in our courses,” Byrnes said. “We are offering seats in a wide range of interesting classes. We encourage anyone who is interested to come see the academic side of campus at work.”

Fischer said MTSU has “a lot of exciting pedagogies going on in our classrooms and labs, and I want to invite the alumni and community to come to campus and fully immerse themselves in our classrooms and labs to experience the learning environment our students get to be a part of every day.”

Attendees are welcome to register for one or more science-related classes, all liberal arts classes or, if times do not conflict, they can take classes from both colleges.

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