Tuesday, December 20, 2016

[239] Child care expert, Secret Service agent on ‘MTSU On the Record’ programs

MURFREESBORO — The “MTSU On the Record” radio program will ring out the old year with a look at child care and ring in the new year with an examination of a major federal agency.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Nancy James, director of the MTSU Child Care Lab, will air from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

James, who is beginning her 29th year as director, is in charge of tending to youngsters ages 3 through 5 whose parents are either MTSU students or employees. The Child Care Lab also develops the talents of future professionals by guiding student workers in the skills needed to develop children’s minds and bodies.

“They work there anywhere from five hours to 15 hours a week, and they’re counted in the (pupil-teacher) ratio because they go through the same training as anyone would to be in a classroom with preschoolers,” said James. “We will generally keep anywhere from three to five adults in the room through the bulk of the day.”

Meanwhile, Logue’s interview with Lynda Williams, deputy assistant director for the Office of Human Resources of the United States Secret Service, will air from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

Williams, an MTSU alumna who has served all over the world, is the highest-ranking African-American woman in the history of the Secret Service, which is charged both with protecting the president of the United States and protecting the nation’s monetary supply.

“Even when I was in South Africa, most of my investigations were over counterfeit currency,” said Williams. “Peru is one of our highest yielding countries for U.S. counterfeit currency. So it’s still very much a hot market for us, and it keeps us going amidst all the other investigations that we have.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://bit.ly/mtsu-otr.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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