Wednesday, May 17, 2017

[461] MTSU on WGNS: Liberal arts education, performance arts, historic preservation

MTSU faculty and staff took to WGNS Radio recently to share information about the university’s efforts to emphasize the value of a liberal arts education, the latest events and enhancements in the fine arts department as well as ongoing faculty and staff projects to preserve history.

The details were shared during the May 15 “Action Line” program with 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 and their topics were as follows:

Dr. Karen Petersen, interim dean of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, discussed the faculty-driven effort to reinforce the benefits of getting a liberal arts education. The disciplines within Liberal Arts form the foundation of higher education and the knowledge and skills that are represented in a liberal arts degree have applications across a variety of career paths.

More than 2,500 students major in fields housed in the 10 academic departments of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts. Learn more at

Dr. Mike Parkinson, director of the MTSU School of Music, and Justin Reed, production manager of the Department of Theatre and Dance, discussed the latest news within MTSU fine arts, including upcoming renovations.

More than 200 concerts a year offered by the School of Music, a prestigious "all Steinway" school, while top-notch stage performances are presented at Tucker Theatre. Learn more at

Antoinette Van Zelm, assistant director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, discussed ongoing CHP projects, including a drive to streamline the application process for its professional services partnerships, which enable local governments, state agencies, nonprofit organizations and community groups to save their local history with the help of the CHP’s professional staff and graduate research assistants at no cost.

The deadline to apply for a partnership is June 1. Learn more at

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