Thursday, December 21, 2017

[239] Website names MTSU among best online psychology baccalaureate programs

MURFREESBORO — A national ranking organization rates one of MTSU’s programs among the top such degree tracks available.

Among America’s psychology bachelor’s degree programs that are available online, places MTSU 30th in the nation.

According to the College Choice website, rankings are based equally on quality, reputation, affordability, value and satisfaction. Analytical components include the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, industry-specific journals and student satisfaction websites.

MTSU’s 38-hour online psychology major can be completed totally by computer, which is particularly convenient for working nontraditional students and students with children. A complete list of the required core courses and electives that are available online is available at

For more information, contact the Department of Psychology at 615-898-2706 or

[238] Alumnae raise hope, awareness on two ‘MTSU On the Record’ programs

MURFREESBORO — To ring out the old year and ring in the new, the “MTSU On the Record” radio program will present two graduates who are giving back to their community.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Stephanie Keys Thomas, program director for two components of the Murfreesboro nonprofit organization Doors of Hope, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, and from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

Thomas graduated in fall 2016 with a master’s degree in business education with an emphasis on training and development. She works with women who have been imprisoned for felonies and are attempting to readjust to life outside correctional facilities.

“When females are leaving incarceration or are homeless and on the streets or battling with addiction, they have a safe place to come and rebuild their lives,” Thomas said. “We specialize in women coming straight out of incarceration.”

Meanwhile, Logue’s interview with Courtney Greene, a fall 2017 alumna and sexual abuse survivor, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, on WMOT-FM and

Greene, a psychology major who aspires to become a counselor, shared her story with others Oct. 3, 2017, at a child abuse awareness panel sponsored by the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center and Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Greene said she was sexually abused for about two years beginning when she was 15 years old.

“I have found great healing through counseling and through … getting involved in my (new) church and yoga and all types of things,” Greene said. “But I also realize my journey is not everyone’s, and it’s fascinating to me to see how different people can react to a similar history.”

Greene praises the work of Nancy Willis of the “Darkness to Light” program at the Child Advocacy Center in Lebanon. The program teaches parents and other adults who supervise children how to detect signs that a child might be a target of abuse.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

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

[237] MTSU on WGNS: Unity Luncheon nominations, MALA program, upcoming guest lecturer

The details were shared during the Dec. 18 “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:

Daniel Green, director in the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, discussed the Unity Luncheon nomination process, the MLK Candlelight Vigil and other upcoming Black History Month events.

MTSU is again seeking nominations for the “unsung heroes” throughout the community who will be honored at the upcoming Unity Luncheon, held each February as part of the university’s Black History Month celebration.

More category details, an online nomination form with eligibility requirements and a list of past honorees can be found at The nomination deadline is Jan. 6, 2018.

Leah Tolbert Lyons, associate professor of French and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program in the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, discussed MALA, which allows students to develop skills and expand knowledge in subjects they’re most passionate about pursuing.

The program allows anyone with a bachelor’s degree to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around subjects they find most captivating.

For more information, email, 615-898-5986 or visit

Dawn McCormack, associate dean, MTSU College of Liberal Arts, discussed the upcoming guest lecture by Dr. Michael Frachetti, associate professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

The College of Liberal Arts is hosting Frachetti for a guest lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the State Farm Lecture Hall inside the MTSU Business and Aerospace Building. The lecture is free an open to the public.

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