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look back at significant news developments

compiled by Gina E. Fann, Gina K. Logue, Tom Tozer, and Randy Weiler

University Salute MTSU landed in the top 15% of military-friendly schools in the U.S., according to a recent survey by G.I. Jobs magazine. MTSU currently enrolls nearly 1,000 veterans. The magazine cited MTSU’s Military Center, established in 2009, as a major reason for the lofty ranking. The future of that center, a one-stop shop located in the University College for veteran students, depends on a pending grant to fund a director’s position and an advisor. For more information, call (615) 494-8952, or visit www.mtsu.edu/ military.

Fulbright Futures? Middle Kingdom meets Middle Tennessee MTSU’s ongoing efforts to build international relations and its international student population is still on track with the Confucius Institute. The institute’s main purpose is to enhance the understanding of Chinese language and culture, facilitate engagement with China, which is Tennessee’s third largest export market, and create opportunities for exchange and collaboration between communities in Tennessee and China. The University partnered with Hangzhou Normal University to sponsor the Confucius Institute at MTSU. Chinese delegation members are pictured here with Sen. Bill Ketron.

Ten MTSU seniors are shooting for the same prize captured by 2010 graduates Kaitlen Howell and Eric Little last year: Fulbright Fellowships to study abroad for one academic year. The 10 applicants, twice as many as applied a year ago, will learn their Fulbright fates by mid-summer. Discover more about the program, the stated purpose of which is “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills” and eligibility requirements by calling (615) 898-5464.

A New Umbrella

Cuba Libre

The new College of Behavioral and Health Sciences gathers service-oriented educational disciplines under one umbrella. It includes the departments of Criminal Justice Administration, Health and Human Performance, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing, as well as the Communication Disorders concentration, several centers, and the Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services. To learn more, go to www.mtsu.edu/cbhs.

For the first time in six years, MTSU students and faculty will have the opportunity to study and perform research in Cuba this summer. Dr. Ric Morris, professor specializing in Spanish and linguistics, says the program has been revamped to comply with new laws. Contact Morris at (615) 898-2284.

The Good Shipp A $1 million gift commitment from Ken “Coach” Shipp, a 1947 graduate, will have a significant impact on campus. First, Shipp’s gift will further enhance the endowed scholarship he established in 2009 ensuring that money is not the determining factor in whether or not Rutherford County students with promise and potential are able to attend MTSU. Next, the gift will allow for renovations of the coaches’ office space in Murphy Center for the Lady Raiders basketball program. Now 83, Shipp was an assistant coach in the National Football League and during the 1975 season was interim coach of the New York Jets. During his career, he coached both Archie Manning and Joe Namath.

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MTSU Magazine April 2011  

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