3-Part Show: Small Business Development Center, TN Governor's School and the Boys and Girls Club - with guests from MTSU

Jun 20, 2022 at 07:36 am by WGNS


GUEST: Kate Goodwin, director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and assistant professor of theatre in the MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance

TOPIC: The 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts currently happening on the MTSU campus

The 38th annual Governor’s School for the Arts is a three-week residency program for public, private and home-schooled high school juniors and seniors in music, theater, visual arts, dance and filmmaking, aided by faculty and performing artists from across the country.

They apply or are nominated by their teachers and audition or present portfolios of their work. When they’re accepted, they come to MTSU for days filled with workshops and presentations and master classes and rehearsals and guest lectures and field trips and concerts and evenings that are much of the same.

Tennessee established summer programs for young people in the arts, engineering and math, and international studies — one for each of the state’s three grand divisions — in 1984 at the behest of then-governor Lamar Alexander.  

Today there are 11 different Governor’s Schools across the state, ranging from agricultural sciences to teaching, to immerse students in their chosen fields for three to four weeks. Some give them college course credit, too.

More information about the annual event is available at https://gsfta.com and on its social media accounts at Facebook and Instagram.


GUEST: Amelia Bozeman, director of the Murfreesboro/MTSU Service Center for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and an MTSU alumna

TOPIC: Bozeman’s new role as director of the Murfreesboro center and the services offered both locally and statewide

MTSU alumna Amelia Bozeman was hired in January as director of the Murfreesboro/MTSU Service Center for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. 

Headquartered at MTSU, the TSBDC consists of a network of service centers that are connected to universities and community colleges throughout the state and staffed by consultants who provide no-cost virtual and in-person business consulting, training, and resources to help for-profit businesses of any size start, grow, and sustain.

Before joining the TSBDC, Bozeman ran a successful consulting business. She’s also an adjunct instructor within MTSU’s Jones College of Business, where she teaches courses in management, not-for-profit management, and strategic decision making.

Prior to her consulting business, Bozeman served as executive director of a nonprofit organization. She earned her master’s degree in Management, Organizational Leadership from MTSU and her bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University.

The Murfreesboro TSBDC office serves businesses of all sizes throughout a 14-county service area to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with assistance at any stage in the life cycle of a business, from inception to exit. TSBDC offers one-on-one confidential business counseling at no additional cost. In addition, TSBDC offers trainings in-person, online (synchronous), and on-demand.

TSBDC can provide assistance in areas such as business planning, financial planning, marketing and sales strategies, social media and website analysis, government contracting and numerous other areas.

TSBDC State Executive Director Pat Geho, management professor in the Jones College of Business. Learn more at https://tsbdc.org.



SEGMENT THREE – 8:40 a.m.

GUESTS: Dr. Jennifer Woodard, associate journalism professor and assistant dean of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment; and Dr. Ken Blake, journalism professor.

TOPIC: MTSU’s “Come to Voice” program with local Boys and Girls Clubs

Responsible social media usage and digital literacy for tweens and teens is often touted by educators and politicians as a must-have part of their education. Digital literacy means having the skills you need to live, learn, and work in a society where communication and access to information is increasingly reliant on digital communication technologies.

The “Come to Voice” program’s aims to reach children and adolescents who are enrolled in city or county public schools, particularly schools located near our college that have high proportions of minority and/or economically disadvantaged students and that lie in Census tracts with relatively low rates of broadband access.

The two week-long programs (June 13-17 and June 20-24 at MTSU) are made possible through a TBR Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Grant (SERS) for just over $7,000 that was awarded to MTSU’s Dr. Jennifer Woodard and Dr. Ken Blake.  

The Come to Voice summer program aims to teach children from the Smyrna and Murfreesboro Boys and Girls Clubs media literacy and digital media skills through a week of fun and engaging activities with faculty, staff, and students in MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media and College of Media and Entertainment.

Throughout the five-day program, middle school and junior high club members will learn how to write, film, and edit their own documentaries alongside other fun activities such as working with a green screen, learning about drone filming, completing an interactive scavenger hunt on campus, learning about social media safety, enjoying a final screening of their films, and much more.

Working with the Boys and Girls Clubs enables us to engage this target demographic and ensure that our next generation recognizes the power and impact of media (especially social media), how to use it to empower themselves and their communities, and how to effectively tell their stories via social media.

The five-day program will take place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College of Media and Entertainment. A week at Come to Voice will be filled with fun, laughter, learning, and lifelong memories.