Tuesday, the annual MTSU True Blue Tour to recruit students from the Nashville and Midstate region will be held at Rocketown, 601 4th Ave. S., in Nashville. Where else will you be able to tour a 40-foot-long, $1.8 million mobile production truck used to broadcast Nashville music events and college football and basketball games, and serves as a laboratory for MTSU students?
"The Truck," as it is called, will be available for prospective MTSU students and their families to visit at the annual True Blue Tour.
MTSU representatives arrive around 10:30 a.m. for an 11:30 luncheon for area high school counselors and community college representatives. Later, we will host a 6 to 8 p.m. reception for prospective students and their families.
More than 700 people -- including more than 400 students -- have registered for the student reception, making it one of the largest True Blue Tour events this fall. Nearly 60 counselors/advisers have registered for the luncheon.
While in Nashville, among the media opportunities will be:
• President Sidney A. McPhee being available to discuss the "Graduate in 4 (years) and Get More" program announced recently to encourage students to graduate on time. It features great financial incentives for MTSU students starting in fall 2015;
• An update on the Quest for Student Success Initiative, including the hiring of a new vice provost for student success;
• Details about changes that will guarantee scholarships and ease the burden of rising tuition for qualified freshman and transfer students who complete their MTSU applications and meet their respective Dec. 1 and Feb. 15 deadlines for applying; and
• An opportunity to talk to Bud Fischer, dean for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, regarding the 257,000-square-foot, $147 million Science Building that opened about six months ahead of schedule and already is making a major impact in research and undergraduate classes for biology and chemistry students. Fischer and all of the other deans or associate deans attend the student reception.