Arts & Culture

Mid-state student wins History Day honors

Jan 29, 2015
Moore family

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state student will get a once in a lifetime opportunity this summer when he travels to France to study the World War II Normandy Invasion.

Clarksville Northeast High School student Scott Moore Jr. is one of 15 students nationwide to participate in a special study abroad program focusing on the Normandy Invasion.

Moore will travel to Washington D.C. to research an American veteran who died on the Normandy beaches in June, 1944.

photo by Donald F. Montileaux

 A generous gift to the MTSU Honors College in 2014 by alumni Gordon and Sara Bell of Murfreesboro served as the inspiration behind the theme for the spring Honors Lecture Series “Native American Culture.”

The Bells have spent more than 30 years of their married life assisting the Lakota Sioux Indian tribe in South Dakota. They established an endowed scholarship for MTSU juniors and seniors working on Native American research and issues.

Teaching social media to millennials is the subject of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Carla Swank, a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Media Communication, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Bob Pondillo

Celebrate the new year all over again with the official Murfreesboro premiere of a short film created by MTSU students, faculty and alumni.

“Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.

The 33-minute tale features a nursing home resident who feels that his life has been a failure until fate intervenes on the eve of the new year. It was written and directed by Dr. Bob Pondillo, a professor emeritus of mass media history and American culture.

The non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) created a record-breaking economic impact of more than $64 million during its 2013-14 season. The impact, based on the nationally accepted formula from Americans for the Arts, is one of four records broken by the organization during the banner year, according to its annual report released today at a partnership event.

In all, TPAC reports the following record-breaking details from 2013-14: