Arts & Culture

Cleveland and Bradley County, Tennessee, native Brock Howard served in the U.S. Navy.

As an aviation electronic technician, he assisted a helicopter squadron, working with equipment that would blow up enemy mines in the Middle East.

Saturday, Aug. 8, Howard will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Mass Communication. Unlike technology that would blow up enemy mines, his forte has been in video and film production in electronic media communication.

MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery will welcome works by 15 emerging young artists from across America this month in a special traveling exhibit, “The Journey,” that premiered at the Smithsonian Institution. 

The MTSU exhibition is scheduled Aug. 6-20, and a free public reception to honor the artists and their supporters is set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, in Room 224 of Todd Hall. 

That electrifying sound that will be emanating soon from the MTSU campus will be the sound of young girls finding their voices.

The 13th annual Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, slated for July 27 through Aug. 1, will give nearly 50 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 a chance to express themselves through music and show an audience what they’ve learned.

The day camp was founded by Kelley Anderson in 2003 to give young women an empowering, positive place to gain social skills and to respect themselves and others through collaboration with others.

One bright MTSU graduate’s pathway to the stars is being paved with a major monetary boost.

Katelyn Stringer, who graduated from MTSU in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, will use her $5,000 fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honors society to help finance her graduate degrees in astronomy at Texas A&M University.

“I was not expecting it at all,” Stringer said of her stipend. “It was such a nice surprise.”

Stringer’s academic excellence in high school resulted in a Buchanan Scholarship, which paid for her entire baccalaureate education at MTSU.

The community can learn more about how it can support the Murfreesboro Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store recovery efforts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 10-12) by stopping by our information tent at the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival at historic Cannonsburgh Village.

We will have a hydration station at our tent with postcards detailing the many ways the community can “Stand With Us.”  We are thankful for the help we have received from the community so far and are confident that the fine people of this community will stand with us and help us to rebuild.