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First 4 MTSU Students Reach Med School Through Meharry Partnership
Rural Tennessees are closer to more qualified physicians serving their areas as Middle Tennessee State University’s first four undergraduate students progressed successfully through the special partnership with Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville.
“We got to medical school,” said Maria Hite de La Vergne, of the ongoing journey for her, Claire Ritter from Nashville, Pierce Creighton from Lascassas and Kirolos Michael from Brentwood. They are five months past completing their first three years of study in the prescribed undergraduate pre-medical study program and four years of medical school.
It’s all part of the Medical School Early Acceptance Program, or MSEAP, a collaboration between MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences and Meharry. The goal of the program is to increase the number of primary care physicians serving medically underserved populations as well as reduce health care disparities in rural Tennessee.
“These students will be part of the solution to an ongoing health care dilemma in Tennessee, caring for those whose health care options may be scarce or inadequate,” said Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, President and Chief from the leadership of Meharry Medical College.
“The opportunities this MTSU-Meharry partnership creates for both this cohort of healthcare students and eventually those in remote and underserved areas of the state will benefit the people of Tennessee who otherwise may not have -not having access to health care,” he added. “We are thrilled with the first cohort of MTSU students and look forward to the continuation of this partnership.”
In addition to Hite, Ritter, Creighton and Michael, there are four students in their third year of the program at MTSU, eight in their second year, and four in their freshman year – a total of 20 in total. The program was announced in 2018. Hite, Ritter, Creighton, and Michael were in the first freshman class.
Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences Greg Van Patten said the program “attracts very talented and compassionate students who want to make a difference for the people of the state by making world-class health care accessible to all.
Visit https://www.mtsu.edu/cbas/MSEAP.php to learn more.
MTSU Community Holiday Gift, ‘Joys of the Season‘ premieres on December 5
MTSU’s College of Liberal Arts presents the 2022 edition of “Joys of the Season,” the annual holiday-themed arts showcase, available again on TV and online to premiere Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. on True MTSU’s Blue TV – https://mtsu.edu/TrueBlueTV.
The 30-minute show will also air on the university’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and will serve as a special edition of the university’s monthly television magazine, “Out of the Blue.” The show will be repeated on True Blue TV throughout December and will air on News Channel 5+ in the Nashville market.
“Joys of the Season” once again focuses on the creativity of students and faculty in MTSU’s School of Music and Theater and Dance Department, recorded live inside Hinton Hall and Tucker Theater at the university and the home of Associate Professor of Theater Kristi Shamburger. See the full broadcast schedule at https://mtsunews.com/joys-of-the-season-2022/.
“The versatility of our College of Liberal Arts stands out in this show,” says Liberal Arts Dean Leah Lyons. “There really is something for everyone in this fantastic production.”
“Joys of the Season” began in 2015 with an evening of live performances and exhibits at the Tucker Theater to showcase the performing arts and fine arts departments of the College of Liberal Arts. The program took a pandemic-forced hiatus in 2020. For 2021, organizers realized they could reach a wider audience and keep everyone safe for future arts events by bringing the 2021 “Joys” to the screen.
MTSU employees raise nearly $145k in the annual charitable effort
With this year’s theme “Make a Difference”, the university’s 2022-23 Employee Charitable Giving Campaign will do just that, with a record amount of nearly $145,000 pledged, surpassing the campaign goal of $142,500.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee congratulated the university’s 830 faculty and staff for once again rising to the occasion and demonstrating their True Blue giving spirit with pledges totaling $144,906. $.
“While inflationary pressures have affected us all this year, I am not surprised that our employees have recognized that it is more important than ever to give back during this time to help the most vulnerable among our neighbors and friends in the community” , said McPhee.
MTSU’s annual charitable giving campaign supports worthy causes through monthly employee payroll deductions over the following year, but also allows for one-time, lump-sum donations at the donor’s discretion. Participants can nominate donations to more than 140 organizations from a list of 10 independent charities and three federated groups of charities, including Community Health Charities, Community Actions and Local United Way Organizations .
MTSU taps 10 community leaderss for the planning advisory committee
Ten area business leaders have been named to the MTSU Advisory Board for the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning.
“Members of the advisory committee include community stakeholders who invest their time and resources to make Middle Tennessee a better place to live,” said current chairholder Murat Arik, who is director of Business and Economic Research Center of MTSU. “With the tremendous and continued growth of our region, this committee provides a forum for discussing regional and urban issues and for developing solutions to promote effective economic development.
The committee includes:
- Paul Martin Jr., Chief Managing Member of Clarity Resources LLC, Committee Chair
- Fulya Baysal-Gurel, acting associate dean of research at Tennessee State University
- Patrick Cammack, senior vice president for economic development at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
- Kendrick Curtis, deputy executive director of the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association
- Ryan Egly, President and CEO of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
- Brad Gibson, director of cooperative affairs for Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.
- Cliff Lippard, executive director of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
- Lori Odom, Senior Vice President for Economic Development and International Affairs, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
- Michael Skipper, Executive Director of the Greater Nashville Area Council
- Michelle Steele, Associate Dean and Director of Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University
Established in 1997, the Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning aims to promote applied research and services focused on regional and urban planning, to provide a forum to generate discussion and solutions, and to support development on the campus of teaching materials and teachers more attentive to the issues of the region.
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