Welcome to MTSU from Debra Sells

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Middle Tennessee State University community. We look forward to your student’s arrival on our campus, and will have a variety of activities planned to help ease his or her transition.

I hope that you, too, will take advantage of all that MTSU has to offer the families of our students. As a special project of the office of New Student and Family Programs, this guide is meant to supplement your knowledge of the Murfreesboro area and help facilitate your visits to our campus. We have a host of family activities that we believe will be of interest to you, including exciting athletics events, musical concerts, theatrical programs and world-class speakers. Many of these carry very low ticket prices, or are “free and open to the public.” I hope you’ll join us!

Of particular interest to you for 2013-14 will be our University Convocation which signals the opening of the academic year, and which is a required event for all new students. We hope you will accompany your student to Convocation on Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. in the Murphy Center. Our keynote speaker will be Mr. R. Dwayne Betts, author of our summer reading selection, A Question of Freedom.

Watch for other activities throughout the year by bookmarking our webpage at www.mtsu.edu. Sports fans will also want to keep an eye on the official website for MTSU Athletics, www.goblueraiders.com. And when your student wants to take a break from studying, they can log on to MyMT Events for information about campus programs and events ranging from service projects to concerts to leadership development workshops.

When our new students arrive on campus this fall, they will take part in our tradition of taking the True Blue Pledge. Among other things, students affirm that as Blue Raiders, they will be engaged in the life of this community, and they will contribute to its progress and success. We know that students who are most successful balance hard work in the classroom with an active campus life, whether through athletics, band, living and working on-campus, or joining a variety of clubs and organizations. You can help model the importance of campus involvement and encourage their participation by joining us for those activities that are of interest and fit into your calendar. We welcome your presence on campus.

I’m excited for the arrival of our Blue Raider Class of 2017, and I look forward to working with your student. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance in the coming year. I may be reached in room 212 of the Keathley University Center, or by calling (615) 898-2440.

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and productive year.

True Blue!

Debra Sells
Vice President for Student Affairs
and Vice Provost for Enrollment and Academic Services