Monday, October 23, 2017

[140] New partnership gives MTSU recording industry students more digital data tools, training

VeVa Sound, which also has offices in New York, London and Los Angeles, is basing its collaboration with MTSU on its Studio Collect software suite, giving students a cloud-based environment that mirrors the workflow and functionality VeVa Sound uses with major record labels and other industry clients.

“This partnership represents everything our department embraces,” said recording industry department chair Beverly Keel. “It is a forward-thinking program that solves a problem for the industry. Our students will benefit greatly from VeVa Sound’s generosity, and we are so thankful for their support.”

Professor Michael Fleming, who teaches audio production at MTSU, noted that studio documentation still presents a challenge in the digital age.

“There’s a wide range of technical, creative and legal information that needs to be captured and preserved over the lifespan of a professional project,” said Fleming, whose courses include digital audio technology, critical listening, studio recording, mastering and classical music production.

“More than ever, this is now essential knowledge and a skill that students need to learn and practice. Through our partnership with VeVa Sound, our students will be able to generate track lists, credits, song reports and studio documentation using correctly formatted metadata that’s linked to their projects from the moment of creation through evaluation, licensing or commercial release.” 

VeVa Sound Vice President Deborah Fairchild said the new partnership benefits both the students using the software and the industry they’ll work in.

“We are proud to have created a meaningful partnership with a university that has fully collaborated with us and embraced the relevance of VeVa's platforms with the goal of providing these opportunities to MTSU students,” said Fairchild, herself an MTSU recording industry grad.

“Preparing the next generation of digital media students with these skills makes for more enriched experiences for artists, performers, engineers, producers and labels.”

Keel called the partnership a “milestone” for the program’s future producers, engineers, musicians and managers.

“It exemplifies what we hope to instill in our students, because it reflects an alumna giving back to her alma mater,” Keel said. “Deborah Fairchild is one of our graduates, so it is deeply meaningful to us that she is sharing her company’s vision and hard work with our students to prepare them for a career in the changing industry.

“Professor Fleming served as a consultant for this project, which once again demonstrates how MTSU professors are widely recognized as leaders in their field.”

The Department of Recording Industry is part of MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment. For more information, visit You can learn more about VeVa Sound, which employs several other MTSU alumni, at

[139] MTSU sorority women host ‘happy haunting’ with Oct. 30 Halloween event

MURFREESBORO — MTSU is the place to find a safe, family-friendly venue for Halloween fun.

The College Panhellenic Council will host its annual Trick or Treat on Greek Row with support from some of MTSU’s sororities and fraternities from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, outside the fraternity houses located on the corner of Alumni Drive and North Rutherford Boulevard.

Guests are asked to park in the Rutherford lot directly across the street from Greek Row.
Children ages 12 and under are invited to dress in their favorite costumes, participate in games created and supervised by students and vie for treats.

“These games include bobbing for apples, ring toss, hula hoop games, and many more,” said Callee Bondurant, CPC vice president of community service. “Greek men and women will be dressed up in familiar characters for the kids that they will really enjoy.”

For more information, contact Bondurant at

[138] Help MTSU fight hunger through sports in Conference USA Food Drive Challenge

MURFREESBORO — Athletics isn’t the only area in which MTSU has a competitive history with its fellow Conference USA members.

The Middle Tennessee Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is urging Blue Raider fans to donate nonperishable food items in the 2017 C-USA Food Drive Challenge from Wednesday, Nov. 1, through Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Participants can drop off food items at the following athletic events:

  • MTSU vs. Austin Peay, volleyball, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Alumni Memorial Gym;
  • MTSU vs. Trevecca Nazarene, women’s basketball, time to be announced later, Thursday, Nov. 2, Murphy Center; (Bring four or more items and receive a voucher for a “Buy One, Get One” ticket for MTSU’s C-USA home opener against UAB Jan. 6);
  • MTSU vs. Arkansas State, men’s basketball, time to be announced later, Thursday, Nov. 2, Murphy Center; Bring four or more items and receive a voucher for a “Buy One, Get One” ticket for MTSU’s C-USA game against Southern Mississippi Jan. 13);
  • MTSU vs. Western Kentucky, volleyball, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, Alumni Memorial Gym.

SAAC representatives will be at each event to collect donations. Items also can be dropped off at the Student-Athlete Enhancement Center at Gate One of Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium near the ticket office.

Other dropoff locations include the MTSU Student Food Pantry, which is located in the MT One Stop on campus, and the Alumni House, located at 2259 Middle Tennessee Blvd. All donations will go to the Student Food Pantry and Greenhouse Ministries.

Suggested contributions include canned fruit, peanut butter, cereal, canned soup, canned chili, boxed meals, as well as small toiletry items such as shampoo and soap.

In last year’s food drive, C-USA schools collected a total of 52,713 pounds of food. MTSU placed third in last year’s competition.

For more information, contact Kristen Russell, coordinator of outreach and support programs, at 615-898-2808 or, or Todd Wyant, director of the Student-Athlete Enhancement Center, at 615-898-5610 or