Traditions


Convocation is marking the beginning of a new academic year falls into the category of ritual known as "rites of passage." A rite of passage is a ritual marking the transition of an individual or an institution into a new stage of life. University Convocation marks the transformation of each student into a contributing member of the Middle Tennessee State University community. it also marks the transformation of our academic community which will be forever changed by the entrance of each class. Convocation is followed by the President's Picnic in the Walnut Grove. This event occurs the Sunday before classes begin in the Fall semester. For more information, please contact 898-2454.

W.O.W (Week of Welcome) activities are events coordinated by the Office of New Student and Family Programs to welcome new and returning students to campus each fall. These events occur the first two weeks of the semester. These events include FREE FOOD, movies, bands, entertainment, information, and much more. You may view the schedule by visiting the following website: www.mtsu.edu/nsfp . Questions should be directed to 615-898-2454.

Fight Song is a competition in which various groups across campus use the Homecoming Theme to creatively sing the MTSU Fight Song. It is designed to display school spirit and increase awareness of Homecoming Events. It is typically held the week prior to Homecoming and is sponsored by SGA.

Up 'Til Dawn is a student-led, student-run fundraising program hosted by colleges and universities nationwide. Up 'til Dawn unites faculty, students, the surrounding community and sponsors in a goal to help the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Teams of 6 people register to raise money for St. Jude. After the money has been collected, the team or individual is invited to attend the Up 'Til Dawn finale event at the Recreation Center. Students are the key to the success of the program. Not only do they lead Up 'til Dawn on their campus, but they also educate the community about St. Jude, and they raise the funds through a variety of activities.

SGA Homecoming Week is for MTSU Students, alumni, and the MTSU community. It's purpose is to celebrate the spirit of MTSU, old and new. Students are encouraged to group together to cover the campus with Blue Raider Pride. Traditional events include: Banner Competition, Horseshoe Competition, Chili Cook-off, parade, and pep rally.

Battle of the Paladium is a long-standing tradition between MTSU and the University of Troy. Each year, the winner of this strong rivalry passes back-and-forth a palladium trophy.

Horseshoe was created by the MTSU Student Ambassadors, to establish a new campus tradition. A penny from 1911, the year the university was founded, was dropped into the ground under the statue, which is what supplies the good luck for those who touch the Blue Horseshoe. Alumni, students and fans are encouraged to touch the Blue Horseshoe for good luck before an event - such as the big game, performance, student organization function or even before a test class presentation. The horseshoe shape was chosen for 3 reasons: 1) Our athletic mascot, Lightning is a horse; 2) We are in a region of the country especially known for Tennessee Walking horses; and 3) Most of all, it is already a symbol associated with good luck.

Miss MTSU & Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider is an annual scholarship pageant sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. This pageant crowns two winners which receive scholarships and represent the university in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. The pageant is typically held during the beginning of the Spring semester. Questions should be directed to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

SGA Road Rallies are student trips to away football games that are offered at a discount price through the SGA. The package price includes transportation, a hotel room, game ticket, and Road Rally t-shirt. The Road Rally price usually ranges between $50-$100. Recent trips have included New Orleans (MTSU vs LA_Monroe), Columbia, SC (MTSU vs. U. of South Carolina), Detroit (Motor City Bowl), Tuscaloosa, AL (MTSU vs. U. of Alabama), and Raleigh, NC (MTSU vs. NC State).

MTSU Family Weekend Family Day gives you a wonderful excuse to visit your MTSU student and learn more about the campus that's replaced the familiar high school and hometown setting. Enjoy the many scheduled events, and have some together-time with your student. For more information, please visit www.mtsu.edu/nsfp or call 615-898-2454.

Alternative Breaks is a life-changing program that has grown quickly at MTSU. The AB program is one in which a group of students travel outside of Murfreesboro in order to learn about themselves and the world around them by volunteering for those less fortunate. There are currently 2 AB programs offered: Fall Break and Spring Break. Past destinations includes: Asheville, N.C.; Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Atlanta, GA; Washington, D.C., Florida Keys and many others.

AIDS Quilt SGA adopted the AIDS Quilt as its official philanthropy project in the fall of 2003 and each year a portion of the Quilt is shipped to campus for display. While the Quilt is at MTSU, a variety of events take place such as a 5K, Basket Auction, and a Memorial Breakfast. These functions are designed not only to promote the Quilt's arrival on campus, but to raise funds for such organizations as Nashville Cares.

MTSU vs. TN Tech Blood Battle In 2006, MTSU challenged TN Tech University in a blood drive competition. Each school had two days to allow students to donate blood for the Red Cross. MTSU won the competition with 286 of the total 436 pints donated. MTSU and TN Tech were able to utilize the rivalry in a positive manner for a great cause.

NPHC Step Show The annual step show, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, is held every year during Homecoming as a time for Greeks and family members to come celebrate the tradition of stepping. People from all across the state of Tennessee attend this event held the night before the homecoming game in the Murphy Center. The step show also showcases local high school steppers, musical acts, and comedians alike. The MTSU NPHC holds one of the premier step shows in the Southeast Region.

Lip Sync is held every year at the end of the Fall semester for students and student organizations to participate in. The event which is sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, all those interested to put together a Lip Sync routine and perform it for those in attendance. The event is entertaining and all proceeds go to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation to benefit Breast Cancer Education Awareness and Research.

Mr. MTSU is held put on every year by Chi Omega Fraternity. The event allows male students at MTSU to perform and compete to win the coveted title of Mr. MTSU. Proceeds raised for the event benefit Chi Omega's national philanthropy, Make - A - Wish Foundation.

Miss Black & Gold Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, contestants in this pageant are judged on beauty, talent, and interview. The winner receives a scholarship and competes in pageants at the state, regional, and national level.

Wing Fling Kappa Delta Sorority recently started a new tradition at MTSU with its annual Shamrock Wing Fling. Wing Fling is held during the Spring semester and gives student organizations as well as Murfreesboro community members and businesses the opportunity to come together and make a difference. Participants are also judges on their wings and the winner is given the title of "Murfreesboro's Best Wings." All proceeds go to benefit local child abuse prevention.

Smoke Arthritis BBQ Each year Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity hosts their annual BBQ. Students, faculty, staff, and community members come out to support this event which always promises good food, fun, and fellowship. Proceeds raised go to the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation to benefit Arthritis Research.

Constitution Week September 17, when the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787, is celebrated nationally as U.S. Constitution Day. At MTSU our entire campus commemorates and studies the Constitution during the week of September 17, usually the third week of the fall semester. Focusing on American principles of justice, the work of our public institutions, our rights as citizens, participatory democracy, voting, civil discourse, and the shared purposes of citizenship, Constitution Week annually reaffirms our university's mission to graduate civically engaged, globally responsible citizens.