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2010s

Timeline compiled by David Badger, Christian Haseleu and Gail Sneed
with assistance from the College Timeline Committee, Sarah Tollie and Lisa McCann


2010 - MTSU receives federal stimulus grant for construction of a Media Convergence Center in the College of Mass Communication.

2010 - The College of Mass Communication assumes direct control of Sidelines from the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs.

2010 - The Center for Popular Music, an archive and research center devoted to the study of American popular music and housed in the Bragg Mass Communication Building, officially joins the College of Mass Communication.

2010 - Dr. Loren Mulraine appointed new chair of the Recording Industry Department.

2010 - National Association of Black Journalists' former Journalist of the Year George E. Curry addresses students and community as guest of School of Journalism and Seigenthaler Chair.

2010 - After years of dumping and spreading gravel to improve the College's parking lot, MTSU finally paves the lot behind the Bragg Mass Communication Building.

2010 - Seigenthaler Chair co-hosts feminist/political activist/journalist Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, who delivers standing-room-only address on campus despite case of severe laryngitis.

2010 - Dr. John Omachonu, associate dean of mass communication, named MTSU's interim associate provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Robert Kalwinsky named interim associate dean of College.

2010 - State of Tennessee approves $1.4 million to fund a new Mobile Production Lab truck for the Department of Electronic Media Communication.

2010 - Dr. Ken Blake assumes directorship of Office of Communication Research, replacing Dr. Robert Wyatt, who completes his MTSU post-retirement to serve as rector of St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Illinois. Joining Dr. Blake as assistant director is Dr. Jason Reineke.

2010 - Governor's Gubernatorial Forum held in MTSU's Murphy Center with Dr. Robert Pondillo, associate professor in Electronic Media Communication, as moderator.

2010 - The School of Journalism's first chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society that recognizes academic excellence in student graduates, formed under the direction of Dr. Jane Marcellus.

2010 - Country and bluegrass singer/composer Ricky Skaggs performs as featured Tom T. Hall Writers Series guest artist.

2010 - Pop-culture critic Chuck Klosterman lectures on campus and visits Mass Communication classes as guest of Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence.

2010 - College recommended for reaccreditation by site inspection team representing Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

2010 - Dr. Deborah Gump, professional journalist in residence, named interim director of the Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence.

2011 - Dr. Zeny Sarabia-Panol named associate dean for spring 2011 and academic year 2011-12.

2011 - WMOT changes format to include classical music during daytime hours and jazz in the evening, along with "Music City Roots"; broadcast from Loveless Café in Nashville.

2011 - Recording Industry Professor John Hill shares Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical with Mark Donahue and Dirk Sobotka for their CD Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, performed by the Nashville Symphony.

2011 - Dr. John Omachonu named MTSU associate provost for Academic Affairs.

2011 - Stephan Foust named director of new Student Media Center.

2011 - College of Mass Communication formally reaccredited by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at council meeting in Portland, Ore.