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Tennessee State University President James Hefner has received the National Association of African-American Honors Programs 2003 Presidents Award. Hefner was honored for establishing a TSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and starting an office to help undergrads apply to graduate and professional schools. The TSU Honors Program enrolls more than 800 students–nearly 10 percent of the student body. (The Tennessean, 1/29/04)
Tennessee State University President James Hefner has received the National Association of African-American Honors Programs' 2003 President's Award. Hefner was honored for establishing a TSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and starting an office to help undergrads apply to graduate and professional schools. The TSU Honors Program enrolls more than 800 students—nearly 10 percent of the student body. (The Tennessean, 1/29/04)

Murray State University will discontinue its criminal justice program at the Hopkinsville campus, eliminate a vacant secretarial position and possibly cancel classes with traditionally small enrollments to help offset state funding cuts. In addition, the school reportedly is planning to close its Small Business Development Center in Hopkinsville later this year. Combined funding cuts announced late last year and early this year will reduce the university's overall budget by 2.9 million this fiscal year. (Kentucky New Era, 1/30/04)

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee, has been dubbed the “Blogfather” by Wired magazine. Reynolds' blog, InstaPundit.com, is the most visited Web log online, receiving more than 100,000 hits per day. (Wired, February 2004)

Middle Tennessee State University's Record Industry Management Program is launching its own record label, RIM Records. RIM will teach students the production and business sides of the record industry. The label will solicit CDs from MTSU students. Belmont University also has a record label. (The Tennessean, 2/2/04)

Middle Tennessee State University has opened its new Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. The $4 million, 20,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art classrooms, a commons area with sofas and a fireplace, student-produced art on the walls, study rooms and a kiosk with food and coffee just outside the commons area, near a rack of campus, local and national newspapers. MTSU President Sidney McPhee says the new building will be an important recruiting tool. (The Tennessean, 2/3/04)