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Kenneth Olden, a research scientist refused admission to the University of Tennessee in the 1950s because he is African American, is one of 26 vying for presidency of the school. (The Tennessean, 3/23/04)
Kenneth Olden, a research scientist refused admission to the University of Tennessee in the 1950s because he is African American, is one of 26 vying for presidency of the school. (The Tennessean, 3/23/04)

Middle Tennessee State University has unveiled a proposed electrical construction management degree. In this venture, MTSU will provide baccalaureate training for members of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The groups have committed a combined total of $300,000 to the university to establish the program. MTSU has received a letter-of-intent approval from TBR and THEC. (MTSU.edu, 3/22/04)

Vanderbilt University's Television News Archive has been awarded a $281,154 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize more than 30,000 hours of TV programming. (Vanderbilt.edu, 3/22/04)

Is Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee an asset or liability for MTSU? Donor Paul W. Martin Jr. and other McPhee supporters cite his accomplishments, while critics like Dr. Joel Hausler, professor of educational leadership at MTSU, cite the president's admitted sexual harassment against a former administrative assistant as damaging to the university's reputation. (The Tennessean, 3/21/04)

Western Kentucky University's Institute for Rural Health Development and the Hispanic Resource Center are partnering to enhance health-related programs for the region's Hispanic population. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky presented the group's with a check for $700,000 to use for health, prevention and outreach programs. (WKU.edu, 3/17/04)