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Reception Scheduled for UTSI Graduates

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) will host a reception for UTSI graduates in the main lobby of the Academic Building on May 4, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. UTSI has had more than 500 AEDC employees earn graduate degrees here, and more the 2,200 graduate degrees earned overall, including over 250 doctorates. MaryLou Apple, President, Motlow State Community College will be the guest speaker.

UTSI was established in 1964 primarily to offer Arnold Engineering Development Center engineers and scientists an opportunity to earn graduate degrees. The Institute’s graduates hail from all over the United States as well as from various other countries. UTSI is focused on defense and aerospace as well as automotive industries.

MaryLou Apple, President, Motlow State Community College will be the guest speaker.

MaryLou Apple is the fifth president of Motlow State Community College and is deeply committed to the mission and open door philosophy of the community college. Under her leadership, Motlow was recognized as one of the 50 top community colleges and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation by Community College Week, and received the Excellence in Business Ovation award from the Cumberland Business Journal. She has responded to industry needs for a skilled workforce in Motlow’s service area by championing a unique program which focuses on providing technologically-based skills to students and workers through the earning of a Mechatronics technical certificate at level one or an Associate of Applied Science degree at level two.

In March 2015, Apple was recognized by Murfreesboro Magazine as one of Ten Most Influential Business Women in Rutherford County. She was also recognized by the Tullahoma Chamber for the 2015 Inaugural Women Impacting the Community for her work in education. She serves on numerous boards and commissions including the Governor’s Regional Skills Board, Tennessee Business Roundtable, the American Nurses Association, the Tennessee P-16 Council, the Tennessee College Association, the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum and others. She earned BS and MS degrees in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and advanced Education degrees from Lincoln Memorial University and East Tennessee State University.

She is married to Jim, a retired Colonel of the United States Air Force. She has two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.

The public is invited and persons wishing to attend this event should make reservations by contacting Clara Ferguson at 931-393-7228.

MaryLou Apple, President
Motlow State Community College