ETSU contributes much to Johnson City’s culture

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 31, 2019 at 10:40 AM

Each week as we prepare Saturday’s page devoted to news from East Tennessee State University, we cannot help but note what an asset the campus is to this region — not just in educating our students but as a center for cultural and scientific development.

Yes, a university’s primary mission is to advance students’ knowledge, hopefully toward advancements personally, professionally and financially. But the side benefit of that mission is a more well-rounded society.

As evidenced by the variety of topics, events, discoveries and research efforts that land on our page each week from ETSU’s University Relations team, it’s clear that ETSU is succeeding more than ever as a place for experiential learning, community investment and the exchange of ideas.

Last Saturday’s page alone featured opportunities for the public to attend the “Women on Wednesdays” lecture with an engineering geologist’s perspectives on finding a meaningful career, a documentary film screening about musical prodigies who endured sexual abuse and a music festival in partnership with Milligan College.

ETSU devoted considerable resources to honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. earlier this month. Along with a panel discussion and a play, volunteers ventured off campus for two days of service at non-profits and other organizations. In the coming weeks, the university will be heavily involved in celebrating Black History Month with numerous opportunities for public participation.

Today’s paper includes our coverage of an ETSU panel discussion about presidential politics and news media — a topical concern on the minds of many Americans.

Under construction is a new performing arts center that will not only house the university’s arts programs but also offer the community a prime venue for entertainment.

With enthusiasm bolstered in part by the success of the revived football program and first-rate stadiums, ETSU athletics are a major source of pride and entertainment for Johnson City and Northeast Tennessee.

Those are just a few examples of how the campus is in partnership with this community.

We encourage readers to watch for our page each Saturday, along with our ongoing coverage of happenings on campus, to take full advantage of what takes place at ETSU.

When ETSU was established in 1911 as a teacher’s college, no one could have foreseen the modern, dynamic contributor it is. If it were not for ETSU, Johnson City would not have grown into the complex community it is today. As our city celebrates its 150th birthday this year, we can thank ETSU for its contributions to our livelihoods, our health care and our culture — our way of life.

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