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APSU assists 'Extreme Makeover' in building new home for local mother, 3 daughters

Austin Peay State University is celebrating Homecoming 2009 this week, but the campus community has helped a Montgomery County family to rejoice in a homecoming, too.

Recently, the popular ABC television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, recruited many volunteers to build a new home for Trina Scott and her three daughters in Woodlawn. Their old home had become ridden with extensive water damage, mildew and termites.
Austin Peay State University is celebrating Homecoming 2009 this week, but the campus community has helped a Montgomery County family to rejoice in a homecoming, too.

Recently, the popular ABC television show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” recruited many volunteers to build a new home for Trina Scott and her three daughters in Woodlawn. Their old home had become ridden with extensive water damage, mildew and termites.

During the massive construction project, members of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and faculty from the College of Business — Penny Brown, Dr. Neil Dortch, Dr. Bill Rayburn and Dr. Carmen Reagan — helped F&M Bank serve food for four nights, assisted with cleanup and ran errands.

Nine students in the University's culinary arts program prepared meals for two days for the volunteer workers. They created the menu — which consisted of parmesan crusted chicken breast, penne pasta, Caesar salad and bread one day and then roasted turkey, roast beef, masked potatoes, salads and dinner rolls the next day — cooked the food and delivered and served at the construction site.

“The students really put this together themselves,” said Wendell Hensley, manager of the culinary arts program at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell. “They came up with lots of great ideas.”

In addition, APSU provided a $2,000 scholarship to Scott. Her children also are eligible for a scholarship package through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. -- Melony Shemberger