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APSU faculty, staff achieve goals through pursuits

Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.
Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.

Kelly Lockhart Dodson, adjunct instructor in the APSU Department of Communication, was named a Tennessee Education Association Distinguished Classroom Teacher on May 1. The award is one of two of Tennessee's highest honors for teaching. Dodson teaches high school English and journalism full time in Cheatham County. She is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and professional practices at Trevecca Nazarene University. Her proposed dissertation topic deals with teaching school administrators how to communicate with school external stakeholders, especially the news media.

Melony Shemberger, communication specialist in public relations and marketing, placed first in her age group (35-39, female) and was second overall female in the second annual Clarksville Multisport Duathlon held May 2 at Beachaven Winery. She finished the 2-mile run, 13.1-mile bike and 2-mile run in a total time of 1:37:37. She also competed in the first American Heart Association 5-K run held May 16 in Murray, Ky., besting a personal record of 27:24. Official results and placement were not made available at the end of the race due to an overwhelming turnout. She will compete May 23 in a 5-K race in Paducah, Ky., and in the annual Gordon Jewish Community Center Memorial Day Triathlon on May 25 in Nashville.