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APSU names a new Mr. and Madame Governor

During the Universitys recent Spring 2005 Commencement, two graduates were named Mr. and Madame Governor.

John Beamer, Johnson City, and Naydia Spears, Springfield, were chosen on the bases on outstanding leadership, service and demonstration of respect for human differences.
During the University's recent Spring 2005 Commencement, two graduates were named Mr. and Madame Governor.

John Beamer, Johnson City, and Naydia Spears, Springfield, were chosen on the bases on outstanding leadership, service and demonstration of respect for human differences.

Spears, daughter of Samuel and Gladys Spears of Springfield, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and a concentration in legal studies. She plans to enroll in law school in August 2006, after taking a year off to serve as a national leadership consultant for her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha.

From January-May 2005, she served as an intern for Tenn. Sen. Mark Norris and was voted Most Likely to Run for Political Office by the 2005 Tennessee Intern Class.

At Austin Peay, she was president and vice president of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and a member of the National Panhellenic Council.

A member of the Order of Omega, the national Greek honor society, Spears served as president and secretary of Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary. She was tapped to Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Community Service Honor Society.
President and vice president of the Governors Ambassadors, Spears played active roles in the Student Government Association and the Resident Hall Association. She was named as a student representative on several University committees, such as the Student Code of Conduct Revision Committee.

She volunteered in many community initiatives, including the AIDS Walk, Cystic Fibrosis Walk, Relay for Life, Special Olympics and Bowl for Kids Sake with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

A consistent Dean's List scholar, Spears was named to “Who's Who Among America's College Students” and received several awards during her years at Austin Peay, including the APSU Vice President's Excellence in Leadership Award.

Beamer, son of Dennis and Terri Beamer and Jason and Judy Moxey, Johnson City, had a
cumulative 3.5 GPA. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in leadership studies.

Among his leadership positions on campus, he was Student Athletic Advisory Council representative, vice president for recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, President's Emerging Leaders Program Interview Committee mention and a Resident Hall Association resident adviser.

His collegiate honors include the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Athletic Director's Honor Roll, 2002-03 Men's Cross Country Student Athlete and the 2002-03 Ohio Valley Conference Honor Role. A member of the prestigious President's Emerging Leaders Program, he was tapped to Omicron Delta Honor Society and was a Sigma Phi Epsilon Zollinger Scholar.

His community service includes tutoring underprivileged children through a program of the Madison Street United Methodist Church, serving as an official for the Special Olympics and helping to raise money for such organizations as Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Dream Factory, Make-a-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
—Dennie Burke