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Claxton technology rooms to be named for beloved professor; public invited

Anyone who was an education major at APSU during the past 25 years probably was blessed to have a class or two with Dr. Dolores Gore, professor emeritus of education.

After 22 years of teaching at APSU, Gore retired in December 2004. To honor her multitudinous past contributions to APSU and her continuing dedication to support the University and its students, Claxtons two technology roomsonce called the 21st Century Classroomsare to be named the Dolores Gore Instructional Technology Classroom A and the Dolores Gore Instructional Technology Classroom B.
Anyone who was an education major at APSU during the past 25 years probably was blessed to have a class or two with Dr. Dolores Gore, professor emeritus of education.

After 22 years of teaching at APSU, Gore retired in December 2004. To honor her multitudinous past contributions to APSU and her continuing dedication to support the University and its students, Claxton's two “technology rooms”once called the 21st Century Classroomsare to be named the Dolores Gore Instructional Technology Classroom A and the Dolores Gore Instructional Technology Classroom B.

The Dedication Ceremony is slated for 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in Claxton 227. The event is free and open to the public. Dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served.

Heather Legg, development officer, said, “I know many of Dr. Gore's former students, as well as her friends and colleagues, will want to be present to honor her. Dr. Gore is one of the most selfless people I know. She has given her time, talents and money to Austin Peay, and she still plays an active role in mentoring students and future teachers.”

An internationally renowned expert in early childhood education, Gore has been an invited speaker at many conferences throughout Europe and the United States.

She was the primary force behind the creation of APSU's Child Learning Center (CLC). She developed the curriculum for teachers in the CLC, which focused on Gore's philosophy that toddlers and younger children learn through play.

Simultaneously, Gore was stressing the importance of new teachers mastering how to use technology effectively. After convincing former President Oscar Page of the need for a 21st Century Classroom in Claxton, he gave her free reign to design this classroom for the future. She traveled all over the country to study the best features in similar high-tech classrooms. She considered each design elementfrom computers inset under glass within the student desks with all linked to the teacher's computer to how natural light enters the room.

Gore's education-technology initiative garnered APSU national attention: In the Dec. 1, 1993, edition of “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” the 21st Century Classroom took top billing as a three-page feature in the Information Technology section, complete with photos.

The article, “Producing Computer-Literate Teachers: Austin Peay State U. aims to make its education graduates effective users of the machines” focused on the advances APSU had made to ensure its graduating teachers were prepared to use computers in their teaching with the same ease their parents once used chalk and a blackboard.

To help fund the 21st Century Classroom, Gore gave of her own money and also secured donations from family and friends. She was determined that nothing would block it.

Since then, Gore also has established a scholarship at APSU for education students. To honor Gore, donations can be made to The Dr. Dolores Gore Scholarship Account, APSU,

University Advancement, Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044. For more information about the scholarship, telephone Legg at (931) 221-6357 or go to www.apsu.edu/development and then click on Dr. Dolores Gore Scholarship in Education.

Reservations for the dedication and reception are not required, but for more information, telephone (931) 221-6357. —Dennie B. Burke