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Faculty, staff accomplishments noted

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.

Dr. Dixie Dennis, interim dean of Grants and Sponsored Research and interim director of Title III Grant, Dr. William Cox, executive director of the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell, and Dr. Anne Black, professor of health and human performance, co-authored “The Influence of Religiosity and Spirituality on Drinking Behaviors: Differences Between Students Attending Two Southern Universities.” The article was published in the 2009 Journal of Drug Education Substance Abuse Research and Prevention.

Dr. Sara Gotcher, associate professor of theater and dance, directed the Montgomery County Historical Society's production of “The Famous and the Forgotten” on Oct. 10. Two performances were held at the Burt Cobb Community Center, the ground upon which the original Trinity Cemetery occupied. The play's characters were based on Clarksvillians, who initially had been buried in the churchyard. APSU faculty, staff and students participated in the play: Kat Bailey, Samantha Bogach, Stuart Bonnington, Riley Braem, David Brandon, Tristan Denley, Anna Filippo-Woodlee, Joe Filippo, Edward Garcia, Thomas King, Jessica Lee, Jon Penney, Lilo Rogoish, Sally Welch and Tim Winters.

Dr. Marcy Maurer, interim assistant vice president of academic affairs and interim chair and professor of health and human performance, presented at the national Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Conference from Oct. 8-10 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The title of her presentation was “Facilitating a Paradigm Shift to Appropriate Practices for Pre-service Teachers.”

Several APSU faculty and staff members presented and attended the National Symposium on Student Retention held recently in Buffalo, N.Y.

APSU was awarded first place in meritorious practices, the highest award given by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange, which sponsored the symposium. Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support, Dr. Patty Mulkeen, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, and Dr. Sherryl Byrd, associate vice president of Student Affairs, were recognized at the conference for their paper, titled “Conquering the Great Divide: Student Success Equals Student Retention.” Dr. Melissa Gomez, director of New Student Programs, and Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics, co-authored the presentation.

The presentation provided an overview of the collaborative efforts and academic support initiatives put in place on campus. This focus has resulted in an increase of 6.57 percent in the fall-to-fall retention rate of full-time, first-time freshmen over the past four years, exceeding the benchmark established of 5 percent in five years.

Mulkeen also presented the program session, “The Relationship of What Students Know and Who They Are in Predicting Academic Success of Non-Cognitive Factors Affecting the Success of Freshmen,” which was based on data from the administration of an assessment given to all incoming freshmen during Summer Welcome.

Dr. Nell Rayburn, professor of mathematics, and Martin Golson, instructional specialist, facilitated a poster presentation, titled “When It's Not WorkingFix It: Redesign Developmental Mathematics at Austin Peay State University.”

Dr. Matthew Kenney, associate professor of political science, presented the poster session “Matters of Success: A Deliberative Approach to Retaining Students,” which provided an overview of the student success study conducted during the spring 2009 semester.

Barbara Blackston, director of the Career and Advisement Center, and Telaina Wrigley, registrar, also attended the conference.