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

Christina Chester-Fangman, Inga Filippo, Nancy Gibson, Sharon Johnson and Philenese Slaughter, five APSU Woodward Library instruction librarians, recently presented at the Tennessee Library Association's 2010 Annual Conference in Memphis on how to market the University library's services through TEL (Tennessee Electronic Library) training. Over the last two years, the five instruction librarians have trained APSU faculty, student teachers, media specialists, librarians, classroom teachers, community organizations and others in the nearby region on using TEL to improve student success and retention.

In addition, Chester-Fangman and Gina Garber, digital services librarian and associate professor, co-presented at the annual conference. In the interactive session, “Library Student Engagement Programs: Connecting Students with Faculty Outside the Classroom,” the professors shared information on “Trivia Night at the Library!” and “Murder Most Foul: Mystery Night in the Library,” two popular programs held at Woodward Library and funded by the University's Student Academic Success Initiative (SASI) grants.

Garber also collaborated with W. Riley Braem, senior theater student, and Jon Penney, scene shop coordinator and T.O.Y.S. adviser, to present “Marketing Your Library by Collaborating with a Student/Community Theatre Organization” at the conference. They shared information on partnering to host live theater for youth that strengthens student learning and reinforces the library as a place.

Victor Felts, director of Student Life and Leadership, recently presented at the University of Tennessee Student Leadership Conference in Knoxville. He spoke to a group of students about recruiting members based on the values of their organization. Felts also serves as executive director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, a leadership-based organization for fraternities at postsecondary institutions in the Southeast.

Gregory R. Singleton, dean of students, was a featured speaker at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta, Ga., where he presented a session, titled “Show Me the Money: Effective Financial Management in a Challenging Economy.” In addition, Singleton was a guest speaker at Western Kentucky University's Greek Life Symposium, where he presented sessions, titled “College, Careers and Academic Achievement.”

Dr. Mickey Wadia, professor of languages and literature, presented a paper, titled “Neither Ridiculous nor Incoherent: A Reassessment of Shakespeare's ‘Measure for Measure'” at the South Central Renaissance Conference, held March 18-20 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He also presented a paper, titled “‘Because the Wind Is Pink': The Waiting Room as Epicenter of Physical and Spiritual Dysfunction in Flannery O'Connor's ‘Revelation' and Ernest Gaines's ‘The Sky Is Gray'” during the Tennessee Philological Association Conference, held Feb. 25-27 in Cleveland.

In addition, Wadia had a presidential address published in the February 2010 most recent Tennessee Philological Bulletin. The title was “How to Tape a God to a Glove Compartment: Identity and Cultural Displacement in Jhumpa Lahiri's ‘Interpreter of Maladies.'”

Along with his scholarly endeavors, Wadia was invited to judge the Shakespeare speech contest Feb. 18 at Clarksville Academy and served as quizmaster during the Academic Decathlon held Feb. 20 at APSU. He traveled to London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England, from March 2-10, for a theatre masterclass with The Royal Shakespeare Company featuring voice director Cicely Berry. Participants learned and trained in voice, direction, movement, acting and directing.