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Plaudits - 2001-2002

Dr. Jerry Plummer and Dr. Tommy Meadows of the College of Business recently attended the fourth annual Society of Business, Industry and Economics at Gulf Shores, Ala. They presented two papers; "Ousting the Money Changers; Hacker Approaches to e-Commerce Site Disablement" and "Money Trouble and Education in Tennessee; the Connection." Plummer was appointed higher education coordinator; Four-Year Schools for the Tennessee Economics Association at the organization's recent annual meeting.

Dr. Jerry Plummer and Dr. Tommy Meadows of the College of Business recently attended the fourth annual Society of Business, Industry and Economics at Gulf Shores, Ala. They presented two papers; "Ousting the Money Changers; Hacker Approaches to e-Commerce Site Disablement" and "Money Trouble and Education in Tennessee; the Connection." Plummer was appointed higher education coordinator; Four-Year Schools for the Tennessee Economics Association at the organization's recent annual meeting.

A review by Dr. Malcolm Muir, professor of history, of Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, "American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919-1941," appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of "The American Neptune: A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History and Arts."

Marlon Crow attended the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Advisory Committee meeting in Washington last week. Crow, associate director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, was chosen to represent Partners in Education members in the North/Central region. The Advisory Committee assists with the evaluation and planning of the membership meetings, advises the Education Department on new initiatives in professional development and advises the program on policies affecting membership.

Dr. Carmen C. Reagan has been named to the Centerstone Community Mental Health Centers board of directors. Reagan, director of Leadership Studies and the President's Emerging Leaders Program, also is chair of the Harriett Cohn Center's development board. Centerstone Community Mental Health Centers, Nashville, is Middle Tennessee's largest community behavioral health organization, serving nearly 40,000 people in 26 counties.

Dr. Robin B. Reed, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a $500 travel grant by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to attend the Educational Symposium at the 2002 Experimental Biology National Convention. The event will be held in New Orleans April 20-24.

Billy Renkl, associate professor of art, recently was hired by Vanderbilt University to create several magazine covers. Renkl, who designed the Fall 2001 “Vanderbilt University” alumni magazine and the “Vanderbilt Nurse” magazine, now is creating a design for the cover of the alumni publication for Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University. When credits are cited, Renkl is listed as an APSU art department faculty member.

Along luminaries such as Barry Hannah and Mark Jarman, Professor of English Malcolm Glass and his wife, Mitzi Cross, were selected as workshop leaders for the Lausanne Young Writers Symposium Jan. 25-26 in Memphis. Lausanne Collegiate School is renowned for its outstanding writing program. Glass also has taken up photography with success. His photo, titled “S & W Cafeteria,” won first place in a photography competition in Asheville, N.C. It will be on the cover of the book “Asheville: A Photographic Portrait” (TwinLights Publishing), which will be out this spring.

From among 420 submissions to the Renaissance Center's Third Annual Regional Competition, a hand-colored, black-and-white photo titled “Montgomery County Courthouse,” by APSU Professor of Art Susan Bryant was one of 13 pieces selected. A photo by Malcolm Glass's wife, Mitzi Cross, titled “Clipped Wing” also was chosen during the competition.

Dr. Bob Adams, APSU vice president for finance and administration, was tapped to serve as chair of the TBR Business Affairs Sub-Council during 2002-2003.

Dr. James Thompson, associate professor and director of the Austin Peay's medical technology program, is serving on the advisory council for the newly formed Center for Health Workforce Development in Tennessee. The first meeting was held Feb. 1 in Nashville.

Dr. Thomas King, professor of music, continues to make guest appearances in the Southeast region. In February he will sing the Brahms "Liebeslieder Waltzes" at Emory University in Atlanta. In April he will be the tenor soloist at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., for Honegger's "King David.".

Dr. Malcolm Muir's review of William M. Donnelly's "Under Army Orders: the Army National Guard During the Korean War," appeared in the December 2001 issue of "Choice." Choice reviews scholarly books for libraries and other organizations.

Dr. Steven T. Ryan, professor, languages and literature, has articles in three recently released books. "Evelyn Scott's Bohemian Period: Variations of Love and Freedom in The Golden Door and Migrations," in included in "Evelyn Scott: Recovering a Lost Modernist," published by the University of Tennessee Press. His article titled "Warren Audubon and Coleridge's Kubla Khan: Two Visions," is included in rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies," the premier issue of a hardcover annual published by Western Kentucky University. His article "Literature in Tennessee" is included in "The Companion to Southern Literature" published by Louisiana State University Press. All three articles emphasize the significance of Clarksville area writers during the modernist period.

Articles written by mathematics department professor Dr. Larry Hoehn and published in the "Mathematical Gazette" in 1996 and 2000 have been selected to be reprinted in a special commemorative centennial book. The book, a selection of articles on geometry that have appeared in the publication throughout the last century, will be published next year by the Mathematical Association. Hoelm's articles, "Extriangles and Excevians," and "Problem Proposal #1635" were published in the December issue of the "Mathematics Magazine."

Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president for academic affairs, presented two papers at the November meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education's annual meeting in Richmond, Va. The papers were titled "A Political Model of Higher Education Governance and Policy Reform Adoption," and "The Educational Needs Index: A New Approach to Education Policy and Research," an article co-authored by Davis and Dr. Brian Noland, director of Academic Programs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Mary Alice Burkhart, Julia McGee and Tom Moseley, staff in the Center for Extended and Distance Education, attended the annual meeting of the Tennessee Alliance of Continuing Higher Education in Nashville. McGee served as facilitator for the Marketing to a New Generation session. She completed a two-year term as a regional representative for TACHE, having served on the executive committee, conference planning board and several other committees.

At the joint meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science and Kentucky Academy of Science at MTSU last week, Mr. Adel Salama presented a paper on "Learning Objects Framework Electronics Engineering Technology Education." Dr. Chin-Zue Chen was elected chair of the Engineering Section of the Tennessee Academy of Science for 2002.

Drs. Roy Baker, Jerry Plummer and Vicky Langston, of the College of Business, attended the Annual Academy of Business Disciplines Conference held the week of Nov. 5 in Fort Myers, Fla. Baker presented a paper titled "Empowerment strategies in learning environments: Do we practice what we preach?" Langston chaired one session and presented a paper titled "Seven days and six nights: Are timeshares economically viable alternatives for single women?" Plummer chaired a session and presented two papers, "Denial of service server intrusions: A hacker's delight," co-authored by Dr. Tommy Meadows, and "Tax troubles in Tennessee: A survey reviewed." That paper was co-authored by Meadows, Langston and Dr. Thomas Dernberg, former occupant of APSU's Chair of Excellence in Free enterprise.

Two APSU history professors addressed Clarksville civic organizations at breakfast meetings on Nov. 8. Dr. Malcolm Muir spoke to the Rotary Club on the current world crisis. Dr. Dewey Browder offered members of the Kiwanis Club an historical backdrop to the present situation in Kosovo.

Dr. Greg Zieren, Dr. Dick Gildrie, Dr. Alvin Hughes, Dr. Betty Joe Wallace, Ms. Minoa Uffelman, Dr. Michele Butts and Dr. Dewey Browder participated in the annual Ohio Valley History Conference Oct. 18-20 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The department of history & philosophy will host the conference next year in the new University Center.

On Oct. 23, Dr. Malcolm Muir, Jr. , professor of history, gave a talk on Benedict Arnold to the Clarksville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Dr. Bruce W. Speck, vice president of academic affairs, has co-edited a volume, "Developing and Implementing Service Programs," in the New Directions in Higher Education Series published by Jossey-Bass in 2001. He also wrote a chapter, "Why Service-Learning?" for the volume. His book of poetry, "Without Rage Against the Dark," was published by Carolina Press in 2001, and his poem, "The Dying Man's Will," was published in the October 2001 issue of "First Things."

Gregg Steinberg, assistant professor, Health & Human Performance, gave a talk titled "Stressbusting with Sport Psychology" at the Vanderbilt Medical School Saturday, Sept. 20.

Dr. Jeffery Wood appeared in two concerts this summer in New York. The first was in Livingston, New York, in a program of vocal music including music of Schubert, Debussy, Samuel Barber as well as Wood's own vocal music. The second was part of the premiere season of the Shaker Mountain Performing Arts Festival in New Lebanon, New York which featured two major works for voices by Wood, "Ma mere, les etoiles" (My mother, the stars) for soprano, mezzo soprano and piano based on a text by Holocaust poet Charlotte Delbo, and "A celle dont ils revent/To Her of Whom They Dream," a setting in French and English for soprano, mezzo soprano and piano based on a poem by Paul Eluard. The program also included works by Schumann, Saint-Saens and Strauss. The Shaker Mountain Festival will be an annual summer program devoted to opera and art song education and performance.

Nathan R. Segel, director of purchasing and central services, had another article published in the "Journal of the National Association of Educational Buyers (NAEB)." Titled "Measuring Purchasing's Performance," the article discusses various options used by conscientious procurement professionals for quantitative and qualitative measurement indicators of performance.

At the 66th Annual National Conference of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. Dr. E. Kelly Sanford, chair, associate professor was elected to serve as a board member of the association. Sanford chaired a session and presented a paper titled "President Clinton's Race Relations Initiatives: Three Expert Scholars Discussing Contemporary Forms of Bias in America," with a second paper titled "European American and Upper Class: Sensitivity Toward Hate Crime Victimization in a Homogeneous Community.” Dr. Shirley Rainey, professor of sociology, presented a paper titled "Social & Psychological Concerns of Environmental Hazards in a Small Town in Tennessee.” Dr. Ruth Dennis, professor emeritus at APSU, chaired the session. Dennis delivered papers on domestic violence and surviving the tenure process. The conference was held March 21-24.

Dr. Jerry Plummer, assistant professor of economics, spent Aug. 7-14 in Washington, D.C. at the request of Housing and Urban Development. Plummer was part of a panel reviewing several HBCU requests for urban renewal and revitalization.

Dr. Gregory Zieren, associate professor of history, delivered a paper, "Max Sering and the Americanization of German Agriculture, 1887-1933," at the German Society for American Studies conference in Bremen, Germany, June 9, 2001.

George Pesely, associate professor of history, was honored with the dedication of a headstone at Oak Ridge Estate, Arrington, Va. Pesely, a descendant of James McAlexander,1717-1798, was the guest speaker at the dedication honoring the Scottish-Irish immigrant. Pesely has been researching his 18th century ancestor for 30 years.

Dr. Dewey Browder's review of "Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War," was published in the July 2001 issue of "Choice." Browder is a professor of history and chair of the department of history and philosophy.

Dr. Allen Henderson, professor and chair in the department of music, had a starring role at Leadership Clarksville's Arts and Entertainment Day last week. He welcomed participants to breakfast at Tip Top with musical selections by Stephen Foster. He then led participants on a preview of the Historical Society's upcoming Greenwood Cemetery Tour. In the afternoon Henderson led a panel discussion on the future of cultural development in Clarksville. The panel also featured Dr. Phil Kemmerly, professor and chair in the department of geology and geography, who serves as chair of the River District Commission. APSU art department faculty members Susan Bryant, Kell Black, Dr. Jim Diehr and retired faculty member Olen Bryant had exhibits at the event.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe has been appointed to serve on the advisory board of Bank of America, Clarksville. In that capacity, she will offer input on the bank's local operations.

Dr. Jim Thompson received the "Keys to the Future" award from the Tennessee Society for Clinical Laboratory Science at its annual meeting in April, in recognition of his leadership in that organization.

An article by Dr. Malcolm Muir, "Battle of Leyte Gulf," just appeared in "The Oxford Companion to United States History," published by the Oxford University Press.

Dr. Yvonne Prather, assistant professor and director of Television Studies, showcased her video documentary, "The Woman Behind the Gold: Wilma Glodean Rudolph" at the Fisk Independent Black Film Festival, April 5, at Fisk University in Nashville.

Dr. Allan S. Williams, professor of education, received a Length of Service Certificate from the Director of Selective Service for 20 years of service as a board member. Williams will receive a medal in Arlington, Va., in November.

On April 6, Dr. Mickey Wadia, associate professor of English, participated in the 50th Jubilee meeting of the South Central Renaissance Conference at Texas A and M University. "Wadia read a paper titled "Stew'd in Corruption: Images of Venereal Disease in Shakespeare." He also designed the book cover for a collection of Renaissance essays honoring Professor Albert W. Fields, long-time editor of the journal "Explorations in Renaissance Culture." The "book cover" and the list of contributors were formally presented to Fields at the conference.

Dr. Richard Gildrie's 1994 book, "The Profane, the Civil and the Godly" is cited as one of the top six books in the world on American Puritanism in "The Oxford Companion to United States History," a highly respected reference work.

Dr. Stuart Bonnington and Dr. LuAnnette Butler recently presented a workshop titled "Evolving Solutions: A Semester of Experience" at the annual conference of the Tennessee Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Yvonne Prather, assistant professor and director of television Studies, was selected as one of the 75 communication educators to participate in the International Radio and Television Society Faculty and Industry seminar, Feb. 21-25, in New York City. Prather also attended the 58th Annual National Broadcasting Society Convention, March 14-18, in Los Angeles. She is the chair of the society's Diversity Committee and served as the moderator of the panel session "Woman and Minorities in TV News."

Dr. Nancy Hancock, professor of languages and literature, gave a presentation at the 96th Annual Conference of the Tennessee Philological Association held in February in Johnson City, TN. The title was "Shakespeare's Inscrutable Desdemona: Her Visual Record."

Cindy Marsh, professor of art, has a show at American Airlines. Marsh is also offering printmaking workshops to middle school children in and around Nashville. The workshops take place on the connecting passageways at the airport.

Nashville's WLAC radio broadcast commentary by Dr. Jerry Plummer, assistant professor economics, on one of its Feb. 16 broadcasts. Plummer discussed bankruptcy rates and the pending state lottery vote.

Two articles by Dr. Malcolm Muir, professor of history, appeared "in Magill's Guide to Military History." The articles were titled "John Bell Hood" and "Billy Mitchell."

Several members of the Developmental Studies Program offered presentations at the recent meeting of NADE, an international developmental association, held in Louisville in March. Dr. Aleeta Christian presented "Emailing in Writing Class: A Fun Tool to Teach Composing." Debbie Cochener presented "Modeling Techniques to Promote Critical thinking." Bonnie Hodge presented "Logical Thinking in Mathematics--From Oz to Awes!" Kay Haralson and Nancy Matthews presented "Graphing Calculator Activities for Discovering and Communicating Algebraic Concepts," and Pat Perdew and James Sanders presented "A Demonstration of the TI-92 Calculator."

Last month, Dr. Thomas A. Pallen, professor of speech, communication and theatre, presented a paper to the Mid-America Theatre Conference meeting in Chicago. The paper, titled "Something There Is That Does Not Love a Wall," deals with the use and abuse of the proscenium frame in Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" and Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth."

On March 14 and 21, Dr. Howard Winn, professor of history, led discussions at the First Presbyterian Church on the role that church and Southwestern Presbyterian College played in the life of Clarksville. Winn is collaborating with Dr. Richard Gildrie, also a professor of history, on a book dedicated to APSU's history. The first chapter is devoted to the University's Presbyterian ancestry. The book will be published in conjunction with the celebration of APSU's 75th anniversary.

Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, presented a paper on March 1 in Huntsville, Ala., at the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. His paper, "Algernon Sidney and the Logic of Anglo-American Republicanism," was part of a three-day conference, which Gildrie helped organize.

Compiled by Debbie Denton, marketing manager, and Nashville writer Teri Wilhelms, a timely new book titled "Celebrating Mothers" was recently published by Rutledge Hill Press. The book is filled with brief quotes about mothers--some poignant, some humorous, some wise--and can be purchased online (at amazon.com) or at area bookstores in April, in time for Mother's Day.

Dr. Billy C. Boyd, director of career services, visited Savannah State University March 5-9 as a SACS reaccredidation team member. Boyd was responsible for the evaluating the university's student development services and intercollegiate athletics.

Dr. Dewey Browder, professor of history and chair of the history and philosophy department, served as moderator of a 10-member panel that was part of a weekend celebration of the 10th anniversary of Desert Storm. Panelists included Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark, Maj. Gen. (retired) J.H. Binford Peay III and John J. Fialka, writer for "The Wall Street Journal" and author of the book "Hotel Warriors," a first-hand account of the battle between the press and military during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dr. Nancy Hancock, professor of languages and literature, was the featured speaker for the 34th Annual Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Symposium held Feb. 15-17 in Lubbock, Texas. This year's symposium was "Shakespeare 2001: New Readings of the Page, New Meanings for the Stage." Dr. Hancock's paper was titled "Desdemona: A Record of Infinite Variety in Verbal Imagery, Iconography, and Film." Hancock illustrated the paper with 40 slides from the archives of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The paper and slides are part of Hancock's larger research project "Image to Image: Shakespeare's Words Interpreted in Iconography,"

Dr. Mickey Wadia delivered a paper at the 96th meeting of the Tennessee Philological Association held in Johnson City on Feb. 23. The paper, which discussed survivors of genocide, was titled "The Real Survivors: Toivi Blatt and Loung Ung In addition, Wadia's article, "Most Infectious Pestilence: A Shakespearean Treatment of Syphilis" was published in the February issue of the "Tennessee Philological Bulletin." On March 2, Wadia delivered a paper at the conference of the Kentucky Philological Association at the University of Kentucky. The title of the paper was "Reflections on Cosmic Harmony: Shakespeare, Milton, and the Music of the Spheres."

Dr. Jerry Plummer, assistant professor of economics, participated in a panel study titled "How to Successfully Train Rural Entrepreneurs--A Proven Model" at the February meeting of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Orlando, Fla. The study used data developed during two years of entrepreneurship seminars funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and held in West Tennessee and Mississippi.

Dr. Barrie Woods, associate professor of psychology, recently received a $27,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, titled "Computer-Controlled Laboratories in Experimental Psychology," will be used to purchase equipment and instrumentation for a new undergraduate teaching and research laboratory in the department of psychology.

Three longtime APSU TRIO employees were recognized during the Feb. 7 regional conference in Savannah, Ga. Hilda Santiago, counselor for the Educational Opportunity Center; Dr. Arthur Neal, director of Veterans Upward Bound; and Barbara Wilbur, director of High School Upward Bound, were each presented a paperweight for 10 years of dedication and service to TRIO.

Joe Mills, director of housing, recently attended a regional housing conference in Birmingham, Ala. Mills' presentation, "Purchasing and Writing Specifications on a College Campus," was awarded "Best of Conference."

Dr. Stephen Clark, professor of music, Richard Steffen, professor of music, and Douglas Droste, assistant professor of music, served as adjudicators for Tennessee Technological University's Derryberry Competition held Feb. 7 in Cookeville. The winner of the TTU music student competition will be the featured soloist with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in concert at TTU on March 4.

Dr. George Pesely, associate professor of history, spoke to the Valentine Sevier Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution on Feb. 13. His topic was "The Election of 1800."

Dr. T.C. Meadows presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Vicky Langston titled "The Status of Farming in the South: A Fifty-Year Retrospective" at the Academy of Economics and Finance's recent meeting in Biloxi, Miss. This paper assessed Meadow's early research in agriculture with current market conditions and the increasing number of part-time farmers.

Dr. Jim McMinn, retired APSU faculty, received a plaque in honor of his years of professional service to the Academy of Economics and Finance at the Academy of Economics and Finance recent annual meeting in Biloxi, Miss.

Dr. Gregory Zieren has had an essay published in a collection titled "Technologie und Kultur. The Essay, "Engineer Hermann Grothe, American Technology and the German Patent Law of 1877," examines the impact of American technology in the years after the Civil War and the attention Europeans paid to the latest inventions and innovations originating in the United States.

Dr. Jeffrey Wood gave a concert in Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio Dominican College. The concert premiered two works: "Every Night and Every Morn" for tenor (setting of William Blake) and "Of Song, Love and Death" for tenor and speaker (settings of seven different poets, including W. B. Yeats, D. H. Lawrence and Wislawa Szymborska) with tenor Patrick Woliver and speaker Sebastian D. G. Knowles. The concert represented Wood's third and fourth premiers this season. Wood also gave a graduate seminar on song writing and the compositional process at Ohio State in Columbus.

Debbie Cochener and Bonnie Hodge, associate professors in the Developmental Studies Program, had the second editions of ancillary texts published by Brooks Cole. The texts are titled "Explorations in College Algebra and Trigonometry Using the TI-82/83/83Plus/85/86" and "Explorations in Precalculus Using the TI-82/83/83Plus/86/86." This completes the three text series on the integration of the graphing calculator into the mathematics classroom.

Dr. Allan S. Williams, professor of education, has been selected as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) visiting committee for the 10-year re-accreditation of Escuela Bella Vista, located in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is also the SACS Facilitator for Kenwood High School, Northeast High School, Sycamore High School, East Montgomery High School, Charlotte Junior High School and Dickson Elementary.

Three Austin Peay history faculty had articles published in the "Encyclopedia of the American Civil War" by ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, Calif. Dr. Malcolm Muir Jr. wrote four articles: "Army of Mississippi" (with Timothy B. Smith), "Mud March," "John Buchanan Floyd" and "Tennessee CSS."

Dr. Gregory Zieren wrote four as well: "General Jacob Dolson Cox," "General Isaac Ruth Sherwood," "General James Blair Steadman" and "David Ross Locke." Minoa Uffelman wrote two, "Barbara Fitchie" and "Laura Keene."

Dr. Allan S. Williams, professor of education, has been selected as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) visiting committee for the 10-year re-accreditation of Escuela Bella Vista in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He's also the SACS facilitator for Kenwood High School, Northeast High School, Sycamore High School, East Montgomery Elementary School, Charlotte Junior High School and Dickson Elementary School.

An essay written by Dr. Gregory Zieren was published in the collection “Technologie und Kultur.” The essay, titled “Engineer Hermann Grothe, American Technology and the German Patent Law of 1877,” discusses the impact of American technology in the years after the Civil War as well as the attention Europeans paid to the latest inventions and innovations in the United States.

Dr. Malcolm Muir's, professor of history, review of Spencer C. Tucker's “Vietnam,” published by the University of Kentucky Press in 1999, appeared in the February 2001 issue of “Vietnam.”