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Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, will publish an article on the PCS process in the next issue of Espirit, a Fort Campbell publication.
Gerald Beavers, executive director of the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, will publish an article on the PCS process in the next issue of Espirit, a Fort Campbell publication.

Dr. Jill Franks, associate professor of English, will present two conference papers this fall. The first, entitled “We do only be drownded now and again: Cosmic Irony in J. M. Synge's Work,” will be given Oct. 16 at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies, New England Chapter, in Manchester, NH. The second, “Julie Taymor's Frida Kahlo: Do Love and Feminism Mix?” will be given Nov. 18 at the International Academy of Linguistics and Behavioral and Social Sciences annual meeting in Cancun.

Written by Susan Barnes, the article “Austin Peay's Troubleshooter” in the University of Tennessee's alumni magazine spotlights APSU President Sherry Hoppe. Barnes tells of Hoppe's determination to attain her college degrees despite “tough challenges.” The article also outlines Hoppe's progression in academe from her first job as coordinator of veterans' affairs at Chattanooga State to president of APSU. Barnes talks about the myriad challenges Hoppe faced when she accepted the interim presidency of APSU, including how the University overcame the problem of having to cope with flawed accounting procedures that had inflated enrollment, resulting in APSU being required to repay the state a substantial sum of money in an already-tight budget year. Barnes quotes Hoppe as saying, “Despite the state's inability to adequately fund higher education, the University is in the most stable financial position we've ever been in.”