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Three APSU faculty to be inducted into PKP Academic Hall of Fame

At 5 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in Austin Peays Morgan University Center Ballroom, three faculty members will be named to the Academic Hall of Fame during the 28th Induction Ceremony of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 191.

New members for 2004 are Dr. David R. Snyder, assistant professor of history, Dr. Jill Franks, associate professor of English, and Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music.
At 5 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in Austin Peay's Morgan University Center Ballroom, three faculty members will be named to the Academic Hall of Fame during the 28th Induction Ceremony of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 191.

New members for 2004 are Dr. David R. Snyder, assistant professor of history, Dr. Jill Franks, associate professor of English, and Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music.

In May 2002, Snyder earned a doctorate in modern European history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. His master's and bachelor's degrees are from Indiana University.

Between 1998-2003, he was selected for six fellowships: Summer Seminar on Military History at the United States Military Academy (2003); The Franklin and Orinda Johnson Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2001-02); Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University (2001); The Marguerite C. & Clare McPhee Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1998-99 and again in 1999-2000).

Among his scholarly publications, his book, “The Prosecution and Punishment of Sex Offenders in the Wehrmacht, 1939-1945,” is being revised for publication by the University of Nebraska Press, and he is a coauthor of “Going to War, Dying in War: Comparative Social Profiles of German and American Combat Deaths in the First World War.”

Franks received a B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and a jurisdoctorate from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass. She practiced law two years before earning a master's degree in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her doctorate in English literature is from Rutgers University.

She has completed much of her seven-chapter book, “Island Dreams: Modernist Projects in Art, Literature and Science, 1850-1930” and has translated into English the Italian book, “Space and Place in the Works of D.H. Lawrence,” by Stefania Michelucci. She wrote “Revisionist Resurrection Mythologies: A Study of D. H. Lawrence's Italian Work,” as well as the introduction and “Notes by Jill Franks” for the Penguin edition of “Sea and Sardinia” by Lawrence.

A longtime member of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America Executive Committee, she has given several scholarly presentations from Paris, France, to Naples, Italy, to Kyoto, Japan.

Mabry, a world-renowned mezzo-soprano, earned doctoral and master's degrees in music education from George Peabody College for Teachers and a bachelor's degree in music from Florida State University.

She has written many scholarly publications, including “Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music: A Practical Guide to Innovations in Performance and Repertoire,” published in 2002 by the Oxford University Press. Since 1985, she has written a regular feature for the NATS Journal.

Mabry, who has served since 1980 as coordinator of APSU's Dimensions New Music Series and director of graduate studies in music since 1992, has been interviewed and performed live in concert on many radio and television programs. She has published several internationally distributed recordings, such as “Music by Women: A Celebration,” released in 2003.

Among her innumerable awards and honors, Mabry received a scholarship to study at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria. She was the recipient of a $12,000 Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Recording Grant. She has been awarded both the Richard Hawkins Award and Alumni Distinguished Professor Award from APSU. A three-year Tennessee Arts Commission Touring Artist, she was the featured artist at the international Music Analysis Conference in London, England, and at the Fourth International Conference on Women in Music in Atlanta.
—Dennie Burke