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APSU starts off 2011-12 year celebrating milestones, embracing challenges

APSU President Tim Hall speaks to faculty and staff during the annual convocation address to kick off the 2011-12 academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Music/Mass Communication Building. Photo by Beth Liggett, University photographer

Plans for two new facilities, along with other developments, are strong reasons to be encouraged in the work environment at Austin Peay State University.

APSU President Tim Hall speaks to faculty and staff during the annual convocation address to kick off the 2011-12 academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Music/Mass Communication Building. Photo by Beth Liggett, University photographer

Plans for two new facilities, along with other developments, are strong reasons to be encouraged in the work environment at Austin Peay State University.

President Tim Hall spoke to faculty and staff during the annual convocation Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Among the many exciting recent developments he cited in his address, Hall announced that the State Building Commission recently approved APSU’s request to build a new mathematics and computer science building behind the Hemlock Semiconductor Building.

“We are designing it now, and it is being designed in theme with the Hemlock Semiconductor Building and the Sundquist Science Complex,” the president, now in his fourth year at the helm of APSU, said.

Construction of the estimated $6 million facility should begin in about a year.

In addition, Hall informed employees that he hopes APSU will be able to approach the State Building Commission sometime in 2012 for permission to replace Governors Stadium, which is starting to deteriorate.

Hall also noted other accomplishments for APSU within the last year, including a 3 percent pay raise for the first time in four years for employees. The president said the Tennessee Board of Regents will meet in September to review other compensation proposals submitted from universities.

APSU is seeking TBR approval to award employees with at least two years of service a one-time bonus of $1,000 in November and to fund the personnel budget an additional 2 percent for a newly approved equity plan. This plan would help those employees whose salaries are not aligned with their peers in similar positions at other institutions that are comparable to APSU.

An hour before the start of the convocation, Hall attended an announcement that Nashville State Community College would locate satellite operations in the former Saturn of Clarksville dealership on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. Nashville State will offer a community college curriculum in Clarksville, so that students wanting to attend a two-year school won’t have to commute.

For APSU, the announcement is another door for opportunity.

“We’ve always had a good relationship with Nashville State, but this will develop our relationship into stronger ties,” Hall said.

Hall concluded his address with praise to faculty, staff and students who help to make the University proud.

 “These are prospering years for us,” he said. -- Melony Shemberger