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 Johnson awarded $1.9 million U.S. Department of Education Grant

In the fall of 2016, The Clarksville/Ft. Campbell Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) a free community service sponsored by APSU, received a $1.9 million U.S. Department of Education Grant to continue helping adults enroll in college or other high education programs. "We service 1,500 adults in this area, and we work with low-income adults and individuals who will be the first in their families to go to college," John Johnson, EOC Director said. "We're a clearing house of information for adults who want to go back to school." The EOC has been operating since 1988 and has assisted over 38,000 individuals realize their educational goals are within reach. The EOC has numerous community partners and affiliates. For more information about the EOC, contact Johnson by email at johnsonjc@apsu.edu

Free Mammograms are saving lives

Thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Greater Nashville Affiliate, the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing will partner with the Montgomery County Health Department to begin a breast health program. Dr. Patty Orr, director of the School of Nursing and associate professor, wrote the grant with Joey Smith, director of the county health department. The breast health program will include assessment, education and mammogram screening for the underserved population in Montgomery County. “The goal is to identify any cancer early when it can be treated successfully,” Orr said. APSU’s grant funding is among the $437,000 in total grants awarded by the Nashville Komen affiliate to local nonprofits to assist with education, screenings and treatment for breast cancer. Other agencies funded included the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services, Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Department of Health, among others. For more information, contact Orr by email at orrp@apsu.edu

Veterans getting "reconnected" to post secondary education 

This Fall, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced that Austin Peay will receive a $79,954 Veterans Reconnect Grant to better serve veterans and service members working to earn post secondary degrees. The grant program is specifically focused on improving the assessment of prior learning for student veterans returning to college, helping them convert previous miltary experience into college credit (PLA), and improving the transition between military service and postsecondary education. "Austin Peay will use the Veterans Reconnect Grant to devleop a system to evaluate military experience for academic credit to better support our military and veteran students, " Dr. Kristine Nakutis, Executive Director of the Austin Peay Center at Ft. Campbell, said. "This will standardize credit application across the curriculum and help our students achieve their academic goals sooner. We want to give them the credit they have already earned through their military service." For more information, contact Dr. Nakutis at nakutisk@apsu.edu

 APSU awarded Tennessee Department of Health grant to promote health, fitness

Dr. Tim Leszczak, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, in collaboration with Dr. Patty Orr in the School of Nursing, The Food Initiative, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Coordinated School Health Program, and the Montgomery County Department of Health was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Health “Eat Well, Play More Tennessee” initiative. The purpose of the grant is to develop a sustainable program that provides opportunity for physical activity to underserved populations in the surrounding area. Grant funds will be used to develop walking trails on the APSU campus, as well as provide nutritional workshops to community members, faculty, staff and students on campus. The money will also be used to provide walking maps which will be distributed to all departments, and develop virtual walking trails so participants can view the trails before they start physical activity.  There will be three trails marked with trail heads and directional arrows that will be .5, 1.0 and 1.5 miles long.  For further information, contact Tim Leszczak at 931-221-6112 or email leszczakt@apsu.edu