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AP logo on College Street completed

November 12, 2001

The paint is dry, and a colorful, stylized AP now marks the College Street entrance to the campus.

The result of a partnership between the City of Clarksville and APSU, the project was the brainchild of Mayor Johnny Piper and the capstone of the city's beautification of University Avenue.

"The idea was born as we were expanding Cumberland Drive, which is now University Avenue. We wanted to make APSU shine brighter," says Piper.

Piper proposed the idea to Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president; Mitch Robinson, former interim vice president for finance and administration; and Ben Pratt, physical plant director, who accepted it with open arms.

Austin Peay administrators and staff praised Jim Durrett and members of the Clarksville Street Department for its role in the project. "They worked long and hard to make this happen," says Pratt.

The project has stirred interest on the part of other universities. Many say they hope to do the same thing in their communities.

"It serves as a distinctive emblem at the ceremonial entrance to the University," says Bob Adams, vice president for finance and administration. "You're doing something good if others want to emulate what you've done."