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APSU announces recipients of 2012 Candlelight Ball awards during luncheon


Austin Peay State University’s 28th Annual Candlelight Ball is just around the corner, and to help announce the event, two individuals were honored and recognized during a luncheon held Feb. 2.

The Wendell H. Gilbert Award and the Spirit Award were presented to two individuals for their outstanding achievement, contribution or recognition they have brought to Austin Peay.

The Gilbert Award was presented to Fred Landiss, senior vice president and director of marketing and public relations at F&M Bank in Clarksville. Early in his career, he served as director of alumni and director of placement at APSU. He also has taught marketing classes as an adjunct faculty member at APSU from 2007-10. In addition, he has taught salesmanship at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and bank marketing classes for the American Institute of Banking. Landiss has had active leadership roles in organizations and activities that support art, cultural diversity, education, economic development and health care. He was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Montgomery County Citizen of the Year award presented by the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and he was named 2010 Clarksville Citizen of the Year for his volunteerism in the community.

The Spirit Award was given to Kyle Luther (’99), vice president of commercial banking at Planters Bank in Clarksville. He joined Planters Bank in March 2003 as a senior credit analyst, having previously worked at Old National Bank in Clarksville. He has held leadership positions in the APSU Govs Club, the Downtown Kiwanis of Clarksville and serves on the finance committee for United Way. Luther also is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Clarksville. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in banking at Louisiana State University, where he is scheduled to graduate in June 2012.

Reservations for Candlelight Ball cost $150 per person or $2,500 to sponsor a table of 10. Call 221-7979 for ticket reservations. - Dr. Melony Shemberger