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APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.

Darren Michael, associate professor of acting/directing, will have his play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset,” produced by Playhouse Nashville later this summer. The play will run from Aug. 16-24, at 133 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville. More information is available at

Austin Peay State University, through its University Recreation Office, was one of five schools to co-host the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association’s (NIRSA) National Conference in Nashville last month. The NIRSA hosted more than 2,500 professionals, students and vendors in areas of fitness, wellness, facility management, sport clubs and aquatics, along with several other recreational related education sessions.

David L. Davenport, director of University Recreation, served as chair of the conference’s Lee Wasson People of Color Social. The social provides networking and mentoring opportunities, fosters continued involvement of people of color in the association and encourages active participation in leadership roles.

The NIRSA began in 1950 as the National Intramural Association. In that year, Dr. William Wasson convened a meeting of 20 representatives from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Dillard University in New Orleans. The NIRSA membership has grown to comprise nearly 4,000 dedicated professionals, students and businesses, serving an estimated 7.7 million students.