Today @ APSU - University News en Ard, Morton honored at APSU's Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner <p><img src="" width="600" height="438" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 26, during Austin Peay State University’s Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner, Wayne Ard, and his late wife, Marianne, and Ron Morton were honored for their strong support of the University. Ard, president of Ard Construction, received the 2016 Tennessee Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Morton, owner of the largest number of H&amp;R Block franchises in the country, was presented with the University’s 2016 Academic Advocate Award.</p><p>Wayne and Marianne Ard began supporting Austin Peay in the late 1980s, when Ard Construction donated the profits from one of its houses to the APSU Foundation. Over the years, the couple hosted popular gatherings for the University, and Marianne remained a constant presence on several APSU committees, including the Candlelight Ball committee. Last year, shortly after Marianne passed away, Ard made a major financial gift to Austin Peay, which will provide scholarships in Marianne’s name for several generations of deserving students.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a stronger University thanks to the Ards’ love and generosity,” Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, said. “We are fortunate to have this family as one of our key supporters.”</p><p>Morton (’70), a former APSU cross-country team standout, and his wife, Andrea, made a significant donation to the University in 2012 to provide scholarships for Olympic-sport athletes. One of the stipulations of their gift is that the recipients have to perform some form of community service.</p><p>“The Mortons are helping build a new generation of empathetic leaders here at Austin Peay, and I’m excited to see how their spirit will continue to flourish in the lives of our students,” White said.</p><p>For information on how to give to APSU, contact the University’s Office of Advancement at 931-221-7127 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White, Wayne Ard and former APSU President Oscar Page</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:29:39 +0000 boothcw 126315 at APSU awards first Warren Scholarship for Classical Studies <p><img src="" width="600" height="337" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you grew up in Clarksville and studied Latin, chances are you know Kaye or Grady Warren. The couple taught Latin in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System for more than 40 years, and in that time they became one of the area’s biggest advocates for Classical Studies. Just last summer, one of their former students—Austin Peay State University freshman Alexander Kee—earned first place in Advanced Latin Grammar at the National Junior Classical League convention in San Antonio, Texas.</p><p>In 1997, the couple was happy to learn that Dr. Tim Winters had been hired to develop a Classical Studies program at Austin Peay State University. Over the years, they made sure his incoming students were more than ready to study the subject at the college level.</p><p>“They have educated literally thousands of local students, and they have worked summers and nights to help their kids get a leg up into college,” Winters, APSU professor of Latin, said. “They took their students to Italy and Greece. They’ve worked their hearts out.”</p><p>&nbsp;Late last year, Winters decided to show his appreciation for all their hard work by developing a scholarship in their name. Winters and several former students of the Warrens are currently raising money to get the scholarship fully endowed, but last week, Winters did have enough funds to present the first Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship to a rising APSU sophomore. The recipient of that first scholarship was their former pupil, Alexander Kee.</p><p>“It was such a surprise,” Kaye Warren said during last week’s ceremony.</p><p>“It’s really wonderful,” Grady Warren said. “He was the number one grammar student in the country.”</p><p>Kee also was surprised by the announcement, and he initially didn’t know what to say when the Warrens congratulated him.</p><p>“It’s an honor and a privilege because they are two people I look up to and respect very greatly,” he said. “Obviously, I had Mrs. Warren, she got me started into Latin. And I worked with Mr. Warren the last here summers, teaching me what I know.”</p><p>Winters said they are still accepting donations to grow the Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship into a full endowment. For information on the scholarship and how to give, contact Matt Bucy with the APSU Office of Advancement at <a href=""></a> or at 931-221-7130.</p><p>APSU offers degrees in Latin, Greek and Classics—a combination of the two languages—that prepare students for graduate study in languages and archaeology, for teaching high-school Latin and other careers. For more information on the program visit <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or contact Winters at <a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Mary Winters APSU Latin instructor; Alexander Kee, APSU student; Grady Warren, Kaye Warren, Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor of Classics, and Dr. Stephen Kershner, assistant professor of Classics, celebrate the presentation of a new scholarship.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:38:15 +0000 boothcw 126241 at APSU youth guitar finger style camp set for June 14-15 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Music will host a two-day finger style guitar camp on June 14-15 for students in grades 4-12.</p><p>The camp will promote music literacy through group rehearsals, guitar clinics and workshops, culminating in a guitar ensemble concert to end the camp. APSU adjunct guitar professor Vanessa Green and APSU guitar alumnus and guitar composer Dr. Chris Lee will direct the camp. Students will study and perform music from the Austin Guitar Curriculum, a database of class guitar material edited and managed by Lee.&nbsp;</p><p>Beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists grades 4-12 are welcome to attend, and all students entering the camp must provide a recommendation email from a guitar or music teacher outlining the student’s music reading abilities.</p><p>Cost to register is $129 and acoustic guitars are required for the camp. All events will take place in Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus.</p><p>To register for the camp, or for more information, visit <a href=""></a>, or use the QR code below on your smartphone.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:47:12 +0000 harriscj 126109 at APSU recognizes outstanding faculty during 2016 Academic Awards ceremony <p><img src="" width="600" height="463" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 26, Austin Peay State University recognized several outstanding faculty members during the annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>The University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, was presented to Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of communication. Gotcher first arrived at Austin Peay in 1976 as a college freshman, and he has spent the majority of his academic career with the University, serving as a professor, chair of the Department of Communication and interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies. During his time at Austin Peay, he has helped developed several academic programs and he has directed more than 100 graduate theses and research projects. In 1994, he received the University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award for his extensive scholarly work.</p><p>The University also presented three tenure-track faculty members with the Socrates Award, which recognizes those instructors and professors who are known around campus for their ability to inspire and motivate students. This year’s recipients were Dr. Korre Foster, associate professor of music; Dr. Melissa Gomez, associate professor of Health and Human Performance; and Dr. Rodney Mills, associate professor of agriculture.</p><p>The University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award, presented each spring to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly and creative behavior, was presented to Dr. Roman Holovchak, assistant professor of physics. Holovchak earned his Ph.D. in optics and laser physics in 2004 from the Institute of Physical Optics in Lviv, Ukraine, and he is one of the more prolific researchers on APSU’s campus, having authored more than 100 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. Twenty of those articles were produced during his three years at Austin Peay, and four of the publications were co-authored by APSU undergraduate students.</p><p>Each year, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes a full-time faculty member or departmental chair whose service has enhanced or will enhance the quality of life in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area. David Steinquest, professor of music, received the award this year. For 30 years, Steinquest has organized, directed and performed in one of the community’s most cherished events, the annual Halloween Percussion Concert. In those three decades, he has collected cans of food and cash donations that he has turned over to area food banks. While the concert provides a family-friendly cultural event for the Clarksville-area, it has also helped provide food for those in need in this community.</p><p>For more information on these awards, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:16:42 +0000 harriscj 126102 at APSU nursing student wins THEC community service award <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Navdeep Saini, who may well be the nicest student attending Austin Peay State University, doesn’t like to talk about himself that much. If pressed, he’ll admit that he speaks six languages and has a degree in biotechnology (that he earned in Russian), but talking about his accomplishments seems to embarrass him. He looked particularly shy at APSU’s Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop earlier this month when someone asked Saini about another accolade. In April, he became one of only five college students from across the state to receive the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. &nbsp;</p><p>“The biggest thing for me is, thanks to the Army, I’m here,” he said. “And what the Army instilled in me is service. If I’m not in the field, I should be giving my time to the community.”</p><p>Saini, a native of India’s Punjab region, is an active-duty soldier in the U.S. Army. He arrived at APSU in 2014 to study nursing through the Military’s highly selective Army Nursing Scholarship program. In his short time at APSU, he has become one of the school’s most active community volunteers.</p><p>“I have known Mr. Saini for two years through his volunteer work, and during that time I have witnessed a strong work ethic and a passion for helping others,” Alexandra Howard, director of the APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSLCE), said. &nbsp;</p><p>In early January, Saini participated in an alternative break trip, sponsored by the CSLCE, to the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. During that trip, he spent several long days performing manual labor and caring for the some 300 rescued monkeys at the sanctuary.</p><p>“I was extremely impressed to see that Navdeep was as humble as he was hard-working,” Dr. Sheryl Byrd, APSU vice president of Student Affairs and a trip chaperone, said. “He displayed a strong commitment to accomplish the jobs assigned to the group, even if it meant longer hours or more challenging conditions.”</p><p>Shortly before Spring Break, Saini helped organize Zika Virus Awareness sessions across the APSU campus. The sessions provided updated information on the infection for students planning to travel to epidemic areas in the Caribbean during the spring holiday.</p><p>“He is an outstanding example of selfless service to the community by his numerous community service hours,” Dr. Patty Orr, APSU nursing professor, said.</p><p>Saini also created a multicultural diversity awareness group within APSU’s Student Nursing Association, and that group received the University’s 2016 Thousand Points of Light Award for establishing a new standard in APSU campus life. He serves as a volunteer ambassador for the APSU Office of International Education, and he regularly helps with American Red Cross blood drives and with food distribution through Manna Café Ministries.</p><p>“Because of the Army, I feel if you’re not directly serving the country, you need to serve indirectly,” he said. “And the Army really helped me for my dream of being a nurse to come true. I’m so proud of my University. I’m proud to be an Austin Peay student.”</p><p>Earlier this month, Saini also received the APSU Impact Award, the APSU Outstanding Campus Service Award and the University’s Halbert Harvill-Civitan Citizenship Award. With the THEC Harold Love Award, named for a late member of the Tennessee General Assembly, Saini will receive a $1,000 cash prize. He has already announced that he is donating the prize money back to the APSU programs he serves.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:18:12 +0000 boothcw 126050 at APSU sociology department sending students to top graduate programs <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In August, Sarah Huff, a former high school dropout, will board a plane for the United Kingdom to begin graduate school at The London School of Economics and Political Science—a university recently labeled “the world’s leading dedicated social science institution.”&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to apply because I don’t have a lot of the background that people have when they go to these bigger schools,” Huff said recently. When she was only 16, Huff dropped out of high school, and she didn’t get her GED until a few years later. No one in her family had attended college, but after earning her GED, Huff decided to enroll at Austin Peay State University. She was unsure of what she should study.</p><p>“I took sociology 1010 and within two weeks, I was sold,” she said. Huff will graduates this May with her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from APSU. “I feel a lot more comfortable about leaving for London because we have the most amazing professors here.”</p><p>The APSU Department of Sociology is one of the smaller programs on campus, with only six full-time faculty members, but this year the department is sending several students to some of the top graduate programs in the world. In addition to Huff, sociology student Ian Chambers was recently accepted to Bowling Green State University, and students Randi Ingram and Charles Hayes will be attending Florida State University next fall.</p><p>“The Department of Sociology faculty is incredibly proud of the achievements of our undergraduates,” Dr. Tucker Brown, department chair, said. “Seeing our students gain the knowledge and skills to compete nationally for graduate assistantships is among the most rewarding aspects of teaching and mentorship.&nbsp;As one of the smaller departments on campus, many of our students develop close connections to our faculty, and we become personally vested in their success.”</p><p>The department is small, taking up only a small suite of offices in the McCord Building, but the size is part of what makes it appealing for students like Chambers.</p><p>“It’s small, but the staff is really dedicated, the faculty is really well versed in a lot of diverse sociological concepts,” he said.</p><p>Last year, Dr. William Brooks, assistant professor of sociology, encouraged Chambers to conduct his own research into why members of the LGBT community settle into certain areas of the mid-south. Chambers received an APSU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and he spent the next several months working on the project. Chambers believes the experience he gained during this research project helped him get into one of the top sociology graduate programs in the nation.</p><p>“I feel prepared,” he said. “The department here has really made me capable of what I need to do. It (APSU’s Department of Sociology) is a research-heavy program. I actually had research that I’ve done here at Austin Peay that other students coming up didn’t have. I was able to come to (Bowling Green State) and say I know how to start and finish a research project.”</p><p>Chambers will also graduate in May, and then he’ll move north to pursue a Ph.D.</p><p>“It’s really encouraging to know that our students are well-prepared and able to compete with students from larger, research-intensive universities,” Brown said.</p><p>For information on the APSU Department of Sociology, visit the program’s website at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:13:13 +0000 boothcw 125910 at Philanthropist Ayers to speak at APSU commencement on May 6 <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Janet Ayers, a nationally recognized business leader and president of the philanthropic Ayers Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 87<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 6.</p><p>The Ayers Foundation was created in 1999 to sustain and/or significantly improve the quality of life in Tennessee. The organization accomplishes this mission through financial support for college scholarships, medical services for children, research into pre-cancer detection and diagnosis, continuing education for teachers, mental health research and other initiatives.</p><p>Janet Ayers earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and her Master of Professional Studies/Strategic Leadership from East Tennessee State University. She has served on the Tennessee State Board of Education and the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Advisory Council, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Jack Massey Leadership Award, the Nashville YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award and the Tennessee Health Care Association Distinguished Association Service Award.</p><p>Ayers will speak at both commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on May 6, in the APSU Dunn Center. In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony will feature candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management. The second ceremony will honor degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education.</p><p>APSU offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:55:37 +0000 boothcw 125737 at APSU Opera Theatre and Orchestra presents "This is the Rill Speaking" and “A Hand of Bridge” on April 23-24 <p><img src="" width="650" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Theatre and Orchestra will take playgoers on a nostalgic trip through a bygone era in America with its productions of Lee Hoiby’s “This is the Rill Speaking” and Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge.”</p><p>The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>A one-act opera “This is the Rill Speaking” captures the everyday happenings of rural America. Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, the opera visits the lives of its rural inhabitants in a non-linear, fluid fashion. Such glimpses of small town life include woman discussing home decoration, schoolboys gossiping about fellow students and other trivial scenes that taken together provide an overall picture of country life.</p><p>“This is the Rill Speaking" is unique in its production, as the play narrows the viewer’s focus to reflect the mundane nature of the stories. As one performer sings their vignette, they earn the focus of the lighting while the rest of the darkened stage is prepared for a seamless transition to the next performer.</p><p>“We try for a little variety from year-to-year in the productions we stage, and we decided on (‘This is the Rill Speaking’) because we had all the players and had decided we wanted to do American operas this year,” Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU, said. “And we wanted to do ‘This is the Rill Speaking’ because we had a real connection to Lee Hoiby at APSU because he was an Acuff Chair of Excellence here about seven years ago and we became really enchanted with his music. Because his teachers and mentors were Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti (who wrote the libretto for ‘A Hand of Bridge’), we thought it’d be fun to choose these two operas."</p><p>The APSU Opera will also perform Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge,” possibly the shortest opera that is regularly performed at roughly nine minutes in length.</p><p>In “A Hand of Bridge,” four friends are gathered for their evening bridge game. As play progresses, each sings an aria expressing their true thoughts, unveiling the unfulfilled desires of the individual and their isolation, even among lovers and friends.</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:22:33 +0000 harriscj 125503 at APSU professor Tamara Smithers publishes academic book on Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Everyone has a reason for why they do what they do, and for Dr. Tamara Smithers, associate professor of art history at Austin Peay State University, the reason she has devoted her passion to the study of art history is the work of Italian Renaissance sculptor and painter Michelangelo.</p><p>“To speak candidly, I’ve been obsessed with Michelangelo – his artwork, his life and his legend – ever since I can remember,” Smithers said.</p><p>Recently, the APSU professor channeled a bit of her expertise on the massively influential creator into serving as editor and contributor for the volume “Michelangelo in the New Millennium: Conversations about Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity,” a new scholarly book published by Brill, a major publisher of academic publications.</p><p>“Michelangelo in the New Millennium”&nbsp;presents six paired studies in dialogue with each other that offer new ways of looking at Michelangelo’s art. The three sections address the literal and metaphorical flexibility of Michelangelo’s artistic intentions, delve deeper into his early religious works, and take a new look at papal patronage of Paul III and IV.</p><p>But before she could begin the process, Smithers said she had to answer one question – was there anything new to say about Michelangelo?</p><p>“The answer, of course, is yes,” Smithers said. “In the introduction of his 1995 series of collected essays, ‘Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English,’ Washington University in St. Louis professor William E. Wallace asked, ‘Has the Bull Been Milked?’ Decidedly he answered, ‘There are still many cows to milk.’</p><p>“The field of Michelangelo studies is thriving. However, since the turn of the millennium, only a few edited volumes have been published on Michelangelo-related topics and they focus on specific themes or artworks,” Smithers continued. “This volume offers complementary-paired essays that utilize a variety of approaches on a wide range of topics on Michelangelo and the culture in which he lived.”</p><p>Each of the six essays in “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” is penned by someone new to publishing on Michelangelo in the new millennium. Hoping to offer a unique look at the influential creator, the collection as a whole re-explores the life, art and myth of Michelangelo’s early career in Florence to his last works in Rome through the eyes of a new generation of scholars.</p><p>“While the authors employ an assortment of methodologies, each chapter offers something new by presenting an alternative iconographic reading of familiar works, offering different contextual insights, exploring an innovative theme or presenting fresh observations from close visual analysis,” Smithers said.</p><p>Smithers herself contributed to the collection, providing a student-friendly essay titled “Michelangelo’s Suicidal Stone,” an anecdotal portrait, which explored not only Michelangelo’s reactions to his peers and friends, but also the reactions of others—patrons, collectors, art writers, artists, and stones alike—to him.</p><p>More information on “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” can be found by visiting <a href=""></a>. The book, which is now available, can be purchased on, as well as and other retailers.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Art and Design, visit</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:22:30 +0000 boothcw 125422 at "Footloose: The Musical" coming to APSU this week <p><img src="" width="600" height="388" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Footloose: The Musical” at the Trahern Theatre this week. The performance will highlight the work of students, faculty and staff associated with the musical theatre concentration of the department’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.</p><p>The musical—directed by Dr. Christopher Bailey, APSU assistant professor of musical theatre, and choreographed by Margaret Rennerfeldt, associate professor of dance—runs from Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.</p><p>Adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, and based on Pitchford’s original screenplay, “Footloose” offers an explosive musical experience perfectly suited for the live stage. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing, instituted by a local preacher determined to control the town’s youth.&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets for “Footloose” are $10 for students/military/seniors and $15 for adults. For&nbsp;more information, contact Marcus Hayes at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:59:29 +0000 boothcw 125260 at APSU hosts annual Spanish Language Fair for over 400 area high school students <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With a native speaker base of over 400 million people, it stands to reason that Spanish features a wide range of different cultural identities among the many countries that speak the global language.</p><p>The Spanish program at Austin Peay State University gives its students the skills to be fluent speakers and the tools to be global citizens, but for one day each year, the University invites area high school students to campus for a chance to experience the diversity of a language spoken in 21 countries across the world.</p><p>APSU’s chapter of the national collegiate Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi recently held its annual Spanish Language Fair, inviting over 400 students from four Clarksville-Montgomery County high schools for a day of cultural learning, as well as competition in the skills they’ve developed in the classroom.</p><p>“This is an annual event that we’ve been holding in the spring every year for area students,” Laura Schultz, APSU Spanish instructor and event organizer, said. “Our theme this year included the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.”</p><p>Caribbean culture was at the core of the event, as students competed in a number of quiz games, testing their knowledge of the Caribbean in a number of different categories, including art, dance, cuisine and literature. Students also had an opportunity to learn some skills on the dance floor with a lesson on the different styles of Latin dance.</p><p>Another common way of appreciating a culture is through the unique and vibrant cuisine of its people, and Caribbean food played an important role at the fair. To that end, Schultz and Chartwells Catering, the official hospitality provider of APSU, worked together to plan a Caribbean-themed lunch for students, served at the APSU Café in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>Learning a language is a gradual process, and students could demonstrate their progress with mock placement tests at the beginning, intermediate and advanced grammar levels. Those who receive the highest scores were recognized during a rewards ceremony at the end of the day.</p><p>For those interested in taking the next step after graduation, over 60 APSU student volunteers were on-hand to help, as well as mingle with students and give them a chance to explore life on a college campus.</p><p>“All in all, the fair went well,” Schultz said. “Our volunteers did an outstanding job, and the students really enjoyed their day on campus.”</p><p>At APSU, students can pursue studies in five languages, including Spanish, French, German, Greek and Latin, with 10 different majors and seven minors to choose from. For more information on programs in foreign languages at APSU, visit</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:59:09 +0000 harriscj 125149 at Former APSU athlete Downey gives back to Governors Baseball <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a fall afternoon in 2014, Doug Downey returned home and told his wife, Linda, that he needed to ask her an important question. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, the couple has supported several causes that are important to both of them. But that afternoon, Downey asked Linda if they could scale back the number of charities they gave money to.</p><p>“I asked if she would support us, together, focusing our philanthropy so we could make a more significant contribution to Austin Peay State University baseball,” he said. “And Linda could pick a single charity to support also.”</p><p>The Downeys are now providing major financial assistance to the baseball program through several generous donations. Their support will help the team grow as it builds upon its history of success.</p><p>“The Governor baseball program has long been one of the most successful programs at Austin Peay and within the OVC,” Ryan Ivey, APSU athletics director, said. “This gift will allow our program to continue to build on the foundation that has been laid.&nbsp;As a former Governor baseball player, Doug knows first-hand the lessons that are being learned on the diamond, and with this gift, he has provided an incredible opportunity for our current and future Governors to be just as successful as he has been.”</p><p>In the months leading up to Downey’s conversation with Linda, he kept coming across reminders of his time on the APSU baseball team. In the late 1970s, he was an MVP and team captain, but in the decades after graduating, Downey had focused on his career, becoming vice-president of Treasury Services for HCA—the nation’s leading provider of health care services.</p><p>&nbsp;“I believe everything happens for a reason, and early in 2014, I met Derek van der Merwe (then-APSU athletic director) at a charity golf tournament,” he said. Downey just happened to be wearing an APSU polo, which caught van der Merwe’s attention.</p><p>The two men talked briefly about APSU athletics, before going their separate ways that day. Then in October, Downey ran into van der Merwe again at a Governors baseball reunion. “Derek was there, imparting the importance of the history of the baseball program and our contributions to the program, and how that continues to influence the success of the program today.”</p><p>A feeling of nostalgia began to overtake Downey. He’d met Linda on campus his freshman year, and she cheered at most of his games, back when spectators had to sit on primitive, earthen steps behind the field’s backstop.</p><p>“After the reunion, Coach Joe Ellenberg pulled a few of us aside and challenged us to support the program,” Downey said. “Out of thirty-something people there, why did he pick us?”</p><p>Downey, a former captain, felt he was being called to again help lead his old baseball team, so that afternoon, he went home to talk it over with Linda. She quickly agreed, specifying that he would support APSU and she would support the Open Door Pregnancy Resource Center in Springfield, Tenn.</p><p>“There was a reconnection that Doug experienced when he saw Derek, and then he got more interested in supporting the team,” Linda said. “The older you get, the more focused you become because you’re running around with kids and volunteering at school and church and you’re working. You start to realize, ‘What should we be doing? What do you want to do?’”</p><p>In the late 1970s, Doug and Linda Downey were newlyweds, living in married housing on the APSU campus. Their first year together, Linda joked their philanthropy of choice was the Internal Revenue Service.</p><p>“After we moved out of the dorms and got a house, we had a bill of $400,” she said.</p><p>Thirty-eight years later, the couple is in a position to make a noticeable difference in a program that helped steer them toward their future success.</p><p>For more information, contact Alaric Klinghard, director of corporate giving at APSU, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:51:39 +0000 boothcw 125093 at Nashville recording artist Maggie Rose to perform at April 23 unveiling of APSU's Fortera Stadium <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Saturday, April 23, Austin Peay State University and Fortera Credit Union will celebrate a new era in Governors Football with the unveiling of the newly renamed Fortera Stadium, capped off with a concert by Nashville recording artist Maggie Rose in the stadium lot.</p><p>Rose’s performance will conclude a day’s worth of activities, beginning with a Noon softball <span>double-header</span>&nbsp;as the Governors compete against Jacksonville State at Cheryl Holt Field. Governors Baseball begins at 1 p.m. at they take on Eastern Kentucky in Raymond C. Hand Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Tailgate Alley opens at 3 p.m. in front of the newly named Fortera Stadium, followed by the Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. After the game, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a brief naming ceremony will take place with Tom Kane, president and CEO of Fortera Credit Union and APSU President Alisa White speaking. The ceremony will be followed by Rose’s concert and end with a fireworks display at approximately 7:45 p.m.</p><p>All events, including Rose’s concert, are free and open to the public.</p><p>Rose made her recording debut in 2009 with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” One year later, she signed with Emrose Records and released a pair of singles and an EP under her birth name, Maggie Rose Durante, before assuming the moniker Maggie Rose for the 2012 single “I Ain’t Your Mama.”</p><p>Rose’s debut album, “Cut to Impress” landed at #10 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, as well as on one of the four country albums featured on Amazon’s “Best Albums of 2013” list. The release of her debut country album placed Rose in the spotlight, with Vogue Magazine naming her as one of Nashville’s “It” girls alongside Miranda Lambert and Lily Aldridge.</p><p>Her latest EP, “The Variety Show, Vol. 1” was released on April 8 on Play It Again Records, and is available on iTunes, as well as streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music. Rose is currently headlining her own tour with fellow Play It Again act The Morrison Brothers Band, who she also produces, in addition to opening for acts ranging from Rachel Platten to Brad Paisley and Lee Brice.</p><p>For more information on Maggie Rose, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:30:08 +0000 boothcw 124998 at APSU names seasoned senior executive Moses as interim dean of College of Business <p><img src="" width="399" height="600" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Charles T. Moses, an internationally renowned expert in business strategy and entrepreneurship, was given an interim appointment as dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Business. He will begin his new role at APSU on May 1, 2016.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moses previously served as an associate professor of management and interim dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University, where he helped create Centers of Excellence in Supply Chain and Financial Planning and a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development. He also developed new graduate and undergraduate programs and oversaw the school’s successful reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accreditation body for university business schools.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">“Dr. Moses has one of the most impressive resumes I’ve seen in my many years working in higher education,” Dr. Rex Gandy, APSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said. “His diverse background in journalism, politics and business, combined with his experience with theAACSB and their accreditation process are tremendous assets for the University.”</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Moses began his professional career as a journalist, working as an award-winning business reporter and editor for Newsday and the Rochester Times-Union newspapers in New York. In the early 1990s, he served as a cabinet-level advisor to then-New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela recruited Moses to be the founding dean of Edupark, a graduate school affiliated with the University of Limpopo in Polokwane, South Africa. While in that country, Moses worked as a consultant in the areas of change management and trade, served as a principal with Delotte and Touche, South Africa, and was named managing director of Labat Africa, a consulting and holding company.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">During his long career, Moses has advised several prominent organizations, including the World Bank, and he has presented lectures on international business at the Kenan-Flagler School of Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, the University of the West Indies and the University of Zimbabwe.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Mellon Fellowship, a Kettering Foundation Public Scholar designation and a Mandel Fellowship from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moses earned his Doctor of Management from CWRU. He received his M.B.A. in Management from the Zicklin School of Business at the City University of New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dr. Bill Rupp previously served as dean of the APSU College of Business until March 2016.</span></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:36:55 +0000 boothcw 124898 at APSU Governors Stadium to become Fortera Stadium <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University's historic Governors Stadium will soon don a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union. The 25-year, $2.5 million agreement will see the home of APSU football be renamed Fortera Stadium.</p><p>Crews will begin work to install signage reflecting its new identity in the days to come as the University and Fortera prepare to celebrate a new era.&nbsp; A celebration will take place Saturday, April 23 at the home entrance of the stadium, following the final day of spring football practice. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Festivities will begin with a noon softball game, as the Governors take on Eastern Kentucky at <span>Cheryl Holt Field</span>. At 1 p.m. Governors baseball will compete against Jacksonville State<span>&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span><span>Raymond C. Hand Park</span>.</p><p>Tailgate Alley opens at 3 p.m. in front of the newly named Fortera Stadium, followed by the Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. After the game, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a brief naming ceremony will take place with Tom Kane, president and CEO of Fortera Credit Union, and APSU President Alisa White speaking. The ceremony will be followed by a concert and end with a fireworks display at approximately 7:45 p.m.</p><p>The announcement of this partnership coincides with the credit union’s official name change to Fortera Credit Union. The financial cooperative has been serving the community for more than 60 years and made the decision earlier this year to officially change its name from Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union to Fortera Credit Union.</p><p>Kane approached the University as part of the credit union's ongoing community investment efforts.</p><p>"We're a community credit union. We live here, we work here and we give here. At Fortera Credit Union, we believe it’s our responsibility to educate our members in order to help them make smart financial decisions,” Kane said. “We are equally committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve by investing in partnerships with organizations committed to doing the same. As we evaluated partnership opportunities, we found Austin Peay to be aligned perfectly with our own core values."</p><p>The new agreement provides resources to enhance facilities within the athletic department. In partnering with APSU, Fortera Credit Union continues to expand its presence on campus, which already includes a Fortera ATM in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>"First and foremost, thank you to Fortera Credit Union for entering into this new and exciting partnership with Austin Peay State University," APSU President Alisa White said. "Fortera has been a part of this community for more than 60 years, and many of its leaders and employees have earned their degrees from the University. We are proud of their accomplishments and are celebrating our partnership and our shared values and goals. We are honored that Fortera Credit Union wants to be part of Austin Peay's future."</p><p>The original Governors Stadium was built by the city of Clarksville as a multi-purpose facility in 1946. Originally named Municipal Stadium for its purpose of providing an athletic facility for Clarksville and Montgomery County Schools, the stadium also was also used by the University through an annual agreement. In 1970, the city conveyed one-third of the title to the state and the other third of the stadium to Montgomery County. Additionally, a local legislative enactment was passed by the General Assembly establishing a Municipal Stadium Authority and empowering it to operate the stadium, provided that the owners entered into a lease agreement with the Stadium Authority not to exceed 20 years.</p><p>In 1993, the University agreed to purchase Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority and Montgomery County, and the name of the stadium changed to Governors Stadium. The University demolished the home side of the original stadium at the end of the 2013 football season and opened the new facility at the start of the 2014 season.</p><p>Fortera Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, owned and operated by members, established in 1954. The Credit Union offers quality products and outstanding service to more than 50,000 members and their families with branches in Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Oak Grove and Hopkinsville. For more information, visit <a href=" " title=" "> </a></p><p><b><br /></b></p><p><b>Additional quotes from key campus and community leaders:</b>&nbsp;</p><p>“The people of this community, people and businesses like Fortera, are what provides us the great opportunity we have to be a highly successful and competitive athletics department.&nbsp; Without their support and generosity, we couldn’t do what we do.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>—Ryan Ivey, APSU athletics director</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“It’s exciting to see community partnerships like Fortera and Austin Peay take place. I applaud Fortera for stepping forward and showing such great support for our university. Austin Peay football is poised for great success, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for the Govs in Fortera Stadium this fall!”</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Jim Durrett, Montgomery County Mayor</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“As a staff, we’re always striving to provide better opportunities for our student-athletes. This partnership with Fortera provides us the resources to improve the student-athlete experience and campus community as a whole. To be able to do so as the result of a relationship with one of Clarksville’s most progressive, impactful leaders will yield enormous benefits in our recruiting goals and pursuit of championships going forward.”</p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; —Will Healy, APSU head football coach</b></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“Austin Peay State University is being propelled forward because of a community of partners that a have a clear vision for what is possible for this great University.&nbsp; Clarksville and APSU share an exciting vision of transformation and growth.&nbsp; There will be many more of these types of partnerships that will help to define Clarksville as a key destination to live and visit in the state of Tennessee."</p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;—Derek van der Merwe, APSU VP of advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.</b></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“From a tourism perspective, we are always happy to hear about partnerships like this one because they improve the visitor experience. The newly rebuilt Governors Stadium is already something to be proud of, so the news that Austin Peay and Fortera will work together to offer an even better experience to fans and visitors is very exciting.”</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Theresa Harrington, Executive Director of Visit Clarksville</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“I’ve talked about public and private partnerships being a cornerstone of development for a long time.&nbsp; This new partnership between Austin Peay State University and Fortera is a perfect example.&nbsp; I appreciate these excellent institutions and their commitment to our community.”&nbsp;</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Kim McMillan, Clarksville Mayor</b><b></b></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:55:58 +0000 boothcw 124818 at APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta students perform well at regional history conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="360" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Stephen Carls, professor and chair of the department of history at Union University, and Peeps go way back.</p><p>Besides just enjoying the spongy yellow candies, Carls can appreciate a bit of shared history as both Peeps and Union’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honor society chapter, which he has served as advisor for since 1983, were founded the same year: 1953.</p><p>When Austin Peay State University hosted the PAT regional conference in 2015, Carls, who also currently serves as PAT’s national president, thanked the coincidentally named hosts with a bit of a gag gift in the form of his favored confection.</p><p>“Last year, Stephen gave me a Peeps Cookbook as a thank you gift for hosting the conference,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history at APSU, said, noting the similarity between the candy and APSU’s namesake, former Tennessee governor Austin Peay.</p><p>One year later, Carls and Union University had their opportunity to host the national honor society’s annual regional conference – and both APSU and its students were eager to return Carl’s generosity.</p><p>Nine APSU representatives, including both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professors, attended the event, held Saturday, April 2 on the campus of Union University. More than 35 students from over 12 universities attended, with seven APSU students presenting papers and four conducting a workshop for those in attendance.</p><p>Two APSU students won awards for their research papers, including Alexandria Poppendorf, who won Best Graduate Student Paper for her work, titled “The Influence of Masculinity upon American Imperialism: A Study of the Spanish-American War, the Anti-Imperialist Movement, and the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.” Priscilla Gutierrez also won an award for Undergraduate World History Paper for her her work, titled “Ravensbrück: The Women behind the Walls.”</p><p>Other APSU students presenting papers included Sara Alexander, “Confederate Women in the American Civil War: From Sacrifice to Oppression”; Robert Boone, “The Success and Failure of the Washington Naval Conference”; Theresa Watts, “The Role of Shining Brass and the Covert Operations against the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos”; Larissa Dougherty, “Fire Support Base RIPCORD: The Forgotten Last Major Offensive of the Vietnam War”; and Katelynn DiStefano, “The Spanish Influenza: Its Effect on America and World War I.”</p><p>Deanna Carter, Courtney Beard, Larissa Dougherty and Poppendorf also presented a student engagement workshop during the event, “What Women Wore: A Collection of Women’s Clothing and Accessories from the Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century.”</p><p>APSU professors Dr. David Snyder and Dr. Kelly Jones also assisted during the conference, commenting on panels of students from other universities.</p><p>“Participation in the PAT Regional Conference is one of the most important events Theta-Delta members participate in. &nbsp;It is the culmination of students&nbsp;taking a class, writing a research paper, getting feedback from the professors to revise&nbsp;and improve&nbsp;the paper, and finally&nbsp;presenting the paper&nbsp;at the conference,” Uffelman said. “After the conference students can submit their papers to the student journal&nbsp;Theta-Delta&nbsp;for publication.”</p><p>As for APSU returning Carls’ generosity during their round of hosting in 2015, Uffelman said that the Clarksville contingent of history scholars did not forget the past.</p><p>“We knew that (Carls) has a running joke about Peeps, so this year, we gave him a basket of ‘Austin’ Peeps,” Uffelman said. “He loved it and so did we.”</p><p>For more information on the University’s PAT chapter, contact Uffelman at 931-221-7704.</p> History and Philosophy Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:21:36 +0000 harriscj 124701 at APSU Department of Art and Design presents US Bank Open Exhibition April 15-16 <p><img src="" width="317" height="505" /></p><p><b>APSU Department of Art and Design presents US Bank Open Exhibition April 15-16</b></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art and Design will host the 2016 US Bank Open Exhibition April 15-16, during Clarkville’s Rivers and Spires Festival.</p><p>The Open Exhibition is an opportunity for artists living in and around Montgomery County to exhibit their work, sell their work and to help raise money for APSU art scholarships. To date, 20 APSU art majors have received the US Bank Scholarship, and numerous artists from the Clarksville community have been honored for their creative achievements with prize money donated annually by US Bank.</p><p>This year’s exhibition will be held at 328 College Street, in the former Jenkins and Wynne ‘Pre-Owned Sales’ building.</p><p>Residents (18 years and older) of Montgomery County and surrounding regions may submit one work of art in the Amateur or the Professional division. APSU art faculty may also submit work to the exhibition, but they will not be considered for awards. All entries must be original and not previously shown in the Open Exhibition. For a full prospectus and entry forms, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 15. Exhibition awards will be announced beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:46:49 +0000 boothcw 124667 at Copy of rare Pembroke Collection coin archive now housed at APSU University Archives and Special Collections <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Thomas Herbert, 8<sup>th</sup> Earl of Pembroke, was a great many things during his life. A British statesman during the reigns of King William III and Queen Anne, Herbert served, at different times, as First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.</p><p>In his private life, Herbert was also a prolific collector, amassing a vast array of, among other things, works of art and classical sculpture. But his real passion lied in coin collecting, and in 1729, he commissioned Italian composer Nicola Francesco Haym to document his collection in the form of a catalogue.</p><p>Known as “The Pembroke Collection,” the heavy, leather-bound book was published in 1746 and contains over 200 pages, split into four volumes and an index, of illustrations of Herbert’s massive collection. While interesting as a whole, the rare collection is of particular note to American colonial historians because of its depiction of 11 coins struck during the earl’s lifetime that were currency in the then-American colonies – among the earliest such images known to historians.</p><p>Few copies of the Pembroke Collection have survived to modern day, but one such complete edition recently found its way to the University Archives and Special Collections at Austin Peay State University’s Felix G. Woodward Library.</p><p>The copy now in the University’s possession previously belonged to APSU alumnus James Kaar (1970), whose father had purchased it some 40 years ago from an antiques dealer. When Kaar’s father died in 1990, the book remained in his possession before deciding his alma mater – and future generations of APSU students – might find use in a document with such historical value.</p><p>“I thought that, because of the book’s rarity, it might be an object of interest and curiosity to people who may have never seen a 270-year-old book, and that because so few libraries own an original copy, it would be nice for the Woodward Library to have its own,” Kaar said.</p><p>The large edition in APSU’s possession is rare among even other copies of the Pembroke Collection, as it contains all four volumes and an index of the documented coins. Other similar editions contain just three, and some even two, volumes, with the “rare” fourth volume containing Herbert’s collection of American colonial coins.</p><p>“As far as we can determine, just six other libraries in the United States have a copy of the Pembroke collection, including the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, Pennsylvania State University and the New York Public and Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Sean Hogan, APSU special collections librarian, said.</p><p>For further information or to schedule an appointment for use of University Archives &amp; Special Collections materials, contact Scott Shumate at <a href=""></a> or Sean Hogan at <a href=""></a>.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="2400" height="1600" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:52:13 +0000 harriscj 124592 at APSU choral activities hosting “The Big Sing” on April 12 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As another academic year nears its end, Austin Peay State University choral activities celebrates the grand finale of the choral season with the biggest collection of vocal talent to date in the third annual “The Big Sing.”</p><p>On April 12 at 5:30 p.m., upwards of 158 singers from APSU and Paducah Tilghman High School&nbsp;will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a free performance of a wide range of vocal compositions.</p><p>Included in the evening’s schedule will be a composition performed by the APSU Chamber Singers, the premier choral ensemble of the University, as they debut the world premier of “The Well-Closed Doors,” a song commissioned by APSU and composed by Nashville-based composer Daniel Elder.</p><p>“Daniel writes wonderful music for choirs performed by choirs of all sizes, and we’ll be performing a world-premier composition that he created for us,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “The composition is inspired by ‘The Last Invocation,’ a poem from Walt Whitman, and we’ve already begun to learn it for the performance.”</p><p>Accompanying the Chamber Singers in their performance of “The Well-Closed Door” will be pianist, and APSU alumnus, Justin Fitch (’15).</p><p>Under the leadership of acclaimed choral director Matthew Hinz, the Paducah Tilghman Concert Choir will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir to create a choral union for a performance of three songs.</p><p>The compositions performed by the choral union include “Invictus,” a song composed by Joshua Rist and based on the William Ernest Henley poem of the same name, as well as the first movement of “Gloria” by John Rutter and “J'entends le Moulin” by Donald&nbsp;Patriquin.</p><p>The performance of “J’entends le Moulin” will also include a piano portion performed by APSU professor of music, Dr. Anne Glass.</p><p>For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Music Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:59:28 +0000 harriscj 124515 at APSU student Spalding presents senior thesis art exhibit April 18-21 <p><img src="" width="384" height="600" /></p><p>Later this month, Austin Peay State University graduating senior Heather Spalding will present her senior thesis exhibition, “Breathing Room,” at APSU’s Gallery 108. Located on the first floor of the Trahern Building, the gallery will be filled with ink drawings, ceramics and paper maché sculpture. The artist’s work was recently shown in another gallery viewing at APSU, and this will be her first featured show of her own.</p><p>The artist expresses her feelings of social anxiety and chaos through remixing the human body in unexpected and unusual ways. Feelings of calmness battle with feelings of distress through her combination of beautiful line work and grotesque creations.</p><p>This exhibition will be on view from Monday through Thursday, April 18-21, with a reception at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in Gallery 108. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:02:11 +0000 boothcw 124500 at APSU ROTC to hold week-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Army ROTC programs <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — This year marks the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the establishment of Army ROTC programs in the nation. To commemorate the program’s centennial anniversary, Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program is celebrating with a week of events demonstrating its cadets’ commitment to the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.</p><p>The following events will be held in celebration of ROTC’s 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary:</p><ul><li><strong>Monday, April 18: </strong>Manna Café service project</li><li><strong>Tuesday, April 19: </strong>Rope bridge demonstration</li><li><strong>Wednesday, April 20: </strong>Physical training session and flag raising demonstration</li><li><strong>Thursday, April 21: </strong>Cadet Awards Ceremony</li><li><strong>Saturday, April 23: </strong>100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary JROTC 5k Fun Run</li></ul><p>On April 18, cadets and APSU student, faculty and staff volunteers will demonstrate the Army Value of selfless service by helping the Manna Café staff at their warehouse to prepare for upcoming events. Their work will help further the Manna Café’s mission of serving the less fortunate within the Clarksville community.</p><p>Volunteers and cadets can sign up to work one of three, two-hour shifts (9:30 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m.). For information on how to sign up to serve, contact Captain Joshua Peeples at <a href=""></a>, or 931-221-1262.</p><p>From 1:30-2:30 p.m. on April 19, APSU faculty, staff and students will have the chance to live the Army Value of personal courage as they traverse the APSU obstacle course, located directly across Marion Street from Governors Stadium on the University campus. Participants will learn to employ a field-expedient technique to bridge hazardous obstacles such as streams or rivers where the force of flowing water is too great, or temperatures too cold, to conduct a wet crossing.</p><p>On April 20 at 6:30 a.m. at the Memorial Health Building on APSU’s Clarksville campus, APSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a cadet-led physical training session and flag raising demonstration that displays the Army Values of loyalty and duty. The cadet in charge will lead participants through different strenuous physical events before returning to the Memorial Health Building for a demonstration on how to properly raise the American flag. Upon completion of the flag raising demonstration, a light breakfast will be served inside the Memorial Health Building for participants.</p><p>You must register to participate in the training session and flag demonstration. To register, contact Captain Joshua Peeples at <a href=""></a>, or 931-221-1262 by April 19.</p><p>APSU faculty and staff are invited to the annual Cadet Award Ceremony, held on April 21 at 2:20 p.m. in the Morgan University Center Ballroom C. A group of 27 cadets who have exemplified the Army Values of duty, integrity and honor will be presented with awards for exceptional performance in academics, fitness and merit during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The week’s festivities will conclude on April 23 with the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary JROTC 5k Fun Run, held at 11 a.m. at Rossview High School. The Army Values of selfless service and duty will be highlighted as high school students across the globe will run, walk or march at their school’s track or nearby running course. The goal is to have a simultaneous start-time in order to allow the participants to connect via social media and to be able to view locations worldwide in order to truly appreciate the scope and magnitude of this event.</p><p>All APSU Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to attend the run, and the event fee is $24 and includes a 100th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt.&nbsp;To register for the run, visit <a href=""></a></p><p>For information on any of the events, contact APSU ROTC Captain Joshua Peeples at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-1262. For more information on APSU’s ROTC program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:24:55 +0000 harriscj 124384 at Dr. Sharon Mabry serves as Master Teacher and lecturer at Southern Illinois University <p><img src="" width="335" height="360" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano and professor of music at Austin Peay State University, was invited by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a Master Teacher residency in vocal performance. In this capacity, she worked with SIU’s voice faculty and classical vocal majors, as well as several students from the musical theatre program.</p><p>Mabry spent March 28-30 coaching undergraduate and graduate student soloists in three large master classes. The repertoire performed by the students included operatic, as well as art song literature from several historical musical style periods, but emphasized contemporary works by American composers.</p><p>In addition, she presented a talk about her new book, “The Performing Life: A Singer’s Guide to Survival” and discussed many issues of concern to a future performing artist, taking numerous questions from the large audience.</p><p>"I was extremely impressed with the high level of talent and thorough preparation presented by the singers,” Mabry said. “They were delightful to work with and eager to experiment with new ideas."</p><p>During Mabry’s career in music education, she has received APSU’s highest award for creativity, the Richard M. Hawkins Award, and for teaching, the Distinguished Professor Award. Her presence at Southern Illinois was part of their new music festival called Outside the Box. Bringing composers and performers of international acclaim to campus, Outside the Box sees performers join with SIU musicians and composers to create a weeklong atmosphere of engaging, contemporary concert music.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Music, visit</p> Music Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:37:17 +0000 harriscj 124376 at APSU Department of Theatre and Dance to host Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band <p><img src="" width="600" height="413" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band will perform in Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theatre as this spring’s APSU Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipients.</p><p>Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the APSU Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts department at APSU, with the Department of Theatre and Dance hosting it this year.</p><p class="Default">Band members Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, a married couple, create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical and child-friendly imaginations. The songs on their five award-winning recordings offer an incredible range aimed at exploring the wonder of childhood. From their debut album “Luckiest Adventure”<i> </i>to their consecutive #1 songs and albums (“Oh Lucky Day,” “A Potluck”) and Latin Grammy award-winning album “¡FANTASTICO!,” they have enjoyed strong reviews and heavy radio rotation worldwide. “¡FANTASTICO!”<i> </i>brought the duo a new audience of families eager to immerse their children in dual languages right from the start.</p><p>As Acuff Chairs at APSU, Diaz and Gaddis will present a series of workshops for Theatre and Dance students during their residency. Gaddis has a successful line of monologue books, “Monologues That Are Actually Funny,” with the sixth book in the series being released soon.</p><p>Tickets for the April 8 concert are free and available on a first come, first served basis. For&nbsp;more information, contact Marcus Hayes, director of Dance at APSU, at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing;</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 20:18:08 +0000 boothcw 124312 at Active Minds chapter to hold “Send Silence Packing” suicide prevention event on April 8 <p><img src="" width="600" height="200" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;“Send Silence Packing,” a nationally recognized public exhibition of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of students who die by suicide every year will be on display at Austin Peay State University on April 8.</p><p>The event is organized by the APSU chapter of Active Minds, the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to engage students in changing the conversation about mental health. APSU is one of 11 college campuses in eight states hosting an event during the group’s Spring 2016 tour.</p><p>Held in the MUC Plaza on the University campus, 1,100 backpacks will be displayed as a testament to the number of lives lost to suicide each year. Attached to many backpacks are photographs and personal stories of students who died by suicide. People are invited to walk among the backpacks to see the photographs and read the stories.</p><p>The exhibit also includes signs and resources to encourage help seeking, to connect students to mental health resources and to inspire action for suicide prevention. Active Minds staff, student representatives and University counselors will also be on hand to provide information and resources.</p><p>Active Minds was established in 2003 by Alison Malmon, then a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, after tragically losing her only brother, 22-year-old Brian Malmon, to suicide. “Send Silence Packing” was first unveiled in 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, with a keynote speech by The Honorable Patrick Kennedy. Since then, more than 320,000 people in 100 cities throughout the country have experienced Send Silence Packing.</p><p>For more information on Active Minds, visit <a href=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s Active Mind chapter, visit</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:25:00 +0000 harriscj 124129 at Professor Darren Michael publishes first full-length play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset” <p><img src="" width="380" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As a child growing up in Arkansas, Darren Michael often heard stories about the town of Smackover. Thanks to the oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s, thousands flocked to the southern town in search of fortune. Predictably, however, when the oil wells ran dry, those residents left as quickly as they came – and the city atrophied.</p><p>Now an associate professor of theatre at Austin Peay State University, Michael was inspired to commit those old stories of corruption and greed to print in the form of a full-length play, titled “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset.” The play has been successful regionally, with strong production runs in both Nashville and Lexington, Ky., but a recent agreement with Steele Springs Stage Rights will ensure his drama reaches a much wider audience.</p><p>“Steele Springs is one of the up-and-coming play publishing companies, and they approached me last year and wanted to see some of my material,” Michael said. “I sent out a bunch of things I’d been working on, and they picked ‘Scarecrows’ out quickly. Last fall, I worked with an editor and we got (the manuscript) laid out before it was officially published on March 1.”</p><p>“Scarecrows” is told through the eyes of Bo Legend, a man trying to discern how he came to such a low point in his life.&nbsp; Raised as a farmer and now forced into the oil business as the boom hits Smackover, Legend has come home to face what's left of his family — his father and brother who suspect him of unspeakable things and the daughter he abandoned just days after her birth.</p><p>“The seed of (‘Scarecrows’) started with my family,” Michael said. “I took a huge amount of dramatic license, but I set in at a time period my family knew – they came to Arkansas during the oil boom of the 20s and 30s.</p><p>“There are these burnt out oil pits back there, and when I was a kid, it smelled like oil; there were these nasty and burnt-out areas. I wanted to write something about that era and about a guy who can’t deal with all the massive changes going on around him.”</p><p>In her 2014 review of “Scarecrows,” Amy Stumpfl of The Tennessean said “Michael…shows great promise as a playwright, crafting full-blooded characters and often lyrical dialogue.”&nbsp; Martin Brady of the Nashville Scene said “(‘Scarecrows’) plays out like the big, lusty Southern Gothic drama it consciously aspires to be, with its Tennessee Williams-like dramatis personae and the biblically inspired undertones of a John Steinbeck novel.”</p><p>Michael is an active writer, as his short play,&nbsp;“Imaginary Conversations with My Daughter”&nbsp;was part of the 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual New Play Festival at The Puzzle in New York City in July 2014.&nbsp; His short works, including&nbsp;“Willie Nelson Ain’t Dead,&nbsp;“Feathers”,”&nbsp;“Lily Builds a Spaceship” and&nbsp;“Voice Activated,” have also been featured at Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville and at Playhouse Nashville’s Ten Minute Playhouse events.&nbsp;He is currently the President of the Tennessee Theatre Association and a member of the Dramatists Guild.</p><p>For licensing information on “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset,” visit Steele Spring Stage Rights at <a href=""></a>. For more information on Darren Michael, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>APSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance is online at, or call 931-221-6767.</p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:44:32 +0000 harriscj 124039 at