Today @ APSU - University News en Sculptor, creator of APSU’s newest permanent art installation, Chris Boyd Taylor to give artist lecture Aug. 30 <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Chris Boyd Taylor is the creator of Austin Peay State University’s newest permanent art installation, “The Cardboard Kids,” and he returns to campus for an official unveiling and artist talk at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. A reception will precede the event at 2:30 p.m.</p><p>Comprised of three steel “vehicles” racing around one of Austin Peay’s many crater-like bowls, the sculptures themselves have been made to look like they were created from cardboard. In each unique cart, the observer can see exposed tape and corrugation used in the construction of the sculpture, hinting at years of extended use.</p><p>Taylor is also an educator, and currently serves as an instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His proposal was inspired by similarities between Austin Peay students and his own classroom experience, and was selected by Austin Peay faculty from numerous submissions by an international pool of artists and sculptors.</p><p>“As I spoke with the students at Austin Peay, I quickly realized that a large percentage of the student population fits into the wonderful category known as the non-traditional student,” Taylor said. “I met students who bring a welcome voice to the classroom because of their past and current experiences. These students have been tested by time, and bring an attitude, maturity and perspective that have become invaluable in my own classroom.”</p><p>For more information about this event or the APSU Permanent Art Collection, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s Department of Art and Design, visit To find out more about Taylor, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:18:49 +0000 harriscj 133496 at Department of Computer Science and Information Technology announces creation of three new bachelor’s degrees <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — To keep pace with the evolving needs of both students and employers, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has made a number of changes to its current degree offering.</p><p>Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, students making progress toward a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems may now pursue a B.S. in three new majors: computer science, computer information systems and computer information technology. Implementation of the new program will begin with the Fall 2016 semester, with conversion set to be completed by Aug. 15, 2017.</p><p>Changes are also being made to the department’s degree concentration offerings, with computer science (computer science), systems development (computer information systems) and internet and web technology, database administration and networking (computer information technology) being split among the three new bachelor’s degrees. Previously, all five concentrations were offered under the department’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems.</p><p>The content of all concentrations will remain the same, as well as the department’s online offerings. As with the previous degree, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and its concentration in systems development, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology concentrations in internet and web technology and database administration will be offered both on campus and online.</p><p>These are the most significant changes for the department since the creation of the computer science and information systems degree in 1979. Department Chair Bruce Myers said the new degrees are the product of two years of work by department faculty and will better inform potential employers of the skills of Austin Peay graduates.</p><p>“The problem we have is that the (computer science and information systems degree) indicates things that aren’t true for all our concentrations,” Myers said. “When you say computer science, you think a lot of math and programming skills, and you don’t necessarily think about building webpages or doing database or network work.</p><p>“These new degrees are going to help everyone involved because it will allow their degrees to better reflect their studies.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, visit <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:18:00 +0000 harriscj 133423 at 2016 APSU Governors Gauntlet to raise money for military alumni scholarship <p><img src="" width="424" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In honor of the military students and their families, the 2016 APSU Governors Gauntlet will benefit the APSU Military Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment.</p><p>In 2015, Austin Peay and CrossFit Clarksville came together to provide an incredible backdrop for a one-of-a-kind team competition. With $12,000 raised for the APSU Military Scholarship Fund, they are excited to be back at it again in 2016. On Saturday, Sept. 17 at Fortera Stadium and the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center pool, The Governors Gauntlet continues its commitment to honor the military. It is more than a team competition, the event is an opportunity for all involved to come together as a community and give back to those who have given so much.</p><p>During the Governors Gauntlet, military honorees will be recognized for their excellence and integrity through their outstanding individual achievements, distinguished service and inspiration to others by his/her accomplishments. Dubbed “Governors Warriors,” these men and women will be honored on the field at Fortera Stadium.</p><p>This year, Austin Peay is working with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and its Coordinated School Health Program. There will be a competition between Burt, Byrns Darden and Moore Magnet Elementary Schools; students in the fourth and fifth grade will form teams to compete against each other. The competition is broken into three categories: a relay style workout on the field, school spirit and sportsmanship. Each school will earn money for their physical education classes; $750 for first-place, $500 to second-place and $250 for the third-place school.</p><p>In cooperation with APSU Student Life &amp; Engagement, this year’s event will also include a student competition, Gov Fit, designed to test the fitness levels of Austin Peay students. Student teams of four can take part in a test of physical fitness, with the winning squads earning up to $400 for the charity of their choice.</p><p>Austin Peay continues to be recognized for its dedication to veterans and active duty military students. The state’s largest provider of higher education to soldiers, veterans and their families, Austin Peay was named in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a “Military Friendly School,” and is recognized as one of Tennessee’s best universities for vets by the Military Times. Earlier this year, G.I. Jobs magazine named the university to its 2016 Military Friendly Schools list.</p><p>General admission to the event is free. Visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a> for more information.</p> governors-games Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:40:57 +0000 harriscj 133336 at APSU students to launch high-altitude balloon during 2017 eclipse <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Almost like dominoes toppling over, only in reverse, a line of high-altitude balloons will gradually rise into the late summer sky, from Oregon to South Carolina, on Aug. 21, 2017. That afternoon, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will traverse the entire country, and as it nears Clarksville, a team of Austin Peay State University students will release their own helium-filled inflatable.</p><p>“We’re one team of about 60 in this national collaboration called the Eclipse Ballooning Project, and the goal is to have institutions along the (eclipse’s) path of totality stream live video and images of the eclipse,” Jacob Robertson, an APSU physics student, said.</p><p>Earlier this summer, Robertson and two other APSU students—Megan McCracken and Mary Sencabaugh—traveled to Montana State University for a conference on the NASA-funded project.</p><p>“At this workshop, we built the payload and ground system that will be used to stream video from 80,000 feet during the 2017 eclipse,” Robertson said. “It’s exciting because we’re combining meaningful science outreach with legitimate science.”</p><p>On Aug. 21, 2017, videos from the balloons will be streamed on NASA’s homepage, <a href=""></a>. To make sure a video is available when the eclipse’s shadow passes over Austin Peay’s campus, the APSU team will spend the next few months conducting test flights of their high-altitude balloons.</p><p>“We’re only going to have a two-minute window, and we have to make sure our balloon is up there, above the atmosphere,” Sencabaugh said. “And it will go up to about 90,000 feet and then it will pop, but if it pops too soon, we won’t get any footage because it will just start tumbling.”</p><p>In addition to capturing live video of the eclipse, the team is looking to attach other experiments to the high-altitude balloon project. One idea includes sending tardigrades—eight-legged, microscopic animals—into the stratosphere.</p><p>“They’re little microscopic creatures that can survive the vacuum of space,” Sencabaugh said.</p><p>“They should be able to survive and come back alive,” McCracken added. “That’s our plan—get them back alive and have them here.”</p><p>APSU student Dominic Critchlow, a veteran of high-altitude balloon research, is also joining the project. He plans to attach an array of cameras, powered by a lightweight computer he built, to the balloon. His goal is to get pictures of the sun during the eclipse.</p><p>“It will be interesting to see what the sun looks like from that altitude,” he said. “Will it be similar (to other flights), will we even see anything? Are we going to see something really cool that no one has seen before?”</p><p>In the coming months, more APSU physics and astronomy students are expected to join the project. If successful, millions of people will be able to view the team’s video of the solar eclipse on</p><p>The team’s balloon launch is only one of several projects taking place at APSU during next year’s historic eclipse. For more information on the University’s eclipse projects and events, visit <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; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Physics students Mary Sencabaugh, Jacob Robertson, Megan McCracken and Dominic Critchlow prepare the ground system they built to track the high altitude balloon they will release during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. (Photo by Henry Kilpatrick/APSU)</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:52:10 +0000 boothcw 133127 at Former commander of Task Force Pale Horse, author Jimmy Blackmon to speak on Aug. 30 <p><img src="" width="300" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — If a United States soldier flew on a helicopter during their time deployed as a part of the War in Afghanistan, there was a good chance it was flown by a member of Task Force Pale Horse. The talented men and women of this elite force carried ground forces to the fight, removed the injured and flew countless missions with the intent of identifying – and often eliminating the enemy.</p><p>The commander of Task Force Pale Horse from 2008-2010, retired Army Col. Jimmy Blackmon has left the military world, but he continues to tell the story of the flying forces through his latest book, “Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with The 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division.” Now living in Clarksville, Blackmon will be on the campus of Austin Peay State University to speak about his experiences. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>“Pale Horse” is the never-before-told true story of life in an aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there. True to life on the battlefield, Blackmon’s book bounces between ferocious firefights and bravery in the face of death to the quiet moments between the soldiers and friends of Task Force Pale Horse. From lethal pilots to compassionate medevac soldiers, each man and woman of Task Force Pale Horse risked their life each time they took to the skies, and their stories are told through the eyes of the commander who led them into battle.</p><p>“Jimmy’s book is talking about the interactions of soldiers more so than military strategy,” APSU Associate Professor, Dr. David Rands said. “Our graduate program in Military History always tries to bring a speaker to campus. Usually the speaker is more of an academic, but someone like Jimmy can provide such a unique perspective because he was actually there with these soldiers.”</p><p>“Blackmon has a unique way of explaining the personal, day-to-day connections between the soldiers. Even though as a commander he was removed from the fighting, he read the reports, saw the footage and has strong relationships with these soldiers. Blackmon does a great job of explaining what combat was really like for those men and women.”</p><p>Born in Gordon County Georgia, Blackmon enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1986. After graduating from North Georgia College in 1991, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in aviation. In his 30 years of service, Blackmon served in various command and staff positions throughout the Army, including two tours in the Balkans, two tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. He spent 12 years of his career in the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he commanded Task Force Pale Horse from 2008-2010 and the 159<sup>th</sup> Combat Aviation Brigade (Thunder) from 2012-2015.</p><p>Blackmon holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from North Georgia College, a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault qualified, and has earned the Combat Action Badge and is a Master Army Aviator.</p><p>This event is co-sponsored by APSU’s Department of History, as well as the APSU Student Veterans Association and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Dr. David Rands at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on Blackmon, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. His latest book, “Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with The 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division” is available for purchase at many retail outlets and will be available at the event on Aug. 30.</p> History and Philosophy Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:49:05 +0000 harriscj 132808 at APSU hosting Pokemon event to welcome back students <p><img src="" width="341" height="600" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In early July, dozens of small, happy-looking monsters overwhelmed the Austin Peay State University campus. A month later, the creatures continue to hover across the lawns or hide in academic buildings, but in order to see them, a person needs a cell phone, the Pokemon Go app and the ability to walk while staring at a small screen.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This is a great place to play Pokemon Go because virtually every building is a location—they’re called Pokestops—where you can get items you can use during the game,” Daniel Trent, APSU student and president of the school’s Pre-Professional Health Society (PPHS), said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Trent and his friend, Nicholas Harriel, PPHS vice president, are avid Pokemon Go players, and as a new academic year approached, Harriel came up with an idea on how to get new students familiar with campus. At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, PPHS is inviting all APSU students to the Morgan University Center Plaza for Govs Go Train, a campus-wide Pokemon Go competition.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “After a quick introduction, we’ll allow everyone to go off, and there will be markers and signs to identify each Pokestop,” Harriel said. “At the Pokestops, there will be a person with a full list of services offered at that building. We want to bring in players and non-players to orient them to campus.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The event, co-sponsored by the APSU Student Affairs Office and the APSU Office of Admissions, will feature several “lures,” which attract players because it allows Pokemon creatures to seek out trainers. The idea is to place lures around campus so students can familiarize themselves with all areas of APSU.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At 7 p.m., all participants will meet back in the MUC plaza, where the night’s winners will be announced. Students can also win prizes by correctly answering questions related to campus.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It’s open to all current students, and it’s meant to be a festive welcome back to school and welcome to school,” Dr. Chad Brooks, professor of biology and PPHS advisor, said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To pre-register for the event, students visit PeayLink at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:42:11 +0000 boothcw 132689 at GIS Center at APSU uses Google IoT grant to assist volunteer firefighters <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — For volunteer fire departments, the risks that come with the job can often be different than those of full-time firefighting units in major cities. In many small, rural communities, volunteer firefighters battle the same blazes as their full-time counterparts, often meet at the scene rather than all coming together from a central fire station. Because of the independent nature of volunteer units, it can be difficult for unit commanders to identify who is available to fight the blaze when they arrive on site.</p><p>The GIS Center at Austin Peay State University is constantly exploring ways to use technology to solve every day problems. The GIS Center recently received a Google Internet of Things (IoT) Research Award to pursue work toward helping fire departments keep track of their firefighters at active fires.</p><p>“What the ‘Internet of Things’ basically means is that it is technology in everyday items that uses the internet to communicate,” Mike Wilson, GIS Center director, said. “So think of something like a thermostat that you can control from your phone, or a door lock that works with the Bluetooth on your phone to unlock itself. There are a lot of devices now that you can interact with using your phone or computer.”</p><p>&nbsp;“We do a lot of work with first responders, and last year, we were talking to one of an EMA director who was discussing emergency site control, and mentioned he’d love to find a solution to better assist volunteer firefighters,” Wilson said. “I kept that conversation in the back of my head, and when I saw this Google offer, the idea of using Bluetooth beacons came up.”</p><p>Bluetooth beacons are sort of a 21<sup>st</sup> century version of a radio beacon or even a lighthouse. By constantly emitting a signal, that signal is picked up by a device designed to detect its presence – in many cases, a smartphone – which individuals or businesses can use to determine location, track customers or even trigger location-based actions on the device.</p><p>“Imagine you go to a Tennessee Titans game and you have their app on your phone,” Wilson said. “When you walk by the team store, they have a beacon set up that detects your phone and all of a sudden, you have an alert that pops up saying jerseys are 20 percent off. That’s one use of this sort of technology.”</p><p>Working alongside APSU students Mason Cordell, Catherine James, Daniel Rumfeld, Jordan Taylor and Sam Gray, Wilson and his team began exploring uses for beacon technology that went beyond advertising. With the goal of helping volunteer firefighters in mind, the team settled on using the cost-effective technology to identify first responders are active fires.</p><p>“We got to thinking we could take these beacons and maybe put them in a firefighter’s coat,” Wilson said. “Some beacons have a range of up to 200 meters and they all have a unique ID to them, so if I had this in every firefighter’s coat and I knew what each unique ID was and I had a detector, I could know exactly who is on site at that time.”</p><p>Bluetooth beacons typically cost under $10 and can last up to two years before being replaced, meaning the technology is not out of the reach of even the smallest of departments. To utilize the beacons, APSU students have developed technology that can run on laptops currently installed in fire trucks, as well as apps for Android smartphones, that allow unit commanders to quickly access up-to-the-moment information on available responders.</p><p>“If I know that Mike is assigned to Beacon A, and I know that Beacon A is present on the site, then I know that Mike is there and that makes my job easier as a commander,” Wilson said. “One of the things we try to do at the GIS Center is explore technology solutions to serve the communities with which we work.”</p><p>For more information on this or any other projects, contact the APSU GIS Center at 931-221-7500 or <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="1200" height="800" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Science and Mathematics Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:46:45 +0000 harriscj 131951 at Ft. Campbell Garrison Commander Col. James Salome to speak at APSU's Summer Commencement <p><img src="" width="600" height="480" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. James R. Salome will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88th Summer Commencement on Aug. 5.</p><p>Salome took command of Fort Campbell on June 18, 2015, after arriving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Commander’s Initiatives Group director, U.S. Army Forces Command. Salome previously served with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., as an operations officer.</p><p>Salome previously served at Fort Campbell as Battalion and BCT S3 in 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division. He has served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant and Battalion S4 in the 82nd Airborne Division; was plans officer and Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade; and a Ranger instructor and Company Commander in 5th Ranger Training Battalion. He also served as Army Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States.</p><p>A distinguished officer, Salome has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge during Operation Iraqi Freedom.</p><p>Salome earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts in Administrative Management from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.</p><p>Salome will speak at the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, in the APSU Dunn Center. The ceremony will feature candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Business, Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management.</p><p>APSU offers a free live webcast of the commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of the ceremony. The ceremony 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=" " title=" "> </a></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:54:04 +0000 boothcw 131655 at Families invited to experience college life during APSU's Family Weekend <p><img src="" width="634" height="205" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For one weekend in September, the parents and siblings of Austin Peay State University students are invited to share in the campus life experience during APSU’s annual Family Weekend.</p><p>From Sept. 9-11, families can join their students for several campus events, including a tailgate celebration and a college football game between the Governors and Tennessee Tech. Visitors can also take a tour of campus, participate in a pep rally, watch a performance by mentalist and magician Craig Karges, meet faculty members and attend a brunch with APSU President Alisa White.</p><p>Registration for Family Weekend is $10 per person, or $15 per person with a ticket for that Saturday’s football game. Children under the age of two and APSU students do not need to register. Individuals who register at <a href=""></a> by Aug. 21 will receive an event T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to register before Sept. 5 to ensure full access to events and for a quicker check-in process.</p><p>Fore information on other events and for the weekend’s schedule, visit <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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:48:51 +0000 boothcw 131641 at APSU installs new permanent sculpture on campus <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Non-traditional students come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. For some, marriage and a family changed their priorities, while others may have enlisted in the military or simply decided a four-year college wasn’t right for them after graduating high school.</p><p>Whatever the reason, each non-traditional student has a story and a unique journey that brought them back to school. To pay tribute to a student population at the very heart of Austin Peay State University’s mission, work recently began on a permanent art installation on the University campus, titled “The Cardboard Kids: Monument to the Non-Traditional Student.”</p><p>Created by Chris Boyd Taylor, a sculptor and instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, “The Cardboard Kids” is the product of a striking realization after a brief visit by Taylor to campus in late 2015.</p><p>“As I spoke with the students at Austin Peay, I quickly realized that a large percentage of the student population fits into the wonderful category known as the non-traditional student,” Taylor said. “I met students who bring a welcome voice to the classroom because of their past and current experiences. As an educator, these students bring an attitude, maturity and perspective that have become invaluable in my own classroom.”</p><p>Comprised of three steel “vehicles” racing around one of APSU’s many crater-like filled-in bowls, the sculptures themselves have been made to look like they were created from cardboard. In each unique cart, the observer can see exposed tape and corrugation used in the construction of the sculpture, hinting at years of extended use.</p><p>The weathered, “stitched together” look of the vehicles was by design, Taylor said, as he hoped to reflect a student population that has been tested by the passage of time.</p><p>“As I designed these vehicles, they became proxies for the students themselves. I thought of individuals who have been bent but not broken, who have pieced things together well enough to be in school, students with unique stories to tell,” Taylor said. “Instead of making slick, streamlined vehicles, I designed vehicles using a material and process that highlights the grit and history inherent in the non-traditional student.</p><p>“It is my hope that this public art piece salutes those individuals who give an extraordinary effort to be at Austin Peay State University, and to remind them to enjoy their time while here.”</p><p>Taylor’s vision is a tribute to APSU’s unique student population, but it has also been designed to take advantage of the land on which the University has stood, in some form, for over 100 years. Built into the bowl that sits between the Morgan University Center and Woodward Library, “The Cardboard Kids” conforms to many of the current uses of the University’s 182-acre property.</p><p>“As I walked up and down APSU’s campus, I could not get over how sink holes dictate the topography and, in some ways, life at Austin Peay,” Taylor said. “Even more surprising was a sort of embracement of the ‘skate park’-like topography, placing picnic tables, sculpture and even the APSU logo itself, in these bowls.”</p><p>Taylor’s work was chosen out of numerous submissions from an international pool of artists and sculptors. Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said that it was a combination of form and function that made Taylor’s proposal stand out among the rest.</p><p>“We told the sculptors that we wanted to submit proposals that they could use the entire campus, but we really liked Chris’ proposal for using the bowl,” Dickins said. “A couple of years ago, we had a sound sculpture in the bowl and it was such a major success that we had always thought about doing something permanent in that space.</p><p>“That bowl is sort of the heart of the entire campus because it’s right between the books and the food with the library and student center.”</p><p>Work is currently underway on the installation, and Taylor will return to campus on Aug. 30 for a reception and artist’s talk to coincide with the start of the Fall 2016 semester. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, room 303. A reception will precede the event at 2:30 p.m.</p><p>For more information about this event or the APSU Permanent Art Collection, contact Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s Department of Art and Design, visit To find out more about Chris Boyd Taylor, visit</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:46:58 +0000 boothcw 131190 at APSU faculty and staff honored at MTSU symposium <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On June 15, several Austin Peay State University faculty and staff members travelled to Middle Tennessee State University for the EXL Symposium on Experiential Learning.</p><p>Ashlee Spearman, Allie Michael, Gray Kane, Omie Shepherd, Mike Gruszczynski, Gloria Miller, Willodean Burton and Tracy Nichols attended sessions devoted to various forms of experiential learning or high impact practices. While at the symposium, Burton and Nichols were given state-wide awards and honors for their work in service-learning for their campus-community engagement work from the Tennessee Campus Compact director, Mani Hull.</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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: (Left to right) Tracy Nichols, APSU communication department, joins Mani Hull, director of TN Campus Compact, and Willodean Burton, APSU biology department, at EXL Symposium.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:35:54 +0000 boothcw 130897 at APSU nursing students earn top awards at prestigious internship program <p><img src="" width="600" height="436" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this summer, 16 Austin Peay State University nursing students, along with students from four other regional nursing programs, participated in a prestigious summer internship program called Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.</p><p>The program ended with the presentation of seven awards, with two APSU students receiving the event’s highest honors. Nursing student Emily Reeve received the Credo Award for the Psychiatric Track, and Leanna Swaney received the Florence Nightingale Award—the program’s highest honor—for her excellent work in the Pediatric Perioperative Track.</p><p>For 11 years, the APSU School of Nursing has sent students, under the guidance of Dr. Amy Hamlin, APSU nursing professor, to VESNIP—a nationally recognized nursing student internship program that provides intense clinical experiences for select senior-level nursing students. The VESNIP internship offers students opportunities to work alongside expert nurse preceptors within assigned specialty tracks. The VESNIP positions are very competitive and are considered elite opportunities for students from around the region.&nbsp; <br />For more information on the internship program, contact Hamlin at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="450" height="600" /></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:22:01 +0000 boothcw 130848 at APSU earns fifth consecutive "Great Colleges to Work For" recognition <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the fifth consecutive year, Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU is the only four-year university in Tennessee to make the national publication’s “Great Colleges to Work For 2016” list.</p><p>The results were released today, July 18, in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a great place to work because the faculty and staff come to campus every day with the goal of providing our students with a transformative educational experience,” APSU President Alisa White said. “Their commitment to this institution continues to impress me, and this recognition reflects the sense of pride we all feel in preparing the world’s next generation of leaders.”</p><p>In all, only 93 out of 281 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. APSU was honored because of its teaching environment and its tenure clarity and process.</p><p>The results are based on a survey of employees at APSU. To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital-consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.</p><p><b>“</b>One of the key differences that contributes to how well a college moves forward is the quality of its communication, with both internal and external audiences,” Richard K. Boyer, founding partner with ModernThink LLC, said. <b>“</b>It’s probably not surprising, then, to see that when examining institutions that consistently rank high on the Great Colleges to Work For survey, it’s clear that the quality of their communication helps create an environment in which faculty and staff members want to work<b>.”</b></p><p>Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web link at <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;</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 Jul 2016 19:24:00 +0000 boothcw 130756 at APSU hosting 2016 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar and Workshop on July 20 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, the Austin Peay State University Center for Extended and Distance Education will host the 2016 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar and Workshop in the Morgan University Center, room 306.</p><p>Sponsored by APSU and the Tennessee Department of Revenue, this annual event is designed to give accounting professionals up to eight hours of continuing professional education approved for accountants and CPAs. Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Tennessee Department of Treasury will provide updated information on business taxes, sales and use tax, individual income, inheritance and gift tax, unemployment tax, tangible personal property tax, electronic filling and online services.</p><p>Legal staff will provide updates on legislative amendments to the tax laws and recent court cases affecting tax administration. There will also be time for questions and networking with other accounting professionals.</p><p>Registration for the seminar is $145, and the price includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, admittance into all sessions and course materials. Register at <a href=";course=164V30001">;course=164V30001</a> or by calling 931-221-6487.</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> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:28:23 +0000 boothcw 130521 at APSU students spend week volunteering on alternative break trip to Ecuador <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp; A group of Austin Peay State University students recently returned from Quito, Ecuador, where they spent a week volunteering with the University’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement on its second international alternative break trip. Collectively, these students completed over 200 hours of community service.</p><p>From June 18-25, six students and one staff member traveled to the Central American country to work with Volunteer Connection Ecuador and UBECI, a non-profit organization that works to ensure a better future for Ecuadorian youth.</p><p>Students traveled daily to street markets around the city to work the children of vendors who do not have the opportunity to attend school. They helped teach the children basic lessons, such as sharing and hygiene, as well as facilitating time for play. In addition to their service, the students also explored historical sites, visited the equator and learned to navigate a city as large as Quito.</p><p>“After being back in the states for a little over 24 hours, I realized I came back as a totally different person,” Gisela Herrera, an APSU junior and art education major from Dickson, Tenn., said. “I have learned not to take anything for granted, because the children of Ecuador have a fraction of what I had when I was their age. I learned to appreciate the little things in life, like hot showers and water pressure.</p><p>“I am grateful for the life I live and honored to have worked alongside UBECI. UBECI works daily to provide the children of Ecuador educational services and help them achieve a better future. Thank you, APSU Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement, Volunteer Connection Ecuador, UBECI and especially this amazing group of volunteers, who have now become life-long friends.”</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement at APSU. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders, as well as faculty and staff advisors. A total of 10 trips were scheduled throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. A total of 12 trips are scheduled for 2016-2017.</p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students should visit</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:10:34 +0000 harriscj 130193 at Marcelius Braxton hired as new director of APSU’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center <p><img src="" width="325" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Marcelius Braxton has been hired as the new director for the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University, effective July 1.</p><p>Braxton previously worked at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he served as a student service coordinator for the University’s Student Diversity, Outreach and Women’s Programs (SDOWP). In his capacity as student service coordinator, he was the director of the SDOWP Mentoring Program, Diversity Leadership Council, Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering Summer Camp and the Missouri S&amp;T HBCU Partnership Program. He was also the advisor for the Missouri S&amp;T chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Black Man’s Think Tank (BMTT).</p><p>Braxton received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, economics and political science with a certificate in African studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received a master’s in philosophy from the University of Missouri and his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.</p><p>For more information on the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University, visit</p> African American Studies Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:51:05 +0000 harriscj 129822 at APSU, Volunteer State announce dual admission agreement <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University and Volunteer State Community College have made it easier to complete the work necessary to achieve a college degree.</p><p>Through a dual admission agreement, students who meet the admissions criteria can now complete an associate degree at VSCC and receive admission to APSU in order to work toward a bachelor’s degree. Students may also complete courses at APSU, which may be transferred back to VSCC to help fulfill associate degree requirements.</p><p>“Student success is our most important mission, and this agreement provides a clear path, beginning at Vol State and continuing with APSU,” Dr. Beverly Boggs, associate provost for enrollment management at APSU, said. “Providing a seamless transition between colleges is important for our students and critical for the future of higher education in Tennessee.”</p><p>The dual admission program provides students at both institutions with enhanced advisement and transition support services. APSU will allow VSCC students to register for University courses during the normal enrollment period, as well as provide access to APSU academic advisors during registration, ensuring a seamless transition from VSCC to APSU. VSCC will also provide University students with assistance in selecting courses appropriate for transfer credit toward an associate degree.</p><p>The dual admissions agreement is applicable for VSCC students wanting to pursue any academic discipline at APSU.&nbsp;</p><p>This partnership is aimed at supporting community college degree completion, an important component of the Drive to 55 campaign, recently launched by the state of Tennessee. The new campaign is focused on ensuring that at least 55 percent of Tennesseans have a certificate or degree beyond high school by 2025.</p><p>For more information about dual admissions agreements between Volunteer State Community College and APSU, visit, or call 931-221-7661.</p> tbr Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:26:18 +0000 harriscj 129754 at Registration now open for APSU Community School of the Arts' July and August art and dance classes <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts is now accepting registrations for July and August classes in art and dance.</p><p>Two art camps are scheduled for July 11-15. Art for Children, ages 6-10 years, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. This class offers diverse, real studio-based art education in a wide range of visual media. Each session may include elements of painting, drawing, design, printmaking, sculpture, bookbinding and more. These classes are designed to touch on basic skills and explore unusual concepts and ideas that build confidence and self-esteem in young artists.</p><p>Art for Teens, ages 11-17, will meet from 1-4 p.m. that week. This class allows teens to hone their skills, while keeping them interested in the process. Whether your child is new to art or has experience, this class will appeal to all levels. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of mediums and create fantastic works of art.</p><p>Three children’s dance camps are also offered this summer. In the camps, young dancers will experience dance through their favorite stories. Ballet, folk and creative movements will be combined with stories, games and crafts. Dancers will make their own craft and perform for family and friends on the final day. The camps are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day, and the camp fee is $125 per child. Camp names and dates are: Frozen Camp, July 25-29; Little Mermaid Camp, Aug. 1-5; and How to Train Your Dragon Camp, Aug. 1-5.</p><p>To secure your registration for any of the classes, visit <a href=""></a> . Class size is limited and classes without sufficient advance registrations are subject to cancelation.</p><p>For more information, please contact the Community School of the Arts at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-6487. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:06:13 +0000 boothcw 129667 at APSU College of Ed prepares local teachers for 2017 solar eclipse <p><img src="" width="600" height="412" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 4,000 years ago, Chung K’ang, the fourth emperor of the Hea dynasty in China, reportedly executed two astronomers named Hi and Ho because they didn’t predict a solar eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “So (an eclipse) is a very important thing; it can be life-threatening,” Dr. Rex Gandy, Austin Peay State University provost and vice president of academic affairs, joked recently. “And it’s pretty amazing. The sun is 90 million miles away, and it’s huge, so what are the odds that there is this little rock a quarter million miles away that just blots out the sun almost perfectly.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Next year, on Aug. 21, 2017, that “little rock” in the sky will cause Clarksville to go dark for about two minutes during what NASA is calling “The Great American Eclipse.” Clarksville is one of the few cities in North America located along the eclipse’s path of totality, meaning the city is one of the best places in the world to witness the rare event.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy is preparing several activities for that day, but this summer, the University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education is making sure local students get to take full advantage of this upcoming eclipse. On June 21, the college hosted an educational summit, “Preparing for the Big Event,” which provided elementary and middle school teachers from across Middle Tennessee with strategies on how to incorporate the eclipse into subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, art and music.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Several hundred teachers arrived at the campus’ Dunn Center that morning, where they received special solar glasses for next year’s event. Dr. Carlette Hardin, dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, said they intend to distribute glasses to schools for students to use on the day of the eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mitzi Adams, a NASA astrophysicist, served as the event’s keynote speaker, and she provided additional pointers on how to engage elementary and middle-school-aged students.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “These teachers are going to learn about the sun, about how to view the sun safely and hopefully they’re going to encourage their students to experience this event that may not occur for them, in a place that’s easy to get to, for the rest of their lives,” Adams said before the summit. “It’s an event that doesn’t happen very often, it’s an event that inspires awe, and hopefully it’s an event that will cause students to study science and technology.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hardin said the College will host another summit next summer, just a few months before the eclipse, for area high school teachers.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the upcoming solar eclipse and APSU events associated with it, visit <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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Photo cutline: Tennessee State Rep. Joe Pitts tries out a pair of solar glasses during a recent educational summit at APSU.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:40:51 +0000 boothcw 129437 at APSU hosting topping out ceremony for Art and Design Building on June 27 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 9 a.m. on Monday, June 27, the community is invited to a topping out ceremony at the construction site for Austin Peay State University’s new Art and Design Building. Topping out ceremonies traditional occur when the last steel beam is attached to a building during its construction.</p><p>During Monday’s ceremony, construction on the new building will stop, and a white, steel beam will be placed near the site. Representatives with Turner Construction will provide black markers, allowing those in attendance to sign the beam before it is raised and permanently attached to the building.</p><p>“Whoever comes and signs the beam, their names will permanently be part of the building,” Marc Brunner, director of University Design and Construction, said.</p><p>Parking will be allowed at the site, accessible through the Archwood parking lot. For more information on the ceremony, contact University Design and Construction at 931-221-7011.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:19:33 +0000 boothcw 129341 at APSU's ODK honor society named "Superior Circle,” Singleton named to ODK national advisory committee <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society was recently the recipient of the ODK Superior Circle Award, distinguishing it as one of the best chapters in the nation.</p><p>Bestowed upon circles nationally that exhibit outstanding programming and leadership development opportunities for their members, the APSU Circle was lauded as an example of “continuing a culture of excellence” on campus. Within the last nine years, the APSU Circle of ODK has received recognition as a “Circle of Distinction” four times and has been named a “Superior Circle” five times.</p><p>With its recognition as a “Superior Circle,” the chapter has distinguished itself as one of the “best” among nearly 300 collegiate circles located across North America.</p><p>Additionally, Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president and dean of students, was elected as a member of the ODK National Advisory Committee by convention delegates. He will be one of only 12 men and women nationally to serve in this role. Singleton currently serves the APSU Circle as its Faculty Secretary, a position he has held for the last nine years.</p><p>The national leadership honor society recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media and the creative and performing arts.</p><p>For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 931-221-7341.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:36:34 +0000 harriscj 129331 at Acclaimed flautist William Bennett returns to APSU for Summer Flute Academy, June 24 performance <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Britain’s greatest flautists leaves overcast England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music, has once again chosen Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, the Clarksville community will get the rare chance to hear this level of performer when Bennett presents an intimate concert in the University’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>As a part of the evening’s event, Bennett will perform his own arrangement of the “Violin Sonata, Op. 4” by Felix Mendelssohn. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music and herself a gifted flutist, will join Bennett that evening for a performance of “Trio Sonata in E Major” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as “Rigoletto Fantasie” by Franz Doppler.</p><p>Wolynec will also perform Rhonda Larson’s “Sweet Simplicity” and “Odelette” by Camille Saint- Saëns. Larson is familiar to APSU, having served as a Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2015.</p><p>The program will also feature some of Bennett’s favorite pieces, other faculty associated with the Flute Academy and a flute choir comprised of attendees of the class.</p><p>The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, but audience members will get to sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience.</p><p>Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $175 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:51:43 +0000 harriscj 129262 at APSU students spend week volunteering at South Carolina animal sanctuary <p><img src="" width="480" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A group of Austin Peay State University students recently spent a week volunteering on an Alternative Break Trip through the University’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Collectively, these students completed approximately 360 hours of community service.</p><p>From June 3-10, eight students and one faculty member traveled to Georgetown, South Carolina, to spend their week volunteering with the South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue &amp; Educational Sanctuary (SC-Cares), a no-kill, no-breed shelter for unwanted, abused and neglected exotic animals. APSU students spent the week helping expand a tortoise enclosure and doing maintenance repairs on a habitat for wolves.&nbsp; In between inclement weather from tropical storms, they spent a day enjoying the beach.</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by APSU’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and faculty/staff advisors. A total of 10 trips were scheduled throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. &nbsp;</p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students can visit</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:07:59 +0000 harriscj 129133 at Poet, Zone 3 Press contributor, Norman Dubie wins 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize <p><img src="" width="311" height="480" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Zone 3 Press, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in Creative Arts’ literary press, is proud to congratulate poet Norman Dubie, whose latest collection of poems, “The Quotations of Bone,” was recently awarded the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize.</p><p>Included in Dubie’s award-winning collection is the long poem, “The Fallen Bird of the Fields,” which was itself the first chapbook published by Zone 3 Press. Published in 2010, “The Fallen Bird of the Fields” represented both a literal and metaphorical uniting of themes and disciplines.</p><p>“The chapbook&nbsp;cover is bound in handmade paper, made, in part, of Tennessee field grasses and was letterpress&nbsp;printed&nbsp;on the Goldsmith Press with the help of Cindy Marsh in the APSU Department of Art,” Dr. Amy Wright, associate professor of creative writing, said. “This hand-sewn,&nbsp;textured&nbsp;cover speaks to the fields in the title,&nbsp;and we hope demonstrates our&nbsp;respect for this important&nbsp;poem, which honors&nbsp;not only the fallen bird, but also&nbsp;the ‘messenger bee’ and ‘ghost-hurtling glacier’ that prompt us to&nbsp;heed and&nbsp;better&nbsp;tend to the&nbsp;environment.”</p><p>“We hope that winning the Griffin Prize&nbsp;will call additional attention to Dubie's timely and timeless&nbsp;work.”</p><p>Norman Dubie is the author of 29 books of poetry, most recently&nbsp;“The Quotations&nbsp;of Bone”&nbsp;(Copper Canyon, 2015). His other books include&nbsp;“The Volcano”&nbsp;(2010),&nbsp;“The Insomniac Liar of Topo”&nbsp;(2007),&nbsp;“Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum”&nbsp;(2004) and&nbsp;“The Mercy Seat”&nbsp;(2001). He is the recipient of the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry in 2002, and fellowships and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.</p><p>Dubie teaches English at Arizona State University. His involvement with Zone 3 Press came about through a relationship with former director of APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Chris Burawa, who Dubie mentored while Burawa attended the University.</p><p>By funding the Griffin Poetry Prize&nbsp;– the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English, The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life. The Griffin Trust’s support for poetry focuses on the annual Griffin Poetry Prize, which awards two literary prizes of $65,000 each and an additional $10,000 to each shortlisted poet who reads at the annual Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings in Toronto.</p><p>For information on Zone 3 Press and additional upcoming events, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7031.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:30:52 +0000 harriscj 128582 at 2016 Edelweiss Club Scholarship awarded to APSU student Vogel <p><img src="" width="600" height="455" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jillian Vogel, a music major and German minor at Austin Peay State University, was selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.</p><p>Vogel was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 8, and received a certificate from Bob Perkins, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p><p>The Clarksville Edelweiss Scholarship grants $500 per year. Students must be German majors or minors at APSU. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club is a not-for-profit organization and was founded to uphold and promote German heritage and tradition.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</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>PHOTO CUTLINE: Jillian Vogel, a German minor at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Bob Perkins, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:55:53 +0000 boothcw 128481 at