Today @ APSU - University News en 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 APSU Department of Communication wins OVC Digital Network Program of Excellence <p><img src="" width="600" height="337" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University communication instructor, knew his department’s sports broadcasting program was becoming one of the best in the region, and earlier this month, officials with the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) agreed with him. On June 2, the OVC’s Digital Network announced its Program of Excellence awards, with APSU earning four of the program’s seven awards, including Overall Award of Excellence in campus production.</p><p>“Our sports broadcasting program is growing, and this is a great honor to receive from the Ohio Valley Conference,” Gresham said.&nbsp; “Over 70 communication majors worked on our productions during the 2015-16 academic year, and I am thrilled that they are being recognized for their outstanding work.”</p><p>The awards were presented to Gresham and David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator. The APSU sports broadcasting program also received an Excellence in Clarity of Production award, an Excellence in Features award and a Professionalism in Announcing award.</p><p>“The Conference Office is extremely excited to have the opportunity to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into the content being streamed on the OVC Digital Network throughout the year,” Brian Pulley, OVC Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs, said. “Our students and administrators put in countless hours to bring the very best coverage to fans each week. We hope this program of excellence continues to grow and create a healthy sense of competition among our member institutions going forward.”
</p><p>The OVC Digital Network launched in August 2012 and is the exclusive home for live web streamed athletic contests and ancillary programming involving OVC schools. In the last four years, the network has broadcast more than 2,000 events to fans across the world, with more than one million total views. 
</p><p>The APSU Department of Communication has more than 500 undergraduate Communication Arts majors enrolled in programs such as broadcast media, corporate communication, information specialist, Internet technology, media technology, print and web journalism, public relations, and sports broadcasting. The department also offers a master's degree in Communication Arts, with concentrations in either corporate communication or media management.</p><p>For more information on the department and the sports broadcasting program, 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; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator, and Barry Gresham, APSU communication instructor, display the OVC awards the APSU Department of Communication’s Sports Broadcasting Program received earlier this month. (Photo by Lakyn Jarman/APSU)</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000 boothcw 128470 at Award-winning photographer to give free talk at APSU on June 16 <p><img src="" width="500" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, award-winning photographer Tyler Stableford will discuss multimedia and still photography at Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium.&nbsp;</p><p>The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University Photographers’ Association of America’s 2016 Annual Technical Symposium, hosted this year by APSU’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing from June 13-17.</p><p>“Tyler is an incredibly gifted photographer, which is why Canon named him one of the company’s ‘Explorers of Light,’ a title they give only to someone considered ‘a master of their creative specialty,’” Beth Lowary, APSU photographer, said. “Anyone, especially amateur photographers and filmmakers, would benefit from hearing what Tyler has to say.”</p><p>Stableford has provided visual content for national TV commercials, print and branded content campaigns, and Men’s Journal named him one of the world’s seven greatest adventure photographers. In addition to his commercial work, he volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits, and his award-winning short films have screened at film festivals around the globe.</p><p>For more information, contact Lowary at 931-221-6381 or at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:37:37 +0000 boothcw 128095 at APSU student Critchlow sends high altitude balloon into the stars <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Give Austin Peay State University student Dominic Critchlow a balloon and a camera and he can quite literally show you the world.</p><p>A senior in APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and a 2015-16 Presidential Research Scholar, Critchlow has spent quite a bit of time researching a simple solution for the complex problem of computer assisted image remote sensing through high altitude balloons.</p><p>Or in layman’s terms, how do you send a balloon, a camera and a bunch of computers 100,000 feet in the air without violating FAA regulations?</p><p>“The physics and astronomy department has been working with high altitude balloons for years now, but they’ve always had a problem with weight,” Critchlow said. “They’ve got radios and scientific equipment, each with their own batteries and data storage, and all of that equipment weighs something.</p><p>“FAA regulations say that the ‘payload’ of a balloon cannot weigh more than six pounds, so my goal was to design some kind of equipment that could combine all of those separate functions into one piece, while still staying within the standards set by the FAA.”</p><p>Critchlow found an answer in the form of an Arduino board, a low-cost microcomputer that can serve as the “brain” for any number of projects, from acting as an automatic night light to letting you open your garage door with a smart phone, to logging data for altitude, pressure and temperature, as well as managing a magnetometer, an accelerometer and a Geiger counter -- all tied to latitude and longitude obtained from a GPS.</p><p>In short, Critchlow found a $30 solution to a problem that had been kicking around the department for years.</p><p>“The Arduino board is designed for things like this, so I went out and found the parts I needed, then sat down to see if I could write computer programs for the board that did the things we needed,” Critchlow said.</p><p>The goal of Critchlow and his team is to explore better solutions to the problem of remote sensing, or the scanning of the earth by satellite or high-flying aircraft in order to obtain information. Purposing satellites to obtain high quality images of the Earth is costly, so the work of Critchlow and other researchers is going a long way toward providing a more effective, low-cost alternative for researchers and amateur enthusiasts.</p><p>In early April, Critchlow and a small team gathered at the APSU farm near the Kentucky/Tennessee border to launch their high altitude balloon – along with an array of cameras powered by Critchlow’s Arduino board. The goal of that morning’s launch was to get a bird’s eye view of the clarity of water in the region.</p><p>“We used an array of cameras that are controlled by a small computing device, inside of the payload,” Critchlow said. “The flight computer determines optimal times to capture images, when the payload is at specific altitudes and is experiencing a low amount of forces, that could distort the image. The cameras capture images in different wavelengths that can be directly superimposed. This allows us to determine the clarity of water in the region, as clearer water reflects more light in the blue ranges and murky water reflects more light in the infrared ranges.”</p><p>The launch was a success, as the balloon reached a maximum height of 100,000 feet – high enough to see the layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the curvature of the Earth – before the thin atmosphere caused the balloon to shred and send the payload back to the ground.</p><p>“We can’t control the payload’s decent because anything that goes above 60,000 feet and is controlled remotely is considered a missile, so we just had to use GPS to track where the payload had landed,” Critchlow said. “It turns out that it landed in Kentucky, about 130 miles away from where we launched.</p><p>“(When the payload was recovered), we discovered that the cameras didn’t quite work as we hoped, but they did work, so that proof of concept means we can continue to keep improving the process.”</p><p>Sending a camera to the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere is just the most recent accomplishment for Critchlow. Over the past two summers, he has interned as a researcher at Georgia Tech, as well as Vanderbilt University. A winner of APSU’s Robert Sears Award for Excellence in Physics, Critchlow is currently interning as a data science researcher at the University of Notre Dame.</p><p>Prestigious academic accomplishments aside, Critchlow said that his work on high altitude balloons scratched an itch he’s had since his childhood. With funding from APSU and the help of University faculty, Critchlow was able to do a lot more than simply look up at the stars.</p><p>“Sending a camera to space is kind of the next best thing to actually going there yourself,” Critchlow said. “And to know that I was partially responsible for the project and that I was the last person to touch something before it went up into space is really a cool accomplishment.”</p><p>For a video of Critchlow's launch, visit&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="598" height="600" /></p> tbr Physics and Astronomy Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:18:02 +0000 harriscj 127633 at APSU hosting 2016 Girls' Leadership Summer Camp June 6-10 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Next week, a new generation of female leaders will visit Austin Peay State University for the 2016 Girls’ Leadership Summer Camp. The APSU Department of Political Science, the APSU College of Business and the APSU President’s Emerging Leaders Program are hosting the leadership development camp, which runs from June 6-10.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The camp is designed to meet the interests, capabilities and opportunities of middle-school girls by giving them the self-confidence and skills they need to be successful during this important stage in their lives.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Campers will participate in a variety of exciting, interactive and hands-on activities (both indoors and outdoors) that focus on problem solving, teamwork and trust.&nbsp;Participants will be challenged mentally, socially and physically in age-appropriate ways using the many resources available at Austin Peay.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The camp is open to 25 girls who will be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the fall.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;For more information or to submit an application, contact Dr. Vikkie McCarthy at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:27:22 +0000 boothcw 127632 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing Office wins 12 awards at 2016 TCPRA Conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="356" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won 12 awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest held May 25-27 in Chattanooga.</p><p>TCPRA – an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges – awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016.</p><p>The University’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p>• Gold in the Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p>• Gold in the Overall Promotional Campaign for the “Be A Gov!” campaign.</p><p>• Gold in the Speech Writing category for introductory remarks at an endowment presentation.</p><p>• Gold in the Poster category for the Maggie Rose Concert poster.</p><p>• Gold in the Illustration category for the Plant the Campus Red artwork.</p><p>• Gold in the Social Media category for the “Be A Gov!” campaign.</p><p>• Silver in the Low Budget Publication category for the “Scoring New Beginning’s” publication.</p><p>• Silver in the Spot News Photo category for the photo, “Colors—The Gov Run.”</p><p>• Silver in the Brochure category for the Fort Campbell recruitment brochure.</p><p>• Bronze in the Invitation category for the Grad Gala invitation.</p><p>• Bronze in the Low Budget Publication category for the “Institutional Report.”</p><p>• Bronze in the Feature Photo category for the photo, “Miss Austin Peay.”</p><p>The APSU Candlelight Ball invitation was also a finalist in the conference’s Best of Show category.</p><p>The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Lowary, University photographer; Lori Moore, office supervisor; and Nicki Cornelius, marketing manager. The office is part of the APSU Office of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, with Derek van der Merwe as vice president.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:33:51 +0000 boothcw 127580 at APSU alum Mabry to be inducted into inaugural class of ROTC Hall of Fame <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University alumnus Maj. Greg Mabry (’04) is among the former U.S. Army ROTC cadets selected for the inaugural class of the Army ROTC Hall of Fame. More than 300 former cadets will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 10 that will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army ROTC program.</p><p>A 2000 graduate of Northeast High School (NEHS) in Clarksville, Mabry earned his Bachelor of Science in sociology from APSU in 2004. Mabry began his military career as a four-year JROTC Cadet at NEHS, eventually becoming a Senior ROTC four-year advanced designee scholarship winner for the graduating class of 2000. After graduating from APSU in 2004, Mabry earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps.</p><p>A Clarksville native and the grandson of an elisted Air Force veteran and son of a civilian military employee, Mabry said his life has always been intertwined with the armed forces. But an encounter with the NEHS JROTC program was what Mabry said set his future in motion.</p><p>“My grandfather retired from the Air Force at Ft. Campbell back when it was known as Campbell Army Airfield. My mother recently retired as a Department Army (DA) Civilian from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH),” Mabry said. “I always knew I'd be connected to the army, but I became awed by the pageantry and discipline of the NEHS JROTC Drill Team when they performed demonstrations at my middle school (NEMS).”</p><p>ROTC’s core values of loyalty, duty, respect, personal courage, honor, integrity and selfless service were instilled in Mabry by his commanding officers at both NEHS and APSU.</p><p>“Maj. (Ret.) Van Chase, my JROTC Senior Army Instructor at NEHS, emphasized the balanced mindset of scholar-athlete-leader. He taught me not to devote blinding focus in one area at the detrimental expense of the others,” Mabry said. “Lt. Col. (Ret.) Greg Lane, my ROTC Instructor at APSU, was kind and deeply involved in the personal lives of everyone he met regardless of their station in life. Lt. Col. Lane treated the E-4 the same as the O-4 and had the uncanny ability to recall the names of spouses and children of a Private he met for five minutes four years ago.”</p><p>In addition to his current assignment as an Army Behavioral Science Officer, currently serving as Deputy Chief for the Department of Behavioral Health at Fort Campbell, Mabry's career highlights include assignments as the MEDEVAC Platoon Leader for the 506th Infantry Regiment (Band of Brothers), Medical Treatment and Trauma Officer for East Baghdad and Sadr City, Iraq, Medical Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Winn Army Community Hospital and Behavioral Health Officer for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In addition to his duties as Deputy Chief of Behavioral Health, Mabry serves as the advisor to the 101st Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Brigade Commander for all soldier mental health issues.</p><p>Mabry’s notable award highlights include the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Assault Badge and the DANCON March Medal (Bronze). Mabry holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts from Webster University in information technology management, a Master of Social Work from Fayetteville State University and a Doctor of Psychology from California Southern University.</p><p>Mabry said his induction into the ROTC Hall of Fame is a credit to the leadership of the many men and women he has served under during his time in the military. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Having spent eight years as a cadet, followed by 12 years of active service, I’ve been mentored by several NCO’s and officers, so to receive this recognition confirms they’ve made a difference in my life and their careers,” Mabry said. “The ROTC program has produced brilliant military strategist such as Gen. Colin Powell, champions like (former Notre Dame football coach) Lou Holtz and famous actors like James Earl Jones. Just to be a notable ROTC alum is a humbling prospect. I consider induction into the National ROTC Hall of Fame as a mid-career azimuth check.</p><p>“The Army is basically saying, ‘You're doing a decent job right now. Don't mess It up. We're watching you.’”</p><p>For more information on APSU and the Governors Guard ROTC program, visit <a href=" " title=" "> </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="1077" height="905" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:13:15 +0000 harriscj 127565 at Army veteran, military spouse Cooper juggles college, family with great success <p><img src="" width="600" height="420" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Nothing worth having comes easy – a lesson that former soldier Kali Cooper understands as well as anyone. But the services Austin Peay State University provides military and veteran students did make the transition to college life a little less difficult.</p><p>A Minnesota native who left her home and enlisted in the army at the age of 17, Cooper’s life has more or less revolved around the military ever since. A former military policewoman, Cooper was stationed at Fort Campbell when she met her husband Zachary, a former 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldier.</p><p>Like many military relationships, the couple has bounced around the country, first to Fort Lee, Virginia, then Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Cooper’s husband trained to become an army helicopter pilot. As her husband’s time as an active duty soldier wound down, the couple returned to Fort Campbell, where they live with their two young daughters, Halie and Jordan.</p><p>Right around the time her family began its transition to the civilian world, Cooper said she and her husband began to look to the future.</p><p>“Our plan was that we were a dual-military family, so since I got out first, I’d go and get my degree and then get a job,” Cooper said. “That way when he got out of the military, we could switch off and he could go back and get his degree as well.”</p><p>Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, Cooper graduated from APSU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management with a minor in finance in 2015. An accomplished student, Cooper graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was honored as one of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year.</p><p>Upon graduation, Cooper was honored by APSU’s College of Business by being chosen to serve as a gonfalon carrier during the Spring 2015 commencement exercises. Gonfalon carriers are selected for academic excellence in their chosen field.</p><p>Cooper’s academic success was not without difficulty, as the responsibilities of parenting alone during her husband’s deployments demanded no small amount of sacrifice and focus. With both of her daughters active in extra-curricular activities, achieving her own goals without sacrificing her daughters’ growth meant a constant juggling act.</p><p>“People would tell me they didn’t know how I was able to do everything when I was enrolled in school full time and my husband was deployed and my kids were in sports,” Cooper said. “But there really wasn’t an option because I’m not going to take opportunities away from my kids because I was in school. Just because mommy is in school and daddy is deployed doesn’t mean you can’t do running club and softball and gymnastics and Girl Scouts and whatever else you want.</p><p>“It was important that my daughters saw that there isn’t an excuse to not do something because it’s hard,” Cooper continued. “I didn’t want them to see me make excuses. Yeah, it was hard sometimes to manage everything, but you shift things around and make it work.”</p><p>Cooper returned to APSU last summer to begin work on a master’s degree in management, and is on track to complete her studies in Fall 2016. And true to their original agreement, Cooper’s husband left the military in late 2015 and began work on his own education – recently wrapping up his first year at APSU towards a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.</p><p>Armed with advanced degrees in business, Cooper said her dream is to work in a role that allows her to help other veterans. All too often, veterans find post-military life to be challenging, and she said her hope is to use her combination of APSU degrees and military experience to lend a helping hand.</p><p>“I love being able to help and give back to my fellow veterans and military spouses,” Cooper said. “People who aren’t veterans often don’t know how to deal with the unique concerns of veterans, so it would be nice as someone with common experiences to be in a position to work with (military veterans and their families).”</p><p>Twenty-five percent of APSU students have a military connection, making the University the state’s largest provider of higher education to active duty military, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and APSU is consistently recognized on the state and national level for its efforts.</p><p>APSU’s dedication to veterans and active duty military students, Cooper said, played no small part in making the transition from military to student life easier.</p><p>“Austin Peay is great because 25 percent of the student population is military, and so many students here are non-traditional students like me, which was a lot different from previous schools I had attended,” Cooper said. “I was used to (being the only military student), as well as the oldest student in the classroom, so it was harder to find people with the same life experiences.</p><p>“(APSU) was the first school where I never felt out of place.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s programs for active duty, military family members and veterans, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:42:23 +0000 harriscj 127173 at APSU professors Di Paolo Harrison, Williams receive summer research grants <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Two Austin Peay State University professors have been awarded summer research grants to further their development as both educators and professionals in their fields.</p><p>Associate Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison and Assistant Professor of Music, Voice Dr. Jeffrey Williams have each been awarded summer research grants by APSU’s Department of Research to develop research projects during the summer that may place them in a better position to seek external funding. Di Paolo Harrison has been awarded a grant in the total of $5,000, while Williams will be receiving $2,000 from APSU's Department of Research.</p><p>Since arriving at APSU, Di Paolo Harrison has received three summer research grants which have been used to fund the development and publication of four books. His most recent book, set to be published in 2017, is titled “Noir taíno: La novella negra de Puerto Rico” and investigates the impact of hardboiled literature on the island of Puetro Rico.</p><p>His fourth Spanish-language book, Di Paolo Harrison’s other works include a study on Hispanic sci-fi and detective novels, titled “Post-human Apocalyptic Moaning and Explosions: Hispanic Detective Fiction and Science Fiction of the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century,” as well as a book on crime in Argentina, titled “Cadáveres en el armario.” His most recent book, “Negrótico,” tackled the South American fusion of hardboiled and Gothic literature.</p><p>The money received from APSU will go toward covering publication costs, as well as allow Di Paolo Harrison to travel internationally to promote both the work and the University.</p><p>“Without the grants that the Office of Research has provided, I would have not been able to publish my books and continue to have a solid presence among the international literary circle,” Di Paolo Harrison said. “In addition, the most important achievement was to bring my research, with the funding APSU provided, to my students.</p><p>“As part of the Austin Peay spirit, everything we do is for the benefit of the student body,” Di Paolo Harrison continued. “Research should be conducted for the betterment of our faculty and the knowledge that we can pass that on to our students.”</p><p>Williams has been funded by APSU’s Office of Research to attend the SongFest Professional Development Program for College Teachers. Held in Los Angeles, SongFest’s program is geared toward artist-teachers in voice and collaborative piano who maintain a performing career and are generally in their first decade of college-level teaching. An intensive, two-week session, the program provides opportunities for professional development performance and networking.</p><p>The United States’ premier art song festival and training program, SongFest attracts an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues as well as students from some of the nation’s top music conservatories.</p><p>“SongFest is virtually unique and a summer&nbsp;destination for the most highly regarded composers, voice teachers, vocal coaches, collaborative pianists and singers in the United States,” Williams said. “I sincerely&nbsp;do not know how SongFest is able to gather such incredible people together for this program. The names and reputations are immense: Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Roger Vignoles, Sanford Sylvan,&nbsp;William McGraw and the list goes on.</p><p>“I'm thrilled to be in a position where I can take advantage of all the opportunities this program has to offer - the performing, the coaching, the networking, and of course,&nbsp;the music.”</p><p>As a part of his studies, Williams will also present a lecture recital on APSU music theory, piano and composition faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Wood’s cycle of songs “Different Bodies,” which was premiered locally, as well as at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in February 2016.</p><p>“Having the opportunity to lecture on and perform Dr. Wood's music at SongFest allows&nbsp;another venue to perform his music and share it with this incredibly receptive and special audience,” Williams said. “Dr. Wood's piece deserves this audience. I cannot wait to share it with them and get their feedback. &nbsp;It will be excellent exposure for Dr. Wood and for APSU.”</p><p>For more information on Di Paolo Harrison, contact him at <a href=""></a>. For more information on Williams, contact him at <a href=""></a>. For more information on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters International Studies Music Tue, 24 May 2016 14:10:59 +0000 harriscj 126968 at APSU's Gresham wins national award at 2016 Festival of Media Arts <p><img src="" width="450" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University instructor of communication, recently received a national award at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Gresham won the Faculty Short Form Sports Video Category:&nbsp; Best of Competition for his video, “Reedy Sears – APSU Hall of Fame.”</p><p>The video was produced for the annual APSU Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and chronicled the life and career of Sears, who was one of the University’s greatest two-sport athletes from 1939-1942. Sears lost his life in World War II as a member of the US Army Air Corp.</p><p>“This was truly a collaborative effort with my colleagues and students, and I’m very grateful for the time and dedication that went in to creating this piece by all of them,” Gresham said. “It was an honor and privilege to be able to tell the story of Mr. Sears, who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for his country.”</p><p>Collaborating with Gresham on this video were Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of education, and David Ellison, video production coordinator, along with APSU Department of Communication students Brent Richardson, Christian Hodges and Ethan Schmidt.</p><p>The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.</p> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:40:27 +0000 boothcw 126918 at