Today @ APSU - University News en New Governors Stadium set to open on Sept. 13 <p><img src="" width="600" height="317" alt="new_stadium.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the fall of 1947, a young football player named Hendricks Fox (’51) stood inside a newly built stadium, admiring the rows of bleachers and the white concrete walls. Sixty-six years later, on an overcast afternoon in November, he returned to the site with a sledgehammer and smashed a few chunks from the decrepit facility.</p><p>            “I had four good years there, but they’ve been needing a new stadium for some time,” he said.</p><p>            Shortly after Fox took part in the ceremonial demolition, the west side of the old Austin Peay State University Governors Stadium was leveled to make way for a new, $19 million facility. Designed by Rufus Johnson and Associations, the new stadium now seats 10,000 fans and features a special Club Level section and 13 luxury suites.</p><p>            “I’m overjoyed they’re finally getting it,” Fox said.</p><p>            At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, the public is invited to share in Fox’s excitement during a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony at the stadium. Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.</p><p>            The stadium opening coincides with this year’s Governors Football Reunion. On Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12, former Austin Peay football players will gather for two days of golf while reminiscing about their days on the field. Those individuals and their families will be treated to a special breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13, and they will join APSU President Alisa White and APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe for a special recognition during the game.</p><p>            Former football players wishing to take part in these events need to RSVP with the APSU Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7291.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:52:52 +0000 boothcw 84605 at APSU biology faculty awarded $300K NSF grant to improve APSU Natural History Collection <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="NSF_grant.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Drs. Rebecca Johansen, Dwayne Estes and Chris Gienger, principle investigators of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology and Biology Department faculty at Austin Peay Sate University, have been awarded more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the infrastructure, utility and visibility of the APSU Natural History Collection. In addition to teaching and research activities, Johansen, Estes and Gienger, serve as curators of these collections.</p><p>The APSU Natural History Collection, located in the Sunquist Science Complex, includes more than 100,000 research specimens representing the state’s largest collection of amphibians and reptiles, the second largest collection of plants and a rapidly growing collection of fishes. It also features small collections of birds and mammals from throughout the Mid-south Region. These collections are vital to faculty and student research, serving as the foundation for more than 200 publications, theses, dissertations and online atlases. Additionally, collections are used in public outreach and as instructional materials supporting APSU biology courses.</p><p>Although the APSU Natural History Collection has contributed significantly to education and research locally, use by the broader scientific community has been limited, largely due to its limited online visibility and accessibility. One of the key elements of the new grant is to unify the electronic records associated with all specimen libraries and build new publicly searchable databases and websites that are broadly accessible. The APSU Natural History Collection will also partner with other NSF-funded initiatives, such as iDigBio (<a href="" title=""></a>), to link APSU’s specimen libraries to larger digital networks of natural history collections from around the world. Through these information-sharing objectives of the grant, the APSU Natural History Collection will become internationally visible and its use in education and research will increase considerably.</p><p>A second objective of the funded research is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of the collections. The APSU Natural History Collection has experienced considerable growth in recent years, stemming from the increased research activities of students and faculty and the acquisition of orphaned collections from other institutions. This growth has led to overcrowding of specimens on shelves and very limited storage for the addition of new specimens generated from future or ongoing research. These issues, along with the discontinued use of toxic fumigants to prevent insect infestations in the herbarium, have resulted in the collections being threatened by physical damage from overcrowding, active insect infestations and potential future fire, water and earthquake damage.</p><p>To alleviate these issues, new equipment for non-toxic pest management will be acquired, the David Snyder Museum of Zoology in the Sundquist Science Building will be expanded and new compactor-style shelving systems will be installed in the expanded space and in the APSU Herbarium. These shelves will provide sufficient storage and growth capacity for many future generations of researchers and will allow the APSU Natural History Collection to maintain its mission to serve as the primary specimen repository for the Mid-south, to lead efforts to describe regional biodiversity and to train new generations of students through excellence in mentorship, research and public outreach.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Rebecca Johansen examines a sample in the APSU Natural History Collection. (Photo by Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:29:16 +0000 boothcw 84338 at Lady Govs named to WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="bball1.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">ATLANTA – For the second consecutive season, Austin Peay State University's women's basketball team was recognized for its excellence in the classroom, ranking 16th among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.</p><p class="p1">The Lady Govs finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.465 grade-point average (GPA). That mark also was best among Ohio Valley Conference programs, with only Belmont (18th, 3.433 GPA) joining the Lady Govs among the nation's Top 25 teams.</p><p class="p1">In 2013-14, each member of the Austin Peay women's basketball team was listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in one of their two semesters. Six Lady Govs – <a href="">Lauren Maki</a>, <a href="">Jennifer Nwokocha</a>, <a href="">Nicole Olszewski</a>, <a href="">Jacey Scott</a>, <a href="">Kristen Stainback</a> and <a href="">Lauren Yarbrough</a> – attained at least Dean's List honors in both semesters.</p><p class="p1">"My staff and I are thrilled and so proud of these young ladies for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom," said Lady Govs head coach <a href="">Carrie Daniels</a>. "They have shown the true meaning of 'student-athlete.' We also owe a lot to Michelle Noland and <a href="">Sonya Bain</a> in Athletic Academic Services who provide all of our student-athletes with unbelievable academic support."</p><p class="p1">The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. This season's list is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.</p><p class="p1"> <em> - Cody Bush</em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:22:21 +0000 boothcw 84128 at APSU art professor to present lecture at famed Figge Museum <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  In Davenport, Iowa, a stunning, glass-walled building stands along the banks of the Mississippi River. This 114,000-square-foot facility houses the Figge Art Museum – one of the oldest art institutions in the country – and it attracts crowds of art lovers from across the globe.</p><p>         Next Thursday evening, Dr. Tony Morris, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of art history, will deliver a lecture, “Grant Wood and Stuart Davis: Rival Modernisms in America, 1913-1942,” at the famed museum. Morris was invited to speak as part of the museum’s newest exhibition – “Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood.” The exhibit focuses on the experiences and careers of two prominent American artists who studied in Paris in the 1920s.</p><p>            Morris earned his doctoral degree in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012, his article “Paul Cadmus and Carnival, 1934: Representing the Comic Grotesque” was published in American Art magazine.</p><p>            For more information on the APSU Department of Art, visit the department’s website at <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters Art Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:49:01 +0000 boothcw 84071 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities. </p><p><b>Chester T. Little,</b> associate professor and director of the chemical engineering technology program, presented a talk, “Climate Change-The Evidence,” at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville earlier this month.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:05:08 +0000 boothcw 83949 at 10 APSU students earn scholarships to national conference <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, the North American Interfraternity Conference hosted its 25<sup>th</sup> Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) in Bloomington, Indiana, and 10 Austin Peay State University students received scholarships to attend the event.</p><p>• Blake Ball received a scholarship from the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brian Allison received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brice Lewis received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Carrie Taylor received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Alberstadt received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Johnson received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Josh Pollina received a scholarship from Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kaitlyn Huerta received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kyle Johnson received a scholarship from the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Wes Beagle received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>            Top leaders from fraternity and sorority communities across North America were invited to attend one of the 13 sessions of UIFI this summer. Participants had the opportunity to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal integrity, fraternity and sorority commitment and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. With a strong focus on living fraternal values and identifying opportunities for growth, participants are able to develop a personal action plan for change in their chapters, councils and communities.           </p><p>             For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at APSU, at </p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:42:50 +0000 boothcw 83939 at APSU ROTC Cadet Shriver receives leadership award <p><img src="" width="199" height="280" alt="ShriverAPSU.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets traveled to Fort Knox, Ky., earlier this summer for an intense, four-week summer training program. During the program’s July 6 graduation ceremony, an Austin Peay State University student was singled out for his ability to motivate his fellow soldiers.</p><p>            Andrew C. Shriver, a Clarksville native with no prior military experience, completed the program’s Leader Development Course and received the Reserve Officers Association Award. This award is presented to the cadet in each regiment who reflects the best traits of a leader.</p><p>            According to a U.S. Army press release, attendees at the Fort Knox Leader’s Training Course “are introduced to the Army, grouped into squads and platoons, and given the opportunity to experience all leadership roles while being coached and mentored by Army commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The course is progressive, with the focus starting with basic soldier skills like drill and ceremony and military customs, through individual skills to collective skills while placing cadets in leadership positions throughout.”</p><p>            For more information on the APSU ROTC program, visit the program’s website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:24 +0000 boothcw 83926 at APSU again named "Great College to Work For" <p><img src="" height="520" width="600" alt="Great_Colleges_to_Work_For_logo.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the third consecutive year, Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list.</p><p>The results were released today in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace.</p><p>“It is a privilege to work with a campus community that has been again named one of the ‘Great Colleges to Work For,’” APSU President Alisa White said.</p><p>In all, only 92 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with APSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.</p><p>APSU won honors in nine of 12 categories this year:</p><p>• Collaborative Governance</p><p>• Confidence in Senior Leadership</p><p>• Diversity</p><p>• Facilities, Workspace and Security</p><p>• Professional/Career-Development Programs</p><p>• Respect and Appreciation</p><p>• Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship</p><p>• Teaching Environment</p><p>• Tenure Clarity and Process</p><p>Because APSU was recognized in several categories, APSU received Honor Roll recognition.  </p><p>The results are based on a survey of all 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>“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner with ModernThink LLC, said. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”</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>. </p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:29:00 +0000 boothcw 83882 at APSU growth calls for crosswalks, campus finds solar solution <p><img src="" width="240" height="360" alt="20140717-New-Crosswalk-Foy-Center-4975.j" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Most people don’t think in terms of solar power when it comes to campus traffic issues, but APSU Physical Plant Director Tom Hutchins was thinking solar was a perfect solution to remedy a growing traffic related issue around campus — pedestrian safety.</p><p>As the campus has grown, nearly doubling in size during the last decade, and the paths people take from classroom to classroom have changed, so have the places where pedestrians cross streets. These changes initiated Hutchins and Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president for Finance and Administration, to find ways to help increase driver awareness of high traffic areas for pedestrians. However, the solution wasn’t exactly a straightforward decision.</p><p>A simple and highly effective method for slowing vehicles can be accomplished by using traffic calming devices such as speed tables, speed bumps, etc. However, these methods are problematic for emergency response vehicles, causing them to slow to a near stop — less than ideal when every second counts. Since the University is predominantly comprised of city streets, a less obstructive, yet effective solution had to be found. In comes the idea of crosswalks with solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.</p><p>Technically termed Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB crossing), these systems are becoming an increasingly popular solution popping up in cities around the country. According to Hutchins, the device has a significant ability to slow traffic for pedestrians.</p><p>“These are solar powered LED lights that flash at a frequency comparable to emergency vehicles,” said Hutchins. “These have an effective rate for slowing approximately 80-90 percent of drivers as compared to traditional crossings, which only have approximately 20-30 percent effectiveness.”</p><p>Hutchins said that compared to other electrical powered devices, these systems are much more cost-effective to install and maintain. “The units are self contained solar charged battery units that last 3-5 years per battery. Since they are self contained, digging and connecting underground electrical isn’t needed, and that saves a significant amount of added labor and expense, as well a planning.”</p><p>The new crosswalks have been added on Marion Street and Eighth Street. Cost for each crossing is approximately $10,000 for the system and construction. The crossings are Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and feature a simple touch-sensitive button for users to activate prior to crossing.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:47:39 +0000 boothcw 83866 at APSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter awarded literacy grant <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="pkp_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently presented John Blake, Austin Peay State University associate professor of engineering technology, with a 2014 Literacy Grant. Blake, president of APSU’s PKP chapter, is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.</p><p>The $2,350 grant will be used to support the Candy for the Mind program that takes place during APSU’s annual G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating) event. Hosted by the APSU PKP chapter, Candy for the Mind gives more than 2,000 books to trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy during the popular event.</p><p>The Literacy Grant program was initiated in 2003 to provide funding to PKP chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Drawing from a multi-disciplinary Society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:39:24 +0000 boothcw 83025 at APSU employees share recent professional development, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas R. O’Connor</b>, associate professor of public management and criminal justice, recently attended a five-day workshop on teaching Homeland Security topics (including Introduction to HS, Intelligence, Technology, Comparative HS, Civil-Military Relations, Border Security and Transnational Issues) that consisted of a mix of 30 educators and practitioners.  Attendance was by invitation only, and the workshop was held in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:30:26 +0000 boothcw 82938 at APSU adds solar canopy to 9th Street parking lot <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="solar_canopy.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On sunny afternoons, the electric meter attached to the Austin Peay State University Hemlock Semiconductor Building won’t be breaking any speed records. That’s because, in addition to the solar panels on the building’s roof, a new solar parking canopy in the neighboring 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot will feed even more of the sun’s energy into the electrical system, keeping utility costs down.</p><p>“The canopy is basically a carport over four parking spaces, with solar panels on top,” Tom Hutchins, director of the APSU physical plant, said. “It’s tied into the Hemlock building, to supplement the panels on that building’s roof, and we’re getting some generation credit from TVA through the Clarksville Department of Electricity.”</p><p>The University’s Sustainable Fee Committee initiated the $65,099 project, using money collected from the APSU sustainable campus fee. The $10 fee, which students pay each semester, was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.</p><p>In recent years, APSU has pushed to be more energy efficient by adding solar panels at the APSU Environmental Education Center, installing occupancy sensors in many offices and classrooms and putting LED lighting in certain residence halls and classrooms. Earlier this year, Nissan donated two electric car-charging stations to the APSU Foundation. Hutchins said they plan to have those stations installed in the 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot, near the solar canopy, before students return to campus this August.</p><p>Thanks to all these efforts, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program has certified APSU as a green member of the local community.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo by Linnea Rainey/APSU.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:43:25 +0000 boothcw 82924 at APSU athletics relaunches <p><img src="" width="600" height="305" alt="Lets_Go_Peay_website.png" /></p><p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University's athletics department has partnered with SIDEARM Sports to provide its official athletics website and online offerings, culminating in Thursday's relaunch of</p><p class="p1">The redesigned presents information – news, rosters and statistics – on the athletic department's 15 teams in a cleaner, simplified format. The new navigation allows visitors to access the information they want quickly and easily.</p><p class="p1">Upon reaching the website, visitors will be able to access the department's top new stories immediately. Visitors also will be presented tabs to access the department's social media offerings, its YouTube video stream, upcoming composite schedules of athletic contests and a separate listing of upcoming athletics events. </p><p class="p1">Traveling down the page will reveal an updated list of photo galleries, as well as an additional listing of recent headlines.</p><p class="p1">The feature fans will most recognize on the redesigned site is the header that features Clarksville icons – a homage to the community Austin Peay calls home. Austin Peay's Browning Building, the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge over the Cumberland River, a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter representing nearby Fort Campbell and the Montgomery County Courthouse are among the landmarks featured.</p><p class="p1">Finally, the site now features a responsive design allowing users to easily access and navigate from mobile devices. Thanks to the use of an adaptive mobile platform, the website detects how the user is accessing - via smartphone, tablet or desktop - then conforms to the device, allowing the user to navigate through the site easily on any device.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:16:44 +0000 boothcw 82567 at APSU's Foster to present at international music conference <p><b>Korre Foster</b>, assistant professor of music, will present “The Rhetorical Implications of Charpentier's use of Silence” at the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, held this July at the esteemed Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. This is Foster’s second presentation for this society. His first presentation was for the 2010 conference in Belfast. </p><p>“I am excited to present along side scholars in the field of Baroque Music: Graham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Cathérine Cessac (biographer of the composer),” Foster said. “Baroque music is fascinating, and our students need to be familiar with it. This is why I paired our Chamber Singers with Music City Baroque several years ago to perform JS Bach's Mass in g-minor.” </p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:21:15 +0000 boothcw 82401 at APSU field biology grad student earns grant award for research <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="zac2.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a tributary of Tennessee’s Duck River, there lives a small fish that seems to have mastered the art of seduction. Because the females of the species prefer strong fathers, males use small yellow knobs on their fins that look like eggs to lure potential mates.</p><p>            “It will fool the female into thinking he has more eggs than he really does, and she’ll spawn with him,” Zac Wolf, an Austin Peay State University graduate student, said. “It’s been shown that females prefer larger nests, or at least males with larger nests.”</p><p>            The fish, known as the Egg-mimic darter, might employ other questionable tactics in its search for love. Wolf believes this particular darter might take over abandoned nests or steal nests with eggs; all in an attempt to attract more females. Once the eggs are laid in the nest, the male will guard his nest until the eggs hatch. This brings up several questions, such as why would a male devote time to guarding eggs that are not biologically his? Wolf plans to investigate this behavior thanks to a prestigious new grant he was awarded. Earlier this summer, he was one of only six students from across the country to receive the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Edward C. Raney Fund Award.</p><p>            “It’s an international society, and it’s not just master’s students that apply, but Ph.D. students as well,” Dr. Rebecca Johansen, APSU associate professor of biology, said. “For a master’s student to win, it’s a pretty big deal.”</p><p>            Next spring, during the spawning season, Wolf will use the award money to travel south to the Duck River, where he’ll collect eggs out of nests and capture the males guarding those nests. Then Wolf, working with Johansen, will generate DNA data for each egg and conduct a parentage study to see if the male fathered all of the eggs in his nest.</p><p>            “One theory is having an established nest will make you more attractive to the female,” Wolf said. “But there really hasn’t been a lot of research.”</p><p>            Johansen and Wolf are also assessing the conservation status of the Egg-mimic darter. The APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology received a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to study the fish, which was recently petitioned to be placed on the Federal Endangered Species List. Their findings will help determine whether the fish is placed on that list.</p><p>            Wolf earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, but he knew he wanted to pursue fish biology in graduate school. He mentioned this to a professor who put him in touch with Johansen and the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology.</p><p>            “I spoke with her, and she had this awesome opportunity,” he said. “And having the resources of the Center is awesome. It definitely outcompetes other programs I was interested in.”</p><p>            For more information on Wolf’s research, contact the Center at <a href=""></a>.</p> Center for Field Biology Graduate Studies opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:38:16 +0000 boothcw 82303 at Film event at APSU examines immigrant experience <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In observance of Immigrant Heritage Month, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E.) will host a watch party of “Documented,” a film by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (located in Clement 120). The film tells Vargas’ personal story of outing himself as an undocumented immigrant, as well as his journey from the Philippines to America as a child; as an immigration reform activist; and his reconnection with his mother in the Philippines.</p><p>In April, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center will celebrate 10 years of promoting Hispanic culture, including the Spanish language and 20 Latin American countries and Spain. The center has partnered with HOPE to host the film screening during Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by the non-profit</p><p>During Immigrant Heritage Month, individuals are encouraged to share their family’s heritage story of when they came to the United States. </p><p>“Listening to friends and strangers’ heritage story has been a very powerful experience,” Daisy Torres, APSU Hispanic Cultural Center coordinator, said.</p><p>You can follow people’s story on social media through the hashtag #WelcomeUs. The non-profit established Immigrant Heritage Month in order to honor the ways in which America and the immigrants are linked in a shared, productive story. Vargas has shared his story in the film “Documented,” which will air on CNN at 8 p.m. His story is only one of 11 million immigrant stories.</p><p>For more information about the film “Documented” or Immigrant Heritage Month, visit the center’s website at <a href=""></a> or facebook fan page at <a href=""></a>.  Please pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a> or by phone at 931-221-6645.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:12:15 +0000 boothcw 82090 at APSU employees share recent professional development, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p> </p><p><b>Gregory R. Singleton</b>, associate vice president and dean of students, recently attended the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in Orlando, Fla., where he served on the conference committee. He will be serving as the Major Speakers Chair for the 2015 symposium to be held in St. Simons Island, Ga., in June 2015. Additionally, he attended the Omicron Delta Kappa Convention and Centennial Celebration in Lexington, Va., and was awarded the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year Award for his work with the APSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:10:17 +0000 boothcw 81778 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing wins 9 awards at 2014 TCPRA <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won eight awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association spring conference and awards contest held June 12-13 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.</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, 2013, and April 30, 2014.</p><p>The University’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p>• Gold in the Social Media category for #PeayPix, APSU’s new photo project consisting of a photo blog, “cAPture,” at <a href=""></a>; an Instagram account, <a href=""></a>; a Facebook page, <a href=""></a> and a twitter account, <a href=""></a>.</p><p>• Gold in the Postcard/Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p>• Silver in the Video Advertisement PSA category for APSU’s “First Step” commercial.</p><p>• Silver in the Social Media category for APSU's Facebook campaign for the "Transfer Scholarship."</p><p>• Silver in the Specialty Item category for APSU’s “Let’s Go Peay” T-shirt.</p><p>• Silver in the Low-Budget Publication category for “Regaining Hope,” a fundraising piece that solicited financial support for a program that assists students who lose their HOPE scholarships.</p><p>• Silver in the College Promotional Video category for “Inside Look: Farm and Environmental Education Center” video, which promoted that unique APSU facility.</p><p>• Bronze in the College Promotional Video category for the APSU “Inside Look: University Recreation” video, which promoted APSU’s University Recreation department.</p><p>• Bronze in the Overall Promotional Campaign category for “AP Day,” an event that brings prospective students to campus.</p><p>The APSU #PeayPix Social Media Campaign was also a finalist in the conferences Best of Show category.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:02:02 +0000 boothcw 81777 at Renowned flutist William Bennett to perform concert at APSU on June 27 <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" alt="William_Bennett.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Classical music aficionados throughout the area mark June on their calendars each year, because that’s when flutist William Bennett, considered “the greatest living flute player in the world,” hosts a special concert on the Austin Peay State University campus.</p><p>This year, he’ll perform his transcription of the Violin Sonata in f minor by Felix Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, in the Mabry Concert Hall. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, will join Bennett for a performance of Rigoletto Fantasie for two flutes by Franz Doppler. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.</p><p> In 1995, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presented Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music. He is in Clarksville this June because, for the third year in a row, APSU is hosting the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy, his only master class offered in the U.S. Bennett previously held the class in Chicago, but after visiting APSU as the Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2011, he decided to move the academy to Austin Peay.</p><p> “He’s just a great teacher and a charismatic player,” Wolynec said. “He’s very interested in the expressive components of the flute.”</p><p>Bennett studied the instrument under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory. He brings this knowledge and his years of experience to the summer academy. Students send in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. This year, musicians from Boston, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Michigan and Florida are coming to APSU to study under Bennett.</p><p>Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $125 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Music Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:34:01 +0000 boothcw 81763 at APSU Hispanic Cultural Center goes on tour, hosts World Cup sticker exchanges <p><img src="" width="600" height="415" alt="Sticker_Exchange_flyer.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – World Cup fever continues to intensify, with soccer fans across the globe scrambling to fill their World Cup sticker albums. The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Alumni Chapter are embarking on a tour to host World Cup Sticker Exchanges at select businesses. In addition to trading stickers and filling up World Cup sticker albums, there will be free giveaways for those that can answer soccer trivia correctly. Participants will also receive Lady Govs Soccer posters, and be able to speak with staff members about Austin Peay, the APSU Hispanic Alumni Chapter and resources provided by the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center.</p><p>Every four years, the Italian publishing company Panini releases a World Cup sticker album and stickers of each player for the 32 countries competing in the tournament. Stickers are also made with additional images, such as team pictures, logos and pictures of the stadiums. In Clarksville, individuals can purchase a pack of seven stickers for 99 cents or a sticker album for $1.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, select Walgreens and Wal-Mart. The Hispanic Cultural Center will be at the following organizations and businesses with more than 50 stickers to trade:</p><ul><li>Walgreens at 1460 Fort Campbell Boulevard on June 24, 2014 from 4-5 p.m.  You can purchase a sticker album and stickers at this location.</li><li>World Mart International Marketplace at 1681 Fort Campbell Boulevard on June 25, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  This is a new store in Clarksville selling European, Middle Easter, Mediterranean, North African and Indian groceries, spices, food, drink and other items. </li><li>Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library’s small meeting room at 350 Pageant Lane on July 1 from 4-5 p.m. </li><li>Canela Mexican Grill at 3080 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard on July 2, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a new family restaurant featuring Mexican and Latin American cuisine.</li></ul><p>World Cup sticker collection and exchange has become part of the whole World Cup experience.  Nathaniel Fox, APSU senior and Hispanic Cultural Center student staff, said, “I’ve always liked soccer but never have had the opportunity to express it. With the World Cup sticker exchange, I can meet, trade and express my love of soccer with other fanatics of various backgrounds.” </p><p>The first informal sticker exchange hosted by the Hispanic Cultural Center and APSU Hispanic Alumni Chapter took place in Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant on Riverside Drive after the opening game of Brazil playing Croatia. </p><p>For more information about the sticker exchange or to let us know that you are attending, visit the center’s website at <a href=""></a> or facebook fan page at <a href=""></a>.  Please pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a> or by phone at 931-221-6645. You can interact with other fans based in Clarksville by posting on our page and using the hashtag #gotgotneed, a familiar phrase heard at sticker swapping sessions.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:38:47 +0000 boothcw 81674 at APSU School of Nursing receives $35,000 grant with health department for breast health <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="School-of-Nursing-Komen-grant-9895.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing and the Montgomery County Health Department will continue to support the fight against breast cancer, thanks to a recent $35,985 grant from the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. </p><p>For the second year in a row, the Nashville Komen affiliate has awarded the grant to the two organizations to provide breast health education and services to underserved populations in this community.</p><p>“This grant helps provide mammography services to underserved women in Montgomery County, and it gives our nursing students an opportunity to do community education and service in our community regarding breast health,” said Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing and associate professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing.</p><p>Orr wrote the Komen grant with Joey Smith, director of the county health department. The Nashville Komen affiliate recently awarded several grants to local nonprofits to assist with education, screenings and treatment for breast cancer. Other agencies funded included St. Thomas Hospital and the Tennessee Department of Health, among others.</p><p>“The goal of this program is to identify any cancer early when it can be treated successfully,” Orr said.</p><p>For more information, contact Orr by email at <a href="">orrp@apsu.ed</a></p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo: Dr. Patty Orr and Joey Smith, director of the county health department, recently received $35,985 to support local breast health.</p> School of Nursing Behavioral and Health Sciences Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:46:39 +0000 boothcw 81663 at APSU's Singleton named ODK Faculty Officer of the Year <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Greg-Singleton.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory R. Singleton, Austin Peay State University associate vice president and dean of students, was recently selected by Omicron Delta Kappa as the 2014 recipient of the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year Award during the ODK National Convention and Centennial Celebration, held in Lexington, Va., June 11-15, 2014.</p><p>The Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer Award recognizes an outstanding faculty officer for their dedication to the ideals of Omicron Delta Kappa. To qualify for the award, the nominee must have been an active voting faculty member of the circle for at least five years and have served as a faculty secretary or adviser for at least three years.</p><p>Cited for his long-term dedication and volunteer efforts for the Omicron Delta Kappa circles at both the University of Miami and APSU, Singleton was the sole recipient of this award. He has served Omicron Delta Kappa in various roles, including as a circle president, province officer for the State of Florida, faculty advisor for the University of Miami Circle, and for the last six years has served as both the faculty advisor and faculty secretary for the APSU Circle. Singleton was nominated for this award by former student presidents of the APSU Circle for his long-term commitment to Omicron Delta Kappa.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:39:06 +0000 boothcw 81353 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities. </p><p><b>Joe Weber</b>, director of library services, has been appointed by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to a two-year term on the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries (TACL). The council advises the Tennessee State Library and Archives on policy matters and the development of long-range planning for library services in Tennessee, and assists with evaluating public library programs, services and activities. TACL consists of 11 library professionals and five library users, and meets three to four times a year with Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Charles Sherrill.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:19:22 +0000 boothcw 81149 at Edelweiss Club Scholarship awarded to APSU student <p><img src="" width="442" height="600" alt="Edelweiss_Scholarship_2014.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Meghan Gattignolo, a German minor at Austin Peay State University, has been selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for 2014-15.</p><p>Gattignolo was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 11, and she received a check from Debbie Whitaker, 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. </p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, associate professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE: Meghan Gattignolo (left), who is studying German at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Debbie Whitaker (right), president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club. (Photo provided)</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature opportunities Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:45:02 +0000 boothcw 81027 at APSU Botanical Garden showcases area's rare and endangered plants <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="APSU_botanical_garden_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A few years ago, three tall, flowering cherry trees grew on the western side of Austin Peay State University’s Sundquist Science Complex. They provided a nice, welcoming entry into the building, but in 2007, Tennessee suffered from a record-setting drought. Temperatures reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit that summer, and by the fall, the 20-foot tall trees were dead.</p><p>            “The University cut them down, and for six months, that area stayed empty,” said Dr. L. Dwayne Estes, APSU associate professor of biology, principal investigator for the APSU Center of Excellence in Field Biology and Biodiversity Explorer for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. His botany classroom overlooked the barren landscape, and by the next summer, Estes had an idea.</p><p>            “I thought it would be nice if we just had a big native wildflower garden, where instead of always teaching in a classroom, I could take my students outside and we could look at plants right outside the classroom,” he said. “Students could use it for class exercises, plus it’d be a beautiful back entrance to the building.”</p><p>            Estes pitched his idea, and after receiving reluctant approval, he and his students went to work prepping the area for planting. He sought donations from local companies to help develop the garden. A local limestone quarry, Winn Materials Inc., donated six tons of limestone gravel for what would become a rock garden. Estes additionally donated a few tons of native limestone flagstone acquired from his family’s property in Maury County. Home Depot and Lowes donated pine needle mulch. The CO-OP provided herbicide, potting soil and plant labels. Local tree trimming companies provided free wood chips for additional mulch, and the APSU Physical Plant purchased a wooden arbor.</p><p>             Estes and several graduate and undergraduate students then spent countless hours hauling away rocks, weeding and planting. During the past five years, he and his students also acquired living specimens from research project sites across the southeast. Today, that once empty space outside the Sundquist Science Complex is now home to a unique botanical garden filled with dozens of rare and endangered plants.</p><p>            “There are things in here that no garden anywhere else in the world has,” Estes said. “Anymore, it’s hard to take a field trip with 30 students, but now we can show them these plants with this living lab.”</p><p>            The space has a large rock garden, a prairie and the beginnings of a woodland prairie. It features several groups of related species, including five specimens of coneflower growing side-by-side, allowing APSU students to look at the subtle differences between similar plants.</p><p>            “We would have to travel nearly 500 miles if we wanted to train students to indentify these coneflower species in their natural habitats,” Estes said.</p><p>            Botany students are now able to step outside and see an American Smoke Tree, often heralded as one of the rarest trees in North America. Estes came across it while exploring rare woodlands west of Chattanooga, near a construction site for a new bridge.</p><p>            “I knew they were about to go in and blast out a section of hill, but there was this one little American Smoke Tree growing on the cliff,” he said. “I rescued it because it was just going to get blasted, and I transported it back here.”</p><p>            The tree is thriving on campus because, like all the 320 species growing in the APSU Botanical Garden, it is native to the mid-south. Because these plants have evolved for thousands or millions of years in the southeast, they have adapted to the local climate, insects and diseases. That means they don’t require as much care as exotic plants, like those from Asia and Europe that are often sold in nurseries. The garden now serves as an outside lab for APSU students, but Estes hopes the community will also notice these beautiful, local plants and start using them in their gardens.</p><p>            “One of the greatest threats right now to ecosystems worldwide is invasive species,” he said. “Horticulturalists like the exoticness of foreign plants, like Chinese Wisteria, but they can completely change and destroy the natural integrity of our natural plant communities. Such invasive species outcompete native species of plants. When you change the food structure, which ultimately is based on plants, the animals that were here will disappear, and it’s a whole sort of cascade effect. I’d like us to use more native plants in our landscape, including here on APSU’s campus.”</p><p>            The garden is open to the public, with walking paths, lampposts and two benches installed by the APSU Physical Plant. Estes said the next step is to create a database of all the plants growing in the garden.</p><p>            “We know where everything came from, but the idea now is to label it so the public can use it, and people on campus can come by and appreciate it,” he said. “There are a few things we need to make this garden a really special place. We need plant identification labels like those you would see in a botanical garden so that students and visitors can really use the garden. Those labels cost a lot of money, and everything we’ve done so far has been acquired through donations or volunteer efforts, and we simply don’t have funds to purchase them.”</p><p>            Estes is seeking donations to help acquire plant labels and to cover other garden needs. He also needs volunteers to help with garden maintenance, weeding, databasing, pruning and labeling.</p><p>            For more information on the APSU Botanical Garden or if you are interested in donating or volunteering, contact Estes at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:02:53 +0000 boothcw 80619 at