Today @ APSU - University News en Department of Theatre and Dance opens Fall 2016 season with “Picnic,” running from Sept. 28-Oct. 2 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance begins its Fall 2016 season with a production of William Inge’s “Picnic.” The play, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, will be held in the Trahern Theatre on the University campus.</p><p>Taking place over Labor Day weekend in the backyards of two middle-aged widows, Inge’s play explores the hopes and dreams, and even the awakening of teen sexuality, of a small Kansas town when a young drifter passes through looking for a job and catches the attention of two sisters. With each sister hoping for something more than their small town lives, what will happen when their worlds are turned upside down by love?</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">"The thing I most enjoy is examining what we have gained and what we have lost," said Austin Peay associate professor and "Picnic" director, Noel Rennerfeldt. "</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">In the Midwest in the early 1950s, there was less fear of strangers. Perhaps this was a carryover from the days of the Great Depression when so many were in need of a helping hand or a meal. It certainly seems to be something we’ve lost."</span></p><p>First performed in 1953, “Picnic” won Inge the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while also winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the season. In 1955, “Picnic” was adapted for the screen, and won two Academy Awards, as well as four additional nominations, including Best Movie and Best Picture.</p><p>The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for performances on Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, while the Oct. 2 performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission for all performances is $10 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and military.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU box office at 931-221-7379 or email at <a href=""></a>. Tickets can also be purchased at <a href=""></a>.</p> Theatre & Dance Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:12:29 +0000 harriscj 135365 at APSU physics student visits national lab, discovers quasar <p><img src="" width="600" height="335" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Quasars—massive black holes that emit large amounts of radiation—are among the brightest objects in the universe, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to identify. For centuries, they’ve been mistaken for other shining celestial objects, and in recent years, astronomers had yet to accurately identify a certain one of these brilliant specks in the southern sky. But earlier this summer, Austin Peay State University student Jacob Robertson took a look at this object and realized it wasn’t just another star.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “My first thought was, ‘I know this is a quasar, I hope it hasn’t been discovered yet,’” Robertson, a physics major, said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It hadn’t. Now, Robertson is the second APSU student in recent years to make an important scientific discovery. In 2013, then-student Mees Fix also discovered a quasar while examining white dwarf stars. Like Fix three years ago, Robertson spent some of the summer of 2016 at Fermilab—the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory—with Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of physics and astronomy, assisting with the international Dark Energy Survey. According to Fermilab’s website, the survey “is designed to probe the origin of the accelerating universe and help uncover the nature of dark energy by measuring the 14-billion-year history of cosmic expansion with high precision.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It was my job to go through and reduce the data to confirm that the stars in this sample were white dwarfs,” Robertson said. “I had read (Fix’s) paper, so I knew what a quasar spectrum was supposed to look like. When I came across (the object), I immediately knew it was a quasar.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The APSU student will now be the lead author on an academic paper about the discovery. Smith and APSU physics student Deborah Gulledge, who also worked at Fermilab this summer, will be listed as co-authors.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Robertson, only a junior, already has a strong resume as a physics and astronomy researcher. In addition to his work at Fermilab, he traveled to Arizona in early September to conduct research at Kitt Peak National Observatory, and in August, he accompanied a team of APSU students to Montana State University to participate in the NASA-funded Eclipse Ballooning Project. Information on that project is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “The unique thing about Austin Peay’s physics department is that there are so many opportunities to get involved in research,” Robertson said. “And the professors do push you to get involved in something.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:14:24 +0000 boothcw 135291 at Physics, art double major Mary Sencabaugh creates mural honoring outer space <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay art and physics double major Mary Sencabaugh was simply asked to fill a space on a wall.</p><p>A professor of physics and astronomy at Austin Peay,&nbsp;<span>Dr. Allyn Smith had recently renovated his office space in at the University's Sundquist Science Building and was looking to cover an empty wall with something invocative of the the stars.&nbsp;<span>As a student of both the explained (physics) and the unexplained (art),&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 12px;">Sencabaugh found herself singled out as the perfect choice to tackle the job.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">But while Sencabaugh was just asked to fill a space on a wall, the Austin Peay student instead saw it as an opportunity to pay tribute to a number of inspirations in her life.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;"></span><span style="font-size: 1em;">“Ultimately, both physics and art are about trying to explain or understand the things around you,” Sencabaugh said. “I’m always trying to base my art projects around physics because it’s something I’m always thinking or learning about anyway, so (the mural) was a great project for me.”</span></p><p>Created using oil paints, Sencabaugh's mural is meant to invoke a sense of awe in the beauty of space. Before her commission, Sencabaugh had taken part in a University trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tuscon, Arizona, and the art and physics major said the&nbsp;extraterrestrial sights experienced on that trip served as her inspiration.</p><p>The mural’s use of color and shape is abstract, but Sencabaugh said her goal was to encompass many of the unique sights that can be spotted through a telescope.</p><p>“I wanted to try to get a number of different important features of space in the mural itself,” Sencabaugh said. “For instance, there’s the Einstein’s Cross in one corner, which is a real example of light bending around a heavy object so that it makes it look like two identical objects to our eyes.”</p><p>The entire structure of the mural itself, Sencabaugh said, is a subtle tribute to one of her artistic inspirations – late television host and painter, Bob Ross.</p><p>“I’m a big Bob Ross fan, and one of his favorite things to do was to paint ‘fluffy little clouds’ in his works,” Sencabaugh said. “Ultimately, space itself is like a series of fluffy clouds, so that’s the way I went about creating the nebula in the mural.</p><p>“(The mural) was fun because it’s a chance to combine physics and astronomy, which have the burden of accuracy, with art, which has no burden of accuracy and gives you the freedom to do what you want.”</p><p>For information on the Austin Peay’s schedule of events for the 2017 Total American Eclipse, visit <a href=""></a>. To find out more about Sencabaugh’s work, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:29:34 +0000 harriscj 135287 at Platinum recording artist Frankie Ballard to headline APSU’s 2016 Homecoming Concert <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As a part of the 2016 Austin Peay State University Homecoming week of events, the APSU Govs Programming Council (GPC) presents a concert featuring platinum recording artist Frankie Ballard, featuring special guest Jason Mizelle.</p><p>The concert takes place Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center on the University campus. Tickets are $10 for students until Oct. 2 and $20 for students after Oct. 3, and may be purchased online at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p><p>A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ballard scored three consecutive number one singles off of his 2014 release “Sunshine &amp; Whiskey,” including the platinum-selling title track, “Young &amp; Crazy” and “Helluva Life.” The album reached as high as fifth on the Billboard U.S. Country chart in the year of its release.</p><p>Ballard’s latest album, “El Rio,” came out of a need for the country musician to hit the road. Leaving his Nashville home behind, Ballard traveled to the world-famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama for a series of rehearsals before continuing to the Granada Theatre in Dallas, Texas — ultimately arriving at the Sonic Ranch recording studio, just outside of El Paso.</p><p>Once there, Ballard and his band threw themselves into the music, eating and sleeping at the studio with the goal of creating a bona fide album. The end result was “El Rio,” a collection of 11 songs with a sonic through-line, invocative of Ballard’s inspirations, including Bob Seger and the Rolling Stones.</p><p>“I spur myself sometimes … (El Paso) is as far away as you can get. I was trying to get my blood moving,” Ballard said, of his grueling road trip to El Paso.</p><p>Taking the stage before Ballard is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jason Mizelle. An up-and-coming performer, Mizelle’s first single, “Motown” is now available on Spotify.</p><p>Thursday’s concert is just one of the many events that will take place the week of Oct. 17-22 in celebration of 2016 Homecoming: “Home is Where The Govs Are.” For more information on this, or any homecoming event, visit the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement online at&nbsp;<a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:20:20 +0000 harriscj 135241 at APSU student Ward fights for music education in Washington, D.C. <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University music education student Austin Ward is far from a natural-born politician; his first love will always be music. However, Ward’s time as a university student has taught him that there is much more to music than just his instrument – and that music is worth fighting for at the highest levels of government.</p><p>Ward was one of only three college students from Tennessee asked to join a delegation from the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) on its annual lobbying trip to the nation’s capital. TMEA is the state’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators across the country. Ward, a member of APSU’s collegiate chapter of NAfME, joined the organization’s leadership team and students from The University of Tennessee and The University of Tennessee at Martin for the trip.</p><p>The primary mission of Ward and his TEMA group was to lobby for the role of music education within the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, ESSA identifies music education, along with a number of other subjects, as core-curricular that every school must make available in the classroom.</p><p>“We had to fight to get music education included as a part of the law because now music teachers around the country have legal standing and a right to offer music education to their students,” Ward said. “Over the years, music programs were among the first things to be cut when schools cut their budgets, so it was a major victory to be included in that law.”</p><p>While music education is now a protected class according to the government, Ward said that the group’s mission was to ensure that it received proper government funding.</p><p>In June, the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its&nbsp;Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill, which authorized $1.65 billion in funding for the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), a new block grant authorized in Title IV, Part A of the ESSA. Despite the authorized amount, the actual recommended funding is $300 million – less than one-fourth of the original authorized amount.</p><p>If the recommended level of funding is approved, Ward said that it would result in individual schools receiving a trivial amount of funding for music education.</p><p>“What we previously fought for was to make sure that music education was a part of the law, but now we are fighting to make sure that it receives the funding it deserves by the government,” Ward said. “If you take that $300 million and divide it among 50 states and then among all the schools within those 50 states, you’re looking at only a couple thousand dollars per school.”</p><p>Ward said the trio of Tennessee students got the chance to meet Sen. Lamar Alexander and Congressman Jim Cooper at their Washington offices.&nbsp;During the visit, Ward said his group presented Sen. Alexander with the Stand for Music Award for his role in the passage of the ESSA.</p><p>“People might not know this, but Sen. Alexander is a classically trained pianist,” Ward said. “Music is extremely important to him, and we’re blessed as Tennesseans to have him and his connections.”</p><p>During his time in Washington, Ward was also able to argue against the McSally Amendment, which had been approved by the U.S. House shortly before his visit. A U.S. Representative from Arizona, McSally introduced an amendment to the defense spending bill to remove $430 million in funding for military bands to eliminate their performing at concerts, parades, dinners and other public events. The amendment passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote and was on its way to the Senate at the time of Ward’s visit.</p><p>Ward said that, although he does not have a military background, military music has played an important role in his life and the lives of many throughout the nation’s history.</p><p>“I still remember when an army band chorus visited my hometown during my childhood and how proud their performance made me feel as an American,” Ward said. “We have so many disagreements these days, but military music performances can still remind us that we’re all Americans and we’re all proud to be a part of the same country.”</p><p>Shortly after Ward’s visit, the U.S. Senate Democrats filibustered the House version of the Defense Appropriations Bill, in which the McSally Amendment was included, for Fiscal Year 2017. Although the amendment is not defeated, any decision on its fate has been temporarily shelved.</p><p>For Ward, the trip to Washington served a number of purposes. Besides boosting the resume of an aspiring music teacher, he said it also opened his eyes to the world of politics and showed him that the fight for music education is never-ending and that he and other politically active citizens can make their voices heard.</p><p>“I want to be a teacher and that’s what I’m training to be, but I want to make sure that I’m also doing things outside of the classroom,” Ward said. “Now that I’ve been to Washington, I’ve really become inspired by what I saw and I want to fight that fight.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay’s Department of Music, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Music Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:32:48 +0000 boothcw 135177 at Grand opening for Wayne and Marianne Ard Building set for Oct. 13 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University will celebrate the grand opening of the Wayne and Marianne Ard Building —&nbsp;the new home of the University’s Health and Counseling Services— on Thursday, Oct. 13, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.</p><p>The event will begin at 2:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. A building tour and reception will follow at 3 p.m.</p><p>In 2015, Wayne Ard, president of Ard Construction, pledged a major financial gift to the University to fund music scholarships in honor of his late wife, Marianne. In recognition of his generosity, APSU President Alisa White announced that Austin Peay’s newly renovated health and student counseling services building will be named the Wayne and Marianne Ard Building.</p><p>“For several decades, the Ards have been great friends of this University, and I’m honored that Wayne has chosen to honor his late wife, Marianne, in this way,” White said. “Their love and generosity will be a part of the spirit of this building, which will be a place of healing for many of our students.”</p><p>The building formerly housed the Church of Christ Student Center, located at the corner of University and College streets, but APSU purchased the vacant facility in 2014. To make the building functional for the University’s health and student counseling services, the APSU Division of Student Affairs contributed more than $1 million for renovations.</p><p>“What I love about this new building and about the whole project of developing an integrated health and counseling center is that it has been developed from start to finish with students in mind,” Dr. Jeffrey Rutter, director of Counseling and Health Services, said. “Both health services and counseling services are now going to be more visible to students and, we hope, easier for them to access. I can’t emphasize enough how important both those things are. The credit really should go to our vice president for student affairs, Dr. Sherryl Byrd, who had that vision all along and who has worked tirelessly this past year to turn that vision into a reality.”</p><p>According to Byrd, “I’m most proud of the fact that we will now be able to provide a state-of-the-art medical facility for our students, as well as an increased capacity to offer mental health services. In addition to exam rooms and offices for counselors, the Ard Building contains a pharmacy, lab, health education/resource center and a space for classes and other group work. We take very seriously our commitment to support student learning and success.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on the grand opening, contact APSU Alumni Relations at 931-221-1279.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:21:38 +0000 boothcw 135176 at APSU student Santoyo offers artistic take on “modern” life in the South <p><img src="" width="625" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Art can be seen as a window into the world, and Austin Peay State University art and biology double major Nicole Santoyo’s recent work has done that, offering a look into a familiar world through the lenses of an unfamiliar visitor.</p><p>Santoyo was awarded a 2015-16 Presidential Research Scholarship (PRS) for her presentation, titled “Southern Epic: Addressing Contemporary Tennessean Life,” a series of oil paintings addressing what she saw as a misrepresentation of the South; namely, a tendency to focus on presenting life in states like Tennessee as more idyllic and glamorous than the reality.</p><p>The inspiration for Santoyo’s work came from, in no small part, her own upbringing. The daughter of military parents, she said that the South she was introduced to when she arrived in Tennessee was a far cry from the one she had experienced in books and film.</p><p>“I wanted to put forward a more interesting depiction of the South than what we usually see in art and other media,” Santoyo said. “I wanted to create something that a young person might see and agree with – I feel like a lot of art depicting the South removes life in the 21<sup>st</sup> century from the (equation).”</p><p>Santoyo traveled throughout Middle Tennessee, taking photos of what she saw as a more realistic view of the region. From the grandeur of rocky cliffs or man-made smoke stacks dotting the landscape to a still life of a bag of fast food, Santoyo found what she saw as life in the “real” American South. Over the course of a year, Santoyo returned to the locations she selected, taking more and more reference material that she would ultimately use to create her oil paintings.</p><p>“At first, I didn’t really even know what I was going to find, but I put a lot of legwork into getting photos and other pieces of inspiration that would become my paintings,” Santoyo said. “I was really struck by a lot of the scenery I found in smaller places like Erin, Tennessee, and in the towns in Stewart County.”</p><p>Paul Collins, associate professor of art at Austin Peay, served as Santoyo’s mentor during the project, and noted that her ability to express her surroundings went far beyond even his own expectations.</p><p>“While Nicole’s proposal was to document the Tennessee landscape, I think she consistently found herself reimagining the landscape as an extension of her experience in the landscape,” Collins said. “As a result, the colors of what she was depicting went from ‘every day’ to dreamy, as she worked through her images.</p><p>“I loved her work and I loved the color and humor that Nicole brought to everything she did.”</p><p>In April, Santoyo joined a small group of Austin Peay students in presenting her work at the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held in Asheville, North Carolina. The NCUR brings together thousands of students, scholars and guests to celebrate the research, scholarship and creative work done by undergraduate students.</p><p>Santoyo said that her work raised eyebrows, as her goal of challenging the idyllic notions of life in the South garnered an expected – but welcome – reaction.</p><p>“It was really fun to present at NCUR because no one there really knew me, so they weren’t afraid to challenge me and go after me for the work I was presenting,” Santoyo said. “I got a lot of really intense questions from people about why I thought my work was a more accurate depiction of the South, but it was really fun to have the chance to defend my work.”</p><p>The APSU Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) connects APSU&nbsp;undergraduates with opportunities to conduct research and creative activity.&nbsp;For more information on OUR, as well as research funding opportunities for students, visit&nbsp;<a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:20:10 +0000 harriscj 135013 at APSU welcomes environmental artist Stacy Levy for visiting artist lecture <p><img src="" width="401" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome environmental artist Stacy Levy to the campus’s Trahern Building, room 401, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, for a visiting artist lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.</p><p>Levy is a sculptor interested in the intersection of art and science. Her projects reveal the sometimes hidden natural world in the urban environment. Levy works closely with landscape architects, engineers, horticulturalists and hydrologists to create artworks that allow natural systems, like the infiltration of rainwater, to function and thrive.&nbsp;</p><p>Levy’s visit to Austin Peay is two-fold. In addition to her artist lecture, she will tour of the campus and meet with the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and Austin Peay’s landscaping crew to generate ideas for a new installation, specifically designed for Austin Peay. Levy will return to campus in March 2017, to install the new piece with the assistance of students from the Department of Art and Design.</p><p>Levy is currently working on the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh (2016), creating an artful watercourse that carries water from the roof to the wetlands in this Living Building Challenge designed structure. She recently designed “Rain Yard,” a permanent art installation for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (2013), which allows the landscape to process the site’s storm water. Her sculptural rain garden at the Springside School (2009) was included in the 2012 Infill Philadelphia exhibition.</p><p>Levy graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a B.A. in sculpture and forestry. She received her M.F.A. in 1991 from the Tyler School of Art. She spent a year at the Architectural Association in London, England. From 1985 through 1991, she was a founding partner of Sere Ltd Native Landscape Restoration, a firm that worked with municipal, corporate and private clients to restore the remnant woodlands and meadows in city parks, corporate campuses and residences and to bring the architecture of the forest back into the landscape.</p><p>In 1992 she was awarded a Pew Fellowship, which allowed her to begin her career in large-scale installation work. She has been a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic Foundation grant. Her work with rivers received an award from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:22:09 +0000 boothcw 134940 at Boston College professor, author Dr. Heather Richardson to speak at APSU Constitution Day on Sept. 15 <p><img src="" width="200" height="300" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Heather Richardson, author of “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party,” will serve as guest speaker for Austin Peay State University’s Constitution Day celebration on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.</p><p>Richardson’s speech, titled “Whose Government Is It? The Reconstruction Amendments and the Shaping of America,” is free and open to the public.</p><p>A professor of history at Boston College, Richardson teaches courses on the American Civil War, Reconstruction, the West and Plains Indians. In addition to “To Make Men Free,” she has published other books on American history, including “Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre,” “West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War” and “The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901.”</p><p>Austin Peay Constitution Day events are co-sponsored by APSU Student Life and Engagement, the APSU Department of History and Philosophy and the APSU Department of Political Science. The APSU Student Government Association will be providing light snacks and beverages.</p><p>For more information on this and other University events, visit the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0000 harriscj 134932 at New APSU communication department program focuses on student success <p><img src="" width="600" height="343" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this fall, the Austin Peay State University Department of Communication launched its Living Learning Community program to build support and guidance for freshman communication majors. The idea behind the program is to provide a transitional atmosphere for students and prepare a path for their next four years.</p><p>“The program is eternal and organic; it builds community, initiates support groups and increases graduation rates,” Mike Dunn, communication instructor, said.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The students in the program are enrolled in combined courses—APSU 1000 and Introduction to Mass Communication—and they also have the opportunity to live in the same residence hall on campus. This allows the Living Learning Community to create a comfortable atmosphere for open discussion in and outside the classroom.</p><p>“I like being able to see the same people multiple times throughout the week,” Amanda Wall, APSU freshman, said. “I feel more comfortable to talk in class and can ask my classmates questions outside of class about an assignment.”</p><p>The communication students enrolled in the program will follow similar academic paths throughout their college careers at APSU.</p><p>The Living Learning Community is different from the transitional course all freshmen are required to take at Austin Peay. Freshmen in those traditional transition courses are divided into multiple APSU 1000 classes that meet once a week. Professors from different academic fields teach the courses.</p><p>The communication department’s transitional program is designed for the students to meet four hours a week inside the classroom with professors from their major. Trusting relationships between the students and professors are created, which will lead to future success, Carah Aleasha, a peer mentor with the program, said.</p><p>APSU’s communication department plans to extend the program to include sophomores next year.</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> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:37:20 +0000 boothcw 134899 at Acclaimed journalist, bestselling author Timmerman returns Sept. 29 for 2016 Peay Read <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When journalist Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his food came from and who produced it, he began an adventure that would take him around the world. Now he travels the globe and shares the stories of the people he meets, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.</p><p>Timmerman, author of “Where Am I Eating?: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy,” will visit Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, as the featured speaker of the University’s annual freshman common reading program, The Peay Read. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Timmerman’s book, which all APSU freshmen are reading this fall, tells fascinating stories of the farmers and fishermen around the world who produce the food we eat, explaining what their lives are like and how our habits affect them.</p><p>The Peay Read is designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the shared academic experiences for freshman students. Leading up to Timmerman’s visit, APSU freshmen will participate in a variety of activities related to the book, compose essays and develop creative interpretations of the work. Partnering with international hunger relief non-profit Stop Hunger Now, 150 freshmen also participated in a related service project on the Saturday before fall classes. The meal-packaging event provided 10,000 meals in less than two hours, which were distributed to one of the 73 countries in which Stop Hunger Now works to end food insecurity.</p><p>Timmerman, also the author of the New York Times bestseller “<em>Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes,” </em>spoke on campus last fall about that book, taking the audience on a journey through Asia and Latin America and sharing the lives of those he met.</p><p>For more details about this year’s reading selection of The Peay Read, visit <a href=""></a> or visit Peay Read on Facebook.</p><p>For more information about Timmerman’s speaking event or The Peay Read, call the office of Student Affairs at (931) 221-7341.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:10:51 +0000 boothcw 134873 at Award-winning poet Nezhukumatathil to give reading on Sept. 15 <p><img src="" width="624" height="416" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Award-winning author Aimee Nezhukumatathil will be on the campus of Austin Peay State University for a reading of her work on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, Room 303.</p><p>The event, sponsored by Zone 3 Press and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is free and open to the public.</p><p>Nezhukumatathil is the author of three award-winning poetry collections, including her most recent work, “Lucky Fish.” Published in 2011, “Lucky Fish” was the winner of the gold medal in poetry from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize for Independent Books.</p><p>Her 2007 collection, “At the Drive-in Volcano,” was the winner of the Balcones Prize, while her 2003 debut collection, “Miracle Fruit,” won the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the Global Filipino Award and was a finalist for the Glasgow Prize and the Asian American Literary Award.</p><p>Her most recent chapbook, “Lace &amp; Pyrite” is a collaboration of nature poems with poet Ross Gay. The collection represents a year of written correspondence between the two writers as they exchanged poems describing the current state of their home gardens.</p><p>Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature. This year, she will serve as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.</p><p>For more information on Nezhukumatathil, visit <a href=""></a>. For information on Zone 3 Press, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:22:20 +0000 harriscj 134814 at Growing APSU Classics Program launches scholarly journal <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Classics Program continues to grow, both in student enrollment and in its national reputation, and to take advantage of this recent momentum, the program has launched a national scholarly publication, Philomathes: A Journal of Undergraduate Research in Classics.&nbsp;The new online journal will publish original research by undergraduate students in any area of Classics.</p><p>&nbsp;“Undergraduate research has become a prime component of university study in Classics, but there is a distinct dearth of venues in which to share this research with working scholars,” Dr. Tim Winters, professor of Classics, said&nbsp;“Austin Peay State University hopes to help rectify this situation in some measure.”&nbsp;</p><p>The journal is now accepting submissions from undergraduates across the country, and when those young scholars graduate from other schools, Winters hopes they’ll now look to continue their studies at Austin Peay. That’s because the University received approval from the state to offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in Classics. Winters said they are currently recruiting students for this new program, and he added that Austin Peay is in the early stages of developing its first master’s degree in this field.</p><p>These new ventures will help bolster the program’s already strong academic reputation. Last spring, six APSU Classics students presented papers at an international conference in Knoxville. It was the third year APSU had multiple students present at the event, and Austin Peay had the highest total of students presenting at the conference.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Classics Program, visit <a href=""></a>. For more information on the new journal, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:49:48 +0000 boothcw 134536 at APSU's Scanlan honored in Voices Under 40 program <p><img src="" width="420" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this summer, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) named Dr. Perry Scanlan, Austin Peay State University professor of allied health sciences, as one of the recipients of its prestigious Voices Under 40 award. The award was developed to honor ASCLS members under the age of 40 who have shown exceptional commitment to the organization, the laboratory profession and their community.</p><p>Scanlan, who is also director of APSU’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, is president-elect for the organization’s Tennessee chapter, and he currently serves on the editorial board for Clinical Laboratory Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by the national ASCLS. He has served the organization in numerous capacities over the years, including previous terms as president and board member for ASCLS-TN and as chair of more than eight committees.</p><p>“My mission has one central focus—advocating for clinical laboratory personnel through the highest standard of laboratory testing that promotes the highest level of patient care,” Scanlan said. “Many students don’t know about our profession and its important work in patient care. Many students interested in blending science with work in medical laboratories need to look into the field of Medical laboratory Science. I work to promote our profession to our nation’s young people”</p><p>In his scholarly work, Scanlan has delivered more than 32 professional presentations, and he has published more than 14 articles in academic publications. He has provided expert testimony to a subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and he is an active advocate for medical laboratory scientists.</p><p>Scanlan was honored with the Voices Under 40 designation on Aug. 3, at the ASCLS Member Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, visit the website <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&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> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:01:29 +0000 boothcw 134525 at APSU supporters Bibb and Lott honored with TBR's Chancellor Award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last month, during Austin Peay State University’s 58th Annual Tower Club Dinner Meeting, longtime APSU supporters Jeff Bibb and Frank Lott were honored with the Tennessee Board of Regents’ 2016 Chancellor Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.</p><p>“For nearly two decades, Jeff Bibb and Frank Lott have quietly supported Austin Peay State University, with many in the community not realizing how vital they are to this institution,” TBR Chancellor David Gregory said. “Austin Peay is a stronger institution because of their support and generosity, and their creative talents will allow this institution to attract new students and connect with successful alumni in the coming years.”</p><p>In 1998, Bibb and Lott’s company, BLF Marketing, donated its creative services to help rebrand and promote Austin Peay’s baseball program. That program is now a major contender in the Ohio Valley Conference.</p><p>Both men have continued to support the University’s athletics programs through scholarships for students and internships with the department’s video communication services. Bibb and Lott also helped fund the Dr. Leon Bibb scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduate student “with excellent integrity and character, a desire to complete a graduate degree at APSU and a commitment to the success of the APSU athletics program.”</p><p>In the summer of 2014, Austin Peay unveiled a new athletics logo and branding packet. Bibb and Lott also worked with University staff on this project.</p><p>The Tower Club was chartered in 1958, making it Austin Peay’s first private support organization. The intention of the charter members was to gather once a year, have a prominent speaker and make an annual gift.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:28:11 +0000 boothcw 134511 at APSU hosts Fall Career Fair for full-time jobs <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Local employers looking for strong applicants to fill vacant positions are encouraged to attend Austin Peay State University’s Fall Career Fair &amp; Professional Schools Day, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 26, in the Morgan University Center ballroom. The event, hosted by APSU’s Office of Career Services, is open to local and regional companies that are recruiting for full-time and internship/co-op positions. Graduate and professional schools will also be in attendance recruiting for specialized programs.</p><p>“This fair gives local businesses an opportunity to increase their visibility on campus, while also giving them access to hundreds of students,” Dr. Amanda Walker, director of Career Services, said. “If you’re looking for full-time employees or interns, this would be a great place to meet potential candidates.”</p><p>To participate, employers are encouraged to register online at <a href=""></a>. There is a small registration fee to reserve a table at the fair. Interested individuals should register early because space is limited. Lunch will be provided for vendors. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct.17. More than half of the spaces for the event have been reserved; be sure to register soon to reserve a space.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Office of Career Services, visit <a href=""></a> or call Tonika Jordan, assistant director for Career Services, at 931-221-7097.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:00:13 +0000 boothcw 134432 at APSU professor Deibert publishes book on historic 1868 survey of Wyoming <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" />CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1871, geologist Ferdinand Hayden led the first federally funded geological survey into the Yellowstone region of northwestern Wyoming. His findings, along with the work of his survey team, were instrumental in convincing Congress to establish Yellowstone as the first U.S. National Park, but a new book by Dr. Jack Deibert, Austin Peay State University professor of geology, sheds light on the historical significance of Hayden’s earlier journey into this region.</p><p>Deibert’s first book, “Tracks, Trails &amp; Thieves: The Adventures, Discoveries and Historical Significance of Ferdinand V. Hayden’s 1868 Geological Survey of Wyoming and Adjacent Territories,” recounts Hayden’s earlier survey, which included the discovery of “huge bird” tracks in the area.</p><p>“I was talking with (book co-author) Brent Briethaupt, who is a paleontologist and spent a long time as the curator at the University of Wyoming Geology Museum, where I had studied for my Ph.D, and he told me that Hayden had noted in his report that, while traveling between train stations in Wyoming in 1868, he had observed ‘huge bird’ tracks, but made no more mention of the tracks in his report,” Deibert said.</p><p>Those tracks were actually footprints left by a three-toed dinosaur. That finding led to Hayden being credited with the earliest dinosaur fossil discovery in the state of Wyoming, as well as the first dinosaur tracks found in western North America.</p><p>“What I realized was that it was actually easier to find dinosaur tracks in the Wyoming plains than it was to find out about the expedition that discovered those tracks,” Deibert said. “Hayden did not keep a journal – he only kept haphazardly&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 21.6px;">written notes on his findings. We had no idea of how he got from place to place, or what was happening around him as he was on this survey.”</span></p><p>Through his research, Deibert was able to tell the story of Hayden’s serendipitous journey through Wyoming. Riding the transcontinental railroad, the geologist encountered famous figures, including Generals John Gibbon and Francis Blair, Union Pacific Railroad Vice President Thomas Durant and Colorado Territory Governor William Gilpin. For a period of time, Hayden even traveled on the private railroad car that carried the body of Abraham Lincoln, following his assassination in 1865.</p><p>“Hayden was a tireless self-promoter, and he would keep running into all these famous people while on the survey,” Deibert said. “He didn’t have much in the way of money or resources, but he would gladly accept help from the people he met along the way. So when you’re scraping for information (on Hayden), you would come across the journals of people he met who would note him in their writings.”</p><p>Using the records of those men and women as a guide, Deibert pieced together an account of Hayden’s 1868 survey. But a last-second discovery before submitting his research to <span>Briethaupt</span>&nbsp;changed everything.</p><p>“I was about to send a draft of the book to my co-writer when I decided to do one final search for anything connected to that survey when I found that a journal from an 1868 geological expedition of Cheyenne belonging to James Carson had come online,” Deibert said. “I thought ‘Holy moly – this can’t be true,’ because it turned out James was one of the field assistants on Hayden’s survey.”</p><p>The discovery shed new light on the survey, providing critical information for reconstructing events and helped breathe new life into the experiences of Hayden and his team.</p><p>“Now that I’m reading these first-hand accounts and I have accurate dates and times for these events, I can go back to my previous findings and say ‘Oh, I was way off here,’ or ‘I had this detail right,’” Deibert said. “It was just as fascinating to discover that James had a much less scientific appreciation for the events going on around him. Whereas Hayden’s writings were strictly focused on science, James’ diary entries are telling the story of all the historical events going on around their survey.”</p><p>Besides the unexpected discovery of dinosaur tracks, Hayden’s work produced the first structural profile across the Rocky Mountains, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks to Carson’s journal – and the tireless research of Deibert – we now know there was much more to Hayden’s 1868 survey than just giant bird tracks. His time in Wyoming is a story of how one of America’s geological pioneers interacted with, and influenced, everyone from the country’s political and military leaders all the way down to the thieves and rogues who defined the true “wild west.”</p><p>“We never got this sense of drama from his reports, and other historians who wrote about him didn’t understand how much he really accomplished, given his resources and the circumstances surrounding his 1868 survey,” Deibert said. “What began as somewhere between a hobby and an obsession for me has turned out to be what I hope could be the definitive tale of his exhibition for the next 100 years.”</p><p>Deibert’s book “Tracks, Trails &amp; Thieves” is available on and other retailers. For more information, contact Deibert at <a href=""></a>, or visit the Austin Peay State University Department of Geosciences at <a href=" " title=" "> </a></p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:37:50 +0000 boothcw 134109 at APSU College of Graduate Studies dean to move to faculty position <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Raj Dakshinamurthy has stepped down as associate provost for research and dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies, and on Sept. 1, he will assume a full-time role as a faculty member in the APSU Department of Chemistry.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prior to coming to Austin Peay, Dakshinamurthy served as an associate professor and assistant chair of the Western Kentucky University Department of Chemistry. As a researcher, he has more than 30 publications related to the field of biomedical sciences, and he has secured a patent for a method of synthesis of hold nanoparticles capped with drugs. He also has been awarded nearly $1 million in grants as a principal or co-principal investigator.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Chad Brooks, APSU professor of biology, will assume the duties of associate provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Brooks will serve on an interim basis until the University conducts a search for this position.</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, 31 Aug 2016 14:46:56 +0000 boothcw 134033 at Early projections show freshmen picking APSU in record numbers <p><img src="" width="600" height="375" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University experienced a record 28.8 percent increase in freshmen enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester, making it the largest class in the University’s 89-year history. Early projections indicate the University welcomed 1,878 freshmen this year, an increase from 1,458 freshmen in 2015.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A large number of APSU’s incoming students also have opted for the “traditional” college experience, with 923 freshmen moving into on-campus housing this semester.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Austin Peay’s mission is to raise ‘the educational attainment of the citizenry,’ and to develop ‘programs and services that address regional needs,’” Alisa White, APSU president, said. “We live in a rapidly growing economic region, and to continue fulfilling our mission, the University must evolve. This freshmen class is proof that we are reaching more students, which means more families will enjoy the benefits of a college education.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Official enrollment numbers will be available the first week of November.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:38:39 +0000 boothcw 133975 at APSU hosts first Freshman Service Project of the year <p><img src="" width="600" height="445" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When new Austin Peay State University students arrived on campus earlier this month, the APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement invited them to participate in the University’s first Freshman Service Project. The Freshman Service Project was created to educate new students about Austin Peay’s growing emphasis on volunteering and service.</p><p>Partnering with international hunger relief non-profit Stop Hunger Now, the event drew 150 participants to the University’s Foy Fitness and Recreation Center. During the event, the group packaged more than 10,000 meals in just under two hours. The meals will be dispatched to one of the 73 countries in which Stop Hunger Now works to end food insecurity.</p><p>This was the kickoff event for the APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The Center facilitates volunteer opportunities on and off campus throughout the year. For more information on community service at APSU, visit <a href="" title=""></a></p><p><img src="" width="265" height="190" /></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:34:58 +0000 boothcw 133897 at APSU Homeschool Music Program presents new offerings in 2016 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Since 2013, the Austin Peay State University Homeschool Music Program has offered general music courses for home-schooled students in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, Austin Peay has announced the launch of several additional opportunities targeted at early childhood, upper elementary and middle school students.</p><p>New for the fall season, the General Music Class provides a solid musical foundation for children in kindergarten through second grade. Students sing, move, listen, read and write music and play instruments through a series of engaging lessons and activities.</p><p>Also new is Music Play, an early childhood course designed to provide a rich an interactive musical environment for babies through five years and their caregivers. Classes meet weekly to allow children to explore musical concepts through cooperative play, singing, movement activities and instruments. Classes are tailored for each age range, as well as the individual child, helping to foster an understanding of music concepts, as well as the skills to encourage a musical lifestyle beyond the classroom.</p><p>The Elementary Honor Choir is available for third through sixth grade students, and gives students the opportunity to perform as an elite children’s choir, using standard elementary instruments, as well as non-traditional instrumental pieces and world percussion. While this is primarily a performing ensemble, practices will include music reading, listening and musical and vocal development.</p><p>Students in fifth through eighth grade may participate in the Beginning Band, a new opportunity for home-schooled students interested in learning to play a band instrument and participate in a symphonic band setting. Students will progress through standard beginning band repertoire as they develop music reading skills and instrumental proficiency and learn to play an instrument in a group setting.</p><p>All Austin Peay Homeschool Music Program courses are taught by experts in their field, including Austin Peay music professors, University graduates and current students. Classes meet in the Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus and begin after Labor Day (Sept. 12 for choir and Sept. 13 for band).</p><p>For more information on the program, visit <a href=""></a>, or contact APSU associate professor of music, Dr. Eric Branscome at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><img src="" width="265" height="190" /></p> Music Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:09:33 +0000 harriscj 133839 at New APSU graduate degrees to help advance careers in healthcare industry <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last year, 18 percent of the new jobs created in the United States were in the healthcare industry, and in June of 2015, Forbes magazine declared, “Healthcare is booming.” Anyone interested in advancing his or her career within this lucrative industry needs to look at Austin Peay State University, thanks to a recent modification of academic programs within the school’s Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP).</p><p>Recently, the department established a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree to develop a new generation of leaders within the healthcare sector. The department also added a public health education concentration to its existing Master of Science in HHP degree, to help professionals improve health and promote wellness within their communities. Both programs are offered online and can be completed within a year.</p><p>The MHA degree is designed to produce executive-level administrators to assume leadership roles within hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare related companies.</p><p>“Employers in healthcare&nbsp;want administrators who have the quantitative tools&nbsp;and qualitative wisdom developed from earning an MHA&nbsp;to be in senior management positions in a growing but complex industry,” Dr. Gregory Moore, APSU HHP professor, said. “Salaries can be higher with an MHA.&nbsp;A master’s degree is essential for some employers, but an MHA is a more refined and appropriate degree in the kind of positions and careers mentioned above.”</p><p>In the last few years, the healthcare industry has shifted its focus to more preventative services, which has created a new demand for professionals with degrees in public health education. APSU’s new concentration in this area was developed to train individuals to fill these positions.</p><p>“The degree will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an effective health educator,” Dr. Kadi Bliss, APSU assistant professor of HHP, said. “Our curriculum aligns with the profession’s Areas of Responsibility and exposes students to the concepts and skills that they will need to improve the health of communities.”</p><p>Individuals interested in the programs do not need a healthcare background or experience to apply.</p><p>The department admits between 30 and 45 students into its graduate programs each fall, with 10 faculty members designated to teach the master’s level classes. The department also offers competitive graduate assistantships, providing students with opportunities to teach and conduct additional research.</p><p>For more information on both graduate degrees, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>, or contact Dr. Timothy Leszczak at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;<img src="" width="265" height="190" /></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:30:47 +0000 boothcw 133803 at APSU nursing faculty presents at international conference in South Africa <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Three Austin Peay State University School of Nursing professors traveled to South Africa earlier this summer to speak about their research at the 27<sup>th</sup> Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress. The congress, with more than 800 nurse researchers from 33 different countries, is the largest nursing research event in the world.</p><p>Dr. Patty Orr, professor and Lenora Reuther Endowed Chair of Excellence, and Dr. Shondell Hickson, associate professor of nursing, were invited to the prestigious conference to discuss their research outcomes of lowering blood sugar levels and obesity rates among diabetes patients in a traditionally underserved population. Their work is in partnership with the Matthew Walker Community Health Center and is funded by a nursing grant provided by the Clarksville Montgomery County Health Foundation. This grant supports the delivery of primary care by faculty nurse practitioners and disease management by baccalaureate nursing students, resulting in measureable improvement in health status for the patient population.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Amy Hamlin, professor of nursing, was also invited to the conference to present her research study, “Nursing Educator Retention: The Relationship Between Job Embeddedness and Intent to Stay Among Nursing Educators.” Her presentation impressed several members of the congress, leading to her being named a finalist for the congress’ 2016 Excellence in Education Research Award. Hamlin originally conducted the study as part of her dissertation, and a Clarksville Montgomery County Health Foundation grant helped to partially fund her doctoral studies.</p><p>Last year, the APSU School of Nursing was named one of the top nursing programs in the eastern United States by APSU ranked No. 32 on the journal’s list, beating out prestigious nursing programs at places such as Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. &nbsp;</p><p>For more information on the APSU School of Nursing, visit <a href=""></a>. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Photo: From left, Dr. Amy Hamlin, Dr. Shondell Hickson and Dr. Patty Orr.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="265" height="190" /></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:55:11 +0000 boothcw 133640 at Sculptor, creator of APSU’s newest permanent art installation, Chris Boyd Taylor to give artist lecture Aug. 30 <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Chris Boyd Taylor is the creator of Austin Peay State University’s newest permanent art installation, “The Cardboard Kids,” and he returns to campus for an official unveiling and artist talk at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. A reception will precede the event at 2:30 p.m.</p><p>Comprised of three steel “vehicles” racing around one of Austin Peay’s many crater-like bowls, the sculptures themselves have been made to look like they were created from cardboard. In each unique cart, the observer can see exposed tape and corrugation used in the construction of the sculpture, hinting at years of extended use.</p><p>Taylor is also an educator, and currently serves as an instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His proposal was inspired by similarities between Austin Peay students and his own classroom experience, and was selected by Austin Peay faculty from numerous submissions by an international pool of artists and sculptors.</p><p>“As I spoke with the students at Austin Peay, I quickly realized that a large percentage of the student population fits into the wonderful category known as the non-traditional student,” Taylor said. “I met students who bring a welcome voice to the classroom because of their past and current experiences. These students have been tested by time, and bring an attitude, maturity and perspective that have become invaluable in my own classroom.”</p><p>For more information about this event or the APSU Permanent Art Collection, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s Department of Art and Design, visit To find out more about Taylor, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:18:49 +0000 harriscj 133496 at Department of Computer Science and Information Technology announces creation of three new bachelor’s degrees <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — To keep pace with the evolving needs of both students and employers, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has made a number of changes to its current degree offering.</p><p>Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, students making progress toward a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems may now pursue a B.S. in three new majors: computer science, computer information systems and computer information technology. Implementation of the new program will begin with the Fall 2016 semester, with conversion set to be completed by Aug. 15, 2017.</p><p>Changes are also being made to the department’s degree concentration offerings, with computer science (computer science), systems development (computer information systems) and internet and web technology, database administration and networking (computer information technology) being split among the three new bachelor’s degrees. Previously, all five concentrations were offered under the department’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems.</p><p>The content of all concentrations will remain the same, as well as the department’s online offerings. As with the previous degree, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and its concentration in systems development, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology concentrations in internet and web technology and database administration will be offered both on campus and online.</p><p>These are the most significant changes for the department since the creation of the computer science and information systems degree in 1979. Department Chair Bruce Myers said the new degrees are the product of two years of work by department faculty and will better inform potential employers of the skills of Austin Peay graduates.</p><p>“The problem we have is that the (computer science and information systems degree) indicates things that aren’t true for all our concentrations,” Myers said. “When you say computer science, you think a lot of math and programming skills, and you don’t necessarily think about building webpages or doing database or network work.</p><p>“These new degrees are going to help everyone involved because it will allow their degrees to better reflect their studies.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, visit <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:18:00 +0000 harriscj 133423 at