Today @ APSU - University News en Cadet Zachary Lepley named 2017 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award winner <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — ROTC Cadet Zachary C. Lepley was presented the 2017 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award during a breakfast ceremony held April 27 at Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Lepley is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in military science from APSU. A high-achieving student earning his degree through the University’s Green to Gold ROTC program, Lepley holds a cumulative GPA of 3.94. Upon graduation, Lepley will serve in the U.S. Army’s field artillery branch before transitioning to the military intelligence branch, after acceptance to the Captains Career Course.</p><p>Lepley has been on active duty in the U.S. Army for eight years. He has served three combat tours, including two to Afghanistan and one in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.</p><p>As a member of APSU’s Governors Guard Detachment ROTC program, Lepley served as the Blitz Mentor in the spring semester and as PT Mentor during the fall semester.</p><p>A native of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, Lepley is the son of Buddy Lepley and Claire Laney. He is married to Paloma Lepley, a teacher at Kenwood Elementary School in Clarksville.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. James R. Salome served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Lepley is the sixth ROTC cadet to receive the Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award, following Jose Ramos-Lopez in 2016, Kevin Doss in 2015, Daniel Davis in 2014, Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award was established by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from service and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly-decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:12:55 +0000 harriscj 142304 at TBR vice chair Reynolds to speak at APSU commencement on May 5 <p><img src="" width="415" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Emily Reynolds, vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 5 in the University’s Dunn Center.</p><p class="BodyACxSpFirst">Reynolds has had an extensive career in public service and politics, having served under two U.S. senators from Tennessee—Sen. Howard Baker and Sen. Bill Frist. Both men also served as majority leader of the U.S. Senate. In 2003, the Senate elected Reynolds to serve as the 31st Secretary of the Senate, where she managed the Senate’s legislative, financial and administrative operations for the 108th and 109th Congresses. In 2007, she joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as senior vice president, government relations, and she completed her service at TVA in late 2013.</p><p class="BodyACxSpLast">In September 2010, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Reynolds to the TBR, and Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed her to the board in June 2012. In July 2013, she was named vice-chair of the board. She also serves on the boards of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and FirstBank, and she is a former board chair of the Ladies Hermitage Association, now the Andrew Jackson Foundation. In March 2012, Reynolds was named to the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Public Schools Hall of Fame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Reynolds will speak at all three commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., on May 5, in the Dunn Center. This is the first time the University has hosted three commencement ceremonies, and this milestone is the result of the continued increase in graduates at Austin Peay. University officials opted to host a third ceremony for this spring’s large number of degree candidates, rather than limiting guests by requiring tickets for admission.&nbsp;</p><p>The 9 a.m. ceremony will include students who are earning degrees from the College of Arts and Letters and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, the noon ceremony will include students from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and the 3 p.m. ceremony will include students from the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Business. All ceremonies will be in the Dunn Center.</p><p>APSU offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:14:09 +0000 boothcw 142301 at APSU celebrates 90th anniversary with special event and tree planting <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and her husband, Elliott Herzlich, commemorated the University’s 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a special ceremony and tree planting on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The noon event took place on the lawn in front of the Browning Building, and it included performances by the Governors’ Own Marching Band, the APSU Chamber Singers, the University Choir, the Austin Peay Dance Team and members of the APSU Cheerleading Squad. Charlie Gentry, chief of staff for Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett each presented President White with proclamations honoring the University’s anniversary. The state also issued a proclamation for the occasion.</p><p>On April 25, 1927, Governor Austin Peay signed a bill calling for a new teachers college in Clarksville. The next day, on April 26, the bill became state law, officially creating a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution. The school—Austin Peay Normal School—was eventually named in honor of the governor, a Clarksville native who died six months after signing the legislation.</p><p>In 1943, the normal school was renamed Austin Peay State College, and in 1967, it became Austin Peay State University. The University established the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU in July 1985, and that program received a major boost a few months later when country music legend Roy Acuff generously endowed a chair of excellence. In July of 1986, the University opened another specialized program—the Center of Excellence for Field Biology.</p><p>“We are now a comprehensive university, with more than 10,500 students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs,” White said. “Along the way, we’ve acquired some great traditions—from listening to spectacular performances by the Governors’ Own Marching Band at halftime to watching our students, faculty, staff and supporters Plant the Campus red each spring.”</p><p>In 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the FOCUS Act, changing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee and calling for the establishment of an institutional Board of Trustees for Austin Peay and the other five universities previously governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. On March 30, 2017, the University’s inaugural Board of Trustees held its first meeting on the APSU campus.</p><p>&nbsp;“Ninety years after it was founded, we’re entering one of the most exciting and ambitious periods in the University’s history, and we look forward to working with everyone to ensure that Austin Peay remains a source of pride for this community,” Katherine Johnson Cannata, vice chair of the APSU Board of Trustees, said.</p><p>At the end of Wednesday’s ceremony, White and alumnus Evans Harvill (’46), son of former APSU president Halbert Harvill, planted a tree on the Browning lawn. On Feb. 10, 1954, President Harvill helped plant a tree in honor of Austin Peay State College’s 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p>Throughout April, Austin Peay has celebrated its anniversary with several APat90 events. On April 24, the University initiated a 90-hour online giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the APSU Colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are innovation funds that allow deans and directors in academic and student areas to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Visit <a href=""></a> for information on how to support this campaign.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:51:39 +0000 boothcw 142290 at APSU hosting Ladies of Fort Campbell Flag Football event on April 29 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 29, Austin Peay State University will host the Ladies of Fort Campbell Flag Football Competition at Fortera Stadium. The event is free.</p><p>Female active duty soldiers and the wives of active duty soldiers are invited to participate in this special day of football, fun and friendly competition. Austin Peay football coaches and players will run drills and practice with the&nbsp;women in the morning and then coach them throughout the games in the afternoon.</p><p>Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and games will begin at 2 p.m. Four teams will compete in a double elimination tournament. Saturday’s event will also include activities for children, giveaways and an after party in the Club Level of Fortera Stadium following the championship game.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:51:52 +0000 boothcw 142274 at Local institutions taking the lead on hosting educational eclipse events for the community and region <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p><br />CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In February 1979, when America’s last total solar eclipse of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century sent thousands of people to a remote hill in Washington State, ABC News Correspondent Jules Berman told viewers, “people are hushed in what seems almost like a ritual thing that mankind has been silenced by, in awe, since the beginning of civilization.”</p><p>On Aug. 21, 2017, a similar silence is expected to fall over the city of Clarksville when it becomes one of the best places in the country to view a total solar eclipse. That day, the sky above Montgomery County will go dark for about two minutes, bringing with it all the strange phenomena and surreal emotions that accompany a total solar eclipse.</p><p>“Birds will go back to their nests, cows will go back to their barns,” Dr. Spencer Buckner, Austin Peay State University associate professor of astronomy, said. “Animals and critters will all think it’s nighttime. The temperature will drop. If it’s really dry, it could drop as much as 15 degrees really quickly. And the emotional things going on with people—it’s going to be interesting.”</p><p>In ancient China, eclipse watchers made noise to scare away the dragon they believed was eating the sun. The Greek historian Herodotus claimed that an eclipse in 585 BCE caused the Medes and Lydian armies to immediately end a bloody battle, and when the first solar eclipse appeared in the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, Harvard University sent an expedition behind enemy lines to record the event. The last total solar eclipse visible from Clarksville occurred on July 29, 1478—more than 20 years before Columbus discovered America.</p><p>Scientists and revelers in search of transcendence often travel great distances to witness what the English poet Lavinia Greenlaw called “the throwing of the celestial dimmer switch,” and experts are anticipating an extra 200,000 people in Clarksville that day.</p><p>Only four months remain until Clarksville becomes the near epicenter for this historic eclipse, and as the excitement builds, five local entities—APSU, the City of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Visit Clarksville and the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System—have partnered to create educational and entertaining opportunities related to the event. On Aug. 21—the day of the eclipse—the University plans to entertain more than 8,000 people for a viewing party in Fortera Stadium, with three different ways for individuals to participate. Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will not be in session the day of the eclipse, and APSU officials are encouraging families to consider viewing opportunities at Fortera Stadium that day. Austin Peay also plans to host several events in the days and months leading up to the eclipse. The event has been coined the “Peay-clipse” by the University.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A complete breakdown of community offerings is listed below.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Stadium Viewing Event at Fortera Stadium on Aug. 21: </b></p><p>Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 for the public to view the eclipse. The cost is $5 to park, with each vehicle receiving a free pair of viewing glasses. Admission into the stadium is $2, and attendees will receive a free pair of viewing glasses with their ticket.</p><p>The stadium’s scoreboard will display a live feed from the APSU farm, where NASA researchers will be conducting experiments. When the eclipse begins, attendees can watch the event on the scoreboard and through a few telescopes set up with the solar protection. Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will be closed that day, allowing students and their families the opportunity to participate in this special event.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Solar Peay-clipse Educational Experience in Dunn Center&nbsp;</b></p><p>For those wanting a little more, the Dunn Center will open at 11 a.m. that morning for a special Solar Peay-clipse Educational Experience. This festival-like event, led by APSU faculty and students, will feature educational lessons and fun, hands-on activities related to the science behind a solar eclipse. General admission is $4 per child, and the cost includes two pairs of solar viewing glasses. Admission is also $4 for adults not accompanying a child. At 12:30 p.m., participants will head to Fortera Stadium to watch the eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Donor Event&nbsp;</b></p><p>Individuals interested in a more in-depth experience can purchase tickets to the Solar Peay-clipse Lunch and Learn. For a minimum $150 donation to the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, which will be used to provide future opportunities for APSU students, participants will enjoy a reception and meet-and-greet with APSU President Alisa White and Dr. Rhea Seddon, former NASA astronaut, on Sunday, Aug. 20.</p><p>On Aug. 21, the Lunch and Learn will begin at 10 a.m., with early entrance into the Dunn Center, and it includes an 11 a.m. lunch at the Club Level of Fortera Stadium, solar viewing glasses and a commemorative book.</p><p><b>Dr. Rhea Seddon Event&nbsp;</b></p><p>On Aug. 20, the day before the eclipse, the University will host two special events that are open to the public. At 7 p.m., Dr. Seddon will deliver the Peay-clipse keynote address at the APSU Dunn Center. Seddon served as a mission specialist and as a payload commander on several space shuttle flights, and she will discuss her experiences as one of NASA’s first female astronauts.</p><p>At 8:45 p.m. that night, Dr. Mclean Fahenstock, APSU assistant professor of art, and Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, will present “Launch,” a multimedia experience that combines video projection, audio collage, and a vibrating viewing platform, on the outside of the Dunn Center.</p><p><b>Community Educational Initiatives&nbsp;</b></p><p>To help prepare the community for the historic total solar eclipse, the University is partnering with the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department to host a Peay-clipse Lecture Series every month, from May until the day of the eclipse.</p><p>The lectures, which will take place during the city’s Movies in the Park events, will features APSU faculty and students discussing different historical, scientific and cultural aspects of a solar eclipse. The Peay-clipse Lecture Series events include the following:</p><p>• May 27, “Telling Time and Telling Tales,” featuring Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor of Latin, and Mary Winters, Latin instructor, at Heritage Park (“Finding Dory”).</p><p>• June 10, “Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars,” featuring Dr. Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, at Heritage Park (“Moana”).</p><p>• July 22, “The Secret Lives of Astronomers,” featuring Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of astronomy, at McGregor Park (“The Secret Life of Pets”).</p><p>• Aug. 19, “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence,” featuring Jacob Robertson, APSU physics student, at Liberty Park (“Space Jam”).</p><ul><li>Aug. 21, “Total American Eclipse” viewing event at Liberty Park. Guest speakers from Austin Peay will be on hand to explain this once in a lifetime event. Food trucks will be selling their wares. Parking and seating is first-come, first-serve. Eyewear is required. Events begin at 10 a.m.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At each lecture series/Movies in the Park event, APSU students will be selling solar eclipse glasses and a commemorative APSU total eclipse book</p><p>In addition to these events, the lecturers will all deliver encore presentations of their talks between 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in room E106A/B of the APSU Sundquist Science Complex.</p><p>For more information, updates or to purchase tickets for the many different Peay-clipse events, visit <a href=""></a> or contact the APSU Public Relations and Marketing Office at 931-221-7459 or by email 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; -30-</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:17 +0000 boothcw 142273 at APSU professor Dr. Beatrix Brockman publishes German language book on life of Angelika Schrobsdorff <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — When German-born Angelika Schrobsdorff returned to her home country in 2006 after decades abroad, the accomplished writer and Holocaust survivor said it was her hope to “die in my own language.”</p><p>Schrobsdorff would ultimately receive her wish, dying in Berlin in 2016 at the age of 88. But while her life’s story ended where it began, the daughter of a Christian father and a Jewish mother lived a fascinating life between those moments; one Austin Peay State University associate professor Dr. Beatrix Brockman has told in her new German-language biography, “Angelika Schrobsdorff: Leben ohne Heimat.”</p><p>“Angelika Schrobsdorff was persecuted by the Germans because she was a Jew. After the war, she was persecuted by the Bulgarians for being German. And before she died, she moved back to Germany from her home in Jerusalem because she saw her own Jewish people persecuting Palestinians in a way that reminded her of the Germans,” Brockman said. “She led a very remarkable life, and this book tells her story, from start to finish.”</p><p>Born into a wealthy Berlin family, Schrobsdorff grew up with her mother, an assimilated Jew, and her sister in Berlin. In 1939, she fled to Bulgaria to escape the Nazi rule, while her father stayed behind at the wishes of his wealthy family. Post-war persecution of Germans living in countries previously occupied by the Nazis forced Schrobsdorff back to her native country, before a marriage to French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann brought her to Paris, and ultimately, Jerusalem, where she lived before returning to Berlin late in life.</p><p>An accomplished author, Schrobsdorff's first novel, "Die Herren" brought her fame. She would go on to publish 12 more books, many about her life in Bulgaria. Her memoir of her mother, "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter" was a best-seller and was also made into a movie for German television. It would later be translated into English under the title "You Are Not Like Other Mothers.”</p><p>Brockman’s involvement in the project came about through a pre-existing relationship with the editor of the book and accomplished photographer, Rengha Rodewill. Before her passing, Schrobsdorff had been working with Rodewill to pitch the biography to publishers, but needed Brockman’s help as a literary scholar and researcher to write the manuscript.</p><p>“I came on board in the summer of 2016, but it was not until September that we found a publisher and work could really get underway,” Brockman said. “I ended up having to go very quickly, however, because I thought I’d have until summer of 2017 to finish the manuscript, but we were asked by the publisher to have it done just two months later (November 2016).</p><p>“(Once the deadline was set), there were no free weekends or evenings for a couple of months as I was getting together the information for the manuscript.”</p><p>While Schrobsdorff had written numerous novels on her experiences, they were outwardly presented as works of fiction, with names changed to suit the narrative. So while her books provided the information, the road to a complete biography meant Brockman needed to become somewhat of a detective.</p><p>“I read everything I could get my hands on, and the information was all over the place as I tried to piece together the chronology of her life,” Brockman said. “For instance, the men in her life were mostly mentioned under pseudonyms (in her books), so I had to untangle things to find who was who and what this meant and who other people could really be.</p><p>“What I tried to do in the book was ultimately let her speak for herself and precede or follow her comments with summaries and analyses of how and why she depicted her life’s story in the manner she did.”</p><p>“Angelika Schrobsdorff: Leben ohne Heimat” is available now on, and For more information on APSU’s Department of Languages and Literature, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Languages and Literature Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:24:49 +0000 harriscj 142236 at APSU hosting early Relay for Life event on April 29 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This spring, the Montgomery County Relay For Life is partnering with Austin Peay State University in the fight against cancer. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, the University will host a Relay For Life event at Fortera Stadium, allowing APSU students to participate in the relay before they leave campus for the summer break. Teams interested in participating in this event can register at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>This year’s Montgomery County Relay For Life event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Hilldale Baptist Church Family Life Center Athletic Field, at 250 Old Farmers Road. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Individuals unable to attend can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Relay For Life effort at Austin Peay or Montgomery County by visiting <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The Relay For Life event allows cancer survivors, family members, friends, caretakers and supporters to unite in their courageous fight to conquer this disease. The Relay For Life event will offer a wide range of entertainment, along with a luminary ceremony to honor and remember those who have died and those who continue to fight.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, Relay For Life<b><i> </i></b>will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries. The events will raise funds to support the American Cancer Society <b></b></p><p>To join the Austin Peay Relay for Life campus effort or register a team, visit <a href=""></a> or contact Colin Crist at 315-854-3347. To join the Montgomery County Relay For Life effort or to register as a team or individual, visit <a href=""></a>. For other questions on Montgomery County’s event, contact Jason Pennington at 931-980-6058.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:37:19 +0000 boothcw 142194 at Austin Peay State University’s APat90 celebration to cap off month-long celebration of 90 years of service <p><img src="" width="604" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — At 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 1927, Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed a bill creating a normal school on the old Southwestern Presbyterian University campus in Clarksville. The next day, April 26, the law went into effect.</p><p>That school created 90 years ago is now a thriving comprehensive university, and on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Austin Peay State University is celebrating nine decades of service to students and the region with a special celebration on the front lawn of the Browning Administration Building.</p><p>President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich will present the program, which takes place from noon-1:15 p.m., followed by a reception.</p><p>Wednesday’s event is the culmination of a month-long series of special events both on campus and in Clarksville. On April 24, the University Advancement Office will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are unrestricted funds provided to deans and directors in academic and student areas as well as athletics to help provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. that evening, and end at noon on Friday, April 28.</p><p>Business casual attire is requested for attendees. To RSVP, please contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7220.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:21:54 +0000 harriscj 142193 at APSU Opera and Theatre presents “The Sorcerer” on April 22-23 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Theater and Orchestra welcomes you to a wild west world filled with love and magic when they perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer.”</p><p>The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>Set in a small town in the wild west, marriage festivities are underway between Aline and Alexis, the children of high-born parents. So in love with his bride to-be, Alexis wants everyone to feel how he feels, so he hires a genuine sorcerer to spike the wedding refreshments with a real-deal love potion. Alexis’s grand plan backfires when all of the town unknowingly partakes and his wedding turns to chaos when everyone — regardless of age, rank or beauty —&nbsp;falls in love with the first person they see.</p><p>Originally produced in 1877, “The Sorcerer” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s third operatic collaboration, and became a success, running for 178 performances in London. Its success encouraged the trio to create such masterpieces as&nbsp;“H.M.S. Pinafore,”&nbsp;“The Pirates of Penzance,” and&nbsp;“The Mikado.” APSU’s performance takes “The Sorcerer” down a slightly different path, changing the play’s original setting of Victorian England to the American wild west —&nbsp;a creative decision Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU said updates, but still remains faithful to the opera’s themes.</p><p>“We have chosen to set our production in the wild west, with the set, costumes and dialects reminiscent of a simpler time of naiveté and harmless trickery,” Conklin-Bishop said. “In this setting, the sorcerer becomes a snake oil salesman, traveling town to town, hawking various potions and services.”</p><p>“The Sorcerer” will feature one of the largest collaborative efforts in the department’s history, featuring students, faculty and friends of the University — as well as rare stage appearance by APSU president, Dr. Alisa White.</p><p>“It’s been a thrill to produce (The Sorcerer) because the talents and energies of this cast has provided such a rich directorial experience,” Conklin-Bishop said. “From freshman to graduate students, to alumni, faculty, staff, community members, the Gateway Chorus and even our very own university president, Alisa White, it’s been exciting to see all of these elements come together to create a production that embodies the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan —&nbsp;good natured fun with a lot of heart.”</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Theatre & Dance Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000 harriscj 142192 at Noted graphic designer Janda to give free lecture April 19 at APSU <p>&nbsp;<img src="" width="600" height="399" /></p><p>Author and graphic designer Michael Janda, chief creative officer at the nationally recognized marketing firm EKR, will discuss his book, “Burn Your Portfolio,” during a lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in Trahern 401 at Austin Peay State University. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student group at APSU, the APSU Student Organization Council and Thrive Creative Group.</p><p>Janda was the founder of the creative agency Riser, which served clients such as Disney, Google and ABC before being acquired by EKR. During Wednesday’s lecture, he will discuss his current and past works, as well as his business practices from his book that have allowed him to succeed on hundreds of creative projects.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:50:36 +0000 boothcw 142135 at Local Girl Scout troop supports APSU campus food pantry <p><img src="" width="600" height="406" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 10, 2017, Girl Scout Troop 2604 donated 70 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Austin Peay State University Save Our Students (SOS) Campus Food Pantry.</p><p>“We usually get the staple food donations of canned vegetables and dried pasta, so something sweet like cookies is an extra special surprise for pantry users,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Belina Sengmanyvong, who coordinates the volunteers and donations with the pantry.</p><p>The SOS food pantry at Austin Peay, which serves 400 people each year, was established five years ago to provide food to APSU students and families in need. The pantry and the free thrift shop run off of donations from the campus and the community.</p><p>Troop 2604 sold 4,000 boxes of cookies to the Clarksville community during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie season. For the last two years, these scouts have been raising money for a trip to Savannah, Georgia, to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts. Throughout the last two years, the scouts have also focused on supporting the local community, with donations and support to organizations such as the SOS pantry.</p><p>The SOS pantry is always in need of donations. For more information contact Alexandra Wills at&nbsp; 931-221-6591.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Belina Sengmanyvog, AmeriCorps VISTA, accepts a donation from Girl Scout Troop 2604 members Alaina Chandler, Jasmine Palmer and Jaylen Palmer.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:47:15 +0000 boothcw 142123 at APSU’s Boyd Health Services designated a Healthier Tennessee Workplace <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University’s Boyd Health Services was recently designated a Healthier Tennessee Workplace by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.</p><p>Healthier Tennessee Workplaces are recognized for their leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of citizens of the state of Tennessee. The program aims to distinguish organizations that encourage and enable employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home.</p><p>“The staff at Boyd Health Services is very proud to have been designated as a healthy workplace because we are committed to emphasizing and promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors that lead to lifelong wellness for the entire APSU community,” Dr. Kristy Reed, assistant director of Boyd Health Services, said. “We believe that we should model the behaviors in ourselves that we encourage others to adopt.”</p><p>Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have certified that they have a wellness program in place that does the following:</p><ul><li>Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace</li><li>Offers healthy eating options at work</li><li>Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation</li><li>Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups</li><li>Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements</li></ul><p>Boyd Health Services’ mission is to ensure the delivery of high quality holistic health care that is accessible, affordable and emphasizes and promotes healthy lifestyles and behaviors that lead to lifelong wellness for the APSU community. Services offered by Boyd Health Services include primary and preventive care, acute illness and injury care, family planning/contraception visits, STD screening and treatment, limited management of chronic conditions, treatment of mental illnesses, employment/sports physicals, medication refills, immunizations, laboratory testing, allergy injections&nbsp;and health education programs.</p><p>The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change.</p><p>For more information on Boyd Health Services, visit <a href=""></a>. Those interested in becoming a Healthier Tennessee Workplace should apply at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:46:04 +0000 harriscj 142122 at APSU campus bookstore to offer retail location on College Street <p><img src="" width="600" height="277" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s 10-year strategic plan calls for creating “a vibrant downtown for a traditional college town experience,” and in the coming months, that goal will receive a major boost when the institution opens a 13,000-square-foot retail bookstore and coffee shop at the corner of College and Fourth streets.</p><p>In January 2016, the University purchased 11 acres along College Street, and work will begin soon on relocating the campus’ Ann Ross Bookstore from the Harvill Building, across from the Morgan University Center’s plaza, to the Jenkins and Wynne dealership’s former main showroom.</p><p>“This aligns perfectly with our strategic plan’s mission of supporting Austin Peay students, while also being a partner in the growth of the city of Clarksville,” Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives, said.</p><p>Shortly after APSU acquired the property on College Street, University officials said it would help build a stronger bridge between the campus and downtown Clarksville. Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president of finance and administration, said Austin Peay would explore public-private partnerships that support both the University and the surrounding community.</p><p>“Whatever this land will allow Austin Peay to do, as far as our growth, that’s priority number one,” Robinson said at the time. “Number two is what we can do together with people downtown to expand the area and encourage increased development in the downtown district.”</p><p>The University is partnering with national book retailer Barnes and Noble to operate the campus bookstore. The company, which operates 770 campus bookstores across the country, will provide students with textbooks at the new location, but the Barnes and Noble store will also be open to the public, selling children’s books, trade books, best sellers, office supplies and Austin Peay-branded merchandise. The venue will be similar to the Vanderbilt University Barnes and Noble on West End Avenue in Nashville, with a Barnes and Noble Café that will also be open to the public.</p><p>“The current bookstore agreement with Follett Higher Educational Group will expire June 30, 2017,” Tammy Silva, manager of APSU’s Auxiliary Support Services, said. “I will be working with Follett, Barnes and Noble, and other departments in this transfer process in the upcoming weeks to help ensure a smooth transition in contractors operating our campus bookstore on the Clarksville campus and at the Fort Campbell Education Center.”</p><p>Barnes and Noble provided an initial design concept for the newly renovated space, but those designs will likely change as the process moves forward. The company also plans to be in the new location by the Fall 2018 semester, but that date could change.</p><p>In Tennessee, Barnes and Noble operates several campus bookstores, including retail stores at Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Sewanee: The University of the South.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:24:28 +0000 boothcw 142069 at Dr. Prentice Chandler appointed new dean of Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education <p><img src="" width="411" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Dr. Prentice T. Chandler has been appointed as the new dean of Austin Peay State University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, effective July 1.</p><p>Dr. Chandler comes from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as associate director of teacher education and leadership, as well as an associate professor in its School of Education. During his time at Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler oversaw programs in middle childhood education, secondary education, special education and educational leadership. As an educator, Chandler taught courses in social studies education, diversity and critical race theory.</p><p>Prior to Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler served as department head of secondary education and a professor of secondary history and social science education at Athens State University from 2006-2013.</p><p>Dr. Chandler’s research interests include social studies methods, critical race theory, academic freedom, authentic intellectual work and flipped pedagogy. Some of his published work has appeared in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Teacher Education Quarterly, Educational Philosophy and Theory and the Journal of Social Studies Research.</p><p>His recent book, “Doing Race in Social Studies: Critical Perspectives,” published in 2015, examines Critical Race Theory (CRT) applications in social studies teaching and learning. Dr. Chandler’s forthcoming book, titled “Race Lessons: Using Inquiry to Teach About Race in Social Studies,” is set to be published in 2017.</p><p>“Dr. Chandler is goal oriented and he gets things accomplished,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of APSU’s College of Science and Mathematics, said. “In addition, he was a first-generation high school graduate. He is familiar with the type of students that attend Austin Peay, and he knows how to help them be successful.”</p><p>Dr. Chandler earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Education in 2002, both from the University of North Alabama. He received his Ed.S. in 2004 and his Ph.D. in secondary education in 2007, both from the University of Alabama.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">Before joining higher education, Dr. Chandler taught high school social studies in Alabama.</span></p><p>Dr. Chandler is replacing Dr. Carlette Hardin, who recently announced her retirement as dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education after serving in her position since 2010.</p><p>For more information about the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:40:43 +0000 harriscj 142068 at APSU Distance Education, Office of Informational Technology host Ed Tech Day on April 25 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;On April 25, Austin Peay State University Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology will host Ed Tech Day, providing faculty, students, staff and the community with an opportunity to explore and engage with emerging technology currently implemented on the University campus, as well as potential new technology on the horizon.</p><p>The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, rooms 303 and 305. Admission is free, and there will be vendor give-a-ways, raffle prizes and lite refreshments on hand for attendees.</p><p>Eventgoers can explore different learning management systems, as well as other educational technology venders. The event will provide the chance to see how educational technology can impact faculty and students, as well as increase student engagement. Students and faculty will have an opportunity to view different types of educational technology on campus and see how they can be incorporated into classes.</p><p>Vendors in attendance include Adobe, Blackboard, Canvas, Dell, D2L, Lenovo, M3 Technology Group, SmarterServices, TriStar Digital Connections and more.</p><p>For more information on Ed Tech Day, or for any additional questions, please contact APSU Distance Education at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:59:26 +0000 harriscj 142032 at APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta students present work at regional history conference <p><img src="" width="640" height="434" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Eleven APSU representatives, including both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professors, attended the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) Regional Conference, held Saturday, April 1 on the campus of University of Tennessee at Martin.</p><p>Seventy-five students and professors from over 12 universities in across Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky attended, with nine APSU students presenting their research and three University professors commenting on conference sessions.</p><p>Dr. Minoa Uffelman, professor of history and faculty advisor to Theta Delta, APSU’s PAT chapter, said the conference was a positive learning experience for her chapter’s students.</p><p>“This is the 10th Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference I have taken students to, and it is one of my favorite events of the year,” Uffelman said. “It is exciting to see students present their own papers for the first time because there are hours of work that goes into their 20-minute presentation. &nbsp;The process began when they chose a topic, then research, write, revise, practice their presentations and finally present in a professional setting.</p><p>“The whole experience is extraordinarily gratifying and I am always proud of our students.”</p><p>The nine APSU who students presented their research topics during the conference included:</p><ul><li>Sara Alexander, “Lenin’s Thoughts and Conduct in the Russian Civil War”</li><li>Jenny Brown, “Education in Early Medieval Irish Monasteries”&nbsp;</li><li>Katelynn DiStefano, “Germ Theory Acceptance in the Civil War: Transmission Control and Disinfectants attributing to the idea of Germ Theory”</li><li>Jennifer Holland, “Mind Games: German Military Intelligence on the Eastern Front during World War II”</li><li>Tia Joyce, “Bigger Bang for the Buck' or You Get What You Pay For? Evaluating the New Look”&nbsp;</li><li>Amanda Lawson, “Summer of Sacrifice: The Buddhist Crisis of 1963”</li><li>Brittany Orton, “The Quandary Surrounding Bawdy Women: Control of Prostitution during the Civil War”</li><li>John Schuler, “Why Did The German Small Unit Leader Of WWII Continue To Fight: And Sometimes Win?&nbsp;</li><li>Kristen Webster, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent:&nbsp;A Review of the African American Experience in the Tennessee&nbsp;Legal System during the Nineteenth Century&nbsp;</li></ul><p>APSU graduate student Katelynn DiStefano has presented at previous PAT regional conferences, and she said the opportunity to present in front of experts and receive valuable feedback is important to her development as a historian.</p><p>“I adore going to the Phi Alpha Theta conferences because of the connections I make, the fun I have and the experience I gain,” APSU graduate student Kate DiStefano said. “Myself and the professor who was commenting on my panel are working together to groom my paper into a publishable work. These conferences give me an opportunity to present my research and to get critique before I make the big step into publication.”</p><p>For more information, contact APSU associate professor of history and PAT advisor, Dr. Minoa Uffelman at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:08:29 +0000 harriscj 142001 at APSU professor Dr. Gregg Steinberg to speak on the different ways to lead <p>Dr. Gregg Steinberg is offering a seminar titled, “You don’t need a title to be a leader.” The seminar will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Morgan University Center, room 305, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The seminar is free and open to the public.</p><p>Whether you are a coach, professor or a salesperson, you are the CEO of you. In his presentation, Steinberg will show that you must lead yourself to success, and that being a great leader takes great leadership vision. In "You don't need a title to be a leader,” attendees will learn key leadership skills that will help them to&nbsp;create a more successful and happier life.</p><p>Steinberg is an 18-year tenured professor in the APSU’s Health and Human Performance department. He has authored three books: “Mental Rules for Golf”; “Flying Lessons,” a parenting book about emotional toughness; and “Full Throttle,” a business book about emotional toughness. Steinberg has appeared as an analyst and commentator on Dancing With the Stars, CNN, Fox News and the Golf Channel and also writes a business column for the Tennessean.</p><p>For more information, contact Steinberg by calling him at 931-221-6113, or via email at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Health and Human Performance Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:16:28 +0000 harriscj 141980 at APSU student newspaper earns two national awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The All State, Austin Peay State University’s student newspaper, earned two national Apple Awards at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City on March 14. The newspaper placed second in the Best Newspaper category, and its website — <a href="" title=""></a> — placed third for Best Homepage.</p><p>“I am in continuously in awe of the remarkable work the staff puts in The All State every day,” Celeste Malone, editor-in-chief of The All State, said. “Receiving not one, but two national awards is such an amazing honor.”</p><p>APSU’s student newspaper was the only public university in Tennessee to win an award from the competition.</p><p>Earlier this academic year, the newspaper earned 10 awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best of the South competition and two national Pinnacle Awards from College Media Association’s (CMA) Fall National Media Convention.</p><p>Patrick Armstrong, coordinator of Student Publications and adviser to The All State, and Dr. Tammy Bryant, director of Student Affairs programs and assessment, presented two sessions at the conference for student media advisers and editors on using assessment in student publications. Armstrong also presented a session titled “Illustrating Hard Stories and Topics,” and co-presented two sessions with fellow student media advisers.</p><p>He was also recently appointed to the CMA Finance Committee through fall 2018.</p><p>“The College Media Association has been leading the fight for the rights of student journalists, and inspiring the future journalists to go into the field,” Armstrong said. “I’m excited to contribute to a vital organization my students are active members of.”</p><p>The All State publishes each Wednesday in print during the fall and spring semesters, which is distributed on APSU’s Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. It also publishes regularly online at <a href="" title=""></a>. Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Instagram (@TheAllState_APSU) and Twitter (@TheAllState).</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:41:53 +0000 boothcw 141979 at APSU Department of Art and Design to host 2017 U.S. Bank Open Exhibition April 20-22 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art and Design will host the 2017 U.S. Bank Open Exhibition April 20-22, during Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires Festival.</p><p>The Open Exhibition is an opportunity for artists living in and around Montgomery County to exhibit their work, sell their work and to help raise money for APSU art scholarships. To date, 22 APSU art majors have received the U.S. Bank Scholarship, and numerous artists from the Clarksville community have been honored for their creative achievements with prize money donated annually by U.S. Bank.</p><p>This year’s exhibition will be held at 416 College Street, in the former Jenkins and Wynne Truck Center building.</p><p>Residents (18 years and older) of Montgomery County and surrounding regions may submit one work of art in the Amateur or the Professional division. APSU art faculty may also submit work to the exhibition, but they will not be considered for awards. All entries must be original and not previously shown in the Open Exhibition. For a full prospectus and entry forms, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Exhibition awards will be announced beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Art Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:29:16 +0000 harriscj 141978 at Figger introduced as APSU head men's basketball coach <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE—For the first time since 1990, Austin Peay State University athletics held a press conference Thursday morning to introduce its next head men's basketball coach.</p><p>Matt Figger, who served as Frank Martin's recruiting coordinator and assistant coach from his tenure at Kansas State through this year's Final Four run with South Carolina, was announced as the 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;head coach in program history, taking over for Dave Loos, who retired in March after 27 years at the helm.</p><p>Figger's introductory press conference was attended by a large gathering of fans, media members, donors and students eager and curious for a first look at Austin Peay's next head coach.</p><p>"I've stated many times that our goal at Austin Peay is to create champions," said athletics director&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" rel="smarttag" rev="232" id="sidearmAd1">Ryan Ivey</a>&nbsp;</dfn>during Figger's introduction. "Champions on the competition surface, champions in the classroom and champions in life.</p><p>"Our vision here is to be the standard by which everyone else measures themselves and to be the premiere athletics department in the Ohio Valley Conference. A successful, championship-caliber men's basketball program is a cornerstone of that vision."</p><p>Speaking from the heart and expounding on how his vision for the program will lead to Ivey's desire for championships, Figger spoke for roughly 10 minutes about the future of Austin Peay men's basketball and his desire to be the Governors head coach.</p><p>"This is my Christmas," Figger said. "I am so thrilled to be here. I'm so excited and I can't wait to get to work here.</p><p>"We've got things we need to do. I need to meet with the team—everything is about trust and loyalty. Those kids have to trust and believe in me, and I have to trust and believe in them. When you have those two things, you get love and when you've got love for each other, the sky is the limit. That's what I'm looking to build here."</p><p>The Jenkins, Kentucky, native has been an integral part of Martin's success since joining the fiery head coach at Kansas State in 2007. This season, Figger served the last of four seasons as associate head coach for Martin, helping to lead the Gamecocks from the bubble to the No. 7 seed and ultimately the Final Four. Along the way, South Carolina knocked off Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida, ultimately succumbing to Gonzaga in the final seconds of the national semifinal.</p><p><strong><u>What they're saying about Coach Figger</u></strong></p><p><strong>South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin</strong></p><p>"Austin Peay just hired a tireless worker who is an unbelievable coach and a more dynamic person. He is a winner, and he will make every young man and the program into ultimate winners."</p><p><strong>Illinois Head Coach Brad Underwood</strong></p><p>"Matt is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the game. He has paid his dues and was a big part of the rebuilding efforts at Kansas State and South Carolina. He is a great basketball mind and terrific recruiter and will help bring Austin Peay to the top of the OVC."</p><p><strong>Milwaukee Bucks Forward Michael Beasley</strong></p><p>"Coach Fig is a first-class man and terrific teacher. He helped me develop my mid-range game and made sure we knew the importance of being in excellent condition. I couldn't be happier for him and know he'll do great things for Austin Peay."</p><p><strong>Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard</strong></p><p>"Simply stated, Matt is a winner. He's won at every level and has earned this opportunity. He will bring energy, excitement and work ethic and recruiting knowledge that will be very beneficial to the APSU program. Players gravitate to Matt because he is genuine and invested in their lives on and off the court."</p><p><strong>Doug Gottlieb, Fox Sports</strong></p><p>"Matt Figger comes from a tremendous basketball coaching tree. In addition, he has the type of positive energy that is contagious to fans and players alike. I cannot wait to see his Govs get after it."</p><p><strong><u>The Figger File</u></strong></p><p><strong>Family:&nbsp;</strong>Wife, Katrina, and son, Vince</p><p><strong>Education:&nbsp;</strong>Eastern Kentucky, 1995 (B.S.)</p><p><strong>Experience</strong></p><ul><li>1993-94: Wabash Valley (Ill.) Junior College, assistant coach</li><li>1994-99: Vincennes, assistant coach</li><li>2000-02: Odessa (Texas) Junior College, assistant coach</li><li>2003-07: South Alabama, assistant coach</li><li>April-June 2007: Arkansas, director of operations</li><li>2007-12: Kansas State, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator</li><li>20013-17: South Carolina, associate head coach/recruiting coordinator</li></ul><p><strong>Accomplishments</strong></p><ul><li>12 National appearances</li><li>4 NJCAA</li><li>6 NCAA – 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017</li><li>2 NIT – 2009, 2016</li><li>Sweet 16 – 2010, 2017</li><li>Elite Eight – 2010, 2017</li><li>Final Four – 2017</li><li>2006 Sun Belt Tournament Champion at South Alabama</li><li>2007 Sun Belt Regular-Season Champion at South Alabama</li><li>No. 23 recruiting class in 2013 (</li><li>South Carolina team GPA of 3.0 or better in seven of last eight semesters</li><li>Five All-Americans</li><li>20 All-Conference performers</li><li>Two Conference Players of the Year</li><li>Coached 2008 Consensus National Player of the Year Michael Beasley (Kansas State)</li><li>Helped four players (Beasley, Shawn Marion, Rodney McGruder and Henry Walker) along the path to NBA careers. &nbsp;</li></ul> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:56:48 +0000 boothcw 141977 at APSU Choral Activities holding “The Big Sing” on April 11 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As another academic year nears its end, Austin Peay State University choral activities celebrates the grand finale of the choral season with the biggest collection of vocal talent to date in the fourth annual “The Big Sing.”</p><p>On April 11 at 5:30 p.m., upwards of 170 singers from APSU, Mt. Juliet High School and Station Camp High School will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a free performance of a wide range of vocal compositions.</p><p>Under the leadership of choral directors Sandra Elliott (Mt. Juliet) and David A. Collins (Station Camp), high school students will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir to create a choral union for a performance of three songs.</p><p>“This is going to be our first chance to participate in The Big Sing, and we’re all really excited,” Collins said. “Station Camp has sent a lot of students to Austin Peay in the past, and Dr. Foster has been a real great consultant for me over the years. We’re bringing about 70 of our students, and they couldn’t be more excited.”</p><p>The compositions performed by the choral union include “Insanae et Vanae Curae,” a song composed by Joseph Haydn, “Death Is Gonna Lay Its Cold Icy Hands on Me,” arranged by André Thomas and “Fèt Champèt” by composer, and former Acuff Chair, Sydney Guillaume.</p><p>In addition, Madison Street United Methodist Church Rev. Jared Wilson will join the choral union on organ during its performance of “Insanae et Vanae Curae,” while APSU professors Anne Glass (piano) and Dr. Jeffrey Williams (baritone solo) will feature on its performance of “Death Is Gonna Lay Its Cold Icy Hands on Me.”</p><p>“The songs performed during this year’s Big Sing cover a variety of languages and themes, from Haitian Creole and secular with ‘Fèt Champèt,’ to English and spiritual tradition with ‘Death’ to Latin sacred music for ‘Insanae,’ Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said.</p><p>New this year is a special performance by APSU’s Home School Children’s Choir. Comprised of students ages 8-13 and led by APSU students Susannah White and Briana Owen, the students will perform three songs before the choral union takes the stage.</p><p>For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Music Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:00:43 +0000 harriscj 141958 at APSU welcomes CECA Tennessee Artist Fellow Alicia Henry for artist talk <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) and the Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design are pleased to announce Alicia Henry, the 2016-17 recipient of the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship, will present a public lecture of her work at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Morgan University Center, room 303 on the University campus.</p><p>All CECA events, including Henry’s lecture, are free and open to the community, unless otherwise noted.</p><p>Henry received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale University School of Art. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Henry has received numerous awards, grants and residencies, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies. Recently, Henry was awarded the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.</p><p>Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country, including the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Tennessee State Museum, Cheekwood Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. She is Professor of Art in the Department of Arts and Languages at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.</p><p>Since 1985, CECA at Austin Peay State University&nbsp;has provided students, the Clarksville community and the Middle Tennessee region with engaging experiences in visual art and design, music, creative writing, theatre and dance.</p><p>The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, applications and nominations from artists were not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiled a list of outstanding artists from&nbsp;across the state and&nbsp;selected the fellowship winner.&nbsp;Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>. For more information about CECA, contact Janice Crews, CECA director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:14:01 +0000 harriscj 141942 at Seventh annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice to be held at APSU on April 8 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Saturday, April 8, the Montgomery County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the MerryInGOD Foundation and Austin Peay State University will present the 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice.</p><p>The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Morgan University Center on the University campus. Attendance is free and open to the public, however all attendees must pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The conference target audience includes students, parents, religious leaders, social workers, psychologist, educators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, concerned citizens, community activists, administrators and others who are interested in the issues that confront our youth. Presentations have been varied and have included timely topics, such as: Impact of Social Media on Your Life, Mentoring, Gang Awareness, Cyberbullying, Bullying, Addiction to Hopelessness, the Juvenile Justice System, Rachel’s Challenge, Follow Your Dreams, Suicide Prevention, Your Constitutional Rights: What to do When Stopped by the Police and others.</p><p>Sessions and keynote speakers this year include “Perseverance,” led by Col. Telita Crosland, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Fort Campbell – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital; “Potential Plus Perspective Plus Performance Equals Purposeful Prosperity,” led by Richard “Reason” Garrett, Clarksville city councilman and executive director of LEAP Organization; “Equal Justice Under the Law: The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force,” led by Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal, attorney, Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and chair of the Montgomery County DMC Task Force; and “Update on the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice System,” led by Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Barnes.</p><p>Montgomery County is one of five counties, including Davidson, Hamilton, Shelby, Knox and Montgomery, that have a DMC Task Force in the state of Tennessee.</p><p>For additional information, please contact Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal at 931-551-8300.</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:54:43 +0000 harriscj 141923 at University celebrating 90 years this month with APat90 <p><img src="" width="600" height="300" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This month, Austin Peay State University officially turns 90, and in honor of this institution’s nine decades, members of the APSU community are encouraged to participate in the University’s monthlong APat90 celebration.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The festivities began on April 4, with APSU faculty, staff, students and supporters attending a special Austin Peay Night at the Nashville Predators game at Bridgestone Arena. During this sold-out event, the Predator’s organization publicly recognized the University’s anniversary, and the APSU Admissions staff set up a table to actively recruit potential students.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The APat90 celebration will continue throughout April with a series of special events on campus and in Clarksville, including a recognition during the annual APSU Scholarship Donor Dinner and an APat90 presence at Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires festival.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">On April 24, the University will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are innovation funds that allow deans and directors in academic and student areas to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on April 24, and the Advancement Office has secured Matching Gift Champions who will provide matching funds for special areas of interest. The University’s official social media outlets will promote this event with a series of “Pass the Hat” posts later this month. If you value a specific area of this institution, please consider supporting this campaign.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The APat90 celebration will culminate at noon on April 26, with a special event, hosted by APSU President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich, on the front lawn of the Browning Building. The campus community is invited to participate in this event.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In honor of Austin Peay's 90th Anniversary, the alumni office has partnered with the Goldsmith Press to create commemorative t-shirts featuring lyrics from the University's fight song, "Smash Bang." The shirts can be purchased for $20, and the proceeds will help fund important University initiatives for future generations of students, faculty and staff.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more information on APat90 or to purchase a shirt, visit <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.</span></p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:27:44 +0000 boothcw 141921 at APSU Latin/geology student headed to Europe for Roman site excavation <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a sweltering afternoon in Tallil, Iraq, a U.S. Army soldier named Elizabeth Wilcox paused on her way to the gym to examine what looked like seashells on the desert floor. Centuries ago, the Euphrates River had flowed through the area, surrounding a nearby stone structure some scholars believe was the Tower of Babel, but that channel of the river had long since turned to dust.</p><p>“Today, it’s a desolate desert,” Wilcox said. “There were no signs of large bodies of water nearby. I knew the history of the place, but the shell brought to life this history.”</p><p>In that moment, Wilcox became curious at how geology can reveal history’s lost secrets. Now, as an Austin Peay State University senior, studying Latin, Classical Civilizations and geology, her curiosity is taking her to Romania, where she’ll analyze soil at the site of an ancient Roman province.</p><p>&nbsp;Wilcox is able to participate in this ground-breaking fieldwork because she recently won the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s (CAMWS) Dr. Peter Knox Award. The prestigious $2,000 award, named for the former president of CAMWS, is presented each year to one undergraduate student, one graduate student and one teacher. Wilcox, the undergraduate winner, will use the monetary award to attend an excavation field school in Romania. She will spend six weeks learning how to use Ground Penetrating Radar while she assists the excavation of the Roman site.</p><p>Hundreds of students from some of the top archeological programs in the country applied for the CAMWS Award, but the awarding committee was impressed by Wilcox’s proposal to conducting phosphorus analysis of the site’s soil.</p><p>“The thing about Liz is she had a very specific interest in the discipline, so I thought she stood a better chance,” Dr. Tim Winters, APSU Classics professor, said. “But still, that’s a lot of students at a lot of top universities applying. I’m impressed. I’m very proud of her.”</p><p>When Wilcox left the army after 14 years of service, she enrolled at Austin Peay with the intention of studying biology. But then she took a Latin class and “fell in love” with the subject.</p><p>“Reading Virgil and Cicero made me fall in love with the culture and love it more,” she said. “And then I went to Greece last summer with Dr. Winters.”</p><p>During her weeks in Greece, Wilcox met some of Winters’ close friends, including Dr. Guy Sanders, director of The American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ excavation at Corinth.</p><p>Now, she’s preparing to graduate from Austin Peay and then spend much of her summer in Romania, looking for artifacts related to the region’s last Dacian king.</p><p>“These Dacians were nothing to be messed with,” she said. “When they went to war, they had bill hooks that would slice off people’s limbs.”</p><p>When she finishes her stay in Romania, Wilcox hopes to continue her research as a graduate student at the University of Kent in Canterbury England, and she credits any success she may have in this field to her undergraduate program at Austin Peay.</p><p>“I never thought anything like this would ever happen,” she said. “I would have to say the Classics program—Dr. Winters, Dr. (Stephen) Kershner, Ms. (Mary) Winters—was such an asset to my learning here.”</p><p>For more information on Classics at Austin Peay visit <a href=""></a> or contact Winters at <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:35:33 +0000 boothcw 141906 at