Today @ APSU - University News en Astronaut Rhea Seddon to give free talk at APSU on Aug. 20 as part of PeayClipse celebration <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 12, 1985, Dr. Rhea Seddon sat on 4.5 million pounds of explosives. It was a moment she’d been preparing for most of her life, but that didn’t stop her from feeling a little anxious.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It’s pretty scary those first few minutes,” she said during a 2015 AuthorSpeak event at the Linebaugh Library. “You feel this giant explosion way back behind you, and it feels like you’re going to blow up.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On that clear, April morning, Seddon sat strapped inside the Space Shuttle Discovery as it rumbled and vibrated quickly into the sky. About eight minutes later, the Tennessee native was riding comfortably in the quiet vacuum of space.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20—the day before the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse—Seddon will deliver a free talk on her experience as one of NASA’s first female astronauts at the Austin Peay State University Dunn Center. An hour before the talk, at 6 p.m., Seddon will sign copies of her book, “Go for Orbit,” in the Dunn Center. The lecture and book signing are part of the University’s PeayClipse celebration, commemorating the historic solar eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Seddon grew up in Murfreesboro, and one night in 1957, she looked into the sky, hoping to see the flashing lights of Sputnik—the first artificial satellite, launched by the Soviet Union, to orbit the Earth.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Sputnik, I think, began my thought processes about perhaps being able to do something else,” Seddon said during the Nashville Public Television special, Tennessee Explorers. “I think that caught my imagination.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At the time, only male test pilots became astronauts, but a motivated Seddon pushed herself to excel, on the chance that women would one day be admitted into the program. She earned her medical degree and a pilot’s license, and then, in 1977, she learned NASA was looking for astronauts for the new space shuttle program. A year later, Seddon became one of NASA’s first six female astronauts.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. On May 30, 2015, Seddon was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.</p><p>For information on her talk or additional APSU PeayClipse events, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:21:45 +0000 boothcw 142534 at APSU alumnus, staff member Button enrolls in doctorate program at Johns Hopkins <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The associate director of Austin Peay State University’s Office of Financial Aid, Johnathan Button, has spent the better part of a decade finding ways for APSU students to finance their education. Himself a former student worker in the department, Button found his calling at a time when Austin Peay and its rapidly-growing student population needed him the most.</span></p><p>“I always desired to pursue a career in education, but when I was placed in financial aid as a student worker, I discovered my passion,” Button said. “By working in the financial aid department, I am afforded endless opportunities to assist others to find the financial support they need to go to college and work with other staff to improve processes to reduce application and documentation burdens on students.”</p><p>From a student worker to a department leader, Button’s calling to help the APSU community has never wavered. It is fitting, then, that when he looked to further his own education, the university Button has done so much for would return the favor. With immense support from co-workers and University faculty, Button recently earned entry into the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at Johns Hopkins University — considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the nation.</p><p>“I referred to Johns Hopkins as my dream school, but I had this little voice that said, they’re the top program in the country, and there would be no way they’d admit me,” Button said. “(Johns Hopkins) was a dream I put on the backburner, but I had a lot of people who pushed me to apply and give it a shot, specifically my wife and a coworker who reminded me every week to submit my application.”</p><p>Button received his bachelor’s degree in professional studies from APSU, as well as an education specialist (Ed.S.) from the University. It was the support he received from the University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, Button said, that helped him focus his research into something that caught the eye of one of the nation’s top online doctorate programs.</p><p>“I was shocked by the support I received from the education department,” Button said. “This support not only came while enrolled in the program; the college selected me as the recipient of the Carlette Jackson Hardin Scholarship for Research in Education this past semester, honoring the service of the Dean of the College of Education, Carlette Jackson Hardin. I also received significant support during my Ed.S. field study from my committee and other faculty, and the committee members challenged me to excel and eventually consider applying to Johns Hopkins.”</p><p>Combining his educational and professional interests, Button’s research studied the academic success of Tennessee Lottery Scholarship recipients, examining factors that could be used to identify students at risk of losing their scholarships, as well as proactive ways to keep them enrolled at APSU.</p><p>“At the time I began my research, I was the scholarship coordinator in the financial aid office and the lottery retention statistics were discouraging; I needed to understand how different segments of the population were affected to potentially develop meaningful intervention tactics,” Button said.</p><p>This meaningful, real-world research, APSU assistant professor of educational research Dr. John McConnell said, was an example of how Button could pursue his own goals while directly benefitting APSU students.&nbsp;</p><p>“Johnathan is simply the type of person to apply the highest level of care and attention to detail to everything that he does,” McConnell said. “Not only was his study potentially meaningful to the strategic plan of (growing APSU), but the deliberate and methodical approach he took with his research made his work noteworthy (and attractive to Johns Hopkins.)</p><p>&nbsp;“Combined with Johnathan’s own talent and drive, it was no surprise that he was able to gain admission into a top-ranked program.”</p><p>McConnell served as Button’s committee chair and student advisor, joined by graduate coordinator Dr. Greg Stewart and associate provost, enrollment management and academic support, Dr. Beverly Boggs.</p><p>It was at Button’s oral presentation for his Ed.S., Boggs said, that the push came to continue his research toward what would eventually become a doctorate began.</p><p>“There are a lot of graduate-level students who complete their master’s degree and don’t want to deal with more research, but not Johnathan; he has the patience and curiosity to deal with what can be an overload of research,” Boggs said. “When his curiosity kicks in, there’s no telling what kind of end result you’re going to have.”</p><p>Boggs said Button is a rare breed in higher education, and that she was thrilled to hear he received the opportunity to pursue a doctorate and continue his research.</p><p>“I’ve worked with a lot of folks in higher education over the years, and Johnathan is one of the few I’ve been truly impressed with,” Boggs said. “If I had to classify him, I’d say he has a servant’s heart, and that’s worth gold in higher ed. You can know the best practices, but you’ll never be truly good at this if you don’t have a servant’s heart.”</p><p>Button, who begins the three-year doctorate program at Johns Hopkins in the Fall, will remain at APSU throughout the duration of studies. Because no matter where his studies —&nbsp;or his professional future — take him, Button said his heart will always be with the university that has given him so much.</p><p>“I’ve been afforded numerous opportunities by Austin Peay, earning degrees, teaching classes, working in financial aid — I even met my wife here,” Button said. “Austin Peay has provided amazing opportunities to me over the past 11 years, and I strive to give back in substantial ways to my university.”</p> Education Graduate Studies Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:29:03 +0000 harriscj 142525 at APSU hosting educational fair for school-age children the morning of Aug. 21 eclipse <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img src="" width="600" height="398" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –&nbsp;At 10 a.m. on Aug. 21—the day of the Total American Eclipse—Austin Peay State University will host a special PeayClipse Educational Experience for school-age children in the campus’ basketball arena, the Dunn Center.</span></p><p>“We have 10 different activity stations for them to move through that are educational and fun,” Dr. Karen Meisch, associate dean of the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The activity stations include:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • A moon walk experience (bounce house)</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • A coloring station</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Make your own sundial</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Make your own projector system (to safely view the eclipse)</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Create an edible sun (sugar-iced cookies) with sunspots (chocolate chips) and solar flares (licorice)</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • A space education table with telescopes, books and information on different astronomy topics</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; • An APSU Geo Club table providing information about moon rocks and the topography of different planets.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • The solar system experience, featuring an inflatable solar system.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Hearing the sun sing—an audio station that lets participants hear the sounds the sun makes.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Solar robots, featuring examples of solar-powered machines.</p><p>The Dunn Center’s concession stands will be open during the event for attendees to purchase food. At 12:15 p.m., APSU faculty and students will lead everyone to the campus’ Fortera Stadium to watch the eclipse.</p><p>Tickets to the PeayClipse Educational Experience are $4 for children, ages 3-15, and each ticket comes with a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses and a wristband for free parking. The event is free for children under three and for adults accompanying a child.&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets can be purchased online at&nbsp;<a href=";H=WAA0HYy4enWklLGLVOCoftvRiKxkwcx7028A%2BNZlWSzSEaUD3cyAX6UTHal70lVysI5RZbvJliqepz7l%2B6RMzoNGURGM1zeY3Z7c%2BrviIg4KVpZZjJVwfA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20170622144005.000000093e2b%40mail6-33-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjU5NGJkNmMwMjBiODk4NzQxZWRmODIwOTs%3D&amp;S=dY13p7C5fAD-_5iTVieS56ZIQXlWfmxPOqqchO1AY_4"></a>, and individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance before the event sells out. Parents of children attending the PeayClipse Educational Experience are also required to fill out a safety waiver, which is available at the website above.</p> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:43:51 +0000 boothcw 142524 at Acclaimed flautist William Bennett to perform at APSU on June 22 <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" /></p><p><b>Clarksville, TN</b> – Once again, William Bennett has chosen <a href="">Austin Peay State University</a> as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.</p><p>Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music, leaves overcast England every summer to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville Tennessee. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, the Clarksville community will get the rare chance to hear this level of performer when Bennett presents an intimate concert in the University’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>As a part of the evening’s event, Bennett will perform his own arrangement of the “Clarinet Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1” by Johannes Brahms. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music and a flutist who studied with Bennett, will join him that evening for a performance of “Trio Sonata in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as “Valse de Bravura” by Franz Doppler. Wolynec will also perform the “Suite” by former flute teacher at the Paris Conservatory, Philippe Gaubert.</p><p>The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. Audience members will sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience.</p><p>Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moyse at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $175 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:06:03 +0000 boothcw 142523 at Experience Aug. 21 total solar eclipse at APSU’s Fortera Stadium <p><img src="" width="411" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –&nbsp;In two short months, the heavens—in the words of English poet Lavinia Greenlaw—will throw a “celestial dimmer switch” during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse,&nbsp;and as excitement builds across the country for this cosmic spectacle, Austin Peay State University is gearing up to host official NASA viewing parties at the campus’ Fortera Stadium.</p><p>More than 8,000 people are expected to make their way to the football stadium on Aug. 21, 2017, to safely witness the total solar eclipse. The University’s Clarksville, Tennessee, campus is situated near the epicenter of this historic event, meaning the sky will go dark for more than two minutes—one of the longest periods of darkness in the entire country.</p><p>To take advantage of Austin Peay’s fortunate location, University officials have spent the last several years organizing its PeayClipse events. On Aug. 21, APSU will offer two extraordinary opportunities for individuals to witness the total solar eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Eclipse Viewing Event at Fortera Stadium</strong></p><p>Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. that day for the public to view the eclipse. The cost is $5 to park, with each vehicle receiving a free pair of viewing glasses.&nbsp;</p><p>The stadium’s scoreboard will display a live feed from the APSU observatory. Beginning at noon, members of APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will provide scientific and historical information&nbsp;about the phenomenon. This information will be repeated throughout the event. When the eclipse begins, attendees can watch the event on the scoreboard and through telescopes set up with the solar protection.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Premier Eclipse Viewing Experience</strong></p><p>Individuals interested in a more in-depth experience can purchase tickets to the Solar PeayClipse Lunch and Learn. For a $200 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 with Dr. Rhea Seddon, former NASA astronaut, before her keynote address at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20, and a meal in the stadium’s club level on the day of the eclipse. During the meal, Dr. Stephanie Wingo, NASA atmospheric scientist, will deliver a talk, and attendees will receive a commemorative book, solar glasses and a custom-designed commemorative pendant.&nbsp;</p><p>To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit&nbsp;<a href=";H=%2Bdu7sJaY23OO%2BqQ6mC2QqglzHYl8onDna9bYv0z8S%2B2c1yLWI1mxfswBgqb2NzzsIxZC6THeCFS0lOJVFuxLu1HFbYKBcQ2Aw%2FSqvz7korEX4ynuSPrnLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20170619212204.000000144ff3%40mail6-59-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjU5NDg0MDYxYTY1YTY4YmNlZWM3YzUwOTs%3D&amp;S=dY13p7C5fAD-_5iTVieS56ZIQXlWfmxPOqqchO1AY_4"></a>, or contact the APSU Advancement Office at 931-221-7127.&nbsp;</p><p>The day will be memorable, and people will want to share the experience with other individuals. On June 30, 1927, the English writer Virginia Woolf witnessed a total solar eclipse, and she later wrote about the surreal experience in her diary.</p><p>“It became darker and darker,” she wrote, “as at the beginning of a violent storm: the light sank and sank: we kept saying this is the shadow; and we thought now it is over—this is the shadow when suddenly the light went out.”</p><p>The University is hosting several other PeayClipse celebrations this summer and on the day of the eclipse. Details on those events will be released later this week.</p> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:06:41 +0000 boothcw 142522 at APSU Board of Trustees' executive committee to meet on June 21 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees’ executive committee will hold an electronic meeting at 12:30 p.m. on June 21.</p><p>During the meeting, committee members will discuss the President’s 2016-2017 compensation package and evaluation.</p><p>To listen to the electronic meeting, call the Secretary to the Board for access information. To view meeting materials such as the agenda, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For information on the meeting, contact the Secretary to the Board at 931-221-7572.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:13:21 +0000 boothcw 142515 at APSU student Ja-kay Matheny overcomes brain tumor to pursue education, comedy career <p><img src="" width="500" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University social work major Ja-kay Matheny has been a lot of things in his life, including a father, husband, soldier, student — even an aspiring standup comedian. But for much of the last few years, Matheny himself would admit that he was barely anything at all.</p><p>“I was sick for a long, long time,” Matheny said. “I was gaining weight, failing classes, forgetting simple things I should know and I was getting angry with my kids all the time for no reason.</p><p>“Doctors ran every normal test, and every result came back normal; I was sick and I didn’t know why.”</p><p>That’s because the life Matheny had built for himself was being unraveled by a microadenoma; a small, benign brain tumor affecting his pituitary gland. While the tumor was not fatal, it caused a decline in testosterone production, resulting in sharp both physical and emotional changes that left Matheny without answers as his problems mounted.</p><p>A Gary, Indiana native, Matheny served eight years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a medic. His health issues began, Matheny said, when he noticed unexplained weight gain which impacted his ability to meet Army fitness requirements. Normally 200 pounds, Matheny’s weight ballooned to 230 in just one month while his strength levels equally plummeted.</p><p>“I was running, I was doing extra physical training; I was doing everything I was supposed to do, but I couldn’t explain my weight gain,” Matheny said. “On fitness tests, I went from being able to do 60-70 pushups at a time to barely being able to do 10. I fought hard to stay in shape, but all of a sudden, things were getting away from me.”</p><p>After being honorably discharged in 2013, he enrolled at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC). But like in the Army, Matheny’s body failed him once more —&nbsp;this time as he struggled to remember the basics he learned during his time in the Army.</p><p>“I was a medic in the Army, so if there’s one thing I should know, it’s the human body,” Matheny said. “I was sure of that at least, but I took a human anatomy and physiology class and got a C. I couldn’t remember anything: the names of bones, the way the blood flows to the heart; simple stuff I worked with daily suddenly became a blur, and it really freaked me out.”</p><p>Matheny’s grades fell, his GPA dipping as low as 1.6 before withdrawing from classes after consecutive failing semesters. Without the Army or school, Matheny continued to pursue his side career of comedy before that too became unmanageable and the single father of four began to spend up to 20 hours a day in bed.</p><p>The situation came to a head in December 2015 when a visit to his doctor set Matheny on the road to answers. Armed with a laundry list of tests for his doctor at the VA, Matheny’s tumor was finally discovered — as well as the low testosterone at the root of many of his problems.</p><p>“Finding out I had a brain tumor shook everything up for me because a lot of my issues finally started to make sense,” Matheny said. “When the body stops producing testosterone on its own like mine was, it instead started producing estrogen. When I found out about that, things began to make a lot more sense.</p><p>“To put it into perspective, a healthy male’s testosterone level is somewhere around 300 at the low end to 900 or more at the high end,” Matheny said. “My testosterone level at the time was 64. There was probably some old lady walking around out there with more testosterone than I had.”</p><p>While the tumor’s location means it cannot be removed, Matheny said he found treatment in the form of testosterone replacement therapy. The injections have proved to be life-changing as his body began to return to normal and the mental “fog” he once experienced lifted. Returning to classes in January 2016, Matheny’s grades quickly improved and he earned his associate degree from HCC before enrolling at Austin Peay in August. That success has continued at APSU, as Matheny has twice been named to the academic Dean’s List while pursuing a degree in social work.</p><p>Matheny also returned to the stage, regularly performing across Middle Tennessee and neighboring stages with his show, titled “Humor of an Odd Black Guy.” Going by J Lamaar during his performances, Matheny said he uses his time on stage to poke fun at himself as a way of taking back ownership of his life.</p><p>“When I tell you that one (testosterone injection) turned things around for me, I mean it,” Matheny said. “I look back on comedy shows I did while I was sick now, and it’s like I’m seeing them for the first time. I just wasn’t able to focus or remember anything I was doing (before discovering the tumor).</p><p>“But when I finally got treated, I went back to school, I took biology and got a 98 percent; everything I used to know came right back,” Matheny said. “It wasn’t easy, and I had to keep pushing to find someone who would help me. I thank my doctor every time I see him because I can finally show everyone just what I can be.”</p><p>For more information on Matheny’s comedy, he can be found on Facebook at <a href=""></a>. For more information on Austin Peay’s Department of Social Work, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:41:59 +0000 harriscj 142514 at Enrollment is open for APSU’s EDGE summer video game development camp <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;This summer, area high school students can learn the skills needed to create their own video game as Austin Peay State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology presents EDGE, the Educating Developing Games Experience summer camp.</p><p>The EDGE camp will be offered in two sessions, with the first session lasting from July 10-14 and the second session taking place July 24-28. Each session lasts from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and all sessions take place at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building on the University campus.</p><p>Open to high school students with good math skills and an interest in how video games are made, this five-day summer program gives students the opportunity to learn about the Unity environment, a popular software program used to create games on major platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and Windows. Each day, students will explore a different gaming genre, from puzzle to adventure to platformers, receiving the tools and encouragement needed to take an unfinished game and brainstorm ways to make it their own.</p><p>“You’ve got to learn how to program if you want to make video games,” APSU assistant professor James Church said. “EDGE will give students the opportunity to work with a prominent video game engine and teach them how to use commercial software to make simple games.”</p><p>EDGE is available free-of-charge to students, thanks to a grant from Google. While similar camps command expensive fees, Church said, the tech giant provided $40,000 in funding to cover the cost of enrollment for the department’s summer camp offerings – including a robotics camp this fall.</p><p>“Google understands that cultivating young talent from all walks of life will make the world a better place,” Church said. “What prompted Google to support APSU was our pledge to take the grant money they provided and spend every penny of it on teaching young people how to create their own video games and robotics.”</p><p>The deadline to apply for EDGE is June 23, and admission is free for all students. For more information on EDGE, including an application form, visit <a href=" " title=" "> </a></p> Computer Science & Information Technology Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:15:24 +0000 harriscj 142513 at APSU’s GovNow dual enrollment program hosting June 29 open house for home school students <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, Austin Peay State University’s GovNow Dual Enrollment program will host an open house for home school students and their parents in the Morgan University Center, Room 307.</p><p>GovNow allows high school juniors and seniors from across Tennessee to get a jumpstart on their college careers, and potentially save more than $7,000 on tuition toward a two-year or four-year degree. A major component of the program is the incentive that students can earn four college-level classes for free. Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school and who meet the dual admission requirements can begin taking online dual enrollment classes through APSU the summer before their junior year.</p><p>Students that want to take full advantage of the program, with its discounted tuition rates that continue after those four free classes, have the potential to earn an associate degree—the equivalent of two years of college—by the time they graduate high school.</p><p>Check-in for the June 29 open house is at 12:30 p.m., and the event will include a presentation, a question and answer session and campus tours.</p><p>To RSVP, email <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:55:49 +0000 boothcw 142512 at APSU history students present new research at Fort Defiance event <p><img src="" width="625" height="425" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Members of the Austin Peay State University History Club recently had the opportunity to present new research related to Fort Defiance at the historical site’s newest event, titled “Fresh Research, New Discoveries.”</p><p>A partnership between APSU's History Club, Phi Alpha Theta history honors society and Fort Defiance, and funded through<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;a Student Academic Success Initiative grant from APSU faculty senate, “Fresh Research, New Discoveries” saw Austin Peay students John Schuler and Jenny Brown explore the histories of African American men and women during the Civil War.</span></p><p>Schuler, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran currently enrolled in APSU’s Master of Arts in Military History program, presented findings related to an African-American man named Thomas McReynolds. A member of the 16<sup>th</sup> U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, McReynolds joined the Union Army in Clarksville and survived the conflict. Schuler’s research is focused on uncovering McReynolds’ actions during and following the war, and the student-historian presented a rare photo of the soldier taken during his service as a part of his presentation.</p><p>Brown’s research focused on the experience of African-American men and women in so-called “contraband” camps throughout Middle Tennessee. A term coined by Union soldiers during the early days of the war, “contraband” referred to a Union policy of treating enslaved people as property confiscated from the Confederates. Brown’s research explored life in these disease-ridden “contraband” camps, where those confined to its walls understood the value of their hard labor.</p><p>“One of the interesting things Jenny notes is that Union officers noted that ‘contrabands’ demanded to be paid for work they did for the Union army up front,” Dr. Kelly Jones, Austin Peay assistant history professor, said. “They knew what freedom meant and sought to define its terms. Jenny has helped us uncover that valuable story in her work.”</p><p>Jones said both research projects remain ongoing, and they hope to present more findings at the upcoming "Liberation and Reconstruction: Clarksville and Montgomery County, 1860-1880" symposium. Organized by Jones and Dr. Richard Gildrie, emeritus professor of history at APSU, as well as other emeritus professors and local historians, the Oct. 28 event will be free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Department of History and Philosophy, visit&nbsp; To find out more about the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, visit&nbsp;</p> History and Philosophy Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:27:38 +0000 harriscj 142510 at APSU Office of PR and Marketing wins 13 awards at 2017 TCPRA spring conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won 13 awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest held May 24-26 in Gatlinburg.</p><p>TCPRA – an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges – awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2016, and April 1, 2017.</p><p>The University’s PR office captured the following awards:<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>• Gold in the Illustration category for the “Plant the Campus Red” T-shirt.</p><p>• Gold in the Outdoor Media/Banners category for street pole banners.</p><p>• Gold in the Spot News Photography category for Mud Bowl photography.</p><p>• Gold in the Low-Budget Publication category for the endowment report.</p><p>• Gold in the Postcard/Invitation category for the 2017 Candlelight Ball invitations.</p><p>• Gold in the Ad Series category for APSU Alumni Magazine donor advertisements.</p><p>• Gold in the Specialty Item category for holiday gift bowls presented to donors.</p><p>• Silver in the Promotional Video category for the 2016 Holiday Video.</p><p>• Silver in the Reports Printed category for the 2015-2025 APSU Strategic Plan.</p><p>• Silver in the Special Event Less Than 7 Days category for the 2016 UPAA Conference, hosted at APSU.</p><p>• Silver in the Sports Photography category for the OVC Basketball Tournament.</p><p>• Bronze in the Feature Writing category for Fall 2017 APSU Alumni Magazine feature on the 2017 total solar eclipse.</p><p>• Bronze in the Electronic Newsletter category for The Sentinel email newsletter.</p><p>The&nbsp;<span>“Plant the Campus Red” T-shirt was designed by APSU student and graphic design intern Dylan Smith. The OVC Basketball Tournament photograph was taken by then-APSU student Taylor Slifko, on assignment for The All State, Austin Peay's student newspaper.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Lowary, University photography and social media coordinator; Hannah Bradley Eden, coordinator of multimedia and web design; Lori Moore, office supervisor; and Nicki Cornelius, marketing manager. The office is part of the APSU Office of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, with Derek van der Merwe as vice president.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:49:47 +0000 harriscj 142509 at Movies in the Park to feature PeayClipse talk on "Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars" <p><img src="" width="412" height="274" /></p><p>Ancient human cultures were astute observers of the stars, sun and moon, and they learned to use these observations to develop intricate systems of agriculture and navigation. At 7 p.m. on June 10, as part of the City of Clarksville’s Movies in the Park series, Austin Peay State University Agriculture Professor and Chair, Dr. Donald Sudbrink, will discuss the early uses of astronomy in agriculture and navigation, including information on the Master Navigators of the South Pacific Islands, as part of a special lecture before that evening’s film, “Moana.”</p><p>Sudbrink’s talk is the first in a series of events promoting the upcoming Total American Eclipse, which will occur Aug. 21, with Clarksville being one of the cities nearest to the point of greatest eclipse. Austin Peay is celebrating the phenomenon by creating a series of educational events surrounding the eclipse, coined as the PeayClipse experience.</p><p>The University will have a vendor booth setup at the event, offering solar viewing glasses and special commemorative educational books about the eclipse, as well as tickets for access parking for events that will be held in the Dunn Center and Forterra Stadium on the day of eclipse. For details, please visit</p><p>In addition to Sudbrink’s talk and the film, “Moana,” concessions will be available, including a food truck from the Overtime Bar + Grill. The evening’s events include:</p><p>6:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Limbo and hula hoop contest</p><p>7 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PeayClipse talk by Dr. Don Sudbrink, “Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars</p><p>7:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hawaiian Civic Club demonstration</p><p>7:45 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Performance by Acro Dance Express</p><p>8 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Culvers Frozen T-shirt Contest</p><p>8:15 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Featured film, “Moana”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Donald Sudbrink is a full professor and chair of the Agriculture department and runs the Farm and Environmental Education Center. He received his B.S in Agriculture from the University of Delaware and an M.S in Entomology-Plant Pathology from University of Tennessee. His Ph.D., from Auburn University, is in Entomology, and he’s a member of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Sudbrink worked as an assistant professor at Delta State University before starting at APSU in 2006. He is currently involved in many different research/teaching areas involving sustainable agriculture, entomology and preservation of native crop species.</p> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:50:13 +0000 boothcw 142495 at APSU to become a Coca-Cola campus this July <p><img src="" width="259" height="194" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; For the last 15 years, the Pepsi Bottling Group has had an exclusive contract with Austin Peay State University, but that will change this summer. The University recently formed a new, exclusive agreement with the Coca-Cola Company, which will take effect on July 1, 2017.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We feel it was time for a change, and this is another positive move for the campus,” Tammy Silva, manager of APSU’s Department of Auxiliary Support Services, said.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s2">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Under the new agreement, all vending machines on campus and in University dining venues will only sell Coke products. Also, beginning July 1, only Coke products can be purchased with University funds.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:57:20 +0000 boothcw 142475 at Department of Agriculture receives $250,000 in farm equipment from Kubota, Coleman Tractor Company <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;With 440 acres of land at the Farm and Environmental Education Center, Austin Peay State University Department Agriculture faculty and students already have the land they need to gain experience in hay and forage production. But to continue their mission of educating students on current industry practices, department faculty said they recognized the need for an upgrade in its tools of the trade.</p><p>Thanks to a partnership between APSU, Kubota Tractor Corporation and Clarksville-based Coleman Tractor Company, APSU received six Kubota hay products — a donation of equipment valued at over $250,000. The tools will aid farm faculty and students in both maintaining the farm as well as educating students on modern agricultural practices.</p><p>“This is really a momentous occasion for both us here in the program, as well as Coleman Tractor Company and Kubota,” Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, said. “This entire process from idea to now came about very smoothly, and I am really impressed with the way both Coleman and Kubota worked with us to make this all a reality.”</p><p>As a part of the arrangement, APSU accepted delivery of six pieces of equipment, including an M6-111 tractor, LA1955 loader attachment and a DMC8032T disc mover, a TE4052T rotary tedder, a BV4180 round baler and a utility vehicle. The equipment, leased to Austin Peay at the cost of $1 a year, will be replaced after one year of use with new equipment for the next three years, says Spencer Coleman, owner of Coleman Tractor Company.</p><p>“A lot of manufacturers have had similar arrangements with other universities, but this is a first for Kubota and Coleman Tractor Company,” Coleman said. “Austin Peay has a really great agriculture program, and I really think a partnership like this helps the next generation of farmers learn on the kind of equipment they might see when they graduate and work on a production farm.”</p><p>While APSU’s Department of Agriculture is one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind in the state, Sudbrink said he expects this partnership to create opportunities for expanding the department’s profile with prospective students.</p><p>“Over the years, we’ve had a lot of success with field days and bringing students out to see what we do with our cattle program,” Sudbrink said. “But with this new equipment, I think we’ll have a chance to do more field day-type events on the crop side of the farm and show the work being done there as well. This gives us a chance to reach out to an even wider segment of people.”</p><p>Coleman said that the agreement between APSU, Coleman and Kubota is mutually beneficial, as Austin Peay students can learn using Kubota’s latest equipment, while Coleman Tractor Company grows its relationship with the University and the Austin Peay farm.</p><p>“Austin Peay has a tremendous agriculture program and really great facilities right here in town,” Coleman said. “I don’t know how many people are even aware that there’s a tremendous research farm right in the middle of Clarksville, and Coleman Supply Company and Kubota are excited to partner with Austin Peay.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Department of Agriculture, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Agriculture Science and Mathematics Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:08:16 +0000 harriscj 142470 at Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement volunteers in three states, Guatemala during spring semester <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Over the past few months, several groups of Austin Peay State University students spent their time volunteering in three states and two countries on Alternative Break Trips through the University’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Collectively, Austin Peay students completed approximately 650 hours of community service.</p><p>From March 4-11, Austin Peay students spent their spring breaks volunteering near and far, as a group of five students and one staff member traveled to Nashville, working with food banks, community gardens and urban farms. Meanwhile, a second group of students traveled to Lafayette, Louisiana. Nine students and one staff member spent their week volunteering with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, rebuilding homes devastated by major flooding in August 2015.</p><p>In May, a group of seven students and one faculty member traveled to Clarkston, Georgia, working with the local refugee population and focusing on civil rights and nonviolence training through the Something New organization.</p><p>Austin Peay’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement continued its mission of serving abroad as well as locally in May, as a group of seven students and two staff members traveled to Antigua, Guatemala to work with a nonprofit organization, Maximo Nivel. Spending May 13-20 in the Central American country, the group worked on construction projects for the local fire station. During their down time, APSU students learned more about Guatemalan culture, visiting coffee plantations, learning to make their own chocolate and climbing a volcano.</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement at APSU. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and faculty and staff advisors. A total of eight trips launched throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. &nbsp;</p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students should visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:41:38 +0000 harriscj 142460 at Kappa Alpha Order at Austin Peay wins major award for the third time <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Zeta Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Order (KA) at Austin Peay State University received the 2016 George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence at the fraternity’s annual Province Council, held at University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the third time the chapter has received this award and is the youngest chapter in the fraternity’s history to win the award three times consecutively. &nbsp;Zeta Tau also received the Samuel Z. Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence. Zeta Tau was established in 2011, making it the youngest chapter to receive this award for the first time in 2015.</p><p>Province Council is a regional conference for undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Order that focuses on educating chapter leaders on scholarship, risk management, ritual and other aspects of chapter operations though large general sessions, small breakout sessions and alumni volunteer facilitated discussion. The Province Council in Memphis included more than 150 chapter officers from Mississippi, Louisiana, western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas.</p><p>Chapters are recognized for excellence in finances, recruitment and chapter growth, communications, Project Outreach, Operation Crimson Gift and overall chapter excellence.</p><p>Every year the top 10 percent of KA Chapters are recognized with the Samuel Zenas Award for chapter excellence. This award takes all areas of chapter operations into consideration and recognizes those chapters achieving a high level of excellence. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a chapter is the George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence. This award is presented annually to the top one to three chapters in the Order in recognition for their superior operations and performance.</p><p>Kappa Alpha Order and its first chapter were founded at what is now Washington &amp; Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. It has grown to 129 chapters in 27 states. Currently, there are near 7,500 undergraduate members, over 130,000 living initiated members, and well over 160,000 initiates in its history. More information about Kappa Alpha Order is available online, at&nbsp;;</p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:00:30 +0000 boothcw 142456 at Austin Peay receives top OVCDN award <p><img src="" width="600" height="403" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">BRENTWOOD – For a second straight year, Austin Peay State University received one of the Ohio Valley Conference's Digital Network Overall Awards of Excellence, presented, Thursday, as part of the OVC Digital Network Program of Excellence.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The University was recognized with three of the program's seven awards for the 2016-17 academic year. In addition to winning the Overall Award of Excellence by a Campus Production, the University earned awards for Clarity of Production and Professionalism in Announcing.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">It is the third consecutive year the OVC Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee has awarded seven total awards as part of a Program of Excellence, including two overall awards of excellence and five secondary awards. The subcommittee, comprised of individuals from a variety of administrative positions within OVC member institutions, was established and charged with setting minimum expectations along with an assessment program to recognize member institutions excelling with the OVCDN.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The awards included:</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Overall Award of Excellence, Professional Production: Jacksonville State (<a href=";sport=4&amp;category=11&amp;type=Archive"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Overall Award of Excellence, Campus Production: Austin Peay (<a href=";sport=5&amp;type=Archive"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellence in Clarity of Production: Austin Peay (<a href=";sport=5&amp;type=Archive"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellence in Graphics: Murray State (<a href=";type=Live"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellence in Features: Belmont (<a href=";type=Live"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Excellence in Ancillary Programming: Eastern Kentucky (<a href=";type=Live"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professionalism in Announcing: Austin Peay (<a href=";sport=5&amp;type=Archive"><span class="s2">Winning Submission</span></a>)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The OVC Digital Network (OVCDN) launched in August 2012 and is the exclusive home for live web-streamed athletic contests and ancillary programming involving OVC schools. Overall this marked the fifth year of events being offered free of charge and in a high-definition format from any computer, smart phone, tablet or Roku without needing any registration or special downloads or apps.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The OVC Digital Network is presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Since its inception five years ago the OVC Digital Network has broadcast over 3,000 events to fans across the world. As of this month the events have exceeded two million total views, including increasing viewership each year.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"The Conference Office is extremely excited to have the opportunity to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into to content being streamed on the OVCDN throughout the year," said Brian Pulley, OVC Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs. "Our students and administrators put in countless hours to bring the very best coverage to fans each week. We hope this program of excellence continues to grow and create a healthy sense of competition among our member institutions going forward."</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">OVC member institutions submitted nominations for each of the award categories and those nominations were viewed and judged by the OVC Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee who determined the individual winners. For the overall award of excellence, two awards were given, one which focused on campus-run productions and the others on schools that use professional production companies or local television partners.</span></p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:54:19 +0000 boothcw 142455 at APSU Art and Design assistant professor McLean Fahnestock presents new work at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual Arts <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University assistant professor of art and design McLean Fahnestock will present new work at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville. Her experimental work will join others as a part of an exhibition, titled “Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee.”</span></p><p>The exhibition will be on view from April 29-Oct. 8 in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, and is free to the public.</p><p>Bringing together experimental videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region,&nbsp;“Pattern Recognition”&nbsp;explores the expressive potential of digital media. In animated landscapes, geometrical compositions and other invented scenarios, the videos show natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple and flow in alluring ways.</p><p>In their experimental works, Fahnestock, along with artists Morgan Higby-Flowers, Joon Sung and John Warren, manipulate viewers’ sense of time and space and resist traditional notions of linear storytelling. Each artist employs slow pacing, fluid transitions between recognizable and abstract imagery and sound to induce feelings of reverie, pleasure and mystery.</p><p>“The title ‘Pattern Recognition’ alludes to a computer science term for the identification and organization of patterns, combining data from across the information spectrum,” says Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala. “While in technology, the goal is to gain hard knowledge of the complex behavior of linked systems, artists in this exhibition combine and manipulate information into irrational patterns that bring to mind themes of memory, mystery and disturbance.”</p><p>Fahnestock&nbsp;finds personal resonance in the symbolism of the ocean, its rhythms and continuity, its role in family history and its powerful hold on the collective imagination. Her&nbsp;“Reclamation”&nbsp;series was inspired by the family lore surrounding her grandfather, a sea captain who collected natural specimens and cultural artifacts for the American Museum of Natural History. His ship sank off the coast of Australia in 1940, inspiring Fahnestock more than 60 years later to research his life and the circumstances of the shipwreck. Becoming fascinated with the poetry and allure of the ocean, she began a series of videos and photographs in which its wave patterns are photoshopped onto the silhouettes of sinking ships, distorting the image of a solid ship into a marker of transition—a mirror in space and a hole in time—rather than a form being reclaimed by the sea it was meant to defy.</p><p>For more information, please contact Buddy Kite at 615-744-3351 and&nbsp;<a href=""></a> or Ellen Jones Pryor at 615-243-1311 and&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Art Tue, 23 May 2017 20:33:37 +0000 harriscj 142443 at APSU’s Cousin, White receive Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award <p><img src="" width="550" height="500" /></p><p><img src="" width="550" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — When Courtney Cousin walked across the stage to accept her Bachelor in Business Administration in business marketing from Austin Peay State University in early May, it was an affirmation of her work in the classroom. One month earlier, Cousin’s tireless work in the community was recognized as the APSU senior joined APSU biology instructor Colleen White in receiving the 2017 Tennessee Higher Education Commission Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award.</p><p>The award was named in 1997 for the late state representative who was instrumental in passing legislation to create programs to recognize outstanding community service among higher education students, faculty and staff. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize.</p><p>A native of Chattanooga, Cousin is active in a number of service organizations, including the NAACP, Habitat for Humanity and Circle K. In 2016 and 2017, Cousin was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from APSU’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, as well as consecutive spots on the Vice President’s Service Honor Roll, an honor given to APSU students who serve a minimum of 75 hours of community service in one academic year.</p><p>“I am a God-fearing young woman who loves to cook and serve the community,” Cousin said. “Also, there were a total of five students in the state of Tennessee who were selected for this award, and we each had a great impact in our communities and on campus, so I think we all stood out in our own ways.”</p><p>Cousin has also played a leadership role in multiple honor societies, including Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, where she served various positions including historian, director of service, chair of the service community and co-chair. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta academic and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor societies.</p><p>In addition to service awards, Cousin has twice been awarded the white level leadership certificate — the highest available honor — from GOVSLEAD, APSU’s student leadership education and development program.</p><p>White was honored as a faculty recipient, having been recognized for her efforts with Hilldale Kiwanis Club of Clarksville. Through Kiwanis, White mentors both high school students in her role as Clarksville Key Club liaison, as well as college students as faculty advisor to APSU’s newly chartered Circle K.</p><p>White, who worked alongside Cousin as a member of APSU’s Circle K, said the “passion” Cousin displays for service is what set her apart from other candidates.</p><p>“I can think of no student more deserving of this award; Courtney volunteers for everything, and as a Circle K member, she is always the first to sign up for service,” White said. “She has singlehandedly started campus sustainability efforts (at APSU) …quite frankly, she’s awesome.</p><p>“She just has a true passion for people and the environment, and both are obvious in everything she does.”</p><p>Cousin has plans for life after APSU, having recently accepted a job position with Aflac Insurance in Mt. Juliet. She said she also plans to continue the lessons she learned at APSU, volunteering in the Nashville area while also pursuing a master’s degree in her spare time.</p><p>“I am truly grateful that God has used me in this capacity to serve his people on campus and in the Clarksville community,” Cousin said. “I encourage all students to get involved as much as possible while in college. I have had an amazing time here at Austin Peay, and I will continue to serve and do all I can to give back as I embark upon this new chapter of my life in Nashville.”</p> Fri, 12 May 2017 15:54:24 +0000 harriscj 142401 at APSU Board of Trustees to host summer meeting May 18-19 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On May 18 and 19, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees will host its summer meetings on the APSU campus. The Board’s Business and Finance Committee, its Academic Policies and Programs/Student Life Committee, and its Audit Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. that Thursday, and the full Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 19. All meetings are open to the public and will take place at 416 College Street.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Board will vote on several items during the May 18 and 19 meetings, and members will receive an overview of the campus’ master planning process. To watch the meeting live, or to view meeting materials such as the agenda, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For information on the meeting, contact the Secretary to the Board at 931-221-7572.</p> Fri, 12 May 2017 15:44:54 +0000 boothcw 142400 at APSU to offer first engineering degree this fall <p><img src="" width="600" height="382" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “When will Austin Peay State University offer an engineering degree?”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Since the early 1960s, prospective students and area manufacturers have asked that question, and today (May 11, 2017), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) finally provided them with an answer. During its quarterly meeting, THEC approved Austin Peay’s first engineering program, allowing the University to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree, with a major in Engineering Physics next fall.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I know people, alums from back in the 1960s, who came to Austin Peay to study pre-engineering and ended up with a degree in physics or mathematics,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, said. “I even came to Austin Peay in 1986 as a student wanting to do pre-engineering. This is a really big deal.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The University’s lack of an engineering program often sent potential students to other schools, and for the last fifty years, APSU officials have worked to add that degree to Austin Peay’s list of offerings. Instead of developing an entire College of Engineering—a near impossible feat that would require millions of dollars and the creation of several new departments—Taylor said the new program will be housed under APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, within the APSU College of Science and Mathematics. That department currently has two licensed professional engineers on its faculty—Dr. Russ Longhurst and Dr. Chester Little.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We have a very strong physics program at Austin Peay, and we’re leveraging that and growing it with this program, which is the next logical step,” Longhurst, associate professor of physics, said. “We’re leveraging our strength, and we hope to recruit the same types of students.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The 120-credit hour degree program will familiarize students with multiple engineering discplines, such as mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, while focusing heavily on engineering design. The new degree fits perfectly with the college’s existing Department of Physics and Astronomy and its Department of Engineering Technology</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Engineering physics is the glue that brings the two together,” Dr. Alex King, chair of the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, said. “Someone with an engineering technology degree focuses on the daily running of equipment, making sure it doesn’t break down. An engineer does something more design related. The physics bit is, ‘Hey there’s this principle, we should be able to make a machine that does that.’ The engineering physics piece in the middle is we now get to build that machine.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Austin Peay will be one of the few university’s in the country that offers an engineering physics degree, which will prepare students for numerous types of jobs in the engineering field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a national shortage of trained engineers has led to a demand of more than two million jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related occupations.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “People are always asking me, ‘What can you do with an engineering physics degree?’” Taylor said. “That is the wrong question. It should be, ‘What can’t you do?’”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Local manufacturers have approached the University for years about developing an engineering program, and the demand for this type of program is expected to grow. According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, “Advanced manufacturing job creation in Tennessee far outpaces national growth, at 27.1 percent job growth in Tennessee compared to 8.7 percent nationally from 2010 to 2015.”&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This program will put us in a good position to provide graduates for those new companies coming to town, both in recruiting new companies and helping the ones that are here,” Longhurst said. “Our vision is to have really good relations with local industry, with our students working for them.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; King said they anticipate enrolling about 15 students this fall for the new program, with that number increasing steadily every year. The University will also seek accreditation through the American Board of Engineering and Technology for the program.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information, contact the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 11 May 2017 20:29:04 +0000 boothcw 142399 at APSU sociology-journalism student to help combat human trafficking with summer internship <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 25, 2015, an earthquake ravaged parts of Nepal, destroying homes and businesses and killing nearly 9,000 people. In the months following the devastation, several mysterious individuals appeared in the ruble, offering survivors the opportunity to pursue a better life through education or jobs overseas. Thousands of women and girls, having no alternative, accepted these seemingly generous offers.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to a 2016 report by Public Radio International, many of those women and girls were then “sold into a global network that includes the dance bars of Kenya, the brothels and&nbsp;underground organ clinics of&nbsp;India,&nbsp;‘paper marriages’ of South Korea and China, home-cleaning services in the Middle East, slave labor in South Asia and smuggling rings at the Mexico-US border.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A year before the earthquake, in 2014, more than 13,000 Nepalese women and children were victims of human trafficking, and police in that country believe that number has increased by at least 15 percent since the earthquake.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 2006, Free For Life International, an anti-trafficking non-profit, was founded in Nashville, and this summer, Austin Peay State University student Sarah Eskildson will work to help Nepalese women and girls as part of her internship with the organization.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This is my passion, and I’m excited to be just a little part of something so big,” she said.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Eskildson, a Clarksville native, first enrolled at APSU, she had difficulty settling on a major. Nothing seemed to fit her interest, but one afternoon, she happened to read an article on human trafficking.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “That caught my attention, so I started researching it more,” she said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She read articles and books, traveled to Nashville to volunteer with groups such as End Slavery Tennessee and organized public awareness campaigns. When it came time to pick a major, she decided to pursue areas that fit this new interest.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I remember taking the intro to sociology class and realizing this would impact my understanding,” she said. “I also love to write, so I decided to major in both sociology and journalism.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free for Life International, in collaboration with the Peace Rehabilitation Center, operates border monitoring stations along Nepal’s borders with India and Tibet, and in 2015, the organization rescued 213 girls from slavery and counseled more than 1,700 Nepalese on the dangers of trafficking. This summer, Eskildson will use the skills she’s acquired during her studies at APSU to assist these missions.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I will be writing a lot of survivor stories,” she said. “When they rescue a victim, I will write up a story to publish on the website and on social media. I’m excited I’ll be bringing awareness to this issue.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eskildson will return to campus next fall, and she plans to graduate in December. When she leaves APSU, she hopes to find a job that expands upon her experiences as an intern.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It doesn’t matter how much you’re getting paid,” she said. “If you love it, you’re going to be happy. And this is my passion.”</p> Thu, 11 May 2017 15:07:06 +0000 boothcw 142398 at APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta celebrate seventh volume of history journal Theta-Delta <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Since its debut in 2011, Theta-Delta has become another avenue for Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), Austin Peay State University’s award-winning history honor society, students to demonstrate their capacity for historical research, authorship and criticism. Modeled after scholarly magazines such as The Journal of Southern History, Theta-Delta allows APSU students to grow as editors as they mold a year’s worth of classroom research into quality, publishable articles.</p><p>Theta-Delta recently celebrated another year of work when members of PAT presented APSU President Alisa White with the first printing of its now-seventh volume.</p><p>“Theta-Delta provides invaluable experience for our students as they prepare for their careers,” Minoa Uffelman, APSU professor of history, said. “Students work as editors in every aspect of revising the paper into publishable scholarly articles, and they also work on all technical aspects of publication from budget, formatting, dealing with print and meeting deadlines.”</p><p>The seventh volume of Theta-Delta covers a diverse range of topics and themes, from the fantastical, magical underworld of ancient Arabia and Europe and the impact of the Justinian Plague on fifth-century Byzantium and Constantinople to Operation Mongoose and the CIA’s covert activities against Cuba and president Fidel Castro.</p><p>First-year Theta-Delta editor-in-chief Jenny Brown said compiling this year’s volume was a learning experience for all involved, but said the range of topics and depth of thought in Theta-Delta reflect a job well done and an interesting read for fans of history.</p><p>“These papers are proof that the History and Philosophy Department at Austin Peay has some of the brightest students in the region,” Brown said. “From the Black Death to the Russian civil war, the articles we have in this volume guarantee that readers can find a topic that suits their own passions and curiosity.”</p><p>Brown, Uffelman and Dr. Cameron Sutt, faculty advisor for Theta-Delta, distributed a limited number of printed versions of the journal during last week’s awards ceremony. The unveiling added to the excitement of that morning’s event, which saw PAT awarded the 2016-17 APSU Student Organization of the Year, as well as the induction of new PAT members and the celebration of graduating members.</p><p>For more information on the magazine or PAT, contact Uffelman, the chapter’s adviser, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Wed, 10 May 2017 19:52:36 +0000 harriscj 142395 at APSU's Walker named VP of NACFC board <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Amanda Walker, director of career services at Austin Peay State University, was appointed vice president of the Nashville Area Career Fair Consortium’s (NACFC) Board of Directors on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.</p><p>Walker served as event chair for the 2017 Nashville Area Career Fair. She was instrumental in moving the event to Nissan Stadium, a centralized location. In addition, she moved the event registration to an online format for employers and students; as well as adding new sponsorship opportunities for employers.</p><p>The event had more than 160 employers and nearly 485 students attending. The career fair also brought in the largest number of APSU students, 118, in the event’s history.</p><p>The NACFC consists of nine member colleges and universities, as well as employer and chamber of commerce members.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 May 2017 16:39:27 +0000 boothcw 142389 at Record number of military graduates honored at coin presentation ceremony <p><img src="" width="625" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Before Austin Peay State University celebrates its 88<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 5, those active duty and military veterans graduating alongside their classmates were honored for their dedication in the classroom and in service to the nation.</p><p>A record number of graduating seniors were honored at the military and veteran graduate recognition and coin presentation ceremony on May 3, as 76 men and women were recognized and presented with APSU’s military coin, as well as a special cord to wear with their commencement regalia.</p><p>Tim Schoonover, career advisor with APSU’s Office of Career Services and VetSuccess counselor, served as the event’s speaker. While he congratulated the soon-to-be-graduates on their academic success, Schoonover challenged each of them to continue to serve and to continue to make the difficult choices that led them to enlist and that ultimately led them to APSU.</p><p>“I believe that, without exception, each and every one of you enlisted in the armed forces out of a sense of commitment, duty and service to your country,” Schoonover said. “So, when you accept your hard-earned diploma, you will face another crossroad in your journey. &nbsp;Will you follow your dreams, your goals or your passions, or will you sit on the bench?</p><p>“I challenge each and every one of you to ignore the naysayers who tell us that there is no hope, that we are powerless to change our world and make it a better place.”</p><p>A coin was also presented to Force Master Chief, and APSU alumnus, Karim Cole, who returned to campus for the ceremony. A 1986 graduate, Cole received Bachelor of Science degrees in both industrial technology and mathematics and returned to campus from Pensacola, Florida, where he serves as Force Master Chief at the Naval Education and Training Command. Cole previously served as Command Master Chief of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron.</p><p>Branded with the theme “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” APSU crafted its own coin with its military students and veterans in mind. The antique bronze color coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, is finished with black enamel. The first set was cast in 2011.</p><p>On one side of the coin, the eagle is prominently displayed as the nation’s symbol, along with other American patriotic elements. The University’s AP logo is situated at the bottom of the coin. The words, “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” were crafted from the lyrics of APSU’s alma mater and from the military’s customs and courtesies to welcome those who have joined the unit.</p><p>The other side of the coin shows an image of the clock tower atop the Browning Administration Building, generally considered the emblem of APSU. The year APSU was founded, 1927, also is noted on the bottom of the piece.</p><p>For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Jasmin Linares, c<span>oordinator for the Military Student Center at Austin Peay State University, at</span></p> Thu, 04 May 2017 21:29:36 +0000 harriscj 142371 at