Today @ APSU - University News en APSU's Johstono wins Miss College Majorette of Tennessee, to compete at nationals <p><img src="" width="600" height="353" alt="20150618-Johstono-Twirling-7809.JPG" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University featured twirler Hannah Johstono has demonstrated her talent and skill with a baton in front of crowds both large and small during her 14 years of twirling.</p><p>A regular with the Governor’s Own Marching Band for the past four seasons, Johstono has captivated everyone from APSU fans gathered in Governor Stadium’s Tailgate Alley to 100,000 fans at Neyland Stadium as the Governors took on the University of Tennessee Volunteers.</p><p>In mid-May, Johstono also proved she could win over a panel of judges when the elementary education major captured the title of “Miss College Majorette of Tennessee” at the Tennessee State Twirling Championships.</p><p>A former competitive twirler, Johstono’s priorities have been the Governor’s Own Marching Band and her studies since arriving at APSU. But Johnstono said a chance phone call from a former APSU twirler reignited her competitive spark.</p><p>“In April, (APSU Band Director John Schnettler) got a call from an alumnae feature twirler named Margie Beasley who asked if he had anyone who would be interested in representing APSU at the Miss Majorette competition,” Johstono said. “I figured it would be a great opportunity to both compete one last time, as well as get APSU’s name out there among the twirling community.”</p><p>With just one month to prepare, Johstono quickly got to work. While most competitors spend months preparing and often utilize twirling routines from teachers or other experts, Johnstono said she put together her performance from scratch.</p><p>“I think the really surprising thing was that it ended up being a really good routine,” Johstono joked. “Margie helped me a lot by watching my routines and offering advice, but creating my own routine was definitely a first for me.”</p><p>Johstono’s routine – as well as her personality and overall presentation – wowed the judges, as the 22-year-old twirler won the first competition she had entered in five years. The previous competition, interesting enough, had been Miss Majorette of Georgia.</p><p>Up next for Johstono is the National College Twirling competition, a weeklong event held July 20-25 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.</p><p>Johstono has been hard at work preparing, splitting time between Clarksville, her home of Macon, Georgia, as well as a twirling coach in Auburn, Alabama. Training has been a daily routine for Johstono, who said she hits the gym up to six days a week.</p><p>“Depending on what I’m doing that day, I’m spending at least an hour and a half working my lower body and core to prepare for my competition routines,” Johstono said. “And to train for my routines, I’m finding a gym or a tennis court or anywhere I can to practice my twirling routines.”</p><p>While Johstono said the competition bug has bitten her again, the senior was quick to note that her first love is still preforming for Austin Peay fans and opponents alike. After she returns from Indiana, she plans to launch into preparations for the upcoming football season.</p><p>“I like competing, but I’ll be so busy with marching band and my education that I’m not sure I’ll have time (to compete again),” Johstono said. “And honestly, marching band is so much fun that it’s not a hard job for me.</p><p>“My forte is performing and being the feature twirler for the marching band at APSU really lets me be that person who puts on a show for people.”</p><p>(Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1200" height="802" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:22:40 +0000 harriscj 105677 at APSU to provide Green Zone training to faculty, staff to better assist veteran students in transition <p><img src="" width="634" height="205" alt="Green_Zone_Sticker.png" /></p><p>Transitioning from military life to student life can be difficult for veterans, particularly if they have recently returned home from a deployment or completed their active duty service. Unlike the structured environment of the military, universities have a variety of colleges, departments and administrative areas that can feel like a complicated maze to navigate.</p><p>At Austin Peay State University, the goal is to create a more veteran-friendly university. The Green Zone program was designed to give those men and women transitioning to student life a way to recognize staff and faculty who have been trained to provide a resource and ally for student veterans and active duty service members.</p><p>Taking a cue from other major universities like Clemson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, which also provide Green Zone programs, Austin Peay will provide training in July and August for its faculty and staff who want to better understand the problems facing veteran students.</p><p>“After faculty and staff complete this training, they will become what we call a Green Zone Volunteer Ally, and as a student veteran coming onto campus, I will know you have received some sort of training and I’ll be in a safe zone when I talk to you,” Jasmin Linares, APSU Military Student Center coordinator, said.</p><p>Faculty and staff who complete the training will receive a Green Zone emblem that may be placed outside their office door and on their syllabus to allow veteran students to identify their participation.</p><p>Volunteers are not expected to be experts who can solve the unique problems facing veteran students; instead, they are trained to simply be supportive to those who have sacrificed for others.</p><p>“Not everyone needs to go to disability services or veterans affairs when they have an issue – sometimes, they just need someone who will listen,” Linares said. “When a veteran comes in who is missing a limb or is blind, you can see their issues, but what about people with invisible wounds, such as PTSD? How do you help with that?”</p><p>If students do have issues that require trained professional help, volunteers will be made knowledgeable of the many options and resources available to assist veterans.</p><p>For more information on Green Zone training, contact Jasmin Linares at the APSU Military Student Center at 931-221-1685, or email at <a href=""></a>.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="634" height="205" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:05:17 +0000 harriscj 105642 at APSU ranks 21 in nation for students with children <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The website recently released its list of the Best Colleges for Students with Children, and Austin Peay State University debuted at the No. 21 spot on the annual ranking.</p><p>            More than four million students currently attending U.S. colleges and universities are parents, and the Best Colleges list singles out the schools that offer the greatest amount of support for these individuals.</p><p>            “Our goal with this list is to provide a resource for parents of young children who would like to enroll in an accredited college program, but are unsure which campus will provide the best fit for families,” the website reported.</p><p>            APSU provides assistance to these students through the University’s Child Learning Center, which offers daytime and evening care services for children, and the University’s Adult and Nontraditional Student (ANTS) Center.</p><p>            "Students with children make up about 80 percent of the nontraditional population across the country, and these students are a huge part of Austin Peay life,” Martha Harper, coordinator for the ANTS Center, said. “They are modeling their values about education directly for their children. At Austin Peay, the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center collaborates with other departments to create some family friendly events, such as Family Movie Night, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”</p><p>         The Center is also hosting the Post-Traditional Empowerment Conference (P-TEC) on Aug. 4 for current APSU students who are coming to college after the military or being in the workforce.</p><p>          “The unique thing about P-TEC is the recognition that most post-traditional students have children,” Harper said. “Childcare will be provided for kids 2-11 years old, and the conference will actually have college-related breakout sessions for 12-17 year olds.</p><p>         “We try really hard to recognize and welcome the families of our nontraditional students."</p><p>         Information about the center is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:12:13 +0000 boothcw 105633 at APSU's ODK honor society named "Superior Circle" <p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society was recently the recipient of the ODK Superior Circle Award, distinguishing it as one of the best chapters in the nation.</p><p>            The award marks the fourth time in five years that the APSU circle has been recognized as “superior” for the continued leadership within the society. The organization has also earned four “Circle of Distinction” honors over the years, and in 2013, the APSU circle was one of only two circles nationally to receive the ODK Presidential Award of Excellence.</p><p>With its recognition as a “Superior Circle,” the chapter has distinguished itself as one of the “best” among 310 collegiate circles located across North America.</p><p>            “We continue to be seen as one of the best circles nationally, and I think this speaks to the outstanding student leadership at APSU,” Gregory Singleton, APSU associate vice president and dean of students, said.</p><p>            The national leadership honor society recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media and the creative and performing arts.</p><p>            For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 221-7341.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="2874" height="1233" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:06:33 +0000 boothcw 105494 at APSU's Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament set for July 10-11 at Ft. Campbell's Cole Park <p>Since hosting its inaugural event in 2010, the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament has returned every summer to raise money for scholarships – and will do so again next month.</p><p>The Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at Cole Park at Fort Campbell, Ky. The entry fee of $400 includes dinner, silent and live auction and scholarship presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, July 10 at the Bud Barn off Exit 19 on Interstate 24 and lunch at noon both days at Cole Park.</p><p>The shotgun start will consist of four-person teams and begin at 8 a.m. both days. Each team may include any combination of men, women, sons or daughters. Prizes will be awarded.</p><p>Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner. Tickets are $15 for individual and $25 for couples.</p><p>The Fisher golf tourney is an endowment to benefit dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., with scholarships to attend APSU.</p><p>The 2015-16 scholarship will be awarded to the selected beneficiary at the dinner July 10. Last year’s scholarship recipient was Clarksville resident Cameron Dostie, a graduate of Fort Campbell High and current ASPU freshman. Dostie’s father, Sgt. 1<sup>st</sup> Class Shawn C. Dostie, was killed in Baghdad on Dec. 30, 2005, by an improvised explosive device.</p><p>Fisher, a Clarksville native, taught in the Fort Campbell Independent School System for 33 years as a teacher and coach. As a student at Clarksville High School, he participated on both the basketball and golf teams. He added to his sports legacy on the APSU Governors basketball court.</p><p>He died at the end of the summer in 2009, only weeks after retiring.</p><p>“The Mickey Fisher Memorial Scholarship is so very special to me because out of this tragic loss, we have something very positive – a chance to help a young citizen of our community advance academically at one of the most superior postsecondary schools in the state as well as the country, Austin Peay,” Mary Fisher, also an APSU alumna, said.</p><p>For more information about the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament, call the APSU Office of Advancement at 931-221-7024, Kayla Lawrence at 931-905-0050, or visit the event’s website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:28:57 +0000 harriscj 105250 at APSU student spending summer as intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center <p>While most college students spend their summers pool- or beachside, Austin Peay State University chemistry major Shelia Johnson will be taking advantage of a unique opportunity by learning alongside some of the region’s brightest medical minds.</p><p>A chemistry major planning to pursue PharmD/PhD degrees upon graduation, Johnson is in her second summer as an Aspirnaut summer research intern at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.</p><p>Aspirnaut is a K20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program designed to give opportunities to gifted students from rural or disadvantaged communities. Participants are given individual career development, mentored by STEM professionals and offered college and professional preparation opportunities.</p><p>“I am interested in being a part of the Aspirnaut program because I love discovery and I love being challenged with a mystery and asked to solve it,” Johnson said.</p><p>Founded in 2006 by Billy Hudson and his wife, Dr. Julie K. Hudson – both affiliated with Vanderbilt University – the program has introduced hundreds of students to STEM career paths to which they may not have been exposed otherwise.</p><p>“For many of these children, there is someone in their lives, whether it be a teacher or administrator or guidance councilor, who noticed that they think a little differently or speak a little differently than many of the other students in their school,” Dr. Julie K. Hudson said. “Our message (to those students) is that this can be an opportunity that may not only change their lives for the better, but change their family’s lives. There is a big world outside of the small one you live in, filled with people who can challenge you to think and succeed.”</p><p>Johnson said her career goal is to be a cancer researcher, and the work she is doing in the lab with Aspirnaut is giving her a leg up on her peers as she prepares for life in the medical research field.</p><p>“Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to spend a great amount of time working in a lab,” Johnson said. “I have learned a number of skills that I am sure many students my age do not possess. I am challenged on a daily basis. I know what I am working on could eventually lead to helping someone years later, (and) that makes me feel like I am part of something worthwhile.”</p><p>Johnson is also interested in mentoring other students. As an undergraduate, she participates in the Austin Peay Chemistry Club, which provides opportunity and encouragement for middle and high school students who wish to pursue a career in STEM fields.</p><p>For more information about Aspirnaut, visit the website: <a href=""></a>. To find out more information on the APSU Chemsitry Department, visit online at <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr Chemistry (Dentistry, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, Parametics) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:17:09 +0000 harriscj 105249 at APSU professor Dr. Korre Foster to conduct Académie de Musique choir in Paris <p><img src="" width="300" height="425" alt="DSC_0020_1.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>In partnership with the French Académie de Musique, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of music Dr. Korre Foster will conduct a trio of choral performances in July in Paris.</p><p>Under a French-American exchange supported through a grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, Foster will be working with the Académie’s Chamber Choir, a collection of university, college and conservatory students gathered from throughout France.</p><p>From July 9-11, Foster will be conducting three shows in Paris, including performances at the Church of Sainte-Elisabeth (July 9), Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard (July 10) and Hôpital Jean-Jaurès (July 11.)</p><p>The theme of the performances will be “American choral music” -- or more specifically, a collection of United States’ spiritual choral music.</p><p>“I was approached by (Académie conductor) Jean-Philippe Sarcos last summer and he brought up the idea of this series,” Foster said. “I was asked if I could put together a sort of chronological approach to sacred American choral music, so I’ve been working to put together a program that covers a number of styles.”</p><p>The performances will include works from composers William Billings (Early American), Paul Christiansen (Lutheran Tradition) and Stacey Gibbs (Spiritual), as well as “The Conversion of Saul,” a work from composer Z. Randall Stroope and “Alleluia,” as arranged by Ralph Manuel.</p><p>Also included will be works from APSU professor Jeffrey Wood, as well as Morten Lauridsen, a longtime professor of composition at the University of Southern California.</p><p>Much like the ethnic diversity in the United States itself, Foster’s choral selections were designed to portray the diversity of American spiritual music to an audience that may otherwise be unfamiliar.</p><p>“I really wanted to put together a well-rounded program, while still working under the very specific scope of ‘sacred American choral music,’” Foster said. “It would be easy when you’re doing spiritual music to put together a collection of slower songs, but I wanted to make sure that we also included powerful music and music from Judaic and other faiths that make up ‘American spiritual’ music.”</p><p>Prior to arriving at APSU, Foster lived in Paris, where he conducted the choirs of Le Palais Royal and L’Académie de Musique alongside Sarcos. While in Paris, he also sang with VOICES Chœur International and studied voice with Glenn Chambers, professor of voice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance de Paris.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Music, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. To find out more on the Académie de Musique, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Music Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:29:36 +0000 harriscj 105158 at APSU names top candidates for athletic director position <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has narrowed its search for a new athletics director down to four strong candidates, and the University will begin interviewing the candidates in early July. APSU began looking for a new AD in April when Derek van der Merwe was promoted from that position to vice president of Advancement, Communications and Strategic Initiatives.</p><p>            After an extensive national search, the University is bringing the top candidates to campus next month for interviews. Interested campus and community members, along with the media, are invited to attend an open session with each candidate, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in the Club Level of Governors Stadium on the dates listed below.</p><p>            • Tuesday, July 7: Ryan Ivey, athletic director at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce           </p><p>            • Thursday, July 9: Jason Coomer, senior associate director of athletics for external affairs at  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville</p><p>            • Friday, July 17: Dr. Roderick D. Perry, deputy director of athletics at Wright State University</p><p>            • Wednesday, July 22: Jim Sarra, deputy director of athletics at The University of Texas at San Antonio</p><p>            “Austin Peay’s reputation continues to attract talented professionals from across the country,” APSU President Alisa White said. “These individuals have watched the momentum building within both our athletic and academic programs. I am happy to have such a strong pool of candidates, and I am confident we will pick the right person to continue to move us forward.”</p><p><b>The Candidates:</b></p><p><b>Ryan Ivey</b></p><p><b><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Ivey_Ryan_2013.jpg" /></b></p><p>             Ryan Ivey is the athletic director at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce. He developed a five-year strategic plan for that department, and he helped usher in a new culture through a series of successful coaching and administrative hires.</p><p>            Ivey earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management and his master’s degree in sports and leisure commerce from the University of Memphis, where he was a four-year letter winner as a punter and holder on the football team. He has served as associate athletic director at McNeese State, as director of operations for women’s basketball at the University of Memphis, as marketing and promotions coordinator for the University of South Dakota and as stadium operations assistant for the Memphis Redbirds.</p><p><b>Jason Coomer</b></p><p><b><img src="" width="399" height="600" alt="Jason_Coomer.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Jason Coomer is senior associate director of athletics for external affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Coomer’s leadership has resulted in SIUE athletics expanding its brand and broadening its base as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.</p><p>            Coomer earned his bachelor’s degree in social science education from the University of Southern Indiana, where he played tennis as a student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from the Ohio State University. He has served as assistant director of marketing and licensing and as assistant director of ticket sales and operations for DePaul University.</p><p><b>Dr. Roderick D. Perry</b></p><p><b><img src="" width="400" height="560" alt="Roderick_Perry.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Dr. Roderick D. Perry is deputy director of athletics at Wright State University. Perry has oversight over a $10 million budget, and he was instrumental in signing the first department-wide apparel contract with Impact Sports to wear the Nike brand exclusively.</p><p>            Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in health promotion, with an emphasis in sports administration, and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn University. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership, with a concentration in higher education administration, from the University of Dayton. He has served as senior associate athletic director at Wright State University, as associate athletic director for compliance and student services at Ohio University and as assistant athletic director for academic services at WSU.</p><p><b>Jim Sarra</b></p><p><b><img src="" width="400" height="300" alt="sarra_jim.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Jim Sarra is deputy director of athletics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Under his leadership, the department has seen an increase in the number of student-athletes achieving a 3.0, or higher, GPA, as well as an increase in the number of student-athletes named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.</p><p>            Sarra earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and his master’s degree in advanced teacher education from St. Bonaventure University. He also earned a master’s degree in sport management from Western Illinois University. During his career, he has served as senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, as associate athletics director for administration and as assistant athletics director for compliance at UTSA. He also served as senior associate athletics director for compliance and student services at the University of Maryland.</p><p>            For more information on the University’s AD search, please contact the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:10:26 +0000 boothcw 104997 at APSU releases Peay Mobile 4.0 <p><img src="" width="600" height="399" alt="20150618-APSU-App-7981-EDIT_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — For several months, Austin Peay State University’s Information Technology (IT) department has been quietly working behind the scenes to implement a new mobile application called Peay Mobile 4.0.</p><p>This new version automatically replaces the original version of the Austin Peay mobile application, providing access to student and employee accounts, class schedules, grades and campus navigation. These and other features are at the control of your thumbs through Apple and Android mobile devices. One of the app’s most significant features is the ability to pay campus bills, such as tuition. The app is free and can be downloaded by visiting</p><p>Jarad Sneed, interim ERP systems administrator, said the new product’s goal is to provide students, faculty and staff with more power to navigate campus and conduct business transactions at their fingertips.</p><p>“With the ever growing demand for mobile accessible services, Austin Peay State University, in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, wants to expand its outreach to current and future students, faculty and staff,” Sneed said. “With features that make it easier for the University community to keep up to date with campus events, see their class schedule, check grades and pay bills, the introduction to the new Peay Mobile application further enforces Austin Peay State University’s dedication to student success.”</p><p>For more information or assistance with accessing and using the app, please call the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 931-221-4357.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="600" height="399" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:10:33 +0000 boothcw 104905 at 2015 Edelweiss Club scholarship awarded to APSU student <p><img src="" width="600" height="571" alt="Edelweiss_Scholarship_2015_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Megan Taylor, a German major at Austin Peay State University, has been selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for 2015-16.</p><p>Taylor was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 10 and received a check from Debbie Whitaker, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p><p>The Clarksville Edelweiss Scholarship grants $500 per year. Students must be German majors or minors at APSU. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club is a not-for-profit organization and was founded to uphold and promote German heritage and tradition. </p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, Professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE (Edelweiss Scholarship 2015.jpg): Megan Taylor (left), who is studying German at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Debbie Whitaker (right), president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:06:13 +0000 boothcw 104527 at Sen. Green donates $50,000 to APSU College of Business <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Green_Scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s campaign to develop a state-of-the-art trading room for its College of Business students received a major boost last week when Mark Green, MD, president of the healthcare company AlignMD, presented APSU President Alisa White with a $50,000 donation for that project.</p><p>“In building our successful healthcare company, the resources that served as the foundation came from here in the Clarksville community: legal services, capital financing and accounting," Green, a Tennessee state senator and physician, said. “AlignMD is an authentic Clarksville entrepreneurial success story.”</p><p>AlignMD’s generous donation will go toward putting a trading room, and adjoining innovation rooms, on the first floor of APSU’s Kimbrough Building. The unique space will feature computer stations and terminals to provide students studying finance, marketing and management with business innovation tools that will enhance and extend their business education.</p><p>The new rooms will also complement the College of Business’ growing reputation as one of Tennessee’s top business programs. Earlier this year, the college’s Investment Challenge team placed first in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s annual Investment Challenge. Competing against teams from 25 other universities, the APSU team managed an investment portfolio that outperformed the benchmark index by more than 65 percent. The APSU team earned a 22.67 percent return for TVA invested funds, outperforming the Standard and Poor’s average by 13.69 percent.</p><p>“As a good steward and good corporate citizen, making an investment in the very business community that assisted in our success is not only the right thing to do, it's the responsible thing to do,” Green said. “Austin Peay's College of Business is the pool for the next Clarksville success story.”</p><p>Last year, APSU's Master of Science in Management program was ranked #32 in the country on The FInancial Engineer's 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU's graduate business program was the highest ranked in Tennessee.</p><p>For information on the trading room, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts; Dr. Rex Gandy, APSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Alisa White, APSU president; Sen. Mark Green, president of AlignMD; Camilla Green; Dr. William Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business; and Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president for Advancement, Communications and Strategic Initiatives. (Photo by Bill Persinger)</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="600" height="400" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Business Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:12:02 +0000 boothcw 104503 at APSU supporter Jenkins receives TBR Chancellor's Award <p><img src="" width="600" height="393" alt="Jenkins_-_award_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Don Jenkins, president and CEO of Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Honda, was presented with the Tennessee Board of Regents 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy earlier this month in recognition of his years of service to Austin Peay State University.</p><p>“Mr. Jenkins is a true friend and supporter of this University,” John Morgan, TBR Chancellor, said during the annual APSU Foundation Dinner on June 2. “What strikes me most about his generosity is that he didn’t attend Austin Peay. Mr. Jenkins graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, but as a business leader in this community, he sees the value Austin Peay State University brings, and he isn’t shy about championing this institution.”</p><p>In 2001, when Jenkins served as the chairman of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees, he pledged a major financial gift to “go toward the University’s most critical need.” At that time, the Morgan University Center was under construction, and it looked as if the University would not have enough money to complete that project. Jenkins’ gift allowed APSU to furnish the gallery and reception area in the center, providing APSU students with a place to gather and display their artwork. That area is named in his honor.</p><p>Jenkins also established two endowed scholarships at APSU, donated funds to renovate the locker rooms for APSU’s men’s basketball team and helped finance the newly renovated Governors Stadium. The basketball locker room is named in his honor, and a plaza in the new stadium is named in honor of his late son, Blake Jenkins.</p><p>His support, however, extends beyond financial contributions to Austin Peay. Jenkins regularly attends APSU athletic events, and he has served as co-chair of the APSU “Changing Minds, Changing Lives” Capital Campaign. Jenkins is a member of the APSU Presidential Circle of Advisors, and he currently serves as president of the Austin Peay Foundation.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>             </p><p>Cutline: APSU President Alisa White, Sandy Jenkins, Don Jenkins and TBR Chancellor John Morgan celebrate Don Jenkins receiving the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:07:21 +0000 boothcw 104129 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Tim Winters</b>, professor of languages and literature, was named Gertrude Smith Professor of Classics at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. This is his fourth time holding this position, and it involves teaching a graduate level introduction to the archaeology of Greece. Winters will take students to sites and museums from the prehistoric period to the Second World War and beyond. Only 40 students are chosen from all universities in the U.S. and Canada. Two sessions run during the summer, each with 20 students. Winters’ students are from schools such as Duke, Princeton and UCLA.</p><p> </p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:04:52 +0000 boothcw 103985 at Famed flutist Bennett to perform at APSU on June 12 <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" alt="William_Bennett_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite musicians leaves England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and “the greatest living flute player in the world,” has picked Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 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>“He’s just a great teacher and a charismatic player,” Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said. “He’s very interested in the expressive components of the flute.”</p><p>Wolynec, herself a gifted flutist, will join Bennett that evening for a performance of Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau’s Trio in G Major. The program will also feature some of Bennett's favorite pieces, other faculty associated with the Flute Academy and a flute choir comprised of attendees of the class.             </p><p>The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, but audience members will get to sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience. Megan Gale, a Nashville musician and former accompanist at the Rice School of Music in Houston, will accompany the performers on the piano.</p><p>Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $125 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 20:48:05 +0000 boothcw 103984 at APSU PR and Marketing Department wins six awards at 2015 TCPRA Conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="340" alt="TCPRA_awards.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won six awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest, held May 27-29 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, 2014 and April 30, 2015.</p><p>APSU’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p> </p><p>-       Gold in the Sports Photography category for a photo of APSU football players dressed in special camouflage jerseys as a part of the University’s Military Appreciation Day. APSU players were holding a large American flag before the team’s Nov. 8, 2014 homecoming game against Tennessee State.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Speech category, for an introduction of the APSU Women in Philanthropy Award, presented during the 2014 APSU Reagan Giving Circle luncheon.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Viewbook category for the “APSU Road” piece, a recruitment package aimed at prospective high school students.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Brochure/Flier category for APSU’s student financial aid brochure.</p><p> </p><p>-       Bronze in the Special Event category for the invitations and reply cards created to celebrate the inauguration of APSU President Alisa White.</p><p> </p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:09:02 +0000 boothcw 103897 at Gregory to retire after 24 years of service to APSU <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="roy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – After serving Austin Peay State University in multiple capacities for 24 years, Roy Gregory, executive director for University Advancement, announced he will retire on June 30. Gregory informed colleagues and friends of his retirement plans Thursday morning.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a special place due to the great people on campus and the outstanding alumni, supporters and friends throughout the nation,” he said. “My years at APSU have been special for me and my family. I am retiring at a time when the future is indeed bright. We have great leadership under President White and her leadership team. I pray that friends and alumni will chose to make a difference in lives through their support for this great university. I have a great appreciation for the friends and supporters who have made my job special, as I have had the pleasure to see them make a difference to Austin Peay. For that, I am truly grateful.”</p><p>On Thursday afternoon, APSU President Alisa White and Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president of Advancement, Communications and Strategic Initiatives, asked Gregory to consider staying with the University part-time because of his strong reputation with alumni and the community.</p><p>“That’s something I’m seriously considering because I’m not one to sit around the house,” Gregory said. “I like to stay busy.”</p><p>White, after hearing of Gregory’s decision to retire, praised his work ethic and his dedication to the University.</p><p>“Positions can be filled, but we will never have another Roy Gregory,” she said. “He has a passion for Austin Peay that is evident to all he meets. He has a genuine concern for people, and he's made deep, lasting relationships with the broad University community that span decades. That's why he's had so much success over the years.”</p><p>"Austin Peay has grown and achieved great things because of great people who are deeply dedicated to the educational mission of the University," said van der Merwe.  "Roy is one of those individuals who has spent a lifetime selflessly serving our alumni, community, faculty and students. His contributions will always be admired and respected."</p><p>Gregory began his career at APSU in 1991 as head coach of the Governors football team. Few people knew that he led the football program while undergoing chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.</p><p>“That was in the days before the more advanced medications to treat side effects,” Gregory said. “But I only missed one day of practice.”</p><p>In 1996, former APSU President Sal Rinella named Gregory assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. Rinella would later end scholarship football at Austin Peay. When Dr. Sherry Hoppe took on the role of president in 2001, she and Gregory worked to bring scholarship football back to campus. It returned in 2006.</p><p>On April 30, 2001, Hoppe named Gregory the executive director of University Advancement, placing him in charge of APSU’s fundraising efforts. In this new role, Gregory began work on APSU’s first capital campaign. Hoppe announced the launch of the campaign in 2003 with a goal of $15 million. The campaign was closed on March 31, 2008, after taking in a staggering $39.5 million.</p><p>Gregory earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Among his many honors, he was named Tennessee’s Football Coach of the Year in 1991 and Coach of the Tennessee Football All-Stars. In 1997, he received the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Joe Morrison Award for notable accomplishments and life experiences. He is listed in “Outstanding Personalities of the South,” and he has been a counselor for the National Conference of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Gregory’s retirement will end a 45-year career in fundraising. </p> tbr Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:18:04 +0000 boothcw 103643 at APSU students volunteer in Guatemala during summer break <p><img src="" width="600" height="338" alt="Service_Learning_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last month, nine Austin Peay State University students spent a week volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala, collectively completing 200 hours of community service.</p><p>On May 16, the students traveled to the Central American country as part of the first international alternative break trip through APSU’s new Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement. With the help of several grants, the Center was able to provide the international service opportunity for students at an affordable price.</p><p>Students spent the semester prior to the trip fundraising and learning about the culture and language in Guatemala. The volunteer work focused on a clinic in Antigua that desperately needed an expansion for children. The APSU group turned a dirt patio into a new waiting area for children in the clinic. Students mixed concrete by hand and installed a floor during that week.</p><p>In addition to their service, the students also explored a volcano, Mayan ruins, historical sites and took salsa lessons. The students documented their trip on the blog</p><p>The alternative break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement at APSU. Students apply to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and APSU faculty and staff advisors. A total of 12 trips are scheduled throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer.  </p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students should visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:29:43 +0000 boothcw 103616 at APSU honors leadership, service during annual awards program <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Student Affairs at Austin Peay State University recently honored leadership and service by individual students, student organizations, faculty and staff at its annual Student Organization and Leader Awards program. The purpose of the program is to recognize students, student organizations, faculty and staff who have made significant contributions throughout the year, both on and off campus.</p><p>“It is tremendous to see the accomplishments of our student leaders and organizations,” Victor Felts, director of Student Life and Engagement, said. “Through volunteering, raising needed funds for worthy causes, enhancing the Clarksville community and supporting the educational mission of the University, they are truly making a difference.</p><p>“In addition, our faculty and staff are increasingly becoming engaged in the lives of our students. Austin Peay has always been a special place, but the awards process certainly shines a light for others to see the great things that are happening here.”</p><p>The program’s top individual honors included Mr. Governor and Madam Governor, the Vice President’s Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Sorority Woman of the Year and Fraternity Man of the Year awards.</p><p>Seniors <b>Daniel Pitts and Brena Andring</b> were named Mr. and Madam Governor. The Mr. Governor and Madam Governor awards honor graduating students who have contributed to the University community through leadership, diversity and service and have participated in leadership roles on campus while maintaining high academic standards.</p><p><b>Andring </b>also was awarded the Vice President’s Excellence in Leadership Award. This award recognizes an outstanding graduating student who has excelled scholastically, has a distinguished record of involvement on campus and has excelled in leadership. </p><p><b>Max Helms and Jill Anderson</b> were named Fraternity Man of the Year and Sorority Woman of the Year in recognition of exceptional scholarship, involved and effective leadership, community service and honor to the Greek community.</p><p>Other students earning recognition include the following:</p><p>• <b>Julia Batson,</b> Governors Pride Senior Leadership Award</p><p>•  <b>Zac Gillman,</b> Governors Pride Leadership Award<br /> • <b>Kelly Sanson</b>, Valor Award</p><p>• <b>Aleksas Tverijonas</b>, Athlete Leader of the Year, Govs Tennis</p><p>• <b>Jada Stotts</b>, Athlete Leader of the Year, Lady Govs Volleyball</p><p>• <b>Abigail Wilt</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Peer Mentor and Education</p><p>• <b>Wes Beagle</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Philanthropic/Community Service</p><p>• <b>Danielle Hunter</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Celebration and Promotion of Diversity</p><p>•<b> Kyle Donald</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Spiritual Development</p><p>• <b>Zac Gillman</b>, Governors Service Award</p><p>• <b>Jordan Adams</b>, Betty Joe Wallace Women’s Studies Activist Award</p><p>• <b>Kelbi Morrow</b>, Andrew L. “Drew” Simmons Intramural Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Tom Carvell</b>, Adult Student Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Chace Drew</b>, Student Veteran of the Year</p><p>• <b>Austin McKain</b>., Governors Rising Freshmen Leader</p><p>• <b>Ryan Honea</b>, Governors Rising Sophomore Leader</p><p>• <b>Harlie Fuqua</b>, Governors Rising Junior Leader</p><p>• <b>Garrett Orton</b>, Extended Community Service Award</p><p>• <b>Baptist Collegiate Ministries</b>, Governors Impact Award</p><p>• <b>Maureen Lund and Jamie Shelton</b>, ­­­­­­­­­­­Volunteer of the Year Award</p><p>• <b>Zac Gillman, </b>Civic Engagement Award<br /> • <b>Joshua Hinkley,</b> Distinguished Student Research Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Abbi Wilt, </b>Student Employee of the Year, Communication Department</p><p>• <b>Travis Hodge</b>, Del Square Psi, and <b>Victoria Davis</b>, Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Student Organization Member of the Year</p><p>• <b>Mickey Springer</b>, Tammy Bryant Silent Inspiration Award</p><p>• <b>Lauren Ashley Hacket</b>, Housing/Residence Life Program of the Year</p><p>• <b>Kali Cooper</b>, Child Learning Center Parent Volunteer of the Year</p><p>Faculty and staff receiving honors for 2014 included the following:</p><p>• Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year, <b>Dr. Karen Meisch</b>, Biology</p><p>• Exemplary Staff Member of the Year, <b>April Williams</b>, administrative assistant</p><p>• Student Organization Adviser of the Year, <b>Christina Chester-Fangman</b>, adviser, Students for Secular Humanism</p><p>• Best New Student Organization Adviser, <b>John Genis</b>, adviser, Alpha Sigma Phi</p><p>• Governors Impact Award Staff, <b>Tracy Nichols</b>, professor of communication</p><p>Student organizations receiving honors for 2014 were the following:</p><p>• <b>Gay-Straight Alliance</b>, Student Organization of the Year                       </p><p>• <b>Alpha Delta Pi Sorority</b>, Greek Organization of the Year</p><p>• <b>Sigma Chi Fraternity</b>, Wyatt Spirit Award</p><p>• <b>Student Government Association</b>, Governors Service Award</p><p>• <b>Alpha Delta Pi</b>, Panhellenic Council, <b>Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity</b>, <b>Inc</b>., National Pan-Hellenic Council<b>,</b> and<b> Kappa Alpha Order</b>, Interfraternity Council, received the President’s Cup Award for academic excellence.</p><p>• <b>Baptist Collegiate Ministries</b>, Governors Impact Award</p><p>• <b>Sigma Chi Fraternity</b>, Rising Star Organization Award</p><p>• <b>Alpha Tau Omega</b> Program of the Year Award, for “Jump for Judes”</p><p>• <b>Student Government Association</b>, Outstanding Community Service Program, for “The Big Event”</p><p>• <b>Chi Omega</b>, Fundraiser of the Year Award, “Wings for Wishes”</p><p>• <b>Govs Programming Council</b>, Thousand Points of Light Program Award, for “AP Apollo”</p><p>• <b>Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.</b>, and <b>NAACP Collegiate Chapter</b>, Multicultural Program of the Year, for “The Leadership Forum”<i></i></p><p>•<b> Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Alpha Gamma Rho</b>, Co-Sponsored Program of the Year, for “Fire, Diamonds, and Ice”<i></i></p><p>The APSU students selected to be included with the 2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities were recognized with certificates. These included <b>Erika Adams, Jordan Adams, Karlic Adams, Daniel Anderson, Brean Andring, Labria Appleton, Matthew Barnett, Julia Batson, Lucas Bearden, Amanda Blankenship, Amber Botts, Keedy Burdeshaw, Llaria Calo, Kali Cooper, Haley Cowley, Chesley Denning, Brooke Diggs, Alexis Eldridge, Cassie Elrod, Julie Flowers, Julia Freelend, Megan Hart, Max Helms, Leah Henson, Josh Hinkley, Breigh Jones, Rylan Kean, Lauren Maki, Lauren McKinney, Tyler Meadows, Courtney Melton, Doreen Merickle, Jonell Nicholson, Jennifer Nwokocha, Te’Lysha Peaks, Tikehe Peebles, Alexa Riley, Kaitlin Roe, Danie Suiter, Randy Valerio, Carrie West</b> and <b>Kayla Williams</b>.</p><p>The Tammy Bryant Silent Inspiration Award was recently named after Bryant, director of Student Affairs at APSU, for her long service to the University and becomes she epitomizes the meaning of the award.</p><p>For additional information, please contact Victor Felts, Director of Student Life and Engagement, at 931-221-7431.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> tbr Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:49:07 +0000 boothcw 103571 at APSU, Mid-Cumberland Regional Safety Council to offer BBS, OSHA training courses <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University is partnering with the Mid-Cumberland Regional Safety Council to offer Behavioral Based Safety Training and OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Training classes this month.</p><p>Both classes will be held in McReynolds Building, room 219 on the University campus.</p><p>Behavior Based Safety Training (BBS) is an employee-driven performance management process designed to cultivate a proactive and safe work culture. BBS promotes interventions that are people-oriented and employee driven initiatives that have a proactive focus, encouraging individuals to assess their own work practices and behaviors.    </p><p>BBS is a three-hour course that will meet for one session on June 17, from 3:30-6:45 p.m. Cost to register is $75 per person. If you register five spots, you will receive the sixth registration at half price.</p><p>OSHA 10 Hour General Industry training includes introduction to OSHA, emergency plans, walking-working surfaces, personal protective equipment, hazard communication/GHS, electrical safety, industrial hygiene, machine guarding and lock-out/tag-out. Upon successful completion of the course, an OSHA 10 Hour General Industry card will be issued. Course will be held with a certified trainer.</p><p>OSHA training will be offered on June 22-24. Classes on Monday and Tuesday will meet 3:30-6:45 p.m.; class on Wednesday will meet 3:30-8 p.m. Cost to register is $150. If you register five spots, you will receive the sixth registration at half price.</p><p>To register for BBS training, visit <a href=""></a>. To register for OSHA training, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Continuing and Professional Education unit, visit <a href=""></a> or call 931-221-7816.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:00:38 +0000 harriscj 103499 at APSU Governors Games to benefit military alumni, student scholarships <p><img src="" width="576" height="400" alt="Govs_Games.png" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In honor of the military students and their families who help make Austin Peay State University strong, the 2015 APSU Governors Games Powered by CrossFit Clarksville will benefit the APSU Military Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment.</p><p>All proceeds from the event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Governors Stadium and the Foy Fitness &amp; Recreation Center Pool on the University campus, will fund scholarships to assist those men and women keeping our country safe.</p><p>The Governors Games is a team competition. Each team must be comprised of two men and two women. The Games will include four events, with each team competing in three and the top five teams facing off in a fourth, and final, event.</p><p>Cost to participate is $500 per team. One person from each team must complete the registration for all team members. To guarantee your team receives their desired t-shirt sizes, registration must be completed before June 12.</p><p>APSU continues to be recognized for its dedication to veterans and active duty military students. The state’s largest provider of higher education to soldiers, veterans and their families, Austin Peay was named in 2013 and 2014 a “Military Friendly School,” and is recognized as the state’s best university for vets by the Military Times.</p><p>Earlier this year, G.I. Jobs magazine named the university to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success,” an initiative seeking to help veterans succeed on campus.</p><p>Visit <a href="" title=""></a> for more information and to register for the event.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:12:36 +0000 harriscj 102960 at APSU professor Stefan Woltmann featured in National Geographic article on Gulf of Mexico spill <p><img src="" width="500" height="333" alt="20150522-Stefan-Woltmann-1224.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which flooded nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, scientists are still struggling to unravel the mysteries of a natural habitat deeply impacted by the largest oil spill in U.S. waters.</p><p>National Geographic recently published the first part of a five-part series marking the incident’s fifth anniversary. In the first installment, titled “Is Gulf Oil Spill's Damage Over or Still Unfolding?,” the magazine probed the minds of scientists and researchers devoting their time to discovering the way millions of gallons of oil has changed, or will continue to change, the Gulf of Mexico and the creatures that call that landscape home.</p><p>Austin Peay State University assistant professor of biology Stefan Woltmann was one of the scientific authorities approached, and he offered his thoughts on the bigger food chain of the Gulf and how the spilled oil impacted organisms that don’t even inhabit the water.</p><p>“There’s a lot of stuff that we, as scientists, don’t know because things are still playing out,” Woltmann said. “It’s a much different situation in the Gulf of Mexico than any other oil spills in history.</p><p>“For one, this is different because of the location where it happened, but also because of the sheer size of the spill – it’s the (second largest oil spill in U.S. history,)” Woltmann continued. “Everyone thinks of the Exxon Valdez spill, but it’s colder where that happened (in Alaska), it’s a lot rockier of an environment and there was really a lot less oil than (with the Deepwater Horizon spill).”</p><p>In the piece, author Craig Welch discussed the topic of Seaside Sparrows – a bird common in the Louisiana saltmarshes that had greatly reduced populations in the first few years following the spill.</p><p>Woltmann, an expert in ornithology, or the study of birds, was an obvious choice to discuss the impact the 2010 spill had on the birds and the marshes they inhabit.</p><p>While the idea of sparrows, creatures that don’t dive or swim on the ocean’s surface, being affected by an oil spill may seem counterintuitive, scientists have discovered quite the opposite.</p><p>Meadows once rich with spiders, crickets and other prey for sparrows were greatly impacted by the spill of oil. As a result, scientists like Woltmann have observed a marked decrease in sparrow population in those areas – a surprising and potentially serious finding according to many in the scientific community.</p><p>“(The Coastal Waters Consortium) was looking at marsh ecology following the spill and this is where sparrows come into things,” Woltmann said. “They’re the main breeding bird out there and they live in those marshes all year long. They seemed to us to be a good indicator of the overall health of the marsh because they’re eating things that eat the plants, and if they don’t have plants, the entire food web can change.”</p><p>A complete understanding of the impact the spill had on the Gulf could take years, if not decades. As stated in the piece, scientists still do not have a complete view of the Exxon Valdez spill, which took place over 26 years ago.</p><p>It is that search for an answer they may never ultimately find, Woltmann said, that drives researchers like himself to study the impact of events like the Deepwater Horizon spill.</p><p>“This is the one of the largest uncontrolled experiments that has ever happened,” Woltmann said. “From a scientific standpoint, we’re much more in a forensic mode than an experiment mode because there’s no control here. We have nothing to compare this situation to and things are constantly shifting around us in nature.”</p><p>The National Geographic story can be found online at <a href=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s department of biology, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Biology Wed, 27 May 2015 13:43:17 +0000 harriscj 102756 at APSU's Army ROTC named a 2014 MacArthur Award winner <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20150319-ROTC-2460_copy.jpg" /></p><p>Fort Knox, Ky.– The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced that Austin Peay State University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) department has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for the school year 2013-2014.</p><p>The awards, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.</p><p>The APSU program represents Cadet Command’s Seventh Brigade, which consists of  the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.</p><p>The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.</p><p>Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.</p><p>The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year through 275 host programs, and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses, nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.</p> tbr Tue, 26 May 2015 21:22:21 +0000 boothcw 102702 at APSU professor Dr. Deborah Buchanan named Counselor Educator of the Year <p><img src="" width="324" height="400" alt="buchanan.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Deborah Buchanan, an assistant professor and program coordinator in the University’s Department of Psychology, was recently honored for her excellence in preparing the next generation of school counselors.</p><p>Buchanan was selected as the Counselor Educator of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Counseling Association (MTCA) at the group’s annual award banquet in early May.</p><p>“Under (Dr. Buchanan’s) leadership and direction, the (counseling) program has grown,” Dr. Eva Gibson, APSU adjust instructor and local school counselor, said. “Not only does she provide her students with quality curriculum, but she plays an active role in strengthening the relationship between the University and the local school system.</p><p>“(Buchanan) has participated in collaborative school counselor in-services, facilitated counselor/student gatherings and co-presented at professional conferences on the importance of building relationships,” Gibson, who nominated Buchanan for the award, continued. “Our future school counselors are well equipped under her care."</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Department of Psychology, visit online at <a href=""></a>, or call at (931) 221-7233.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo credit: Dr. Deborah Buchanan (left) is pictured with Ashley Sievers (right), immediate past president and awards chair for MTCA.</p> Psychology Behavioral and Health Sciences Wed, 20 May 2015 19:58:05 +0000 harriscj 102243 at APSU alumnus Pace receives TBR philanthropy award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Wayne_pace.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Wayne Pace (’68), Austin Peay State University alumnus and former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Time Warner Inc., was recently honored by the Tennessee Board of Regents for his unwavering generosity toward his alma mater. In late April, TBR Vice Chair Emily Reynolds presented Pace with the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.</p><p>            Several years ago, Pace and his wife, Bobbi (’69), gave a sizeable donation to APSU for a much needed renovation and expansion of the Emerald Hill Mansion. Their gift helped preserve the antebellum home, which is listed on the Register of Historic Places, and it is now referred to as the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.</p><p>            That large gift, however, only represents a small portion of his generosity toward APSU. Pace would go on to establish six endowed scholarships at the University. In 2013, he rallied support from the community to create the Ben Fendley Athletic Scholarship at Austin Peay, in honor of his former basketball coach. Pace made a generous contribution to that scholarship as well.</p><p>            In addition to helping lead Time Warner Inc., Pace served as vice chair and chief financial and administrative officer at Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and he was responsible for the historic October 1996 merger of Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner.</p><p>            “Austin Peay is a stronger institution thanks to Mr. Pace’s generosity,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We are fortunate to have him as one of our key supporters. “</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White and Tennessee Board of Regents Vice Chair Emily Reynolds present Wayne Pace (’68) with the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Tue, 19 May 2015 19:53:25 +0000 boothcw 102174 at APSU students place first in TVA Investment Challenge <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you’re looking for someone to manage your investments, the Tennessee Valley Authority would probably recommend you pick a graduate of the Austin Peay State University College of Business. Every year, the government owned utility hosts its Investment Challenge, which has student investment teams from 25 universities competing to manage and earn the highest return for TVA funds. During the competition, students develop long-term investment strategies, place trades and provide performance reports to TVA.</p><p>The results are now in for this year’s challenge, and APSU’s team dominated the competition with its student-managed portfolio outperforming the benchmark index by more than 65 percent. The APSU team, consisting of students enrolled in the college’s Selecting Equity Investments course, earned a 22.67 percent return for TVA, outperforming the Standard and Poor’s average of 13.69 percent.</p><p>This isn’t the first time an APSU team has won the competition. In 2012, Austin Peay students managed a portfolio that also ranked first in annual performance. The APSU College of Business stock portfolio is now worth more than $650,000.</p><p>Dr. Michael Phillips, APSU professor of business, credits the outstanding performance to “the hard work, sound research, and excellent portfolio choices put forth by the students involved in the Selecting Equity Investments course since the inception of the competition in 1998.”</p><p>TVA created the Investment Challenge in 1998 to promote economic development and to strengthen the educational infrastructure located in its service area.  Specifically, TVA provided students with real-world, hands on experience in managing real stock portfolios under the guidance of a faculty member.</p><p>To expand on this success, the APSU College of Business is in the process of developing a trading room and innovation rooms in the Kimbrough Building for these students. The rooms will feature computer stations and terminals to provide students studying finance, marketing and management with business innovation tools that will enhance and extend their business education.</p><p>The University has already received a lead gift for this project, and it is still seeking donors to help provide this space to APSU business students. For information on the project, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on the APSU investment team, contact Phillips at <a href=""></a>. </p> tbr Fri, 15 May 2015 20:22:07 +0000 boothcw 101988 at