Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-debuts-first-accelerated en APSU students present collaborative project on reality of college http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-students-present-collaborative-project-reality-college <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a unique collaboration between Austin Peay State University students, members of the APSU Social and Political Narrative and Sociology Senior Capstone courses are exploring what it really costs to attend college.</p><p>            Dubbed “AT WHAT COST? — The Reality of a College Education,” the project represents the work between two groups of highly talented students exploring the high price of an education, and the price people pay financially, emotionally and physically. The project will be presented and showcased from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at a luncheon in APSU’s McCord Building, room 209.</p><p>            The presentation will take the form of a poster project, discussing themes developed from interviews conducted on campus, as well as personal narratives from sociology students. In collaboration with APSU art students, the groups helped shape the message each poster conveys.</p><p>            Each poster was made using APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333, or email Cynthia Marsh at <a href="mailto:marshc@apsu.edu">marshc@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, communication specialist </em></p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:55:48 +0000 boothcw 92633 at http://www.apsu.edu Christmas with David Steinquest and Friends presents Jingle Bells performance http://www.apsu.edu/news/christmas-david-steinquest-and-friends-presents-jingle-bells-performance <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The venue is grand, but the setting will be intimate as Austin Peay State University professor of music David Steinquest presents his fifth annual Christmas concert.</p><p>            Titled “Jingle Bells,” Steinquest’s concert will take over The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2014, transforming the venue into a “homey” setting.</p><p>            “We set the stage up like a living room, complete with a couch, chair, lamps and tables with drinks and food and a Christmas tree,” Steinquest said. “It makes the audience feel like they just walked in on a Christmas party … it will be very informal and very fun.”</p><p>            A group of talented performers will take the stage, including David Alford, known for his role as Bucky Dawes on the hit ABC show “Nashville,” and Allison Campbell, vocals; Elvis Costello band member Jeff Taylor, piano; Paul Binkley of the legendary group Alabama, guitar; Tony Nagy, bass; Matt DeVore, drums; Steinquest, percussion; Erin Binkley; and the APSU Percussion Ensemble.</p><p>            “It’s a really great (group) we have, and there’s a really nice sync in terms of the band’s personalities because we’ve all known each other for a long time,” Steinquest said. “And it’s also really cool for our students (with the APSU Percussion Ensemble), because they get a chance to interact with professionals and that’s always a great opportunity for them.”</p><p>            This year’s show includes classic Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “Tennessee Christmas” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” These holiday standards will be performed in the style of famous artists including Barbra Streisand, Amy Grant, Over the Rhine, Sara Groves, Dave Barnes, Rosie Thomas, Family Force 5 and Harry Connick, Jr.</p><p>             Admission is either two cans of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, or $3. This concert sold out last year, so attendees are encouraged to get tickets ahead of time by contacting the APSU music office at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:54:05 +0000 boothcw 92632 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology hosting open house http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-dept-computer-science-and-information-technology-hosting-open-house <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – All students should have the opportunity to create tomorrow’s technology, and that is why the Austin Peay State University Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is joining thousands of other institutions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week.</p><p>An annual program, Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the importance of computer science education. The Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org organize the international event, which is supported by the U.S. Congress, Microsoft, Google, Intel and many more organizations.</p><p>Answering the call to action, APSU CSIT is hosting an open house event on from 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building. The event will include a number of activities, including student presentations, student and faculty research demonstrations and games and other creative program displays. There will also be a birthday cake to celebrate the achievements of Grace Murray Hopper, a revered pioneer of computer science who is credited with coining the term “debugging”.</p><p>“It’s pretty exciting for us to get the students doing their project presentations and bringing out their research,” Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Joseph V. Elarde said. “This is really a celebration of the field of computer science.”</p><p>Prizes and recognition will also be offered for standout student poster board displays and contributions.</p><p>For more information, or if you wish to do a poster-board presentation about a computer science topic or interdisciplinary project, contact Elarde through email at <a href="mailto:elardej@apsu.edu">elardej@apsu.edu</a> or via telephone at (931) 221-7301.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, communication specialist </em></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:52:33 +0000 boothcw 92631 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU nursing program supports breast cancer research at 5K race http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-nursing-program-supports-breast-cancer-research-5k-race <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Adkins_SusanG.JPG" width="450" height="600" alt="Adkins_SusanG.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The fight against breast cancer received a boost last month when more than 30 members of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing participated in the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood.</p><p>Rebecca MacAdam, a senior nursing student, organized APSU’s participation in the event, with APSU raising more than $2,300 for breast cancer research.</p><p>“Rebecca exhibited excellent leadership skills in making this outstanding contribution to breast health a reality within the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing and associate professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing. “Much of this money comes back to Montgomery County to assist the underserved population in obtaining mammograms.”</p><p>Earlier this year, the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded a $35,985 grant to the APSU School of Nursing and the Montgomery County Health Department to provide mammography services to underserved women in this area. Because of that grant, the University’s name was prominently displayed in a program distributed at the race.</p><p>More than 20,000 people participated in the race on Oct. 25, and Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 19 minutes and 32 seconds. In addition to Adkins, the APSU contingent that day consisted of 30 nursing students and three faculty members: Orr, Dr. Debbie Ellison and Kristen Hershey.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, shows off her winning time at the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood. </p> tbr School of Nursing Behavioral and Health Sciences opportunities Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:17:54 +0000 boothcw 92577 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU caring for feral cats with Paws to Care program http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-caring-feral-cats-paws-care-program <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The campus of Austin Peay State University is home to more than 15 feral cats and kittens, and members of the university community are doing their part to both care for and provide a home for APSU’s feline family.</p><p>            Rather than removing or adopting out these feral cats, the mission of Paws to Care is to provide a stable cat colony on campus. By providing spaying and neutering services, as well as treating them for rabies and other illnesses, the territorial-minded cats help prevent the community from growing out of control.</p><p>           APSU Physical Plant Operations Manager Debbie Suiter said feral cats that have not been spayed or neutered could reproduce at a rate that can increase a population from 12 cats to 2,000 in just four years.</p><p>            “Our goal is to spay and neuter the larger cats, but not adopt them out because they’re so hard to tame,” Suiter said. “Plus, this campus is their home, and they help to keep down other issues like rodents.”</p><p>            Beyond caring for adult cats, Paws to Care adopts out younger kittens. Suiter said the organization has already adopted six kittens to people in the area. The goal, Suiter said, is to place kittens in a home before they can become feral.</p><p>            “Our other goal is to take the kittens and find them a home away from campus,” Suiter said. “Once (the kittens) get socialized, they really do become sweet.”</p><p>            For more information, visit Paws to Care online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/advancement/giving">www.apsu.edu/advancement/giving</a>, or contact Suiter by email at <a href="mailto:suiterL@apsu.edu">suiterL@apsu.edu</a> or telephone at (931)-221-7021.</p><p>            Donations are accepted in any amount, however a $300 donation can provide one feral cat with vaccinations, spay or neuter procedures and food for one year.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist</em></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:05:02 +0000 boothcw 92476 at http://www.apsu.edu Classics at APSU celebrates ancient languages with 8th annual Classics Day event http://www.apsu.edu/news/classics-apsu-celebrates-ancient-languages-8th-annual-classics-day-event <p>CLARSKVILLE, Tenn. — Latin is very much a living language on the campus of Austin Peay State University, as Classics at APSU recently hosted its annual Classics Day event for area high school students.</p><p>The all-day event brought together a record 144 students from Montgomery County high schools for a day of activities centered on the languages of the ancient world. Gathered at the APSU Morgan University Center, faculty members and current APSU students gave lectures on their studies of classic languages, with students also taking part in a skit promoting this year’s theme of the study of Latin.</p><p>Students were also able try their hand at Certamen, a quiz bowl game based on the Latin language and Roman culture.</p><p>The Classics Day event serves a number of purposes, but APSU Classics professor Dr. Tim Winters said he wants to show interested young students that they are not alone in their interest in what is considered a “dead” language.</p><p>“We want to bring (students) together in one place so that they can see there are other kids (interested in classical language) and that they are not alone,” Winters said. “And for our local (high school) teachers, this event gives them a chance to talk amongst themselves and share ideas and experiences.”</p><p>Beyond the academic, students were also provided an opportunity to create their own mosaics in tribute to the style of art frequently attributed to Greek and Roman culture.</p><p>“We wanted to show the students that the classics are something they can have fun with,” Winters said. “We wanted to give them a chance to take things outside of the academic setting and really play with (classic culture).”</p><p>Since starting the mid-week event in 2012, Winters said he has seen a great response from the area high school community. What began with roughly 100 kids, Winters said, is expected to double in size in the coming years.</p><p>“The word is definitely out and the kids love it,” Winters said. “They love to be able to come down and be on the college campus, and we love being able to show them the programs and opportunities we have here at APSU.”</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:03:05 +0000 boothcw 92475 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU computer science program recognized on national list http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-computer-science-program-recognized-national-list <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation.  </p><p>According to the rankings, available at <a href="http://www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs/">http://www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs/</a>, “APSU enables their students to compete in the business world by equipping them with the newest skills and knowledge.”</p><p>ComputerScienceOnline.org examined programs at universities across the country and scored them based on online tuition costs, student-faculty ratio, 6-year graduation rates, percentage of students receiving financial aid, the availability of academic and career counseling services and accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.</p><p>"Students wishing to enter one of the fastest-growing career fields have more options than ever,” Doug Jones, founder of ComputerScienceOnline.org, said. "These schools offer students the flexibility of online learning options from high-quality, accredited institutions."</p><p>The APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers bachelor degree programs in five concentrations: computer science, information systems, internet and web technology, database administration and networking.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:14:38 +0000 boothcw 92454 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Maddox-Vinson recognized for early childhood education advocacy http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-maddox-vinson-recognized-early-childhood-education-advocacy <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/lisa.jpeg" width="456" height="600" alt="lisa.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lisa Maddox-Vinson has earned a reputation over the years as a dedicated advocate for educating young children. She currently works as a coordinator with the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) at Austin Peay State University, and she is on the executive board for the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC).</p><p>Last month, her reputation caught up with her while she was attending the TAEYC State Conference in Chattanooga. At the meeting, Maddox-Vinson was named the association’s 2014 Outstanding Member. She received the most nominations in the history of this award.</p><p>“Lisa has served children and families in Tennessee in many ways,” Debbie Ferguson, TAEYC executive board member, said. “She has taught us the importance of being a life-long learner. She lives every moment to the fullest and has devoted her career to improving children’s lives.” </p><p>Maddox-Vinson is co-president, along with APSU TECTA coordinator Jennifer Jackson, of the Two Rivers AEYC in Clarksville. She is also serving her second term as Tennessee’s representative for the Southern Early Childhood Association.</p><p>“She is passionate about promoting literacy for young children and she loves books,” Ferguson said. “Tennessee is fortunate to have Lisa working for all our children and families.”</p><p>TECTA is a statewide professional development system for people who are employed in licensed child care programs. The system provides tuition assistance to pay for courses that lead to a national credential, an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in early childhood.</p><p>APSU has hosted a TECTA site since 1998, and in that time, it has allowed hundreds of child care workers to earn credentials and degrees, all while fulfilling the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ required professional development hours.</p><p>For more information on Maddox-Vinson or the TECTA program at APSU, visit the website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/tecta">www.apsu.edu/tecta</a>. </p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:48:29 +0000 boothcw 92241 at http://www.apsu.edu Election race heats up between old and new APSU mascots http://www.apsu.edu/news/election-race-heats-between-old-and-new-apsu-mascots <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/campaign.jpg" width="600" height="403" alt="campaign.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE – And you thought election season was over.</p><p>Unchallenged for years as the official mascot for Austin Peay State University, Governor Peay X's stranglehold on that role appears in serious jeopardy. A new candidate – known as 'The Gov' – has emerged to oppose the incumbent in a race to become the face of Austin Peay.</p><p>Austin Peay is rife with change at the moment. A new logo, refurbished football stadium and the addition of new President Dr. Alisa White have made the climate right for a challenger to a long-established figure. Though a newcomer to the mascot world, The Gov has picked an opportune moment to throw his hat into the ring to become Austin Peay's next mascot.</p><p>The Gov may be an upstart, but has the support of many key community figures – among them Thurman Campbell Director of Business Development Brandi Bryant, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President and manager of 5-Star Radio Group Katie Gamble, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville-Montgomery County Director of Schools Dr. B.J. Worthington and Montgomery County Economic Development Council Executive Director Cal Wray.</p><p>As the challenger, The Gov sees change not as something to fear but to be accepted. Governor Peay, he says, has gotten complacent over the years with no opposition and has refused to evolve with the times.</p><p>"Governor Peay has a history of success, there can be no doubt," The Gov said. "But it's just that – history. For too long, he's sat to the side as Austin Peay has moved into a new era – a new logo, a new football stadium, a constantly expanding campus. Governor Peay is a relic from a bygone era. It's time for a representative more befitting the university's status as one of the most progressive, community-oriented schools in the nation.</p><p>"And I think I am the mascot for that job."</p><p>The challenger will face a stiff task – Governor Peay X ('X' herein as the Roman Numeral 10) has been a pillar of stability at Austin Peay. Since his arrival in 2002, Governor Peay has enjoyed 30 Ohio Valley Conference Championships and watched as <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=125">Dave Loos</a></dfn> and <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=97">Gary McClure</a></dfn> became the OVC's all-time winningest coaches in men's basketball and baseball, respectively.</p><p>Governor Peay has some major players in the Clarksville community in his corner as well, including local attorney/city councilman and former Govs Club President Joel Wallace, local attorney Kevin Kennedy, Don Jenkins of Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Honda, President and CEO of Hand Family Companies Charles Hand and Legends Bank Chairman/CEO Billy Atkins.</p><p>Governor Peay stands on his record – a record he says is unattainable by the would-be usurper of his status.</p><p>"Young pup," Governor Peay said of his challenger. "It's always easier said than done. My record is unimpeachable, my presence erudite and my challenger simply has no record to stand on, while I have proven myself time and again over a distinguished career. I've been the best representative of Austin Peay I can be over the last 12 years, and I see no reason to believe I won't continue to be the face of this institution for years to come."</p><p>The tide of the Austin Peay community have shifted in the years since Austin Peay last saw fit to introduce a different mascot to campus. The candidates’ community impact will be an imperative campaign point as Austin Peay ushers in a renewed focus on the greater Clarksville area. Both will be highly-visible in the run-up to the final day of voting.</p><p>Wednesday marks the official beginning of the election cycle, and both candidates will be out in Tailgate Plaza for Austin Peay's final home football game of 2014, against Tennessee Tech this Saturday, to greet fans and kick off their respective campaigns. After that, both candidates will be on hand for every home basketball game at the Dunn Center – 23 in all – and every on-campus Peay Patrol (held each Friday) leading up to the day the polls close, Feb. 26, 2015, which doubles as Austin Peay’s final men's basketball home contest for the 2014-15 season.</p><p>Wallace will serve as campaign manager for Governor Peay X, while Bryant will be the liaison for The Gov. Noah Goble will serve as the moderator for scheduled press events and debates.</p><p>Voting for The Campaign – 2015 is already underway. Constituents are invited to text THEGOV (for the challenger) or PEAY10 (for the incumbent) to 85923 to make their voice heard in the race.</p><p>"Everything that we do at Austin Peay is to include our community and to create a stage to celebrate our rich community," said Austin Peay Director of Athletics <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=203">Derek van der Merwe</a></dfn>. "Today, we launch a campaign to elect a new Governor. More importantly, we are starting a campaign to educate the youth of our community about civic duty, citizenship and the important role the our Austin Peay Governor has in the history of our community."</p><p> </p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:46:37 +0000 boothcw 92221 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Cadet Shriver to attend U.S. Army National Combine http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-cadet-shriver-attend-us-army-national-combine <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Shriver.JPG" width="447" height="600" alt="Shriver.JPG" /></p><p> </p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Andrew Shriver, a cadet with the Austin Peay State University ROTC program, was recently selected from among hundreds of candidates within the 7<sup>th</sup> Brigade to attend the U.S. Army National Combine. The combine is held every year in San Antonio, Texas, and hosts the top 500 junior football players from high schools throughout the nation. These students are tested in various events, such as the 40-yard dash, the short shuttle and the vertical jump, and then they are placed on teams to play football.</p><p>            Shriver will attend the combine from Jan. 1-Jan. 4. He will grade the high school students on their performance in the evaluated events.</p><p>            “I’m excited to see and possibly meet some of the nation’s rising football stars, while also representing Austin Peay and our ROTC program,” he said.</p><p>            In July, Shriver participated in a four-week ROTC training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he received the Reserve Officers Association Award. That award is presented to the cadet in each regiment who reflects the best traits of a leader.</p><p>            Shriver, a Clarksville native with no prior military experience, is one of the reasons why the APSU ROTC program is considered one of the best programs in the nation.  For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science and Leadership at 931-221-6156.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:49:54 +0000 boothcw 92150 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-30 <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>Sherryl Byrd</b>, vice president for Student Affairs, and <b>Tim Hurst</b>, assistant vice president for Finance, recently served as members of Off-Site Reaffirmation Committees in Atlanta for the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states with the mission of assuring the educational quality and improving the effectives of its member institutions.  Off-Site Committees are comprised of peer reviewers from similar type institutions and use collective judgment to make the initial evaluation of compliance with the standards.  This information is then used by the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee responsible for the campus visit and final recommendation to the SACSCOC Committee on Compliance and Reports and, ultimately, the Executive Council.  All institutions accredited by the SACSCOC are reviewed in 10-year cycles.  </p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:33:50 +0000 boothcw 92130 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosts 20th annual Bread and Words reading on Nov. 24 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosts-20th-annual-bread-and-words-reading-nov-24 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for life’s blessings, and the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature hosts an annual reading to benefit those less fortunate in the community the best way it knows how: through the written word.</p><p>The tradition continues with the 20<sup>th</sup> Annual Bread and Words reading on Nov. 24 in the APSU Morgan University Center Ballroom. The evening begins with a meal of soups and breads at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. reading of poetry and fiction by students and faculty from the creative writing program. Chuck Emery will also be on hand to provide music.</p><p>A recommended donation of $5 is requested at the door. All proceeds will go to the APSU campus food bank to help students and staff members in need.</p><p>Readers for this year’s event will be Barry Kitterman, Conor Scruton, Chaseton Donahoe, Sarah L. Key, Ericka Suhl and Elizabeth Upshur.</p><p>Members and friends of the APSU Department of Languages and Literature who wish to provide pots of soup or loaves of bread may do so before 6 p.m. the evening of the event.  Those interested in donating may contact Ken Cervelli by telephone at (931) 221-7864 or by email at <a href="mailto:cervellik@apsu.edu">cervellik@apsu.edu</a>. Marisa Sikes may also be contacted with an offer by telephone at (931) 221-7212 or by email at <a href="mailto:sikesm@apsu.edu">sikesm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>For more information about the benefit, contact Susan Wallace in the APSU Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts by telephone at (931) 221-7031 or by email at <a href="mailto:wallacess@apsu.edu">wallacess@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>- <em>Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Arts and Letters tbr Languages and Literature opportunities Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:22:02 +0000 boothcw 92128 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Dept. of Theatre and Dance to add new degrees in 2015 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-dept-theatre-and-dance-add-new-degrees-2015 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20131003-Ballet-Class-9109.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20131003-Ballet-Class-9109.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For decades, students studying theatre or dance at Austin Peay State University graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. This wasn’t a typo. The University’s theatre and dance program was a concentration within the APSU Department of Communication, which sometimes made things a little confusing for graduates applying for jobs.</p><p>            “If you have spent four years taking acting classes, taking dance classes, taking voice classes, and then your transcript and resume indicate you have a degree in communication, that’s just not right,” Brian Vernon, associate professor of dance, said.</p><p>            Last year, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the creation of a new Department of Theatre and Dance at APSU, with Vernon serving as the department’s first chair. Next fall, the department will begin offering new degree programs, allowing students to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater, acting/directing, theater design or dance, or a Bachelor of Arts in acting/directing, theatre design or dance.</p><p>            “Instead of having to take classes to fulfill the core requirements for communication, students will take more appropriate core classes related to theatre and dance,” Vernon said. “So our students are going to be much better prepared. We get to teach them what they need to know to have a successful career.”</p><p>            The new BFA degree curriculum in particular will help train students to enter the professional theatre and dance world. According to the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the BFA is the professional degree individuals need. To enter into that degree program, interested students must audition. The Department will host an admission audition in January for individuals interested in joining the department next fall.</p><p>            “I’m really excited about the new programs, and the students are too,” Vernon said.</p><p>            For more information on the Department of Theatre and Dance’s new degree programs, call 931-221-6767.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU</p> Arts and Letters tbr Theatre & Dance opportunities Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:54:59 +0000 boothcw 92111 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's PKP honor society recognized as Chapter of Merit http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-pkp-honor-society-recognized-chapter-merit <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/PKPchapterof_merit_copy_2.jpg" width="600" height="374" alt="PKPchapterof_merit_copy_2.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – 
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. 

</p><p>The Chapter of Merit distinction is a part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition program, which acknowledged 53 chapters with recognition this year, including 24 as a Chapter of Merit. 
</p><p>“The Chapter Recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” Dr. Mary Todd, society executive director, said.</p><p>By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the APSU chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select awards, grants and fellowships.</p><p>
            Chapters achieving the Chapter of Merit distinction receive:</p><p>           • a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration.</p><p>           • special recognition on the Society’s website, in publications and at the biennial convention.</p><p>           • a specially designed logo for use in chapter communications.</p><p>           • recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals.</p><p>           • a $100 award.</p><p>            Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.</p> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:59:10 +0000 boothcw 91892 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU sponsors four Americorps Vista placements in Clarksville for 2014-2015 academic year http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-sponsors-four-americorps-vista-placements-clarksville-2014-2015-academic-year <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Through a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Austin Peay State University’s Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement (CSLCE) has placed three Americorps Vista personnel within Clarksville community agencies for the 2014-2015 academic year, with a fourth to be placed in February 2015.</p><p>As part of the Community Strong program, which aims to strengthen community resources in Montgomery County, Vista volunteers are placed in local agencies that impact the quality of life for veterans and those struggling with hunger and homelessness.</p><p>James McCoin, an APSU graduate and current student at Nashville School of Law, is serving with Americorps Vista at Manna Café Ministries &amp; Manna Refuge. As the policies and procedures manager for the organization, McCoin is spearheading the creation and implementation of legal documentation for the rapidly growing organization, which is expanding operations from providing food for the hungry and homeless, to the creation of a new emergency homeless shelter in Clarksville. As a second term Vista volunteer, McCoin has spent the last year serving APSU directly, continuing the expansion of the service learning program by connecting community agencies with academic departments on campus.</p><p>Katelan Shartzer, a 2014 APSU graduate with a double major in communication and art, is splitting her service with Americorps Vista between two community agencies, including Veteran’s Treatment Court and Soldiers and Families Embraced (SAFE), where she works to expand resources for Veteran’s Treatment Court participants, as well as conducts grant research for SAFE. As the community outreach coordinator for both organizations, Shartzer has built Allied Community, a web resource for veterans in need, providing information on local resources and avenues for seeking help.</p><p>Lena Ziegler, a graduate from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, is serving with Americorps Vista at APSU. As the food pantry manager for the S.O.S. Food Pantry, a program funded through the CSLCE to provide food assistance to students in need, she manages the daily operations of the pantry in addition to coordinating the implementation of a campus victory garden program, which will provide the student food pantry with more nutritional options.</p><p>In February 2015, a fourth Vista position will be placed at the Teacher Warehouse, an organization that provides teachers with classroom supplies donated by members of the community.</p><p>For more information on the Community Strong program at APSU and the 2014-2015 Vista members, please visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/volunteer/community-strong">http://www.apsu.edu/volunteer/community-strong</a></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:30:31 +0000 boothcw 91818 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Military Alumni Chapter endowing scholarship honoring local veteran http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-military-alumni-chapter-endowing-scholarship-honoring-local-veteran <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20141106-Military-Alumni-6312-2-website.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20141106-Military-Alumni-6312-2-website." /></p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Military Alumni Chapter hosted its second annual scholarship endowment dinner on Nov. 6 as part of the University’s Homecoming Week celebration. During the event, the chapter honored retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown, a Vietnam War veteran and active member of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.</p><p>            Brown served as the dinner’s keynote speaker, and the chapter is working to endow two scholarships, with one being named in Brown’s honor. The scholarships will benefit active duty military and veteran students, their spouses and their children and APSU ROTC cadets.</p><p>            At the dinner, Brown donated $1,000 toward the scholarship named in his honor.</p><p>            “APSU has been good to me, and I am grateful to give back,” he said.</p><p>            The APSU Military Alumni Chapter was chartered on Oct. 26, 2012, to support the APSU National Alumni Association, as well as the APSU Alumni Relations Office, through direct engagement with military and veterans-based organizations at APSU and within the Clarksville community.</p><p>            For more information on the Military Alumni Chapter or to contribute to the endowed scholarships, contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White, APSU Military Alumni Chapter President Joe Shakeenab, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown and his wife, Jimilla Brown. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU). </p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:33:43 +0000 boothcw 91811 at http://www.apsu.edu Tlingit artist and art historian visit the Department of Art http://www.apsu.edu/news/tlingit-artist-and-art-historian-visit-department-art <p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Art, with support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, had the pleasure of hosting two visitors from the Northwest Coast Nov. 3-5, 2014. Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan from Sitka, Alaska, and Native American Art Historian Ashley Verplank McClelland, an adopted member of the Tlingit Raven Moiety, T’akdeintaan Clan of Hoonah, Alaska, participated in a series of events on the APSU campus.</p><p>Joseph has been actively engaged in Northwest Coast carving for more than 20 years as an instructor, interpreter, demonstrator, restorer and commissioned artist. He has produced a wide range of artwork including totem poles, smaller house posts, intricately carved and inlaid masks, bentwood boxes and Tlingit armor. McClelland, an art history doctoral student at the University of Washington, has worked at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington for more than 10 years. She is currently the Rights and Reproductions Manager and a Curatorial Assistant in the Ethnology Division. Joseph and McClelland began their professional relationship in 2007 when they discovered their shared interest in Tlingit armor and weaponry.</p><p>The collaborative public talk at APSU, “Rainforest Warriors: The Art of Tlingit Warfare,” highlighted recent research by the artist and the scholar. McClelland has extensively studied Tlingit daggers and her essay on the subject is forthcoming with the University of Nebraska Press in 2014. In order to prepare for his one-man exhibition “<a href="http://museums.alaska.gov/online_exhibits/tommy_joseph_2013.html">Rainforest Warriors</a>” at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau for fall 2013, Joseph spent 11 weeks researching collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the hard-to-access Kunstkammer in St. Petersburg, Russia. During his travel he was able to study firsthand historical Tlingit armor that was taken during the early contact period in the late 18<sup>th</sup> and 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p>The process of making full sets of battle gear such as helmets, face guards, breastplates, and shin protectors, as well as weapons such as clubs, bows and arrows, and daggers, all in traditional materials with historical techniques was incredibly tedious and time consuming, and required great skill. He began this project in 2004 by making one helmet to commemorate the Tlingit for 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Sitka, where countless Native American warriors fell to the Russian army. That was 30-something helmets ago, Joseph joked. He has presented his research and creative work for this project all over the country, including his 2013 TEDxSitka talk “<a href="http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Constructing-Tlingit-Armor-Tomm;search%3Atommy%20joseph">Constructing Tlingit Armor</a>.” His talk on the topic at Austin Peay concluded with a wood carving demonstration.</p><p>The experience of learning about the historical and thriving culture of the Tlingit on the far-away shores of Southeast Alaska, proved to be enlightening for the Austin Peay family and the general public in Middle Tennessee. After attending the collaborative talk “Totem Poles Past and Present: A Tlingit Tradition,” which also ended with a carving demonstration, President Alisa White commented, “Listening to Ashley McClelland and artist Tommy Joseph explain the cultural significance of totem poles took me back to my time living in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I was privileged to attend a totem pole raising…I am so happy that Austin Peay recognizes the value of sharing historic and culturally-specific art traditions and brings these types of experiences to our students. It was a special treat to see Mr. Joseph demonstrate his carving techniques and tools.” Austin Peay would like to say “<i>Gunalchéesh</i>”<i> </i>(thank you in Tlingit) to Tommy Joseph and Ashley McClelland for the wonderful experience.</p><p><i> - By Tamara Smithers, APSU assistant professor of art</i></p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:48:02 +0000 boothcw 91630 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU students do service work during fall break http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-students-do-service-work-during-fall-break <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/wolf_sanct._photo.jpg" width="450" height="600" alt="wolf_sanct._photo.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last month, 20 Austin Peay State University students spent their fall breaks volunteering at three nonprofit organizations in Tennessee and Missouri, collectively completing 250 hours of community service.</p><p>From Oct. 10-14, students traveled in small groups to three locations, including the Endangered Wolf Sanctuary in Eureka, Missouri; the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga; and The Kitchen in Springfield, Missouri. During their stay, students completed intensive volunteer work and contributed to the daily operational needs of each organization, as well as specially assigned projects for their visits.  </p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service Learning and 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/staff advisors. A total of eight trips are scheduled throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. For more information on how to get involved, students should visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/volunteer">www.apsu.edu/volunteer</a>. </p> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:57:07 +0000 boothcw 91612 at http://www.apsu.edu Noted historian to give lecture Thursday on First World War http://www.apsu.edu/news/noted-historian-give-lecture-thursday-first-world-war <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On the same day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, leading to outbreak of the First World War, the British and German navies encountered each other in a port city on the Baltic Sea. In a few months, the two countries would participate in a bloody war with each other, but that evening, they had other intentions.</p><p>        “The British and German navies were not planning how to sink one another; they were instead getting riotously drunk together at Fleet Week ceremonies in Kiel,” Dr. Michael Neiberg wrote in a recent essay on the website, “War on the Rocks.”</p><p>            Neiberg, professor of history at the U.S. Army War College, is a noted expert on World War I, and with this year marking the centennial of the start of that conflict, he has spent much of his time explaining that the infamous war “occurred not as tensions were rising between the great powers, but as they were, in fact, falling.”</p><p>            At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, Neiberg will visit Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center, Room 307, to deliver his lecture, “Why What You Know About 1914 is Wrong and Why it Matters Today.” The event, which is sponsored by the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, is free and open to the public.</p><p>            While on campus, he will visit with a graduate seminar class studying World War I. Neiberg is considered one of the foremost experts in this field. He previously taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Southern Mississippi, and he is the author of the book “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I.”</p><p>            For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Gregory Zieren, APSU professor of history, at <a href="mailto:ziereng@apsu.edu">ziereng@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:44:56 +0000 boothcw 91611 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU art patrons and artists celebrate at Acuff Circle event http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-patrons-and-artists-celebrate-acuff-circle-event <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/soiree1.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="soiree1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Patrons of the arts at Austin Peay State University joined creators of art at a festive celebration at F&amp;M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville last week.</p><p>The annual Soiree on Franklin, in its fifth year and sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors, featured representations of all of APSU's arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. This year's theme, “Coming Home to the Arts,” was chosen to tie into the University's Homecoming Week.</p><p>Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the endowed Acuff Circle Scholarship in the Arts, awarded each year to an Austin Peay student pursuing a fine arts degree. The scholarship was awarded this year to Michael Mason, a theatre and studio art student from Springfield.</p><p>The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of the arts and culture at the University and in the community. In addition, it promotes the arts with other non-profit groups by hosting collaborative events.</p><p>Students, faculty and graduates were spotlighted during the evening, with the opening presentation being a poem written for this year's celebration, “Early Mornings Near a River,” by Jeff Hardin, a 1990 APSU graduate. Hardin, professor of English at Columbia State Community College, has twice received the Academy of American Poets Award, has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and nearly 500 of his poems have appeared in major journals.</p><p>His poem was read by retired APSU English professor David Till, who commented that because of Hardin’s national notoriety, he wouldn’t be surprised if Hardin were named the nation’s Poet Laureate some day.</p><p>Music for the evening included selections by David Steinquest, professor of music, Darrin Hoffman, 1987 and 1990 graduate, and Bo Clayton, a 2014 graduate.</p><p>Representing the Department of Theatre and Dance were Christopher Bailey, assistant professor of musical theater, and students from the cast of the upcoming “Broadway on the Cumberland.” The cast members were Nathan Brown, Sam Mynhier, Patrick Pride, Maggie Jackson, Emily Seifert, Jamila Hunter, Lauren Lynch, Lauren Proctor, Kaitlyn Williams, and they were accompanied by Matt McNeill, a 2012 graduate.</p><p>A video by students of Barry Jones, chair of the APSU Department of Art, showed throughout the evening.</p><p>Creating table art for the occasion, which also was available for sale by the artists, were students of Ken Shipley, professor of ceramics. They were Jay Buckler, Cynthia Sukowaty, Sara Lederach, Brittany Wyatt, Malaki Beeler, Tariq Yunis, Kyle McMeans, Casie Cathey, Kelli Rohling, Eric Erwin, Savanah Baggett, Kaylie Fairclough, Steven Walker, Shelby Crutcher, Lauren McKinney and Mariah Hamm.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: The cast from the upcoming “Broadway on the Cumberland” performs at the annual Soiree on Franklin.</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Music Theatre & Dance Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:28:06 +0000 boothcw 91571 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner Dec. 5 & 6 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-fifth-annual-holiday-dinner-dec-5-6 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Holiday_dinner_copy.jpg" width="600" height="462" alt="Holiday_dinner_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a Saturday evening last December, a thin layer of snow covered downtown Clarksville. An icy, winter wind rattled the decorations hanging from streetlights, and most of the sidewalks were empty because it was too cold to go outside. One of the only signs of life on that quiet night came from the center of the Austin Peay State University campus, where hundreds of people hurried into the Morgan University Center for the Department of Music’s Annual Holiday Dinner.</p><p>             The formal, sit-down dinner, featuring APSU choral members performing holiday songs, had grown so popular over the years that even that night’s wintry weather didn’t stop people from attending. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, an even larger crowd is expected to come celebrate at this year’s Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner.</p><p>            “Over the past five years, it has grown so much with University and community support that we’ve added a second evening,” Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “But the Holiday Dinner is <i>the</i> way to start your holiday season.”</p><p>            While attendees enjoy a salad and either a beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian dinner entrée, the University’s choral ensembles and instrumentalists will perform an array of traditional and international holiday songs.</p><p>            “Because it’s our fifth anniversary, we’re celebrating with music from all over the world,” Foster said. “Patrons will be delighted to hear Chanukah music and Christmas music from Sweden, Estonia, Nigeria, the United States and the Caribbean.”</p><p>            A special, secret performance will bring the evening to a close, along with the serving of a desert that matches the theme of the final musical piece.</p><p>           Tickets for the dinner are $55. For more information, to purchase tickets or to RSVP before Dec. 3, contact Foster at 221-7002 or <a href="mailto:fosterk@apsu.edu">fosterk@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:06:37 +0000 boothcw 91537 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU showcases Broadway hits with new show Nov. 20-23 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-showcases-broadway-hits-new-show-nov-20-23 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/broadway-on-the-cumberland_copy.jpg" width="600" height="381" alt="broadway-on-the-cumberland_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Next fall, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in musical theatre. That means some of the glamour and energy of the big New York shows will begin trickling into the University’s Trahern Theater.</p><p>            Later this month, the department will offer a sneak peak of that program with its new show, “Broadway on the Cumberland.” The musical revue, which features songs and scenes from 17 Broadway shows, will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Trahern Theater.</p><p>            “There is a ton of repertoire in the musical theatre genre, so as we prepare to launch these new degrees, this is a wonderful way to expose the students, the faculty, the community and the audience to repertoire they may know, may not know or may never have seen performed,” Dr. Christopher Bailey, APSU assistant professor of musical theater, said.</p><p>            Bailey picked some of his favorite musical numbers for the evening, making sure to include songs from the 1920s through the 21<sup>st</sup> century. The audience will hear pieces from shows such as “Music Man,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Wicked” and “The Lion King.”</p><p>            “The other thing I’ve done is I’ve included a few things from ‘Riverdance,’” Bailey said. “People might not remember that it ran on Broadway.”</p><p>            Bailey is serving as the show’s director and musical director, but Marcus Hayes, APSU associate professor of dance, has choreographed the routines to go along with the “Riverdance” number.</p><p>            “If we can bring morsels of Broadway to this community, that’s what I’m after,” Bailey said.</p><p>            To help recreate a bit of that Broadway razzle-dazzle, Bailey commissioned a set that pays tribute to the art deco stage designs of the 1920s. A four-piece band, led by APSU pianist Matt McNeill, will be in the orchestra pit, and during the second half of the show, the cast will perform in formal gowns and tuxedoes with tails.              </p><p>            “I’m so excited, and I hope this becomes an annual event,” Bailey said.</p><p>            The cast for “Broadway on the Cumberland” includes APSU students Sam Mynhier, Jamila Hunter, Lauren Lynch, Lauren Proctor, Maggie Jackson, Emily Seifert, Kaitlyn Williams, Nathan Brown and Patrick Pride.</p><p>            Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for general admissions. Tickets can be purchased at the Trahern Box Office, which opens one hour prior to the show, or online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/box-office">http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/box-office</a>.           </p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance opportunities Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:05:28 +0000 boothcw 91529 at http://www.apsu.edu Famed musicologist Celenza to visit APSU Nov. 12-17 http://www.apsu.edu/news/famed-musicologist-celenza-visit-apsu-nov-12-17 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Celenza.jpeg" width="397" height="600" alt="Celenza.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1772, the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn decided to play a little trick on his benefactor, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Haydn and the court orchestra had spent months with the overbearing prince at his summer palace, and they were beginning to feel homesick for their families. That summer, Haydn composed his Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp minor, known as the “Farewell Symphony,” for the prince. The beautiful work ends with the musicians putting down their instruments and extinguishing candles on their music stands. The next day, the prince allowed them to leave the summer palace and return home.</p><p>In the summer of 2000, the famed musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza, Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, turned this remarkable story into a children’s book, “The Farewell Symphony,” as a way of introducing classical music to a younger generation. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, she will read from her book while Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs the “Farewell Symphony,” along with other Haydn works, in the Austin Peay State University Mabry Concert Hall. Images from the book will be projected onto a giant screen inside the concert hall.</p><p>Celenza is a celebrated author of both scholarly works on music history and children’s books, and for a week this month, she will share her expertise with the Clarksville community as the newest recipient of APSU’s Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.</p><p>Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts department at APSU, with the Department of Music hosting it this year.</p><p>Earlier this semester, the department brought in clarinetist Charles Neidich and opera conductor Willie Anthony Waters to serve as the chairs. Now, the music faculty is going a different route by brining in a musicologist to give the community and APSU students a deeper appreciation of all genres of music.</p><p>“She’s a multi-faceted, incredibly interesting and dynamic teacher who is also very interested and knowledgeable about music and music history and its relationship to culture,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said. “While she’s here, she’s going to host a variety of activities both on campus and within the community. But it’s important to know that the campus events are open to the community as well.”</p><p>At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, Celenza will read from one of her children’s books at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library. She is the author of several books for elementary school students that tell interesting, factual stories about famous pieces of classical music.</p><p>Celenza will visit the Mabry Concert Hall at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, to deliver her lecture “Gershwin, Ellington, and the Search for the American Sound.” She will use film clips, music excerpts and popular dance steps from the early 20<sup>th</sup> century to show how the influences on American masterworks, such as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Duke Ellington’s “Symphony in Black.”</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, Celenza will be travel off campus to the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center to give a presentation on the greatness of Frank Sinatra. Using selected music clips, she will demonstrate how the famous crooner continues to influence artists today.</p><p>On Sunday, she will accompany the Gateway Chamber Orchestra during the first of its Planters Bank Family Series concerts. That is a ticketed event, and tickets are available at <a href="http://gatewaychamberorchestra.com/">http://gatewaychamberorchestra.com/</a>.</p><p>On Monday morning, Nov. 17, Celenza and the orchestra will host a shorter encore performance of the “Farewell Symphony” for more than 1,200 Montgomery County fifth grade students. At 1:30 p.m. that afternoon, she will end her residency with a special lecture in the campus’ Trahern Gallery.</p><p>“She will fuse her passions of music and art with a talk about the composer Gustav Mahler and the artist Gustav Klimt and their fight over Alma Schindler (the future Alma Mahler),” Wolynec said. “It’s music, art and science all colliding in Vienna at the turn of the century.”</p><p>For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music opportunities Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:53:40 +0000 boothcw 91455 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU math students present at national conference http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-math-students-present-national-conference <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University was well represented at the 2014 Mathematical Association of Mathematics MathFest Meeting, held in early August in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ben Ntatin, associate professor of mathematics, sponsored four students, allowing them to attend the conference.</p><p>All four students presented their research at the conference, while Ntatin, a national council member of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, assisted in the organization, moderation and judging of student sessions. The students received travel assistance from the Pi Mu Epsilon national office, the APSU Office of Student Affairs and the APSU Office of Undergraduate Research.</p><p>The following APSU students presented at the conference:</p><p>• Justin Cook, “Qualitative Dynamics of MDR-TB and XDR-TB with Isolation.”</p><p>• John Garwood, “Using Logarithmic Basis Functions to Solve Singular Differential Equations.”</p><p>• Elisha Hall, “A Quantitative Analysis of SIR-type Malaria Models.”</p><p>• Dodju Kuwonu, “Solving Elliptic PDE Using Polynomial Basis Functions via Perturbed Collocation.”</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics at 931-221-7833.</p> tbr Mathematics opportunities Science and Mathematics Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:23:31 +0000 boothcw 91429 at http://www.apsu.edu On Nov. 13, APSU to exhibit art by veterans, military personnel http://www.apsu.edu/news/nov-13-apsu-exhibit-art-veterans-military-personnel <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Vet-painting2.jpg" height="478" width="369" alt="Vet-painting2.jpg" /></p><p>          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – John Edmondson Jr. served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that his favorite film is the 1965 naval war movie “In Harm’s Way.” What does surprise people is that Edmondson is a gifted artist, and now that he is retired, he’s harnessing that talent as a student in the Austin Peay State University Department of Art. One of his recent works is a painting of John Wayne, dressed as Captain Rockwell Torrey, from “In Harm’s Way.”</p><p>            From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 13, Edmondson’s artwork will be on display as part of a special exhibit, “Showcasing Our Veterans,” in the APSU Morgan University Center lobby. The event, which will feature works of art by APSU students and faculty who have served in the military, is sponsored by the University’s VetSuccess on Campus program.</p><p>            “I’m excited about the exhibit,” Edmondson said. “I’ve always enjoyed artistic things. I took art all through high school, and I’ve always enjoyed making things with my hands.”</p><p>            The University’s VetSuccess on Campus program began last fall, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and APSU, to assist veterans, military personnel and their family members in achieving their educational and employment goals. The “Showcasing our Veterans” exhibit is geared toward raising awareness of VetSuccess and other APSU services that meet the needs of veterans, active duty military and family members, while also helping the community see another side of servicemen and women.</p><p>            “We wanted to display these works of art showing the creative side of our veterans,” Tim Schoonover, VetSuccess counselor, said. “They’re people beyond being service members. They’re also human beings with a lot of aspects to themselves.”</p><p>            For more information, contact the Schoonover at 931-221-6194. </p> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:14:11 +0000 boothcw 91195 at http://www.apsu.edu