Today @ APSU - University News https://www.apsu.edu/news en APSU art department hosting College Art Day 2014 on Oct. 25 https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-department-hosting-college-art-day-2014-oct-25 <p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host College Art Day 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 25.  High school art students, art teachers and parents are invited to participate in this daylong exploration into college programs and careers in the visual arts.</p><p>Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a tour of department facilities, followed by a choice of creative workshops designed to give high school students a college-level studio experience. Sculpture professor Virginia Griswold will complete the morning activities with a guided tour of her solo exhibition, “Near Earth Objects.” </p><p>After a short break for lunch, high school students, teachers and parents are invited attend a panel discussion, “The Job Market for Art Graduates,” coordinated by APSU art alumni. College Art Day will finish with a portfolio review; members of the APSU art faculty will be available to review the work of individual high school students and to discuss various ways to prepare a college entrance portfolio.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:05:10 +0000 boothcw 88818 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-26 <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>Michael J. Kasitz</b>, APSU director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, will be the keynote speaker at the Boss Software Users Group Conference, Nov. 3-4, in Denver, Colorado. He will discuss managing changes in public safety at colleges and universities.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas King</b>, emeritus professor of music, will sing in a Gala Performance on Oct. 4, in Atlanta, Georgia, honoring the founder of the Capitol City Opera Company, Donna Angel (who is also King's sister-in-law). King is a member of the board of the Capitol City Opera Company.</p><p>King and his wife, Dr. Vicki King, emeritus professor of piano (Tennessee State University), will give a voice and piano recital in Wabash, Indiana, at the famous Honeywell House, on Tuesday, Oct. 14.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:59:41 +0000 boothcw 88817 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU fraternity helps send terminally-ill mother to Disney World https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-fraternity-helps-send-terminally-ill-mother-disney-world <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/charity_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="charity_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Cashman Morgan only has a few weeks to live. The 19-year-old mother has stage IV ovarian cancer, and after receiving this grim diagnosis, she decided to take a trip.</p><p>            “My wish is to take my four-year-old to Disney World in the time that I have left,” Morgan wrote on the website gofundme.com.</p><p>            With her medical expenses, Morgan didn’t have enough money to cover the trip, so she turned to the fund raising site, hoping someone would help her raise the money. A few days later, her story reached Andrew Montgomery, president of the Austin Peay State University Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter.</p><p>            “I listened to the story and thought, ‘We’re doing it,’” Montgomery said. “It just so happened that I heard it on the day of our meeting. Everybody in the fraternity thought it was a great idea, and we thought $1,500 was a good donation to give.”</p><p>            On Sept. 15, Montgomery and his fraternity brothers visited Morgan at Vanderbilt Medical Center to present her with a $1,500 check.</p><p>            “I said, ‘Let’s make this bigger,’” Montgomery said. “Let’s get more people to donate.”</p><p>The fraternity contacted WKRN News 2 in Nashville, and TV anchor Samantha Fisher covered the donation for that evening’s newscast. The story quickly went viral. It was picked up by the online news source BuzzFeed and The Daily Mail newspaper in London.</p><p>          “I was really shocked about it,” Montgomery said. “It was on Ashton Kutcher’s website. It’s been really crazy. We sent it out to our Alphas in the entire state of Tennessee, and they started giving.”</p><p>            A few days after the APSU fraternity made its donation, Morgan left Vanderbilt with more than $8,000 for a trip to Disney World with her daughter, Hannah. Her fund raising account, <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk">http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk</a>, is still active, but it is now taking donations to set up a college fund for Hannah.</p><p>            For more information on the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at APSU, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs, at <a href="mailto:dominys@apsu.edu">dominys@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Members of the APSU Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Artrice Pray, Matthew Stevenson, Todd Johnson, Javontae Allen, Trevor Brand and Andrew Montgomery, present Savannah Cashman Morgan with $1,500 to take her daughter to Disney World.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:32:20 +0000 boothcw 88797 at https://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle to host Soiree on Franklin Oct. 28 https://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-host-soiree-franklin-oct-28 <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" alt="20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin the afternoon of Oct. 28.</p><p>The event, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors and is open to members of the Circle and the public. This year's celebration, “Coming Home to the Arts,” will feature representations of all of APSU's arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts.</p><p>Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the endowed Acuff Circle Scholarship in the Arts, awarded each year to an Austin Peay student in the arts.</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>Chairing this year's event are Circle board members, Beverly Riggins Parker and Marydith Weakley Young.</p><p>The Soiree will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Franklin Room at F&amp;M Bank, 50 Franklin St. Dinner fare is provided and dress is business casual.</p><p>Cost is $35 for Circle members and $45 for non-members. Responses are to be sent by Oct. 20 to <a href="mailto:harveyc@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</a> or telephone 931-221-7876. Checks, a portion of which is tax-deductible, should be addressed to the APSU Foundation/Acuff Circle, and sent to APSU, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>                                                                            -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Circle board members Marydith Weakley Young and Beverly Riggins Parker and Ken Shipley, APSU professor of art, watch APSU students create new works of art. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:59:56 +0000 boothcw 88787 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU and county hosting joint veterans and Homecoming celebrations in November https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-and-county-hosting-joint-veterans-and-homecoming-celebrations-november <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This November, Austin Peay State University will partner with Montgomery County and the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce to honor the veterans and military-affiliated individuals who live, study and work in this community. The University is tailoring its 2014 Homecoming Celebration that month to include the military theme “Gov Strong,” creating a weeklong community and university celebration for local veterans. Both entities will host several events during the first week of November, culminating in a joint Homecoming/Veterans Day Parade through downtown Clarksville and campus at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8.</p><p>            “Homecoming is always an exciting time of year for reconnecting with old friends, but we must never forget that we get to enjoy these special reunions because of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women,” APSU President Alisa White said. “I’m honored that we are able to partner with Montgomery County to say thank you to the brave individuals who live among us.”</p><p>            Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett added, “We are privileged in Montgomery County to work and live among many heroes in uniform. Although we honor them every day, the events of this week remind us all that we owe the men and women in uniform, along with their families, our greatest respect and admiration.”</p><p>            At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, the APSU Military Alumni Chapter will host its annual Chapter Dinner and Scholarship Endowment in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. During that dinner, the chapter will honor retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown. A Vietnam veteran, Brown is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is known locally for his tireless support of his community, having served as a Montgomery County Commissioner, a Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board member, chairman of the Youth Detention Committee and as a volunteer with several philanthropic organizations. For more information, contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 22<sup>nd</sup> Annual Veterans Day Breakfast in the APSU Morgan University Center. The cost is $20 and reservations can be made via email to <a href="mailto:yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us">yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us</a> or by phone at 931-245-4340.</p><p>            At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization will host a special pre-parade ceremony at the south entrance to the historic Montgomery County Courthouse in downtown Clarksville.                        </p><p>             The 2014 APSU Homecoming/Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Eight Street and College Street. The procession will feature the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division Marching Band, APSU organizations, the Governors Own Marching Band, veterans groups, community organizations and youth groups from the area. Parade entry forms for veterans groups, community groups and youth groups are available on the Veterans Service Organization’s website, <a href="http://www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies">www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies</a>, along with maps of the parade route.           </p><p>           At 1 p.m., APSU will honor six distinguished graduates during its annual Alumni Awards Lunch in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. This year’s honorees include 2014 Outstanding Service Award recipients Don Jenkins and Len Rye; Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Angelica Suffren (’99) and Shawn Kelley (’06); and Outstanding Alumni recipients Dr. Jaime Taylor (’90) and Dr. Warren Chaney (‘64). Tickets to the event are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 5. For more information contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            All veterans and community members are invited to stay on campus for the APSU Homecoming football game against Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at half-time during the game.</p><p>            A complete listing of APSU Homecoming events is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming">http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming</a>. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:32:22 +0000 boothcw 88773 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU history honor society wins sixth Best Chapter of the Year award https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-history-honor-society-wins-sixth-best-chapter-year-award <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/PAT_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="PAT_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was named the best chapter in the nation earlier this month, but the announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise. The APSU chapter, Theta-Delta, has won the best chapter award six years in a row.            </p><p>            “I have to admit, I’ve become somewhat accustomed to Theta-Delta winning,” Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, said.</p><p>            In fact, it has reached the point where Weber looks forward to the fall semester every year because he knows the announcement of the national award will mean more books for the University’s Woodward Library.</p><p>            “The national Phi Alpha Theta organization will buy $250 worth of books for the chapter that wins,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history and the chapter’s adviser, said. “We’ve donated up to $1,500 worth of books in the last six years. I allow the students to pick the books to buy.”</p><p>            Uffelman said the students often select texts they’ve found insightful and will help future students in their research. The Woodward Library now owns several books about ancient Egypt, women in the Civil War, nurses serving in World War I and the whaling industry of the 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p>            “Over the past five years, Theta-Delta has donated 40 books and three DVDs to the library, and I am highly appreciative of their contributions,” Weber said. “The materials they have chosen have really added to the diversity and depth of the library’s history collection. If it weren’t for Theta-Delta, it’s unlikely the library would have these valuable and fascinating works in its collection.”</p><p>            In addition to providing money for new books, the best chapter award recognizes another busy year for the club, which hosted or attended more than 50 events in the fall and spring semesters, including academic conferences and volunteer opportunities. In May, the group also published the fourth volume of Theta-Delta, a scholarly journal featuring academic papers by APSU students who had presented at conferences in recent years.</p><p>            Uffelman admitted that she feels more pressure these days for the club to keep winning the award, but her students continue to impress the national PAT organization.</p><p>            “I keep waiting for us to have an off year, but you know, they’re all so smart,” she said.</p><p>           For more information on the APSU PAT chapter, contact Uffelman at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Patrick Toth, former PAT president; Deanna Carter, APSU history instructor; Joe Weber, APSU library director; Brian Heaton, APSU library associate; John Steinberg, APSU history chair; and Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, show off the books the PAT club has donated to the library over the years. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU). </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy opportunities Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:30:09 +0000 boothcw 88692 at https://www.apsu.edu Oct. 1 lecture at APSU to examine area's violent Tobacco Wars https://www.apsu.edu/news/oct-1-lecture-apsu-examine-areas-violent-tobacco-wars <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/tobacco_wars.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="tobacco_wars.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Dec. 7, 1907, a mob of armed men known as the Night Riders set two large tobacco warehouses on fire in nearby Hopkinsville. The flames released an eerie red glow that night, which hinted at the violence consuming southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. For three years, the Night Riders, a group of radical tobacco farmers, had battled the monopolistic American Tobacco Company, and the nightly sounds of rifle shots showed no signs of abating.</p><p>The series of bloody skirmishes in the region came to be known as the Black Patch Tobacco Wars, and according to Dr. Rick Gregory, the fighting marked “the longest and most violent conflict between the end of the Civil War and the civil rights struggles of the mid-sixties.”</p><p>Gregory, who earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is considered the foremost authority on this local conflict, and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, he will visit the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, room 303, to discuss the Black Patch Tobacco Wars and the musical “Smoke: A Ballad of the Night Riders.”</p><p>The play, by APSU alumnus and Julliard-trained actor David Alford, follows the fictional Hartley family as they witness the violent events taking place in this area. Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, published a review of the play in The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, calling it “a fabulous musical rendering of the conflict of rural families fighting for their very survival, told with original compositions of bluegrass-style arrangements played and sung by some of the region’s most talented musicians.”</p><p>The play will run Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11 as part of the 2014 Bell Witch Fall Festival in Adams. Gregory will discuss the play and the historical events that influenced it during his Oct. 1 visit to APSU.</p><p>For more information on his lecture, contact Uffelman at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:58:38 +0000 boothcw 88601 at https://www.apsu.edu New APSU Promise to award scholarships to all of Tennessee's high-achieving community college graduates https://www.apsu.edu/news/new-apsu-promise-award-scholarships-all-tennessees-high-achieving-community-college-graduates <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20121018-Fall-Scenic-3841_1.jpg" width="600" height="398" alt="20121018-Fall-Scenic-3841_1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning this fall, Austin Peay State University will guarantee scholarships to all Tennessee Board of Regents community college and Hopkinsville Community College graduates who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Titled the APSU Promise, the new scholarship program aims to bring more high-caliber students to campus in the coming years. </p><p>“I’m a community college graduate, having earned my associate degree from Nashville State Community College, so I know these students have received a quality education,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, APSU interim provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs, said. “They’ve proven they can succeed in a college environment, and we want to provide them with this financial assistance so they can succeed in earning a bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay.”</p><p>This fall, APSU officials—including President Alisa White—will embark on a road trip around the state to visit with community colleges and officially promise the transfer scholarships to high-performing graduates of those institutions. There is no limit to the number of APSU Promise scholarships the University will award this year.</p><p>Community college graduates with a 3.0-3.24 cumulative GPA will receive a $1,500 per year award to APSU. Graduates with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative GPA will receive a $2,000 per year scholarship, and graduates with a 3.5-3.74 cumulative GPA will receive a $3,000 scholarship. Individuals with a 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher will be awarded $4,000 per year to attend APSU.</p><p>The APSU Promise is open only to students who graduate from TBR community colleges and Hopkinsville Community College. For more information on the APSU Promise, please contact the APSU Admissions Office at <a href="mailto:admissions@apsu.edu">admissions@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:52:57 +0000 boothcw 88414 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU College of Business partnership gives students real-world training https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-college-business-partnership-gives-students-real-world-training <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/tax_class_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="tax_class_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last fall, the Austin Peay State University College of Business decided to do things a little differently with its income tax class for accounting majors. Instead of having a faculty member lead the course, the college brought in a tax attorney from the local CPA firm Stone, Rudolph and Henry to teach students about real-world tax filing scenarios.</p><p>            “One of their tax attorneys taught the class of about 20 students, teaching them what they need to know about tax law, but also how to use the tax software, which is proprietary software,” Dr. Susan Cockrell, associate dean of the APSU College of Business, said. “At the end of the semester, they offered internships to eight or nine of those students.”</p><p>            The top students in the class worked as paid interns under the supervision of Stone, Rudolph and Henry’s tax professionals. The partnership with the CPA firm provided the students with a transformative learning experience that will likely help them succeed once they leave APSU.</p><p>            “The advantage of this class is it gives our students real experience,” Cockrell said. “They like getting that experience and being paid for it. And knowing the software they’ll use when they get out of school is very beneficial to them.”</p><p>           The partnership was so successful last year that the College of Business offered the course again this semester. Another 20 students have enrolled in the tax class taught by Jennifer Thayer, a tax attorney with Stone, Rudolph and Henry, and the top students will be offered internships with the firm next spring.</p><p>           “It was a wonderful opportunity to go through the Stone, Rudolph and Henry Income Tax class,” Amany Elraheb, a senior accounting major at APSU, said. “Among the choices we have going through the accounting concentration are the various options when it comes to what we actually want to do in our careers. Receiving the internship gave me real-world experience in doing income tax, which helped me hone in on what exactly I wanted to do with my career.”</p><p>            Elraheb and her fellow students worked 180 hours with the firm, from January until April 16. In that time, they saw first-hand what they would face as accounting professionals.</p><p>            “This integration of the firm’s resources with the college created a positive, life-changing learning experience for the college’s students,” Dr. Bill Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business, said. “Currently, this partnership is being reviewed for possible applications in other areas.”</p><p>            The college is looking to form partnerships with other local businesses, including insurance companies, that can give APSU business students a head start with their professional careers. For more information, contact the APSU College of Business at 931-221-7674.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Local tax attorney Jennifer Thayer (center) teaches an income tax class for the APSU College of Business. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU).</p> Accounting, Finance, and Economics Business opportunities Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:03:12 +0000 boothcw 88348 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU Theatre and Dance to present "Book of Days" Oct. 1-5 https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-theatre-and-dance-present-book-days-oct-1-5 <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Book_of_Days_poster.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="Book_of_Days_poster.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Walt Bates owned the local cheese factory in Dublin, Missouri, and before he died, he dreamed of producing a gourmet product, like Stilton or Brie. But that dream begins to reek following Bates’ mysterious death in Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson’s 2000 play, “Book of Days,” which opens this October in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater.</p><p>            “The play moves like a tornado,” Dr. Sara Gotcher, APSU associate professor of theater and the play’s director, said. “It’s evil and dark and funny and mysterious. We’re all very excited because it’s going to be a wild ride.”</p><p>            The APSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1-4, and again at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. The cast includes APSU students Brittany Thompson, Will Silvers, Abby Elmore, Scotty Phillips, Amber Bowens, Lane Lewis, Maggie Jackson, Steven Howie, Briana Finley, Alex Maynard, Josh Webb, Terence Hilton and Jackson De Priest.</p><p>            Alvin Klein, a critic for the New York Times, praised the play when it premiered in 2000, writing, “Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed a new peak.”</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>. Language in the play may not be appropriate for young children. </p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Theatre & Dance opportunities Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:50:42 +0000 boothcw 88240 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU waiving fees for active-duty soldiers at APSU Fort Campbell Center https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-waiving-fees-active-duty-soldiers-apsu-fort-campbell-center <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A recent change to the Department of Defenses’ Tuition Assistance program is causing active-duty military personnel to pay out-of-pocket cash for fees associated with pursuing a college education, but Austin Peay State University is working to eliminate this financial burden affecting its military students.            </p><p>            Beginning with the Fall II semester, APSU will waive online fees and technology access fees for active-duty personnel taking classes at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell.</p><p>            “Austin Peay State University wants to support our active-duty soldiers at Fort Campbell and will cover up to $123.75 per class in fees not covered by Tuition Assistance,” Beverly Boggs, APSU associate provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Support, said.</p><p>           About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the University works hard to provide assistance and services to those individuals. In recognition of these efforts, Austin Peay was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a 2014 Best For Vets College by Military Times.</p><p>          In August, the federal government applauded APSU’s work in supporting veterans and military personnel by singling out the University as the only school in Tennessee to commit to the new “8 Keys to Veterans Success” federal initiative.</p><p>            Last October, the University developed an emergency scholarship for active-duty military students when the federal government shutdown threatened to disrupt the Tuition Assistance program.</p><p>            The Fall II semester at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell begins Oct. 18, but the fee waiver also will apply for the University’s Spring I and Spring II semesters. For more information, please contact the APSU Admissions Office by calling 800-844-APSU or emailing <a href="mailto:admissions@apsu.edu">admissions@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:58:12 +0000 boothcw 88230 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU senior art exhibits planned for fall semester https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-senior-art-exhibits-planned-fall-semester <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Senior_thesis_students.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Senior_thesis_students.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, 15 young artists will bring their studies at Austin Peay State University to a close by hosting public exhibitions of the work they created for their senior thesis projects.</p><p>The students are enrolled in the senior thesis class, which requires students to present their work in a public setting to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.</p><p>The APSU Department of Art has scheduled these student art exhibitions in the Trahern Building on the main campus for this fall, and all shows are open to the public.</p><p>The seniors scheduled to present are the following:</p><p>• Sept. 22-25: Savanah Baggett, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Krystal Lee, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 6-9: Courtney McWilliams, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 13-16: Jeffrey Horton, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 20-23: Mariah Hamm, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 27-30: Laura King, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 3-6: Stephanie Camfield, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 10-14: Victor Rodriguez, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 17-21: Alexander Wurts, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Dec.1-4: Jadie Binkley, Trahern 108</p><p>• Dec. 1-4: Graphic design group exhibit featuring work by Jana Gilbert, Brittanie Jackson, Allison Locher, Brooke McKee and Alysha Rush, Trahern Gallery.</p><p>For more information, contact Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art and design, at <a href="mailto:marshc@apsu.edu">marshc@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Students enrolled in APSU’s senior thesis class will host public exhibitions of their work this fall. (Photo by Kim Balevre/APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Art opportunities Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:39:26 +0000 boothcw 88143 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-25 <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. Christopher Bailey</b>, assistant professor of musical theater, will appear in the Boiler Room Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde the Musical,” as Emmett Forrest. The play will run from Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in the historic Franklin Theatre in Williamson County. Bailey has appeared on the ABC television show, “Nashville,” and theatre productions of “Hello, Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Crazy for You.”</p><p><b>Amanda Walker,</b> director of Career Services, recently had a chapter contribution published in a textbook at The University of Mississippi. The chapter, “What’s Next?,” focuses on internships and career services for transfer students. The chapter appears in “The Ole Miss Experience: Transfer Student Experience Supplement,” published by the Nautilus Publishing Company.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:49:52 +0000 boothcw 87799 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting alumni trips to England and Costa Rica during summer of 2015 https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-alumni-trips-england-and-costa-rica-during-summer-2015 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In one picture, Dr. Mickey Wadia is standing next to an ancient stone wall in Paddington, England. In another, the Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature is near the edge of the famed White Cliffs of Dover. If you were to continue scrolling through his Facebook photos, you’d see him at the Globe Theatre, outside the grammar school William Wordsworth attended and enjoying a cup of tea in Warwick.</p><p>            Wadia visits England several times a year to teach study abroad classes on Shakespeare, and this summer, local travelers will get to take advantage of his extensive knowledge of the area as he hosts an APSU Alumni Travel trip, British Landscapes, June 11-20, 2015.</p><p>            Since 2011, the APSU Alumni Travel program has offered alumni and families the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater while exploring different cultures with experts, such as Wadia. The success of the program has led the University’s Alumni Office to schedule two trips for the summer of 2015. In addition to Wadia’s tour of England, alumni also have the option of visiting Costa Rica July 18-26.</p><p>            The alumni office will host two information meetings on the trips at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30, in room 103C of the Morgan University Center. Information on the Alumni Travel program is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/alumni/current-and-future-travel">http://www.apsu.edu/alumni/current-and-future-travel</a>.</p><p>            For more information, contact Rylan Kean, special events coordinator, at <a href="mailto:keanr@apsu.edu">keanr@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:21 +0000 boothcw 87783 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU ROTC conducts BLITZ training on Cumberland River https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-rotc-conducts-blitz-training-cumberland-river <p><sup><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Blitz.JPG" width="800" height="600" alt="Blitz.JPG" /></sup></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Anyone driving down Riverside Drive on Sept. 9 might have seen a peculiar sight on the Cumberland River near McGregor Park. Two zodiacs—black inflatable military boats—were crossing the river. Inside the boats, Austin Peay State University Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadets were rowing fervently to get to the other side of the river, retrieve two mock casualties and transport them back to the APSU campus.</p><p>The mission was part of the ROTC program’s weekly Tuesday morning BLITZ. One cadet is chosen each week to lead the squad in a predetermined mission that creates an environment of adversity, both physically and mentally. The missions, meant to represent real-world scenarios that a leader in the U.S. Army could face, test the cadets’ reactions and decision making abilities. The BLITZ missions allow the leader and the squad to think critically and innovatively under immense stress, making them stronger leaders.  </p><p>A local unit from Fort Campbell provided the zodiacs for the Sept. 9 BLITZ.</p><p>“I feel that the proximity of APSU ROTC to Fort Campbell provides our program with access to excellent training facilities and opportunities, as well as a plethora of contacts that are willing to work with the program and provide support,” APSU Cadet Andrew Shriver, cadet battalion executive officer, said.</p><p>For more information on the APSU ROTC Program, please visit the website, <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/rotc">http://www.apsu.edu/rotc</a>. </p><p><em>-  JACOB FUST</em></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:07:45 +0000 boothcw 87779 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU Honors program hosting documentary film series https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-honors-program-hosting-documentary-film-series <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program is partnering with the Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Public Television and Lipscomb University to bring documentaries on social issues to the middle Tennessee community this fall.</p><p>The APSU Honors Program will present the first film in the series, “Big Men,” at 7 p.m., on Sept. 17, in the APSU Morgan University Center, Room 305. The film, produced by Brad Pitt, examines the impact of oil development in Ghana and the Niger delta.</p><p>“The film forces the viewer to consider issues important to all of us: the divide between rich and poor, our own participation in the exploitation of people and geographical resources for profit, and the ramifications of the desire for wealth and power,” Dr. Linda Barnes, director of the APSU Honors Program, said.</p><p>A panel discussion will take place after the film, featuring Dodd Galbreath, executive director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice; Dr. Christine Mathenge, APSU associate professor of geography; Dr. Chester Little, APSU associate professor of chemical engineering technology; and Dr. John Phillips, APSU assistant professor of political science.</p><p>The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the APSU Honors Program at <a href="mailto:honors@apsu.edu">honors@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Honors Program Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:31:13 +0000 boothcw 87764 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU to open new DeWald Pavilion at farm on Sept. 23 https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-open-new-dewald-pavilion-farm-sept-23 <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/big_John_1.jpg" width="600" height="412" alt="big_John_1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a mild December afternoon in 2012, a crowd of local farmers, agri-businessmen and dignitaries gathered around an old hay barn to contemplate the future of the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture. Student enrollment in that program had increased an astounding 82 percent in recent years, but some of the facilities at the APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center, known simply as the farm, didn’t reflect this growth.</p><p>“Today is the first step in greatness for the Austin Peay Ag Department,” John Bartee Jr., co-chair of the APSU agriculture advisory committee, said that day. The crowd had joined him at the farm to witness the groundbreaking for the new DeWald Livestock Pavilion – a modern facility that would replace the old hay barn.</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, Bartee and others will return to the farm to witness the official opening of a facility more appropriate for the state’s fastest growing department of agriculture.</p><p>“We had a challenge,” Dr. Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, said. “Student enrollment in our program had increased by more than 82 percent in recent years, but some of the facilities at the farm were not sufficient to provide hands-on education for all of those new students.  Fortunately, we had our Ag advisory committee and strong community support to help us meet that challenge.”</p><p>The new DeWald Livestock Pavilion now will provide a practical working and learning space for APSU faculty, staff and students. The pavilion was named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, who generously supported the project with a major financial gift. The couple previously endowed the Josephine and William DeWald Memorial Scholarship for nursing at APSU, in memory of Ernie’s parents.</p><p>The Sept. 23 event will begin with a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting at 6:15 p.m. and a special bull auction. The auction will feature the sale of APSU’s finest bull stock, “Big John,” named in memory of John Bartee Sr., former founding member of the APSU agriculture advisory committee. Proceeds from the sale will go to the University farm.</p><p>“‘Big John’ has been a standout since birth, and a bull we campaigned successfully at regional shows with his eye-appealing power and performance,” Dr. Rodney Mills, APSU associate professor of agriculture, said. “His exceptional growth EPDs (expected progeny differences) ranks him in the top 15 percent of the breed for weaning weight and top 30 percent for yearling weight. APSU is proud to offer the very best of our bull genetics at this sale.”</p><p>To attend the dinner, ribbon cutting and bull auction, please RSVP by Sept. 17 at <a href="mailto:alumni@apsu.edu">alumni@apsu.edu</a> or by calling 931-221-7220.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:11:16 +0000 boothcw 87678 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU Center for Extended and Distance Ed offers more classes, easier registration https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-center-extended-and-distance-ed-offers-more-classes-easier-registration <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/CEDE_6_2014_copy.jpg" width="210" height="145" alt="CEDE_6_2014_copy.jpg" />   </p><p>        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, the Center for Distance and Extended Education at Austin Peay State University is looking to transform lives throughout the community with its expanded course offerings and its new, easy to use online registration system, <a href="http://signmeup.apsu.edu" title="http://signmeup.apsu.edu">http://signmeup.apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>            The new system lets individuals view the hundreds of courses and programs offered by the Center, select a course that interests them and then enroll immediately, using the easy online registration system. They’ll have plenty to check out, with the Center offering courses in just about everything – from business and professional development classes to healthcare training to learning the basics of social media.</p><p>            “This is big news because everything we do is now in one place,” Mary Alice Burkhart, continuing extended education coordinator, said. “It’s a one-stop shop where they can learn about the instructors, course content and get special, discounted rates.”</p><p>            Individuals looking to progress in the workforce will find several opportunities available to them through the Center’s signmeup.apsu.edu system. For years, the Center has offered professional development training, such as Project Management Fundamentals or its Super Supervisor series, as a contract service to local companies. Now, these classes are open to everyone.</p><p>            “This is brand new for us,” Julia McGee, director of extended education, said. “We’ve taken our contract training and made it available to the general public; allowing companies who need training for one or two individuals an opportunity to train locally and save travel time and cost.”</p><p>            To promote its expanded offerings, the Center also is offering special rates and package deals on some of its classes. Individuals can save 15-21 percent on programs like the Center’s Executive Women’s Leadership Academy, the Entrepreneurship Academy, the Becoming a Master Manger series, the Super Supervisor Series and the Administrative Professionals’ Development Training course.</p><p>            All this information, including bios on instructors, class locations and costs, is available at signmeup.apsu.edu. For more information, contact the Center at <a href="mailto:exted@apsu.edu">exted@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:43:53 +0000 boothcw 87603 at https://www.apsu.edu Exhibition at APSU showcases rare WWI German photographs https://www.apsu.edu/news/exhibition-apsu-showcases-rare-wwi-german-photographs <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/WW1_exhibition.jpeg" width="410" height="278" alt="WW1_exhibition.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts are excited to present an exhibition of rare German photographs this fall to mark the centennial of the start of World War 1. German soldier Fritz Einstein took the photographs on three separate fronts during the war. The photos were discovered and extensively restored by Einstein’s son and Nashville resident Frank Einstein.</p><p>The exhibit will run from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17 in the Trahern Gallery, 380 Eighth Street, in Clarksville. </p><p>More than 50 photos have been curated from a collection of nearly 400 and will be exhibited at APSU. Together, these images give witness to the continuity of humanity in the face of war. These important photographs chronicle the everyday lives of German soldiers in the Eastern, Romanian and Western fronts from 1914 – 1918. Einstein discovered the photos after his father’s death, and he went on to spend hundreds of hours restoring the old pictures.</p><p>“Growing up in a Quaker family I didn't think of my father as a soldier—although I knew that he had fought in the First World War,” Frank Einstein said. “I remember as a child looking through his wartime photographs, but I don’t remember ever talking about them. After my father’s death the photographs were scattered. When they resurfaced in the early 2000s the album pages had become detached and had to be carefully reassembled.</p><p>“The photographs show the progression of my father‘s feelings about the war, which is matched by the changing tone of the journals that he kept. The early ones from the Eastern front include many photos of his comrades, while the later photographs from the Western front include many showing the destruction that the war ravaged on the landscape in places like Paschendaele (site of the third battle of Ypres).”</p><p>In partnership with Clarksville’s First Thursday Artwalk, there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Trahern Gallery. In coordination with the University hosting the 30th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference (OVHC), the APSU Department of History will present a round-table discussion from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Oct. 17, in the Trahern Gallery. This discussion will feature presentations by some of APSU's esteemed history professors who will speak about “The State of Research on World War I.” Both events will be open to the public.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, at <a href="mailto:dickinsm@apsu.edu">dickinsm@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art History and Philosophy Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:45:46 +0000 boothcw 87588 at https://www.apsu.edu Clarinetist Charles Neidich to visit APSU Sept. 14-19 as Acuff Chair https://www.apsu.edu/news/clarinetist-charles-neidich-visit-apsu-sept-14-19-acuff-chair <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/niedich_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="niedich_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold, gray Sunday afternoon in 1984, clarinetist Charles Neidich performed a recital in Manhattan’s Merkin Concert Hall. The weather that afternoon didn’t hurt the attendance; hundreds of music lovers packed into the small venue to hear his interpretations of works by Robert Schumann and Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda.</p><p>          The noted music critic Andrew Porter was in the audience that day, and a week later, he published a review in the New Yorker magazine, calling Neidich “an artist of uncommon merit—a master of his instrument and, beyond that, an interpreter who keeps listeners hanging on each phrase he utters.”</p><p>          Neidich, professor of clarinet at The Julliard School, is brining his formidable talent and reputation to Austin Peay State University the week of Sept. 14-Sept. 19, as recipient of the University’s Acuff Chair of Excellence.</p><p>            “Charles Neidich is probably one of only a handful of world famous clarinet soloists out there,” Mingzhe Wang, clarinetist and APSU associate professor of music, said. “It’s definitely very great for our community. We’ve had great musicians visiting before, but this is for such an extended period of time. It’s really wonderful for everybody to get to know him.”</p><p>            The community will get to witness Neidich’s artistry at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, when he joins Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in the Mabry Concert Hall. An encore performance of that concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, in the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville.</p><p>            At 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Neidich will present a public lecture in the Mabry Concert Hall. At 2 p.m. that afternoon, he will host a master class in that same venue.</p><p>            Neidich will visit the second floor of APSU’s Woodward Library at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17, to deliver an informal talk about his musical life. He is a graduate of Yale University and the famed Moscow Conservatory, and he has performed throughout the world as a soloist and accompanist with prominent musical ensembles.</p><p>            At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, he will host another master class in the Mabry Concert Hall. That evening, at 7:30 p.m., he will perform a solo recital with pianist Nathan Carterette in the concert hall.</p><p>            Neidich will give a final master class at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, in room 130 of the Music/Mass Communication Building. At 7:30 p.m. that evening, he will join the famed Parker Quartet for a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, as part of the APSU Honor Orchestra Festival in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>            The Friday night concert will conclude his visit to APSU, but other renowned musicians will visit the University throughout the year as Acuff Chair recipients. Opera conductor Willie Anthony Waters will serve as the next chair when he visits campus Oct. 19-Nov. 4.</p><p><b>  </b><b>         </b>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><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Clarinetist Charles Neidich is the first Acuff Chair visiting APSU this year. (photo by Kevin Hatt).</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:17:41 +0000 boothcw 87574 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU continues to climb U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-continues-climb-us-news-and-world-reports-best-colleges-list <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. News &amp; World Report Best Colleges 2015 rankings were released today (Sept. 9), and Austin Peay State University ranked 27<sup>th</sup> in the Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South) category. APSU placed 62<sup>nd</sup> overall in the Regional Universities (South) category, up seven spots from last year. In 2012, the University was ranked 87<sup>th</sup> among both public and private schools in the southeast. </p><p>U.S. News &amp; World Report, which surveyed nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, has released its Best Colleges rankings since 1983, and the list is often used by prospective students when determining where to attend.</p><p>APSU’s 2015 Best Colleges ranking is simply the most recent in a list of accolades the University has received this summer. In late August, the national television program the PBS NewsHour profiled APSU’s use of innovation to boost graduation rates. Early that month, the federal government applauded APSU’s efforts in supporting veterans and military personnel by singling out the University as the only school in Tennessee to commit to the new “8 Keys to Veterans Success” federal initiative.</p><p>In July, the Chronicle of Higher Education named APSU as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for. APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the Chronicle’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” list. The University won honors in nine of 12 categories, placing it on the Chronicle’s “Honor Roll” list.</p><p>For more information on the U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit <a href="http://www.usnews.com/colleges">www.usnews.com/colleges</a>.</p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:09:21 +0000 boothcw 87337 at https://www.apsu.edu New Governors Stadium to be unveiled Saturday https://www.apsu.edu/news/new-governors-stadium-be-unveiled-saturday <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/GovernorsEntrance600.jpg" width="600" height="431" alt="GovernorsEntrance600.jpg" /></p><p>For nearly seven decades, Governors Stadium has served as the home of Austin Peay State University football and track and field teams. But nothing in those 68 years compares to the stadium transformation that occurred since the 2013 Governors football campaign ended.</p><p>A ceremonial demolition of Governors Stadium began following the Nov. 19 contest against Southeast Missouri. Despite the coldest winter in recent time, including ice conditions that shut down the University for three days, the construction crew lost just one day of work.</p><p>Even a 3-foot-by-5 foot sinkhole that opened up into a 40-foot crater in May could not deter the $19 million project.</p><p>When APSU kicks off its 2014 home season against Chattanooga, 4 p.m., Saturday, it will be in a Governors Stadium that literally has been rebuilt. The massive renovation has replaced the west side grandstands with a new structure, including state-of-the-art locker room and lounge area for the student-athletes and coaches, as well as skyboxes, club-type seating and new chairback seating for the fans.</p><p>Those on levels three and four find the amenities of luxury seating. The skyboxes, which feature a sports-bar like atmosphere, are tiered stadium-type seating with up to 22 seats per viewing room. In addition, each skybox has a bar with locations for bar stools, tables and chairs to seat four to six people. Also included are sliding glass windows at the front of the viewing rooms, a push button to control a public address speaker, and two television monitors.</p><p>The main concourses will feature enhanced concession stands along with sport murals created to honor memorable Govs players and teams, with the hopes more will be created for future stars. The conference champions from 1948 and 1977 have walls spaces as well as the program's only back-to-back eight-win seasons in 1964 and 1965.</p><p>Outside the southwest corner of the stadium, the Hendricks Fox "Walk of History" in the Blake Jenkins Plaza will list the names of all lettermen to wear the red and white.</p><p>The new stadium also created a revamped tailgating experience in a more central location outside the stadium.</p><p>Meanwhile, the field itself has been replaced with its fourth artificial turf, FieldTurf XT, manufactured by FieldTurf, a Tarkett Sports Company. The turf includes the new Governors logo at midfield, while a new track will greet the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships in May 2015.</p><p>Coaching offices and a new weight room are on the horizon for Phase II of the project.</p><p>It has been a long time (1946) since Clarksville and Governors athletics received a boost, when the city of Clarksville opened its new Municipal Stadium at the then-edge of the former Austin Peay State College. The stadium became the home field for local schools and APSC for football games and track events.</p><p>The city maintained its ownership and operation of the Municipal Stadium until 1970. In that year, as a result of a cooperative agreement between Austin Peay, the county officials and the city officials, the city conveyed title to one-third of the stadium to the State of Tennessee for the university. The other one-third went to Montgomery County.</p><p>Austin Peay, Montgomery County and the city of Clarksville were authorized to appropriate funds to the newly created Stadium Authority for constructing, remodeling and operating the stadium, including adding east side seating. The members of the Stadium Authority were appointed by the county and by the university.</p><p>In addition, the natural grass surface—because it was being used by the local schools and Governors alike—was replaced by Astroturf (1970) and the east side two-level press was constructed in 1979.</p><p>The stadium was in desperate need of a new turf in the early 1990s. However, the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system, which was amidst growth and expansion, indicated it could not afford to be a part of the turf replacement. As a result, Austin Peay agreed to purchase Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority in 1993.</p><p>Stadia Turf replaced the AstroTurf, which was placed by the Stadium Authority, before 1993 season's start. The playing surface was changed again in 2004, when Polytan surfaces were installed on the football field (Mega Grass) and track (Polytan WSS 15). That surface helped attract the Tennessee Titans for preseason camp in 2006.</p><p>Other than a new Daktronics scoreboard being erected for the 2007 season, those were the last major upgrades until plans were announced Aug. 20, 2012, to all but replace Governors Stadium when $16 million was approved by the state for the new construction.</p><p><em>- Brad Kirtley, APSU Sports Information Director</em></p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><strong> Governors Stadium Timeline</strong></td></tr><tr><td>1946</td><td>Municipal Stadium opens with seating capacity of 5,500</td></tr><tr><td>1970</td><td>University gains one-third controlling interest in Municipal Stadium and the stadium is renovated, adding AstroTurf artificial surface to the football field and installing an eight-lane Tartan track surface.</td></tr><tr><td>1976</td><td>Host OVC Track &amp; Field Championships for the first time with Austin Peay winning its only men's track and field title.</td></tr><tr><td>1993</td><td>University purchases Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority, renames it Governors Stadium and installs Stadia Turf surface.</td></tr><tr><td>2004</td><td>Stadium and track surfaces replaced with Polytan artificial surfaces. Governors Stadium hosts 2004 OVC Track &amp; Field Championships.</td></tr><tr><td>2006</td><td>Tennessee Titans use Austin Peay facilities, including Governors Stadium, for summer training camp.</td></tr><tr><td>2007</td><td>Daktronics scoreboard and video display installed in south end zone.</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>Plans announced for a $16.9-million stadium renovation project to replace west grandstand, renovate east grandstand and replace both the football and track surfaces.</td></tr><tr><td>2014</td><td>New Governors Stadium facilities open, Sept. 13.</td></tr><tr><td>2015</td><td>Governors Stadium to host 2015 OVC Track &amp; Field Championships, May 1-2.</td></tr></tbody></table> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:12:45 +0000 boothcw 87314 at https://www.apsu.edu Govs Stadium to be community venue https://www.apsu.edu/news/govs-stadium-be-community-venue <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Stadium_club_level.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="Stadium_club_level.jpg" /></p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday afternoon, crews with Bell Construction put the finishing touches on the new, Governors Stadium at Austin Peay State University. Yellow asphalt rollers smoothed out the front entrance and parking lot while workers secured railings to stairwells and swept up loose clumps of dirt. Everything was being checked and cleaned for the $19 million facility’s grand opening at 10 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 13.</p><p>            “As an Austin Peay football fan, I can’t wait for Saturday,” APSU President Alisa White said. “But I’m also excited about presenting this new facility to the community because it’s really their stadium. In the coming years, Clarksville residents will form lasting memories here, either cheering on the Govs at football games or attending wedding receptions and community events inside this great venue.”</p><p>            The new Governors Stadium features an 8,000-square-foot club level section that will offer catered meals on game days. It also will serve as an events space for the local community, providing individuals with a large room with impressive views of the football field and the APSU campus.</p><p>            In addition to the club level, student section and general admissions seating, the new stadium has 13 skyboxes, each equipped with a bar, a glass window at the front of the viewing room, a push button to control a public address speaker and two televisions. All 13 boxes were sold within a few weeks.</p><p>            The public is invited to Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony to get an early look at the stadium and some of its amenities, including the Blake Jenkins Pavilion, the Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame, the Heritage Bank Lobby, the John and Trish Foy Presidential Suite and the Coach Bill Dupes Locker Room.</p><p>            Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.</p><p>            For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at <a href="mailto:petersonn@apsu.edu">petersonn@apsu.edu</a> or 931-221-7291.</p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:08:17 +0000 boothcw 87313 at https://www.apsu.edu APSU's Blake serves at PKP Biennial Convention https://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-blake-serves-pkp-biennial-convention <p><img src="https://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/John_Blake.jpg" width="450" height="600" alt="John_Blake.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – John Blake, Austin Peay State University professor of engineering technology, represented the University's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the 43rd Biennial Convention, held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Missouri.</p><p>Blake currently serves as president of the APSU chapter and attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate.</p><p>             The convention brought together more than 300 attendees, including 175 chapter delegates. The two-day event featured a keynote address from West Virginia University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee and a plenary address from generations expert and XYZ University founder Sarah Sladek. Other highlights included a panel of three provosts discussing issues impacting higher education, presentations by Phi Kappa Phi award winners, regional meetings, chapter development trainings and elections for the 2014-2016 board of directors and regional vice presidents.</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><p><em>- Hannah Breaux, Phi Kappa Phi</em></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:26:47 +0000 boothcw 87281 at https://www.apsu.edu 26 tenure-track faculty join APSU https://www.apsu.edu/news/26-tenure-track-faculty-join-apsu <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A total of 26 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Kadi Bliss, </b>assistant professor of health and human performance, earned her Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the American Association of Health Education and the Society of Public Health Education.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Bobette Bouton</b>, assistant professor of education, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She recently served as a Special Education Research Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt University, where she studied predictors and subtypes of reading disabilities.</p><p> </p><p><b>Christopher Bowron</b>, assistant professor of library science, received his Master of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. He previously served as manger of information services at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Mollie Cashner</b>, assistant professor of biology, earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University, specializing in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, ichthyology, phylogenetics and molecular ecology.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Joseph Elarde</b>, assistant professor of computer science, received his Ph.D. in computer science from DePaul University. He previously served as assistant professor of information technology at Upper Iowa University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Lucinda Fowinkle</b>, assistant professor of engineering technology, earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis, where she conducted research as part of a National Science Foundation grant.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. George M. Frogge</b>, assistant professor of public management and criminal justice, earned his Ed.D. at Lipscomb University, his M.C.J. from Middle Tennessee State University/Tennessee State University and his B.S. from Belmont University. In addition to working as a criminal justice instructor at APSU, he previously served as a police officer for 20 years.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Lana Haddy</b>, assistant professor of education, received her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. She recently served as an instructional coach and academic facilitator for the Deer Valley Unified School District in Arizona.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Chenchutta Jackson,</b> assistant professor of computer science, earned her Ph.D. in engineering science-computer science from the University of Mississippi. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Belmont University and as an information technology specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Nicholas Kirby</b>, assistant professor of mathematics, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He previously served as a research associate in the University of Washington’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.</p><p> </p><p><b>Pamela Magrans</b>, languages and literature instructor, earned her B.A. and her M.A. from Austin Peay State University. She also works as a staff writer for Clarksville Family Magazine.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. John McConnell III</b>, assistant professor of education, earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology and research from the University of Memphis. His research interests include statistics and quantitative methodology, teacher job satisfaction and retention, and the use of large-scale data analysis.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jason Phillips</b>, communication instructor, earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis, specializing in rhetorical theory/criticism and media theory/criticism. He previously served as assistant professor of communication at Spalding University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Amy Ritchart,</b> communication instructor, earned her M.A. in mass communication from Bowling Green State University. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including Tennessee Press Association first place awards for investigative journalism, education reporting and public service journalism.</p><p> </p><p><b>Tasha Ruffin</b>, assistant professor of nursing, received her M.S.N. ED. from the University of Phoenix. She previously served as a clinical instructor for Cumberland University and APSU, and as a staff nurse for Skyline Medical Center’s Emergency Department.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Adriane Sanders</b>, assistant professor of psychology, earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Memphis. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Society for Teaching Psychology and the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology.</p><p> </p><p><b>Laura Schultz</b>, languages and literature instructor, earned her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She previously served as a lecturer in Spanish for Longwood University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz</b>, assistant professor of music, earned her DMA in music from Boston University, specializing in horn performance. Her work is featured on several recordings, including the 2014 CD “Revealed” by the award-winning contemporary ensemble Bala Brass.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Marisa Sikes</b>, assistant professor of languages and literature, earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico. She specializes in medieval literature, especially in Middle English, but has research interests that include gender studies, early women authors, conduct literature and religious history.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Ling Wang</b>, assistant professor of education, earned her Ph.D. in literacy studies from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously served as an adjunct instructor in Chinese at APSU and an instructor of Chinese at the Nashville Chinese School.</p><p> </p><p><b>Robert Waugh</b>, assistant professor of music, holds a masters degree in trumpet performance from the University of Oklahoma and is pursuing his Doctorate in Music at Indiana University. Previous appointments include instructor of trumpet at Indiana State University and principal trumpet for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Timothy Wesley, </b>assistant professor of history, earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in Civil War and Reconstruction Social History. Before coming to APSU, he was a Fellow with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. LSU Press published his book “The Politics of Faith during the Civil War” in 2013.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jeffrey Williams</b>, assistant professor of music, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy and performance from the University of Miami. He has worked with the Florida Grand Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.</p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Dr. Kathryn Woods</b>, assistant professor of professional studies, earned her Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, specializing in leadership and professional practices. Her research interests include marketing, distance learning, management, customer service, human resources, employee satisfaction and employee retention.</p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Dr. Christopher Wright</b>, assistant professor of public management, earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. He was awarded the Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute of Humane Studies and the Tyler Environmental Fellowship from USC.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jennifer Yantz</b>, assistant professor of mathematics, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics and science education from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously served for three years as internal evaluator for a $2 million STEM project funded by the National Science Foundation.</p><p><b> </b></p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:16:06 +0000 boothcw 87142 at https://www.apsu.edu