Today @ APSU - University News en Decorated soldier awarded APSU ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="walker_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —The recipient of the 2015 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Kevin Doss, a decorated career soldier.</p><p>Doss, born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Boerne High School in 2001 and attended the University of Texas from 2001-03. He will graduate May 8 from APSU with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Military Science. At the conclusion of APSU’s Spring Commencement ceremony, Doss will be commissioned as an officer, along with 17 other APSU Army ROTC cadets. Doss will be commissioned as an infantry officer and later attend the Basic Officers Leaders Course (BOLC) at Fort Benning, Georgia.</p><p>While Doss’ entrance to the U.S. Army as an officer is a career change, military service is nothing new to Doss and his family, having served in the Army since leaving the University of Texas to Join the Army in 2004. During his service as an enlisted soldier, Doss was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, among many other awards, honors and recognitions. Doss also served two campaigns in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. David L. Dellinger served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Doss’s award is the fourth consecutive award to be given to ROTC Cadets, following Cadet Daniel Davis in 2014, Cadet Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Cadet Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The award was started by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from the U.S. Army and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker’s served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:36:37 +0000 boothcw 101511 at APSU's Reagan Giving Circle awards eight scholarships <p><img src="" width="600" height="392" alt="Reagan.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – During a special luncheon on April 30, the Austin Peay State University Reagan Giving Circle presented scholarships to eight female APSU students. The scholarship recipients were Leah Grubb, Sarah Elliott, Caity Purcell, Hannah Evans, Ariana Jelson, Hailey Reeve, Lauren Maki and Alyssa Albright.</p><p>The University established the Reagan Giving Circle in November of 2011 to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Carmen Reagan, the first female dean of the APSU College of Business and an influential community leader, volunteer and philanthropist.</p><p>The purpose of the Circle is to cultivate women as philanthropic leaders, create new and substantial funding for the University via the support of women and identify opportunities emphasizing the educational enrichment of women.</p><p>Each year, APSU recognizes a local woman who exemplifies the spirit of the Circle by presenting her with the APSU Women in Philanthropy Award. This year’s award went to Hazel Irwin. For 20 years, Irwin served as Director of Business Services at APSU, where she saw first-hand how difficult it was for some students to pay for their education. When she retired in 1988, a grateful Business Office staff established the Hazel Irwin Presidential Emerging Leaders Scholarship, and she happily spent the next 30 years contributing to this scholarship.</p><p>When her husband, Dr. Edward Irwin, passed away in January 2013, she knew the best way to honor his memory was to support the students they both loved so much. She soon established the Dr. Edward Irwin Endowment, which would become the largest endowed scholarship within the APSU Honors Program.</p><p>Joan DeWald received the first APSU Women in Philanthropy Award in 2013, and Dee Boaz was presented with the award in 2014.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: From left, Ginna Holleman, Kathy Ellis, Sarah Elliott, Caity Purcell, Hannah Evans, Dr. Carmen Reagan, APSU President Alisa White, Ariana Jelson, Hailey Reeve, Lauren Maki, Alyssa Albright and Niesha Wolfe. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU).</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:51:56 +0000 boothcw 101502 at Military Alumni & Friends Day welcomes APSU staff, community members to Fort Campbell <p><img src="" width="600" height="543" alt="20150424-Military-Alumni-Tour-6056.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Campbell not only plays an important role in the efforts of the United States military, but also serves as a pillar of the local Clarksville community. With the goal of thanking community and academic leaders, Fort Campbell opened its doors Friday, April 24 for Military Alumni &amp; Friends Day.</p><p>“We here all appreciate what you all in the community do for us … (the community) really bends over backwards to support us,” Bob Jenkins, Fort Campbell director of public affairs, said. “There is a really symbiotic relationship between Fort Campbell, Clarksville and Austin Peay State University.”</p><p>Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, was joined on the tour by APSU staff and alumni. Community leaders including Sherry Pickering and Stacey Hopwood with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition also took part in the event.</p><p>The group spent the morning and afternoon touring the base, led by representatives from Fort Campbell. Included was a visit to The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell to see the University’s efforts as the only institution of higher learning in America with a branch campus on a military installation.</p><p>Visitors were also taken to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters, where they were given the chance to explore the division’s rich history, including its Medal of Honor recipients and artifacts from its role in nearly every major conflict since World War II.</p><p>The group also got a hands-on look at the installation’s Engagement Center, which features an indoor simulation firing range with M16 rifles. Participants had a chance to practice their aim with target shooting, as well as a run-through of the military’s “shoot-or-don’t shoot” training exercise.</p><p>While at HQ, Brad Ninness, garrison executive officer, gave attendees a presentation on the work being done at Fort Campbell. More than just a military installation, Fort Campbell is the largest employer in Tennessee and Kentucky, with an economic impact totaling nearly $4 billion in payroll, retirement and other disbursements. Fort Campbell also employs nearly 40,000 people between military and civilian employees.</p><p>The installation also invests heavily in higher education, spending nearly $9 million in 2014 in tuition assistance to current and former military.</p><p> “Our vision at Ft. Campbell is to make it the best soldier and family experience possible,” Ninness said. “Our motto is ‘Work. Retrain. Return.’ … 70 percent of our military retirees end up in the local area between Clarksville, Hopkinsville and Nashville.”</p><p>For more information on The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, visit online at <a href="" title=""></a>, or call at 931-221-1400. For additional information on Fort Campbell, visit online at <a href=""></a>, or call the public affairs office at 270-798-3025.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:25:11 +0000 harriscj 101474 at Japanese artist returns to campus to see his painting <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="scroll_20150325-Takuya-Kanemitsu-3685_co" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a recent spring afternoon, Takuya Kanemitsu, a Tokyo-based artist and art professor, wandered through the Austin Peay State University Browning Building, looking for one of his paintings. He finally found the massive, six-foot wide canvas on a wall next to the President’s Office, and Kanemitsu spent several quiet minutes that day reconnecting with the image of a pensive young woman surrounded by books.</p><p>“I was interested in the rhythm of the books,” he said, moving his hand slowly in front of the painting. “The composition, I thought, was interesting.”</p><p>Kanemitsu created the work back in 2007, when he was an international student at APSU, and for the last eight years, he’s wondered what happened to it. A related mystery has preoccupied several APSU staff member working inside the Browning building. They pass the painting every day, often stopping to admire it, but the work is unsigned. Who, they’ve often asked, is the artist?</p><p>“We have looked at this picture a lot,” Carol Clark, APSU director of community and business relations and executive assistant to the president, said. “All we had heard is it was painted by an international student.”</p><p>Kanemitsu, dressed stylishly in a polka-dotted chambray shirt and blue jeans, quietly returned to campus around lunchtime one day in late March. He and his wife had come to Austin Peay to visit his old classmate, APSU Information Technology Specialist Jarad Sneed, and to get a glimpse of the painting he’d spent 200 hours working on during his time at the University.</p><p>Word quickly spread through the building that the painting’s artist had returned, prompting a small crowd to gather outside of the president’s office. Kanemitsu confirmed for them that it was set in the University’s Woodward Library, and he spent several minutes explaining how he created the popular work of art.</p><p>“I made a sketch and asked a student to be a model,” he said. “After the library closed, I asked if I could go inside and take a picture. One of the librarians helped me take this picture, holding a lamp up.”</p><p>When he finished the painting, titled “After the Library Closed,” Kanemitsu realized it was too large to take home with him to Tokyo. That spring, he entered it in the APSU Department of Art’s annual juried student exhibition.</p><p>“When he painted it, he was hoping he would win a student award so he wouldn’t have to worry about taking it back home,” Sneed said.</p><p>“It was too big,” Kanemitsu added. “I couldn’t take it back to Japan.”</p><p>He did win, which is how the University came to own it. Kanemitsu went back home to Tokyo a few weeks later, where he currently works as an artist and drawing professor.</p><p>For a several minutes that spring afternoon, he lingered in front of his painting, pleased to see it displayed so prominently. He answered a couple of questions and posed for pictures next to the canvas. When the nostalgia finally receded, Kanemitsu and his wife left the Browning Building in order to buy some APSU memorabilia.</p><p>“Some of my students are interested in studying abroad, so I talk about my experience here,” he said. </p> Arts and Letters tbr Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:12:39 +0000 boothcw 101300 at APSU student to serve on archeological dig in Bulgaria <p><img src="" width="600" height="383" alt="amber_kearns.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – By digging into the past, Austin Peay State University student Amber Kearns said she hopes to find her future.</p><p>A double major in biology and classics, Kearns will be the first APSU student to participate in an excavation in Bulgaria at the site of the former Greek colony known as Alexandropolis.</p><p>“The Greeks did not stay in what we now consider ‘Modern-Day Greece’,” Kearns said. “Just like the Romans, they really spread out completely over a number of areas that are now other countries. So there is evidence of their culture (spread throughout Europe).”</p><p>Founded by Alexander the Great, the colony known as Alexandropolis would later become the Roman colony Parthicopolis. Kearns will join a contingent of American undergraduate and graduate students for the month of June as they explore a hotbed of archeological findings.</p><p>“I know that most of the students who go there to work on the dig end up finding something because it was a pretty populated city (during its time),” Kearns said. “I know that there was the city itself, as well as a cemetery located (on the dig site).”</p><p>Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of classics at APSU, is one of Kearns’ advisors, and the director of APSU’s study abroad to Greece program since its inception in 1999.</p><p>“I am thrilled that Amber has the opportunity to participate in this, and I look forward to her speaking to us in the fall about her experience,” Winters said. “Whatever she does, she is sure to deepen her knowledge of the ancient world and of the discipline of classics.”</p><p>Kearns said she plans to attend graduate school upon completion of her bachelor’s degrees at APSU, and noted that her time in what is now Bulgaria could go a long way toward setting her on a future career path. Winters noted that a student with Kearns’ knowledge of biology could make her a valuable asset at a dig site when attempting to identify skeletal remains.</p><p>“My real hope is that going here and having this experience is going to show me what I want to do (for grad school),” Kearns said. “I know that I don’t want to give up classics and just focus on genetics, but I have also put a lot of work in the biology and chemistry program. So hopefully, I can find a way to (bring the two disciplines together.)”</p><p>For more information on Classics at APSU, contact Dr. Timothy Winters at 931-221-7118, or email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:47:35 +0000 harriscj 101299 at Marine general to speak at APSU's Spring Commencement <p><img src="" width="426" height="332" alt="Gen._Bailey_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, a 1977 Austin Peay State University graduate and current Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the United States Marine Corps, will return to his alma mater on May 8 to deliver the keynote address at APSU’s 86<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement.</p><p>Bailey will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Dunn Center.</p><p>During his impressive career, Bailey has overseen the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, served as deputy commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, served as director of the Expeditionary Warfare School and was assigned as the Commandant of the Marine Corps National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.</p><p>Bailey has earned graduate degrees from Webster University and the National War College, and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Action Ribbon.</p><p>The University will award 1,191 degrees during the Spring Commencement. In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management, will begin at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, will begin at 2 p.m.</p><p>APSU offers a free live Web cast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the Web cast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> tbr Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:12:35 +0000 boothcw 101203 at APSU hosts 10th Annual Research and Creativity Forum to honor student research <p><img src="" width="600" height="383" alt="research_event.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Research that is not shared with the world has little value and, with that in mind, the Office of Undergraduate Research at Austin Peay State University recently celebrated the research of its students during the 10<sup>th</sup> Annual Research and Creativity Forum.</p><p>Held Friday, April 17, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on the University campus, the forum, as well as the Graduate Research Extravaganza, offered students of all majors and disciplines a chance to promote and showcase the scholarship and creativity in postsecondary education.</p><p>“For us as a University, this is an opportunity to show the kind of research that can be done at the undergraduate level,” Dr. Christopher Gentry, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, said. “There are some really amazing things being done at Austin Peay by undergrads and this is a chance for people to see what’s going on.”</p><p>A total of 38 undergraduates in 10 departments, as well as 13 graduate students in two departments, presented research on the afternoon. A diverse array of 11 departments was represented, including biology, physics and astronomy, communications and history and philosophy.</p><p>“One of the really great things about this event is that, sometimes in a University setting, you can lose track of what kind of research is being done by even the department on the floor below you,” Gentry said. “So bringing together so many projects gives students, as well as faculty, a chance to just go around and get excited by the work being done by the other departments at APSU.”</p><p>Students were given the opportunity to present the fruits of their research in three different ways: in poster format, oral presentation or performance. At the end of the event, a number of students were awarded for their exceptional work, including: </p><p>Undergraduate</p><ul><li>Oral Presentation - Joshua Hinckley (Chemistry)</li><li>Poster Presentation - Dominic Critchlow (Physics), Brittany Dreher (Geosciences) and Linh Nguyen (Chemistry)</li></ul><p> </p><p>Graduate</p><ul><li>Poster Presentation - Dustin Owen, Shawn Settle and Kris Wild (Biology, all three)</li></ul><p>For more information about the Research and Creativity Forum, visit <a href=""></a>, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research by email at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more on the graduate program at APSU, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 931-221-7414.</p> Graduate Studies Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:13:32 +0000 harriscj 101119 at APSU again designated as StormReady by the National Weather Service <p><img src="" width="600" height="373" alt="apsu_stormready2.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville and Montgomery County are no strangers to severe weather, as flood, thunderstorm and tornado warnings are common occurrences in the lives of its citizens.</p><p>It is for just that reason that Austin Peay State University’s emergency team has consistently reacted quickly to alert the campus community to any potential danger.  For instance, whenever tornado warnings are received, APSU sends text and an email message to students, faculty and staff, and the outdoor public address system brings weather warnings to attention.</p><p>Because of APSU’s efforts to keep the campus informed of weather situations, the National Weather Service has again certified APSU as a StormReady community. To commemorate the designation, a brief presentation of the StormReady sign to be placed on the APSU main campus was held Tuesday, April 21, in the lobby of the Browning Administration Building.</p><p>“(Achieving StormReady certification) is not something we do for ourselves — we do it for the students,” Austin Peay State University President, Dr. Alisa White, said. “This is something we do because we are committed to ensuring the safety of all of our students.”</p><p>StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather — from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.</p><p>To be certified StormReady, a community must achieve the following criteria:</p><ul><li>Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center</li><li>Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public</li><li>Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally</li><li>Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars</li><li>Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.</li></ul><p>APSU joins eight other universities and colleges in Tennessee as StormReady sites, including Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and University of Memphis.</p><p>“From our standpoint, we can observe (the onset of dangerous weather) and alert a school or community, but the message can become (lost) if those people aren’t prepared to handle what may be coming,” said Larry Vannozzi, of the NWS’s Weather Forecast Office in Nashville. “So what we are really trying to achieve (through StormReady) is ensuring that the right information is getting to the right people locally, so that people can be better prepared for bad weather.”</p><p>There are 159 universities in the nation designated as “StormReady” by the National Weather Service.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s procedures plan, contact the Public Safety/Campus Police office at 931-221-7786, or email at <a href=""></a>. For more information on the NWS’s StormReady program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:37:23 +0000 harriscj 101036 at APSU student Conor Scruton to study poetry at summer house of Robert Frost <p><img src="" width="600" height="393" alt="20150413-Conor-Scruton-4803.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A small, white house located on a farm in New Hampshire, the property now known as The Frost Place served as American poet Robert Frost’s summer home from 1915 through 1938.</p><p>It was on that humble plot of land where Frost formed many of the poems that would eventually earn him, among other honors, a Congressional Gold Medal and four Pulitzer Prizes. In 1977, 14 years after his death, the farmhouse was transformed into The Frost Place and became a retreat for emerging American poets.</p><p>This summer, Austin Peay State University graduating senior, and developing poet, Conor Scruton will have an opportunity to retrace Frost’s steps while studying his craft under the watch of some of the nation’s top poets.</p><p>Held every year in Frost’s hometown of Franconia, N.H., the Frost Place Conference on Poetry invites a handful of developing poets to spend a week in an “intensive poetry camp” environment, learning from distinguished poets.</p><p>Over the course of the conference, students work toward a deeper understanding of the writing and reading of poetry. The focus in 2015 is on the structure of poetry, examining syntax, diction, structure, pacing, tone, narrative development and other poetic elements to see just how writers manage their material.</p><p>Scruton is the third APSU student in three years to attend the conference, which typically invites just 20-25 people each year.</p><p>“Conor is the third student we have been able to send to the Frost Place for a week-long workshop,” Barry Kitterman, APSU professor of creative writing, said. “We are developing a strong relationship with their center, and our students have found it to be a richly rewarding time.”</p><p>Scruton, a senior English major, also studies music and French at APSU. He is also a member of APSU’s Creative Writing Club, and has served as a managing editor of The All State, APSU’s student newspaper, as well as Zone 3 journal.</p><p>“Conor’s poetry is mature, subtle and compelling, and it demonstrates some of the many skills our most talented writing students have to offer,” Dr. Amy Wright, APSU associate professor of creative writing, said. “He will represent our campus and writing community beautifully at the Frost Conference.”</p><p>Scruton is on track to graduate from APSU in May. Upon returning from The Frost House, the Tennessee native said he plans to begin his pursuit of a Master of Arts in English.</p><p>“When I look back at the writing I produced when I was a high school student, it looks almost like someone else had written that poetry,” Scruton said. “During my time at APSU, I have received such a high level (of mentorship) from the teachers here that it has allowed me to really grow as a writer.”</p><p>For more information, contact the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature at 221-7219.</p> Arts and Letters tbr Languages and Literature Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:39:24 +0000 harriscj 100907 at ROTC cadet shines in martial arts competitions <p><img src="" width="416" height="600" alt="schwalm.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Cody Schwalm, a third year cadet in Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program, is known around the country for his martial art skills. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo instructor at Clarksville Budo, and he has won national titles in the “North American Grappling Association” (Naga), The Georgia Open and The 2011 Junior Olympics. Schwalm has also earned several state titles in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and across the East Coast.</p><p>“It has helped me to learn to accept failure,” he said. “I have literally trained for thousands of hours, and even then, I still lose. I no longer see failure as a negative thing, rather a learning experience. This will help to build me in my future career, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.”</p><p>Schwalm plans to continue competing long into his army career.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:11:11 +0000 boothcw 100767 at Grammy winner Rhonda Larson to visit APSU as final Acuff Chair of Excellence of 2014-15 <p><img src="" width="455" height="400" alt="9547-2pfl.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The final Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipient of 2014-15, Grammy Award winning flutist Rhonda Larson, will bring her talents to campus for a series of lectures and master classes at Austin Peay State University the week of April 21-28.</p><p>During her residency, Larson will share her experiences as a performing artist, as well as offering insight and lessons to APSU and area students. Her visit to campus will conclude on Tuesday, April 28, with a concert with the APSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gregory Wolynec. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Mabry Concert Hall, on the campus of APSU.</p><p>In addition, Larson will perform “Flutes Fantastique,” a concert featuring a variety of ethnic flutes. The performance will also feature APSU professor David Steinquest on percussion, as well as guitarist Paul Binkley and bassist Tony Nagy. The concert will be at 3 p.m. at the Mabry Concert hall.</p><p>Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said Larson was chosen to serve as the final Acuff recipient of the season, in part, because of her long and varied experience as a musician.</p><p>“We try to get our (Acuff Chair recipients) to be involved with our students within the music department, but we also try to offer events with larger appeal to the campus as a whole,” Wolynec said. “With Rhonda, she has such an eclectic style and isn’t just a classic musician. She uses classical, new age and world music and creates exhilarating performances.”</p><p>Larson entered the national music scene by winning first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 1985, along with a debut at New York City’s world-famous Carnegie Hall. From there, Larson joined the Paul Winter Consort, with which she won a Grammy for Best New Age Album in 1993 for her work on the album “Spanish Angel.”</p><p>After venturing out, Larson formed her own band, Ventus, with which she regularly tours the country. In addition, Larson performs individually with her show, “One Woman, A World of Music.” Larson’s career has taken her around the world, including performances in Russia, Japan, Europe, South America and Central America.</p><p>Larson’s talents have also brought her to South Africa, where she served as a musical ambassador for the United States to perform for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.</p><p>Larson has produced over 19 recordings, including 2003’s “Distant Mirrors,” which was listed in the top ten of the “25 Essential CDs” by nationally syndicated public radio program, Echoes. Additionally, she has recorded a variety of flute music for CBS television series “Survivor” and “The Restaurant.”</p><p>Also sought after as a teacher, Larson recently served as a featured teacher at the National Flute Association National Convention. She also gives a regular occurring class each summer in Italy.</p><p>“Rhonda doesn’t want people to think of the flute as just this pretty, delicate instrument,” Wolynec said. “She’s really pushed the boundaries … she wants (the flute) to be expressive on all levels, and not viewed as just instrument that girls in school bands play.</p><p> “The flute can be strong and powerful, but it can also be delicate,” Wolynec added. “It can be so many different things, and that’s what Rhonda really demonstrates with her performances.”</p><p>Established in 1985, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence brings regionally and nationally acclaimed artists to campus to work with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. Each Acuff Chair gives a public performance and visits the campus for about a week.</p><p>For more information on the concert, or this year’s Acuff Chair of Excellence, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7876.</p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:36:44 +0000 harriscj 100763 at APSU's KA Order receives NIC Chapter Award of Distinction <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.<b> – </b>In March 2015, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) announced that 10 fraternity chapters from across North America will be recognized on April 19, 2015, at the Gold Medal Banquet during the NIC Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. </p><p>Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Tau Chapter, at Austin Peay State University will be one of those chapters recognized for their successes. The NIC Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes the undergraduate chapter, which is highly functioning, in compliance with NIC Standards, seeks to educate others about the benefits of a values-based fraternity experience and works to maintain a healthy relationship with their international organization.</p><p>Kappa Alpha Order has quite the list of accolades at Austin Peay, including the following:</p><ul><li>Samuel Zenas Ammen and George C. Marshall Awards for Chapter Excellence—the highest honors that an undergraduate chapter can receive in Kappa Alpha Order. APSU’s chapter is the youngest chapter to receive such honors in Kappa Alpha Order’s 150 year history</li><li>2014 President’s Cup for Highest GPA among IFC Chapters</li><li>2014 Excellence in Community Service Award</li><li>2014 Excellence in New Member Education Award</li><li>2014 Excellence in Scholastic Endeavors</li><li>Several members serving as peer mentors, resident assistants, SGA members and officers, honor society officers and council leaders</li><li>Raised more than $16,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association</li><li>64 percent membership growth during Fall 2014 semester</li></ul><p>For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, Coordinator of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs, at <a href=""></a>. </p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:40 +0000 boothcw 100648 at APSU Choral Activities hosting second annual "The Big Sing" on April 17 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" alt="big_sing-1.png" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The chair of the Thornton School of Music’s department of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California, Jo-Michael Scheibe has prepared choruses for some of the greatest ensembles in the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New World Symphony.</p><p>While serving as the current Austin Peay State University Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence from April 14-18, Scheibe will have an opportunity to lend his experience to APSU and local high school students as the guest conductor for the second annual “The Big Sing,” a concert event hosted by APSU choral activities.</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 17, over 150 singers from APSU, as well as from Dickson County High School and Gallatin High School, will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a performance of a wide range of vocal pieces.</p><p>“‘The Big Sing’ was started (in 2014) as an idea to invite two high-performing area high school choral programs to campus to perform with us,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “With them coming to campus, we can not only familiarize those students with APSU, but also increase the size of the total chorus to that of a symphonic chorus.</p><p>“With our choir at APSU, as well as the two high schools, there will be a lot of (vocal) power involved with a chorus of that size.”</p><p>The two high school choirs will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir in a performance of three choral songs.</p><p>Included in the evening’s schedule are composer Howard Helvey’s arrangement of American spiritual “Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," “Deep River,” arranged by Mack Wilberg and “Fèt Champèt” by composer, and former Acuff Chair, Sydney Gillaume.</p><p>Additionally, APSU staff member Anne Marie Padelford will accompany the choir on piano during the performance of “Deep River.”</p><p>In the days leading up to “The Big Sing,” Scheibe will conduct lessons with APSU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as visit local high school choral programs to lend his years of experience and insight.</p><p>Foster said it is an honor to have a conductor who has collaborated with distinguished performers such as Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina and Kenny Loggins lend his expertise to APSU and its students.</p><p>“Through Acuff, we are extremely pleased to provide our students with the opportunity to learn from a professional of this renown,” Foster said. “’The Big Sing’ will allow our students to learn (from Scheibe), as well as offer some recognition to the work of high-performing high school choirs in the area.”</p><p>For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at <a href=""></a>. For information on Scheibe, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:37:54 +0000 harriscj 100484 at Volunteer of the Year Daniels to speak at Reagan Giving Circle Luncheon <p><img src="" width="800" height="492" alt="Regan_Giving_Circle_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Carol Daniels, sales and marketing director for The Leaf-Chronicle, is a woman who abhors boredom. When she isn’t at her office in downtown Clarksville, she’s usually in Nashville, volunteering her time with organizations such as The Hermitage, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Rescue Mission, the American Heart Association and the Books from Birth Foundation.</p><p>            For some people, that many obligations might hamper the type of work they can do, but Daniels has been able to provide such tangible assistance to these entities that all five organizations nominated her last year for the Nashville Area Association of Professional Fundraising’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.</p><p>            “There are so many people who do so many wonderful things, I was speechless as to why I was chosen,” Daniels said. “For me, philanthropy is about giving, it’s about volunteering and it’s about making things better.”</p><p>            At 11:30 a.m., on April 30, Daniels will discuss her experience with philanthropy and why she gives during the Regan Giving Circle’s Annual Women’s Scholarship Awards Luncheon in the Club Level of the Austin Peay State University Governors Stadium. Tickets to the event are $30.</p><p>            The University established the Reagan Giving Circle in November of 2011 to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Carmen Reagan, the first female dean of the APSU College of Business and an influential community leader, volunteer and philanthropist.</p><p>            The purpose of the program is to cultivate women as philanthropic leaders, create new and substantial funding for the University via the support of women and identify opportunities emphasizing the educational enrichment of women.</p><p>            “I will talk about my experience in giving, why I give the way I do, and I will also touch on women and women’s philanthropy, and how I think that differs,” she said.</p><p>            The Reagan Giving Circle will award scholarships to APSU female students during the luncheon, and it will present longtime APSU supporter Hazel Irwin with the 2015 Women in Philanthropy award.</p><p>            “I think the Reagan Giving Circle offers an incredible opportunity to give a chance to young women who might not have that chance to go forward,” Daniels said. “I know my parents created a scholarship fund for kids that weren’t at the top of their class, but had the wherewithal and ambition and tenacity to work through difficulties and still come out on top.”</p><p>            For more information about the Reagan Giving Circle or to purchase tickets for the luncheon, call the APSU Office of University Advancement, 931-221-7127.</p> tbr Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:02:22 +0000 boothcw 100437 at The All State takes home individual, team awards at journalism competitions <p><img src="" width="650" height="383" alt="20150413-All-State-4882.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s student newspaper, The All State, was recently honored for its excellence on both the regional and state levels.</p><p>The All State earned a No. 4 in the South ranking on Feb. 27 at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), held Feb. 27-28 at Georgia State University in Atlanta.</p><p>A pair of newspaper staff members also earned individual awards in the annual “Best of the South” competition, led by reporter Sean McCully, who was ranked No. 2 in the “Best Multimedia Journalist” category. Taylor Slifko was also honored, ranking No. 10 in the “Best Press Photography” category.</p><p>The All State staff members also competed in on-site competitions, taking home a number of individual honors, while The All State earned third place overall as a team. Individual winners included:</p><ul><li>Lauren Cottle, News Writing (second place)</li><li>Megan Endsley, News Photography (second place)</li><li>Katelyn Clark, Page Layout (third place)</li><li>Taylor Slifko, Sports Photography (honorable mention)</li></ul><p>The All State competes annually with up to 44 other colleges and universities across seven states in the Southeast. This year, the competition drew over 150 student attendees, with several schools competing in 15 categories.</p><p>The All State received the same ranking in 2012 and 2014. Student newspapers at Harding University, Loyola University-New Orleans and Union University were ranked Nos. 1-3, respectively.</p><p>“These awards are a testament to the trend of excellence the staff and leaders of The All State have established in the last few years, both across Tennessee and across the Southeast,” said Jake Lowary, staff advisor of The All State. “This success affirms their body of work is just as good as any student news outlet in the region. They have continued this steady upward momentum while also developing their own personal skill sets to make them easy and quality hires when they graduate. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”</p><p>APSU and The All State will play host to the SEJC in 2016. APSU last hosted the conference in 2002. The University of Alabama, Belmont University, the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University are among the universities that have hosted in previous years.</p><p>In addition, Lowary has been named the new president of the SEJC, replacing Georgia State University’s Bryce McNeil.</p><p>The All State was also honored as the No. 2 college website at the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) award ceremony. Other team and individual award winners included:</p><ul><li>Best Specialized Topic Reporting (second place)</li><li>Corey Adams, Best Sports Reporting (honorable mention)</li></ul><p>Jennifer Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The All State, said she was proud of the honors her staff received, crediting “the many long nights” invested into producing an award-winning product.</p><p>“I am so proud of all of us here at The All State. We put in many long nights and work very hard for our product,” Smith said. “To receive this recognition not only shows us how hard work pays off, but it also proves to us, to our department and to the university that what we do matters.</p><p>“Journalism is powerful, important and it's necessary. We're always striving for improvement, but I couldn't be happier with what we've done this year.”</p><p>The All State publishes each Wednesday during the academic year and is circulated on APSU’s main campus and at its satellite campuses in Springfield and Fort Campbell, Ky. Readers can also find it online at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p>Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:32:08 +0000 harriscj 100360 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing recognized in region for work <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) – Southeast District III for its recruitment work.</p><p>The office received a special merit award in the recruitment publication series category for print and digital pieces. The printed pieces selected for the honor were part of the Traditional Student Recruitment Series.</p><p>The award was announced during the CASE III annual conference held earlier this year in Orlando, Florida.</p><p>CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern U.S. by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them.</p><p>The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Hannah Bradley Eden, coordinator of multimedia and web design; Gwen Dowling, office supervisor; Lindsey Dumser, marketing manager; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Liggett, university photographer; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; and Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:19:09 +0000 boothcw 100336 at APSU hosted ROTC Best Raider Competition in March <p><img src="" width="600" height="526" alt="best_raider_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Surrounding high school JROTC programs came to visit Austin Peay State University on March 21 for APSU’s annual ROTC Best Raider Competition.</p><p>The Best Raider Competition consisted of multiple events that tested the physical prowess and mental agility of the competing Raider teams. All the events required one cadet to take a leadership position and lead the team toward their task. Each event was geared toward testing the physical fitness and leadership skills of the JROTC cadets.</p><p>The Governors Guard BN worked, registering and leading each team through the events for the multiple JROTC programs. Clarksville High School came out with the victory for the event, while Northwest High School and Rossview High school placed second and third respectively.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:51:39 +0000 boothcw 100335 at APSU's Watauga Arts Academy looking for high school students interested in the arts <p><img src="" width="600" height="405" alt="Watauga_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Watauga Arts Academy, hosted by Austin Peay State University, is a summer program offering high school students the opportunity to participate in a collaborative and creative “think tank” for visual arts, music, dance and theatre. Watauga is a two-week residential arts camp for students in grades 9-12, with this year’s camp taking place June 14-27.</p><p>Unique to the Watauga Arts Academy is a daily interdisciplinary component where students will engage in creative activities with students from other disciplines. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend various performances presented by Watauga faculty, guests and fellow students, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.</p><p>The fine art curriculum will give high school artists opportunities for instructional workshops in drawing, ceramics, graphic design, letterpress and silkscreen printing. The dance track will help students hone their technique in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and choreography. The music curriculum will provide instructional opportunities that are essential for young musicians. Students in the program will perform in a variety of chamber music settings and will attend daily classes on music theory, history, composition, jazz, conducting and more. Finally, the theatre program provides students with an on-campus college experience and a unique opportunity for focused study in the areas of acting, musical theatre (voice and dance), stage combat, audition techniques, improvisation and scenic-lighting-costume design and technical theatre.</p><p>Prospective students must submit an online application including audition materials. The final deadline is April 20. For more information, please visit or contact Margaret Rennerfeldt, co-director at 931-221-6237 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:13:41 +0000 boothcw 100124 at APSU Opera Theatre and Orchestra present "La Cambiale di Matrimonio" on April 11-12 <p class="Default"><img src="" width="650" height="391" alt="Cambiale_Cast_A-49.jpg" /></p><p class="Default"></p><p class="Default">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Opening this weekend at Austin Peay State University is the APSU Opera Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s farce “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” paired with a prologue entitled “Reflections on Modern Relationships: A Montage of 20<sup>th</sup> and 21<sup>st</sup> Century Songs.”</p><p class="Default">The University’s opera performance is a major event each spring because the concert is a large collaborative effort between different areas within the APSU music department. The cast includes vocal performance majors, while the APSU orchestra performs in the pit under the direction of (APSU professor music and symphony conductor) Dr. Gregory Wolynec.</p><p class="Default">“It’s a total student production, as far as performers both in the pit in the orchestra as well as on stage,” Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU, said. “We do a spring production every year, and we like to go all out with a combined performance.”</p><p class="Default">A performance in two parts, the opera offers two views on relationships: the first being a prologue which offers a contemporary take on relationships featuring songs from a variety of time periods, styles and mindsets. The second part is a period piece opera that offers a historical perspective on the same timeless issues.</p><p class="Default">The two acts are tied together by setting the prologue at a theatre that is performing Rossini’s opera, “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” in which the performers play the parts of operagoers.</p><p>Featuring unique production design, the stage creates a theatre space in which “Cambiale” is taking place within a small dinner-theatre style opera house -- complete with a grand drape and elevated stage. Kyra Bishop, Conklin-Bishop’s daughter, designed the set. Ralph Conklin, Conklin-Bishop’s father, built the sets.</p><p class="Default">“The performers (in ‘Cambiale’) will be in full period costume, while the people performing in the modern reflection will be sitting in front of the stage, watching as our ‘on-stage audience,’” Conklin-Bishop said. “As the modern people come in to take their seats (for the show), we’ll get to hear their inner thoughts on relationships as well.”</p><p class="Default">“La Cambiale di Matrimonio” was Rossini’s first professional opera, written in 1810, when he was just eighteen. The story offers a comic view of marriage in the 18th century. Rossini’s work is an early example of an era in operatic history known as bel canto, or “beautiful singing,” in which voices display technical agility and virtuosic skill.</p><p class="Default">The opera itself is entirely in Italian, and Conklin-Bishop said that that presents a challenge that will allow the ensemble to demonstrate their abilities on the biggest stage of their season.</p><p class="Default">“We chose ‘Cambiale’ because it was a work that matched the capabilities of our cast, as well as working with the collaboration between myself and Dr. Gregory Wolynec,” Conklin-Bishop said. “This has been a challenge for our students preparing (for an operate entirely spoken in Italian.) The audience will also enjoy that they can follow (the performance in English) using supertitles above the stage.”</p><p class="Default">The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on April 12, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>Tickets for “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for APSU students with a valid I.D. For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Theatre & Dance Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:13:41 +0000 harriscj 100053 at Golf champion to speak at Woodward Library Society Spring Social <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Meador.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – David Meador, a four-time golf national champion, once toyed with the idea of becoming a police officer. In the summer of 1966, the 18-year-old Meador worked part time as a police station radio operator, and one evening, he was invited to take a ride in a new police cruiser. At some point during the night, the officer behind the wheel engaged in a high-speed pursuit of another vehicle, and he ended up crashing the new cruiser.</p><p>Meador suffered several injuries to his skull, and when the bandages were finally removed from his head, he discovered that he was completely blind.  </p><p>“Total blindness for me has been a long and unexpected walk,” Meador said. “But as I look back some 48 years now, it’s been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 27, Meador will elaborate on this strange concept of good fortune as he delivers the featured speech at The Woodward Library Society Spring Social dinner at the F&amp;M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville. The event is a fundraiser, open to both society members and non-members, with proceeds benefitting the Austin Peay State University Felix G. Woodward Library.</p><p>“I encourage anyone who likes a great story to come and hear David Meador,” Joe Weber, director of Library Services at APSU, said. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and ultimately you will be charmed and inspired.”</p><p>On a winter afternoon, shortly after losing his eyesight, Meador stood with his father on an empty golf course. The older Meador handed his son a golf club.</p><p>“I will never forget that first shot—a 7-iron,” Meador wrote in an essay for Golf Digest. “The sound of the ball, the soft release of the divot, the wind on my cheek, all the senses came together so that it was like seeing the high draw trace the sky. (Before the accident I was breaking 80 regularly.) In that instant I realized a blind man can play golf, and who knew what else.”</p><p>Meador will reveal more about his astounding success on the golf course and in the professional world during the April 27 event. He will also be selling and signing copies of his book, “Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit.”</p><p>Founded in 2009, the Woodward Library Society is an organization of friends dedicated to the advancement of the University’s library. Tickets to The Society Social are $50 for members and $65 for non-members. In addition to Meador’s talk, the evening will feature a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine bar, and dinner with a choice of chicken or vegetarian entrees. Raffle tickets for prizes, donated by area golf courses, will be sold during the dinner.</p><p>Tickets must be reserved by April 20 at the Woodward Library Office or by phoning 931-221-7618.</p> tbr Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:26:24 +0000 boothcw 99960 at APSU students, Fort Campbell soldiers earn medals at 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event <p><img src="" width="600" height="333" alt="20150330-Culinary-Team-3842.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University made its mark on the national stage recently as active duty soldiers, including APSU students, stationed at Fort Campbell traveled to Fort Lee, Va. for the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (MCACTE).</p><p>Held March 7-12, service members from the U.S. Army, other Department of Defense components and multinational teams squared off for the title of top military chef.</p><p>Nearly 300 service members from 28 different teams took part in the event, with 588 judged entries across various categories. Judging was provided by an international group of 12 chefs from the American Culinary Federation, which sets the bar for the standard of excellence for chefs.</p><p>The Fort Campbell Culinary Team participated in 16 different events, including desserts, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, vegetable, local and various other categories that highlighted chefs with different years of experience.</p><p>Soldiers trained for six months at the APSU Culinary Kitchen, located on Fort Campbell, with APSU Culinary Arts instructor and chef, Wendell Hensley aiding the team. Hensley, who served for 25 years in the military, acts as a civilian advisor to the team, helping to plan menu items and train students for competition, as well as educational opportunities.</p><p>A current APSU student and active duty serviceman, SFC Jason Coy led the team, which placed medalists in a number of individual and team categories.</p><p>“This year is a lot better than it was last year,” Coy, who himself earned a bronze medal in nutrition at the event, said. “Overall, we won 10 combined medals this year, which is (a great finish.) As for me, I just helped to give the cooks an idea or recipe, but it was up to them to go out and perform and they did a remarkable job.”</p><p>APSU students and soldiers who took home medals included Specialist Asa Harlow-Fitzpatrick, who won a silver medal and two bronze medals in team and individual competition.  Sgt. Chad Burton, who served as team captain, also took home silver medals team and individual competition, as well as a bronze in association with Coy.</p><p>Specialist Jayson Stephens, also an APSU student, competed as a member of the student team and earned a “commendable” honor for his work.</p><p>Burton, who helped choose the team of 13 cooks from over 60 applicants, said he was proud of his team’s performance.</p><p>“I had the distinct honor of being their captain and they all did very well,” Burton said. “This is the best showing we’ve had in four years as a team, and we were coming off of a year where we only won three or four bronze medals in total.”</p><p>The MCACTE is the largest military culinary competition in the North America. Since 1973, the competition has been held each year with the exception of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The American Culinary Federation sanctions the competition.</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, as well as information on APSU’s Associate of Applied Science, contact the Center at 931-221-1400.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:02:01 +0000 harriscj 99959 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p></p><p><b>Jake Lowary</b>, coordinator of Student Publications, was elected president of the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC). In that role, Lowary will organize the 2016 SEJC, which will take place on the APSU campus in February.  </p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:53:30 +0000 boothcw 99892 at Department of Theatre and Dance ends season with Ibsen's "Ghosts" <p>          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When Henrik Ibsen’s now classic play, “Ghosts,” premiered in London in 1891, some 10 years after the Norwegian playwright first published it, the reviews were harsh. The influential theater critic Clement Scott, writing for The Daily Telegraph, called it “an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly.”</p><p>            For Scott and others in Victorian London, a play dealing with incest and venereal diseases seemed beyond profane, but today, the intense family drama is credited with helping usher in a new era in the world of theater.</p><p>            “Ibsen became known as the father of modern drama, by sort of kick starting realism in the theater,” Noel Rennerfeldt, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of theatre, said. “At that time, plays tended to be more melodramatic. They had distinct heroes and villains, and good always triumphed.”</p><p>            “Ghosts,” influenced in part by a developing interest in sociology, offers a bleaker, more realistic view of life. The APSU Department of Theatre and Dance will conclude its 2014-15 season with performances of the controversial work, directed by Rennerfeldt, at 7:30 p.m., April 15-18, and at 2 p.m., April 19, in the Trahern Theatre. </p><p>            In 2000, theatre critic Charles Spencer, writing for The Daily Telegraph more than 100 years after Scott’s review, praised Ibsen’s work, writing, “The brilliantly compelling and claustrophobic plot, which so skillfully weaves together the past and the present, snaps shut on Mrs. Alving and her son Oswald like a cruel mantrap, leaving them whimpering and desperate in the murky gloom. ‘Ghosts’ is a pitiless play, which leaves both its characters and its audience without a shred of hope. Only the opportunists thrive.”</p><p>            The new production of “Ghosts” will star APSU students Megan DeWald as Mrs. Alving, Josh Webb as Oswald Alving, Steven Howie as Reverend Manders, Alex Maynard as Jakkob Engstrand and Lauren Proctor as Regina Engstrand.            </p><p>             Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and military. Tickets are available by calling the Trahern Box Office at 221-7379.</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:25:30 +0000 boothcw 99802 at APSU's GuitarFest rescheduled for April 13-14 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Having fallen afoul of last month’s wintery weather, Austin Peay State University’s annual GuitarFest will now take place on April 13 and 14 in the Kimbrough Building’s Gentry Auditorium.</p><p>On April 13, multi-competition winner and APSU alumnus Gary Stewart will perform a recital of nineteenth century music for solo guitar. The April 14 concert will feature the Hanser-McClellan Duo in a performance of music for two guitars. Both evening concerts are at 7.30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.</p><p>Stewart, a Kentucky native, has been a top-prize winner in such competitions as the Rantucci International Guitar Competition (New York), the Southeastern Guitar Congress (Alabama) and the Stroud Guitar Competition (Ohio). In addition to his undergraduate studies at APSU, Stewart received a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron and a doctoral teaching fellowship at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, and with the internationally acclaimed early music group Apollo’s Fire on their recent Classical Billboard top 10 recording, “Come to the River.” His program will include a selection of rarely heard period guitar arrangements of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.</p><p>Consisting of award-winning St. Louis guitarists John McClellan and Kirk Hauser, the Hauser-McLellan Duo is regarded by audiences and critics as one of the top guitar duos in the country. Their recordings include discs dedicated to South American music, recordings of music written and dedicated to the duo and an appearance on the CD “Slightly Above Below Average,” a tribute to their mentor and friend, Chet Atkins. On that CD, they perform alongside such guitar luminaries as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Vince Gill and Tommy Emmanuel. Their wide-ranging program will include music by Handel, French guitarist Ida Presti, Brazillian guitarist Paulo Bellinati and recent works written for the duo by Roger Hudson, Kim Portney and APSU alumnus Jeffery R. Comas</p><p>For more information about APSU GuitarFest, please contact APSU professor of music Dr. Stanley Yates by email at <i><a href=""></a></i> or the APSU Department of Music by phone at (931) 221-7351</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:29:26 +0000 boothcw 99549 at APSU Community School Of The Arts Hosting One-Day Creative Writing Workshops Series <p>Whether you’re a young student interested in exploring creative writing or an adult learner interested in fine-tuning your craft, there will be something for everyone this spring at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.</p><p>During the months of April and May, APSU will be hosting a number of specialized one-day writing classes and workshops aimed at helping learners grow their skills in a number of disciplines, including short stories, poetry and fantasy fiction.</p><p>“We’re doing some 9 a.m.-noon, one-day writing classes on a number of really specific subjects, so if someone who takes the class is familiar with writing but really wants to hone their writing in one or two specific areas, they can take all of the classes, or just a subject that they’re really into,” Quincy Rhoads, adjunct professor of language and literature at APSU, said.</p><p>Rhoads, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from APSU, will lead all six workshops. In addition to teaching, Rhoads is a contributing editor for the online magazine Entropy, and his fiction and book reviews have appeared in magazines such as Zone 3, THE2NDHAND, Rain Taxi and Metazen.</p><p>One of the major goals of the workshop series, Rhoads said, is to compliment the type of learning students receive in a traditional academic setting.</p><p>“A lot of times, creative writing students study the classics of literary fiction, which makes sense because a student needs to make sense of the basics before branching off,” Rhoads said. “But I have a lot of students who want to learn the intricacies of science fiction or fantasy writing and the things that make those (disciplines) unique.”</p><p>Interested learners will also have an opportunity to explore the business side of writing, as Rhoads will lead classes exploring the processes of submitting writing and preparing a manuscript.</p><p>“A lot of students of all ages aren’t totally sure about the route they need to take to submit their work to publishers,” Rhoads said. “With independent publishing evolving how it has, the processes are totally different today. When is it worth paying a reading fee? How do you know when to send off a manuscript? Should you enter every single writing competition you can? Our goal is to supplement the learning process for students.”</p><p>The following one-day classes are held Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Students must be 18 or older to enroll in classes. All classes are $25 to enroll, unless otherwise noted.</p><ul><li>Chapbooks, April 11. (Cost: $75)</li><li>The Key to Short Stories, April 18</li><li>Writing Fantasy Fiction, April 25</li><li>Submitting Your Writing, May 16</li><li>Advanced Poetry Workshop, May 23</li><li>Preparing Your Manuscript, May 30</li></ul><p>To register for any or all of the workshops, visit the CSA’s website at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Community School of the Arts at 931-221-7508 or email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:58:10 +0000 harriscj 99363 at