Today @ APSU - University News en APSU Department of Art presents lecture from internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" alt="ann-hamilton1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art is proud to welcome Ann Hamilton, an internationally recognized visual artist known for large-scale multimedia installations. As a part of the Department’s visiting artist series, Hamilton will present a lecture on February 5 at 7 p.m. in APSU’s Trahern Theatre.</p><p>The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.</p><p>Hamilton’s work has taken many forms, appearing as everything from a building four stories high and art as small as the surface of a thimble. Her work has often focused on considering our relationship to physical space. Hamilton’s artwork often aims to “slow down” the viewer, using multi-layered creations that slow the way a viewer moves through or experiences her art.</p><p>Notable public works include a mural of 50,000 paper library cards on display at the San Francisco Public Library, a mile-long walkway at the Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh and a 7,200 square foot wood floor in the Seattle Public Library made up of 556 lines of wood designed to create a walkable surface of letterform script.</p><p>Hamilton has earned many honors during her career, including the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has also exhibited her work extensively around the world, including presentations in France, Sweden, England and Japan. Domestically, Hamilton has exhibited in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.</p><p>An Ohio native, Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art. She currently operates Ann Hamilton Studio in Columbus, Ohio.</p><p>For more information on the lecture, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Art Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:12:56 +0000 harriscj 95378 at APSU Foy Fitness and Recreation Center to host DanceFest 2015 event <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, in its continued effort to promote fitness that is both fun and functional for everyone, is hosting DanceFest 2015. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.</p><p>The event’s purpose is to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the overall wellness of both students and the community. There will be several dance formats to choose from, including Zumba dance, Salsa, R&amp;B Line Dance, Chicago-Style Stepping and International/Country Line Dance.</p><p>Community members who attend can register on-site for $10, or $5 with the donation of a new or gently used adult sized coat. Proceeds from the event will support the American Cancer Society and coats will be donated to the campus S.O.S. (Save Our Students) Food Bank, which is in the process of expanding its services to provide clothing to students in need.</p><p>Casual Care daycare will be available for children ages 5-14 for $3 per child. This service will only be available that day for those participating in DanceFest, and can only be made through prepaid reservation.</p><p>For more information on DanceFest 2015, or other University Recreation programs and events call 931-221-7564 or visit the website at <a href="" title=""></a>. To secure a Casual Care reservation, contact Annette Holmes at 931-221-7564.</p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:10:43 +0000 harriscj 95376 at APSU's Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center presents "Black Ink, Blue Collar" art exhibit <p><img src="" width="600" height="424" alt="Black_Ink_Blue_Collar_Final_2_with_Layer" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center features a variety of art donated by alumni and community organizations, but the colorful, abstract paintings of APSU alumna Miesha Arnold (‘07) are particularly eye-catching.</p><p>In February, visitors to the Center will have an opportunity to dive deeper into Arnold’s work, as she will be the focus of an exhibition of her watercolors, titled “Black Ink, Blue Collar.” The display, which is free and open to the public, will run from Feb. 2-27.  Art will be on sale throughout the month, and a silent auction will also be held. All funds from the silent auction will be donated to the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.</p><p>The exhibit will also feature jewelry from Cecilia Arnold and artwork from Jonathon Penn.</p><p>A reception with Arnold is also scheduled for February 26 from 5-7 p.m. and will be open to the public. This will be Arnold’s second exhibition at the Center, as the young artist presented an exhibition titled “Fail Forward” in February of 2014.</p><p>The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is located in room 120 of the Clement Building. For more information on this exhibit or additional Black History Month events, visit the Center’s website at <a href=""></a> For more information on Miesha Arnold, visit her website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> African American Studies Art Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:32:38 +0000 harriscj 95369 at APSU's Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center presents "Four Black Doctors" keynote <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As a part of Black History Month, the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is excited to welcome “The Four Black Doctors” to the Morgan University Center Ballroom on February 10 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Jeremy Campbell, PharmD, Corey Guyton, PhD, Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD and Keyon Thompson, DPT, are four Black men who made a promise that changed their lives forever. While undergraduate students, they promised that they would all finish doctoral degrees before the age of 30 – a promise they fulfilled in the spring of 2013. Their stated mission is “to dispel all of the negative stereotypes that are placed upon men of color in terms of education and life, and to breath life into individuals who do not feel they are capable of being successful.”</p><p>Together, The Four Black Doctors will serve as the keynote speakers for the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center’s celebration of Black History Month.</p><p>“It’s interesting to have four people serve as a keynote speaker, but these are four young men who have done amazing things by achieving doctoral degrees before the age of 30,” Henderson Hill III, director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, said. “These four men are all not just fascinating people, but they are all friends and (Phi Beta Sigma fraternity) brothers.”</p><p>As a part of their appearance on campus, the four doctors will take part in a dinner on February 9 with Austin Peay State University’s Achievers &amp; Scholars Initiative, a mentoring program for male African American students. The doctors will discuss their personal, academic and professional journeys with the students in a private, encouraging setting.</p><p>On the afternoon of February 10, the four doctors will take part in a luncheon for APSU students from noon-1:30 p.m at the Center.</p><p>This keynote address is presented in collaboration with APSU Athletics and the APSU Office of Undergraduate Research at the TBR Access and Diversity Grant. For more information, or to find out about additional Black History Month events, visit the Center’s website at <a href=""></a> For more information on Four Black Doctors, visit their website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> African American Studies Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:04:00 +0000 harriscj 95356 at APSU celebrates Fall 2014 graduates, releases list of Fall 2014 Dean's List honorees <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University celebrates the seniors and graduate students who earned degrees at its 85th commencement exercises on December 12, 2014. In addition, the university has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.</p><p>            Diplomas will be available for pickup on February 9, 2015 in the Ellington Building, Room 316. For more information on graduation, visit the APSU Office of the Registrar at <a href=""></a>, or contact the office directly at (931) 221-7150.</p><p>Students who are named to the Dean’s List have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or greater. The names of students can be accessed by visiting the website at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:43:54 +0000 harriscj 95279 at APSU Department of Art presents SOUND exhibit at Trahern Gallery <p class="BodyA"><img src="" height="927" width="600" alt="sound-show-poster.jpg" /></p><p class="BodyA">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Inviting museumgoers to use their ears as much as their eyes is quickly gaining traction in the art community. Much like using color on a physical canvas, sound artists use the noises that exist around us to fill space and grab the attention of the listener in a way no different than a sculpture, painting or mosaic.</p><p class="BodyA">Students at Austin Peay State University, as well as the community at large, will have an opportunity to explore this branch of contemporary art when the APSU Department of Art presents “SOUND”, an exhibition of sound art held at the APSU Trahern Gallery from Jan. 20-Feb. 6.</p><p class="BodyA">Curated by APSU Department of Art chair Barry Jones and gallery director Michael Dickins, the exhibit features 17 artists from around the country who use sound as the main or only element in their work. In addition to the art in the Trahern Gallery, there will be several pieces located throughout the Trahern Building, as well as the UC Bowl in front of the APSU Woodward Library.</p><p class="BodyA">Artists from around the state, as well as artists from around the country were invited to submit work for the exhibit, including Aaron Hutchinson, Brian Harnetty, Curt Cloninger, Greg Pond, Jesse Thompson, Jason Sloan, Josh Gumiela, Kris Neely, Peter Kay, Matt Roberts, McLean Fahnestock, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Nathan Wolek, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Steve Roden and Will Owen.</p><p class="BodyA">“This show is interesting because it’s a sound show in Trahern Galley, but there will be no sound (in the gallery),” Dickins said. “All of the pieces will be listened to with headphones. A couple of the pieces are a minute long, and some are up to 30 minutes. It is a much different experience than going into a museum and giving a piece of art a 10-20 second look.”</p><p class="BodyA">Jones said that the artists have each approached their works in a unique way and was quick to draw a distinction between traditional music and the “sound art” which will be on display at the gallery.</p><p class="BodyA">“This is not a music exhibit at all, even though sound is the primary medium,” Jones said. “The art is not rhythmic and it does not follow the conventions of music. That was actually a major challenge for Michael and me as we worked on our curator statement because how do you explain to people the difference between sound art and music?”</p><p class="BodyA">Dickins said that sound artists are similar to visual artists, despite their work appealing to different senses.</p><p class="BodyA">“(Sound artists) work with the (fundamental aspects of) sound itself with things like reverberations, tone and pitch,” Dickins said. “Think about a (visual artist) with a paint brush — why do they choose to use the color red? How do they apply it to the canvas? With sound artists, you are asking why they use this note, how they choose to bend that note and manipulate it to create a sound painting. That is how they create a piece of art.”</p><p class="BodyA">As the chair of the APSU Department of Art, Jones said that one of his main goals — as well as that of the Trahern Gallery itself — is to expose students to new forms of art. Exhibits like “SOUND” serve that goal as they educate and hopefully inspire the next generation of artists.</p><p class="BodyA">“One of the many missions of the Trahern Gallery is that is a teaching tool,” Jones said. “Michael and I have both had interest in using sound in our studio art practice, but it’s not something we really teach here at APSU, so bringing all of these artists to campus is a way to introduce a new medium to our students.”</p><p class="BodyA">To celebrate the exhibit, an opening reception will take place January 20 from 5 -7 p.m. with several artists in attendance. “SOUND” will be open to all gallery goers from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday from Jan. 20-Feb. 6.</p><p class="BodyA">For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p><p class="BodyA"><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Art Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:42:22 +0000 harriscj 94833 at APSU Center of Excellence For The Creative Arts hosting alumni reading event <p><a href="/sites/"><img src="" height="483" width="649" alt="alumni_reading.jpg" /></a></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading by distinguished alumnae Kory Shrum, Heather Donahoe and Stephanie Bryant at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Now living in Michigan, Shrum’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including North American Review and Bateau. She has also published two urban fantasy novels, “Dying for a Living” and its sequel, “Dying by the Hour.”</p><p>Bryant was the co-founder of Up the Staircase Quarterly, where she served as co-editor from 2008-2013. She left to pursue the job of publisher and editor of Red Paint Hill Publishing. She has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award and is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, one of the most respected literary prizes in North America. A few of her publications include The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Full of Crow, Eclectica and THRUSH Poetry Journal.</p><p>Donahoe is the author of “The Southern Food Truck Cookbook,” which is a collection of recipes that explore the culinary traditions of the South. Donahoe previously worked as a newspaper reporter at the Tennessean, where she covered business topics and wrote a weekly food column for the Williamson A.M.</p><p>For more information on this event, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876, or email Susan Wallace at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:01:21 +0000 harriscj 94830 at Two honored during APSU Candlelight Ball award luncheon <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s 31st Annual Candlelight Ball is just around the corner, and to help announce the event, two individuals were honored and recognized during a luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 13.</p><p>The Wendell H. Gilbert Award and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award were presented to two individuals for the outstanding achievement, contribution or recognition they have brought to Austin Peay.</p><p>Congressman Phil Roe (’67), who has represented Tennessee’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009, received the Wendell H. Gilbert Award. Before being elected to congress, Roe served as mayor and vice mayor of Johnson City.</p><p>After receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1972, Roe served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. After being discharged, Roe operated a successful OB/GYN practice for 31 years, delivering nearly 5,000 babies.</p><p>Tom Creech (’00) was presented with the Spirit of Austin Peay Award. A Clarksville resident, Creech is a partner with Nave Funeral Homes in Clarksville and Erin. After receiving a business degree from APSU, Creech would go on to serve in leadership positions for the Downtown Kiwanis Club, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee, the Chamber’s Public and Community Affairs Committee and the APSU Governors Club.</p><p>Creech also is a member of both the Tennessee and National Funeral Directors Association.</p><p>Austin Peay State University’s 31st Annual Candlelight Ball will be held at Hilton Nashville Downtown on March 14 with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and dancing at 8 p.m.</p><p>For more information or to RSVP, call the APSU Alumni Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:50:21 +0000 harriscj 94829 at APSU Diversity Committee to host Jan. 30 meal-packing event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day <p><img src="" width="464" height="600" alt="meal_poster_copy_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 30 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.</p><p>In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers will do their part to help alleviate hunger in a third-world country with a meal-packaging event hosted by the APSU Diversity Committee and Feed My Starving Children. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.</p><p>Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children and adults with hand-packed meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals packed by APSU student volunteers will be shipped to a third-world country, where they will feed those affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.</p><p>Fonda Fields, APSU director of human resources and a member of the APSU Diversity Committee, said this year’s service project would be the first of its kind for the University.</p><p>“We’ve always (celebrated MLK Day), but we’ve never really had a service project for the day,” Fields said. “For this year, we wanted to try something that our entire campus community could get involved with.”</p><p>Volunteers will be needed for one of three shifts during the day: 10 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers are also being sought for a Thursday, Jan. 29 setup shift and a teardown shift Friday, following the packaging event.</p><p>To sign up for the event, visit PEAYLINK at <a href=""></a>. For more information, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p> <em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:41:39 +0000 boothcw 94766 at New exhibit at APSU showcases road trip paintings across America <p><img src="" width="600" height="453" alt="Monument-Valley_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the last 12 years, Gregory Botts has been criss-crossing the nation with a car loaded full of art supplies, painting the sites and varying light he encountered. At first begun as a clarification of the larger abstract works that he was making in the studio, these paintings have grown into their own body of impressive works that feed and inform his larger body of work. Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery is proud to host the first large survey of these works in connection with his larger studio paintings this winter, “Gregory Botts: Painting Along the Road.”</p><p>This exhibition tells his adventures, and gives witness to his commitment to experiencing firsthand the landscape that has become the subject of his work. Paintings from Vermont, through Pennsylvania, to Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and finally California will take viewers on a tour through some of America’s most beautiful and desolate landscapes.</p><p>The exhibit, which features more than 30 medium and large format oil paintings made over the last dozen years, opens Feb. 16, in the Trahern Gallery and runs through March 11. A lecture by the artist will take place in at 12:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 16, in the gallery, and an opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. later that day.</p><p>Botts is a nationally exhibited painter who splits his time between his studios in Abiquiu, New Mexico, and New York City. His work has been exhibited extensively in galleries across the country, including solo exhibits at David Richards Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Salander-O’Rilley in New York, and at the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.</p><p>In addition to his studio practice, Botts has taught at institutions such as the Vermont Studio Center, University of California at Santa Barbara, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and the Telluride Painting Academy.</p><p> For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:54:57 +0000 boothcw 94750 at APSU career networking event lets local employers meet potential hires, interns <p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Local businesses and organizations looking to recruit strong applicants are encouraged to participate in The Govs Connection, a career networking event and internship fair, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 25, in the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center Ballroom.</p><p>            The annual event seeks to connect local employers with hundreds of APSU students eager to prove themselves in the workforce.</p><p>“I’ve come to all but one of these events in the past and have met and spoken at length with many bright, potentially very employable students,” Phil Wood (’72), sports commentator for the Washington Nationals, said.</p><p>            From 8 a.m.-11 a.m., employers and successful APSU alumni will meet with students in one-on-one, small group and roundtable discussions. From 1 p.m.-4 p.m., an internship fair, sponsored by Enterprise Holdings, will allow employers to meet with APSU students and alumni who are looking for internships in various fields.</p><p>            The Govs Connection event is sponsored by the APSU National Alumni Association, the APSU Office of Career Services, the APSU Communication Department, the APSU Wilber N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement.</p><p>            For more information, contact Rylan Kean, APSU special events coordinator, at 931-221-7979 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:42:31 +0000 boothcw 94504 at Acuff Circle now accepting nominations for Ovation Awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.</p><p>The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 20. The awards ceremony is March 1 at the Customs House Museum.</p><p>The sponsoring Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patrons society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</p><p>The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</p><p><b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice and Mike Andrews.</p><p><b>Young Artist:</b> A high school senior in Clarksville-Montgomery County who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. Category awards are visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in each category also receive preference when applying for the annual $1,000 endowed scholarship in the arts that the Acuff Circle has established at Austin Peay. Past winners include Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland with the Roxy School of the Arts; Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School; Elizabeth Bell, Kenwood; Brittney Griffin, Montgomery Central; Clare Grady, Clarksville; Will Silvers, West Creek; and Jeremy Carey, Northeast. Nominations in this category mostly come from teachers.</p><p><b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church International Day, and the Family and Community Education Association.</p><p><b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery and The Framemaker.</p><p>The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass, Olen Bryant, David Alford and Joseph B. Trahern Jr.</p><p>To nominate someone in the Individual, Young Artist, Community or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href=""></a> or obtained at the following locations: Customs House Museum, which co-sponsors the awards ceremony; the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be e-mailed to <a href=""></a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p> </p> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:54:32 +0000 boothcw 94236 at APSU professors complete work on two-volume study of American military history <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="history_cover_-APSU.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The discussion of American military history can be approached in a seemingly endless variety of ways. With so many tactical, political and societal viewpoints to be considered, even the most educated scholars or enthusiastic students can become lost in a sea of information.</p><p>But what if the focus was narrowed to the people, places and events at the core of these historic conflicts?</p><p>Two Austin Peay State University professors aimed to find out those answers, editing a massive, two-volume military and historical work – “The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History.”</p><p>“We tried to find things that are very important to (American military history), but were less covered in other academic books,” Dr. Antonio Thompson, APSU associate professor of history, said. “We wanted to make sure the topics we covered were things that historians, and therefore students of history, would find important, but were not in your average history book.”</p><p>In association with academic book publisher Routledge press, Thompson and fellow associate professor of history Dr. Christos Frentzos set out in 2009 to create a list of important, but unique, topics. From the contributions of African-Americans in the Civil War to the role of women in World War II, the two professors aimed to offer a fresh look at some of the more underexplored dynamics of these major conflicts.</p><p>“For instance, there is an essay covering the Emancipation Proclamation, and how it was used by (U.S. President Abraham) Lincoln as a war strategy during the Civil War,” Frentzos said. “Lincoln used the speech to garner international support for the Union cause in order to show that the war was not just against the south, but there was a higher moral issue. Lincoln wanted to make it more difficult for England and France to support the Confederacy, and his speech was a brilliant way to do just that.”</p><p>Volume I of the work features about 40 essays from both renowned historians and up-and-coming academics, focusing on the colonial period in America up to reconstruction. Volume II includes another 40 essays dealing with American history from 1865 to the present War on Terror.</p><p> “Everything in here is original and we did not accept any previously published materials,” Thompson said. “Even the senior scholars who contributed works had to write something new. It was challenging for everyone, but (the authors) were excited and willing to (present a fresh look at the conflicts).”</p><p>As each essay focuses on a very specific subject, Thompson and Frentzos remarked on choosing to begin every chapter with a broader historiographical essay, or a work focused on the many ways historians have viewed that time period.</p><p>“Each chapter has a historiographical essay that talks about the history of what has been written about a war,” Frentzos said. “The essay is not about the war itself, but rather the history of the different things that scholars have said about the war. We want students to quickly get caught up with the different views and interpretations of each topic before they get into specific essays.”</p><p>The professors said response to the two-volume work has been positive from both the academic and consumer markets.</p><p>“When we got the final published copies of the books, Dr. Frentzos and I both were really honored by the positive comments we received from pretty big names in our field who did not work on this book,” Thompson said. “The other big takeaway is that there are a lot of people who contributed to this book that we can now call colleagues.”</p><p>“For us, those are the really big takeaways – to know that we both contributed something to the study of American history, and that people recognize the work we did here.”</p><p>Both books are now available for sale on For more information on the book or Frentzos and Thompson, contact them at <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Associate Professors of History Dr. Christos Frentzos and Dr. Antonio Thompson edited the book, “The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877.” (Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Arts and Letters tbr History and Philosophy Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:05:57 +0000 boothcw 94038 at APSU completes successful Food for Fines collection drive <p><img src="" height="384" width="567" alt="cans_12.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The holiday season is a time for giving, and the Austin Peay State University Department of Public Safety recently offered members of the University community a chance to give – and be forgiven – with its “Food for Parking Fines” program.</p><p>Partnering with the Save Our Students (SOS) Food Pantry, an on-campus food pantry dedicated to providing aid to students in need, the APSU Department of Public Safety conducted its first-ever food drive. From Dec. 8-14, students, faculty and staff were able to pay for their parking tickets with a donation of 10 canned food items.</p><p>A total of 1,627 cans of food, as well as numerous packages of pasta, chips and other food items, were collected from a total of 119 individuals with outstanding parking fines. All told, the APSU Department of Public Safety waived 156 parking citations.</p><p>“This was a really fantastic thing for the whole community,” Sgt. Derrick Oliver of the APSU Campus Police, said. “The giving is the main important thing here – especially at this time of the year. It seemed like every day, there were 300-400 cans of food in our office.”</p><p>Organizers say the original goal of the program was to collect over 900 cans of food.  Reaction to the program was extremely positive, with many donating more than the required 10 cans, and officers with the APSU Department of Public Safety also donating cans to assists students unable to meet the requirement for a waived ticket.</p><p>Due to the large number of donations, the pantry had to make multiple collection pick-ups from the APSU Public Safety office.</p><p>“(The APSU Department of Public Safety) was originally going to just do the drive for five days, but it was extended through the weekend because of its popularity,” Alexandra Wills, APSU Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement and head of the SOS Food Pantry, said. “Every single day, we were coming to take the food out because it was just starting to overtake the campus police’s office.”</p><p>Wills said the high number of donations means the pantry could be able to meet the needs of the community through this upcoming summer. Wills said, however, that the pantry always accepts donations, and is always in need of staples such as canned fruit, meat and peanut butter.</p><p>The mission of the S.O.S. Food Pantry is to assist and provide supplement food to the needy at APSU who have been impacted by financial problems as a result of unemployment, divorce, disability, health, domestic violence, homelessness, disaster and rising cost of living. The pantry gathers, stores and distributes goods to those who find themselves in time of special need and crisis. </p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:33 +0000 boothcw 93664 at APSU 2014: A year in review <p><img src="" width="600" height="407" alt="YearInReview2014.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some years move along at a quiet, steady pace, continuing the traditions and patterns of the previous year before quietly fading into the next. No milestones mark the passage of time, and people often find themselves bored or, worse yet, uninspired. At Austin Peay State University, 2014 was not that type of year. The last 12 months passed with such speed, thanks to major changes within the University, that the campus community will likely remember this past year as a crucial time in Austin Peay’s progression into a leading institution of higher learning.</p><p>Here are some of the top stories that helped redefine Austin Peay in 2014:</p><ol><li>On June 2, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) named Alisa White as APSU’s 10<sup>th</sup> president. White previously served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler, and she was selected after an extensive nationwide search. She replaced Tim Hall, who left the University in May to become president of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.</li><li>On Sept. 13, the new $19 million Governors Stadium officially opened. Thousands of eager APSU fans packed into the new facility for the season’s first home football game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The new stadium, with its brick and synthetic stucco façade, features an 8,000-square-foot club level section, 13 luxury skyboxes and a seating capacity for 10,000 fans.</li><li>During the fall semester, the University unveiled the APSU Promise, a new program that guarantees scholarships to all TBR community college and Hopkinsville Community College graduates who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The new scholarship program aims to bring more high-caliber students to campus in the coming years. There is no limit to the number of APSU Promise scholarships the University will award this year.</li><li>In April, the University’s Athletics Department unveiled its new Governor Peay logo, created by Pennsylvania-based graphic design firm Joe Bosack and Co. A committee of University staff members, local businessmen and alumni spent months working on the effort to enhance the visual identity of APSU Athletics. The new, more competitive-looking logo is now a staple on the APSU campus and within the Clarksville community.</li><li>APSU expanded its degree offerings this year. The University received approval for a Master of Science degree in engineering technology, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre and dance, a concentration in networking for the University’s existing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology, a concentration in hospitality administration for the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and a minor in film studies through the Department of Languages and Literature.</li><li>The University also continued to show its support of the military in 2014. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success.” That initiative seeks to help veterans succeed on campus. The University announced in late September that it was waiving online fees and technology access fees for active-duty military personnel taking classes at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell. The decision was made after a recent change to the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program caused these individuals to pay out-of-pocket cash for fees associated with pursuing a college education. Later in the semester, Military Advanced Education named APSU a top school in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, and G.I. Jobs magazine named Austin Peay to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.</li><li>In addition to the above military accolades, the Austin Peay name appeared on several other “best of” lists in 2014. For the sixth year in a row, APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was named the best chapter in the nation, and the University’s Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity was named the best chapter in the southern region for the fourth year in a row. The U.S. News &amp; World Report Best Colleges 2015 ranking were released on Sept. 9, and APSU ranked 27<sup>th</sup> in the Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South) category. And earlier this fall, the APSU College of Business’s Master of Science in management program was listed #32 in the country in The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU’s program was ranked among the top 63 graduate management programs in the United States.</li><li>For the third consecutive year, APSU was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list. In all, only 92 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. APSU won honors in nine of 12 categories, which put it on the list’s honor roll.</li><li>The University received several high-profile grants this year. The National Science Foundation awarded more than $300,000 to the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology to improve the infrastructure, utility and visibility of the APSU Natural History Collection. That collection includes more than 100,000 research specimens representing the state’s largest collection of amphibians and reptiles, the second largest collection of plants and a rapidly growing collection of fishes. It also features small collections of birds and mammals from throughout the Mid-South Region. EDCAUSE, a nonprofit association that supports the role of information technology in higher education, awarded APSU a $100,000 grant to expand and enhance its innovative My Future system. The system, unveiled in 2012, uses predictive analytics to help students pick majors in fields where they will likely find academic success.</li><li>On Sept. 23, APSU officially opened the DeWald Livestock Pavilion—a modern facility that will provide a practical working and learning space for APSU faculty and students—at the University’s Farm and Environmental Education Center. The pavilion was named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, who generously supported the project with a major financial gift.</li></ol><p>Beth Liggett, APSU photographer, has created a photo gallery of the last year at APSU. The gallery is available at <a href=""></a>. To download a photo, the password is “public.” APSU photography also created a video slideshow, available at <a href=""></a>. Please feel free to use any and all provided photographs and the video in your publications and online.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45:57 +0000 boothcw 93663 at 43 APSU students named to prestigious Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since 1934, the Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges has honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.</p><p>            Schools across the country nominate their top students every fall for this prestigious designation, but only the top candidates out of thousands of nominees are bestowed with the honor. This year, more than 3,000 students nationwide were given this distinction, with 43 of those impressive individuals coming from Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            The APSU students named to this year’s Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities were:</p><p>            • Erika Adams, of Weston, Florida;</p><p>            • Jordan Adams, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Karlie Allen, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Daniel Anderson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Brena Andring, of Bristol;</p><p>            • LaBria Appleton, of Springfield;</p><p>            • Matthew Barnett, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Julia Batson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lucas Bearden, of Cumberland Furnace;</p><p>            • Amanda Blankenship, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Amber Botts, of Cleveland;</p><p>            • Keedy Burdeshaw, of Bethpage;</p><p>            • Illaria Calo, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Kali Cooper, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Haley Cowley, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Chelsey Denning, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Brooke Diggs, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Alexis Eldridge, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Cassie Elrod, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Julie Flowers, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Jennifer Freeland, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Megan Hart, of Cumberland City;</p><p>            • James Helms, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Leah Henson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Joshua Hinckley, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Breigh Jones, of Memphis;</p><p>            • Rylan Kean, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lauren Maki, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lauren McKinney, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tyler Meadows, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Courtney Melton, of Indian Mound;</p><p>            • Doreen Merickle, of McEwen;</p><p>            • Jonell Nicholson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Jennifer Nwokocha, of Atlanta, Georgia;</p><p>            • Te’Lysha Peaks, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tahji Peebles, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tikehe Peoples, of Jackson;</p><p>            • Alexa Riley, of Adams;</p><p>            • Kaitlin Roe, of Greenbriar;</p><p>            • Daniel Suiter, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Randy Valerio, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Carrie West, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Kayla Williams, of Clarksville.</p><p>            The students will be honored during APSU’s annual Student Organization and Leaders Award Ceremony this April.</p><p>            For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 221-7341. </p> tbr Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:12 +0000 boothcw 93636 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Gregory R. Singleton</b>, associate vice president and dean of students, recently attended the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Nashville, where he was a featured speaker. His session, titled “Good Times? A Seasoned Professional’s Perspective of the Fraternal Movement,” was highlighted as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award for outstanding service to the fraternity/sorority experience.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:22:38 +0000 boothcw 93596 at APSU student awarded prestigious study abroad scholarship <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Retired New York congressman Benjamin Gilman spent much of his 30-year political career developing relationships within the international community, so in 2000, the U.S. Department of State developed a prestigious study abroad scholarship named in honor of the former House Foreign Relations Committee chairman.</p><p>            Each year, thousands of undergraduate college students apply for the Gilman International Scholarship, hoping to receive up to $5,000 to study in a foreign country. This year, the program awarded only 800 scholarships, and one of those went to Austin Peay State University student Ehlana Podgorski.</p><p>            Podgorski will use the scholarship to spend the spring semester studying at Kyungpook National University, APSU’s partner exchange institution in South Korea. The University is located in Daegu, the third largest metropolitan city in South Korea and one of the host sites for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.</p><p>           "Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates,” Gilman said. “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."</p><p>            For more information on study abroad opportunities at APSU, contact the University’s Office of International Education at 931-221-6851.</p> tbr Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:48:43 +0000 boothcw 93568 at APSU's Tim Winters recognized with prestigious teaching award <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="20130502-Languages-Literature-Faculty-40" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of language and literature at Austin Peay State University, was recently recognized for his performance in the classroom by being named a 2014 recipient of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Collegiate Teaching award.</p><p>            A highly competitive award, the SCS Collegiate Teaching award is recognized as the most prestigious teaching award in North America for classical studies.</p><p>            “I knew when I got into this discipline, that if I did anything of lasting value, it would be through my work in the classroom,” Winters said. “This is quite an award, and I am really humbled and honored. Receiving an award like this only makes me want to work harder to live up to (its significance).”</p><p>            Winters will be presented with the award at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the SCS, which will be held Jan. 10, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.</p><p>            Since arriving at APSU in 1997, Winters has helped develop the Classics program into one of the premier offerings of its kind in the state. Aside from his work in the classroom, Winters also mentors students and has directed APSU’s Study Abroad to Greece program since its inception in 1999.</p><p>            Winters said he was honored that a recognized scholarly organization like SCS both acknowledged and valued the time he has spent growing APSU’s classics program and mentoring students.</p><p>            “When I arrived at APSU, there was only one guy teaching first-year Greek and another person teaching first and second year Latin,” Winters said. “Now, we have minor and major offerings in Latin, Greek and Classics and there are a number of (high school) Latin teachers in our area who are graduates of the program at APSU.”</p><p>            Dr. Steve Kershner, assistant professor of Classics at APSU, originally nominated Winters for the award. Kershner said it was an honor to hold up his peer as an example of the work being done at APSU to raise the profiles of classical studies.</p><p>            “Austin Peay should be proud of Tim, as he represents to the world what it is to be a teacher and what it means to be an Austin Peay Governor.”</p> Arts and Letters tbr International Studies Languages and Literature Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:28:38 +0000 boothcw 93490 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>The recent Playhouse Nashville production of “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset: The Legends of Smackover” received several nominations for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Nashville Best Awards, including Best Original/New Work. The play was written by <b>Darren Michael, associate professor of theatre</b>.</p><p><b>Christopher Bailey, assistant professor of musical theatre</b>, was also nominated for a 2014 BroadwayWorld Nashville Best Awards for his role as Emmett Forest in the Boiler Room Theatre’s production of the musical “Legally Blonde.”</p><p><b>Andrew Shepard-Smith, executive director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs</b>, recently had a book published, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards: A Handbook for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, Non-Profit Organizations, and State and Local Governments.” The handbook is for any non-Federal entity that is submitting a grant to a Federal agency, or that has received an award and wishes to understand more about the regulations which the non-Federal entity must remain compliant with. </p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:40:59 +0000 boothcw 93312 at State VA commissioner to speak at APSU ceremony honoring military graduates <p><img src="" width="200" height="299" alt="Grinder.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is coming to Austin Peay State University on Dec. 10 to help honor a special group of graduating APSU students. At 5 p.m. that afternoon, the University will host its Fall 2014 Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall, with Many-Bears Grinder, the state’s first female TDVA commissioner, serving as the keynote speaker.</p><p>During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel who are scheduled to graduate from APSU on Friday will receive a red, white and blue cord to wear over their academic regalia. They will also receive one of the University’s military coins. About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the coin was created to honor those individuals.</p><p>Grinder, a retired colonel with the Tennessee Army National Guard, holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a master's degree in human resources development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is an Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran, having served in Afghanistan as the Head of Secretariat for the International Police Coordination Board, and her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. In 2004, she was inducted into the Fort Benning Hall of Fame.</p><p>In September 2013, former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki appointed Grinder to the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. In November 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed her as Chair for the newly formed Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force, which is charged with evaluating how to best serve Tennessee’s veterans seeking a certificate or degree beyond high school.</p><p>The Dec. 10 ceremony is open to the public. Parking will be available in the lot between the Music/Mass Communication Building (MMC) and Burt School, directly across Marion Street from the MMC.</p><p>For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Dr. Bill Cox, executive director of the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, at <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:17:37 +0000 boothcw 93254 at APSU's Master of Science in Management program ranks among nation's best <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Wilson_Scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University College of Business M.S. in management program is #32 in the country, according to The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU’s program was ranked among the top 63 graduate management programs in the United States.</p><p>APSU’s program was the highest ranked in the state of Tennessee. This is the first time The Financial Engineer has released a ranking of master of management programs.</p><p>The M.S. in management degree at APSU is a 30-hour program, consisting of seven required courses, as well as three electives for students with a non-business undergraduate degree. For students with a business undergraduate degree, there are six required courses and four electives.</p><p>The program prepares students for leadership and managerial roles, with coursework covering topics ranging from human resource management to technology.  Students attending full time can complete the program in one year.</p><p>The Financial Engineer ranking methodology examined a number of components, including mean GMAT scores, starting salary and bonus and undergraduate GPA.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Cutline: Amie Wilson, Information Technology Director for the City of Clarksville, earned her Master of Science in Management from APSU.</p> tbr Management, Marketing, and General business Business Graduate Studies opportunities Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:34:51 +0000 boothcw 93250 at Head of Tennessee Promise to speak at Fall Commencement <p><img src="" width="399" height="600" alt="Krause.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Krause is the type of person who likes a challenge. In the fall of 2006, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University while still serving as a soldier in the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division. Eight years later, as executive director of the Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 Initiative in the Office of Governor Bill Haslam, he is in charge of one of the most ambitious programs in the state’s history.</p><p>On Dec. 12, Krause will tackle his next challenge when he returns to his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the University’s Fall Commencement Exercises. He will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the APSU Dunn Center.</p><p>Krause, an eighth generation Tennessean, served for eight years in the U.S. Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard. He completed three combat tours as a member of the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division, and he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom.</p><p>After graduating from APSU, Krause went on to earn his master’s degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University and serve as assistant executive director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He is now responsible for the implementation and launch of the Tennessee Promise, the Governor’s initiative to provide two years of community or technical college—free of tuition and fees—to graduating high school seniors. In its first year of operation, more than 50,000 Tennessee students applied for the Tennessee Promise.</p><p>On Dec. 12, the University will award 776 degrees during the Fall 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 webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast 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> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:48:58 +0000 boothcw 93198 at APSU student earns spot in major robotics research competition <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="robots.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As technology advances and becomes more a part of our daily lives, the opportunities available to aspiring techies continues to grow. One Austin Peay State University student was recently recognized for his efforts in bringing the fantastic to life, using everyday items to create a low-cost, entry-level robotics platform.</p><p>APSU Computer Science and Information Technology student Donald Buhl-Brown was recently selected to compete in the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (ACM SIGCSE) student research competition. Held March 4-7 in Kansas City, Mo., the event brings together computer science experts from around the world to discuss and share ideas on computer science education.</p><p>The goal of Buhl-Brown’s research was to create a robot that could be built and operated by beginners. To accomplish that goal, he designed the body of the robot using simple LEGO blocks, as well as other cheap, easily accessible parts. To create the “brain” of the robot, he designed an operating system that runs on an Android smartphone.</p><p>“Back in the day when robotics were becoming a real thing, you had to buy a GPS, an accelerometer and all these other expensive sensors and somehow hook them all together,” Buhl-Brown said. “I use a phone because all of those (tools) are already built in and they’re honestly about as powerful as a laptop was just two years ago.”</p><p>Dr. John Nicholson, assistant professor of computer science and information technology, said Buhl-Brown is the first APSU student to be chosen to present his project at the prestigious event.</p><p>“(Buhl-Brown’s project) would really serve as someone’s very first introduction to robotics, and that’s why he designed a large part of it using simple things like LEGO bricks; he wanted to drive home that this could be a robot for beginners,” Nicholson said. “People interested in robotics will now be able to do more advanced things without having to buy a lot of new parts.</p><p>“And for our department, this is a big thing because we’re trying to promote our research. (Buhl-Brown) being accepted into this competition is something that APSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology can be proud of.”</p><p><img src="" width="700" height="525" alt="robots1.jpg" /></p> tbr Computer Science & Information Technology opportunities Science and Mathematics Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:34:09 +0000 boothcw 93194 at First all-female ROTC Color Guard team presents colors at APSU game <p><img src="" width="450" height="600" alt="Color_guard_team.JPG" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University ROTC Color Guard teams are a common sight at the University’s athletic events, with the well-disciplined cadets presenting the American and Tennessee State flags before the games. But during an APSU women’s basketball game on Nov. 14, fans noticed something different—all four cadets on the team were women.</p><p>            The night turned out to be a historic evening for the University’s ROTC program because it marked the first time an all-female team presented the Colors at APSU. The team’s members were Nicole Eldridge, of Clarksville; Mary Rush, of Phoenix, Arizona; Lethi Nickel of Sacramento, California; and Jennifer Card, of Clarksville.</p><p>              All four cadets are part of an ROTC program that is considered one of the best programs in the nation. For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science and Leadership at 931-221-6156.</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:16:31 +0000 boothcw 92991 at