Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/...are-degree-candidates-fall-commencement en Best-selling author Kevin Wilson to read at APSU on Nov. 4 http://www.apsu.edu/news/best-selling-author-kevin-wilson-read-apsu-nov-4 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Kevin_Wilson.jpg" width="196" height="159" alt="Kevin_Wilson.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the worlds Kevin Wilson creates, companies supply human replacements for dead or sick family members and recent college graduates dig tunnels to the center of the earth. The New York Times best-selling author infuses his work with these bizarre, often magical elements, prompting the Kirkus Review to call him a writer of “weird and wonderful stories” with “a bent sense of humor.”</p><p>At 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, Wilson will stop by Austin Peay State University to read from his work in room 401 of the Trahern Building. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the APSU Visiting Writers Series. A reception and book signing will follow.</p><p>Wilson is the author of the short story collection, “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth,” which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and the Shirley Jackson Award-winning novel, “The Family Fang.” That book was named one of the Top Ten Fiction Books of 2011 by TIME magazine, and the New York Journal of Books called the novel “the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often.”</p><p>Wilson lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches writing at the University of the South. For information on his reading or the APSU Visiting Writers Series, contact Susan Wallace at <a href="mailto:wallacess@apsu.edu">wallacess@apsu.edu</a></p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:05:20 +0000 boothcw 90882 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-28 <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>Darren Michael, associate professor of acting/directing,</b> will have his play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset,” produced by Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The play was previously produced by Playhouse Nashville. </p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:24:53 +0000 boothcw 90709 at http://www.apsu.edu Local artist supports APSU scholarship through painting http://www.apsu.edu/news/local-artist-supports-apsu-scholarship-through-painting <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140826-president-white-art-1067_1.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20140826-president-white-art-1067_1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Larry Richardson has developed a reputation in the last few years as a gifted painter of natural landscapes, but he’s also branched out into depicting a few sports scenes. His oil painting, “Chip Shot,” expertly captures the serenity of an early morning on the golf course. Earlier this year, Richardson donated the painting to Austin Peay State University to help raise money for the Mickey Fisher Memorial Scholarship.</p><p>Richardson has donated a painting for the last three years to be auctioned off at the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament raises money for an endowment to benefit dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with scholarships to attend APSU. </p><p>Fisher, a Clarksville native, taught in the Fort Campbell Independent School System for 33 years as a teacher and coach. As a student at Clarksville High School, he participated on both the basketball and golf teams. He added to his sports legacy on the APSU Governors basketball court. He died at the end of the summer in 2009, only weeks after retiring.</p><p>Richardson will continue his support of this endowment by selling prints of his work at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in front of the Morgan University Center Ballroom. All proceeds will be donated to the Mickey Fisher Scholarship endowment. </p><p>For more information about the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament, call the APSU Office of Advancement, 931-221-7024, or Ed Sneed Jr., tournament chair, 931-905-0050. </p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:20:22 +0000 boothcw 90707 at http://www.apsu.edu History lecture at APSU to examine state's first governor, John Sevier http://www.apsu.edu/news/history-lecture-apsu-examine-states-first-governor-john-sevier <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/seiver.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="seiver.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1794, a man named Valentine Sevier sent an urgent letter from his home along the Cumberland River, in what is now Clarksville, to his brother John. In it, he described a recent attack by Native Americans on their small settlement.</p><p>            The attackers, he wrote, “scalped my daughter Rebecca. I hope she still will recover.”</p><p>            Valentine sought comfort from his older brother, John Sevier—a famous solider and frontiersman, who would become Tennessee’s first governor. In the late eighteenth century, most of the settlers living in the area knew his name. The moniker still pops up on maps and buildings around the state, but John Sevier’s legend has diminished over time.</p><p>            At 4 p.m. on Nov. 12, Gordon T. Belt, director of public services for the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will discuss his new book, “John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero,” in the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Room 303. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the APSU Department of History and Philosophy and the APSU Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.</p><p>            In his preface to the book, Belt said he relied on “folklore, anecdotes, family narratives and historical accounts” to gain a “greater understanding of Sevier’s life and legacy.”</p><p>            For more information on this event, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:26:22 +0000 boothcw 90679 at http://www.apsu.edu Cello percussion duo New Morse Code visiting APSU on Oct. 31 http://www.apsu.edu/news/cello-percussion-duo-new-morse-code-visiting-apsu-oct-31 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/New_Morse_Code.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="New_Morse_Code.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a brief YouTube video clip, Hannah Collins is seen playing the cello while Michael Compitello taps his drumsticks against different sized flowerpots. The performance could be seen as a novelty act if the resulting music wasn’t so beautiful. This mixture of playfulness and serious music making is what defines New Morse Code, a music duo of Yale University graduates who are using inventive performances to expand the reach of classical music to a younger generation.</p><p>            On Oct. 31, the duo will visit Austin Peay State University for a day of workshops, a master class and a concert. All the events are free and open to the public.</p><p>            "New Morse Code is a wonderful model for the 21st century musician,” Dr. Eli Lara, APSU associate professor of music, said. “Mike and Hannah are creating their own niche by commissioning new compositions, working closely with composers and engaging in interdisciplinary projects with performing and visual artists. The combination of percussion and cello offers an immense palette of colors, range of sounds and variety of styles.”</p><p>            The day will start at 10:10 a.m. with a rhythm and movement workshop in the APSU Memorial Health Dance Studio. The interactive class will feature dance students responding to the duo’s music as well as the musicians reacting to the impulses of the dancers.</p><p>            At 11:30 a.m., New Morse Code will host a children’s workshop in the Mabry Concert Hall geared toward middle school and high school students. Collins and Compitello will demonstrate how one of their performances was constructed. Then, they will guide students through developing and performing their own work.</p><p>            At 2 p.m., the duo will offer a classical master class in the concert hall for APSU music students, providing students with valuable feedback to their performances.</p><p>            The day will end with an interactive concert at 5 p.m. in the concert hall. In an approachable performance presented in a conversational style, New Morse Code will perform a variety of works by a range of young and exciting composers including Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and Osvaldo Golijov, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.</p><p>            “They are sure to captivate audiences of all ages in their workshops and performances, and I am thrilled that APSU and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is hosting New Morse Code," Lara said.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:07:05 +0000 boothcw 90581 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's popular Halloween concert returns for 30th year on Oct. 30 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-popular-halloween-concert-returns-30th-year-oct-30 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Halloween_Concert_poster.jpg" width="600" height="375" alt="Halloween_Concert_poster.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In July, the phone started ringing in Austin Peay State University’s Department of Music office, with callers interested in buying tickets for an upcoming concert. They were a bit early, since the department’s annual Halloween Percussion Concert was still a good three months away, but the callers knew that for 30 years, the wildly entertaining event usually sold out, so there was nothing wrong with being a little premature.</p><p>            “We get calls all summer long, asking when are tickets going on sale for the Halloween concert,” David Steinquest, APSU professor of music, said. “It generally sells out a week early.”</p><p>            Tickets are now on sale for this year’s concert, “The 30<sup>th</sup> on the 30<sup>th</sup>,” celebrating three decades of the popular event, with performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 30. Steinquest started the annual concert—featuring Halloween-themed music, performers in costumes and a loose, comical atmosphere—back in the mid-1980s. What started small grew so popular over the years, he was forced to split the evening up into two performances.</p><p>            “People literally got mad,” Steinquest said. “They tried to come to the concert, and there were no tickets left. I got hate mail.”</p><p>             Tickets are still difficult to come by, and this year might offer more of a challenge because Steinquest has a big show planned for the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The program will feature “This is Halloween,” from the film “The Nightmare Before Christmas;” “Once Upon a Dream,” from the recent “Maleficent” movie; Franz Schubert’s “Erlkönig,“ about magical beings attacking a young boy; and a Halloween rap arranged by Steinquest.</p><p>            For the last several years, the performers have slipped garbage cans onto the stage to use as drums, and this year, Steinquest is finally embracing the bizarre instruments for a special piece on the program.</p><p>            “Because this is the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary, it needed to be a big deal,” he said. “We have done pieces that have involved garbage cans or garbage cans lids. After watching a concert where the percussion group STOMP uses a kitchen sink, I wrote a piece called ‘The Kitchen Sink and Everything Else.’ It is probably the ultimate percussion novelty piece. It has everything.”</p><p>            Admission to the Halloween concert is two cans of food, which will be donated to a local charity, or $3. Contact the music department office at 221-7818 for tickets or other information.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music opportunities Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:41:57 +0000 boothcw 90486 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU art students animate stories by local second graders http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-students-animate-stories-local-second-graders <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Animation_Class_copy.jpg" width="600" height="403" alt="APSU_Animation_Class_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this week, a crowd gathered along the edges of a red carpet running through the lobby of the Austin Peay State University Trahern Building. They held up smartphone cameras and leaned over each other, trying to get a better view. The whole thing felt a bit like an old Hollywood movie premiere, and that feeling only increased when, at 1 p.m., the doors opened and the students in Frances Traughber’s second grade class at Clarksville Academy shuffled down the carpet.</p><p>            The students, a bit stunned by the applause, headed to building’s Trahern Gallery to watch the premiere of short animated films they had helped create. Earlier this semester, APSU students taking a Beginning Animation Class, taught by APSU art professor Kell Black, partnered with Traughber’s class for the project.</p><p>            “Her kids all wrote and illustrated variations of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’” Black said. “We recorded the kids reading their stories, and then we took all those drawings and, through the magic of Photoshop and Flash, we extracted the drawings from the page and made them come alive.”</p><p>            Once the students took their seats inside the gallery, the lights went down and the minute-long cartoons appeared on the wall at the front of the room. The students’ voices were heard over the speakers, narrating the action to stories with titles like “The Three Little Giraffes and the Big Bad Lion.” Sitting in the dark, laughing along with the second graders, were several tired-looking APSU animation students.</p><p>            “Each film is about a minute long, but it probably took 30 hours to animate,” Black said. “Animation, except for raising kids, is the most time consuming thing you could hope to do. If one person had drawn all of the animation for Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White,’ it would have taken him 60 years.”</p><p>            Amy Duncan, an APSU art student, said her project probably did take 30 hours to complete, and unlike other school projects, she felt added pressure to get it right for the Clarksville Academy student she was working with. The assignment also gave her ideas about other career fields once she graduates.</p><p>            “I absolutely loved it,” she said. “I think this class opened doors for us as artists to work with the community, and it just makes our work better. I’m an illustrator, I want to go into illustration, but taking this class has me thinking about animation in the future.”</p><p>            After the premiere, the audience was treated to a reception next to the red carpet. And Black informed the parents in attendance that they will receive a DVD featuring their child’s film in the next few weeks.</p><p>            For more information on this class, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts opportunities Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:37 +0000 boothcw 90452 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU computer science student designs website for Tennessee Academy of Sciences http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-computer-science-student-designs-website-tennessee-academy-sciences <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20131118-Maynard-Grand-Opening-7354.jpg" height="406" width="605" alt="20131118-Maynard-Grand-Opening-7354.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When someone asked Dr. Leong Lee, Austin Peay State University associate professor of computer science, to help redesign and re-program the Tennessee Academy of Science’s (TAS) website, he wondered if they were joking.</p><p>            “I studied the requirements and realized that this would be a relatively big project,” Lee said. “This is a $75,000 professional level web development project involving feasibility study, frontend web interface design, backend database system design and web-database programming.”</p><p>            The 102-year-old TAS organization didn’t have the manpower to update its antiquated website, which featured HTML text-based pages with little to no design elements, and Lee knew the TAS could not afford the fees that professional web designers/database developers would charge for the job.</p><p>           The redesign project, however, did offer some unique opportunities. The project could be split into two parts, and the frontend web interface design part of the project could provide computer science students in Lee’s csci3350 web user interface design class with a real-world web design project. The database design and web-database programming part of the project could also be attempted by the students in the computer science department’s csci4940 internship in IT class.</p><p>           So instead of charging $75,000 to fix the site, Lee instructed his students to use the web design principles that they were learning to create a new design for part one of the project.</p><p>            Arisha Majors, an APSU computer science senior, developed a cleaner, more user-friendly design that so impressed Dr. Gilbert Pitts, APSU professor of biology and TAS president-elect, that he let her redesign and reprogram the whole website as part of a computer science internship course. Now Pitts is involving other students from the internship course to work on backend database design, which is part two of the project.</p><p>            “She’s one of our top students,” Lee said. “She was the best student in the class, and Dr. Pitts chose her design.”</p><p>            The redesigned website is available to view at <a href="http://www.tennacadofsci.org/" title="http://www.tennacadofsci.org/">http://www.tennacadofsci.org/</a>.</p><p>            “I’m very proud,” Majors said. “I didn’t expect them to pick me.”</p><p>            Majors plans to graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and she said the web design program was a good fit for her because it satisfied her interest in both art and technology.</p><p>            “I took a course in high school in web design and I liked it very much,” she said. “I liked having the design aspect of it, but I also liked working with code. I like programming and making things work excites me. And so I decided to make it a career.”</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at 931-221-7840, or visit the program online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/csci/" title="http://www.apsu.edu/csci/">http://www.apsu.edu/csci/</a>.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology opportunities Science and Mathematics Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:46:17 +0000 boothcw 90357 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-27 <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>Three APSU librarians recently presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, Georgia, on the University’s efforts to combat plagiarism. <b>Christina Chester-Fangman, </b>associate professor and research and instruction coordinator;<b> Gina Garber</b>, associate professor and digital services coordinator; and <b>Elaine Berg</b>, associate professor and access services coordinator, presented “Accentuate the Positive, Avoid the Punitive! - Re-Thinking Plagiarism in Information Literacy Instruction,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. In the interactive panel, the librarians explained how they completely updated Woodward Library’s web-based anti-plagiarism tutorial by gleaning feedback from students, staff, classroom instructors, student support services and administrators, producing an informative and engaging video with features that work with students’ different learning styles and that is customized for the APSU campus community. The new tutorial is available for APSU 1000 students in D2L and for other students via the library’s homepage.</p><p> </p><p><b>Christopher Burawa</b>, director of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will give a presentation, titled “Nature and Myth in Icelandic Poetry,” at the 2014 Humanities Symposium, The Shape of Humanities in Higher Education, Worlds and Words: Confluence of the Humanities and the Environment, on Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at the University of West Georgia. Burawa will also give a poetry reading on Oct. 30, with fellow poet Adam Vines, at the symposium.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:09:38 +0000 boothcw 90194 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to host "Mass Band" performance at Govs Stadium on Oct. 25 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-host-mass-band-performance-govs-stadium-oct-25 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “It will be a massive, massive sound,” John Schnettler, director of Athletic Bands at Austin Peay State University, said.</p><p>            He was referring to the upcoming “Mass Band” performance at 4:30 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 25, when more than 1,200 band students will perform together inside APSU’s Governors Stadium.</p><p>            “This will be a one-shot deal,” Schnettler said. “There will be 21 high school marching bands from middle and west Tennessee here, but we don’t get to rehearse together. Each band will rehearse the music on their own, and then they’ll come together to perform with the APSU Governors’ Own Marching Band.”</p><p>            The high school students will be on campus this Saturday to participate in the Mid-South Marching Invitational – an annual high school marching band competition hosted by the APSU Department of Music. Each marching band will perform its halftime show for a panel of judges. Later that night, the top 10 bands will move on to a finals round. The high school students will gain valuable experience from the competition, but they’ll also get an up-close look at the APSU campus.</p><p>            “For a lot of students, this is their first visit here,” Schnettler said. “They get to perform in the new stadium, so it makes a great first impression.”</p><p>            The “Mass Band” performance will also leave an impression on the students, by allowing them to create a powerful sound with APSU’s marching band. That performance is open to the public. Tickets, which are $10 for the preliminary competition and $10 for the finals that evening, will be available at the gate of Governors Stadium. Children under 12 get in free.</p><p>            For more information, contact Schnettler at <a href="mailto:schnettlerj@apsu.edu">schnettlerj@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:08:05 +0000 boothcw 90193 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Zone 3 journal recognized in "Best American Essays 2014" http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-zone-3-journal-recognized-best-american-essays-2014 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20141021-Zone-3-Volume-28-No.1-No.2-0427.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20141021-Zone-3-Volume-28-No.1-No.2-0427" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the spring of 2013, an essay titled “The Birds of South America” landed on the desk of Dr. Amy Wright, Austin Peay State University associate professor of languages and literature. It was 28 pages long.</p><p>            “It’s a very long essay,” Wright said. “I took one look at it and I thought, I don’t know if we should devote that much printed space to one piece.”</p><p>            Wright serves as the nonfiction editor for APSU’s national literary journal, Zone 3. In recent years, the journal has received national recognition for some of the essays published in its pages, and Wright didn’t want to jeopardize its growing reputation.</p><p>            “I started reading through it and thought, ‘Oh, this is really beautiful,’” Wright said. “It was about a trip he took to Quitobaquito, and he weaves through this desert oasis images of landscape and birds. I was sold.”</p><p>            The essay appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Zone 3. Earlier this month, that nonfiction piece by Robert Kostuck was listed as a notable in “The Best American Essays 2014.” The anthology, which acknowledges the best writing produced in the country each year, also listed Julie Marie Wade’s essay, “Holy Orders,” in the notable section. That work was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Zone 3.</p><p>            “I’m so pleased,” Wright said. “You can’t predict what essays are going to come to you. You just have to count on the reputation of the journal continuing to spread and word continuing to get out to writers so they’ll send us their best work.”</p><p>            Last year, Zone 3 had several essays listed as notables in the “Best American Series,” and this year, the journal had the same number of notable essays as Brevity, one of the top nonfiction publications in the country.</p><p>            APSU English professors David Till and Malcolm Glass founded the Zone 3 literary journal in 1985. It accepts submissions from professional writers from across the country, and those submissions first go to a panel of student editors. They read the essays and decide which ones Wright should consider. That means the APSU students played a role in getting the two essays listed in the “Best American” anthology.</p><p>            “The students are instrumental in the selection process,” Wright said.</p><p>            The Zone 3 name is listed with the notable essays in the anthology, which has led to stronger submissions in recent years. Wright also sees the journal as offering a way for writers to have a voice on important issues.</p><p>            “What’s really interesting about the publishing industry right now is it’s sort of running counter, as I see it, to the political climate, which is moving toward corporatization, where big money and big power is how your voice gets heard,” Wright said. “Ironically, in small presses, the voices of people who are middle class, working people, have more and more opportunities to express their points of view. In politics, it takes a lot of money for your voice to be heard. If I have an idea, or a statement about social justice or a suggestion toward some action we could implement, I would augment any appeal to my congressman or woman with literary journalism because the word is going to reach more people.”</p><p>            “The Best American Essays 2014,” edited by essayists John Jeremiah Sullivan and Robert Atwan, is now available in most local bookstores and online at amazon.com. Issues of Zone 3, featuring the “notable” essays, are available for purchase on the journal’s website, <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/previous-issues">http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/previous-issues</a>.</p><p>            For more information, contact Wright at <a href="mailto:wrighta@apsu.edu">wrighta@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo by Shekinah Ellis/APSU. </p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:16:42 +0000 boothcw 90170 at http://www.apsu.edu Author Schmitt to read from "beautiful and heartbreaking" memoir at APSU on Oct. 23 http://www.apsu.edu/news/author-schmitt-read-beautiful-and-heartbreaking-memoir-apsu-oct-23 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Kate_Schmitt.jpg" width="601" height="600" alt="Kate_Schmitt.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Kate Schmitt’s grandmother was in her 30s when she committed suicide. The tragic event took place long before Schmitt was born, but the death has haunted her throughout her life. After years of struggling with this unwanted legacy, Schmitt, a skilled poet, decided to face these demons by writing a memoir addressed to her late grandmother.</p><p>            The resulting work, “Singing Bones,” won the 2013 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Award. In celebration of the book’s release, Schmitt will read from her memoir at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23, in the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Room 303. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>            The Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Award is a biennial contest hosted by APSU’s literary journal and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. In alternate years, the press sponsors the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry.</p><p>            Barbara Hamby, an award winning novelist and screenwriter, read an early manuscript of the book and praised Schmitt’s “beautiful and heartbreaking memoir” for its transformative power.</p><p>            “The magic of this book is that a true heroine emerges, one who has braved the snares of the past and stepped into the present moment completely herself,” Hamby wrote.</p><p>            For the contest, the literary press invited renowned essayist Joni Tevis to judge the submitted manuscripts. Tevis, author of “The Wet Collection” and recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, will also read from her work at the Oct. 23 event. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford American, The Bellingham Review, the North Dakota Quarterly and elsewhere.</p><p>            Schmitt has an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Her work has been published in several literary journals, including the Birmingham Review, the Southern Poetry Review and Louisiana Literature.</p><p>          For more information on the reading or the Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Award, contact Susan Wallace, Zone 3 editor, at <a href="mailto:wallacess@apsu.edu">wallacess@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:20:10 +0000 boothcw 90094 at http://www.apsu.edu Noted conductor Waters on campus for two weeks as Acuff Chair http://www.apsu.edu/news/noted-conductor-waters-campus-two-weeks-acuff-chair <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/acuff_waters_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="acuff_waters_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Internationally recognized conductor Willie Anthony Waters is visiting Austin Peay State University for the next two weeks as the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence. Waters will spend his time working with APSU student singers and accompanists and the APSU orchestra.</p><p>Waters began his career as the artistic assistant to Kurt Adler, director of San Francisco Opera, and he has more than 40 years of experience working with major opera companies, opera luminaries and orchestras on four continents—North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. In 1999, Waters was appointed general and artistic director of the Connecticut Opera Association, the country’s sixth oldest opera company. He was also chosen by the Metropolitan Opera to present a tribute to the career of soprano Leontyne Price during the 2007 re-broadcast of her historic 1967 Met performance of “Aȉda.” </p><p>“Maestro Waters is a very thorough and highly accomplished musician who works with students passionately with an humble, calm spirit,” Gail Robinson-Oturu, APSU professor of voice, said. “With his depth of knowledge, one can glean a lot. We are indeed fortunate to have him.”</p><p>Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the University’s Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts department at APSU, with the Department of Music hosting it this year.</p><p>During his residency, titled “Magical Moments are not Magic: Performance Preparation from a Conductor’s Point of View,” Waters will work with APSU students, faculty and staff in approaching vocal literature and career preparation. He will offer two master classes, two lectures on Puccini and Strauss operas, individually coach students, give a talk on “The Business of Music” and have informal “chat and chew” sessions with students about careers or other topics of interests.</p><p>For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the CECA at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:10:45 +0000 boothcw 90075 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU now offering film studies minor http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-now-offering-film-studies-minor <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/auditorium_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="auditorium_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director, even though a recent Sight and Sound poll listed his 1958 masterpiece “Vertigo” as the greatest movie ever made.</p><p>            He probably should have won the award for a half-dozen of his films, but throughout Hitchcock’s career, critics accused him of creating only cheap thrills and trivial entertainments. In the late 1950s, a group of upstart French film critics, writing for the journal “Cahiers du Cinema,” helped resurrect his reputation by hailing Hitchcock as a brilliant auteur, or film author, and someone worthy of study.</p><p>            Next semester, Austin Peay State University students will get to watch and analyze Hitchcock’s classic films in a new class, “Film Auteurs,” offered by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature. The class is part of a new film studies program at APSU, which was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this year.</p><p>            “It’s an important and even necessary skill for students to read films intelligently,” Dr. Jill Franks, APSU professor of English and coordinator for the new program, said. “Films are also cultural products, which help students interpret social and global issues.”</p><p>            The new program allows APSU students to take 18 credit hours in courses spread across five departments and two academic programs in order to earn a film studies minor. According to the website <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/langlit/film-studies-minor">http://www.apsu.edu/langlit/film-studies-minor</a>, the program is “designed to examine and apply the terms and concepts of film appreciation, theory and criticism. Students will develop an understanding of films from several different cultures and gain an ability to analyze films in technical, theoretical, historical and cultural terms.”</p><p>            The film studies classes offered at APSU include the following:</p><p>            • Introduction to Film Studies </p><p>            • Shakespeare on Film</p><p>            • Literature on Film across Cultures</p><p>            • Special Topics in Film Studies</p><p>            • Film Auteurs</p><p>            • French Cinema</p><p>            • German Cinema</p><p>            • Peninsular and Latin American Cinema</p><p>            • Women and Film</p><p>            • Methods of Film Analysis</p><p>            • Film Scriptwriting.</p><p>            “Films are now considered texts; you can read a film,” Franks said. “Now students will have some tools to think about more aspects of these works. Films make us feel things, and now they’ll be able to put those feelings into words and in a paper.”</p><p>            The program has also developed a new film club for interested APSU students, and in the spring, Franks plans to take students to screenings at the Nashville Film Festival.</p><p>            For more information on this new program, contact Franks at <a href="mailto:franksj@apsu.edu">franksj@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:15:44 +0000 boothcw 89879 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU choral concert to re-imagine and re-examine "The Wizard of Oz http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-choral-concert-re-imagine-and-re-examine-wizard-oz <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/The_Wizard_of_Oz_.jpg" width="388" height="600" alt="The_Wizard_of_Oz_.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In L. Frank Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, New York, the brick sidewalks are painted yellow and the shops have names like “Auntie Em’s Place” and the “Emerald City Grill.” This little village doesn’t really resemble the magical Oz, but it is part of the ongoing reinterpretation of Baum’s famous children’s story, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” That famous work has been re-imagined numerous times over the years, with the famous 1939 musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1978 Michael Jackson fantasy, “The Wiz,” and Gregory Maguire’s bestselling book, later made into a hit Broadway musical, “Wicked.”</p><p>            At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, the Austin Peay State University Choral Activities Program will expand upon this tradition of reinterpretation with its concert “The Wizard of Oz,” in the Mabry Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.</p><p>            “In the same way as there are changes in the story from the original to the movie to the other spinoffs, we’re going to add to that,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said.</p><p>            In Baum’s original story, Auntie Em’s farm has only a few animals. A musical adaptation of the book, produced for the stage a few years later, included a talking cow on the farm. The 1939 movie featured several barnyard animals, including the famous scene where Dorothy falls into a pen full of pigs.</p><p>            “At the very beginning, we’re doing an Eric Whitacre song called ‘The Panther,’” Foster said. “We’re going to tell the audience there was a panther on the farm, they just didn’t see it.”</p><p>            The evening will also feature a performance of Pink Floyd’s “Money,” in reference to Dorothy’s silver slippers in Baum’s book and her ruby slippers in the movie. The University’s Chamber Singers will sing a piece called “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble,” referencing the witches from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The song puts Baum’s Wicked Witch of the West in a historical context, linking her with other witches in western literature.</p><p>            The evening will include songs from the movie, such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Munchkin Land,” as well as “Home” from “The Wiz.”</p><p>           “It’s an innovative approach to programming a choral concert, as it allows us to continue to expand on the wealth of history we already have with the ‘Wizard of Oz,’” Foster said.</p><p>         The audience will also be treated to a bit of history that evening, regarding Baum and his works. Dr. Kevin Tanner, APSU associate professor of history, will introduce several pieces and speak about his research into the subject.</p><p>         Tanner, interestingly enough, grew up in Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, where he met some of the actors who played munchkins in the 1939 film. He has published scholarly articles on Baum’s books, arguing for new interpretations.</p><p>          In his article “Spiritualism and ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’” Tanner explains that many critics see the book as “a populist allegory that could help explain monetary issues of the 1890s or a subversive text that advocates consumer capitalism.” Tanner, however, sees the book differently.</p><p>         “If read as a religious allegory,” he writes, “Baum’s fairy tale reveals the conflict in American religion at the turn of the twentieth century and remains a subversive religious populist text that advocates spiritual consumerism.”</p><p>         For more information on the upcoming choral concert, contact Foster at fosterk@apsu.edu. </p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:33:30 +0000 boothcw 89806 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle seeks nominations for Ovation Awards http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-seeks-nominations-ovation-awards <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Acuff_logo.jpg" width="600" height="600" alt="Acuff_logo.jpg" />           </p><p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts will be presented March 1, 2015, but nominations already are being sought.</p><p>            The 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 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 now through Tuesday, Jan. 20.</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, which 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.</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="http://www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation">www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation</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 emailed to <a href="mailto:harvey@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</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> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Music Theatre & Dance Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:05:02 +0000 boothcw 89761 at http://www.apsu.edu Prized bull brings in $14,500 for APSU Ag Department http://www.apsu.edu/news/prized-bull-brings-14500-apsu-ag-department <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Big_John_sale.jpeg" height="459" width="609" alt="Big_John_sale.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Big John, an 1,800-pound bull, was a source of pride for the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture. Students on the department’s beef show team took the animal to several regional shows, where his size and power often impressed the judges.</p><p>            Last month, the University decided to sell this prize-winning animal, with the hope of earning a few thousand dollars for the growing Department of Agriculture. During a special sale on Sept. 23 at the APSU Farm, three bidders joined together to buy Big John for $14,500.</p><p>            The buyers – Dan Askew, Legends Bank and Mark Barnett – understood that Big John was genetically superior to other bulls, but their purchase that day had more to do with supporting agriculture at APSU.</p><p>            In recent years, the University’s Department of Agriculture has increased in size by more than 102 percent, making it the fastest growing college agriculture department in the state. To make room for this growth, the APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center is in the midst of an expansion project.</p><p>         Shortly before the sale, the University officially opened the new DeWald Livestock Pavilion at the farm. That new facility, named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, will provide a practical working and learning space for faculty, staff and students. That project is the first phase in a proposed two-phase animal science facility, which will eventually include a new animal science laboratory and classroom.</p><p>           The University also has organized an agriculture advisory committee to support the department, through fundraising and expertise, as it continues to expand. Big John was named in honor of the late John Bartee Sr., founding member of the committee, and the sale of the bull will help promote Bartee’s vision of having a thriving Department of Agriculture at APSU.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Mark Barnett, President Alisa White, Dan Askew, Billy Atkins, Lois Bartee, Lucas Haley, Matt Barnett.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:59:35 +0000 boothcw 89091 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's PELP celebrating 25 years on Nov. 7 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-pelp-celebrating-25-years-nov-7 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1989, Dr. Oscar Page, former president of Austin Peay State University, established a program to help cultivate leadership qualities in some of the University’s top students. The new President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) went on to create a new generation of empathetic leaders who embodied the program’s values of “honesty, humility, academic rigor, leadership and service.”</p><p>“It (PELP) was such an opportunity to build a foundation for self-development and service,” Dr. Marla Crow Troughton (’93), a member of the inaugural PELP class, said in a 2012 interview.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, several PELP alumni will visit the Club Level of Governors Stadium to celebrate the program’s 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The evening, which coincides with APSU’s 2014 Homecoming celebration, will feature the establishment of the Dr. Oscar Page and Dr. Linda Rudolph Scholarship Fund. Rudolph served as the program’s first director.</p><p>According to the website <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/pelp">www.apsu.edu/pelp</a>, “PELP students receive an annual scholarship of $3,000, which is renewable over a four-year period. The students must maintain a cumulative collegiate GPA of at least 3.5, and they must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester. They must also take required PELP courses and fulfill other program requirements as outlined by the PELP director.”</p><p>For more information on this event, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:12:39 +0000 boothcw 89066 at http://www.apsu.edu International journal to publish several articles by APSU nursing faculty http://www.apsu.edu/news/international-journal-publish-several-articles-apsu-nursing-faculty <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20060705-Francisca-Farrar-0327.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="20060705-Francisca-Farrar-0327.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The international journal Nursing Clinics of North America is considered one of the top scholarly publications in that field, and the spring issue, known as a clinic, will feature articles by 11 Austin Peay State University School of Nursing faculty members. The nursing professors were selected to contribute to the publication because Dr. Chita Farrar, APSU professor of nursing, was invited to guest edit the issue.</p><p>            “I have published many times but never served as editor or developed the content for a clinic,” Farrar said. “It is exciting, challenging and will let APSU shine in scholarship.”</p><p>            As guest editor, Farrar developed a clinic to help frontline nurses stay abreast of new policies and new healthcare delivery models. These nurses are the ones who do much of the hard work, Farrar said, but they are often kept in the dark as to why they need to follow new policies and procedures. Farrar’s clinic aims to give them the information they need to embrace changes in the workplace. </p><p>            “They don’t understand why they have to do certain things, so this clinic is a series of articles that will educate them as to why they’re being told to do certain things,” Farrar said. “It has a lot of different resources in it.”</p><p>            Farrar invited 11 of her colleagues from APSU to contribute to the journal because they have conducted extensive research in this area. She also invited nursing faculty from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis to publish their research in the journal.</p><p>            “It will really thrust Austin Peay into the international sphere as a scholarly institution; we’re cutting edge practitioners here,” she said. “I'm also grateful for being able to help faculty, not only at APSU but at our sister TBR schools, meet publication requirements.”</p><p>           The clinic will be published in March, and it will be read by nursing professionals across the globe.</p><p>            For more information on the journal, contact the APSU School of Nursing at 221-7710.</p> School of Nursing Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:25:24 +0000 boothcw 88993 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting Homecoming Scholarship 5K on Nov. 1 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-homecoming-scholarship-5k-nov-1 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20131026-5k--0816.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20131026-5k--0816.jpg" /></p><p> </p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This year’s Austin Peay State University Homecoming theme, Gov Strong, will take on an added meaning on Nov. 1 as University alumni and supporters push themselves to complete the 2014 Scholarship 5K Run.</p><p>The race, through a USA Track and Field certified course, will begin at 9 a.m. that Saturday at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.  The challenge that day will come toward the end of the run, when tired participants tackle the steep hill in front of the alumni center. This final stretch has led runners to say with pride that they “conquered Emerald Hill.”</p><p>Registration for the race begins at 7:30 a.m. that Saturday, and cash awards and medals will be presented to the top finishers at 10:30 a.m. Registration information and costs are available online at <a href="http://www.active.com/clarksville-tn/running/apsu-scholarship-5k-run-2014">http://www.active.com/clarksville-tn/running/apsu-scholarship-5k-run-2014</a>. APSU students and military personnel are eligible for discounted rates with a valid I.D. Participants also can save money on registration by signing up for the race before Oct. 29. Proceeds from this event help fund scholarships for deserving APSU students.</p><p>For more information on both events, contact Alumni Relations Office, (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:01:07 +0000 boothcw 88978 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU art department hosting College Art Day 2014 on Oct. 25 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-department-hosting-college-art-day-2014-oct-25 <p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host College Art Day 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 25.  High school art students, art teachers and parents are invited to participate in this daylong exploration into college programs and careers in the visual arts.</p><p>Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a tour of department facilities, followed by a choice of creative workshops designed to give high school students a college-level studio experience. Sculpture professor Virginia Griswold will complete the morning activities with a guided tour of her solo exhibition, “Near Earth Objects.” </p><p>After a short break for lunch, high school students, teachers and parents are invited attend a panel discussion, “The Job Market for Art Graduates,” coordinated by APSU art alumni. College Art Day will finish with a portfolio review; members of the APSU art faculty will be available to review the work of individual high school students and to discuss various ways to prepare a college entrance portfolio.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:05:10 +0000 boothcw 88818 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-26 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p> <b>Michael J. Kasitz</b>, APSU director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, will be the keynote speaker at the Boss Software Users Group Conference, Nov. 3-4, in Denver, Colorado. He will discuss managing changes in public safety at colleges and universities.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas King</b>, emeritus professor of music, will sing in a Gala Performance on Oct. 4, in Atlanta, Georgia, honoring the founder of the Capitol City Opera Company, Donna Angel (who is also King's sister-in-law). King is a member of the board of the Capitol City Opera Company.</p><p>King and his wife, Dr. Vicki King, emeritus professor of piano (Tennessee State University), will give a voice and piano recital in Wabash, Indiana, at the famous Honeywell House, on Tuesday, Oct. 14.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:59:41 +0000 boothcw 88817 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU fraternity helps send terminally-ill mother to Disney World http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-fraternity-helps-send-terminally-ill-mother-disney-world <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/charity_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="charity_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Cashman Morgan only has a few weeks to live. The 19-year-old mother has stage IV ovarian cancer, and after receiving this grim diagnosis, she decided to take a trip.</p><p>            “My wish is to take my four-year-old to Disney World in the time that I have left,” Morgan wrote on the website gofundme.com.</p><p>            With her medical expenses, Morgan didn’t have enough money to cover the trip, so she turned to the fund raising site, hoping someone would help her raise the money. A few days later, her story reached Andrew Montgomery, president of the Austin Peay State University Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter.</p><p>            “I listened to the story and thought, ‘We’re doing it,’” Montgomery said. “It just so happened that I heard it on the day of our meeting. Everybody in the fraternity thought it was a great idea, and we thought $1,500 was a good donation to give.”</p><p>            On Sept. 15, Montgomery and his fraternity brothers visited Morgan at Vanderbilt Medical Center to present her with a $1,500 check.</p><p>            “I said, ‘Let’s make this bigger,’” Montgomery said. “Let’s get more people to donate.”</p><p>The fraternity contacted WKRN News 2 in Nashville, and TV anchor Samantha Fisher covered the donation for that evening’s newscast. The story quickly went viral. It was picked up by the online news source BuzzFeed and The Daily Mail newspaper in London.</p><p>          “I was really shocked about it,” Montgomery said. “It was on Ashton Kutcher’s website. It’s been really crazy. We sent it out to our Alphas in the entire state of Tennessee, and they started giving.”</p><p>            A few days after the APSU fraternity made its donation, Morgan left Vanderbilt with more than $8,000 for a trip to Disney World with her daughter, Hannah. Her fund raising account, <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk">http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk</a>, is still active, but it is now taking donations to set up a college fund for Hannah.</p><p>            For more information on the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at APSU, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs, at <a href="mailto:dominys@apsu.edu">dominys@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Members of the APSU Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Artrice Pray, Matthew Stevenson, Todd Johnson, Javontae Allen, Trevor Brand and Andrew Montgomery, present Savannah Cashman Morgan with $1,500 to take her daughter to Disney World.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:32:20 +0000 boothcw 88797 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle to host Soiree on Franklin Oct. 28 http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-host-soiree-franklin-oct-28 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" alt="20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin the afternoon of Oct. 28.</p><p>The event, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors and is open to members of the Circle and the public. This year's celebration, “Coming Home to the Arts,” will feature representations of all of APSU's arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts.</p><p>Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the endowed Acuff Circle Scholarship in the Arts, awarded each year to an Austin Peay student in the arts.</p><p>The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of the arts and culture at the University and in the community. In addition, it promotes the arts with other non-profit groups by hosting collaborative events.</p><p>Chairing this year's event are Circle board members, Beverly Riggins Parker and Marydith Weakley Young.</p><p>The Soiree will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Franklin Room at F&amp;M Bank, 50 Franklin St. Dinner fare is provided and dress is business casual.</p><p>Cost is $35 for Circle members and $45 for non-members. Responses are to be sent by Oct. 20 to <a href="mailto:harveyc@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</a> or telephone 931-221-7876. Checks, a portion of which is tax-deductible, should be addressed to the APSU Foundation/Acuff Circle, and sent to APSU, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>                                                                            -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Circle board members Marydith Weakley Young and Beverly Riggins Parker and Ken Shipley, APSU professor of art, watch APSU students create new works of art. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:59:56 +0000 boothcw 88787 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU and county hosting joint veterans and Homecoming celebrations in November http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-and-county-hosting-joint-veterans-and-homecoming-celebrations-november <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This November, Austin Peay State University will partner with Montgomery County and the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce to honor the veterans and military-affiliated individuals who live, study and work in this community. The University is tailoring its 2014 Homecoming Celebration that month to include the military theme “Gov Strong,” creating a weeklong community and university celebration for local veterans. Both entities will host several events during the first week of November, culminating in a joint Homecoming/Veterans Day Parade through downtown Clarksville and campus at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8.</p><p>            “Homecoming is always an exciting time of year for reconnecting with old friends, but we must never forget that we get to enjoy these special reunions because of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women,” APSU President Alisa White said. “I’m honored that we are able to partner with Montgomery County to say thank you to the brave individuals who live among us.”</p><p>            Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett added, “We are privileged in Montgomery County to work and live among many heroes in uniform. Although we honor them every day, the events of this week remind us all that we owe the men and women in uniform, along with their families, our greatest respect and admiration.”</p><p>            At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, the APSU Military Alumni Chapter will host its annual Chapter Dinner and Scholarship Endowment in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. During that dinner, the chapter will honor retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown. A Vietnam veteran, Brown is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is known locally for his tireless support of his community, having served as a Montgomery County Commissioner, a Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board member, chairman of the Youth Detention Committee and as a volunteer with several philanthropic organizations. For more information, contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 22<sup>nd</sup> Annual Veterans Day Breakfast in the APSU Morgan University Center. The cost is $20 and reservations can be made via email to <a href="mailto:yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us">yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us</a> or by phone at 931-245-4340.</p><p>            At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization will host a special pre-parade ceremony at the south entrance to the historic Montgomery County Courthouse in downtown Clarksville.                        </p><p>             The 2014 APSU Homecoming/Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Eight Street and College Street. The procession will feature the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division Marching Band, APSU organizations, the Governors Own Marching Band, veterans groups, community organizations and youth groups from the area. Parade entry forms for veterans groups, community groups and youth groups are available on the Veterans Service Organization’s website, <a href="http://www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies">www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies</a>, along with maps of the parade route.           </p><p>           At 1 p.m., APSU will honor six distinguished graduates during its annual Alumni Awards Lunch in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. This year’s honorees include 2014 Outstanding Service Award recipients Don Jenkins and Len Rye; Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Angelica Suffren (’99) and Shawn Kelley (’06); and Outstanding Alumni recipients Dr. Jaime Taylor (’90) and Dr. Warren Chaney (‘64). Tickets to the event are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 5. For more information contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            All veterans and community members are invited to stay on campus for the APSU Homecoming football game against Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at half-time during the game.</p><p>            A complete listing of APSU Homecoming events is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming">http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming</a>. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:32:22 +0000 boothcw 88773 at http://www.apsu.edu