Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/two-new-minors en Army veteran, military spouse Cooper juggles college, family with great success http://www.apsu.edu/news/army-veteran-military-spouse-cooper-juggles-college-family-great-success <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Kali_Cooper.jpg" width="600" height="420" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Nothing worth having comes easy – a lesson that former soldier Kali Cooper understands as well as anyone. But the services Austin Peay State University provides military and veteran students did make the transition to college life a little less difficult.</p><p>A Minnesota native who left her home and enlisted in the army at the age of 17, Cooper’s life has more or less revolved around the military ever since. A former military policewoman, Cooper was stationed at Fort Campbell when she met her husband Zachary, a former 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldier.</p><p>Like many military relationships, the couple has bounced around the country, first to Fort Lee, Virginia, then Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Cooper’s husband trained to become an army helicopter pilot. As her husband’s time as an active duty soldier wound down, the couple returned to Fort Campbell, where they live with their two young daughters, Halie and Jordan.</p><p>Right around the time her family began its transition to the civilian world, Cooper said she and her husband began to look to the future.</p><p>“Our plan was that we were a dual-military family, so since I got out first, I’d go and get my degree and then get a job,” Cooper said. “That way when he got out of the military, we could switch off and he could go back and get his degree as well.”</p><p>Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, Cooper graduated from APSU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management with a minor in finance in 2015. An accomplished student, Cooper graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was honored as one of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year.</p><p>Upon graduation, Cooper was honored by APSU’s College of Business by being chosen to serve as a gonfalon carrier during the Spring 2015 commencement exercises. Gonfalon carriers are selected for academic excellence in their chosen field.</p><p>Cooper’s academic success was not without difficulty, as the responsibilities of parenting alone during her husband’s deployments demanded no small amount of sacrifice and focus. With both of her daughters active in extra-curricular activities, achieving her own goals without sacrificing her daughters’ growth meant a constant juggling act.</p><p>“People would tell me they didn’t know how I was able to do everything when I was enrolled in school full time and my husband was deployed and my kids were in sports,” Cooper said. “But there really wasn’t an option because I’m not going to take opportunities away from my kids because I was in school. Just because mommy is in school and daddy is deployed doesn’t mean you can’t do running club and softball and gymnastics and Girl Scouts and whatever else you want.</p><p>“It was important that my daughters saw that there isn’t an excuse to not do something because it’s hard,” Cooper continued. “I didn’t want them to see me make excuses. Yeah, it was hard sometimes to manage everything, but you shift things around and make it work.”</p><p>Cooper returned to APSU last summer to begin work on a master’s degree in management, and is on track to complete her studies in Fall 2016. And true to their original agreement, Cooper’s husband left the military in late 2015 and began work on his own education – recently wrapping up his first year at APSU towards a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.</p><p>Armed with advanced degrees in business, Cooper said her dream is to work in a role that allows her to help other veterans. All too often, veterans find post-military life to be challenging, and she said her hope is to use her combination of APSU degrees and military experience to lend a helping hand.</p><p>“I love being able to help and give back to my fellow veterans and military spouses,” Cooper said. “People who aren’t veterans often don’t know how to deal with the unique concerns of veterans, so it would be nice as someone with common experiences to be in a position to work with (military veterans and their families).”</p><p>Twenty-five percent of APSU students have a military connection, making the University the state’s largest provider of higher education to active duty military, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and APSU is consistently recognized on the state and national level for its efforts.</p><p>APSU’s dedication to veterans and active duty military students, Cooper said, played no small part in making the transition from military to student life easier.</p><p>“Austin Peay is great because 25 percent of the student population is military, and so many students here are non-traditional students like me, which was a lot different from previous schools I had attended,” Cooper said. “I was used to (being the only military student), as well as the oldest student in the classroom, so it was harder to find people with the same life experiences.</p><p>“(APSU) was the first school where I never felt out of place.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s programs for active duty, military family members and veterans, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/military" title="www.apsu.edu/military">www.apsu.edu/military</a>.</p> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:42:23 +0000 harriscj 127173 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professors Di Paolo Harrison, Williams receive summer research grants http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professors-di-paolo-harrison-williams-receive-summer-research-grants <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/ozzie_jeff.png" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Two Austin Peay State University professors have been awarded summer research grants to further their development as both educators and professionals in their fields.</p><p>Associate Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison and Assistant Professor of Music, Voice Dr. Jeffrey Williams have each been awarded summer research grants by APSU’s Department of Research to develop research projects during the summer that may place them in a better position to seek external funding. Di Paolo Harrison has been awarded a grant in the total of $5,000, while Williams will be receiving $2,000 from APSU's Department of Research.</p><p>Since arriving at APSU, Di Paolo Harrison has received three summer research grants which have been used to fund the development and publication of four books. His most recent book, set to be published in 2017, is titled “Noir taíno: La novella negra de Puerto Rico” and investigates the impact of hardboiled literature on the island of Puetro Rico.</p><p>His fourth Spanish-language book, Di Paolo Harrison’s other works include a study on Hispanic sci-fi and detective novels, titled “Post-human Apocalyptic Moaning and Explosions: Hispanic Detective Fiction and Science Fiction of the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century,” as well as a book on crime in Argentina, titled “Cadáveres en el armario.” His most recent book, “Negrótico,” tackled the South American fusion of hardboiled and Gothic literature.</p><p>The money received from APSU will go toward covering publication costs, as well as allow Di Paolo Harrison to travel internationally to promote both the work and the University.</p><p>“Without the grants that the Office of Research has provided, I would have not been able to publish my books and continue to have a solid presence among the international literary circle,” Di Paolo Harrison said. “In addition, the most important achievement was to bring my research, with the funding APSU provided, to my students.</p><p>“As part of the Austin Peay spirit, everything we do is for the benefit of the student body,” Di Paolo Harrison continued. “Research should be conducted for the betterment of our faculty and the knowledge that we can pass that on to our students.”</p><p>Williams has been funded by APSU’s Office of Research to attend the SongFest Professional Development Program for College Teachers. Held in Los Angeles, SongFest’s program is geared toward artist-teachers in voice and collaborative piano who maintain a performing career and are generally in their first decade of college-level teaching. An intensive, two-week session, the program provides opportunities for professional development performance and networking.</p><p>The United States’ premier art song festival and training program, SongFest attracts an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues as well as students from some of the nation’s top music conservatories.</p><p>“SongFest is virtually unique and a summer&nbsp;destination for the most highly regarded composers, voice teachers, vocal coaches, collaborative pianists and singers in the United States,” Williams said. “I sincerely&nbsp;do not know how SongFest is able to gather such incredible people together for this program. The names and reputations are immense: Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Roger Vignoles, Sanford Sylvan,&nbsp;William McGraw and the list goes on.</p><p>“I'm thrilled to be in a position where I can take advantage of all the opportunities this program has to offer - the performing, the coaching, the networking, and of course,&nbsp;the music.”</p><p>As a part of his studies, Williams will also present a lecture recital on APSU music theory, piano and composition faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Wood’s cycle of songs “Different Bodies,” which was premiered locally, as well as at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in February 2016.</p><p>“Having the opportunity to lecture on and perform Dr. Wood's music at SongFest allows&nbsp;another venue to perform his music and share it with this incredibly receptive and special audience,” Williams said. “Dr. Wood's piece deserves this audience. I cannot wait to share it with them and get their feedback. &nbsp;It will be excellent exposure for Dr. Wood and for APSU.”</p><p>For more information on Di Paolo Harrison, contact him at <a href="mailto:dipaoloo@apsu.edu">dipaoloo@apsu.edu</a>. For more information on Williams, contact him at <a href="mailto:williamsjj@apsu.edu">williamsjj@apsu.edu</a>. For more information on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/grants" title="www.apsu.edu/grants">www.apsu.edu/grants</a>.</p> Arts and Letters International Studies Music Tue, 24 May 2016 14:10:59 +0000 harriscj 126968 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Gresham wins national award at 2016 Festival of Media Arts http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-gresham-wins-national-award-2016-festival-media-arts <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Gresham_2016_BEA.JPG" width="450" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University instructor of communication, recently received a national award at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Gresham won the Faculty Short Form Sports Video Category:&nbsp; Best of Competition for his video, “Reedy Sears – APSU Hall of Fame.”</p><p>The video was produced for the annual APSU Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and chronicled the life and career of Sears, who was one of the University’s greatest two-sport athletes from 1939-1942. Sears lost his life in World War II as a member of the US Army Air Corp.</p><p>“This was truly a collaborative effort with my colleagues and students, and I’m very grateful for the time and dedication that went in to creating this piece by all of them,” Gresham said. “It was an honor and privilege to be able to tell the story of Mr. Sears, who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for his country.”</p><p>Collaborating with Gresham on this video were Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of education, and David Ellison, video production coordinator, along with APSU Department of Communication students Brent Richardson, Christian Hodges and Ethan Schmidt.</p><p>The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.</p> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:40:27 +0000 boothcw 126918 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle to honor longtime performer Marge Lillard at Jazz in June event http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-honor-longtime-performer-marge-lillard-jazz-june-event <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/lillard.jpg" width="600" height="433" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jazz in June, The Acuff Circle of Excellence’s annual celebration of the arts with jazz, food and wine, will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The public is invited to attend.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At this event, longtime Clarksvillian Marge Lillard will be honored for her contributions on the stage as an actor and dancer. She'll receive the Full Circle Award, presented annually to a living Tennessean who has had a consequential impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County over many years of direct involvement through innovative work, philanthropy or leadership. The recipient is selected by the Acuff Circle of Excellence Advisory Board.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Previous winners include musicians Dr. Solie Fott and Drs. Sharon and George Mabry.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of arts and culture at Austin Peay and in the community.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lillard has been entertaining audiences across the country and in Europe for nine decades, dancing and acting on stage and as a behind-the-scenes choreographer. She began dancing professionally at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis and later with a revue that toured the country and Canada. She came to Clarksville in the summer of 1957 when her husband, the late Col. James Lillard, was on his first of three assignments to Fort Campbell. In 1980, after a 31-year military career, the Lillards retired in Clarksville.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wherever she was, whether in Washington, D.C., as a Teletype operator during World War II or elsewhere in the states or Europe with Jim's assignments, Lillard found a way to perform. She moved adeptly into the theater as a dancer, actor or choreographer, appearing on post and community stages and working with the USO.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “If I were asked to do something, I'd think they must think I could do it, so I'd try,” she said, referring to her stint as a radio host for “The Feminine View.” She was named “Military Wife of the Year” for Fort Campbell, while the soldiers were deployed to Vietnam.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 1983, when the Roxy Regional Theatre was in its infancy, Lillard asked how she could help. She ended up acting, singing and choreographing for the Roxy for the last 33 years, starring in roles in such memorable productions as “Cabaret,” “70 Girls 70,” “A Little Night Music,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Funny Girl,” “Zorba,” “Macbeth” and most recently, “Mary<i> </i>Poppins.” Audiences also will remember her from the Fort Campbell Community Theatre productions of “Hello, Dolly” and “Mame,” among others.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reservations for Jazz in June can be made by contacting Christina Harvey at the Center of Excellence, at (931) 221-7876 or at <a href="mailto:harvey@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</a>. Cost is $30 for Acuff Circle members and $40 for non-members and guests. Reservation deadline is June 13.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 21:10:38 +0000 boothcw 126727 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU student Paul Watkins explores math through art http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-student-paul-watkins-explores-math-through-art <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20160318-Paul-Watkins-4501.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;There are mathematicians and there are artists, and then there is the rare breed that finds a way to merge two of the most seemingly disparate fields of study imaginable.</p><p>Austin Peay State University math major Paul Watkins does not resemble the “traditional” math student – with long hair and an even longer beard, Watkins looks more like the type who would be at home in an art studio. When he returned to finish his undergraduate degree after nearly a decade spent in the local arts scene, Watkins made that same realization and decided to find a way to blend his dual loves of mathematics and studio arts.</p><p>Now a math major with a minor in studio arts, Watkins spends a little bit of time solving problems, a little bit of time creating sculptures — and a little bit of time doing both.</p><p>“I would say I work on math and art separately, but that’s not really the case,” Watkins said. “As I'm working on art, I'm thinking of math, or maybe I'm working on math and thinking about the forms and pictures that the equations I’m solving are describing.”</p><p>Working alongside mentors in both APSU’s mathematics and art departments, Watkins was awarded a 2015-16 Presidential Research Scholarship (PRS) by APSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research for his proposal “Exploring Knot Theory Through Sculpture.”</p><p>Awarded annually, the PRS provides $3,000 to student-faculty teams in support of scholarly and creative activity.</p><p>Watkins said he saw knot theory as a chance to unite his love for mathematics and art by exploring the topology, or the study of the "shape" of mathematical sets and objects and the properties of those objects when they are deformed through physical, hand-crafted knot sculptures.</p><p>“A classic topology example is the observation that a donut is topologically equivalent to a coffee cup,” Watkins said. “You can take a coffee cup made out of clay and squish it and stretch it and turn it into a donut without making any cuts. So topologically, the coffee cup is equivalent to a donut.”</p><p>In December 2015, Watkins presented the first solo exhibition of his research work in the shed space behind the Trahern building on the University campus. Consisting of four distinct works, Watkins offered both physical “real world” knots, as well as their mathematical counterparts to show the relation between his artistic and mathematical research.</p><p>Watkins also traveled to Seattle, where he presented one of his creations – a solid trefoil, or the simplest example of a mathematical non-zero knot – for the 2016 meeting of the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) art gallery. The JMM is the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society.</p><p>“My goal with the trefoil, and knot theory in general, was to make the ideas behind its science tangible and introduce knot theory to people typically uninterested in the math behind the theory,” Watkins said. “Overall, the shows were successful. I conveyed&nbsp;most of what I had&nbsp;intended with the work. I heard good things from people, and my intention for 2016 will be to make more work based on knots and have one more gallery show.”</p><p>For more information on the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Presidential Research Scholarship, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/our" title="www.apsu.edu/our">www.apsu.edu/our</a>.</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 15:04:37 +0000 boothcw 126636 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professor Uffelman contributes chapter to book on rural history of America http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professor-uffelman-contributes-chapter-book-rural-history-america <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/minoa_uffelman.jpg" width="477" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — While the concrete towers dotting the skylines of New York City, Los Angeles and other major metropolitan areas are more frequently associated with the United States, the vast majority of the country is comprised of large, often underdeveloped, swatches of the Great Plains, Midwest and Appalachia.</p><p>Rural areas, defined as areas home to 2,500 people or less, make up 72 percent of the United States' land mass. Despite that overwhelming mass of land, according to the 2010 Census, rural areas contain just 19.3 percent of the country’s total population.</p><p>That was not always the case, however, as some 90 percent of the nation’s residents lived and worked in rural areas at the time of the American Revolution. Urbanization and industrialization morphed the United States into an urban nation over time, but the country’s foundation was in the small businesses and face-to-face interactions of rural life.</p><p>With so much of the country’s population now concentrated in so little of its land mass, teachers can be forgiven for focusing little attention on, or themselves not understanding, the societal differences between rural and urban life. A new book, “The Routledge History of Rural America” aims to fill in the gaps and help educators better understand the history of Rural America.</p><p>Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, grew up in rural Tennessee and understands both the significance of rural life to the country’s history, as well as its rapidly vanishing presence in the lives of today’s students. She contributed to “The Routledge History of Rural America” with an essay titled “Teaching Rural History in an Urban Age,” offering educators tips and strategies on incorporating more of America’s rural history into their coursework.</p><p>“’Rural history’ is not a geographic location, but the institutions and historical processes of change over time and is not just about leaders and elites, but ordinary people,” Uffelman said.</p><p>In “The Routledge History of Rural America,’ editor Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, a professor of history at Iowa State University, provides a platform for 25 scholars to discuss rural life, shedding light on regional differences in rural America, relationships between rural and urban communities, the diversity of rural cultures and the ways that economic shifts, technological development and globalization have shaped rural development.</p><p>Uffelman’s chapter provides practical suggestions on how to include agricultural and rural history in introductory history classes. The chapter recommends supplemental textbooks, sample essay questions and possible projects, a reading list, lists of documentaries, movies and television shows, and suggestions on implementing social media, YouTube videos and online platforms.</p><p>“Professors can improve and expand teaching introductory US history courses by adopting suggestions for including rural history (from ‘The Routledge History of Rural America’) in their class,” Uffelman said.</p><p>In the creation of her chapter, Uffelman worked with the Houston County (Tenn.) Historical Society to include a 1919 photo of Lewis’ Branch School. The photo, which includes a small group of children and educators in front of a U.S. flag, represents the kind of rural schools that dotted the country in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p>“It is gratifying to see the contributors’ and the editor’s hard work come together in such a fantastic collection,” Uffelman said. “I am also thrilled that I could include a photo of Lewis Branch School, 1919, courtesy of the Houston County (Tenn.) Archives and (Houston County Archivist)&nbsp;Melissa LeMaster Barker.”</p><p>The book is available at Amazon.com, as well as Routledge.com and Apple iBooks. For more information on the book, contact Uffelman at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>-30-</p><p><em>Photo credit: Brittney Seay</em></p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Thu, 12 May 2016 17:40:16 +0000 harriscj 126483 at http://www.apsu.edu Service-learning class helps APSU student join nonprofit's Board of Directors http://www.apsu.edu/news/service-learning-class-helps-apsu-student-join-nonprofits-board-directors <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/EmilyHorton_copy.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University student Emily Horton was recently appointed to the Tennessee Theatre Association’s (TTA) Board of Directors as a student representative.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Horton worked with the TTA last semester as part of an APSU service-learning course. The public speaking class, taught by Dr. Anna Filippo, assistant professor of communication, spent the semester working to increase the organization’s online presence. Horton and other students developed social media campaigns and redesigned the organization’s website.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This service-learning class has been such a fantastic experience for me,” Horton said. “I look forward to being part of and raising awareness for this organization, which does so much for theater in Tennessee.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The TTA promotes the highest standards of theatre throughout the state by advocating for public support of theatre productions and providing professional workshops, programs and live performances in Tennessee. The APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement works with faculty to develop service-learning courses each semester. Students in these courses are expected to engage in academic service learning that includes participating in 13-15 hours of community service a semester. This fall, the center is offering more than 15 service-learning classes in areas such as communication, biology, art, health and human performance, women and gender studies, sociology, history and political science.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information about TTA and the course, contact Filippo at 931-221-6822. For more information on service learning, contact the center at 931-221-6590.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 20:04:28 +0000 boothcw 126430 at http://www.apsu.edu Professional photographers offering free photo shoot at APSU for military-affiliated individuals, families http://www.apsu.edu/news/professional-photographers-offering-free-photo-shoot-apsu-military-affiliated-individuals-famil <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/UPAA.jpeg" width="225" height="225" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On June 15, a group of professional university photographers will take over the Austin Peay State University Red Barn and convert the building’s old basketball court into a temporary photo studio. From 2-5 p.m. that afternoon, these photographers—known for creating official and iconic images for institutions across the country like the University of Wisconsin, Baylor University and Wake Forest University —will take free portraits of any local individual with a direct military connection—including active duty soldiers, veterans and their families.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The free shoot, known as the Help-Portrait Event, is part of the University Photographers’ Association of America’s (UPAA) 2016 Annual Technical Symposium, hosted this year by APSU’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing from June 13-17.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “UPAA is thrilled to be involved in the Help-Portrait Event, and using our talents to create lasting, tangible memories is the least we can do for those who are willing to give so much,” said Glenn Carpenter, UPAA president and photographer at Moraine Valley Community College.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A traditional portrait session with a skilled, professional photographer can end up costing several hundreds of dollars, and customers often have to wait weeks or months to receive their photos. At the UPAA’s Help Portrait Event, eligible participants will have their portrait taken by some of the top photographers working at colleges and universities across the country, and the participants will go home that day with a printed copy of their photograph.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The entire event is free, with photographers donating their time and skills, and sponsors donating equipment such as cameras and printers. This year’s sponsors include Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Benro, Libris, elinchrom, Ilford, Phottix, PhotoVideo.edu, Roberts Camera, Sekonic, Tamron, ProFoto, and Rogue/ExpoImaging.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart founded the Help-Portrait movement back in 2008 as a way for photographers to give back to local communities. He served as a featured speaker at the 2014 UPAA Symposium, and his presence inspired the photographers to host an event of their own.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “The first time we did this as a group was at Samford University in Alabama,” Beth Lowary, APSU photographer and UPAA member, said. “We worked with a women’s shelter there, offering to do something nice for women who maybe hadn’t had something nice done for them in a while. Everyone had a great time with that, and we were excited to do it again at APSU this year.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The association decided to focus this year’s event on the military community because the 2016 symposium will be in Clarksville, which is near Fort Campbell, and because one of the featured speakers will be Stacy Pearsall, a combat disabled Air Force veteran and the first woman to ever win the Military Photographer of the Year award twice.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The photographers at this June’s Help-Portrait Event will only be able to accommodate about 200 appointments that day, so eligible participants need to pre-register at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/photography/help-portrait">http://www.apsu.edu/photography/help-portrait</a>. Additional information on the event is also available on that website.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 16:34:28 +0000 boothcw 126427 at http://www.apsu.edu Decorated soldier awarded 2016 APSU ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award http://www.apsu.edu/news/decorated-soldier-awarded-2016-apsu-rotc-csm-darol-walker-award <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20160428-CSM-Walker-Awards_Ceremony-8011.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —The recipient of the 2016 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Jose Ramoslopez, a decorated career soldier.</p><p>Ramoslopez, born in Puerto Rico, will graduate May 6 from APSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree and a minor in military science. At the conclusion of APSU’s Spring Commencement ceremony, Ramoslopez will be commissioned as an aviation officer, and will attend flight school and later attend the Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at Fort Rucker, Alabama.</p><p>Ramoslopez joined the Army as an infantryman in 2004, and has served in assignments in both the U.S. and Republic of Korea, as well as one combat tour in Iraq and three combat tours in Afghanistan. A highly decorated soldier, Ramoslopez’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault badge and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. James R. Salome served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Ramoslopez’s award is the fifth consecutive award to be given to ROTC Cadets, following Cadet Kevin Doss in 2015, Cadet Daniel Davis in 2014, Cadet Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Cadet Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The award was started by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from the U.S. Army and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 20:34:55 +0000 harriscj 126317 at http://www.apsu.edu Ard, Morton honored at APSU's Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner http://www.apsu.edu/news/ard-morton-honored-apsus-annual-scholarship-donor-dinner <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Donors_Dinner-scroll.jpg" width="600" height="438" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 26, during Austin Peay State University’s Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner, Wayne Ard, and his late wife, Marianne, and Ron Morton were honored for their strong support of the University. Ard, president of Ard Construction, received the 2016 Tennessee Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Morton, owner of the largest number of H&amp;R Block franchises in the country, was presented with the University’s 2016 Academic Advocate Award.</p><p>Wayne and Marianne Ard began supporting Austin Peay in the late 1980s, when Ard Construction donated the profits from one of its houses to the APSU Foundation. Over the years, the couple hosted popular gatherings for the University, and Marianne remained a constant presence on several APSU committees, including the Candlelight Ball committee. Last year, shortly after Marianne passed away, Ard made a major financial gift to Austin Peay, which will provide scholarships in Marianne’s name for several generations of deserving students.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a stronger University thanks to the Ards’ love and generosity,” Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, said. “We are fortunate to have this family as one of our key supporters.”</p><p>Morton (’70), a former APSU cross-country team standout, and his wife, Andrea, made a significant donation to the University in 2012 to provide scholarships for Olympic-sport athletes. One of the stipulations of their gift is that the recipients have to perform some form of community service.</p><p>“The Mortons are helping build a new generation of empathetic leaders here at Austin Peay, and I’m excited to see how their spirit will continue to flourish in the lives of our students,” White said.</p><p>For information on how to give to APSU, contact the University’s Office of Advancement at 931-221-7127 or <a href="mailto:advancement@apsu.edu">advancement@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White, Wayne Ard and former APSU President Oscar Page</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:29:39 +0000 boothcw 126315 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU awards first Warren Scholarship for Classical Studies http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-awards-first-warren-scholarship-classical-studies <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Warren_Scholarship_copy.jpg" width="600" height="337" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you grew up in Clarksville and studied Latin, chances are you know Kaye or Grady Warren. The couple taught Latin in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System for more than 40 years, and in that time they became one of the area’s biggest advocates for Classical Studies. Just last summer, one of their former students—Austin Peay State University freshman Alexander Kee—earned first place in Advanced Latin Grammar at the National Junior Classical League convention in San Antonio, Texas.</p><p>In 1997, the couple was happy to learn that Dr. Tim Winters had been hired to develop a Classical Studies program at Austin Peay State University. Over the years, they made sure his incoming students were more than ready to study the subject at the college level.</p><p>“They have educated literally thousands of local students, and they have worked summers and nights to help their kids get a leg up into college,” Winters, APSU professor of Latin, said. “They took their students to Italy and Greece. They’ve worked their hearts out.”</p><p>&nbsp;Late last year, Winters decided to show his appreciation for all their hard work by developing a scholarship in their name. Winters and several former students of the Warrens are currently raising money to get the scholarship fully endowed, but last week, Winters did have enough funds to present the first Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship to a rising APSU sophomore. The recipient of that first scholarship was their former pupil, Alexander Kee.</p><p>“It was such a surprise,” Kaye Warren said during last week’s ceremony.</p><p>“It’s really wonderful,” Grady Warren said. “He was the number one grammar student in the country.”</p><p>Kee also was surprised by the announcement, and he initially didn’t know what to say when the Warrens congratulated him.</p><p>“It’s an honor and a privilege because they are two people I look up to and respect very greatly,” he said. “Obviously, I had Mrs. Warren, she got me started into Latin. And I worked with Mr. Warren the last three summers, teaching me what I know.”</p><p>Winters said they are still accepting donations to grow the Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship into a full endowment. For information on the scholarship and how to give, contact Matt Bucy with the APSU Office of Advancement at <a href="mailto:bucym@apsu.edu">bucym@apsu.edu</a> or at 931-221-7130.</p><p>APSU offers degrees in Latin, Greek and Classics—a combination of the two languages—that prepare students for graduate study in languages and archaeology, for teaching high-school Latin and other careers. For more information on the program visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/classics">http://www.apsu.edu/classics</a>&nbsp;or contact Winters at <a href="mailto:winterst@apsu.edu.">winterst@apsu.edu.</a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Mary Winters APSU Latin instructor; Alexander Kee, APSU student; Grady Warren, Kaye Warren, Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor of Classics, and Dr. Stephen Kershner, assistant professor of Classics, celebrate the presentation of a new scholarship.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:38:15 +0000 boothcw 126241 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU youth guitar finger style camp set for June 14-15 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-youth-guitar-finger-style-camp-set-june-14-15 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Music will host a two-day finger style guitar camp on June 14-15 for students in grades 4-12.</p><p>The camp will promote music literacy through group rehearsals, guitar clinics and workshops, culminating in a guitar ensemble concert to end the camp. APSU adjunct guitar professor Vanessa Green and APSU guitar alumnus and guitar composer Dr. Chris Lee will direct the camp. Students will study and perform music from the Austin Guitar Curriculum, a database of class guitar material edited and managed by Lee.&nbsp;</p><p>Beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists grades 4-12 are welcome to attend, and all students entering the camp must provide a recommendation email from a guitar or music teacher outlining the student’s music reading abilities.</p><p>Cost to register is $129 and acoustic guitars are required for the camp. All events will take place in Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus.</p><p>To register for the camp, or for more information, visit <a href="http://bit.ly/1TvdZZP">http://bit.ly/1TvdZZP</a>, or use the QR code below on your smartphone.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:47:12 +0000 harriscj 126109 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU recognizes outstanding faculty during 2016 Academic Awards ceremony http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-recognizes-outstanding-faculty-during-2016-academic-awards-ceremony <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Academic_Honors_Awards_Day_32_copy.jpg" width="600" height="463" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 26, Austin Peay State University recognized several outstanding faculty members during the annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>The University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, was presented to Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of communication. Gotcher first arrived at Austin Peay in 1976 as a college freshman, and he has spent the majority of his academic career with the University, serving as a professor, chair of the Department of Communication and interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies. During his time at Austin Peay, he has helped developed several academic programs and he has directed more than 100 graduate theses and research projects. In 1994, he received the University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award for his extensive scholarly work.</p><p>The University also presented three tenure-track faculty members with the Socrates Award, which recognizes those instructors and professors who are known around campus for their ability to inspire and motivate students. This year’s recipients were Dr. Korre Foster, associate professor of music; Dr. Melissa Gomez, associate professor of Health and Human Performance; and Dr. Rodney Mills, associate professor of agriculture.</p><p>The University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award, presented each spring to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly and creative behavior, was presented to Dr. Roman Holovchak, assistant professor of physics. Holovchak earned his Ph.D. in optics and laser physics in 2004 from the Institute of Physical Optics in Lviv, Ukraine, and he is one of the more prolific researchers on APSU’s campus, having authored more than 100 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. Twenty of those articles were produced during his three years at Austin Peay, and four of the publications were co-authored by APSU undergraduate students.</p><p>Each year, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes a full-time faculty member or departmental chair whose service has enhanced or will enhance the quality of life in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area. David Steinquest, professor of music, received the award this year. For 30 years, Steinquest has organized, directed and performed in one of the community’s most cherished events, the annual Halloween Percussion Concert. In those three decades, he has collected cans of food and cash donations that he has turned over to area food banks. While the concert provides a family-friendly cultural event for the Clarksville-area, it has also helped provide food for those in need in this community.</p><p>For more information on these awards, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at <a href="mailto:acadaffairs@apsu.edu">acadaffairs@apsu.edu</a>.</p> tbr Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:16:42 +0000 harriscj 126102 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU nursing student wins THEC community service award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-nursing-student-wins-thec-community-service-award <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Navdeep Saini, who may well be the nicest student attending Austin Peay State University, doesn’t like to talk about himself that much. If pressed, he’ll admit that he speaks six languages and has a degree in biotechnology (that he earned in Russian), but talking about his accomplishments seems to embarrass him. He looked particularly shy at APSU’s Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop earlier this month when someone asked Saini about another accolade. In April, he became one of only five college students from across the state to receive the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. &nbsp;</p><p>“The biggest thing for me is, thanks to the Army, I’m here,” he said. “And what the Army instilled in me is service. If I’m not in the field, I should be giving my time to the community.”</p><p>Saini, a native of India’s Punjab region, is an active-duty soldier in the U.S. Army. He arrived at APSU in 2014 to study nursing through the Military’s highly selective Army Nursing Scholarship program. In his short time at APSU, he has become one of the school’s most active community volunteers.</p><p>“I have known Mr. Saini for two years through his volunteer work, and during that time I have witnessed a strong work ethic and a passion for helping others,” Alexandra Howard, director of the APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSLCE), said. &nbsp;</p><p>In early January, Saini participated in an alternative break trip, sponsored by the CSLCE, to the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. During that trip, he spent several long days performing manual labor and caring for the some 300 rescued monkeys at the sanctuary.</p><p>“I was extremely impressed to see that Navdeep was as humble as he was hard-working,” Dr. Sheryl Byrd, APSU vice president of Student Affairs and a trip chaperone, said. “He displayed a strong commitment to accomplish the jobs assigned to the group, even if it meant longer hours or more challenging conditions.”</p><p>Shortly before Spring Break, Saini helped organize Zika Virus Awareness sessions across the APSU campus. The sessions provided updated information on the infection for students planning to travel to epidemic areas in the Caribbean during the spring holiday.</p><p>“He is an outstanding example of selfless service to the community by his numerous community service hours,” Dr. Patty Orr, APSU nursing professor, said.</p><p>Saini also created a multicultural diversity awareness group within APSU’s Student Nursing Association, and that group received the University’s 2016 Thousand Points of Light Award for establishing a new standard in APSU campus life. He serves as a volunteer ambassador for the APSU Office of International Education, and he regularly helps with American Red Cross blood drives and with food distribution through Manna Café Ministries.</p><p>“Because of the Army, I feel if you’re not directly serving the country, you need to serve indirectly,” he said. “And the Army really helped me for my dream of being a nurse to come true. I’m so proud of my University. I’m proud to be an Austin Peay student.”</p><p>Earlier this month, Saini also received the APSU Impact Award, the APSU Outstanding Campus Service Award and the University’s Halbert Harvill-Civitan Citizenship Award. With the THEC Harold Love Award, named for a late member of the Tennessee General Assembly, Saini will receive a $1,000 cash prize. He has already announced that he is donating the prize money back to the APSU programs he serves.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:18:12 +0000 boothcw 126050 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU sociology department sending students to top graduate programs http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-sociology-department-sending-students-top-graduate-programs <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20120807-McCord-AF-2124_copy.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In August, Sarah Huff, a former high school dropout, will board a plane for the United Kingdom to begin graduate school at The London School of Economics and Political Science—a university recently labeled “the world’s leading dedicated social science institution.”&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to apply because I don’t have a lot of the background that people have when they go to these bigger schools,” Huff said recently. When she was only 16, Huff dropped out of high school, and she didn’t get her GED until a few years later. No one in her family had attended college, but after earning her GED, Huff decided to enroll at Austin Peay State University. She was unsure of what she should study.</p><p>“I took sociology 1010 and within two weeks, I was sold,” she said. Huff will graduates this May with her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from APSU. “I feel a lot more comfortable about leaving for London because we have the most amazing professors here.”</p><p>The APSU Department of Sociology is one of the smaller programs on campus, with only six full-time faculty members, but this year the department is sending several students to some of the top graduate programs in the world. In addition to Huff, sociology student Ian Chambers was recently accepted to Bowling Green State University, and students Randi Ingram and Charles Hayes will be attending Florida State University next fall.</p><p>“The Department of Sociology faculty is incredibly proud of the achievements of our undergraduates,” Dr. Tucker Brown, department chair, said. “Seeing our students gain the knowledge and skills to compete nationally for graduate assistantships is among the most rewarding aspects of teaching and mentorship.&nbsp;As one of the smaller departments on campus, many of our students develop close connections to our faculty, and we become personally vested in their success.”</p><p>The department is small, taking up only a small suite of offices in the McCord Building, but the size is part of what makes it appealing for students like Chambers.</p><p>“It’s small, but the staff is really dedicated, the faculty is really well versed in a lot of diverse sociological concepts,” he said.</p><p>Last year, Dr. William Brooks, assistant professor of sociology, encouraged Chambers to conduct his own research into why members of the LGBT community settle into certain areas of the mid-south. Chambers received an APSU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and he spent the next several months working on the project. Chambers believes the experience he gained during this research project helped him get into one of the top sociology graduate programs in the nation.</p><p>“I feel prepared,” he said. “The department here has really made me capable of what I need to do. It (APSU’s Department of Sociology) is a research-heavy program. I actually had research that I’ve done here at Austin Peay that other students coming up didn’t have. I was able to come to (Bowling Green State) and say I know how to start and finish a research project.”</p><p>Chambers will also graduate in May, and then he’ll move north to pursue a Ph.D.</p><p>“It’s really encouraging to know that our students are well-prepared and able to compete with students from larger, research-intensive universities,” Brown said.</p><p>For information on the APSU Department of Sociology, visit the program’s website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sociology">http://www.apsu.edu/sociology</a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:13:13 +0000 boothcw 125910 at http://www.apsu.edu Philanthropist Ayers to speak at APSU commencement on May 6 http://www.apsu.edu/news/philanthropist-ayers-speak-apsu-commencement-may-6 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/ayers_scroll_copy.jpg" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Janet Ayers, a nationally recognized business leader and president of the philanthropic Ayers Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 87<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 6.</p><p>The Ayers Foundation was created in 1999 to sustain and/or significantly improve the quality of life in Tennessee. The organization accomplishes this mission through financial support for college scholarships, medical services for children, research into pre-cancer detection and diagnosis, continuing education for teachers, mental health research and other initiatives.</p><p>Janet Ayers earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and her Master of Professional Studies/Strategic Leadership from East Tennessee State University. She has served on the Tennessee State Board of Education and the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Advisory Council, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Jack Massey Leadership Award, the Nashville YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award and the Tennessee Health Care Association Distinguished Association Service Award.</p><p>Ayers will speak at both commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on May 6, in the APSU Dunn Center. In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony will feature candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management. The second ceremony will honor degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education.</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><p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/commencement">www.apsu.edu/commencement</a>.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:55:37 +0000 boothcw 125737 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Opera Theatre and Orchestra presents "This is the Rill Speaking" and “A Hand of Bridge” on April 23-24 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-opera-theatre-and-orchestra-presents-rill-speaking-and-%E2%80%9C-hand-bridge%E2%80%9D-april-23-24 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/DSC08256.jpg" width="650" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Theatre and Orchestra will take playgoers on a nostalgic trip through a bygone era in America with its productions of Lee Hoiby’s “This is the Rill Speaking” and Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge.”</p><p>The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>A one-act opera “This is the Rill Speaking” captures the everyday happenings of rural America. Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, the opera visits the lives of its rural inhabitants in a non-linear, fluid fashion. Such glimpses of small town life include woman discussing home decoration, schoolboys gossiping about fellow students and other trivial scenes that taken together provide an overall picture of country life.</p><p>“This is the Rill Speaking" is unique in its production, as the play narrows the viewer’s focus to reflect the mundane nature of the stories. As one performer sings their vignette, they earn the focus of the lighting while the rest of the darkened stage is prepared for a seamless transition to the next performer.</p><p>“We try for a little variety from year-to-year in the productions we stage, and we decided on (‘This is the Rill Speaking’) because we had all the players and had decided we wanted to do American operas this year,” Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU, said. “And we wanted to do ‘This is the Rill Speaking’ because we had a real connection to Lee Hoiby at APSU because he was an Acuff Chair of Excellence here about seven years ago and we became really enchanted with his music. Because his teachers and mentors were Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti (who wrote the libretto for ‘A Hand of Bridge’), we thought it’d be fun to choose these two operas."</p><p>The APSU Opera will also perform Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge,” possibly the shortest opera that is regularly performed at roughly nine minutes in length.</p><p>In “A Hand of Bridge,” four friends are gathered for their evening bridge game. As play progresses, each sings an aria expressing their true thoughts, unveiling the unfulfilled desires of the individual and their isolation, even among lovers and friends.</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:22:33 +0000 harriscj 125503 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professor Tamara Smithers publishes academic book on Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professor-tamara-smithers-publishes-academic-book-italian-renaissance-painter-michelangelo <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/smithers_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Everyone has a reason for why they do what they do, and for Dr. Tamara Smithers, associate professor of art history at Austin Peay State University, the reason she has devoted her passion to the study of art history is the work of Italian Renaissance sculptor and painter Michelangelo.</p><p>“To speak candidly, I’ve been obsessed with Michelangelo – his artwork, his life and his legend – ever since I can remember,” Smithers said.</p><p>Recently, the APSU professor channeled a bit of her expertise on the massively influential creator into serving as editor and contributor for the volume “Michelangelo in the New Millennium: Conversations about Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity,” a new scholarly book published by Brill, a major publisher of academic publications.</p><p>“Michelangelo in the New Millennium”&nbsp;presents six paired studies in dialogue with each other that offer new ways of looking at Michelangelo’s art. The three sections address the literal and metaphorical flexibility of Michelangelo’s artistic intentions, delve deeper into his early religious works, and take a new look at papal patronage of Paul III and IV.</p><p>But before she could begin the process, Smithers said she had to answer one question – was there anything new to say about Michelangelo?</p><p>“The answer, of course, is yes,” Smithers said. “In the introduction of his 1995 series of collected essays, ‘Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English,’ Washington University in St. Louis professor William E. Wallace asked, ‘Has the Bull Been Milked?’ Decidedly he answered, ‘There are still many cows to milk.’</p><p>“The field of Michelangelo studies is thriving. However, since the turn of the millennium, only a few edited volumes have been published on Michelangelo-related topics and they focus on specific themes or artworks,” Smithers continued. “This volume offers complementary-paired essays that utilize a variety of approaches on a wide range of topics on Michelangelo and the culture in which he lived.”</p><p>Each of the six essays in “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” is penned by someone new to publishing on Michelangelo in the new millennium. Hoping to offer a unique look at the influential creator, the collection as a whole re-explores the life, art and myth of Michelangelo’s early career in Florence to his last works in Rome through the eyes of a new generation of scholars.</p><p>“While the authors employ an assortment of methodologies, each chapter offers something new by presenting an alternative iconographic reading of familiar works, offering different contextual insights, exploring an innovative theme or presenting fresh observations from close visual analysis,” Smithers said.</p><p>Smithers herself contributed to the collection, providing a student-friendly essay titled “Michelangelo’s Suicidal Stone,” an anecdotal portrait, which explored not only Michelangelo’s reactions to his peers and friends, but also the reactions of others—patrons, collectors, art writers, artists, and stones alike—to him.</p><p>More information on “Michelangelo in the New Millennium” can be found by visiting <a href="http://www.brill.com/products/book/michelangelo-new-millennium">www.brill.com/products/book/michelangelo-new-millennium</a>. The book, which is now available, can be purchased on Brill.com, as well as Amazon.com and other retailers.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Art and Design, visit apsu.edu/art.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:22:30 +0000 boothcw 125422 at http://www.apsu.edu "Footloose: The Musical" coming to APSU this week http://www.apsu.edu/news/footloose-musical-coming-apsu-week <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/FINAL_Footloose_poster.jpg" width="600" height="388" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Footloose: The Musical” at the Trahern Theatre this week. The performance will highlight the work of students, faculty and staff associated with the musical theatre concentration of the department’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.</p><p>The musical—directed by Dr. Christopher Bailey, APSU assistant professor of musical theatre, and choreographed by Margaret Rennerfeldt, associate professor of dance—runs from Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.</p><p>Adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, and based on Pitchford’s original screenplay, “Footloose” offers an explosive musical experience perfectly suited for the live stage. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing, instituted by a local preacher determined to control the town’s youth.&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets for “Footloose” are $10 for students/military/seniors and $15 for adults. For&nbsp;more information, contact Marcus Hayes at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing boxoffice@apsu.edu.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:59:29 +0000 boothcw 125260 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosts annual Spanish Language Fair for over 400 area high school students http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosts-annual-spanish-language-fair-over-400-area-high-school-students <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With a native speaker base of over 400 million people, it stands to reason that Spanish features a wide range of different cultural identities among the many countries that speak the global language.</p><p>The Spanish program at Austin Peay State University gives its students the skills to be fluent speakers and the tools to be global citizens, but for one day each year, the University invites area high school students to campus for a chance to experience the diversity of a language spoken in 21 countries across the world.</p><p>APSU’s chapter of the national collegiate Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi recently held its annual Spanish Language Fair, inviting over 400 students from four Clarksville-Montgomery County high schools for a day of cultural learning, as well as competition in the skills they’ve developed in the classroom.</p><p>“This is an annual event that we’ve been holding in the spring every year for area students,” Laura Schultz, APSU Spanish instructor and event organizer, said. “Our theme this year included the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.”</p><p>Caribbean culture was at the core of the event, as students competed in a number of quiz games, testing their knowledge of the Caribbean in a number of different categories, including art, dance, cuisine and literature. Students also had an opportunity to learn some skills on the dance floor with a lesson on the different styles of Latin dance.</p><p>Another common way of appreciating a culture is through the unique and vibrant cuisine of its people, and Caribbean food played an important role at the fair. To that end, Schultz and Chartwells Catering, the official hospitality provider of APSU, worked together to plan a Caribbean-themed lunch for students, served at the APSU Café in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>Learning a language is a gradual process, and students could demonstrate their progress with mock placement tests at the beginning, intermediate and advanced grammar levels. Those who receive the highest scores were recognized during a rewards ceremony at the end of the day.</p><p>For those interested in taking the next step after graduation, over 60 APSU student volunteers were on-hand to help, as well as mingle with students and give them a chance to explore life on a college campus.</p><p>“All in all, the fair went well,” Schultz said. “Our volunteers did an outstanding job, and the students really enjoyed their day on campus.”</p><p>At APSU, students can pursue studies in five languages, including Spanish, French, German, Greek and Latin, with 10 different majors and seven minors to choose from. For more information on programs in foreign languages at APSU, visit apsu.edu/langlit/for/foreign.</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:59:09 +0000 harriscj 125149 at http://www.apsu.edu Former APSU athlete Downey gives back to Governors Baseball http://www.apsu.edu/news/former-apsu-athlete-downey-gives-back-governors-baseball <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/downey2.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a fall afternoon in 2014, Doug Downey returned home and told his wife, Linda, that he needed to ask her an important question. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, the couple has supported several causes that are important to both of them. But that afternoon, Downey asked Linda if they could scale back the number of charities they gave money to.</p><p>“I asked if she would support us, together, focusing our philanthropy so we could make a more significant contribution to Austin Peay State University baseball,” he said. “And Linda could pick a single charity to support also.”</p><p>The Downeys are now providing major financial assistance to the baseball program through several generous donations. Their support will help the team grow as it builds upon its history of success.</p><p>“The Governor baseball program has long been one of the most successful programs at Austin Peay and within the OVC,” Ryan Ivey, APSU athletics director, said. “This gift will allow our program to continue to build on the foundation that has been laid.&nbsp;As a former Governor baseball player, Doug knows first-hand the lessons that are being learned on the diamond, and with this gift, he has provided an incredible opportunity for our current and future Governors to be just as successful as he has been.”</p><p>In the months leading up to Downey’s conversation with Linda, he kept coming across reminders of his time on the APSU baseball team. In the late 1970s, he was an MVP and team captain, but in the decades after graduating, Downey had focused on his career, becoming vice-president of Treasury Services for HCA—the nation’s leading provider of health care services.</p><p>&nbsp;“I believe everything happens for a reason, and early in 2014, I met Derek van der Merwe (then-APSU athletic director) at a charity golf tournament,” he said. Downey just happened to be wearing an APSU polo, which caught van der Merwe’s attention.</p><p>The two men talked briefly about APSU athletics, before going their separate ways that day. Then in October, Downey ran into van der Merwe again at a Governors baseball reunion. “Derek was there, imparting the importance of the history of the baseball program and our contributions to the program, and how that continues to influence the success of the program today.”</p><p>A feeling of nostalgia began to overtake Downey. He’d met Linda on campus his freshman year, and she cheered at most of his games, back when spectators had to sit on primitive, earthen steps behind the field’s backstop.</p><p>“After the reunion, Coach Joe Ellenberg pulled a few of us aside and challenged us to support the program,” Downey said. “Out of thirty-something people there, why did he pick us?”</p><p>Downey, a former captain, felt he was being called to again help lead his old baseball team, so that afternoon, he went home to talk it over with Linda. She quickly agreed, specifying that he would support APSU and she would support the Open Door Pregnancy Resource Center in Springfield, Tenn.</p><p>“There was a reconnection that Doug experienced when he saw Derek, and then he got more interested in supporting the team,” Linda said. “The older you get, the more focused you become because you’re running around with kids and volunteering at school and church and you’re working. You start to realize, ‘What should we be doing? What do you want to do?’”</p><p>In the late 1970s, Doug and Linda Downey were newlyweds, living in married housing on the APSU campus. Their first year together, Linda joked their philanthropy of choice was the Internal Revenue Service.</p><p>“After we moved out of the dorms and got a house, we had a bill of $400,” she said.</p><p>Thirty-eight years later, the couple is in a position to make a noticeable difference in a program that helped steer them toward their future success.</p><p>For more information, contact Alaric Klinghard, director of corporate giving at APSU, at <a href="mailto:klingharda@apsu.edu">klingharda@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:51:39 +0000 boothcw 125093 at http://www.apsu.edu Nashville recording artist Maggie Rose to perform at April 23 unveiling of APSU's Fortera Stadium http://www.apsu.edu/news/nashville-recording-artist-maggie-rose-perform-april-23-unveiling-apsus-fortera-stadium <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/maggie_rose_scroll1.jpg" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Saturday, April 23, Austin Peay State University and Fortera Credit Union will celebrate a new era in Governors Football with the unveiling of the newly renamed Fortera Stadium, capped off with a concert by Nashville recording artist Maggie Rose in the stadium lot.</p><p>Rose’s performance will conclude a day’s worth of activities, beginning with a Noon softball <span>double-header</span>&nbsp;as the Governors compete against Jacksonville State at Cheryl Holt Field. Governors Baseball begins at 1 p.m. at they take on Eastern Kentucky in Raymond C. Hand Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Tailgate Alley opens at 3 p.m. in front of the newly named Fortera Stadium, followed by the Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. After the game, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a brief naming ceremony will take place with Tom Kane, president and CEO of Fortera Credit Union and APSU President Alisa White speaking. The ceremony will be followed by Rose’s concert and end with a fireworks display at approximately 7:45 p.m.</p><p>All events, including Rose’s concert, are free and open to the public.</p><p>Rose made her recording debut in 2009 with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” One year later, she signed with Emrose Records and released a pair of singles and an EP under her birth name, Maggie Rose Durante, before assuming the moniker Maggie Rose for the 2012 single “I Ain’t Your Mama.”</p><p>Rose’s debut album, “Cut to Impress” landed at #10 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, as well as on one of the four country albums featured on Amazon’s “Best Albums of 2013” list. The release of her debut country album placed Rose in the spotlight, with Vogue Magazine naming her as one of Nashville’s “It” girls alongside Miranda Lambert and Lily Aldridge.</p><p>Her latest EP, “The Variety Show, Vol. 1” was released on April 8 on Play It Again Records, and is available on iTunes, as well as streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music. Rose is currently headlining her own tour with fellow Play It Again act The Morrison Brothers Band, who she also produces, in addition to opening for acts ranging from Rachel Platten to Brad Paisley and Lee Brice.</p><p>For more information on Maggie Rose, visit <a href="http://www.iammaggierose.com" title="www.iammaggierose.com">www.iammaggierose.com</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:30:08 +0000 boothcw 124998 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU names seasoned senior executive Moses as interim dean of College of Business http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-names-seasoned-senior-executive-moses-interim-dean-college-business <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Dr._Charles_T._Moses.JPG" width="399" height="600" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Charles T. Moses, an internationally renowned expert in business strategy and entrepreneurship, was given an interim appointment as dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Business. He will begin his new role at APSU on May 1, 2016.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moses previously served as an associate professor of management and interim dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University, where he helped create Centers of Excellence in Supply Chain and Financial Planning and a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development. He also developed new graduate and undergraduate programs and oversaw the school’s successful reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accreditation body for university business schools.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">“Dr. Moses has one of the most impressive resumes I’ve seen in my many years working in higher education,” Dr. Rex Gandy, APSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said. “His diverse background in journalism, politics and business, combined with his experience with theAACSB and their accreditation process are tremendous assets for the University.”</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Moses began his professional career as a journalist, working as an award-winning business reporter and editor for Newsday and the Rochester Times-Union newspapers in New York. In the early 1990s, he served as a cabinet-level advisor to then-New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela recruited Moses to be the founding dean of Edupark, a graduate school affiliated with the University of Limpopo in Polokwane, South Africa. While in that country, Moses worked as a consultant in the areas of change management and trade, served as a principal with Delotte and Touche, South Africa, and was named managing director of Labat Africa, a consulting and holding company.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">During his long career, Moses has advised several prominent organizations, including the World Bank, and he has presented lectures on international business at the Kenan-Flagler School of Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, the University of the West Indies and the University of Zimbabwe.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Mellon Fellowship, a Kettering Foundation Public Scholar designation and a Mandel Fellowship from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moses earned his Doctor of Management from CWRU. He received his M.B.A. in Management from the Zicklin School of Business at the City University of New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dr. Bill Rupp previously served as dean of the APSU College of Business until March 2016.</span></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:36:55 +0000 boothcw 124898 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Governors Stadium to become Fortera Stadium http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-governors-stadium-become-fortera-stadium <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Kane.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University's historic Governors Stadium will soon don a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union. The 25-year, $2.5 million agreement will see the home of APSU football be renamed Fortera Stadium.</p><p>Crews will begin work to install signage reflecting its new identity in the days to come as the University and Fortera prepare to celebrate a new era.&nbsp; A celebration will take place Saturday, April 23 at the home entrance of the stadium, following the final day of spring football practice. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Festivities will begin with a noon softball game, as the Governors take on Eastern Kentucky at <span>Cheryl Holt Field</span>. At 1 p.m. Governors baseball will compete against Jacksonville State<span>&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span><span>Raymond C. Hand Park</span>.</p><p>Tailgate Alley opens at 3 p.m. in front of the newly named Fortera Stadium, followed by the Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. After the game, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a brief naming ceremony will take place with Tom Kane, president and CEO of Fortera Credit Union, and APSU President Alisa White speaking. The ceremony will be followed by a concert and end with a fireworks display at approximately 7:45 p.m.</p><p>The announcement of this partnership coincides with the credit union’s official name change to Fortera Credit Union. The financial cooperative has been serving the community for more than 60 years and made the decision earlier this year to officially change its name from Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union to Fortera Credit Union.</p><p>Kane approached the University as part of the credit union's ongoing community investment efforts.</p><p>"We're a community credit union. We live here, we work here and we give here. At Fortera Credit Union, we believe it’s our responsibility to educate our members in order to help them make smart financial decisions,” Kane said. “We are equally committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve by investing in partnerships with organizations committed to doing the same. As we evaluated partnership opportunities, we found Austin Peay to be aligned perfectly with our own core values."</p><p>The new agreement provides resources to enhance facilities within the athletic department. In partnering with APSU, Fortera Credit Union continues to expand its presence on campus, which already includes a Fortera ATM in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>"First and foremost, thank you to Fortera Credit Union for entering into this new and exciting partnership with Austin Peay State University," APSU President Alisa White said. "Fortera has been a part of this community for more than 60 years, and many of its leaders and employees have earned their degrees from the University. We are proud of their accomplishments and are celebrating our partnership and our shared values and goals. We are honored that Fortera Credit Union wants to be part of Austin Peay's future."</p><p>The original Governors Stadium was built by the city of Clarksville as a multi-purpose facility in 1946. Originally named Municipal Stadium for its purpose of providing an athletic facility for Clarksville and Montgomery County Schools, the stadium also was also used by the University through an annual agreement. In 1970, the city conveyed one-third of the title to the state and the other third of the stadium to Montgomery County. Additionally, a local legislative enactment was passed by the General Assembly establishing a Municipal Stadium Authority and empowering it to operate the stadium, provided that the owners entered into a lease agreement with the Stadium Authority not to exceed 20 years.</p><p>In 1993, the University agreed to purchase Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority and Montgomery County, and the name of the stadium changed to Governors Stadium. The University demolished the home side of the original stadium at the end of the 2013 football season and opened the new facility at the start of the 2014 season.</p><p>Fortera Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, owned and operated by members, established in 1954. The Credit Union offers quality products and outstanding service to more than 50,000 members and their families with branches in Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Oak Grove and Hopkinsville. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ForteraCU.com. " title="www.ForteraCU.com. ">www.ForteraCU.com. </a></p><p><b><br /></b></p><p><b>Additional quotes from key campus and community leaders:</b>&nbsp;</p><p>“The people of this community, people and businesses like Fortera, are what provides us the great opportunity we have to be a highly successful and competitive athletics department.&nbsp; Without their support and generosity, we couldn’t do what we do.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>—Ryan Ivey, APSU athletics director</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“It’s exciting to see community partnerships like Fortera and Austin Peay take place. I applaud Fortera for stepping forward and showing such great support for our university. Austin Peay football is poised for great success, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for the Govs in Fortera Stadium this fall!”</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Jim Durrett, Montgomery County Mayor</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“As a staff, we’re always striving to provide better opportunities for our student-athletes. This partnership with Fortera provides us the resources to improve the student-athlete experience and campus community as a whole. To be able to do so as the result of a relationship with one of Clarksville’s most progressive, impactful leaders will yield enormous benefits in our recruiting goals and pursuit of championships going forward.”</p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; —Will Healy, APSU head football coach</b></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“Austin Peay State University is being propelled forward because of a community of partners that a have a clear vision for what is possible for this great University.&nbsp; Clarksville and APSU share an exciting vision of transformation and growth.&nbsp; There will be many more of these types of partnerships that will help to define Clarksville as a key destination to live and visit in the state of Tennessee."</p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;—Derek van der Merwe, APSU VP of advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.</b></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“From a tourism perspective, we are always happy to hear about partnerships like this one because they improve the visitor experience. The newly rebuilt Governors Stadium is already something to be proud of, so the news that Austin Peay and Fortera will work together to offer an even better experience to fans and visitors is very exciting.”</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Theresa Harrington, Executive Director of Visit Clarksville</b></p><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p><p>“I’ve talked about public and private partnerships being a cornerstone of development for a long time.&nbsp; This new partnership between Austin Peay State University and Fortera is a perfect example.&nbsp; I appreciate these excellent institutions and their commitment to our community.”&nbsp;</p><p><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; —Kim McMillan, Clarksville Mayor</b><b></b></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:55:58 +0000 boothcw 124818 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta students perform well at regional history conference http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu%E2%80%99s-phi-alpha-theta-students-perform-well-regional-history-conference <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/pat_apsu.png" width="600" height="360" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Stephen Carls, professor and chair of the department of history at Union University, and Peeps go way back.</p><p>Besides just enjoying the spongy yellow candies, Carls can appreciate a bit of shared history as both Peeps and Union’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honor society chapter, which he has served as advisor for since 1983, were founded the same year: 1953.</p><p>When Austin Peay State University hosted the PAT regional conference in 2015, Carls, who also currently serves as PAT’s national president, thanked the coincidentally named hosts with a bit of a gag gift in the form of his favored confection.</p><p>“Last year, Stephen gave me a Peeps Cookbook as a thank you gift for hosting the conference,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history at APSU, said, noting the similarity between the candy and APSU’s namesake, former Tennessee governor Austin Peay.</p><p>One year later, Carls and Union University had their opportunity to host the national honor society’s annual regional conference – and both APSU and its students were eager to return Carl’s generosity.</p><p>Nine APSU representatives, including both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professors, attended the event, held Saturday, April 2 on the campus of Union University. More than 35 students from over 12 universities attended, with seven APSU students presenting papers and four conducting a workshop for those in attendance.</p><p>Two APSU students won awards for their research papers, including Alexandria Poppendorf, who won Best Graduate Student Paper for her work, titled “The Influence of Masculinity upon American Imperialism: A Study of the Spanish-American War, the Anti-Imperialist Movement, and the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.” Priscilla Gutierrez also won an award for Undergraduate World History Paper for her her work, titled “Ravensbrück: The Women behind the Walls.”</p><p>Other APSU students presenting papers included Sara Alexander, “Confederate Women in the American Civil War: From Sacrifice to Oppression”; Robert Boone, “The Success and Failure of the Washington Naval Conference”; Theresa Watts, “The Role of Shining Brass and the Covert Operations against the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos”; Larissa Dougherty, “Fire Support Base RIPCORD: The Forgotten Last Major Offensive of the Vietnam War”; and Katelynn DiStefano, “The Spanish Influenza: Its Effect on America and World War I.”</p><p>Deanna Carter, Courtney Beard, Larissa Dougherty and Poppendorf also presented a student engagement workshop during the event, “What Women Wore: A Collection of Women’s Clothing and Accessories from the Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century.”</p><p>APSU professors Dr. David Snyder and Dr. Kelly Jones also assisted during the conference, commenting on panels of students from other universities.</p><p>“Participation in the PAT Regional Conference is one of the most important events Theta-Delta members participate in. &nbsp;It is the culmination of students&nbsp;taking a class, writing a research paper, getting feedback from the professors to revise&nbsp;and improve&nbsp;the paper, and finally&nbsp;presenting the paper&nbsp;at the conference,” Uffelman said. “After the conference students can submit their papers to the student journal&nbsp;Theta-Delta&nbsp;for publication.”</p><p>As for APSU returning Carls’ generosity during their round of hosting in 2015, Uffelman said that the Clarksville contingent of history scholars did not forget the past.</p><p>“We knew that (Carls) has a running joke about Peeps, so this year, we gave him a basket of ‘Austin’ Peeps,” Uffelman said. “He loved it and so did we.”</p><p>For more information on the University’s PAT chapter, contact Uffelman at 931-221-7704.</p> History and Philosophy Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:21:36 +0000 harriscj 124701 at http://www.apsu.edu