Today @ APSU - University News en APSU Department of Theatre and Dance to host acclaimed Cirque du Soleil performer Cheryl Ann Sanders <p><img src="" width="599" height="414" alt="Cirque_Du_Solei_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, Cheryl Ann Sanders will present an evening of works in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theatre, titled “Cirque du Jeu Physique.” Sanders, a conservatory-trained musical theatre artist, has cultivated her career as an equity artist-turned cirque star. Sanders is currently a lead artist at Downtown Disney’s “La Nouba” in Orlando, Florida. </p><p>Sanders is the second guest artist to be named a 2015-2016 APSU Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts. During her residency, she will present a series of workshops for APSU theatre and dance students. The Oct. 8 performance will include Sanders’ unique brand of physical theatre and will feature current students who will work with her during her residency. </p><p>Tickets for “Cirque du Jeu Physique” are free and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call Marcus Hayes at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379. </p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:24:56 +0000 boothcw 113016 at Acuff Circle to celebrate the arts at APSU with Soiree on Franklin Nov. 6 <p class="p1"><img src="" width="451" height="419" alt="2012-13_Acuff_Circle_brochure_copy.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin on Nov. 6.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">The event, in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors and is open to members of the Circle and the public. “Celebrating the Arts” will feature representations of APSU's arts disciplines, this year keying on music and the visual arts.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the Acuff Circle Arts Scholarship Endowment, which provides a scholarship each year to an Austin Peay student in the arts.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">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.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Chairing the event are Circle board members Beverly Riggins Parker and Marydith Weakley Young.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Soiree will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Franklin Room at F&amp;M Bank, 50 Franklin St. Dinner fare is provided and dress is business casual.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Cost is $35 for Circle members and $45 for non-members. Responses are to be sent by Oct. 28 to <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></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.</span></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:22:48 +0000 boothcw 112867 at Harrison Scott Key to speak as part of APSU's Visiting Writer Series <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><img src="" height="623" width="488" alt="Key_flyer-revised_pdf.jpg" /></span></strong></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – </span><span class="s2">“The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a bible story … like my father.”</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi, Harrison Scott Key knows a thing or two about life in the South – and the unique people that call it home.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Much like the South, Key’s father was also one-of-a-kind. The author, comedian and university professor’s new book, titled “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir” tells the story of a bookish boy, sharing a house with a father who often seemed at odds with the society his son embraced.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Key will stop by Austin Peay State University on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. to read from his work in room 303 of the Morgan University Center. 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.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">The book describes a boy playing and learning with pious, Bible-reading southern men and women – all while being raised by a man who only truly felt comfortable when hunting, fighting or just plain escaping from civilization.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">“(My father was) a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers,” Key remarked.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Key, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like his father, and that pushed him to focus on being everything he was not. While his father shunned society, Key came to embrace it, becoming an actor, a Presbyterian and a doctor of philosophy.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Key started to view his father in a new light, and realized—for better and for worse—how much of his old man he’d absorbed.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Amanda Winfree of Zone 3 Press, APSU’s literary journal, reviewed “The World’s Largest Man,” praising Key for his insightful and cognizant thoughts on the absurdity of just how much he’d become like the man he once shunned.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">“To describe this book as hilarious would be both true and a terrible understatement. It’s a goldmine of visceral humor but also of careful observation and profound gratitude,” Winfree wrote.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">For more information on Key or the APSU Visiting Writers Series, contact Susan Wallace at <a href=""><span class="s3"></span></a>. </span></p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:44:57 +0000 harriscj 112795 at APSU BFA student Lyndsay Evetts exhibits work in Gallery 108 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “Elemental,” a solo exhibition of landscape photographs produced with handmade ceramic cameras by Austin Peay State Univeristy senior Lyndsay Evetts, will be on display Oct. 5-8 in Gallery 108 of the APSU Trahern Building. The exhibit features a collection of pinhole cameras fashioned from clay that capture the simplicity of the world.</p><p>There will be a opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at the gallery. The exhibition also be open to the public from noon – 5 p.m., Oct. 6-8.</p><p>Evetts is completing her BFA degree in Studio Arts with a focus in photography. She will be graduating from APSU in December 2015. The work in this exhibition focuses on the clarity of purpose and imagery that can result from a hands-on investigation into the history of human innovation and technology.</p><p>Information about the show is available online at: <a href=""></a>. </p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:39:42 +0000 boothcw 112789 at US Air Force Band of Mid-America's Concert Band to perform at APSU <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band will present a free concert at Clement Auditorium on the campus of Austin Peay State University on Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. This concert is general admission and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.</p><p>Presented in partnership with APSU, this is a family-friendly, all ages event.</p><p>The Concert Band is a group of 45 professional musicians whose music inspires patriotism, connects communities with military service members and honors our country’s veterans.</p><p>During a concert, you are just as likely to hear the music of contemporary composers as you would the familiar sounds of John Phillip Sousa or Maj. Glenn Miller. The band also features vocal soloists singing a wide variety of popular, classical and patriotic selections.</p><p>Small ensembles may be available for performances and interviews during local news and public interest programs. Please contact 618-229-8136, or email <a href=""></a> to make arrangements.</p> tbr Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:09:52 +0000 harriscj 112694 at New exhibit at APSU questions boundaries of female stereotypes <p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is sharing the work of artist Britney Jo Carroll with the Clarksville community through Oct. 16.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Carroll uses mixed-media installations to examine her struggles with the expressive and oppressive traditions within gender roles. In her work, she analyzes herself and encourages viewers to examine his or her unspoken fears and desires.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Carroll was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1983 and has continued to live, work and create art throughout the southeast. After receiving her B.A. in printmaking from Georgia College and State University in 2006, she pursued her M.F.A. in sculpture at Western Carolina University. Her M.F.A. was conferred in December of 2009 upon completion of her thesis “The Exposing Stitch: Personal Fears of Childbearing.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions including: Flood Fine Art Center of Asheville, North Carolina, Salem Fine Arts Center Galleries of Salem, North Carolina, and The Contemporary Art Exchange of Macon, Georgia. She currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at</span></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:38:29 +0000 boothcw 112568 at APSU professors signing new zombie book on Sept. 29 at APSU Morgan University Center <p><img src="" width="333" height="499" alt="51SYLthrLPL._SX331_BO1204203200_.jpg" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University professors and alumni, Dr. Antonio and Dr. Amy Thompson, will be signing copies of their recently published book, “But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications (Contributions to Zombie Studies)" on Sept. 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Morgan University Center lobby on the University campus.</p><p>APSU associate professor of sociology and contributor to the book, Dr. David Steele will also be available at the signing. Light refreshments will also be provided.</p><p>Part pop culture trope, part hypothetical cataclysm, the zombie apocalypse is rooted in modern literature, film and mythology. This collection of new essays considers the implications of this scientifically impossible (but perhaps imminent) event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The contributors discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.</p><p>The book is now available at many major retailers, including and Barnes &amp; Noble, as well as</p><p>For more information, contact Rylan Kean, APSU Alumni Relations at 931-221-7979.</p> Biology History and Philosophy Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:40:29 +0000 harriscj 112460 at Students and public invited to Oct. 1 Peay Read event <p><img src="" width="600" height="405" alt="low_res_with_blue_background.jpg" /></p><p>         CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, journalist Kelsey Timmerman will visit Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center to discuss his best-selling book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Clothes.” The lecture, which is free an open to the public, is part of the University’s annual Peay Read event.</p><p>            The Peay Read is designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshman students. This year, Timmerman will discuss why he traveled to garment factories around the world to learn where the clothes in his closet came from. </p><p>“Before the quest, I could put on a piece of clothing without reading its tag and thinking about Arifa in Bangladesh or Dewan in China, about their children, their hopes and dreams, and the challenges they face,” he wrote.</p><p>            With Americans buying more than one piece of clothing a week, according to the AAFA, and throwing away more than 10 million tons worth of garments each year, Timmerman’s book explores “the way we live and the way they live; because when it comes to clothing, others make it, and we have it made. And there’s a big, big difference.”</p><p>            For more details about this year’s reading selection or The Peay Read, visit <a href=""></a> or visit Peay Read on Facebook.</p><p>For more information about Timmerman’s upcoming talk, contact Dr. Sherryl Byrd, chair of The Peay Read committee, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:38:39 +0000 boothcw 112457 at APSU to host evening of traditional Japanese dance on Oct. 5 <p><img src="" width="600" height="442" alt="2015_flier1_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a warm summer evening, Dr. David Rands, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, put on a dress shirt and tie and headed to the cultural and political center of Tokyo. The Supreme Court of Japan stood to his south, and only a few blocks away, surrounded by a moat, was the famed Imperial Palace.</p><p>              That night, the APSU professor followed some of that country’s elite into the National Theatre of Japan—an imposing building designed in the Japanese Azekurazukuri architectural style—to watch a performance by members of Global Culture Nasu, one of the major schools of traditional dance in Japan. The dancers, with white painted faces and multilayered kimonos, moved gracefully to the sound of ancient Japanese instruments.</p><p>            “When you first see it, you’re just blown away by the whole thing,” Rands said. “It’s spectacle. But then you realize that this is so deliberate. You start to understand all the intricacies of it.”</p><p>            This fall, the famed troupe is making a special trip to Tennessee, and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, Global Culture Nasu will visit APSU’s Trahern Theater for its only public performance on an American college campus. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>            “They have taken it upon themselves to come share their dance in Tennessee because they feel it’s important for people to see the cultural side of Japan, in addition to the business side, “Rands, who also coordinates APSU’s Asian Studies Program, said. “This is not something you can see anywhere else in America.”</p><p>            Global Culture Nasu’s visit to campus is part of collaboration between APSU’s Department of History and Philosophy and APSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. On the morning of Oct. 5, the internationally renowned group will meet with students in a class taught by Margaret Rennerfeldt, APSU associate professor of dance. In that class, the dancers will instruct APSU students in the traditional art form, with the intent of having the students join the troupe on stage later that evening.</p><p>            At 7 p.m., the concert will begin with a brief introduction to the dance style, including a tutorial on what some of the delicate movements represent.</p><p>            “I would greatly encourage anyone who has never been to the performance to go,” APSU student Cody Shapiro said. He attended a performance last year hosted by the Japanese Consulate in Nashville. “It's a good way to experience authentic Japanese culture in person.”</p><p>            For more information on the performance, contact Rands at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:04:29 +0000 boothcw 112449 at APSU Honors Program to screen “Welcome to Leith” as part of film series <p><img src="" width="640" height="237" alt="welcome_to_leith.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program begins another year of its Honors Film Series when it presents “Welcome to Leith” on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Commons classroom.</p><p>“Welcome to Leith” documents the attempt by white supremacist Craig Cobb to take over the North Dakota town of Leith, a community with a population of 24 people. As Cobb acquires property and invites other extremists to join him, tensions escalate, with the neighbors themselves employing questionable means to rid their town of its newly arrived but unwanted residents. </p><p>The documentary has been met with universal acclaim. Dennis Harvey of Variety noted, “‘Welcome to Leith’ is as engrossing as a fictional thriller.” Stephen Holden of the New York Times remarked, “(Cobb) is a truly scary presence whose eyes burn with fervor as he describes his racist, anti-Semitic agenda. At the same time, he is articulate, intelligent, determined and dangerous.”</p><p>Following the film, a panel discussion will take place, discussing the documentary’s themes and message. The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Honors Program at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7403.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="640" height="237" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Honors Program Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:49:34 +0000 harriscj 112244 at Nashville art exhibit showcases APSU Department of Art and Design <p><img src="" width="448" height="600" alt="Silent_things-01.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This October, the L Gallery in downtown Nashville will present works by Austin Peay State University art and design faculty and students as part of a multi-discipline exhibit, titled “The One and the Many.”</p><p>            The exhibit, curated by APSU student Sara Straussberger, will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the gallery, in space 72 of The Arcade in Nashville.</p><p>            “The One and the Many” will incorporate a variety of different media, including photo sculptures by Amber Briggs, APSU student; a large ink drawing by Crowma, APSU student; an installation using found objects by Sophia Eisenbart, APSU student; collages by APSU students Christy Gordon and Steven Walker and by Billy Renkl, APSU professor of art; a projection by Barry Jones, chair of the Department of Art and Design; paintings by Suta Lee, APSU associate professor of art; and prints and sculptures by Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art.</p><p>            The show is made possible through the generous support of APSU’s Faculty Senate Student Academic Success Initiative Award Program.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:22:00 +0000 boothcw 112237 at APSU's Moodt named to national administrator institute <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="20150831-Open-Studio-9847_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Grace Moodt, interim director of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing, was invited to participate in Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) inaugural cohort of the Emerging Educational Administrator Institute (EEAI). The STTI/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education administers the institute thanks to a grant from the Chamberlain College of Nursing.</p><p>            EEAI is a highly selective 12-month institute designed for two distinct audiences: experienced faculty who aspire to become academic administrators and individuals in their first administrative positions. During the course of the institute, participants will refine their leadership skills and establish a professional roadmap for their future success.</p><p>            Moodt was named interim director of the APSU School of Nursing for the 2015-16 academic year. She joined APSU in 2007, and her academic specialty within the field is Maternal Child Nursing.</p><p>            "This institute is an excellent opportunity for aspiring and novice administrators to broaden their skills, context and leadership experience as they take on this important responsibility,” said STTI President Hester C. Klopper. “STTI, in partnership with the Chamberlain College of Nursing, is excited to offer this unique and important leadership experience to help prepare the administrators who will mold and oversee the education of tomorrow’s nurses.”</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:02:23 +0000 boothcw 112173 at APSU professors publish "...But if a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur," a scholarly book on zombies <p><img src="" height="333" width="500" alt="Thompsons.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The decaying, dangerous world of mega-popular television show and comic series “The Walking Dead” is not real and will never be our reality.</p><p>But if zombies did start shambling down our real world streets, it wouldn’t be the worst idea if we had a plan.</p><p>Taking advantage of a unique overlapping of both personal and professional interests, Dr. Antonio Thompson, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, and his wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, recently completed work on a new academic book, titled “But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications.”</p><p>“When ‘The Walking Dead’ came on television, I started watching it, and I saw that the show was really about people and not the zombies themselves,” Dr. Amy Thompson said. “One of the things you have to do as a college professor is reach your audience, reach your students, and talk about things that they like in order to engage them in learning.”</p><p>As devotees of the genre, the Thompsons saw the popularity of zombies as an opportunity to better reach students on a personal level. While at San Diego Comic-Con to present an academic paper in 2012, Dr. Antonio Thompson pitched the book’s concept to editors from McFarland Press, a major academic and adult nonfiction publisher, and quickly received a contract for the book.</p><p>Popularized by film director George Romero, the modern zombie is notable in terms of its thematics; Romero saw zombies as not just a frightening enemy, but as a vehicle to criticize what he saw as the ills of society.</p><p>“Romero looks at the modern zombie as a metaphor; that’s why you sometimes hear the saying, ‘We are the zombies,'” Dr. Antonio Thompson said. “What the zombies are doing is often what we do. Why do the zombies go to the mall (in 1978’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’)? They do that because that’s what we do – it’s a criticism of consumerism.”</p><p>Under the guise of responses to a real world zombie outbreak, the Thompsons’ book collects essays that consider the implications of a scientifically impossible event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The contributors discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.</p><p>To construct the book, the Thompsons solicited top scholars across the country, including Harvard University assistant professor of psychiatry Dr. Steven Scholzman, to contribute essays for this work. They also invited three of their colleagues--APSU biology professor Dr. James Thompson, APSU nursing professor Linda Thompson and APSU sociology professor Dr. David Steele--to write chapters for the book.</p><p>The Thompsons each contributed essays to the book, with the professors tackling one aspect of a theoretical zombie apocalypse through the lens of their academic expertise.</p><p>While a zombie plague has never brought the world’s governments to their knees, civilization has faced numerous wars, epidemics and disasters. Presidents have never fallen victim to a zombie’s bite, but revolutionaries have overthrown them in times of conflict.</p><p>In his contribution, Dr. Antonio Thompson, an expert in both government and history, examined real world parallels to the sort of dystopian, oppressive world that viewers of “The Walking Dead” visit each week.</p><p>“I wrote a piece looking at zombie movies and literature for examples of when government has collapsed and there’s a crazy dictator who has taken over,” Thompson said. “I looked at political theory and what it has looked like when a new government has formed.</p><p>“Maybe the zombie apocalypse won’t actually happen and maybe a collapse of government structure won’t actually create the tyrant we see (in zombie fiction), but there have been many times where personal rights have been violated or curtailed, especially in times of crisis. I’m not justifying those actions, but I’m saying that it has happened.”</p><p>An expert in biology, Dr. Amy Thompson used her knowledge and experience to examine the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during an apocalyptic event.</p><p>“In zombie movies, people always want to get to the CDC or World Health Organization, and I ask whether that (motivation) is founded,” Thompson said. “In my essay, the reader sees times the CDC has succeeded, as well as times they’ve had challenges. In the end, they’ll see that the CDC has a good track record of handling crisis situations.</p><p>“Through that common (plot device) in zombie fiction, the reader comes in thinking about zombies, but they’re really just a vehicle to learn more about the real world CDC,” Thompson continued. “What I’m doing is really just finding a new way to present materials to students through a topic they’re already interested in.”</p><p>The book is available now through major retailers, including For more information on these works, contact Dr. Antonio Thompson at <a href=""></a> or Dr. Amy Thompson at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><img src="" height="499" width="333" alt="51SYLthrLPL-1.jpeg" /></p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="800" height="533" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Biology History and Philosophy Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:35:04 +0000 harriscj 112147 at APSU's Phi Alpha Theta wins seventh Best Chapter Award <p><img src="" width="640" height="406" alt="PAT7.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On the Austin Peay State University campus last week, students and faculty finally stopped avoiding Dr. Minoa Uffelman, associate professor of history. For the last six years, the University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honor society, which Uffelman advises, has been recognized each fall with the national Best Chapter Award, and when September arrived with no word from the national organization, her colleagues didn’t know what to say to her.</p><p>            Then, on Friday, Sept. 18, the APSU Department of History and Philosophy’s administrative assistant sent Uffelman a text message.</p><p>            “There is something in your mailbox,” the message read.</p><p>            The APSU professor hurried to campus, where she found a letter congratulating the organization for winning its seventh Best Chapter Award. The club was named best chapter in the nation for the organization’s Division IV, which consists of schools with between 10,001-15,000 students.</p><p>            “This has been the longest we’ve ever had to wait to find out,” Uffelman said.</p><p>            And she wasn’t the only one feeling a bit nervous these last few weeks. Student members from last year worried they might have caused the streak to come to an end.</p><p>            “You can’t not win after six years,” Jen Kaiser, incoming PAT president, said. “It was nerve wracking.”</p><p>            Kaiser, a graduate student in the military history program, joined the nationally recognized organization when she was a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in history.</p><p>            “I wasn’t as involved as I should have been, and (the PAT) put me through conferences and publications, and they’re a really big help for anything like that,” she said. As a PAT member, Kaiser has presented her research at two regional conferences and at a national conference in New Mexico.</p><p>            Her friend Larissa Dougherty, a fellow graduate student and PAT communications officer, didn’t join the organization until her senior year. She has since presented at conferences and met some of the top names—or “academic rock stars,” as her classmate Kaiser calls them—in her field. When she graduates from APSU, she plans to enroll in another graduate program in Germany.</p><p>            “I want to put the military aspect into museum work, at battlefields, fortresses and concentration camps,” she said.</p><p>            Graduate student Alex Poppendorf was, perhaps, the most eager to win the Best Chapter Award because she served as the PAT president last year. Like her classmates, she joined the organization to boost her resume, but she quickly found something more.</p><p>            “It’s not a social organization, necessarily, but it creates a community,” she said.</p><p>            In addition to bringing APSU a little national recognition, the organization prepares students like Poppendorf, Dougherty and Kaiser to be successful once they graduate. In the last seven years, PAT alumni have gone on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees and work as historians and teachers around the world.</p><p>“PAT members are working at state and national parks, some are working at libraries and in archives,” Uffelman said. “Others are in law school and several are in the military. Alumni are social workers, councilors and working in business.</p><p>            “In my ten years as advisor I have been astounded by the talent of the students, how hard they work and how creative they are. It has been my honor to guide them in their academic careers.”</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Larissa Dougherty, Jen Kaiser, Alex Poppendorf and Dr. Minoa Uffelman celebrate PAT’s seventh Best Chapter Award. </p></div></div></div> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:40:59 +0000 boothcw 112127 at Chartwells recognized as green certified by Clarksville-Montgomery County <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Chartwells, the official food service provider of Austin Peay State University, was recently recognized by Clarksville-Montgomery County for meeting all the requirements for its Green Certification program.</p><p>Launched in March 2011, Green Certification is designed to help businesses learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship in an effort to sustain our community’s resources through a series of free workshops taught by environmental and other subject area specialists.</p><p>In addition to participating in Green Certification workshops, Chartwells also implemented a number of sustainable operations strategies, as designated by the certification program, including:</p><ul><li>Replacing all incandescent light bulbs used for task lighting with fluorescent or LED light bulbs.</li><li>Educating employees about energy and water efficiency practices.</li><li>Practicing business/commercial recycling.</li><li>Developing and implementing an environmental policy.</li><li>Developing at least five additional sustainable operations strategies in each of the following program categories: energy use, transportation, water use, waste reduction and recycling, and hazardous materials, when applicable.</li></ul><p>In addition, Chartwells was recognized for providing longer-term goals for operating in a more environmentally friendly fashion.</p><p>Chartwells joins Austin Peay State University and a number of other area public and commercial businesses in earning Green Certification recognition. APSU was first recognized as a green certified organization in 2011, before re-certifying in 2014.</p><p>For more information on Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Green Certification Program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information on Chartwells, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7474.</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:19:59 +0000 harriscj 111997 at APSU 2016 alumni trips to include Italy, Germany and France <p><b>             </b>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University National Alumni Association recently announced it will host two international trips in the summer of 2016. Next summer’s Alumni Travel program will allow alumni and friends of APSU to watch the sunset in scenic Tuscany and sample wines in Germany and France.           </p><p>            The APSU Alumni Office is hosting an informational meeting on these trips at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29, in room 308 of the APSU Morgan University Center. The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.</p><p>            During the information session, attendees will learn about the association’s “Discover Tuscany, Italy” trip, with Collette Vacations, May 12-20.</p><p>            They will also receive information about the “Wines of Germany and France” trip, with Dr. Dewey Browder, APSU emeritus professor of history, July 6-15.</p><p>            Since 2011, the APSU Alumni Travel program has offered alumni and families the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater while exploring different cultures with experts, such as Browder. The success of the program led the University’s Alumni Office to begin scheduling two trips each summer.</p><p>            To RSVP for this informational session, visit <b><a href=""></a>. </b></p><p><b>            </b>For more information, contact Rylan Kean, special events coordinator, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:26:34 +0000 boothcw 111996 at APSU guitar professor to present free concert to Clarksville community <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –Dr. Stanley Yates, Austin Peay State University professor of music, will present a recital of solo guitar music at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Mabry Concert Hall in the APSU Music/Mass Communications Building. The concert is free and open to the public.</p><p>Yates’ program will include selections from his critically-acclaimed transcriptions of music by Bach, Vivaldi and Albéniz; Venezuelan music by Antonio Lauro; and a recent work based on Indian ragas written by Dutch composer Annette Kruisbrink.</p><p>Yates is known for his best-selling music editions and internationally-acclaimed Bach recording, along with his widely published scholarly articles. These articles have been published in 10 languages. He has also established an international performing career, performing throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, Asia and South America. He is featured in the standard reference work, “The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800” and “Instrumental Influences: Reflections on the Classical Guitar from the Instrument’s Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues,” and he has been described by the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America as “one of the leading pedagogues of our era.”</p><p>During his time at APSU, Yates has received the Hawkins Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, a Distinguished Artist Award from Bergen College in New Jersey and an APSU Presidential nomination for the Robert Cherry Outstanding Teaching Award. That is a national teaching award sponsored by Baylor University.</p><p>                                                            -30-</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:46:24 +0000 boothcw 111877 at APSU hosting screening of sexual assault documentary on Sept. 24 <p><img src="" width="300" height="445" alt="movie_poster.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, Austin Peay State University will host a screening and panel discussion on the documentary “The Hunting Ground” in the Clement Auditorium. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines sexual assaults on college campuses and how college administrators ignored or failed to appropriately respond to these serious allegations. </p><p>APSU students and community members are encouraged to attend the free screening. A resource table and counselors from the APSU Counseling Center will be available at the event. </p><p>The screening is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Team, the APSU Office of Student Affairs and the APSU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.<br /> The screening is a “GOVS” Means Respect initiative. The goal of “GOVS” </p><p>Means Respect is to use the University’s collective scholarship to sustain and facilitate dialogue around domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education. </p></div></div></div> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:03:16 +0000 boothcw 111850 at APSU student promotes music education in Washington, D.C. <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Davey_scroll.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In July, Austin Peay State University music education student Davey Edmaiston boarded an airplane for the first time. If he was nervous, the Troy, Tennessee, native probably calmed himself by thinking about the importance of his trip. In a few hours, he’d land in Washington, D.C., to ask members of the U.S. Congress to make music education a priority for American school children. </p><p>“I’d never been anywhere out of the state before. First plane ride and everything. My mom was pretty scared,” Edmaiston said. “But we got to meet with senators and House representatives and talk about the Every Child Achieves Act, which identifies music as a core-curricular so every student has access to music.” </p><p>Edmaiston was one of only four college students from Tennessee asked to join a delegation from the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) on its annual lobbying trip to the nation’s capital. TMEA is the state’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators across the country. Edmaiston, a member of APSU’s collegiate chapter of NAfME, joined the organization’s leadership team and students from Cumberland University and The University of Tennessee at Martin for the trip. </p><p>“This is a big deal for him,” Dr. Eric Branscome, APSU associate professor of music education, said. “It’s also incredible exposure for Austin Peay. I don’t know of a time when another APSU student has gone on this trip.” </p><p>Edmaiston spent three days in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of congress and telling them why they should vote for the bill. On one visit, he met U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, an APSU alumnus. </p><p>“I got to play guitar with him,” Edmaiston said. “He’s a really, really cool guy.” </p><p>After talking about the Every Child Achieves Act with Tennessee’s representatives and senators, Edmaiston returned to Clarksville and watched the senate </p></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>discuss the bill on C-SPAN. On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the bill by a vote of 81 to 17. A news release issued that afternoon by NAfME said the “Senate’s action today is an important step forward in ensuring that all students—regardless of their socioeconomic status—experience the demonstrable positive impact that music education has on learning and life.” </p><p>For Edmaiston, the trip both bolstered his resume and got him thinking about how else he can promote music education. </p><p>“I’ve gotten really big into politics now,” he said. “I never saw myself as interested in politics. But I’ve really gotten into advocating.” </p></div></div></div> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:03:14 +0000 boothcw 111826 at APSU graduates, professors to exhibit work at Wizard World Comic Con Nashville <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This year’s Wizard World Comic Con Nashville will have a distinct Austin Peay State University vibe, as a pair of creations by APSU professors and graduates will be on display for the thousands of fans expected to file through the Music City Center, located in the heart of downtown Nashville.</p><p>On Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m., APSU assistant professor of history, Dr. Antonio Thompson, and APSU assistant professor of biology, Dr. Amy Thompson, will present a panel discussion on their new book, titled “…But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications.”</p><p>The panel will take place in Room 104CDE in the Music City Center.</p><p>Part pop culture trope, part hypothetical cataclysm, the zombie apocalypse is rooted in modern literature, film and mythology. The Thompsons’ panel considers the implications of this scientifically impossible, but perhaps imminent, event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The panelists discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.</p><p>At the same time, a duo of APSU graduates will be among the many comic writers and artists displaying their creations on the show floor, as Heather Walker and Barry Williams will be selling their first work, a graphic novel titled “My Name is Proxy.”</p><p>The two creators met in 2010 as graduate art students at APSU, and their friendship resulted in the first of a series centering on a robot named SR11 tasked with salvaging what's left of humanity on post-apocalyptic earth.</p><p>One of the largest conventions of its kind, Wizard World Comic Con brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Nashville show hours are Friday, Sept. 25, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.</p><p>For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, visit Wizard World Comic Con Nashville online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The Thompson’ book, “…But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications.” is available on For more information on “My Name is Proxy,” visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:23:38 +0000 harriscj 111819 at APSU's Steinberg delivers TED Talk on tragedy and transcendence <p><img src="" width="600" height="398" alt="ted1_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Gregg Steinberg, Austin Peay State University professor of Health and Human Performance, comes off as a friendly, likeable guy. You can usually catch him with a smile or telling a joke, which is why everyone goes quiet when he suddenly brings up a tragic event from his past. That’s what happened at Rush University Medical School earlier this summer, when Steinberg delivered at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk at the school’s TEDx Conference.</p><p>“For many people, their tragedy is lifelong,” Steinberg said, his voice now serious. “Their tragedy defines them. But most importantly, their tragedy can be a blessing which awakens them to their true path in life.”</p><p>A video of his talk is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The APSU professor’s tragedy didn’t define him. He has gone on to write three books –“Mental Rules for Golf,” “Flying Lessons,” a parenting book about emotional toughness, and “Full Throttle,” a business book about emotional toughness—and he has appeared as an analyst and commentator on Dancing With the Stars, CNN, Fox News and the Golf Channel. He also writes a business column for The Tennessean.</p><p>“I always knew that some people bounce back even higher after a tragedy,” he said. “Tragedy quiets all the noise and confusion and helps people to find their purpose in life, which I call their ‘Lifesong.’ Also, from my latest research with people who had transcendence from tragedy, I found they went through the same stages in the same sequential order, which led to their Lifesong.”</p><p>These stages form the basis for Steinberg’s new book, “Fall Up: Why Adversity Unlocks Your Superpower.” But his radical discovery also made him the perfect candidate to deliver a TED Talk.</p><p>TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. People who have given TED Talks include J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Wars film; Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of; and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”</p><p>Rush University in Chicago asked Steinberg to talk about his innovative research during its TEDx Conference.</p><p> “The whole idea is to help people who have had a serious adversity or hardship and make them understand that they can become better—they can fall-up,” Steinberg said.</p><p>Steinberg is now working with Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, to create a TEDx conference at APSU. The event is tentatively scheduled for late fall or next spring. Any one interested in participating in the conference should contact Steinberg at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:58:06 +0000 boothcw 111750 at APSU names Florida State College administrator as assistant VP of Academic Affairs <div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Lynne Sponaugle Crosby, a high-level administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), was recently named assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University. </p><p>Brian Johnson, now president of Tuskegee University, previously served as assistant provost until August 2013, when he was named vice president of APSU’s Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. Dr. Lori Buchanan, professor of Library Administration, served as interim assistant provost for the last two years. Crosby, the executive dean/associate vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at FSCJ, will begin her new role at APSU on Nov. 1. She will assist Dr. Rex Gandy, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. </p><p>“I am impressed with the widespread and sincere dedication of faculty and staff in promoting the success of Austin Peay students,” Crosby said. “APSU is well known as being one of the best colleges and universities to work for in the nation. I look forward to joining the APSU community and supporting Dr. White and Dr. Gandy in advancing the university’s mission and goals.” </p><p>At FSCJ, Crosby oversaw the school’s successful 2014 reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the same accrediting body for APSU. Prior to becoming associate vice president and executive dean, she was director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at FSCJ from September 2009-June 2012. </p><p>From June 2003-September 2009, Crosby was director of program development in the liberal arts and sciences division at FSCJ. She also served as program coordinator for military education and corporate college at Florida Community College at </p></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>Jacksonville (FCCJ) and instructional program coordinator for FCCJ’s Distance Learning Office. Prior to working in Florida, Crosby worked in a variety of positions in student affairs and learning community projects at other public and private universities. </p><p>Crosby is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including the 2011 Quality Leadership Award from FSCJ and the Best Paper Award at the Distance Learning Administration Conference in 2003. In 1999, the Virginia Tech Student Affairs Division created the Lynne Sponaugle-Crosby Award for graduate and professional employees. </p><p>Crosby earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2010 from the University of Florida. She received her M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University and her bachelor’s degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Institutional Research from both FSU and Penn State University. </p></div></div></div> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:31:54 +0000 boothcw 111704 at APSU professor Sienkiewicz performs on ensemble opera CD release titled "Deux Ex Machina" <p><img src="" width="214" height="320" alt="Unknown.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University assistant professor of music, Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz, is playing an important role in a unique spin on the classical music tradition of opera.</p><p>Set for release on Oct. 1, "Deus Ex Machina," is a new graphic novel steampunk opera by award-winning composer Robert J. Bradshaw. The electroacoustic work features a diverse collection of vocal talent, including soprano Gillian Hurst, baritone Gary Wood (Salem State University) and tenor Brendan P. Buckley.</p><p>Adding to the uniqueness of the post-victorian era opera is brass quintet Bala Brass, of which Sienkiewicz is a member. Joining Sienkiewicz, who performs on horn, is trumpeter James Ackley (University of South Carolina), trumpeter Seelan Manickam (Keene State College), trombonist Robert Hoveland and tubist John Bottomley (University of Massachusetts Amherst).</p><p>Completing the cast, which is comprised of performers from around the nation and world, is percussionist Megan Arns (University of Missouri) performing on Timpani.</p><p>"The entire opera is performed to the main character's clockwork heartbeat and the sounds of steam engines (all synced with the music)," Bradshaw said. "It was important that every aspect of this project be choreographed as the soundscape are ever-present until the tragic demise of the main character."</p><p>The CD was recorded in Beverly, Massachusetts' historic Cabot Cinema. Heard from the stage, the Cabot offered both beautiful acoustics and a vintage space to help the singers inhabit their character for the sessions. The release of the recording includes sophisticated packaging with beautiful photography, extensive biographical information and libretto booklets.</p><p>For more information on Cape Ann Opera, or to purchase "Deus Ex Machina," visit <u><a href=""></a></u>. For more information on Bala Brass, visit <u><a href=""></a></u>.</p><p>To contact the APSU School of Music, visit <u><a href=""></a></u>, or call 931-221-7818. Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz can be reached at <u><a href=""></a></u>, or 931-221-7770.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="214" height="320" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Music Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:05:02 +0000 harriscj 111702 at APSU hosting scholarship 5K on Oct. 10 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="race_pic.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This October, alumni and community members can support Austin Peay State University student-athletes while also enjoying an intense three-mile run through campus by participating in the APSU Scholarship 5K Run.</p><p>The race, which is a USA Track and Field certified course, will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill. Proceeds from the event will benefit APSU Cross Country and Track &amp; Field student-athletes. Race participants will have to push themselves at the end as they run up the steep hill in front of the alumni center. This tradition has led exhausted runners to cheer that they “conquered Emerald Hill.”</p><p>Registration for the race begins at 7:30 a.m. that Saturday, and awards will be presented to the top finishers at 10:30 a.m. Registration information and costs are available online at <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information on the scholarship run, contact the Alumni Relations Office, (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:51:41 +0000 boothcw 111530 at APSU's computer science program leads the way among TBR institutions in helping women, minorities earn degrees <p>For nearly a century, Austin Peay State University has been committed to providing higher education to students of all backgrounds, and the results of recent data from the Tennessee Board of Regents System (TBR) serve as further proof of APSU’s success.</p><p>APSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology was recently noted for graduating the highest number of computer science majors in the TBR system, with a total of 81 graduates in 2014-15. The total represents a 20-percent improvement over the previous academic year.</p><p>Departing computer science graduates represent a diverse group, including women, who comprise over 30 percent of graduates. That dramatically eclipses the national average (18 percent), and is over 20 percent higher than any other TBR institution, including Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis.</p><p>Nearly 27 percent of computer science degrees were awarded to underrepresented minority groups, surpassing the national average of 19.4 percent. Of that group, 10-of-22 degrees were awarded to black students. With the exception of Tennessee State University, APSU has graduated the highest percentage of black computer science students (12.3 percent) within the TBR system.</p><p>APSU is proud of its tradition of bringing higher education to non-traditional and military-affiliated students, and 2014-15 continued that mission with at least 52 percent of non-traditional students (54 percent in total) reporting as military affiliated. In 2013-2014, non-traditional students made up almost 63 percent of all computer science majors.</p><p>“It is always exciting for me to look at the successes of our college and (the computer science major) is a great example,” Dr. Karen Meisch, associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, said. “I am very proud to be a part of a University where success of women and minorities in areas like computer science is amongst some of the top in the nation.”</p><p>Overall, the computer science major has experienced a tremendous four-year growth rate of 70.9 percent. In the past year alone, the major has grown over eight percent in terms of overall enrollment.</p><p>APSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology now offers a master’s degree in computer science.  The new degree is open to students holding a bachelor’s degree in any field of study.</p><p>For more information on the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, visit online at <a href=""></a>, or call at 931-221-7840.</p> tbr Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:37:06 +0000 harriscj 111376 at