Today @ APSU - University News en APSU offering undergrad and grad programs in cybersecurity <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The numbers, released earlier this year by the Pew Research Center, are a little disheartening. According to the center’s recent survey on online security, 64 percent of Americans “have personally experienced a major data breach,” and 41 percent of Americans “have encountered fraudulent charges on their credit cards.”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;For government agencies and businesses, both large and small, the news doesn’t seem to be getting any better. A recent U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey found that “Cybersecurity incidents are not only increasing in number, they are also becoming progressively destructive and target a broadening array of information and attack vectors.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;With Americans spending increasingly more time online, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has skyrocketed. The 2015 Job Market Intelligence Survey by Burning Glass Technologies found that “job postings for cybersecurity openings have grown 91 percent from 2010-2014.” At Austin Peay State University, the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has reworked its degree offerings to help supply businesses and governments with the skilled employees they need to counter this growing cybersecurity threat.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;This spring, the department began offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance and Security, commonly known as “cybersecurity,” where students take newly developed classes, such as “Ethical Hacking and Offensive Security” and “Intrusion Detection and Prevention.” The new concentration is part of a restructuring of the department’s old B.S. in computer science degree into three new degrees (a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in computer information systems and a B.S. in computer information technology).</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The department also expanded its Professional Science Master’s Degree (PSM) into a new Master of Science (M.S.) with three concentrations, including data management and analysis, predictive analytics and information assurance and security (cybersecurity).</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“The trouble with the PSM, it’s a nice degree, but you had to keep telling people what it was,” Dr. Bruce Myers, chair of the department, said. “International students didn’t recognize it, and we’re recruiting international students heavily with this degree.”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;As demand started to grow in the cybersecurity field, Myers and his colleagues developed connections with the cybersecurity community in Nashville. The department’s faculty invited cybersecurity experts to campus to deliver lectures, and these individuals provided input for the new degrees.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “They really encouraged us to develop our programs,” Myers said.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; These are the most significant changes for the department since the creation of the computer science and information systems degree in 1979, but Myers said they were needed to better meet the world’s growing demands for cybersecurity experts.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Information on the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:47:50 +0000 boothcw 140670 at APSU Center of Excellence For The Creative Arts presents alumnae reading, short film screening Feb. 23 <p><img src="" width="625" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcomes two alumnae to campus as author Laurie Cannady and filmmaker Jennifer Callahan return on Feb. 23 for a reading and a short film screening.</p><p>The reading and screening will take place at 4 p.m. in room 303 of the Morgan University Center on the University campus. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Cannady, who was previously stationed at Fort Campbell and received her bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay, is a professor of English at Lock Haven University and is also on the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Her memoir, “Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul,” was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root&nbsp;online magazine. Most recently, Foreword Reviews announced “Crave” as an “Indiefab Book of the Year 2015” finalist in the autobiography/memoir category. Additionally, “Crave” was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.</p><p>Owner of Jennifer Callahan Photography, Callahan earned her bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay and lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina. Callahan recently wrote and directed “Beulah Land,” a short film centered around the attraction felt between a dishwasher and waitress following a long shift at their restaurant.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876.&nbsp;Cannady can be found online at <a href="" title=""></a>, while more information on Callahan’s work is available at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:22:21 +0000 harriscj 140645 at Tennessee high school students can earn college credit through APSU's GovNow program <p><img src="" width="634" height="205" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – High school juniors and seniors from across Tennessee can now get a jumpstart on their college careers, and potentially save more than $7,000 on tuition for a four-year degree, thanks to Austin Peay State University’s statewide, dual enrollment program, GovNow.</p><p>A major component of GovNow (a reference to APSU’s mascot, the Governor) is the incentive that students can earn four college-level classes for free. Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school and who meet the dual admission requirements can begin taking online dual enrollment classes through APSU the summer before their junior year.</p><p>Students that want to take full advantage of the program, with its discounted tuition rates that continue after those four free classes, have the potential to earn an associate degree—the equivalent of two years of college—by the time they graduate high school.</p><p>“It made sense to go ahead and start getting core classes knocked out,” Rebecca Perantoni, a former APSU dual enrollment student, said. “I was able to focus right away on my major.”</p><p>Perantoni was able to finish her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Austin Peay in the time it typically takes to complete a bachelor’s degree.</p><p>Hannah Musgrove, an APSU student majoring in chemistry and music, took dual enrollment classes while still in high school, and she believes the experience prepared her to be a better student once she entered college.</p><p>“It not only helps get you ahead on credits, but it prepares you for navigating campus, assignments and a college schedule before you have seven classes to balance,” she said. “Basically, it gives you time to learn the basics of the college experience so you are able to focus more on the classes at hand, instead of the novelty of everything else.”</p><p>The University’s GovNow program is open to students from any high school in Tennessee, including home-school students, who have:</p><p>• Completed the sophomore year of high school.</p><p>• A minimum high school GPA of 3.0.<br /> • ACT subscores of 19 in math and English.</p><p>• Parent/guardian approval.<br /> • Principal or counselor approval.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s online dual enrollment program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:46:48 +0000 boothcw 140592 at APSU University Advancement relocates to Jenkins building <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Friday, Feb. 11, the Austin Peay State University Office of University Advancement began the process of moving to its new home at 318 College Street. The building has been formally named the Jenkins Building, in honor of the support provided by the Jenkins family, who owned the property prior to the University acquisition of the property.</p><p>This marks the first permanent use of the University’s recently acquired 11-acre college street expansion. A formal grand-opening is being planned for the facility.</p><p>University Advancement was previously located inside the Browning Building on Austin Peay’s Clarksville campus. The College Street location enables University Advancement to be more accessible, with improved parking and accessibility for alumni, business and community partners.</p><p>A campus master-plan is being developed to determine the use of the remaining facilities purchased with the property.</p><p>For media requests, contact Bill Persinger, public relations and marketing executive director, at 931-221-7459 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:57:21 +0000 harriscj 140568 at APSU Campus Police launch new LiveSafe app for campus community <p><img src="" width="600" height="375" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has contracted with LiveSafe to provide a new, easy-to-use safety app that allows students, faculty and staff to quickly and conveniently communicate with APSU Campus Police. Members of the APSU community can download the free LiveSafe App at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>To encourage individuals to download this important new tool, APSU Campus Police is hosting a LiveSafe contest Feb. 15-22, with one APSU student participant’s name and one APSU faculty or staff participant’s name being drawn to win an iPad mini.</p><p>To participate in the contest:</p><p>• Download the app.</p><p>• Take a selfie photo with an APSU Blue Light phone, an APSU Campus Police patrol car or a uniformed APSU police officer.</p><p>• Select “Report Tips” on the LiveSafe app, and then select the “iPad Giveaway” button.</p><p>• Upload and send one picture through the “iPad Giveaway” button by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. Only one photo will be accepted per APSU student, staff or faculty member.</p><p>Before sending the message, be sure to enter your name, the location or another detail in the field box that asks for "non-emergency details." Winners will be selected at random.</p><p>LiveSafe, the world’s leading mobile safety communications platform, was founded by Shy Pahlevani, a victim of a violent robbery, and Kristina Anderson, the most injured survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings. The company’s app is used at educational institutions across the country, including Duke University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.</p><p>The new app allows users to:</p><p>• Easily share safety information and concerns directly with APSU police, using text, picture and video.</p><p>• Receive important alerts and notifications from APSU police, and access important phone numbers and safety resources.</p><p>• Request an in-person escort from APSU Police to safely get where they need to go.</p><p>• Share their location with safety officials in an emergency, or use location-tracking with friends, family and colleagues for everyday safety.</p><p>For more information, visit the APSU Campus Police’s LiveSafe webpage, at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:32:10 +0000 boothcw 140546 at APSU welcomes adventure artist for special lecture Feb. 16 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome Steve Snell, adventure artist, to campus for a visiting artist lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in room 307 of the Morgan University Center.</p><p>With support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, all Art and Design events are free and open to the public.</p><p>Snell uses his creative practice to experience life through the production of extraordinary events for himself and others. He calls this work&nbsp;“adventure art,” and he uses the term to describe a performance-based action of adventure, in which he (or someone else) uses creativity and imagination to have exciting and remarkable experiences.<i>&nbsp;</i>He is inspired by local history, myths and the image of the American West, and he uses these inspirations as a catalyst for engagement and research in an effort to create heroic narratives for the present day.&nbsp;These experiences are then later transformed and perpetuated through popular, social and artistic media, resulting in a larger network of newspaper articles, TV spots, drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos and old-fashioned storytelling. “Adventure art” is an attempt to live life as though it were an epic movie, or at least present the image that it is one.</p><p>Snell earned an MFA in studio art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and both a BFA in studio art and BS in art education from Miami University in Ohio. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions and screenings throughout the country. His most recent adventure art exhibition, “Snacks on the River,” was completed this past September when he floated down the Missouri River between Nebraska City and Kansas City. He is currently an assistant professor of art in foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:29:15 +0000 boothcw 140471 at Spring 2017 Graduation Gala to be held March 14-15 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In order to make the graduation process as smooth as possible, the Austin Peay State University Registrar’s Office will be holding its two-day Spring 2017 Graduation Gala this March.</p><p>All APSU students participating in the spring commencement ceremony are encouraged to attend the gala, held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on March 14, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 15, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. A one-stop shop for graduating seniors, the gala will allow them to celebrate their accomplishments while also making sure there are no hiccups to prevent them from receiving a diploma.</p><p>“We want to ensure that our students are being taken care of,” Telaina Wrigley, APSU registrar, said. “We’ll be there so they can resolve any pending requirements for graduation.”</p><p>The gala will be a student’s first chance to pick up his or her cap and gown, but students can also receive resume advice from the APSU Office of Career Services, have the application fee waived if they are applying to graduate school, take exit interviews for the Financial Aid Office and take Perkins Loan exit interviews with the Bursar’s Office. Students will also be able to order invitations or class rings and purchase APSU memorabilia. The APSU Alumni Office will also be there to provide students with their first official shirts as alumni.</p><p>Unlike previous years, there will be no rehearsal before commencement, so Grad Gala will be students’ opportunity to receive important commencement instructions. In addition, commencement readers will be on hand to discuss details such as unusual name pronunciations.</p><p>Refreshments will be provided, as will a “Kid Zone” for students with children, and all participants will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad mini.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information, visit the event’s website at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:02:30 +0000 harriscj 140461 at APSU Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Buried Child” on Feb. 8-12 <p><img src="" width="389" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Opening Feb. 8, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will explore what it looks like when the American Dream fails with a performance of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Buried Child.”</p><p>The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for performances on Feb. 8-11, with an additional showing Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. All performances take place in the Trahern Theatre, with admission ranging from $10 for general public to $5 for students, seniors and military.</p><p>The 1978 play that catapulted the playwright to mainstream national fame, “Buried Child” focuses on a “traditional” nuclear family trying deal with life on a failing plot of farmland in Illinois. The play examines the growing sense of disillusionment with the American Dream in the early 70’s.&nbsp;</p><p>Aging parents Dodge and Halie are barely holding on to their failing lives, as well as the failed lives of their grown sons. When a wayward grandson and his girlfriend arrive, no one seems to recognize or remember him as the family dances around a dark, buried secret. “Buried Child” puts comedy, drama and surrealism into a small Illinois farmhouse and brings the audience along for the experience.&nbsp;</p><p>“Buried Child” is the Austin Peay directorial debut of Talon Beeson, assistant professor of acting and directing. Beeson comes to Austin Peay from stints in New York, Los Angeles and, most recently, Chicago, where he taught acting at Columbia College Chicago. A professional actor, Beeson has performed across the country, and has been heard as a voice actor on many TV shows, video games and commercials including "Divorce Court,” “Grand Theft Auto V,” "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” and as the voice of Kingsford Charcoal.</p><p>“Buried Child” explores the idea of a family deeply wounded by self-inflicted trauma. While the family remains together physically, it is obvious to the viewer that they are socially and emotionally disconnected beyond any hope of repair. It’s in that all-too-relatable setting that Beeson said he found the potential for exploration as a director.</p><p>&nbsp;“I’ve seen this play done many times and performed as plodding, heavy and very dark,” Beeson said. “My goal as a director was to explore the potential for dark humor within the chracters’ performances and make things funny right up to the moment where it’s no longer funny at all.</p><p>“When I was casting, I was looking for people who shared my outlook,” Beeson said. “I was looking for a group that had that right look, played well off of each other’s sensibilities and shared that kind of darker feel that we were going for with this production of ‘Buried Child.’”</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU box office at 931-221-7379 or email at&nbsp; Tickets can also be purchased at&nbsp;</p> Theatre & Dance Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:02:06 +0000 harriscj 140284 at APSU names former U.S. General Attorney Whiteside as University General Counsel <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dannelle Walker Whiteside, a distinguished attorney with an impressive national reputation, was recently named General Counsel for Austin Peay State University.</p><p>The General Counsel position was created earlier this year to support the University and the Board of Trustees in its new governance structure. Whiteside, who previously served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will lead the APSU Office of Legal Affairs and serve as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees. She began her new role at APSU on Jan. 3, 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>“I am truly excited to join the Austin Peay family,” Whiteside said. “I was impressed by the strong leadership and vision of President White and the incredible faculty, staff and students. I count it a privilege to assist in the transition to our new Board of Trustee structure and to support the vision of Leading through Excellence!”</p><p>Prior to her work with the U.S. Department of Education, Whiteside served as General Counsel to the Tennessee State Board of Education. She was named a Nashville Emerging Leader in the Education category by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, a Nation’s Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers Under 40, and a Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and president of the Black Law Students Association.</p><p>Whiteside earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was president of the UAPB Student Government Association.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:20:16 +0000 boothcw 140151 at APSU offering certification classes for local HR professionals <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last fall, Kim Doll, human resources manager for Furniture Connection, decided to get her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification—considered one of the top credentials for that profession—so she enrolled in a 3-month preparation class through Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education. On Dec. 10, she successfully passed her certification exam, allowing her to now put the SHRM credentials at the end of her name.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Since receiving my SHRM-CP credentials, I gained the confidence to audit payroll records and discovered discrepancies within our company that we were immediately able to address,” Doll said. “I also plan to implement several strategies and processes to improve our overall company’s operations that I would not have attempted before taking the certification class.”&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The APSU Center for Extended and Distance Education is set to begin a new SHRM certification class this spring, with the class meeting from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 2-May 4. The class, which meets in room 219 of the McReynolds Building, is taught by two industry professionals—Privott Stroman, director of Human Resources for CDE Lightband, and Dale Jackson, director of Human Resources for Progressive Directions.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; “I always tell people, I akin this to a CPA,” Stroman said. “I’ve always felt that having these certifications has been what has opened doors for me.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tyray Daniels signed up for the SHRM class last semester through the Hiring our Heroes military transition program, and he said the certification helped him recently get a job as an HR manager for the State of Tennessee.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “My class makeup encompassed HR professionals from many different backgrounds, such as the military, financial, logistics, manufacturing and healthcare,” he said. “By having so much diversity in the classroom in the HR field, the class matured into a think tank. By the end of the course, the class had evolved into a networking group of HR professionals in the Clarksville area.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the class, or to sign up, visit <a href=";course=171B51601">;course=171B51601</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:40:38 +0000 boothcw 139926 at APSU grad student publishes paper on entrepreneurs and HR practices <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The astounding success of some startup companies, such as Pandora and Uber, can sometimes blind young entrepreneurs to the fact that 90 percent of these ventures end up failing. Every time a company like Snapchat comes on the scene, plenty of others—remember Cuil or Spiralfrog?—quietly disappear.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With the sudden boost technological advances have given to America’s entrepreneurial spirit, young business men and women are wondering what they can do to make sure their startup survives and thrives. Ty Jesinoski, a recent graduate of Austin Peay State University’s Master of Science in Management program, believes he knows part of the formula for success. In a recent article Jesinoski co-authored and had published in “The Business Journal for Entrepreneurs,” he argues that successful startups do what most major companies do—they invest in Human Resource Management.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I looked at everything about human resources, from staffing to hiring and firing, managing benefits, anything you can think of HR-wise, and then how entrepreneurs and startups, with only one or two people, handled that themselves,” Jesinoski said. “To be an entrepreneur, you need to be a jack-of-all-trades, you need to be a people person and know how to hire and how to network.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jesinoski developed his initial concept for the article last spring while taking a graduate management class taught by Dr. Gloria Miller, APSU assistant professor of business. A major component of that class was the development of a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice. When Miller read Jesinoski’s paper, she felt it had potential beyond the classroom.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “When I read Ty’s paper as submitted to the class, it was well written, clear, with minimal writing errors,” Miller said. “The real decision-maker, though, was that Ty thought beyond the textbook.&nbsp;He brought together three topics in an innovative paper, which I thought was interesting and would be worth working together to get published to share with others.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For the next several months, Jesinoski worked with Miller and Dr. John Volker, APSU professor of business, on expanding his paper into a publishable article.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “They butchered it, said I needed to make it longer, find scholarly sources, tweak things here and there,” Jesinoski said. “Then we worked on it for two or three months, did a few rough drafts back and forth.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By the end of the summer, a final draft—with Jesinoski, Miller and Volker listed as authors—was submitted to a scholarly business journal. In December, shortly before Jesinoski graduated, the Business Journal for Entrepreneurs published, “Entrepreneurial Human Relations and Organizational Behavior.” For Jesinoski, this type of experience was one of the reasons why he enrolled in APSU’s Master of Science in Management program.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I compared the MSM to the MBA, and for an MBA, you have to have a ton of work experience,” he said. “The MSM is more for people who don’t work in the business field, but want to broaden their scope. It taught me a lot. I felt it was the right amount of challenge and support.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on APSU’s Master of Science in Management program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:35:21 +0000 boothcw 139862 at APSU students perform service work in New Orleans <p><img src="" width="600" height="338" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At the end of the winter break, a group of Austin Peay State University students spent a week volunteering on Alternative Break Trips through the APSU Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Collectively, these students completed more than 200 hours of community service with several organizations in New Orleans, Louisiana.</p><p>From Jan. 7-14, eight students and one APSU staff member traveled to New Orleans. The group primarily worked with the New Orleans Audubon Nature Institute and volunteered with many of its branches, including the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. They also worked with – and were among the first to see – the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, which closed after Hurricane Katrina and will be reopening soon.</p><p>In addition to their work with the Audubon Nature Institute, the group also spent two evenings serving meals with the New Orleans Rescue Mission and two evenings exercising and socializing rescue dogs with Villalobos Rescue Center, the dog rescue featured on the television show “Pit Bulls &amp; Parolees.”<i></i></p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement at APSU. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and faculty/staff advisors. A total of 10 trips are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. For more information on how to get involved, students should visit<i></i></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> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:16:55 +0000 boothcw 139792 at APSU to participate in Nashville Area Career Fair <p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University students and alumni will have an opportunity to meet with regional employers seeking full-time and internship/co-op candidates at the Nashville Area Career Fair next month.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">The Nashville Area Career Fair consists of the College to Career Fair and Teacher Recruitment Fair. Both events are scheduled from 2-5 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Students and alumni from participating colleges can meet hundreds of recruiters from business, industry, government and higher education. APSU is a consortium participant. Dr. Amanda Walker, director of Career Services at APSU, is chairing this year’s event and expects more than 120 employers from the region to attend and recruit for internships and full-time positions.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fair registration and parking are free and open to APSU juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni. Students and alumni must register for the event. To register, visit:</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s2"><b>College to Career</b></span><span class="s3">: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><span class="s4"></span></a></span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s2"><b>Teacher Recruitment:</b></span><span class="s3">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><span class="s4"></span></a></span></p><p class="p4"><span class="s1">Password: careerfair</span></p><p class="p4"><span class="s1">*All students and alumni will be verified</span></p><p class="p5"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">APSU Career Services offers online resources to prepare for this event. Visit <a href=""><span class="s5"></span></a> for more information on resumes, cover letters and the job search. For more information, call (931) 221-6544 or visit</span></p><p class="p6"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p7"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&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-</span></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:11:57 +0000 boothcw 139705 at APSU's Community School of the Arts offering new classes this spring <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts is about to begin a new session of creative arts courses this spring, offering classes to the public in subjects such as ceramics, art, music and dance.</p><p>For more than two decades, the CSA has provided music, art and dance lessons for children and adults throughout Clarksville, and the new spring session is set to begin this week.</p><p>This session’s classes and programs include:</p><p>• Advanced Ceramics</p><p>• Ceramics for Youth</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Beginning Ballet, ages 9-11</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Dance, ages 4-5</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Dance, ages 6-8</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Modern Dance, ages 12-18 and adults</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Ballet, ages 14-adult</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Intermediate Ballet, ages 11-13</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Intermediate Ballet, ages 13-17</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Digital photography</p><p>• Guitar Workshop, grades 4-12</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Art for Children, ages 6-10</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Art for Teens, ages 11-17</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Watercolors</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Individual music lessons upon request</p><p>The CSA is also offering three art courses in White Bluff, Tennessee. Fees vary for the different classes. A complete list of the programs and costs is available online at <a href=" " title=" "> </a> For more information, contact the CSA by email at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&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, 23 Jan 2017 16:54:28 +0000 boothcw 139621 at APSU students perform service work in Caribbean over winter break <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A group of Austin Peay State University students recently spent a week during winter break in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, volunteering their time during an annual intensive service trip.</p><p>This year’s group of 18 students traveled with Dr. Matthew Kenney, director of Austin Peay’s President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP), to the small town of La Romain, where they worked with Habitat for Humanity on a local housing project.</p><p>Austin Peay students erected the steel frame walls for a two-bedroom home, as well as putting on siding on the exterior walls. Fifteen juniors and three senior students spent a total of five days on the project, devoting a total of 665 man hours to the project.</p><p>“This group was so unified and worked exceptionally well together throughout the trip,” Kenney said. “Our primary purpose for being there is (constructing the house), and even though many of the students had never even used power tools before, they took a project that was just a poured slab of concrete and worked together to finish the project.”</p><p>This year marked the sixth time that Kenney has led a group of Austin Peay students to Trinidad and Tobago, and the ninth house build through the collaboration between Austin Peay and Habitat for Humanity.</p><p>In addition to partnering with Habitat for Humanity while in Trinidad and Tobago, students were exposed to the local culture through various outings, such as visiting a Hindu temple, touring a bird sanctuary for scarlet ibises and attending, and participating in, a steel drum demonstration.</p><p>“These PELP students know that they’re going somewhere off the beaten path, so they want to experience the culture and see how normal (Trinidad and Tobago) citizens live,” Kenney said. “We didn’t stay far from the construction site in a hotel, we stayed in (common) housing. We wanted to give the students a chance to experience what normal life is like in the country.”</p><p>The Presidents Emerging Leaders Program helps prepare students at APSU for a lifetime of leadership. The program creates an environment that develops leaders for the future through the twin virtues of scholarship and service. PELP students must maintain a cumulative collegiate GPA of at least 3.25 and they must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester.</p><p>For more information about this project, or the President’s Emerging Leaders Program, contact Kenney at 931-221-6398.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:48:12 +0000 harriscj 139434 at APSU alum to perform with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at presidential inauguration ceremony <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University alumnus, Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Barlow will perform in the 58<sup>th</sup> Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 20 as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.</p><p>Barlow, a Jackson native, graduated from Austin Peay in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He later earned a Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory in Ohio. He joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2004, and was named principal trombone in January 2013.</p><p>While studying at Austin Peay, Barlow was instructed by Susan K Smith. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” he performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.</p><p>Gunnery Sgt. Barlow performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band's annual concert tour. In 2010, he was featured as a tour soloist on Stephen Bulla's arrangement Southwest Showcase and on the 2014 tour, he performed Arthur Pryor's Fantastic Polka.</p><p>The Marine Band will provide music for the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, lead the second division of the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and perform at the Salute to the Armed Forces Inaugural ball. "The President's Own" is the only musical unit to participate in all three events.</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Department of Music, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Music Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:11:43 +0000 harriscj 139352 at Hollywood CG modeler to deliver visiting artist lecture at APSU on Feb. 2 <p><img src="" width="600" height="428" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will welcome computer graphics modeler Colie Wertz to campus at 7 p.m., on Feb. 2, for a visiting artist lecture. Wertz’s lecture, in Trahern 401, will kick off this semester’s portion of the department’s 2016-2017 Visiting Artist Speaker Series.</p><p>Wertz is an artist living in California’s San Francisco Bay area. In addition to his concept art and illustration endeavors, Wertz has more than 20 years of experience in the visual effects industry as a CG modeler, painter, matte painter, compositor and technical director. He has been credited on many films, including the “Star Wars” prequels, “Transformers,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Iron Man,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”&nbsp;</p><p>Wertz attended Clemson University in South Carolina and graduated with a degree in architectural design. He is currently exploring 3D printing and virtual reality for idea realization.</p><p>With support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, all Art and Design events are free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&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> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:33:03 +0000 boothcw 139328 at Grammy Award-winning Jason Vieaux in concert Feb. 14 <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img src="" width="600" height="316" /></span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This February, Austin Peay State University and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the annual APSU GuitarFest, featuring guest artist concerts, lectures and workshops.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This year’s festival will feature performances by 2015 Grammy Award- winner, Jason Vieaux, as well as the AronBerkner Duo of guitarist Stephen Aron and flutist Jane Berkner. The festival will conclude with a recital by current Austin Peay students from the University’s guitar program.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The concert schedule begins Monday, Feb. 13, with the AronBerkner Duo, followed by Vieaux on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and the APSU recital on Wednesday, Feb. 15. All three concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The AronBerkner Duo and the APSU recital are free and open to the public, while tickets for the Vieaux concert, sponsored by the Clarksville Community Concert Association, may be purchased online at</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Buffalo, New York native, Vieaux has been described by National Public Radio as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” while Gramophone magazine put him “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, “Play,” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named the track “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).”</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more than a decade, Aron and Berkner have collaborated on numerous projects as the AronBerkner Duo, and have performed across the U.S. and Europe. Their first CD, “Tropicale,” was released on the Clear Note label in 2012. Soundboard Magazine says “both…are gifted with lovely tone, exceptional technique and a sense of unanimity that bespeaks much experience playing together.” Together, they have presented concerts and classes at the Eastman School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, Ithaca College Conservatory and the Crane School of Music in New York, as well as for the National Flute Association.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">As a part of the festival, the APSU Guitar Department and Community School of the Arts will be offering a one-day fingerstyle guitar workshop for students grades 4-12 on Feb. 11.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The workshop will focus on music literacy and group ensemble performance based on the research and curriculum developed by the Austin Classical Guitar Society. Acoustic guitars are required along with a recommendation from a teacher.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Workshop participants will perform a culminating concert in the Kimbrough building at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The workshop is taught by Vanessa Green, adjunct professor of guitar and owner of Vanessa Green Guitar Studio in Clarksville. Green will be assisted in teaching the camp by Austin Peay music education and guitar students René Villarreal and Ashantia Mitchell. Student registration for the workshop is $70.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more information about APSU GuitarFest, please contact APSU professor of music Dr. Stanley Yates by email at <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>, or the APSU Department of Music by phone at 931- 221‐7351. For more information regarding the fingerstyle guitar workshop, contact Vanessa Green at <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> or call 931-802-5005.</span></p> Music Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:19:52 +0000 harriscj 139312 at Austin Peay to recognize Vietnam War era vets with ceremony, men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader to celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Jan. 28 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University and the Governors Guard ROTC detachment will recognize and show appreciation to Austin Peay alumni, students and current or past employees who served during the Vietnam War era with a halftime ceremony at the Governors’ men’s basketball game against Southeast Missouri State University on Jan. 28.</p><p>&nbsp;“We’re in the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, which began its real ramp up in 1964, so the U.S. Army wanted ROTC programs to try and recognize area veterans,” Lt. Col. (Ret.) Greg Lane, APSU cadet success coordinator, said. “We want to do some nice things for the men and women who answered the call.”</p><p>The ceremony is a part of Military Appreciation Day, which begins at 4 p.m. when the Lady Govs take on Southeast Missouri State in women’s basketball action. Both games will honor the military, as the Governors Guard ROTC detachment will present colors before the women’s game, while active military personnel will join APSU Dance, cheerleaders and members of the Govs and Lady Govs teams in holding a court-sized flag for the national anthem preceding the men’s contest.</p><p>The military will have an up-close seat for the action, as eight U.S. Army commanding generals are expected to be courtside, while Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the recently assigned commanding general of Fort Campbell, will give a pregame address to both Austin Peay teams. Additionally, the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division Rock Band will entertain the crowd all evening, including performing the National Anthem before the men’s contest.</p><p>Admission for both games is free for individuals and their family with valid military ID. The Vietnam War era veteran ceremony is co-sponsored by Austin Peay’s Military Alumni Chapter and the Military Student Center.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more information, contact <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:02:05 +0000 harriscj 138691 at APSU joins The JED Campus Program to support student mental health <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has joined the JED Campus Program in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is designed to identify opportunities to enhance emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts on campus in order to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.</p><p>By joining the JED Campus Program, APSU demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration to assesses and enhance the work that is already being done, while also creating positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The JED Campus Program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance from the JED Campus team of clinicians. The JED Campus Program grants a membership seal to all schools that participate in the program in recognition of the school’s commitment to student mental health.</p><p>“This initiative is going to help us find innovative ways to expand mental health services to support student success,” said Dr. Jeff Rutter, APSU director of counseling and health services. “I could not be more proud to be a Gov than I am now, seeing so many leaders from academic affairs, student affairs, and other key departments rally behind (APSU President) Alisa White’s leadership and commit themselves to this program. This will improve our ability to assist students through the mental and emotional aspects that play a significant role in completing their degree.”</p><p>&nbsp;“The college years is the period when many mental health issues first manifest, and it can be a time of significant stress and pressure,” said John MacPhee, executive director of The Jed Foundation. “The Campus Program helps schools by working with them to survey everything their university is doing to support their students’ emotional health, and find practical ways to augment these efforts in a comprehensive way. We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier communities, and likely greater student retention.”</p><p>APSU’s membership in the JED Campus Program begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program improvements, and taking a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. APSU’s team will be spearheaded by the Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, a joint effort of academic affairs and student affairs. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, APSU will collaborate with the JED Campus team to help implement enhancements. All self-assessment responses and feedback reports are confidential.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>About The JED Campus Program</b><b></b></p><p>The JED Campus Program is a nationwide initiative of the Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student mental health and suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts. By becoming a member of the JED Campus Program, a school demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. For more information on the JED Campus Program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>About The Jed Foundation</b></p><p>JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of our country’s 40 million high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. We collaborate with schools to enhance their mental health and suicide prevention programming and systems; develop expert resources and create powerful partnerships so that students have the support they need, when and how they need it; and educate and empower young adults, families and the community to take action for the cause. Together, we’re ensuring America’s students grow into thriving adults. For more information about the JED Foundation, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:46:30 +0000 harriscj 138590 at APSU's Acuff Circle still accepting nominations for annual Ovation Awards <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 20. The awards ceremony will be Sunday, March 5, at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The sponsoring Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patron society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice, Mike Andrews, Billy St. John, and Debbie Wilson.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Downtown Artists Co-Op., and Madison Street Music &amp; Arts Academy.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, The Framemaker, Planters Bank and Richview Family Dentistry.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<b>Young Artist </b>awards also will be presented. Deadline for these awards was Dec. 16.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass Olen Bryant, David Alford, Joseph B. Trahern Jr., Joe Giles and Wade Bourne.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To nominate someone in the Individual, Community, or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.&nbsp; Forms for the Individual, Community or Business categories also can be obtained at the Customs House Museum, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to cannonm<a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:02:33 +0000 boothcw 138524 at APSU celebrates fall graduates, students on Dean’s List <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University celebrates the seniors and graduate students who earned degrees at its 87th commencement exercises on December 9, 2016. In addition, the university has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.</p><p>Diplomas will be available for pickup on&nbsp;February 13, 2017&nbsp;in the Ellington Building, Room 316. For more information on graduation, visit the APSU Office of the Registrar at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, or contact the office directly at 931-221-7150.</p><p>Students who are named to the Dean’s List have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or greater. The names of students can be accessed by visiting the website at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:02:34 +0000 harriscj 138287 at APSU 2016: A Year in Review <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a few months, Austin Peay State University will officially turn 90, and anyone who happened to be on campus when the school first opened in the late 1920s would likely not recognize it today. Only about 158 students enrolled at the Austin Peay Normal School during its first fall semester, and the old Castle and Stewart buildings disappeared more than half a century ago. Throughout the last nine decades, the University has undergone extensive changes, and in another 90 years, when historians look back on the school’s progress, they might argue that 2016 was one of the more transformative years in Austin Peay history.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are some of the major stories to come out of Austin Peay this last year:&nbsp;</p><p>• In January, the University purchased 11 acres along College Street from the Jenkins and Wynne auto dealership. The $8.8 million purchase marked one of the largest expansions in the University’s history, finally connecting campus with downtown Clarksville.</p><p>• On Feb. 16, the U.S. Army Cadet Command presented Austin Peay’s ROTC program with its seventh MacArthur Award. Each year, the award recognizes eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army ROTC units nationwide, as the top programs in the country.</p><p>• During its 85<sup>th</sup> year in print, The All State, APSU’s student-produced newspaper, was named the best college newspaper during the Southeast Journalism Conference. The newspaper also placed second for best public service journalism and third for best college website.</p><p>• In early March, the APSU men’s basketball team earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament after becoming the first no. 8 seed to ever be crowned Ohio Valley Conference Champions. The Governors lost to no. 1 seed Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.</p><p>• In April, APSU’s historic Governors Stadium was renamed Fortera Stadium, thanks to a new 25-year, $2.5 million agreement between the University and the Fortera Credit Union.</p><p>• For the fifth consecutive year, APSU was one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU was the only university in Tennessee to make the national publication’s “Great Colleges to Work For 2016” list.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Earlier this fall, the University welcomed the largest freshman class in its 89-year history when 1,963 first-year students enrolled at APSU. The University saw a 26.3 percent increase in freshman students over last year.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Jacob Robertson, an APSU physics student, discovered a quasar while conducting research at Fermilab—the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory. Robertson was assisting Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of astronomy, with the international Dark Energy Survey project.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • On Oct. 11, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed eight individuals to the newly created institutional governing board at Austin Peay. In addition to Dr. Nell Rayburn, the trustee selected by APSU’s faculty, the appointees include Billy Atkins, Katherine Cannata, Larry Carroll, Don Jenkins, Gary Luck, Valencia May, Robin Mealer and Mike O’Malley. Once the Tennessee General Assembly confirms them, the trustees will appoint a nonvoting student member to the board.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • APSU graduate Brittany Orton was recently accepted into the graduate program at the University of Cambridge. She will pursue her master’s degree in Anglo-Saxon history at one of the world’s most prestigious universities under the guidance of Dr. Simon Keynes, Cambridge professor and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.</p><p>Beth Lowary, APSU photographer, has created a photo gallery of the last year at APSU. The gallery is available at at <a href=""></a>. To download a photo, the password is “public.” APSU photography also created a video, available at <a href="" title=""></a>. Please feel free to use any and all provided photographs and the video in your&nbsp;publications and online.<u></u></p> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:18:10 +0000 harriscj 137314 at 28 APSU students selected for Who’s Who Among Students <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-eight Austin Peay State University students were recently selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year. These 28 individuals will be officially recognized at the Student Organization and Leader Awards on April 19, at Austin Peay.</p><p>Founded in 1934 by H. Pettus Randall II, The Who’s Who program is dedicated to the mission of honoring student achievement regardless of financial circumstance. For more than 83 years, Who’s Who Among Students has annually honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. APSU is among the more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning that nominate students each year for the national Who’s Who program.</p><p>This year’s selected Austin Peay students include:</p><ul><li>Sara A. Alexander, Clarksville.</li><li>Erica L. Brotherton, Erin.</li><li>Eden E. Buchanan, Jackson.</li><li>Jordan L. Burns, Clarksville.</li><li>Tasleem Chaney, Clarksville.</li><li>Lauren S. Cottle, Clarksville.</li><li>Mason C. Devers, Clarksville.</li><li>Margaret E. Dillard, Greenbrier.</li><li>Melanie S. Elliott, Clarksville.</li><li>Audrey T. Fulton, Springfield.</li><li>Claudia B. Gundersen, Jackson.</li><li>Amber M. James, Arlington.</li><li>Rony M. Jfouf-Ibrahim, Clarksville.</li><li>Jordanne A. Keith, Clarksville.</li><li>Elizabeth F. Kelly, White House.</li><li>Amber J. Kent, Kingsport.</li><li>Duane T. Kessler, Clarksville.</li><li>Lillian Long, Clarksville.</li><li>Celeste D. Malone, Murfreesboro.</li><li>Austin J. Mckain, Clarksville.</li><li>Faith M. Merriweather, Medon.</li><li>Laura R. Nichols, Clarksville.</li><li>Brandi L. Phillips, Clarksville.</li><li>Aristeo S. Ruiz, Clarksville.</li><li>Carrie M. Taylor, Clarksville.</li><li>Katherine C. Tripp, Clarksville.</li><li>Alton R. Walker, McMinnville.</li><li>Shynesia L. Wofford, Clarksville.</li></ul><p>Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges is considered one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. For more information, contact Gregory R. Singleton, APSU associate vice president and dean of students, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:57:42 +0000 harriscj 137188 at APSU's TRiO program honors its 2016 winter graduates <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;A week before Austin Peay State University hosted its winter commencement ceremony, a small celebration took place on the second floor of the Morgan University Center. While jazz music played lightly in the background, eight students who participated in the University’s federally funded TRiO Support Services program were honored for their perseverance during a graduate recognition ceremony.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We’re so proud of you,” John Johnson, TRiO director, said. “This is our way of acknowledging and recognizing you for your success, for staying in there and actually graduating.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Since 1998 the TRiO program has helped those students who are first-generation college students, disabled or who come from low-income backgrounds. The program provides eligible students with tutoring, academic counselors, financial literacy training, academic workshops, cultural activities and information on graduate schools. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the program with a five-year, $1.3 million grant to continue its work.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We provide academic support, as well as helping them understand the process of going to school,” Johnson said. “We also have an open door where they can come and talk if they need help.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the TRiO Student Support Services, visit the program’s website at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:21:36 +0000 boothcw 136890 at