Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/farm-credit-presents-apsu-ag-department-50000-donation en APSU Honors program hosting documentary film series http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-honors-program-hosting-documentary-film-series <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program is partnering with the Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Public Television and Lipscomb University to bring documentaries on social issues to the middle Tennessee community this fall.</p><p>The APSU Honors Program will present the first film in the series, “Big Men,” at 7 p.m., on Sept. 17, in the APSU Morgan University Center, Room 305. The film, produced by Brad Pitt, examines the impact of oil development in Ghana and the Niger delta.</p><p>“The film forces the viewer to consider issues important to all of us: the divide between rich and poor, our own participation in the exploitation of people and geographical resources for profit, and the ramifications of the desire for wealth and power,” Dr. Linda Barnes, director of the APSU Honors Program, said.</p><p>A panel discussion will take place after the film, featuring Dodd Galbreath, executive director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice; Dr. Christine Mathenge, APSU associate professor of geography; Dr. Chester Little, APSU associate professor of chemical engineering technology; and Dr. John Phillips, APSU assistant professor of political science.</p><p>The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the APSU Honors Program at <a href="mailto:honors@apsu.edu">honors@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Honors Program Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:31:13 +0000 boothcw 87764 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to open new DeWald Pavilion at farm on Sept. 23 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-open-new-dewald-pavilion-farm-sept-23 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/big_John_1.jpg" width="600" height="412" alt="big_John_1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a mild December afternoon in 2012, a crowd of local farmers, agri-businessmen and dignitaries gathered around an old hay barn to contemplate the future of the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture. Student enrollment in that program had increased an astounding 82 percent in recent years, but some of the facilities at the APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center, known simply as the farm, didn’t reflect this growth.</p><p>“Today is the first step in greatness for the Austin Peay Ag Department,” John Bartee Jr., co-chair of the APSU agriculture advisory committee, said that day. The crowd had joined him at the farm to witness the groundbreaking for the new DeWald Livestock Pavilion – a modern facility that would replace the old hay barn.</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, Bartee and others will return to the farm to witness the official opening of a facility more appropriate for the state’s fastest growing department of agriculture.</p><p>“We had a challenge,” Dr. Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, said. “Student enrollment in our program had increased by more than 82 percent in recent years, but some of the facilities at the farm were not sufficient to provide hands-on education for all of those new students.  Fortunately, we had our Ag advisory committee and strong community support to help us meet that challenge.”</p><p>The new DeWald Livestock Pavilion now will provide a practical working and learning space for APSU faculty, staff and students. The pavilion was named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, who generously supported the project with a major financial gift. The couple previously endowed the Josephine and William DeWald Memorial Scholarship for nursing at APSU, in memory of Ernie’s parents.</p><p>The Sept. 23 event will begin with a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting at 6:15 p.m. and a special bull auction. The auction will feature the sale of APSU’s finest bull stock, “Big John,” named in memory of John Bartee Sr., former founding member of the APSU agriculture advisory committee. Proceeds from the sale will go to the University farm.</p><p>“‘Big John’ has been a standout since birth, and a bull we campaigned successfully at regional shows with his eye-appealing power and performance,” Dr. Rodney Mills, APSU associate professor of agriculture, said. “His exceptional growth EPDs (expected progeny differences) ranks him in the top 15 percent of the breed for weaning weight and top 30 percent for yearling weight. APSU is proud to offer the very best of our bull genetics at this sale.”</p><p>To attend the dinner, ribbon cutting and bull auction, please RSVP by Sept. 17 at <a href="mailto:alumni@apsu.edu">alumni@apsu.edu</a> or by calling 931-221-7220.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:11:16 +0000 boothcw 87678 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Center for Extended and Distance Ed offers more classes, easier registration http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-center-extended-and-distance-ed-offers-more-classes-easier-registration <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/CEDE_6_2014_copy.jpg" width="210" height="145" alt="CEDE_6_2014_copy.jpg" />   </p><p>        CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, the Center for Distance and Extended Education at Austin Peay State University is looking to transform lives throughout the community with its expanded course offerings and its new, easy to use online registration system, <a href="http://signmeup.apsu.edu" title="http://signmeup.apsu.edu">http://signmeup.apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>            The new system lets individuals view the hundreds of courses and programs offered by the Center, select a course that interests them and then enroll immediately, using the easy online registration system. They’ll have plenty to check out, with the Center offering courses in just about everything – from business and professional development classes to healthcare training to learning the basics of social media.</p><p>            “This is big news because everything we do is now in one place,” Mary Alice Burkhart, continuing extended education coordinator, said. “It’s a one-stop shop where they can learn about the instructors, course content and get special, discounted rates.”</p><p>            Individuals looking to progress in the workforce will find several opportunities available to them through the Center’s signmeup.apsu.edu system. For years, the Center has offered professional development training, such as Project Management Fundamentals or its Super Supervisor series, as a contract service to local companies. Now, these classes are open to everyone.</p><p>            “This is brand new for us,” Julia McGee, director of extended education, said. “We’ve taken our contract training and made it available to the general public; allowing companies who need training for one or two individuals an opportunity to train locally and save travel time and cost.”</p><p>            To promote its expanded offerings, the Center also is offering special rates and package deals on some of its classes. Individuals can save 15-21 percent on programs like the Center’s Executive Women’s Leadership Academy, the Entrepreneurship Academy, the Becoming a Master Manger series, the Super Supervisor Series and the Administrative Professionals’ Development Training course.</p><p>            All this information, including bios on instructors, class locations and costs, is available at signmeup.apsu.edu. For more information, contact the Center at <a href="mailto:exted@apsu.edu">exted@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:43:53 +0000 boothcw 87603 at http://www.apsu.edu Exhibition at APSU showcases rare WWI German photographs http://www.apsu.edu/news/exhibition-apsu-showcases-rare-wwi-german-photographs <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/WW1_exhibition.jpeg" width="410" height="278" alt="WW1_exhibition.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts are excited to present an exhibition of rare German photographs this fall to mark the centennial of the start of World War 1. German soldier Fritz Einstein took the photographs on three separate fronts during the war. The photos were discovered and extensively restored by Einstein’s son and Nashville resident Frank Einstein.</p><p>The exhibit will run from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17 in the Trahern Gallery, 380 Eighth Street, in Clarksville. </p><p>More than 50 photos have been curated from a collection of nearly 400 and will be exhibited at APSU. Together, these images give witness to the continuity of humanity in the face of war. These important photographs chronicle the everyday lives of German soldiers in the Eastern, Romanian and Western fronts from 1914 – 1918. Einstein discovered the photos after his father’s death, and he went on to spend hundreds of hours restoring the old pictures.</p><p>“Growing up in a Quaker family I didn't think of my father as a soldier—although I knew that he had fought in the First World War,” Frank Einstein said. “I remember as a child looking through his wartime photographs, but I don’t remember ever talking about them. After my father’s death the photographs were scattered. When they resurfaced in the early 2000s the album pages had become detached and had to be carefully reassembled.</p><p>“The photographs show the progression of my father‘s feelings about the war, which is matched by the changing tone of the journals that he kept. The early ones from the Eastern front include many photos of his comrades, while the later photographs from the Western front include many showing the destruction that the war ravaged on the landscape in places like Paschendaele (site of the third battle of Ypres).”</p><p>In partnership with Clarksville’s First Thursday Artwalk, there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Trahern Gallery. In coordination with the University hosting the 30th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference (OVHC), the APSU Department of History will present a round-table discussion from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Oct. 17, in the Trahern Gallery. This discussion will feature presentations by some of APSU's esteemed history professors who will speak about “The State of Research on World War I.” Both events will be open to the public.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, at <a href="mailto:dickinsm@apsu.edu">dickinsm@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art History and Philosophy Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:45:46 +0000 boothcw 87588 at http://www.apsu.edu Clarinetist Charles Neidich to visit APSU Sept. 14-19 as Acuff Chair http://www.apsu.edu/news/clarinetist-charles-neidich-visit-apsu-sept-14-19-acuff-chair <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/niedich_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="niedich_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold, gray Sunday afternoon in 1984, clarinetist Charles Neidich performed a recital in Manhattan’s Merkin Concert Hall. The weather that afternoon didn’t hurt the attendance; hundreds of music lovers packed into the small venue to hear his interpretations of works by Robert Schumann and Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda.</p><p>          The noted music critic Andrew Porter was in the audience that day, and a week later, he published a review in the New Yorker magazine, calling Neidich “an artist of uncommon merit—a master of his instrument and, beyond that, an interpreter who keeps listeners hanging on each phrase he utters.”</p><p>          Neidich, professor of clarinet at The Julliard School, is brining his formidable talent and reputation to Austin Peay State University the week of Sept. 14-Sept. 19, as recipient of the University’s Acuff Chair of Excellence.</p><p>            “Charles Neidich is probably one of only a handful of world famous clarinet soloists out there,” Mingzhe Wang, clarinetist and APSU associate professor of music, said. “It’s definitely very great for our community. We’ve had great musicians visiting before, but this is for such an extended period of time. It’s really wonderful for everybody to get to know him.”</p><p>            The community will get to witness Neidich’s artistry at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, when he joins Clarksville’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in the Mabry Concert Hall. An encore performance of that concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, in the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville.</p><p>            At 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Neidich will present a public lecture in the Mabry Concert Hall. At 2 p.m. that afternoon, he will host a master class in that same venue.</p><p>            Neidich will visit the second floor of APSU’s Woodward Library at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17, to deliver an informal talk about his musical life. He is a graduate of Yale University and the famed Moscow Conservatory, and he has performed throughout the world as a soloist and accompanist with prominent musical ensembles.</p><p>            At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, he will host another master class in the Mabry Concert Hall. That evening, at 7:30 p.m., he will perform a solo recital with pianist Nathan Carterette in the concert hall.</p><p>            Neidich will give a final master class at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, in room 130 of the Music/Mass Communication Building. At 7:30 p.m. that evening, he will join the famed Parker Quartet for a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, as part of the APSU Honor Orchestra Festival in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>            The Friday night concert will conclude his visit to APSU, but other renowned musicians will visit the University throughout the year as Acuff Chair recipients. Opera conductor Willie Anthony Waters will serve as the next chair when he visits campus Oct. 19-Nov. 4.</p><p><b>  </b><b>         </b>For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Clarinetist Charles Neidich is the first Acuff Chair visiting APSU this year. (photo by Kevin Hatt).</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:17:41 +0000 boothcw 87574 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU continues to climb U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-continues-climb-us-news-and-world-reports-best-colleges-list <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. News &amp; World Report Best Colleges 2015 rankings were released today (Sept. 9), and Austin Peay State University ranked 27<sup>th</sup> in the Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South) category. APSU placed 62<sup>nd</sup> overall in the Regional Universities (South) category, up seven spots from last year. In 2012, the University was ranked 87<sup>th</sup> among both public and private schools in the southeast. </p><p>U.S. News &amp; World Report, which surveyed nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, has released its Best Colleges rankings since 1983, and the list is often used by prospective students when determining where to attend.</p><p>APSU’s 2015 Best Colleges ranking is simply the most recent in a list of accolades the University has received this summer. In late August, the national television program the PBS NewsHour profiled APSU’s use of innovation to boost graduation rates. Early that month, the federal government applauded APSU’s efforts in supporting veterans and military personnel by singling out the University as the only school in Tennessee to commit to the new “8 Keys to Veterans Success” federal initiative.</p><p>In July, the Chronicle of Higher Education named APSU as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for. APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the Chronicle’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” list. The University won honors in nine of 12 categories, placing it on the Chronicle’s “Honor Roll” list.</p><p>For more information on the U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit <a href="http://www.usnews.com/colleges">www.usnews.com/colleges</a>.</p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:09:21 +0000 boothcw 87337 at http://www.apsu.edu New Governors Stadium to be unveiled Saturday http://www.apsu.edu/news/new-governors-stadium-be-unveiled-saturday <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/GovernorsEntrance600.jpg" width="600" height="431" alt="GovernorsEntrance600.jpg" /></p><p>For nearly seven decades, Governors Stadium has served as the home of Austin Peay State University football and track and field teams. But nothing in those 68 years compares to the stadium transformation that occurred since the 2013 Governors football campaign ended.</p><p>A ceremonial demolition of Governors Stadium began following the Nov. 19 contest against Southeast Missouri. Despite the coldest winter in recent time, including ice conditions that shut down the University for three days, the construction crew lost just one day of work.</p><p>Even a 3-foot-by-5 foot sinkhole that opened up into a 40-foot crater in May could not deter the $19 million project.</p><p>When APSU kicks off its 2014 home season against Chattanooga, 4 p.m., Saturday, it will be in a Governors Stadium that literally has been rebuilt. The massive renovation has replaced the west side grandstands with a new structure, including state-of-the-art locker room and lounge area for the student-athletes and coaches, as well as skyboxes, club-type seating and new chairback seating for the fans.</p><p>Those on levels three and four find the amenities of luxury seating. The skyboxes, which feature a sports-bar like atmosphere, are tiered stadium-type seating with up to 22 seats per viewing room. In addition, each skybox has a bar with locations for bar stools, tables and chairs to seat four to six people. Also included are sliding glass windows at the front of the viewing rooms, a push button to control a public address speaker, and two television monitors.</p><p>The main concourses will feature enhanced concession stands along with sport murals created to honor memorable Govs players and teams, with the hopes more will be created for future stars. The conference champions from 1948 and 1977 have walls spaces as well as the program's only back-to-back eight-win seasons in 1964 and 1965.</p><p>Outside the southwest corner of the stadium, the Hendricks Fox "Walk of History" in the Blake Jenkins Plaza will list the names of all lettermen to wear the red and white.</p><p>The new stadium also created a revamped tailgating experience in a more central location outside the stadium.</p><p>Meanwhile, the field itself has been replaced with its fourth artificial turf, FieldTurf XT, manufactured by FieldTurf, a Tarkett Sports Company. The turf includes the new Governors logo at midfield, while a new track will greet the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships in May 2015.</p><p>Coaching offices and a new weight room are on the horizon for Phase II of the project.</p><p>It has been a long time (1946) since Clarksville and Governors athletics received a boost, when the city of Clarksville opened its new Municipal Stadium at the then-edge of the former Austin Peay State College. The stadium became the home field for local schools and APSC for football games and track events.</p><p>The city maintained its ownership and operation of the Municipal Stadium until 1970. In that year, as a result of a cooperative agreement between Austin Peay, the county officials and the city officials, the city conveyed title to one-third of the stadium to the State of Tennessee for the university. The other one-third went to Montgomery County.</p><p>Austin Peay, Montgomery County and the city of Clarksville were authorized to appropriate funds to the newly created Stadium Authority for constructing, remodeling and operating the stadium, including adding east side seating. The members of the Stadium Authority were appointed by the county and by the university.</p><p>In addition, the natural grass surface—because it was being used by the local schools and Governors alike—was replaced by Astroturf (1970) and the east side two-level press was constructed in 1979.</p><p>The stadium was in desperate need of a new turf in the early 1990s. However, the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system, which was amidst growth and expansion, indicated it could not afford to be a part of the turf replacement. As a result, Austin Peay agreed to purchase Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority in 1993.</p><p>Stadia Turf replaced the AstroTurf, which was placed by the Stadium Authority, before 1993 season's start. The playing surface was changed again in 2004, when Polytan surfaces were installed on the football field (Mega Grass) and track (Polytan WSS 15). That surface helped attract the Tennessee Titans for preseason camp in 2006.</p><p>Other than a new Daktronics scoreboard being erected for the 2007 season, those were the last major upgrades until plans were announced Aug. 20, 2012, to all but replace Governors Stadium when $16 million was approved by the state for the new construction.</p><p><em>- Brad Kirtley, APSU Sports Information Director</em></p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><strong> Governors Stadium Timeline</strong></td></tr><tr><td>1946</td><td>Municipal Stadium opens with seating capacity of 5,500</td></tr><tr><td>1970</td><td>University gains one-third controlling interest in Municipal Stadium and the stadium is renovated, adding AstroTurf artificial surface to the football field and installing an eight-lane Tartan track surface.</td></tr><tr><td>1976</td><td>Host OVC Track &amp; Field Championships for the first time with Austin Peay winning its only men's track and field title.</td></tr><tr><td>1993</td><td>University purchases Municipal Stadium from the Stadium Authority, renames it Governors Stadium and installs Stadia Turf surface.</td></tr><tr><td>2004</td><td>Stadium and track surfaces replaced with Polytan artificial surfaces. Governors Stadium hosts 2004 OVC Track &amp; Field Championships.</td></tr><tr><td>2006</td><td>Tennessee Titans use Austin Peay facilities, including Governors Stadium, for summer training camp.</td></tr><tr><td>2007</td><td>Daktronics scoreboard and video display installed in south end zone.</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>Plans announced for a $16.9-million stadium renovation project to replace west grandstand, renovate east grandstand and replace both the football and track surfaces.</td></tr><tr><td>2014</td><td>New Governors Stadium facilities open, Sept. 13.</td></tr><tr><td>2015</td><td>Governors Stadium to host 2015 OVC Track &amp; Field Championships, May 1-2.</td></tr></tbody></table> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:12:45 +0000 boothcw 87314 at http://www.apsu.edu Govs Stadium to be community venue http://www.apsu.edu/news/govs-stadium-be-community-venue <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Stadium_club_level.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="Stadium_club_level.jpg" /></p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday afternoon, crews with Bell Construction put the finishing touches on the new, Governors Stadium at Austin Peay State University. Yellow asphalt rollers smoothed out the front entrance and parking lot while workers secured railings to stairwells and swept up loose clumps of dirt. Everything was being checked and cleaned for the $19 million facility’s grand opening at 10 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 13.</p><p>            “As an Austin Peay football fan, I can’t wait for Saturday,” APSU President Alisa White said. “But I’m also excited about presenting this new facility to the community because it’s really their stadium. In the coming years, Clarksville residents will form lasting memories here, either cheering on the Govs at football games or attending wedding receptions and community events inside this great venue.”</p><p>            The new Governors Stadium features an 8,000-square-foot club level section that will offer catered meals on game days. It also will serve as an events space for the local community, providing individuals with a large room with impressive views of the football field and the APSU campus.</p><p>            In addition to the club level, student section and general admissions seating, the new stadium has 13 skyboxes, each equipped with a bar, a glass window at the front of the viewing room, a push button to control a public address speaker and two televisions. All 13 boxes were sold within a few weeks.</p><p>            The public is invited to Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony to get an early look at the stadium and some of its amenities, including the Blake Jenkins Pavilion, the Hendricks Fox Walk of Fame, the Heritage Bank Lobby, the John and Trish Foy Presidential Suite and the Coach Bill Dupes Locker Room.</p><p>            Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.</p><p>            For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at <a href="mailto:petersonn@apsu.edu">petersonn@apsu.edu</a> or 931-221-7291.</p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:08:17 +0000 boothcw 87313 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Blake serves at PKP Biennial Convention http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-blake-serves-pkp-biennial-convention <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/John_Blake.jpg" width="450" height="600" alt="John_Blake.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – John Blake, Austin Peay State University professor of engineering technology, represented the University's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—at the 43rd Biennial Convention, held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Missouri.</p><p>Blake currently serves as president of the APSU chapter and attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate.</p><p>             The convention brought together more than 300 attendees, including 175 chapter delegates. The two-day event featured a keynote address from West Virginia University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee and a plenary address from generations expert and XYZ University founder Sarah Sladek. Other highlights included a panel of three provosts discussing issues impacting higher education, presentations by Phi Kappa Phi award winners, regional meetings, chapter development trainings and elections for the 2014-2016 board of directors and regional vice presidents.</p><p>             Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.</p><p><em>- Hannah Breaux, Phi Kappa Phi</em></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:26:47 +0000 boothcw 87281 at http://www.apsu.edu 26 tenure-track faculty join APSU http://www.apsu.edu/news/26-tenure-track-faculty-join-apsu <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A total of 26 new tenure-track faculty members have become part of the Austin Peay State University community, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Kadi Bliss, </b>assistant professor of health and human performance, earned her Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the American Association of Health Education and the Society of Public Health Education.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Bobette Bouton</b>, assistant professor of education, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She recently served as a Special Education Research Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt University, where she studied predictors and subtypes of reading disabilities.</p><p> </p><p><b>Christopher Bowron</b>, assistant professor of library science, received his Master of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. He previously served as manger of information services at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Mollie Cashner</b>, assistant professor of biology, earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University, specializing in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, ichthyology, phylogenetics and molecular ecology.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Joseph Elarde</b>, assistant professor of computer science, received his Ph.D. in computer science from DePaul University. He previously served as assistant professor of information technology at Upper Iowa University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Lucinda Fowinkle</b>, assistant professor of engineering technology, earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis, where she conducted research as part of a National Science Foundation grant.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. George M. Frogge</b>, assistant professor of public management and criminal justice, earned his Ed.D. at Lipscomb University, his M.C.J. from Middle Tennessee State University/Tennessee State University and his B.S. from Belmont University. In addition to working as a criminal justice instructor at APSU, he previously served as a police officer for 20 years.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Lana Haddy</b>, assistant professor of education, received her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. She recently served as an instructional coach and academic facilitator for the Deer Valley Unified School District in Arizona.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Chenchutta Jackson,</b> assistant professor of computer science, earned her Ph.D. in engineering science-computer science from the University of Mississippi. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Belmont University and as an information technology specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Nicholas Kirby</b>, assistant professor of mathematics, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He previously served as a research associate in the University of Washington’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.</p><p> </p><p><b>Pamela Magrans</b>, languages and literature instructor, earned her B.A. and her M.A. from Austin Peay State University. She also works as a staff writer for Clarksville Family Magazine.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. John McConnell III</b>, assistant professor of education, earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology and research from the University of Memphis. His research interests include statistics and quantitative methodology, teacher job satisfaction and retention, and the use of large-scale data analysis.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jason Phillips</b>, communication instructor, earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis, specializing in rhetorical theory/criticism and media theory/criticism. He previously served as assistant professor of communication at Spalding University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Amy Ritchart,</b> communication instructor, earned her M.A. in mass communication from Bowling Green State University. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including Tennessee Press Association first place awards for investigative journalism, education reporting and public service journalism.</p><p> </p><p><b>Tasha Ruffin</b>, assistant professor of nursing, received her M.S.N. ED. from the University of Phoenix. She previously served as a clinical instructor for Cumberland University and APSU, and as a staff nurse for Skyline Medical Center’s Emergency Department.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Adriane Sanders</b>, assistant professor of psychology, earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Memphis. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Society for Teaching Psychology and the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology.</p><p> </p><p><b>Laura Schultz</b>, languages and literature instructor, earned her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She previously served as a lecturer in Spanish for Longwood University.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz</b>, assistant professor of music, earned her DMA in music from Boston University, specializing in horn performance. Her work is featured on several recordings, including the 2014 CD “Revealed” by the award-winning contemporary ensemble Bala Brass.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Marisa Sikes</b>, assistant professor of languages and literature, earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico. She specializes in medieval literature, especially in Middle English, but has research interests that include gender studies, early women authors, conduct literature and religious history.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Ling Wang</b>, assistant professor of education, earned her Ph.D. in literacy studies from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously served as an adjunct instructor in Chinese at APSU and an instructor of Chinese at the Nashville Chinese School.</p><p> </p><p><b>Robert Waugh</b>, assistant professor of music, holds a masters degree in trumpet performance from the University of Oklahoma and is pursuing his Doctorate in Music at Indiana University. Previous appointments include instructor of trumpet at Indiana State University and principal trumpet for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Timothy Wesley, </b>assistant professor of history, earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in Civil War and Reconstruction Social History. Before coming to APSU, he was a Fellow with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. LSU Press published his book “The Politics of Faith during the Civil War” in 2013.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jeffrey Williams</b>, assistant professor of music, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy and performance from the University of Miami. He has worked with the Florida Grand Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.</p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Dr. Kathryn Woods</b>, assistant professor of professional studies, earned her Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, specializing in leadership and professional practices. Her research interests include marketing, distance learning, management, customer service, human resources, employee satisfaction and employee retention.</p><p><b> </b></p><p><b>Dr. Christopher Wright</b>, assistant professor of public management, earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. He was awarded the Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute of Humane Studies and the Tyler Environmental Fellowship from USC.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Jennifer Yantz</b>, assistant professor of mathematics, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics and science education from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously served for three years as internal evaluator for a $2 million STEM project funded by the National Science Foundation.</p><p><b> </b></p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:16:06 +0000 boothcw 87142 at http://www.apsu.edu Several renowned musicians to visit APSU this year as Acuff Chairs of Excellence http://www.apsu.edu/news/several-renowned-musicians-visit-apsu-year-acuff-chairs-excellence <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/niedich_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="niedich_scroll.jpg" /></p><p> </p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto first premiered in Prague in October 1791, the famed piece sounded much different than what audiences often hear today. The composer’s friend, Anton Stadler, used a basset clarinet in that first performance, but the instrument fell out of favor in the 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> centuries. Modern performances of the work are simply faint echoes of the how the piece was originally conceived. That’s one of the reasons why the renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich owns a rare basset clarinet.</p><p>            “You have to get to the root of music. You have to think what possibly Mozart could have heard,” Neidich said in a 2012 interview with People’s Daily Online USA. “We don’t know because we don’t have recordings, so the closest we can come is to see the instrument that he used and to try and play on it.”</p><p>            Neidich’s passion for music has led him to be considered one of the foremost clarinetists in the world. The New Yorker magazine called him a “master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist,” and from Sept. 12-20, he’ll visit Austin Peay State University to work with music students and give a public performance of his work.</p><p>            “Charles Neidich is to the clarinet world as LeBron James is to basketball,” Dr. Doug Rose, chair of the APSU Department of Music, said.</p><p>            Neidich’s visit is a major musical event for the middle Tennessee community, but he is only one of a handful of internationally renowned musicians coming to APSU this year as holders of the University’s Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.</p><p>            Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the University’s Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts department at APSU, with the Department of Music hosting it this year. But rather than settling for one person to act as the chair holder, the department opted to split it up among several key performers.</p><p>            “We are incredibly fortunate to have him (Neidich) and our other distinguished visiting artists with us – right on our campus – talking to faculty and students, giving lectures, master classes and performances,” Rose said. “It is important that the APSU and Clarksville communities realize that the Acuff Chair of Excellence visitors are stars (or superstars) in their own right.”</p><p>            Neidich will serve as the first Acuff Chair recipient, and he plans to spend his time on campus working with students, hosting lectures and master classes for the public and participating in four concerts for the Clarksville and Nashville communities. Information on concert times is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/music/charles-neidich-schedule-events">http://www.apsu.edu/music/charles-neidich-schedule-events</a>.</p><p>            The renowned opera conductor Willie Anthony Waters will visit APSU Oct. 19-Nov. 4 to take over the Acuff Chair duties. In 1999, Waters was appointed general and artistic director of the Connecticut Opera Association, the country’s sixth oldest opera company. He will spend his time on campus assisting with the APSU Opera Workshop and offering master classes on operatic arias.</p><p>            “Maestro Waters, with more than 35 years of experience, has in-depth knowledge of the field upon which APSU students, faculty, the University community and the community at large could draw upon,” Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, APSU professor of music, said.</p><p>            Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza, musicologist and the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, will serve as the Acuff Chair from Nov. 11-19, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to her residency. Her award-winning series of children’s trade books uses illustrations by visual artist JoAnne Kitchell to help make classical music more approachable to children.</p><p>            “The purpose of her residency will be to provide our community with ideas and inspiration for interdisciplinary collaborations,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said. “Her residency will target APSU music majors, students majoring in other art fields, the general student population, the greater Clarksville community and the region’s children.”</p><p>            On Feb. 22, the JUNO-nominated Orchid Ensemble will visit APSU as the next Acuff Chair holders. The trio, known for blending ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and other cultures in their music, will host a week of lectures, recitals and master classes.</p><p>            “The impact of the Orchid Ensemble residency will reach beyond music majors to include music appreciation pupils and students minoring in Asian Studies and International Education, as well as those enrolled in courses in Asian history and Chinese language,” Dr. Ann Silverberg, APSU professor of music, said. “On campus, the Orchid Ensemble will commit at least two ‘random acts of music’ in buildings where live music is not normally heard.”</p><p>            Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of the Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, will serve as the next Acuff Chair during the week of April 14-18. Scheibe has collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina and Kenny Loggins, and he has prepared choruses for Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony. He will spend his week working with the APSU choral ensembles and vocal music education students.</p><p>            “We are fortunate to have a conductor of such international renown with us at APSU. I'm very excited for our students and local teachers to not only meet him, but also to work with him,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said.</p><p>            The final Acuff Chair holder of the year, Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson, will visit APSU April 20-29 to offer master classes, seminars and several performances for the Clarksville community. Larson entered the national music scene by winning first prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in 1985. She now performs regularly throughout North America with her “One Woman, A World of Music” show and with her band Ventus<i>. </i></p><p>          "I am thrilled that APSU has the opportunity to bring this eclectic performer to campus,” Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said. “Rhonda showcases her dazzling technique with her use of classical, new age and world music, creating exhilarating performances. For 10 very exciting days in April, Rhonda will share her musical, performance and philosophical ideas with Austin Peay and Clarksville.”</p><p><b>            </b>For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the CECA at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 221-7818.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Clarinetist Charles Neidich is the first Acuff Chair visiting APSU this year. (photo by Kevin Hatt).</p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:30:50 +0000 boothcw 87124 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-24 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Jonniann Butterfield</b>, associate professor of sociology, had an article, co-authored with Irene Padavic, accepted for publication in the October 2014 issue of Gender &amp; Society. The paper, “The Impact of Legal Inequality on Power in Planned Lesbian Families,” was accepted for presentation at the American Sociological Association Conference in San Francisco in August. Additionally, a 2011 article also published in Gender &amp; Society was recently reprinted in one of Sage’s top-selling gender textbooks, “The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities.” </p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:27:33 +0000 boothcw 86898 at http://www.apsu.edu Inspirational soccer coach and activist to speak Oct. 9 at APSU Dunn Center http://www.apsu.edu/news/inspirational-soccer-coach-and-activist-speak-oct-9-apsu-dunn-center <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Peay_Read.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="Peay_Read.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – One afternoon in 2002, Luma Mufleh made a simple wrong turn that ended up changing her life and the lives of an entire refugee community outside of Atlanta. She was on an unfamiliar street in the town of Clarkston, Ga., looking to do a little grocery shopping, when she happened to spot a pickup soccer game in a parking lot. The young players, from war-torn countries like Sudan and Afghanistan, reminded Mufleh of her own childhood playing soccer in Jordan.</p><p>“I stayed there for over an hour,” she told journalist Warren St. John. “They were barefoot, but they were having such a good time.”</p><p>Mufleh decided she needed to coach those young athletes, and using borrowed, second-hand equipment, she founded the Fugees soccer team. This fall, Austin Peay State University freshmen are reading St. John’s bestselling book “Outcasts United” as part of the University’s annual Peay Read, which features Mufleh and her inspirational story.</p><p>At 7 p.m. on Oct. 9, Mufleh, will visit the APSU Dunn Center to share more of her story as the event’s keynote speaker. The talk is free and open to the public.</p><p>The Peay Read is designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshman students. However, the reading program also offers opportunities for the entire campus community.</p><p>Leading up to Mufleh’s visit, APSU freshmen will participate in a variety of activities related to the book, compose essays and develop creative interpretations of the work.</p><p>The University also will be supporting World Relief Nashville through a school supply drive to benefit refugee children heading to school this fall. A collection bin will be placed in the Dunn Center the night of the Peay Read event for students and the public to donate school supplies.</p><p>Mufleh’s story has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times and in a documentary by Tom Brokaw. She is currently working to develop a Fugees Academy – a college preparatory high school for refugee boys and girls. She also is a social entrepreneur, creating several businesses to employ refugees and immigrants.</p><p>For more details about this year’s book reading selection or The Peay Read, visit<a href="http://www.apsu.edu/Read/">http://www.apsu.edu/Read/</a> or visit Peay Read on Facebook.</p><p>For more information about Mufleh’s upcoming talk, contact Dr. Sherryl Byrd, chair of The Peay Read committee, at <a href="mailto:byrds@apsu.edu">byrds@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:08:03 +0000 boothcw 86894 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting Gov Color Run Sept. 27 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-gov-color-run-sept-17 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/color_run_1.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="color_run_1.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last September, several sane and reasonable Austin Peay State University students closed their eyes and intentionally ran through clouds of non-toxic colored starch. When they emerged from the haze, their hair was green, their skin was blue and their clothes were covered in splotches of yellow. And, more importantly, almost all of them were smiling.</p><p>            The students, along with community members, were participating in the APSU Alumni Relations Office’s inaugural Gov “Color” Run - a one-mile run around campus through cloudbursts of color. The success of last year’s event has prompted the Alumni Office to do it again, with this year’s run scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 27. A limited number of free tickets are now available for students that pre-register at <a href="https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com" title="https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com">https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com</a>.</p><p>            “This run is all about having fun,” Rylan Kean, APSU special events coordinator, said. “Color stations and surprises will be set up along the way to keep the party going.”</p><p>            The race will make use of the campus’ new GOV Trails – a Tennessee Department of Health-funded project that promotes physical activity at APSU – and it will conclude at the APSU Intramural Field with a large party, featuring music and a chance to socialize.</p><p>            Tickets for non-students or students that don’t preregister are $20. Registration is available online at <a href="https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com" title="https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com">https://govrun2014.eventbrite.com</a>. Participants are encouraged to dress up in monocles, top hats, fake mustaches and prim suits with tails, honoring the APSU mascot, the Governor.</p><p>             For more information, contact Kean at 931-221-7979 or <a href="mailto:keanr@apsu.edu">keanr@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Runners were showered in colors during the first Gov “Color” Run event in 2013. Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff. </p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:55 +0000 boothcw 86681 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Singleton receives prestigious Gardner Award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-singleton-receives-prestigious-gardner-award <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Greg_Singleton_SMALL.jpg" width="460" height="600" alt="Greg_Singleton_SMALL.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president and dean of students at Austin Peay State University, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award. The Gardner Award is presented to a senior college/university administrator who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the advancement of fraternities and sororities. The individual should have demonstrated a long standing record of support and advocacy for the fraternal experiences on the campuses on which he or she has worked, fostered positive change in the fraternity and sorority community, built partnerships within higher education and the interfraternal community and mentored both new and seasoned professionals.</p><p>Singleton was cited for his support of the fraternity and sorority communities at the University of Memphis, Purdue University, University of Miami and now APSU. He has served as a former national conference chair, executive vice president and national president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and chair of the AFA Foundation. Singleton served for 18 years on the board of directors for the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, including six years as the executive director, and as a past executive director of Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Honorary. He is a current regional vice president and National Scholarship chair for his national fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference.</p><p>Singleton will be presented with the award during the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in Nashville on Dec. 5.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:28 +0000 boothcw 86680 at http://www.apsu.edu CSA choirs looking for singers this fall http://www.apsu.edu/news/csa-choirs-looking-singers-fall <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/CSA.jpg" width="225" height="128" alt="CSA.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, two new choral directors will take over the Clarksville Community Chorus and the Clarksville Youth Chorus, and the two programs are looking for interested singers. The choirs are part of the choral classes offered by the Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts.</p><p>Kristina Waugh will lead the Clarksville Community Chorus, and Veronica Stem will serve as director for the Clarksville Youth Chorus. The adult choir is for individuals over the age of 18, and the Youth Chorus is for students in elementary and middle school.</p><p>“If you enjoy singing and making beautiful music, then you should join the Clarksville Community Chorus,” Waugh said. “We are comprised of singers of all ages, from all walks of life and at all levels of musical experience. We offer people who love music an opportunity to sing and improve their vocal skills in an encouraging and friendly environment.”           </p><p>Interested singers are not required to audition for the adult or the children’s choir. Stem said the youth program allows children to socialize while learning musical concepts.</p><p>“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids to develop skills of working with other children,” she said. “We’ll be singing, but we’ll also be learning how to read music and learn some music theory.”</p><p>Both choirs will host a performance for the Clarksville community at the end of the semester. For more information on costs and rehearsal times, contact the Community School of the Arts at APSU at <a href="mailto:CSA@apsu.edu">CSA@apsu.edu</a> or 221-7508, or visit the website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/csa" title="www.apsu.edu/csa">www.apsu.edu/csa</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:12 +0000 boothcw 86480 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-23 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Becky J. Starnes</b>, professor of public management, was notified that her book, “Challenges in City Management, A Case Study Approach,” is being translated into Simplified Chinese by Jiangsu People’s Publishing Ltd. The translated version is expected to be published in August 2016. The English version was published by Taylor and Francis Group Inc.</p><p><b>Dr. Albert Bekus</b>, professor emeritus of languages and literature, had his article, “The Joy in Live Release,” published in the summer 2014 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal. The article is about Atlantic salmon conservation in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas King</b>, professor emeritus of music, will make his debut at Cardinal Stage Theatre in Bloomington, Ind., as Robert Livingston in the musical, "1776."</p><p>This is his first role in Bloomington after retiring there.</p><p> </p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:14:50 +0000 boothcw 86469 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU ROTC cadets train abroad as part of Army CULP program http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-rotc-cadets-train-abroad-part-army-culp-program <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Lipinski.jpg" width="508" height="600" alt="Lipinski.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two Austin Peay State University ROTC cadets traveled abroad this summer to immerse themselves in different cultures and train with foreign militaries.</p><p>            Ryan Lipinski, an APSU junior, spent a month in Bulgaria while Joshua Pollina, an APSU junior, traveled to a warmer climate in Greece. They were among approximately 1,400 cadets from Army ROTC programs who traveled on cultural missions in more than 40 countries as part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program.</p><p>            The program is designed to immerse ROTC cadets in various languages, cultures and socio-economic situations so the cadets can learn and appreciate other worldviews.</p><p>            The program is geared toward training better military leaders by educating cadets in world cultures, values and norms. This training will allow the cadets, as the Army’s future leaders, to function in a variety of complex circumstances in an ever-changing world.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science at 931-221-6156.</p><p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Pollina.jpg" width="356" height="558" alt="Pollina.jpg" /></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:00:58 +0000 boothcw 86468 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to recognize distinguished graduates on Nov. 8 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-recognize-distinguished-graduates-nov-8 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20121016-Emerald-Hill-Fall-3576.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20121016-Emerald-Hill-Fall-3576.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This November, Austin Peay State University will honor six distinguished graduates during its annual Alumni Awards Lunch. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. It is a part of that week’s APSU Homecoming festivities.</p><p>            This year’s honorees include 2014 Outstanding Service Award recipients Don Jenkins and Len Rye; Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Angelica Suffren (’99) and Shawn Kelley (’06); and Outstanding Alumni recipients Dr. Jaime Taylor (’90) and Dr. Warren Chaney (‘64).</p><p>         The Alumni Awards Lunch also serves as an opportunity to meet and mingle with other alumni and friends. Tickets to the event are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 5.</p><p>            For more information, contact Alumni Relations Office at (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:59:49 +0000 boothcw 86462 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professors use new theory to examine population changes in Kentucky http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professors-use-new-theory-examine-population-changes-kentucky <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/David_Rands.jpg" width="480" height="600" alt="David_Rands.jpg" /></p><p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Trevor_Brooks.jpg" width="452" height="600" alt="Trevor_Brooks.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – From 2000 to 2012, Kentucky’s population grew by more than 337,000 residents. However, not all Kentucky counties experienced the same rate of population growth and some counties actually experienced a population decline. According to a recent article in the Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology, county-level predictors like median household income and the racial/ethnic composition of a county impact population change.  </p><p>            The article, “Using Function-Based Spatiality Theory to Examine County Level Predictors of Kentucky’s Population Change (2000 to 2012),” uses census data to argue its theory that all communities fulfill a certain purpose and that purpose ends up attracting or deterring different demographics.</p><p>            “Function-Based Spatiality theory says that places have specific functions within their regional, statewide, national and international spheres, and those functions are going to define who is drawn to or repelled from those regions,” Dr. David Rands, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of history and co-author of the article, said.</p><p>            Earlier this year, Rands joined Dr. Trevor Brooks, APSU assistant professor of sociology, and APSU undergraduate sociology student Randi Ingram in applying the theory to the counties in Kentucky. Rands co-authored the article with Brooks and Ingram. They found that populations are decreasing in the Kentucky communities that attract African-American residents.</p><p>            “This result interested me,” Brooks said. “African-Americans have historically been an exploited group, and because of that, certain industries may have avoided communities with high African-American populations.”</p><p>            “They are an exploited group, but that transfers over to the space that they inhabit as well,” Rands added. “That space becomes a marginalized space that nobody wants to live in.”</p><p>            The APSU researchers examined the census data for all 120 counties in the commonwealth, and they discovered that the change in populations had more to do with why people were moving to a certain location and less about how many children were born during the specified years.</p><p>            “We found that, in the statistical model, there were several variables that were important predictors for population change,” Brooks said. “The higher rate of change in Hispanics tended to predict population changes as well.”</p><p>            In addition to ethnicity, socio-economic status was an important variable, and the researchers examined the effects of each area’s median income on migration. Just as agriculture and some unskilled manufacturing functions seem to attract Hispanic populations, communities with higher median incomes attract businesses and housing options that in turn attract more affluent populations. The study supported their theory that an area’s function either attracts or repels specific kinds of immigrants. The APSU professors hope to expand their research to include other states.</p><p>            For more information on their findings, contact Brooks at <a href="mailto:brooksw@apsu.edu">brooksw@apsu.edu</a> or Rands at <a href="mailto:randsd@apsu.edu">randsd@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Sociology Behavioral and Health Sciences opportunities Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:29:06 +0000 boothcw 86371 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Art Department hosts "Faculty Biennial" exhibit in Trahern Gallery http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-department-hosts-faculty-biennial-exhibit-trahern-gallery <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Faculty_Show_Poster_copy.jpg" width="388" height="600" alt="Faculty_Show_Poster_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University art professors are often commended for inspiring students in their classrooms, but that type of praise can occasionally overshadow their skills as gifted, professional artists. On Aug. 25, a new exhibit, “The Faculty Biennial,” in APSU’s Trahern Gallery will remind the community that high-caliber artists continue to work at the University. The show, which is free and open to the public, runs through Sept. 12, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 4.</p><p>            “Continuing one’s art practice is essential,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “It’s how our faculty further define their craftsmanship and skills that they then can pass along to the students in the classroom.”</p><p>            The exhibit will feature works by Paul Collins, McLean Fahnestock, Barry Jones, Rachel Bush, Suta Lee, Ken Shipley, Virginia Griswold, Susan Bryant, Billy Renkl, Michael Dickins, Jennifer Snyder, Tammy Smithers, Cindy Marsh and Kell Black.</p><p>            “The faculty biennial gives the students and the community a chance to experience recent work created by the APSU art faculty,” Dickins said. “It’s also an opportunity for our students to see that their professors are professional artists and are valuable resources for them to take advantage of during the semester.”</p><p>            For more information on the exhibit, contact Dickins at <a href="mailto:dickinsm@apsu.edu">dickinsm@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:33:23 +0000 boothcw 86349 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Greek community continues to excel http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-greek-community-continues-excel <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the last few months, the fraternity and sorority community at Austin Peay State University has continued to enhance the University’s reputation through service work and the earning of several prestigious awards and recognitions. </p><p>            The recent accomplishments are listed below.</p><p>•       In March, Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs, was named the NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Fraternity &amp; Sorority Knowledge Community co-chair. Dominy works with more than 1,300 professionals aiding in the advancement of fraternities and sororities on collegiate campuses across the world.</p><p>•       In 2013-2014, the APSU fraternity and sorority community raised more than $77,825 dollars and committed 8,569 service hours to various local and national philanthropies.</p><p>•      The Eta Tau Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity received the True Merit Bowl earlier this month at their 81<sup>st</sup> Biennial Congress in Orlando, Florida.</p><p>•      Denver Pennington, president of the Alpha Tau Omega at Austin Peay, received the Brigadier General John F. Kinney Scholarship during the Biennial Congress. To qualify for a scholarship, an individual must be a member of Alpha Tau Omega and a current member of a National Guard or Military Reserve unit, or enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) or similar military training program at their college or university. Further, a scholarship recipient must have the intention of serving for a period of time on active duty with their Guard or Reserve unit, or in the United States Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard or successor organization.</p><p>•       The Eta Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity received the James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award at Sigma Chi’s Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. This honor is given to chapters that demonstrate major improvement in total chapter operations from year to year.</p><p>•        Alpha Gamma Delta received “Best New Chapter Support Over the Biennium” at their International Convention this summer. The award recognizes the largest cumulative total of funds donated to the foundation, by a new collegiate chapter, for the Convention biennium. The APSU chapter has achieved Jewel status the past two years. This is achieved when $2,000 or more is raised for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation annually. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation supports diabetes research and education, provides educational and leadership programs for women and provides scholarships and grants for members.</p><p>•       Pi Kappa Alpha raised approximately $12,000 for the Humane Society of Clarksville during the Waggle Four Man Tourney, which had more than 200 participants and attendees.</p><p>•       Members of Alpha Delta Pi and Zeta Phi Beta lent their support during the Annual Back to School Bash with Lincoln Homes. They helped create a spirited environment by painting the faces of hundreds of children.</p><p>•        In late May, Jeremy Dubose and Zavion Williams, 2014 initiates with the Theta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, were selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants to attend the Undergraduate Leadership Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. General Electric has sponsored the program for more than six years. </p><p>For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at <a href="mailto:dominys@apsu.edu">dominys@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:13:26 +0000 boothcw 86191 at http://www.apsu.edu Donation adds to APSU folk art collection http://www.apsu.edu/news/donation-adds-apsu-folk-art-collection <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/small_folk_art.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="small_folk_art.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While visiting Austin, Texas, in 2013, Karen Parr-Moody came across a painting by the renowned folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The dusty image was of a girl in a swimsuit, and it evoked strong childhood memories for Parr-Moody.</p><p>            “I really identified with going to my grandfather’s fishing camp every weekend on the Tennessee River,” she said. “It’s rustic and beautiful down there. The ‘Bikini Girl’ just reminded me of growing up and being a little girl.”</p><p>            Parr-Moody bought the painting. She’s been collecting folk art since 1993, when her parents bought her one of the celebrated angel pieces by Howard Finster. The Sudduth work added another impressive name to her private collection, but earlier this month, she decided to part with the piece by donating it to Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            “What motivated me is when the Crouches gave that big collection to the University,” she said. “I thought what they did was so amazing, so I wanted to do something like that.”</p><p>            In 2012, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch donated a collection of 42 folk art carvings, paintings and drawings to Austin Peay. It joined the University’s already impressive folk art collection. For years, APSU has been the home of several statues by the noted self-taught Tennessee artist E.T. Wickham and paintings by William Shackelford. In 2010, the collection received a major boost when Dr. Joe Trahern donated three sculptures - “The Critter,” “The Eagle” and “The Lady with Two Pocketbooks” – by William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1937.</p><p>            The Sudduth painting, “Bikini Girl,” will now join that collection. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and at the Smithsonian Institute. A 1997 article in the New York Times referred to his art as “pictures of improbable chalky luminosity and understated bliss.” Susan Mitchell Crawley, the associate curator of folk art at the High Museum in Atlanta, told the New York Times in 2007 that “his paintings sell for anywhere from several hundred dollars to $5,000.”</p><p>            Moody donated the piece to APSU in honor of her two-year-old daughter, Stella. Stella has been visiting art galleries since she was three-weeks-old, and Parr-Moody sees her gift as potentially instilling two passions in her daughter.</p><p>            “Hopefully it will foster a love of art, and hopefully it will make her think about giving to the community that gives to you,” Parr-Moody said. “Austin Peay has done a lot for me, just with the free concerts and all the shows.”</p><p>            The Sudduth painting also will help make APSU a destination for folk art aficionados.</p><p>            “It further enhances our collection,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “The more we can collect, the more we can showcase it. Clarksville really has an excellent opportunity to become a good location for folk art.”</p><p>            For more information on Parr-Moody’s donation or the APSU folk art collection, contact Dickins at <a href="mailto:dickinsm@apsu.edu">dickinsm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to APSU. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:44:36 +0000 boothcw 86109 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-22 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><strong>Amanda L. Walker</strong>, director of Career Services, presented at the National Career Services Online Conference on Aug. 14, representing Austin Peay State University. The National Career Services Online Conference, presented by Intern Bridge, is the premier distance learning and sharing event in North America for college and university career centers.  It is designed to provide the highest level of professional development to as many career services professionals as possible within a three-day period.</p><p>Walker has been a presenter for the conference over the past three years. At this year’s conference, she presented “Career Programming: Measuring Impact, Then What?” The presentation offered insight into why career professionals should plan and assess all career programming to determine value and return on investment.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:00 +0000 boothcw 85969 at http://www.apsu.edu More than 800 freshmen to arrive at APSU on Aug. 21 http://www.apsu.edu/news/more-800-freshmen-arrive-apsu-aug-21 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/move-in_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="move-in_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Aug. 21, more than 830 incoming freshmen will arrive at Austin Peay State University to move into some of the campus’ residence halls. For many, it’ll be an emotional day as they begin a new phase of their lives.</p><p>To make this transition easier, these individuals will be greeted by APSU and community volunteers, who will assist them with any questions they might have and help them carry boxes and suitcases up to their new homes. For the second year, some of these freshmen will unpack their belongings in new rooms inside Martha Dickerson Eriksson Hall. That residence hall is one of the three buildings that make up the Governors Terrace Residence Complex, which opened last year.</p><p>On Friday, Aug. 22, APSU’s upperclassmen will move into the residence halls. The fall academic semester begins on Saturday, Aug. 23, with some graduate and online classes. Most traditional undergraduate classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25.</p><p>For more information on the move-in day, contact Kimberley Morrow at <a href="mailto:morrowk@apsu.edu">morrowk@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:41 +0000 boothcw 85959 at http://www.apsu.edu