Today @ APSU - University News en Community invited to receptions with finalists for APSU president <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The four candidates vying to become the next president of Austin Peay State University will arrive on campus in the next few weeks for a series of meetings, interviews, tours and forums. During these visits, community members are invited to attend special receptions to meet with these individuals.</p><p>The receptions will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Pace Alumni Center. The dates for each event are:</p><p>• Monday, April 28, with Brad Cook, provost and executive vice president and professor of history at Southern Utah University;</p><p>• Tuesday, April 29, with Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University;</p><p>• Wednesday, April 30, with Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System and Division of Florida Colleges; and</p><p>• Monday, May 5, with Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.</p><p>The finalists were screened and selected by the committee from 79 applicants around the country. The committee worked with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher &amp; Associates to identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates. Twelve were invited to meet and interview with the committee. The finalists were selected from that group. The finalists' resumes are available on the presidential search website at <a href=""></a></p><p>For more information on the receptions, contact the APSU President’s Office at 931-221-7571.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:39:39 +0000 boothcw 77819 at Four finalists selected in search for APSU president <p class="p1">NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2014) — The search advisory committee for a new president of Austin Peay State University has met and narrowed the candidate pool to four finalists.</p><p class="p1">They are:</p><p class="p1">·      Bradley Cook, provost and executive vice president and professor of history at Southern Utah University;</p><p class="p1">·      Jerome Gilbert, provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University;</p><p class="p1">·      Randall Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System and Division of Florida Colleges; and</p><p class="p1">·      Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.</p><p class="p1">Each will visit the APSU campus for meetings and open forums during the weeks of April 28 and May 5 to meet with a variety of university constituent groups, including faculty and staff, students, alumni and the community.</p><p class="p1">"This has been an impressive search process, yielding a group of exceptional candidates," said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. "We look forward to having them visit campus to meet the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who embody this community. The search committee's extensive screening and review process resulted in an especially strong pool of applicants, and I appreciate the time and dedication each member provided to the effort."</p><p class="p1">A series of campus forums will take place in University Center Rooms 303-305 for each candidate, as well as a tour and forum at the Fort Campbell Center. Open receptions for community members, alumni and friends of the university will be scheduled in the evening at the Pace Alumni Center. Detailed schedules for each finalist will be posted at <a href=""></a> as soon as they are available.</p><p class="p1">The finalists were screened and selected by the committee from 79 applicants around the country.  The committee worked with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher &amp; Associates to identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates. Twelve were invited to meet and interview with the committee. The finalists were selected from that group. The finalists' resumes are available on the presidential search website at <a href=""></a></p><p class="p1">The search committee's charge is to interview and identify the finalists for the position of president.  Committee members will also participate in the campus meetings and collect comments from constituents. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will gather feedback from the committee members and other sources and make the final selection for recommendation to the Board for approval within a few weeks after the campus visits.</p><p class="p1">Established in 1927 and named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, Austin Peay State University is a regional University serving approximately 10,500 students. Categorized as a Master's Large institution by the Carnegie Foundation, Austin Peay has been the fastest growing public university in Tennessee for the past 10 years, offering 18 graduate degrees, 44 undergraduate and four associate degrees. The University has been nationally recognized for innovation by the likes of President Obama and Bill Gates in addition to being nationally recognized for multiple years as a Chronicle of Higher Education "Great College to Work For" with honors, as well as G.I. Jobs "Military Friendly Schools," and Military Times "Best for Vets" College.</p><p class="p1">The Tennessee Board of Regents is among the nation's largest higher education systems, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000 students.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:51:30 +0000 boothcw 77816 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Victoria McCarthy, </b>associate professor of professional studies, had her paper, “Sustainable Organizations and Leadership Development: Developing Self-Efficacy and a Growth Mind Set in Employees,” accepted for an oral presentation at the 2014 Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Paris International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference. The paper was also accepted for publication in an ISIS peer-reviewed journal. </p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:36:55 +0000 boothcw 77808 at APSU students perform well at Tennessee Academy of Science meeting <p><img src="" width="800" height="600" alt="APSU_1.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>Several Austin Peay State University students took home awards for their outstanding research papers during the 2014 Tennessee Academy of Science Middle Division Collegiate Meeting for Undergraduate Research at Belmont University on April 12.</p><p>APSU students David Griffin, Steven Purcell and Donald Hayes received second-place honors for their presentation, "Bernoulli's equation using an ideal fluid in the complex plane.” Dr. Ben Ntatin, associate professor of mathematics, mentored the students. The students are enrolled in Ntatin's Introduction to Complex Analysis class.</p><p>APSU students Griffin, Kyle Hayes and Katie Rosenberg earned the third-place award for their presentation "The design of a satellite attitude control system.” Dr. Ramanjit Sahi, associate professor of mathematics, mentored the students. They are enrolled Sahi's Linear Algebra class.</p><p>Both Ntatin and Sahi were present to cheer and support the students in this occasion.</p> Mathematics opportunities Science and Mathematics Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:29:26 +0000 boothcw 77807 at APSU Greek community continues to enhance University's reputation <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This spring, the fraternity and sorority community at Austin Peay State University has continued to enhance the University’s reputation with several members and administrators taking on major leadership roles and earning prestigious awards and recognitions. </p><p>The recent accomplishments are listed below.</p><p>• Andrew Montgomery, a member of the Tau Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at APSU, began his term as assistant district director at Alpha Phi Alpha in March at their Regional Convention in Chattanooga. This position makes Montgomery the leader and voice of the undergraduate brothers for the state of Tennessee.</p><p>• Carrie Taylor, a member of the Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, recently became a member of the inaugural graduating class of Emerging Leaders at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC), hosted last month in Atlanta. Taylor is the first person from APSU to complete this program, and she hopes to encourage more women to be a part of the experience. Additionally, the College Panhellenic Council at APSU received recognition from Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society at SEPC for their high academic performance in Spring and Fall 2013.</p><p>On April 6-7, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recognized two APSU administrators for their commitment to the fraternity and sorority experience through their leadership and service to the fraternal movement.</p><p>• Gregory Singleton, associate vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, received the NIC Alumni Award of Distinction. The Alumni Award of Distinction recognizes the fraternity member who has given of his time, talents and service to the betterment of the fraternity. The service can be given at the local, regional or national level. Singleton’s commitment not only to Austin Peay but Kappa Alpha Order has only elevated APSU to new heights within the fraternity and sorority community.</p><p>• Victor Felts, director of Student Life and Engagement, received the NIC Silver Medal. In the past 30 years, the NIC Silver Medal has been bestowed to recognized leaders who have taken the lead role or roles in advancing the fraternal movement through acts of service or leadership. Further, the NIC specifically recognized Felts for his eight years of service as the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) executive director, as well as his instrumental role in creating a fluid partnership between the NIC and SEIFC. Specifically, the NIC quotes, “Mr. Felts has devoted himself to progressing the fraternal movement through educational initiatives in the Southeast that challenge undergraduates and Interfraternity Councils to be better men that in turn make the Greek experience better.”</p><p>For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:14:43 +0000 boothcw 77802 at APSU honors student leaders, organizations, faculty, staff at annual awards program <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Student Affairs at Austin Peay State University honored leadership and service by individual students, student organizations, faculty and staff at its annual Student Organization and Leader Awards Program on April 16.</p><p>The purpose of the program is to recognize students, student organizations, faculty and staff who have made significant contributions throughout the year both on and off campus, Director for Student Affairs Programs Tammy Bryant said.</p><p>“APSU student leaders and organizations have spent untold hours both on campus and in the community through their volunteerism, philanthropy, community service, educational programs and activities, social programs, and school pride and spirit while maintaining high academic standards,” Bryant said. “The contributions of faculty and staff are also an important part of this annual recognition event, and they directly contribute to the success and engagement of student leaders and organizations on campus and in the community at large.”</p><p>The program’s top individual honors included Mr. Governor and Madam Governor, the Vice President’s Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Sorority Woman of the Year and Fraternity Man of the Year Awards.</p><p>Seniors <b>Mike Rainier and Kelsey Smith</b> were named Mr. and Madam Governor. The Mr. Governor and Madam Governor awards honor graduating students who have contributed to the University community through leadership, diversity and service and have participated in leadership roles on campus while maintaining high academic standards.</p><p><b>Danielle Joslin, </b>Bowling Green, Ky. was awarded the Vice President’s Excellence in Leadership Award. This award recognizes an outstanding graduating student who has excelled scholastically, has a distinguished record of involvement on campus and has excelled in leadership. </p><p><b>Ben Sterling,</b> Knoxville, Tenn. and <b>Teeona Hall</b>, Cleveland, Tenn. were named Fraternity Man of the Year and Sorority Woman of the Year in recognition of exceptional scholarship, involved and effective leadership, community service and honor to the Greek community. Hall is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Sterling is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.</p><p> </p><p>Other students earning recognition for 2013-2014 included the following:</p><p>• <b>Jessica Dillingham,</b> Mount Juliet, Tenn. Governors Pride Senior Leadership Award</p><p>•  <b>Zachary W. Inman</b>, Waynesboro, Tenn., Governors Pride Leadership Award<br /> • <b>Ariel Duke, </b>Bowling Green, Ky.<b>, Jeff Gray, Candy Niesen, </b>and<b> Preston Gilbreath</b>, Valor Award</p><p>• <b>Tala Mumford</b>, Athlete Leader of the Year, <i>Lady Govs Golf</i></p><p>• <b>Ben Stansfield</b>, Athlete Leader of the Year, <i>Govs Football</i></p><p>• <b>Jessi Dillingham</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Peer Mentor and Education</p><p>• <b>Jane Stevens</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Philanthropic/Community Service</p><p>• <b>Danielle Hunter</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Celebration and Promotion of Diversity</p><p>•<b> Javontae Allen</b>, Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Spiritual Development</p><p>• <b>Danielle Hunter</b>, Governors Service Award</p><p>• <b>R.C. Lund</b>, Betty Joe Wallace Women’s Studies Activist Award</p><p>• <b>Will Morton</b>, Andrew L. “Drew” Simmons Intramural Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Michael Cleveland</b>, Adult Student Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Ryan Krause</b>, Student Veteran of the Year</p><p>• <b>Mikaila Dartt</b>, Maryville, Tenn., Governors Rising Freshmen Leader</p><p>• <b>Tikehe Peoples</b>, Governors Rising Sophomore Leader</p><p>• <b>Carrie West, </b>Ashland City, Tenn., Governors Rising Junior Leader</p><p>• <b>Joe Shakeenab</b>, Extended Community Service Award</p><p>• <b>Daniel Pitts</b>, Governors Impact Award</p><p>• <b>Maureen Lund</b> and <b>Jose Alberto Fait</b>, ­­­­­­­­­­­Volunteer of the Year Award</p><p>• <b>Tahswiyah N. Abdul-Baaqee, </b>Memphis, Tenn.<b> </b>and<b> Leilany T.</b> <b>Loving, </b>Civic Engagement Award<br /> • <b>Gwendolyn Hay</b>, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Distinguished Student Research Leader of the Year</p><p>• <b>Corey Baggett</b>, Erin, Tenn. Student Employee of the Year, Financial Aid Office</p><p>• <b>Zac Gillman</b>, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and <b>Sonia Kessler</b>, Student Nurses Association, Student Organization Member of the Year</p><p>• <b>Matelean Anderson</b>, Silent Inspiration Award</p><p>• <b>Amber Botts, </b>Cleveland, Tenn.<b> </b>and<b> Ashlee Dover</b>, Housing/Residence Life Program of the Year</p><p>• <b>Candy Niesen</b>, Child Learning Center Parent Volunteer of the Year.</p><p> </p><p>Faculty and staff receiving honors for 2014 included the following:</p><p>• Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year, <b>Dr. Ben Ntatin</b>, associate professor, mathematics</p><p>• Exemplary Staff Member of the Year, <b>Jonell Nicholson</b>, administrative assistant, Student Life and Engagement</p><p>• Student Organization Adviser of the Year, <b>Mike Dunn</b>, adviser, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity</p><p>• Best New Student Organization Adviser, <b>Judy Woodward</b>, adviser, Student Nurses Association</p><p>• Governors Impact Award Staff, <b>Brian Heaton</b>, acquisitions library associate, Woodward Library</p><p> • Governors Impact Award Faculty, <b>Anne Glass</b>, Music Department</p><p> • Governors Impact Award Student, <b>Daniels Pitts.</b></p><p> </p><p>Student organizations receiving honors for 2014 were the following:</p><p>• <b>Baptist Collegiate Ministry</b>, Student Organization of the Year                       </p><p>• <b>Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.</b>, Greek Organization of the Year</p><p>• <b>Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority</b>, Wyatt Spirit Award</p><p>• <b>Student Nurses Association</b>, Governors Service Award</p><p>• <b>Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity</b>, Panhellenic Council, <b>Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity</b>, <b>Inc</b>., National Pan-Hellenic Council<b>, </b>and<b> Kappa Alpha Order</b>, Interfraternity Council, received the President’s Cup Award for academic excellence.</p><p>• <b>Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity</b>, Governors Impact Award.</p><p>• <b>Alpha Sigma Alpha</b>, Rising Star Organization Award</p><p>• <b>Alpha Delta Pi Sorority</b>, Program of the Year Award, for <i>Think Before You Drink</i></p><p>• <b>Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity</b>, Outstanding Community Service Program, for <i>Skatin for Katelyn</i></p><p>• <b>Baptist Collegiate Ministry</b>, Outstanding Community Service Program, for <i>Kids Club</i></p><p>• <b>Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity</b>, Fundraiser of the Year Award, for <i>Jump for Judes</i>, raised over $25,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital<i></i></p><p>• <b>Gay-Straight Alliance</b>, Thousand Points of Light Program Award, for <i>You Are Loved</i></p><p>• <b>Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.</b>, and <b>NAACP Collegiate Chapter</b>, Multicultural Program of the Year, for <i>The Leadership Forum</i></p><p>• <b>Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Child Welfare Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Doctor Who Club, Students for Secular Humanism, Residence Hall Association, and Students for a Democratic Society</b>, Co-Sponsored Program of the Year, for <i>APSU Love Rally.</i></p><p>           </p><p>The 2013-14 Student Government Association Executive Officers were recognized: <b></b></p><p><b>Michael Rainier, </b>president; <b>Jessi Dillingham, </b>vice president; <b>Daniel Anderson, </b>secretary;<b></b></p><p>and<b> Kelsey Smith, </b>chief justice. The 2014-15 Student Government Association executive officers-elect received the oath of office from APSU President Tim Hall:<b> Zac Gillman, </b>president; <b>Daniel Pitts, </b>vice president; <b>Brena Andring, </b>secretary; <b>Will Roberts, </b>chief justice.<b> </b></p><p>           </p><p>The extraordinary efforts of the 2013-14 Volunteer Note Takers were also recognized with certificates and a token of appreciation. These volunteer students provide countless hours assisting fellow students with class work and contribute immensely to their success.<b> </b>Krysta Adkins, Emma Alexander, Colter Angel, Tieri Ayiga, Amanda Bailey, Rachel Barrow, Angelia Basso, Jennifer Baylis, Ashley Beard, Justin Beaty, Aaron Birt, Donald Blankenship, Casey Blew, Andrew Bosowski, Amber Botts, Sharvera Bowie, Misty Branch, Aricia Broadway, Heather Brown, Lindsay Brown, Mark Brown, Ruben Burgos, Aaliyah Burroughs, Melinda Bush, Amanda Byrd, Anna Caldwell, Breanne Campos, Miguel Carretero, Justin Carter, Tanisha Caslin, Katherine Cassata, Lisa Caviness, Shelby Clark, Kelsie Coffin, Kelly Cole, Chayna Comperry, Susan Cook, Katie Coombs, Lauren Cottle, Kristin Coughenour, Courtney Cousin, Jennifer Crotwell, Aisha Cubero-Betancourt, Kelsey Cvikich, Megan Dagnan, Courtney DeCaney, Haley Dobbins, Karen Dolezal, Mikayla Dudley, Christine Eade, Domonique Early, Hannah Evans, Kari Everett, Jessica Fleming, Julie Flowers, Shawn Frazzini, Stephanie Freeman, Christin Gardner, Adilene Garfias, Jamie Garrett-Gallatin, Tenn., John Garwood, Richard Gatewood, Catharina Georgiadis, C. J. Gooch, Raven-Jade Gutierrez, Melia Harris-Goodlettsville, Tenn., Gwendolyn Hay, Lauren Hellams-Ashland City, Tenn., Leah Henson, Shawna Herod, Dustin Hinkley, Megan Holland, Brandi Holloway-Nashville, Tenn., Ryan Horton, Camisha Howard-Franklin, Ky., Randi Ingram, Erika Iversen, Erica Jenkins, Deborah Jones-Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., William Jones, Laura Judy, Delaina Keeler-Southside, Tenn., Jennifer Keeton, Lindsy Keller, Frank Ketcham III, Aaron Kilby-Brighton, Tenn., Elizabeth Kimbrough, Tiffani Kirkland, Michelle Kramer, Erin Lange, Bethany Long-White Bluff, Tenn., Roshel Lumbang, Doreen Lynch-Guthrie, Ky., Amber Maidens, Hannah Mann, Alyssa Marshall-Nashville, Tenn., Nadine Martin, Patrick Martin-Chapmansboro, Tenn., Sydney Maslakowski, Coya Massey, Diyonka Massey, I’kea Massey, Dorthea Maynard, Danielle McCoin-Portland, Tenn., Jarrett McGaha, Kiersten McKeethen, Melissa McWaters, Brittany Meyer, Katelyn Miller, Macy Mitchell-Oak Grove, Ky., Brooklyn Munday, Anjelynn Nguyen, Catherine Novakowski-Trenton, Ky., Katherine Nunez-Ft. Campbell, Ky., Amanda O’Dell-Cedar Hill, Tenn., Ruthyn O’Donnell, Corey Osborn-Fountain Hills, AZ, Daniel Oswalt, Kadeem Pardue, Brinda Patel, Shannen Pattum, Jensine Pearman, Tara Peifer, April Pepper, Clinton Person, Logan Pickett, Amanda Pierce-Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., Zachary Pigott, Brooklynne Poindexter, Natasha rice, Claire Pultz, Shannon Rees, Jessica Rongholt-Woodlawn, Tenn., Cynthia Rye, Taylor Shadwick-White House, Tenn., Madison, Sikes-Adams, Tenn., Savannah Smith, Allan Sorensen, Jessica Struck, Megan Suttle-Cottontown, Tenn., Christin Tardiff, Victoria Tarter, Tiffani Tope, Angie Torres-Barreto, Beth Van Houten, Jesse Voss-Bumpus Mills, Tenn., Davie Wallace-Madison, Tenn.,  Jennifer Watt, Rebecca Webb, Darlene White, Domonique Williams, Virginia Winstead, Ciera Woods-Brownsville, Tenn., Adam Young, and Morgan Zigelsky.</p><p> </p><p>The APSU students selected to be included with the 2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities were recognized with certificates. These included Ashley B. Adams-Hopkinsville, Ky., Trevor D. Brand-Dickson, Tenn., Patrick J. Colston, Jessica L. Dillingham-Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jose A. Fait, Taylor A. Gaston-Jackson, Tenn., Morgan R. Gibson, Nateisha A. Grant, Cody G. Greene, Christopher R. Hayes-Cunningham, Tenn., Destynee J. Horner, Jenna R. Johnson, Katlyn A. Jones, April A. Kirkman, Bailey M. Kirkpatrick, MaQueba L. Massey-Fayetteville, Tenn., Andrew C. Montgomery, Clarissa B. Pulley, Ashly A. Roby-Tenn. Ridge, Tenn., Kelsey R. Smith-Ashland City, Tenn., Jacob W. St. Louis, Diana L. Trinh, Paige E. Walker-Palmyra, Tenn., Carrie D. West, Lauren K. Williams-Cottontown, Tenn., and Abigail Wilt-Franklin, Tenn..</p><p>Presenters for the evening included, among several others, vice president of Student Affairs Dr. Sherryl Byrd, Director of Athletics Derek van der Merwe, associate vice president of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Gregory Singleton, associate provost and dean of the college of Graduate Studies Dr. Dixie Dennis, and associate professor of History Dr. Minoa Uffelman. Presiding as host over the evening’s events was Joe Mills, assistant vice president of Student Affairs and director of Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services.</p><p>For additional information, please contact Tammy Bryant, director of Student Affairs Programs, 931-221-7341.</p><p> </p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:33:50 +0000 boothcw 77799 at APSU recognizes outstanding faculty during annual awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 15, Austin Peay State University recognized several outstanding faculty members during the annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>During an emotional presentation, the University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, was presented posthumously to John Moseley, associate professor of communication. Moseley passed away on Feb. 9, after an 18-year career as an active faculty member at APSU. He played an integral role in establishing many of the broadcast efforts at APSU, including the establishment of GovTV Channel 99, and live broadcasts for APSU commencements and sporting events. He also was instrumental in establishing APSU's sports broadcasting program.</p><p> “He taught me more than I can ever hope to impact on any of my students,” Mike Dunn, APSU communication instructor, said. “His kindness, strength, humor, vast knowledge and immense talent were free gifts to all who knew him.”</p><p>The University presented three tenure-track faculty members with the Socrates Award, which recognizes those instructors and professors who are known around campus for their ability to inspire and motivate students. This year’s recipients were Dr. John Nicholson, associate professor of computer science and information technology; Dr. Tim Leszczak, associate professor of Health and Human Performance; and Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, associate professor of Spanish.</p><p>The University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award, presented each spring to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly and creative behavior, also went to Di Paolo. Named by the Argentinean press as one of the top 10 literary critics of contemporary hardboiled fiction, he has provided academics a “new set of critical tools” with an impact beyond the Latin American crime novel. His colleague, Dr. Shelley Godsland, senior lecturer in Portuguese Studies at the University of Birmingham, claims Di Paolo is “at the very forefront of scholarly endeavor with regards to Latin American Literature.”</p><p>Each year, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes a full-time teaching member or departmental chair whose service has enhanced or will enhance the quality of life in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.  Dr. Carrie Brennan, associate professor of chemistry, received the award this year because of her work as a volunteer Hazardous Materials Technician with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and her participation in science outreach activities throughout this area and in Nashville.</p><p>For more information on these awards, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:08 +0000 boothcw 77798 at APSU Office of Disability Services recognized as leader in Tennessee <p><img src="" width="800" height="533" alt="Disability_Services.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In late March, the Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability (TN-AHEAD) recognized Austin Peay State University’s Office of Disability Services as one of the top collegiate service organizations in the state.</p><p>During the TN-AHEAD Spring Conference and Business Meeting at East Tennessee State University, Janet Norman, associate director of the APSU Office of Disability Services, was presented with the Dona Sparger Professional Service Award for advocacy, education and service to individuals with disabilities. This is the highest honor in the professional organization.  </p><p> In addition to this achievement, APSU student Tracy Bettencourt received the organization’s “Outstanding Student Award,” and APSU student James Noar was presented with a TN-AHEAD scholarship for a student with a disability attending a four-year university.</p><p>TN-AHEAD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting professional educators and service providers in higher education through education, communication and professional development. The APSU Office of Disability Services is committed to providing leadership to promote a comprehensively accessible university experience where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities as all others by improving usability for everyone.</p><p>For more information, contact the office at <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: James Noar, Janet Norman and Tracy Bettencourt were all recently honored by the Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU).</p><p></p><p> </p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:48:41 +0000 boothcw 77730 at APSU professor Crow to represent mid-south in national vocal competition <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" alt="karen_crow.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Karen Crow, Austin Peay State University adjunct professor of voice, has been chosen to represent the Mid-South Region in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition at the association’s upcoming National Conference in Boston this July.</p><p>            The competition is held biennially in conjunction with the association’s National Conference. Preliminary competitions are held at the district and then regional levels, with one emerging winner from each of the 14 regions. Crow competed at the district and regional competitions on April 3 and 4 on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville.  She won first place, and she will advance to the National Semifinal Round in Boston on July 4.</p><p>            Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and nearly 30 other countries. Its mission is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.</p><p>            Since its inception in 1955, the objective of the NATSAA competition has been to discover singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional singing career and to encourage them toward that goal. NATSAA contestants are expected to present a program of vocal repertoire of the highest quality. Singers must display mastery of singing in several different languages and styles with the highest level of artistry.             </p><p>            Crow received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lee University in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Music Performance from APSU, studying under Dr. Sharon Mabry, in 2011.</p><p>            Fore more information, contact the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:49:02 +0000 boothcw 77648 at APSU's Wadia promotes University with scholarly work <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Wadia.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since late December, Dr. Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature, has been busy enhancing APSU’s reputation through his participation in several local, national and international scholarly activities.</p><p>            From Dec. 26-Jan. 8, he taught a class in London through APSU and the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad. He co-taught the class, “All the World’s a Stage: British Theatre in Action,” with Dr. Joe Filippo, emeritus professor at APSU. When he returned, Wadia presented a post-performance expert lecture on “Othello” during the Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont University.</p><p>            In February, he presented his scholarly paper, “Like the Haggard, Check at Every Feather: Raptors and Shakespearean Ornithology,” during the Tennessee Philological Association’s Annual Conference at Lipscomb University. He then served as quizmaster for the Academic Decathlon on March 1, at APSU.</p><p>            In late March, Wadia returned to England as the program director and expert guide for Clarksville Academy’s upper school educational tour of London. When he returned to the United States, he headed immediately to Arizona to present his paper, “Venting a Musty Superfluity: Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus,” at the South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) in Tucson. That trip also marked the end of his three-year term as a member-at-large on the SCRC executive board.</p><p>            Wadia will continue this busy pace through the rest of the year, beginning with a presentation on the nuances of language at 3 p.m. on April 16, in the APSU Morgan University Center, room 312. The APSU chapter of The Society for Technical Communication is hosting that event. In June, he will return to London for a third time this year to teach a study abroad class, “The Shakespearience of a Lifetime: Studying the Bard in His Own Backyard.” The class will also visit Stratford-upon-Avon.</p><p>            In October, Wadia will head to Austin, Texas, to present his technical writing paper, “CRAP HATS: Approaches to Business Documents and Flyer Design,” at the South Central Modern Language Association meeting. He also was selected to participate this fall in the APSU Center for Teaching and Learning’s Faculty Teaching Program. This program offers an opportunity for selected faculty to study teaching strategies that can enhance student success at APSU.</p><p>            For more information on Wadia, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 931-221-7891.</p> Arts and Letters Teaching and Learning Languages and Literature Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:37:17 +0000 boothcw 77520 at Provost Lecture Series: Biology professor Woltmann to present on April 17 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University biology professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.</p><p>Dr. Stefan Woltmann, assistant professor of biology, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of his lecture is “Living on the edge: Conservation genetics of the Seaside Sparrow along the Gulf Coast.” He will discuss Seaside Sparrows along the Gulf Coast recovering from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.</p><p>All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.</p><p>  Woltmann is an assistant professor of biology. His research is generally focused on how birds and bird populations react to landscape-scale disturbances and habitat heterogeneity. He earned his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2010, and he has worked on conservation-related projects in North, Central and South America.</p><p>Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at <a href=""></a>. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at <u><a href=""></a></u>. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.</p><p>For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at <a href=""></a>.</p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:42:22 +0000 boothcw 77443 at APSU adds new computer networking concentration for Bachelor of Science degree <p>       <img src="" width="634" height="205" alt="banner002_1.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tucked down a hallway in the new Austin Peay State University Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building, there’s a little-known computer lab that operates off the main campus grid. The 24 PCs that line the room have access to the internet, but they are not part of the APSU network.</p><p>            “They’re totally disconnected from anything on campus,” Dr. Bruce Myers, chair of the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, said. “We use it to teach computer networking, but to teach that, you can’t just take your typical computer in a lab and let people starting working. They’re going to reconfigure things.”</p><p>            The lab was initially needed to assist with the department’s computer networking minor, but the demand for this skill in the workforce led to more students eager for a degree in the subject. Last month, their wish came true when the Tennessee Board of Regents established a new concentration in networking within the University’s existing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology degree.</p><p>            The networking concentration will provide APSU students with an in-depth understanding of the foundations of data communication and modern networking technology. It will also help them develop the technical skills needed to deploy and mange an enterprise network in a secure computing environment. </p><p>            “We teach programming, but not every business needs somebody to write programs, but every business needs a network,” Myers said.</p><p>             The department’s bachelor degree program previously only offered four concentrations: computer science, information systems, internet and web technology and database administration. But the interest in networking continued to grow, so Myers tasked Dr. Jiang Li, professor of computer science, and Dr. Yingbing Yu, associate professor of computer science, with reviving an abandoned plan for a networking concentration. Amazingly, they were able to receive TBR approval in less than six months.</p><p>            Part of that success came from the networking lab recently set up in the new Maynard Building.</p><p>            “Several years ago, we received permission from the IT department to set up a separate networking lab,” Yu said. “We upgraded that lab when we moved into the new building.”</p><p>            Several students have already signed up for the networking concentration, and Myers said the new program will likely have its first graduates next fall.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:50:52 +0000 boothcw 77435 at Endowed scholarship honors legacy of Houston County educator O.S. Uffelman <p><img src="" width="359" height="600" alt="O.S._Uffelman.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 2011, Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, set out to honor the legacy of her late father, O.S. Uffelman. For several decades, he’d inspired countless individuals as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of Houston County Schools. Since education was so important to her father, Minoa and her husband, Joel Evans, decided to create the O.S. Uffelman Exemplary History Student Award at APSU.</p><p>Three years later, on April 7, the scholarship became fully endowed. That afternoon, APSU President Tim Hall posted his appreciation on his Facebook page.</p><p>“It was a great pleasure to finalize the details of a scholarship endowment today established by Dr. Minoa Uffelman of the APSU faculty and her husband Joel Evans, an APSU alum,” he wrote. “I couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity.”</p><p>The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior history major, or a full-time student entering the APSU M.A. in military history program. The money can be credited to the student’s account, and can be used for tuition, housing, books, fees or study abroad opportunities.</p><p>“My dad spent his entire life in education, and he encouraged hundreds, if not thousands of students to get educations,” Minoa said. “We just want to continue his goal of education and helping students achieve their degrees.”</p><p>O.S. Uffelman’s dedication to education started early, when he was only a young farmer’s son growing up in depression-era Houston County. As a boy, he walked a couple of miles every morning to attend the small Campground School, and later, the Yellow Creek School. After he graduated in 1936 from high school, he took a job in Michigan and worked until the U.S. Army drafted him into service during World War II.</p><p>“He was an engineer. He detonated land mines,” Minoa said. “He was smart. He wrote letters home to the Houston County paper. He was like Houston County’s own Ernie Pyle.”</p><p>When the war ended, Uffelman used the G.I. Bill to attend Austin Peay State College. He graduated in 1951 and went on to earn a master’s degree from Peabody College, one of the top graduate schools in education in the country.</p><p>“After that, he taught in Humphreys County for about five years, and then in Houston County until he retired,” Minoa said. “He was a teacher, a coach, a principal and superintendent of schools.”</p><p>Uffelman’s name still resonates in Houston County. In 1999, he was named “Lord High Mayor” for the community’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. And his portrait hangs in the local high school, a gift from the 1972 class of Houston County High School.</p><p> “If you grew up in Houston County, you knew O.S. Uffelman,” Angie Judish, benefits manager with APSU Human Resources, said in 2011. Judish played basketball in middle school for Uffelman. “In addition to knowledge, he brought a quiet sense of humor to the classroom and to the basketball teams that he coached. As a history teacher and basketball coach, he gained respect from both students and parents. He made sure that his players knew what his expectations were, and I never heard him raise his voice. After giving instructions, he remained calm throughout the game. Whatever the results of the game, he always gave pats on the back and assured each player that she had played a good game.”</p><p>Uffelman’s legacy of inspiring and encouraging students will continue at APSU through this new scholarship.</p><p>“I think he’d love this,” Minoa said.</p><p>The scholarship is open to students who meet the following criteria:</p><p>• a full time APSU rising junior or senior who has declared a major in history or a full-time APSU student entering the APSU MA program in history.</p><p>• a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society</p><p>• active in history department activities, maintain an outstanding GPA, display exemplary character and have a record of service to the local community.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Advancement Office, 221-7130.</p><p><img src="" width="800" height="533" alt="Uffelman_Scholarship.jpg" /></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:56:54 +0000 boothcw 77249 at APSU documentary on Dorothy Dix wins national award <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 2010, an Austin Peay State University library professor named Inga Filippo approached Kathy Heuston, associate professor of communication, about producing a short video on the famed advice columnist and Clarksville native Dorothy Dix. The University’s Felix G. Woodward Library houses the Dorothy Dix Collection, the most comprehensive collection available on the journalist, but after looking over the material, Heuston proposed something a little more ambitious – a short documentary on Dix.</p><p>During the next few years, she wrote a script, enlisted the aid of an APSU student named Joseph Mendes and traveled to New York City and New Orleans to film interviews and collect footage. Last July, “An American Journalist, Dorothy Dix” premiered on Nashville’s NPT 2. Earlier this spring, Heuston also learned that the film had received a prestigious Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Award of Excellence for short form documentary.</p><p>“I received a couple of grants from the University to pursue this,” Heuston said. “One was the Presidential Research Scholarship, that involved a student, Joseph, in the process. We did some traveling for this documentary, and most of the stuff we wanted to get, we did. We utilized the material in the library, and then it was just getting it all together.”</p><p>The BEA is an international academic organization that focuses on the electronic media, providing a forum for issues and topics of mutual concern to educators and practitioners, thus to facilitate interaction between academicians and leaders in the industry. Heuston’s short film competed against other documentaries directed and produced by professional filmmakers.</p><p> “We were competing against people who do this for a living,” she said.</p><p>The finished documentary tells a story of Dix’s journalism career with the images from the APSU library collection and interviews of historians and people who knew Dix. The Nashville PBS affiliate rebroadcast the film in February. It is also available online at</p><p><a href=""></a>.</p><p>Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (1861-1951), writing under the pen name Dorothy Dix, was America’s most widely read and highest paid journalist at the time of her death. Her advice on love and marriage was syndicated in newspapers around the world.</p><p>The University’s Dorothy Dix Collection consists of autobiographical and biographical information on Dix; all books written by and about her; column and advice writings; investigative writings; 40th anniversary articles as a columnist; correspondence between her and professional colleagues, friends and relatives; articles, book chapters, thesis, dissertations written about Dix and her work; research papers from the Dorothy Dix Symposium; professional honors and awards; travel diaries; memorabilia and passport depicting many of her travels; product testimonials; books from her library; childhood autograph book; scrapbooks from her school days; photographs and slides of Dix, her relatives, friends and homes she and her family owned; and the Dorothy Dix Collection administration.</p><p>For more information about the documentary, contact Heuston by telephone at 931-221-7554 or by email at <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Communication opportunities Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:04:11 +0000 boothcw 77204 at Brown Foundation endows nursing scholarship at APSU <p><img src="" width="800" height="533" alt="Brown_Family_Foundation.jpg" /></p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – For several decades, the late Stokes Brown worked to improve the health of his community in Robertson County. He was instrumental in bringing the first hospital to the area, and later as a member of the hospital board, he supported a special fund that paid medical bills for the impoverished.</p><p>Earlier this month, the Robertson County community again benefited from his generous legacy when the Brown Family Foundation endowed a six-figure nursing scholarship at Austin Peay State University. The scholarship will be exclusively for Robertson County residents, who must agree to work in that community as nurses once they graduate from APSU.</p><p>“We on the board of the Brown Foundation are thrilled to help bring this about, and we feel this is entirely in keeping with the vision my father had,” Virginia Brown said. “He’s with us in spirit. This is exactly the kind of legacy he wanted to leave and see happening for Robertson County.”</p><p>She joined Brown Family Foundation members Joe Gaston and Bill Goodman at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield on April 2 to officially sign the endowment. County Mayor Howard Bradley, Springfield Mayor Billy Paul Carneal, NorthCrest CEO Randy Davis, NorthCrest Chief Nursing Officer Angie Beard and Chris Heeren, administrator for NHC Health Care Springfield, joined a delegation from APSU for the ceremonial event.</p><p>“We’re trying to serve the students coming out of Springfield, and we’re sending a good portion back after they graduate,” APSU President Tim Hall said. “The Brown Foundation is allowing us to provide scholarships to some of the students you would most like to see come back to Springfield.”</p><p>The new endowment will fund scholarships for two different programs within the APSU School of Nursing. New students from Robertson County seeking a Bachelor of Science will be eligible for the scholarship, but they must return to their home community and work for the same number of years that they received this award.</p><p>Robertson County nurses with an associate degree can also take advantage of the scholarship for APSU’s RN to BSN program.</p><p>“The Institute of Medicine put out a report in 2011 that expects we need 80 percent of registered nurses to have a baccalaureate degree by 2020,” Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing, said. She cited recent research that showed patients do better when nurses have a baccalaureate degree.</p><p>“What you’re doing through your foundation is helping nurses be educated with a baccalaureate degree and come back to your area and contribute to the wonderful outcomes this community has already given,” she said.</p><p>For more information on this new endowment, contact Vonda St. Amant, assistant executive director of APSU Advancement, at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7199.</p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Brown Family Foundation members Joe Gaston, Bill Goodman and Virginia Brown sign paperwork with APSU President Tim Hall establishing a new endowed nursing scholarship at APSU. </p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:17:51 +0000 boothcw 77178 at APSU Acuff Circle of Excellence endows new scholarship <p><img src="" width="800" height="533" alt="20140402-Acuff-Check-0684.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, members of the Acuff Circle of Excellence Executive Board presented Austin Peay State University with a check for $25,000 to endow the new Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship.</p><p>The mission of the Acuff Circle is to advance the role of arts and culture at APSU and in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. The Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Austin Peay student who is enrolled full-time with a 3.0 GPA and majoring in one of the primary areas of concentration (music, creative writing, visual arts, dance and theatre) within the College of Arts and Letters.</p><p>To donate to the Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship fund, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of Major Gifts, at 931-221-6357.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Christopher Burawa, director of the APSU Center of Excellence for Creative Arts; Susan Wilson, director of Major Gifts at APSU; Lisa Martin, Acuff Circle Board president-elect; APSU President Tim Hall; Charlsie Halliburton, Acuff Circle Board president; Dixie Webb, APSU dean of the College of Arts and Letters; Stacey Streetman, Acuff Circle Board secretary; and Sondra Hamilton, Acuff Circle treasurer. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer). <b></b></p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Music Theatre & Dance opportunities Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:52:23 +0000 boothcw 77024 at Sharon Mabry to speak at Woodward Library Society event April 21 <p><img src="" width="414" height="600" alt="PerformingLife_P11.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Sharon Mabry may be a nationally renowned singer and performer, but the Austin Peay State University professor of music is also a gifted storyteller. Have you heard her tell the one about her concert in Boston, when the hotel gave away her reservation?</p><div><p>“Finally the (concierge) says, ‘well OK, I found a place for you to go,’” Mabry said. “We followed him through this beautiful lobby, we followed him out the back door, down an alley way into this strange place, knocked on a door that looked like a speakeasy. There was this long hallway with bare bulbs everywhere. It ended up, we stayed in these little cubicles for the night. These cells. There was no television. There was just a bed. It was clean but that’s about all you can say.”</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 21, Mabry will share more humorous anecdotes from her recent book, “The Performing Life: A Singer's Guide to Survival,” during the Woodward Library Society Social in the Franklin Room of the F&amp;M Bank Building in downtown Clarksville. The social is the principal fundraising event for the Friends of the Woodward Library at APSU, and it includes a social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres, a catered dinner and an after-dinner program featuring Mabry. </p><p>Over the last three decades, Mabry has performed across the globe as a highly sought after recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras. She took a diary with her on all her travels, and the insights and obstacles she experienced, scribbled in those pages, inform much of her new book.</p><p>Tickets for the event are $45 for Woodward Library Society members, and $65 for non-members, and they may be purchased at the Woodward Library Office or by calling 931-221-7618. The evening’s program will include a raffle for Nashville Symphony concert tickets, CDs and Mabry’s book. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $5, or $20 for five tickets.</p><p>The Woodward Library Society was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation and dedicated to the support and advancement of the APSU library. In the last four years, the Society has raised more than $30,000, allowing the campus library to purchase databases, books and other equipment that general funding does not cover.</p><p>Recently, the money was used to purchase subscriptions to three databases, allowing students and community members to conduct valuable research.</p><p>For information about the April 21 event or the Woodward Library Society, contact Joe Weber, director of Library Services at APSU, at <a href=""></a>.</p></div> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:16:11 +0000 boothcw 76924 at APSU Department of Theatre and Dance closes season with "Dark of the Moon" <p><img src="" width="426" height="600" alt="dom_poster.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Long before the “Twilight” saga or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” examined the complicated relationships between mortals and monsters, there was the story of a young witch named John who fell in love with a human girl named Barbara. Their doomed affair, set in a superstitious community in the Smokey Mountains, is the focus of Howard Richardson and William Berney’s 1945 play “Dark of the Moon.”</p><p>            The popular drama opens at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater and runs through April 12, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 13. The play, directed by Dr. Sara Gotcher, associate professor of theatre, will bring to an end the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2013-2014 season.</p><p>            “Dark of the Moon,” with its supernatural elements, is considered a folk fantasy, with much of the dialogue incorporating an Appalachian dialect. It premiered on Broadway in 1945. The play is recommended for mature audiences.</p><p>           Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets, please contact <a href=""></a> or call 931-221-7379. To purchase online, visit <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance opportunities Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:20:04 +0000 boothcw 76862 at Provost Lecture Series: Art professor Smithers to present April 3 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University art professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.</p><p>Dr. Tamara Smithers, assistant professor of art, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of her lecture is “The Cult of Raphael.” She will discuss the cult of the artist and his elevation to “artistic sainthood,” especially centered on the opening of his tomb in 1833.</p><p>All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.</p><p>  Smithers is an assistant professor of art. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Temple University in 2012, and she specializes in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. During the summer of 2013 she received two grants from Austin Peay to conduct research in Rome and Florence for her book project “The Artistic Sainthood and Cults of Raphael and Michelangelo, 16<sup>th</sup>–19<sup>th</sup> Centuries.”<i> </i>She has recently presented two papers related to her larger study: “‘Rome is not the same without Raphael’: The Cult of the Prince of Painters” at the Early Modern Rome 2 Conference in Rome, Italy in October 2013 and “Mourning the <i>Capo</i>: Artistic Camaraderie and Professional Identity through Memorials in Early Modern Italy” at the annual Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference in New York in March 2014. Her essay <i>“‘</i>SPQR/ CAPITOLIVM RESTITVIT’: The <i>renovatio</i> of the Campidoglio and Michelangelo’s Use of the Giant Orde<i>r</i>” was published last spring in Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day (Ashgate Publishing, 2013). Smithers is also currently editing a volume on new scholarship on Michelangelo.</p><p>Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at <a href=""></a>. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at <u><a href=""></a></u>. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.</p><p>For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:39:40 +0000 boothcw 76790 at APSU choral activities hosting "The Big Sing" on April 14 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1901, French composer Louis Vierne stunned churchgoers at the Saint-Sulpice Cathedral in Paris with the premier of his organ and choral work, “Messe Solennelle.” The dramatic composition moved many attending the mass that day, and in the century that followed, the work has continued to fascinate choral or organ enthusiasts.</p><p>            At 5:30 p.m. on April 14, more than 120 singers will join organist Rev. Jared Wilson in a performance of the Kyrie section of this work in the Austin Peay State University Mabry Concert Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the inaugural “The Big Sing” concert event, hosted by the APSU choral activities.</p><p>            “‘The Big Sing’ is a new creation, with the goal of bringing high performing choirs to campus to sing alongside the APSU choral ensembles,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “This year, we will have the White House High School Choir and the Wilson Central High School Choir join us for an evening of impressive music making.”</p><p>            The two high school choirs will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. In addition to the “Messe Solennelle” piece, which will close the show, the high school students will join the APSU choirs for a performance of British composer Bob Chilcott’s “The Singing Heart” and the Indian choral work, “Balleilakka.”</p><p>            During the concert, students in the APSU Department of Art’s Digital Media II class will create and project movie clips, live images and real-time drawings onto the architecture of the concert hall. The artists will create images that respond to the choirs as they perform. Choreography by Margaret Rennerfeldt, APSU assistant professor of dance, will also be featured during “Balleilakka.” </p><p>            The multifaceted evening will begin with individual performances by APSU’s Chamber Singers, the University Choir and Vocal Ease. The high school choirs will join all four University choirs for the final three performances of the evening.</p><p>            “It’s been a very busy year, and this choral concert will take our students into their next major activity – the opera production two weeks later,” Foster said.</p><p>            For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:42:12 +0000 boothcw 76779 at Vocal health seminars coming to APSU April 16-17 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 16 and 17, the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will sponsor an interdisciplinary collaboration between the music and theatre departments to bring Dr. Rachael Gates to the campus for two days of lectures, demonstrations and informal talks about the use and care of the speaking and singing voice. Gates is a singing health specialist and part of the Michigan State University Musician’s Wellness Team where she teaches vocal health for singers and professional voice users. She is in demand for vocal health talks for singers and music education students, as well as for students and faculty in theater, speech-language pathology, pre-med, nursing and broadcasting. She often presents for interdisciplinary audiences.</p><p>During the APSU residency, Gates will address real-time issues and situations that affect voice users (whispering, resonant speaking, vocal abuse and misuse, lifestyle, diet, medications, nutrition, classroom challenges—especially for student teachers in education), practical information for actors and teachers (PMS, allergies, voice modulation), as well as medical/pathology/surgery information. The information will enable professional voice users to improve their own vocal care, as well as the care of their students, and use a vocabulary that allows them to effectively communicate with medical professionals. </p><p>Several interactive lectures and demonstration sessions are scheduled that will benefit majors from both areas, as well as general University students, faculty and members of the surrounding community (including choral singers, choir directors, public speakers and others who use the voice professionally). All of the sessions are open to students, faculty and the general public and are free of charge. All sessions and locations are listed below:</p><p><b>Wednesday, April 16</b></p><p>• 11 a.m.-noon – Musical theatre master class (Trahern Theatre)</p><p>• 1:25-2:20 p.m. – Vocal Pedagogy Class – informal question and answer session</p><p>       (Room 147, Music /Mass Communication Building)</p><p>• 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Owner’s Manual to the Voice - Part I (Trahern Theatre) – This lecture will be wide-ranging and contain information about subjects such as leading a preventative lifestyle, singing anatomy, identification of common vocal problems in singers, as well as medical, pathology, and surgical information for vocal problems.</p><p><b>Thursday, April 17</b></p><p>• 12:15-2 p.m. – The Owner’s Manual to the Voice – Part II (Room 147, Music/Mass Communication Building)– This lecture will include numerous topics such as healthy speaking for teachers, preventative lifestyle, diet, nutrition, medications, cross-genre singing without vocal abuse, and real time laryngoscopy of vocal folds in action.</p><p>As a soprano, opera director and vocal health specialist, Gates has performed in Germany, Russia and Italy and throughout the United States. She was assistant opera director at Northwestern University, and she has taught at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and has guest directed operas for Yale University, where she served as assistant director to Sir Colin Graham. Gates holds degrees in music from Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University. Oxford University Press published her new book, “The Owner’s Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice<i> </i>Users”<i> </i>in 2013.</p><p>            For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Mabry at <a href=""></a>, or Dr. Christopher Bailey at <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Theatre & Dance opportunities Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:07:40 +0000 boothcw 76724 at APSU's Byrd and Harper present at national student affairs conference <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – <b>Dr. Sherryl Byrd, </b>vice president for Student Affairs, and <b>Martha Harper</b>, coordinator of the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center, recently presented an extended pre-conference session at the 96<sup>th</sup> annual conference of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The program titled “Advocating as a Tool for Transforming the Student Experience for Adult Learners and Students with Children” was presented with other colleagues from DePaul University (Ill.), Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Responding to the increasing number of adults enrolled in higher education, the session focused on methods to best serve this population, how institutions have addressed and transformed the experience for nontraditional students, and provided a framework for participants to develop plans to fit the needs of their own campuses.</p><p>Harper was also published in the semi-annual NASPA’s “Knowledge Community” newsletter. She co-authored the article, “Professional Competencies in the Framework of Nontraditional Student Work: Reframing for a ‘New Traditional’ World,” with colleagues from DePaul University.</p><p>NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession headquartered in Washington, DC. The association has approximately 14,000 members in all 50 states, in addition to 25 other countries and eight U.S. Territories. Through high quality professional development, strong policy advocacy and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA operates under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion and inquiry.  The 2014 conference in Baltimore was the largest in the history of the association with more than 5,700 attendees.     </p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:44:11 +0000 boothcw 76722 at New APSU Spanish class tackles vampires and zombies <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Dipaolo.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The last few years have been rough for Spain. The unemployment rate is close to 30 percent, which has led to daily protests and civil unrest in that European nation. For some scholars, this turmoil helps explain the sudden popularity of vampire and zombie literature in that country.</p><p>            “Spain is in shambles,” Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, Austin Peay State University associate professor of Spanish, said. “From 2008, the world crisis has hit them hard. When you read a novel from Spain about a zombie apocalypse, it makes you feel like this is happening. You feel the same destruction of society in every aspect.”</p><p>            The idea of using genre fiction as a window into another culture intrigued Di Paolo, prompting him to create a new special topics Spanish literature class this semester that focuses on vampires, zombies and hard-boiled detectives. </p><p>            “I want these students to look at these cultural products and ask, ‘what does it mean? Why does it exist?’” Di Paolo said. “Basically, young students like this sort of stuff, but they don’t read it in the depth it can be read.”</p><p>            The students in Di Paolo’s SPAN 4100 class are reading Spanish language genre works from Spain, Costa Rica and Argentina this semester, giving them an understanding of modern life in those countries that they wouldn’t necessarily get from reading classic’s such as Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote.” </p><p>            “I like horror films and zombie films; I’m a fan of horror and comic books,” APSU student Carlos Chavez said. “I thought I’d like to see what they’re doing with it in Hispanic culture, and it kind of opened my mind.”</p><p>            “This is the first Spanish book I’ve read,” APSU student Amber Bowens said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a Hispanic take on supernatural creatures. The humans in this book are more monsters than the monsters are.”</p><p>            “There seemed to be a clear-cut, black and white good and bad in the older literature,” APSU student Nathaniel Fox said. “Here it’s kind of blurred. It’s a gray area, which is what life is all about.”</p><p>            Several major universities across the country also are using elements of pop culture as a means of engaging students. Recently, Michigan State University offered a summer course titled “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Catastrophes and Human Behavior.” National Public Radio reported that St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, required its freshmen to read Max Brook’s zombie novel “World War Z” to “facilitate conversations about globalization, ethics and mortality.”</p><p>           The idea of mingling pop culture with academia also isn’t that new at APSU. Di Paolo recently co-wrote a book, “Negrótico,” with Dr. Nadina Olmedo, assistant professor at the University of San Francisco, that deals with the fusion of gothic and detective fiction through the images of vampires, zombies and monsters in Hispanic literature and film. The book will be published this fall.</p><p>           Dr. Amy Thompson, APSU associate professor of biology, and Dr. Antonio Thompson, APSU associate professor of history, also have co-edited a new book, set to come out this spring, titled “The Real World Implications of a Zombie Apocalypse.” The book will feature essays by the Thompsons and Dr. David Steele, chair of the APSU Department of Sociology, and Dr. James Thompson, APSU biology professor.</p><p>            For Di Paolo, these genre books provide a better way to demonstrate how factors such as globalization are affecting Hispanic countries. One aspect, as reflected in this new literature, is the increase in violence.</p><p>           “It portrays what’s going on in society,” he said. “What we can see now is this type of literature shows a more violent society. The increasing violence is all due to the flaw of globalization. It has separated the rich and the poor more than ever.”</p><p>          For more information on this new class, contact Di Paolo at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters International Studies Languages and Literature opportunities Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:19:11 +0000 boothcw 76703 at APSU Athletics unveils new brand marks <p><img src="" height="290" width="320" alt="2014_govlogo_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University Athletics unveiled its new visual identity series and brand marks on April 1.</p><p>The series, which includes an updated primary logo as well as a new Governor Peay logo along with a fresh word mark heightened by a contemporary font, embodies APSU's new "Culture of Excellence" characteristics.</p><p>"We're very excited about our new visual identity," said APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. "This is something that is important for the future of APSU athletics. These new marks strengthen the APSU brand and will factor in everything from marketing to recruiting.</p><p>"In our meetings with our respective teams, our student-athletes reacted enthusiastically to the proposed changes as did all our constituencies. These will represent who we are now and into the future."</p><p>Approximately nine months ago, APSU assembled a committee of University staff members, local businessmen and alumni to spearhead an effort to enhance the visual identity of APSU Athletics. Joe Bosack and Co., based out of Pottsville, Pa., was hired to create a look that represented the school's vision.</p><p>The company presented multiple initial concepts—six AP logos, seven Governor Peay logos and five word marks – which were narrowed to three finalists. At that point, APSU Athletics met with constituency groups including Governors Club members, campus leaders, students, student-athletes, coaches, staff, season-ticket holders and donors to seek feedback.</p><p>"The updated brand components – of which the new Governor mascot emblem is the most significant piece – has been carefully developed with the fan experience in mind," said Jeff Bibb, of BLF Marketing. "Austin Peay alumni and fans can look forward to purchasing visually striking and boldly branded apparel to show their passion and support the University's athletics program."</p><p>The primary AP logo has stood the test of time. The Nashville-based advertising agency Womack and Criminger—Larry Womack is an APSU alumnus—created the logo in 1976 at the direction of APSU President Robert O. Riggs and implemented into production by Sherwin Clift, Director of Public Relations; Doug Vance, APSU Sports Information Director, and Bibb, who was director of Publications and Printing Services. It was unveiled just prior to APSU's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary celebration in 1977.</p><p>That logo has been hailed on many fronts, including graphic experts in both print and the electronic media, for its distinctiveness.</p><p>"The AP logo is one of the most recognizable brand marks in the OVC," said Mike O'Malley, a longtime member of Wendy's National Advertising Board, APSU Governors Club and Red Coat Society member. "Any changes or adjustments made had to be well thought out. These changes may be subtle, but they create a cleaner, more readable mark that will work better in all uses."    </p><p>Merchandise featuring the new identity will begin showing up at area retailers during the summer. All University athletic squads will be outfitted with the new marks beginning in Fall 2014. The complete rollout, including fields, courts and more, will take approximately four years to complete.</p><p> </p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:08:26 +0000 boothcw 76695 at 2014 Asanbe Diversity Symposium returns to APSU on April 16 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “Are you a subject or are you a citizen?” That was an important question for many Senegalese men during World War II, when they joined the Colonial French Army. In their everyday lives, these individuals saw little difference between supporting the French Government and merely living within its colonial borders. But as soldiers, they quickly realized where they ranked in the government’s eyes.</p><p>“There were blatant dissimilarities in the way African citizens and subjects were treated: lodging in barracks, terms of enlistment, level of pay, uniforms and food all depended on one’s status in the colonial system,” Dr. Jacqueline Woodfork, Whitman College assistant professor of history, wrote. “The army got what it needed: it trained men not only to fight for the country but to become loyal to France at the same time.”</p><p>At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, Woodfork will delve deeper into this subject with her lecture “How Senegalese Soldiers Became French: 20<sup>th</sup> Century Identity Politics,” during the Austin Peay State University Asanbe Diversity Symposium. The lecture will take place in room 303 of the Morgan University Center, and a panel discussion, titled “Africa in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century,” will follow at 2:30 p.m.</p><p>The symposium, sponsored and organized by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature, was established 19 years ago in memory of Dr. Joseph Asanbe, who was the first professor of African and African-American literature at APSU. The event is co-sponsored by the APSU Office of Academic Affairs, the APSU Diversity Committee, the APSU African-American Studies Program, the APSU International Studies Program, the APSU Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the APSU Honors Program and the APSU Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.</p><p>Woodfork specializes in Modern Francophone Africa. She has published on the French colonial military in western Africa and the role of African soldiers in the French colonial army. Her article, “It is a Crime To Be a Tirailleur in the Army: The Impact of Senegalese Civilian Status in the French Colonial Army During the Second World War," appeared in The Journal of Military History in 2012. She published her first book, “Cultures and Customs of the Central African Republic,” in 2006, and is currently finishing a book manuscript on Senegalese soldiers during the Second World War.  </p><p>The Asanbe Diversity Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 221-7891.</p><p> </p> African American Studies Arts and Letters Honors Program International Studies Languages and Literature Women's Studies opportunities Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:57:15 +0000 boothcw 76632 at