Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news en APSU now offering film studies minor http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-now-offering-film-studies-minor <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/auditorium_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="auditorium_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director, even though a recent Sight and Sound poll listed his 1958 masterpiece “Vertigo” as the greatest movie ever made.</p><p>            He probably should have won the award for a half-dozen of his films, but throughout Hitchcock’s career, critics accused him of creating only cheap thrills and trivial entertainments. In the late 1950s, a group of upstart French film critics, writing for the journal “Cahiers du Cinema,” helped resurrect his reputation by hailing Hitchcock as a brilliant auteur, or film author, and someone worthy of study.</p><p>            Next semester, Austin Peay State University students will get to watch and analyze Hitchcock’s classic films in a new class, “Film Auteurs,” offered by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature. The class is part of a new film studies program at APSU, which was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this year.</p><p>            “It’s an important and even necessary skill for students to read films intelligently,” Dr. Jill Franks, APSU professor of English and coordinator for the new program, said. “Films are also cultural products, which help students interpret social and global issues.”</p><p>            The new program allows APSU students to take 18 credit hours in courses spread across five departments and two academic programs in order to earn a film studies minor. According to the website <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/langlit/film-studies-minor">http://www.apsu.edu/langlit/film-studies-minor</a>, the program is “designed to examine and apply the terms and concepts of film appreciation, theory and criticism. Students will develop an understanding of films from several different cultures and gain an ability to analyze films in technical, theoretical, historical and cultural terms.”</p><p>            The film studies classes offered at APSU include the following:</p><p>            • Introduction to Film Studies </p><p>            • Shakespeare on Film</p><p>            • Literature on Film across Cultures</p><p>            • Special Topics in Film Studies</p><p>            • Film Auteurs</p><p>            • French Cinema</p><p>            • German Cinema</p><p>            • Peninsular and Latin American Cinema</p><p>            • Women and Film</p><p>            • Methods of Film Analysis</p><p>            • Film Scriptwriting.</p><p>            “Films are now considered texts; you can read a film,” Franks said. “Now students will have some tools to think about more aspects of these works. Films make us feel things, and now they’ll be able to put those feelings into words and in a paper.”</p><p>            The program has also developed a new film club for interested APSU students, and in the spring, Franks plans to take students to screenings at the Nashville Film Festival.</p><p>            For more information on this new program, contact Franks at <a href="mailto:franksj@apsu.edu">franksj@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:15:44 +0000 boothcw 89879 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU choral concert to re-imagine and re-examine "The Wizard of Oz http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-choral-concert-re-imagine-and-re-examine-wizard-oz <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/The_Wizard_of_Oz_.jpg" width="388" height="600" alt="The_Wizard_of_Oz_.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In L. Frank Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, New York, the brick sidewalks are painted yellow and the shops have names like “Auntie Em’s Place” and the “Emerald City Grill.” This little village doesn’t really resemble the magical Oz, but it is part of the ongoing reinterpretation of Baum’s famous children’s story, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” That famous work has been re-imagined numerous times over the years, with the famous 1939 musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1978 Michael Jackson fantasy, “The Wiz,” and Gregory Maguire’s bestselling book, later made into a hit Broadway musical, “Wicked.”</p><p>            At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, the Austin Peay State University Choral Activities Program will expand upon this tradition of reinterpretation with its concert “The Wizard of Oz,” in the Mabry Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.</p><p>            “In the same way as there are changes in the story from the original to the movie to the other spinoffs, we’re going to add to that,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said.</p><p>            In Baum’s original story, Auntie Em’s farm has only a few animals. A musical adaptation of the book, produced for the stage a few years later, included a talking cow on the farm. The 1939 movie featured several barnyard animals, including the famous scene where Dorothy falls into a pen full of pigs.</p><p>            “At the very beginning, we’re doing an Eric Whitacre song called ‘The Panther,’” Foster said. “We’re going to tell the audience there was a panther on the farm, they just didn’t see it.”</p><p>            The evening will also feature a performance of Pink Floyd’s “Money,” in reference to Dorothy’s silver slippers in Baum’s book and her ruby slippers in the movie. The University’s Chamber Singers will sing a piece called “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble,” referencing the witches from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The song puts Baum’s Wicked Witch of the West in a historical context, linking her with other witches in western literature.</p><p>            The evening will include songs from the movie, such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Munchkin Land,” as well as “Home” from “The Wiz.”</p><p>           “It’s an innovative approach to programming a choral concert, as it allows us to continue to expand on the wealth of history we already have with the ‘Wizard of Oz,’” Foster said.</p><p>         The audience will also be treated to a bit of history that evening, regarding Baum and his works. Dr. Kevin Tanner, APSU associate professor of history, will introduce several pieces and speak about his research into the subject.</p><p>         Tanner, interestingly enough, grew up in Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, where he met some of the actors who played munchkins in the 1939 film. He has published scholarly articles on Baum’s books, arguing for new interpretations.</p><p>          In his article “Spiritualism and ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’” Tanner explains that many critics see the book as “a populist allegory that could help explain monetary issues of the 1890s or a subversive text that advocates consumer capitalism.” Tanner, however, sees the book differently.</p><p>         “If read as a religious allegory,” he writes, “Baum’s fairy tale reveals the conflict in American religion at the turn of the twentieth century and remains a subversive religious populist text that advocates spiritual consumerism.”</p><p>         For more information on the upcoming choral concert, contact Foster at fosterk@apsu.edu. </p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:33:30 +0000 boothcw 89806 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle seeks nominations for Ovation Awards http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-seeks-nominations-ovation-awards <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Acuff_logo.jpg" width="600" height="600" alt="Acuff_logo.jpg" />           </p><p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts will be presented March 1, 2015, but nominations already are being sought.</p><p>            The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patrons society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</p><p>            The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted now through Tuesday, Jan. 20.</p><p>            The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</p><p>            <b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice and Mike Andrews.</p><p>            <b>Young Artist:</b> A high school senior in Clarksville-Montgomery County who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. Category awards are visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in each category also receive preference when applying for the annual $1,000 endowed scholarship in the arts, which the Acuff Circle has established at Austin Peay. Past winners include Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland with the Roxy School of the Arts; Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School; Elizabeth Bell, Kenwood; Brittney Griffin, Montgomery Central; Clare Grady, Clarksville; Will Silvers, West Creek; and Jeremy Carey, Northeast.</p><p>            <b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church International Day, and the Family and Community Education Association.</p><p>            <b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery and The Framemaker.</p><p>            The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass, Olen Bryant. David Alford and Joseph B. Trahern Jr.</p><p>            To nominate someone in the Individual, Young Artist, Community or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation">www.apsu.edu/creativearts/ovation</a> or obtained at the following locations: Customs House Museum, which co-sponsors the awards ceremony; the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>            The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to <a href="mailto:harvey@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>            For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Music Theatre & Dance Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:05:02 +0000 boothcw 89761 at http://www.apsu.edu Prized bull brings in $14,500 for APSU Ag Department http://www.apsu.edu/news/prized-bull-brings-14500-apsu-ag-department <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Big_John_sale.jpeg" height="459" width="609" alt="Big_John_sale.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Big John, an 1,800-pound bull, was a source of pride for the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture. Students on the department’s beef show team took the animal to several regional shows, where his size and power often impressed the judges.</p><p>            Last month, the University decided to sell this prize-winning animal, with the hope of earning a few thousand dollars for the growing Department of Agriculture. During a special sale on Sept. 23 at the APSU Farm, three bidders joined together to buy Big John for $14,500.</p><p>            The buyers – Dan Askew, Legends Bank and Mark Barnett – understood that Big John was genetically superior to other bulls, but their purchase that day had more to do with supporting agriculture at APSU.</p><p>            In recent years, the University’s Department of Agriculture has increased in size by more than 102 percent, making it the fastest growing college agriculture department in the state. To make room for this growth, the APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center is in the midst of an expansion project.</p><p>         Shortly before the sale, the University officially opened the new DeWald Livestock Pavilion at the farm. That new facility, named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, will provide a practical working and learning space for faculty, staff and students. That project is the first phase in a proposed two-phase animal science facility, which will eventually include a new animal science laboratory and classroom.</p><p>           The University also has organized an agriculture advisory committee to support the department, through fundraising and expertise, as it continues to expand. Big John was named in honor of the late John Bartee Sr., founding member of the committee, and the sale of the bull will help promote Bartee’s vision of having a thriving Department of Agriculture at APSU.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Mark Barnett, President Alisa White, Dan Askew, Billy Atkins, Lois Bartee, Lucas Haley, Matt Barnett.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:59:35 +0000 boothcw 89091 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's PELP celebrating 25 years on Nov. 7 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-pelp-celebrating-25-years-nov-7 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1989, Dr. Oscar Page, former president of Austin Peay State University, established a program to help cultivate leadership qualities in some of the University’s top students. The new President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) went on to create a new generation of empathetic leaders who embodied the program’s values of “honesty, humility, academic rigor, leadership and service.”</p><p>“It (PELP) was such an opportunity to build a foundation for self-development and service,” Dr. Marla Crow Troughton (’93), a member of the inaugural PELP class, said in a 2012 interview.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, several PELP alumni will visit the Club Level of Governors Stadium to celebrate the program’s 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The evening, which coincides with APSU’s 2014 Homecoming celebration, will feature the establishment of the Dr. Oscar Page and Dr. Linda Rudolph Scholarship Fund. Rudolph served as the program’s first director.</p><p>According to the website <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/pelp">www.apsu.edu/pelp</a>, “PELP students receive an annual scholarship of $3,000, which is renewable over a four-year period. The students must maintain a cumulative collegiate GPA of at least 3.5, and they must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester. They must also take required PELP courses and fulfill other program requirements as outlined by the PELP director.”</p><p>For more information on this event, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:12:39 +0000 boothcw 89066 at http://www.apsu.edu International journal to publish several articles by APSU nursing faculty http://www.apsu.edu/news/international-journal-publish-several-articles-apsu-nursing-faculty <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20060705-Francisca-Farrar-0327.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="20060705-Francisca-Farrar-0327.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The international journal Nursing Clinics of North America is considered one of the top scholarly publications in that field, and the spring issue, known as a clinic, will feature articles by 11 Austin Peay State University School of Nursing faculty members. The nursing professors were selected to contribute to the publication because Dr. Chita Farrar, APSU professor of nursing, was invited to guest edit the issue.</p><p>            “I have published many times but never served as editor or developed the content for a clinic,” Farrar said. “It is exciting, challenging and will let APSU shine in scholarship.”</p><p>            As guest editor, Farrar developed a clinic to help frontline nurses stay abreast of new policies and new healthcare delivery models. These nurses are the ones who do much of the hard work, Farrar said, but they are often kept in the dark as to why they need to follow new policies and procedures. Farrar’s clinic aims to give them the information they need to embrace changes in the workplace. </p><p>            “They don’t understand why they have to do certain things, so this clinic is a series of articles that will educate them as to why they’re being told to do certain things,” Farrar said. “It has a lot of different resources in it.”</p><p>            Farrar invited 11 of her colleagues from APSU to contribute to the journal because they have conducted extensive research in this area. She also invited nursing faculty from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis to publish their research in the journal.</p><p>            “It will really thrust Austin Peay into the international sphere as a scholarly institution; we’re cutting edge practitioners here,” she said. “I'm also grateful for being able to help faculty, not only at APSU but at our sister TBR schools, meet publication requirements.”</p><p>           The clinic will be published in March, and it will be read by nursing professionals across the globe.</p><p>            For more information on the journal, contact the APSU School of Nursing at 221-7710.</p> School of Nursing Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:25:24 +0000 boothcw 88993 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting Homecoming Scholarship 5K on Nov. 1 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-homecoming-scholarship-5k-nov-1 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20131026-5k--0816.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20131026-5k--0816.jpg" /></p><p> </p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This year’s Austin Peay State University Homecoming theme, Gov Strong, will take on an added meaning on Nov. 1 as University alumni and supporters push themselves to complete the 2014 Scholarship 5K Run.</p><p>The race, through a USA Track and Field certified course, will begin at 9 a.m. that Saturday at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.  The challenge that day will come toward the end of the run, when tired participants tackle the steep hill in front of the alumni center. This final stretch has led runners to say with pride that they “conquered Emerald Hill.”</p><p>Registration for the race begins at 7:30 a.m. that Saturday, and cash awards and medals will be presented to the top finishers at 10:30 a.m. Registration information and costs are available online at <a href="http://www.active.com/clarksville-tn/running/apsu-scholarship-5k-run-2014">http://www.active.com/clarksville-tn/running/apsu-scholarship-5k-run-2014</a>. APSU students and military personnel are eligible for discounted rates with a valid I.D. Participants also can save money on registration by signing up for the race before Oct. 29. Proceeds from this event help fund scholarships for deserving APSU students.</p><p>For more information on both events, contact Alumni Relations Office, (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:01:07 +0000 boothcw 88978 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU art department hosting College Art Day 2014 on Oct. 25 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-art-department-hosting-college-art-day-2014-oct-25 <p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will host College Art Day 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 25.  High school art students, art teachers and parents are invited to participate in this daylong exploration into college programs and careers in the visual arts.</p><p>Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a tour of department facilities, followed by a choice of creative workshops designed to give high school students a college-level studio experience. Sculpture professor Virginia Griswold will complete the morning activities with a guided tour of her solo exhibition, “Near Earth Objects.” </p><p>After a short break for lunch, high school students, teachers and parents are invited attend a panel discussion, “The Job Market for Art Graduates,” coordinated by APSU art alumni. College Art Day will finish with a portfolio review; members of the APSU art faculty will be available to review the work of individual high school students and to discuss various ways to prepare a college entrance portfolio.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:05:10 +0000 boothcw 88818 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-26 <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>Michael J. Kasitz</b>, APSU director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, will be the keynote speaker at the Boss Software Users Group Conference, Nov. 3-4, in Denver, Colorado. He will discuss managing changes in public safety at colleges and universities.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas King</b>, emeritus professor of music, will sing in a Gala Performance on Oct. 4, in Atlanta, Georgia, honoring the founder of the Capitol City Opera Company, Donna Angel (who is also King's sister-in-law). King is a member of the board of the Capitol City Opera Company.</p><p>King and his wife, Dr. Vicki King, emeritus professor of piano (Tennessee State University), will give a voice and piano recital in Wabash, Indiana, at the famous Honeywell House, on Tuesday, Oct. 14.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:59:41 +0000 boothcw 88817 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU fraternity helps send terminally-ill mother to Disney World http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-fraternity-helps-send-terminally-ill-mother-disney-world <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/charity_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="charity_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Cashman Morgan only has a few weeks to live. The 19-year-old mother has stage IV ovarian cancer, and after receiving this grim diagnosis, she decided to take a trip.</p><p>            “My wish is to take my four-year-old to Disney World in the time that I have left,” Morgan wrote on the website gofundme.com.</p><p>            With her medical expenses, Morgan didn’t have enough money to cover the trip, so she turned to the fund raising site, hoping someone would help her raise the money. A few days later, her story reached Andrew Montgomery, president of the Austin Peay State University Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter.</p><p>            “I listened to the story and thought, ‘We’re doing it,’” Montgomery said. “It just so happened that I heard it on the day of our meeting. Everybody in the fraternity thought it was a great idea, and we thought $1,500 was a good donation to give.”</p><p>            On Sept. 15, Montgomery and his fraternity brothers visited Morgan at Vanderbilt Medical Center to present her with a $1,500 check.</p><p>            “I said, ‘Let’s make this bigger,’” Montgomery said. “Let’s get more people to donate.”</p><p>The fraternity contacted WKRN News 2 in Nashville, and TV anchor Samantha Fisher covered the donation for that evening’s newscast. The story quickly went viral. It was picked up by the online news source BuzzFeed and The Daily Mail newspaper in London.</p><p>          “I was really shocked about it,” Montgomery said. “It was on Ashton Kutcher’s website. It’s been really crazy. We sent it out to our Alphas in the entire state of Tennessee, and they started giving.”</p><p>            A few days after the APSU fraternity made its donation, Morgan left Vanderbilt with more than $8,000 for a trip to Disney World with her daughter, Hannah. Her fund raising account, <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk">http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk</a>, is still active, but it is now taking donations to set up a college fund for Hannah.</p><p>            For more information on the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at APSU, 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><p>Photo cutline: Members of the APSU Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Artrice Pray, Matthew Stevenson, Todd Johnson, Javontae Allen, Trevor Brand and Andrew Montgomery, present Savannah Cashman Morgan with $1,500 to take her daughter to Disney World.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:32:20 +0000 boothcw 88797 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle to host Soiree on Franklin Oct. 28 http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-host-soiree-franklin-oct-28 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" alt="20140926-Soiree-Press-Release-7073.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin the afternoon of Oct. 28.</p><p>The event, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors and is open to members of the Circle and the public. This year's celebration, “Coming Home to the Arts,” will feature representations of all of APSU's arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts.</p><p>Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the endowed Acuff Circle Scholarship in the Arts, awarded each year to an Austin Peay student in the arts.</p><p>The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of the arts and culture at the University and in the community. In addition, it promotes the arts with other non-profit groups by hosting collaborative events.</p><p>Chairing this year's event are Circle board members, Beverly Riggins Parker and Marydith Weakley Young.</p><p>The Soiree will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Franklin Room at F&amp;M Bank, 50 Franklin St. Dinner fare is provided and dress is business casual.</p><p>Cost is $35 for Circle members and $45 for non-members. Responses are to be sent by Oct. 20 to <a href="mailto:harveyc@apsu.edu">harveyc@apsu.edu</a> or telephone 931-221-7876. Checks, a portion of which is tax-deductible, should be addressed to the APSU Foundation/Acuff Circle, and sent to APSU, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>                                                                            -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Circle board members Marydith Weakley Young and Beverly Riggins Parker and Ken Shipley, APSU professor of art, watch APSU students create new works of art. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:59:56 +0000 boothcw 88787 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU and county hosting joint veterans and Homecoming celebrations in November http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-and-county-hosting-joint-veterans-and-homecoming-celebrations-november <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="APSU_Homecoming_logo.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This November, Austin Peay State University will partner with Montgomery County and the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce to honor the veterans and military-affiliated individuals who live, study and work in this community. The University is tailoring its 2014 Homecoming Celebration that month to include the military theme “Gov Strong,” creating a weeklong community and university celebration for local veterans. Both entities will host several events during the first week of November, culminating in a joint Homecoming/Veterans Day Parade through downtown Clarksville and campus at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8.</p><p>            “Homecoming is always an exciting time of year for reconnecting with old friends, but we must never forget that we get to enjoy these special reunions because of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women,” APSU President Alisa White said. “I’m honored that we are able to partner with Montgomery County to say thank you to the brave individuals who live among us.”</p><p>            Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett added, “We are privileged in Montgomery County to work and live among many heroes in uniform. Although we honor them every day, the events of this week remind us all that we owe the men and women in uniform, along with their families, our greatest respect and admiration.”</p><p>            At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, the APSU Military Alumni Chapter will host its annual Chapter Dinner and Scholarship Endowment in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. During that dinner, the chapter will honor retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown. A Vietnam veteran, Brown is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is known locally for his tireless support of his community, having served as a Montgomery County Commissioner, a Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board member, chairman of the Youth Detention Committee and as a volunteer with several philanthropic organizations. For more information, contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 22<sup>nd</sup> Annual Veterans Day Breakfast in the APSU Morgan University Center. The cost is $20 and reservations can be made via email to <a href="mailto:yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us">yvonnep@clarksville.tn.us</a> or by phone at 931-245-4340.</p><p>            At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization will host a special pre-parade ceremony at the south entrance to the historic Montgomery County Courthouse in downtown Clarksville.                        </p><p>             The 2014 APSU Homecoming/Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Eight Street and College Street. The procession will feature the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division Marching Band, APSU organizations, the Governors Own Marching Band, veterans groups, community organizations and youth groups from the area. Parade entry forms for veterans groups, community groups and youth groups are available on the Veterans Service Organization’s website, <a href="http://www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies">www.mcgtn.org/vso/events-and-ceremonies</a>, along with maps of the parade route.           </p><p>           At 1 p.m., APSU will honor six distinguished graduates during its annual Alumni Awards Lunch in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. 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). Tickets to the event are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 5. For more information contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979.</p><p>            All veterans and community members are invited to stay on campus for the APSU Homecoming football game against Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at half-time during the game.</p><p>            A complete listing of APSU Homecoming events is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming">http://www.apsu.edu/homecoming</a>. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:32:22 +0000 boothcw 88773 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU history honor society wins sixth Best Chapter of the Year award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-history-honor-society-wins-sixth-best-chapter-year-award <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/PAT_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="PAT_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was named the best chapter in the nation earlier this month, but the announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise. The APSU chapter, Theta-Delta, has won the best chapter award six years in a row.            </p><p>            “I have to admit, I’ve become somewhat accustomed to Theta-Delta winning,” Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, said.</p><p>            In fact, it has reached the point where Weber looks forward to the fall semester every year because he knows the announcement of the national award will mean more books for the University’s Woodward Library.</p><p>            “The national Phi Alpha Theta organization will buy $250 worth of books for the chapter that wins,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history and the chapter’s adviser, said. “We’ve donated up to $1,500 worth of books in the last six years. I allow the students to pick the books to buy.”</p><p>            Uffelman said the students often select texts they’ve found insightful and will help future students in their research. The Woodward Library now owns several books about ancient Egypt, women in the Civil War, nurses serving in World War I and the whaling industry of the 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p>            “Over the past five years, Theta-Delta has donated 40 books and three DVDs to the library, and I am highly appreciative of their contributions,” Weber said. “The materials they have chosen have really added to the diversity and depth of the library’s history collection. If it weren’t for Theta-Delta, it’s unlikely the library would have these valuable and fascinating works in its collection.”</p><p>            In addition to providing money for new books, the best chapter award recognizes another busy year for the club, which hosted or attended more than 50 events in the fall and spring semesters, including academic conferences and volunteer opportunities. In May, the group also published the fourth volume of Theta-Delta, a scholarly journal featuring academic papers by APSU students who had presented at conferences in recent years.</p><p>            Uffelman admitted that she feels more pressure these days for the club to keep winning the award, but her students continue to impress the national PAT organization.</p><p>            “I keep waiting for us to have an off year, but you know, they’re all so smart,” she said.</p><p>           For more information on the APSU PAT chapter, contact Uffelman at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Patrick Toth, former PAT president; Deanna Carter, APSU history instructor; Joe Weber, APSU library director; Brian Heaton, APSU library associate; John Steinberg, APSU history chair; and Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, show off the books the PAT club has donated to the library over the years. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU). </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy opportunities Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:30:09 +0000 boothcw 88692 at http://www.apsu.edu Oct. 1 lecture at APSU to examine area's violent Tobacco Wars http://www.apsu.edu/news/oct-1-lecture-apsu-examine-areas-violent-tobacco-wars <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/tobacco_wars.jpg" width="464" height="600" alt="tobacco_wars.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Dec. 7, 1907, a mob of armed men known as the Night Riders set two large tobacco warehouses on fire in nearby Hopkinsville. The flames released an eerie red glow that night, which hinted at the violence consuming southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. For three years, the Night Riders, a group of radical tobacco farmers, had battled the monopolistic American Tobacco Company, and the nightly sounds of rifle shots showed no signs of abating.</p><p>The series of bloody skirmishes in the region came to be known as the Black Patch Tobacco Wars, and according to Dr. Rick Gregory, the fighting marked “the longest and most violent conflict between the end of the Civil War and the civil rights struggles of the mid-sixties.”</p><p>Gregory, who earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is considered the foremost authority on this local conflict, and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, he will visit the Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, room 303, to discuss the Black Patch Tobacco Wars and the musical “Smoke: A Ballad of the Night Riders.”</p><p>The play, by APSU alumnus and Julliard-trained actor David Alford, follows the fictional Hartley family as they witness the violent events taking place in this area. Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, published a review of the play in The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, calling it “a fabulous musical rendering of the conflict of rural families fighting for their very survival, told with original compositions of bluegrass-style arrangements played and sung by some of the region’s most talented musicians.”</p><p>The play will run Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11 as part of the 2014 Bell Witch Fall Festival in Adams. Gregory will discuss the play and the historical events that influenced it during his Oct. 1 visit to APSU.</p><p>For more information on his lecture, contact Uffelman at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:58:38 +0000 boothcw 88601 at http://www.apsu.edu New APSU Promise to award scholarships to all of Tennessee's high-achieving community college graduates http://www.apsu.edu/news/new-apsu-promise-award-scholarships-all-tennessees-high-achieving-community-college-graduates <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20121018-Fall-Scenic-3841_1.jpg" width="600" height="398" alt="20121018-Fall-Scenic-3841_1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning this fall, Austin Peay State University will guarantee scholarships to all Tennessee Board of Regents community college and Hopkinsville Community College graduates who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Titled the APSU Promise, the new scholarship program aims to bring more high-caliber students to campus in the coming years. </p><p>“I’m a community college graduate, having earned my associate degree from Nashville State Community College, so I know these students have received a quality education,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, APSU interim provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs, said. “They’ve proven they can succeed in a college environment, and we want to provide them with this financial assistance so they can succeed in earning a bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay.”</p><p>This fall, APSU officials—including President Alisa White—will embark on a road trip around the state to visit with community colleges and officially promise the transfer scholarships to high-performing graduates of those institutions. There is no limit to the number of APSU Promise scholarships the University will award this year.</p><p>Community college graduates with a 3.0-3.24 cumulative GPA will receive a $1,500 per year award to APSU. Graduates with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative GPA will receive a $2,000 per year scholarship, and graduates with a 3.5-3.74 cumulative GPA will receive a $3,000 scholarship. Individuals with a 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher will be awarded $4,000 per year to attend APSU.</p><p>The APSU Promise is open only to students who graduate from TBR community colleges and Hopkinsville Community College. For more information on the APSU Promise, please contact the APSU Admissions Office at <a href="mailto:admissions@apsu.edu">admissions@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:52:57 +0000 boothcw 88414 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU College of Business partnership gives students real-world training http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-college-business-partnership-gives-students-real-world-training <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/tax_class_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="tax_class_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last fall, the Austin Peay State University College of Business decided to do things a little differently with its income tax class for accounting majors. Instead of having a faculty member lead the course, the college brought in a tax attorney from the local CPA firm Stone, Rudolph and Henry to teach students about real-world tax filing scenarios.</p><p>            “One of their tax attorneys taught the class of about 20 students, teaching them what they need to know about tax law, but also how to use the tax software, which is proprietary software,” Dr. Susan Cockrell, associate dean of the APSU College of Business, said. “At the end of the semester, they offered internships to eight or nine of those students.”</p><p>            The top students in the class worked as paid interns under the supervision of Stone, Rudolph and Henry’s tax professionals. The partnership with the CPA firm provided the students with a transformative learning experience that will likely help them succeed once they leave APSU.</p><p>            “The advantage of this class is it gives our students real experience,” Cockrell said. “They like getting that experience and being paid for it. And knowing the software they’ll use when they get out of school is very beneficial to them.”</p><p>           The partnership was so successful last year that the College of Business offered the course again this semester. Another 20 students have enrolled in the tax class taught by Jennifer Thayer, a tax attorney with Stone, Rudolph and Henry, and the top students will be offered internships with the firm next spring.</p><p>           “It was a wonderful opportunity to go through the Stone, Rudolph and Henry Income Tax class,” Amany Elraheb, a senior accounting major at APSU, said. “Among the choices we have going through the accounting concentration are the various options when it comes to what we actually want to do in our careers. Receiving the internship gave me real-world experience in doing income tax, which helped me hone in on what exactly I wanted to do with my career.”</p><p>            Elraheb and her fellow students worked 180 hours with the firm, from January until April 16. In that time, they saw first-hand what they would face as accounting professionals.</p><p>            “This integration of the firm’s resources with the college created a positive, life-changing learning experience for the college’s students,” Dr. Bill Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business, said. “Currently, this partnership is being reviewed for possible applications in other areas.”</p><p>            The college is looking to form partnerships with other local businesses, including insurance companies, that can give APSU business students a head start with their professional careers. For more information, contact the APSU College of Business at 931-221-7674.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Local tax attorney Jennifer Thayer (center) teaches an income tax class for the APSU College of Business. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU).</p> Accounting, Finance, and Economics Business opportunities Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:03:12 +0000 boothcw 88348 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Theatre and Dance to present "Book of Days" Oct. 1-5 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-theatre-and-dance-present-book-days-oct-1-5 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Book_of_Days_poster.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="Book_of_Days_poster.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Walt Bates owned the local cheese factory in Dublin, Missouri, and before he died, he dreamed of producing a gourmet product, like Stilton or Brie. But that dream begins to reek following Bates’ mysterious death in Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson’s 2000 play, “Book of Days,” which opens this October in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater.</p><p>            “The play moves like a tornado,” Dr. Sara Gotcher, APSU associate professor of theater and the play’s director, said. “It’s evil and dark and funny and mysterious. We’re all very excited because it’s going to be a wild ride.”</p><p>            The APSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1-4, and again at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. The cast includes APSU students Brittany Thompson, Will Silvers, Abby Elmore, Scotty Phillips, Amber Bowens, Lane Lewis, Maggie Jackson, Steven Howie, Briana Finley, Alex Maynard, Josh Webb, Terence Hilton and Jackson De Priest.</p><p>            Alvin Klein, a critic for the New York Times, praised the play when it premiered in 2000, writing, “Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed a new peak.”</p><p>            Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for general admissions. Tickets can be purchased at the Trahern Box Office, which opens one hour prior to the show, or online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/box-office">http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/box-office</a>. Language in the play may not be appropriate for young children. </p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Theatre & Dance opportunities Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:50:42 +0000 boothcw 88240 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU waiving fees for active-duty soldiers at APSU Fort Campbell Center http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-waiving-fees-active-duty-soldiers-apsu-fort-campbell-center <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A recent change to the Department of Defenses’ Tuition Assistance program is causing active-duty military personnel to pay out-of-pocket cash for fees associated with pursuing a college education, but Austin Peay State University is working to eliminate this financial burden affecting its military students.            </p><p>            Beginning with the Fall II semester, APSU will waive online fees and technology access fees for active-duty personnel taking classes at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell.</p><p>            “Austin Peay State University wants to support our active-duty soldiers at Fort Campbell and will cover up to $123.75 per class in fees not covered by Tuition Assistance,” Beverly Boggs, APSU associate provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Support, said.</p><p>           About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the University works hard to provide assistance and services to those individuals. In recognition of these efforts, Austin Peay was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a 2014 Best For Vets College by Military Times.</p><p>          In August, the federal government applauded APSU’s work 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>            Last October, the University developed an emergency scholarship for active-duty military students when the federal government shutdown threatened to disrupt the Tuition Assistance program.</p><p>            The Fall II semester at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell begins Oct. 18, but the fee waiver also will apply for the University’s Spring I and Spring II semesters. For more information, please contact the APSU Admissions Office by calling 800-844-APSU or emailing <a href="mailto:admissions@apsu.edu">admissions@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:58:12 +0000 boothcw 88230 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU senior art exhibits planned for fall semester http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-senior-art-exhibits-planned-fall-semester <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Senior_thesis_students.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Senior_thesis_students.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, 15 young artists will bring their studies at Austin Peay State University to a close by hosting public exhibitions of the work they created for their senior thesis projects.</p><p>The students are enrolled in the senior thesis class, which requires students to present their work in a public setting to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.</p><p>The APSU Department of Art has scheduled these student art exhibitions in the Trahern Building on the main campus for this fall, and all shows are open to the public.</p><p>The seniors scheduled to present are the following:</p><p>• Sept. 22-25: Savanah Baggett, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Krystal Lee, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 6-9: Courtney McWilliams, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 13-16: Jeffrey Horton, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 20-23: Mariah Hamm, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• Oct. 27-30: Laura King, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 3-6: Stephanie Camfield, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 10-14: Victor Rodriguez, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Nov. 17-21: Alexander Wurts, Trahern 108.</p><p>• Dec.1-4: Jadie Binkley, Trahern 108</p><p>• Dec. 1-4: Graphic design group exhibit featuring work by Jana Gilbert, Brittanie Jackson, Allison Locher, Brooke McKee and Alysha Rush, Trahern Gallery.</p><p>For more information, contact Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art and design, at <a href="mailto:marshc@apsu.edu">marshc@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Students enrolled in APSU’s senior thesis class will host public exhibitions of their work this fall. (Photo by Kim Balevre/APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Art opportunities Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:39:26 +0000 boothcw 88143 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-25 <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. Christopher Bailey</b>, assistant professor of musical theater, will appear in the Boiler Room Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde the Musical,” as Emmett Forrest. The play will run from Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in the historic Franklin Theatre in Williamson County. Bailey has appeared on the ABC television show, “Nashville,” and theatre productions of “Hello, Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Crazy for You.”</p><p><b>Amanda Walker,</b> director of Career Services, recently had a chapter contribution published in a textbook at The University of Mississippi. The chapter, “What’s Next?,” focuses on internships and career services for transfer students. The chapter appears in “The Ole Miss Experience: Transfer Student Experience Supplement,” published by the Nautilus Publishing Company.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:49:52 +0000 boothcw 87799 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting alumni trips to England and Costa Rica during summer of 2015 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-alumni-trips-england-and-costa-rica-during-summer-2015 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In one picture, Dr. Mickey Wadia is standing next to an ancient stone wall in Paddington, England. In another, the Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature is near the edge of the famed White Cliffs of Dover. If you were to continue scrolling through his Facebook photos, you’d see him at the Globe Theatre, outside the grammar school William Wordsworth attended and enjoying a cup of tea in Warwick.</p><p>            Wadia visits England several times a year to teach study abroad classes on Shakespeare, and this summer, local travelers will get to take advantage of his extensive knowledge of the area as he hosts an APSU Alumni Travel trip, British Landscapes, June 11-20, 2015.</p><p>            Since 2011, the APSU Alumni Travel program has offered alumni and families the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater while exploring different cultures with experts, such as Wadia. The success of the program has led the University’s Alumni Office to schedule two trips for the summer of 2015. In addition to Wadia’s tour of England, alumni also have the option of visiting Costa Rica July 18-26.</p><p>            The alumni office will host two information meetings on the trips at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30, in room 103C of the Morgan University Center. Information on the Alumni Travel program is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/alumni/current-and-future-travel">http://www.apsu.edu/alumni/current-and-future-travel</a>.</p><p>            For more information, contact Rylan Kean, special events coordinator, at <a href="mailto:keanr@apsu.edu">keanr@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:21 +0000 boothcw 87783 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU ROTC conducts BLITZ training on Cumberland River http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-rotc-conducts-blitz-training-cumberland-river <p><sup><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Blitz.JPG" width="800" height="600" alt="Blitz.JPG" /></sup></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Anyone driving down Riverside Drive on Sept. 9 might have seen a peculiar sight on the Cumberland River near McGregor Park. Two zodiacs—black inflatable military boats—were crossing the river. Inside the boats, Austin Peay State University Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadets were rowing fervently to get to the other side of the river, retrieve two mock casualties and transport them back to the APSU campus.</p><p>The mission was part of the ROTC program’s weekly Tuesday morning BLITZ. One cadet is chosen each week to lead the squad in a predetermined mission that creates an environment of adversity, both physically and mentally. The missions, meant to represent real-world scenarios that a leader in the U.S. Army could face, test the cadets’ reactions and decision making abilities. The BLITZ missions allow the leader and the squad to think critically and innovatively under immense stress, making them stronger leaders.  </p><p>A local unit from Fort Campbell provided the zodiacs for the Sept. 9 BLITZ.</p><p>“I feel that the proximity of APSU ROTC to Fort Campbell provides our program with access to excellent training facilities and opportunities, as well as a plethora of contacts that are willing to work with the program and provide support,” APSU Cadet Andrew Shriver, cadet battalion executive officer, said.</p><p>For more information on the APSU ROTC Program, please visit the website, <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/rotc">http://www.apsu.edu/rotc</a>. </p><p><em>-  JACOB FUST</em></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:07:45 +0000 boothcw 87779 at http://www.apsu.edu 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