Today @ APSU - University News en APSU biology grad students continue to excel in their research <p><img src="" width="600" height="338" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since about 1950, the small-scale darter—a tiny fish that lives in tributaries of the Cumberland River—has existed in relative obscurity. Few scientists have heard of the darter or checked to see if the fish is in danger of disappearing. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But for the last year and a half, Joshua Stonecipher, a graduate student with the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, has waded into local streams, trying to get an accurate estimate of the darter’s population size.</p><p>“They’re a species of special concern,” Stonecipher said. “They’re deemed in need of management, and the theme of my project is to see if they warrant listing as endangered.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stonecipher’s research could ultimately save the darters from going extinct, and earlier this year, he received external grants from three major organizations—the North American Fishes Association, the Society for Freshwater Science and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists—to continue his important work.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I’m very excited about this,” he said recently. “The grants are probably more than I could have asked for. I’ll probably get some recognition because of these grants, and others will look at my work and pick it up when I’m done.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At smaller institutions without doctoral programs, it’s unusual for a graduate student to earn three external grants for his or her research, but in APSU’s Department of Biology, this type of success is pretty typical. In the last year alone, APSU’s biology graduate students have earned several national awards, received thousands of dollars in grants, had more than 10 papers published in scientific journals and delivered 20 presentations at major conferences.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “With the publications, that demonstrates that their research is leading to real scientific products,” Dr. Rebecca Johansen, APSU associate professor of biology, said. “With the presentations, I would point out that many were given at international conferences, and we had five students this year get awards for presentations at large regional or international meetings.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Recent APSU graduate Kris Wild was one of those students, earning the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists’ award for best poster presentation.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “That was a really big deal,” Johansen said. “That’s a large international society, and he was competing against Ph.D. students from R1 institutions.” R1 is a classification for doctoral universities that have the highest research activity.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The success of APSU’s small graduate program is one of the reasons why Megan Hart decided to apply to Austin Peay. Hart earned her undergraduate degree from APSU, but she was looking to go somewhere else for her master’s degree.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “The opportunities the Center of Excellence provides are just fantastic,” she said. “I was thinking of moving away from Austin Peay, but I was offered a really awesome project here, and I wasn’t offered this type of project anywhere else.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hart now spends about four months each year walking around marshes in southern Louisiana, collecting research on how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has affected birds nesting along the coast. Her work recently led her to earn the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s inaugural Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “That will help because doing research in Louisiana gets expensive,” Hart said. “But it feels amazing to have a really hard-hitting project on something that has affected so many people.”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The APSU Department of Biology offers a research-focused Master of Science program to students who majored or minored in biology during undergraduate studies. The program can be completed in two to three years, and prepares students for a variety of careers. The program is offered through the APSU Clarksville campus and admits during fall and spring terms.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; For more information, contact Johansen at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="600" height="555" /></p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:38:58 +0000 boothcw 135790 at APSU career services welcomes Amazon to campus <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Office of Career Services welcomed Amazon to campus in September 2016. The University was among the first 12 schools from across the country selected to participate in Amazon’s new Warrior Ambassador Program.</p><p>Through this program, the company’s Warrior Ambassadors (military veterans that work at Amazon) will visit the veteran centers and career centers at universities located near Amazon fulfillment centers across the nation.</p><p>As part of this program, APSU student veterans will:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; •&nbsp;Receive encouragement to complete their degrees. 
</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Prepare for jobs after their transition and graduation. 
</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Grow their professional networks by connecting with mentors. 
</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Gain insights from other veterans who understand the transition process. 
</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; •&nbsp;Build relationships that will lead to internal recommendations for jobs from 
Amazon leaders.</p><p>Amazon will return to the Morgan University Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2016. 
For more information, please contact the APSU Office of Career Services at 931-221-6544 or <a href=""></a>. 
</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:38:57 +0000 boothcw 135775 at APSU's Marcus Hayes named to TBR's Maxine Smith Fellows program <p><img src="" width="600" height="557" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this year, Marcus Hayes, Austin Peay State University associate professor of dance, was awarded a prestigious Maxine Smith Fellowship by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).</p><p>The TBR established the highly selective Smith Fellows program in 2002 to provide advanced administrative training and career development opportunities to African American employees. Maxine Smith, a former TBR regent, was a pioneer in the state’s civil rights movement, serving as executive secretary of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP for more than three decades. In 1972, she became the first African American elected to the Memphis Board of Education.</p><p>Hayes joined the APSU faculty in 2006 to direct the University’s growing dance program. Ten years later, that program is now part of the newly formed Department of Theatre and Dance, allowing students, for the first time in APSU history, to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.</p><p>“I was very honored to be nominated by Austin Peay President (Alisa) White for this program,” Hayes said. “This fellowship is so outside of what I do here at Austin Peay, but I have a greater appreciation now for what’s happening across the state.”</p><p>As a Maxine Smith Fellow, Hayes spent a few days each month at the TBR offices in Nashville, attending sub-council meetings and observing how the board functioned. Each fellow is also assigned a mentor, with Hayes working with Dr. Janet Smith, president of Columbia State Community College and an APSU alumna.</p><p>Fellows also are required to develop projects that can potentially improve how the TBR operates. Hayes crafted a set of recommendations on how the community colleges can successfully consolidate their services, like admissions and financial aid, which they will be required to do as part of the state’s FOCUS Act.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to his duties at Austin Peay, Hayes serves on the National Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association, and he previously served as president of the Tennessee Association of Dance’s Board of Directors. He has performed and choreographed professionally with the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company, and he has taught dance technique for the Chicago Park District, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Rockford College and the School for the Rockford Dance Company.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:56:14 +0000 boothcw 135718 at APSU's popular Halloween Concert returns for 32nd year on Oct. 28 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – David Steinquest, Austin Peay State University professor of music, sat rubbing his gray beard, looking a little tired. For thirty-two years, he’s hosted the APSU Department of Music’s wildly popular Halloween Percussion Concert, and each fall, he tries to top the previous year’s performance.</p><p>“This is the biggest one ever,” he said, slumping in his chair. “I might have to just quit now.”</p><p>The concert, which will have two performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, will take place in the campus’ Mabry Concert Hall, and in addition to his exhaustion, Steinquest seemed nervous about getting everyone on stage.</p><p>“It’s going to be huge,” he said. “We’re using the Governors’ Own Marching Band, and the choir and Chamber Singers. I don’t even know if they’re all going to fit.”</p><p>The marching band and choirs will join the University’s percussion ensemble to open the show with a performance of German composer Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” a work that Steinquest claims is “the most famous piece for voices and instruments ever written in the history of the universe.”</p><p>Following this big opening number, the concert will move through an eclectic mix of music, from the terrifying theme to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film, “Halloween,” to the carnivalesque sounds of Czech composer Julius Fučík‘s “Thunder and Blazes.”</p><p>“That’s the quintessential circus music that everyone recognizes, and we’ve got so many things happening in different places that the concert feels like a three-ring circus,” Steinquest said.</p><p>The evening will also feature special guest performances by APSU music faculty members Jeffery Williams, Gail Robinson-Oturu, Spencer Prewitt and Robert Waugh, and as always, the performers will be dressed in costumes to commemorate the October holiday.</p><p>Admission to the Halloween concert is two cans of food, which will be donated to a local charity, or $5, but for the last few years, both shows have sold out of tickets several days in advance. Contact the music department office at 221-7818 for tickets or other information.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:37 +0000 boothcw 135710 at Mid-South Sociological Association invites APSU's Ogbonna-McGruder to discuss her book at annual conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder, Austin Peay State University professor of public management and criminal justice, accepted an invitation to North Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss her 2009 book, “Voices from the Inside: Case Studies from a Tennessee Women’s Prison,” at the Mid-South Sociological Association’s 42<sup>nd</sup> Annual Conference. The organization’s president also invited Ogbonna-McGruder to chair a special panel during the conference on criminal justice and race.</p><p>The APSU professor’s book, completed with the help of a faculty research grant, “reveals the personal accounts of over 60 women that are incarcerated for drug crimes, in the Tennessee prison for women.” These intimate portraits provide added context to a subject often examined only through impersonal statistics.</p><p>Ogbonna-McGruder also is the author of the 2007 book, “TennCare and Disproportionate Share Hospitals in Tennessee,” and the 2013 book, “A Different Perspective on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The University Press of America published all three books.</p><p>Ogbonna-McGruder previously worked for the World Health Organization in Africa and as a bioterrorism epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. Last year, she presented a research paper, “Ebola 2014 Outbreak, Discourse and Policy,” at the Critical Issues roundtable at Oxford University, England. She also served as a member of the round table.</p><p>Her three books are currently available at For more information, contact Ogbonna-McGruder at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:39:40 +0000 boothcw 135702 at APSU hosting foreign language career night on Oct. 24 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Being able to speak a second language is something worth bragging about, but can it help you get a job? According to the website, graduates with degrees in foreign languages “have long been in demand across many sectors of business and industry.”</p><p>At 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, the Austin Peay State University foreign language faculty will host a career night in the Morgan University Center Ballroom to discuss the advantages of pursuing a foreign language degree in an increasingly globalized society.</p><p>“This is an informal, roundtable discussion for anyone who has ever wondered what they can do with a degree in foreign languages,” Dr. Tim Winters, professor of classics at APSU, said.</p><p>The event is free and open to high school and college students, and their parents. For more information, contact Winters at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:22:25 +0000 boothcw 135674 at APSU art student Neal to present exhibition of work on Nov. 7 <p>&nbsp;<img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Nov. 7, Austin Peay State University graduating senior Brittany Neal will present her Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Manifestation,”<i> </i>at APSU’s Gallery 108, located on the first floor of the Trahern Building. APSU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program for Studio Art allows students to present their work in a public setting during Senior Thesis II.</p><p>“Manifestation”<i> </i>is a series of photographs that compare the human form with nature. This work shows the human body alongside natural forms. It proposes an alternative perspective on traditional concepts of beauty.</p><p>Neal is a BFA student in the Department of Art and Design. This exhibition will be on view from Monday through Thursday the week of Nov. 7, with a reception on Monday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m. in Gallery 108. The event is free and open to the public.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:20:06 +0000 boothcw 135673 at APSU students complete more than 400 service hours during fall break <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – During last week’s fall break, three groups of Austin Peay State University students participated in Alternative Break Trips through the University’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Collectively, these students completed more than 400 hours of community service.</p><p>From Oct. 7-11, nine students and a staff member traveled to Chattanooga to spend part of their time volunteering with the Hart Gallery, a community garden and creative space for the homeless. APSU students helped in the community garden and contributed to a community mosaic. The rest of their time was spent with the Chattanooga Food Bank. The students helped with the 7,360 meals that were provided to those in need.</p><p>From Oct. 7-11, nine students and a faculty member traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, where they worked with Kingdom House, an organization based around urban poverty. The APSU students volunteered with children and aided in beautification projects. The students also participated in a poverty simulation and learned from Kingdom House staff about the issues facing a population in poverty.</p><p>From Oct. 8-11, eight students and a staff member traveled to Gainesville, Georgia. This group volunteered at Don Carter State Park, the newest park in the Georgia park system. The students assisted in the creation, maintenance and blazing of hiking and equestrian trails. Because of Hurricane Matthew, many of the park’s rangers were deployed to areas in need, leaving APSU students to step in to keep the maintenance running smoothly.</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement at APSU. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and faculty/staff advisors. A total of 12 trips are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. &nbsp;For more information on how to get involved, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:30:26 +0000 boothcw 135670 at Award-winning writer Dorothy Allison to visit Austin Peay as Acuff Chair of Excellence on Oct. 27 <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;In any form, writing is the expression of an author’s view of the world. Some write to educate or entertain, while others write simply to document the people, places and events of the time. Still, others can see the potential of the medium for something else; the really special ones see writing as a way to provoke uncertainty, and maybe make sense of the nonsensical along the way.</p><p>An award-winning writer, poet and novelist Dorothy Allison is many other things: a feminist, an activist, a mother, teacher — and a provocateur. But to become everything she is today, she had to begin her life as something else entirely.</p><p>The current Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipient, Allison will be on the campus of Austin Peay State University on Oct. 27 for an evening reading of her work. The event, which takes place at 8 p.m., will be held at Clement Auditorium and is free to the public.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Allison has won a number of literary awards, including two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing for her 1988 short story collection, “Trash.” She received mainstream recognition with her novel, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. “Bastard Out of Carolina” became a bestseller, and an Emmy Award-winning film.</p><p>Her 1995 book, “Two or Three Things I Know for Sure” was named the New York Times Book Review notable book of the year, while her 1998 book, “Cavedweller,” was also a national bestseller and has been adapted for the stage and film.</p><p>Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.&nbsp;</p><p>“I'm thrilled to be able to bring Dorothy Allison to our campus to read her work and spend several weeks with our students,” Dr. Amy Wright, Austin Peay associate professor, said. “She is one of the great contemporary American prose writers. I also appreciate that she&nbsp;arose from humble beginnings as the daughter of a waitress, rather than of a CEO. She's a first generation college student who made her way in the wider&nbsp;world toward&nbsp;awards for her best-selling&nbsp;writing.</p><p>“I respect&nbsp;the genius of her syntax as much as the triumph&nbsp;of her personal narrative, which draws on&nbsp;emotional hardships and adversity to offer life-affirming&nbsp;stories of humor, depth and tremendous&nbsp;character.”</p><p>Born in South Carolina, Allison grew up the daughter of a 15-year-old unwed mother. As a young woman, she withstood years of physical and mental abuse from the violent men and troubled women in her life. But it wasn’t until she began writing that she found an out; in writing, Allison discovered the tools to make sense of her upbringing and realize that she no longer needed anyone’s permission to be the driven, provocative and gifted thinker she had always been.</p><p>Established in 1985, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence brings regionally and nationally acclaimed artists to campus to work with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. Each Acuff Chair gives a public performance and visits the campus for about a week.</p><p>For more information on the reading, or this year’s Acuff Chair of Excellence, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 221-7876.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:07:09 +0000 harriscj 135669 at APSU art student Turner to present exhibition of work on Oct. 24 <p><img src="" width="427" height="600" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Clarksville, Tenn.</b>- On Oct. 24, Austin Peay State University graduating senior Michelle Turner will present her Senior Thesis exhibition, “Transcendence,” at APSU’s Gallery 108, located on the first floor of the Trahern Building. APSU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program for Studio Art allows students to present their work in a public setting during Senior Thesis II.&nbsp;This will be her first solo exhibition.</p><p>“Transcendence” is a body of work that includes photographs of manipulated cloud landscapes. The artist’s vision is to take something out of the ordinary and transform it into an entirely new experience for the viewer.&nbsp;</p><p>Turner is a BFA student in the Department of Art and Design. This exhibition will be on view from Monday through Thursday during the week of Oct. 24, with an opening reception on Monday, Oct. 24, from 5-7 p.m. in Gallery 108. The event is free and open to the public.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:24:36 +0000 boothcw 135656 at Annual Soiree on Franklin arts event coming Oct. 28 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin on Friday, Oct. 28.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The event, in its seventh year, is sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors and is open to members of the Circle and the public. “Celebrating the Arts” will feature representations of APSU's arts disciplines, this year focusing on the visual arts and music.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Proceeds from the Soiree benefit the Acuff Circle Arts Scholarship Endowment, which provides a scholarship each year to an Austin Peay student in the arts. The current scholarship recipient is Rachel Prince, a junior from Goodlettsville, working toward her bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art. She will be introduced at the Soiree.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Prince is a published artist who hopes to be a professional portrait painter. Outside of the classroom, she is a member of Austin Peay's Golden Key Society and gives back to the community by volunteering at Bible study and as a school play assistant at Highland Chapel Union Church in Ridgetop, TN. She is a volunteer and has been a service ambassador at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of the arts and culture at the university and in the community. In addition, it promotes the arts with other non-profit groups by hosting collaborative events.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Chairing the Soiree are Circle board members, Beverly Riggins Parker and Marydith Weakley Young.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Soiree will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Room at F&amp;M Bank, 50 Franklin St. Dinner fare is provided and dress is business casual.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Cost is $35 for Circle members and $45 for non-members. Responses are to be sent by Oct. 21 to <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> or telephone (931) 221-7876. Checks, a portion of which is tax-deductible, should be addressed to the APSU Foundation/Acuff Circle, and sent to APSU, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</span></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:46:57 +0000 boothcw 135651 at General public tickets now available for APSU Homecoming concert featuring Frankie Ballard <p><img src="" width="550" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — General public tickets are now available for a concert featuring platinum recording artist Frankie Ballard, with special guest Jason Mizelle. The event, presented by the APSU Govs Programming Council (GPC), is a part of 2016 Austin Peay State University Homecoming.</p><p>The concert takes place Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center on the University campus. Tickets are $10 for Clarksville campus students, $20 for Fort Campbell students/APSU staff faculty and $30 for general public, and may be purchased online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ballard scored three consecutive number one singles off of his 2014 release “Sunshine &amp; Whiskey,” including the platinum-selling title track, “Young &amp; Crazy” and “Helluva Life.” The album reached as high as fifth on the Billboard U.S. Country chart in the year of its release.</p><p>Taking the stage before Ballard is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jason Mizelle. An up-and-coming performer, Mizelle’s first single, “Motown” is now available on Spotify. For more information on the concert and tickets, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Thursday’s concert is just one of the many events that will take place the week of Oct. 17-22 in celebration of 2016 Homecoming: “Home is Where The Govs Are.” For more information on this, or any homecoming event, visit the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement online at&nbsp;<a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:56:23 +0000 harriscj 135608 at Demaray named new associate vice president for finance <p><img src="" width="299" height="299" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Sherry L. Demaray, has been named Austin Peay State University’s associate vice president for finance, effective Oct. 17.</p><p>Demaray will oversee the operations of the finance office, procurement and contract services and auxiliary support services. This includes managing the budgets for areas of responsibility, bank and investments, wiring of funds, preparing budgets for auxiliary services, preparing year-end financial reporting to the Tennessee Board of Regents, foundation accounting and reporting, managing the university-wide risk assessment and ensuring integrity of university financial systems.</p><p>A veteran of higher education administration, finance and planning, Demaray previously served as vice president for finance for Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where she was responsible for business operations, purchasing, human resources, risk management, bookstore and University facilities. A member of the president’s cabinet and treasurer to the board of trustees and the LSSU Foundation, Demaray played an integral role in the development of the University’s Strategic Plan and in its last successful re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Demaray led the campus through its 20-year master planning process and was the lead team member for capital outlay projects.</p><p>Demaray has significant financial experience in the private sector, including working as a treasurer for Tendercare Inc, the largest provider of long-term care in Michigan. In addition, she also served as an assistant controller for Bay Mills Indian Community, as well as an accountant and senior auditor for Gavigan Burkhart Freeman &amp; Co., a Michigan-based public accounting firm.</p><p>Most recently, Demaray owned her own company, Strategic Logic Business Consulting, LLC., specializing in strategic business organization and planning, change management, project management, accounting and business solutions.</p><p>“I could not be more proud to have been selected for this opportunity,” Demaray said. “The growth potential of the university, professionalism of the staff, and the comfortable small campus feel made moving to Tennessee one of the easiest decisions I have made. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I’m excited to be part of the APSU team and officially a ‘Gov’.”</p><p>Demaray earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Lake Superior State University. She is also a certified public accountant in the state of Michigan.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:10:19 +0000 harriscj 135589 at Department of Agriculture to host Alumni Harvest, Farm Facility Open House on Oct. 18 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — When the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture was a long way from being the fastest-growing college department of agriculture in Tennessee that it is today, one man believed in the potential of both the department and the APSU Farm, a 440-acre&nbsp;plot of land now known as the Farm and Environmental Education Center.</p><p>“Dr. Gaines Hunt single-handedly kept the APSU Farm going for several years – sometimes with his own equipment, time and money,” John Bartee Jr., co-chair of the&nbsp;APSU&nbsp;agriculture advisory committee, said. “From an alumni perspective, he’s had a huge impact on the department and the university.”</p><p>Hunt (’66) wore many hats during his career at Austin Peay, serving as an agriculture professor, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. In March 2016, his former students led a fundraising effort to create the Dr. Gaines C. Hunt Agriculture Scholarship Endowment and the Dr. Gaines C. Hunt Agriculture Classroom/Laboratory – a part of the University’s new $1 million Animal Science Facility.</p><p>“In late November of 2015, phone calls were made to alumni of the department, and by the first of January, we had raised enough money to endow his scholarship and name the agriculture classroom,” Bartee said, describing the impact Hunt had on Department alumni.</p><p>On Oct. 18, Austin Peay and the Agriculture Farm Advisory Board invite alumni and community members to visit the facility for an Agriculture Alumni Harvest and New Farm Facility Open House. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. at the facility on Pickens Road in Clarksville, and will include a tour of the facility at 6:15 p.m.</p><p>In addition to the Dr. Gaines C. Hunt Agriculture Classroom/Laboratory, the Animal Science Facility also houses the Ernie and Joan DeWald Livestock Pavilion and the Farm Credit Mid-America Laboratory, the home of the Department’s state-of-the-art genetics and breeding programs. The event will honor Ernie and Joan DeWald, as well as Farm Credit Mid-America and the many legislators and donors whose support made the project possible.</p><p>Sen. Mark Green, Rep. Curtis Johnson (Speaker Pro Tem), Rep. Joe Pitts and Rep. Jay Reedy were instrumental in securing the special state appropriations to support local contributions. Additional donations from Planters Bank, Farm Bureau, the Montgomery County Co-Op and Legends Bank helped to finalize the project.</p><p>“The construction of this facility was an overall community effort,” <span>Dr.&nbsp;</span><span>Don Sudbrink</span><span>, chair of the&nbsp;</span><span>APSU</span><span>&nbsp;Department of Agriculture, said</span>. “Without the help of everyone from our alumni, friends, community members, businesses and legislators who are committed to our mission of teaching and training, this project could not have happened.”</p><p>For more information on the Animal Science Facility or other projects at the Farm and Environmental Education Center, contact the APSU Department of Agriculture at 931-221-7272.</p> Agriculture Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:55:55 +0000 harriscj 135572 at Eight appointed to serve on Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight individuals to the newly created institutional governing board at Austin Peay State University.</p><p>The purpose of the appointments is to give the University increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 Initiative. Austin Peay State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.</p><p>The eight appointees to the board are:</p><p><b>Billy P. Atkins</b></p><p>Billy P. Atkins is chairman and CEO of Legends Bank. Prior to founding Legends Bank, he worked at Northern Bank of Tennessee and First American Bank in Nashville. Mr. Atkins is a current Austin Peay State University Foundation member, and served as the Foundation's president in 1996. In addition, he is a member of Tower Club, Govs Club and Red Coat Society, and is a former chair of Austin Peay's Capital Campaign. Mr. Atkins grew up in Montgomery County and has served as president of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and helped found the Economic Development Council. He attended Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking of the South.</p><p><b>Katherine Cannata</b></p><p>Katherine Johnson Cannata is dealer principal for Wyatt Johnson Automotive Group. A native of Clarksville, she worked for Price Waterhouse in Atlanta, Georgia before returning to join her father’s dealership. She earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she played Division I tennis.</p><p><b>Larry W. Carroll</b></p><p>Larry W. Carroll is president and CEO at Carroll Financial Associates, Inc. He was the 2011 recipient of the Tower Award from Winthrop University and has been inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society at Austin Peay State University and the State of Tennessee Legacy Society. Mr. Carroll is a 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Award winner, as well as a former Austin Peay State University Alumni Chapter president. Mr. Carroll received his undergraduate degree from Austin Peay and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additionally, Carroll served in the U.S. Army. Carroll now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.</p><p><b>Don Jenkins</b></p><p>Don Jenkins is president and CEO of Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford, Honda, and Lincoln in Clarksville. He is currently the president of the Austin Peay State University Foundation, a role he also served in 2000. He is also a member of the Austin Peay State University Executive Committee, a member of Red Coat Society and a former Capital Campaign chair. In 2014, Mr. Jenkins received the Outstanding Service Award for his work with the University, and in 2015, he was honored with the Tennessee Board of Regents 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for his service to Austin Peay. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Gary Luck</b></p><p>Retired Four-star Gen. Gary Luck served for more than 35 years as an officer in the United States Army, culminating in command assignments at the highest levels of the U.S. military, including Commander in Chief, United States Forces Korea and Commander, Joint Special Operations Command. He is a decorated combat veteran and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star medal, and Purple Heart. General Luck holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University, a master’s from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Valencia May, DDS</b></p><p>Dr. Valencia May is a general dentist and owns Plaza Dental Offices in Memphis. Dr. May holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University and a Doctor of Dental Science degree from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. She was honored with Austin Peay’s Outstanding Young Alumna award in 2003. She is also a member of the Austin Peay State University African American Alumni Chapter. Dr. May is a veteran of the United States Air Force.</p><p><b>Robin Mealer</b></p><p>Retired Brig. Gen. Robin Mealer is a director of the United States Army Manpower Analysis Agency. She was commissioned as an army officer and served primarily in aviation and force management at various installations, including Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is a member of the Austin Peay State University Military Alumni Chapter and a member of the National Capital Affinity Group (Washington, D.C.). She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from York College of Pennsylvania and holds master’s degrees from Austin Peay State University, United States Army Command and General Staff College and United States Army War College. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p><b>Mike O’Malley</b></p><p>Mike O’Malley is partner and CEO of Wendy’s Bowling Green, a franchise operating more than 50 restaurants in four states, and has worked for Wendy’s International for over 35 years. O’Malley has served Austin Peay State University as past Foundation chairman and current board member, an executive committee member, a member of the Tower Club and Red Coat Society, and a former Capital Campaign chair. O'Malley was honored with the 2015 Outstanding Service Award. Additionally, O’Malley served in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of Ohio University, O’Malley resides in the Clarksville area.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>These men and women, if confirmed by the Tennessee General Assembly, will join Dr. Nell Rayburn, the trustee selected by APSU’s faculty, in providing important oversight and guidance to this institution. After they are confirmed by the General Assembly and have undergone board training by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the trustees will appoint a nonvoting student member to finalize the new, 10-member board.</p><p>“I appreciate Governor Haslam for putting together a truly outstanding board. The men and women nominated to serve on Austin Peay State University's first Board of Trustees represent a wealth of experience in both the private and military sectors,” Austin Peay State University President Alisa White said. “I am proud to count among this group four business leaders, five veterans, of whom two served as general officers, and a doctor of dentistry.”</p><p>&nbsp;“I also want to express my appreciation to the regents and TBR staff who have provided excellent leadership to Austin Peay over the last 40-plus years. We will have many future opportunities to collaborate with TBR community colleges and colleges of applied technology as well as institutions governed by the University of Tennessee System and the other five public independent universities in Tennessee,” White said. “Tennessee is becoming a national leader in higher education, and Austin Peay State University benefits from operating in a state that has clear goals and initiatives to educate more Tennesseans. We will continue to support the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives, and we will continue to focus on student success.”</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director, public relations and marketing, at 931-221-6309 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:22:30 +0000 harriscj 135555 at APSU service-learning class teaches computer literacy to senior citizens <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Forget your cell phone, your tablet or any other mobile device, and try to imagine that you’re sitting at a desktop computer for the very first time. How do you use the mouse? What is the “F1” button for on the keyboard? How do you access the Internet?</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Technology has been pervasive in my life since kindergarten, so there’s a lot of things about computers that we take for granted,” Blake Crozier, an Austin Peay State University computer science student, said. “Things that we intuitively understand have to be taught with sensitivity to many senior citizens.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last year, Crozier decided he wanted to teach computer literacy to this portion of the population, so with some help from APSU’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, he developed the University’s first computer-science, service-learning course.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We work closely with faculty to plan service-learning courses that complement the work students are doing in the classroom,” Alexandra Wills, the center’s director, said. “Some programs are easier to develop courses for, such as having foreign language students make bilingual business directories, while programs such as computer science require a little more creativity.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The center was able to work out an agreement with Fieldstone Place Assisted Living Facility so that Crozier could spend last spring teaching software, hardware and cyber security to senior citizens. He visited the facility’s library once a week, teaching the residents what they needed to know to safely and successfully operate a computer.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; “I had pretty lofty goals, but it became apparent there was a need to touch on fundamentals,” he said. “But people wanted to learn. They wanted to be able to access information, whether it was photos of grandchildren, information about medication. Eventually, once we got some of the core skills, we started putting the skills to use on the web.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Joseph Elarde, assistant professor of computer science, encouraged Crozier to pursue an independent study, service-learning class, because the APSU student would be helping his community while earning two credit hours toward his degree. And, the class gave him real-world experience that he can now include on his resume.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It made me more aware of the challenges web developers face,” Crozier said. “They want to make products accessible to the largest number of people. The tradeoff there is seeing that there is a need to be accommodating to all levels of computer literacy.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the service learning opportunities at APSU, visit the center’s website at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:01:26 +0000 boothcw 135540 at APSU's new vet tech program to provide more career options for animal lovers <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Kaitlyn Peltier had a difficult choice to make. Her love of animals led her to own and train horses, but that same love also instilled in Peltier a desire to work in a veterinary office. She wanted to help animals, but she didn’t see herself trying to get into one of the country’s few, highly competitive veterinary schools. So, she had to choose—stay in Clarksville and continue to care for her horses, or leave her beloved animals and enroll in a veterinary technology program hours away from her home.</p><p>“I have always loved helping animals, and being a vet tech was what I dreamed about doing,” Peltier said.</p><p>She assumed her dream would be put on hold, but earlier this summer, the Austin Peay State University agriculture student received a bit of good news. In June, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved a new concentration in Veterinary Technology within APSU’s existing Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture.</p><p>“Having this program at Austin Peay is a huge relief,” Peltier said. “It makes me more excited to strive harder in my studies.”</p><p>The new concentration will officially begin in the fall of 2017, and it will prepare a growing number of APSU students to be veterinary technologists—one of the fastest growing career fields in the state and the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">”This program is designed to train students in the fast-growing field of veterinary technology,”</span><span class="s2"> Dr. Christina Galben, veterinarian and APSU assistant professor of Pre-Veterinary Medicine, said. “</span><span class="s1">Vet techs</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;can perform activities that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to do in a veterinary setting.”</span></p><p>For several years, Austin Peay has offered a Pre-Veterinary Medicine program that attracts large numbers of students who want to work with animals. But because of the competitive nature of veterinary graduate programs, many of those students don’t become veterinarians.</p><p>“We’ve got a lot of students interested in many aspects of the animal and veterinary sciences,” Dr. Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, said. “Not everyone wants to go on to become a veterinarian because it’s an intensely competitive training program, so this new concentration provides another opportunity for our students who are interested in this field to earn an appropriate degree.”</p><p>The new veterinary technology program will provide successful students with a four-year, Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, and these students will then be able to pursue what U.S. News and World Report listed as one of the “Best Health Care Jobs” in the nation.</p><p>“Veterinary medicine is becoming a more advanced field, and qualified vets, as well as vet techs, are required for the specialized tasks of treating animals in clinics and animal hospitals,” the publication reported in April 2015. “There’s also particular demand for vet techs to work in public health, food and animal safety, and national disease control.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s new program, contact Galben at <a href=""></a> or Sudbrink at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:05:36 +0000 boothcw 135533 at Internationally recognized artist Janine Antoni to visit APSU Oct. 13 <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will host a lecture by internationally recognized artist Janine Antoni at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Trahern Theater. Antoni’s talk is part of the art and design department’s 2016-17 Visiting Artist Speaker Series.</p><p>Antoni is a visual artist who employs an amalgam of modes, including performance, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Her body is both her tool for creating and the source from which her meaning arises. She is known for transforming materials like chocolate and soap, and incorporating everyday activities like bathing, eating and sleeping into sculptural processes.</p><p>Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas, in 1946, and she received a Bachelor of Art from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Antoni is a featured artist on PBS’s Art21 series and has had major exhibitions of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the S.I.T.E., Santa Fe; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She is also the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999. She currently lives in New York.</p><p>Tickets to this lecture are free, thanks to support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, but tickets are required for this event as seating is limited. To reserve your tickets, please email <a href=""></a> with “Janine Antoni Tickets” as the subject line. Ticket requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p></p><p>Photo cutline:</p><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" class="td1"><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Paper Dance,&nbsp;</i>2013</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Performance with brown paper</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Photographed by Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck&nbsp;</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:11:01 +0000 boothcw 135517 at APSU students join area historians in exploring Fort Defiance <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img src="" width="600" height="375" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Located on a bluff some 200 feet above the meeting point of the Red and Cumberland Rivers, Fort Defiance served a significant role in Clarksville’s participation in the Civil War. Viewed by Confederates as an ideal site to defend the river approach to Clarksville, the fort eventually was captured by Union forces, who occupied the site for the remainder of the war. Under Union control, the fort and its surrounding area served as a beacon for freed and runaway slaves, who found employment, education or safe passage through the site.</span></p><p>After the war, the site was abandoned and mostly forgotten, until recent efforts led to its rediscovery and the construction of what is now the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, a 1,500-square-foot memorial and education center located on the former site of the fort and its surrounding area.</p><p>Still, there are many stories of the Fort and its surrounding area left untold, and Austin Peay State University History Club students recently spent their summer researching various aspects of its history. At a recent event, students joined area historians in presenting their findings as a part of a collaboration between Austin Peay and Clarksville Parks and Recreation.</p><p>“Over the summer, I met with (history club members) and we hammered out some different research topics that they could work on,” Dr. Kelly Jones, Austin Peay assistant history professor, said. “There weren’t any grades, credit or money involved in the work the students were doing over the summer – it was just people being nerds about history in their free time.”</p><p>The topics covered by current Austin Peay students and area historians focused on the communities and individuals that made up Civil War-era Clarksville – many of which, like the site itself, had become lost to history.</p><p>Kate DiStefano, a current graduate student working toward a master’s degree in military history, presented the research she and fellow Austin Peay student Aricia Broadway had conducted on the all-but-forgotten Green Hill Cemetery in the former community of New Providence. Although New Providence was absorbed into what is now the city of Clarksville, the gravesite itself has fallen into disrepair and many of those buried onsite are unidentified by current records.</p><p>“This was a chance for Kate and Aricia to really do some detective work,” Jones said. “Green Hill Cemetery is a historically African American cemetery, and is now a site filled with unmarked graves and a lot of overgrowth. Documents suggest that the site was once one church’s property, then became another church’s property and no one is sure who is responsible for that plot of land.”</p><p>The two Austin Peay students spent their summer building a database of those buried at the site. Using what little information was visible on the remaining headstones, as well as historical records including birth and death records, DiStefano and Broadway were able to build a spreadsheet that identified many internments that were previously unknown to historians.</p><p>“There ended up being a lot of genealogical value in the spreadsheet Kate and Aricia compiled, and we had people coming up to them after their presentation asking to get their hands on that information,” Jones said. “What was really great was that their findings helped to stir up a small preservation society of the Green Hill Cemetery that are starting to talk about getting together to preserve that property.”</p><p>A senior history major and current president of the History Club, Sara Alexander presented her general findings on New Providence. Although Alexander was still early in her research, the presentation began the event and set the stage for the remainder of the speakers.</p><p>“In terms of development, Sara’s research is still early, but it was a nice way to start off the event because it discussed the community of New Providence and talked about the historical processes of that area,” Jones said.</p><p>Jones said that events like the one at Fort Defiance serve a number of important roles for both students and historians. While it produces real work that benefits the understanding of the people, places and things that defined sites like Fort Defiance, it also gives students a chance to step outside of the classroom and gain an understanding of what could await them in their professional careers.</p><p>“I want students to get an understanding of what it’s like to interact with their professors, as well as historians, in a professional setting,” Jones said. “These students are all budding historians in their own way, and getting a chance to present their findings in a setting like this gives them a chance to interact with people as a colleague and not a student. That brings a difference in mindset, and I thought that our students really carried themselves well.”</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Department of History, visit <a href=""></a>. To find out more about the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:47:32 +0000 harriscj 135491 at APSU's Phi Alpha Theta wins eighth Best Chapter Award <p><img src="" width="650" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — While much of America focused on each word said during the recent first presidential debate, something else was gnawing at the back of the mind of Austin Peay State University professor of history, Dr. Minoa Uffelman.</p><p>For the last seven years, the University’s Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society (PAT), which Uffelman advises, has been recognized each fall with the national Best Chapter Award, but September was drawing to a close without word on a possible eighth consecutive award.</p><p>Each year, Uffelman said, the wait seems to get a little longer, but nothing approached the wait endured this time around.</p><p>“Last year, I received word that we had won the award on Sept. 18, and I went back through previous announcement emails and saw that nothing had been sent as late as Sept. 26, the night of the presidential debate,” Uffelman said. “So I turned off the television that night and went to sleep very nervous.”</p><p>The next morning, the good news did finally arrive, and Theta-Delta, Austin Peay’s PAT chapter, is once again home to the Nels A. Cleven Award for Best Chapter of the Year, Division IV. The award is given annually to the best chapter in the nation for the organization’s Division IV, which consists of schools with between 10,001-15,000 students.</p><p>“Being acknowledged eight years in a row is an extraordinary achievement that is the best tribute possible to Dr. Minoa Uffelman’s remarkable leadership as faculty advisor and to the students of Phi Alpha Theta and their engagement in high impact student practices,” Dr. John Steinberg, chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, said.</p><p>Best Chapter Awards are presented to chapters that excel in promoting the mission of the honor society on their campus and in their community. To be considered, chapters must present an electronic scrapbook highlighting chapter activities, including fund raising events, field trips, hosting or attending regional meetings and attending the national biennial convention.</p><p>“The kind of student leadership we see in Theta-Delta is a testament to the devotion of its members and the leadership of its officers,” Dr. Rex Gandy, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said. “It is a well-deserved honor for an organization that is a great source of pride to Austin Peay State University.”</p><p>In addition to bringing Austin Peay national recognition, PAT serves as an important driver for post-graduation student success. Over the last eight years, PAT alumni have translated the experience gained at Austin Peay into master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as professional work as historians and teachers around the world.</p><p>PAT alumni have pursued master’s at, among others institutions, the University of Connecticut, the University of Tennessee and international universities including the University of Glasgow and Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany. Alumni of PAT have also pursued doctoral degrees at Auburn University, Kansas State University and Northwestern University.</p><p>Austin Peay faculty also count themselves among PAT alumni, and have pursued Ph.D. work at the University of Kentucky (Dr. Antonio Thompson), the University of Mississippi (Uffelman) and the University of New Mexico (Dr. Michelle Butts) before returning to Austin Peay as professors.</p><p>PAT experience does not limit students to history-related fields, as alumni have found work in a wide range of industries, including journalism, library science, museums and parks and politics. PAT alumni serve as officers in all branches of the U.S. military. Alumni have also pursued careers in the legal field, earning law degrees at, among other institutions, Penn State University, Samford University and the University of Memphis.</p><p>“People think that there are only so many things you can do with a background in history, but employers value candidates who excel in reading, writing and researching, as well as being able to present your ideas in a clear way to an audience,” Uffelman continued. “We teach our students analytical skills, communication and writing.&nbsp; PAT provides conferences, a student journal, training in research, opportunities to work in archives, plan historical events and gain living history experience.”</p><p>For more information on the convention or the local PAT chapter, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman at <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or 931-221-7704.</p> History and Philosophy Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:04:38 +0000 harriscj 135461 at Zone 3 Press presents an editors reading on Oct. 6 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;On Thursday, Oct. 6, Zone 3, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in Creative Arts’ literary journal, will present a reading with three of its award-winning editors, Amy Wright, Barry Kitterman and Andrea Spofford.</p><p>The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 303 of the Morgan University Center and begins at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>Wright is the author of “Everything in the Universe,” “Cracker Sonnets” and five chapbooks. Together with William Wright, she co-authored “Creeks of the Upper South.” In addition to her writing, she is also the nonfiction editor of Zone 3 Press and coordinator of creative writing at Austin Peay.</p><p>Kitterman, the author of a novel, “The Baker’s Boy” and a collection of stories entitled, “From The San Joaquin,” has been recognized through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Council and the Hambridge Center for the Arts. He is the fiction editor for Zone 3 Press.</p><p>A writer of poems and essays, Spofford’s work can be found, or is forthcoming, in The Account, Cimarron Review, inter\rupture, New South, The Portland Review, Sugar House Review, Puerto del sol and many more outlets. She is the author of three chapbooks and one full-length collection of poetry.</p><p>For more information on Zone 3 Press and additional upcoming events, visit <a href="," target="_blank"><b>,</b></a>&nbsp;or call 931-221-7031.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:29:32 +0000 harriscj 135438 at Department of Theatre and Dance opens Fall 2016 season with “Picnic,” running from Sept. 28-Oct. 2 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance begins its Fall 2016 season with a production of William Inge’s “Picnic.” The play, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, will be held in the Trahern Theatre on the University campus.</p><p>Taking place over Labor Day weekend in the backyards of two middle-aged widows, Inge’s play explores the hopes and dreams, and even the awakening of teen sexuality, of a small Kansas town when a young drifter passes through looking for a job and catches the attention of two sisters. With each sister hoping for something more than their small town lives, what will happen when their worlds are turned upside down by love?</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">"The thing I most enjoy is examining what we have gained and what we have lost," said Austin Peay associate professor and "Picnic" director, Noel Rennerfeldt. "</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">In the Midwest in the early 1950s, there was less fear of strangers. Perhaps this was a carryover from the days of the Great Depression when so many were in need of a helping hand or a meal. It certainly seems to be something we’ve lost."</span></p><p>First performed in 1953, “Picnic” won Inge the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while also winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the season. In 1955, “Picnic” was adapted for the screen, and won two Academy Awards, as well as four additional nominations, including Best Movie and Best Picture.</p><p>The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for performances on Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, while the Oct. 2 performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission for all performances is $10 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and military.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU box office at 931-221-7379 or email at <a href=""></a>. Tickets can also be purchased at <a href=""></a>.</p> Theatre & Dance Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:12:29 +0000 harriscj 135365 at APSU physics student visits national lab, discovers quasar <p><img src="" width="600" height="335" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Quasars—massive black holes that emit large amounts of radiation—are among the brightest objects in the universe, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to identify. For centuries, they’ve been mistaken for other shining celestial objects, and in recent years, astronomers had yet to accurately identify a certain one of these brilliant specks in the southern sky. But earlier this summer, Austin Peay State University student Jacob Robertson took a look at this object and realized it wasn’t just another star.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “My first thought was, ‘I know this is a quasar, I hope it hasn’t been discovered yet,’” Robertson, a physics major, said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It hadn’t. Now, Robertson is the second APSU student in recent years to make an important scientific discovery. In 2013, then-student Mees Fix also discovered a quasar while examining white dwarf stars. Like Fix three years ago, Robertson spent some of the summer of 2016 at Fermilab—the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory—with Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of physics and astronomy, assisting with the international Dark Energy Survey. According to Fermilab’s website, the survey “is designed to probe the origin of the accelerating universe and help uncover the nature of dark energy by measuring the 14-billion-year history of cosmic expansion with high precision.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It was my job to go through and reduce the data to confirm that the stars in this sample were white dwarfs,” Robertson said. “I had read (Fix’s) paper, so I knew what a quasar spectrum was supposed to look like. When I came across (the object), I immediately knew it was a quasar.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The APSU student will now be the lead author on an academic paper about the discovery. Smith and APSU physics student Deborah Gulledge, who also worked at Fermilab this summer, will be listed as co-authors.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Robertson, only a junior, already has a strong resume as a physics and astronomy researcher. In addition to his work at Fermilab, he traveled to Arizona in early September to conduct research at Kitt Peak National Observatory, and in August, he accompanied a team of APSU students to Montana State University to participate in the NASA-funded Eclipse Ballooning Project. Information on that project is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “The unique thing about Austin Peay’s physics department is that there are so many opportunities to get involved in research,” Robertson said. “And the professors do push you to get involved in something.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:14:24 +0000 boothcw 135291 at Physics, art double major Mary Sencabaugh creates mural honoring outer space <p><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay art and physics double major Mary Sencabaugh was simply asked to fill a space on a wall.</p><p>A professor of physics and astronomy at Austin Peay,&nbsp;<span>Dr. Allyn Smith had recently renovated his office space in at the University's Sundquist Science Building and was looking to cover an empty wall with something invocative of the the stars.&nbsp;<span>As a student of both the explained (physics) and the unexplained (art),&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 12px;">Sencabaugh found herself singled out as the perfect choice to tackle the job.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">But while Sencabaugh was just asked to fill a space on a wall, the Austin Peay student instead saw it as an opportunity to pay tribute to a number of inspirations in her life.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;"></span><span style="font-size: 1em;">“Ultimately, both physics and art are about trying to explain or understand the things around you,” Sencabaugh said. “I’m always trying to base my art projects around physics because it’s something I’m always thinking or learning about anyway, so (the mural) was a great project for me.”</span></p><p>Created using oil paints, Sencabaugh's mural is meant to invoke a sense of awe in the beauty of space. Before her commission, Sencabaugh had taken part in a University trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tuscon, Arizona, and the art and physics major said the&nbsp;extraterrestrial sights experienced on that trip served as her inspiration.</p><p>The mural’s use of color and shape is abstract, but Sencabaugh said her goal was to encompass many of the unique sights that can be spotted through a telescope.</p><p>“I wanted to try to get a number of different important features of space in the mural itself,” Sencabaugh said. “For instance, there’s the Einstein’s Cross in one corner, which is a real example of light bending around a heavy object so that it makes it look like two identical objects to our eyes.”</p><p>The entire structure of the mural itself, Sencabaugh said, is a subtle tribute to one of her artistic inspirations – late television host and painter, Bob Ross.</p><p>“I’m a big Bob Ross fan, and one of his favorite things to do was to paint ‘fluffy little clouds’ in his works,” Sencabaugh said. “Ultimately, space itself is like a series of fluffy clouds, so that’s the way I went about creating the nebula in the mural.</p><p>“(The mural) was fun because it’s a chance to combine physics and astronomy, which have the burden of accuracy, with art, which has no burden of accuracy and gives you the freedom to do what you want.”</p><p>For information on the Austin Peay’s schedule of events for the 2017 Total American Eclipse, visit <a href=""></a>. To find out more about Sencabaugh’s work, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:29:34 +0000 harriscj 135287 at Platinum recording artist Frankie Ballard to headline APSU’s 2016 Homecoming Concert <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As a part of the 2016 Austin Peay State University Homecoming week of events, the APSU Govs Programming Council (GPC) presents a concert featuring platinum recording artist Frankie Ballard, featuring special guest Jason Mizelle.</p><p>The concert takes place Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center on the University campus. Tickets are $10 for students until Oct. 2 and $20 for students after Oct. 3, and may be purchased online at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p><p>A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ballard scored three consecutive number one singles off of his 2014 release “Sunshine &amp; Whiskey,” including the platinum-selling title track, “Young &amp; Crazy” and “Helluva Life.” The album reached as high as fifth on the Billboard U.S. Country chart in the year of its release.</p><p>Ballard’s latest album, “El Rio,” came out of a need for the country musician to hit the road. Leaving his Nashville home behind, Ballard traveled to the world-famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama for a series of rehearsals before continuing to the Granada Theatre in Dallas, Texas — ultimately arriving at the Sonic Ranch recording studio, just outside of El Paso.</p><p>Once there, Ballard and his band threw themselves into the music, eating and sleeping at the studio with the goal of creating a bona fide album. The end result was “El Rio,” a collection of 11 songs with a sonic through-line, invocative of Ballard’s inspirations, including Bob Seger and the Rolling Stones.</p><p>“I spur myself sometimes … (El Paso) is as far away as you can get. I was trying to get my blood moving,” Ballard said, of his grueling road trip to El Paso.</p><p>Taking the stage before Ballard is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jason Mizelle. An up-and-coming performer, Mizelle’s first single, “Motown” is now available on Spotify.</p><p>Thursday’s concert is just one of the many events that will take place the week of Oct. 17-22 in celebration of 2016 Homecoming: “Home is Where The Govs Are.” For more information on this, or any homecoming event, visit the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement online at&nbsp;<a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:20:20 +0000 harriscj 135241 at