Today @ APSU - University News en APSU welcomes writers, poets Angela Ball, Ashley Seitz Kramer for poetry reading event <p><img src="" width="353" height="600" alt="kramer_and_ball2-page-001.jpg" /></p><p>On Oct. 22, Zone 3 Press, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in Creative Arts’ literary journal, will present a poetry reading with award-winning writers Angela Ball and Ashley Seitz Kramer.</p><p>The event will be held in Room 303 of the Morgan University Center and begins at 8 p.m.</p><p>Ashley Seitz Kramer’s manuscript, “Museum of Distance,” was selected by Ball as the winner of the 2014 Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry. A native Ohioan, Kramer has won several awards, including the Ruth Stone Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Prize, and the Utah Writers’ Contest. Kramer has also been a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.</p><p>Her work is published or forthcoming in the Colorado Review, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, The Southeast Review and The Cincinnati Review, among others.</p><p>Kramer teaches writing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is assistant dean of Arts and Sciences.</p><p>Angela Ball’s prize-winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Denver Quarterly and The Southern Review. With a career spanning over twenty years, Ball’s books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (1990), Possession (1995), Quartet (1995) and The Museum of the Revolution (1999).</p><p>Ball’s 2007 collection Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.</p><p>The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the United States at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland.</p><p>For more information on Zone 3 Press and additional upcoming events, visit <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7031. </p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1500" height="2550" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:15:12 +0000 harriscj 113379 at New APSU scholarship to help East Tennessee students become Special Education teachers <p>         CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Students from Scott and Blount counties interested in becoming special education teachers are eligible for a new scholarship at Austin Peay State University, thanks to a recent gift from an anonymous donor.</p><p>            The East Tennessee donor will give APSU’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education (MDECOE) $50,000 over the next five years for its Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) scholarship initiative. That project is working to increase the number of APSU students who want to teach special education to meet national and statewide shortages.</p><p>            “We will start distributing this new scholarship money in the spring,” Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander, APSU assistant professor of education and grant director, said. “The goal is to get students licensed so they can be special education teachers.”</p><p>            The new scholarship is only open to students from Scott and Blount counties, in East Tennessee, and applicants must meet the admissions requirements for the MDECOE.</p><p>            Dr. Moniqueka E. Gold, chair of the Department of Educational Specialties in the MDECOE, is excited about increasing not only the number of highly-qualified special educators licensed in Tennessee, but also about having scholarship monies to help support deserving students from East Tennessee who have chosen to earn a college degree from APSU.</p><p>            The TEAM initiative is currently working to provide scholarships for students from other Tennessee counties, including Montgomery County, who are interested in teaching special education.</p><p>            For more information on the scholarship or the TEAM initiative, contact Lynch-Alexander at <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:53:06 +0000 boothcw 113377 at Department of Theatre and Dance chair Brian Vernon chosen as recipient of 2015 Margaret Martin Award <p><img src="" width="380" height="500" alt="20120821-Brian-Vernon.jpg" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Brian Vernon has been awarded the 2015 Margaret Martin Award by the Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD).</p><p>The Margaret Martin Award recognizes individuals or corporations who make long term, consistently outstanding contributions that further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee. Vernon was chosen to receive the award following a unanimous selection by TAD voting members.</p><p>Before arriving at APSU in 2012, Vernon was an associate professor and director of Dance at Alabama State University, where he founded one of only two BFA Dance Programs in the state.  He also founded the Dance program at the University of Central Florida during his time there as associate professor and coordinator of Dance.</p><p>As an educator, Vernon has visited South Africa six times to teach dance in underprivileged townships and choreograph for a professional South African Dance Company.  He remains active and serves on the Board of Directors for several arts organizations.  He has received many awards and recognitions.  Special among them is The University of the Arts Outstanding Alumni Award for his work in South Africa. </p><p>Vernon will be presented with the Margaret Martin Award at the 2015 Tennessee Dance Festival, held on Saturday Oct. 10 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.</p><p>The Tennessee Association of Dance is a statewide network of organizations and individual dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. TAD provides services that support communication, fellowship, advocacy, leadership and education for a broad-based dance constituency.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-6767.</p> tbr Theatre & Dance Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:43:02 +0000 harriscj 113318 at APSU School of Nursing receives $41,798 grant with health department for breast health <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="nursing_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing and the Montgomery County Health Department will continue to support the fight against breast cancer, thanks to a $41,798 grant from the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. </p><p>For the third year in a row, the Nashville Komen affiliate has awarded the grant to the two organizations to provide breast health education and services to underserved populations in this community.</p><p>“This grant helps provide mammography services to underserved women in Montgomery County, and it gives our nursing students an opportunity to do community education and service in our community regarding breast health,” Dr. Patty Orr, APSU professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing, said previously.</p><p>Orr wrote the Komen grant with Joey Smith, director of the county health department.</p><p>“The goal of this program is to identify any cancer early when it can be treated successfully,” Orr said.</p><p>For more information, contact Orr by email at <a href="">orrp@apsu.ed</a></p><p> </p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Daveisha Moore, mission/education director with Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate, presents Dr. Patty Orr, APSU professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing, and Joey Smith, director of the county health department, with a $41,798 check to support local breast health</p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:32:05 +0000 boothcw 113241 at APSU visiting artist lecture series to feature national graphic designer <p><img src="" width="600" height="431" alt="Andrew_Smith_scroll.jpg" /></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 continue its Visiting Artist Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 with nationally-recognized graphic designer Andrew Smith. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in room 401 of the Trahern Building.</p><p>Smith, also known as ‘ampersandrew,’ was recently named lead designer for IBM in Austin, Texas. Prior to this appointment, he was an associate creative designer for Team Detroit and senior designer for pushtwentytwo. He has worked on national campaigns for Ford Mustang, Ford Transit, Ford Focus ST, Lincoln MKZ, Ellie Herring, 1xRUN, IMU and many more. He has vast experience in branding, marketing, hand lettering, motion graphics, photography, web design and art direction.</p><p>Smith will be talking about his experience as a designer, highlighting some of his work, and discussing what it takes to make it in the design field. Prior to his lecture, he will conduct several workshops, along with a colleague from IBM, with APSU graphic design students.</p><p>“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to work with Andrew Smith,” Barry Jones, chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design, said. “These workshops will give our students experience in working with a nationally-recognized designer, and we are pleased to be able to bring him to APSU.”</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:13:10 +0000 boothcw 113085 at Red Tie Affair is the theme for 2015 APSU Homecoming <p>Austin Peay State University’s annual Homecoming celebration will run from Monday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 24.</p><p>The theme this year is “Red Tie Affair.” For additional information on Homecoming events, as well as registration and ticket information, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p>The main event of this year’s Homecoming takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, as APSU football hosts nationally ranked Jacksonville State University. Kickoff time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Governors Stadium.</p><p>The game is only one event on Saturday, as the day kicks off with a Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. A showcase for both APSU and the Clarksville community, the Homecoming parade begins on North 8<sup>th</sup> Street and will weave its way through town in a celebration of Austin Peay spirit.</p><p>At noon, the 2015 Alumni Awards Lunch will be held in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Meet and mingle with other alumni and friends as we honor this year’s selection of outstanding alumni award recipients, including Maggie Kulback (’77), Mike O’Malley, Michael Wall (’00), Chad Kimmel (’02), Fred Landiss (’69) and Dr. Joe Greer (’70). Tickets are $25 per person. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, Oct. 21. Contact Alumni Relations Office, 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586. </p><p>To cap off the evening, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will present its Homecoming Step Show at 7:30 p.m. in the Foy Fitness Center.</p><p>The week’s festivities begin Monday, Oct. 19, with a Student Government Association t-shirt giveaway at 11 a.m. in the Morgan University Center plaza. Later that evening, a fight song competition is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Foy Fitness Center. Students will compete to sing their best takes on APSU’s fight song, “Smash! Bang!,” with a bonfire and announcement of the Homecoming court taking place immediately after in the Dunn Bowl.</p><p>On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Morgan University Center will host a Red Tie Food Drive to benefit the APSU SOS Food Pantry. At 7 p.m. that evening, the AP Apollo 2015 talent contest takes place in the Foy Fitness Center.</p><p>First place in the competition takes home $500 for showcasing their skills. For more information on AP Apollo, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p>A Campus Cookout &amp; Red Tie Giveaway at 11 a.m. in the Morgan University Center Plaza kicks off festivities on Thursday, Oct. 22. Later that evening, at 4 p.m. in the Intramural Fields, students will compete for prizes and athletic glory in the Governator Competitions.</p><p>On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Throwback Thursday Mystery Event gets underway at 12:30 p.m. in the Morgan University Center Plaza. But that’s just setting the stage for the evening’s headliner, as internationally recognized music duo MKTO, featuring special guest Muddy Magnolias, rocks the Foy Fitness Center at 7 p.m.</p><p>Students, players and fans alike will all show their spirit on Friday, Oct. 23 in a major pep rally and Soulfest. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. in the Morgan University Center Plaza.</p><p>Capping off the evening is the Block Party in the “Alley,” from 8-11 p.m. in Strawberry Alley, downtown Clarksville. Celebrate APSU Homecoming 2015 to the sounds of Neil Brock and the Cover Ups, sponsored by Budweiser of Clarksville, Edwards Steakhouse and Section 125. Tickets are $3 per person, with wrist band and first beverage included in price. Must be 21 and over, and show a valid I.D. Contact Alumni Relations Office, 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p><p>Before the Governors take the field on Saturday against Jacksonville State, Governors will gather on the links for the 37<sup>th</sup> Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, sponsored by Budweiser of Clarksville, at Swan Lake Golf Course. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is $60 per person. Fee includes ditty bag, refreshments and light lunch. Contact Alumni Relations Office, 931-221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p><p>All Homecoming entry forms, including banners, are due by Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, room 211. For more information on any or all events, contact APSU Student Life and Engagement at 931-221-7431.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1200" height="1039" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:38:20 +0000 harriscj 113082 at APSU Department of Theatre and Dance to host acclaimed Cirque du Soleil performer Cheryl Ann Sanders <p><img src="" width="599" height="414" alt="Cirque_Du_Solei_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, Cheryl Ann Sanders will present an evening of works in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theatre, titled “Cirque du Jeu Physique.” Sanders, a conservatory-trained musical theatre artist, has cultivated her career as an equity artist-turned cirque star. Sanders is currently a lead artist at Downtown Disney’s “La Nouba” in Orlando, Florida. </p><p>Sanders is the second guest artist to be named a 2015-2016 APSU Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts. During her residency, she will present a series of workshops for APSU theatre and dance students. The Oct. 8 performance will include Sanders’ unique brand of physical theatre and will feature current students who will work with her during her residency. </p><p>Tickets for “Cirque du Jeu Physique” are free and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call Marcus Hayes at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379. </p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:24:56 +0000 boothcw 113016 at Acuff Circle to celebrate the arts at APSU with Soiree on Franklin Nov. 6 <p class="p1"><img src="" width="451" height="419" alt="2012-13_Acuff_Circle_brochure_copy.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arts at Austin Peay State University will be on display and celebrated at the annual Soiree on Franklin on Nov. 6.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">The event, in its sixth 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 keying on music and the visual arts.</span></p><p class="p2"><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.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">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.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Chairing the event 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. in 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. 28 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> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:22:48 +0000 boothcw 112867 at Harrison Scott Key to speak as part of APSU's Visiting Writer Series <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><img src="" height="623" width="488" alt="Key_flyer-revised_pdf.jpg" /></span></strong></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – </span><span class="s2">“The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a bible story … like my father.”</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi, Harrison Scott Key knows a thing or two about life in the South – and the unique people that call it home.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Much like the South, Key’s father was also one-of-a-kind. The author, comedian and university professor’s new book, titled “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir” tells the story of a bookish boy, sharing a house with a father who often seemed at odds with the society his son embraced.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Key will stop by Austin Peay State University on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. to read from his work in room 303 of the Morgan University Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the APSU Visiting Writers Series. A reception and book signing will follow.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">The book describes a boy playing and learning with pious, Bible-reading southern men and women – all while being raised by a man who only truly felt comfortable when hunting, fighting or just plain escaping from civilization.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">“(My father was) a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers,” Key remarked.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Key, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like his father, and that pushed him to focus on being everything he was not. While his father shunned society, Key came to embrace it, becoming an actor, a Presbyterian and a doctor of philosophy.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Key started to view his father in a new light, and realized—for better and for worse—how much of his old man he’d absorbed.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">Amanda Winfree of Zone 3 Press, APSU’s literary journal, reviewed “The World’s Largest Man,” praising Key for his insightful and cognizant thoughts on the absurdity of just how much he’d become like the man he once shunned.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">“To describe this book as hilarious would be both true and a terrible understatement. It’s a goldmine of visceral humor but also of careful observation and profound gratitude,” Winfree wrote.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">For more information on Key or the APSU Visiting Writers Series, contact Susan Wallace at <a href=""><span class="s3"></span></a>. </span></p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:44:57 +0000 harriscj 112795 at APSU BFA student Lyndsay Evetts exhibits work in Gallery 108 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “Elemental,” a solo exhibition of landscape photographs produced with handmade ceramic cameras by Austin Peay State Univeristy senior Lyndsay Evetts, will be on display Oct. 5-8 in Gallery 108 of the APSU Trahern Building. The exhibit features a collection of pinhole cameras fashioned from clay that capture the simplicity of the world.</p><p>There will be a opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at the gallery. The exhibition also be open to the public from noon – 5 p.m., Oct. 6-8.</p><p>Evetts is completing her BFA degree in Studio Arts with a focus in photography. She will be graduating from APSU in December 2015. The work in this exhibition focuses on the clarity of purpose and imagery that can result from a hands-on investigation into the history of human innovation and technology.</p><p>Information about the show is available online at: <a href=""></a>. </p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:39:42 +0000 boothcw 112789 at US Air Force Band of Mid-America's Concert Band to perform at APSU <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band will present a free concert at Clement Auditorium on the campus of Austin Peay State University on Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. This concert is general admission and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.</p><p>Presented in partnership with APSU, this is a family-friendly, all ages event.</p><p>The Concert Band is a group of 45 professional musicians whose music inspires patriotism, connects communities with military service members and honors our country’s veterans.</p><p>During a concert, you are just as likely to hear the music of contemporary composers as you would the familiar sounds of John Phillip Sousa or Maj. Glenn Miller. The band also features vocal soloists singing a wide variety of popular, classical and patriotic selections.</p><p>Small ensembles may be available for performances and interviews during local news and public interest programs. Please contact 618-229-8136, or email <a href=""></a> to make arrangements.</p> tbr Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:09:52 +0000 harriscj 112694 at New exhibit at APSU questions boundaries of female stereotypes <p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is sharing the work of artist Britney Jo Carroll with the Clarksville community through Oct. 16.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Carroll uses mixed-media installations to examine her struggles with the expressive and oppressive traditions within gender roles. In her work, she analyzes herself and encourages viewers to examine his or her unspoken fears and desires.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Carroll was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1983 and has continued to live, work and create art throughout the southeast. After receiving her B.A. in printmaking from Georgia College and State University in 2006, she pursued her M.F.A. in sculpture at Western Carolina University. Her M.F.A. was conferred in December of 2009 upon completion of her thesis “The Exposing Stitch: Personal Fears of Childbearing.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions including: Flood Fine Art Center of Asheville, North Carolina, Salem Fine Arts Center Galleries of Salem, North Carolina, and The Contemporary Art Exchange of Macon, Georgia. She currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at</span></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:38:29 +0000 boothcw 112568 at APSU professors signing new zombie book on Sept. 29 at APSU Morgan University Center <p><img src="" width="333" height="499" alt="51SYLthrLPL._SX331_BO1204203200_.jpg" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University professors and alumni, Dr. Antonio and Dr. Amy Thompson, will be signing copies of their recently published book, “But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications (Contributions to Zombie Studies)" on Sept. 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Morgan University Center lobby on the University campus.</p><p>APSU associate professor of sociology and contributor to the book, Dr. David Steele will also be available at the signing. Light refreshments will also be provided.</p><p>Part pop culture trope, part hypothetical cataclysm, the zombie apocalypse is rooted in modern literature, film and mythology. This collection of new essays considers the implications of this scientifically impossible (but perhaps imminent) event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The contributors discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.</p><p>The book is now available at many major retailers, including and Barnes &amp; Noble, as well as</p><p>For more information, contact Rylan Kean, APSU Alumni Relations at 931-221-7979.</p> Biology History and Philosophy Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:40:29 +0000 harriscj 112460 at Students and public invited to Oct. 1 Peay Read event <p><img src="" width="600" height="405" alt="low_res_with_blue_background.jpg" /></p><p>         CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, journalist Kelsey Timmerman will visit Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center to discuss his best-selling book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Clothes.” The lecture, which is free an open to the public, is part of the University’s annual Peay Read event.</p><p>            The Peay Read is designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshman students. This year, Timmerman will discuss why he traveled to garment factories around the world to learn where the clothes in his closet came from. </p><p>“Before the quest, I could put on a piece of clothing without reading its tag and thinking about Arifa in Bangladesh or Dewan in China, about their children, their hopes and dreams, and the challenges they face,” he wrote.</p><p>            With Americans buying more than one piece of clothing a week, according to the AAFA, and throwing away more than 10 million tons worth of garments each year, Timmerman’s book explores “the way we live and the way they live; because when it comes to clothing, others make it, and we have it made. And there’s a big, big difference.”</p><p>            For more details about this year’s reading selection or The Peay Read, visit <a href=""></a> or visit Peay Read on Facebook.</p><p>For more information about Timmerman’s upcoming talk, contact Dr. Sherryl Byrd, chair of The Peay Read committee, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:38:39 +0000 boothcw 112457 at APSU to host evening of traditional Japanese dance on Oct. 5 <p><img src="" width="600" height="442" alt="2015_flier1_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a warm summer evening, Dr. David Rands, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, put on a dress shirt and tie and headed to the cultural and political center of Tokyo. The Supreme Court of Japan stood to his south, and only a few blocks away, surrounded by a moat, was the famed Imperial Palace.</p><p>              That night, the APSU professor followed some of that country’s elite into the National Theatre of Japan—an imposing building designed in the Japanese Azekurazukuri architectural style—to watch a performance by members of Global Culture Nasu, one of the major schools of traditional dance in Japan. The dancers, with white painted faces and multilayered kimonos, moved gracefully to the sound of ancient Japanese instruments.</p><p>            “When you first see it, you’re just blown away by the whole thing,” Rands said. “It’s spectacle. But then you realize that this is so deliberate. You start to understand all the intricacies of it.”</p><p>            This fall, the famed troupe is making a special trip to Tennessee, and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, Global Culture Nasu will visit APSU’s Trahern Theater for its only public performance on an American college campus. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>            “They have taken it upon themselves to come share their dance in Tennessee because they feel it’s important for people to see the cultural side of Japan, in addition to the business side, “Rands, who also coordinates APSU’s Asian Studies Program, said. “This is not something you can see anywhere else in America.”</p><p>            Global Culture Nasu’s visit to campus is part of collaboration between APSU’s Department of History and Philosophy and APSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. On the morning of Oct. 5, the internationally renowned group will meet with students in a class taught by Margaret Rennerfeldt, APSU associate professor of dance. In that class, the dancers will instruct APSU students in the traditional art form, with the intent of having the students join the troupe on stage later that evening.</p><p>            At 7 p.m., the concert will begin with a brief introduction to the dance style, including a tutorial on what some of the delicate movements represent.</p><p>            “I would greatly encourage anyone who has never been to the performance to go,” APSU student Cody Shapiro said. He attended a performance last year hosted by the Japanese Consulate in Nashville. “It's a good way to experience authentic Japanese culture in person.”</p><p>            For more information on the performance, contact Rands at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:04:29 +0000 boothcw 112449 at APSU Honors Program to screen “Welcome to Leith” as part of film series <p><img src="" width="640" height="237" alt="welcome_to_leith.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program begins another year of its Honors Film Series when it presents “Welcome to Leith” on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Commons classroom.</p><p>“Welcome to Leith” documents the attempt by white supremacist Craig Cobb to take over the North Dakota town of Leith, a community with a population of 24 people. As Cobb acquires property and invites other extremists to join him, tensions escalate, with the neighbors themselves employing questionable means to rid their town of its newly arrived but unwanted residents. </p><p>The documentary has been met with universal acclaim. Dennis Harvey of Variety noted, “‘Welcome to Leith’ is as engrossing as a fictional thriller.” Stephen Holden of the New York Times remarked, “(Cobb) is a truly scary presence whose eyes burn with fervor as he describes his racist, anti-Semitic agenda. At the same time, he is articulate, intelligent, determined and dangerous.”</p><p>Following the film, a panel discussion will take place, discussing the documentary’s themes and message. The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Honors Program at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7403.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="640" height="237" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Honors Program Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:49:34 +0000 harriscj 112244 at Nashville art exhibit showcases APSU Department of Art and Design <p><img src="" width="448" height="600" alt="Silent_things-01.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This October, the L Gallery in downtown Nashville will present works by Austin Peay State University art and design faculty and students as part of a multi-discipline exhibit, titled “The One and the Many.”</p><p>            The exhibit, curated by APSU student Sara Straussberger, will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the gallery, in space 72 of The Arcade in Nashville.</p><p>            “The One and the Many” will incorporate a variety of different media, including photo sculptures by Amber Briggs, APSU student; a large ink drawing by Crowma, APSU student; an installation using found objects by Sophia Eisenbart, APSU student; collages by APSU students Christy Gordon and Steven Walker and by Billy Renkl, APSU professor of art; a projection by Barry Jones, chair of the Department of Art and Design; paintings by Suta Lee, APSU associate professor of art; and prints and sculptures by Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art.</p><p>            The show is made possible through the generous support of APSU’s Faculty Senate Student Academic Success Initiative Award Program.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:22:00 +0000 boothcw 112237 at APSU's Moodt named to national administrator institute <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="20150831-Open-Studio-9847_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Grace Moodt, interim director of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing, was invited to participate in Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) inaugural cohort of the Emerging Educational Administrator Institute (EEAI). The STTI/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education administers the institute thanks to a grant from the Chamberlain College of Nursing.</p><p>            EEAI is a highly selective 12-month institute designed for two distinct audiences: experienced faculty who aspire to become academic administrators and individuals in their first administrative positions. During the course of the institute, participants will refine their leadership skills and establish a professional roadmap for their future success.</p><p>            Moodt was named interim director of the APSU School of Nursing for the 2015-16 academic year. She joined APSU in 2007, and her academic specialty within the field is Maternal Child Nursing.</p><p>            "This institute is an excellent opportunity for aspiring and novice administrators to broaden their skills, context and leadership experience as they take on this important responsibility,” said STTI President Hester C. Klopper. “STTI, in partnership with the Chamberlain College of Nursing, is excited to offer this unique and important leadership experience to help prepare the administrators who will mold and oversee the education of tomorrow’s nurses.”</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:02:23 +0000 boothcw 112173 at APSU professors publish "...But if a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur," a scholarly book on zombies <p><img src="" height="333" width="500" alt="Thompsons.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The decaying, dangerous world of mega-popular television show and comic series “The Walking Dead” is not real and will never be our reality.</p><p>But if zombies did start shambling down our real world streets, it wouldn’t be the worst idea if we had a plan.</p><p>Taking advantage of a unique overlapping of both personal and professional interests, Dr. Antonio Thompson, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, and his wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, recently completed work on a new academic book, titled “But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications.”</p><p>“When ‘The Walking Dead’ came on television, I started watching it, and I saw that the show was really about people and not the zombies themselves,” Dr. Amy Thompson said. “One of the things you have to do as a college professor is reach your audience, reach your students, and talk about things that they like in order to engage them in learning.”</p><p>As devotees of the genre, the Thompsons saw the popularity of zombies as an opportunity to better reach students on a personal level. While at San Diego Comic-Con to present an academic paper in 2012, Dr. Antonio Thompson pitched the book’s concept to editors from McFarland Press, a major academic and adult nonfiction publisher, and quickly received a contract for the book.</p><p>Popularized by film director George Romero, the modern zombie is notable in terms of its thematics; Romero saw zombies as not just a frightening enemy, but as a vehicle to criticize what he saw as the ills of society.</p><p>“Romero looks at the modern zombie as a metaphor; that’s why you sometimes hear the saying, ‘We are the zombies,'” Dr. Antonio Thompson said. “What the zombies are doing is often what we do. Why do the zombies go to the mall (in 1978’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’)? They do that because that’s what we do – it’s a criticism of consumerism.”</p><p>Under the guise of responses to a real world zombie outbreak, the Thompsons’ book collects essays that consider the implications of a scientifically impossible event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The contributors discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.</p><p>To construct the book, the Thompsons solicited top scholars across the country, including Harvard University assistant professor of psychiatry Dr. Steven Scholzman, to contribute essays for this work. They also invited three of their colleagues--APSU biology professor Dr. James Thompson, APSU nursing professor Linda Thompson and APSU sociology professor Dr. David Steele--to write chapters for the book.</p><p>The Thompsons each contributed essays to the book, with the professors tackling one aspect of a theoretical zombie apocalypse through the lens of their academic expertise.</p><p>While a zombie plague has never brought the world’s governments to their knees, civilization has faced numerous wars, epidemics and disasters. Presidents have never fallen victim to a zombie’s bite, but revolutionaries have overthrown them in times of conflict.</p><p>In his contribution, Dr. Antonio Thompson, an expert in both government and history, examined real world parallels to the sort of dystopian, oppressive world that viewers of “The Walking Dead” visit each week.</p><p>“I wrote a piece looking at zombie movies and literature for examples of when government has collapsed and there’s a crazy dictator who has taken over,” Thompson said. “I looked at political theory and what it has looked like when a new government has formed.</p><p>“Maybe the zombie apocalypse won’t actually happen and maybe a collapse of government structure won’t actually create the tyrant we see (in zombie fiction), but there have been many times where personal rights have been violated or curtailed, especially in times of crisis. I’m not justifying those actions, but I’m saying that it has happened.”</p><p>An expert in biology, Dr. Amy Thompson used her knowledge and experience to examine the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during an apocalyptic event.</p><p>“In zombie movies, people always want to get to the CDC or World Health Organization, and I ask whether that (motivation) is founded,” Thompson said. “In my essay, the reader sees times the CDC has succeeded, as well as times they’ve had challenges. In the end, they’ll see that the CDC has a good track record of handling crisis situations.</p><p>“Through that common (plot device) in zombie fiction, the reader comes in thinking about zombies, but they’re really just a vehicle to learn more about the real world CDC,” Thompson continued. “What I’m doing is really just finding a new way to present materials to students through a topic they’re already interested in.”</p><p>The book is available now through major retailers, including For more information on these works, contact Dr. Antonio Thompson at <a href=""></a> or Dr. Amy Thompson at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><img src="" height="499" width="333" alt="51SYLthrLPL-1.jpeg" /></p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="800" height="533" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Biology History and Philosophy Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:35:04 +0000 harriscj 112147 at APSU's Phi Alpha Theta wins seventh Best Chapter Award <p><img src="" width="640" height="406" alt="PAT7.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On the Austin Peay State University campus last week, students and faculty finally stopped avoiding Dr. Minoa Uffelman, associate professor of history. For the last six years, the University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honor society, which Uffelman advises, has been recognized each fall with the national Best Chapter Award, and when September arrived with no word from the national organization, her colleagues didn’t know what to say to her.</p><p>            Then, on Friday, Sept. 18, the APSU Department of History and Philosophy’s administrative assistant sent Uffelman a text message.</p><p>            “There is something in your mailbox,” the message read.</p><p>            The APSU professor hurried to campus, where she found a letter congratulating the organization for winning its seventh Best Chapter Award. The club was named best chapter in the nation for the organization’s Division IV, which consists of schools with between 10,001-15,000 students.</p><p>            “This has been the longest we’ve ever had to wait to find out,” Uffelman said.</p><p>            And she wasn’t the only one feeling a bit nervous these last few weeks. Student members from last year worried they might have caused the streak to come to an end.</p><p>            “You can’t not win after six years,” Jen Kaiser, incoming PAT president, said. “It was nerve wracking.”</p><p>            Kaiser, a graduate student in the military history program, joined the nationally recognized organization when she was a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in history.</p><p>            “I wasn’t as involved as I should have been, and (the PAT) put me through conferences and publications, and they’re a really big help for anything like that,” she said. As a PAT member, Kaiser has presented her research at two regional conferences and at a national conference in New Mexico.</p><p>            Her friend Larissa Dougherty, a fellow graduate student and PAT communications officer, didn’t join the organization until her senior year. She has since presented at conferences and met some of the top names—or “academic rock stars,” as her classmate Kaiser calls them—in her field. When she graduates from APSU, she plans to enroll in another graduate program in Germany.</p><p>            “I want to put the military aspect into museum work, at battlefields, fortresses and concentration camps,” she said.</p><p>            Graduate student Alex Poppendorf was, perhaps, the most eager to win the Best Chapter Award because she served as the PAT president last year. Like her classmates, she joined the organization to boost her resume, but she quickly found something more.</p><p>            “It’s not a social organization, necessarily, but it creates a community,” she said.</p><p>            In addition to bringing APSU a little national recognition, the organization prepares students like Poppendorf, Dougherty and Kaiser to be successful once they graduate. In the last seven years, PAT alumni have gone on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees and work as historians and teachers around the world.</p><p>“PAT members are working at state and national parks, some are working at libraries and in archives,” Uffelman said. “Others are in law school and several are in the military. Alumni are social workers, councilors and working in business.</p><p>            “In my ten years as advisor I have been astounded by the talent of the students, how hard they work and how creative they are. It has been my honor to guide them in their academic careers.”</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Larissa Dougherty, Jen Kaiser, Alex Poppendorf and Dr. Minoa Uffelman celebrate PAT’s seventh Best Chapter Award. </p></div></div></div> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:40:59 +0000 boothcw 112127 at Chartwells recognized as green certified by Clarksville-Montgomery County <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Chartwells, the official food service provider of Austin Peay State University, was recently recognized by Clarksville-Montgomery County for meeting all the requirements for its Green Certification program.</p><p>Launched in March 2011, Green Certification is designed to help businesses learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship in an effort to sustain our community’s resources through a series of free workshops taught by environmental and other subject area specialists.</p><p>In addition to participating in Green Certification workshops, Chartwells also implemented a number of sustainable operations strategies, as designated by the certification program, including:</p><ul><li>Replacing all incandescent light bulbs used for task lighting with fluorescent or LED light bulbs.</li><li>Educating employees about energy and water efficiency practices.</li><li>Practicing business/commercial recycling.</li><li>Developing and implementing an environmental policy.</li><li>Developing at least five additional sustainable operations strategies in each of the following program categories: energy use, transportation, water use, waste reduction and recycling, and hazardous materials, when applicable.</li></ul><p>In addition, Chartwells was recognized for providing longer-term goals for operating in a more environmentally friendly fashion.</p><p>Chartwells joins Austin Peay State University and a number of other area public and commercial businesses in earning Green Certification recognition. APSU was first recognized as a green certified organization in 2011, before re-certifying in 2014.</p><p>For more information on Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Green Certification Program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information on Chartwells, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7474.</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:19:59 +0000 harriscj 111997 at APSU 2016 alumni trips to include Italy, Germany and France <p><b>             </b>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University National Alumni Association recently announced it will host two international trips in the summer of 2016. Next summer’s Alumni Travel program will allow alumni and friends of APSU to watch the sunset in scenic Tuscany and sample wines in Germany and France.           </p><p>            The APSU Alumni Office is hosting an informational meeting on these trips at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29, in room 308 of the APSU Morgan University Center. The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.</p><p>            During the information session, attendees will learn about the association’s “Discover Tuscany, Italy” trip, with Collette Vacations, May 12-20.</p><p>            They will also receive information about the “Wines of Germany and France” trip, with Dr. Dewey Browder, APSU emeritus professor of history, July 6-15.</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 Browder. The success of the program led the University’s Alumni Office to begin scheduling two trips each summer.</p><p>            To RSVP for this informational session, visit <b><a href=""></a>. </b></p><p><b>            </b>For more information, contact Rylan Kean, special events coordinator, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:26:34 +0000 boothcw 111996 at APSU guitar professor to present free concert to Clarksville community <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –Dr. Stanley Yates, Austin Peay State University professor of music, will present a recital of solo guitar music at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Mabry Concert Hall in the APSU Music/Mass Communications Building. The concert is free and open to the public.</p><p>Yates’ program will include selections from his critically-acclaimed transcriptions of music by Bach, Vivaldi and Albéniz; Venezuelan music by Antonio Lauro; and a recent work based on Indian ragas written by Dutch composer Annette Kruisbrink.</p><p>Yates is known for his best-selling music editions and internationally-acclaimed Bach recording, along with his widely published scholarly articles. These articles have been published in 10 languages. He has also established an international performing career, performing throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, Asia and South America. He is featured in the standard reference work, “The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800” and “Instrumental Influences: Reflections on the Classical Guitar from the Instrument’s Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues,” and he has been described by the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America as “one of the leading pedagogues of our era.”</p><p>During his time at APSU, Yates has received the Hawkins Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, a Distinguished Artist Award from Bergen College in New Jersey and an APSU Presidential nomination for the Robert Cherry Outstanding Teaching Award. That is a national teaching award sponsored by Baylor University.</p><p>                                                            -30-</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:46:24 +0000 boothcw 111877 at APSU hosting screening of sexual assault documentary on Sept. 24 <p><img src="" width="300" height="445" alt="movie_poster.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, Austin Peay State University will host a screening and panel discussion on the documentary “The Hunting Ground” in the Clement Auditorium. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines sexual assaults on college campuses and how college administrators ignored or failed to appropriately respond to these serious allegations. </p><p>APSU students and community members are encouraged to attend the free screening. A resource table and counselors from the APSU Counseling Center will be available at the event. </p><p>The screening is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Team, the APSU Office of Student Affairs and the APSU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.<br /> The screening is a “GOVS” Means Respect initiative. The goal of “GOVS” </p><p>Means Respect is to use the University’s collective scholarship to sustain and facilitate dialogue around domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education. </p></div></div></div> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:03:16 +0000 boothcw 111850 at APSU student promotes music education in Washington, D.C. <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Davey_scroll.jpg" /></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In July, Austin Peay State University music education student Davey Edmaiston boarded an airplane for the first time. If he was nervous, the Troy, Tennessee, native probably calmed himself by thinking about the importance of his trip. In a few hours, he’d land in Washington, D.C., to ask members of the U.S. Congress to make music education a priority for American school children. </p><p>“I’d never been anywhere out of the state before. First plane ride and everything. My mom was pretty scared,” Edmaiston said. “But we got to meet with senators and House representatives and talk about the Every Child Achieves Act, which identifies music as a core-curricular so every student has access to music.” </p><p>Edmaiston was one of only four college students from Tennessee asked to join a delegation from the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) on its annual lobbying trip to the nation’s capital. TMEA is the state’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators across the country. Edmaiston, a member of APSU’s collegiate chapter of NAfME, joined the organization’s leadership team and students from Cumberland University and The University of Tennessee at Martin for the trip. </p><p>“This is a big deal for him,” Dr. Eric Branscome, APSU associate professor of music education, said. “It’s also incredible exposure for Austin Peay. I don’t know of a time when another APSU student has gone on this trip.” </p><p>Edmaiston spent three days in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of congress and telling them why they should vote for the bill. On one visit, he met U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, an APSU alumnus. </p><p>“I got to play guitar with him,” Edmaiston said. “He’s a really, really cool guy.” </p><p>After talking about the Every Child Achieves Act with Tennessee’s representatives and senators, Edmaiston returned to Clarksville and watched the senate </p></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>discuss the bill on C-SPAN. On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the bill by a vote of 81 to 17. A news release issued that afternoon by NAfME said the “Senate’s action today is an important step forward in ensuring that all students—regardless of their socioeconomic status—experience the demonstrable positive impact that music education has on learning and life.” </p><p>For Edmaiston, the trip both bolstered his resume and got him thinking about how else he can promote music education. </p><p>“I’ve gotten really big into politics now,” he said. “I never saw myself as interested in politics. But I’ve really gotten into advocating.” </p></div></div></div> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:03:14 +0000 boothcw 111826 at