Today @ APSU - University News en APSU's KA Order receives NIC Chapter Award of Distinction <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.<b> – </b>In March 2015, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) announced that 10 fraternity chapters from across North America will be recognized on April 19, 2015, at the Gold Medal Banquet during the NIC Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. </p><p>Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Tau Chapter, at Austin Peay State University will be one of those chapters recognized for their successes. The NIC Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes the undergraduate chapter, which is highly functioning, in compliance with NIC Standards, seeks to educate others about the benefits of a values-based fraternity experience and works to maintain a healthy relationship with their international organization.</p><p>Kappa Alpha Order has quite the list of accolades at Austin Peay, including the following:</p><ul><li>Samuel Zenas Ammen and George C. Marshall Awards for Chapter Excellence—the highest honors that an undergraduate chapter can receive in Kappa Alpha Order. APSU’s chapter is the youngest chapter to receive such honors in Kappa Alpha Order’s 150 year history</li><li>2014 President’s Cup for Highest GPA among IFC Chapters</li><li>2014 Excellence in Community Service Award</li><li>2014 Excellence in New Member Education Award</li><li>2014 Excellence in Scholastic Endeavors</li><li>Several members serving as peer mentors, resident assistants, SGA members and officers, honor society officers and council leaders</li><li>Raised more than $16,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association</li><li>64 percent membership growth during Fall 2014 semester</li></ul><p>For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, Coordinator of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs, at <a href=""></a>. </p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:40 +0000 boothcw 100648 at APSU Choral Activities hosting second annual "The Big Sing" on April 17 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" alt="big_sing-1.png" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The chair of the Thornton School of Music’s department of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California, Jo-Michael Scheibe has prepared choruses for some of the greatest ensembles in the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New World Symphony.</p><p>While serving as the current Austin Peay State University Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence from April 14-18, Scheibe will have an opportunity to lend his experience to APSU and local high school students as the guest conductor for the second annual “The Big Sing,” a concert event hosted by APSU choral activities.</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 17, over 150 singers from APSU, as well as from Dickson County High School and Gallatin High School, will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a performance of a wide range of vocal pieces.</p><p>“‘The Big Sing’ was started (in 2014) as an idea to invite two high-performing area high school choral programs to campus to perform with us,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “With them coming to campus, we can not only familiarize those students with APSU, but also increase the size of the total chorus to that of a symphonic chorus.</p><p>“With our choir at APSU, as well as the two high schools, there will be a lot of (vocal) power involved with a chorus of that size.”</p><p>The two high school choirs will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir in a performance of three choral songs.</p><p>Included in the evening’s schedule are composer Howard Helvey’s arrangement of American spiritual “Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," “Deep River,” arranged by Mack Wilberg and “Fèt Champèt” by composer, and former Acuff Chair, Sydney Gillaume.</p><p>Additionally, APSU staff member Anne Marie Padelford will accompany the choir on piano during the performance of “Deep River.”</p><p>In the days leading up to “The Big Sing,” Scheibe will conduct lessons with APSU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as visit local high school choral programs to lend his years of experience and insight.</p><p>Foster said it is an honor to have a conductor who has collaborated with distinguished performers such as Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina and Kenny Loggins lend his expertise to APSU and its students.</p><p>“Through Acuff, we are extremely pleased to provide our students with the opportunity to learn from a professional of this renown,” Foster said. “’The Big Sing’ will allow our students to learn (from Scheibe), as well as offer some recognition to the work of high-performing high school choirs in the area.”</p><p>For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at <a href=""></a>. For information on Scheibe, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:37:54 +0000 harriscj 100484 at Volunteer of the Year Daniels to speak at Reagan Giving Circle Luncheon <p><img src="" width="800" height="492" alt="Regan_Giving_Circle_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Carol Daniels, sales and marketing director for The Leaf-Chronicle, is a woman who abhors boredom. When she isn’t at her office in downtown Clarksville, she’s usually in Nashville, volunteering her time with organizations such as The Hermitage, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Rescue Mission, the American Heart Association and the Books from Birth Foundation.</p><p>            For some people, that many obligations might hamper the type of work they can do, but Daniels has been able to provide such tangible assistance to these entities that all five organizations nominated her last year for the Nashville Area Association of Professional Fundraising’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.</p><p>            “There are so many people who do so many wonderful things, I was speechless as to why I was chosen,” Daniels said. “For me, philanthropy is about giving, it’s about volunteering and it’s about making things better.”</p><p>            At 11:30 a.m., on April 30, Daniels will discuss her experience with philanthropy and why she gives during the Regan Giving Circle’s Annual Women’s Scholarship Awards Luncheon in the Club Level of the Austin Peay State University Governors Stadium. Tickets to the event are $30.</p><p>            The University established the Reagan Giving Circle in November of 2011 to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Carmen Reagan, the first female dean of the APSU College of Business and an influential community leader, volunteer and philanthropist.</p><p>            The purpose of the program is to cultivate women as philanthropic leaders, create new and substantial funding for the University via the support of women and identify opportunities emphasizing the educational enrichment of women.</p><p>            “I will talk about my experience in giving, why I give the way I do, and I will also touch on women and women’s philanthropy, and how I think that differs,” she said.</p><p>            The Reagan Giving Circle will award scholarships to APSU female students during the luncheon, and it will present longtime APSU supporter Hazel Irwin with the 2015 Women in Philanthropy award.</p><p>            “I think the Reagan Giving Circle offers an incredible opportunity to give a chance to young women who might not have that chance to go forward,” Daniels said. “I know my parents created a scholarship fund for kids that weren’t at the top of their class, but had the wherewithal and ambition and tenacity to work through difficulties and still come out on top.”</p><p>            For more information about the Reagan Giving Circle or to purchase tickets for the luncheon, call the APSU Office of University Advancement, 931-221-7127.</p> tbr Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:02:22 +0000 boothcw 100437 at The All State takes home individual, team awards at journalism competitions <p><img src="" width="650" height="383" alt="20150413-All-State-4882.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s student newspaper, The All State, was recently honored for its excellence on both the regional and state levels.</p><p>The All State earned a No. 4 in the South ranking on Feb. 27 at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), held Feb. 27-28 at Georgia State University in Atlanta.</p><p>A pair of newspaper staff members also earned individual awards in the annual “Best of the South” competition, led by reporter Sean McCully, who was ranked No. 2 in the “Best Multimedia Journalist” category. Taylor Slifko was also honored, ranking No. 10 in the “Best Press Photography” category.</p><p>The All State staff members also competed in on-site competitions, taking home a number of individual honors, while The All State earned third place overall as a team. Individual winners included:</p><ul><li>Lauren Cottle, News Writing (second place)</li><li>Megan Endsley, News Photography (second place)</li><li>Katelyn Clark, Page Layout (third place)</li><li>Taylor Slifko, Sports Photography (honorable mention)</li></ul><p>The All State competes annually with up to 44 other colleges and universities across seven states in the Southeast. This year, the competition drew over 150 student attendees, with several schools competing in 15 categories.</p><p>The All State received the same ranking in 2012 and 2014. Student newspapers at Harding University, Loyola University-New Orleans and Union University were ranked Nos. 1-3, respectively.</p><p>“These awards are a testament to the trend of excellence the staff and leaders of The All State have established in the last few years, both across Tennessee and across the Southeast,” said Jake Lowary, staff advisor of The All State. “This success affirms their body of work is just as good as any student news outlet in the region. They have continued this steady upward momentum while also developing their own personal skill sets to make them easy and quality hires when they graduate. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”</p><p>APSU and The All State will play host to the SEJC in 2016. APSU last hosted the conference in 2002. The University of Alabama, Belmont University, the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University are among the universities that have hosted in previous years.</p><p>In addition, Lowary has been named the new president of the SEJC, replacing Georgia State University’s Bryce McNeil.</p><p>The All State was also honored as the No. 2 college website at the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) award ceremony. Other team and individual award winners included:</p><ul><li>Best Specialized Topic Reporting (second place)</li><li>Corey Adams, Best Sports Reporting (honorable mention)</li></ul><p>Jennifer Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The All State, said she was proud of the honors her staff received, crediting “the many long nights” invested into producing an award-winning product.</p><p>“I am so proud of all of us here at The All State. We put in many long nights and work very hard for our product,” Smith said. “To receive this recognition not only shows us how hard work pays off, but it also proves to us, to our department and to the university that what we do matters.</p><p>“Journalism is powerful, important and it's necessary. We're always striving for improvement, but I couldn't be happier with what we've done this year.”</p><p>The All State publishes each Wednesday during the academic year and is circulated on APSU’s main campus and at its satellite campuses in Springfield and Fort Campbell, Ky. Readers can also find it online at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p>Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:32:08 +0000 harriscj 100360 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing recognized in region for work <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) – Southeast District III for its recruitment work.</p><p>The office received a special merit award in the recruitment publication series category for print and digital pieces. The printed pieces selected for the honor were part of the Traditional Student Recruitment Series.</p><p>The award was announced during the CASE III annual conference held earlier this year in Orlando, Florida.</p><p>CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern U.S. by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them.</p><p>The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Hannah Bradley Eden, coordinator of multimedia and web design; Gwen Dowling, office supervisor; Lindsey Dumser, marketing manager; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Liggett, university photographer; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; and Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:19:09 +0000 boothcw 100336 at APSU hosted ROTC Best Raider Competition in March <p><img src="" width="600" height="526" alt="best_raider_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Surrounding high school JROTC programs came to visit Austin Peay State University on March 21 for APSU’s annual ROTC Best Raider Competition.</p><p>The Best Raider Competition consisted of multiple events that tested the physical prowess and mental agility of the competing Raider teams. All the events required one cadet to take a leadership position and lead the team toward their task. Each event was geared toward testing the physical fitness and leadership skills of the JROTC cadets.</p><p>The Governors Guard BN worked, registering and leading each team through the events for the multiple JROTC programs. Clarksville High School came out with the victory for the event, while Northwest High School and Rossview High school placed second and third respectively.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:51:39 +0000 boothcw 100335 at APSU's Watauga Arts Academy looking for high school students interested in the arts <p><img src="" width="600" height="405" alt="Watauga_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Watauga Arts Academy, hosted by Austin Peay State University, is a summer program offering high school students the opportunity to participate in a collaborative and creative “think tank” for visual arts, music, dance and theatre. Watauga is a two-week residential arts camp for students in grades 9-12, with this year’s camp taking place June 14-27.</p><p>Unique to the Watauga Arts Academy is a daily interdisciplinary component where students will engage in creative activities with students from other disciplines. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend various performances presented by Watauga faculty, guests and fellow students, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.</p><p>The fine art curriculum will give high school artists opportunities for instructional workshops in drawing, ceramics, graphic design, letterpress and silkscreen printing. The dance track will help students hone their technique in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and choreography. The music curriculum will provide instructional opportunities that are essential for young musicians. Students in the program will perform in a variety of chamber music settings and will attend daily classes on music theory, history, composition, jazz, conducting and more. Finally, the theatre program provides students with an on-campus college experience and a unique opportunity for focused study in the areas of acting, musical theatre (voice and dance), stage combat, audition techniques, improvisation and scenic-lighting-costume design and technical theatre.</p><p>Prospective students must submit an online application including audition materials. The final deadline is April 20. For more information, please visit or contact Margaret Rennerfeldt, co-director at 931-221-6237 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:13:41 +0000 boothcw 100124 at APSU Opera Theatre and Orchestra present "La Cambiale di Matrimonio" on April 11-12 <p class="Default"><img src="" width="650" height="391" alt="Cambiale_Cast_A-49.jpg" /></p><p class="Default"></p><p class="Default">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Opening this weekend at Austin Peay State University is the APSU Opera Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s farce “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” paired with a prologue entitled “Reflections on Modern Relationships: A Montage of 20<sup>th</sup> and 21<sup>st</sup> Century Songs.”</p><p class="Default">The University’s opera performance is a major event each spring because the concert is a large collaborative effort between different areas within the APSU music department. The cast includes vocal performance majors, while the APSU orchestra performs in the pit under the direction of (APSU professor music and symphony conductor) Dr. Gregory Wolynec.</p><p class="Default">“It’s a total student production, as far as performers both in the pit in the orchestra as well as on stage,” Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU, said. “We do a spring production every year, and we like to go all out with a combined performance.”</p><p class="Default">A performance in two parts, the opera offers two views on relationships: the first being a prologue which offers a contemporary take on relationships featuring songs from a variety of time periods, styles and mindsets. The second part is a period piece opera that offers a historical perspective on the same timeless issues.</p><p class="Default">The two acts are tied together by setting the prologue at a theatre that is performing Rossini’s opera, “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” in which the performers play the parts of operagoers.</p><p>Featuring unique production design, the stage creates a theatre space in which “Cambiale” is taking place within a small dinner-theatre style opera house -- complete with a grand drape and elevated stage. Kyra Bishop, Conklin-Bishop’s daughter, designed the set. Ralph Conklin, Conklin-Bishop’s father, built the sets.</p><p class="Default">“The performers (in ‘Cambiale’) will be in full period costume, while the people performing in the modern reflection will be sitting in front of the stage, watching as our ‘on-stage audience,’” Conklin-Bishop said. “As the modern people come in to take their seats (for the show), we’ll get to hear their inner thoughts on relationships as well.”</p><p class="Default">“La Cambiale di Matrimonio” was Rossini’s first professional opera, written in 1810, when he was just eighteen. The story offers a comic view of marriage in the 18th century. Rossini’s work is an early example of an era in operatic history known as bel canto, or “beautiful singing,” in which voices display technical agility and virtuosic skill.</p><p class="Default">The opera itself is entirely in Italian, and Conklin-Bishop said that that presents a challenge that will allow the ensemble to demonstrate their abilities on the biggest stage of their season.</p><p class="Default">“We chose ‘Cambiale’ because it was a work that matched the capabilities of our cast, as well as working with the collaboration between myself and Dr. Gregory Wolynec,” Conklin-Bishop said. “This has been a challenge for our students preparing (for an operate entirely spoken in Italian.) The audience will also enjoy that they can follow (the performance in English) using supertitles above the stage.”</p><p class="Default">The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on April 12, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>Tickets for “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for APSU students with a valid I.D. For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Theatre & Dance Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:13:41 +0000 harriscj 100053 at Golf champion to speak at Woodward Library Society Spring Social <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Meador.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – David Meador, a four-time golf national champion, once toyed with the idea of becoming a police officer. In the summer of 1966, the 18-year-old Meador worked part time as a police station radio operator, and one evening, he was invited to take a ride in a new police cruiser. At some point during the night, the officer behind the wheel engaged in a high-speed pursuit of another vehicle, and he ended up crashing the new cruiser.</p><p>Meador suffered several injuries to his skull, and when the bandages were finally removed from his head, he discovered that he was completely blind.  </p><p>“Total blindness for me has been a long and unexpected walk,” Meador said. “But as I look back some 48 years now, it’s been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 27, Meador will elaborate on this strange concept of good fortune as he delivers the featured speech at The Woodward Library Society Spring Social dinner at the F&amp;M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville. The event is a fundraiser, open to both society members and non-members, with proceeds benefitting the Austin Peay State University Felix G. Woodward Library.</p><p>“I encourage anyone who likes a great story to come and hear David Meador,” Joe Weber, director of Library Services at APSU, said. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and ultimately you will be charmed and inspired.”</p><p>On a winter afternoon, shortly after losing his eyesight, Meador stood with his father on an empty golf course. The older Meador handed his son a golf club.</p><p>“I will never forget that first shot—a 7-iron,” Meador wrote in an essay for Golf Digest. “The sound of the ball, the soft release of the divot, the wind on my cheek, all the senses came together so that it was like seeing the high draw trace the sky. (Before the accident I was breaking 80 regularly.) In that instant I realized a blind man can play golf, and who knew what else.”</p><p>Meador will reveal more about his astounding success on the golf course and in the professional world during the April 27 event. He will also be selling and signing copies of his book, “Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit.”</p><p>Founded in 2009, the Woodward Library Society is an organization of friends dedicated to the advancement of the University’s library. Tickets to The Society Social are $50 for members and $65 for non-members. In addition to Meador’s talk, the evening will feature a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine bar, and dinner with a choice of chicken or vegetarian entrees. Raffle tickets for prizes, donated by area golf courses, will be sold during the dinner.</p><p>Tickets must be reserved by April 20 at the Woodward Library Office or by phoning 931-221-7618.</p> tbr Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:26:24 +0000 boothcw 99960 at APSU students, Fort Campbell soldiers earn medals at 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event <p><img src="" width="600" height="333" alt="20150330-Culinary-Team-3842.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University made its mark on the national stage recently as active duty soldiers, including APSU students, stationed at Fort Campbell traveled to Fort Lee, Va. for the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (MCACTE).</p><p>Held March 7-12, service members from the U.S. Army, other Department of Defense components and multinational teams squared off for the title of top military chef.</p><p>Nearly 300 service members from 28 different teams took part in the event, with 588 judged entries across various categories. Judging was provided by an international group of 12 chefs from the American Culinary Federation, which sets the bar for the standard of excellence for chefs.</p><p>The Fort Campbell Culinary Team participated in 16 different events, including desserts, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, vegetable, local and various other categories that highlighted chefs with different years of experience.</p><p>Soldiers trained for six months at the APSU Culinary Kitchen, located on Fort Campbell, with APSU Culinary Arts instructor and chef, Wendell Hensley aiding the team. Hensley, who served for 25 years in the military, acts as a civilian advisor to the team, helping to plan menu items and train students for competition, as well as educational opportunities.</p><p>A current APSU student and active duty serviceman, SFC Jason Coy led the team, which placed medalists in a number of individual and team categories.</p><p>“This year is a lot better than it was last year,” Coy, who himself earned a bronze medal in nutrition at the event, said. “Overall, we won 10 combined medals this year, which is (a great finish.) As for me, I just helped to give the cooks an idea or recipe, but it was up to them to go out and perform and they did a remarkable job.”</p><p>APSU students and soldiers who took home medals included Specialist Asa Harlow-Fitzpatrick, who won a silver medal and two bronze medals in team and individual competition.  Sgt. Chad Burton, who served as team captain, also took home silver medals team and individual competition, as well as a bronze in association with Coy.</p><p>Specialist Jayson Stephens, also an APSU student, competed as a member of the student team and earned a “commendable” honor for his work.</p><p>Burton, who helped choose the team of 13 cooks from over 60 applicants, said he was proud of his team’s performance.</p><p>“I had the distinct honor of being their captain and they all did very well,” Burton said. “This is the best showing we’ve had in four years as a team, and we were coming off of a year where we only won three or four bronze medals in total.”</p><p>The MCACTE is the largest military culinary competition in the North America. Since 1973, the competition has been held each year with the exception of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The American Culinary Federation sanctions the competition.</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, as well as information on APSU’s Associate of Applied Science, contact the Center at 931-221-1400.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:02:01 +0000 harriscj 99959 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p></p><p><b>Jake Lowary</b>, coordinator of Student Publications, was elected president of the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC). In that role, Lowary will organize the 2016 SEJC, which will take place on the APSU campus in February.  </p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:53:30 +0000 boothcw 99892 at Department of Theatre and Dance ends season with Ibsen's "Ghosts" <p>          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When Henrik Ibsen’s now classic play, “Ghosts,” premiered in London in 1891, some 10 years after the Norwegian playwright first published it, the reviews were harsh. The influential theater critic Clement Scott, writing for The Daily Telegraph, called it “an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly.”</p><p>            For Scott and others in Victorian London, a play dealing with incest and venereal diseases seemed beyond profane, but today, the intense family drama is credited with helping usher in a new era in the world of theater.</p><p>            “Ibsen became known as the father of modern drama, by sort of kick starting realism in the theater,” Noel Rennerfeldt, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of theatre, said. “At that time, plays tended to be more melodramatic. They had distinct heroes and villains, and good always triumphed.”</p><p>            “Ghosts,” influenced in part by a developing interest in sociology, offers a bleaker, more realistic view of life. The APSU Department of Theatre and Dance will conclude its 2014-15 season with performances of the controversial work, directed by Rennerfeldt, at 7:30 p.m., April 15-18, and at 2 p.m., April 19, in the Trahern Theatre. </p><p>            In 2000, theatre critic Charles Spencer, writing for The Daily Telegraph more than 100 years after Scott’s review, praised Ibsen’s work, writing, “The brilliantly compelling and claustrophobic plot, which so skillfully weaves together the past and the present, snaps shut on Mrs. Alving and her son Oswald like a cruel mantrap, leaving them whimpering and desperate in the murky gloom. ‘Ghosts’ is a pitiless play, which leaves both its characters and its audience without a shred of hope. Only the opportunists thrive.”</p><p>            The new production of “Ghosts” will star APSU students Megan DeWald as Mrs. Alving, Josh Webb as Oswald Alving, Steven Howie as Reverend Manders, Alex Maynard as Jakkob Engstrand and Lauren Proctor as Regina Engstrand.            </p><p>             Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and military. Tickets are available by calling the Trahern Box Office at 221-7379.</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:25:30 +0000 boothcw 99802 at APSU's GuitarFest rescheduled for April 13-14 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Having fallen afoul of last month’s wintery weather, Austin Peay State University’s annual GuitarFest will now take place on April 13 and 14 in the Kimbrough Building’s Gentry Auditorium.</p><p>On April 13, multi-competition winner and APSU alumnus Gary Stewart will perform a recital of nineteenth century music for solo guitar. The April 14 concert will feature the Hanser-McClellan Duo in a performance of music for two guitars. Both evening concerts are at 7.30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.</p><p>Stewart, a Kentucky native, has been a top-prize winner in such competitions as the Rantucci International Guitar Competition (New York), the Southeastern Guitar Congress (Alabama) and the Stroud Guitar Competition (Ohio). In addition to his undergraduate studies at APSU, Stewart received a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron and a doctoral teaching fellowship at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, and with the internationally acclaimed early music group Apollo’s Fire on their recent Classical Billboard top 10 recording, “Come to the River.” His program will include a selection of rarely heard period guitar arrangements of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.</p><p>Consisting of award-winning St. Louis guitarists John McClellan and Kirk Hauser, the Hauser-McLellan Duo is regarded by audiences and critics as one of the top guitar duos in the country. Their recordings include discs dedicated to South American music, recordings of music written and dedicated to the duo and an appearance on the CD “Slightly Above Below Average,” a tribute to their mentor and friend, Chet Atkins. On that CD, they perform alongside such guitar luminaries as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Vince Gill and Tommy Emmanuel. Their wide-ranging program will include music by Handel, French guitarist Ida Presti, Brazillian guitarist Paulo Bellinati and recent works written for the duo by Roger Hudson, Kim Portney and APSU alumnus Jeffery R. Comas</p><p>For more information about APSU GuitarFest, please contact APSU professor of music Dr. Stanley Yates by email at <i><a href=""></a></i> or the APSU Department of Music by phone at (931) 221-7351</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:29:26 +0000 boothcw 99549 at APSU Community School Of The Arts Hosting One-Day Creative Writing Workshops Series <p>Whether you’re a young student interested in exploring creative writing or an adult learner interested in fine-tuning your craft, there will be something for everyone this spring at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.</p><p>During the months of April and May, APSU will be hosting a number of specialized one-day writing classes and workshops aimed at helping learners grow their skills in a number of disciplines, including short stories, poetry and fantasy fiction.</p><p>“We’re doing some 9 a.m.-noon, one-day writing classes on a number of really specific subjects, so if someone who takes the class is familiar with writing but really wants to hone their writing in one or two specific areas, they can take all of the classes, or just a subject that they’re really into,” Quincy Rhoads, adjunct professor of language and literature at APSU, said.</p><p>Rhoads, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from APSU, will lead all six workshops. In addition to teaching, Rhoads is a contributing editor for the online magazine Entropy, and his fiction and book reviews have appeared in magazines such as Zone 3, THE2NDHAND, Rain Taxi and Metazen.</p><p>One of the major goals of the workshop series, Rhoads said, is to compliment the type of learning students receive in a traditional academic setting.</p><p>“A lot of times, creative writing students study the classics of literary fiction, which makes sense because a student needs to make sense of the basics before branching off,” Rhoads said. “But I have a lot of students who want to learn the intricacies of science fiction or fantasy writing and the things that make those (disciplines) unique.”</p><p>Interested learners will also have an opportunity to explore the business side of writing, as Rhoads will lead classes exploring the processes of submitting writing and preparing a manuscript.</p><p>“A lot of students of all ages aren’t totally sure about the route they need to take to submit their work to publishers,” Rhoads said. “With independent publishing evolving how it has, the processes are totally different today. When is it worth paying a reading fee? How do you know when to send off a manuscript? Should you enter every single writing competition you can? Our goal is to supplement the learning process for students.”</p><p>The following one-day classes are held Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Students must be 18 or older to enroll in classes. All classes are $25 to enroll, unless otherwise noted.</p><ul><li>Chapbooks, April 11. (Cost: $75)</li><li>The Key to Short Stories, April 18</li><li>Writing Fantasy Fiction, April 25</li><li>Submitting Your Writing, May 16</li><li>Advanced Poetry Workshop, May 23</li><li>Preparing Your Manuscript, May 30</li></ul><p>To register for any or all of the workshops, visit the CSA’s website at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Community School of the Arts at 931-221-7508 or email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:58:10 +0000 harriscj 99363 at Campbell new coordinator at APSU Springfield campus <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="20150326-Rusty-Campbell-3704.jpg" /></p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Rusty Campbell, coordinator for Austin Peay State University’s Highland Crest campus, wants people to know they can earn a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving Robertson County.</p><p>            The four-year-old Highland Crest classroom facility in Springfield, which houses both APSU and Volunteer State Community College, now offers five full undergraduate programs, taught by APSU faculty, in criminal justice, computer science, K-6 grade teacher licensure, social work and professional studies.</p><p>            “I want them to be aware that Austin Peay is here at Highland Crest,” he said. “It’s not just a few classes. You can finish those degrees here, and we’re committed to making sure that you can get that degree.”</p><p>            Students taking classes through Volunteer State are also eligible for the APSU Promise Scholarship once they earn their associate degree, Campbell said. An unlimited number of scholarships are available for VSCC graduates who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.</p><p>            Campbell is at the Highland Crest campus from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and he can help steer students in the right direction in terms of admission and academic counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Art degree in history from APSU in 1995, and his Master of Art in curriculum instruction from APSU in 2000. He is familiar with the Robertson County and Cheatham County areas, having worked as a teacher and administrator at the Pleasant View Christian School. He also taught at Welch College in Nashville, where he started the school’s online learning program and served as director of Enrollment Management.</p><p>            For more on APSU classes at Highland Crest, visit the website <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:58:02 +0000 boothcw 99358 at APSU students do service work in North Carolina <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In March, 11 Austin Peay State University students spent their spring break volunteering with the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Camp Royall, collectively completing 275 hours of community service.</p><p>             From March 7 - 14, students traveled to Moncure, North Carolina, to spend a week doing camp maintenance in preparation for summer camp, and volunteering for afternoon sessions of camp. The students took a side trip to Wilmington, to visit the ocean before committing to five days of work for Camp Royall.</p><p>             The group stayed in a camp cabin during their trip to get the real camp experience. Volunteer work included painting and landscaping, as well as working directly with campers through an after school program and field day trips for school-aged children with autism.</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 eight trips are scheduled throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer.</p><p>             For more information on how to get involved, students should visit <a href=""></a>. </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:39:10 +0000 boothcw 99354 at Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith to speak at APSU <p><img src="" width="449" height="600" alt="JoeySmith.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith (’99) was recently honored as one of the leaders in his field in the United States, and Austin Peay State University is proud to welcome Smith to campus as he discusses his successes and what he sees in the future of public health.</p><p>Smith’s discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on April 8 in University Center room 305, located on the campus of the University.</p><p>On January 6, 2015, Smith was one of the 12 Public Health Officials in the nation named by the Kresge Foundation to the Emerging Leaders in Public Health. Selected in a nationwide competitive process, each leadership team will receive up to $125,000 and technical assistance from field experts to implement a 16-month project.</p><p>Smith was chosen alongside representatives from major cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Antonio.</p><p>During his discussion, Smith will offer his thoughts on the health of Montgomery County, how health is measured and how the Emerging Leaders in Public Health project will enable his team to explore ways to accelerate the improvement of population health.</p><p> “Our project gives us the ability to further explore the proportional application of local public health efforts and resources towards determining factors,” Smith said.</p><p>Smith has experience using data to steer public health efforts in creative ways. Over the last three years, Smith and Dr. Patti Orr from the APSU School of Nursing have co-written a grant that creates access for breast health education and screening mammograms at zero cost for uninsured women in Montgomery County.</p><p>“It’s an honor to just be nominated. But a lot of the honor needs to be shared. Each day, I get to work with smart and talented people. I live in a great community that has skilled leaders and excellent schools.”</p><p>Space will be limited to the first 50 attendees. For more information, contact Marian Perron at 931-221-6295 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Behavioral and Health Sciences Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:13:14 +0000 harriscj 99352 at 47th Annual Student Exhibition set for March 30-April 17 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art is proud to host its annual juried student exhibition in the Trahern Gallery from March 30 through April 17, 2015.  As the tradition of showcasing the artistic talents of the Austin Peay students enters its 47<sup>th</sup> year, this exhibition rounds out what has been an exciting 2014-2015 gallery season.</p><p>This year’s juror, Christopher Taylor, from the University of Alabama Huntsville, had his work cut out for him as there were 221 entries in this year’s exhibition.</p><p>“The body of work selected for this year’s show attempts to represent this experience and uniquely represents the student-artists at Austin Peay State University who have pushed their concepts throughout all levels,” Taylor said. He selected 46 pieces from 34 different students. “It was a real pleasure to experience this quality student that represents a positive trajectory toward an exciting future for these students and the institution.”           </p><p>An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.  Exhibition awards will be announced and scholarship recipients will be recognized beginning at 5:30 p.m.</p><p>Among the exhibition awards from the University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, the Department of Art would also like to thank The Framemaker, Plaza Art Supplies, The Customs House Museum, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art for additional cash awards and memberships.</p><p>For more information about the exhibit, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333. </p> Arts and Letters Art Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:38:44 +0000 boothcw 99247 at Host of ABC's "What Would You Do" to speak at APSU on April 1 <p><img src="" height="278" width="410" alt="unity_celebration_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jackie Quaid, a notorious jewelry thief, showed up in a Springfield, Missouri, pawn shop last summer, looking to unload a few rings and necklaces. Minutes before she arrived, a law enforcement officer had stopped by the store to show customers her picture on a wanted poster. When the blond crook stepped into the shop that afternoon, several people did a double take.</p><p>            Emmy Award-winning journalist John Quiñones was fascinated by what the customers did next. One man immediately called the law enforcement officer while another used his truck to block Quaid’s car from driving away.</p><p>            For the last several years, Quiñones’ “Primetime” series, “What Would You Do,” has used hidden cameras to examine the split-second ethical decisions people make. At 7 p.m. on <strong>April 1</strong>, he will visit Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium to share his insights into human nature with his presentation, “What Would You Do? Changing Ethics in America.” The event, which is part of APSU’s 2015 Unity Celebration, is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.</p><p>            In the July episode that featured an actress playing the thief named Quaid, Quiñones wondered if gender was a factor in how the customers reacted. He decided to set up a similar scenario, but with a man playing the part of the thief this time. The individuals in the pawnshop acted the same way they had with the female suspect and called the police.</p><p>            As the ABC network’s first Latino correspondent, Quiñones has spent his nearly 30-year career covering international stories such as the Chilean Mining Disaster and the U.S. invasion of Panama. He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, a World Hunger Media Award and the International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize.</p><p>            For more information on his talk, contact the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement at 931-221-7431 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:06:06 +0000 bradleyh 99237 at APSU Department of Art and Center of Excellence For The Creative Arts award inaugural Tennessee Artist Fellowship <p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Art, in association with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to announce that Memphis-based artist Maysey Craddock is the recipient of the inaugural Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Tennessee Artist Fellowship.</p><p>Craddock was selected from a list of outstanding artists from across the state compiled by APSU faculty for the honor, and will be awarded $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork. In addition, Craddock is planning on coming to campus in the fall where she will speak and donate an original piece to the University’s permanent collection.</p><p>“Since APSU is the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts for the entire state of Tennessee, we wanted to find a way to support artists state-wide,” Barry Jones, chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design, said. “There is an incredible amount of amazing artists here, but unfortunately there isn’t much financial support for them. We hope that this fellowship helps a Tennessee artist maintain their practice and to know that we support what they are doing.”</p><p>Craddock received her MFA from the Maine College of Art and a BA from Tulane University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows in New York, Stuttgart, Berlin, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas and New Orleans. David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Sears Peyton Fine Arts in New York and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas currently represents her.</p> tbr Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:04:19 +0000 harriscj 99234 at APSU students give back to community with "Big Event" <p><img src="" alt="20150321-The-Big-Thanks-3083_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A bright red wave swept across Clarksville last Saturday, March 21, wiping away debris and litter, and leaving a grateful community in its wake. That wave consisted of about 500 Austin Peay State University students participating in The Big Event—a day of service that allows students to express their gratitude to the community that supports their University</p><p>            “I think our students really want to give back, and those that participated had really awesome experiences,” Zac Gillman, APSU Student Government Association president, said.</p><p>            APSU students spent the day planting flowers at local schools, picking up litter and debris, volunteering in animal shelters, packing food boxes for the homeless and helping out dozens of other local agencies across Clarksville.</p><p>            “We were the first group to go into Dunbar Cave in six years,” Gillman said. “We dug out mud, and now the cave is going to be open to the public in May. That’s 100 percent because of our group.”</p><p>            The Big Event is a national service event that started at Texas A&amp;M in 1982 as a way of saying thanks to the residents of Bryan-College Station, Texas. More than 75 Big Events now occur at colleges and universities around the world. Gillman brought the event to APSU this year, and he hopes it will become an annual event for the campus community.</p><p>            “We have G.H.O.S.T. and Mudbowl in the fall, but we don’t do anything in the spring as far as SGA is concerned, except elections,” Gillman said. “We don’t really have a big signature, traditional event, so that was my main priority as SGA president.”</p><p>            A planning committee was organized earlier this year, and members hoped students would be interested in spending a day doing service work. Three days after the project was announced, more than 300 people had signed up.  </p><p>            “It turned out really good,” Gillman said. “Our goal was 500 students this year and we met that. It was crazy, a really good atmosphere with awesome energy. Our goal for next year will be 750 students.”</p><p>            A video of The Big Event can be viewed online at <a href=";">;</a>.</p><p>            A photo gallery, featuring images from the different sites, is also available online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p> </p> tbr Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:44:21 +0000 boothcw 99225 at APSU's KA fraternity wins major awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Zeta Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Order (KA) at Austin Peay State University received the 2014 George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence at the fraternity’s annual Province Council held at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. Zeta Tau also received the Samuel Z. Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence. Zeta Tau was established in 2011, making it the youngest chapter to receive this award.</p><p>Province Council is a regional conference for undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Order that focuses on educating chapter leaders on scholarship, risk management, ritual and other aspects of chapter operations though large general sessions, small breakout sessions and alumni volunteer facilitated discussion. The Province Council in Starkville included more than 150 chapter officers from Mississippi, Louisiana, western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas.</p><p>Chapters are recognized for excellence in finances, recruitment and chapter growth, communications, Project Outreach, Operation Crimson Gift and overall chapter excellence. Every year the top 10 percent of KA Chapters are recognized with the Samuel Zenas Award for chapter excellence. This award takes all areas of chapter operations into consideration and recognizes those chapters achieving a high level of excellence. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a chapter is the George C. Marshall Award for</p><p>Chapter Excellence. This award is presented annually to the top one to three chapters in the Order in recognition for their superior operations and performance.</p><p>Kappa Alpha Order and its first chapter were founded at what is now Washington &amp; Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. It has grown to 129 chapters in 27 states. Currently, there are near 7,500 undergraduate members, over 130,000 living initiated members, and well over 160,000 initiates in its history. More information about Kappa Alpha Order is available online, at <a href="http:" title=" "> </a></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:58:12 +0000 boothcw 99165 at Cyrus Chestnut Trio headlines 54th Mid-South Jazz Festival at APSU <p><img src="" width="542" height="355" alt="chesnut.jpg" /></p><p>The Cyrus Chestnut Trio will headline this year’s 54<sup>th</sup> Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival in collaboration with the Clarksville Community Concert Association at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28. The trio plays jazz festivals around the world with Chestnut believing, “If I can send one person home after a performance feeling better than when they arrived, then I’ve done my job.” </p><p>Ticket information can be found at <a href=""></a> or 1-877-811-0200.  </p><p>Chestnut, a jazz pianist, composer and producer, explains that he likes “to construct melodies that tell stories, based on what I’ve seen, what I feel and what I hear. If I can connect to what I’m playing then I’ll be able to share it.” </p><p>Known for his improvisational skills, he has been described as a “highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz.”</p><p>Chestnut’s earliest musical influences come from gospel music and Thelonius Monk’s greatest hits. His music is a blend of jazz, gospel, classical and R&amp;B.</p><p>Throughout his career, Chestnut has worked and toured with an array of artists, including saxophonists James Carter and Joe Lovano; trumpeter Freddie Hubbard; jazzman Chick Corea; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops; and vocalists Vanessa Williams, Anita Baker, Bette Midler, Isaac Hayes and Brian McKnight, among others. The <i>New York Daily News </i>once named Chestnut as the “rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Errol Garner.”</p><p>Chestnut also holds the piano chair in many big bands, including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.</p><p>The 54<sup>th</sup> Mid-South Jazz Festival begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, with the APSU Jazz Combo, directed by David Steinquest, and the APSU Jazz Collegians, directed by Robert Waugh. The Cumberland Jazz Project, directed by Mike Ritter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. </p><p>All events are held in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall in the Music/Mass Communication Building on the campus of Austin Peay State University at Eighth and Marion streets in Clarksville.</p> Arts and Letters Music Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:53:02 +0000 boothcw 99133 at APSU professor Andrea Spofford to release first collection of poetry, titled "The Pine Effect" <p><img src="" width="250" height="400" alt="spofford_andrea.jpg" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University assistant professor of creative writing and poetry Andrea Spofford is nearing the release of her first collection of poetry, titled “The Pine Effect.”</p><p>Spofford’s collection of poetry examines the intersection of person and place. Addressing themes of history, transformation and youth, this collection explores the idea of poet as alchemist and scientist, explorer and observer. The book represents years of experiences and the landscapes span from the coasts of California to the Gulf Coast of Texas and many places in-between.</p><p>“The phrase ‘the pine effect’ was actually inspired by a trip I took to the Southwest,” Spofford said. “On this particular trip, I noticed many of the trees in the national and state parks I explored had almost self-combusted; they stood as burned stalks in the middle of an otherwise green landscape.  I kept returning to this image—the combusted pine—while I was assembling this collection.</p><p>“The title poem fits this manuscript because, in many ways, it is the self-combusted pine: charred but still standing upright. I think these combusted trees scattered throughout the book become something else and I hope the landscape replaces, or accounts for, or in some way becomes more important than the actual situation that inspired each piece,” Spofford continued.</p><p>Spofford’s poems and essays appear in The Portland Review, Sugar House Review, Vela Magazine, Revolver, Kudzu Review, Composite: Arts Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Redactions and Red Paint Hill Quarterly. Her chapbook “Everything Combustible” is available from Dancing Girl Press and her chapbook “Qikiqtagruk: Almost an Island” is available from Red Bird Chapbooks.</p><p>The Tennessee-based Spofford earned her Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching, she also serves as a poetry editor for Zone 3 Press, the literary press of Austin Peay State University.</p><p>“The Pine Effect” will be released April 1. For ordering information, visit Red Paint Hill Publishing at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:05:17 +0000 harriscj 99078 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Sergei Markov</b>, professor of biology, recently had a paper, “Using immobilized cyanobacteria and culture medium contaminated with ammonium for H<sub>2</sub> production in a hollow-fiber photobioreactor,” published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Dr. Elvira Eivazora, APSU adjunct professor of biology, is a co-author of the paper. </p> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:54:12 +0000 boothcw 99076 at