Today @ APSU - University News en APSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter awarded literacy grant <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="pkp_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently presented John Blake, Austin Peay State University associate professor of engineering technology, with a 2014 Literacy Grant. Blake, president of APSU’s PKP chapter, is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.</p><p>The $2,350 grant will be used to support the Candy for the Mind program that takes place during APSU’s annual G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating) event. Hosted by the APSU PKP chapter, Candy for the Mind gives more than 2,000 books to trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy during the popular event.</p><p>The Literacy Grant program was initiated in 2003 to provide funding to PKP chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Drawing from a multi-disciplinary Society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:39:24 +0000 boothcw 83025 at APSU employees share recent professional development, 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. Thomas R. O’Connor</b>, associate professor of public management and criminal justice, recently attended a five-day workshop on teaching Homeland Security topics (including Introduction to HS, Intelligence, Technology, Comparative HS, Civil-Military Relations, Border Security and Transnational Issues) that consisted of a mix of 30 educators and practitioners.  Attendance was by invitation only, and the workshop was held in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:30:26 +0000 boothcw 82938 at APSU adds solar canopy to 9th Street parking lot <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="solar_canopy.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On sunny afternoons, the electric meter attached to the Austin Peay State University Hemlock Semiconductor Building won’t be breaking any speed records. That’s because, in addition to the solar panels on the building’s roof, a new solar parking canopy in the neighboring 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot will feed even more of the sun’s energy into the electrical system, keeping utility costs down.</p><p>“The canopy is basically a carport over four parking spaces, with solar panels on top,” Tom Hutchins, director of the APSU physical plant, said. “It’s tied into the Hemlock building, to supplement the panels on that building’s roof, and we’re getting some generation credit from TVA through the Clarksville Department of Electricity.”</p><p>The University’s Sustainable Fee Committee initiated the $65,099 project, using money collected from the APSU sustainable campus fee. The $10 fee, which students pay each semester, was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.</p><p>In recent years, APSU has pushed to be more energy efficient by adding solar panels at the APSU Environmental Education Center, installing occupancy sensors in many offices and classrooms and putting LED lighting in certain residence halls and classrooms. Earlier this year, Nissan donated two electric car-charging stations to the APSU Foundation. Hutchins said they plan to have those stations installed in the 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot, near the solar canopy, before students return to campus this August.</p><p>Thanks to all these efforts, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program has certified APSU as a green member of the local community.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo by Linnea Rainey/APSU.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:43:25 +0000 boothcw 82924 at APSU athletics relaunches <p><img src="" width="600" height="305" alt="Lets_Go_Peay_website.png" /></p><p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University's athletics department has partnered with SIDEARM Sports to provide its official athletics website and online offerings, culminating in Thursday's relaunch of</p><p class="p1">The redesigned presents information – news, rosters and statistics – on the athletic department's 15 teams in a cleaner, simplified format. The new navigation allows visitors to access the information they want quickly and easily.</p><p class="p1">Upon reaching the website, visitors will be able to access the department's top new stories immediately. Visitors also will be presented tabs to access the department's social media offerings, its YouTube video stream, upcoming composite schedules of athletic contests and a separate listing of upcoming athletics events. </p><p class="p1">Traveling down the page will reveal an updated list of photo galleries, as well as an additional listing of recent headlines.</p><p class="p1">The feature fans will most recognize on the redesigned site is the header that features Clarksville icons – a homage to the community Austin Peay calls home. Austin Peay's Browning Building, the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge over the Cumberland River, a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter representing nearby Fort Campbell and the Montgomery County Courthouse are among the landmarks featured.</p><p class="p1">Finally, the site now features a responsive design allowing users to easily access and navigate from mobile devices. Thanks to the use of an adaptive mobile platform, the website detects how the user is accessing - via smartphone, tablet or desktop - then conforms to the device, allowing the user to navigate through the site easily on any device.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:16:44 +0000 boothcw 82567 at APSU's Foster to present at international music conference <p><b>Korre Foster</b>, assistant professor of music, will present “The Rhetorical Implications of Charpentier's use of Silence” at the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, held this July at the esteemed Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. This is Foster’s second presentation for this society. His first presentation was for the 2010 conference in Belfast. </p><p>“I am excited to present along side scholars in the field of Baroque Music: Graham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Cathérine Cessac (biographer of the composer),” Foster said. “Baroque music is fascinating, and our students need to be familiar with it. This is why I paired our Chamber Singers with Music City Baroque several years ago to perform JS Bach's Mass in g-minor.” </p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:21:15 +0000 boothcw 82401 at APSU field biology grad student earns grant award for research <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="zac2.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a tributary of Tennessee’s Duck River, there lives a small fish that seems to have mastered the art of seduction. Because the females of the species prefer strong fathers, males use small yellow knobs on their fins that look like eggs to lure potential mates.</p><p>            “It will fool the female into thinking he has more eggs than he really does, and she’ll spawn with him,” Zac Wolf, an Austin Peay State University graduate student, said. “It’s been shown that females prefer larger nests, or at least males with larger nests.”</p><p>            The fish, known as the Egg-mimic darter, might employ other questionable tactics in its search for love. Wolf believes this particular darter might take over abandoned nests or steal nests with eggs; all in an attempt to attract more females. Once the eggs are laid in the nest, the male will guard his nest until the eggs hatch. This brings up several questions, such as why would a male devote time to guarding eggs that are not biologically his? Wolf plans to investigate this behavior thanks to a prestigious new grant he was awarded. Earlier this summer, he was one of only six students from across the country to receive the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Edward C. Raney Fund Award.</p><p>            “It’s an international society, and it’s not just master’s students that apply, but Ph.D. students as well,” Dr. Rebecca Johansen, APSU associate professor of biology, said. “For a master’s student to win, it’s a pretty big deal.”</p><p>            Next spring, during the spawning season, Wolf will use the award money to travel south to the Duck River, where he’ll collect eggs out of nests and capture the males guarding those nests. Then Wolf, working with Johansen, will generate DNA data for each egg and conduct a parentage study to see if the male fathered all of the eggs in his nest.</p><p>            “One theory is having an established nest will make you more attractive to the female,” Wolf said. “But there really hasn’t been a lot of research.”</p><p>            Johansen and Wolf are also assessing the conservation status of the Egg-mimic darter. The APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology received a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to study the fish, which was recently petitioned to be placed on the Federal Endangered Species List. Their findings will help determine whether the fish is placed on that list.</p><p>            Wolf earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, but he knew he wanted to pursue fish biology in graduate school. He mentioned this to a professor who put him in touch with Johansen and the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology.</p><p>            “I spoke with her, and she had this awesome opportunity,” he said. “And having the resources of the Center is awesome. It definitely outcompetes other programs I was interested in.”</p><p>            For more information on Wolf’s research, contact the Center at <a href=""></a>.</p> Center for Field Biology Graduate Studies opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:38:16 +0000 boothcw 82303 at Film event at APSU examines immigrant experience <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In observance of Immigrant Heritage Month, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E.) will host a watch party of “Documented,” a film by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (located in Clement 120). The film tells Vargas’ personal story of outing himself as an undocumented immigrant, as well as his journey from the Philippines to America as a child; as an immigration reform activist; and his reconnection with his mother in the Philippines.</p><p>In April, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center will celebrate 10 years of promoting Hispanic culture, including the Spanish language and 20 Latin American countries and Spain. The center has partnered with HOPE to host the film screening during Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by the non-profit</p><p>During Immigrant Heritage Month, individuals are encouraged to share their family’s heritage story of when they came to the United States. </p><p>“Listening to friends and strangers’ heritage story has been a very powerful experience,” Daisy Torres, APSU Hispanic Cultural Center coordinator, said.</p><p>You can follow people’s story on social media through the hashtag #WelcomeUs. The non-profit established Immigrant Heritage Month in order to honor the ways in which America and the immigrants are linked in a shared, productive story. Vargas has shared his story in the film “Documented,” which will air on CNN at 8 p.m. His story is only one of 11 million immigrant stories.</p><p>For more information about the film “Documented” or Immigrant Heritage Month, visit the center’s website at <a href=""></a> or facebook fan page at <a href=""></a>.  Please pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a> or by phone at 931-221-6645.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:12:15 +0000 boothcw 82090 at APSU employees share recent professional development, 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>Gregory R. Singleton</b>, associate vice president and dean of students, recently attended the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in Orlando, Fla., where he served on the conference committee. He will be serving as the Major Speakers Chair for the 2015 symposium to be held in St. Simons Island, Ga., in June 2015. Additionally, he attended the Omicron Delta Kappa Convention and Centennial Celebration in Lexington, Va., and was awarded the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year Award for his work with the APSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:10:17 +0000 boothcw 81778 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing wins 9 awards at 2014 TCPRA <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won eight awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association spring conference and awards contest held June 12-13 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.</p><p>TCPRA – an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges – awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014.</p><p>The University’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p>• Gold in the Social Media category for #PeayPix, APSU’s new photo project consisting of a photo blog, “cAPture,” at <a href=""></a>; an Instagram account, <a href=""></a>; a Facebook page, <a href=""></a> and a twitter account, <a href=""></a>.</p><p>• Gold in the Postcard/Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p>• Silver in the Video Advertisement PSA category for APSU’s “First Step” commercial.</p><p>• Silver in the Social Media category for APSU's Facebook campaign for the "Transfer Scholarship."</p><p>• Silver in the Specialty Item category for APSU’s “Let’s Go Peay” T-shirt.</p><p>• Silver in the Low-Budget Publication category for “Regaining Hope,” a fundraising piece that solicited financial support for a program that assists students who lose their HOPE scholarships.</p><p>• Silver in the College Promotional Video category for “Inside Look: Farm and Environmental Education Center” video, which promoted that unique APSU facility.</p><p>• Bronze in the College Promotional Video category for the APSU “Inside Look: University Recreation” video, which promoted APSU’s University Recreation department.</p><p>• Bronze in the Overall Promotional Campaign category for “AP Day,” an event that brings prospective students to campus.</p><p>The APSU #PeayPix Social Media Campaign was also a finalist in the conferences Best of Show category.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:02:02 +0000 boothcw 81777 at Renowned flutist William Bennett to perform concert at APSU on June 27 <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" alt="William_Bennett.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Classical music aficionados throughout the area mark June on their calendars each year, because that’s when flutist William Bennett, considered “the greatest living flute player in the world,” hosts a special concert on the Austin Peay State University campus.</p><p>This year, he’ll perform his transcription of the Violin Sonata in f minor by Felix Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, in the Mabry Concert Hall. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, will join Bennett for a performance of Rigoletto Fantasie for two flutes by Franz Doppler. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.</p><p> In 1995, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presented Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music. He is in Clarksville this June because, for the third year in a row, APSU is hosting the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy, his only master class offered in the U.S. Bennett previously held the class in Chicago, but after visiting APSU as the Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2011, he decided to move the academy to Austin Peay.</p><p> “He’s just a great teacher and a charismatic player,” Wolynec said. “He’s very interested in the expressive components of the flute.”</p><p>Bennett studied the instrument under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory. He brings this knowledge and his years of experience to the summer academy. Students send in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. This year, musicians from Boston, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Michigan and Florida are coming to APSU to study under Bennett.</p><p>Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $125 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Music Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:34:01 +0000 boothcw 81763 at APSU Hispanic Cultural Center goes on tour, hosts World Cup sticker exchanges <p><img src="" width="600" height="415" alt="Sticker_Exchange_flyer.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – World Cup fever continues to intensify, with soccer fans across the globe scrambling to fill their World Cup sticker albums. The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Alumni Chapter are embarking on a tour to host World Cup Sticker Exchanges at select businesses. In addition to trading stickers and filling up World Cup sticker albums, there will be free giveaways for those that can answer soccer trivia correctly. Participants will also receive Lady Govs Soccer posters, and be able to speak with staff members about Austin Peay, the APSU Hispanic Alumni Chapter and resources provided by the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center.</p><p>Every four years, the Italian publishing company Panini releases a World Cup sticker album and stickers of each player for the 32 countries competing in the tournament. Stickers are also made with additional images, such as team pictures, logos and pictures of the stadiums. In Clarksville, individuals can purchase a pack of seven stickers for 99 cents or a sticker album for $1.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, select Walgreens and Wal-Mart. The Hispanic Cultural Center will be at the following organizations and businesses with more than 50 stickers to trade:</p><ul><li>Walgreens at 1460 Fort Campbell Boulevard on June 24, 2014 from 4-5 p.m.  You can purchase a sticker album and stickers at this location.</li><li>World Mart International Marketplace at 1681 Fort Campbell Boulevard on June 25, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  This is a new store in Clarksville selling European, Middle Easter, Mediterranean, North African and Indian groceries, spices, food, drink and other items. </li><li>Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library’s small meeting room at 350 Pageant Lane on July 1 from 4-5 p.m. </li><li>Canela Mexican Grill at 3080 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard on July 2, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a new family restaurant featuring Mexican and Latin American cuisine.</li></ul><p>World Cup sticker collection and exchange has become part of the whole World Cup experience.  Nathaniel Fox, APSU senior and Hispanic Cultural Center student staff, said, “I’ve always liked soccer but never have had the opportunity to express it. With the World Cup sticker exchange, I can meet, trade and express my love of soccer with other fanatics of various backgrounds.” </p><p>The first informal sticker exchange hosted by the Hispanic Cultural Center and APSU Hispanic Alumni Chapter took place in Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant on Riverside Drive after the opening game of Brazil playing Croatia. </p><p>For more information about the sticker exchange or to let us know that you are attending, visit the center’s website at <a href=""></a> or facebook fan page at <a href=""></a>.  Please pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a> or by phone at 931-221-6645. You can interact with other fans based in Clarksville by posting on our page and using the hashtag #gotgotneed, a familiar phrase heard at sticker swapping sessions.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:38:47 +0000 boothcw 81674 at APSU School of Nursing receives $35,000 grant with health department for breast health <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="School-of-Nursing-Komen-grant-9895.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 recent $35,985 grant from the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. </p><p>For the second 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,” said Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing and associate professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing.</p><p>Orr wrote the Komen grant with Joey Smith, director of the county health department. The Nashville Komen affiliate recently awarded several grants to local nonprofits to assist with education, screenings and treatment for breast cancer. Other agencies funded included St. Thomas Hospital and the Tennessee Department of Health, among others.</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 align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo: Dr. Patty Orr and Joey Smith, director of the county health department, recently received $35,985 to support local breast health.</p> School of Nursing Behavioral and Health Sciences Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:46:39 +0000 boothcw 81663 at APSU's Singleton named ODK Faculty Officer of the Year <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Greg-Singleton.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory R. Singleton, Austin Peay State University associate vice president and dean of students, was recently selected by Omicron Delta Kappa as the 2014 recipient of the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year Award during the ODK National Convention and Centennial Celebration, held in Lexington, Va., June 11-15, 2014.</p><p>The Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer Award recognizes an outstanding faculty officer for their dedication to the ideals of Omicron Delta Kappa. To qualify for the award, the nominee must have been an active voting faculty member of the circle for at least five years and have served as a faculty secretary or adviser for at least three years.</p><p>Cited for his long-term dedication and volunteer efforts for the Omicron Delta Kappa circles at both the University of Miami and APSU, Singleton was the sole recipient of this award. He has served Omicron Delta Kappa in various roles, including as a circle president, province officer for the State of Florida, faculty advisor for the University of Miami Circle, and for the last six years has served as both the faculty advisor and faculty secretary for the APSU Circle. Singleton was nominated for this award by former student presidents of the APSU Circle for his long-term commitment to Omicron Delta Kappa.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:39:06 +0000 boothcw 81353 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>Joe Weber</b>, director of library services, has been appointed by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to a two-year term on the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries (TACL). The council advises the Tennessee State Library and Archives on policy matters and the development of long-range planning for library services in Tennessee, and assists with evaluating public library programs, services and activities. TACL consists of 11 library professionals and five library users, and meets three to four times a year with Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Charles Sherrill.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:19:22 +0000 boothcw 81149 at Edelweiss Club Scholarship awarded to APSU student <p><img src="" width="442" height="600" alt="Edelweiss_Scholarship_2014.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Meghan Gattignolo, a German minor at Austin Peay State University, has been selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for 2014-15.</p><p>Gattignolo was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 11, and she received a check from Debbie Whitaker, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p><p>The Clarksville Edelweiss Scholarship grants $500 per year. Students must be German majors or minors at APSU. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club is a not-for-profit organization and was founded to uphold and promote German heritage and tradition. </p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, associate professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE: Meghan Gattignolo (left), who is studying German at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Debbie Whitaker (right), president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club. (Photo provided)</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature opportunities Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:45:02 +0000 boothcw 81027 at APSU Botanical Garden showcases area's rare and endangered plants <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="APSU_botanical_garden_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A few years ago, three tall, flowering cherry trees grew on the western side of Austin Peay State University’s Sundquist Science Complex. They provided a nice, welcoming entry into the building, but in 2007, Tennessee suffered from a record-setting drought. Temperatures reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit that summer, and by the fall, the 20-foot tall trees were dead.</p><p>            “The University cut them down, and for six months, that area stayed empty,” said Dr. L. Dwayne Estes, APSU associate professor of biology, principal investigator for the APSU Center of Excellence in Field Biology and Biodiversity Explorer for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. His botany classroom overlooked the barren landscape, and by the next summer, Estes had an idea.</p><p>            “I thought it would be nice if we just had a big native wildflower garden, where instead of always teaching in a classroom, I could take my students outside and we could look at plants right outside the classroom,” he said. “Students could use it for class exercises, plus it’d be a beautiful back entrance to the building.”</p><p>            Estes pitched his idea, and after receiving reluctant approval, he and his students went to work prepping the area for planting. He sought donations from local companies to help develop the garden. A local limestone quarry, Winn Materials Inc., donated six tons of limestone gravel for what would become a rock garden. Estes additionally donated a few tons of native limestone flagstone acquired from his family’s property in Maury County. Home Depot and Lowes donated pine needle mulch. The CO-OP provided herbicide, potting soil and plant labels. Local tree trimming companies provided free wood chips for additional mulch, and the APSU Physical Plant purchased a wooden arbor.</p><p>             Estes and several graduate and undergraduate students then spent countless hours hauling away rocks, weeding and planting. During the past five years, he and his students also acquired living specimens from research project sites across the southeast. Today, that once empty space outside the Sundquist Science Complex is now home to a unique botanical garden filled with dozens of rare and endangered plants.</p><p>            “There are things in here that no garden anywhere else in the world has,” Estes said. “Anymore, it’s hard to take a field trip with 30 students, but now we can show them these plants with this living lab.”</p><p>            The space has a large rock garden, a prairie and the beginnings of a woodland prairie. It features several groups of related species, including five specimens of coneflower growing side-by-side, allowing APSU students to look at the subtle differences between similar plants.</p><p>            “We would have to travel nearly 500 miles if we wanted to train students to indentify these coneflower species in their natural habitats,” Estes said.</p><p>            Botany students are now able to step outside and see an American Smoke Tree, often heralded as one of the rarest trees in North America. Estes came across it while exploring rare woodlands west of Chattanooga, near a construction site for a new bridge.</p><p>            “I knew they were about to go in and blast out a section of hill, but there was this one little American Smoke Tree growing on the cliff,” he said. “I rescued it because it was just going to get blasted, and I transported it back here.”</p><p>            The tree is thriving on campus because, like all the 320 species growing in the APSU Botanical Garden, it is native to the mid-south. Because these plants have evolved for thousands or millions of years in the southeast, they have adapted to the local climate, insects and diseases. That means they don’t require as much care as exotic plants, like those from Asia and Europe that are often sold in nurseries. The garden now serves as an outside lab for APSU students, but Estes hopes the community will also notice these beautiful, local plants and start using them in their gardens.</p><p>            “One of the greatest threats right now to ecosystems worldwide is invasive species,” he said. “Horticulturalists like the exoticness of foreign plants, like Chinese Wisteria, but they can completely change and destroy the natural integrity of our natural plant communities. Such invasive species outcompete native species of plants. When you change the food structure, which ultimately is based on plants, the animals that were here will disappear, and it’s a whole sort of cascade effect. I’d like us to use more native plants in our landscape, including here on APSU’s campus.”</p><p>            The garden is open to the public, with walking paths, lampposts and two benches installed by the APSU Physical Plant. Estes said the next step is to create a database of all the plants growing in the garden.</p><p>            “We know where everything came from, but the idea now is to label it so the public can use it, and people on campus can come by and appreciate it,” he said. “There are a few things we need to make this garden a really special place. We need plant identification labels like those you would see in a botanical garden so that students and visitors can really use the garden. Those labels cost a lot of money, and everything we’ve done so far has been acquired through donations or volunteer efforts, and we simply don’t have funds to purchase them.”</p><p>            Estes is seeking donations to help acquire plant labels and to cover other garden needs. He also needs volunteers to help with garden maintenance, weeding, databasing, pruning and labeling.</p><p>            For more information on the APSU Botanical Garden or if you are interested in donating or volunteering, contact Estes at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:02:53 +0000 boothcw 80619 at World Cup viewing party: Fundraiser for APSU Hispanic Alumni Chapter Scholarship <p><img src="" width="450" height="600" alt="Viewing_Party_Flyer.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Experience the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, located at 700 N. Riverside Drive, with Austin Peay State University’s Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Alumni Center on Thursday, June 12. This will be the first of 64 matches, which includes the national teams of 32 countries.   </p><p>Members of the Austin Peay community are invited to help grow the Hispanic Alumni Chapter’s scholarship endowment by eating in or ordering food from Casa Blanca between 2:30-4:30 p.m. on June 12. During the event, the restaurant will not be applying a 10 percent APSU discount to food orders. Instead, it will donate these proceeds to the Hispanic Alumni Chapter’s scholarship endowment.</p><p>Members of the Clarksville community are invited to join in the festivities. In addition to supporting this local business, Clarksville community members can also inquire how to make direct donations to the fund. This family friendly event will include a viewing of the first match, Brazil against Croatia, and the sponsors will have giveaways for participants, such as FIFA sticker albums, stickers, t-shirts and much more.  </p><p>With the rising cost of college and the growth of the Hispanic community in the middle Tennessee region, it is more important than ever for the Hispanic Alumni Chapter to provide scholarship support to students. Since the establishment of the Austin Peay Hispanic Alumni Chapter in October 2010, co-founder and current Chapter President Rosa Ponce had felt that the creation of a scholarship “would be the best way to give back to Austin Peay and the community.”  </p><p>“Let's join fans around the world as the World Cup kicks off and have some family fun with our World Cup sticker exchange, and you will also be supporting an APSU scholarship endowment,” Ponce said.</p><p>For more information, contact Ponce at <a href=""></a>. To make a donation, please contact the National Alumni Association at 931-221-7979.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:08:14 +0000 boothcw 80605 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p> </p><p><b>Dr. Samuel Fung,</b> professor of psychology, presented his research, “The Effect of Personality Traits on Social Adjustment: Acculturation and Bicultural Self-Efficacy” at the Association of Psychological Science’s (APS) 26th Annual Convention last month in San Francisco, Calif. </p><p> </p><p><b>Angie Deppeler,</b> APSU Campus Police midnight dispatcher, will have her novel, “Welcome to Tremor,” published later this fall.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:09:46 +0000 boothcw 80527 at New APSU class combines service learning with study abroad <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="study_abroad_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold, overcast morning in November, hundreds of well-dressed shoppers huddled against the wind outside a west London British Red Cross store. In America, this type of establishment is simply referred to as a thrift store, but in England, these shops tend to be a little swankier.</p><p>            “What we think of as a thrift store is not really the same as their thrift stores,” Tracy Nichols, Austin Peay State University communication instructor, said. “Some of their stores are like upscale, New York boutiques.”</p><p>            The customers that morning were eager to get out of the cold and peruse the high-end merchandise donated by soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria. The money raised that day would support the British Red Cross’ relief efforts in the Philippines, following the deadly typhoon that struck that country in November.</p><p>            “Thrift stories are huge in London for the Red Cross,” Nichols said. “They have over 300 stores in the UK. Every single penny that’s made goes back into the Red Cross. I wanted our students to compare how these organizations operate there.”</p><p>            Last semester, Nichols did just that with the creation of a unique, hybrid service learning and study abroad class for the APSU Department of Communication. The class, Communication in Organizations, spent much of the semester working with the local Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Then, for a week during Spring Break, the class traveled to London to study how these three organizations operate on a global scale.</p><p>            “It’s the first class that’s ever been designated as service learning and study abroad by APSU,” Nichols said. “And the students really had an amazing experience. Instead of just having speakers come to class, they actually did these things and worked with the organizations and made tangible contacts and connections. When they go out into the real world, they already have this practical experience working internationally with these organizations.”</p><p>            The students volunteered locally to get a feel for how these organizations operated, and then they developed communication plans and radio spots. With Habitat for Humanity, the class created a public service announcement promoting the organization’s Restore. A few weeks later, when they arrived in London, the students spent a busy day working on a renovation project for the British Habitat office.</p><p>            “We went to a 19<sup>th</sup> Century, Victorian home that had been abandoned for almost 20 years,” Nichols said. “They were going to refurbish it into a home for women who had been abused.”</p><p>            The students worked cleaning the yard, discarding more than 19 years of piled up mail, repairing the facade and sweeping shards of glass from a neglected conservatory. They also learned that the British Habitat for Humanity focuses on renovation projects, while the American organization tends to emphasize new construction.</p><p>            The class then visited an upscale British Red Cross boutique and toured the headquarters for the International Salvation Army. For some of Nichols’ students, it was their first trip abroad.</p><p>            “The thing that’s great about this class is it’s not just communication students,” she said. “It’s open to all students. It’s a communication organizations course, so any major can take it as an elective. When I teach this traditionally, I see business majors, psychology majors, sociology majors, English and some history and political science majors since it addresses how people communicate within organizations and what kind of message the organizations are sending out to the public too.”</p><p>            Nichols was inspired to create the class by Dr. Matthew Kenney’s Spring Break trip to Trinidad and Tobago for the APSU President’s Emerging Leaders Program. Nichols plans to offer the class every spring semester, and with the University’s growing focus on experiential learning, it’s likely that similar classes will take shape in other departments. Earlier this year, the University unveiled its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which seeks to “enhance student learning by increasing students’ participation in learning experiences that transform perspective and engage students in practical application of their learning.” Students are specifically encouraged to seek out opportunities, such as service learning classes or study abroad programs.</p><p>            For more information on this class, contact Nichols at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Communication International Studies opportunities Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:55:45 +0000 boothcw 80118 at Jazz event to honor local music legend Solie Fott <p><img src="" width="600" height="600" alt="Acuff_logo.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Solie Fott, Austin Peay State University professor emeritus of music, considers himself to be just a fiddle player, but that’s a bit of an understatement.</p><p>Throughout his sideline career as a Nashville sessions string player, he has performed with some of the top names in modern music history, including Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and Eddie Arnold.</p><p>This remarkable local artist will be honored on June 13 at the Acuff Circle of Excellence’s Jazz in June, a celebration of the arts at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. Affiliated with the APSU Foundation, the Circle is a patron society of the APSU Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It is dedicated to advancing the arts and culture at the University and in the community with events and an endowed scholarship in the arts at APSU.</p><p>The Jazz in June celebration, with wine and hors d'ouvres, is open to the public, and it will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the winery. The 8th and Marion jazz group will provide music. Tickets are $30 each for Acuff Circle members and $40 for non-members and guests.</p><p>Fott has performed with the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville Symphonies, and in 1958, he joined the music faculty at APSU. During his 42-year career at the University, he served as chair of the music department and was founding president of the Faculty Senate. He also was a major force in establishing the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts in 1985.</p><p>As a member and vice president of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a premier professional development institute for arts education, Fott was presented the Lorin Hollender Award in 2008 in recognition of his distinguished career in music education. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Association. He also was honored with the Tennessee Music Educators Association Hall of Fame award.</p><p>Fott is a member of the boards of the Customs House Museum, the Acuff Circle of Excellence and the Community Concert Association. He is the former president of both the Tennessee chapters of the American String Teachers Association and the Tennessee Music Educators Association, and he was on the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education.</p><p>For reservations and more information, contact the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876. Checks for reservations should be made payable to APSU Foundation/Acuff Circle of Excellence, and mailed to Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, Tennessee, 37044.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:47:52 +0000 boothcw 80084 at TBR approves Alisa White as APSU president <p><img src="" width="250" height="327" alt="20140701-President-White--9469-EDIT.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">On June 2, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved Alisa White as the next president for Austin Peay State University.</p><p class="p1">White will assume her leadership role on June 30, following the brief interim presidency of Tristan Denley and the departure of Tim Hall, who led the campus for seven years.</p><p class="p1">The Board met via telephone at 3:30 p.m. on June 2 to consider TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for White, who has been serving as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.</p><p class="p1">White was selected after an extensive nationwide search that resulted in four finalists visiting the campus. Her résumé reflects a significant rise through the academic ranks in higher education with more than 25 years of experience. She has served as a provost at a wide range of institutions; as acting associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, curriculum and instruction; dean; department chair; graduate adviser and faculty member. Her complete résumé is available at <a href=""></a>.</p><p class="p1">White expressed her honor and excitement in being selected and expressed her eagerness to join the campus.</p><p class="p1">“Austin Peay has been nationally recognized for student success and experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of President Tim Hall, and it is a privilege to be able to join the campus community that was named one of the ‘Great Colleges to Work For,’” said White. “It has been exciting to hear from the people who love the university and have invested in its success.  I look forward to working with all of you to keep the momentum going, to serve our students, and to positively influence higher education not only in Tennessee, but in our nation.”</p><p class="p1">The TBR is among the nation’s largest higher education systems, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions, including APSU.  The TBR system includes six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs to more than 200,000 students across the state.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:56:05 +0000 boothcw 79960 at APSU hosting 2nd Gov Color Run on Sept. 27 <p><img src="" height="400" width="600" alt="20130927-Gov-Run-8056.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last September, several sane and reasonable Austin Peay State University students closed their eyes and intentionally ran through clouds of non-toxic colored starch. When they emerged from the haze, their hair was green, their skin was blue and their clothes were covered in splotches of yellow. And, more importantly, almost all of them were smiling.</p><p>            The students, along with community members, were participating in the APSU Alumni Relations Office’s inaugural Gov “Color” Run - a one-mile run around campus through cloudbursts of color. The success of last year’s event has prompted the Alumni Office to do it again, with this year’s run scheduled for Sept. 27.</p><p>            “This run is all about having fun,” Rylan Kean, APSU special events coordinator, said. “Color stations and surprises will be set up along the way to keep the party going.”</p><p>            The race will make use of the campus’ new GOV Trails – a Tennessee Department of Health-funded project that promotes physical activity at APSU – and it will conclude at the APSU Intramural Field with a large party, featuring music and a chance to socialize.</p><p>            Tickets to the event are $20 for members of the public, and anyone who signs up during the month of June will receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is available online at <a href="" title=""></a>. Participants are encouraged to dress up in monocles, top hats, fake mustaches and prim suits with tails, honoring the APSU mascot, the Governor.</p><p>             For more information, contact Kean at 931-221-7979 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:07:41 +0000 boothcw 79862 at TBR presents Beazley with philanthropy award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="small_beazley.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On May 20, the Tennessee Board of Regents recognized Dr. Cooper Beazley’s unwavering support of Austin Peay State University over the years by presenting him with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Philanthropy.</p><p>           Former APSU President Tim Hall, who nominated Beazley for the award, said, “For almost three decades, this individual has dedicated his time and his own financial resources to helping the young student athletes at Austin Peay. He takes his oath as a doctor seriously, and he has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep these young men and women healthy. “</p><p>            The award, presented by the TBR each year to individuals, companies or organizations, is based on the generous giving of resources to a TBR institution and outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for the institution.</p><p>            Beazley, an orthopedic surgeon with Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance, serves as the APSU team physician, making himself available for yearly physicals and nighttime and weekend visits whenever a player is injured. What makes him truly stand out is that he refuses to be compensated for his services. Instead, Beazley donates generously to the University, through equipment, services and the establishment of an endowed scholarship.</p><p>           In 1987, Beazley made a substantial donation to APSU, allowing the University to become one of the first athletic training rooms in the country to convert to electronic records. This move was instrumental in providing APSU students with high quality medical care. He helped fund the reconstruction of the University’s training rooms and rehabilitation areas, and his donations allowed APSU to acquire state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment for that training room.</p><p>             He used his own money to purchase defibrillators for emergency use in games before the NCAA required this equipment. Beazley also donated the Med-Bed Gator vehicle used to transport injured athletes at outdoor APSU athletic events.</p><p>            “It has never been about the fanfare, the accolades or even the occasional pat on the back,” Chuck Kimmel, former head athletic trainer and assistant athletics director at APSU, said of Beazley. “It has always been about providing APSU student-athletes the best quality medical care. He would not even think about talking about the sacrifices he humbly makes.”</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Office of University Advancement at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE: TBR Chancellor John Morgan and interim APSU President Tristan Denley present Dr. Cooper Beazley (center) with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Philanthropy. (Photo by Taylor Slifko, APSU Public Relations and Marketing).</p><p> </p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:24:52 +0000 boothcw 79694 at APSU now offering graduate degree in engineering technology <p><img src="" width="443" height="600" alt="Ft.Campbell_building.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this year, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved a new graduate degree program at Austin Peay State University – a Master of Science in Engineering Technology. The program, developed in response to the needs of industrial employers in this area, is currently accepting students for the Fall 2014 semester.</p><p>“A full-time student can finish in less than two years, and a part-time student probably can finish in three years,” Professor Adel Salama, chair of the APSU Department of Engineering Technology, said.</p><p class="DefaultCxSpFirst">The new degree program was designed to provide the advanced knowledge and skills needed by individuals in technological careers. The curriculum is built on a foundation of theoretical and applied concepts related to practical problems in the industry.</p><p class="DefaultCxSpLast">A unique element of this program is the use of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing technology. APSU has one of the few undergraduate programs in this field of technology, and the master’s program will expand the knowledge base in this area.</p><p>The program will be based at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, where the APSU Department of Engineering Technology already serves a mix of traditional and nontraditional students. For this program, the University has made a significant investment in a laboratory equipped with a range of modern, industry-standard equipment for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.</p><p>The degree program will be delivered in the traditional classroom format at the Fort Campbell campus, with courses offered in the accelerated eight-week course schedule to align with U.S. Army training and unit rotation schedules.</p><p>For information on how to apply, contact the APSU Department of Engineering Technology at 931-221-1400 or 800-844-APSU.</p> Graduate Studies opportunities Thu, 29 May 2014 19:52:05 +0000 boothcw 79651 at TBR chancellor recommends Alisa White as APSU's next president <p><img src="" width="192" height="253" alt="Alisa_White_.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">Alisa White is expected to be named the next president to lead Austin Peay State University pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Monday, June 2.<br /><br /> The Board will meet via telephone at 3:30 p.m. CDT to consider TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for White to replace Interim President Tristan Denley, who agreed to serve a temporary appointment after former APSU President Tim Hall ended his tenure at the university earlier this month to become president at Mercy College in New York.<br /><br /> White is currently the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.  She will join Austin Peay on June 30.<br /><br /> “Dr. White is the right fit for Austin Peay, and she will be an excellent leader for this progressive university,” Morgan said. “She is committed to the student success efforts that have already demonstrated a positive impact at Austin Peay. The breadth and depth of her teaching, administrative and management experiences allow her to bring a unique and enthusiastic perspective to the leadership role.”<br /><br /> White assumed her current post at UT-Tyler in 2012 and immediately made a dynamic impact on the institution. She secured $4 million in funding from the UT system to establish a comprehensive course redesign initiative to increase student learning, engagement and satisfaction while allowing the campus to more efficiently plan schedules and classroom space. She also oversaw the development of the university’s pharmacy college and established an International Programs office, center for Executive Education and an Office for Academic Innovation and Student Success.<br /><br /> In addition to overseeing those efforts and the university’s colleges and graduate school, White has been responsible for research and technology transfer, institutional effectiveness, honors programs, the library, and more at UT-Tyler.<br /><br /> White’s résumé reflects her impressive rise through the academic ranks in higher education. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and has served as graduate adviser; department chair; dean; acting associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, curriculum and instruction; and provost at a wide range of institutions, including The University of Texas at Tyler; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; The University of Texas at Arlington; The University of West Georgia; Louisiana State University in Shreveport; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.<br /><br /> White holds the Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a master of science in library and information science, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn.<br /><br /> Her full résumé is available at <a href=""></a><br /><br /> White was selected after a national search that resulted in 79 applicants from around the country. The search advisory committee, chaired by Regent Bob Thomas, worked with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher &amp; Associates to identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates. Twelve candidates were interviewed, and four finalists were selected and visited the campus.<br /><br /> Established in 1927 and named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, Austin Peay State University is a regional University serving approximately 10,500 students. Categorized as a Master’s Large institution by the Carnegie Foundation, Austin Peay has been the fastest growing public university in Tennessee for the past 10 years, offering 18 graduate degrees, 44 undergraduate and four associate degrees. The university has been nationally recognized for innovation by the likes of President Obama and Bill Gates in addition to being nationally recognized for multiple years as a Chronicle of Higher Education “Great College to Work For” with honors, as well as G.I. Jobs “Military Friendly Schools,” and Military Times “Best for Vets” College.<br /><br /> The June 2 meeting is open to the public and the press as listeners. Those wishing dial-in information for the call should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at <a href=""></a> or 615-366-4417 before 9:00 a.m. June 2. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT, May 30.<br /><br /> The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions, including Austin Peay State University.  The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000 students.<span class="s2"> </span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:29:59 +0000 boothcw 79570 at