Today @ APSU - University News en APSU Art and Design assistant professor McLean Fahnestock presents new work at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual Arts <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University assistant professor of art and design McLean Fahnestock will present new work at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville. Her experimental work will join others as a part of an exhibition, titled “Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee.”</span></p><p>The exhibition will be on view from April 29-Oct. 8 in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, and is free to the public.</p><p>Bringing together experimental videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region,&nbsp;“Pattern Recognition”&nbsp;explores the expressive potential of digital media. In animated landscapes, geometrical compositions and other invented scenarios, the videos show natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple and flow in alluring ways.</p><p>In their experimental works, Fahnestock, along with artists Morgan Higby-Flowers, Joon Sung and John Warren, manipulate viewers’ sense of time and space and resist traditional notions of linear storytelling. Each artist employs slow pacing, fluid transitions between recognizable and abstract imagery and sound to induce feelings of reverie, pleasure and mystery.</p><p>“The title ‘Pattern Recognition’ alludes to a computer science term for the identification and organization of patterns, combining data from across the information spectrum,” says Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala. “While in technology, the goal is to gain hard knowledge of the complex behavior of linked systems, artists in this exhibition combine and manipulate information into irrational patterns that bring to mind themes of memory, mystery and disturbance.”</p><p>Fahnestock&nbsp;finds personal resonance in the symbolism of the ocean, its rhythms and continuity, its role in family history and its powerful hold on the collective imagination. Her&nbsp;“Reclamation”&nbsp;series was inspired by the family lore surrounding her grandfather, a sea captain who collected natural specimens and cultural artifacts for the American Museum of Natural History. His ship sank off the coast of Australia in 1940, inspiring Fahnestock more than 60 years later to research his life and the circumstances of the shipwreck. Becoming fascinated with the poetry and allure of the ocean, she began a series of videos and photographs in which its wave patterns are photoshopped onto the silhouettes of sinking ships, distorting the image of a solid ship into a marker of transition—a mirror in space and a hole in time—rather than a form being reclaimed by the sea it was meant to defy.</p><p>For more information, please contact Buddy Kite at 615-744-3351 and&nbsp;<a href=""></a> or Ellen Jones Pryor at 615-243-1311 and&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Art Tue, 23 May 2017 20:33:37 +0000 harriscj 142443 at APSU’s Cousin, White receive Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award <p><img src="" width="550" height="500" /></p><p><img src="" width="550" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — When Courtney Cousin walked across the stage to accept her Bachelor in Business Administration in business marketing from Austin Peay State University in early May, it was an affirmation of her work in the classroom. One month earlier, Cousin’s tireless work in the community was recognized as the APSU senior joined APSU biology instructor Colleen White in receiving the 2017 Tennessee Higher Education Commission Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award.</p><p>The award was named in 1997 for the late state representative who was instrumental in passing legislation to create programs to recognize outstanding community service among higher education students, faculty and staff. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize.</p><p>A native of Chattanooga, Cousin is active in a number of service organizations, including the NAACP, Habitat for Humanity and Circle K. In 2016 and 2017, Cousin was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from APSU’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, as well as consecutive spots on the Vice President’s Service Honor Roll, an honor given to APSU students who serve a minimum of 75 hours of community service in one academic year.</p><p>“I am a God-fearing young woman who loves to cook and serve the community,” Cousin said. “Also, there were a total of five students in the state of Tennessee who were selected for this award, and we each had a great impact in our communities and on campus, so I think we all stood out in our own ways.”</p><p>Cousin has also played a leadership role in multiple honor societies, including Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, where she served various positions including historian, director of service, chair of the service community and co-chair. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta academic and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor societies.</p><p>In addition to service awards, Cousin has twice been awarded the white level leadership certificate — the highest available honor — from GOVSLEAD, APSU’s student leadership education and development program.</p><p>White was honored as a faculty recipient, having been recognized for her efforts with Hilldale Kiwanis Club of Clarksville. Through Kiwanis, White mentors both high school students in her role as Clarksville Key Club liaison, as well as college students as faculty advisor to APSU’s newly chartered Circle K.</p><p>White, who worked alongside Cousin as a member of APSU’s Circle K, said the “passion” Cousin displays for service is what set her apart from other candidates.</p><p>“I can think of no student more deserving of this award; Courtney volunteers for everything, and as a Circle K member, she is always the first to sign up for service,” White said. “She has singlehandedly started campus sustainability efforts (at APSU) …quite frankly, she’s awesome.</p><p>“She just has a true passion for people and the environment, and both are obvious in everything she does.”</p><p>Cousin has plans for life after APSU, having recently accepted a job position with Aflac Insurance in Mt. Juliet. She said she also plans to continue the lessons she learned at APSU, volunteering in the Nashville area while also pursuing a master’s degree in her spare time.</p><p>“I am truly grateful that God has used me in this capacity to serve his people on campus and in the Clarksville community,” Cousin said. “I encourage all students to get involved as much as possible while in college. I have had an amazing time here at Austin Peay, and I will continue to serve and do all I can to give back as I embark upon this new chapter of my life in Nashville.”</p> Fri, 12 May 2017 15:54:24 +0000 harriscj 142401 at APSU Board of Trustees to host summer meeting May 18-19 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On May 18 and 19, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees will host its summer meetings on the APSU campus. The Board’s Business and Finance Committee, its Academic Policies and Programs/Student Life Committee, and its Audit Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. that Thursday, and the full Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 19. All meetings are open to the public and will take place at 416 College Street.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Board will vote on several items during the May 18 and 19 meetings, and members will receive an overview of the campus’ master planning process. To watch the meeting live, or to view meeting materials such as the agenda, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For information on the meeting, contact the Secretary to the Board at 931-221-7572.</p> Fri, 12 May 2017 15:44:54 +0000 boothcw 142400 at APSU to offer first engineering degree this fall <p><img src="" width="600" height="382" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “When will Austin Peay State University offer an engineering degree?”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Since the early 1960s, prospective students and area manufacturers have asked that question, and today (May 11, 2017), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) finally provided them with an answer. During its quarterly meeting, THEC approved Austin Peay’s first engineering program, allowing the University to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree, with a major in Engineering Physics next fall.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I know people, alums from back in the 1960s, who came to Austin Peay to study pre-engineering and ended up with a degree in physics or mathematics,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, said. “I even came to Austin Peay in 1986 as a student wanting to do pre-engineering. This is a really big deal.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The University’s lack of an engineering program often sent potential students to other schools, and for the last fifty years, APSU officials have worked to add that degree to Austin Peay’s list of offerings. Instead of developing an entire College of Engineering—a near impossible feat that would require millions of dollars and the creation of several new departments—Taylor said the new program will be housed under APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, within the APSU College of Science and Mathematics. That department currently has two licensed professional engineers on its faculty—Dr. Russ Longhurst and Dr. Chester Little.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We have a very strong physics program at Austin Peay, and we’re leveraging that and growing it with this program, which is the next logical step,” Longhurst, associate professor of physics, said. “We’re leveraging our strength, and we hope to recruit the same types of students.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The 120-credit hour degree program will familiarize students with multiple engineering discplines, such as mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, while focusing heavily on engineering design. The new degree fits perfectly with the college’s existing Department of Physics and Astronomy and its Department of Engineering Technology</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Engineering physics is the glue that brings the two together,” Dr. Alex King, chair of the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, said. “Someone with an engineering technology degree focuses on the daily running of equipment, making sure it doesn’t break down. An engineer does something more design related. The physics bit is, ‘Hey there’s this principle, we should be able to make a machine that does that.’ The engineering physics piece in the middle is we now get to build that machine.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Austin Peay will be one of the few university’s in the country that offers an engineering physics degree, which will prepare students for numerous types of jobs in the engineering field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a national shortage of trained engineers has led to a demand of more than two million jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related occupations.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “People are always asking me, ‘What can you do with an engineering physics degree?’” Taylor said. “That is the wrong question. It should be, ‘What can’t you do?’”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Local manufacturers have approached the University for years about developing an engineering program, and the demand for this type of program is expected to grow. According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, “Advanced manufacturing job creation in Tennessee far outpaces national growth, at 27.1 percent job growth in Tennessee compared to 8.7 percent nationally from 2010 to 2015.”&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This program will put us in a good position to provide graduates for those new companies coming to town, both in recruiting new companies and helping the ones that are here,” Longhurst said. “Our vision is to have really good relations with local industry, with our students working for them.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; King said they anticipate enrolling about 15 students this fall for the new program, with that number increasing steadily every year. The University will also seek accreditation through the American Board of Engineering and Technology for the program.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information, contact the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Thu, 11 May 2017 20:29:04 +0000 boothcw 142399 at APSU sociology-journalism student to help combat human trafficking with summer internship <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 25, 2015, an earthquake ravaged parts of Nepal, destroying homes and businesses and killing nearly 9,000 people. In the months following the devastation, several mysterious individuals appeared in the ruble, offering survivors the opportunity to pursue a better life through education or jobs overseas. Thousands of women and girls, having no alternative, accepted these seemingly generous offers.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to a 2016 report by Public Radio International, many of those women and girls were then “sold into a global network that includes the dance bars of Kenya, the brothels and&nbsp;underground organ clinics of&nbsp;India,&nbsp;‘paper marriages’ of South Korea and China, home-cleaning services in the Middle East, slave labor in South Asia and smuggling rings at the Mexico-US border.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A year before the earthquake, in 2014, more than 13,000 Nepalese women and children were victims of human trafficking, and police in that country believe that number has increased by at least 15 percent since the earthquake.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 2006, Free For Life International, an anti-trafficking non-profit, was founded in Nashville, and this summer, Austin Peay State University student Sarah Eskildson will work to help Nepalese women and girls as part of her internship with the organization.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This is my passion, and I’m excited to be just a little part of something so big,” she said.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Eskildson, a Clarksville native, first enrolled at APSU, she had difficulty settling on a major. Nothing seemed to fit her interest, but one afternoon, she happened to read an article on human trafficking.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “That caught my attention, so I started researching it more,” she said.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She read articles and books, traveled to Nashville to volunteer with groups such as End Slavery Tennessee and organized public awareness campaigns. When it came time to pick a major, she decided to pursue areas that fit this new interest.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I remember taking the intro to sociology class and realizing this would impact my understanding,” she said. “I also love to write, so I decided to major in both sociology and journalism.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free for Life International, in collaboration with the Peace Rehabilitation Center, operates border monitoring stations along Nepal’s borders with India and Tibet, and in 2015, the organization rescued 213 girls from slavery and counseled more than 1,700 Nepalese on the dangers of trafficking. This summer, Eskildson will use the skills she’s acquired during her studies at APSU to assist these missions.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “I will be writing a lot of survivor stories,” she said. “When they rescue a victim, I will write up a story to publish on the website and on social media. I’m excited I’ll be bringing awareness to this issue.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eskildson will return to campus next fall, and she plans to graduate in December. When she leaves APSU, she hopes to find a job that expands upon her experiences as an intern.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It doesn’t matter how much you’re getting paid,” she said. “If you love it, you’re going to be happy. And this is my passion.”</p> Thu, 11 May 2017 15:07:06 +0000 boothcw 142398 at APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta celebrate seventh volume of history journal Theta-Delta <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Since its debut in 2011, Theta-Delta has become another avenue for Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), Austin Peay State University’s award-winning history honor society, students to demonstrate their capacity for historical research, authorship and criticism. Modeled after scholarly magazines such as The Journal of Southern History, Theta-Delta allows APSU students to grow as editors as they mold a year’s worth of classroom research into quality, publishable articles.</p><p>Theta-Delta recently celebrated another year of work when members of PAT presented APSU President Alisa White with the first printing of its now-seventh volume.</p><p>“Theta-Delta provides invaluable experience for our students as they prepare for their careers,” Minoa Uffelman, APSU professor of history, said. “Students work as editors in every aspect of revising the paper into publishable scholarly articles, and they also work on all technical aspects of publication from budget, formatting, dealing with print and meeting deadlines.”</p><p>The seventh volume of Theta-Delta covers a diverse range of topics and themes, from the fantastical, magical underworld of ancient Arabia and Europe and the impact of the Justinian Plague on fifth-century Byzantium and Constantinople to Operation Mongoose and the CIA’s covert activities against Cuba and president Fidel Castro.</p><p>First-year Theta-Delta editor-in-chief Jenny Brown said compiling this year’s volume was a learning experience for all involved, but said the range of topics and depth of thought in Theta-Delta reflect a job well done and an interesting read for fans of history.</p><p>“These papers are proof that the History and Philosophy Department at Austin Peay has some of the brightest students in the region,” Brown said. “From the Black Death to the Russian civil war, the articles we have in this volume guarantee that readers can find a topic that suits their own passions and curiosity.”</p><p>Brown, Uffelman and Dr. Cameron Sutt, faculty advisor for Theta-Delta, distributed a limited number of printed versions of the journal during last week’s awards ceremony. The unveiling added to the excitement of that morning’s event, which saw PAT awarded the 2016-17 APSU Student Organization of the Year, as well as the induction of new PAT members and the celebration of graduating members.</p><p>For more information on the magazine or PAT, contact Uffelman, the chapter’s adviser, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Wed, 10 May 2017 19:52:36 +0000 harriscj 142395 at APSU's Walker named VP of NACFC board <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Amanda Walker, director of career services at Austin Peay State University, was appointed vice president of the Nashville Area Career Fair Consortium’s (NACFC) Board of Directors on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.</p><p>Walker served as event chair for the 2017 Nashville Area Career Fair. She was instrumental in moving the event to Nissan Stadium, a centralized location. In addition, she moved the event registration to an online format for employers and students; as well as adding new sponsorship opportunities for employers.</p><p>The event had more than 160 employers and nearly 485 students attending. The career fair also brought in the largest number of APSU students, 118, in the event’s history.</p><p>The NACFC consists of nine member colleges and universities, as well as employer and chamber of commerce members.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 May 2017 16:39:27 +0000 boothcw 142389 at Record number of military graduates honored at coin presentation ceremony <p><img src="" width="625" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Before Austin Peay State University celebrates its 88<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 5, those active duty and military veterans graduating alongside their classmates were honored for their dedication in the classroom and in service to the nation.</p><p>A record number of graduating seniors were honored at the military and veteran graduate recognition and coin presentation ceremony on May 3, as 76 men and women were recognized and presented with APSU’s military coin, as well as a special cord to wear with their commencement regalia.</p><p>Tim Schoonover, career advisor with APSU’s Office of Career Services and VetSuccess counselor, served as the event’s speaker. While he congratulated the soon-to-be-graduates on their academic success, Schoonover challenged each of them to continue to serve and to continue to make the difficult choices that led them to enlist and that ultimately led them to APSU.</p><p>“I believe that, without exception, each and every one of you enlisted in the armed forces out of a sense of commitment, duty and service to your country,” Schoonover said. “So, when you accept your hard-earned diploma, you will face another crossroad in your journey. &nbsp;Will you follow your dreams, your goals or your passions, or will you sit on the bench?</p><p>“I challenge each and every one of you to ignore the naysayers who tell us that there is no hope, that we are powerless to change our world and make it a better place.”</p><p>A coin was also presented to Force Master Chief, and APSU alumnus, Karim Cole, who returned to campus for the ceremony. A 1986 graduate, Cole received Bachelor of Science degrees in both industrial technology and mathematics and returned to campus from Pensacola, Florida, where he serves as Force Master Chief at the Naval Education and Training Command. Cole previously served as Command Master Chief of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron.</p><p>Branded with the theme “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” APSU crafted its own coin with its military students and veterans in mind. The antique bronze color coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, is finished with black enamel. The first set was cast in 2011.</p><p>On one side of the coin, the eagle is prominently displayed as the nation’s symbol, along with other American patriotic elements. The University’s AP logo is situated at the bottom of the coin. The words, “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” were crafted from the lyrics of APSU’s alma mater and from the military’s customs and courtesies to welcome those who have joined the unit.</p><p>The other side of the coin shows an image of the clock tower atop the Browning Administration Building, generally considered the emblem of APSU. The year APSU was founded, 1927, also is noted on the bottom of the piece.</p><p>For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Jasmin Linares, c<span>oordinator for the Military Student Center at Austin Peay State University, at</span></p> Thu, 04 May 2017 21:29:36 +0000 harriscj 142371 at APSU Department of Music students perform, receive honors at TMEA conference <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Music was well represented at the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA)’s annual conference, held in April in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel.</p><p>The APSU Clarinet Choir, under the direction of Dr. Spencer Prewitt, was among a number of student groups selected to perform at the conference. In addition, APSU students Katie Spicher (principal chair, second violin), Nancy Alvarado (violin), Beau Keith (viola) and Trevor Compton (cello) took part in the All-Collegiate Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of university students from across the state of Tennessee.</p><p>Also at the event, APSU alumna Vanessa Cobb was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Young Music Educator. The director of instrumental music at Northwest High School in Clarksville, Cobb is a 2013 graduate of APSU with a Master of Music in instrumental conducting and a Master of Music in education. In addition to her teaching duties, Cobb is also the conductor of the concert and marching band at Northwest, as well as its pep band.</p><p>Sophomore music education major Cheyenne Plank was also chosen to represent APSU during TMEA’s annual summer trip to Washington D.C. as a part of the annual Hill Day Advocacy Summit. This is the third consecutive year an APSU student has been chosen to attend the summit, joining Austin Ward (2016) and Davey Edmaiston (2015), who each made the trip to Washington D.C. to advocate for music education in schools.</p><p>TMEA was formed in 1945 as a non-profit organization representing all phases of music education at all school levels and aims to promote the advancement of high quality music education for all.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information about TMEA, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. For more information about the APSU Department of Music, visit <a href=""></a></p> Music Wed, 03 May 2017 18:33:08 +0000 harriscj 142361 at APSU Wind Ensemble to perform outdoor Star Wars concert on May 4 <p><img src="" width="600" height="399" /></p><p><strong>***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE MEMORIAL HEALTH BUILDING DUE TO RAIN****</strong></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Force will be with Austin Peay State University on Thursday, May 4, as the APSU Wind Ensemble invites you to celebrate the music of Star Wars with a free musical program featuring the series’ iconic score.</p><p>The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7:30 p.m. on the new residential quad located off of Drane Street on the University campus.</p><p>Led by Gregory Wolynec, APSU director of bands, the APSU Wind Ensemble will perform a Sousa-style concert featuring light classical music, marches, patriotic tunes and a suite of pieces from the Star Wars films. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs.</p><p>In case of rain, the event will be held inside the Memorial Health Building, also located on the University campus.</p> Tue, 02 May 2017 19:13:19 +0000 boothcw 142344 at Austin Peay State University appoints Costin Shamble as University Attorney <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Costin Shamble, an accomplished lawyer with experience at the state level of government, was recently appointed as University Attorney for Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Prior to Shamble’s appointment, she served as diversity compliance manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conversation (TDEC). Prior to her work with TDEC, Shamble served as tax counsel for the Tennessee Department of Revenue. She began her professional career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. She was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2016.</p><p>Shamble has frequently been sought to speak on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion by government agencies and area universities.</p><p>A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Shamble received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University.</p> Tue, 02 May 2017 15:11:01 +0000 harriscj 142340 at More than 100 APSU freshman students inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society <p><img src="" width="800" height="420" /></p><p>On Thursday, April 13, more than 100 Austin Peay State University freshman students were inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Honor Society.</p><p>“This is the largest crowd I have seen at an induction in over a decade,”Dr. Steven Ryan, professor of languages and literature and ALD faculty advisor, said.&nbsp;</p><p>Inductees learned about the history of the national honor society and took an oath “to continue to maintain high scholarship and to use education for the benefit of the community, nation and the world in which we live.”</p><p>Dr. Loretta Griffy, associate provost for Student Success, spoke to the students and family members, inspiring the new inductees to continuously strive for excellence academically and socially by staying involved in the activities of the ALD.</p><p>The APSU Center for Teaching and Learning began working with the honor society in February of this year. Lorneth Peters is the assigned chapter advisor, along with Mark Gray and Patrick Perdew, who oversee the day-to-day activities of ALD.</p><p>The honor society was founded in the spring of 1924 at the University of Illinois by Dean Maria Leonard. Today, ALD has more than 275 chapters throughout the United States and has initiated more than one million students. Membership in ALD is open to full-time freshmen students who earn a 3.5 or are in the top 20 percent of their class.</p><p>The following students were inducted:</p><p>Stephen Alexander, Gina Alfonsetti, Alyssa Baker,Zachery Bellar, RaeAnne Black, Peyton Bone, Leslie Bradley, Destiny Brewington, Brittany Brooks,Justin Burson, Alex Carrizo, Jendaya Cervetti, Matthew Chandler, Matthew Cobasky, Virginia Coleman,Sydney Cooper, Lauren Crews, Megan Cundiff, Katelynn Daniels, Jacob Davila, Lydia Deason, Camey Deason, Michael Demarchi, Sierra Doggett, Chloe Estes, Lauren Felts, Rebekah Finley, Joshua Forbess, John Fussell, Brittney Gardner, Kaitlyn Gidcomb, Morgan Gleckler, Casey Granato, Kendra Gregg, Laurel Hansen, Kaycie Hartwig, Kelly Hatch, Alexandria Hudson, Kiara Jackson, Shamaria Jefferson, Emily Johnson, Kuniko Kincaid, Jake Kolaski, Ana-Carlin Krueger, Michaela Larson, Adriana Madison, Rachel Mann, Katie Markham, Gabrielle Maxwell, Madelyn Mayes, Courtney McCormick, Hayley McDowell, Justin McGregor, Benjamin Meadows, Richard Milner, Luke Muiznieks, Lauren Nash, Macy Osborne, Celena Otey, Jason Pagenkopf, Haley Palmeri, Monica Pan, Parth Patel, Cameron Pena, Franchesca Perry, Josephine Philbrook, Hunter Reese, Emily Rendleman, Brianna Richardson, Gabriela Rios, Briana Robinson, Kassidy Robison, Alison Rogers, Lindsey Ruple, Addison Sanderlin, Karlie Sartain, Cassie Simmons, Bailey Sims, Brooklyn Sisk, Miranda Sommers, Natalie Spears, Jessica Stephens, Tia Stone, Eugene Sueiro, Victoria Taylor, Giulia Terry, Emily Thai, Shelby Thornton, Christopher Trice, Phillip Turza, Amanda Wall, Shamar Wallace, Chelsey Washum, Jaybreon Weatherspoon, Kameron Weaver, Landry Webster, Ella Weiss, Julia West, Allison Williams, Thomas Woelfle, Shannon Yarbrough and Lauren Yates.</p><p>Once inducted, these students are lifetime members and eligible for scholarships and numerous leadership opportunities.</p><p>To learn more about ALD, please visit <a href=""></a> or contact the chapter advisor, Lorneth Peters, at 931-221-6084.</p> Mon, 01 May 2017 14:53:12 +0000 boothcw 142323 at APSU School of Nursing and county health department receive grant for breast health <p><img src="" width="600" height="396" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Five years ago, Dr. Patty Orr, Austin Peay State University professor of nursing, and Joey Smith, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, made an unsettling discovery. After looking into incidents of breast cancer in this area, they discovered that the mortality rate was disproportionately higher among women from traditionally underserved populations.</p><p>“We surveyed the data, and it was really bad in Montgomery County for underserved populations,” Orr, who also occupies the APSU Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing, said. “They were being diagnosed when it had progressed too far.”</p><p>Those findings prompted Orr and Smith to submit a grant proposal to the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fund breast health education and services to underserved populations in this community. For the fifth year in a row, the Nashville Komen affiliate has awarded the grant to the two organizations, providing more than $200,000 in that time for free mammograms and breast exams.</p><p>Last year, a local woman heard about the program and went to the Montgomery County Health Department, at 330 Pageant Lane, for more information.</p><p>“We were able to catch something early and send the patient to diagnostics and get early intervention,” Smith said. “We know that early intervention improves the survival rate. We know that this is not just improving health, but it’s saving lives.”</p><p>This year, the Nashville Komen affiliate presented Orr and Smith with a $42,930 grant. Some of that money is actually raised by APSU nursing students during Breast Health Month each fall.</p><p>“Last October, we had 30 students get donations to participate in the Race for the Cure,” Orr said. “And our faculty are very supportive of it also.”</p><p>Women who are uninsured, 40 years old or older and interested in a free mammogram and breast exams need to contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 931-648-5747.</p><p>“They just need to say, ‘I heard about the screening mammogram program, and I understand that it starts with a clinical exam, and what do I need to do to get a clinical exam?’” Smith said.</p><p>For additional information, contact Orr by email at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 May 2017 14:37:37 +0000 boothcw 142322 at Dr. Kristine Nakutis named as executive director of the Austin Peay Center at Ft. Campbell <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Kristine V. Nakutis has been hired as the executive director of the Austin Peay Center at Ft. Campbell, effective May 15, 2017.</p><p>A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Nakutis comes to Austin Peay from Jackson State Community College, where she has served as veterans affairs coordinator since 2015. In her position, Nakutis served as the college’s school certifying official and processed and certified students for veteran educational benefits.</p><p>In addition, Nakutis helped the college raise over $94,000 in state funds in support of veteran student programs through the Veterans Reconnect Grant program from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. With those funds, Nakutis was able to create a military student center, as well as establish a textbook and calculator loan program and peer tutoring program to increase completion and retention rates among veterans.</p><p>Nakutis was previously an assistant professor of philosophy and composition at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. She has additional teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas Aquinas College and Mount Saint Mary College, both in New York, as well as Central Texas College.</p><p>While serving in the U.S. Army, Nakutis was senior executive director of the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in Milan, Tennessee, from 2004-2009, leading over 750 employees who produced, tested, stored and shipped medium and large caliber munitions for the Department of Defense and international customers. She managed ammunition production, logistics, safety, human resources and facilities. She also served as support operations officer and supply chain manager for the 6<sup>th</sup> Ordinance Battalion at Camp Carroll in the Republic of Korea from 2002-2004.</p><p>Nakutis received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Marist College in 1989 and her Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. She received her Doctor of Education in higher education leadership from Northcentral University in 2016.</p><p>Nakutis will replace Dr. Cindy Taylor, who has served as interim director since January 2017.</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Center at Ft. Campbell, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Mon, 01 May 2017 14:19:27 +0000 harriscj 142321 at Cadet Zachary Lepley named 2017 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award winner <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — ROTC Cadet Zachary C. Lepley was presented the 2017 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award during a breakfast ceremony held April 27 at Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Lepley is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in military science from APSU. A high-achieving student earning his degree through the University’s Green to Gold ROTC program, Lepley holds a cumulative GPA of 3.94. Upon graduation, Lepley will serve in the U.S. Army’s field artillery branch before transitioning to the military intelligence branch, after acceptance to the Captains Career Course.</p><p>Lepley has been on active duty in the U.S. Army for eight years. He has served three combat tours, including two to Afghanistan and one in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.</p><p>As a member of APSU’s Governors Guard Detachment ROTC program, Lepley served as the Blitz Mentor in the spring semester and as PT Mentor during the fall semester.</p><p>A native of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, Lepley is the son of Buddy Lepley and Claire Laney. He is married to Paloma Lepley, a teacher at Kenwood Elementary School in Clarksville.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. James R. Salome served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Lepley is the sixth ROTC cadet to receive the Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award, following Jose Ramos-Lopez in 2016, Kevin Doss in 2015, Daniel Davis in 2014, Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award was established by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from service and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly-decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:12:55 +0000 harriscj 142304 at TBR vice chair Reynolds to speak at APSU commencement on May 5 <p><img src="" width="415" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Emily Reynolds, vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement on May 5 in the University’s Dunn Center.</p><p class="BodyACxSpFirst">Reynolds has had an extensive career in public service and politics, having served under two U.S. senators from Tennessee—Sen. Howard Baker and Sen. Bill Frist. Both men also served as majority leader of the U.S. Senate. In 2003, the Senate elected Reynolds to serve as the 31st Secretary of the Senate, where she managed the Senate’s legislative, financial and administrative operations for the 108th and 109th Congresses. In 2007, she joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as senior vice president, government relations, and she completed her service at TVA in late 2013.</p><p class="BodyACxSpLast">In September 2010, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Reynolds to the TBR, and Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed her to the board in June 2012. In July 2013, she was named vice-chair of the board. She also serves on the boards of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and FirstBank, and she is a former board chair of the Ladies Hermitage Association, now the Andrew Jackson Foundation. In March 2012, Reynolds was named to the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Public Schools Hall of Fame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Reynolds will speak at all three commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., on May 5, in the Dunn Center. This is the first time the University has hosted three commencement ceremonies, and this milestone is the result of the continued increase in graduates at Austin Peay. University officials opted to host a third ceremony for this spring’s large number of degree candidates, rather than limiting guests by requiring tickets for admission.&nbsp;</p><p>The 9 a.m. ceremony will include students who are earning degrees from the College of Arts and Letters and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, the noon ceremony will include students from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and the 3 p.m. ceremony will include students from the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Business. All ceremonies will be in the Dunn Center.</p><p>APSU offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:14:09 +0000 boothcw 142301 at APSU celebrates 90th anniversary with special event and tree planting <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and her husband, Elliott Herzlich, commemorated the University’s 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a special ceremony and tree planting on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The noon event took place on the lawn in front of the Browning Building, and it included performances by the Governors’ Own Marching Band, the APSU Chamber Singers, the University Choir, the Austin Peay Dance Team and members of the APSU Cheerleading Squad. Charlie Gentry, chief of staff for Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett each presented President White with proclamations honoring the University’s anniversary. The state also issued a proclamation for the occasion.</p><p>On April 25, 1927, Governor Austin Peay signed a bill calling for a new teachers college in Clarksville. The next day, on April 26, the bill became state law, officially creating a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution. The school—Austin Peay Normal School—was eventually named in honor of the governor, a Clarksville native who died six months after signing the legislation.</p><p>In 1943, the normal school was renamed Austin Peay State College, and in 1967, it became Austin Peay State University. The University established the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU in July 1985, and that program received a major boost a few months later when country music legend Roy Acuff generously endowed a chair of excellence. In July of 1986, the University opened another specialized program—the Center of Excellence for Field Biology.</p><p>“We are now a comprehensive university, with more than 10,500 students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs,” White said. “Along the way, we’ve acquired some great traditions—from listening to spectacular performances by the Governors’ Own Marching Band at halftime to watching our students, faculty, staff and supporters Plant the Campus red each spring.”</p><p>In 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the FOCUS Act, changing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee and calling for the establishment of an institutional Board of Trustees for Austin Peay and the other five universities previously governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. On March 30, 2017, the University’s inaugural Board of Trustees held its first meeting on the APSU campus.</p><p>&nbsp;“Ninety years after it was founded, we’re entering one of the most exciting and ambitious periods in the University’s history, and we look forward to working with everyone to ensure that Austin Peay remains a source of pride for this community,” Katherine Johnson Cannata, vice chair of the APSU Board of Trustees, said.</p><p>At the end of Wednesday’s ceremony, White and alumnus Evans Harvill (’46), son of former APSU president Halbert Harvill, planted a tree on the Browning lawn. On Feb. 10, 1954, President Harvill helped plant a tree in honor of Austin Peay State College’s 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p>Throughout April, Austin Peay has celebrated its anniversary with several APat90 events. On April 24, the University initiated a 90-hour online giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the APSU Colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are innovation funds that allow deans and directors in academic and student areas to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Visit <a href=""></a> for information on how to support this campaign.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:51:39 +0000 boothcw 142290 at APSU hosting Ladies of Fort Campbell Flag Football event on April 29 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 29, Austin Peay State University will host the Ladies of Fort Campbell Flag Football Competition at Fortera Stadium. The event is free.</p><p>Female active duty soldiers and the wives of active duty soldiers are invited to participate in this special day of football, fun and friendly competition. Austin Peay football coaches and players will run drills and practice with the&nbsp;women in the morning and then coach them throughout the games in the afternoon.</p><p>Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and games will begin at 2 p.m. Four teams will compete in a double elimination tournament. Saturday’s event will also include activities for children, giveaways and an after party in the Club Level of Fortera Stadium following the championship game.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:51:52 +0000 boothcw 142274 at Local institutions taking the lead on hosting educational eclipse events for the community and region <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p><br />CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In February 1979, when America’s last total solar eclipse of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century sent thousands of people to a remote hill in Washington State, ABC News Correspondent Jules Berman told viewers, “people are hushed in what seems almost like a ritual thing that mankind has been silenced by, in awe, since the beginning of civilization.”</p><p>On Aug. 21, 2017, a similar silence is expected to fall over the city of Clarksville when it becomes one of the best places in the country to view a total solar eclipse. That day, the sky above Montgomery County will go dark for about two minutes, bringing with it all the strange phenomena and surreal emotions that accompany a total solar eclipse.</p><p>“Birds will go back to their nests, cows will go back to their barns,” Dr. Spencer Buckner, Austin Peay State University associate professor of astronomy, said. “Animals and critters will all think it’s nighttime. The temperature will drop. If it’s really dry, it could drop as much as 15 degrees really quickly. And the emotional things going on with people—it’s going to be interesting.”</p><p>In ancient China, eclipse watchers made noise to scare away the dragon they believed was eating the sun. The Greek historian Herodotus claimed that an eclipse in 585 BCE caused the Medes and Lydian armies to immediately end a bloody battle, and when the first solar eclipse appeared in the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, Harvard University sent an expedition behind enemy lines to record the event. The last total solar eclipse visible from Clarksville occurred on July 29, 1478—more than 20 years before Columbus discovered America.</p><p>Scientists and revelers in search of transcendence often travel great distances to witness what the English poet Lavinia Greenlaw called “the throwing of the celestial dimmer switch,” and experts are anticipating an extra 200,000 people in Clarksville that day.</p><p>Only four months remain until Clarksville becomes the near epicenter for this historic eclipse, and as the excitement builds, five local entities—APSU, the City of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Visit Clarksville and the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System—have partnered to create educational and entertaining opportunities related to the event. On Aug. 21—the day of the eclipse—the University plans to entertain more than 8,000 people for a viewing party in Fortera Stadium, with three different ways for individuals to participate. Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will not be in session the day of the eclipse, and APSU officials are encouraging families to consider viewing opportunities at Fortera Stadium that day. Austin Peay also plans to host several events in the days and months leading up to the eclipse. The event has been coined the “Peay-clipse” by the University.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A complete breakdown of community offerings is listed below.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Stadium Viewing Event at Fortera Stadium on Aug. 21: </b></p><p>Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 for the public to view the eclipse. The cost is $5 to park, with each vehicle receiving a free pair of viewing glasses. Admission into the stadium is $2, and attendees will receive a free pair of viewing glasses with their ticket.</p><p>The stadium’s scoreboard will display a live feed from the APSU farm, where NASA researchers will be conducting experiments. When the eclipse begins, attendees can watch the event on the scoreboard and through a few telescopes set up with the solar protection. Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will be closed that day, allowing students and their families the opportunity to participate in this special event.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Solar Peay-clipse Educational Experience in Dunn Center&nbsp;</b></p><p>For those wanting a little more, the Dunn Center will open at 11 a.m. that morning for a special Solar Peay-clipse Educational Experience. This festival-like event, led by APSU faculty and students, will feature educational lessons and fun, hands-on activities related to the science behind a solar eclipse. General admission is $4 per child, and the cost includes two pairs of solar viewing glasses. Admission is also $4 for adults not accompanying a child. At 12:30 p.m., participants will head to Fortera Stadium to watch the eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Donor Event&nbsp;</b></p><p>Individuals interested in a more in-depth experience can purchase tickets to the Solar Peay-clipse Lunch and Learn. For a minimum $150 donation to the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, which will be used to provide future opportunities for APSU students, participants will enjoy a reception and meet-and-greet with APSU President Alisa White and Dr. Rhea Seddon, former NASA astronaut, on Sunday, Aug. 20.</p><p>On Aug. 21, the Lunch and Learn will begin at 10 a.m., with early entrance into the Dunn Center, and it includes an 11 a.m. lunch at the Club Level of Fortera Stadium, solar viewing glasses and a commemorative book.</p><p><b>Dr. Rhea Seddon Event&nbsp;</b></p><p>On Aug. 20, the day before the eclipse, the University will host two special events that are open to the public. At 7 p.m., Dr. Seddon will deliver the Peay-clipse keynote address at the APSU Dunn Center. Seddon served as a mission specialist and as a payload commander on several space shuttle flights, and she will discuss her experiences as one of NASA’s first female astronauts.</p><p>At 8:45 p.m. that night, Dr. Mclean Fahenstock, APSU assistant professor of art, and Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, will present “Launch,” a multimedia experience that combines video projection, audio collage, and a vibrating viewing platform, on the outside of the Dunn Center.</p><p><b>Community Educational Initiatives&nbsp;</b></p><p>To help prepare the community for the historic total solar eclipse, the University is partnering with the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department to host a Peay-clipse Lecture Series every month, from May until the day of the eclipse.</p><p>The lectures, which will take place during the city’s Movies in the Park events, will features APSU faculty and students discussing different historical, scientific and cultural aspects of a solar eclipse. The Peay-clipse Lecture Series events include the following:</p><p>• May 27, “Telling Time and Telling Tales,” featuring Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor of Latin, and Mary Winters, Latin instructor, at Heritage Park (“Finding Dory”).</p><p>• June 10, “Ancient Cultures Guided by the Stars,” featuring Dr. Don Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, at Heritage Park (“Moana”).</p><p>• July 22, “The Secret Lives of Astronomers,” featuring Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of astronomy, at McGregor Park (“The Secret Life of Pets”).</p><p>• Aug. 19, “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence,” featuring Jacob Robertson, APSU physics student, at Liberty Park (“Space Jam”).</p><ul><li>Aug. 21, “Total American Eclipse” viewing event at Liberty Park. Guest speakers from Austin Peay will be on hand to explain this once in a lifetime event. Food trucks will be selling their wares. Parking and seating is first-come, first-serve. Eyewear is required. Events begin at 10 a.m.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At each lecture series/Movies in the Park event, APSU students will be selling solar eclipse glasses and a commemorative APSU total eclipse book</p><p>In addition to these events, the lecturers will all deliver encore presentations of their talks between 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in room E106A/B of the APSU Sundquist Science Complex.</p><p>For more information, updates or to purchase tickets for the many different Peay-clipse events, visit <a href=""></a> or contact the APSU Public Relations and Marketing Office at 931-221-7459 or by email at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:17 +0000 boothcw 142273 at APSU professor Dr. Beatrix Brockman publishes German language book on life of Angelika Schrobsdorff <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — When German-born Angelika Schrobsdorff returned to her home country in 2006 after decades abroad, the accomplished writer and Holocaust survivor said it was her hope to “die in my own language.”</p><p>Schrobsdorff would ultimately receive her wish, dying in Berlin in 2016 at the age of 88. But while her life’s story ended where it began, the daughter of a Christian father and a Jewish mother lived a fascinating life between those moments; one Austin Peay State University associate professor Dr. Beatrix Brockman has told in her new German-language biography, “Angelika Schrobsdorff: Leben ohne Heimat.”</p><p>“Angelika Schrobsdorff was persecuted by the Germans because she was a Jew. After the war, she was persecuted by the Bulgarians for being German. And before she died, she moved back to Germany from her home in Jerusalem because she saw her own Jewish people persecuting Palestinians in a way that reminded her of the Germans,” Brockman said. “She led a very remarkable life, and this book tells her story, from start to finish.”</p><p>Born into a wealthy Berlin family, Schrobsdorff grew up with her mother, an assimilated Jew, and her sister in Berlin. In 1939, she fled to Bulgaria to escape the Nazi rule, while her father stayed behind at the wishes of his wealthy family. Post-war persecution of Germans living in countries previously occupied by the Nazis forced Schrobsdorff back to her native country, before a marriage to French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann brought her to Paris, and ultimately, Jerusalem, where she lived before returning to Berlin late in life.</p><p>An accomplished author, Schrobsdorff's first novel, "Die Herren" brought her fame. She would go on to publish 12 more books, many about her life in Bulgaria. Her memoir of her mother, "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter" was a best-seller and was also made into a movie for German television. It would later be translated into English under the title "You Are Not Like Other Mothers.”</p><p>Brockman’s involvement in the project came about through a pre-existing relationship with the editor of the book and accomplished photographer, Rengha Rodewill. Before her passing, Schrobsdorff had been working with Rodewill to pitch the biography to publishers, but needed Brockman’s help as a literary scholar and researcher to write the manuscript.</p><p>“I came on board in the summer of 2016, but it was not until September that we found a publisher and work could really get underway,” Brockman said. “I ended up having to go very quickly, however, because I thought I’d have until summer of 2017 to finish the manuscript, but we were asked by the publisher to have it done just two months later (November 2016).</p><p>“(Once the deadline was set), there were no free weekends or evenings for a couple of months as I was getting together the information for the manuscript.”</p><p>While Schrobsdorff had written numerous novels on her experiences, they were outwardly presented as works of fiction, with names changed to suit the narrative. So while her books provided the information, the road to a complete biography meant Brockman needed to become somewhat of a detective.</p><p>“I read everything I could get my hands on, and the information was all over the place as I tried to piece together the chronology of her life,” Brockman said. “For instance, the men in her life were mostly mentioned under pseudonyms (in her books), so I had to untangle things to find who was who and what this meant and who other people could really be.</p><p>“What I tried to do in the book was ultimately let her speak for herself and precede or follow her comments with summaries and analyses of how and why she depicted her life’s story in the manner she did.”</p><p>“Angelika Schrobsdorff: Leben ohne Heimat” is available now on, and For more information on APSU’s Department of Languages and Literature, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Languages and Literature Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:24:49 +0000 harriscj 142236 at APSU hosting early Relay for Life event on April 29 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This spring, the Montgomery County Relay For Life is partnering with Austin Peay State University in the fight against cancer. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, the University will host a Relay For Life event at Fortera Stadium, allowing APSU students to participate in the relay before they leave campus for the summer break. Teams interested in participating in this event can register at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>This year’s Montgomery County Relay For Life event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Hilldale Baptist Church Family Life Center Athletic Field, at 250 Old Farmers Road. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Individuals unable to attend can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Relay For Life effort at Austin Peay or Montgomery County by visiting <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The Relay For Life event allows cancer survivors, family members, friends, caretakers and supporters to unite in their courageous fight to conquer this disease. The Relay For Life event will offer a wide range of entertainment, along with a luminary ceremony to honor and remember those who have died and those who continue to fight.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, Relay For Life<b><i> </i></b>will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries. The events will raise funds to support the American Cancer Society <b></b></p><p>To join the Austin Peay Relay for Life campus effort or register a team, visit <a href=""></a> or contact Colin Crist at 315-854-3347. To join the Montgomery County Relay For Life effort or to register as a team or individual, visit <a href=""></a>. For other questions on Montgomery County’s event, contact Jason Pennington at 931-980-6058.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:37:19 +0000 boothcw 142194 at Austin Peay State University’s APat90 celebration to cap off month-long celebration of 90 years of service <p><img src="" width="604" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — At 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 1927, Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed a bill creating a normal school on the old Southwestern Presbyterian University campus in Clarksville. The next day, April 26, the law went into effect.</p><p>That school created 90 years ago is now a thriving comprehensive university, and on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Austin Peay State University is celebrating nine decades of service to students and the region with a special celebration on the front lawn of the Browning Administration Building.</p><p>President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich will present the program, which takes place from noon-1:15 p.m., followed by a reception.</p><p>Wednesday’s event is the culmination of a month-long series of special events both on campus and in Clarksville. On April 24, the University Advancement Office will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are unrestricted funds provided to deans and directors in academic and student areas as well as athletics to help provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. that evening, and end at noon on Friday, April 28.</p><p>Business casual attire is requested for attendees. To RSVP, please contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7220.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:21:54 +0000 harriscj 142193 at APSU Opera and Theatre presents “The Sorcerer” on April 22-23 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Theater and Orchestra welcomes you to a wild west world filled with love and magic when they perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer.”</p><p>The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>Set in a small town in the wild west, marriage festivities are underway between Aline and Alexis, the children of high-born parents. So in love with his bride to-be, Alexis wants everyone to feel how he feels, so he hires a genuine sorcerer to spike the wedding refreshments with a real-deal love potion. Alexis’s grand plan backfires when all of the town unknowingly partakes and his wedding turns to chaos when everyone — regardless of age, rank or beauty —&nbsp;falls in love with the first person they see.</p><p>Originally produced in 1877, “The Sorcerer” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s third operatic collaboration, and became a success, running for 178 performances in London. Its success encouraged the trio to create such masterpieces as&nbsp;“H.M.S. Pinafore,”&nbsp;“The Pirates of Penzance,” and&nbsp;“The Mikado.” APSU’s performance takes “The Sorcerer” down a slightly different path, changing the play’s original setting of Victorian England to the American wild west —&nbsp;a creative decision Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU said updates, but still remains faithful to the opera’s themes.</p><p>“We have chosen to set our production in the wild west, with the set, costumes and dialects reminiscent of a simpler time of naiveté and harmless trickery,” Conklin-Bishop said. “In this setting, the sorcerer becomes a snake oil salesman, traveling town to town, hawking various potions and services.”</p><p>“The Sorcerer” will feature one of the largest collaborative efforts in the department’s history, featuring students, faculty and friends of the University — as well as rare stage appearance by APSU president, Dr. Alisa White.</p><p>“It’s been a thrill to produce (The Sorcerer) because the talents and energies of this cast has provided such a rich directorial experience,” Conklin-Bishop said. “From freshman to graduate students, to alumni, faculty, staff, community members, the Gateway Chorus and even our very own university president, Alisa White, it’s been exciting to see all of these elements come together to create a production that embodies the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan —&nbsp;good natured fun with a lot of heart.”</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Theatre & Dance Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000 harriscj 142192 at Noted graphic designer Janda to give free lecture April 19 at APSU <p>&nbsp;<img src="" width="600" height="399" /></p><p>Author and graphic designer Michael Janda, chief creative officer at the nationally recognized marketing firm EKR, will discuss his book, “Burn Your Portfolio,” during a lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in Trahern 401 at Austin Peay State University. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student group at APSU, the APSU Student Organization Council and Thrive Creative Group.</p><p>Janda was the founder of the creative agency Riser, which served clients such as Disney, Google and ABC before being acquired by EKR. During Wednesday’s lecture, he will discuss his current and past works, as well as his business practices from his book that have allowed him to succeed on hundreds of creative projects.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:50:36 +0000 boothcw 142135 at Local Girl Scout troop supports APSU campus food pantry <p><img src="" width="600" height="406" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 10, 2017, Girl Scout Troop 2604 donated 70 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Austin Peay State University Save Our Students (SOS) Campus Food Pantry.</p><p>“We usually get the staple food donations of canned vegetables and dried pasta, so something sweet like cookies is an extra special surprise for pantry users,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Belina Sengmanyvong, who coordinates the volunteers and donations with the pantry.</p><p>The SOS food pantry at Austin Peay, which serves 400 people each year, was established five years ago to provide food to APSU students and families in need. The pantry and the free thrift shop run off of donations from the campus and the community.</p><p>Troop 2604 sold 4,000 boxes of cookies to the Clarksville community during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie season. For the last two years, these scouts have been raising money for a trip to Savannah, Georgia, to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts. Throughout the last two years, the scouts have also focused on supporting the local community, with donations and support to organizations such as the SOS pantry.</p><p>The SOS pantry is always in need of donations. For more information contact Alexandra Wills at&nbsp; 931-221-6591.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Belina Sengmanyvog, AmeriCorps VISTA, accepts a donation from Girl Scout Troop 2604 members Alaina Chandler, Jasmine Palmer and Jaylen Palmer.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:47:15 +0000 boothcw 142123 at