Today @ APSU - University News en APSU hosting Gov Color Run Sept. 27 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="color_run_1.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 5 p.m. Sept. 27. A limited number of free tickets are now available for students that pre-register at <a href="" title=""></a>.</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 for non-students or students that don’t preregister are $20. 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><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Runners were showered in colors during the first Gov “Color” Run event in 2013. Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff. </p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:55 +0000 boothcw 86681 at APSU's Singleton receives prestigious Gardner Award <p><img src="" width="460" height="600" alt="Greg_Singleton_SMALL.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president and dean of students at Austin Peay State University, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award. The Gardner Award is presented to a senior college/university administrator who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the advancement of fraternities and sororities. The individual should have demonstrated a long standing record of support and advocacy for the fraternal experiences on the campuses on which he or she has worked, fostered positive change in the fraternity and sorority community, built partnerships within higher education and the interfraternal community and mentored both new and seasoned professionals.</p><p>Singleton was cited for his support of the fraternity and sorority communities at the University of Memphis, Purdue University, University of Miami and now APSU. He has served as a former national conference chair, executive vice president and national president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and chair of the AFA Foundation. Singleton served for 18 years on the board of directors for the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, including six years as the executive director, and as a past executive director of Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Honorary. He is a current regional vice president and National Scholarship chair for his national fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference.</p><p>Singleton will be presented with the award during the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in Nashville on Dec. 5.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:28 +0000 boothcw 86680 at CSA choirs looking for singers this fall <p><img src="" width="225" height="128" alt="CSA.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This fall, two new choral directors will take over the Clarksville Community Chorus and the Clarksville Youth Chorus, and the two programs are looking for interested singers. The choirs are part of the choral classes offered by the Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts.</p><p>Kristina Waugh will lead the Clarksville Community Chorus, and Veronica Stem will serve as director for the Clarksville Youth Chorus. The adult choir is for individuals over the age of 18, and the Youth Chorus is for students in elementary and middle school.</p><p>“If you enjoy singing and making beautiful music, then you should join the Clarksville Community Chorus,” Waugh said. “We are comprised of singers of all ages, from all walks of life and at all levels of musical experience. We offer people who love music an opportunity to sing and improve their vocal skills in an encouraging and friendly environment.”           </p><p>Interested singers are not required to audition for the adult or the children’s choir. Stem said the youth program allows children to socialize while learning musical concepts.</p><p>“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids to develop skills of working with other children,” she said. “We’ll be singing, but we’ll also be learning how to read music and learn some music theory.”</p><p>Both choirs will host a performance for the Clarksville community at the end of the semester. For more information on costs and rehearsal times, contact the Community School of the Arts at APSU at <a href=""></a> or 221-7508, or visit the website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:12 +0000 boothcw 86480 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Becky J. Starnes</b>, professor of public management, was notified that her book, “Challenges in City Management, A Case Study Approach,” is being translated into Simplified Chinese by Jiangsu People’s Publishing Ltd. The translated version is expected to be published in August 2016. The English version was published by Taylor and Francis Group Inc.</p><p><b>Dr. Albert Bekus</b>, professor emeritus of languages and literature, had his article, “The Joy in Live Release,” published in the summer 2014 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal. The article is about Atlantic salmon conservation in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas King</b>, professor emeritus of music, will make his debut at Cardinal Stage Theatre in Bloomington, Ind., as Robert Livingston in the musical, "1776."</p><p>This is his first role in Bloomington after retiring there.</p><p> </p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:14:50 +0000 boothcw 86469 at APSU ROTC cadets train abroad as part of Army CULP program <p><img src="" width="508" height="600" alt="Lipinski.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two Austin Peay State University ROTC cadets traveled abroad this summer to immerse themselves in different cultures and train with foreign militaries.</p><p>            Ryan Lipinski, an APSU junior, spent a month in Bulgaria while Joshua Pollina, an APSU junior, traveled to a warmer climate in Greece. They were among approximately 1,400 cadets from Army ROTC programs who traveled on cultural missions in more than 40 countries as part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program.</p><p>            The program is designed to immerse ROTC cadets in various languages, cultures and socio-economic situations so the cadets can learn and appreciate other worldviews.</p><p>            The program is geared toward training better military leaders by educating cadets in world cultures, values and norms. This training will allow the cadets, as the Army’s future leaders, to function in a variety of complex circumstances in an ever-changing world.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science at 931-221-6156.</p><p><img src="" width="356" height="558" alt="Pollina.jpg" /></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:00:58 +0000 boothcw 86468 at APSU to recognize distinguished graduates on Nov. 8 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20121016-Emerald-Hill-Fall-3576.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This November, Austin Peay State University will honor six distinguished graduates during its annual Alumni Awards Lunch. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. It is a part of that week’s APSU Homecoming festivities.</p><p>            This year’s honorees include 2014 Outstanding Service Award recipients Don Jenkins and Len Rye; Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Angelica Suffren (’99) and Shawn Kelley (’06); and Outstanding Alumni recipients Dr. Jaime Taylor (’90) and Dr. Warren Chaney (‘64).</p><p>         The Alumni Awards Lunch also serves as an opportunity to meet and mingle with other alumni and friends. Tickets to the event are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 5.</p><p>            For more information, contact Alumni Relations Office at (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:59:49 +0000 boothcw 86462 at APSU professors use new theory to examine population changes in Kentucky <p><img src="" width="480" height="600" alt="David_Rands.jpg" /></p><p><img src="" width="452" height="600" alt="Trevor_Brooks.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – From 2000 to 2012, Kentucky’s population grew by more than 337,000 residents. However, not all Kentucky counties experienced the same rate of population growth and some counties actually experienced a population decline. According to a recent article in the Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology, county-level predictors like median household income and the racial/ethnic composition of a county impact population change.  </p><p>            The article, “Using Function-Based Spatiality Theory to Examine County Level Predictors of Kentucky’s Population Change (2000 to 2012),” uses census data to argue its theory that all communities fulfill a certain purpose and that purpose ends up attracting or deterring different demographics.</p><p>            “Function-Based Spatiality theory says that places have specific functions within their regional, statewide, national and international spheres, and those functions are going to define who is drawn to or repelled from those regions,” Dr. David Rands, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of history and co-author of the article, said.</p><p>            Earlier this year, Rands joined Dr. Trevor Brooks, APSU assistant professor of sociology, and APSU undergraduate sociology student Randi Ingram in applying the theory to the counties in Kentucky. Rands co-authored the article with Brooks and Ingram. They found that populations are decreasing in the Kentucky communities that attract African-American residents.</p><p>            “This result interested me,” Brooks said. “African-Americans have historically been an exploited group, and because of that, certain industries may have avoided communities with high African-American populations.”</p><p>            “They are an exploited group, but that transfers over to the space that they inhabit as well,” Rands added. “That space becomes a marginalized space that nobody wants to live in.”</p><p>            The APSU researchers examined the census data for all 120 counties in the commonwealth, and they discovered that the change in populations had more to do with why people were moving to a certain location and less about how many children were born during the specified years.</p><p>            “We found that, in the statistical model, there were several variables that were important predictors for population change,” Brooks said. “The higher rate of change in Hispanics tended to predict population changes as well.”</p><p>            In addition to ethnicity, socio-economic status was an important variable, and the researchers examined the effects of each area’s median income on migration. Just as agriculture and some unskilled manufacturing functions seem to attract Hispanic populations, communities with higher median incomes attract businesses and housing options that in turn attract more affluent populations. The study supported their theory that an area’s function either attracts or repels specific kinds of immigrants. The APSU professors hope to expand their research to include other states.</p><p>            For more information on their findings, contact Brooks at <a href=""></a> or Rands at <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Sociology Behavioral and Health Sciences opportunities Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:29:06 +0000 boothcw 86371 at APSU Art Department hosts "Faculty Biennial" exhibit in Trahern Gallery <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" alt="Faculty_Show_Poster_copy.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University art professors are often commended for inspiring students in their classrooms, but that type of praise can occasionally overshadow their skills as gifted, professional artists. On Aug. 25, a new exhibit, “The Faculty Biennial,” in APSU’s Trahern Gallery will remind the community that high-caliber artists continue to work at the University. The show, which is free and open to the public, runs through Sept. 12, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 4.</p><p>            “Continuing one’s art practice is essential,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “It’s how our faculty further define their craftsmanship and skills that they then can pass along to the students in the classroom.”</p><p>            The exhibit will feature works by Paul Collins, McLean Fahnestock, Barry Jones, Rachel Bush, Suta Lee, Ken Shipley, Virginia Griswold, Susan Bryant, Billy Renkl, Michael Dickins, Jennifer Snyder, Tammy Smithers, Cindy Marsh and Kell Black.</p><p>            “The faculty biennial gives the students and the community a chance to experience recent work created by the APSU art faculty,” Dickins said. “It’s also an opportunity for our students to see that their professors are professional artists and are valuable resources for them to take advantage of during the semester.”</p><p>            For more information on the exhibit, contact Dickins at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:33:23 +0000 boothcw 86349 at APSU's Greek community continues to excel <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the last few months, the fraternity and sorority community at Austin Peay State University has continued to enhance the University’s reputation through service work and the earning of several prestigious awards and recognitions. </p><p>            The recent accomplishments are listed below.</p><p>•       In March, Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs, was named the NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Fraternity &amp; Sorority Knowledge Community co-chair. Dominy works with more than 1,300 professionals aiding in the advancement of fraternities and sororities on collegiate campuses across the world.</p><p>•       In 2013-2014, the APSU fraternity and sorority community raised more than $77,825 dollars and committed 8,569 service hours to various local and national philanthropies.</p><p>•      The Eta Tau Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity received the True Merit Bowl earlier this month at their 81<sup>st</sup> Biennial Congress in Orlando, Florida.</p><p>•      Denver Pennington, president of the Alpha Tau Omega at Austin Peay, received the Brigadier General John F. Kinney Scholarship during the Biennial Congress. To qualify for a scholarship, an individual must be a member of Alpha Tau Omega and a current member of a National Guard or Military Reserve unit, or enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) or similar military training program at their college or university. Further, a scholarship recipient must have the intention of serving for a period of time on active duty with their Guard or Reserve unit, or in the United States Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard or successor organization.</p><p>•       The Eta Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity received the James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award at Sigma Chi’s Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. This honor is given to chapters that demonstrate major improvement in total chapter operations from year to year.</p><p>•        Alpha Gamma Delta received “Best New Chapter Support Over the Biennium” at their International Convention this summer. The award recognizes the largest cumulative total of funds donated to the foundation, by a new collegiate chapter, for the Convention biennium. The APSU chapter has achieved Jewel status the past two years. This is achieved when $2,000 or more is raised for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation annually. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation supports diabetes research and education, provides educational and leadership programs for women and provides scholarships and grants for members.</p><p>•       Pi Kappa Alpha raised approximately $12,000 for the Humane Society of Clarksville during the Waggle Four Man Tourney, which had more than 200 participants and attendees.</p><p>•       Members of Alpha Delta Pi and Zeta Phi Beta lent their support during the Annual Back to School Bash with Lincoln Homes. They helped create a spirited environment by painting the faces of hundreds of children.</p><p>•        In late May, Jeremy Dubose and Zavion Williams, 2014 initiates with the Theta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, were selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants to attend the Undergraduate Leadership Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. General Electric has sponsored the program for more than six years. </p><p>For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:13:26 +0000 boothcw 86191 at Donation adds to APSU folk art collection <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="small_folk_art.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While visiting Austin, Texas, in 2013, Karen Parr-Moody came across a painting by the renowned folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The dusty image was of a girl in a swimsuit, and it evoked strong childhood memories for Parr-Moody.</p><p>            “I really identified with going to my grandfather’s fishing camp every weekend on the Tennessee River,” she said. “It’s rustic and beautiful down there. The ‘Bikini Girl’ just reminded me of growing up and being a little girl.”</p><p>            Parr-Moody bought the painting. She’s been collecting folk art since 1993, when her parents bought her one of the celebrated angel pieces by Howard Finster. The Sudduth work added another impressive name to her private collection, but earlier this month, she decided to part with the piece by donating it to Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            “What motivated me is when the Crouches gave that big collection to the University,” she said. “I thought what they did was so amazing, so I wanted to do something like that.”</p><p>            In 2012, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch donated a collection of 42 folk art carvings, paintings and drawings to Austin Peay. It joined the University’s already impressive folk art collection. For years, APSU has been the home of several statues by the noted self-taught Tennessee artist E.T. Wickham and paintings by William Shackelford. In 2010, the collection received a major boost when Dr. Joe Trahern donated three sculptures - “The Critter,” “The Eagle” and “The Lady with Two Pocketbooks” – by William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1937.</p><p>            The Sudduth painting, “Bikini Girl,” will now join that collection. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and at the Smithsonian Institute. A 1997 article in the New York Times referred to his art as “pictures of improbable chalky luminosity and understated bliss.” Susan Mitchell Crawley, the associate curator of folk art at the High Museum in Atlanta, told the New York Times in 2007 that “his paintings sell for anywhere from several hundred dollars to $5,000.”</p><p>            Moody donated the piece to APSU in honor of her two-year-old daughter, Stella. Stella has been visiting art galleries since she was three-weeks-old, and Parr-Moody sees her gift as potentially instilling two passions in her daughter.</p><p>            “Hopefully it will foster a love of art, and hopefully it will make her think about giving to the community that gives to you,” Parr-Moody said. “Austin Peay has done a lot for me, just with the free concerts and all the shows.”</p><p>            The Sudduth painting also will help make APSU a destination for folk art aficionados.</p><p>            “It further enhances our collection,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “The more we can collect, the more we can showcase it. Clarksville really has an excellent opportunity to become a good location for folk art.”</p><p>            For more information on Parr-Moody’s donation or the APSU folk art collection, contact Dickins at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to APSU. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:44:36 +0000 boothcw 86109 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><strong>Amanda L. Walker</strong>, director of Career Services, presented at the National Career Services Online Conference on Aug. 14, representing Austin Peay State University. The National Career Services Online Conference, presented by Intern Bridge, is the premier distance learning and sharing event in North America for college and university career centers.  It is designed to provide the highest level of professional development to as many career services professionals as possible within a three-day period.</p><p>Walker has been a presenter for the conference over the past three years. At this year’s conference, she presented “Career Programming: Measuring Impact, Then What?” The presentation offered insight into why career professionals should plan and assess all career programming to determine value and return on investment.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:00 +0000 boothcw 85969 at More than 800 freshmen to arrive at APSU on Aug. 21 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="move-in_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Aug. 21, more than 830 incoming freshmen will arrive at Austin Peay State University to move into some of the campus’ residence halls. For many, it’ll be an emotional day as they begin a new phase of their lives.</p><p>To make this transition easier, these individuals will be greeted by APSU and community volunteers, who will assist them with any questions they might have and help them carry boxes and suitcases up to their new homes. For the second year, some of these freshmen will unpack their belongings in new rooms inside Martha Dickerson Eriksson Hall. That residence hall is one of the three buildings that make up the Governors Terrace Residence Complex, which opened last year.</p><p>On Friday, Aug. 22, APSU’s upperclassmen will move into the residence halls. The fall academic semester begins on Saturday, Aug. 23, with some graduate and online classes. Most traditional undergraduate classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25.</p><p>For more information on the move-in day, contact Kimberley Morrow at <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:41 +0000 boothcw 85959 at APSU professors publish Civil War diary about life in Clarksville <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Dr._Minoa_Uffelman.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold night in February 1862, the moans and whimpers of injured Confederate soldiers filled the streets of Clarksville. Hospitals had been set up in local buildings to treat the wounded, following the Battle of Fort Donelson in nearby Dover, and whispered rumors claimed the Union army was heading for the city.</p><p>            A 15-year-old girl named Nannie Haskins watched as panic swept through her hometown. Some people fled, but others simply had nowhere else to go. Within a few days, Union soldiers were marching through the streets, demanding citizens present identification papers. A year after the fall of Clarksville, Nannie opened her diary and jotted down a few notes on what she’d seen.</p><p>            “The very first entry in her diary is about Fort Donelson and the panic,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, said. “The best description of the fall of Clarksville comes from her.”</p><p>            For the last several years, Uffelman and three other women – APSU communication professor Ellen Kanervo, Montgomery County Historian Eleanor Williams and Phyllis Smith, former president of the Friends of Fort Defiance – have worked to transcribe Haskins’ journals. Their hard work was finally rewarded this July when the University of Tennessee Press published their book, “The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890,” as part of its “Voices of the Civil War” series.</p><p>            “We’ve probably worked on it, off and on, for about seven years,” Kanervo said. “I think I know 1860s Clarksville better than I know 2014 Clarksville.”</p><p>             The book is available at APSU’s Ann Ross Bookstore, the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, The Customs House Museum and online at At 5 p.m. on Sept. 9, the University will host a book signing with the authors at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.</p><p>            Readers of the diary will find a text rich with local history, providing them with a glimpse of an occupied city during the Civil War.</p><p>            “What surprised me was the rich social life she had,” Kanervo said. “She talked about people stopping by. They would have parties; people would bring a violin or play a piano. There were parties where there were dances. A lot of social activity was going on even as there was grief and mourning and fear.”</p><p>           When the war ended, Nannie married an older widower with four children and went on to have six children with him. The Reconstruction Era began, the economy suffered, and through it all, she continued writing in her diary.</p><p>             “What makes the diary unique is it takes us from her being a teenager during the crisis of the Civil War to her being married, raising children, living in a terrible economy in the post-war south,” Uffelman said. “She writes about mortgages and droughts and trying to educate her children.”</p><p>            Nannie’s name became prominent among historians and Civil War enthusiasts in the early 1990s when excerpts of her diary were used in Ken Burns’ award-winning PBS documentary “The Civil War.” Her daughter donated the Civil War portion of the diary to the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville in 1961. The postwar diary disappeared until the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill purchased it from an antique dealer. The four local researchers combed through these and other documents, with Smith transcribing the entries while the others worked on providing the historical context for the book.</p><p>            “We have an introduction, and we have an appendix describing all the Civil War sites, the officers,” Uffelman said. “It is extensively footnoted.”</p><p>            They’ve spent years reading about Nannie’s transformation from a girl to grandmother. And because of the personal nature of a diary, the researchers found themselves developing a connection with their subject.</p><p>            “We feel like we know her,” Uffelman said. “I liked her. I liked that she was inquisitive and smart.”</p><p>            Several more book signings and talks are scheduled throughout the year. For more information on those events, contact Uffelman at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds a copy of the new book ““The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890.” (Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Communication History and Philosophy Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:51:04 +0000 boothcw 85847 at CSA offering new classes for Fall 2014 session at APSU <p><img src="" width="225" height="128" alt="CSA.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, a record number of students signed up for classes at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts (CSA), so the more than 20-year-old program is expanding its offerings for the Fall 2014 Session.</p><p>            “We’re introducing some new stuff this fall,” Matthew Burns, CSA coordinator said. “We now have French classes for all ages – elementary school through adult. The class is more conversational, so you’re not here conjugating verbs.”</p><p>            This marks the first time the CSA has included a foreign language component in its course offerings. The program also is expanding its theatre classes this fall with additional workshops for middle and high school students.</p><p>            “They can come learn about acting, script analysis, making sets,” Burns said. “We are also offering a workshop for audition preparation. If they have a play they’re wanting to audition for, they can take this prep class and learn how to nail their audition.”</p><p>            In addition to the new programs, the CSA continues to offer opportunities in music, art, dance, crafts, photography and digital arts for children and adults throughout Clarksville. Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 Session. For information on what classes are available, visit the CSA’s website at <a href=""></a>. </p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:17:51 +0000 boothcw 85622 at Playhouse Nashville to present new play by APSU professor <p><img src="" width="399" height="600" alt="Darren_Van_Michael.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As a boy, Darren Michael often heard strange stories about the town of Smackover, Arkansas. He had family still living in that small community, and they talked about how an oil boom in the 1920s and 1930s brought in thousands of fortune-seekers from across the county. When the oil wells dried up, most of the new residents moved away, leaving the town in shambles.</p><p>            The old stories of corruption and greed fascinated Michael, an Austin Peay State University associate professor of theatre, inspiring him to write his new full-length play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset: The Legends of Smackover.” Playhouse Nashville will present the work at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 16-24, with no performance on Aug. 18, at the Street Theatre Company at 1933 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville.</p><p>Michael has spent the last few months revising and tightening his play. The Playhouse Nashville performance is a continuation of this workshop process, allowing him to see what works in front of a live audience.</p><p>            “As a playwright, you always love to have really great actors speaking your words,” he said in a recent Tennessean article. “It’s great to say, ‘Hey, they worked,’ or to have those actors find things in the lines you never could. Even though this is being workshopped, it will be a full production at the end. We have worked hard to shape the play, taking it from 170 pages to 110, distilling it down to an exciting drama.”</p><p>            Reserved tickets are $20. On Aug. 20, admission is only $10 for students with a valid ID. For more information on the play or to purchase tickets, contact Playhouse Nashville at <b><a href=""></a></b> or 615-669-5792.</p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:01:57 +0000 boothcw 85539 at APSU hosting documentaries and forums on American civil rights this September <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This September, Austin Peay State University’s Felix G. Woodward Library and APSU’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center will host four documentaries on the history of civil rights in America. The films, which will screen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights in Clement 120, include:</p><ul><li>“The Abolitionists” on Sept. 9.</li><li>“The Loving Story” on Sept. 16.</li><li>“Freedom Riders” on Sept. 23.</li><li>“Slavery by Another Name” on Sept. 30.</li></ul><p>The films are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle initiative. This program uses documentary films to encourage discussions of America’s civil rights history. The NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop educational and discussion materials for the screenings.</p><p>APSU will host a series of forums with each film, led by scholars from the Department of History and Philosophy, the Department of Languages and Literature, the Department of Political Science and the African American Studies program.</p><p>APSU is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The documentaries include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story and “The Abolitionists” were nominated for Emmys in 2013. </p><p>“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” Nancy Gibson, associate professor at APSU, said. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films to help students realize how the hard-fought freedoms won over the last century should not be forgotten and taken for granted.”</p><p>More information on Created Equal is available online at <a href=""></a>. </p> African American Studies Arts and Letters Political Science History and Philosophy Languages and Literature Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:01:59 +0000 boothcw 85315 at APSU Theatre and Dance to present Tony-winning "RED" Aug. 25-26 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off its 2014-15 season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 in the Trahern Theater with John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play “RED.”</p><p>            The play, directed by APSU Assistant Professor of Theatre Noel Rennerfeldt, tells the story of famed American painter Mark Rothko and his struggle between artistic integrity and commercialism while painting murals for the Four Seasons restaurant. The New York Times called the play “a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.”</p><p>            Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for general admissions. Tickets can be purchased at the Trahern Box Office, which opens one hour prior to the show, or online at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:15:25 +0000 boothcw 85162 at APSU ROTC students named top cadets at summer training program <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="APSU_ROTC_small.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Three Austin Peay State University students were recognized as outstanding ROTC cadets during last month’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) training at Fort Knox, Ky.</p><p>Ryan Krause and Sean Frazzini were both named the top cadets in their separate regiments during the five-week summer training course. Each regiment is made up of about 500 cadets from colleges and universities across the country. The top cadet is determined by overall performance in a variety of evaluated training events.</p><p>The APSU Army ROTC program has had a top cadet or a number two cadet in a regiment since 2010. This is the first time the program has had two top cadets in the same summer. All ROTC cadets must pass the LDAC course to become commissioned as an Army officer.</p><p>Cadet Kristin Coughenour also was selected as regimental commander to march her regiment through the program’s July 26 graduation. She was selected for this honor based on her overall outstanding performance during LDAC.</p><p></p><p>Photo: APSU ROTC Cadets Ryan Krause and Sean Frazzini were recognized as outstanding ROTC cadets during last month’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. They are joined by Brigadier General Peggy Combs (middle). </p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:51:16 +0000 boothcw 85083 at APSU only school in state committed to federal vet success plan <p><img src="" height="402" width="599" alt="Military_Student_Center.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In August 2013, the federal government developed the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” initiative to help veterans succeed on college campuses. Austin Peay State University, which has a long history of supporting veterans and military personnel, immediately endorsed the program, and one year later, APSU remains the only school in Tennessee committed to implementing the veteran-friendly practices on its campus.</p><p>            “Austin Peay attracts more veterans than any other public university in the state, and we want them to be confident they made the right choice in coming here,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We appreciate the sacrifices they have made while serving our country, and it is an honor and a great responsibility to serve them as they work to earn a college education.”</p><p>            The year-old federal initiative, which is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, encourages institutions of higher learning to support veterans as they enter the college environment. The “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” developed to achieve this goal include the following:</p><p><b>1.</b> Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.</p><p><b>2.</b> Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.</p><p><b>3.</b> Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.</p><p><b>4.</b> Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).</p><p><b>5.</b> Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.</p><p><b>6.</b> Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.</p><p><b>7.</b> Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.</p><p><b>8.</b> Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.</p><p>            APSU meets those “keys” through a variety of services, including the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization, VetSuccess on Campus and the APSU Military Student Center. Other APSU offices, such as Academic Affairs, Admissions, Career Services, Enrollment Mangement and Academic Support, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, have spent years developing methods to assist veterans entering the University.</p><p>           APSU student Donald Koenes, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said he appreciates having a Military Student Center on campus because it allows him to socialize with like-minded veterans.</p><p>            “You have a place to go and do your homework where you’re away from other students,” he said. “We all speak the same jargon here. If you say something, people understand what you’re talking about.”</p><p>Kat Scarber, a U.S. Army veteran, said the Student Veteran Organization has helped her succeed as a college student because of the support the club provides.</p><p>            “They just brought in so much, saying ‘we want to help you, we want you to succeed and get you to the next step,’” she said. </p><p>            In addition to these services, APSU hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with a special APSU Military Coin. The University created the coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>            A listing of all the schools committed to the “8 Keys to Veterans Success” initiative is available online at <a href=""></a>. </p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:48:57 +0000 boothcw 85054 at New Governors Stadium set to open on Sept. 13 <p><img src="" width="600" height="317" alt="new_stadium.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the fall of 1947, a young football player named Hendricks Fox (’51) stood inside a newly built stadium, admiring the rows of bleachers and the white concrete walls. Sixty-six years later, on an overcast afternoon in November, he returned to the site with a sledgehammer and smashed a few chunks from the decrepit facility.</p><p>            “I had four good years there, but they’ve been needing a new stadium for some time,” he said.</p><p>            Shortly after Fox took part in the ceremonial demolition, the west side of the old Austin Peay State University Governors Stadium was leveled to make way for a new, $19 million facility. Designed by Rufus Johnson and Associations, the new stadium now seats 10,000 fans and features a special Club Level section and 13 luxury suites.</p><p>            “I’m overjoyed they’re finally getting it,” Fox said.</p><p>            At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, the public is invited to share in Fox’s excitement during a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony at the stadium. Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.</p><p>            The stadium opening coincides with this year’s Governors Football Reunion. On Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12, former Austin Peay football players will gather for two days of golf while reminiscing about their days on the field. Those individuals and their families will be treated to a special breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13, and they will join APSU President Alisa White and APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe for a special recognition during the game.</p><p>            Former football players wishing to take part in these events need to RSVP with the APSU Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7291.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:52:52 +0000 boothcw 84605 at APSU biology faculty awarded $300K NSF grant to improve APSU Natural History Collection <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="NSF_grant.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Drs. Rebecca Johansen, Dwayne Estes and Chris Gienger, principle investigators of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology and Biology Department faculty at Austin Peay Sate University, have been awarded more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the infrastructure, utility and visibility of the APSU Natural History Collection. In addition to teaching and research activities, Johansen, Estes and Gienger, serve as curators of these collections.</p><p>The APSU Natural History Collection, located in the Sunquist Science Complex, includes more than 100,000 research specimens representing the state’s largest collection of amphibians and reptiles, the second largest collection of plants and a rapidly growing collection of fishes. It also features small collections of birds and mammals from throughout the Mid-south Region. These collections are vital to faculty and student research, serving as the foundation for more than 200 publications, theses, dissertations and online atlases. Additionally, collections are used in public outreach and as instructional materials supporting APSU biology courses.</p><p>Although the APSU Natural History Collection has contributed significantly to education and research locally, use by the broader scientific community has been limited, largely due to its limited online visibility and accessibility. One of the key elements of the new grant is to unify the electronic records associated with all specimen libraries and build new publicly searchable databases and websites that are broadly accessible. The APSU Natural History Collection will also partner with other NSF-funded initiatives, such as iDigBio (<a href="" title=""></a>), to link APSU’s specimen libraries to larger digital networks of natural history collections from around the world. Through these information-sharing objectives of the grant, the APSU Natural History Collection will become internationally visible and its use in education and research will increase considerably.</p><p>A second objective of the funded research is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of the collections. The APSU Natural History Collection has experienced considerable growth in recent years, stemming from the increased research activities of students and faculty and the acquisition of orphaned collections from other institutions. This growth has led to overcrowding of specimens on shelves and very limited storage for the addition of new specimens generated from future or ongoing research. These issues, along with the discontinued use of toxic fumigants to prevent insect infestations in the herbarium, have resulted in the collections being threatened by physical damage from overcrowding, active insect infestations and potential future fire, water and earthquake damage.</p><p>To alleviate these issues, new equipment for non-toxic pest management will be acquired, the David Snyder Museum of Zoology in the Sundquist Science Building will be expanded and new compactor-style shelving systems will be installed in the expanded space and in the APSU Herbarium. These shelves will provide sufficient storage and growth capacity for many future generations of researchers and will allow the APSU Natural History Collection to maintain its mission to serve as the primary specimen repository for the Mid-south, to lead efforts to describe regional biodiversity and to train new generations of students through excellence in mentorship, research and public outreach.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Rebecca Johansen examines a sample in the APSU Natural History Collection. (Photo by Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:29:16 +0000 boothcw 84338 at Lady Govs named to WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="bball1.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">ATLANTA – For the second consecutive season, Austin Peay State University's women's basketball team was recognized for its excellence in the classroom, ranking 16th among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.</p><p class="p1">The Lady Govs finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.465 grade-point average (GPA). That mark also was best among Ohio Valley Conference programs, with only Belmont (18th, 3.433 GPA) joining the Lady Govs among the nation's Top 25 teams.</p><p class="p1">In 2013-14, each member of the Austin Peay women's basketball team was listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in one of their two semesters. Six Lady Govs – <a href="">Lauren Maki</a>, <a href="">Jennifer Nwokocha</a>, <a href="">Nicole Olszewski</a>, <a href="">Jacey Scott</a>, <a href="">Kristen Stainback</a> and <a href="">Lauren Yarbrough</a> – attained at least Dean's List honors in both semesters.</p><p class="p1">"My staff and I are thrilled and so proud of these young ladies for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom," said Lady Govs head coach <a href="">Carrie Daniels</a>. "They have shown the true meaning of 'student-athlete.' We also owe a lot to Michelle Noland and <a href="">Sonya Bain</a> in Athletic Academic Services who provide all of our student-athletes with unbelievable academic support."</p><p class="p1">The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. This season's list is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.</p><p class="p1"> <em> - Cody Bush</em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:22:21 +0000 boothcw 84128 at APSU art professor to present lecture at famed Figge Museum <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  In Davenport, Iowa, a stunning, glass-walled building stands along the banks of the Mississippi River. This 114,000-square-foot facility houses the Figge Art Museum – one of the oldest art institutions in the country – and it attracts crowds of art lovers from across the globe.</p><p>         Next Thursday evening, Dr. Tony Morris, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of art history, will deliver a lecture, “Grant Wood and Stuart Davis: Rival Modernisms in America, 1913-1942,” at the famed museum. Morris was invited to speak as part of the museum’s newest exhibition – “Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood.” The exhibit focuses on the experiences and careers of two prominent American artists who studied in Paris in the 1920s.</p><p>            Morris earned his doctoral degree in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012, his article “Paul Cadmus and Carnival, 1934: Representing the Comic Grotesque” was published in American Art magazine.</p><p>            For more information on the APSU Department of Art, visit the department’s website at <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters Art Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:49:01 +0000 boothcw 84071 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>Chester T. Little,</b> associate professor and director of the chemical engineering technology program, presented a talk, “Climate Change-The Evidence,” at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville earlier this month.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:05:08 +0000 boothcw 83949 at 10 APSU students earn scholarships to national conference <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, the North American Interfraternity Conference hosted its 25<sup>th</sup> Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) in Bloomington, Indiana, and 10 Austin Peay State University students received scholarships to attend the event.</p><p>• Blake Ball received a scholarship from the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brian Allison received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brice Lewis received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Carrie Taylor received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Alberstadt received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Johnson received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Josh Pollina received a scholarship from Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kaitlyn Huerta received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kyle Johnson received a scholarship from the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Wes Beagle received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>            Top leaders from fraternity and sorority communities across North America were invited to attend one of the 13 sessions of UIFI this summer. Participants had the opportunity to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal integrity, fraternity and sorority commitment and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. With a strong focus on living fraternal values and identifying opportunities for growth, participants are able to develop a personal action plan for change in their chapters, councils and communities.           </p><p>             For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at APSU, at </p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:42:50 +0000 boothcw 83939 at