Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/show_news en APSU professor Crow to represent mid-south in national vocal competition http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professor-crow-represent-mid-south-national-vocal-competition <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/karen_crow.jpg" width="402" height="600" alt="karen_crow.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Karen Crow, Austin Peay State University adjunct professor of voice, has been chosen to represent the Mid-South Region in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition at the association’s upcoming National Conference in Boston this July.</p><p>            The competition is held biennially in conjunction with the association’s National Conference. Preliminary competitions are held at the district and then regional levels, with one emerging winner from each of the 14 regions. Crow competed at the district and regional competitions on April 3 and 4 on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville.  She won first place, and she will advance to the National Semifinal Round in Boston on July 4.</p><p>            Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and nearly 30 other countries. Its mission is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.</p><p>            Since its inception in 1955, the objective of the NATSAA competition has been to discover singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional singing career and to encourage them toward that goal. NATSAA contestants are expected to present a program of vocal repertoire of the highest quality. Singers must display mastery of singing in several different languages and styles with the highest level of artistry.             </p><p>            Crow received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lee University in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Music Performance from APSU, studying under Dr. Sharon Mabry, in 2011.</p><p>            Fore more information, contact the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:49:02 +0000 boothcw 77648 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Wadia promotes University with scholarly work http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-wadia-promotes-university-scholarly-work <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Wadia.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Wadia.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since late December, Dr. Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature, has been busy enhancing APSU’s reputation through his participation in several local, national and international scholarly activities.</p><p>            From Dec. 26-Jan. 8, he taught a class in London through APSU and the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad. He co-taught the class, “All the World’s a Stage: British Theatre in Action,” with Dr. Joe Filippo, emeritus professor at APSU. When he returned, Wadia presented a post-performance expert lecture on “Othello” during the Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont University.</p><p>            In February, he presented his scholarly paper, “Like the Haggard, Check at Every Feather: Raptors and Shakespearean Ornithology,” during the Tennessee Philological Association’s Annual Conference at Lipscomb University. He then served as quizmaster for the Academic Decathlon on March 1, at APSU.</p><p>            In late March, Wadia returned to England as the program director and expert guide for Clarksville Academy’s upper school educational tour of London. When he returned to the United States, he headed immediately to Arizona to present his paper, “Venting a Musty Superfluity: Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus,” at the South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) in Tucson. That trip also marked the end of his three-year term as a member-at-large on the SCRC executive board.</p><p>            Wadia will continue this busy pace through the rest of the year, beginning with a presentation on the nuances of language at 3 p.m. on April 16, in the APSU Morgan University Center, room 312. The APSU chapter of The Society for Technical Communication is hosting that event. In June, he will return to London for a third time this year to teach a study abroad class, “The Shakespearience of a Lifetime: Studying the Bard in His Own Backyard.” The class will also visit Stratford-upon-Avon.</p><p>            In October, Wadia will head to Austin, Texas, to present his technical writing paper, “CRAP HATS: Approaches to Business Documents and Flyer Design,” at the South Central Modern Language Association meeting. He also was selected to participate this fall in the APSU Center for Teaching and Learning’s Faculty Teaching Program. This program offers an opportunity for selected faculty to study teaching strategies that can enhance student success at APSU.</p><p>            For more information on Wadia, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 931-221-7891.</p> Arts and Letters Teaching and Learning Languages and Literature Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:37:17 +0000 boothcw 77520 at http://www.apsu.edu Provost Lecture Series: Biology professor Woltmann to present on April 17 http://www.apsu.edu/news/provost-lecture-series-biology-professor-woltmann-present-april-17 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University biology professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.</p><p>Dr. Stefan Woltmann, assistant professor of biology, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of his lecture is “Living on the edge: Conservation genetics of the Seaside Sparrow along the Gulf Coast.” He will discuss Seaside Sparrows along the Gulf Coast recovering from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.</p><p>All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.</p><p>  Woltmann is an assistant professor of biology. His research is generally focused on how birds and bird populations react to landscape-scale disturbances and habitat heterogeneity. He earned his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2010, and he has worked on conservation-related projects in North, Central and South America.</p><p>Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live">http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live</a>. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at <u><a href="http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu">http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu</a></u>. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series">http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series</a>.</p><p>The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.</p><p>For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at <a href="mailto:acadaffairs@apsu.edu">acadaffairs@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:42:22 +0000 boothcw 77443 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU adds new computer networking concentration for Bachelor of Science degree http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-adds-new-computer-networking-concentration-bachelor-science-degree <p>       <img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/banner002_1.jpeg" width="634" height="205" alt="banner002_1.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tucked down a hallway in the new Austin Peay State University Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building, there’s a little-known computer lab that operates off the main campus grid. The 24 PCs that line the room have access to the internet, but they are not part of the APSU network.</p><p>            “They’re totally disconnected from anything on campus,” Dr. Bruce Myers, chair of the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, said. “We use it to teach computer networking, but to teach that, you can’t just take your typical computer in a lab and let people starting working. They’re going to reconfigure things.”</p><p>            The lab was initially needed to assist with the department’s computer networking minor, but the demand for this skill in the workforce led to more students eager for a degree in the subject. Last month, their wish came true when the Tennessee Board of Regents established a new concentration in networking within the University’s existing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology degree.</p><p>            The networking concentration will provide APSU students with an in-depth understanding of the foundations of data communication and modern networking technology. It will also help them develop the technical skills needed to deploy and mange an enterprise network in a secure computing environment. </p><p>            “We teach programming, but not every business needs somebody to write programs, but every business needs a network,” Myers said.</p><p>             The department’s bachelor degree program previously only offered four concentrations: computer science, information systems, internet and web technology and database administration. But the interest in networking continued to grow, so Myers tasked Dr. Jiang Li, professor of computer science, and Dr. Yingbing Yu, associate professor of computer science, with reviving an abandoned plan for a networking concentration. Amazingly, they were able to receive TBR approval in less than six months.</p><p>            Part of that success came from the networking lab recently set up in the new Maynard Building.</p><p>            “Several years ago, we received permission from the IT department to set up a separate networking lab,” Yu said. “We upgraded that lab when we moved into the new building.”</p><p>            Several students have already signed up for the networking concentration, and Myers said the new program will likely have its first graduates next fall.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:50:52 +0000 boothcw 77435 at http://www.apsu.edu Endowed scholarship honors legacy of Houston County educator O.S. Uffelman http://www.apsu.edu/news/endowed-scholarship-honors-legacy-houston-county-educator-os-uffelman <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/O.S._Uffelman.jpg" width="359" height="600" alt="O.S._Uffelman.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 2011, Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, set out to honor the legacy of her late father, O.S. Uffelman. For several decades, he’d inspired countless individuals as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of Houston County Schools. Since education was so important to her father, Minoa and her husband, Joel Evans, decided to create the O.S. Uffelman Exemplary History Student Award at APSU.</p><p>Three years later, on April 7, the scholarship became fully endowed. That afternoon, APSU President Tim Hall posted his appreciation on his Facebook page.</p><p>“It was a great pleasure to finalize the details of a scholarship endowment today established by Dr. Minoa Uffelman of the APSU faculty and her husband Joel Evans, an APSU alum,” he wrote. “I couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity.”</p><p>The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior history major, or a full-time student entering the APSU M.A. in military history program. The money can be credited to the student’s account, and can be used for tuition, housing, books, fees or study abroad opportunities.</p><p>“My dad spent his entire life in education, and he encouraged hundreds, if not thousands of students to get educations,” Minoa said. “We just want to continue his goal of education and helping students achieve their degrees.”</p><p>O.S. Uffelman’s dedication to education started early, when he was only a young farmer’s son growing up in depression-era Houston County. As a boy, he walked a couple of miles every morning to attend the small Campground School, and later, the Yellow Creek School. After he graduated in 1936 from high school, he took a job in Michigan and worked until the U.S. Army drafted him into service during World War II.</p><p>“He was an engineer. He detonated land mines,” Minoa said. “He was smart. He wrote letters home to the Houston County paper. He was like Houston County’s own Ernie Pyle.”</p><p>When the war ended, Uffelman used the G.I. Bill to attend Austin Peay State College. He graduated in 1951 and went on to earn a master’s degree from Peabody College, one of the top graduate schools in education in the country.</p><p>“After that, he taught in Humphreys County for about five years, and then in Houston County until he retired,” Minoa said. “He was a teacher, a coach, a principal and superintendent of schools.”</p><p>Uffelman’s name still resonates in Houston County. In 1999, he was named “Lord High Mayor” for the community’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. And his portrait hangs in the local high school, a gift from the 1972 class of Houston County High School.</p><p> “If you grew up in Houston County, you knew O.S. Uffelman,” Angie Judish, benefits manager with APSU Human Resources, said in 2011. Judish played basketball in middle school for Uffelman. “In addition to knowledge, he brought a quiet sense of humor to the classroom and to the basketball teams that he coached. As a history teacher and basketball coach, he gained respect from both students and parents. He made sure that his players knew what his expectations were, and I never heard him raise his voice. After giving instructions, he remained calm throughout the game. Whatever the results of the game, he always gave pats on the back and assured each player that she had played a good game.”</p><p>Uffelman’s legacy of inspiring and encouraging students will continue at APSU through this new scholarship.</p><p>“I think he’d love this,” Minoa said.</p><p>The scholarship is open to students who meet the following criteria:</p><p>• a full time APSU rising junior or senior who has declared a major in history or a full-time APSU student entering the APSU MA program in history.</p><p>• a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society</p><p>• active in history department activities, maintain an outstanding GPA, display exemplary character and have a record of service to the local community.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Advancement Office, 221-7130.</p><p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Uffelman_Scholarship.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Uffelman_Scholarship.jpg" /></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:56:54 +0000 boothcw 77249 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU documentary on Dorothy Dix wins national award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-documentary-dorothy-dix-wins-national-award <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 2010, an Austin Peay State University library professor named Inga Filippo approached Kathy Heuston, associate professor of communication, about producing a short video on the famed advice columnist and Clarksville native Dorothy Dix. The University’s Felix G. Woodward Library houses the Dorothy Dix Collection, the most comprehensive collection available on the journalist, but after looking over the material, Heuston proposed something a little more ambitious – a short documentary on Dix.</p><p>During the next few years, she wrote a script, enlisted the aid of an APSU student named Joseph Mendes and traveled to New York City and New Orleans to film interviews and collect footage. Last July, “An American Journalist, Dorothy Dix” premiered on Nashville’s NPT 2. Earlier this spring, Heuston also learned that the film had received a prestigious Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Award of Excellence for short form documentary.</p><p>“I received a couple of grants from the University to pursue this,” Heuston said. “One was the Presidential Research Scholarship, that involved a student, Joseph, in the process. We did some traveling for this documentary, and most of the stuff we wanted to get, we did. We utilized the material in the library, and then it was just getting it all together.”</p><p>The BEA is an international academic organization that focuses on the electronic media, providing a forum for issues and topics of mutual concern to educators and practitioners, thus to facilitate interaction between academicians and leaders in the industry. Heuston’s short film competed against other documentaries directed and produced by professional filmmakers.</p><p> “We were competing against people who do this for a living,” she said.</p><p>The finished documentary tells a story of Dix’s journalism career with the images from the APSU library collection and interviews of historians and people who knew Dix. The Nashville PBS affiliate rebroadcast the film in February. It is also available online at</p><p><a href="http://ccma.apsu.edu/heuston/%20DixDoc.mov">http://ccma.apsu.edu/heuston/%20DixDoc.mov</a>.</p><p>Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (1861-1951), writing under the pen name Dorothy Dix, was America’s most widely read and highest paid journalist at the time of her death. Her advice on love and marriage was syndicated in newspapers around the world.</p><p>The University’s Dorothy Dix Collection consists of autobiographical and biographical information on Dix; all books written by and about her; column and advice writings; investigative writings; 40th anniversary articles as a columnist; correspondence between her and professional colleagues, friends and relatives; articles, book chapters, thesis, dissertations written about Dix and her work; research papers from the Dorothy Dix Symposium; professional honors and awards; travel diaries; memorabilia and passport depicting many of her travels; product testimonials; books from her library; childhood autograph book; scrapbooks from her school days; photographs and slides of Dix, her relatives, friends and homes she and her family owned; and the Dorothy Dix Collection administration.</p><p>For more information about the documentary, contact Heuston by telephone at 931-221-7554 or by email at <a href="mailto:leek@apsu.edu">leek@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Communication opportunities Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:04:11 +0000 boothcw 77204 at http://www.apsu.edu Brown Foundation endows nursing scholarship at APSU http://www.apsu.edu/news/brown-foundation-endows-nursing-scholarship-apsu <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Brown_Family_Foundation.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Brown_Family_Foundation.jpg" /></p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – For several decades, the late Stokes Brown worked to improve the health of his community in Robertson County. He was instrumental in bringing the first hospital to the area, and later as a member of the hospital board, he supported a special fund that paid medical bills for the impoverished.</p><p>Earlier this month, the Robertson County community again benefited from his generous legacy when the Brown Family Foundation endowed a six-figure nursing scholarship at Austin Peay State University. The scholarship will be exclusively for Robertson County residents, who must agree to work in that community as nurses once they graduate from APSU.</p><p>“We on the board of the Brown Foundation are thrilled to help bring this about, and we feel this is entirely in keeping with the vision my father had,” Virginia Brown said. “He’s with us in spirit. This is exactly the kind of legacy he wanted to leave and see happening for Robertson County.”</p><p>She joined Brown Family Foundation members Joe Gaston and Bill Goodman at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield on April 2 to officially sign the endowment. County Mayor Howard Bradley, Springfield Mayor Billy Paul Carneal, NorthCrest CEO Randy Davis, NorthCrest Chief Nursing Officer Angie Beard and Chris Heeren, administrator for NHC Health Care Springfield, joined a delegation from APSU for the ceremonial event.</p><p>“We’re trying to serve the students coming out of Springfield, and we’re sending a good portion back after they graduate,” APSU President Tim Hall said. “The Brown Foundation is allowing us to provide scholarships to some of the students you would most like to see come back to Springfield.”</p><p>The new endowment will fund scholarships for two different programs within the APSU School of Nursing. New students from Robertson County seeking a Bachelor of Science will be eligible for the scholarship, but they must return to their home community and work for the same number of years that they received this award.</p><p>Robertson County nurses with an associate degree can also take advantage of the scholarship for APSU’s RN to BSN program.</p><p>“The Institute of Medicine put out a report in 2011 that expects we need 80 percent of registered nurses to have a baccalaureate degree by 2020,” Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing, said. She cited recent research that showed patients do better when nurses have a baccalaureate degree.</p><p>“What you’re doing through your foundation is helping nurses be educated with a baccalaureate degree and come back to your area and contribute to the wonderful outcomes this community has already given,” she said.</p><p>For more information on this new endowment, contact Vonda St. Amant, assistant executive director of APSU Advancement, at <a href="mailto:stamantv@apsu.edu">stamantv@apsu.edu</a> or 931-221-7199.</p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Brown Family Foundation members Joe Gaston, Bill Goodman and Virginia Brown sign paperwork with APSU President Tim Hall establishing a new endowed nursing scholarship at APSU. </p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:17:51 +0000 boothcw 77178 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Acuff Circle of Excellence endows new scholarship http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-acuff-circle-excellence-endows-new-scholarship <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140402-Acuff-Check-0684.JPG" width="800" height="533" alt="20140402-Acuff-Check-0684.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, members of the Acuff Circle of Excellence Executive Board presented Austin Peay State University with a check for $25,000 to endow the new Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship.</p><p>The mission of the Acuff Circle is to advance the role of arts and culture at APSU and in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. The Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Austin Peay student who is enrolled full-time with a 3.0 GPA and majoring in one of the primary areas of concentration (music, creative writing, visual arts, dance and theatre) within the College of Arts and Letters.</p><p>To donate to the Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship fund, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of Major Gifts, at 931-221-6357.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Christopher Burawa, director of the APSU Center of Excellence for Creative Arts; Susan Wilson, director of Major Gifts at APSU; Lisa Martin, Acuff Circle Board president-elect; APSU President Tim Hall; Charlsie Halliburton, Acuff Circle Board president; Dixie Webb, APSU dean of the College of Arts and Letters; Stacey Streetman, Acuff Circle Board secretary; and Sondra Hamilton, Acuff Circle treasurer. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer). <b></b></p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Music Theatre & Dance opportunities Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:52:23 +0000 boothcw 77024 at http://www.apsu.edu Sharon Mabry to speak at Woodward Library Society event April 21 http://www.apsu.edu/news/sharon-mabry-speak-woodward-library-society-event-april-21 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/PerformingLife_P11.jpg" width="414" height="600" alt="PerformingLife_P11.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Sharon Mabry may be a nationally renowned singer and performer, but the Austin Peay State University professor of music is also a gifted storyteller. Have you heard her tell the one about her concert in Boston, when the hotel gave away her reservation?</p><div><p>“Finally the (concierge) says, ‘well OK, I found a place for you to go,’” Mabry said. “We followed him through this beautiful lobby, we followed him out the back door, down an alley way into this strange place, knocked on a door that looked like a speakeasy. There was this long hallway with bare bulbs everywhere. It ended up, we stayed in these little cubicles for the night. These cells. There was no television. There was just a bed. It was clean but that’s about all you can say.”</p><p>At 5:30 p.m. on April 21, Mabry will share more humorous anecdotes from her recent book, “The Performing Life: A Singer's Guide to Survival,” during the Woodward Library Society Social in the Franklin Room of the F&amp;M Bank Building in downtown Clarksville. The social is the principal fundraising event for the Friends of the Woodward Library at APSU, and it includes a social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres, a catered dinner and an after-dinner program featuring Mabry. </p><p>Over the last three decades, Mabry has performed across the globe as a highly sought after recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras. She took a diary with her on all her travels, and the insights and obstacles she experienced, scribbled in those pages, inform much of her new book.</p><p>Tickets for the event are $45 for Woodward Library Society members, and $65 for non-members, and they may be purchased at the Woodward Library Office or by calling 931-221-7618. The evening’s program will include a raffle for Nashville Symphony concert tickets, CDs and Mabry’s book. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $5, or $20 for five tickets.</p><p>The Woodward Library Society was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation and dedicated to the support and advancement of the APSU library. In the last four years, the Society has raised more than $30,000, allowing the campus library to purchase databases, books and other equipment that general funding does not cover.</p><p>Recently, the money was used to purchase subscriptions to three databases, allowing students and community members to conduct valuable research.</p><p>For information about the April 21 event or the Woodward Library Society, contact Joe Weber, director of Library Services at APSU, at <a href="mailto:weberj@apsu.edu">weberj@apsu.edu</a>.</p></div> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:16:11 +0000 boothcw 76924 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Department of Theatre and Dance closes season with "Dark of the Moon" http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-department-theatre-and-dance-closes-season-dark-moon <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/dom_poster.jpeg" width="426" height="600" alt="dom_poster.jpeg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Long before the “Twilight” saga or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” examined the complicated relationships between mortals and monsters, there was the story of a young witch named John who fell in love with a human girl named Barbara. Their doomed affair, set in a superstitious community in the Smokey Mountains, is the focus of Howard Richardson and William Berney’s 1945 play “Dark of the Moon.”</p><p>            The popular drama opens at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater and runs through April 12, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 13. The play, directed by Dr. Sara Gotcher, associate professor of theatre, will bring to an end the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2013-2014 season.</p><p>            “Dark of the Moon,” with its supernatural elements, is considered a folk fantasy, with much of the dialogue incorporating an Appalachian dialect. It premiered on Broadway in 1945. The play is recommended for mature audiences.</p><p>           Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets, please contact <a href="mailto:boxoffice@apsu.edu">boxoffice@apsu.edu</a> or call 931-221-7379. To purchase online, visit <a href="http://www.austinpeaytickets.com/">www.austinpeaytickets.com</a>. </p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance opportunities Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:20:04 +0000 boothcw 76862 at http://www.apsu.edu Provost Lecture Series: Art professor Smithers to present April 3 http://www.apsu.edu/news/provost-lecture-series-art-professor-smithers-present-april-3 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University art professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.</p><p>Dr. Tamara Smithers, assistant professor of art, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of her lecture is “The Cult of Raphael.” She will discuss the cult of the artist and his elevation to “artistic sainthood,” especially centered on the opening of his tomb in 1833.</p><p>All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.</p><p>  Smithers is an assistant professor of art. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Temple University in 2012, and she specializes in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. During the summer of 2013 she received two grants from Austin Peay to conduct research in Rome and Florence for her book project “The Artistic Sainthood and Cults of Raphael and Michelangelo, 16<sup>th</sup>–19<sup>th</sup> Centuries.”<i> </i>She has recently presented two papers related to her larger study: “‘Rome is not the same without Raphael’: The Cult of the Prince of Painters” at the Early Modern Rome 2 Conference in Rome, Italy in October 2013 and “Mourning the <i>Capo</i>: Artistic Camaraderie and Professional Identity through Memorials in Early Modern Italy” at the annual Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference in New York in March 2014. Her essay <i>“‘</i>SPQR/ CAPITOLIVM RESTITVIT’: The <i>renovatio</i> of the Campidoglio and Michelangelo’s Use of the Giant Orde<i>r</i>” was published last spring in Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day (Ashgate Publishing, 2013). Smithers is also currently editing a volume on new scholarship on Michelangelo.</p><p>Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live">http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live</a>. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at <u><a href="http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu">http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu</a></u>. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series">http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series</a>.</p><p>The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.</p><p>For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at <a href="mailto:acadaffairs@apsu.edu">acadaffairs@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:39:40 +0000 boothcw 76790 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU choral activities hosting "The Big Sing" on April 14 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-choral-activities-hosting-big-sing-april-14 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 1901, French composer Louis Vierne stunned churchgoers at the Saint-Sulpice Cathedral in Paris with the premier of his organ and choral work, “Messe Solennelle.” The dramatic composition moved many attending the mass that day, and in the century that followed, the work has continued to fascinate choral or organ enthusiasts.</p><p>            At 5:30 p.m. on April 14, more than 120 singers will join organist Rev. Jared Wilson in a performance of the Kyrie section of this work in the Austin Peay State University Mabry Concert Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the inaugural “The Big Sing” concert event, hosted by the APSU choral activities.</p><p>            “‘The Big Sing’ is a new creation, with the goal of bringing high performing choirs to campus to sing alongside the APSU choral ensembles,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “This year, we will have the White House High School Choir and the Wilson Central High School Choir join us for an evening of impressive music making.”</p><p>            The two high school choirs will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. In addition to the “Messe Solennelle” piece, which will close the show, the high school students will join the APSU choirs for a performance of British composer Bob Chilcott’s “The Singing Heart” and the Indian choral work, “Balleilakka.”</p><p>            During the concert, students in the APSU Department of Art’s Digital Media II class will create and project movie clips, live images and real-time drawings onto the architecture of the concert hall. The artists will create images that respond to the choirs as they perform. Choreography by Margaret Rennerfeldt, APSU assistant professor of dance, will also be featured during “Balleilakka.” </p><p>            The multifaceted evening will begin with individual performances by APSU’s Chamber Singers, the University Choir and Vocal Ease. The high school choirs will join all four University choirs for the final three performances of the evening.</p><p>            “It’s been a very busy year, and this choral concert will take our students into their next major activity – the opera production two weeks later,” Foster said.</p><p>            For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at <a href="mailto:fosterk@apsu.edu">fosterk@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:42:12 +0000 boothcw 76779 at http://www.apsu.edu Vocal health seminars coming to APSU April 16-17 http://www.apsu.edu/news/vocal-health-seminars-coming-apsu-april-16-17 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 16 and 17, the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will sponsor an interdisciplinary collaboration between the music and theatre departments to bring Dr. Rachael Gates to the campus for two days of lectures, demonstrations and informal talks about the use and care of the speaking and singing voice. Gates is a singing health specialist and part of the Michigan State University Musician’s Wellness Team where she teaches vocal health for singers and professional voice users. She is in demand for vocal health talks for singers and music education students, as well as for students and faculty in theater, speech-language pathology, pre-med, nursing and broadcasting. She often presents for interdisciplinary audiences.</p><p>During the APSU residency, Gates will address real-time issues and situations that affect voice users (whispering, resonant speaking, vocal abuse and misuse, lifestyle, diet, medications, nutrition, classroom challenges—especially for student teachers in education), practical information for actors and teachers (PMS, allergies, voice modulation), as well as medical/pathology/surgery information. The information will enable professional voice users to improve their own vocal care, as well as the care of their students, and use a vocabulary that allows them to effectively communicate with medical professionals. </p><p>Several interactive lectures and demonstration sessions are scheduled that will benefit majors from both areas, as well as general University students, faculty and members of the surrounding community (including choral singers, choir directors, public speakers and others who use the voice professionally). All of the sessions are open to students, faculty and the general public and are free of charge. All sessions and locations are listed below:</p><p><b>Wednesday, April 16</b></p><p>• 11 a.m.-noon – Musical theatre master class (Trahern Theatre)</p><p>• 1:25-2:20 p.m. – Vocal Pedagogy Class – informal question and answer session</p><p>       (Room 147, Music /Mass Communication Building)</p><p>• 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Owner’s Manual to the Voice - Part I (Trahern Theatre) – This lecture will be wide-ranging and contain information about subjects such as leading a preventative lifestyle, singing anatomy, identification of common vocal problems in singers, as well as medical, pathology, and surgical information for vocal problems.</p><p><b>Thursday, April 17</b></p><p>• 12:15-2 p.m. – The Owner’s Manual to the Voice – Part II (Room 147, Music/Mass Communication Building)– This lecture will include numerous topics such as healthy speaking for teachers, preventative lifestyle, diet, nutrition, medications, cross-genre singing without vocal abuse, and real time laryngoscopy of vocal folds in action.</p><p>As a soprano, opera director and vocal health specialist, Gates has performed in Germany, Russia and Italy and throughout the United States. She was assistant opera director at Northwestern University, and she has taught at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and has guest directed operas for Yale University, where she served as assistant director to Sir Colin Graham. Gates holds degrees in music from Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University. Oxford University Press published her new book, “The Owner’s Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice<i> </i>Users”<i> </i>in 2013.</p><p>            For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Mabry at <a href="mailto:mabrys@apsu.edu">mabrys@apsu.edu</a>, or Dr. Christopher Bailey at <a href="mailto:baileyc@apsu.edu">baileyc@apsu.edu</a>. </p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Theatre & Dance opportunities Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:07:40 +0000 boothcw 76724 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Byrd and Harper present at national student affairs conference http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-byrd-and-harper-present-national-student-affairs-conference <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – <b>Dr. Sherryl Byrd, </b>vice president for Student Affairs, and <b>Martha Harper</b>, coordinator of the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center, recently presented an extended pre-conference session at the 96<sup>th</sup> annual conference of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The program titled “Advocating as a Tool for Transforming the Student Experience for Adult Learners and Students with Children” was presented with other colleagues from DePaul University (Ill.), Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Responding to the increasing number of adults enrolled in higher education, the session focused on methods to best serve this population, how institutions have addressed and transformed the experience for nontraditional students, and provided a framework for participants to develop plans to fit the needs of their own campuses.</p><p>Harper was also published in the semi-annual NASPA’s “Knowledge Community” newsletter. She co-authored the article, “Professional Competencies in the Framework of Nontraditional Student Work: Reframing for a ‘New Traditional’ World,” with colleagues from DePaul University.</p><p>NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession headquartered in Washington, DC. The association has approximately 14,000 members in all 50 states, in addition to 25 other countries and eight U.S. Territories. Through high quality professional development, strong policy advocacy and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA operates under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion and inquiry.  The 2014 conference in Baltimore was the largest in the history of the association with more than 5,700 attendees.     </p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:44:11 +0000 boothcw 76722 at http://www.apsu.edu New APSU Spanish class tackles vampires and zombies http://www.apsu.edu/news/new-apsu-spanish-class-tackles-vampires-and-zombies <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Dipaolo.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Dipaolo.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The last few years have been rough for Spain. The unemployment rate is close to 30 percent, which has led to daily protests and civil unrest in that European nation. For some scholars, this turmoil helps explain the sudden popularity of vampire and zombie literature in that country.</p><p>            “Spain is in shambles,” Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, Austin Peay State University associate professor of Spanish, said. “From 2008, the world crisis has hit them hard. When you read a novel from Spain about a zombie apocalypse, it makes you feel like this is happening. You feel the same destruction of society in every aspect.”</p><p>            The idea of using genre fiction as a window into another culture intrigued Di Paolo, prompting him to create a new special topics Spanish literature class this semester that focuses on vampires, zombies and hard-boiled detectives. </p><p>            “I want these students to look at these cultural products and ask, ‘what does it mean? Why does it exist?’” Di Paolo said. “Basically, young students like this sort of stuff, but they don’t read it in the depth it can be read.”</p><p>            The students in Di Paolo’s SPAN 4100 class are reading Spanish language genre works from Spain, Costa Rica and Argentina this semester, giving them an understanding of modern life in those countries that they wouldn’t necessarily get from reading classic’s such as Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote.” </p><p>            “I like horror films and zombie films; I’m a fan of horror and comic books,” APSU student Carlos Chavez said. “I thought I’d like to see what they’re doing with it in Hispanic culture, and it kind of opened my mind.”</p><p>            “This is the first Spanish book I’ve read,” APSU student Amber Bowens said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a Hispanic take on supernatural creatures. The humans in this book are more monsters than the monsters are.”</p><p>            “There seemed to be a clear-cut, black and white good and bad in the older literature,” APSU student Nathaniel Fox said. “Here it’s kind of blurred. It’s a gray area, which is what life is all about.”</p><p>            Several major universities across the country also are using elements of pop culture as a means of engaging students. Recently, Michigan State University offered a summer course titled “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Catastrophes and Human Behavior.” National Public Radio reported that St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, required its freshmen to read Max Brook’s zombie novel “World War Z” to “facilitate conversations about globalization, ethics and mortality.”</p><p>           The idea of mingling pop culture with academia also isn’t that new at APSU. Di Paolo recently co-wrote a book, “Negrótico,” with Dr. Nadina Olmedo, assistant professor at the University of San Francisco, that deals with the fusion of gothic and detective fiction through the images of vampires, zombies and monsters in Hispanic literature and film. The book will be published this fall.</p><p>           Dr. Amy Thompson, APSU associate professor of biology, and Dr. Antonio Thompson, APSU associate professor of history, also have co-edited a new book, set to come out this spring, titled “The Real World Implications of a Zombie Apocalypse.” The book will feature essays by the Thompsons and Dr. David Steele, chair of the APSU Department of Sociology, and Dr. James Thompson, APSU biology professor.</p><p>            For Di Paolo, these genre books provide a better way to demonstrate how factors such as globalization are affecting Hispanic countries. One aspect, as reflected in this new literature, is the increase in violence.</p><p>           “It portrays what’s going on in society,” he said. “What we can see now is this type of literature shows a more violent society. The increasing violence is all due to the flaw of globalization. It has separated the rich and the poor more than ever.”</p><p>          For more information on this new class, contact Di Paolo at <a href="mailto:dipaoloo@apsu.edu">dipaoloo@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Arts and Letters International Studies Languages and Literature opportunities Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:19:11 +0000 boothcw 76703 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Athletics unveils new brand marks http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-athletics-unveils-new-brand-marks <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/2014_govlogo_scroll.jpg" height="290" width="320" alt="2014_govlogo_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University Athletics unveiled its new visual identity series and brand marks on April 1.</p><p>The series, which includes an updated primary logo as well as a new Governor Peay logo along with a fresh word mark heightened by a contemporary font, embodies APSU's new "Culture of Excellence" characteristics.</p><p>"We're very excited about our new visual identity," said APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. "This is something that is important for the future of APSU athletics. These new marks strengthen the APSU brand and will factor in everything from marketing to recruiting.</p><p>"In our meetings with our respective teams, our student-athletes reacted enthusiastically to the proposed changes as did all our constituencies. These will represent who we are now and into the future."</p><p>Approximately nine months ago, APSU assembled a committee of University staff members, local businessmen and alumni to spearhead an effort to enhance the visual identity of APSU Athletics. Joe Bosack and Co., based out of Pottsville, Pa., was hired to create a look that represented the school's vision.</p><p>The company presented multiple initial concepts—six AP logos, seven Governor Peay logos and five word marks – which were narrowed to three finalists. At that point, APSU Athletics met with constituency groups including Governors Club members, campus leaders, students, student-athletes, coaches, staff, season-ticket holders and donors to seek feedback.</p><p>"The updated brand components – of which the new Governor mascot emblem is the most significant piece – has been carefully developed with the fan experience in mind," said Jeff Bibb, of BLF Marketing. "Austin Peay alumni and fans can look forward to purchasing visually striking and boldly branded apparel to show their passion and support the University's athletics program."</p><p>The primary AP logo has stood the test of time. The Nashville-based advertising agency Womack and Criminger—Larry Womack is an APSU alumnus—created the logo in 1976 at the direction of APSU President Robert O. Riggs and implemented into production by Sherwin Clift, Director of Public Relations; Doug Vance, APSU Sports Information Director, and Bibb, who was director of Publications and Printing Services. It was unveiled just prior to APSU's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary celebration in 1977.</p><p>That logo has been hailed on many fronts, including graphic experts in both print and the electronic media, for its distinctiveness.</p><p>"The AP logo is one of the most recognizable brand marks in the OVC," said Mike O'Malley, a longtime member of Wendy's National Advertising Board, APSU Governors Club and Red Coat Society member. "Any changes or adjustments made had to be well thought out. These changes may be subtle, but they create a cleaner, more readable mark that will work better in all uses."    </p><p>Merchandise featuring the new identity will begin showing up at area retailers during the summer. All University athletic squads will be outfitted with the new marks beginning in Fall 2014. The complete rollout, including fields, courts and more, will take approximately four years to complete.</p><p> </p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:08:26 +0000 boothcw 76695 at http://www.apsu.edu 2014 Asanbe Diversity Symposium returns to APSU on April 16 http://www.apsu.edu/news/2014-asanbe-diversity-symposium-returns-apsu-april-16 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “Are you a subject or are you a citizen?” That was an important question for many Senegalese men during World War II, when they joined the Colonial French Army. In their everyday lives, these individuals saw little difference between supporting the French Government and merely living within its colonial borders. But as soldiers, they quickly realized where they ranked in the government’s eyes.</p><p>“There were blatant dissimilarities in the way African citizens and subjects were treated: lodging in barracks, terms of enlistment, level of pay, uniforms and food all depended on one’s status in the colonial system,” Dr. Jacqueline Woodfork, Whitman College assistant professor of history, wrote. “The army got what it needed: it trained men not only to fight for the country but to become loyal to France at the same time.”</p><p>At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, Woodfork will delve deeper into this subject with her lecture “How Senegalese Soldiers Became French: 20<sup>th</sup> Century Identity Politics,” during the Austin Peay State University Asanbe Diversity Symposium. The lecture will take place in room 303 of the Morgan University Center, and a panel discussion, titled “Africa in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century,” will follow at 2:30 p.m.</p><p>The symposium, sponsored and organized by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature, was established 19 years ago in memory of Dr. Joseph Asanbe, who was the first professor of African and African-American literature at APSU. The event is co-sponsored by the APSU Office of Academic Affairs, the APSU Diversity Committee, the APSU African-American Studies Program, the APSU International Studies Program, the APSU Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the APSU Honors Program and the APSU Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.</p><p>Woodfork specializes in Modern Francophone Africa. She has published on the French colonial military in western Africa and the role of African soldiers in the French colonial army. Her article, “It is a Crime To Be a Tirailleur in the Army: The Impact of Senegalese Civilian Status in the French Colonial Army During the Second World War," appeared in The Journal of Military History in 2012. She published her first book, “Cultures and Customs of the Central African Republic,” in 2006, and is currently finishing a book manuscript on Senegalese soldiers during the Second World War.  </p><p>The Asanbe Diversity Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 221-7891.</p><p> </p> African American Studies Arts and Letters Honors Program International Studies Languages and Literature Women's Studies opportunities Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:57:15 +0000 boothcw 76632 at http://www.apsu.edu 16-year-old helps APSU Math Jeopardy Team win second place in southeastern region http://www.apsu.edu/news/16-year-old-helps-apsu-math-jeopardy-team-win-second-place-southeastern-region <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/MAA_pics_014.JPG" height="454" width="600" alt="MAA_pics_014.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – David Zhang’s age seemed problematic. The 16-year-old Kenwood High School student was taking advantage of Austin Peay State University’s dual enrollment program, but instead of signing up for a couple of introductory college courses, he asked to enroll in the most advanced undergraduate mathematics classes offered by the University – differential equations and complex analysis.</p><p>“Complex analysis is the highest undergraduate course in the math department,” Dr. Ben Ntatin, APSU associate professor of mathematics, said. “I was scared to give him a waiver at first. But he’s easily the best student.”</p><p>Zhang has excelled in his upper division college classes this semester, and   earlier this month, he helped lead the APSU Math Jeopardy Team to a second place finish at the Mathematics Association of Mathematics south-east sectional annual meeting in Cookeville. The three-person team, which included APSU students Dodji Kuwonu and Benjamin D. Firth, beat 26 other teams from universities across Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.</p><p>“I was feeling pretty confident that even if we couldn’t win, we could do pretty well,” Zhang said.</p><p>His humble tone caused Ntatin, the team’s coach and sponsor, to smile.</p><p>“David was the lead team-member,” he said. “I really don’t know how he does it. He was amazing.”</p><p>Eligible juniors and seniors in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s STEM Academy and Middle College are able to take free classes at APSU for college credit this year, thanks to a couple of new grants awarded to the CMCSS. A Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant covers a portion of the tuition. The CMCSS is paying the remainder of the tuition for Middle College students, and the STEM Academy students are using both the dual enrollment grant and a Tennessee College Access and Success Network grant to pay for classes at APSU. Zhang is enrolled at Kenwood’s STEM Academy.</p><p>“I would be stuck in pre-calculus right now if I didn’t have dual enrollment,” he said.</p><p>In addition to Zhang and the APSU Math Jeopardy Team’s success, several APSU students and a faculty member also presented at the MAM conference.</p><p>• Dr. Ramanjit Sahi, associate professor of mathematics, presented, “Are the not crossings really there?”</p><p>• APSU student Michael McAllister presented, “A numerical method with non-polynomial basis for solving singular initial value problems.”</p><p>• APSU student Bruce E. Cain presented, “Solving the Telegraph equation by a hybrid Nystrom method.”</p><p>• APSU student Dodji Kuwonu presented, “Solving elliptic PDE using polynomial basis functions via collocation.”</p><p>Dr. Samuel Jator, professor of mathematics, mentored the three students. APSU student Elisha Golliher also attended.</p><p> </p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Cutline: Dodji Kuwonu, David Zhang and Benjamin D. Firth led the APSU Math Jeopardy Team to a second place win at the Mathematics Association of Mathematics south-east sectional annual meeting.</p> Mathematics opportunities Science and Mathematics Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:25:56 +0000 boothcw 76448 at http://www.apsu.edu Jazz great Gregoire Maret to headline 53rd annual jazz festival at APSU http://www.apsu.edu/news/jazz-great-gregoire-maret-headline-53rd-annual-jazz-festival-apsu <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/ccc06a.jpeg" width="346" height="276" alt="ccc06a.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 92, Toots Thielemans is considered the world’s greatest jazz harmonica musician, having played with luminaries such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. In 2012, Thielemans made a guest appearance on 37-year-old Gregoire Maret’s self-titled debut solo album, and most music critics saw this as a passing of the baton to a new master of the jazz harmonica.</p><p>Maret, a Grammy-winning musician, is now one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world, and on April 5, his Gregoire Maret Quartet will headline the 53<sup>rd</sup> Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival at Austin Peay State University.</p><p>National Public Radio’s Josh Jackson applauded Maret’s debut CD, but he strongly suggested that jazz lovers try to catch him live. “This performance demonstrates much about Gregorie Maret, but you can’t see the sheer energy exerted as he places the harmonica in his mouth,” Jackson said. “His whole body oscillates while he solos, all while balancing on his tiptoes.”</p><p>The festival, sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Clarksville Community Concert Association, actually begins on Thursday, April 3, with a 7:30 p.m. performance by APSU’s Jazz Combo. Directed by David Steinquest, APSU professor of music and festival director, the program will include music by some of the giants of jazz harmonica.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, the Cumberland Jazz Project, under the direction of Mike Ritter, and the APSU Jazz Collegians, led by Richard Steffen, will perform a variety of big band music.</p><p>On Saturday afternoon, local middle and high school bands will perform at the University, followed by a 4 p.m. guest artist clinic by Maret. Then, at 7:30 p.m., his quartet will take the stage. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. APSU students get in free with an I.D.</p><p>Maret has played with an incredible number of famous musicians, including George Benson, Richard Bona, Terry Lyne Carrington, Youssn’Dour, Kurt Elling, Elton John, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, David Sanborn, Jimmy Scott, Mike Stern, Pete Seeger, Sting, Jacky Terrasson and Cassandra Wilson.</p><p>In 2005, he toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association “Player of the Year Award.” After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world-class bassist Marcus Miller, and he subsequently joined pianist Herbie Hancock’s band.</p><p>For more information about the 53<sup>rd</sup> Mid-South Jazz Festival, contact the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music opportunities Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:06:56 +0000 boothcw 76382 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Athletics to unveil new brand marks on April 1 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-athletics-unveil-new-brand-marks-april-1 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University Athletics will unveil its new visual identity series and brand marks at a press conference at 11 a.m., April 1, in the APSU Dunn Center.</p><p>The series, which includes an updated primary logo as well as a new Governor Peay logo and a fresh word mark heightened by a contemporary font, embodies APSU’s new “Culture of Excellence” characteristics.</p><p>“We’re very excited about our new visual identity,” APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. “This is something that is important for the future of APSU Athletics. These new marks strengthen the APSU brand and will factor in everything from marketing to recruiting.</p><p>“In our meetings with our respective teams, our student-athletes reacted enthusiastically to the proposed changes, as did all our constituencies. These will represent who we are now and into the future.”</p><p>Approximately nine months ago, APSU assembled a committee of University staff members, local businessmen and alumni to spearhead an effort to enhance the visual identity of APSU Athletics. Joe Bosack and Co., based out of Pottsville, Pa., was hired to create a look that represented the school’s vision. The company presented multiple initial concepts – six AP logos, seven Governor Peay logos and five word marks – that were narrowed to three finalists. At that point, APSU Athletics met with constituency groups including Governors Club members, campus leaders, students, student-athletes, coaches, staff, season-ticket holders and donors to seek feedback.</p><p>“The updated brand components – of which the new Governor mascot emblem is the most significant piece – has been carefully developed with the fan experience in mind,” Jeff Bibb, of BLF Marketing, said. “Austin Peay alumni and fans can look forward to purchasing visually striking and boldly branded apparel to show their passion and support the University’s athletics program.”</p><p>The primary AP logo has stood the test of time. The Nashville-based advertising agency Womack and Criminger—Larry Womack is an APSU alumnus—created the logo in 1976 at the direction of APSU President Robert O. Riggs. It was implemented into production by Sherwin Clift, director of public relations; Doug Vance, APSU Sports information director and Bibb, who was director of Publications and Printing Services. It was unveiled just prior to APSU’s 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary celebration in 1977.</p><p>That logo has been hailed on many fronts, including graphic experts in both print and the electronic media, for its distinctiveness.</p><p>“The AP logo is one of the most recognizable brand marks in the OVC,” said Mike O’Malley, a longtime member of Wendy’s National Advertising Board, APSU Governors Club and Red Coat Society member. “Any changes or adjustments made had to be well thought out. These changes may be subtle, but they create a cleaner, more readable mark that will work better in all uses.”    </p><p>Merchandise featuring the new identity will begin showing up at area retailers during the summer. All university athletic squads will be outfitted with the new marks beginning in Fall 2014. The complete rollout, including fields, courts and more, will take approximately four years to complete.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:59:55 +0000 boothcw 76349 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-13 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced a number of achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p> </p><p>On March 22,<b> Dr. Sharon Mabry, </b>professor of music, performed a selection of songs written especially for her during the concert, “A Mabry Songbook: An Evening of Music by George L. Mabry.” <b>George Mabry</b> is an emeritus professor of music at APSU, and he previously served as music director for Opryland amusement park and director for the Nashville Symphony Chorus. Some of the songs from “A Mabry Songbook” were written as gifts for his wife, Sharon.</p><p>Pianist Patsy Wade, who has collaborated with Sharon for more than 35 years, served as her accompanist. Nine other young artist faculty, including several who studied with Sharon when they were graduate students, joined them. </p><p>All proceeds from the benefit concert went toward financing the Roxy Center for Arts and Education in Clarksville.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:22:45 +0000 boothcw 76295 at http://www.apsu.edu Esteemed biologist Hayes to speak at APSU on April 7 http://www.apsu.edu/news/esteemed-biologist-hayes-speak-apsu-april-7 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Have you ever heard of atrazine? It’s a popular, but potent, weed-killer, and chances are, there are traces of this chemical contaminant in your body. In the late 1990s, the agri-chemical giant Syngenta hired Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor of integrative biology at the University of California at Berkley, to make sure atrazine was safe for the public.</p><p>“My laboratory showed that the herbicide atrazine (the number one selling product for Syngenta) is a potent endocrine disruptor that chemically castrates and feminizes exposed male amphibians at low ecologically relevant concentrations,” Hayes wrote on his website, <a href="http://www.atrazinelovers.com">www.atrazinelovers.com</a>. “The company and their consultants at Ecorisk Inc. were not enthusiastic about my findings.”</p><p>Hayes discussed atrazine and its relation to tumors and breast cancer in humans during a 2010 Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference. At 11:15 a.m. on April 7, Hayes will visit the Austin Peay State University Sundquist Science Complex, room E-106A, to discuss both his research and his background for the APSU Access and Diversity Grant Speaker Series. The event, which is free and open to the public, is also part of the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology’s Honors Seminar Program.</p><p>“The purpose of the Access and Diversity Grant Speaker Series is to provide opportunities for students from underrepresented and underutilized populations to become informed about the options available to them post graduation, research being performed by underrepresented scholars and organizations helping to promote STEM education in underserved populations,” Dr. Christopher Gentry, director of the APSU Office of Undergraduate Research, said.</p><p>Hayes, a native of South Carolina, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, and, at the age of 35, he became one of the youngest full professors at Berkley. His primary research focus is on the role of environmental factors on growth and development in amphibians.</p><p>Hayes is the recipient of the President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Science, the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, the Jennifer Altman Award for Integrity in Science and the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Mentor Award from UC Berkley.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Gentry at <a href="mailto:gentryc@apsu.edu">gentryc@apsu.edu</a> or Dr. Steve Hamilton at <a href="mailto:hamiltonsw@apsu.edu">hamiltonsw@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Biology Center for Field Biology opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:02 +0000 boothcw 76230 at http://www.apsu.edu Historian to discuss new view of Andrew Jackson at APSU on April 9 http://www.apsu.edu/news/historian-discuss-new-view-andrew-jackson-apsu-april-9 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/cheathem.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="cheathem.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Many Americans view Andrew Jackson as a frontiersman who fought duels, killed Indians and stole another man’s wife. Historians have traditionally presented Jackson as a man who struggled to overcome obstacles and helped create a more democratic United States. In his compelling new biography of Jackson published by LSU Press, historian Mark R. Cheathem argues for a reassessment of these long-held views, suggesting that in fact “Old Hickory” lived as an elite Southern gentleman.</p><p>At 4 p.m. on April 9, Cheathem will visit Austin Peay State University to discuss his new book, “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” during a special lecture in Morgan University Center, room 103B. The event, sponsored by the APSU Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, is free and open to the public. The event will kick-off the council’s commemoration of the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary or the Battle of New Orleans, which helped established Jackson as a national figure.</p><p>Cheathem, an associate professor of history at Cumberland University, contends Jackson had already started to assume the characteristics of a Southern gentleman by the time he arrived in Middle Tennessee in 1788. After moving to Nashville, Jackson further ensconced himself in an exclusive social order by marrying the daughter of one of the city’s cofounders, engaging in land speculation and leading the state militia.</p><p>By emphasizing Jackson’s Southern identity, characterized by violence, honor, kinship, slavery and Manifest Destiny, Cheathem’s narrative offers a bold new perspective on one of the 19th century’s most renowned and controversial presidents. </p><p>After the lecture, Cheathem will meet with PAT members to discuss his book and his research. For more information, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman, APSU associate professor of history, at <a href="mailto:uffelmanm@apsu.edu">uffelmanm@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy opportunities Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:02:44 +0000 boothcw 76128 at http://www.apsu.edu Gateway Chamber Orchestra to perform "Historic Seconds" concert on March 30 http://www.apsu.edu/news/gateway-chamber-orchestra-perform-historic-seconds-concert-march-30 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Gateway_Chamber_Orchestra.jpg" width="800" height="399" alt="Gateway_Chamber_Orchestra.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the summer of 1802, Ludwig van Beethoven felt depressed. The famed German composer was going deaf, and, overcome by this reality, he isolated himself in the spa town of Heiligenstadt. He tried to distract himself by working on a new symphony, but by October, he still felt miserable.</p><p>            “Little more and I would have put an end to my life – only art it was that withheld me,” he wrote in a gloomy letter to his brothers. “It seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt called upon me to produce, and so I endured this wretched existence.”</p><p>            That letter, known as “The Heiligenstadt Testament,” presents the picture of a man paralyzed by anguish, but as Beethoven wrote those lines, he was in the midst of creating one of his seminal works – his “Second Symphony.”</p><p>            “He has these dark emotions, and from that comes a type of music that had never existed before,” Dr. Gregory Wolynec, conductor and musical director of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO), said. “It’s a composer essentially representing subjective emotion through music.”</p><p>           At 3 p.m. on March 30, the GCO will perform the emotional symphony during its “Historic Seconds” concert at the Austin Peay State University Mabry Concert Hall. That concert will conclude the orchestra’s 2013-2014 season.</p><p>            “This year has been based around the campaign, get to know the GCO,” Wolynec, said. “We started with a full orchestra, then we had a program of a string orchestra and a program of a wind orchestra, and now we’re gong to be putting everybody back together.”</p><p>            The concert will follow the orchestra’s now famous “three-legged stool” approach to programming, with the performance featuring an established masterwork, an overlooked masterwork and a piece by a contemporary American composer. The evening will begin with American composer Henry Brant’s tone-poem, “On the Nature of Things.” Brant, fascinated by spatial music, decided to spread out the orchestra for this composition.</p><p>            “We're used to the orchestra being on stage,” Wolynec said. “A portion of the orchestra will be on stage. The rest of the orchestra will be scattered in different groups around the hall. We’re going to capitalize on the beautiful acoustics of the venue. It’s a really beautiful work and very accessible. I think it’s very moving, having these different sounds.”</p><p>            The GCO will then perform Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg’s underperformed “Second Chamber Symphony.”</p><p>            “The piece is lively and emotional,” Wolynec said. “It starts with a beautiful foreboding flute solo, and it takes us on a ride with its incredible, virtuosic writing. The piece is very colorful. He makes use of the different colors of the orchestra.”</p><p>            The evening will conclude with the performance of Beethoven’s “Second Symphony.” The pierce incorporates much of the emotional content that was later used in his seminal work, the “Third Symphony” (Eroica).</p><p>            “It has a lot of weight, and a wide range of emotion,” Wolynec said. “It moves from very dark to uplifting. Of all his symphonies, it’s one of my favorites.”</p><p>            For more information on the “Historic Seconds” concert, the GCO 2013-14 season or to purchase tickets, visit the orchestra’s website, <a href="http://www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com">www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com</a>. </p> Arts and Letters Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:32 +0000 boothcw 75953 at http://www.apsu.edu Provost Lecture Series: Spanish professor Di Paolo to present March 20 http://www.apsu.edu/news/provost-lecture-series-spanish-professor-di-paolo-present-march-20 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University Spanish professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.</p><p>Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, associate professor of Spanish, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of his lecture is “Negrótico: Vampires, Zombies and Detectives.” He will discuss the convergence of hardboiled (<i>novela negra</i> in Spanish) and gothic literature. In these texts, terror, horror, fear and crime surface as constant aesthetical components of the narrative.</p><p>All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.</p><p>Di Paolo is an associate professor of Latin American cultural and literary studies. He has published numerous articles in peer-review journals and is the author of three books:<i> Corpses in The Closet: Palimpsestic Detective Fiction in Contemporary Argentine Literature</i> (Teseo, 2011), <i>Apocalyptic and Posthuman Symptoms: Hispanic Hardboiled and Science Fiction of the 21st Century </i>(Pliegos, 2013) and <i>Negrótico</i> (Pliegos, Forthcoming 2014).</p><p>Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live">http://www.apsu.edu/online/provost-lectures-live</a>. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at <u><a href="http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu">http://apmrde1.apsu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/itunesu</a></u>. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series">http://www.apsu.edu/academic-affairs/provost-series</a>.</p><p>The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.</p><p>For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at <a href="mailto:acadaffairs@apsu.edu">acadaffairs@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:12:59 +0000 boothcw 75937 at http://www.apsu.edu