Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-clarksville-chess-clubs-team-get-st. en APSU Chamber Singers embark concert series spanning four states http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-chamber-singers-embark-four-state-performance-tour <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music, wants to educate aspiring singers on an Austin Peay State University music program regarded as “The Best Kept Secret in Tennessee.”</p><p>That’s why this March, Foster is taking the Chamber Singers, APSU’s premiere choral ensemble, on a tour of four states in five days.</p><p>As a part of the tour, Foster and the APSU students will spend their days in select area high schools, collaborating with students while also spreading the message of the opportunities awaiting young vocal talents in the University’s choral program. At night, the Chamber Singers will perform free concerts for the communities they are visiting.</p><p>“We’re trying to get those talented young singers to come to Austin Peay,” Foster said. “We’re going to schools in all of these states because they’re very good programs and it’s very much an exchange: we sing for them and they sing for us and then I work with the high school choir. That way, the high school students have an experience of how (APSU singers) work and rehearse.”</p><p>The tour’s performances and times include:</p><p>            • 8 p.m., March 6, St. John United Church of Christ, Bellevue, Ky.</p><p>            • 7 p.m., March 7, Calvary Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.</p><p>            • 7 p.m., March 8, First Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Ind.</p><p>            • 7 p.m., March 10, First United Methodist Church, Springfield, Tenn.</p><p>During the tour’s evening concerts, the Chamber Singers will perform works ranging in style from the European to traditional Chinese to French Creole and Haitian music. The APSU students will also perform a selection of spiritual pieces from Howard Helvey, performing the works alongside the Cincinnati-based composer himself.</p><p>“We have a collection of pieces (the Chamber Singers) have sung last semester and some we recently began practicing,” Forster said. “It’s a combination of familiar pieces and music that is brand new, which is typical when you have a lot of foreign language that we have to add to the actual rhythm and pitch of the pieces.”</p><p>For more information on these concerts or the APSU Chamber Singers, contact Foster at 221-7002 or <a href="mailto:fosterk@apsu.edu">fosterk@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Music Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:27:39 +0000 harriscj 98084 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Greek community receives high honors in spring 2015 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-greek-community-receives-high-honors-spring-2015 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This spring, the fraternity and sorority community at Austin Peay State University continues to excel with many chapters and members receiving prestigious awards and recognitions. </p><p>The recent accomplishments are listed below.</p><ul><li>Kappa Alpha Order, the Zeta Tau Chapter at APSU, received the George C. Marshall and Samuel Zenas Ammen Award during the 2015 Province Council Meeting in Starkville, Mississippi. The Ammen Award recognizes the top 10 percent of Kappa Alpha Order chapters with the highest level of excellence in chapter operations. The coveted George C. Marshall Award is the highest honor that a KA Chapter can receive for superior operations and performance. Only two chapters this year received the Marshall Award. Zeta Tau Chapter at APSU is the youngest chapter to receive the honor in the 150-year history of Kappa Alpha Order.</li><li>Carrie Taylor, a member of the Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, recently was selected as an intern for Alpha Delta Pi Executive Office in Atlanta, Georgia. Taylor is one of 10 students selected for this program after a rigorous interview process.</li><li>The Tennessee Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon recently received the Grand Chapter Scholarship Cup at the 2015 Carlson Leadership Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cup is presented to chapters who rank high in academic standings among fraternities for an academic year. The chapter’s GPA must be above the all-campus average and must be 3.15 or higher for one semester during the academic year. </li><li>Zac Gillman, SGA president and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, recently received the J. Edward Zollinger Outstanding Senior Award at the 2015 Carlson Leadership Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is given to one outstanding senior in each district, and the recipient is considered a balanced man who upholds the models of excellence. The award is based on outstanding academic achievement as well as fraternity and campus leadership and community involvement.</li><li>The Interfraternity Council at APSU received the Interfraternal Excellence Award during the 2015 Southeastern Interfraternity Conference Leadership Academy. To receive the Interfraternal Excellence Award, councils must achieve 85 percent or higher in the areas of council management, chapter services, judicial processes, leadership development, legal concerns, philanthropy and community service, publications, public relations, recruitment, scholarship and academics, and social engagement.</li></ul><p> </p><p>            For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, at <a href="mailto:dominys@apsu.edu">dominys@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p> </p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:25:30 +0000 boothcw 98007 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU senior art exhibit planned for spring semester http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-senior-art-exhibit-planned-spring-semester <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20150227-Art-Senior-Class-0280.jpg" width="635" height="370" alt="20150227-Art-Senior-Class-0280.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>This spring, 14 young artists will bring their studies at Austin Peay State University to a close by hosting public exhibitions of the work they created for their senior thesis projects.</p><p>The students are enrolled in the senior thesis class, which requires students to present their work in a public setting to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.</p><p>The APSU Department of Art has scheduled these student art exhibitions in the Trahern Building on the main campus for this fall, and all shows are open to the public.</p><p>The seniors scheduled to present are the following:</p><p>• March 2-5: Cynthia Sukowatey, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• March 16-19: Karla Tucker, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• March 23-26: Marcus Eiland, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• March 30-April 2: Amy Duncan, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• April 6-9: Samantha Black, Trahern, 108.</p><p>• April 13-16: Lauren McKinney, Trahern 108.</p><p>• April 20-23: Jennifer Bayer, Trahern 108.</p><p>• April 27-30: Saling Taylor, Trahern 108.</p><p>• April 27-30: Graphic design group exhibit featuring work by Kaleb Brannan, Amber Colley, Rebecca Fernandez, Alexis Jones, Kelly Jo Petersen and Michael Shepherd, Trahern Gallery.</p><p>For more information, contact Cindy Marsh, APSU professor of art and design, at <a href="mailto:marshc@apsu.edu">marshc@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:43:23 +0000 harriscj 97909 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to host 2015 American College Dance Association South Region Conference http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-host-2015-american-college-dance-association-south-region-conference <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/acdaconference_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="acdaconference_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will host the 2015 American College Dance Association South Region Conference from March 6-9, 2015. About 400 conference participants are expected to attend this year’s event at APSU, which will feature dance classes, workshops, panel discussions and dance performances.</p><p>As a part of the conference, college and university dance programs are encouraged to bring dance works for adjudication by an independent panel of dance professionals. This year’s adjudicator panel includes Loretta Livingston, associate professor of dance at the University of California-Irvine; Robin Gee, associate professor of dance at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and Robert Gosnell, who performed with the Nashville Ballet from 1999-2007, worked with the Atlanta Dance Theatre and is on the staff of N-House Dance productions. </p><p>The conference will feature several guest artists who will offer classes that many university dance programs cannot offer on a regular basis. Classes like West African dance, hip hop dance, aerial dance and several tap dance classes will be offered, as well as classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz dance and contemporary dance. Partnering skills and dance improvisation also will be offered.</p><p>For more information about the conference, please visit the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance" title="www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance">www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance</a> and click on the tab for ACDA 2015. </p> Arts and Letters tbr Theatre & Dance Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:42:59 +0000 boothcw 97908 at http://www.apsu.edu Famed tenor Brownlee to perform at APSU March 3 http://www.apsu.edu/news/famed-tenor-brownlee-perform-apsu-march-3 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/brownlee_scroll.jpg" width="600" height="399" alt="brownlee_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>The celebrated tenor Lawrence Brownlee will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in Austin Peay State University’s George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall. Brownlee is visiting Clarksville between engagements in Europe, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. He is the most in-demand American tenor in the world singing the bel canto repertoire. .</p><p>Brownlee will sing a program that displays his depth and versatility, beginning with the virtuosity of a Mozart concert aria, moving effortlessly through art songs and the lilting Irish poetry of James Joyce and William Yeats as set by Ben Moore.  The program continues with five popular folk songs of Argentina and ends with a set of deeply moving spirituals arranged by Damien Sneed. These spirituals, from one of Brownlee’s critically-acclaimed recordings, were performed with Sneed at the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.</p><p>Brownlee sings internationally on the world’s most important opera houses and concert stages.  In addition to being a winner at the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he was named Seattle Opera’s 2008 Artist of the Year, received the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s 2007 Alter Award for Artistic Excellence, and he was the winner of both the 2006 Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker Awards, a feat never before achieved by any artist in the same year. His compact disc “Virtuoso Rossini Arias” was nominated for a 2015 Grammy. He participated in young artist programs at both the Seattle and Wolf Trap Operas.</p><p>An Ohio native, Brownlee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.</p><p>This concert is sponsored by the Clarksville Community Concert Association and APSU, in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music and the Nashville Opera.</p><p>For ticket information, please visit <a href="http://www.clarksvillemusic.org/">www.clarksvillemusic.org</a> or call 1-877-811-0200</p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Music Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:40:37 +0000 boothcw 97896 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU students help restore endangered ecosystems http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-students-help-restore-endangered-ecosystems <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/awb2015.JPG" width="800" height="534" alt="awb2015.JPG" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In January, seven female Austin Peay State University students traveled south to help restore a disappearing ecosystem in Texas’ West Gulf Coastal Plain. The students, all geology and biology majors, spent five days hiking through the swampy terrain of the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary, planting some 11,000 longleaf pine trees.</p><p>            According to The Nature Conservancy’s website, “Longleaf pine forests are among the most rapidly disappearing ecosystems in the southeastern United States.”</p><p>            The students gave up part of their winter holiday to volunteer at the sanctuary and at Big Thicket National Preserve, as part of the APSU Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement’s (CSLCE) alternative break trip. The newly formed center has hosted more than 20 alternative break trips since 2009, CSLCE director Alexandra Wills said.</p><p>           The alternative break program was created to allow students to explore a learning environment outside of a classroom setting, while engaging in community-service driven projects. For more information, contact Wills at (931) 221-6590 or at <a href="mailto:willsa@apsu.edu">willsa@apsu.edu</a></p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU student Brianna Turnbo and Courtney Grisham plants trees in Texas while on winter break from APSU.</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:45:44 +0000 boothcw 97762 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Department of Music, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcomes Acuff Award winning Orchid Ensemble http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-department-music-center-excellence-creative-arts-welcomes-acuff-award-winning-orchid-ensem <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/orchid_ensemble_lr.png" width="388" height="600" alt="orchid_ensemble_lr.png" /></p><p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcome the Orchid Ensemble, recipients of the 2015 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.</p><p>Their visit to Austin Peay includes sessions specifically designed for music majors and events for the entire student population, concluding with a concert that is free and open to the public on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus.</p><p>Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond to create a beautiful new sound. Acclaimed as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” by Canadian entertainment magazine The Georgia Straight, the Orchid Ensemble regularly collaborates with artists from various backgrounds. Using bowed fiddle, long zither and world percussion, the trio embraces a variety of musical styles in its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music and New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic, yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences.</p><p>The following Orchid Ensemble sessions are open to the APSU campus, unless otherwise noted:</p><p>Friday, Feb. 27</p><p>8 a.m. - Intro to Music of China, MMC 235</p><p>9 a.m. - Reception/meet greet faculty and Chinese Culture Society members in Faculty Lounge, MUC Cumberland Room</p><p>2:30 p.m. - Intro to Music of China, MMC 235</p><p>7:30 p.m. - Free concert open to campus and community members, with a reception to follow</p><p>For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the CECA at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.</p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:00:17 +0000 harriscj 97698 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU appoints Dr. Rex Gandy as new Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-appoints-dr-rex-gandy-new-provost-vice-president-academic-affairs <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/rex_gandy.jpg" alt="Dr. Rex Gandy" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has hired Dr. Rex Gandy as its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Gandy, who is slated to begin work at APSU on June 1, currently serves in the same position at Texas A&amp;M University-Kingsville, a position he has held since 2009. Gandy follows former Provost Tristan Denley, who serves as Vice Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and Dr. Jaime Taylor, who has served as Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2013.</p><p>APSU President Dr. Alisa White said Gandy’s selection came after much consideration was given to his exceptional professional and academic background.</p><p>“(Gandy) has extensive experience as a provost, dean and chair, and his record as an outstanding scholar and professor and an innovative administrator makes him a good fit for Austin Peay.”</p><p>In 2008, while serving as Dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi State Association of Office Professionals named Gandy Administrator of the Year. In 2009, the National Association of Office Professionals named him Administrator of the Year for the entire United States.</p><p>Gandy earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Memphis, and he earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Auburn University, the University of Idaho, the University of Southern Mississippi and Texas A&amp;M University-Kingsville.</p><p>“I am very excited to be joining the Austin Peay State University family,” Gandy said. “Austin Peay State University is a great institution, and under the leadership of President White I think it has an even brighter future.</p><p>“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students in advancing the academic agenda.”</p> tbr Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:54:22 +0000 harriscj 97621 at http://www.apsu.edu Host of ABC's "What Would You Do" to speak at APSU on April 1 http://www.apsu.edu/news/host-abcs-what-would-you-do-speak-apsu-march-4 <p><em><strong>UPDATE</strong>: The 2015 Unity Celebration Keynote Address at Austin Peay State University, originally scheduled for March 4 and featuring Emmy Award-winning journalist John Quiñones, has been postponed until April 1 because of inclement weather.  For more information on this event, contact the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement at 931-221-7431 or<span class="s1"> <a href="mailto:sllsw@apsu.edu"><span class="s2">sllsw@apsu.edu</span></a>.</span></em></p><p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/unity_celebration_scroll.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="unity_celebration_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jackie Quaid, a notorious jewelry thief, showed up in a Springfield, Missouri, pawn shop last summer, looking to unload a few rings and necklaces. Minutes before she arrived, a law enforcement officer had stopped by the store to show customers her picture on a wanted poster. When the blond crook stepped into the shop that afternoon, several people did a double take.</p><p>            Emmy Award-winning journalist John Quiñones was fascinated by what the customers did next. One man immediately called the law enforcement officer while another used his truck to block Quaid’s car from driving away.</p><p>            For the last several years, Quiñones’ “Primetime” series, “What Would You Do,” has used hidden cameras to examine the split-second ethical decisions people make. At 7 p.m. on <strong>April 1</strong>, he will visit Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium to share his insights into human nature with his presentation, “What Would You Do? Changing Ethics in America.” The event, which is part of APSU’s 2015 Unity Celebration, is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.</p><p>            In the July episode that featured an actress playing the thief named Quaid, Quiñones wondered if gender was a factor in how the customers reacted. He decided to set up a similar scenario, but with a man playing the part of the thief this time. The individuals in the pawnshop acted the same way they had with the female suspect and called the police.</p><p>            As the ABC network’s first Latino correspondent, Quiñones has spent his nearly 30-year career covering international stories such as the Chilean Mining Disaster and the U.S. invasion of Panama. He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, a World Hunger Media Award and the International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize.</p><p>            For more information on his talk, contact the APSU Office of Student Life and Engagement at 931-221-7431 or <a href="mailto:sllsw@apsu.edu">sllsw@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:32:03 +0000 boothcw 97611 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle of Excellence to honor Joe W. Giles with Ovation Award at its annual ceremony http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-excellence-honor-joe-w-giles-ovation-award-its-annual-ceremony <p>Joe W. Giles, an Austin Peay State University alumnus and founder of the Tennessee Arts Academy, the nation's flagship professional development program for teachers of the arts, will be honored March 1 with the George Mabry Ovation Award.</p><p>The award is one of eight to be given by the Acuff Circle of Excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions in the arts to the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. The annual ceremony will be Sunday, March 1, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and a reception that follows.</p><p>The Acuff Circle of Excellence, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. Its purpose is to advance the importance of arts and culture at APSU and in the community.</p><p>Those being recognized were chosen from nominations submitted by the public. In addition to Giles, those selected include: Individual Artist, theater director and playwright Billy St. John; Business, Planters Bank; and Community Organization, Downtown Artists' Co-Op.</p><p>In the Young Artists categories, those chosen include Visual Art, Kayleigh Baird, Montgomery Central High School; Theatre, Amy Wyer, West Creek High School; Instrumental Music, Terrell Boykin, Kenwood High School; and Creative Writing, Arizona Hurn, Montgomery Central High School. These young artist winners, who must be seniors, receive preference if they apply for the Acuff Circle endowed scholarship in the arts at APSU.</p><p>Giles received his bachelor and master's music education degrees from APSU and further studied at Middle Tennessee State University, George Peabody College and Fisk University. He taught in the Davidson County schools and was director of choral music at Hillsboro High School. While at Hillsboro, his choirs sang at St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Parish, in New York City, historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. and at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In 1980, the choir received the Gold Medal in the International Choral Festival, the only gold medal awarded in the two-day session in which they participated.</p><p>For three summers in the 1970s, Giles directed the Sounds of American Youth Chorale, touring seven European countries.</p><p>In 1984, he joined the Tennessee Department of Education as director of arts education, overseeing statewide arts education programs in music, visual art, theatre and dance. He led the development of the first statewide curriculum frameworks and guides in K-12 music, visual arts, theatre and creative dramatics. These were subsequently adopted by the State Board of Education use in public and private schools in the state.</p><p>Giles has been active in state and national professional arts associations and has led, been the keynote speaker for, or participated in conferences relating to arts education and standards. In 1988, he was recognized for leadership in arts education with the Governor's Award for Arts in Tennessee.</p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:01:56 +0000 harriscj 96981 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professor Dr. Gregg Steinberg to speak on how to write book proposals that sell http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professor-dr-gregg-steinberg-speak-how-write-book-proposals-sell <p>Dr. Gregg Steinberg is offering a seminar titled, “Writing a Book Proposal That Sells.” The seminar will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Morgan University Center, room 303, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The seminar is free and open to the public.</p><p>Steinberg will show participants how to devise a proposal for an agent or publisher and cover the key components of a book proposal. Additionally, Steinberg will cover topics on finding an agent or publisher suited for the needs of the author and how to create a platform to promote your topic and your book to the media. Participants in the seminar will receive a proposal by Steinberg that has successfully sold to a publisher. Reservations are requested by emailing Steinberg at <a href="mailto:Steinberg@apsu.edu">steinbergg@apsu.edu</a> in order to ensure you receive a copy of the proposal.</p><p>Steinberg is a 17-year tenured professor in the APSU’s Health and Human Performance department. He has authored three books: “Mental Rules for Golf”; “Flying Lessons,” a parenting book about emotional toughness; and “Full Throttle,” a business book about emotional toughness. Steinberg has appeared as an analyst and commentator on Dancing With the Stars, CNN, Fox News and the Golf Channel and also writes a business column for the Tennessean.</p><p>For more information, contact Steinberg by calling him at 931-221-6113, or via email at <a href="mailto:steinberg@apsu.edu">steinberg@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Health and Human Performance Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:47:09 +0000 harriscj 96916 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Department of Theatre and Dance and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present ninth annual Spring Dance Concert http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-department-theatre-and-dance-and-center-excellence-creative-arts-present-ninth-annual-spri <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/9thy.jpg" width="369" height="574" alt="9thy.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts’ ninth annual Spring Dance Concert is returning this month, giving students and faculty the opportunity to present their work to the Clarksville community.</p><p>The concert is scheduled for five performances: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. All five shows will take place in the Trahern Theatre on APSU’s main campus.</p><p>Tickets are on sale now and are available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance" title="www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance">www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance</a>, in the Trahern box office or in Trahern room 227 throughout the week. Tickets are also available one hour before the show. Tickets are $5 for students, military and senior citizens and $10 for general admission.</p><p>The event will feature choreography by APSU faculty members Brian Vernon, Marcus Hayes and Margaret Rennerfeldt, as well as alumnus Kevin Loveland.</p><p>“The theme is ‘Moving Stories,’ which implies that many of the dances are narrative,” Rennerfeldt, an associate professor of theatre and dance at APSU, said. “In other words, the dances are not only representing concepts and ideas, but they are also telling a story.”</p><p>Rennerfeldt said audience members should expect an exciting experience, as well as an opportunity to see a variety of dance styles on display.</p><p>“It’s very exciting to see dance in the moment,” Rennerfeldt said. “It’s a very different experience than watching a video where there may be close ups or cuts to a featured performer.</p><p>“There will be a great variety of dance from the serious to funny, as well as modern to ballet,” she said.</p><p>For more information on the concert, contact the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance at 221-6767.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Theatre & Dance Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:48:25 +0000 harriscj 96549 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to host annual GuitarFest event http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-host-annual-guitarfest-event <p>Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present the annual APSU GuitarFest, which will feature guest artist concerts, lectures and workshops.</p><p>The concerts take place on Monday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7.30 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.</p><p>The first concert features multi-competition winner and APSU alumnus Gary Stewart in a recital of 19<sup>th</sup> century music for solo guitar. The second concert features the Hanser-McClellan Duo in a performance of music for two guitars.</p><p>A Kentucky native and a graduate of the APSU guitar program, Stewart has been a top prize winner in such competitions as the Rantucci International Guitar Competition (New York), the Southeastern Guitar Congress (Alabama) and the Stroud Guitar Competition (Ohio). In addition to his undergraduate studies at APSU, Gary received a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron and a doctoral teaching fellowship at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera and with the internationally acclaimed early music group Apollo’s Fire on their recent Classical Billboard top 10 recording “Come to the River”. His program will include a selection of rarely heard period guitar arrangements of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.</p><p>Consisting of award-winning St. Louis guitarists John McClellan and Kirk Hauser, the Hauser-McLellan Duo are regarded by audiences and critics alike as one of the top guitar duos in the US. Their recordings include discs dedicated to South American music, recordings of music written and dedicated to the duo and an appearance on the CD “Slightly Above Below Average”, a tribute to their mentor and friend, Chet Atkins, on which they perform alongside such guitar luminaries as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Vince Gill and Tommy Emmanuel. Their wide-ranging program will include music by Handel, French guitarist Ida Presti, Brazillian guitarist Paulo Bellinati and recent works written for the duo by Roger Hudson, Kim Portney and APSU alumnus Jeffery R. Comas.</p><p>For more information about APSU GuitarFest, please contact APSU professor of music Dr. Stanley Yates by email at <a href="mailto:YatesS@apsu.edu">YatesS@apsu.edu</a> or the APSU Department of Music by phone at (931) 221-7351.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:42:41 +0000 harriscj 96370 at http://www.apsu.edu High school students can get a traditional college experience at APSU using Tennessee Promise http://www.apsu.edu/news/high-school-students-can-get-traditional-college-experience-apsu-using-tennessee-promise <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — There’s a lot of buzz these days about Tennessee Promise and going to college for free. Tennessee Promise is a good option as a last dollar scholarship for high school students in Tennessee covering tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee community colleges and colleges of applied technology.</p><p>Another option for high school students interested in taking advantage of Tennessee Promise would be to use the scholarship at a four-year University such as Austin Peay. Austin Peay is one of only two state Universities where high school students can take advantage of Tennessee Promise by enrolling in one of its associate degree programs. For those seeking a four-year college experience, many students could pursue a bachelor’s degree for free at Austin Peay, depending on their GPA and ACT scores and their financial situation. At minimum, students who only qualify for Tennessee Promise can use it to cover slightly more than half of the cost tuition and fees at Austin Peay, if they enroll full time (12 hours). Those seeking Federal Student Aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15. The FAFSA form can be found at <a href="http://www.fafsa.gov" title="www.fafsa.gov">www.fafsa.gov</a>.</p><p>To take advantage of Tennessee Promise at Austin Peay, students must enroll in one of the following associate programs.</p><p><b>Main Campus</b></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/chemical-engineering-technology">
</a><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/Chemical_EnginneringAAS_bulletin.pdf">Chemical Engineering Technology</a></li><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/LIberal_ArtsAS_bulletin.pdf">Liberal Arts</a></li></ul><p> </p><p><b>AP Center at Fort Campbell</b><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/APFC/degrees.aspx"><b>
</b></a><b></b></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/Engineering_TechnologyAAS_bulletin.pdf">Engineering Technology</a> <i>(Concentrations in Automotive, Construction, and Electronics)</i></li><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/LIberal_ArtsAS_bulletin.pdf">Liberal Arts</a></li><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/Management_TechnologyA.A.S.pdf">Management Technology</a> <i>(Concentrations in General Business, Industrial Management, Restaurant Management, Food Service, Culinary Arts)</i></li></ul><p> </p><p><b>Online Degree Program</b><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/APFC/degrees.aspx"><b>
</b></a><b></b></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/LIberal_ArtsAS_bulletin.pdf">Liberal Arts</a></li></ul><p>According to the Tennessee Promise website, students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other <a href="http://tennesseepromise.gov/files/Eligible%20Four-Year%20Programs.pdf">eligible institution offering an associate degree program</a>. Students in the state of Tennessee with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a 21 ACT score qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship. At APSU, students with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA or a 26 or higher ACT may qualify for scholarships, such as the Dean’s Scholarship in addition to the Hope Lottery Scholarship and Tennessee Promise.</p><p>While Tennessee Promise covers the tuition and mandatory fees at the state’s community colleges or colleges of applied technology, there are still potential costs that students may incur such as books and course supplies or non-mandatory fees such as parking.</p><p>Although deadlines to apply for Tennessee Promise for 2015 have passed, students who did apply still have a choice on which institution they can attend. For more information about Tennessee Promise at Austin Peay, students can find more information at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/promise">www.apsu.edu/promise</a>. They may also contact the Admissions Office by phone at 931-221-7661 or by email at <a href="mailto:admissions@apsu.edu">admissions@apsu.edu</a>. </p> tbr Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:28:17 +0000 harriscj 96291 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Graduate Degree in Communication Arts ranked as one of the top online programs in the nation http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-graduate-degree-communication-arts-ranked-one-top-online-programs-nation <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s graduate degree in communication arts is one of the top online programs in the nation, according to a recent survey by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). The national online resource released its Top Online Programs for 2015 rankings earlier this week, and the APSU master’s degree program, with concentrations in general communication and corporate communication, was ranked #30 in the country.</p><p>ACO highlighted the program’s flexibility, pointing out that it “has both a fast track, consisting of one year and two summer sessions, and a professional track, which requires two years and two summer sessions.”</p><p>The General Communication concentration prepares graduate students for community college and college teaching positions, as well as graduate studies for those secondary school instructors of journalism, speech and communication courses. The Corporate Communication concentration prepares graduate students for careers in integrated (corporate) marketing communication and includes coursework specialty classes in advertising, broadcast media, e-commerce, feature writing, marketing communication, public relations, social media and web design. </p><p>ACO also released rankings of the most affordable online colleges in each state, with APSU ranking #2 in Tennessee.</p><p>“Austin Peay State University allows students to earn a degree online through the Austin Peay Online program or the Regents Online Degree Programs,” ACO reported. “By combining both systems, there are plenty of degree programs that a student can take advantage of through these online colleges in Tennessee. Students can work toward an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree at Austin Peay.”</p><p>For information on APSU’s graduate programs, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/cogs">www.apsu.edu/cogs</a>.</p> tbr Communication Graduate Studies Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:25:41 +0000 harriscj 96290 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU, community and Bikers Who Care to honor the late John Moseley http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-community-and-bikers-who-care-honor-late-john-moseley <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The late John W. Moseley will be honored during halftime of Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball game against UT Martin on Thursday, Feb. 5. A check presentation will be made by Bikers Who Care (BWC) to complete a scholarship endowment and establish the John W. Moseley Media Room, located on the second level of APSU’s Dunn Center. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.</p><p>After working in the music and broadcast industries for nearly four decades, Moseley received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Austin Peay. Upon completion of his degrees in 1994 and ’96 respectively, he became a faculty member and served the University for 18 years until his death on February 9, 2014.</p><p>Moseley was known for his many talents, but he is most remembered as a cherished colleague and friend. He served as an associate professor of communication at Austin Peay, teaching courses in broadcast media, audio and video production, digital photojournalism and sports broadcasting.  Moseley oversaw numerous student productions of high school graduations and sporting events, APSU Commencements and the broadcast of many NCAA sports events, including APSU athletics and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) games.</p><p>Long-time faculty members in the APSU communication department consider Moseley to be the driving force for the highly successful creation of the University’s four cable channels, as well as its audio and video online streaming services. Among his other achievements was the installation of Austin Peay’s "state-of-the-art" $500,000 all-digital video broadcast studio in the Dunn Center, which is used to broadcast many of the Governors’ athletic contests.  He also took a lead role in preparing, wiring and programming the APSU Athletic Department's video screens in the Dunn Center and Governors Stadium</p><p>Moseley’s duties extended beyond the University, however. He also enjoyed a long career as a studio musician, including playing keyboard and guitar for The Royal Guardsmen, whose 1966 single “"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" became a national hit. He also produced more than 30 popular record albums as an audio engineer for Warner Brothers records, Catfish Bay Studios in Nashville, Cavern Sound in Independence, MO as well as One-Step Up Studios in Los Angeles. Moseley was nominated for a Grammy for his audio production work and voted on the Grammys for 16 years.  </p><p>Moseley was also a writer and producer for Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and served as General Manager of WAPX-FM and News Director of WJZM-AM, two radio stations in Clarksville.  Additionally, Moseley served as Production Manager for Clarksville Cablevision from 1984 to 1991.</p><p>“He taught me more than I can ever hope to impact on any of my students,” said Mike Dunn, APSU communication instructor. “His kindness, strength, humor, vast knowledge and immense talent were free gifts to all who knew him.”</p><p>APSU professor Pastor David Wesner was a friend to Mosely for over 50 years, and he remembered him as someone who had a passion for educating and enriching the lives of his students.</p><p>"John had a huge heart for the 'underdog,' the person everyone else might give up on.” Wesner said. “(Moseley) inspired people’s visions and he was a man of great passion. He encouraged the discouraged, taught the un-teachable and loved the un-lovable. He was a creative genius…He showed students how to believe in themselves."</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:22:16 +0000 harriscj 96289 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU a hosting site for Spring 2015 International Francophone Film Festival http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-site-spring-2015-international-francophone-film-festival <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Throughout the months of February and March, Austin Peay State University will be hosting the Spring 2015 International Francophone Film Festival. A part of the 2015 Tournées Film Festival, six internationally acclaimed French films will be screened on campus, beginning February 25.</p><p>The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses.</p><p>The films that will be screened at APSU include:</p><p> </p><p align="center">Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.</p><p align="center">“The Past” (Le passé) by Asghar Farhadi</p><p>In a working-class suburb of Paris, Marie (Bérénice Bejo) lives with her two daughters and the young son of her boyfriend Samir, whom she hopes to marry soon. But before the couple can even consider wedding plans, Marie must finalize her divorce from her estranged husband Ahmad, who flies into Paris from Tehran for the court procedure.</p><p>(Room: Clement Auditorium)</p><p> </p><p align="center">Friday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.</p><p align="center">“The Attack” (L'attentat) by Ziad Doueiri</p><p>The film tracks the growing disillusion of Amin Jaafari, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon who lives and works in Tel Aviv. After a suicide bombing which leaves the physician valiantly struggling to save lives at the hospital where he works, Israeli police tell Amin that his wife was likely the jihadist responsible for the carnage.</p><p>(Room: UC 307)</p><p> </p><p align="center">Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m.</p><p align="center">“Bastards” (Les salauds) by Claire Denis</p><p>This scalding examination of the abuse of power and the sin of looking the other way is inspired by William Faulkner’s 1931 novel “Sanctuary” and the Sadean sex parties attended by Dominique Strauss-Kahn and other French higher-ups. Bastards centers on a revenge plot that begins tenuously but grows only more inexorable.</p><p>(Room: UC 303)</p><p> </p><p align="center">Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m.</p><p align="center">“Grisgris” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun</p><p>In a disco in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, Souleymane, a man with a paralyzed leg nicknamed “Grigris” dazzles the crowd with his spectacular dance moves.</p><p>(Room: Clement Auditorium)</p><p> </p><p align="center">Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.</p><p align="center">“The Missing Picture” (L'image manquante) by Rithy Panh</p><p>On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized Cambodia’s capital city and Pol Pot began his genocidal regime. Ingeniously using carved and painted figures to represent himself and his family, Rithy Pang recounts the story of legions of Cambodians and their relentless suffering during the Khmer Rouge’s horrific four-year reign.</p><p>(Room: UC 307)</p><p> </p><p align="center">Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00p.m.</p><p align="center">“Grande illusion” (La grande illusion) by Jean Renoir</p><p>This masterwork by Jean Renoir, shot just three years before the beginning of World War II, examines the relationships that form among a group of French officers held in a German prisoner of war camp.</p><p>(Room: WND Afriacan American Cultural Center)</p><p> </p><p>For more information, please contact Dr. Christophe Konkobo at <a href="mailto:konkoboc@apsu.edu">konkoboc@apsu.edu</a> or Dr. Karen Sorenson at <a href="mailto:atsorensonk@apsu.edu">atsorensonk@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p>The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.</p> Languages and Literature Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:07:58 +0000 harriscj 96287 at http://www.apsu.edu New exhibit in Nashville showcases art from APSU students and faculty http://www.apsu.edu/news/new-exhibit-nashville-showcases-art-apsu-students-and-faculty <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art will be showcasing the work of its students and faculty this Saturday, Feb. 7 at the L Gallery, located in the heart of Nashville’s art district.</p><p>Titled “ALL IN: Students and Faculty Selections from APSU”, the exhibit will feature artwork by students in a number of disciplines, including Karlie Allen (graphic design), Amy Duncan (drawing), Amy Dean (ceramics), Laura Praseutkoun (photography) and Laura Ward (sculpture).</p><p>Each student will be paired with their faculty mentor in an exhibit that will showcase both the dynamic breadth of APSU’s curriculum, as well as the bond between student and faculty. Featured faculty artists include Kell Black, Susan Bryant, Rachel Bush, Virginia Griswold, Cindy March and Ken Shipley.</p><p>A reception, as well as viewing hours for the exhibition, will be Saturday from 6-9 p.m. in Suite 73 of Nashville’s Arcade, located between 4<sup>th</sup> and 5<sup>th</sup> avenues, off of Church Street in downtown Nashville. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact APSU Associate Professor of Art Paul Collins at <a href="mailto:collinsp@apsu.edu">collinsp@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Art Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:59:25 +0000 harriscj 96266 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Department of Art presents lecture from internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-department-art-presents-lecture-internationally-recognized-artist-ann-hamilton <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/ann-hamilton1.jpg" width="388" height="600" alt="ann-hamilton1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art is proud to welcome Ann Hamilton, an internationally recognized visual artist known for large-scale multimedia installations. As a part of the Department’s visiting artist series, Hamilton will present a lecture on February 5 at 7 p.m. in APSU’s Trahern Theatre.</p><p>The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.</p><p>Hamilton’s work has taken many forms, appearing as everything from a building four stories high and art as small as the surface of a thimble. Her work has often focused on considering our relationship to physical space. Hamilton’s artwork often aims to “slow down” the viewer, using multi-layered creations that slow the way a viewer moves through or experiences her art.</p><p>Notable public works include a mural of 50,000 paper library cards on display at the San Francisco Public Library, a mile-long walkway at the Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh and a 7,200 square foot wood floor in the Seattle Public Library made up of 556 lines of wood designed to create a walkable surface of letterform script.</p><p>Hamilton has earned many honors during her career, including the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has also exhibited her work extensively around the world, including presentations in France, Sweden, England and Japan. Domestically, Hamilton has exhibited in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.</p><p>An Ohio native, Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art. She currently operates Ann Hamilton Studio in Columbus, Ohio.</p><p>For more information on the lecture, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p> Art Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:12:56 +0000 harriscj 95378 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Foy Fitness and Recreation Center to host DanceFest 2015 event http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-foy-fitness-and-recreation-center-host-dancefest-2015-event <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, in its continued effort to promote fitness that is both fun and functional for everyone, is hosting DanceFest 2015. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.</p><p>The event’s purpose is to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the overall wellness of both students and the community. There will be several dance formats to choose from, including Zumba dance, Salsa, R&amp;B Line Dance, Chicago-Style Stepping and International/Country Line Dance.</p><p>Community members who attend can register on-site for $10, or $5 with the donation of a new or gently used adult sized coat. Proceeds from the event will support the American Cancer Society and coats will be donated to the campus S.O.S. (Save Our Students) Food Bank, which is in the process of expanding its services to provide clothing to students in need.</p><p>Casual Care daycare will be available for children ages 5-14 for $3 per child. This service will only be available that day for those participating in DanceFest, and can only be made through prepaid reservation.</p><p>For more information on DanceFest 2015, or other University Recreation programs and events call 931-221-7564 or visit the website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/recreation" title="www.apsu.edu/recreation">www.apsu.edu/recreation</a>. To secure a Casual Care reservation, contact Annette Holmes at 931-221-7564.</p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:10:43 +0000 harriscj 95376 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center presents "Black Ink, Blue Collar" art exhibit http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-wilbur-n-daniel-african-american-cultural-center-presents-black-ink-blue-collar-art-exhib <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/Black_Ink_Blue_Collar_Final_2_with_Layers.jpg" width="600" height="424" alt="Black_Ink_Blue_Collar_Final_2_with_Layer" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center features a variety of art donated by alumni and community organizations, but the colorful, abstract paintings of APSU alumna Miesha Arnold (‘07) are particularly eye-catching.</p><p>In February, visitors to the Center will have an opportunity to dive deeper into Arnold’s work, as she will be the focus of an exhibition of her watercolors, titled “Black Ink, Blue Collar.” The display, which is free and open to the public, will run from Feb. 2-27.  Art will be on sale throughout the month, and a silent auction will also be held. All funds from the silent auction will be donated to the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.</p><p>The exhibit will also feature jewelry from Cecilia Arnold and artwork from Jonathon Penn.</p><p>A reception with Arnold is also scheduled for February 26 from 5-7 p.m. and will be open to the public. This will be Arnold’s second exhibition at the Center, as the young artist presented an exhibition titled “Fail Forward” in February of 2014.</p><p>The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is located in room 120 of the Clement Building. For more information on this exhibit or additional Black History Month events, visit the Center’s website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/aacc.">http://www.apsu.edu/aacc.</a> For more information on Miesha Arnold, visit her website at <a href="http://www.mieshaarnold.com" title="http://www.mieshaarnold.com">http://www.mieshaarnold.com</a>.</p> African American Studies Art Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:32:38 +0000 harriscj 95369 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center presents "Four Black Doctors" keynote http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-wilbur-n-daniel-african-american-cultural-center-presents-four-black-doctors-keynote <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As a part of Black History Month, the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is excited to welcome “The Four Black Doctors” to the Morgan University Center Ballroom on February 10 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Jeremy Campbell, PharmD, Corey Guyton, PhD, Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD and Keyon Thompson, DPT, are four Black men who made a promise that changed their lives forever. While undergraduate students, they promised that they would all finish doctoral degrees before the age of 30 – a promise they fulfilled in the spring of 2013. Their stated mission is “to dispel all of the negative stereotypes that are placed upon men of color in terms of education and life, and to breath life into individuals who do not feel they are capable of being successful.”</p><p>Together, The Four Black Doctors will serve as the keynote speakers for the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center’s celebration of Black History Month.</p><p>“It’s interesting to have four people serve as a keynote speaker, but these are four young men who have done amazing things by achieving doctoral degrees before the age of 30,” Henderson Hill III, director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, said. “These four men are all not just fascinating people, but they are all friends and (Phi Beta Sigma fraternity) brothers.”</p><p>As a part of their appearance on campus, the four doctors will take part in a dinner on February 9 with Austin Peay State University’s Achievers &amp; Scholars Initiative, a mentoring program for male African American students. The doctors will discuss their personal, academic and professional journeys with the students in a private, encouraging setting.</p><p>On the afternoon of February 10, the four doctors will take part in a luncheon for APSU students from noon-1:30 p.m at the Center.</p><p>This keynote address is presented in collaboration with APSU Athletics and the APSU Office of Undergraduate Research at the TBR Access and Diversity Grant. For more information, or to find out about additional Black History Month events, visit the Center’s website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/aacc.">http://www.apsu.edu/aacc.</a> For more information on Four Black Doctors, visit their website at <a href="http://www.fourblackdoctors.com" title="http://www.fourblackdoctors.com">http://www.fourblackdoctors.com</a>.</p> African American Studies Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:04:00 +0000 harriscj 95356 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU celebrates Fall 2014 graduates, releases list of Fall 2014 Dean's List honorees http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-celebrates-fall-2014-graduates-releases-list-fall-2014-deans-list-honorees <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University celebrates the seniors and graduate students who earned degrees at its 85th commencement exercises on December 12, 2014. In addition, the university has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.</p><p>            Diplomas will be available for pickup on February 9, 2015 in the Ellington Building, Room 316. For more information on graduation, visit the APSU Office of the Registrar at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/commencement">www.apsu.edu/commencement</a>, or contact the office directly at (931) 221-7150.</p><p>Students who are named to the Dean’s List have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or greater. The names of students can be accessed by visiting the website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/academics/deans_list">http://www.apsu.edu/academics/deans_list</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:43:54 +0000 harriscj 95279 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Department of Art presents SOUND exhibit at Trahern Gallery http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-department-art-presents-sound-exhibit-trahern-gallery <p class="BodyA"><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/sound-show-poster.jpg" height="927" width="600" alt="sound-show-poster.jpg" /></p><p class="BodyA">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Inviting museumgoers to use their ears as much as their eyes is quickly gaining traction in the art community. Much like using color on a physical canvas, sound artists use the noises that exist around us to fill space and grab the attention of the listener in a way no different than a sculpture, painting or mosaic.</p><p class="BodyA">Students at Austin Peay State University, as well as the community at large, will have an opportunity to explore this branch of contemporary art when the APSU Department of Art presents “SOUND”, an exhibition of sound art held at the APSU Trahern Gallery from Jan. 20-Feb. 6.</p><p class="BodyA">Curated by APSU Department of Art chair Barry Jones and gallery director Michael Dickins, the exhibit features 17 artists from around the country who use sound as the main or only element in their work. In addition to the art in the Trahern Gallery, there will be several pieces located throughout the Trahern Building, as well as the UC Bowl in front of the APSU Woodward Library.</p><p class="BodyA">Artists from around the state, as well as artists from around the country were invited to submit work for the exhibit, including Aaron Hutchinson, Brian Harnetty, Curt Cloninger, Greg Pond, Jesse Thompson, Jason Sloan, Josh Gumiela, Kris Neely, Peter Kay, Matt Roberts, McLean Fahnestock, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Nathan Wolek, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Steve Roden and Will Owen.</p><p class="BodyA">“This show is interesting because it’s a sound show in Trahern Galley, but there will be no sound (in the gallery),” Dickins said. “All of the pieces will be listened to with headphones. A couple of the pieces are a minute long, and some are up to 30 minutes. It is a much different experience than going into a museum and giving a piece of art a 10-20 second look.”</p><p class="BodyA">Jones said that the artists have each approached their works in a unique way and was quick to draw a distinction between traditional music and the “sound art” which will be on display at the gallery.</p><p class="BodyA">“This is not a music exhibit at all, even though sound is the primary medium,” Jones said. “The art is not rhythmic and it does not follow the conventions of music. That was actually a major challenge for Michael and me as we worked on our curator statement because how do you explain to people the difference between sound art and music?”</p><p class="BodyA">Dickins said that sound artists are similar to visual artists, despite their work appealing to different senses.</p><p class="BodyA">“(Sound artists) work with the (fundamental aspects of) sound itself with things like reverberations, tone and pitch,” Dickins said. “Think about a (visual artist) with a paint brush — why do they choose to use the color red? How do they apply it to the canvas? With sound artists, you are asking why they use this note, how they choose to bend that note and manipulate it to create a sound painting. That is how they create a piece of art.”</p><p class="BodyA">As the chair of the APSU Department of Art, Jones said that one of his main goals — as well as that of the Trahern Gallery itself — is to expose students to new forms of art. Exhibits like “SOUND” serve that goal as they educate and hopefully inspire the next generation of artists.</p><p class="BodyA">“One of the many missions of the Trahern Gallery is that is a teaching tool,” Jones said. “Michael and I have both had interest in using sound in our studio art practice, but it’s not something we really teach here at APSU, so bringing all of these artists to campus is a way to introduce a new medium to our students.”</p><p class="BodyA">To celebrate the exhibit, an opening reception will take place January 20 from 5 -7 p.m. with several artists in attendance. “SOUND” will be open to all gallery goers from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday from Jan. 20-Feb. 6.</p><p class="BodyA">For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333.</p><p class="BodyA"><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Art Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:42:22 +0000 harriscj 94833 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Center of Excellence For The Creative Arts hosting alumni reading event http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-center-excellence-creative-arts-hosting-alumni-reading-event <p><a href="/sites/apsu.edu/files/alumni_reading.pdf"><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/alumni_reading.jpg" height="483" width="649" alt="alumni_reading.jpg" /></a></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading by distinguished alumnae Kory Shrum, Heather Donahoe and Stephanie Bryant at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Now living in Michigan, Shrum’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including North American Review and Bateau. She has also published two urban fantasy novels, “Dying for a Living” and its sequel, “Dying by the Hour.”</p><p>Bryant was the co-founder of Up the Staircase Quarterly, where she served as co-editor from 2008-2013. She left to pursue the job of publisher and editor of Red Paint Hill Publishing. She has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award and is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, one of the most respected literary prizes in North America. A few of her publications include The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Full of Crow, Eclectica and THRUSH Poetry Journal.</p><p>Donahoe is the author of “The Southern Food Truck Cookbook,” which is a collection of recipes that explore the culinary traditions of the South. Donahoe previously worked as a newspaper reporter at the Tennessean, where she covered business topics and wrote a weekly food column for the Williamson A.M.</p><p>For more information on this event, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876, or email Susan Wallace at <a href="mailto:wallacess@apsu.edu">wallacess@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:01:21 +0000 harriscj 94830 at http://www.apsu.edu