Today @ APSU - University News en Donation adds to APSU folk art collection <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="small_folk_art.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While visiting Austin, Texas, in 2013, Karen Parr-Moody came across a painting by the renowned folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The dusty image was of a girl in a swimsuit, and it evoked strong childhood memories for Parr-Moody.</p><p>            “I really identified with going to my grandfather’s fishing camp every weekend on the Tennessee River,” she said. “It’s rustic and beautiful down there. The ‘Bikini Girl’ just reminded me of growing up and being a little girl.”</p><p>            Parr-Moody bought the painting. She’s been collecting folk art since 1993, when her parents bought her one of the celebrated angel pieces by Howard Finster. The Sudduth work added another impressive name to her private collection, but earlier this month, she decided to part with the piece by donating it to Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            “What motivated me is when the Crouches gave that big collection to the University,” she said. “I thought what they did was so amazing, so I wanted to do something like that.”</p><p>            In 2012, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch donated a collection of 42 folk art carvings, paintings and drawings to Austin Peay. It joined the University’s already impressive folk art collection. For years, APSU has been the home of several statues by the noted self-taught Tennessee artist E.T. Wickham and paintings by William Shackelford. In 2010, the collection received a major boost when Dr. Joe Trahern donated three sculptures - “The Critter,” “The Eagle” and “The Lady with Two Pocketbooks” – by William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1937.</p><p>            The Sudduth painting, “Bikini Girl,” will now join that collection. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and at the Smithsonian Institute. A 1997 article in the New York Times referred to his art as “pictures of improbable chalky luminosity and understated bliss.” Susan Mitchell Crawley, the associate curator of folk art at the High Museum in Atlanta, told the New York Times in 2007 that “his paintings sell for anywhere from several hundred dollars to $5,000.”</p><p>            Moody donated the piece to APSU in honor of her two-year-old daughter, Stella. Stella has been visiting art galleries since she was three-weeks-old, and Parr-Moody sees her gift as potentially instilling two passions in her daughter.</p><p>            “Hopefully it will foster a love of art, and hopefully it will make her think about giving to the community that gives to you,” Parr-Moody said. “Austin Peay has done a lot for me, just with the free concerts and all the shows.”</p><p>            The Sudduth painting also will help make APSU a destination for folk art aficionados.</p><p>            “It further enhances our collection,” Michael Dickins, APSU gallery director, said. “The more we can collect, the more we can showcase it. Clarksville really has an excellent opportunity to become a good location for folk art.”</p><p>            For more information on Parr-Moody’s donation or the APSU folk art collection, contact Dickins at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to APSU. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:44:36 +0000 boothcw 86109 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><strong>Amanda L. Walker</strong>, director of Career Services, presented at the National Career Services Online Conference on Aug. 14, representing Austin Peay State University. The National Career Services Online Conference, presented by Intern Bridge, is the premier distance learning and sharing event in North America for college and university career centers.  It is designed to provide the highest level of professional development to as many career services professionals as possible within a three-day period.</p><p>Walker has been a presenter for the conference over the past three years. At this year’s conference, she presented “Career Programming: Measuring Impact, Then What?” The presentation offered insight into why career professionals should plan and assess all career programming to determine value and return on investment.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:00 +0000 boothcw 85969 at More than 800 freshmen to arrive at APSU on Aug. 21 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="move-in_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Aug. 21, more than 830 incoming freshmen will arrive at Austin Peay State University to move into some of the campus’ residence halls. For many, it’ll be an emotional day as they begin a new phase of their lives.</p><p>To make this transition easier, these individuals will be greeted by APSU and community volunteers, who will assist them with any questions they might have and help them carry boxes and suitcases up to their new homes. For the second year, some of these freshmen will unpack their belongings in new rooms inside Martha Dickerson Eriksson Hall. That residence hall is one of the three buildings that make up the Governors Terrace Residence Complex, which opened last year.</p><p>On Friday, Aug. 22, APSU’s upperclassmen will move into the residence halls. The fall academic semester begins on Saturday, Aug. 23, with some graduate and online classes. Most traditional undergraduate classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25.</p><p>For more information on the move-in day, contact Kimberley Morrow at <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:41 +0000 boothcw 85959 at APSU professors publish Civil War diary about life in Clarksville <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Dr._Minoa_Uffelman.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold night in February 1862, the moans and whimpers of injured Confederate soldiers filled the streets of Clarksville. Hospitals had been set up in local buildings to treat the wounded, following the Battle of Fort Donelson in nearby Dover, and whispered rumors claimed the Union army was heading for the city.</p><p>            A 15-year-old girl named Nannie Haskins watched as panic swept through her hometown. Some people fled, but others simply had nowhere else to go. Within a few days, Union soldiers were marching through the streets, demanding citizens present identification papers. A year after the fall of Clarksville, Nannie opened her diary and jotted down a few notes on what she’d seen.</p><p>            “The very first entry in her diary is about Fort Donelson and the panic,” Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, said. “The best description of the fall of Clarksville comes from her.”</p><p>            For the last several years, Uffelman and three other women – APSU communication professor Ellen Kanervo, Montgomery County Historian Eleanor Williams and Phyllis Smith, former president of the Friends of Fort Defiance – have worked to transcribe Haskins’ journals. Their hard work was finally rewarded this July when the University of Tennessee Press published their book, “The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890,” as part of its “Voices of the Civil War” series.</p><p>            “We’ve probably worked on it, off and on, for about seven years,” Kanervo said. “I think I know 1860s Clarksville better than I know 2014 Clarksville.”</p><p>             The book is available at APSU’s Ann Ross Bookstore, the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, The Customs House Museum and online at At 5 p.m. on Sept. 9, the University will host a book signing with the authors at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.</p><p>            Readers of the diary will find a text rich with local history, providing them with a glimpse of an occupied city during the Civil War.</p><p>            “What surprised me was the rich social life she had,” Kanervo said. “She talked about people stopping by. They would have parties; people would bring a violin or play a piano. There were parties where there were dances. A lot of social activity was going on even as there was grief and mourning and fear.”</p><p>           When the war ended, Nannie married an older widower with four children and went on to have six children with him. The Reconstruction Era began, the economy suffered, and through it all, she continued writing in her diary.</p><p>             “What makes the diary unique is it takes us from her being a teenager during the crisis of the Civil War to her being married, raising children, living in a terrible economy in the post-war south,” Uffelman said. “She writes about mortgages and droughts and trying to educate her children.”</p><p>            Nannie’s name became prominent among historians and Civil War enthusiasts in the early 1990s when excerpts of her diary were used in Ken Burns’ award-winning PBS documentary “The Civil War.” Her daughter donated the Civil War portion of the diary to the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville in 1961. The postwar diary disappeared until the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill purchased it from an antique dealer. The four local researchers combed through these and other documents, with Smith transcribing the entries while the others worked on providing the historical context for the book.</p><p>            “We have an introduction, and we have an appendix describing all the Civil War sites, the officers,” Uffelman said. “It is extensively footnoted.”</p><p>            They’ve spent years reading about Nannie’s transformation from a girl to grandmother. And because of the personal nature of a diary, the researchers found themselves developing a connection with their subject.</p><p>            “We feel like we know her,” Uffelman said. “I liked her. I liked that she was inquisitive and smart.”</p><p>            Several more book signings and talks are scheduled throughout the year. For more information on those events, contact Uffelman at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds a copy of the new book ““The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890.” (Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Arts and Letters Communication History and Philosophy Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:51:04 +0000 boothcw 85847 at CSA offering new classes for Fall 2014 session at APSU <p><img src="" width="225" height="128" alt="CSA.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, a record number of students signed up for classes at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts (CSA), so the more than 20-year-old program is expanding its offerings for the Fall 2014 Session.</p><p>            “We’re introducing some new stuff this fall,” Matthew Burns, CSA coordinator said. “We now have French classes for all ages – elementary school through adult. The class is more conversational, so you’re not here conjugating verbs.”</p><p>            This marks the first time the CSA has included a foreign language component in its course offerings. The program also is expanding its theatre classes this fall with additional workshops for middle and high school students.</p><p>            “They can come learn about acting, script analysis, making sets,” Burns said. “We are also offering a workshop for audition preparation. If they have a play they’re wanting to audition for, they can take this prep class and learn how to nail their audition.”</p><p>            In addition to the new programs, the CSA continues to offer opportunities in music, art, dance, crafts, photography and digital arts for children and adults throughout Clarksville. Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 Session. For information on what classes are available, visit the CSA’s website at <a href=""></a>. </p><p> </p> Arts and Letters Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:17:51 +0000 boothcw 85622 at Playhouse Nashville to present new play by APSU professor <p><img src="" width="399" height="600" alt="Darren_Van_Michael.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As a boy, Darren Michael often heard strange stories about the town of Smackover, Arkansas. He had family still living in that small community, and they talked about how an oil boom in the 1920s and 1930s brought in thousands of fortune-seekers from across the county. When the oil wells dried up, most of the new residents moved away, leaving the town in shambles.</p><p>            The old stories of corruption and greed fascinated Michael, an Austin Peay State University associate professor of theatre, inspiring him to write his new full-length play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset: The Legends of Smackover.” Playhouse Nashville will present the work at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 16-24, with no performance on Aug. 18, at the Street Theatre Company at 1933 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville.</p><p>Michael has spent the last few months revising and tightening his play. The Playhouse Nashville performance is a continuation of this workshop process, allowing him to see what works in front of a live audience.</p><p>            “As a playwright, you always love to have really great actors speaking your words,” he said in a recent Tennessean article. “It’s great to say, ‘Hey, they worked,’ or to have those actors find things in the lines you never could. Even though this is being workshopped, it will be a full production at the end. We have worked hard to shape the play, taking it from 170 pages to 110, distilling it down to an exciting drama.”</p><p>            Reserved tickets are $20. On Aug. 20, admission is only $10 for students with a valid ID. For more information on the play or to purchase tickets, contact Playhouse Nashville at <b><a href=""></a></b> or 615-669-5792.</p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:01:57 +0000 boothcw 85539 at APSU hosting documentaries and forums on American civil rights this September <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This September, Austin Peay State University’s Felix G. Woodward Library and APSU’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center will host four documentaries on the history of civil rights in America. The films, which will screen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights in Clement 120, include:</p><ul><li>“The Abolitionists” on Sept. 9.</li><li>“The Loving Story” on Sept. 16.</li><li>“Freedom Riders” on Sept. 23.</li><li>“Slavery by Another Name” on Sept. 30.</li></ul><p>The films are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle initiative. This program uses documentary films to encourage discussions of America’s civil rights history. The NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop educational and discussion materials for the screenings.</p><p>APSU will host a series of forums with each film, led by scholars from the Department of History and Philosophy, the Department of Languages and Literature, the Department of Political Science and the African American Studies program.</p><p>APSU is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The documentaries include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story and “The Abolitionists” were nominated for Emmys in 2013. </p><p>“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” Nancy Gibson, associate professor at APSU, said. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films to help students realize how the hard-fought freedoms won over the last century should not be forgotten and taken for granted.”</p><p>More information on Created Equal is available online at <a href=""></a>. </p> African American Studies Arts and Letters Political Science History and Philosophy Languages and Literature Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:01:59 +0000 boothcw 85315 at APSU Theatre and Dance to present Tony-winning "RED" Aug. 25-26 <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off its 2014-15 season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 in the Trahern Theater with John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play “RED.”</p><p>            The play, directed by APSU Assistant Professor of Theatre Noel Rennerfeldt, tells the story of famed American painter Mark Rothko and his struggle between artistic integrity and commercialism while painting murals for the Four Seasons restaurant. The New York Times called the play “a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.”</p><p>            Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for general admissions. Tickets can be purchased at the Trahern Box Office, which opens one hour prior to the show, or online at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Theatre & Dance Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:15:25 +0000 boothcw 85162 at APSU ROTC students named top cadets at summer training program <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="APSU_ROTC_small.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Three Austin Peay State University students were recognized as outstanding ROTC cadets during last month’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) training at Fort Knox, Ky.</p><p>Ryan Krause and Sean Frazzini were both named the top cadets in their separate regiments during the five-week summer training course. Each regiment is made up of about 500 cadets from colleges and universities across the country. The top cadet is determined by overall performance in a variety of evaluated training events.</p><p>The APSU Army ROTC program has had a top cadet or a number two cadet in a regiment since 2010. This is the first time the program has had two top cadets in the same summer. All ROTC cadets must pass the LDAC course to become commissioned as an Army officer.</p><p>Cadet Kristin Coughenour also was selected as regimental commander to march her regiment through the program’s July 26 graduation. She was selected for this honor based on her overall outstanding performance during LDAC.</p><p></p><p>Photo: APSU ROTC Cadets Ryan Krause and Sean Frazzini were recognized as outstanding ROTC cadets during last month’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. They are joined by Brigadier General Peggy Combs (middle). </p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:51:16 +0000 boothcw 85083 at APSU only school in state committed to federal vet success plan <p><img src="" height="402" width="599" alt="Military_Student_Center.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In August 2013, the federal government developed the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” initiative to help veterans succeed on college campuses. Austin Peay State University, which has a long history of supporting veterans and military personnel, immediately endorsed the program, and one year later, APSU remains the only school in Tennessee committed to implementing the veteran-friendly practices on its campus.</p><p>            “Austin Peay attracts more veterans than any other public university in the state, and we want them to be confident they made the right choice in coming here,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We appreciate the sacrifices they have made while serving our country, and it is an honor and a great responsibility to serve them as they work to earn a college education.”</p><p>            The year-old federal initiative, which is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, encourages institutions of higher learning to support veterans as they enter the college environment. The “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” developed to achieve this goal include the following:</p><p><b>1.</b> Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.</p><p><b>2.</b> Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.</p><p><b>3.</b> Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.</p><p><b>4.</b> Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).</p><p><b>5.</b> Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.</p><p><b>6.</b> Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.</p><p><b>7.</b> Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.</p><p><b>8.</b> Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.</p><p>            APSU meets those “keys” through a variety of services, including the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization, VetSuccess on Campus and the APSU Military Student Center. Other APSU offices, such as Academic Affairs, Admissions, Career Services, Enrollment Mangement and Academic Support, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, have spent years developing methods to assist veterans entering the University.</p><p>           APSU student Donald Koenes, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said he appreciates having a Military Student Center on campus because it allows him to socialize with like-minded veterans.</p><p>            “You have a place to go and do your homework where you’re away from other students,” he said. “We all speak the same jargon here. If you say something, people understand what you’re talking about.”</p><p>Kat Scarber, a U.S. Army veteran, said the Student Veteran Organization has helped her succeed as a college student because of the support the club provides.</p><p>            “They just brought in so much, saying ‘we want to help you, we want you to succeed and get you to the next step,’” she said. </p><p>            In addition to these services, APSU hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with a special APSU Military Coin. The University created the coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>            A listing of all the schools committed to the “8 Keys to Veterans Success” initiative is available online at <a href=""></a>. </p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:48:57 +0000 boothcw 85054 at New Governors Stadium set to open on Sept. 13 <p><img src="" width="600" height="317" alt="new_stadium.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the fall of 1947, a young football player named Hendricks Fox (’51) stood inside a newly built stadium, admiring the rows of bleachers and the white concrete walls. Sixty-six years later, on an overcast afternoon in November, he returned to the site with a sledgehammer and smashed a few chunks from the decrepit facility.</p><p>            “I had four good years there, but they’ve been needing a new stadium for some time,” he said.</p><p>            Shortly after Fox took part in the ceremonial demolition, the west side of the old Austin Peay State University Governors Stadium was leveled to make way for a new, $19 million facility. Designed by Rufus Johnson and Associations, the new stadium now seats 10,000 fans and features a special Club Level section and 13 luxury suites.</p><p>            “I’m overjoyed they’re finally getting it,” Fox said.</p><p>            At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, the public is invited to share in Fox’s excitement during a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony at the stadium. Fans are encouraged to stick around campus and mingle from 2-4 p.m. in Tailgate Alley, on the west side of the stadium, and then head back into the facility to watch the Governors take on the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, at 4 p.m.</p><p>            The stadium opening coincides with this year’s Governors Football Reunion. On Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12, former Austin Peay football players will gather for two days of golf while reminiscing about their days on the field. Those individuals and their families will be treated to a special breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13, and they will join APSU President Alisa White and APSU Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe for a special recognition during the game.</p><p>            Former football players wishing to take part in these events need to RSVP with the APSU Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, please contact Nikki Loos Peterson, director of Alumni Relations, at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7291.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:52:52 +0000 boothcw 84605 at APSU biology faculty awarded $300K NSF grant to improve APSU Natural History Collection <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="NSF_grant.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Drs. Rebecca Johansen, Dwayne Estes and Chris Gienger, principle investigators of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology and Biology Department faculty at Austin Peay Sate University, have been awarded more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the infrastructure, utility and visibility of the APSU Natural History Collection. In addition to teaching and research activities, Johansen, Estes and Gienger, serve as curators of these collections.</p><p>The APSU Natural History Collection, located in the Sunquist Science Complex, includes more than 100,000 research specimens representing the state’s largest collection of amphibians and reptiles, the second largest collection of plants and a rapidly growing collection of fishes. It also features small collections of birds and mammals from throughout the Mid-south Region. These collections are vital to faculty and student research, serving as the foundation for more than 200 publications, theses, dissertations and online atlases. Additionally, collections are used in public outreach and as instructional materials supporting APSU biology courses.</p><p>Although the APSU Natural History Collection has contributed significantly to education and research locally, use by the broader scientific community has been limited, largely due to its limited online visibility and accessibility. One of the key elements of the new grant is to unify the electronic records associated with all specimen libraries and build new publicly searchable databases and websites that are broadly accessible. The APSU Natural History Collection will also partner with other NSF-funded initiatives, such as iDigBio (<a href="" title=""></a>), to link APSU’s specimen libraries to larger digital networks of natural history collections from around the world. Through these information-sharing objectives of the grant, the APSU Natural History Collection will become internationally visible and its use in education and research will increase considerably.</p><p>A second objective of the funded research is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of the collections. The APSU Natural History Collection has experienced considerable growth in recent years, stemming from the increased research activities of students and faculty and the acquisition of orphaned collections from other institutions. This growth has led to overcrowding of specimens on shelves and very limited storage for the addition of new specimens generated from future or ongoing research. These issues, along with the discontinued use of toxic fumigants to prevent insect infestations in the herbarium, have resulted in the collections being threatened by physical damage from overcrowding, active insect infestations and potential future fire, water and earthquake damage.</p><p>To alleviate these issues, new equipment for non-toxic pest management will be acquired, the David Snyder Museum of Zoology in the Sundquist Science Building will be expanded and new compactor-style shelving systems will be installed in the expanded space and in the APSU Herbarium. These shelves will provide sufficient storage and growth capacity for many future generations of researchers and will allow the APSU Natural History Collection to maintain its mission to serve as the primary specimen repository for the Mid-south, to lead efforts to describe regional biodiversity and to train new generations of students through excellence in mentorship, research and public outreach.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Rebecca Johansen examines a sample in the APSU Natural History Collection. (Photo by Taylor Slifko, APSU)</p> Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:29:16 +0000 boothcw 84338 at Lady Govs named to WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="bball1.jpg" /></p><p class="p1">ATLANTA – For the second consecutive season, Austin Peay State University's women's basketball team was recognized for its excellence in the classroom, ranking 16th among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.</p><p class="p1">The Lady Govs finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.465 grade-point average (GPA). That mark also was best among Ohio Valley Conference programs, with only Belmont (18th, 3.433 GPA) joining the Lady Govs among the nation's Top 25 teams.</p><p class="p1">In 2013-14, each member of the Austin Peay women's basketball team was listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in one of their two semesters. Six Lady Govs – <a href="">Lauren Maki</a>, <a href="">Jennifer Nwokocha</a>, <a href="">Nicole Olszewski</a>, <a href="">Jacey Scott</a>, <a href="">Kristen Stainback</a> and <a href="">Lauren Yarbrough</a> – attained at least Dean's List honors in both semesters.</p><p class="p1">"My staff and I are thrilled and so proud of these young ladies for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom," said Lady Govs head coach <a href="">Carrie Daniels</a>. "They have shown the true meaning of 'student-athlete.' We also owe a lot to Michelle Noland and <a href="">Sonya Bain</a> in Athletic Academic Services who provide all of our student-athletes with unbelievable academic support."</p><p class="p1">The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. This season's list is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.</p><p class="p1"> <em> - Cody Bush</em></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:22:21 +0000 boothcw 84128 at APSU art professor to present lecture at famed Figge Museum <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  In Davenport, Iowa, a stunning, glass-walled building stands along the banks of the Mississippi River. This 114,000-square-foot facility houses the Figge Art Museum – one of the oldest art institutions in the country – and it attracts crowds of art lovers from across the globe.</p><p>         Next Thursday evening, Dr. Tony Morris, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of art history, will deliver a lecture, “Grant Wood and Stuart Davis: Rival Modernisms in America, 1913-1942,” at the famed museum. Morris was invited to speak as part of the museum’s newest exhibition – “Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood.” The exhibit focuses on the experiences and careers of two prominent American artists who studied in Paris in the 1920s.</p><p>            Morris earned his doctoral degree in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012, his article “Paul Cadmus and Carnival, 1934: Representing the Comic Grotesque” was published in American Art magazine.</p><p>            For more information on the APSU Department of Art, visit the department’s website at <a href=""></a>. </p> Arts and Letters Art Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:49:01 +0000 boothcw 84071 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities. </p><p><b>Chester T. Little,</b> associate professor and director of the chemical engineering technology program, presented a talk, “Climate Change-The Evidence,” at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville earlier this month.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:05:08 +0000 boothcw 83949 at 10 APSU students earn scholarships to national conference <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, the North American Interfraternity Conference hosted its 25<sup>th</sup> Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) in Bloomington, Indiana, and 10 Austin Peay State University students received scholarships to attend the event.</p><p>• Blake Ball received a scholarship from the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brian Allison received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brice Lewis received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Carrie Taylor received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Alberstadt received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Grant Johnson received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Josh Pollina received a scholarship from Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kaitlyn Huerta received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Kyle Johnson received a scholarship from the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Wes Beagle received a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Scholarship Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>            Top leaders from fraternity and sorority communities across North America were invited to attend one of the 13 sessions of UIFI this summer. Participants had the opportunity to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal integrity, fraternity and sorority commitment and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. With a strong focus on living fraternal values and identifying opportunities for growth, participants are able to develop a personal action plan for change in their chapters, councils and communities.           </p><p>             For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at APSU, at </p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:42:50 +0000 boothcw 83939 at APSU ROTC Cadet Shriver receives leadership award <p><img src="" width="199" height="280" alt="ShriverAPSU.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets traveled to Fort Knox, Ky., earlier this summer for an intense, four-week summer training program. During the program’s July 6 graduation ceremony, an Austin Peay State University student was singled out for his ability to motivate his fellow soldiers.</p><p>            Andrew C. Shriver, a Clarksville native with no prior military experience, completed the program’s Leader Development Course and received the Reserve Officers Association Award. This award is presented to the cadet in each regiment who reflects the best traits of a leader.</p><p>            According to a U.S. Army press release, attendees at the Fort Knox Leader’s Training Course “are introduced to the Army, grouped into squads and platoons, and given the opportunity to experience all leadership roles while being coached and mentored by Army commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The course is progressive, with the focus starting with basic soldier skills like drill and ceremony and military customs, through individual skills to collective skills while placing cadets in leadership positions throughout.”</p><p>            For more information on the APSU ROTC program, visit the program’s website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:24 +0000 boothcw 83926 at APSU again named "Great College to Work For" <p><img src="" height="520" width="600" alt="Great_Colleges_to_Work_For_logo.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the third consecutive year, Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list.</p><p>The results were released today in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace.</p><p>“It is a privilege to work with a campus community that has been again named one of the ‘Great Colleges to Work For,’” APSU President Alisa White said.</p><p>In all, only 92 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with APSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.</p><p>APSU won honors in nine of 12 categories this year:</p><p>• Collaborative Governance</p><p>• Confidence in Senior Leadership</p><p>• Diversity</p><p>• Facilities, Workspace and Security</p><p>• Professional/Career-Development Programs</p><p>• Respect and Appreciation</p><p>• Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship</p><p>• Teaching Environment</p><p>• Tenure Clarity and Process</p><p>Because APSU was recognized in several categories, APSU received Honor Roll recognition.  </p><p>The results are based on a survey of all employees at APSU. To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.</p><p>“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner with ModernThink LLC, said. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”</p><p>Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web link at <a href=""></a>. </p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:29:00 +0000 boothcw 83882 at APSU growth calls for crosswalks, campus finds solar solution <p><img src="" width="240" height="360" alt="20140717-New-Crosswalk-Foy-Center-4975.j" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Most people don’t think in terms of solar power when it comes to campus traffic issues, but APSU Physical Plant Director Tom Hutchins was thinking solar was a perfect solution to remedy a growing traffic related issue around campus — pedestrian safety.</p><p>As the campus has grown, nearly doubling in size during the last decade, and the paths people take from classroom to classroom have changed, so have the places where pedestrians cross streets. These changes initiated Hutchins and Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president for Finance and Administration, to find ways to help increase driver awareness of high traffic areas for pedestrians. However, the solution wasn’t exactly a straightforward decision.</p><p>A simple and highly effective method for slowing vehicles can be accomplished by using traffic calming devices such as speed tables, speed bumps, etc. However, these methods are problematic for emergency response vehicles, causing them to slow to a near stop — less than ideal when every second counts. Since the University is predominantly comprised of city streets, a less obstructive, yet effective solution had to be found. In comes the idea of crosswalks with solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.</p><p>Technically termed Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB crossing), these systems are becoming an increasingly popular solution popping up in cities around the country. According to Hutchins, the device has a significant ability to slow traffic for pedestrians.</p><p>“These are solar powered LED lights that flash at a frequency comparable to emergency vehicles,” said Hutchins. “These have an effective rate for slowing approximately 80-90 percent of drivers as compared to traditional crossings, which only have approximately 20-30 percent effectiveness.”</p><p>Hutchins said that compared to other electrical powered devices, these systems are much more cost-effective to install and maintain. “The units are self contained solar charged battery units that last 3-5 years per battery. Since they are self contained, digging and connecting underground electrical isn’t needed, and that saves a significant amount of added labor and expense, as well a planning.”</p><p>The new crosswalks have been added on Marion Street and Eighth Street. Cost for each crossing is approximately $10,000 for the system and construction. The crossings are Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and feature a simple touch-sensitive button for users to activate prior to crossing.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:47:39 +0000 boothcw 83866 at APSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter awarded literacy grant <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="pkp_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently presented John Blake, Austin Peay State University associate professor of engineering technology, with a 2014 Literacy Grant. Blake, president of APSU’s PKP chapter, is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.</p><p>The $2,350 grant will be used to support the Candy for the Mind program that takes place during APSU’s annual G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating) event. Hosted by the APSU PKP chapter, Candy for the Mind gives more than 2,000 books to trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy during the popular event.</p><p>The Literacy Grant program was initiated in 2003 to provide funding to PKP chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Drawing from a multi-disciplinary Society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:39:24 +0000 boothcw 83025 at APSU employees share recent professional development, activities <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Thomas R. O’Connor</b>, associate professor of public management and criminal justice, recently attended a five-day workshop on teaching Homeland Security topics (including Introduction to HS, Intelligence, Technology, Comparative HS, Civil-Military Relations, Border Security and Transnational Issues) that consisted of a mix of 30 educators and practitioners.  Attendance was by invitation only, and the workshop was held in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:30:26 +0000 boothcw 82938 at APSU adds solar canopy to 9th Street parking lot <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="solar_canopy.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On sunny afternoons, the electric meter attached to the Austin Peay State University Hemlock Semiconductor Building won’t be breaking any speed records. That’s because, in addition to the solar panels on the building’s roof, a new solar parking canopy in the neighboring 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot will feed even more of the sun’s energy into the electrical system, keeping utility costs down.</p><p>“The canopy is basically a carport over four parking spaces, with solar panels on top,” Tom Hutchins, director of the APSU physical plant, said. “It’s tied into the Hemlock building, to supplement the panels on that building’s roof, and we’re getting some generation credit from TVA through the Clarksville Department of Electricity.”</p><p>The University’s Sustainable Fee Committee initiated the $65,099 project, using money collected from the APSU sustainable campus fee. The $10 fee, which students pay each semester, was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.</p><p>In recent years, APSU has pushed to be more energy efficient by adding solar panels at the APSU Environmental Education Center, installing occupancy sensors in many offices and classrooms and putting LED lighting in certain residence halls and classrooms. Earlier this year, Nissan donated two electric car-charging stations to the APSU Foundation. Hutchins said they plan to have those stations installed in the 9<sup>th</sup> Street parking lot, near the solar canopy, before students return to campus this August.</p><p>Thanks to all these efforts, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program has certified APSU as a green member of the local community.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo by Linnea Rainey/APSU.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:43:25 +0000 boothcw 82924 at APSU athletics relaunches <p><img src="" width="600" height="305" alt="Lets_Go_Peay_website.png" /></p><p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University's athletics department has partnered with SIDEARM Sports to provide its official athletics website and online offerings, culminating in Thursday's relaunch of</p><p class="p1">The redesigned presents information – news, rosters and statistics – on the athletic department's 15 teams in a cleaner, simplified format. The new navigation allows visitors to access the information they want quickly and easily.</p><p class="p1">Upon reaching the website, visitors will be able to access the department's top new stories immediately. Visitors also will be presented tabs to access the department's social media offerings, its YouTube video stream, upcoming composite schedules of athletic contests and a separate listing of upcoming athletics events. </p><p class="p1">Traveling down the page will reveal an updated list of photo galleries, as well as an additional listing of recent headlines.</p><p class="p1">The feature fans will most recognize on the redesigned site is the header that features Clarksville icons – a homage to the community Austin Peay calls home. Austin Peay's Browning Building, the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge over the Cumberland River, a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter representing nearby Fort Campbell and the Montgomery County Courthouse are among the landmarks featured.</p><p class="p1">Finally, the site now features a responsive design allowing users to easily access and navigate from mobile devices. Thanks to the use of an adaptive mobile platform, the website detects how the user is accessing - via smartphone, tablet or desktop - then conforms to the device, allowing the user to navigate through the site easily on any device.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:16:44 +0000 boothcw 82567 at APSU's Foster to present at international music conference <p><b>Korre Foster</b>, assistant professor of music, will present “The Rhetorical Implications of Charpentier's use of Silence” at the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, held this July at the esteemed Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. This is Foster’s second presentation for this society. His first presentation was for the 2010 conference in Belfast. </p><p>“I am excited to present along side scholars in the field of Baroque Music: Graham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Cathérine Cessac (biographer of the composer),” Foster said. “Baroque music is fascinating, and our students need to be familiar with it. This is why I paired our Chamber Singers with Music City Baroque several years ago to perform JS Bach's Mass in g-minor.” </p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:21:15 +0000 boothcw 82401 at APSU field biology grad student earns grant award for research <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" alt="zac2.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a tributary of Tennessee’s Duck River, there lives a small fish that seems to have mastered the art of seduction. Because the females of the species prefer strong fathers, males use small yellow knobs on their fins that look like eggs to lure potential mates.</p><p>            “It will fool the female into thinking he has more eggs than he really does, and she’ll spawn with him,” Zac Wolf, an Austin Peay State University graduate student, said. “It’s been shown that females prefer larger nests, or at least males with larger nests.”</p><p>            The fish, known as the Egg-mimic darter, might employ other questionable tactics in its search for love. Wolf believes this particular darter might take over abandoned nests or steal nests with eggs; all in an attempt to attract more females. Once the eggs are laid in the nest, the male will guard his nest until the eggs hatch. This brings up several questions, such as why would a male devote time to guarding eggs that are not biologically his? Wolf plans to investigate this behavior thanks to a prestigious new grant he was awarded. Earlier this summer, he was one of only six students from across the country to receive the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Edward C. Raney Fund Award.</p><p>            “It’s an international society, and it’s not just master’s students that apply, but Ph.D. students as well,” Dr. Rebecca Johansen, APSU associate professor of biology, said. “For a master’s student to win, it’s a pretty big deal.”</p><p>            Next spring, during the spawning season, Wolf will use the award money to travel south to the Duck River, where he’ll collect eggs out of nests and capture the males guarding those nests. Then Wolf, working with Johansen, will generate DNA data for each egg and conduct a parentage study to see if the male fathered all of the eggs in his nest.</p><p>            “One theory is having an established nest will make you more attractive to the female,” Wolf said. “But there really hasn’t been a lot of research.”</p><p>            Johansen and Wolf are also assessing the conservation status of the Egg-mimic darter. The APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology received a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to study the fish, which was recently petitioned to be placed on the Federal Endangered Species List. Their findings will help determine whether the fish is placed on that list.</p><p>            Wolf earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, but he knew he wanted to pursue fish biology in graduate school. He mentioned this to a professor who put him in touch with Johansen and the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology.</p><p>            “I spoke with her, and she had this awesome opportunity,” he said. “And having the resources of the Center is awesome. It definitely outcompetes other programs I was interested in.”</p><p>            For more information on Wolf’s research, contact the Center at <a href=""></a>.</p> Center for Field Biology Graduate Studies opportunities Science and Mathematics Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:38:16 +0000 boothcw 82303 at