Today @ APSU - University News en Austin Peay to recognize Vietnam War era vets with ceremony, men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader to celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Jan. 28 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University and the Governors Guard ROTC detachment will recognize and show appreciation to Austin Peay alumni, students and current or past employees who served during the Vietnam War era with a halftime ceremony at the Governors’ men’s basketball game against Southeast Missouri State University on Jan. 28.</p><p>&nbsp;“We’re in the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, which began its real ramp up in 1964, so the U.S. Army wanted ROTC programs to try and recognize area veterans,” Lt. Col. (Ret.) Greg Lane, APSU cadet success coordinator, said. “We want to do some nice things for the men and women who answered the call.”</p><p>The ceremony is a part of Military Appreciation Day, which begins at 4 p.m. when the Lady Govs take on Southeast Missouri State in women’s basketball action. Both games will honor the military, as the Governors Guard ROTC detachment will present colors before the women’s game, while active military personnel will join APSU Dance, cheerleaders and members of the Govs and Lady Govs teams in holding a court-sized flag for the national anthem preceding the men’s contest.</p><p>The military will have an up-close seat for the action, as eight U.S. Army commanding generals are expected to be courtside, while Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the recently assigned commanding general of Fort Campbell, will give a pregame address to both Austin Peay teams. Additionally, the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division Rock Band will entertain the crowd all evening, including performing the National Anthem before the men’s contest.</p><p>Admission for both games is free for individuals and their family with valid military ID. The Vietnam War era veteran ceremony is co-sponsored by Austin Peay’s Military Alumni Chapter and the Military Student Center.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more information, contact <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:02:05 +0000 harriscj 138691 at APSU joins The JED Campus Program to support student mental health <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has joined the JED Campus Program in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is designed to identify opportunities to enhance emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts on campus in order to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.</p><p>By joining the JED Campus Program, APSU demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration to assesses and enhance the work that is already being done, while also creating positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The JED Campus Program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance from the JED Campus team of clinicians. The JED Campus Program grants a membership seal to all schools that participate in the program in recognition of the school’s commitment to student mental health.</p><p>“This initiative is going to help us find innovative ways to expand mental health services to support student success,” said Dr. Jeff Rutter, APSU director of counseling and health services. “I could not be more proud to be a Gov than I am now, seeing so many leaders from academic affairs, student affairs, and other key departments rally behind (APSU President) Alisa White’s leadership and commit themselves to this program. This will improve our ability to assist students through the mental and emotional aspects that play a significant role in completing their degree.”</p><p>&nbsp;“The college years is the period when many mental health issues first manifest, and it can be a time of significant stress and pressure,” said John MacPhee, executive director of The Jed Foundation. “The Campus Program helps schools by working with them to survey everything their university is doing to support their students’ emotional health, and find practical ways to augment these efforts in a comprehensive way. We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier communities, and likely greater student retention.”</p><p>APSU’s membership in the JED Campus Program begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program improvements, and taking a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. APSU’s team will be spearheaded by the Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, a joint effort of academic affairs and student affairs. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, APSU will collaborate with the JED Campus team to help implement enhancements. All self-assessment responses and feedback reports are confidential.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>About The JED Campus Program</b><b></b></p><p>The JED Campus Program is a nationwide initiative of the Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student mental health and suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts. By becoming a member of the JED Campus Program, a school demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. For more information on the JED Campus Program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>About The Jed Foundation</b></p><p>JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of our country’s 40 million high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. We collaborate with schools to enhance their mental health and suicide prevention programming and systems; develop expert resources and create powerful partnerships so that students have the support they need, when and how they need it; and educate and empower young adults, families and the community to take action for the cause. Together, we’re ensuring America’s students grow into thriving adults. For more information about the JED Foundation, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:46:30 +0000 harriscj 138590 at APSU's Acuff Circle still accepting nominations for annual Ovation Awards <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 20. The awards ceremony will be Sunday, March 5, at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The sponsoring Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patron society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice, Mike Andrews, Billy St. John, and Debbie Wilson.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Downtown Artists Co-Op., and Madison Street Music &amp; Arts Academy.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, The Framemaker, Planters Bank and Richview Family Dentistry.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<b>Young Artist </b>awards also will be presented. Deadline for these awards was Dec. 16.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass Olen Bryant, David Alford, Joseph B. Trahern Jr., Joe Giles and Wade Bourne.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To nominate someone in the Individual, Community, or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.&nbsp; Forms for the Individual, Community or Business categories also can be obtained at the Customs House Museum, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to cannonm<a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:02:33 +0000 boothcw 138524 at APSU celebrates fall graduates, students on Dean’s List <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University celebrates the seniors and graduate students who earned degrees at its 87th commencement exercises on December 9, 2016. In addition, the university has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.</p><p>Diplomas will be available for pickup on&nbsp;February 13, 2017&nbsp;in the Ellington Building, Room 316. For more information on graduation, visit the APSU Office of the Registrar at&nbsp;<a href=""></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&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:02:34 +0000 harriscj 138287 at APSU 2016: A Year in Review <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a few months, Austin Peay State University will officially turn 90, and anyone who happened to be on campus when the school first opened in the late 1920s would likely not recognize it today. Only about 158 students enrolled at the Austin Peay Normal School during its first fall semester, and the old Castle and Stewart buildings disappeared more than half a century ago. Throughout the last nine decades, the University has undergone extensive changes, and in another 90 years, when historians look back on the school’s progress, they might argue that 2016 was one of the more transformative years in Austin Peay history.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are some of the major stories to come out of Austin Peay this last year:&nbsp;</p><p>• In January, the University purchased 11 acres along College Street from the Jenkins and Wynne auto dealership. The $8.8 million purchase marked one of the largest expansions in the University’s history, finally connecting campus with downtown Clarksville.</p><p>• On Feb. 16, the U.S. Army Cadet Command presented Austin Peay’s ROTC program with its seventh MacArthur Award. Each year, the award recognizes eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army ROTC units nationwide, as the top programs in the country.</p><p>• During its 85<sup>th</sup> year in print, The All State, APSU’s student-produced newspaper, was named the best college newspaper during the Southeast Journalism Conference. The newspaper also placed second for best public service journalism and third for best college website.</p><p>• In early March, the APSU men’s basketball team earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament after becoming the first no. 8 seed to ever be crowned Ohio Valley Conference Champions. The Governors lost to no. 1 seed Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.</p><p>• In April, APSU’s historic Governors Stadium was renamed Fortera Stadium, thanks to a new 25-year, $2.5 million agreement between the University and the Fortera Credit Union.</p><p>• For the fifth consecutive year, APSU was one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU was the only university in Tennessee to make the national publication’s “Great Colleges to Work For 2016” list.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Earlier this fall, the University welcomed the largest freshman class in its 89-year history when 1,963 first-year students enrolled at APSU. The University saw a 26.3 percent increase in freshman students over last year.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Jacob Robertson, an APSU physics student, discovered a quasar while conducting research at Fermilab—the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory. Robertson was assisting Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of astronomy, with the international Dark Energy Survey project.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • On Oct. 11, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed eight individuals to the newly created institutional governing board at Austin Peay. In addition to Dr. Nell Rayburn, the trustee selected by APSU’s faculty, the appointees include Billy Atkins, Katherine Cannata, Larry Carroll, Don Jenkins, Gary Luck, Valencia May, Robin Mealer and Mike O’Malley. Once the Tennessee General Assembly confirms them, the trustees will appoint a nonvoting student member to the board.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • APSU graduate Brittany Orton was recently accepted into the graduate program at the University of Cambridge. She will pursue her master’s degree in Anglo-Saxon history at one of the world’s most prestigious universities under the guidance of Dr. Simon Keynes, Cambridge professor and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.</p><p>Beth Lowary, APSU photographer, has created a photo gallery of the last year at APSU. The gallery is available at at <a href=""></a>. To download a photo, the password is “public.” APSU photography also created a video, available at <a href="" title=""></a>. Please feel free to use any and all provided photographs and the video in your&nbsp;publications and online.<u></u></p> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:18:10 +0000 harriscj 137314 at 28 APSU students selected for Who’s Who Among Students <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-eight Austin Peay State University students were recently selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year. These 28 individuals will be officially recognized at the Student Organization and Leader Awards on April 19, at Austin Peay.</p><p>Founded in 1934 by H. Pettus Randall II, The Who’s Who program is dedicated to the mission of honoring student achievement regardless of financial circumstance. For more than 83 years, Who’s Who Among Students has annually honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. APSU is among the more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning that nominate students each year for the national Who’s Who program.</p><p>This year’s selected Austin Peay students include:</p><ul><li>Sara A. Alexander, Clarksville.</li><li>Erica L. Brotherton, Erin.</li><li>Eden E. Buchanan, Jackson.</li><li>Jordan L. Burns, Clarksville.</li><li>Tasleem Chaney, Clarksville.</li><li>Lauren S. Cottle, Clarksville.</li><li>Mason C. Devers, Clarksville.</li><li>Margaret E. Dillard, Greenbrier.</li><li>Melanie S. Elliott, Clarksville.</li><li>Audrey T. Fulton, Springfield.</li><li>Claudia B. Gundersen, Jackson.</li><li>Amber M. James, Arlington.</li><li>Rony M. Jfouf-Ibrahim, Clarksville.</li><li>Jordanne A. Keith, Clarksville.</li><li>Elizabeth F. Kelly, White House.</li><li>Amber J. Kent, Kingsport.</li><li>Duane T. Kessler, Clarksville.</li><li>Lillian Long, Clarksville.</li><li>Celeste D. Malone, Murfreesboro.</li><li>Austin J. Mckain, Clarksville.</li><li>Faith M. Merriweather, Medon.</li><li>Laura R. Nichols, Clarksville.</li><li>Brandi L. Phillips, Clarksville.</li><li>Aristeo S. Ruiz, Clarksville.</li><li>Carrie M. Taylor, Clarksville.</li><li>Katherine C. Tripp, Clarksville.</li><li>Alton R. Walker, McMinnville.</li><li>Shynesia L. Wofford, Clarksville.</li></ul><p>Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges is considered one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. For more information, contact Gregory R. Singleton, APSU associate vice president and dean of students, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:57:42 +0000 harriscj 137188 at APSU's TRiO program honors its 2016 winter graduates <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;A week before Austin Peay State University hosted its winter commencement ceremony, a small celebration took place on the second floor of the Morgan University Center. While jazz music played lightly in the background, eight students who participated in the University’s federally funded TRiO Support Services program were honored for their perseverance during a graduate recognition ceremony.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We’re so proud of you,” John Johnson, TRiO director, said. “This is our way of acknowledging and recognizing you for your success, for staying in there and actually graduating.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Since 1998 the TRiO program has helped those students who are first-generation college students, disabled or who come from low-income backgrounds. The program provides eligible students with tutoring, academic counselors, financial literacy training, academic workshops, cultural activities and information on graduate schools. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the program with a five-year, $1.3 million grant to continue its work.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We provide academic support, as well as helping them understand the process of going to school,” Johnson said. “We also have an open door where they can come and talk if they need help.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the TRiO Student Support Services, visit the program’s website at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:21:36 +0000 boothcw 136890 at APSU student newspaper wins awards at national convention in Atlanta <p><img src="" width="450" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The All State, the student-run newspaper at Austin Peay State University, earned two national awards from the College Media Association (CMA) during the organization’s Fall National Media Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, Oct. 29. <i></i></p><p>Glavine Day, sports editor, earned a coveted second place national Pinnacle Award for Best Sports Page/Spread for her designs featuring the huge win by the Govs at the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship.</p><p>“I just started designing last year when I became sports editor, and to get second place at a national conference for something I haven't been doing very long is a great feeling,” Day said.</p><p>Dani Hunter, alumna and former staff photographer, also earned a second place Pinnacle Award for Best General News Photography for a photo captured during the 2016 Spring Commencement.</p><p>“It's a great honor to be awarded for my work with <i>The All State</i>, and to be a part of its growing recognition as a media outlet,” Hunter said.</p><p>The Pinnacle Awards are the highest honor a student journalist and media organization can earn from CMA. The 2016 Pinnacle Awards had 2,868 individual category entries from 176 colleges and universities, with 75 judges reviewing submitted work.</p><p>“I'm proud to have been a part of such a great organization during my time at APSU, and to have shared my experiences with so many talented students on the staff,” Hunter said. “My time spent with The All State was vital toward the development of my professional skills and in shaping my career goals, and I am forever thankful for the opportunities provided to me.”</p><p>APSU students attending the CMA Fall National Media Convention were:</p><p>• Editor-in-Chief Celeste Malone, Murfreesboro;</p><p>• Features Editor Andrew Wadovick, Memphis;</p><p>• Multimedia Editor Megan Endsley, Clarksville;</p><p>• Assistant Sports Editor Noah Houck, Jackson, and</p><p>• Day, Nashville.</p><p>Patrick Armstrong, coordinator of Student Publications and adviser to The All State, and Dr. Tammy Bryant, director of Student Affairs programs and assessment, also attended and co-presented a session during the convention titled, “Think You Know Your Staff?: Using Assessment to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning.” Armstrong additionally presented a session titled, “Illustrating Hard Stories and Topics.”</p><p>“Our student staff produces excellent work for The All State, and for them to be earning national awards means they were some of the best in college journalism this year,” Armstrong said.</p><p>“It is wonderful to see the effort invested by our students recognized on a national and regional level, and they are due all the credit for these accomplishments,” Bryant said.</p><p>Earlier this year, The All State was named #1 Best College Newspaper in the South and #3 Best College Newspaper Website at the Southeast Journalism Conference.</p><p>“After The All State took home so many SEJC awards, the southeast knows who The All State is,” Day said, “and I'm really glad I got to play a big part in that.”</p><p>This year,<i> </i>The All State is celebrating its 85<sup>th</sup> year at APSU. The newspaper publishes each Wednesday in print, which is distributed on APSU’s Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. It also publishes regularly online at <a href=""></a>. Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:29:30 +0000 boothcw 136778 at APSU spotlights student community service at High Impact Practices Showcase <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement, in association with the departments of Career Services and International Education and the Office of Undergraduate Research, held a High Impact Practices (H.I.P.) Showcase on Nov. 30, highlighting the work of University students and professors in applying learning to real-world scenarios over the past year.</p><p>Over 150 people attended the event, which saw 30 students present their experiences in high impact practices. Students who participated in an high impact practice (i.e., service learning, internship, study abroad or undergraduate research experience) presented their experiences through poster displays, videos, and/or oral presentations.&nbsp; Nine service learning courses were represented in the poster presentations to highlight their class’ efforts in the community</p><p>In addition, students from nine University service learning courses provided poster presentations on their class’ efforts in the community.</p><p>Senior political science major Faith Merriweather was among the presenters, representing her campaign strategy and management service learning course at the showcase. Merriweather joined her classmates in conducting exit polls and collecting voter information in order to advise a city council candidate in the run up to November’s election.</p><p>&nbsp;“I really enjoyed the opportunity to show my peers what we had been working on all semester long,” Merriweather, who has been an active member of Austin Peay’s Student Government Association since 2014, said. “It was very rewarding having conversations about how we gathered the data and seeing the overall interest in the election process displayed.”</p><p>Three Austin Peay faculty members were also honored with the Excellence in High Impact Practices Award, including the Department of Art and Design’s Ken Shipley (service-learning and study abroad), history’s Kevin Tanner (service-learning) and health and human performance’s Lisa Lewis (service-learning). All three were recognized for their exceptional work in providing service-learning opportunities for students. To be considered, faculty must have been nominated by their department chair or dean and must have taught a H.I.P. course in 2016.</p><p>Following the event, the Department of Communication hosted a service-learning showcase specifically for their fall 2016 courses. Coordinated by associate graduate faculty member Tracy Nichols, students from the department’s five service-learning courses were given the opportunity to share their experiences in front of a full Mabry Concert Hall audience.</p><p>To find out more about high impact practices at Austin Peay, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information about Austin Peay’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:12:48 +0000 harriscj 136722 at APSU alumna Orton heading to grad school at Cambridge <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In certain academic circles, Dr. Simon Keynes, Elrington and Bosworth professor of Anglo-Saxon history at the University of Cambridge, is considered a “rock star.” In addition to being the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin and the grandnephew of economist John Maynard Keynes, the renowned professor is a member of the British Academy and a fellow with the Royal Historical Society. As a scholar, he isn’t easily impressed, but earlier this year, Keynes was intrigued enough by recent Austin Peay State University graduate Brittany Orton’s research that he agreed to take her on as a graduate student next fall at Cambridge.</p><p>“He’s a rock star of Anglo-Saxon history,” Orton said recently. “The opportunity to study under him will be amazing.”</p><p>Her acceptance into the nearly 800-year-old university is the realization of a life-long goal—a goal she never expected to achieve. As a precocious eight-year-old, Orton became fascinated with the medieval history. She thought of becoming an archeologist, but her lack of motivation in high school almost stopped her from attending a university that existed during the medieval period.</p><p>“I almost didn’t graduate high school because I failed too many classes,” she said. “I went to college at 18 and failed out of that.”</p><p>A few years later, after marrying a U.S. Army soldier and having three children, she ended up earning her associate’s degree in Alaska. Then, when her husband was reassigned to Fort Campbell, she suddenly found herself living near a university with strong history and language programs. Orton enrolled at Austin Peay and decided to take a Medieval England class taught by Dr. Cameron Sutt, associate professor of history.</p><p>“In my last year here, I fell in love with Anglo-Saxon history,” she said. “This is from the 5<sup>th</sup> century to the 11<sup>th</sup> century. My family has ties with the Anglo-Norman people, but I’d never heard anything Anglo-Saxon until last year.”</p><p>Orton, a history major, began taking all the classes taught by Sutt, APSU’s resident medievalist.</p><p>“She’s a wonderful student,” Sutt said. “She got it. She knew what the main points were, understood the significance. When I was writing the recommendation for her (for Cambridge), I thought, ‘She just might have a chance at this.’”</p><p>Orton’s fascination with Anglo-Saxon history and culture also took her into APSU’s Department of Languages and Literature. To have a proper understanding of medieval history, and to be able to read many of the texts produced in that period, a scholar needs a strong background in Latin.</p><p>“She took all of our Roman Civilization classes,” Dr. Stephen Kershner, assistant professor of Classics, said. “She impressed me, and I nudged her toward other classes. I tried to steal her from Cameron (Sutt). She has a strong basis in Roman history, and I think that will do her well in English history.”</p><p>After earning her Bachelor of Science in history, with a Classics minor, Orton returned to campus to continue her studies. She began attending an Old English reading group, led by Dr. Lynn Simms, associate professor of English.</p><p>“It’s an informal group, and you don’t have to have any background in Old English,” Simms said. “We’re working on ‘Beowulf’ in Old English. We translate outside of class and then read. Brittany brings a lot to the group. She brings in the history.”</p><p>When thinking back to her years in high school, Orton referred to herself as lazy. That word caused her professors to laugh when she recently mentioned it to them.</p><p>“She’s doing all this with her husband on long deployments,” Mary Winters, senior Classics instructor at APSU, said. “She’s also taking care of her three kids. She recognized it’s hard work, and she’s willing to do it.”</p><p>Last year, Orton, who has never traveled overseas, applied to Cambridge’s one-year graduate program in Anglo-Saxon history. The key to getting into the exclusive school, Sutt said, is to get one of its renowned professors interested in your research project. Orton submitted her application, hoping that Keynes would like her topic, “Queenship in 9<sup>th</sup> century Wessex.” She then waited to hear back, periodically checking her application status online.</p><p>“I was at the gym, getting ready to do my thing, and I thought, ‘I’ll just check it,’” Orton said. On her cell phone, she saw an offer for admission into Cambridge. “I freaked out. I didn’t have anybody to tell, except the gym people, and they just stared at me.”</p><p>In the summer of 2017, Orton and her family will move to England for her to study under Keynes. By the next year, her name might join a distinguished list of Cambridge alumni that includes Stephen Hawking, John Milton, Lord Byron and Isaac Newton.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:52:01 +0000 boothcw 136510 at APSU redefining first-year experience through national higher ed project <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This academic year,&nbsp;Austin Peay State University is participating in a national higher education project known as “Foundations of Excellence.” The project, sponsored by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, will use a model of excellence to redefine the first-year college experience at Austin Peay.</p><p>“One of the main priorities of this University is to make sure we help students earn a great education that culminates in a college degree,” Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, said. “Helping these students succeed is our focus as soon as they enroll, and certainly students who enter as freshmen must learn to do college-level work and to transition to college life. Our involvement with this nationally recognized initiative will help us ensure that they have the resources and support they need to graduate.”&nbsp;</p><p>Research has long indicated that new students who are successfully integrated into college are much more likely to succeed. Many colleges, therefore, work especially hard to create a first-rate experience for new students.&nbsp;</p><p>Since February of 2003, the Foundations of Excellence project has involved hundreds of two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country in developing the standards that constitute a model first year. Austin Peay will work with the&nbsp;Gardner Institute&nbsp;this academic year. Through this program, the University will measure its effectiveness in recruiting, admitting, orienting, supporting, advising and teaching new students. Austin Peay will then be able to make programmatic improvements that will increase student learning, success and persistence.&nbsp;</p><p>“While much is known about how a campus can improve new student learning and retention, this information has never been synthesized or translated into aspirational standards that are reflective of best practice,” John N. Gardner, president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, said. “The absence of clear standards has powerful educational and financial consequences. This project brings together a number of highly credible researchers, reformers and practitioners, who are creating the blueprint that for too long has been missing.”</p><p>Additional information about the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and this project can be found at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:07:21 +0000 boothcw 136458 at Austin Peay physics professor receives $300,000 NSF grant to conduct research on innovative glass materials <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Crystalline materials form the foundation of virtually all electronic equipment, serve as the engine powering Silicon Valley and have enabled the modern computing revolution. But despite their importance, crystalline materials, which include silicon and sapphire and are valued for their unique properties, are naturally rare and expensive to produce.&nbsp; By contrast glass materials, which do not arrange their atoms in a regular crystal structure, are inexpensive and easily produced.</p><p>For the past few years, Austin Peay State University students and professors have been addressing this very issue, traveling the globe to work with some of the world’s leading experts in glass production as they explore possible substitutes for crystalline materials in modern technology.</p><p>“The quality of our life significantly depends on materials we use in high-tech fields like electronics and optics,” Dr. Andriy Kovalskiy, Austin Peay physics professor, said. “In those fields, simple crystals are preferred because of their unique properties, but they’re extremely expensive. What we’re trying to do is develop materials which will be much cheaper, but have the same properties of those single crystals.”</p><p>In 2014, Kovalskiy and his team received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research into the possibility of applying glass thin films for use in applications such as infrared photonics, optical computing and memory devices.</p><p>While the films have numerous beneficial properties, Kovalskiy said there was much work to be done before they could be considered stable enough for use in modern tech.</p><p>“We are working with what are known as amorphous materials, which are materials that have some disorder to their structure,” Kovalskiy said. “The idea is that they contain comparable properties, but are much cheaper because they are ‘every day’ items like glasses and films.</p><p>“What we submitted to the NSF was a proposal to study the development of amorphous materials, in this case we are studying film materials, and how they interact with light for use in optical technology.”</p><p>The money received from the NSF has been used to provide a team of students the opportunity to work on their research on a near full-time basis. Currently, Kovalskiy has five students – four physics and one chemistry student – working as a part of the department’s “Glass Group” and publishing their findings alongside researchers from Lehigh University and the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic. NSF grant funds have been used to provide each researcher with a salary, as well as the materials and equipment needed to conduct their research.</p><p>In addition, Austin Peay students, under the guidance of Kovalskiy and other professors from Austin Peay’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, have traveled to the Czech Republic, France and Brazil to share ideas and learn new techniques from top minds in their field.</p><p>Joshua Allen is one of those students who has focused his attention on the work being done by Kovalskiy’s team. Allen recently spent a month at the University of Pardubice, preparing slides for use in the evaporation of arsenic sulphur.</p><p>Only a junior, Allen is an example of the research opportunities commonly reserved for graduate-level students that are offered to undergraduates at Austin Peay. Allen has been a co-author of four presentations during annual meetings of the American Physical Society Southeastern Section (since joining Kovalskiy’s team.)</p><p>“I had Dr. Kovalskiy for my first physics class my freshman year and he mentioned research was being done (at Austin Peay), so I pretty much bugged him until he let me join the team,” Allen said. “I was only a sophomore when I got the chance to go over (to the Czech Republic), and it was really a great experience. I’ve only been doing this work since spring of my freshman year, and I really love what I’m doing.”</p><p>A junior transfer student, chemistry major Virginia White is in her first year at Austin Peay and has quickly become a part of the research team. White’s work has primarily centered around finding new ways to produce glass in an oxygen-free environment – a task that White said has been difficult, but extremely rewarding.</p><p>“What I love about this team is that, as soon I started here, Dr. Kovalskiy gave me an objective that was up to me to figure out,” White said. “Figuring out (how to create glass without contamination with oxygen) has not been easy, but it’s shown me how much time and effort needs to be put into science.</p><p>“Before I became a part of the research being done here at Austin Peay, I didn’t think science was that difficult, but I’ve learned so much since I was given the opportunity to do serious research.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the research being conducted, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="2048" height="1365" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Physics and Astronomy Science and Mathematics Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:49:01 +0000 harriscj 136427 at Distinguished professor Mike Gotcher to deliver APSU commencement address on Dec. 9 <p><img src="" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Dec. 9, Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of communication and interim executive director of the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, will deliver the keynote address at the APSU’s Winter Commencement. He will speak at both commencement ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the University’s Dunn Center.</p><p>Gotcher received his Bachelor of Arts degree from APSU and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. During his long professional career with Austin Peay, he has served as a professor, chair of the Department of Communication and interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies. He has helped developed several academic programs, directed around 100 graduate theses and research projects and served on numerous University committees.</p><p>In 1994, Gotcher was honored for his scholarly work with the University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award. Last May, he received the 2016 APSU National Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award.</p><p>He assumed his new role as interim executive director of the APSU Center at Fort Campbell on Aug. 15, 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science and Mathematics, will begin at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, will begin at 2 p.m.</p><p>APSU offers a free live Web cast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the Web cast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:24:19 +0000 boothcw 136417 at Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony Dec. 7 for APSU Fall Graduates <p><img src="" width="400" height="533" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Active duty military and veteran students graduating from Austin Peay State University in December will be honored with an APSU military coin and a special cord to wear with their commencement regalia.</p><p>The military and veteran graduate recognition and coin presentation ceremony, with the theme “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” is scheduled for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Mabry Concert Hall, located inside the Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus. The event is open to the public.</p><p>The guest speaker will be Sgt. Maj. Ruben Arriaga, the vice president of the APSU Military Alumni Chapter since 2014. Arriaga graduated from Austin Peay in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a focus in homeland security, and will receive his Master of Science in health and human performance with a concentration in health leadership: health administration path at fall commencement.</p><p>In 1996, Arriaga enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a rifleman in the 4-31 Infantry. A year later, he joined the Battalion Scouts, followed by two years with the Ft. Drum Long Range Surveillance Detachment.</p><p>In 2002, upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, Arriaga was assigned as a communication sergeant to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As a member of Operation Detachment Alpha (ODA) 582, he deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He would go to Iraq several more times, serving as operations sergeant of Operational Detachment Bravo 570 on his last tour with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion.</p><p>When he returned, Arriaga took over ODA 5315 as team sergeant and deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following that deployment, he became a first sergeant for the 3rd Battalion Support Company, and in 2013, he was selected for promotion to sergeant major. After a year of service in the CENTCOM Area of Operation, Arriaga joined Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, as the company sergeant major. With this company, he deployed to Jordan, with a follow-up mission into Syria to support Operation Inherent Resolve.</p><p>Arriaga is a graduate of Air Assault School, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jump Master School, SERE, SOTIC, Special Forces Intelligence Course, Combat Diver Qualification Course, DIVE Supervisor Course and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star X 6, ARCOM with Valor X 2 and the First Special Service Force Frederick Award.</p><p>APSU created its first coin with military students in mind. The antique bronze color coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, is finished with black enamel. The first set was cast in 2011.</p><p>On one side of the coin, the eagle is prominently displayed as the nation’s symbol, along with other American patriotic elements. The University’s AP logo is situated at the bottom of the coin. The words, “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” were crafted from the lyrics of APSU’s alma mater and from the military’s customs and courtesies to welcome those who have joined the unit.</p><p>The other side of the coin shows an image of the clock tower atop the Browning Administration Building, generally considered the emblem of APSU. The year APSU was founded, 1927, also is noted on the bottom of the piece.</p><p>The military service members and veterans receiving the coin will graduate from APSU on Friday, Dec. 9.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:19:24 +0000 harriscj 136350 at Austin Peay professor Scanlan named editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science, the flagship journal for American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science <p><img src="" width="420" height="600" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Dr. Perry Scanlan, Austin Peay State University professor of allied health sciences, was appointed by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the ASCLS. He will begin his term starting in January 2017.</p><p>Scanlan, who is also director of Austin Peay’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, is president-elect for the organization’s Tennessee chapter, and served on the editorial board for Clinical Laboratory Science, before being named the journal’s new EIC. His term will continue through December 2019.</p><p>“It’s quite an honor for ASCLS to appoint me as the editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science,” Scanlan said. “It is a culmination of a lot of previous work with the Journal as an editor, as well as the respect I’ve received from my peers that they feel I can lead the journal and have a real impact in driving the research being published in this field.</p><p>“In my field, I work alongside researchers from major medical universities such as Vanderbilt and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, so this appointment as EIC says a lot about the work and service we are doing at Austin Peay State University. ”</p><p>As EIC, Scanlan said some of his goals are to guide the Clinical Laboratory Science Journal in its transition into online publishing, as well as emphasizing research and scholarly publications as a way to increasing awareness of the importance of medical laboratory science.</p><p>“We are transitioning to online publishing and using that space to improve the quality of our journal through colorful images, videos, and supplements that can share our important work with the rest of the world,” Scanlan said. “But the biggest thing for our profession is highlighting our contributions to the medical community. Medical laboratory scientists and technicians play a vital role in providing and improving patient care. &nbsp;</p><p>“Being an ambassador and making scholarly contributions makes the medical laboratory science &nbsp;field more visible and highlights our contributions to medicine and are a big part of why we publish this journal.”</p><p>Prior to accepting his current role, Scanlan has served the organization in numerous capacities over the years, including two previous terms as a clinical practice section editor for the journal, and as president and board member for ASCLS-TN over the past 10 years. &nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this summer, he was one of the recipients of the ASCLS’s prestigious Voices Under 40 award. The award was developed to honor ASCLS members under the age of 40 who have shown exceptional commitment to the organization, the laboratory profession and their community.</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, visit the website&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Behavioral and Health Sciences Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0000 harriscj 136336 at APSU's Christmas with David Steinquest and Friends returns this Friday <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This Friday, David Steinquest, Austin Peay State University professor of music, plans to hang out in the living room with a couple hundred of his closest friends. The living room, featuring couches and comfy chairs, will be set up on the stage of the campus’ Mabry Concert Hall, and it’s where the APSU Department of Music will host its annual Christmas with David Steinquest and Friends concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.</p><p>The concert will feature a band made up of Steinquest’s favorite musicians – guitarist Paul Binkley, piano player Kevin Madill, drummer Matt DeVore, base player Larry Crew and vocalists Allison Steinquest and David Alford. Binkley formerly played with the country music group Alabama, and Alford plays Bucky Dawes on the popular TV show “Nashville.”&nbsp;</p><p>“The concert includes Christmas standards like ‘My Favorite Things,’ ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’” Steinquest said. “However, the tunes are dressed up in unusual and innovative arrangements that give them new life. This year’s show is influenced by Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin, India.Arie, Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors, Sara Groves, Holly Cole, Jon McLaughlin, Sara Bareilles and Family Force 5.”</p><p>&nbsp;Erin Binkley will also perform “The Christmas Pageant,” a monologue from the show “Christmas Down Home.”</p><p>Admission to Friday’s concert is two cans of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, or $5. For ticket information call 221-7818.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:32:41 +0000 boothcw 136331 at APSU's Acuff Circle seeking nominations for Ovation Awards <p><img src="" width="451" height="419" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts will be presented March 5, 2017, but nominations already are being sought.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patron society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted now through Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2017</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice, Mike Andrews, Billy St. John and Debbie Wilson.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Downtown Artists Co-Op. and Madison Street Music &amp; Arts Academy.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, The Framemaker, Planters Bank and Richview Family Dentistry.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Young Artist:</b> A high school senior in Clarksville-Montgomery County who has shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. Category awards are visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in each category also receive preference when applying for the annual $1,000 endowed scholarship in the arts, which the Acuff Circle has established at Austin Peay.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Past Young Artist winners include Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland with the Roxy School of the Arts; Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School; Elizabeth Bell, Kenwood; Brittney Griffin, Montgomery Central; Clare Grady, Clarksville; Will Silvers, West Creek; Jeremy Carey, Northeast; Kayleigh Baird, Montgomery Central; Amy Wyer, West Creek; Terrell Boykin, Kenwood; Arizona Hurn, Montgomery Central; Jacob Capps, Montgomery Central; Jonathan Weidner, Rossview; Mercedes Johnnson, Northeast; and Brandon Crite, West Creek.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Deadline for nominations in the Young Artist category is Dec. 16, 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass, Olen Bryant, David Alford, Joseph B. Trahern Jr., Joe Giles and Wade Bourne.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To nominate someone in the Individual, Community, Business or Young Artist categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Forms for the Individual, Community or Business categories also can be obtained at the Customs House Museum, which co-sponsors the awards ceremony; the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to <a href=""></a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:41:07 +0000 boothcw 136327 at Austin Peay State University releases official fall 2016 enrollment figures <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img src="" width="600" height="350" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University’s total fall 2016 enrollment is up from last year, and its 10,344 students represent the highest total since 2013, according to its recently released official enrollment figures.</span></p><p>Officials report Austin Peay also welcomed its largest group of first-time college students in recent history, with 1,963 freshmen students. This marks a 26.3 percent increase from 2015, and is an increase of 26.6 percent over the last five years.</p><p>Among Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions, Austin Peay is one of two universities to report an increase in overall enrollment for the fall 2016 semester. Enrollment numbers are determined on students enrolled through the end of the 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;day of classes.</p><p>“This year’s enrollment numbers validate our efforts to expand our University’s reach, while continuing to meet the needs of Middle Tennessee,” Austin Peay President Dr. Alisa White said. “Making sure that we recruit and retain quality students is a major part of the University’s Leading Through Excellence Strategic Plan, and these numbers are a good first step as we work to educate a growing number of our citizens.”</p> tbr Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:15:56 +0000 harriscj 136316 at APSU history class looks at artifacts of daily life in Tennessee <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the early 1860s, a distraught Queen Victoria asked members of her royal court to stop wearing lavish jewelry. Her husband, Prince Albert, had just died, and the sight of such opulence offended the mourning queen. In the months that followed, England’s aristocracy began dressing in black, and to stay in the monarch’s good graces, they adorned themselves in the less flashy marcasite jewelry. In that moment, a fashion trend was born.</p><p>Earlier this semester, a group of Austin Peay State University undergraduates discovered the fascinating histories surrounding familiar objects—such as marcasite jewelry or antique shaving razors—thanks to an innovative Tennessee history course that requires students to look inquisitively at local artifacts. Deanna Carter, APSU history instructor, developed the class thanks to a grant from the University’s Learning Opportunities Center. The grant program was designed to provide APSU students with high impact learning opportunities.</p><p>“Using this grant, I bought a bunch of artifacts,” Carter said. “We went to antique stores from Memphis to Gatlinburg, looking for small items, handheld items, that a typical Tennessean would have seen or used in the past.”</p><p>Instead of writing a research paper on a famous Tennessean, Carter’s students investigated their items and were then asked to develop a museum-style exhibit describing the piece. An exhibition of the artifacts, along with the students’ research, is now on display in the Jenkins Gallery, on the third floor of the Morgan University Center.</p><p>“It’s an interactive exhibit,” Carter said. “Each item is assigned a number. When you go, you dial in this number (on your cell phone), and you will hear that student’s voice give information on their research.”</p><p>APSU student Jamie Hotchkin was given a small cameo for the project, and after hours of diligent research, she learned, according to her exhibit recording, that “the broche was originally worn by elites as a sign of status of wealth and class, but as it became easier to produce, it became cheaper and most women in Tennessee could afford them.” Hotchkin was also able to determine the type of shell used in the cameo’s design and, thanks to the type of clasp on the back, that it was produced sometime after 1910.</p><p>“I was delighted by the level of research she brought to the project,” Carter said.</p><p>She has taught this class for a few semesters, and this year, Carter wanted her students to delve a little deeper into their projects. One afternoon, while contemplating how to enrich her class, she bumped into Elliott Herzlich, a local jeweler who also happens to be married to Dr. Alisa White, APSU president.</p><p>“I knew Elliott was a jeweler, very knowledge about a lot of stuff, and also a collector of things and very interested in history,” Carter said. “I asked if he would be interested in coming and helping. Elliott, being the kind person he is, said, ‘I have a box of stuff I’ll loan you from my collection.’”</p><p>One afternoon in October, Herzlich arrived in Carter’s class with several antique items—including marcasite jewelry and Hotchkin’s cameo—and about 35 jeweler's loupes. The students quickly went to work, putting the loupes to their eyes to see what they could find on their artifacts. They scanned engraved napkin rings, old coins and military pins, looking for identifying marks, such as serial numbers.</p><p>“They got a chance to play with the items, touch them, learn from them,” Herzlich said. “The skills they’re learning from this, they should be able now to research anything that comes across their path. And I had a lot of fun with it. I was thrilled to work with Deanna, and I got a chance to interact with students, which I love.”</p><p>On Nov. 15, a small crowd gathered in the Jenkins Gallery for the opening of the exhibit. Carter smiled, as she always does, while introducing Herzlich and her students. She has long been a staple of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, as both a graduate student and later as an instructor. As she surveyed the crowd in front of her, she wondered briefly what would happen with the class next year. Carter is leaving the University in December for health reasons.</p><p>“This is my swan song, but I’ve been told the show will go on,” she said. “I’m holding out to the end of the semester for my students, but we have two people in the history department interested in taking over these projects.”</p><p>Carter said she hopes to come to campus occasionally in the coming years to help with the class. Herzlich said if she ever needed transportation to the University, he’d drive and pick her up.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:02:19 +0000 boothcw 136254 at APSU's Kevin Harris investigates how to create expert teams <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a warm, May afternoon in 2012, Australian tennis star Samuel Groth stunned spectators at the Busan Open when he delivered a 163 mph serve—the fastest serve in the history of that sport. A grainy YouTube video from that day shows Groth’s opponent, Belarusian Uladzimir Ignatik, flailing in his unsuccessful attempt to connect with the ball. Ignatik looks like an amateur facing off against a seasoned pro, but that’s an unfair analogy. Even at slower speeds, returning a professional tennis serve is one of the most difficult feats in all of sports. The ability to hit back a high-speed serve is often what separates the novices from the stars, but scientists recently uncovered a trick that is helping scores of young athletes with their game. The advice? Don’t look at the ball.</p><p>“Recent research using eye tracking showed that the top tennis players in the world look at the lower torso of their opponent to successfully return a serve,” Dr. Kevin Harris, Austin Peay State University associate professor of psychology, said.</p><p>When a group of tennis players was trained to look at the lower torso of their opponent, mimicking what stars of the sport do unconsciously, they successfully returned more serves than a control group that focused on the ball. This is the type of discovery that fascinates Harris. Throughout his career, the APSU professor has looked for the hidden secrets that allow experts to perform at the highest levels. While a graduate student at Florida State University, Harris studied under renowned psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, who’s work in this area was highlighted by Malcolm Gladwell in his best-selling 2008 book, “Outliers: The Story of Success.”</p><p>Ericcsson, as Gladwell points out, discovered that “world-class” musicians, such as Mozart, aren’t innately gifted, they simply “worked much, much harder.” Ericcson’s research helped transform the way people think of talented individuals—musicians, tennis players—and now Harris is expanding upon that work in the field of deliberate practice to discover how teams of people can become expert teams.</p><p>This summer, Harris’s scholarly article, “Team Deliberate Practice in Medicine and Related Domains: A Consideration of the Issues,” appeared in the scientific journal, “Advances in Health Sciences Education,” and now researchers across the globe are discussing his findings. The article was added to the Clinical Human Factors Group website and recently promoted by Martin Bromiley, a champion of improving healthcare at the system level. Bromiley’s own case is featured in Matthew Syed’s new book, “Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success.” Syed is also the best-selling author of “Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham and the Science of Success.” Following the article’s publication, Harris was also asked to contribute a chapter on his research to the prestigious “Oxford Handbook of Expertise.”</p><p>“Dr. Harris is building a national reputation as extending Dr. Ericcson’s work to the medical field,” Dr. David Denton, dean of the APSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, said.</p><p>In his article, Harris points out that poor teamwork in medical situations, such as in an operating room, “is a key cause of preventable errors in healthcare.”</p><p>“If there are seven members on a team, what can be done where everybody is on the same page?” Harris said. “We identified what would be important to allow that to develop. What are the obstacles?”</p><p>His research led him to develop three guiding principals that teams can follow to allow its members to function, collectively, at the highest level. These principals include “prolonged engagement in increasingly difficult deliberate practice,” rehearsing activities that are proven to enhance performance, and developing a training system that has “clear, objective, and quantifiable measures of performance and improvements in it.” His paper also encourages teams to practice actionable ways to overcome obstacles inherent in team performance, such as getting interrupted in their tasks, so they’ll be able to handle similar situations in the future, and for members to undergo assertiveness training so that lower ranked members of a team feel confident in providing important information to the team’s leaders.</p><p>Harris’ work focuses on team deliberate practice in medicine, but it also offers a framework for anyone working on a team. Shortly after the paper’s publication, Harris discussed its principles with an individual in Oklahoma, interested in training teams of oil field workers.</p><p>His hope is that his research, which took several years to develop, will help build expert teams, ultimately lowering the number of medical errors.</p><p>“That’s one of the things when you wake up in the morning or go to bed at night, you’re like, ‘wow this is real,’” he said. “At one point it was just things I was thinking about. But we know from individual deliberate practice research that this saves lives.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:16:46 +0000 boothcw 136232 at Austin Peay Army ROTC to honor memory of 1st Lt. Kip Stevens with ceremony, induction on Nov. 17 <p><img src="" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University’s Governors Guard ROTC detachment prides itself on teaching young men and women to become officers and leaders; soldiers who continually do what is necessary to achieve success on every mission – in the classroom, in training in the field and on the field of battle.</p><p>On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Health Building on the University campus, the Austin Peay ROTC program will honor the memory of one of its graduates who died in the service of his country, 1<sup>st</sup> Lt. Kip Stevens, with a special ceremony, followed by his induction into the Austin Peay ROTC Wall of Fame.</p><p>Stevens was a model of what Governors Guard cadets strive to achieve. Born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and a 1977 graduate of Northwest High School in Clarksville, Stevens served both stateside and overseas as an enlisted soldier before attending Austin Peay on an Army ROTC scholarship in 1981. While attending Austin Peay, he was a member of the Tennessee Eta Tau Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Inter-Fraternity Council and the Student Government Association. A charter member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Stevens was also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. In Army ROTC, Stevens served as S-1 and as executive officer during his senior year.</p><p>Upon graduation in June 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in French, Stevens was commissioned on active duty as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps.</p><p>As an officer, Stevens attended Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, from July 1984 to January 1985. He was then assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, <span>2</span><span>nd&nbsp;</span>Battalion, 502<sup>nd</sup> Infantry Regiment, <span>2</span><span>nd</span>&nbsp;Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. From there, he would deploy with Task Force 3-502<sup>nd</sup> (Multinational Force and Observers) to the Sinai Peninsula.&nbsp; He was promoted to first lieutenant shortly before his death.</p><p>During their return flight on Dec. 12, 1985, all 248 soldiers of Task Force 3-502<sup>nd</sup> on Arrow Air, including Stevens, were killed in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland. He is buried at Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Dover, Tennessee.</p><p>For more information about the Austin Peay ROTC program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:21:53 +0000 harriscj 136129 at 22nd annual Bread and Words reading set for Nov. 21 <p><img src="" width="650" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — To help usher in the Thanksgiving holiday, the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature will host the 22nd annual Bread and Words Benefit to raise public awareness of hunger in the local community.</p><p>The event takes place Nov. 21 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on the University campus. A meal of homemade soups and bread, prepared by faculty members in the Austin Peay Department of Languages and Literature, will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a reading at 7 p.m.</p><p>A recommended donation of $5 is requested at the door. All proceeds will go to the Austin Peay Save Our Students (S.O.S.) Food Pantry, which supports students and staff members in need.</p><p>This year’s readers are Ben Caldwell and James Tyler, graduate students in the department of Languages &amp; Literature; Stephanie Bryant, Rachel Chaffin, and Deidra Sloss, undergraduate students in the creative writing program; and Andrea Spofford, associate professor of English.</p><p>For more information about the benefit, contact Barry Kitterman in the APSU Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> African American Studies Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:13:10 +0000 harriscj 136128 at Department of Music’s Seventh Annual Holiday Dinner is Dec. 2 and 3 <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img src="" height="400" width="600" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A popular holiday tradition returns to the campus of Austin Peay State University on the evenings of Dec. 2 and 3 as the University’s choral program hosts the Austin Peay Department of Music’s Seventh Annual Holiday Dinner.</span></p><p>Tickets for the dinner are $70. For more information, to purchase tickets or to RSVP before Nov. 30, contact Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at Austin Peay, at 931-221-7002 or&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p><p>Hundreds of people are expected to gather in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on the Austin Peay campus for a fun, formal dinner that showcases the choral ensembles and includes a diverse collaboration of musicians celebrating the Holiday season.</p><p>While attendees enjoy a salad and the choice of chicken pot pie, beef burgundy, tilapia or stuffed red peppers for a dinner entrée, the University’s choral ensembles and instrumentalists will perform an array of traditional and international holiday songs.</p><p>“We have several collaborations this year. Along with the choirs our guests will hear harp, flute, violin and cello, and this is all in addition to an appearance by the Governor’s Own Marching Band,” Foster said.</p><p>Each year, the MUC Ballroom is decorated by Austin Peay students to fit the theme of the holiday concert. This year’s event is titled “Holiday Dinner Goes Medieval.”</p><p>“Patrons who appreciated the Harry Potter movies will be particularly impressed,” Foster said.</p><p>Austin Peay University Choir and Chamber Singers will perform choral music of well-known composers such as Benjamin Britten, René Clausen, Howard Hanson, John Rutter and Claudio Monteverdi. Some of the holiday classics patrons will be treated to include “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Go, Tell It On the Mountain.”</p><p>“Creating a new holiday dinner every year is very fun,” Foster said. “Patrons have always enjoyed our themes, decorations, singers, and how dessert is usually paired with a song.”</p><p>For more information on the Austin Peay Department of Music, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Music Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:06:19 +0000 harriscj 136111 at APSU Opera Workshop to perform “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” on Nov. 20 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Workshop will explore the diverse works of one of history’s greatest playwrights, William Shakespeare, as it presents “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” on Sunday, Nov. 20.</p><p>The curtain rises at 3 p.m., in the Mabry Concert Hall, located inside the Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>A series of selections from Shakespearian dramas and comedies, including “Macbeth,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet” and modern interpretations including “West Side Story” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” sees Austin Peay Opera Workshop students performing arias, duets and scenes from over 12 productions. With selections performed in either English, Italian, French or German, Austin Peay students will have the opportunity to perform classic works in ways that test and grow their abilities.</p><p>A non-audition class, the Opera Workshop is open to students of all backgrounds and experience levels, as well as students from outside the Department of Music. Because of the wide range of talent levels on display, audience members will be able to enjoy veteran performers sharing the stage with young students – including some making their first outing at Austin Peay.</p><p>“Opera Workshop is an opportunity for students of all experience levels to get an opportunity to perform on stage,” Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at Austin Peay, said. “This workshop gives them an opportunity that they might not get at other places, and it allows audience members to get to know more of the talented performers at Austin Peay.”</p><p>Joining Austin Peay students in the production of “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” are Conklin-Bishop, who serves as director and conductor, as well as vocal coach and emcee, Austin Peay professor of music, voice, Dr. Jeffrey Williams. Local musician Nylene Douglas will also accompany the performers on piano.</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:59:46 +0000 harriscj 136076 at APSU Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Anything Goes” Nov. 16-20 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — It is not exactly like the old joke about three opposite personalities that all walk into a bar, but anything – and everything – goes when a brassy nightclub singer, a starry-eyed stowaway and a wanted man all find their way onto a transatlantic luxury liner during the Austin Peay State University’s&nbsp;Department of Theatre and Dance’s presentation of “Anything Goes” this Nov. 16-20.</p><p>The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for performances on Nov. 16-19, with an additional showing Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission for all performances is $10 for seniors, children, military and students and $15 for the general public.</p><p>“Anything Goes”&nbsp;is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, based off of a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The play is set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, where nightclub singer Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Meanwhile, Sweeny’s friend, Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt. When Hope reveals she is already engaged to the wealthy Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, the love-struck yet determined Billy works to win Hope’s affections with the help of a gangster on the run, Moonface Martin and his partner Bonnie.</p><p>First performed in 1934 at the Alvin Theater on Broadway, the show features classic songs such as “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “It’s De-Lovely.”</p><p>“If I had to describe this production in one word, I’d say that it’s just ‘fun’,” Dr. Christopher Bailey, Austin Peay associate professor of musical theatre and voice, said. “There are thieves, fools, scoundrels, lovers…there’s tap dancing, there’s jazz and everything is scored by a wonderful orchestra. The stakes aren’t high in this production, and the audience is able to just enjoy a classic, golden age musical.”</p><p>Bailey said “Anything Goes” was partially chosen for the department’s second Fall 2016 production in an effort to give students an education on the history of musical theatre.</p><p>“A lot of our students now are very familiar with productions like ‘Wicked’ or ‘Shrek,’ but those shows did not happen in a vacuum,” Bailey, who is directing the production, said. “We strive to be a professional theatre, but we’re also an educational theatre first and foremost, so a production like ‘Anything Goes’ that debuted in the 1930s is a way to really make our students aware of the tradition of American musical theatre.”</p><p>For the production’s Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, performances, the Department of Theatre and Dance has partnered with the Austin Peay Office of Disability Services to provide a team of five American Sign Language interpreters who will translate the performance for the hearing-impaired.</p><p>“The deaf community is experiencing a surge right now in the popularity of musical theatre and we want to answer the call and be a part of that here at Austin Peay,” Bailey said.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU box office at 931-221-7379 or email at&nbsp; Tickets can also be purchased at&nbsp;</p> Theatre & Dance Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:21:48 +0000 harriscj 136075 at