Today @ APSU - University News en APSU hosting early Relay for Life event on April 29 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This spring, the Montgomery County Relay For Life is partnering with Austin Peay State University in the fight against cancer. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, the University will host a Relay For Life event at Fortera Stadium, allowing APSU students to participate in the relay before they leave campus for the summer break. Teams interested in participating in this event can register at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>This year’s Montgomery County Relay For Life event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Hilldale Baptist Church Family Life Center Athletic Field, at 250 Old Farmers Road. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Individuals unable to attend can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Relay For Life effort at Austin Peay or Montgomery County by visiting <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The Relay For Life event allows cancer survivors, family members, friends, caretakers and supporters to unite in their courageous fight to conquer this disease. The Relay For Life event will offer a wide range of entertainment, along with a luminary ceremony to honor and remember those who have died and those who continue to fight.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, Relay For Life<b><i> </i></b>will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries. The events will raise funds to support the American Cancer Society <b></b></p><p>To join the Austin Peay Relay for Life campus effort or register a team, visit <a href=""></a> or contact Colin Crist at 315-854-3347. To join the Montgomery County Relay For Life effort or to register as a team or individual, visit <a href=""></a>. For other questions on Montgomery County’s event, contact Jason Pennington at 931-980-6058.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:37:19 +0000 boothcw 142194 at Austin Peay State University’s APat90 celebration to cap off month-long celebration of 90 years of service <p><img src="" width="604" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — At 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 1927, Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed a bill creating a normal school on the old Southwestern Presbyterian University campus in Clarksville. The next day, April 26, the law went into effect.</p><p>That school created 90 years ago is now a thriving comprehensive university, and on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Austin Peay State University is celebrating nine decades of service to students and the region with a special celebration on the front lawn of the Browning Administration Building.</p><p>President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich will present the program, which takes place from noon-1:15 p.m., followed by a reception.</p><p>Wednesday’s event is the culmination of a month-long series of special events both on campus and in Clarksville. On April 24, the University Advancement Office will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are unrestricted funds provided to deans and directors in academic and student areas as well as athletics to help provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. that evening, and end at noon on Friday, April 28.</p><p>Business casual attire is requested for attendees. To RSVP, please contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7220.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:21:54 +0000 harriscj 142193 at APSU Opera and Theatre presents “The Sorcerer” on April 22-23 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Opera Theater and Orchestra welcomes you to a wild west world filled with love and magic when they perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer.”</p><p>The opera opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.</p><p>Set in a small town in the wild west, marriage festivities are underway between Aline and Alexis, the children of high-born parents. So in love with his bride to-be, Alexis wants everyone to feel how he feels, so he hires a genuine sorcerer to spike the wedding refreshments with a real-deal love potion. Alexis’s grand plan backfires when all of the town unknowingly partakes and his wedding turns to chaos when everyone — regardless of age, rank or beauty —&nbsp;falls in love with the first person they see.</p><p>Originally produced in 1877, “The Sorcerer” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s third operatic collaboration, and became a success, running for 178 performances in London. Its success encouraged the trio to create such masterpieces as&nbsp;“H.M.S. Pinafore,”&nbsp;“The Pirates of Penzance,” and&nbsp;“The Mikado.” APSU’s performance takes “The Sorcerer” down a slightly different path, changing the play’s original setting of Victorian England to the American wild west —&nbsp;a creative decision Lisa Conklin-Bishop, director of opera theatre at APSU said updates, but still remains faithful to the opera’s themes.</p><p>“We have chosen to set our production in the wild west, with the set, costumes and dialects reminiscent of a simpler time of naiveté and harmless trickery,” Conklin-Bishop said. “In this setting, the sorcerer becomes a snake oil salesman, traveling town to town, hawking various potions and services.”</p><p>“The Sorcerer” will feature one of the largest collaborative efforts in the department’s history, featuring students, faculty and friends of the University — as well as rare stage appearance by APSU president, Dr. Alisa White.</p><p>“It’s been a thrill to produce (The Sorcerer) because the talents and energies of this cast has provided such a rich directorial experience,” Conklin-Bishop said. “From freshman to graduate students, to alumni, faculty, staff, community members, the Gateway Chorus and even our very own university president, Alisa White, it’s been exciting to see all of these elements come together to create a production that embodies the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan —&nbsp;good natured fun with a lot of heart.”</p><p>For more information on the show, contact the APSU music department at 931-221-7818.</p> Theatre & Dance Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000 harriscj 142192 at Noted graphic designer Janda to give free lecture April 19 at APSU <p>&nbsp;<img src="" width="600" height="399" /></p><p>Author and graphic designer Michael Janda, chief creative officer at the nationally recognized marketing firm EKR, will discuss his book, “Burn Your Portfolio,” during a lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in Trahern 401 at Austin Peay State University. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student group at APSU, the APSU Student Organization Council and Thrive Creative Group.</p><p>Janda was the founder of the creative agency Riser, which served clients such as Disney, Google and ABC before being acquired by EKR. During Wednesday’s lecture, he will discuss his current and past works, as well as his business practices from his book that have allowed him to succeed on hundreds of creative projects.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:50:36 +0000 boothcw 142135 at Local Girl Scout troop supports APSU campus food pantry <p><img src="" width="600" height="406" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 10, 2017, Girl Scout Troop 2604 donated 70 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Austin Peay State University Save Our Students (SOS) Campus Food Pantry.</p><p>“We usually get the staple food donations of canned vegetables and dried pasta, so something sweet like cookies is an extra special surprise for pantry users,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Belina Sengmanyvong, who coordinates the volunteers and donations with the pantry.</p><p>The SOS food pantry at Austin Peay, which serves 400 people each year, was established five years ago to provide food to APSU students and families in need. The pantry and the free thrift shop run off of donations from the campus and the community.</p><p>Troop 2604 sold 4,000 boxes of cookies to the Clarksville community during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie season. For the last two years, these scouts have been raising money for a trip to Savannah, Georgia, to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts. Throughout the last two years, the scouts have also focused on supporting the local community, with donations and support to organizations such as the SOS pantry.</p><p>The SOS pantry is always in need of donations. For more information contact Alexandra Wills at&nbsp; 931-221-6591.</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;Photo cutline: Belina Sengmanyvog, AmeriCorps VISTA, accepts a donation from Girl Scout Troop 2604 members Alaina Chandler, Jasmine Palmer and Jaylen Palmer.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:47:15 +0000 boothcw 142123 at APSU’s Boyd Health Services designated a Healthier Tennessee Workplace <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University’s Boyd Health Services was recently designated a Healthier Tennessee Workplace by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.</p><p>Healthier Tennessee Workplaces are recognized for their leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of citizens of the state of Tennessee. The program aims to distinguish organizations that encourage and enable employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home.</p><p>“The staff at Boyd Health Services is very proud to have been designated as a healthy workplace because we are committed to emphasizing and promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors that lead to lifelong wellness for the entire APSU community,” Dr. Kristy Reed, assistant director of Boyd Health Services, said. “We believe that we should model the behaviors in ourselves that we encourage others to adopt.”</p><p>Healthier Tennessee Workplaces have certified that they have a wellness program in place that does the following:</p><ul><li>Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace</li><li>Offers healthy eating options at work</li><li>Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation</li><li>Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups</li><li>Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements</li></ul><p>Boyd Health Services’ mission is to ensure the delivery of high quality holistic health care that is accessible, affordable and emphasizes and promotes healthy lifestyles and behaviors that lead to lifelong wellness for the APSU community. Services offered by Boyd Health Services include primary and preventive care, acute illness and injury care, family planning/contraception visits, STD screening and treatment, limited management of chronic conditions, treatment of mental illnesses, employment/sports physicals, medication refills, immunizations, laboratory testing, allergy injections&nbsp;and health education programs.</p><p>The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change.</p><p>For more information on Boyd Health Services, visit <a href=""></a>. Those interested in becoming a Healthier Tennessee Workplace should apply at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:46:04 +0000 harriscj 142122 at APSU campus bookstore to offer retail location on College Street <p><img src="" width="600" height="277" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s 10-year strategic plan calls for creating “a vibrant downtown for a traditional college town experience,” and in the coming months, that goal will receive a major boost when the institution opens a 13,000-square-foot retail bookstore and coffee shop at the corner of College and Fourth streets.</p><p>In January 2016, the University purchased 11 acres along College Street, and work will begin soon on relocating the campus’ Ann Ross Bookstore from the Harvill Building, across from the Morgan University Center’s plaza, to the Jenkins and Wynne dealership’s former main showroom.</p><p>“This aligns perfectly with our strategic plan’s mission of supporting Austin Peay students, while also being a partner in the growth of the city of Clarksville,” Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives, said.</p><p>Shortly after APSU acquired the property on College Street, University officials said it would help build a stronger bridge between the campus and downtown Clarksville. Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president of finance and administration, said Austin Peay would explore public-private partnerships that support both the University and the surrounding community.</p><p>“Whatever this land will allow Austin Peay to do, as far as our growth, that’s priority number one,” Robinson said at the time. “Number two is what we can do together with people downtown to expand the area and encourage increased development in the downtown district.”</p><p>The University is partnering with national book retailer Barnes and Noble to operate the campus bookstore. The company, which operates 770 campus bookstores across the country, will provide students with textbooks at the new location, but the Barnes and Noble store will also be open to the public, selling children’s books, trade books, best sellers, office supplies and Austin Peay-branded merchandise. The venue will be similar to the Vanderbilt University Barnes and Noble on West End Avenue in Nashville, with a Barnes and Noble Café that will also be open to the public.</p><p>“The current bookstore agreement with Follett Higher Educational Group will expire June 30, 2017,” Tammy Silva, manager of APSU’s Auxiliary Support Services, said. “I will be working with Follett, Barnes and Noble, and other departments in this transfer process in the upcoming weeks to help ensure a smooth transition in contractors operating our campus bookstore on the Clarksville campus and at the Fort Campbell Education Center.”</p><p>Barnes and Noble provided an initial design concept for the newly renovated space, but those designs will likely change as the process moves forward. The company also plans to be in the new location by the Fall 2018 semester, but that date could change.</p><p>In Tennessee, Barnes and Noble operates several campus bookstores, including retail stores at Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Sewanee: The University of the South.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:24:28 +0000 boothcw 142069 at Dr. Prentice Chandler appointed new dean of Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education <p><img src="" width="411" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Dr. Prentice T. Chandler has been appointed as the new dean of Austin Peay State University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, effective July 1.</p><p>Dr. Chandler comes from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as associate director of teacher education and leadership, as well as an associate professor in its School of Education. During his time at Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler oversaw programs in middle childhood education, secondary education, special education and educational leadership. As an educator, Chandler taught courses in social studies education, diversity and critical race theory.</p><p>Prior to Cincinnati, Dr. Chandler served as department head of secondary education and a professor of secondary history and social science education at Athens State University from 2006-2013.</p><p>Dr. Chandler’s research interests include social studies methods, critical race theory, academic freedom, authentic intellectual work and flipped pedagogy. Some of his published work has appeared in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Teacher Education Quarterly, Educational Philosophy and Theory and the Journal of Social Studies Research.</p><p>His recent book, “Doing Race in Social Studies: Critical Perspectives,” published in 2015, examines Critical Race Theory (CRT) applications in social studies teaching and learning. Dr. Chandler’s forthcoming book, titled “Race Lessons: Using Inquiry to Teach About Race in Social Studies,” is set to be published in 2017.</p><p>“Dr. Chandler is goal oriented and he gets things accomplished,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of APSU’s College of Science and Mathematics, said. “In addition, he was a first-generation high school graduate. He is familiar with the type of students that attend Austin Peay, and he knows how to help them be successful.”</p><p>Dr. Chandler earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Education in 2002, both from the University of North Alabama. He received his Ed.S. in 2004 and his Ph.D. in secondary education in 2007, both from the University of Alabama.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">Before joining higher education, Dr. Chandler taught high school social studies in Alabama.</span></p><p>Dr. Chandler is replacing Dr. Carlette Hardin, who recently announced her retirement as dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education after serving in her position since 2010.</p><p>For more information about the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:40:43 +0000 harriscj 142068 at APSU Distance Education, Office of Informational Technology host Ed Tech Day on April 25 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;On April 25, Austin Peay State University Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology will host Ed Tech Day, providing faculty, students, staff and the community with an opportunity to explore and engage with emerging technology currently implemented on the University campus, as well as potential new technology on the horizon.</p><p>The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, rooms 303 and 305. Admission is free, and there will be vendor give-a-ways, raffle prizes and lite refreshments on hand for attendees.</p><p>Eventgoers can explore different learning management systems, as well as other educational technology venders. The event will provide the chance to see how educational technology can impact faculty and students, as well as increase student engagement. Students and faculty will have an opportunity to view different types of educational technology on campus and see how they can be incorporated into classes.</p><p>Vendors in attendance include Adobe, Blackboard, Canvas, Dell, D2L, Lenovo, M3 Technology Group, SmarterServices, TriStar Digital Connections and more.</p><p>For more information on Ed Tech Day, or for any additional questions, please contact APSU Distance Education at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:59:26 +0000 harriscj 142032 at APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta students present work at regional history conference <p><img src="" width="640" height="434" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Eleven APSU representatives, including both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professors, attended the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) Regional Conference, held Saturday, April 1 on the campus of University of Tennessee at Martin.</p><p>Seventy-five students and professors from over 12 universities in across Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky attended, with nine APSU students presenting their research and three University professors commenting on conference sessions.</p><p>Dr. Minoa Uffelman, professor of history and faculty advisor to Theta Delta, APSU’s PAT chapter, said the conference was a positive learning experience for her chapter’s students.</p><p>“This is the 10th Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference I have taken students to, and it is one of my favorite events of the year,” Uffelman said. “It is exciting to see students present their own papers for the first time because there are hours of work that goes into their 20-minute presentation. &nbsp;The process began when they chose a topic, then research, write, revise, practice their presentations and finally present in a professional setting.</p><p>“The whole experience is extraordinarily gratifying and I am always proud of our students.”</p><p>The nine APSU who students presented their research topics during the conference included:</p><ul><li>Sara Alexander, “Lenin’s Thoughts and Conduct in the Russian Civil War”</li><li>Jenny Brown, “Education in Early Medieval Irish Monasteries”&nbsp;</li><li>Katelynn DiStefano, “Germ Theory Acceptance in the Civil War: Transmission Control and Disinfectants attributing to the idea of Germ Theory”</li><li>Jennifer Holland, “Mind Games: German Military Intelligence on the Eastern Front during World War II”</li><li>Tia Joyce, “Bigger Bang for the Buck' or You Get What You Pay For? Evaluating the New Look”&nbsp;</li><li>Amanda Lawson, “Summer of Sacrifice: The Buddhist Crisis of 1963”</li><li>Brittany Orton, “The Quandary Surrounding Bawdy Women: Control of Prostitution during the Civil War”</li><li>John Schuler, “Why Did The German Small Unit Leader Of WWII Continue To Fight: And Sometimes Win?&nbsp;</li><li>Kristen Webster, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent:&nbsp;A Review of the African American Experience in the Tennessee&nbsp;Legal System during the Nineteenth Century&nbsp;</li></ul><p>APSU graduate student Katelynn DiStefano has presented at previous PAT regional conferences, and she said the opportunity to present in front of experts and receive valuable feedback is important to her development as a historian.</p><p>“I adore going to the Phi Alpha Theta conferences because of the connections I make, the fun I have and the experience I gain,” APSU graduate student Kate DiStefano said. “Myself and the professor who was commenting on my panel are working together to groom my paper into a publishable work. These conferences give me an opportunity to present my research and to get critique before I make the big step into publication.”</p><p>For more information, contact APSU associate professor of history and PAT advisor, Dr. Minoa Uffelman at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:08:29 +0000 harriscj 142001 at APSU professor Dr. Gregg Steinberg to speak on the different ways to lead <p>Dr. Gregg Steinberg is offering a seminar titled, “You don’t need a title to be a leader.” The seminar will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Morgan University Center, room 305, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The seminar is free and open to the public.</p><p>Whether you are a coach, professor or a salesperson, you are the CEO of you. In his presentation, Steinberg will show that you must lead yourself to success, and that being a great leader takes great leadership vision. In "You don't need a title to be a leader,” attendees will learn key leadership skills that will help them to&nbsp;create a more successful and happier life.</p><p>Steinberg is an 18-year tenured professor in the APSU’s Health and Human Performance department. He has authored three books: “Mental Rules for Golf”; “Flying Lessons,” a parenting book about emotional toughness; and “Full Throttle,” a business book about emotional toughness. Steinberg has appeared as an analyst and commentator on Dancing With the Stars, CNN, Fox News and the Golf Channel and also writes a business column for the Tennessean.</p><p>For more information, contact Steinberg by calling him at 931-221-6113, or via email at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Health and Human Performance Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:16:28 +0000 harriscj 141980 at APSU student newspaper earns two national awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The All State, Austin Peay State University’s student newspaper, earned two national Apple Awards at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City on March 14. The newspaper placed second in the Best Newspaper category, and its website — <a href="" title=""></a> — placed third for Best Homepage.</p><p>“I am in continuously in awe of the remarkable work the staff puts in The All State every day,” Celeste Malone, editor-in-chief of The All State, said. “Receiving not one, but two national awards is such an amazing honor.”</p><p>APSU’s student newspaper was the only public university in Tennessee to win an award from the competition.</p><p>Earlier this academic year, the newspaper earned 10 awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best of the South competition and two national Pinnacle Awards from College Media Association’s (CMA) Fall National Media Convention.</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, presented two sessions at the conference for student media advisers and editors on using assessment in student publications. Armstrong also presented a session titled “Illustrating Hard Stories and Topics,” and co-presented two sessions with fellow student media advisers.</p><p>He was also recently appointed to the CMA Finance Committee through fall 2018.</p><p>“The College Media Association has been leading the fight for the rights of student journalists, and inspiring the future journalists to go into the field,” Armstrong said. “I’m excited to contribute to a vital organization my students are active members of.”</p><p>The All State publishes each Wednesday in print during the fall and spring semesters, which is distributed on APSU’s Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. It also publishes regularly online at <a href="" title=""></a>. Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Instagram (@TheAllState_APSU) and Twitter (@TheAllState).</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:41:53 +0000 boothcw 141979 at APSU Department of Art and Design to host 2017 U.S. Bank Open Exhibition April 20-22 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art and Design will host the 2017 U.S. Bank Open Exhibition April 20-22, during Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires Festival.</p><p>The Open Exhibition is an opportunity for artists living in and around Montgomery County to exhibit their work, sell their work and to help raise money for APSU art scholarships. To date, 22 APSU art majors have received the U.S. Bank Scholarship, and numerous artists from the Clarksville community have been honored for their creative achievements with prize money donated annually by U.S. Bank.</p><p>This year’s exhibition will be held at 416 College Street, in the former Jenkins and Wynne Truck Center building.</p><p>Residents (18 years and older) of Montgomery County and surrounding regions may submit one work of art in the Amateur or the Professional division. APSU art faculty may also submit work to the exhibition, but they will not be considered for awards. All entries must be original and not previously shown in the Open Exhibition. For a full prospectus and entry forms, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Exhibition awards will be announced beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Art Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:29:16 +0000 harriscj 141978 at Figger introduced as APSU head men's basketball coach <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE—For the first time since 1990, Austin Peay State University athletics held a press conference Thursday morning to introduce its next head men's basketball coach.</p><p>Matt Figger, who served as Frank Martin's recruiting coordinator and assistant coach from his tenure at Kansas State through this year's Final Four run with South Carolina, was announced as the 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;head coach in program history, taking over for Dave Loos, who retired in March after 27 years at the helm.</p><p>Figger's introductory press conference was attended by a large gathering of fans, media members, donors and students eager and curious for a first look at Austin Peay's next head coach.</p><p>"I've stated many times that our goal at Austin Peay is to create champions," said athletics director&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" rel="smarttag" rev="232" id="sidearmAd1">Ryan Ivey</a>&nbsp;</dfn>during Figger's introduction. "Champions on the competition surface, champions in the classroom and champions in life.</p><p>"Our vision here is to be the standard by which everyone else measures themselves and to be the premiere athletics department in the Ohio Valley Conference. A successful, championship-caliber men's basketball program is a cornerstone of that vision."</p><p>Speaking from the heart and expounding on how his vision for the program will lead to Ivey's desire for championships, Figger spoke for roughly 10 minutes about the future of Austin Peay men's basketball and his desire to be the Governors head coach.</p><p>"This is my Christmas," Figger said. "I am so thrilled to be here. I'm so excited and I can't wait to get to work here.</p><p>"We've got things we need to do. I need to meet with the team—everything is about trust and loyalty. Those kids have to trust and believe in me, and I have to trust and believe in them. When you have those two things, you get love and when you've got love for each other, the sky is the limit. That's what I'm looking to build here."</p><p>The Jenkins, Kentucky, native has been an integral part of Martin's success since joining the fiery head coach at Kansas State in 2007. This season, Figger served the last of four seasons as associate head coach for Martin, helping to lead the Gamecocks from the bubble to the No. 7 seed and ultimately the Final Four. Along the way, South Carolina knocked off Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida, ultimately succumbing to Gonzaga in the final seconds of the national semifinal.</p><p><strong><u>What they're saying about Coach Figger</u></strong></p><p><strong>South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin</strong></p><p>"Austin Peay just hired a tireless worker who is an unbelievable coach and a more dynamic person. He is a winner, and he will make every young man and the program into ultimate winners."</p><p><strong>Illinois Head Coach Brad Underwood</strong></p><p>"Matt is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the game. He has paid his dues and was a big part of the rebuilding efforts at Kansas State and South Carolina. He is a great basketball mind and terrific recruiter and will help bring Austin Peay to the top of the OVC."</p><p><strong>Milwaukee Bucks Forward Michael Beasley</strong></p><p>"Coach Fig is a first-class man and terrific teacher. He helped me develop my mid-range game and made sure we knew the importance of being in excellent condition. I couldn't be happier for him and know he'll do great things for Austin Peay."</p><p><strong>Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard</strong></p><p>"Simply stated, Matt is a winner. He's won at every level and has earned this opportunity. He will bring energy, excitement and work ethic and recruiting knowledge that will be very beneficial to the APSU program. Players gravitate to Matt because he is genuine and invested in their lives on and off the court."</p><p><strong>Doug Gottlieb, Fox Sports</strong></p><p>"Matt Figger comes from a tremendous basketball coaching tree. In addition, he has the type of positive energy that is contagious to fans and players alike. I cannot wait to see his Govs get after it."</p><p><strong><u>The Figger File</u></strong></p><p><strong>Family:&nbsp;</strong>Wife, Katrina, and son, Vince</p><p><strong>Education:&nbsp;</strong>Eastern Kentucky, 1995 (B.S.)</p><p><strong>Experience</strong></p><ul><li>1993-94: Wabash Valley (Ill.) Junior College, assistant coach</li><li>1994-99: Vincennes, assistant coach</li><li>2000-02: Odessa (Texas) Junior College, assistant coach</li><li>2003-07: South Alabama, assistant coach</li><li>April-June 2007: Arkansas, director of operations</li><li>2007-12: Kansas State, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator</li><li>20013-17: South Carolina, associate head coach/recruiting coordinator</li></ul><p><strong>Accomplishments</strong></p><ul><li>12 National appearances</li><li>4 NJCAA</li><li>6 NCAA – 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017</li><li>2 NIT – 2009, 2016</li><li>Sweet 16 – 2010, 2017</li><li>Elite Eight – 2010, 2017</li><li>Final Four – 2017</li><li>2006 Sun Belt Tournament Champion at South Alabama</li><li>2007 Sun Belt Regular-Season Champion at South Alabama</li><li>No. 23 recruiting class in 2013 (</li><li>South Carolina team GPA of 3.0 or better in seven of last eight semesters</li><li>Five All-Americans</li><li>20 All-Conference performers</li><li>Two Conference Players of the Year</li><li>Coached 2008 Consensus National Player of the Year Michael Beasley (Kansas State)</li><li>Helped four players (Beasley, Shawn Marion, Rodney McGruder and Henry Walker) along the path to NBA careers. &nbsp;</li></ul> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:56:48 +0000 boothcw 141977 at APSU Choral Activities holding “The Big Sing” on April 11 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As another academic year nears its end, Austin Peay State University choral activities celebrates the grand finale of the choral season with the biggest collection of vocal talent to date in the fourth annual “The Big Sing.”</p><p>On April 11 at 5:30 p.m., upwards of 170 singers from APSU, Mt. Juliet High School and Station Camp High School will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a free performance of a wide range of vocal compositions.</p><p>Under the leadership of choral directors Sandra Elliott (Mt. Juliet) and David A. Collins (Station Camp), high school students will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir to create a choral union for a performance of three songs.</p><p>“This is going to be our first chance to participate in The Big Sing, and we’re all really excited,” Collins said. “Station Camp has sent a lot of students to Austin Peay in the past, and Dr. Foster has been a real great consultant for me over the years. We’re bringing about 70 of our students, and they couldn’t be more excited.”</p><p>The compositions performed by the choral union include “Insanae et Vanae Curae,” a song composed by Joseph Haydn, “Death Is Gonna Lay Its Cold Icy Hands on Me,” arranged by André Thomas and “Fèt Champèt” by composer, and former Acuff Chair, Sydney Guillaume.</p><p>In addition, Madison Street United Methodist Church Rev. Jared Wilson will join the choral union on organ during its performance of “Insanae et Vanae Curae,” while APSU professors Anne Glass (piano) and Dr. Jeffrey Williams (baritone solo) will feature on its performance of “Death Is Gonna Lay Its Cold Icy Hands on Me.”</p><p>“The songs performed during this year’s Big Sing cover a variety of languages and themes, from Haitian Creole and secular with ‘Fèt Champèt,’ to English and spiritual tradition with ‘Death’ to Latin sacred music for ‘Insanae,’ Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said.</p><p>New this year is a special performance by APSU’s Home School Children’s Choir. Comprised of students ages 8-13 and led by APSU students Susannah White and Briana Owen, the students will perform three songs before the choral union takes the stage.</p><p>For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Music Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:00:43 +0000 harriscj 141958 at APSU welcomes CECA Tennessee Artist Fellow Alicia Henry for artist talk <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) and the Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design are pleased to announce Alicia Henry, the 2016-17 recipient of the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship, will present a public lecture of her work at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Morgan University Center, room 303 on the University campus.</p><p>All CECA events, including Henry’s lecture, are free and open to the community, unless otherwise noted.</p><p>Henry received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale University School of Art. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Henry has received numerous awards, grants and residencies, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies. Recently, Henry was awarded the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.</p><p>Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country, including the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Tennessee State Museum, Cheekwood Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. She is Professor of Art in the Department of Arts and Languages at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.</p><p>Since 1985, CECA at Austin Peay State University&nbsp;has provided students, the Clarksville community and the Middle Tennessee region with engaging experiences in visual art and design, music, creative writing, theatre and dance.</p><p>The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, applications and nominations from artists were not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiled a list of outstanding artists from&nbsp;across the state and&nbsp;selected the fellowship winner.&nbsp;Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>. For more information about CECA, contact Janice Crews, CECA director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:14:01 +0000 harriscj 141942 at Seventh annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice to be held at APSU on April 8 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Saturday, April 8, the Montgomery County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the MerryInGOD Foundation and Austin Peay State University will present the 7<sup>th</sup> Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice.</p><p>The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Morgan University Center on the University campus. Attendance is free and open to the public, however all attendees must pre-register by emailing <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The conference target audience includes students, parents, religious leaders, social workers, psychologist, educators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, concerned citizens, community activists, administrators and others who are interested in the issues that confront our youth. Presentations have been varied and have included timely topics, such as: Impact of Social Media on Your Life, Mentoring, Gang Awareness, Cyberbullying, Bullying, Addiction to Hopelessness, the Juvenile Justice System, Rachel’s Challenge, Follow Your Dreams, Suicide Prevention, Your Constitutional Rights: What to do When Stopped by the Police and others.</p><p>Sessions and keynote speakers this year include “Perseverance,” led by Col. Telita Crosland, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Fort Campbell – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital; “Potential Plus Perspective Plus Performance Equals Purposeful Prosperity,” led by Richard “Reason” Garrett, Clarksville city councilman and executive director of LEAP Organization; “Equal Justice Under the Law: The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force,” led by Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal, attorney, Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and chair of the Montgomery County DMC Task Force; and “Update on the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice System,” led by Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Barnes.</p><p>Montgomery County is one of five counties, including Davidson, Hamilton, Shelby, Knox and Montgomery, that have a DMC Task Force in the state of Tennessee.</p><p>For additional information, please contact Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal at 931-551-8300.</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:54:43 +0000 harriscj 141923 at University celebrating 90 years this month with APat90 <p><img src="" width="600" height="300" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This month, Austin Peay State University officially turns 90, and in honor of this institution’s nine decades, members of the APSU community are encouraged to participate in the University’s monthlong APat90 celebration.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The festivities began on April 4, with APSU faculty, staff, students and supporters attending a special Austin Peay Night at the Nashville Predators game at Bridgestone Arena. During this sold-out event, the Predator’s organization publicly recognized the University’s anniversary, and the APSU Admissions staff set up a table to actively recruit potential students.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The APat90 celebration will continue throughout April with a series of special events on campus and in Clarksville, including a recognition during the annual APSU Scholarship Donor Dinner and an APat90 presence at Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires festival.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">On April 24, the University will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are innovation funds that allow deans and directors in academic and student areas to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on April 24, and the Advancement Office has secured Matching Gift Champions who will provide matching funds for special areas of interest. The University’s official social media outlets will promote this event with a series of “Pass the Hat” posts later this month. If you value a specific area of this institution, please consider supporting this campaign.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The APat90 celebration will culminate at noon on April 26, with a special event, hosted by APSU President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich, on the front lawn of the Browning Building. The campus community is invited to participate in this event.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In honor of Austin Peay's 90th Anniversary, the alumni office has partnered with the Goldsmith Press to create commemorative t-shirts featuring lyrics from the University's fight song, "Smash Bang." The shirts can be purchased for $20, and the proceeds will help fund important University initiatives for future generations of students, faculty and staff.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For more information on APat90 or to purchase a shirt, visit <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.</span></p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:27:44 +0000 boothcw 141921 at APSU Latin/geology student headed to Europe for Roman site excavation <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a sweltering afternoon in Tallil, Iraq, a U.S. Army soldier named Elizabeth Wilcox paused on her way to the gym to examine what looked like seashells on the desert floor. Centuries ago, the Euphrates River had flowed through the area, surrounding a nearby stone structure some scholars believe was the Tower of Babel, but that channel of the river had long since turned to dust.</p><p>“Today, it’s a desolate desert,” Wilcox said. “There were no signs of large bodies of water nearby. I knew the history of the place, but the shell brought to life this history.”</p><p>In that moment, Wilcox became curious at how geology can reveal history’s lost secrets. Now, as an Austin Peay State University senior, studying Latin, Classical Civilizations and geology, her curiosity is taking her to Romania, where she’ll analyze soil at the site of an ancient Roman province.</p><p>&nbsp;Wilcox is able to participate in this ground-breaking fieldwork because she recently won the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s (CAMWS) Dr. Peter Knox Award. The prestigious $2,000 award, named for the former president of CAMWS, is presented each year to one undergraduate student, one graduate student and one teacher. Wilcox, the undergraduate winner, will use the monetary award to attend an excavation field school in Romania. She will spend six weeks learning how to use Ground Penetrating Radar while she assists the excavation of the Roman site.</p><p>Hundreds of students from some of the top archeological programs in the country applied for the CAMWS Award, but the awarding committee was impressed by Wilcox’s proposal to conducting phosphorus analysis of the site’s soil.</p><p>“The thing about Liz is she had a very specific interest in the discipline, so I thought she stood a better chance,” Dr. Tim Winters, APSU Classics professor, said. “But still, that’s a lot of students at a lot of top universities applying. I’m impressed. I’m very proud of her.”</p><p>When Wilcox left the army after 14 years of service, she enrolled at Austin Peay with the intention of studying biology. But then she took a Latin class and “fell in love” with the subject.</p><p>“Reading Virgil and Cicero made me fall in love with the culture and love it more,” she said. “And then I went to Greece last summer with Dr. Winters.”</p><p>During her weeks in Greece, Wilcox met some of Winters’ close friends, including Dr. Guy Sanders, director of The American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ excavation at Corinth.</p><p>Now, she’s preparing to graduate from Austin Peay and then spend much of her summer in Romania, looking for artifacts related to the region’s last Dacian king.</p><p>“These Dacians were nothing to be messed with,” she said. “When they went to war, they had bill hooks that would slice off people’s limbs.”</p><p>When she finishes her stay in Romania, Wilcox hopes to continue her research as a graduate student at the University of Kent in Canterbury England, and she credits any success she may have in this field to her undergraduate program at Austin Peay.</p><p>“I never thought anything like this would ever happen,” she said. “I would have to say the Classics program—Dr. Winters, Dr. (Stephen) Kershner, Ms. (Mary) Winters—was such an asset to my learning here.”</p><p>For more information on Classics at Austin Peay visit <a href=""></a> or contact Winters at <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:35:33 +0000 boothcw 141906 at APSU physics student Bunton earns highly coveted internship with Tesla <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Faced with a rare opportunity to impress recruiters from one of the most sought-after internships in America, automotive manufacturer Tesla, Inc., Austin Peay State University junior physics major Jonathan Bunton said he felt he needed to combat a common misconception in the tech sector.</p><p>“A lot of times, some industries get hung up on finding interns from big names like M.I.T. or Cal Berkeley, but I knew that I just needed a chance to show that students who are just as skilled, or more skilled than any other candidates don’t have to come from those massive, well-known schools,” Bunton said.</p><p>With a focus on engineering electric cars, battery energy storage and solar energy, Tesla is one company that is admittedly looking to change the world. It stands to reason then, that it could change the way it finds new talent, accepting Bunton over students from major universities for a summer internship with the Palo Alto-based company.</p><p>Bunton will be spending the summer interning with Tesla’s quality engineering department. His focus, Bunton said, will be on the charging units Tesla employs to provide electricity to its gasoline-free automobiles. Bunton will spend three months in Fremont, California, as a full-time intern, learning the ins and outs of the product line and troubleshooting defective products as they present themselves.</p><p>“What we’ll be doing is working directly with the manufacturers, so if something comes off the line funky or abnormal, we’re figuring out the problem, finding the problem’s cause and figuring out how to fix the problem,” Bunton said. “There’s actually a lot more that is going on with a charging unit than you’d think; it’s a lot more than just a charging port on a wall and the actual car itself. There’s a lot of voltage you’re shoving through a circuit, and there’s a lot of detectors and monitoring going on to tell the car if its full of energy or not.</p><p>Bunton was able to sell himself to Tesla during the interview process, he said due to his body of undergraduate research experience. Working alongside Austin Peay classmates and professors as a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Materials Group, Bunton has over a year of hands-on experience applying glass thin films for use in applications such as optical computing and memory devices.</p><p>“The interview process was stressful, but they asked questions about my (undergraduate) research work and I was able to go into detail about what I’ve done over the past year with (Dr. Andriy Kovalskiy, Austin Peay physics professor) and my research teammates on the glass team,” Bunton said. “I think the scientific method prepares someone for that kind of environment. Say there's some problem or some effect that we're observing, we need to try and figure out exactly how to fix it or how it's working, so that we are better prepared for the future. After we get the results, we analyze them and try to draw conclusions.”</p><p>A Northeast High School graduate and an alumnus of APSU’s Governor’s School for Computational Physics, a summer school for high-achieving high school students with an interest in engineering, math and science, Bunton said his time at Austin Peay has prepared him for his opportunity with Tesla. While other universities may have a famous pedigree, he praised his education and experience at Austin Peay as making him competitive with his soon-to-be peers in Silicon Valley.</p><p>“I’ve come to appreciate that, after just my freshman year, I already knew all of the physics faculty at Austin Peay,” Bunton said. “The biggest class I’ve been in has maybe been 25 students, and when you’re talking about classes like advanced quantum mechanics, that’s a really big deal to get that face-to-face attention from faculty…I haven’t limited myself at all (by staying in Middle Tennessee.)”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Physics and Astronomy Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:53:18 +0000 harriscj 141885 at APSU Theatre and Dance presents ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ April 5-9 <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will celebrate show tunes from both stage and screen next week when it presents Kander and Ebb’s “The World Goes ‘Round” at the Trahern Theatre.</p><p>The musical, directed by APSU professor Darren Michael and featuring choreography by APSU associate professor Marcus Hayes and musical direction by APSU associate professor Dr. Christopher Hayes, runs from Wednesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 8, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.</p><p>From the world of the distinguished writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, “The World Goes ‘Round” is a revue of hits created by the pair, including “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane” and “And The World Goes ‘Round,” among many others. The parade of songs is woven through a story featuring humor, romance, dance and non-stop melody, all celebrating life and the fighting spirit shown by five individuals going through a whirlwind life of love, babies and a lot of coffee.</p><p>Michael said Kander and Ebb, who have penned celebrated musicals such as “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” were famous for “highly theatrical” work that engaged audiences. In APSU’s production, he says the cast and crew’s goal is to bring that same energy to the campus community.&nbsp;</p><p>“What we’ve tried to do in this production is invite the audience in, allowing them to become a part of the show,” Michael said. “(Kander and Ebb’s) work is always a tease to the audience. Yes, they explore some wonderfully deep themes and emotions, but they also want to make sure the audience is very engaged.</p><p>“We’ve made sure that the audience knows that they are our focus from the opening number,” Michael added.&nbsp;“We break the fourth wall immediately from the first song. &nbsp;And continue that throughout. I hope no one feels safe and feels that at any moment there may be a performer in an audience member’s lap.”</p><p>Tickets for “The World Goes ‘Round” are $10 for students/military/seniors and $15 for adults. For more information, contact the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing <a href=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Theatre & Dance Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:40:47 +0000 harriscj 141840 at APSU holds historic first board of trustees meeting <p><img src="" width="650" height="425" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University convened its inaugural Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, March 30, completing the transition from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to its own local governing board.</p><p>Austin Peay President Alisa White, joined by Gov. Bill Haslam and observed by University faculty and staff, as well as media and members of the community, called the ‘historic’ first meeting to order.</p><p>“This is a very historic day for Austin Peay State University,” White said. “Gov. Haslam offered the FOCUS Act as a way for institutions to have more direct support and oversight and I thank him for making education a priority.”</p><p>The institutional board was created as part of Haslam’s FOCUS Act, which the state passed last year, changing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee and the relationships between TBR, the six TBR universities and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The act called for the establishment of a Board of Trustees for Austin Peay and the other five universities. The Austin Peay Board of Trustees will ultimately assume most of the oversight previously provided by the TBR.</p><p>In accordance with the legislation, the board is made up of 10 members—eight members nominated by the governor, one faculty member selected by the APSU faculty and one nonvoting student member appointed by the APSU Board of Trustees. Last month, the Tennessee General Assembly confirmed Haslam’s eight board nominees and the APSU faculty’s nominee, Dr. Nell Rayburn, APSU professor of mathematics.</p><p>The eight nominated board members have various connections to the University and the Clarksville community. Larry Carroll, Valencia May and Robin Mealer are Austin Peay alumni, while Billy Atkins, Katherine Cannata, Don Jenkins, Gary Luck and Mike O’Malley each have played prominent roles as supporters of the University as well as the region.</p><p>O’Malley was elected board chair during the meeting, with Cannata voted in as vice chair. Additionally, White was ratified as University president.</p><p>One of the board’s first actions was the appointment of a non-voting student member. Following a review of applications, the board appointed Crystal Wallenius to serve as student trustee.</p><p>Among the agenda items were the adoption of bylaws, a code of ethics and a 2017 meeting calendar. The new bylaws and policies replace the previously existing policies established by TBR. The trustees also approved the establishment of a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics, and a proposal will be submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as the last step in the approval process.</p><p>University board meetings will be held quarterly, and will be open to the public with a livestream available online. The meeting calendar, meeting agendas and recordings are available online at&nbsp;</p><p>The next board of trustees meeting is scheduled for May 18-19.</p> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:06:49 +0000 harriscj 141835 at GovNow dual enrollment information session set for April 4 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;High school juniors and seniors from across Tennessee interested in getting a jumpstart on their college careers can attend a GovNow dual enrollment information session on April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, room 307 on the University campus.</p><p>A major component of GovNow (a reference to APSU’s mascot, the Governor) is the incentive that students can earn four college-level classes for free. Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school and who meet the dual admission requirements can begin taking dual enrollment classes through APSU the summer before their junior year. Students taking advantage of GovNow can potentially save more than $7,000 on tuition for a four-year degree, thanks to GovNow.</p><p>Students that want to take full advantage of the program, with its discounted tuition rates that continue after those four free classes, have the potential to earn an associate degree—the equivalent of two years of college—by the time they graduate high school.</p><p>The University’s GovNow program is open to students from any high school in Tennessee, including home-school students, who have:</p><p>• Completed the sophomore year of high school.</p><p>• A minimum high school GPA of 3.0.</p><p>• ACT subscores of 19 in math and English.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">• Parent/guardian approval.</span></p><p>• Principal or counselor approval.</p><p>Those interested in attending the information session are asked to RSVP at <a href=""></a>, but it is not required. For more information on APSU’s dual enrollment program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:58:25 +0000 harriscj 141784 at Acuff Chair of Excellence recipient Dorothy Allison to give April 7 author reading <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;Award-winning writer, poet and novelist Dorothy Allison, the current Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipient, will be on the campus of Austin Peay State University on Friday, April 7 for an evening reading of her work.</p><p>The event, which takes place at 8 p.m., will be held at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus and is free to the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Allison has won a number of literary awards, including two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing for her 1988 short story collection, “Trash.” She received mainstream recognition with her novel, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. “Bastard Out of Carolina” became a bestseller, and an Emmy Award-winning film.</p><p>Her 1995 book, “Two or Three Things I Know for Sure” was named the New York Times Book Review notable book of the year, while her 1998 book, “Cavedweller,” was also a national bestseller and has been adapted for the stage and film.</p><p>Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"It's been tremendously rewarding for our creative&nbsp;writers to work with Dorothy Allison as Acuff Chair,"&nbsp;<span>Dr. Amy Wright, Austin Peay associate professor, said.</span>&nbsp;"Students have been&nbsp;daring more difficult subjects and reaching for greater emotional truths after listening to her bold insights into the creative process. We feel very fortunate to be able to invite a writer who has published fiction,&nbsp;nonfiction and poetry. I am excited to&nbsp;hear her read from her forthcoming novel."</span></p><p>Established in 1985, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence brings regionally and nationally acclaimed artists to campus to work with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. Each Acuff Chair gives a public performance and visits the campus for about a week.</p><p>For more information on the reading, or this year’s Acuff Chair of Excellence, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:10:19 +0000 harriscj 141760 at APSU senior Thomas Murphy finishes accomplished undergraduate tenure with Washington D.C. internship <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A common regret recent college graduates share is that they wish they had not let opportunity pass by them. It’s a complaint that takes a lot of forms — some wish they had studied abroad, others wish they joined a campus club and still more wish they had taken that internship opportunity — but you would not be alone in wishing you had said “yes” more often during your college years.</p><p>Austin Peay State University student Thomas Murphy is trying to avoid those future regrets. A senior French major, Murphy has been active on campus, serving as a member of student government, as well as participating in the University’s President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) and Honors Program.</p><p>“As a student, I realized my time was limited, and so I tried to do as much as I possibly could to expand my skill set and research interests,” Murphy said. “I tried to take advantage of as many various opportunities as I could, whether or not I thought they would be a necessary component of my future job."</p><p>Murphy is currently spending his final college semester in Washington D.C., serving as a communications intern for the National Lesbian &amp; Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues. Murphy came to NLGJA through a partnership with The Washington Center, which places students with organizations whose work they show interest in.</p><p>Murphy’s affiliation with The Washington Center came at the urging of PELP director Dr. Matthew Kenney, who connects PELP students with internship opportunities that allow APSU students to develop their own leadership skills from community leaders.</p><p>“Dr. Kenney had been encouraging me to do an internship through the Washington Center since my freshman year,” Murphy said. “(Internships are) a really great opportunity open to all Austin Peay students.”</p><p>Working with NLGJA is a merging of interests, Murphy said, as he has contributed a number of pieces to outlets including Out &amp; About Nashville, as well as a recently published opinion article in The Tennessean. As a junior, Murphy spent a semester interning for Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.</p><p>“Fortunately, I had enough flexibility in my schedule to take advantage of a semester away my last semester of college. Since I already had some experience in public policy, I wanted to do something a little different. Writing has always been at the core of my interests, and I wanted to use this opportunity to work specifically on developing my writing abilities in narrower, job-oriented capacity.”</p><p>Upon graduation in May, Murphy said he plans to enter the doctoral program at New York University’s Department of French. As an undergraduate student, Murphy spent a semester of study at the University of Orléans in Orléans, France. This past summer, he returned to the country for a French translation project, funded by APSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research, with APSU professor, Dr. Karen Sorenson.</p><p>Murphy credits Austin Peay with his interest in the language, with his first exposure coming while taking dual credit classes at APSU while still a junior in high school. It was his experience in those courses, Murphy said, that inspired him to pursue French as a major once he matriculated.</p><p>Continued education may be in his immediate future, but Murphy is hesitant to rule out continuing to write or remain active in politics. The opportunities made available to him outside of the classroom at Austin Peay, Murphy said, have opened his eyes and have helped build an attractive resume and set of skills for whatever path he decides to pursue.</p><p>"I have always been interested in academia, and (graduate school) seems to be the logical next step, (but) at the same time, I don't believe my interests need to be exclusive, and I plan to continue writing both academically and for various outlets in the coming years,” Murphy said. “There's no way to know what the future holds, but I am excited to see what's in store.</p><p>“I am extremely thankful for the support I've received from all the Austin Peay faculty I've worked with over the years, who have been tireless in encouraging me to go outside of my comfort zone. I can't imagine another school where I would have the opportunity to be so close to professors not only in French, but also in classics, political science and English.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s President’s Emerging Leader’s Program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information on the Office of Undergraduate Research, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:49:49 +0000 harriscj 141703 at