Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/50-percent-state-employee-discount-tennessee en APSU completes successful Food for Fines collection drive http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-completes-successful-food-fines-collection-drive <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/cans_12.png" width="748" height="503" alt="cans_12.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The holiday season is a time for giving, and the Austin Peay State University Department of Public Safety recently offered members of the University community a chance to give – and be forgiven – with its “Food for Parking Fines” program.</p><p>Partnering with the Save Our Students (SOS) Food Pantry, an on-campus food pantry dedicated to providing aid to students in need, the APSU Department of Public Safety conducted its first-ever food drive. From Dec. 8-14, students, faculty and staff were able to pay for their parking tickets with a donation of 10 canned food items.</p><p>A total of 1,627 cans of food, as well as numerous packages of pasta, chips and other food items, were collected from a total of 119 individuals with outstanding parking fines. All told, the APSU Department of Public Safety waived 156 parking citations.</p><p>“This was a really fantastic thing for the whole community,” Sgt. Derrick Oliver of the APSU Campus Police, said. “The giving is the main important thing here – especially at this time of the year. It seemed like every day, there were 300-400 cans of food in our office.”</p><p>Organizers say the original goal of the program was to collect over 900 cans of food.  Reaction to the program was extremely positive, with many donating more than the required 10 cans, and officers with the APSU Department of Public Safety also donating cans to assists students unable to meet the requirement for a waived ticket.</p><p>Due to the large number of donations, the pantry had to make multiple collection pick-ups from the APSU Public Safety office.</p><p>“(The APSU Department of Public Safety) was originally going to just do the drive for five days, but it was extended through the weekend because of its popularity,” Alexandra Wills, APSU Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement and head of the SOS Food Pantry, said. “Every single day, we were coming to take the food out because it was just starting to overtake the campus police’s office.”</p><p>Wills said the high number of donations means the pantry could be able to meet the needs of the community through this upcoming summer. Wills said, however, that the pantry always accepts donations, and is always in need of staples such as canned fruit, meat and peanut butter.</p><p>The mission of the S.O.S. Food Pantry is to assist and provide supplement food to the needy at APSU who have been impacted by financial problems as a result of unemployment, divorce, disability, health, domestic violence, homelessness, disaster and rising cost of living. The pantry gathers, stores and distributes goods to those who find themselves in time of special need and crisis. </p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:33 +0000 boothcw 93664 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU 2014: A year in review http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-2014-year-review <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/YearInReview2014.jpg" width="600" height="407" alt="YearInReview2014.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some years move along at a quiet, steady pace, continuing the traditions and patterns of the previous year before quietly fading into the next. No milestones mark the passage of time, and people often find themselves bored or, worse yet, uninspired. At Austin Peay State University, 2014 was not that type of year. The last 12 months passed with such speed, thanks to major changes within the University, that the campus community will likely remember this past year as a crucial time in Austin Peay’s progression into a leading institution of higher learning.</p><p>Here are some of the top stories that helped redefine Austin Peay in 2014:</p><ol><li>On June 2, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) named Alisa White as APSU’s 10<sup>th</sup> president. White previously served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler, and she was selected after an extensive nationwide search. She replaced Tim Hall, who left the University in May to become president of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.</li><li>On Sept. 13, the new $19 million Governors Stadium officially opened. Thousands of eager APSU fans packed into the new facility for the season’s first home football game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The new stadium, with its brick and synthetic stucco façade, features an 8,000-square-foot club level section, 13 luxury skyboxes and a seating capacity for 10,000 fans.</li><li>During the fall semester, the University unveiled the APSU Promise, a new program that guarantees scholarships to all TBR community college and Hopkinsville Community College graduates who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The new scholarship program aims to bring more high-caliber students to campus in the coming years. There is no limit to the number of APSU Promise scholarships the University will award this year.</li><li>In April, the University’s Athletics Department unveiled its new Governor Peay logo, created by Pennsylvania-based graphic design firm Joe Bosack and Co. A committee of University staff members, local businessmen and alumni spent months working on the effort to enhance the visual identity of APSU Athletics. The new, more competitive-looking logo is now a staple on the APSU campus and within the Clarksville community.</li><li>APSU expanded its degree offerings this year. The University received approval for a Master of Science degree in engineering technology, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre and dance, a concentration in networking for the University’s existing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology, a concentration in hospitality administration for the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and a minor in film studies through the Department of Languages and Literature.</li><li>The University also continued to show its support of the military in 2014. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success.” That initiative seeks to help veterans succeed on campus. The University announced in late September that it was waiving online fees and technology access fees for active-duty military personnel taking classes at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell. The decision was made after a recent change to the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program caused these individuals to pay out-of-pocket cash for fees associated with pursuing a college education. Later in the semester, Military Advanced Education named APSU a top school in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, and G.I. Jobs magazine named Austin Peay to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.</li><li>In addition to the above military accolades, the Austin Peay name appeared on several other “best of” lists in 2014. For the sixth year in a row, APSU’s Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was named the best chapter in the nation, and the University’s Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity was named the best chapter in the southern region for the fourth year in a row. The U.S. News &amp; World Report Best Colleges 2015 ranking were released on Sept. 9, and APSU ranked 27<sup>th</sup> in the Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South) category. And earlier this fall, the APSU College of Business’s Master of Science in management program was listed #32 in the country in The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU’s program was ranked among the top 63 graduate management programs in the United States.</li><li>For the third consecutive year, APSU was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list. In all, only 92 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. APSU won honors in nine of 12 categories, which put it on the list’s honor roll.</li><li>The University received several high-profile grants this year. The National Science Foundation awarded more than $300,000 to the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology to improve the infrastructure, utility and visibility of the APSU Natural History Collection. That collection includes more than 100,000 research specimens representing the state’s largest collection of amphibians and reptiles, the second largest collection of plants and a rapidly growing collection of fishes. It also features small collections of birds and mammals from throughout the Mid-South Region. EDCAUSE, a nonprofit association that supports the role of information technology in higher education, awarded APSU a $100,000 grant to expand and enhance its innovative My Future system. The system, unveiled in 2012, uses predictive analytics to help students pick majors in fields where they will likely find academic success.</li><li>On Sept. 23, APSU officially opened the DeWald Livestock Pavilion—a modern facility that will provide a practical working and learning space for APSU faculty and students—at the University’s Farm and Environmental Education Center. The pavilion was named in honor of Dr. Ernie and Joan DeWald, who generously supported the project with a major financial gift.</li></ol><p>Beth Liggett, APSU photographer, has created a photo gallery of the last year at APSU. The gallery is available at <a href="http://austinpeay.photoshelter.com/gallery/Austin-Peay-2014-in-Photos/G0000txd8G_VJbZU/">http://austinpeay.photoshelter.com/gallery/Austin-Peay-2014-in-Photos/G0000txd8G_VJbZU/</a>. To download a photo, the password is “public.” APSU photography also created a video slideshow, available at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8gu_tZyk4">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8gu_tZyk4</a>. Please feel free to use any and all provided photographs and the video in your publications and online.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45:57 +0000 boothcw 93663 at http://www.apsu.edu 43 APSU students named to prestigious Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges http://www.apsu.edu/news/43-apsu-students-named-prestigious-whos-who-among-american-universities-and-colleges <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Since 1934, the Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges has honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.</p><p>            Schools across the country nominate their top students every fall for this prestigious designation, but only the top candidates out of thousands of nominees are bestowed with the honor. This year, more than 3,000 students nationwide were given this distinction, with 43 of those impressive individuals coming from Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            The APSU students named to this year’s Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities were:</p><p>            • Erika Adams, of Weston, Florida;</p><p>            • Jordan Adams, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Karlie Allen, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Daniel Anderson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Brena Andring, of Bristol;</p><p>            • LaBria Appleton, of Springfield;</p><p>            • Matthew Barnett, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Julia Batson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lucas Bearden, of Cumberland Furnace;</p><p>            • Amanda Blankenship, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Amber Botts, of Cleveland;</p><p>            • Keedy Burdeshaw, of Bethpage;</p><p>            • Illaria Calo, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Kali Cooper, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Haley Cowley, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Chelsey Denning, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Brooke Diggs, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Alexis Eldridge, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Cassie Elrod, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Julie Flowers, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Jennifer Freeland, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Megan Hart, of Cumberland City;</p><p>            • James Helms, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Leah Henson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Joshua Hinckley, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Breigh Jones, of Memphis;</p><p>            • Rylan Kean, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lauren Maki, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Lauren McKinney, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tyler Meadows, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Courtney Melton, of Indian Mound;</p><p>            • Doreen Merickle, of McEwen;</p><p>            • Jonell Nicholson, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Jennifer Nwokocha, of Atlanta, Georgia;</p><p>            • Te’Lysha Peaks, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tahji Peebles, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Tikehe Peoples, of Jackson;</p><p>            • Alexa Riley, of Adams;</p><p>            • Kaitlin Roe, of Greenbriar;</p><p>            • Daniel Suiter, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Randy Valerio, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Carrie West, of Clarksville;</p><p>            • Kayla Williams, of Clarksville.</p><p>            The students will be honored during APSU’s annual Student Organization and Leaders Award Ceremony this April.</p><p>            For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 221-7341. </p> tbr Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:12 +0000 boothcw 93636 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-32 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Gregory R. Singleton</b>, associate vice president and dean of students, recently attended the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Nashville, where he was a featured speaker. His session, titled “Good Times? A Seasoned Professional’s Perspective of the Fraternal Movement,” was highlighted as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award for outstanding service to the fraternity/sorority experience.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:22:38 +0000 boothcw 93596 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU student awarded prestigious study abroad scholarship http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-student-awarded-prestigious-study-abroad-scholarship <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Retired New York congressman Benjamin Gilman spent much of his 30-year political career developing relationships within the international community, so in 2000, the U.S. Department of State developed a prestigious study abroad scholarship named in honor of the former House Foreign Relations Committee chairman.</p><p>            Each year, thousands of undergraduate college students apply for the Gilman International Scholarship, hoping to receive up to $5,000 to study in a foreign country. This year, the program awarded only 800 scholarships, and one of those went to Austin Peay State University student Ehlana Podgorski.</p><p>            Podgorski will use the scholarship to spend the spring semester studying at Kyungpook National University, APSU’s partner exchange institution in South Korea. The University is located in Daegu, the third largest metropolitan city in South Korea and one of the host sites for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.</p><p>           "Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates,” Gilman said. “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."</p><p>            For more information on study abroad opportunities at APSU, contact the University’s Office of International Education at 931-221-6851.</p> tbr Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:48:43 +0000 boothcw 93568 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Tim Winters recognized with prestigious teaching award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-tim-winters-recognized-prestigious-teaching-award <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20130502-Languages-Literature-Faculty-4003.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="20130502-Languages-Literature-Faculty-40" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of language and literature at Austin Peay State University, was recently recognized for his performance in the classroom by being named a 2014 recipient of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Collegiate Teaching award.</p><p>            A highly competitive award, the SCS Collegiate Teaching award is recognized as the most prestigious teaching award in North America for classical studies.</p><p>            “I knew when I got into this discipline, that if I did anything of lasting value, it would be through my work in the classroom,” Winters said. “This is quite an award, and I am really humbled and honored. Receiving an award like this only makes me want to work harder to live up to (its significance).”</p><p>            Winters will be presented with the award at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the SCS, which will be held Jan. 10, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.</p><p>            Since arriving at APSU in 1997, Winters has helped develop the Classics program into one of the premier offerings of its kind in the state. Aside from his work in the classroom, Winters also mentors students and has directed APSU’s Study Abroad to Greece program since its inception in 1999.</p><p>            Winters said he was honored that a recognized scholarly organization like SCS both acknowledged and valued the time he has spent growing APSU’s classics program and mentoring students.</p><p>            “When I arrived at APSU, there was only one guy teaching first-year Greek and another person teaching first and second year Latin,” Winters said. “Now, we have minor and major offerings in Latin, Greek and Classics and there are a number of (high school) Latin teachers in our area who are graduates of the program at APSU.”</p><p>            Dr. Steve Kershner, assistant professor of Classics at APSU, originally nominated Winters for the award. Kershner said it was an honor to hold up his peer as an example of the work being done at APSU to raise the profiles of classical studies.</p><p>            “Austin Peay should be proud of Tim, as he represents to the world what it is to be a teacher and what it means to be an Austin Peay Governor.”</p> Arts and Letters tbr International Studies Languages and Literature Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:28:38 +0000 boothcw 93490 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-31 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p>The recent Playhouse Nashville production of “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset: The Legends of Smackover” received several nominations for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Nashville Best Awards, including Best Original/New Work. The play was written by <b>Darren Michael, associate professor of theatre</b>.</p><p><b>Christopher Bailey, assistant professor of musical theatre</b>, was also nominated for a 2014 BroadwayWorld Nashville Best Awards for his role as Emmett Forest in the Boiler Room Theatre’s production of the musical “Legally Blonde.”</p><p><b>Andrew Shepard-Smith, executive director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs</b>, recently had a book published, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards: A Handbook for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, Non-Profit Organizations, and State and Local Governments.” The handbook is for any non-Federal entity that is submitting a grant to a Federal agency, or that has received an award and wishes to understand more about the regulations which the non-Federal entity must remain compliant with. </p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:40:59 +0000 boothcw 93312 at http://www.apsu.edu State VA commissioner to speak at APSU ceremony honoring military graduates http://www.apsu.edu/news/state-va-commissioner-speak-apsu-ceremony-honoring-military-graduates <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Grinder.jpeg" width="200" height="299" alt="Grinder.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is coming to Austin Peay State University on Dec. 10 to help honor a special group of graduating APSU students. At 5 p.m. that afternoon, the University will host its Fall 2014 Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall, with Many-Bears Grinder, the state’s first female TDVA commissioner, serving as the keynote speaker.</p><p>During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel who are scheduled to graduate from APSU on Friday will receive a red, white and blue cord to wear over their academic regalia. They will also receive one of the University’s military coins. About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the coin was created to honor those individuals.</p><p>Grinder, a retired colonel with the Tennessee Army National Guard, holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a master's degree in human resources development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is an Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran, having served in Afghanistan as the Head of Secretariat for the International Police Coordination Board, and her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. In 2004, she was inducted into the Fort Benning Hall of Fame.</p><p>In September 2013, former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki appointed Grinder to the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. In November 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed her as Chair for the newly formed Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force, which is charged with evaluating how to best serve Tennessee’s veterans seeking a certificate or degree beyond high school.</p><p>The Dec. 10 ceremony is open to the public. Parking will be available in the lot between the Music/Mass Communication Building (MMC) and Burt School, directly across Marion Street from the MMC.</p><p>For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Dr. Bill Cox, executive director of the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, at <a href="mailto:coxw@apsu.edu">coxw@apsu.edu</a>.</p> tbr Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:17:37 +0000 boothcw 93254 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Master of Science in Management program ranks among nation's best http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-master-science-management-program-ranks-among-nations-best <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Wilson_Scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="Wilson_Scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University College of Business M.S. in management program is #32 in the country, according to The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU’s program was ranked among the top 63 graduate management programs in the United States.</p><p>APSU’s program was the highest ranked in the state of Tennessee. This is the first time The Financial Engineer has released a ranking of master of management programs.</p><p>The M.S. in management degree at APSU is a 30-hour program, consisting of seven required courses, as well as three electives for students with a non-business undergraduate degree. For students with a business undergraduate degree, there are six required courses and four electives.</p><p>The program prepares students for leadership and managerial roles, with coursework covering topics ranging from human resource management to technology.  Students attending full time can complete the program in one year.</p><p>The Financial Engineer ranking methodology examined a number of components, including mean GMAT scores, starting salary and bonus and undergraduate GPA.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Cutline: Amie Wilson, Information Technology Director for the City of Clarksville, earned her Master of Science in Management from APSU.</p> tbr Management, Marketing, and General business Business Graduate Studies opportunities Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:34:51 +0000 boothcw 93250 at http://www.apsu.edu Head of Tennessee Promise to speak at Fall Commencement http://www.apsu.edu/news/head-tennessee-promise-speak-fall-commencement <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Krause.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="Krause.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Krause is the type of person who likes a challenge. In the fall of 2006, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University while still serving as a soldier in the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division. Eight years later, as executive director of the Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 Initiative in the Office of Governor Bill Haslam, he is in charge of one of the most ambitious programs in the state’s history.</p><p>On Dec. 12, Krause will tackle his next challenge when he returns to his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the University’s Fall Commencement Exercises. He will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the APSU Dunn Center.</p><p>Krause, an eighth generation Tennessean, served for eight years in the U.S. Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard. He completed three combat tours as a member of the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division, and he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom.</p><p>After graduating from APSU, Krause went on to earn his master’s degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University and serve as assistant executive director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He is now responsible for the implementation and launch of the Tennessee Promise, the Governor’s initiative to provide two years of community or technical college—free of tuition and fees—to graduating high school seniors. In its first year of operation, more than 50,000 Tennessee students applied for the Tennessee Promise.</p><p>On Dec. 12, the University will award 776 degrees during the Fall Commencement. 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, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management, 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 webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast 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> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:48:58 +0000 boothcw 93198 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU student earns spot in major robotics research competition http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-student-earns-spot-major-robotics-research-competition <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/robots.jpg" width="600" height="450" alt="robots.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As technology advances and becomes more a part of our daily lives, the opportunities available to aspiring techies continues to grow. One Austin Peay State University student was recently recognized for his efforts in bringing the fantastic to life, using everyday items to create a low-cost, entry-level robotics platform.</p><p>APSU Computer Science and Information Technology student Donald Buhl-Brown was recently selected to compete in the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (ACM SIGCSE) student research competition. Held March 4-7 in Kansas City, Mo., the event brings together computer science experts from around the world to discuss and share ideas on computer science education.</p><p>The goal of Buhl-Brown’s research was to create a robot that could be built and operated by beginners. To accomplish that goal, he designed the body of the robot using simple LEGO blocks, as well as other cheap, easily accessible parts. To create the “brain” of the robot, he designed an operating system that runs on an Android smartphone.</p><p>“Back in the day when robotics were becoming a real thing, you had to buy a GPS, an accelerometer and all these other expensive sensors and somehow hook them all together,” Buhl-Brown said. “I use a phone because all of those (tools) are already built in and they’re honestly about as powerful as a laptop was just two years ago.”</p><p>Dr. John Nicholson, assistant professor of computer science and information technology, said Buhl-Brown is the first APSU student to be chosen to present his project at the prestigious event.</p><p>“(Buhl-Brown’s project) would really serve as someone’s very first introduction to robotics, and that’s why he designed a large part of it using simple things like LEGO bricks; he wanted to drive home that this could be a robot for beginners,” Nicholson said. “People interested in robotics will now be able to do more advanced things without having to buy a lot of new parts.</p><p>“And for our department, this is a big thing because we’re trying to promote our research. (Buhl-Brown) being accepted into this competition is something that APSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology can be proud of.”</p><p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/robots1.jpg" width="700" height="525" alt="robots1.jpg" /></p> tbr Computer Science & Information Technology opportunities Science and Mathematics Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:34:09 +0000 boothcw 93194 at http://www.apsu.edu First all-female ROTC Color Guard team presents colors at APSU game http://www.apsu.edu/news/first-all-female-rotc-color-guard-team-presents-colors-apsu-game <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Color_guard_team.JPG" width="450" height="600" alt="Color_guard_team.JPG" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University ROTC Color Guard teams are a common sight at the University’s athletic events, with the well-disciplined cadets presenting the American and Tennessee State flags before the games. But during an APSU women’s basketball game on Nov. 14, fans noticed something different—all four cadets on the team were women.</p><p>            The night turned out to be a historic evening for the University’s ROTC program because it marked the first time an all-female team presented the Colors at APSU. The team’s members were Nicole Eldridge, of Clarksville; Mary Rush, of Phoenix, Arizona; Lethi Nickel of Sacramento, California; and Jennifer Card, of Clarksville.</p><p>              All four cadets are part of an ROTC program that is considered one of the best programs in the nation. For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science and Leadership at 931-221-6156.</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:16:31 +0000 boothcw 92991 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU named a top military friendly school http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-named-top-military-friendly-school <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/top_military_univ_2015.jpg" width="410" height="278" alt="top_military_univ_2015.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Military Advanced Education has named Austin Peay State University a top school in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities. The Guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, is available online at <a href="http://www.mae-kmi.com">www.mae-kmi.com</a>.</p><p>  The 2015 Guide features the results of a questionnaire on the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 colleges and universities. The purpose of the Guide is to provide students with information about institutions that go out of their way to support veterans and men and women in uniform.</p><p>“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor, said. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”</p><p>More than 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, making the University the state’s largest provider of higher education to soldiers, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and major publications and the federal government have praised APSU’s efforts. Earlier this year, G.I. Jobs magazine named Austin Peay to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success.” That initiative seeks to help veterans succeed on campus.</p><p>Last fall, the University partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create the VetSuccess on Campus program. That program put a full-time VA vocational counselor on campus to help veterans transition into student life and assist them in achieving their educational goals.</p><p>In October 2013, when the federal government shutdown threatened to end the Tuition Assistance program for active duty military students, the University quickly developed the APSU Active Duty Military Tuition Assistance Scholarship. The program was intended to help more than 700 active duty APSU students enroll in the Fall II term at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell. The reopening of the federal government on Oct. 17, two days prior to the Fall II term, reinstated the Department of Defense’s TA program.</p><p>The University also assists students with a military affiliation through the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization and the APSU Military Student Center.</p><p>In addition to these services, APSU hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with a special APSU Military Coin. The University created the coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>For more information on these services, please visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/military">http://www.apsu.edu/military</a>. </p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:42:06 +0000 boothcw 92899 at http://www.apsu.edu Acuff Circle awards first fine arts scholarship http://www.apsu.edu/news/acuff-circle-awards-first-fine-arts-scholarship <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Acuff_logo.jpg" width="600" height="600" alt="Acuff_logo.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Mason, an Austin Peay State University theatre major, was recently awarded the first Acuff Circle of Excellence Endowed Scholarship in the Fine Arts at APSU.</p><p>The Acuff Circle of Excellence, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. Its purpose is to advance the importance of arts and culture at Austin Peay and in the community.</p><p>Mason, a Springfield native, considered dozens of career options while in high school, but then he joined his school’s forensics team. After winning several competitions, he realized a job in the arts might better fit his talents.</p><p>“Eventually, I had to make the decision of most art students: to follow my dreams, or settle for a practical career,” he said. “I decided it was time I took a real risk in my life, and at the time it was a scary decision.”</p><p>Mason started looking at the fine arts programs at Austin Peay because of the University’s convenience and affordability. He went to AP day and realized the University was a perfect fit for him.</p><p>“I arrived on campus and I had the most welcoming feeling. Everything just felt right,” he said.</p><p>For more information on the scholarship, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876.</p> Arts and Letters tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts opportunities Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:33:02 +0000 boothcw 92891 at http://www.apsu.edu "Bridge Across College St." explores relationship between APSU, Clarksville http://www.apsu.edu/news/bridge-across-college-st-explores-relationship-between-apsu-clarksville <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Students at Austin Peay State University are putting the final touches on a project that explores the relationship between the University and the city in which it calls home.</p><p>Titled “Bridge Across College St.,” the project will feature artwork from APSU students exploring the University’s relationship with the city of Clarksville through interviews with members of both communities. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, members of APSU’s President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) will be displaying their work on College Street near the APSU campus.</p><p>Teaching his first PELP course, APSU associate professor of art Barry Jones was tasked with encouraging some of APSUs brightest minds to explore different ways of communicating a message.</p><p>Of his 24 students, just one was an art major. The class itself, Jones said, became an experiment in the many “tools” of leadership available to young people.</p><p>“This is probably the first time (many of the students) have done anything like this project,” Jones said. “We spent a great deal of time discussing ideas for artwork that would have some benefit to the community, and it was important to me that the students themselves generated the project.”</p><p>Each student in Jones’ class interviewed four people, dividing their time equally between members of the APSU and Clarksville communities. During the interview process, Jones said students discovered there is a wedge and also explored possible solutions for bringing the two communities closer together.</p><p>“There was a sense of ‘town and gown’ separation in the interviews,” Jones said, of the differences between community and University members. “But there were also a lot of great ideas about how to fix the problem.</p><p>“It was very easy for me to see why these (PELP) students have been identified as future leaders, because this was a project outside of their experience, but they jumped in with excitement, enthusiasm and hard work.”</p><p>PELP students exemplify the vision and values of Austin Peay and the program itself through academic excellence and service above self.  PELP students receive an annual scholarship of $3,000, which is renewable over a four-year period.  PELP students must maintain a cumulative collegiate GPA of at least 3.50, and they must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester.  They must also take required PELP courses and fulfill other program requirements as outlined by the PELP director.</p> Arts and Letters Art Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:30:55 +0000 boothcw 92834 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU College of Ed unveils new technology classroom http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-college-ed-unveils-new-technology-classroom <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last year, education students at Austin Peay State University took technology classes in an out-dated computer lab filled with rows of long, gray tables and black desktop computers. They entered this dreary space every week to learn how to incorporate technology into their future classrooms, but the lab’s antiquated design didn’t give them an accurate view of what they’d encounter as teachers in 21<sup>st</sup> century schools.</p><p>            “The old computer lab had stationary desks and stationary desk tops, but teachers in schools don’t have that in their classrooms,” Dr. Carlette Hardin, dean of the APSU Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, said.</p><p>            Last January, construction crews began gutting an unused classroom on the third floor of the APSU Claxton Building. Thanks to some special funding sources within the University, that space has been transformed into the state-of-the-art Ready2Teach classroom. The new room, which features cutting edge technology and eco-friendly materials, will be unveiled to the community during a special grand opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.</p><p>            The College of Education received partial funding for the renovation from the University’s Sustainability Committee. In 2008, APSU developed a sustainable campus fee to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.</p><p>           “We got funding from the Sustainability Committee to be able to put in floors, ceiling tiles, new light fixtures and blinds,” Hardin said. “They’re all made from sustainable materials.”</p><p>            The College of Education also received a Technology Access Fee grant to purchase five 55-inch Mondopad tablets and one 70-inch Mondopad tablet for the room. The giant touch-screen tablets are attached to the walls. And instead of having stationary tables, the room now has small desks on wheels, allowing students to work in groups around the different tablets.</p><p>            “Each group can be doing something different, and the teacher can transport what they’re doing onto the big Mondopad,” Hardin said.</p><p>            To help brighten the Ready2Teach Technology Room, the college added large photographs of students from local public schools using technology in classrooms. The pictures cover panels of insulation that absorb sound in the room.</p><p>            For more information on the classroom or the grand opening ceremony, contact the APSU Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education at 931-221-7696. </p> tbr Education Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:12:38 +0000 boothcw 92832 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU students present collaborative project on reality of college http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-students-present-collaborative-project-reality-college <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In a unique collaboration between Austin Peay State University students, members of the APSU Social and Political Narrative and Sociology Senior Capstone courses are exploring what it really costs to attend college.</p><p>            Dubbed “AT WHAT COST? — The Reality of a College Education,” the project represents the work between two groups of highly talented students exploring the high price of an education, and the price people pay financially, emotionally and physically. The project will be presented and showcased from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at a luncheon in APSU’s McCord Building, room 209.</p><p>            The presentation will take the form of a poster project, discussing themes developed from interviews conducted on campus, as well as personal narratives from sociology students. In collaboration with APSU art students, the groups helped shape the message each poster conveys.</p><p>            Each poster was made using APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment.</p><p>            For more information, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333, or email Cynthia Marsh at <a href="mailto:marshc@apsu.edu">marshc@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, communication specialist </em></p> Arts and Letters Art Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:55:48 +0000 boothcw 92633 at http://www.apsu.edu Christmas with David Steinquest and Friends presents Jingle Bells performance http://www.apsu.edu/news/christmas-david-steinquest-and-friends-presents-jingle-bells-performance <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The venue is grand, but the setting will be intimate as Austin Peay State University professor of music David Steinquest presents his fifth annual Christmas concert.</p><p>            Titled “Jingle Bells,” Steinquest’s concert will take over The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2014, transforming the venue into a “homey” setting.</p><p>            “We set the stage up like a living room, complete with a couch, chair, lamps and tables with drinks and food and a Christmas tree,” Steinquest said. “It makes the audience feel like they just walked in on a Christmas party … it will be very informal and very fun.”</p><p>            A group of talented performers will take the stage, including David Alford, known for his role as Bucky Dawes on the hit ABC show “Nashville,” and Allison Campbell, vocals; Elvis Costello band member Jeff Taylor, piano; Paul Binkley of the legendary group Alabama, guitar; Tony Nagy, bass; Matt DeVore, drums; Steinquest, percussion; Erin Binkley; and the APSU Percussion Ensemble.</p><p>            “It’s a really great (group) we have, and there’s a really nice sync in terms of the band’s personalities because we’ve all known each other for a long time,” Steinquest said. “And it’s also really cool for our students (with the APSU Percussion Ensemble), because they get a chance to interact with professionals and that’s always a great opportunity for them.”</p><p>            This year’s show includes classic Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “Tennessee Christmas” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” These holiday standards will be performed in the style of famous artists including Barbra Streisand, Amy Grant, Over the Rhine, Sara Groves, Dave Barnes, Rosie Thomas, Family Force 5 and Harry Connick, Jr.</p><p>             Admission is either two cans of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, or $3. This concert sold out last year, so attendees are encouraged to get tickets ahead of time by contacting the APSU music office at 931-221-7818.</p> Arts and Letters Music opportunities Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:54:05 +0000 boothcw 92632 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology hosting open house http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-dept-computer-science-and-information-technology-hosting-open-house <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – All students should have the opportunity to create tomorrow’s technology, and that is why the Austin Peay State University Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is joining thousands of other institutions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week.</p><p>An annual program, Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the importance of computer science education. The Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org organize the international event, which is supported by the U.S. Congress, Microsoft, Google, Intel and many more organizations.</p><p>Answering the call to action, APSU CSIT is hosting an open house event on from 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building. The event will include a number of activities, including student presentations, student and faculty research demonstrations and games and other creative program displays. There will also be a birthday cake to celebrate the achievements of Grace Murray Hopper, a revered pioneer of computer science who is credited with coining the term “debugging”.</p><p>“It’s pretty exciting for us to get the students doing their project presentations and bringing out their research,” Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Joseph V. Elarde said. “This is really a celebration of the field of computer science.”</p><p>Prizes and recognition will also be offered for standout student poster board displays and contributions.</p><p>For more information, or if you wish to do a poster-board presentation about a computer science topic or interdisciplinary project, contact Elarde through email at <a href="mailto:elardej@apsu.edu">elardej@apsu.edu</a> or via telephone at (931) 221-7301.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, communication specialist </em></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:52:33 +0000 boothcw 92631 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU nursing program supports breast cancer research at 5K race http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-nursing-program-supports-breast-cancer-research-5k-race <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Adkins_SusanG.JPG" width="450" height="600" alt="Adkins_SusanG.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The fight against breast cancer received a boost last month when more than 30 members of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing participated in the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood.</p><p>Rebecca MacAdam, a senior nursing student, organized APSU’s participation in the event, with APSU raising more than $2,300 for breast cancer research.</p><p>“Rebecca exhibited excellent leadership skills in making this outstanding contribution to breast health a reality within the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing and associate professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing. “Much of this money comes back to Montgomery County to assist the underserved population in obtaining mammograms.”</p><p>Earlier this year, the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded a $35,985 grant to the APSU School of Nursing and the Montgomery County Health Department to provide mammography services to underserved women in this area. Because of that grant, the University’s name was prominently displayed in a program distributed at the race.</p><p>More than 20,000 people participated in the race on Oct. 25, and Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 19 minutes and 32 seconds. In addition to Adkins, the APSU contingent that day consisted of 30 nursing students and three faculty members: Orr, Dr. Debbie Ellison and Kristen Hershey.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, shows off her winning time at the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood. </p> tbr School of Nursing Behavioral and Health Sciences opportunities Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:17:54 +0000 boothcw 92577 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU caring for feral cats with Paws to Care program http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-caring-feral-cats-paws-care-program <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The campus of Austin Peay State University is home to more than 15 feral cats and kittens, and members of the university community are doing their part to both care for and provide a home for APSU’s feline family.</p><p>            Rather than removing or adopting out these feral cats, the mission of Paws to Care is to provide a stable cat colony on campus. By providing spaying and neutering services, as well as treating them for rabies and other illnesses, the territorial-minded cats help prevent the community from growing out of control.</p><p>           APSU Physical Plant Operations Manager Debbie Suiter said feral cats that have not been spayed or neutered could reproduce at a rate that can increase a population from 12 cats to 2,000 in just four years.</p><p>            “Our goal is to spay and neuter the larger cats, but not adopt them out because they’re so hard to tame,” Suiter said. “Plus, this campus is their home, and they help to keep down other issues like rodents.”</p><p>            Beyond caring for adult cats, Paws to Care adopts out younger kittens. Suiter said the organization has already adopted six kittens to people in the area. The goal, Suiter said, is to place kittens in a home before they can become feral.</p><p>            “Our other goal is to take the kittens and find them a home away from campus,” Suiter said. “Once (the kittens) get socialized, they really do become sweet.”</p><p>            For more information, visit Paws to Care online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/advancement/giving">www.apsu.edu/advancement/giving</a>, or contact Suiter by email at <a href="mailto:suiterL@apsu.edu">suiterL@apsu.edu</a> or telephone at (931)-221-7021.</p><p>            Donations are accepted in any amount, however a $300 donation can provide one feral cat with vaccinations, spay or neuter procedures and food for one year.</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist</em></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:05:02 +0000 boothcw 92476 at http://www.apsu.edu Classics at APSU celebrates ancient languages with 8th annual Classics Day event http://www.apsu.edu/news/classics-apsu-celebrates-ancient-languages-8th-annual-classics-day-event <p>CLARSKVILLE, Tenn. — Latin is very much a living language on the campus of Austin Peay State University, as Classics at APSU recently hosted its annual Classics Day event for area high school students.</p><p>The all-day event brought together a record 144 students from Montgomery County high schools for a day of activities centered on the languages of the ancient world. Gathered at the APSU Morgan University Center, faculty members and current APSU students gave lectures on their studies of classic languages, with students also taking part in a skit promoting this year’s theme of the study of Latin.</p><p>Students were also able try their hand at Certamen, a quiz bowl game based on the Latin language and Roman culture.</p><p>The Classics Day event serves a number of purposes, but APSU Classics professor Dr. Tim Winters said he wants to show interested young students that they are not alone in their interest in what is considered a “dead” language.</p><p>“We want to bring (students) together in one place so that they can see there are other kids (interested in classical language) and that they are not alone,” Winters said. “And for our local (high school) teachers, this event gives them a chance to talk amongst themselves and share ideas and experiences.”</p><p>Beyond the academic, students were also provided an opportunity to create their own mosaics in tribute to the style of art frequently attributed to Greek and Roman culture.</p><p>“We wanted to show the students that the classics are something they can have fun with,” Winters said. “We wanted to give them a chance to take things outside of the academic setting and really play with (classic culture).”</p><p>Since starting the mid-week event in 2012, Winters said he has seen a great response from the area high school community. What began with roughly 100 kids, Winters said, is expected to double in size in the coming years.</p><p>“The word is definitely out and the kids love it,” Winters said. “They love to be able to come down and be on the college campus, and we love being able to show them the programs and opportunities we have here at APSU.”</p><p><em>- Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist </em></p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:03:05 +0000 boothcw 92475 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU computer science program recognized on national list http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-computer-science-program-recognized-national-list <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation.  </p><p>According to the rankings, available at <a href="http://www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs/">http://www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs/</a>, “APSU enables their students to compete in the business world by equipping them with the newest skills and knowledge.”</p><p>ComputerScienceOnline.org examined programs at universities across the country and scored them based on online tuition costs, student-faculty ratio, 6-year graduation rates, percentage of students receiving financial aid, the availability of academic and career counseling services and accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.</p><p>"Students wishing to enter one of the fastest-growing career fields have more options than ever,” Doug Jones, founder of ComputerScienceOnline.org, said. "These schools offer students the flexibility of online learning options from high-quality, accredited institutions."</p><p>The APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers bachelor degree programs in five concentrations: computer science, information systems, internet and web technology, database administration and networking.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at 931-221-7840.</p> Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:14:38 +0000 boothcw 92454 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Maddox-Vinson recognized for early childhood education advocacy http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-maddox-vinson-recognized-early-childhood-education-advocacy <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/lisa.jpeg" width="456" height="600" alt="lisa.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lisa Maddox-Vinson has earned a reputation over the years as a dedicated advocate for educating young children. She currently works as a coordinator with the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) at Austin Peay State University, and she is on the executive board for the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC).</p><p>Last month, her reputation caught up with her while she was attending the TAEYC State Conference in Chattanooga. At the meeting, Maddox-Vinson was named the association’s 2014 Outstanding Member. She received the most nominations in the history of this award.</p><p>“Lisa has served children and families in Tennessee in many ways,” Debbie Ferguson, TAEYC executive board member, said. “She has taught us the importance of being a life-long learner. She lives every moment to the fullest and has devoted her career to improving children’s lives.” </p><p>Maddox-Vinson is co-president, along with APSU TECTA coordinator Jennifer Jackson, of the Two Rivers AEYC in Clarksville. She is also serving her second term as Tennessee’s representative for the Southern Early Childhood Association.</p><p>“She is passionate about promoting literacy for young children and she loves books,” Ferguson said. “Tennessee is fortunate to have Lisa working for all our children and families.”</p><p>TECTA is a statewide professional development system for people who are employed in licensed child care programs. The system provides tuition assistance to pay for courses that lead to a national credential, an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in early childhood.</p><p>APSU has hosted a TECTA site since 1998, and in that time, it has allowed hundreds of child care workers to earn credentials and degrees, all while fulfilling the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ required professional development hours.</p><p>For more information on Maddox-Vinson or the TECTA program at APSU, visit the website at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/tecta">www.apsu.edu/tecta</a>. </p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:48:29 +0000 boothcw 92241 at http://www.apsu.edu Election race heats up between old and new APSU mascots http://www.apsu.edu/news/election-race-heats-between-old-and-new-apsu-mascots <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/campaign.jpg" width="600" height="403" alt="campaign.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE – And you thought election season was over.</p><p>Unchallenged for years as the official mascot for Austin Peay State University, Governor Peay X's stranglehold on that role appears in serious jeopardy. A new candidate – known as 'The Gov' – has emerged to oppose the incumbent in a race to become the face of Austin Peay.</p><p>Austin Peay is rife with change at the moment. A new logo, refurbished football stadium and the addition of new President Dr. Alisa White have made the climate right for a challenger to a long-established figure. Though a newcomer to the mascot world, The Gov has picked an opportune moment to throw his hat into the ring to become Austin Peay's next mascot.</p><p>The Gov may be an upstart, but has the support of many key community figures – among them Thurman Campbell Director of Business Development Brandi Bryant, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President and manager of 5-Star Radio Group Katie Gamble, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville-Montgomery County Director of Schools Dr. B.J. Worthington and Montgomery County Economic Development Council Executive Director Cal Wray.</p><p>As the challenger, The Gov sees change not as something to fear but to be accepted. Governor Peay, he says, has gotten complacent over the years with no opposition and has refused to evolve with the times.</p><p>"Governor Peay has a history of success, there can be no doubt," The Gov said. "But it's just that – history. For too long, he's sat to the side as Austin Peay has moved into a new era – a new logo, a new football stadium, a constantly expanding campus. Governor Peay is a relic from a bygone era. It's time for a representative more befitting the university's status as one of the most progressive, community-oriented schools in the nation.</p><p>"And I think I am the mascot for that job."</p><p>The challenger will face a stiff task – Governor Peay X ('X' herein as the Roman Numeral 10) has been a pillar of stability at Austin Peay. Since his arrival in 2002, Governor Peay has enjoyed 30 Ohio Valley Conference Championships and watched as <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=125">Dave Loos</a></dfn> and <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=97">Gary McClure</a></dfn> became the OVC's all-time winningest coaches in men's basketball and baseball, respectively.</p><p>Governor Peay has some major players in the Clarksville community in his corner as well, including local attorney/city councilman and former Govs Club President Joel Wallace, local attorney Kevin Kennedy, Don Jenkins of Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Honda, President and CEO of Hand Family Companies Charles Hand and Legends Bank Chairman/CEO Billy Atkins.</p><p>Governor Peay stands on his record – a record he says is unattainable by the would-be usurper of his status.</p><p>"Young pup," Governor Peay said of his challenger. "It's always easier said than done. My record is unimpeachable, my presence erudite and my challenger simply has no record to stand on, while I have proven myself time and again over a distinguished career. I've been the best representative of Austin Peay I can be over the last 12 years, and I see no reason to believe I won't continue to be the face of this institution for years to come."</p><p>The tide of the Austin Peay community have shifted in the years since Austin Peay last saw fit to introduce a different mascot to campus. The candidates’ community impact will be an imperative campaign point as Austin Peay ushers in a renewed focus on the greater Clarksville area. Both will be highly-visible in the run-up to the final day of voting.</p><p>Wednesday marks the official beginning of the election cycle, and both candidates will be out in Tailgate Plaza for Austin Peay's final home football game of 2014, against Tennessee Tech this Saturday, to greet fans and kick off their respective campaigns. After that, both candidates will be on hand for every home basketball game at the Dunn Center – 23 in all – and every on-campus Peay Patrol (held each Friday) leading up to the day the polls close, Feb. 26, 2015, which doubles as Austin Peay’s final men's basketball home contest for the 2014-15 season.</p><p>Wallace will serve as campaign manager for Governor Peay X, while Bryant will be the liaison for The Gov. Noah Goble will serve as the moderator for scheduled press events and debates.</p><p>Voting for The Campaign – 2015 is already underway. Constituents are invited to text THEGOV (for the challenger) or PEAY10 (for the incumbent) to 85923 to make their voice heard in the race.</p><p>"Everything that we do at Austin Peay is to include our community and to create a stage to celebrate our rich community," said Austin Peay Director of Athletics <dfn><a href="http://letsgopeay.com/staff.aspx?staff=203">Derek van der Merwe</a></dfn>. "Today, we launch a campaign to elect a new Governor. More importantly, we are starting a campaign to educate the youth of our community about civic duty, citizenship and the important role the our Austin Peay Governor has in the history of our community."</p><p> </p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:46:37 +0000 boothcw 92221 at http://www.apsu.edu