Today @ APSU - University News en First meeting of APSU Board of Trustees set for March 30 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, Austin Peay State University’s inaugural Board of Trustees will convene for its first meeting at 416 College Street. The public is invited to attend this historic event.</p><p>The institutional board was created as part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s FOCUS Act, which the state passed last year, changing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee and the relationships between the Tennessee Board of Regents (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. During the board’s meeting on March 30, the members will select a student trustee to serve for the 2017-2018 academic year.</p><p>The board will vote on several items at this initial meeting, including the adoption of bylaws, the election of officers and the establishing of a Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy. To watch the meeting live, or to view meeting materials such as the agenda, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on the meeting, contact the Secretary to the Board at 931-221-7572.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:44:55 +0000 boothcw 141433 at APSU hosting 2017 College of Business Career Connections Fair on April 4 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Next month, Austin Peay State University College of Business students and alumni will have an opportunity to meet with local and regional employers seeking full-time and internship/co-op candidates during the 2017 College of Business Career Connections Fair.</p><p>The 2017 College of Business Career Connections Fair will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the APSU Morgan University Center Ballroom. Employer registration is open, and employers may register at <a href=""></a>. Space is available for employers who are hiring interns, part-time or full-time positions.</p><p>All College of Business students and alumni are encouraged to attend if they are seeking employment opportunities. APSU Career Services offers online resources for students and alumni to prepare for this event. Visit <a href=""></a> for more information on resumes, cover letters and the job searching process. For additional information, contact career services at 931-221-6544 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:02:34 +0000 boothcw 141380 at APSU professor Christopher Bailey joins vocal group Tenore on North American tour <p><img src="" width="480" height="600" /></p><p><em>Photo courtesy of David Satterwhite</em></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;This past January, Austin Peay State University associate professor of theatre and dance Christopher Bailey had the opportunity to tour North America as a member of the award-winning vocal group Tenore.</p><p>Bailey joined as a reserve member of the four-man group for the January leg of its “The Impossible Dream” tour, performing in seven western states, as well as Canada. Bailey was featured on dates at, among others, venues in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Edmonton, Alberta.</p><p>“One of the members of the group had been unable to perform due to illness, so I had sort of been on-call in case of a situation like what ended up happening,” Bailey said. “I got the call, and I ended up performing on 22 shows, with the possibility of doing 10 or so more before Tenore concludes their tour.”</p><p>The group’s third album, “The Impossible Dream” is a tribute to Broadway, featuring classic songs like “Almost Like Being in Love,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Bailey joined Tenore on 17 of their 19 songs, testing his abilities with a short turn-around from phone call to final call in his debut performance.</p><p>“I was asked to join and I sort of had to learn the songs by myself because they were already on tour by that time,” Bailey said. “By the time I joined them, I had time for just one practice with the other members before we had to take the stage. It was definitely a challenge to learn everything I needed to know in a vacuum like that.”</p><p>Each member of Tenore has the opportunity to perform a solo during the show, with Bailey’s chance coming during a solo performance of “Over The Rainbow,” a ballad from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Bailey, who received his PhD in fine arts from Texas Tech University, said he had a unique brush with fame during a performance in Texas when he was approached by an audience member touched by his performance of the song originally made famous by Judy Garland.</p><p>“We had just finished a show in Corpus Christi when I was approached by an older woman who gave me a big hug during our meet and greet session and told me she was the goddaughter of Billie Burke, who played Glinda the Good Witch in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Bailey said. “She told me she was happy to hear me perform, and that it made her happy to know that I was keeping her godmother’s legacy alive by performing that song.”</p><p>On off-days in the cities in which they performed, Bailey said he and his Tenore groupmates held free-of-charge workshops at area colleges and high schools. Bailey said the workshops were an opportunity to help aspiring young singers, as well as let students know a little more about his day job at Austin Peay.</p><p>“I definitely put out a few Austin Peay brochures at each of the schools we stopped at,” Bailey joked. “But mostly, the workshops were a chance to work with aspiring young singers. I know how I would have felt if I was their age and a recording artist took the time to stop and work with me, so the workshops were really valuable experiences for all of us.”</p><p>Bailey is an in-demand singer, composer and music director, joining singer and Broadway actress (“Wicked”) Kristin Chenoweth as a background vocalist for her December 2015 concerts at Schermohorn Symphony Center in Nashville, as well as performing on new cast recordings for Disney and Music Theatre International’s “The Little Mermaid (December 2015)” and “A Chorus Line (February 2016).”</p><p>In 2016, Bailey served as a featured background vocalist with internationally renowned vocal group, Celtic Woman. Bailey joined the group as they continued their “Destiny” world tour with two shows in Nashville at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, visit&nbsp;<a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Theatre & Dance Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:39:28 +0000 harriscj 141293 at APSU geography program examines global environment and development <p><img src="" width="600" height="429" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last summer, Dr. Christine Mathenge, Austin Peay State University associate professor of geography, sat on a rocky cliff at an ancient religious site in Kisii, Kenya, and stared at the meager, metal roof homes that glimmered in the valley below. In addition to those homes, she saw several large boulders that could be used to create an elaborate economy of expensive flooring tiles, ornate sinks and carvings and sculptures, but the area’s landowners have yet to tap the value of the rocks dotting their landscape.</p><p>“They sell large chunks of rock cheaply, yet it could really be a larger part of their economy,” Mathenge said. “I’m interested in land ownership and land laws in Kenya and East Africa in general. I’m interested in giving landowners more control.”</p><p>Last summer, Mathenge began a collaborative research project that could lead to the development of a ceramic tile lab at a nearby university, thereby increasing the value of the rocks (soap stone) that dominate the area. Her work could ultimately transform the lives of thousands of people living in Kisii, but it also forms the basis of a unique degree program she oversees within Austin Peay’s Department of Geosciences.</p><p>For the last few years, Mathenge has served as the lead faculty member for the department’s Global Environment and Development concentration. The program’s curriculum provides students with an understanding of the geographic, economic, historical, political and philosophical issues surrounding human society’s interactions with the natural environment.</p><p>“The concentration’s cluster of classes are designed to give the students exposure to the global environment,” Mathenge said. “By the time students graduate, they’re graduating into a global job market, and they need to be prepared, regardless of what their individual interests are. They have to understand how the global economy works and how other cultures interact with and preserve nature.”</p><p>Studying abroad is a key component of this concentration because Mathenge believes students need to witness the environments and cultures first-hand. In the summer, she takes a group of students to the Central American country of Belize, where they develop research projects based on their encounters.</p><p>“We want to get students connected to the world outside of Clarksville,” she said.</p><p>Mathenge went outside of Clarksville, herself, when she travelled to Kenya. Last year, she was one of the few U.S. scholars to be awarded a prestigious Carnegie Fellowship, which sent her to Kisii to help develop a geography program for a small, three-year-old university.</p><p>“I helped to co-develop it from scratch,” she said. “I helped design a curriculum for undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels. I ended up advising all 33 graduate students.”</p><p>When she wasn’t at the university, she was visiting rock quarries with another U.S. geographer, trying to figure out how to give landowners more power and how to boost the local economy.</p><p>“The plan is to return to Kenya and keep working on different parts of this project,” she said.</p><p>For more information on the Department of Geosciences’ Global Environment and Development concentration, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Science and Mathematics Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:09:25 +0000 boothcw 141286 at Shelby Bottom Duo’s "A Musical History of Joe Hill & The Early Labor Movement" comes to APSU on March 27 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville-based acoustic folk artists Shelby Bottom Duo will bring their multimedia musical history to the campus of Austin Peay State University on Monday, March 27. &nbsp;</p><p>The show, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Morgan University Center, rooms 303 and 305 from 5-7 p.m. The Duo’s recently released companion CD, “Joe Hill Roadshow” will be available at this show. All are encouraged to attend, including creative artists who are seeking to understand how art can influence social change.</p><p>Perhaps best known through Joan Baez’s stirring singing of “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” at Woodstock, the Swedish-born Joe Hill was an activist and songwriter for the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), or Wobblies.&nbsp;&nbsp;His best-known song “The Preacher and the Slave” introduced the phrase “pie in the sky” into the English lexicon. He is the precursor of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.&nbsp;</p><p>Hill was framed for two murders he did not commit and executed by a firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1915. There is little doubt today that Hill was framed for the crimes because he was a foreigner and a well-known labor activist.&nbsp;&nbsp;The case drew international attention&nbsp;and appeals for clemency from U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, the Swedish Ambassador, the American Federation of Labor and many others.&nbsp; After his execution, Hill became a labor icon.</p><p>In 2015, on the 100-year anniversary of Joe Hill’s death, 40 shows were held around the country to celebrate his life and his legacy.&nbsp; Shelby Bottom Duo organized and played in the Nashville show and also played in the Knoxville show.</p><p>Shelby Bottom Duo’s entertaining, educational presentation includes early labor history interspersed with live music and a slide show. The Duo will hold a post-concert discussion on art and activism and the relevance of this history to what is going on in our country today.</p><p>This performance is co-presented by APSU’s Department of Languages &amp; Literature, as well as the Tennessee Alliance for Progress and Humanities Tennessee. For more information, contact Nell Levin at 615-579-0451, or <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Languages and Literature Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:23 +0000 harriscj 141254 at APSU student Graves lands full-time social media internship with Disney <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;When Cassidy Graves graduates from Austin Peay State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication, she will quickly be trading in her monocle for mouse ears.</p><p>That’s because in June, Graves is set to relocate to Florida, where she will join Disney as a full-time, professional intern with the House of Mouse’s Talent Acquisition Communications team. As a communications team member, Graves will be tasked with showing prospective hires what life is like at Disney, spotlighting the company’s culture and environment through its various social media, blog and digital media channels.</p><p>“Disney is a major brand, so they were only looking for candidates who already had a lot of experience and exposure to social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,” Graves said</p><p>The opportunity came at the right time for Graves, who said she had been reaching out to potential employers for an opportunity to work with their social media teams. While Graves noted she would have considered any chance to begin her career, she understood that the chance to work with Disney represented a lot more than a line on her resume.</p><p>“I’ve been going to Disney World at least once a year since I was about three years old,” Graves said. “It’s our vacation destination as a family; last year, I went twice. We love it there, but never in a million years did I think I’d actually get the chance to work there…when they called to tell me they were offering me the job, yeah, I started crying on the phone. The woman even said ‘You know, you’re the second person I’ve made cry in an hour.’”</p><p>The job is a perfect fit for Graves, who has spent the past two years working with Austin Peay’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing as a social media assistant, creating photo and video content that has shaped the University’s social media identity. In fact, it was that wealth of experience, Graves said, that gave her an advantage over an extremely competitive field.</p><p>“I don’t think I’d have gotten this position without my time at Austin Peay,” Graves said. “They wanted someone who could shoot photos, record and edit videos and someone who had a real knowledge of social media and branding.</p><p>“By the time I graduate, I’ll have had two and a half years of experience doing all of those things as a student worker at Austin Peay. That kind of experience is not common, and that honestly is probably why I got this job with Disney.”</p><p>Being the voice of a brand that means so much to so many people was not on Graves’ mind when she originally enrolled at Austin Peay. An amateur filmmaker, Graves said she intended to study film, but the experience representing Austin Peay opened her eyes to social media’s real potential.</p><p>“I think what I really enjoy more than anything about social media is the human relation aspect,” Graves said. “People think social media is watering down human connections, but I think it’s bringing people closer together and it has even brought brands into the everyday lives of consumers. That’s why I like creating content; I have the chance to make things that people can see and then relate to their own lives.</p><p>“Even just 100 years ago, you could only quickly talk to the person in front of you, but now you can talk to 1,000 people all around the world at the same time; it’s almost like we all have a superpower.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay’s office of public relations and marketing, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:55:12 +0000 harriscj 141253 at APSU team wins regional Math Jeopardy competition <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A team from Austin Peay State University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently won the Math Jeopardy Championship at a competition held during the 2017 Southeastern Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The APSU team defeated 26 other teams from colleges and universities in the Southeast.</p><p>Austin Peay fielded two teams, mentored by Dr. Nicholas Kirby, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Ben Ntatin, professor of mathematics. One team (Team A) consisted of students Travis Collard, Scott Howard, Kindyl King and Emily Stark, and the other team (Team B) consisted of students Jessica Boettner, Jonathan Bunton, Nathan Nickelson and Jeremiah Simmons.</p><p>The contest featured a first-round, a semi-final round and a final round, with APSU’s Team A winning outright. In the first round, by rule, APSU’s two teams faced each other. Both Team A and a team from Georgia College dominated the first-round competition, which earned Georgia College a wild card spot in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, this meant that APSU’s Team B was eliminated.</p><p>Hours later, Team A convincingly won a semifinal competition, and in the final round, APSU faced teams from Armstrong State University, Elon University and Georgia College. After falling behind early in the final round, APSU’s team pulled ahead of Georgia College by a mere 100 points going into the final jeopardy question. A smart bet allowed the APSU team to win by a single point, despite each of the participating teams answering the final jeopardy question correctly.</p><p>“With Scott Howard as the team captain, Austin Peay established itself early on as the team to beat,” Kirby said. “I am most proud of how our students chose to spend part of their spring break to represent the exciting things happening in the math department.”</p><p>This win follows years of high achievement at the competition, with a first-place finish in 2015 and second-place finishes in 2016 and 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>The MAA’s Southeastern Section meeting was held March 16-18 in Macon, Georgia, on the campus of Mercer University. First-year mathematics major Kindyl King, sophomore mathematics major Katherine Kreuser and junior double major in mathematics and computer science Nathan Nickelson gave undergraduate research presentations. Dr. Samuel Jator, professor and chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department, mentored these students. Dr. Brad Fox, assistant professor of mathematics, gave a research talk at the conference. At this year’s meeting, Dr. Ntatin was elected to serve the MAA-SE Section in the capacity of Tennessee state director for a three-year term.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics at 931-221-7833.</p> Science and Mathematics Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:57:48 +0000 boothcw 141220 at APSU student Tia Jones discuses overcoming abuse in new book, titled “Come See a Man” <p><img src="" width="500" height="527" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University communication student Tia Jones was in Germany, serving her country in the U.S. Army, when her past finally caught up to her.</p><p>A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jones grew up in a self-described broken home. Raised by her mother, a six-year-old Jones found suffering as the victim of sexual assault at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend.</p><p>Struggling with the physical and emotional burden of her assault, she said she sought help from her mother. But when she needed someone to trust, Jones said all she received was suspicion, blame and denial.</p><p>“I grew up being told not to tell anyone (about being the victim of rape),” Jones said. “I felt like I had to tell someone, so I talked to a babysitter I had at the time, and my mother ended up being upset at me that I had told someone my secret.</p><p>“Over the course of time, I started to blame myself for what was happening and I grew up thinking that I was the only person who was going through these experiences.”</p><p>During her teenage years, she said that internal struggle manifested itself in the form of bad decisions. Looking for healing any way she could, Jones found what she thought were answers in the form of bad relationships, sex and marijuana use. A first attempt at pursuing college was cut short in 2010 when she was unable to afford tuition. But that may have been a blessing in disguise, Jones said, as she began to feel her life was being guided by a higher power.</p><p>While she had grown up in a church environment, Jones said she often struggled to understand God’s plan. If there was a higher power who knew why things happened, then Jones wondered what he had in mind for her.</p><p>“I broke down and said, ‘I know you’re real, God, so show me you care about me,’” Jones said. “Almost right after that moment, I started experiencing major spiritual things. People were coming up to me and talking to me about personal things that I had never told anyone. That’s when I knew God was listening.”</p><p>With returning to college not an option, Jones said she found contentment working an office job. But while Jones, who comes from a military family, said she was happy, her reflections on God’s plan made her feel she was being led towards the armed forces. In 2012, Jones enlisted in the U.S. Army, and eventually find herself stationed in Germany, where distance allowed her to reflect on her journey.</p><p>“When I got away from my home and found myself all the way in Germany, that’s when it really hit me that the home I grew up in was not normal and I started to think about what I had gone through,” Jones said.</p><p>Returning to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Jones said she reconnected with a military friend, who invited her to visit a bible study group. Resolved to share her story, Jones said opening up allowed her to take another step in the healing process.</p><p>&nbsp;“I was invited by an NCO to go to this bible study, and that night, I just decided to share my story. There were probably 40-50 people there, and I just decided to finally tell other people about what I had gone through.”</p><p>Jones’s courage was rewarded, as her story was received well by those in attendance, with multiple people telling her their own stories and offering her encouragement that she was not alone.</p><p>“I was blown away…all these years, I grew up thinking I was the only person dealing with (sexual assault) like this,” Jones said. “I realized then that God put me there for that reason, and that I should continue to tell my story and invite others to experience God’s healing power for themselves.”</p><p>Now enrolled at APSU, Jones continues to share her story as a speaker and a worship leader at Mile High Church in Clarksville. Last year, she published her memoirs, titled “Come See a Man,” detailing her struggle, as well as her eventual healing and renewed relationship with God.</p><p>“I always felt like I’d be an author one day, but I did not know when it would happen for me,” Jones said. “I want people to see Christ for who he really is,” Jones said. “He’s not judgmental; he really cares. And I know that anyone who has dealt with abuse or insecurity or depression can overcome it because I overcame it. That drive is why I wrote this book.”</p><p>Jones’ book, “Come See a Man” can be purchased online at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Communication Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:31:24 +0000 harriscj 141205 at Acuff Circle honors Harvill during annual Ovation Awards <p><img src="" width="486" height="600" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 100 arts supporters from Clarksville and Nashville gathered at the Customs House Museum to honor philanthropist Evans Harvill for his long years of promoting arts at Austin Peay State University and in the community, as he received a top arts award.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eight others were recognized at the same event, the annual Ovation Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence. The celebration calls attention to outstanding contributions of the arts in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Circle is the patron society of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, and it works to advance arts and culture in Clarksville and Montgomery County.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Without a doubt, our arts community would not be the same without the vision and generosity of this amazing individual,” said Austin Peay President Dr. Alisa White, in presenting Harvill with the prestigious George Mabry Ovation Award. “We are forever grateful to him for his life-long support of Austin Peay and the arts.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Also receiving awards at the event were:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Business Award: Hand Family Companies for its major support of the arts through donations of money, merchandise and labor, which grew out of the company's commitment to make Clarksville a better place to live.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Individual Artist: Beverly Riggins Parker, an accomplished artist in photography and painting and a founding member of the Downtown Artists Co-Op and Friends of Photography.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Community: Hilldale Civitan Club for its sponsorship of the State of Tennessee's Old Time Fiddlers Championship. The championship has been held under the Hilldale Civitan's auspices since its origin in 1973.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And, Young Artists, all seniors, Addisyn Bryant, Clarksville High, theatre arts; Bianca Moore, Northwest High, vocal performance; Abbey Hogan, Clarksville Academy, creative writing; Alana Clayton, Rossview High, instrumental performance; and Aaron Smith, Clarksville High, dance performance.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Ovation winners, the students are eligible to apply for the endowed $1,000 scholarships, established by the Acuff Circle in the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harvill, son of the late Halbert Harvill, president of Austin Peay from 1946 to 1966, literally grew up on the Austin Peay campus.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His dad came to Austin Peay in 1929 as a member of the original faculty and the family's home was on property later acquired by Jenkins and Wynne auto dealership, and which now is part of the Austin Peay campus. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He earned his bachelor's degree from Austin Peay in 1946, two weeks after his dad was named president. He received his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and came home to begin law practice with the late Billy Daniel, the firm later becoming Daniel, Harvill, Batson &amp; Nolan. He now is “of counsel” with the Harvill-Ross firm.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harvill became involved in leadership roles in various community and state organizations, but Austin Peay remained closest to his heart. Through the years, he has been a knowledgeable adviser to each Austin Peay president.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His late wife, Peg, a graduate of Peabody College, decided to take art classes at Austin Peay after their daughter Kitty went to college. From then on, the couple became even stronger advocates for all things art at Austin Peay, and especially for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts when it was established.
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; As a member of APSU's 75th Anniversary Steering Committee, Harvill commissioned an art student to create a two-tiered view of Austin Peay that depicted changes in the campus since 1949. Peg, who became an accomplished artist, painted portraits of APSU's historic buildings and limited-edition prints of each were used by APSU as appreciation gifts to major donors. Among those major donors were the Harvills themselves.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 2010, Harvill set out on a mission to name the state-of-the-art concert hall at the Music/Mass Communication Building for longtime music professors Drs. George and Sharon Mabry. The Mabry Legacy Campaign culminated in 2012 with raising more than $500,000 for fine arts at Austin Peay.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He also established several endowed scholarships in the arts, including designating two just this year in the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. His wife Sherri also is a supporter of the arts and is a former board member of the Acuff Circle.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:58:00 +0000 boothcw 141173 at APSU art student Asadi to present work at "Form & Flow" exhibit April 10-13 <p><img src="" width="410" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Soraya Asadi, a visual artist born in Tehran, Iran, will present an exhibition of her work, “Form &amp; Flow,” April 10-13, in Austin Peay State University’s Gallery 108, located on the first floor of the Trahern Building. The exhibition is part of Asadi’s senior thesis at APSU, and the public is invited to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in the gallery.</p><p>“As a Persian, I'm highly influenced by my native culture and interested in ceramics, monoprints and painting,” Asadi said. “I integrate generously Persian elements such as forms, calligraphy, patterns, motifs, colors and symbols into my works.”</p><p>During the “Form &amp; Flow” exhibition, the gallery will be filled with ceramic sculptures, monoprints on fired ceramics and clay monoprints on fabric. Asadi will also be providing 100 small ceramic gifts for the audience on the day of the reception. The exhibit is free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact Asadi (Sofia) at <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a>, or <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:56:00 +0000 boothcw 141172 at Zone 3 Press presents author reading with Erik Anderson and Amy Fusselman on March 23 <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;On Thursday, March 23, Zone 3, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in Creative Arts’ literary journal, will present a reading with award-winning essayist Erik Anderson and writer, editor and publisher Amy Fusselman.</p><p>The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Morgan University Center Ballroom and begins at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>Anderson, a creative writing teacher at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, has written multiple collections of essays, including “The Poetics of Trespass”&nbsp;and&nbsp;“Estranger.” His most recent collection, “Flutter Point,” was the 2015 winner of the Zone 3 Press Nonfiction Book Award and is slated to be released March 15, 2017.</p><p>“The brilliance of&nbsp;‘Flutter Point’&nbsp;is that what results are fresh new forms of the essay—moving, intelligent, relentless, still, and made exactly for our time,” said Kristin Dombek, author of “The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism”.</p><p>The New York City-based Fusselman, the judge of Anderson’s award-winning submission, is the author of three nonfiction books, including&nbsp;“Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for&nbsp;Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted and Afraid to Die”;&nbsp;“The Pharmacist’s Mate”; and&nbsp;“8”.</p><p>Her writing has appeared in&nbsp;ARTnews,&nbsp;Ms.,&nbsp;The New York Times,&nbsp;Artnet and&nbsp;The Atlantic, among other places. She also wrote a parenting column, “Family Practice,” for Mc Sweeney’s Internet Tendency.</p><p>For more information on Zone 3 Press and additional upcoming events, visit&nbsp;,&nbsp;or call 931-221-7031.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Languages and Literature Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:14:58 +0000 harriscj 141159 at APSU, Dickson County School System announce dual enrollment partnership <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dickson County School System is partnering with Austin Peay State University to provide an opportunity for high school students from both Creek Wood and Dickson County High Schools to take college courses at a central Dickson County location. Students would attend college classes taught by APSU faculty in the morning at the central location and return to their respective high school for lunch and afternoon classes.</p><p>A meeting on this partnership will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, at the Bibb Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. Parents and the public are invited.</p><p>Students could begin taking classes the summer after completing the sophomore year of high school. For those students who participate during the summer, fall and spring semesters of their junior and senior years of high school, they could graduate with an associate degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Students unable to participate in summer terms could still complete approximately 37 hours of college credit during fall and spring semesters, classifying them as a sophomore in college when they graduate from high school. Online courses would also be an option for some classes.</p><p>Utilizing the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant and APSU Dual Enrollment scholarships, in addition to a tuition rate specifically for dual enrollment students, families can save over $13,000 in college expenses.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:41:21 +0000 harriscj 141158 at APSU repurposes programs and building in response to area’s needs <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Over the last year, Austin Peay State University has retooled its engineering technology program, and is in the process of repurposing its Technology Building (formerly the Hemlock Semiconductor Building), to meet the growing manufacturing needs of the state. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, “Advanced manufacturing job creation in Tennessee far outpaces national growth, at 27.1 percent job growth in Tennessee compared to 8.7 percent nationally from 2010 to 2015.” More manufacturers are relocating into this region, but the new facilities are heavily automated, which means they need highly skilled employees to design, operate and maintain these machines.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;And the demand will keep growing worldwide because, according to a recent analysis by the Boston Consulting Group, “By 2025, the share of tasks performed by robots will rise from a global average of around 10 percent to about 25 percent across all manufacturing industries.”</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; For years, APSU has offered engineering technology degrees at the associate and bachelor’s level at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, but that program has now expanded to the Clarksville campus, with an emphasis in advanced manufacturing, to address this new demand.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This program is geared perfectly to meet the needs of our state,” Dr. Chad Brooks, interim associate provost for research and dean of the APSU College of Graduate Studies, said. “We now need to make companies aware that we can elevate their employees’ skill set with a very fast paced, hands-on training program that fits the adult learner lifestyle.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the concentrations within both the Associate of Applied Science degree and the Bachelor of Science degree is mechatronics, which is a field that combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineer and other engineering disciplines.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“In today’s world, manufacturing automation is the key to success, and mechatronics is a degree that trains the individual to be an expert in the field of automation design and implementation,” Dr. John Byrd, chair of APSU Department of Engineering Technology, said. “The job market is way understaffed at this time, so it’s a high paying field. These students will be grabbed by employers faster than any other student coming out of the University.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electro-mechanical technicians with an associate degree can earn between $50,000 to $81,000 a year, depending on the location and the industry.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It’s one of the most versatile and useful degrees because it allows a person to enter so many marketplaces,” Brooks said.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; In 2010, the University opened a new chemical engineering technology facility, but as the demand for jobs in that field has dropped, Austin Peay began modifying the campus’ Technology Building to meet the needs of the engineering technology program’s curriculum and the manufacturing needs of the state.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Austin Peay is being responsive by rapidly repurposing this space,” Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, said. “This will be where mechatronics is taught. The building is changing, moving away from chemical engineering technology. This will become our advanced manufacturing lab.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the program, visit the department’s website at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Science and Mathematics Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:29:13 +0000 boothcw 141145 at APSU’s Woodward Library Society hosting 9th Society Social on April 1 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Saturday, April 1, Austin Peay State University’s Woodward Library Society will host its ninth annual Society Social, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jackie Crosby.</p><p>Crosby, now a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, won a Pulitzer Prize for specialized reporting in 1985 while working for the Macon Telegraph and News.</p><p>The Society Social, a fundraising and friend-raising dinner event, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at F&amp;M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville. A social hour will be followed by a buffet dinner catered by the Party Station. After dinner, Crosby will give a talk titled “Fake News, Alternative Facts: Journalism’s New Age.”</p><p>Tickets to the event are $50 for Woodward Library Society members and $65 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call 931-221-7618. Dress is business casual.</p><p>The Woodward Library Society, founded in 2009, is an organization of library friends dedicated to the advancement of the Felix G. Woodward Library of Austin Peay State University. The purpose of the Society is to strengthen the resources of the Felix G. Woodward Library and increase awareness of those resources. The Society is a non-profit organization affiliated with the APSU Foundation.</p><p>To learn more about the Woodward Library Society and membership opportunities, visit <a href=""></a> or contact: Joe Weber, Director of Library Services, at 931-221-7618 or <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:32:17 +0000 boothcw 141127 at APSU Beef Cattle Show Team wins second national championship <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Beef Cattle Show Team is barely older than the livestock it shows, but the program has quickly made a name for itself as a competitor on the local, state and national levels. They only reinforced that reputation when Ruby, the team’s prize heifer, or young female cow, was named Reserve Division Champion Percentage Simmental at the 2017 Dixie National Livestock show, held this past February in Jackson, Mississippi.</p><p>In addition to multiple local and state championships, Ruby is the team’s second national championship heifer. In 2014, the program won its first Dixie National championship when heifer, Dreamy, was named Senior Calf Champion Percentage Simmental.</p><p>Dr. Rod Mills, Austin Peay State University associate professor of agriculture and the team’s advisor, said that the program’s two national champions are no small feats. One of only a handful of universities in the country with a beef show team, Austin Peay does not compete at a collegiate level. Instead, the program measures itself against professional breeders at competitions like Dixie National.</p><p>“The 2014 championship was a big moment for our program, and we’ve only been building since then,” Mills said. “For Ruby to win this championship is a major accomplishment. She won her class and went on to compete in the division champion and grand champion classes, which meant she ultimately finished in the Top 8 of about 80 heifers and teams who were at the competition.”</p><p>This national championship was the culmination of months of work for the five-person team, which was made up of Mills and APSU students John Thomas Fussell, Tyler Davis, Austin Henley and Kayla Jackson. Since the team acquired Ruby in October of last year, each student has had to balance their studies with the responsibility of preparing her to compete against a largely professional field.</p><p>“I think the biggest thing I had to learn this past year was actually time management,” Fussell said. “You really have to schedule your classes around the work we do at the (APSU Farm), because we have work here every day that needs to get done.”</p><p>Davis, who assisted the 2014 championship team as a community volunteer, echoed Fussell, saying that there was rarely a time where one of the team members wasn’t putting in time at the farm.</p><p>“Some of us were (working with Ruby) from 2:30-6 p.m., while others were here from 4 p.m. until later in the night,” Davis said. “We were going to be there until we got done what we needed to get done.”</p><p>Show day was equally grueling for the team, as prep for Ruby’s debut in the ring began well before the crack of dawn. With nearly 100 other teams all vying for space in the venue’s stables, the team had to get up early to ensure they put their best hoof forward.</p><p>“I think we got up around 2:30 or 3 a.m. and we didn’t lay our heads back down until about 10 p.m. that night,” Davis said. “It was a long day; we were up washing, clipping and feeding (Ruby) before she was judged later that morning.”</p><p>Jackson, who helped lead Ruby through the competition stage, compared showing to events like dog shows and runway modeling. But while heifers are judged on physical appearance and breeding potential, it falls on “cow whisperers” like Jackson and Henley to lead heifers through the competition.</p><p>“Tyler and John Thomas worked to get Ruby’s hair and fitting and grooming right before the event, and Austin and I worked more on guiding Ruby through the event and practicing walking and presenting technique,” Jackson said. “I’ve been showing animals pretty much since I was born, so I have a lot of experience walking livestock into poses and getting them to behave (during competitions).”</p><p>The team was organized by, and continues to be supported by Mark and Betty Barnett, co-owners of the Kentucky-Tennessee Livestock Market. In addition, the generous donation of a Ford F-250 truck by Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford, Honda and Lincoln enabled the team to bring Ruby and her fellow heifers to and from the competition.</p><p>The contributions of the Barnett family, Jenkins &amp; Wynne and other community supporters allows the APSU Beef Cattle Show Team to enhance the APSU Department of Agriculture’s reputation, as well as provide invaluable experience for Austin Peay students.</p><p>“If you want to learn more about cattle in the world of showing, then being a part of this team is the perfect opportunity for a student,” Jackson said. “In addition to the work we do, we also have so many opportunities to meet people and form important relationships within these shows that are really valuable for students.”</p><p>For more information on the department or the Beef Show Team, call 931-221-7272.</p> Science and Mathematics Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:21:27 +0000 harriscj 141120 at APSU Department of Music’s Day Camp “Camp Granada” set for sixth year <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As it prepares for its sixth year, Camp Granada, Austin Peay State University Department of Music’s summer music day camp, continues to expand its mission of providing area children with an opportunity to develop a life-long love of music.</p><p>The theme for Camp Granada 2017 is “Kids at Work,” and students will explore the history of music in the workplace. From sailors singing as they lift heavy sails to railroad workers hammering to a tune, music has been a central part of work since the beginning of time. This year’s theme will teach campers about many types of work songs from different cultures, and other ways people have used music to do a job, pass the time during work or just to make a tedious job a little more fun.</p><p>Activities include singing, playing instruments, movement, listening, music literacy, and summer-camp style games and activities that continue to expose students to content and skills from the day’s lessons. The week concludes with a student performance of the music and skills that have been developed through the week.</p><p>Camp Granada&nbsp;is open to public, private and home-schooled students age 6 (having completed kindergarten) through 11 (having completed 5th grade).&nbsp;The APSU session is open to the general public (including private school and homeschool students and public school students from Clarksville and surrounding counties) and additional sessions are open to students who attend the hosting school. Early-bird registration is $75.00 ($50.00 for each additional sibling) and includes a camp T-shirt.</p><p>Camp sessions in Clarksville are sponsored by the APSU Department of Music in partnership with the CMCSS school system. New for 2017 will be a session held at Emma B. Ward Elementary School and open exclusively to students residing in Anderson County, Kentucky schools.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><b>The following locations will host Camp Granada 2017 sessions:</b></p><ul><li>Montgomery Central Elementary School (Clarksville, Tennessee), June 12-16</li><li>Norman Smith Elementary School (Clarksville, Tennessee), June 26-30</li><li>Austin Peay State University, July 10-14</li><li>Glenellen Elementary School (Clarksville, Tennessee), July 24-28</li><li>Emma B. Ward Elementary School (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky July 24-28</li></ul><p>This year only, the APSU general session will be held at Madison Street United Methodist Church due to renovations in the APSU Music/Mass Communication&nbsp;Building. For more information or to register for any Camp Granada session, visit online at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p><p>Camp Granada internships are also available for high school students who participate in band, choir or orchestra. All internships are volunteer-based, with hours served able to be applied towards honor societies, civic clubs and Tennessee Promise community service requirements.</p><p>For more information on Camp Granada, or to apply for a Camp Granada internship, visit&nbsp;;or contact Eric Branscome at 931.221.7811.</p> Music Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:34:30 +0000 harriscj 141046 at APSU named Best Nonprofit at Nashville Business Journal’s 2017 Best in Business Awards <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University was announced as the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business: Nonprofit winner at the organization’s 2017 Best in Business Awards Luncheon, held Tuesday, March 7 at the Music City Center in Nashville.</p><p>Austin Peay was selected from a field of nominees, with each nonprofit institution judged by an independent panel of previous winners on a number of criteria, including profitability, growth, innovation and community involvement.</p><p>“It is an honor to win this award because, first and foremost, it is a recognition of Austin Peay’s commitment to our community, and our community’s commitment to us,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We serve a uniquely diverse population and have modeled our strategic plan to help our university and community grow by providing affordable, high quality degree programs. Additionally, our strategic plan encompasses a strong alliance with our local community and business leaders that is key to our success. This partnership improves our ultimate goal —&nbsp;student success. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of each and every member of our community.”</p><p>The Nashville Business Journal's&nbsp;Best in Business Awards&nbsp;program has been honoring excellence in business for over 25 years. This year’s award luncheon included 30 finalists for five categories, categorizing businesses from small (1-25 employees) to large (501 or more), as well as nonprofits.</p><p>To find out more about Austin Peay, visit <a href=""></a>. For more information on the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Awards, including galleries and videos from the luncheon, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:31:07 +0000 harriscj 140947 at Dave Loos, men's basketball coach, retires after 27 years at APSU <p><img src="" width="600" height="441" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE—An era of unprecedented success at Austin Peay came to a close on Monday, March 6, 2017.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">After 27 years on the sidelines, <a href=""><span class="s2">Dave Loos</span></a>&nbsp;announced his retirement as Austin Peay men's basketball coach, bringing to an end a tenure marked by integrity, ingenuity and achievement.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"The takeaway for me today is how proud I am of the things we accomplished," Loos said during Monday's press conference. "The thing I'm celebrating is that we helped make a lot of young people better. We helped them better themselves in the classroom. The game-changer is a college degree, and that's the thing we really emphasized—getting the diploma and growing as a person.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"Hundreds of kids are out there, all over the world, spreading the word about Austin Peay. They're going to do all right because they managed to get that game-changer. And that's what I'm most proud of. It was an honor and privilege to represent Austin Peay and I tried to do it with as much integrity as I could put together."</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The credentials for "The Dean of Ohio Valley Conference Coaches" are unparalleled. Not only has he all but put the league wins record out of reach—amassing 421 wins during his time in the OVC—and not only is he the only five-time Coach of the Year award winner in league history, the last of his four OVC Tournament championships in 2016 equaled the legendary E.A. Diddle for most in league history. In 2017, he carved out his latest slice of history with his 500</span><span class="s3"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s1"> career victory as a collegiate head coach, becoming just the 97</span><span class="s3"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s1"> coach with at least 10 years Division I experience to reach that milestone.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A member of five Halls of Fame—St. Louis Amateur Baseball, University of Memphis M-Club, Missouri Basketball Coaches, Austin Peay and Christian Brothers University—Loos' name has become synonymous with not only success but APSU athletics as a whole. The <a href=""><span class="s2">Dave Loos</span></a> Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 for prospective coaches and in 2007, the very floor that Monday's ceremony was held on was rechristened <a href=""><span class="s2">Dave Loos</span></a> Court at the behest of outgoing President Dr. Sherry Hoppe.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Loos came to Clarksville on July 14, 1990, and, although success was not evident overnight, he began to slowly build back Austin Peay into the power it had been during the Lake Kelly era. Following four seasons under Larry Finch at Memphis, Loos engineered a five-win improvement in his first season at the helm, earning the first of five Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in the process.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">During the Loos era, the head coach showed a knack for keeping talented local players at home—Charles "Bubba" Wells, Trenton Hassell and Drake Reed each won OVC Player of the Year under Loos' watch, with the latter two Clarksville natives and Wells a 45-minute drive from his native Russellville. With Wells and Jermaine Savage anchoring the squad in 1996, the Govs won seven of their final eight in the regular season, posted 20-point victories over Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State before breaking through with a thrilling 70-68 win against rival Murray State—on two Reggie Crenshaw free throws with 0.2 seconds left—for the first of four OVC Tournament titles during Loos' tenure.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The following season, with Wells sidelined for much of the early going with a leg stress fracture, Loos' charges were able to hold things together until their star returned, then put together a 12-6 OVC mark to bring the first of five OVC regular-season titles accumulated during Loos' time on the sideline back to Clarksville.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">After losing Wells, a second-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 1997, Loos secured the next wave of Governor greats in 1998 with the arrival of Hassell and Nick Stapleton. Together, the duo combined for nearly 3,700 points during their time in Clarksville, leading Austin Peay to its first 20-win season under Loos in 2000-01; Hassell, who landed on the map with back-to-back first-team All-OVC honors as a freshman and sophomore, would garner enough NBA interest following his OVC Player of the Year campaign as a junior and be picked in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 draft.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Although Wells and Hassell received scores of individual plaudits, the best Loos teams were hallmarked by tenacious defense. Never was that more evident than the back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04, where the Governors—led by a core of players including APSU Athletic Hall of Famer Adrian Henning and 1,000-point scorers Anthony Davis, Maurice Hampton and Zac Schlader—took back-to-back regular-season championships and a tournament title in 2003, thanks to center Josh Lewis' game-saving block against Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals and a 63-57 win against Tennessee Tech to take the title.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Govs followed that up with one of the most dominant regular-season performances in Ohio Valley Conference history. Holding opponents to a program-record 60.5 ppg and 41.1 percent shooting, the Govs marched through the Ohio Valley Conference 16-0—one of two unbeaten regular seasons in the OVC since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1996. Despite only Henning and Davis averaging double figures, the Govs reeled off an impressive season and a 13-0 record in the Dunn Center, culminating in a second-round run in the NIT.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">2005-06 saw the Govs begin a stretch of six straight seasons with 10 or more wins in conference play, including a regular-season championship in 2006-07 that saw Reed earn his OVC Player of the Year honor and Loos earn his final OVC Coach of the Year accolade. It also began a stretch of three straight seasons that saw the Govs advance to the OVC Championship game, losing on a heartbreaking last-second shot to Eastern Kentucky in Nashville.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Austin Peay broke through again in 2008, posting 24 wins—most in a single-season during the Loos era—and thrashing Tennessee State 82-64 in the OVC title game, which remains the largest margin of victory in the title contest since the turn of the century. Not only did Reed earn the second of three first-team All-OVC honors, Derek Wright earned all-conference and all-tournament honors.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The arrival of <a href=""><span class="s2">Chris Horton</span></a> in 2012—the fourth and final OVC Freshman of the Year winner under Loos—touched off a new era of Austin Peay hoops. A rim protector by trade, Horton would shatter Lewis' single-season and career blocks records, concluding his career in fine style by taking Austin Peay on the most improbable of runs in the 2016 OVC Tournament. Horton led the Govs to four wins in four days, enabling Austin Peay to become the first eighth-seeded squad to bring home the tournament championship in OVC history.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">And one can't forget that Loos' coaching career tells but half the story of his Austin Peay service. For 16 years, he pulled double duty in two of the most demanding jobs in college sports—head men's basketball coach and athletics director. During his time as head of the department, Loos ushered women's soccer onto campus, brought back women's golf and scholarship football and oversaw not only facility improvements, including plans for the new football stadium, but hanging of OVC Academic Banners in 2002-03 and 2008-09.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In thanking Loos for his service, athletics director <a href=""><span class="s2">Ryan Ivey</span></a> pointed out what all in the crowd knew—that at Austin Peay, a legend like <a href=""><span class="s2">Dave Loos</span></a> is simply irreplaceable.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"All of us owe him a debt of gratitude for his willingness to serve this department and institution, when, quite frankly, he didn't have to. His ability and willingness to put others ahead of himself, his work ethic, dedication, loyalty and integrity are bedrocks of this department, and values that will continue long after us all."</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A national search will get underway immediately for the next leader of the Austin Peay men's basketball program.</span></p> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:51:16 +0000 boothcw 140939 at OVC all-time wins leader Dave Loos to retire <p><img src="" width="600" height="438" /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE—Austin Peay State University will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 6, to celebrate the career of Dave Loos, who will announce his retirement after 27 years as head men’s basketball coach—including 16 as athletics director.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"The Dean of Ohio Valley Conference basketball coaches," Loos walks away following a storied career, which included a league-record 421 victories, five OVC Coach of the Year honors and nine total OVC titles, including four OVC Tournament wins. A legendary figure on the college basketball scene, Loos earned career win No. 500 during the 2017 season. During his career, he coached 39 All-OVC players, two All-Americans and 30 future pros. Under Loos’ stewardship as athletics director, Austin Peay raised 33 total OVC Championship banners.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Monday’s event will be held in the Dunn Center on Dave Loos Court—christened in Loos’ name in 2007—and is a community-wide occasion to honor Coach Loos’ incredible body of work and thank him for three decades worth of contributions to Austin Peay.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:35:59 +0000 boothcw 140872 at “Ain’t I a Woman!” to headline Asanbe Diversity Symposium on March 16 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Asanbe Diversity Symposium, slated for next month, will spotlight the lives of four powerful African American women with a performance of “Ain’t I a Woman!” by nationally acclaimed performance group, The Core Ensemble.&nbsp;</p><p>The performance takes place on March 16 at 1 p.m. in the Trahern Theatre. A panel discussion will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilbur N. Daniel African-American Cultural Center. The Asanbe Diversity Symposium is free and open to the public.</p><p>“Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates the life and times of renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Americans.</p><p>Since its inception in 1993, The Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble received the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.</p><p>The Asanbe Diversity symposium, sponsored and organized by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature, was established 22 years ago in memory of Dr. Joseph Asanbe, who was the first professor of African and African-American literature at APSU.</p><p>The event is co-sponsored by the APSU Office of Academic Affairs, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, APSU Diversity Committee, African-American Studies Program, Glover’s Lock Service, International Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Department of Theatre &amp; Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Wilbur N. Daniel African-American Cultural Center.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 221-7891.</p> African American Studies Arts and Letters Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:25:08 +0000 harriscj 140855 at APSU student newspaper staff wins 10 awards at Southeast Journalism Conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The All State, student newspaper at Austin Peay State University, earned 10 awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference, including first place and second place for Best Press Photography, during the annual conference in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, Feb. 17. Individual staff members earning awards were:</p><ul><li>Ranked 1<sup>st</sup> for Best Press Photography<br /> Hunter Abrams, freshman and staff photographer</li><li>Ranked 2<sup>nd</sup> for Best Press Photography</li></ul><p>Taylor Slifko, alumna and former photo editor</p><ul><li>Ranked 2<sup>nd</sup> for Best Magazine Page Layout Designer <br /> Celeste Malone, senior and editor-in-chief</li><li>Ranked 3<sup>rd</sup> for On-Site Copy Editing <br /> Ethan Steinquest, senior and managing editor</li><li>Ranked 6<sup>th</sup> for Best Arts &amp; Entertainment Writer<br /> Andrew Wadovick, junior and features editor</li><li>Ranked 8<sup>th</sup> for Best News Writer<br /> Ethan Steinquest, senior and managing editor</li></ul><p>“I love the uniqueness of humans and their actions,” Abrams, from Nashville, Tennessee, said. “Any of the photos I have taken can never be recreated or imitated because the emotions of this year cannot be made again.” Abrams submitted photos from the Governors football team loss to Murray State University, Lil Govs’ Child Learning Center pumpkin patch event and the 2016 Homecoming Concert featuring Frankie Ballard.</p><p>“I am in awe of the amazing dedication, work and tremendous passion the staff has exemplified this year,” Malone said. “Each member of The All State has continuously blown me away with every edition.”</p><p>The newspaper earned a ranking of 2<sup>nd</sup> in the Best College Magazine category for the 2016 Election Guide special edition of The All State. The newspaper also earned a ranking of 2<sup>nd</sup> for Best Public Service Journalism for their coverage of the 2016 Election and issues relating to students before Election Day and after.</p><p>The newspaper staff partnered with the APSU Student Government Association and the Political Science department to host Debate Watch viewings of the presidential debates.</p><p>“Placing 2nd in the Public Service Journalism category encompasses the reason we do what we do,” Malone said. “We are serving and representing our student community as best as we can and this award shows that.”</p><p>The All State also earned 4<sup>th</sup> for Best College website and 6<sup>th</sup> for Best College Newspaper.</p><p>“The All State has put in a lot of effort over the past year to earn these awards, and I'm proud to see that being recognized,” Steinquest said. “We have a very talented staff, and it's a pleasure to work with them every week.” There were a total of 469 entries from 29 colleges and universities across the southeast in this year’s Best of the South competition at SEJC.</p><p>Students attending the conference were:</p><ul><li>Lauren Cottle, senior and perspective editor</li><li>Noah Houck, sophomore and assistant sports editor</li><li>Celeste Malone, senior and editor-in-chief</li><li>Aaliyah Mitchell, junior and assistant features editor</li><li>Ethan Steinquest, senior and managing editor</li><li>Andrew Wadovick, junior and features editor</li></ul><p>“It’s a great honor to receive such an award. I’ve loved writing since I was in high school, and it’s a humbling experience to see other people awarding me for my work,” Wadovick said of his win. “It’s times like this when I know I chose the right career path.”</p><p>Last fall, The All State earned two second-place national Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association, with 176 colleges and universities competing.</p><p>“I'm also excited to see the publication's continued trend of success … It’s a great affirmation of our service to the APSU community,” Steinquest said.</p><p>The newspaper publishes each Wednesday in print, which is distributed on APSU’s Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. It also publishes regularly online at <a href="" title=""></a>. Readers can also connect with The All State on Facebook, Instagram (@TheAllState_APSU) and Twitter (@TheAllState).</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:35:15 +0000 boothcw 140832 at Trio of Honors Program students present at state conference <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Three Austin Peay State University students recently presented their research at the annual Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference, held Feb. 18 at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma.</span></p><p>Hannah McGinnity, Malena Landon and Shelia Johnson, all members of the Honors Program at Austin Peay, joined high achieving students from across the state at the event, which serves as the Council’s annual meeting of college honors students, faculty and administrators. Presented research topics covered a range of genres and subjects, including original poetry, short stories, creative essays, photographs, musical compositions and works of art.&nbsp;</p><p>Biology majors McGinnity and Landon co-presented a topic on non-native species invading foreign ecosystems, titled “Invasive Species of the United States.” Using Tennessee as a case study, McGinnity and Landon explored the most common and destructive invasive species causing damage to the state’s ecosystem.</p><p>A chemistry major, Johnson explored the links between cancer survivors and their support systems in a discussion titled, “The relationship between limitations in daily activities and the receipt of social support among&nbsp;cancer survivors by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups in the United States.” Johnson studied the relationship between the limitations of cancer survivors and the support they receive from family and friends in completing their daily activities.</p><p>“Hannah, Malena and Shelia all did a really great job, and I think this was a great experience for them,” Matthew Kenney, director of the Honors Program at Austin Peay State University, said. “Sometimes even professional conferences can be lightly attended, but our students each got an opportunity to present their work in front of well-attended sessions and I think they gained a lot from the experience.”</p><p>The Honors Program at Austin Peay State University is designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development. Honors Program students are provided with information and support to pursue high-impact opportunities in undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and service learning.</p><p>For more information on the Honors Program at Austin Peay State University, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-6398.</p> Honors Program Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:02:16 +0000 harriscj 140826 at APSU history professor Uffelman part of team to restore Civil War-era diary <p><img src="" width="625" height="475" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Military conflicts are not fought in isolation, and the American Civil War was no different. While civilians like Serepta Jordan never lifted a musket, Jordan and millions like her felt its impact, and it is precisely that neglected perspective that made the discovery of her diary by area historians so significant.</p><p>A working-class woman living in Clarksville during the war, Jordan was not a name remembered by history. But although she never led soldiers into battle, she nonetheless faithfully recorded the war’s impact on the population of Clarksville in both major and minor ways through her daily writings from 1857 until 1864.</p><p>“The Serepta Jordan diary, housed at the Clarksville Customs House, is one of the most important historical documents in Tennessee,” said Minoa Uffelman, associate professor of history at APSU. “The diary is a priceless repository of daily life in Clarksville in the years leading to disunion.”</p><p>Jordan’s writings are contained in a repurposed leather-bound ledger, but time has not been kind to her writings. Rediscovered in an outhouse in the 1980s and entrusted to the Customs House Museum shortly after, the fragile memoir was in desperate need of repair before Uffelman and a group of historians launched an effort to restore and publish Jordan’s detail of a pivotal time in American — and Clarksville — history.</p><p>“I, along with the editors of the Nannie Haskins Williams diary, Ellen Kanervo, Phyllis Smith and Eleanor Williams, are currently editing the diary for publication with University of Tennessee Press,” Uffelman said. “Because of the fragility of the diary, we even have to use photos of the pages to check our transcription.”</p><p>The restoration efforts recently received a major boost when Kali Mason, curator of collections at the Customs House Museum, obtained a $3,000 Archive Development Grant from the state of Tennessee. Delivered by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, the grant will be used to continue the group’s preservation efforts.</p><p>During a small event to celebrate the grant offering, Hargett, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Millie Armstrong, Jordan’s great-great-great-granddaughter, received an opportunity to observe the diary and discuss the work being done to preserve it for future generations.</p><p>“The pages (of the diary) are filled with (Jordan’s) observations, feelings and experiences from the Civil War era in Clarksville,” Uffelman said. “Serepta describes military preparations as the community is raising units and women sew uniforms and other provisions for soldiers. As a working-class woman with no income or connections we gain insights into her struggles to survive as her one family member dies and leaves her alone in a world with no options for female careers.&nbsp;</p><p>“Serepta entries show the community life of New Providence, describing a rich network of friends, church life and lectures,” Uffelman said. “Along with the ordinary, she describes witnessing a lynching, a steamboat accident and the horrors of the Civil War.”</p><p>The diary project is the second for the team, who earlier edited a local work, “The Diary of Nannie Haskins Willians, A Southern Woman's Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890,” which was published in 2014 by the University of Tennessee Press. Upon completion of their transcription efforts, Uffelman said Jordan’s diary will also be published in a format that can be easily read and shared.</p><p>“Once the diary is published, we hope there will be new interest in the original and scholars may want to use it,” Uffelman said. “In its current condition, that is virtually impossible.”</p><p>For more information on Austin Peay’s Department of History and Philosophy, visit <a href=""></a>. For more information on the Clarksville Customs House Museum, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> History and Philosophy Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:57:11 +0000 harriscj 140808 at APSU Chamber Singers to embark on March tour of Tennessee, Georgia <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This March, Austin Peay State University’s premiere choral ensemble – the Chamber Singers – will showcase their talents in Tennessee and Georgia during their 2017 tour.</p><p>“Our Chamber Singers have been preparing for this tour since the first day of classes back in August of 2016,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at Austin Peay, said. “In the time they spend (preparing for the tour), the choir really comes together not only technically, but socially and spiritually.”</p><p>A number of pieces will be performed at each concert, including a diverse selection of contemporary and classic compositions. These concerts, which are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the following locations:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 4 – Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville (7 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 5 – Dickson United Methodist Church in Dickson (2 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; • March 6 – McMinnville First United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee. (7 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 7 – Governors Gathering Alumni Event in Atlanta, Georgia. (Contact APSU Alumni Association)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 8 – Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia. (7:30 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 9 – First United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. (7 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 10 – First United Methodist Church in Crossville, Tennessee. (7 p.m.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • March 11 – Performance at APSU Candlelight Ball in Nashville (Contact APSU Alumni Association)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Selected pieces to be performed include “Fèt Chanpèt,” a piece composed by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume for the APSU Chamber Singers, Ilyas Iliya’s “Avoonan dbishmayya,” sung in Aramaic, choral canon standard “Blue Bird” from Charles V. Stanford and also the Daryl Runswick arrangement of The Beatles’ classic “Blackbird” from their eponymous 1968 album.</p><p>“We are headed throughout Tennessee, as well as Georgia and we always try to get to as many high schools as possible to show them our program at Austin Peay,” Foster said. “The tour is an opportunity to up our recruiting efforts and, besides performing for them, the high schoolers will get to interact with our students, asking them questions about Clarksville, our campus and college life.”</p><p>Later this spring, APSU Choral Activities will present The BIG SING. The event brings two high schools to campus to rehearse and perform with the APSU choral ensembles. This year, APSU is proud to welcome Mt. Juliet High School and Station Camp (Gallatin) High School. The event will culminate in a 5:30 p.m. concert, free of charge, on Tuesday, April 11.</p><p>For more information on these events or for a list of schools the Chamber Singers will be visiting, contact Foster at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Music Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:21:35 +0000 harriscj 140780 at APSU names experienced arts administrator as new CECA director <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cool evening in early February, dozens of people hurried across the Austin Peay State University campus to hear a lecture in the Trahern Building by Hollywood visual effects artist Colie Wertz. The event, co-sponsored by the APSU Department of Art and Design and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA), attracted attendees from across Clarksville, interested in hearing from a man who’d worked on films such as “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” When Dr. Janice Crews arrived in the building’s lecture hall, she was surprised and pleased to see people standing against the wall.</p><p>“It was packed, and I thought that was awesome,” she said. “There were no seats left. It was amazing to see that level of participation at my first CECA-sponsored event.”</p><p>Earlier this semester, the University named Crews, an oboist with extensive experience in arts administration, as the new director of the 30-year-old Center. She replaces Christopher Burawa, who left the position in 2015 to serve as the executive director of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota.</p><p>“The center has helped lead the cultural and artistic growth of this community for the last three decades, and we were looking for someone who could help broaden its reputation and influence as the region continues to grow,” Dr. Dixie Webb, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said. “Dr. Crews is a perfect fit for this position because, as a gifted musician, she has an appreciation for the arts, but she is also bringing with her a wealth of experience in arts administration from some of the nation’s more prominent arts organizations.”</p><p>Crews comes to APSU from Charleston, South Carolina, where she served as director of education and community engagement for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. In that position, she helped send professional musicians into 85 local schools in South Carolina and also planned educational concerts for thousands of children. Prior to that, she was the manager of school and family programs at Atlanta’s famed Woodruff Arts Center. That Center, one of the largest in the world, is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art.</p><p>“I was working on a collaborative project between the Atlanta Symphony, the Alliance Theatre and the High Museum, an arts integration program in the schools,” she said. “It was great, and I gained a deeper appreciation for all of the art forms at that point.”</p><p>Crews will now use her skills to oversee Austin Peay’s CECA, which has brought acclaimed national artists to campus for more than 30 years. The center—the only program of its kind in the state—was established during the 1985-86 academic year by the Tennessee General Assembly, and it received a major boost just a few months after its founding when country music legend Roy Acuff generously endowed a chair of excellence.</p><p>“The different APSU arts departments are already doing so much individually, and my role is to bring a spirit of collaboration and be the community promoter of what’s happening here,” Crews said. “I want to let everyone know that CECA events are open to the public, and they can come to our campus and take part in the exciting things happening here. A lot of people don’t know the CECA is here for the community at large, and not just students.”</p><p>Crews began her new role as director last month. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Master of Music from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. In addition to her background as an arts administrator, she is also an experienced music teacher and musician. She has performed as an oboist with orchestras all over the country.</p><p>For more information on the Center and all its programs, visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:49:57 +0000 boothcw 140772 at