Today @ APSU - University News en APSU College of Ed prepares local teachers for 2017 solar eclipse <p><img src="" width="600" height="412" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 4,000 years ago, Chung K’ang, the fourth emperor of the Hea dynasty in China, reportedly executed two astronomers named Hi and Ho because they didn’t predict a solar eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “So (an eclipse) is a very important thing; it can be life-threatening,” Dr. Rex Gandy, Austin Peay State University provost and vice president of academic affairs, joked recently. “And it’s pretty amazing. The sun is 90 million miles away, and it’s huge, so what are the odds that there is this little rock a quarter million miles away that just blots out the sun almost perfectly.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Next year, on Aug. 21, 2017, that “little rock” in the sky will cause Clarksville to go dark for about two minutes during what NASA is calling “The Great American Eclipse.” Clarksville is one of the few cities in North America located along the eclipse’s path of totality, meaning the city is one of the best places in the world to witness the rare event.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy is preparing several activities for that day, but this summer, the University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education is making sure local students get to take full advantage of this upcoming eclipse. On June 21, the college hosted an educational summit, “Preparing for the Big Event,” which provided elementary and middle school teachers from across Middle Tennessee with strategies on how to incorporate the eclipse into subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, art and music.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Several hundred teachers arrived at the campus’ Dunn Center that morning, where they received special solar glasses for next year’s event. Dr. Carlette Hardin, dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, said they intend to distribute glasses to schools for students to use on the day of the eclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mitzi Adams, a NASA astrophysicist, served as the event’s keynote speaker, and she provided additional pointers on how to engage elementary and middle-school-aged students.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “These teachers are going to learn about the sun, about how to view the sun safely and hopefully they’re going to encourage their students to experience this event that may not occur for them, in a place that’s easy to get to, for the rest of their lives,” Adams said before the summit. “It’s an event that doesn’t happen very often, it’s an event that inspires awe, and hopefully it’s an event that will cause students to study science and technology.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hardin said the College will host another summit next summer, just a few months before the eclipse, for area high school teachers.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information on the upcoming solar eclipse and APSU events associated with it, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Photo cutline: Tennessee State Rep. Joe Pitts tries out a pair of solar glasses during a recent educational summit at APSU.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:40:51 +0000 boothcw 129437 at APSU hosting topping out ceremony for Art and Design Building on June 27 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 9 a.m. on Monday, June 27, the community is invited to a topping out ceremony at the construction site for Austin Peay State University’s new Art and Design Building. Topping out ceremonies traditional occur when the last steel beam is attached to a building during its construction.</p><p>During Monday’s ceremony, construction on the new building will stop, and a white, steel beam will be placed near the site. Representatives with Turner Construction will provide black markers, allowing those in attendance to sign the beam before it is raised and permanently attached to the building.</p><p>“Whoever comes and signs the beam, their names will permanently be part of the building,” Marc Brunner, director of University Design and Construction, said.</p><p>Parking will be allowed at the site, accessible through the Archwood parking lot. For more information on the ceremony, contact University Design and Construction at 931-221-7011.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:19:33 +0000 boothcw 129341 at APSU's ODK honor society named "Superior Circle,” Singleton named to ODK national advisory committee <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society was recently the recipient of the ODK Superior Circle Award, distinguishing it as one of the best chapters in the nation.</p><p>Bestowed upon circles nationally that exhibit outstanding programming and leadership development opportunities for their members, the APSU Circle was lauded as an example of “continuing a culture of excellence” on campus. Within the last nine years, the APSU Circle of ODK has received recognition as a “Circle of Distinction” four times and has been named a “Superior Circle” five times.</p><p>With its recognition as a “Superior Circle,” the chapter has distinguished itself as one of the “best” among nearly 300 collegiate circles located across North America.</p><p>Additionally, Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president and dean of students, was elected as a member of the ODK National Advisory Committee by convention delegates. He will be one of only 12 men and women nationally to serve in this role. Singleton currently serves the APSU Circle as its Faculty Secretary, a position he has held for the last nine years.</p><p>The national leadership honor society recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media and the creative and performing arts.</p><p>For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 931-221-7341.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:36:34 +0000 harriscj 129331 at Acclaimed flautist William Bennett returns to APSU for Summer Flute Academy, June 24 performance <p><img src="" width="402" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Britain’s greatest flautists leaves overcast England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished services to music, has once again chosen Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, the Clarksville community will get the rare chance to hear this level of performer when Bennett presents an intimate concert in the University’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>As a part of the evening’s event, Bennett will perform his own arrangement of the “Violin Sonata, Op. 4” by Felix Mendelssohn. Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music and herself a gifted flutist, will join Bennett that evening for a performance of “Trio Sonata in E Major” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as “Rigoletto Fantasie” by Franz Doppler.</p><p>Wolynec will also perform Rhonda Larson’s “Sweet Simplicity” and “Odelette” by Camille Saint- Saëns. Larson is familiar to APSU, having served as a Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2015.</p><p>The program will also feature some of Bennett’s favorite pieces, other faculty associated with the Flute Academy and a flute choir comprised of attendees of the class.</p><p>The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, but audience members will get to sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience.</p><p>Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $175 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:51:43 +0000 harriscj 129262 at APSU students spend week volunteering at South Carolina animal sanctuary <p><img src="" width="480" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A group of Austin Peay State University students recently spent a week volunteering on an Alternative Break Trip through the University’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Collectively, these students completed approximately 360 hours of community service.</p><p>From June 3-10, eight students and one faculty member traveled to Georgetown, South Carolina, to spend their week volunteering with the South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue &amp; Educational Sanctuary (SC-Cares), a no-kill, no-breed shelter for unwanted, abused and neglected exotic animals. APSU students spent the week helping expand a tortoise enclosure and doing maintenance repairs on a habitat for wolves.&nbsp; In between inclement weather from tropical storms, they spent a day enjoying the beach.</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by APSU’s Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement. Through a written application, students are selected to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the country that are organized by student leaders and faculty/staff advisors. A total of 10 trips were scheduled throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer. &nbsp;</p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students can visit</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:07:59 +0000 harriscj 129133 at Poet, Zone 3 Press contributor, Norman Dubie wins 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize <p><img src="" width="311" height="480" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Zone 3 Press, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in Creative Arts’ literary press, is proud to congratulate poet Norman Dubie, whose latest collection of poems, “The Quotations of Bone,” was recently awarded the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize.</p><p>Included in Dubie’s award-winning collection is the long poem, “The Fallen Bird of the Fields,” which was itself the first chapbook published by Zone 3 Press. Published in 2010, “The Fallen Bird of the Fields” represented both a literal and metaphorical uniting of themes and disciplines.</p><p>“The chapbook&nbsp;cover is bound in handmade paper, made, in part, of Tennessee field grasses and was letterpress&nbsp;printed&nbsp;on the Goldsmith Press with the help of Cindy Marsh in the APSU Department of Art,” Dr. Amy Wright, associate professor of creative writing, said. “This hand-sewn,&nbsp;textured&nbsp;cover speaks to the fields in the title,&nbsp;and we hope demonstrates our&nbsp;respect for this important&nbsp;poem, which honors&nbsp;not only the fallen bird, but also&nbsp;the ‘messenger bee’ and ‘ghost-hurtling glacier’ that prompt us to&nbsp;heed and&nbsp;better&nbsp;tend to the&nbsp;environment.”</p><p>“We hope that winning the Griffin Prize&nbsp;will call additional attention to Dubie's timely and timeless&nbsp;work.”</p><p>Norman Dubie is the author of 29 books of poetry, most recently&nbsp;“The Quotations&nbsp;of Bone”&nbsp;(Copper Canyon, 2015). His other books include&nbsp;“The Volcano”&nbsp;(2010),&nbsp;“The Insomniac Liar of Topo”&nbsp;(2007),&nbsp;“Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum”&nbsp;(2004) and&nbsp;“The Mercy Seat”&nbsp;(2001). He is the recipient of the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry in 2002, and fellowships and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.</p><p>Dubie teaches English at Arizona State University. His involvement with Zone 3 Press came about through a relationship with former director of APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Chris Burawa, who Dubie mentored while Burawa attended the University.</p><p>By funding the Griffin Poetry Prize&nbsp;– the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English, The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life. The Griffin Trust’s support for poetry focuses on the annual Griffin Poetry Prize, which awards two literary prizes of $65,000 each and an additional $10,000 to each shortlisted poet who reads at the annual Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings in Toronto.</p><p>For information on Zone 3 Press and additional upcoming events, visit <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7031.</p> Arts and Letters Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:30:52 +0000 harriscj 128582 at 2016 Edelweiss Club Scholarship awarded to APSU student Vogel <p><img src="" width="600" height="455" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jillian Vogel, a music major and German minor at Austin Peay State University, was selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.</p><p>Vogel was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 8, and received a certificate from Bob Perkins, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p><p>The Clarksville Edelweiss Scholarship grants $500 per year. Students must be German majors or minors at APSU. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club is a not-for-profit organization and was founded to uphold and promote German heritage and tradition.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE: Jillian Vogel, a German minor at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Bob Perkins, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:55:53 +0000 boothcw 128481 at APSU Department of Communication wins OVC Digital Network Program of Excellence <p><img src="" width="600" height="337" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University communication instructor, knew his department’s sports broadcasting program was becoming one of the best in the region, and earlier this month, officials with the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) agreed with him. On June 2, the OVC’s Digital Network announced its Program of Excellence awards, with APSU earning four of the program’s seven awards, including Overall Award of Excellence in campus production.</p><p>“Our sports broadcasting program is growing, and this is a great honor to receive from the Ohio Valley Conference,” Gresham said.&nbsp; “Over 70 communication majors worked on our productions during the 2015-16 academic year, and I am thrilled that they are being recognized for their outstanding work.”</p><p>The awards were presented to Gresham and David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator. The APSU sports broadcasting program also received an Excellence in Clarity of Production award, an Excellence in Features award and a Professionalism in Announcing award.</p><p>“The Conference Office is extremely excited to have the opportunity to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into the content being streamed on the OVC Digital Network throughout the year,” Brian Pulley, OVC Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs, said. “Our students and administrators put in countless hours to bring the very best coverage to fans each week. We hope this program of excellence continues to grow and create a healthy sense of competition among our member institutions going forward.”
</p><p>The OVC Digital Network launched in August 2012 and is the exclusive home for live web streamed athletic contests and ancillary programming involving OVC schools. In the last four years, the network has broadcast more than 2,000 events to fans across the world, with more than one million total views. 
</p><p>The APSU Department of Communication has more than 500 undergraduate Communication Arts majors enrolled in programs such as broadcast media, corporate communication, information specialist, Internet technology, media technology, print and web journalism, public relations, and sports broadcasting. The department also offers a master's degree in Communication Arts, with concentrations in either corporate communication or media management.</p><p>For more information on the department and the sports broadcasting program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator, and Barry Gresham, APSU communication instructor, display the OVC awards the APSU Department of Communication’s Sports Broadcasting Program received earlier this month. (Photo by Lakyn Jarman/APSU)</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000 boothcw 128470 at Award-winning photographer to give free talk at APSU on June 16 <p><img src="" width="500" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, award-winning photographer Tyler Stableford will discuss multimedia and still photography at Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium.&nbsp;</p><p>The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University Photographers’ Association of America’s 2016 Annual Technical Symposium, hosted this year by APSU’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing from June 13-17.</p><p>“Tyler is an incredibly gifted photographer, which is why Canon named him one of the company’s ‘Explorers of Light,’ a title they give only to someone considered ‘a master of their creative specialty,’” Beth Lowary, APSU photographer, said. “Anyone, especially amateur photographers and filmmakers, would benefit from hearing what Tyler has to say.”</p><p>Stableford has provided visual content for national TV commercials, print and branded content campaigns, and Men’s Journal named him one of the world’s seven greatest adventure photographers. In addition to his commercial work, he volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits, and his award-winning short films have screened at film festivals around the globe.</p><p>For more information, contact Lowary at 931-221-6381 or at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:37:37 +0000 boothcw 128095 at APSU student Critchlow sends high altitude balloon into the stars <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Give Austin Peay State University student Dominic Critchlow a balloon and a camera and he can quite literally show you the world.</p><p>A senior in APSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and a 2015-16 Presidential Research Scholar, Critchlow has spent quite a bit of time researching a simple solution for the complex problem of computer assisted image remote sensing through high altitude balloons.</p><p>Or in layman’s terms, how do you send a balloon, a camera and a bunch of computers 100,000 feet in the air without violating FAA regulations?</p><p>“The physics and astronomy department has been working with high altitude balloons for years now, but they’ve always had a problem with weight,” Critchlow said. “They’ve got radios and scientific equipment, each with their own batteries and data storage, and all of that equipment weighs something.</p><p>“FAA regulations say that the ‘payload’ of a balloon cannot weigh more than six pounds, so my goal was to design some kind of equipment that could combine all of those separate functions into one piece, while still staying within the standards set by the FAA.”</p><p>Critchlow found an answer in the form of an Arduino board, a low-cost microcomputer that can serve as the “brain” for any number of projects, from acting as an automatic night light to letting you open your garage door with a smart phone, to logging data for altitude, pressure and temperature, as well as managing a magnetometer, an accelerometer and a Geiger counter -- all tied to latitude and longitude obtained from a GPS.</p><p>In short, Critchlow found a $30 solution to a problem that had been kicking around the department for years.</p><p>“The Arduino board is designed for things like this, so I went out and found the parts I needed, then sat down to see if I could write computer programs for the board that did the things we needed,” Critchlow said.</p><p>The goal of Critchlow and his team is to explore better solutions to the problem of remote sensing, or the scanning of the earth by satellite or high-flying aircraft in order to obtain information. Purposing satellites to obtain high quality images of the Earth is costly, so the work of Critchlow and other researchers is going a long way toward providing a more effective, low-cost alternative for researchers and amateur enthusiasts.</p><p>In early April, Critchlow and a small team gathered at the APSU farm near the Kentucky/Tennessee border to launch their high altitude balloon – along with an array of cameras powered by Critchlow’s Arduino board. The goal of that morning’s launch was to get a bird’s eye view of the clarity of water in the region.</p><p>“We used an array of cameras that are controlled by a small computing device, inside of the payload,” Critchlow said. “The flight computer determines optimal times to capture images, when the payload is at specific altitudes and is experiencing a low amount of forces, that could distort the image. The cameras capture images in different wavelengths that can be directly superimposed. This allows us to determine the clarity of water in the region, as clearer water reflects more light in the blue ranges and murky water reflects more light in the infrared ranges.”</p><p>The launch was a success, as the balloon reached a maximum height of 100,000 feet – high enough to see the layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the curvature of the Earth – before the thin atmosphere caused the balloon to shred and send the payload back to the ground.</p><p>“We can’t control the payload’s decent because anything that goes above 60,000 feet and is controlled remotely is considered a missile, so we just had to use GPS to track where the payload had landed,” Critchlow said. “It turns out that it landed in Kentucky, about 130 miles away from where we launched.</p><p>“(When the payload was recovered), we discovered that the cameras didn’t quite work as we hoped, but they did work, so that proof of concept means we can continue to keep improving the process.”</p><p>Sending a camera to the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere is just the most recent accomplishment for Critchlow. Over the past two summers, he has interned as a researcher at Georgia Tech, as well as Vanderbilt University. A winner of APSU’s Robert Sears Award for Excellence in Physics, Critchlow is currently interning as a data science researcher at the University of Notre Dame.</p><p>Prestigious academic accomplishments aside, Critchlow said that his work on high altitude balloons scratched an itch he’s had since his childhood. With funding from APSU and the help of University faculty, Critchlow was able to do a lot more than simply look up at the stars.</p><p>“Sending a camera to space is kind of the next best thing to actually going there yourself,” Critchlow said. “And to know that I was partially responsible for the project and that I was the last person to touch something before it went up into space is really a cool accomplishment.”</p><p>For a video of Critchlow's launch, visit&nbsp;</p><p><img src="" width="598" height="600" /></p> tbr Physics and Astronomy Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:18:02 +0000 harriscj 127633 at APSU hosting 2016 Girls' Leadership Summer Camp June 6-10 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Next week, a new generation of female leaders will visit Austin Peay State University for the 2016 Girls’ Leadership Summer Camp. The APSU Department of Political Science, the APSU College of Business and the APSU President’s Emerging Leaders Program are hosting the leadership development camp, which runs from June 6-10.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The camp is designed to meet the interests, capabilities and opportunities of middle-school girls by giving them the self-confidence and skills they need to be successful during this important stage in their lives.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Campers will participate in a variety of exciting, interactive and hands-on activities (both indoors and outdoors) that focus on problem solving, teamwork and trust.&nbsp;Participants will be challenged mentally, socially and physically in age-appropriate ways using the many resources available at Austin Peay.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The camp is open to 25 girls who will be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the fall.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;For more information or to submit an application, contact Dr. Vikkie McCarthy at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:27:22 +0000 boothcw 127632 at APSU Public Relations and Marketing Office wins 12 awards at 2016 TCPRA Conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="356" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won 12 awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest held May 25-27 in Chattanooga.</p><p>TCPRA – an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges – awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016.</p><p>The University’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p>• Gold in the Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p>• Gold in the Overall Promotional Campaign for the “Be A Gov!” campaign.</p><p>• Gold in the Speech Writing category for introductory remarks at an endowment presentation.</p><p>• Gold in the Poster category for the Maggie Rose Concert poster.</p><p>• Gold in the Illustration category for the Plant the Campus Red artwork.</p><p>• Gold in the Social Media category for the “Be A Gov!” campaign.</p><p>• Silver in the Low Budget Publication category for the “Scoring New Beginning’s” publication.</p><p>• Silver in the Spot News Photo category for the photo, “Colors—The Gov Run.”</p><p>• Silver in the Brochure category for the Fort Campbell recruitment brochure.</p><p>• Bronze in the Invitation category for the Grad Gala invitation.</p><p>• Bronze in the Low Budget Publication category for the “Institutional Report.”</p><p>• Bronze in the Feature Photo category for the photo, “Miss Austin Peay.”</p><p>The APSU Candlelight Ball invitation was also a finalist in the conference’s Best of Show category.</p><p>The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Lowary, University photographer; Lori Moore, office supervisor; and Nicki Cornelius, marketing manager. The office is part of the APSU Office of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, with Derek van der Merwe as vice president.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:33:51 +0000 boothcw 127580 at APSU alum Mabry to be inducted into inaugural class of ROTC Hall of Fame <p><img src="" width="600" height="500" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University alumnus Maj. Greg Mabry (’04) is among the former U.S. Army ROTC cadets selected for the inaugural class of the Army ROTC Hall of Fame. More than 300 former cadets will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 10 that will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army ROTC program.</p><p>A 2000 graduate of Northeast High School (NEHS) in Clarksville, Mabry earned his Bachelor of Science in sociology from APSU in 2004. Mabry began his military career as a four-year JROTC Cadet at NEHS, eventually becoming a Senior ROTC four-year advanced designee scholarship winner for the graduating class of 2000. After graduating from APSU in 2004, Mabry earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps.</p><p>A Clarksville native and the grandson of an elisted Air Force veteran and son of a civilian military employee, Mabry said his life has always been intertwined with the armed forces. But an encounter with the NEHS JROTC program was what Mabry said set his future in motion.</p><p>“My grandfather retired from the Air Force at Ft. Campbell back when it was known as Campbell Army Airfield. My mother recently retired as a Department Army (DA) Civilian from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH),” Mabry said. “I always knew I'd be connected to the army, but I became awed by the pageantry and discipline of the NEHS JROTC Drill Team when they performed demonstrations at my middle school (NEMS).”</p><p>ROTC’s core values of loyalty, duty, respect, personal courage, honor, integrity and selfless service were instilled in Mabry by his commanding officers at both NEHS and APSU.</p><p>“Maj. (Ret.) Van Chase, my JROTC Senior Army Instructor at NEHS, emphasized the balanced mindset of scholar-athlete-leader. He taught me not to devote blinding focus in one area at the detrimental expense of the others,” Mabry said. “Lt. Col. (Ret.) Greg Lane, my ROTC Instructor at APSU, was kind and deeply involved in the personal lives of everyone he met regardless of their station in life. Lt. Col. Lane treated the E-4 the same as the O-4 and had the uncanny ability to recall the names of spouses and children of a Private he met for five minutes four years ago.”</p><p>In addition to his current assignment as an Army Behavioral Science Officer, currently serving as Deputy Chief for the Department of Behavioral Health at Fort Campbell, Mabry's career highlights include assignments as the MEDEVAC Platoon Leader for the 506th Infantry Regiment (Band of Brothers), Medical Treatment and Trauma Officer for East Baghdad and Sadr City, Iraq, Medical Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Winn Army Community Hospital and Behavioral Health Officer for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In addition to his duties as Deputy Chief of Behavioral Health, Mabry serves as the advisor to the 101st Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Brigade Commander for all soldier mental health issues.</p><p>Mabry’s notable award highlights include the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Assault Badge and the DANCON March Medal (Bronze). Mabry holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts from Webster University in information technology management, a Master of Social Work from Fayetteville State University and a Doctor of Psychology from California Southern University.</p><p>Mabry said his induction into the ROTC Hall of Fame is a credit to the leadership of the many men and women he has served under during his time in the military. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Having spent eight years as a cadet, followed by 12 years of active service, I’ve been mentored by several NCO’s and officers, so to receive this recognition confirms they’ve made a difference in my life and their careers,” Mabry said. “The ROTC program has produced brilliant military strategist such as Gen. Colin Powell, champions like (former Notre Dame football coach) Lou Holtz and famous actors like James Earl Jones. Just to be a notable ROTC alum is a humbling prospect. I consider induction into the National ROTC Hall of Fame as a mid-career azimuth check.</p><p>“The Army is basically saying, ‘You're doing a decent job right now. Don't mess It up. We're watching you.’”</p><p>For more information on APSU and the Governors Guard ROTC program, visit <a href=" " title=" "> </a></p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1077" height="905" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:13:15 +0000 harriscj 127565 at Army veteran, military spouse Cooper juggles college, family with great success <p><img src="" width="600" height="420" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Nothing worth having comes easy – a lesson that former soldier Kali Cooper understands as well as anyone. But the services Austin Peay State University provides military and veteran students did make the transition to college life a little less difficult.</p><p>A Minnesota native who left her home and enlisted in the army at the age of 17, Cooper’s life has more or less revolved around the military ever since. A former military policewoman, Cooper was stationed at Fort Campbell when she met her husband Zachary, a former 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldier.</p><p>Like many military relationships, the couple has bounced around the country, first to Fort Lee, Virginia, then Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Cooper’s husband trained to become an army helicopter pilot. As her husband’s time as an active duty soldier wound down, the couple returned to Fort Campbell, where they live with their two young daughters, Halie and Jordan.</p><p>Right around the time her family began its transition to the civilian world, Cooper said she and her husband began to look to the future.</p><p>“Our plan was that we were a dual-military family, so since I got out first, I’d go and get my degree and then get a job,” Cooper said. “That way when he got out of the military, we could switch off and he could go back and get his degree as well.”</p><p>Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, Cooper graduated from APSU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management with a minor in finance in 2015. An accomplished student, Cooper graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was honored as one of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year.</p><p>Upon graduation, Cooper was honored by APSU’s College of Business by being chosen to serve as a gonfalon carrier during the Spring 2015 commencement exercises. Gonfalon carriers are selected for academic excellence in their chosen field.</p><p>Cooper’s academic success was not without difficulty, as the responsibilities of parenting alone during her husband’s deployments demanded no small amount of sacrifice and focus. With both of her daughters active in extra-curricular activities, achieving her own goals without sacrificing her daughters’ growth meant a constant juggling act.</p><p>“People would tell me they didn’t know how I was able to do everything when I was enrolled in school full time and my husband was deployed and my kids were in sports,” Cooper said. “But there really wasn’t an option because I’m not going to take opportunities away from my kids because I was in school. Just because mommy is in school and daddy is deployed doesn’t mean you can’t do running club and softball and gymnastics and Girl Scouts and whatever else you want.</p><p>“It was important that my daughters saw that there isn’t an excuse to not do something because it’s hard,” Cooper continued. “I didn’t want them to see me make excuses. Yeah, it was hard sometimes to manage everything, but you shift things around and make it work.”</p><p>Cooper returned to APSU last summer to begin work on a master’s degree in management, and is on track to complete her studies in Fall 2016. And true to their original agreement, Cooper’s husband left the military in late 2015 and began work on his own education – recently wrapping up his first year at APSU towards a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.</p><p>Armed with advanced degrees in business, Cooper said her dream is to work in a role that allows her to help other veterans. All too often, veterans find post-military life to be challenging, and she said her hope is to use her combination of APSU degrees and military experience to lend a helping hand.</p><p>“I love being able to help and give back to my fellow veterans and military spouses,” Cooper said. “People who aren’t veterans often don’t know how to deal with the unique concerns of veterans, so it would be nice as someone with common experiences to be in a position to work with (military veterans and their families).”</p><p>Twenty-five percent of APSU students have a military connection, making the University the state’s largest provider of higher education to active duty military, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and APSU is consistently recognized on the state and national level for its efforts.</p><p>APSU’s dedication to veterans and active duty military students, Cooper said, played no small part in making the transition from military to student life easier.</p><p>“Austin Peay is great because 25 percent of the student population is military, and so many students here are non-traditional students like me, which was a lot different from previous schools I had attended,” Cooper said. “I was used to (being the only military student), as well as the oldest student in the classroom, so it was harder to find people with the same life experiences.</p><p>“(APSU) was the first school where I never felt out of place.”</p><p>For more information on APSU’s programs for active duty, military family members and veterans, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:42:23 +0000 harriscj 127173 at APSU professors Di Paolo Harrison, Williams receive summer research grants <p><img src="" width="600" height="450" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Two Austin Peay State University professors have been awarded summer research grants to further their development as both educators and professionals in their fields.</p><p>Associate Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison and Assistant Professor of Music, Voice Dr. Jeffrey Williams have each been awarded summer research grants by APSU’s Department of Research to develop research projects during the summer that may place them in a better position to seek external funding. Di Paolo Harrison has been awarded a grant in the total of $5,000, while Williams will be receiving $2,000 from APSU's Department of Research.</p><p>Since arriving at APSU, Di Paolo Harrison has received three summer research grants which have been used to fund the development and publication of four books. His most recent book, set to be published in 2017, is titled “Noir taíno: La novella negra de Puerto Rico” and investigates the impact of hardboiled literature on the island of Puetro Rico.</p><p>His fourth Spanish-language book, Di Paolo Harrison’s other works include a study on Hispanic sci-fi and detective novels, titled “Post-human Apocalyptic Moaning and Explosions: Hispanic Detective Fiction and Science Fiction of the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century,” as well as a book on crime in Argentina, titled “Cadáveres en el armario.” His most recent book, “Negrótico,” tackled the South American fusion of hardboiled and Gothic literature.</p><p>The money received from APSU will go toward covering publication costs, as well as allow Di Paolo Harrison to travel internationally to promote both the work and the University.</p><p>“Without the grants that the Office of Research has provided, I would have not been able to publish my books and continue to have a solid presence among the international literary circle,” Di Paolo Harrison said. “In addition, the most important achievement was to bring my research, with the funding APSU provided, to my students.</p><p>“As part of the Austin Peay spirit, everything we do is for the benefit of the student body,” Di Paolo Harrison continued. “Research should be conducted for the betterment of our faculty and the knowledge that we can pass that on to our students.”</p><p>Williams has been funded by APSU’s Office of Research to attend the SongFest Professional Development Program for College Teachers. Held in Los Angeles, SongFest’s program is geared toward artist-teachers in voice and collaborative piano who maintain a performing career and are generally in their first decade of college-level teaching. An intensive, two-week session, the program provides opportunities for professional development performance and networking.</p><p>The United States’ premier art song festival and training program, SongFest attracts an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues as well as students from some of the nation’s top music conservatories.</p><p>“SongFest is virtually unique and a summer&nbsp;destination for the most highly regarded composers, voice teachers, vocal coaches, collaborative pianists and singers in the United States,” Williams said. “I sincerely&nbsp;do not know how SongFest is able to gather such incredible people together for this program. The names and reputations are immense: Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Roger Vignoles, Sanford Sylvan,&nbsp;William McGraw and the list goes on.</p><p>“I'm thrilled to be in a position where I can take advantage of all the opportunities this program has to offer - the performing, the coaching, the networking, and of course,&nbsp;the music.”</p><p>As a part of his studies, Williams will also present a lecture recital on APSU music theory, piano and composition faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Wood’s cycle of songs “Different Bodies,” which was premiered locally, as well as at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in February 2016.</p><p>“Having the opportunity to lecture on and perform Dr. Wood's music at SongFest allows&nbsp;another venue to perform his music and share it with this incredibly receptive and special audience,” Williams said. “Dr. Wood's piece deserves this audience. I cannot wait to share it with them and get their feedback. &nbsp;It will be excellent exposure for Dr. Wood and for APSU.”</p><p>For more information on Di Paolo Harrison, contact him at <a href=""></a>. For more information on Williams, contact him at <a href=""></a>. For more information on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters International Studies Music Tue, 24 May 2016 14:10:59 +0000 harriscj 126968 at APSU's Gresham wins national award at 2016 Festival of Media Arts <p><img src="" width="450" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University instructor of communication, recently received a national award at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Gresham won the Faculty Short Form Sports Video Category:&nbsp; Best of Competition for his video, “Reedy Sears – APSU Hall of Fame.”</p><p>The video was produced for the annual APSU Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and chronicled the life and career of Sears, who was one of the University’s greatest two-sport athletes from 1939-1942. Sears lost his life in World War II as a member of the US Army Air Corp.</p><p>“This was truly a collaborative effort with my colleagues and students, and I’m very grateful for the time and dedication that went in to creating this piece by all of them,” Gresham said. “It was an honor and privilege to be able to tell the story of Mr. Sears, who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for his country.”</p><p>Collaborating with Gresham on this video were Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of education, and David Ellison, video production coordinator, along with APSU Department of Communication students Brent Richardson, Christian Hodges and Ethan Schmidt.</p><p>The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.</p> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:40:27 +0000 boothcw 126918 at Acuff Circle to honor longtime performer Marge Lillard at Jazz in June event <p><img src="" width="600" height="433" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jazz in June, The Acuff Circle of Excellence’s annual celebration of the arts with jazz, food and wine, will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery. The public is invited to attend.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At this event, longtime Clarksvillian Marge Lillard will be honored for her contributions on the stage as an actor and dancer. She'll receive the Full Circle Award, presented annually to a living Tennessean who has had a consequential impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County over many years of direct involvement through innovative work, philanthropy or leadership. The recipient is selected by the Acuff Circle of Excellence Advisory Board.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Previous winners include musicians Dr. Solie Fott and Drs. Sharon and George Mabry.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Acuff Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay Foundation, serves as a patron society of the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. It advances the importance of arts and culture at Austin Peay and in the community.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lillard has been entertaining audiences across the country and in Europe for nine decades, dancing and acting on stage and as a behind-the-scenes choreographer. She began dancing professionally at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis and later with a revue that toured the country and Canada. She came to Clarksville in the summer of 1957 when her husband, the late Col. James Lillard, was on his first of three assignments to Fort Campbell. In 1980, after a 31-year military career, the Lillards retired in Clarksville.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wherever she was, whether in Washington, D.C., as a Teletype operator during World War II or elsewhere in the states or Europe with Jim's assignments, Lillard found a way to perform. She moved adeptly into the theater as a dancer, actor or choreographer, appearing on post and community stages and working with the USO.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “If I were asked to do something, I'd think they must think I could do it, so I'd try,” she said, referring to her stint as a radio host for “The Feminine View.” She was named “Military Wife of the Year” for Fort Campbell, while the soldiers were deployed to Vietnam.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In 1983, when the Roxy Regional Theatre was in its infancy, Lillard asked how she could help. She ended up acting, singing and choreographing for the Roxy for the last 33 years, starring in roles in such memorable productions as “Cabaret,” “70 Girls 70,” “A Little Night Music,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Funny Girl,” “Zorba,” “Macbeth” and most recently, “Mary<i> </i>Poppins.” Audiences also will remember her from the Fort Campbell Community Theatre productions of “Hello, Dolly” and “Mame,” among others.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reservations for Jazz in June can be made by contacting Christina Harvey at the Center of Excellence, at (931) 221-7876 or at <a href=""></a>. Cost is $30 for Acuff Circle members and $40 for non-members and guests. Reservation deadline is June 13.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 21:10:38 +0000 boothcw 126727 at APSU student Paul Watkins explores math through art <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;There are mathematicians and there are artists, and then there is the rare breed that finds a way to merge two of the most seemingly disparate fields of study imaginable.</p><p>Austin Peay State University math major Paul Watkins does not resemble the “traditional” math student – with long hair and an even longer beard, Watkins looks more like the type who would be at home in an art studio. When he returned to finish his undergraduate degree after nearly a decade spent in the local arts scene, Watkins made that same realization and decided to find a way to blend his dual loves of mathematics and studio arts.</p><p>Now a math major with a minor in studio arts, Watkins spends a little bit of time solving problems, a little bit of time creating sculptures — and a little bit of time doing both.</p><p>“I would say I work on math and art separately, but that’s not really the case,” Watkins said. “As I'm working on art, I'm thinking of math, or maybe I'm working on math and thinking about the forms and pictures that the equations I’m solving are describing.”</p><p>Working alongside mentors in both APSU’s mathematics and art departments, Watkins was awarded a 2015-16 Presidential Research Scholarship (PRS) by APSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research for his proposal “Exploring Knot Theory Through Sculpture.”</p><p>Awarded annually, the PRS provides $3,000 to student-faculty teams in support of scholarly and creative activity.</p><p>Watkins said he saw knot theory as a chance to unite his love for mathematics and art by exploring the topology, or the study of the "shape" of mathematical sets and objects and the properties of those objects when they are deformed through physical, hand-crafted knot sculptures.</p><p>“A classic topology example is the observation that a donut is topologically equivalent to a coffee cup,” Watkins said. “You can take a coffee cup made out of clay and squish it and stretch it and turn it into a donut without making any cuts. So topologically, the coffee cup is equivalent to a donut.”</p><p>In December 2015, Watkins presented the first solo exhibition of his research work in the shed space behind the Trahern building on the University campus. Consisting of four distinct works, Watkins offered both physical “real world” knots, as well as their mathematical counterparts to show the relation between his artistic and mathematical research.</p><p>Watkins also traveled to Seattle, where he presented one of his creations – a solid trefoil, or the simplest example of a mathematical non-zero knot – for the 2016 meeting of the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) art gallery. The JMM is the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society.</p><p>“My goal with the trefoil, and knot theory in general, was to make the ideas behind its science tangible and introduce knot theory to people typically uninterested in the math behind the theory,” Watkins said. “Overall, the shows were successful. I conveyed&nbsp;most of what I had&nbsp;intended with the work. I heard good things from people, and my intention for 2016 will be to make more work based on knots and have one more gallery show.”</p><p>For more information on the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Presidential Research Scholarship, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 15:04:37 +0000 boothcw 126636 at APSU professor Uffelman contributes chapter to book on rural history of America <p><img src="" width="477" height="600" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — While the concrete towers dotting the skylines of New York City, Los Angeles and other major metropolitan areas are more frequently associated with the United States, the vast majority of the country is comprised of large, often underdeveloped, swatches of the Great Plains, Midwest and Appalachia.</p><p>Rural areas, defined as areas home to 2,500 people or less, make up 72 percent of the United States' land mass. Despite that overwhelming mass of land, according to the 2010 Census, rural areas contain just 19.3 percent of the country’s total population.</p><p>That was not always the case, however, as some 90 percent of the nation’s residents lived and worked in rural areas at the time of the American Revolution. Urbanization and industrialization morphed the United States into an urban nation over time, but the country’s foundation was in the small businesses and face-to-face interactions of rural life.</p><p>With so much of the country’s population now concentrated in so little of its land mass, teachers can be forgiven for focusing little attention on, or themselves not understanding, the societal differences between rural and urban life. A new book, “The Routledge History of Rural America” aims to fill in the gaps and help educators better understand the history of Rural America.</p><p>Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, grew up in rural Tennessee and understands both the significance of rural life to the country’s history, as well as its rapidly vanishing presence in the lives of today’s students. She contributed to “The Routledge History of Rural America” with an essay titled “Teaching Rural History in an Urban Age,” offering educators tips and strategies on incorporating more of America’s rural history into their coursework.</p><p>“’Rural history’ is not a geographic location, but the institutions and historical processes of change over time and is not just about leaders and elites, but ordinary people,” Uffelman said.</p><p>In “The Routledge History of Rural America,’ editor Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, a professor of history at Iowa State University, provides a platform for 25 scholars to discuss rural life, shedding light on regional differences in rural America, relationships between rural and urban communities, the diversity of rural cultures and the ways that economic shifts, technological development and globalization have shaped rural development.</p><p>Uffelman’s chapter provides practical suggestions on how to include agricultural and rural history in introductory history classes. The chapter recommends supplemental textbooks, sample essay questions and possible projects, a reading list, lists of documentaries, movies and television shows, and suggestions on implementing social media, YouTube videos and online platforms.</p><p>“Professors can improve and expand teaching introductory US history courses by adopting suggestions for including rural history (from ‘The Routledge History of Rural America’) in their class,” Uffelman said.</p><p>In the creation of her chapter, Uffelman worked with the Houston County (Tenn.) Historical Society to include a 1919 photo of Lewis’ Branch School. The photo, which includes a small group of children and educators in front of a U.S. flag, represents the kind of rural schools that dotted the country in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p>“It is gratifying to see the contributors’ and the editor’s hard work come together in such a fantastic collection,” Uffelman said. “I am also thrilled that I could include a photo of Lewis Branch School, 1919, courtesy of the Houston County (Tenn.) Archives and (Houston County Archivist)&nbsp;Melissa LeMaster Barker.”</p><p>The book is available at, as well as and Apple iBooks. For more information on the book, contact Uffelman at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>-30-</p><p><em>Photo credit: Brittney Seay</em></p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Thu, 12 May 2016 17:40:16 +0000 harriscj 126483 at Service-learning class helps APSU student join nonprofit's Board of Directors <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University student Emily Horton was recently appointed to the Tennessee Theatre Association’s (TTA) Board of Directors as a student representative.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Horton worked with the TTA last semester as part of an APSU service-learning course. The public speaking class, taught by Dr. Anna Filippo, assistant professor of communication, spent the semester working to increase the organization’s online presence. Horton and other students developed social media campaigns and redesigned the organization’s website.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “This service-learning class has been such a fantastic experience for me,” Horton said. “I look forward to being part of and raising awareness for this organization, which does so much for theater in Tennessee.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The TTA promotes the highest standards of theatre throughout the state by advocating for public support of theatre productions and providing professional workshops, programs and live performances in Tennessee. The APSU Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement works with faculty to develop service-learning courses each semester. Students in these courses are expected to engage in academic service learning that includes participating in 13-15 hours of community service a semester. This fall, the center is offering more than 15 service-learning classes in areas such as communication, biology, art, health and human performance, women and gender studies, sociology, history and political science.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more information about TTA and the course, contact Filippo at 931-221-6822. For more information on service learning, contact the center at 931-221-6590.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 20:04:28 +0000 boothcw 126430 at Professional photographers offering free photo shoot at APSU for military-affiliated individuals, families <p><img src="" width="225" height="225" /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On June 15, a group of professional university photographers will take over the Austin Peay State University Red Barn and convert the building’s old basketball court into a temporary photo studio. From 2-5 p.m. that afternoon, these photographers—known for creating official and iconic images for institutions across the country like the University of Wisconsin, Baylor University and Wake Forest University —will take free portraits of any local individual with a direct military connection—including active duty soldiers, veterans and their families.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The free shoot, known as the Help-Portrait Event, is part of the University Photographers’ Association of America’s (UPAA) 2016 Annual Technical Symposium, hosted this year by APSU’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing from June 13-17.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “UPAA is thrilled to be involved in the Help-Portrait Event, and using our talents to create lasting, tangible memories is the least we can do for those who are willing to give so much,” said Glenn Carpenter, UPAA president and photographer at Moraine Valley Community College.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A traditional portrait session with a skilled, professional photographer can end up costing several hundreds of dollars, and customers often have to wait weeks or months to receive their photos. At the UPAA’s Help Portrait Event, eligible participants will have their portrait taken by some of the top photographers working at colleges and universities across the country, and the participants will go home that day with a printed copy of their photograph.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The entire event is free, with photographers donating their time and skills, and sponsors donating equipment such as cameras and printers. This year’s sponsors include Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Benro, Libris, elinchrom, Ilford, Phottix,, Roberts Camera, Sekonic, Tamron, ProFoto, and Rogue/ExpoImaging.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart founded the Help-Portrait movement back in 2008 as a way for photographers to give back to local communities. He served as a featured speaker at the 2014 UPAA Symposium, and his presence inspired the photographers to host an event of their own.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “The first time we did this as a group was at Samford University in Alabama,” Beth Lowary, APSU photographer and UPAA member, said. “We worked with a women’s shelter there, offering to do something nice for women who maybe hadn’t had something nice done for them in a while. Everyone had a great time with that, and we were excited to do it again at APSU this year.”</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The association decided to focus this year’s event on the military community because the 2016 symposium will be in Clarksville, which is near Fort Campbell, and because one of the featured speakers will be Stacy Pearsall, a combat disabled Air Force veteran and the first woman to ever win the Military Photographer of the Year award twice.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The photographers at this June’s Help-Portrait Event will only be able to accommodate about 200 appointments that day, so eligible participants need to pre-register at <a href=""></a>. Additional information on the event is also available on that website.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 16:34:28 +0000 boothcw 126427 at Decorated soldier awarded 2016 APSU ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —The recipient of the 2016 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Jose Ramoslopez, a decorated career soldier.</p><p>Ramoslopez, born in Puerto Rico, will graduate May 6 from APSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree and a minor in military science. At the conclusion of APSU’s Spring Commencement ceremony, Ramoslopez will be commissioned as an aviation officer, and will attend flight school and later attend the Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at Fort Rucker, Alabama.</p><p>Ramoslopez joined the Army as an infantryman in 2004, and has served in assignments in both the U.S. and Republic of Korea, as well as one combat tour in Iraq and three combat tours in Afghanistan. A highly decorated soldier, Ramoslopez’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault badge and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. James R. Salome served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Ramoslopez’s award is the fifth consecutive award to be given to ROTC Cadets, following Cadet Kevin Doss in 2015, Cadet Daniel Davis in 2014, Cadet Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Cadet Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The award was started by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from the U.S. Army and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 20:34:55 +0000 harriscj 126317 at Ard, Morton honored at APSU's Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner <p><img src="" width="600" height="438" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 26, during Austin Peay State University’s Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner, Wayne Ard, and his late wife, Marianne, and Ron Morton were honored for their strong support of the University. Ard, president of Ard Construction, received the 2016 Tennessee Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Morton, owner of the largest number of H&amp;R Block franchises in the country, was presented with the University’s 2016 Academic Advocate Award.</p><p>Wayne and Marianne Ard began supporting Austin Peay in the late 1980s, when Ard Construction donated the profits from one of its houses to the APSU Foundation. Over the years, the couple hosted popular gatherings for the University, and Marianne remained a constant presence on several APSU committees, including the Candlelight Ball committee. Last year, shortly after Marianne passed away, Ard made a major financial gift to Austin Peay, which will provide scholarships in Marianne’s name for several generations of deserving students.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a stronger University thanks to the Ards’ love and generosity,” Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, said. “We are fortunate to have this family as one of our key supporters.”</p><p>Morton (’70), a former APSU cross-country team standout, and his wife, Andrea, made a significant donation to the University in 2012 to provide scholarships for Olympic-sport athletes. One of the stipulations of their gift is that the recipients have to perform some form of community service.</p><p>“The Mortons are helping build a new generation of empathetic leaders here at Austin Peay, and I’m excited to see how their spirit will continue to flourish in the lives of our students,” White said.</p><p>For information on how to give to APSU, contact the University’s Office of Advancement at 931-221-7127 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White, Wayne Ard and former APSU President Oscar Page</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:29:39 +0000 boothcw 126315 at APSU awards first Warren Scholarship for Classical Studies <p><img src="" width="600" height="337" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you grew up in Clarksville and studied Latin, chances are you know Kaye or Grady Warren. The couple taught Latin in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System for more than 40 years, and in that time they became one of the area’s biggest advocates for Classical Studies. Just last summer, one of their former students—Austin Peay State University freshman Alexander Kee—earned first place in Advanced Latin Grammar at the National Junior Classical League convention in San Antonio, Texas.</p><p>In 1997, the couple was happy to learn that Dr. Tim Winters had been hired to develop a Classical Studies program at Austin Peay State University. Over the years, they made sure his incoming students were more than ready to study the subject at the college level.</p><p>“They have educated literally thousands of local students, and they have worked summers and nights to help their kids get a leg up into college,” Winters, APSU professor of Latin, said. “They took their students to Italy and Greece. They’ve worked their hearts out.”</p><p>&nbsp;Late last year, Winters decided to show his appreciation for all their hard work by developing a scholarship in their name. Winters and several former students of the Warrens are currently raising money to get the scholarship fully endowed, but last week, Winters did have enough funds to present the first Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship to a rising APSU sophomore. The recipient of that first scholarship was their former pupil, Alexander Kee.</p><p>“It was such a surprise,” Kaye Warren said during last week’s ceremony.</p><p>“It’s really wonderful,” Grady Warren said. “He was the number one grammar student in the country.”</p><p>Kee also was surprised by the announcement, and he initially didn’t know what to say when the Warrens congratulated him.</p><p>“It’s an honor and a privilege because they are two people I look up to and respect very greatly,” he said. “Obviously, I had Mrs. Warren, she got me started into Latin. And I worked with Mr. Warren the last three summers, teaching me what I know.”</p><p>Winters said they are still accepting donations to grow the Kaye and Grady Warren Scholarship into a full endowment. For information on the scholarship and how to give, contact Matt Bucy with the APSU Office of Advancement at <a href=""></a> or at 931-221-7130.</p><p>APSU offers degrees in Latin, Greek and Classics—a combination of the two languages—that prepare students for graduate study in languages and archaeology, for teaching high-school Latin and other careers. For more information on the program visit <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or contact Winters at <a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -30-</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Photo cutline: Mary Winters APSU Latin instructor; Alexander Kee, APSU student; Grady Warren, Kaye Warren, Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor of Classics, and Dr. Stephen Kershner, assistant professor of Classics, celebrate the presentation of a new scholarship.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:38:15 +0000 boothcw 126241 at APSU youth guitar finger style camp set for June 14-15 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —&nbsp;The Austin Peay State University Department of Music will host a two-day finger style guitar camp on June 14-15 for students in grades 4-12.</p><p>The camp will promote music literacy through group rehearsals, guitar clinics and workshops, culminating in a guitar ensemble concert to end the camp. APSU adjunct guitar professor Vanessa Green and APSU guitar alumnus and guitar composer Dr. Chris Lee will direct the camp. Students will study and perform music from the Austin Guitar Curriculum, a database of class guitar material edited and managed by Lee.&nbsp;</p><p>Beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists grades 4-12 are welcome to attend, and all students entering the camp must provide a recommendation email from a guitar or music teacher outlining the student’s music reading abilities.</p><p>Cost to register is $129 and acoustic guitars are required for the camp. All events will take place in Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus.</p><p>To register for the camp, or for more information, visit <a href=""></a>, or use the QR code below on your smartphone.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:47:12 +0000 harriscj 126109 at