Today @ APSU - University News en APSU's The All State, editor recognized at national conference <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The All State, the student newspaper of Austin Peay State University, recently earned national awards at the annual National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.</p><p>For the first time in the publication’s 85-year history, it was recognized at the national conference for Best in Show. The All State was ranked No. 10 for its special section on the 2015 Homecoming celebration at APSU.</p><p>“To me, it means all of our hard work is worth it,” Katelyn Clark, editor-in-chief, said. “We’re not all journalism majors, and we are not all going to be journalists. It’s a really extraordinary feeling to have our hard work pay off and be recognized.”</p><p>In addition to the publication’s award, Clark was awarded with an honorable mention for display advertising. It was the first individual national award for Clark, and the first for The All State in an advertising category.</p><p>“It’s just … mind-blowing. Even though it’s an individual award, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without these people and this publication,” Clark said. “It’s a collaboration.”</p><p>The All State is celebrating its 85<sup>th</sup> anniversary of publication in 2015-16, making it one of the longest standing traditions at APSU. The newspaper is planning a variety of events to recognize the anniversary.</p><p>For more information about The All State, visit <a href=""></a>, and read online at <a href=""></a>. </p> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:08:43 +0000 boothcw 116404 at APSU hosting Dec. 3 info session for Spring Phlebotomy Tech course <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education is offering healthcare training programs that will prepare students to enter the healthcare industry – the largest employment sector in the country today. The Phlebotomy Technician Training program is planned with busy adults in mind.<b></b></p><p><b>Phlebotomy Technician Training </b>is a 9-week course that provides training designed to prepare students for a career as a phlebotomist in the growing healthcare workforce. Following 54 hours of classroom instruction, students will experience a hands-on externship with a local healthcare facility as part of their training. Textbooks, classroom materials and externship placement are all included in the course fee.</p><p>To introduce students to the program, a free information session will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in the APSU Sundquist Science Complex, room E-106A. The class will begin on Jan. 20, 2016, and meet from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register for the free information session on Dec. 3, visit <a href=";course=163A39901">;course=163A39901</a> or call 931-221-7816 for more information. </p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:53:56 +0000 boothcw 116271 at APSU student newspaper The All State turns 85 <p><img src="" width="600" height="387" alt="All-state_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Nov. 26, 1930, a small, four-page newspaper appeared on the Austin Peay Normal School campus. The All State, as it was known, arrived that fall to present all of the school’s news and “gossip,” and by the spring of 1931, most students eagerly awaited its weekly publication.</p><p>Eight decades later, the once small teaching college has transformed into a thriving state university, and amid all the changes, The All State continues to keep the campus community informed. This week, the newspaper’s staff is commemorating the publication’s 85<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a special edition, designed to resemble the paper students flipped through in the early 1930s.</p><p>“The All State is the longest standing campus institution that I can find,” Jake Lowary, coordinator of student publications at APSU, said. “It’s older than Harned Hall, it’s older than the Browning Building and it’s older than any student organization. This has been the cornerstone of Austin Peay’s heritage, except for the institution’s namesake, and the University has always been supportive of it.”</p><p>During its 85 year history, the newspaper has courted controversy, as when its endorsement of Michael Dukakis for president in 1988 drew several letters of criticism, while also serving the public good, such as rallying championing the Student Government Association’s legislation to keep Harned Hall from being demolished in the 1980s.</p><p>“I think the staff comes in and they don’t really understand the magnitude of the responsibility we have,” Katelyn Clark, APSU student and The All State editor-in-chief, said. “Especially with this 85<sup>th</sup> anniversary, with us going back and looking at the changes and movements The All State has been a part of. We have so much influence and power here, and we must use it correctly. Our job is to document history. That gives us this sense of duty that we need to cover everything correctly and factually.”</p><p>Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, the newspaper’s staff will continue to commemorate the publication’s anniversary with the reprinting of old stories in current issues. The special 85<sup>th</sup> anniversary edition is now available on the APSU campus, and the newspaper is also available online at  <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on the All State, contact Lowary at <a href=""></a>. </p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:58:01 +0000 boothcw 116268 at Honors Film Series continues with showing of "The Storm Makers" <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Honors Program continues its Honors Film Series when it presents “The Storm Makers” on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Commons classroom.</p><p>Set in Southeast Asia, “The Storm Makers” centers on a young Cambodian woman, Aya, who was sold into forced labor at age 16 in Malaysia. Beaten and sexual assaulted while in captivity, Aya returns home, still poor, but with a child. Despite her freedom, life is no easier for the young mother, reunited with a now unwelcoming family.</p><p>The term "Storm Makers" refers to Cambodian human traffickers, and the damage they inflict on villages and families. One trafficker seen in the documentary clams he has sold more than 500 Cambodian girls, some as young as 14 years of age.</p><p>Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy and directed by Guillaume Suon, “The Storm Makers” premiered at the 2014 Busan (South Korea) International Film Festival, where it won the Mecenat Award for Best Asian Documentary Film. The documentary is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.</p><p>Following the film, a panel discussion will take place, discussing the documentary’s themes and message. The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Honors Program at <a href=""></a>, or call 931-221-7403.</p> Honors Program Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:53:59 +0000 harriscj 116220 at APSU to remove Hemlock Semiconductor name <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University officials are moving forward with plans to remove the name from the University’s Hemlock Semiconductor Building. The decision comes several months after the company offered this option, along with offering its assistance in repurposing the building. The removal is scheduled for later this week.</p><p>The building was originally funded by the State of Tennessee to provide space to house APSU’s chemical engineering technology program. The building also provided additional classroom and office space for the growing campus.</p><p>“The associate degree in chemical engineering technology was a degree program just like any other where, once you completed your degree, it was up to the individual to pursue jobs in that field,” Bill Persinger, APSU executive director of public relations and marketing, said. “The program was developed to help fulfill a need for chemical engineers in the area. The degree opened the doors for graduates to pursue jobs in various industries, such as the oil and gas industry, fossil fuel plants, electric cooperatives, solar industries, etc.— companies that had chemical process needs, like Hemlock.”</p><p>Hemlock Semiconductor designed, built and installed the process lab, valued at approximately $2 million. At that time, it was the largest gift-in-kind in the University’s history. As a result, APSU named the building in honor of the company. Since the building opened, the majority of use has been for general core classes and office space. The process lab was the only part of the building specifically used for the chemical engineering technology program.</p><p>“There was a lot of confusion about the program over the years, and its affiliation with Hemlock,” Persinger said. “Many people thought the program was a direct path to work for Hemlock, despite our best efforts to convey that it was not. The name of the building only made this more confusing.</p><p>“It’s unfortunate that the plant never made it to production. However, Hemlock was still a great partner who fulfilled every commitment made to the University. They even went well beyond their commitment by offering to help us repurpose the building by helping us remove and sell the process lab equipment. We have now removed the equipment and have some buyers interested. This week we plan to remove the name and will display a new name once it is approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.”</p><p>University officials are planning to convert the previous lab space into a location for the growing Engineering Technology Program with a concentration in Mechatronics. This will expand APSU’s offerings for that program to both the Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. </p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:54:09 +0000 boothcw 116199 at APSU fraternity registers more than 500 students to vote <p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Tau Phi Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity participated in the organization’s national program, “A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People,” in September. During the event, the chapter registered 505 APSU students to vote in local, state and national elections.</p><p>The program was launched by the national fraternity in the early 1930s to increase voter registration among minorities. This year, APSU’s Tau Phi Chapter set out to register 500 people in one month. Chapter members believed many students were too busy with work, school, family and social obligations to wait in line at the County Election Commission. To remedy this issue, the chapter set up several tables around the APSU campus and orchestrated various voter registration drives throughout September.</p><p>Fraternity members attended a training hosted by the County Election Commission, and they also invited a representative from the commission to assist in the first registration in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>For more information on this event, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at APSU, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:45:30 +0000 boothcw 116039 at APSU honors founding members of faculty senate <p><img src="" width="650" height="400" alt="20151119-Faculty-Senate-Anniversary-8490" /></p><p>When the first Austin Peay State University Faculty Senate met in October of 1975, then-senate president Solie Fott made two motions to the University administration.</p><p>“Things are a little foggy now, but when I think back on my term as president, I think of two motions we made,” Fott said. “The first motion was asking the administration to lower the speed bumps that were all over campus, and especially around the administration building. The administration told us no.</p><p>“The second motion we sent to the administration, then, was a request that they raise the level of the pavement,” Fott joked.</p><p>Neither motion was successful, but the work of Fott and a dedicated group of faculty some 40 years ago last month laid the groundwork for what is now a successful relationship between faculty and administration.</p><p>On Thursday, Fott, along with fellow senate founding members Dick Gildrie, Phil Kemmerly, Bert Randall and George and Sharon Mabry was honored before the November session of the senate. Fott was presented with a plaque to honor the occasion, while the founding members were honored by both current senate members, as well as APSU President, Alisa White and Provost, Rex Gandy.</p><p>The faculty senate at APSU exists to investigate, consider and act on any matter it deems appropriate by virtue of relevance to the concerns of the University faculty. The faculty senate reports to the University faculty, and to other elements of the University.</p><p>With over 50 members spread across 20 departments, the senate is able to serve as both an advisor to the president of the University, but also a sounding board for issues and concerns across the campus.</p><p>“Everyone here knows, from our interactions with colleagues at other universities in the state of Tennessee, how lucky we are to have the level of shared governance we enjoy here at Austin Peay,” Dr. Tim Winters, current senate president, said. “None of what we enjoy would be possible, but for a small group of people, who, in 1975, hammered out the first constitution for a faculty senate at Austin Peay.”</p><p>White, who works in collaboration with the faculty senate in her role as president, thanked Fott and the gathered members for their efforts in establishing a still-thriving relationship.</p><p>“I just want to thank (the gathered members) for setting up faculty senate so well,” White said. “Because of the work they did, we here at Austin Peay still believe in shared governance today.”</p> tbr Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:54:30 +0000 harriscj 116038 at APSU celebrates ancient languages with 9th annual Classics Day <p>Latin is very much a living language on the campus of Austin Peay State University, as Classics at APSU hosted its annual Classics Day event for area high school students.</p><p>The all-day event brought together a record 221 students from Montgomery County and Sumner County high schools for a day of activities centered on the languages of the ancient world. Gathered at the APSU Morgan University Center, faculty members and current APSU students gave lectures on their studies, and students also participated in craft making and games centered around the classical societies of Greece and Rome.</p><p>APSU Classics professor Dr. Tim Winters said this year’s event was the largest in its history, reflecting the rapid growth of Latin studies among area high schools.</p><p>“What’s really interesting is that we are at full capacity in the (MUC Ballroom), but this isn’t even all of the students in the area who are interested in classics,” Winters said. “One school in particular, West Creek High School, only took 10-15 (Junior Classical League) students, when they could have taken as many as 40-50 students.”</p><p>The event was organized by Eta Omega, the local APSU chapter of the national classics honors society, Eta Sigma Phi.</p><p>Beyond academic studies, students were also provided an opportunity to create their own tributes to the style of art of the day. In workshop settings, students created either traditional Roman earrings or coins. The idea to allow students to create their own art was the brainchild of local Eta Sigma Phi chapter president Rebecca Illig.</p><p>“I’ve always loved the cultural aspect of Greek and Roman societies, and the kinds of things the women of the day wore, so I wanted to share that (with the students),” Illig, who noted she hopes to become a Latin teacher, said.</p><p>Since moving the event to a mid-week date in 2012, Winters said he has seen a great response from the area high school community.</p><p>“I’ve been doing (Classics Day) in some form since I arrived at Austin Peay, but for a long time, it was just me running the entire event,” Winters joked. “It was much smaller back in those days, with just 20 or 30 kids on a Saturday afternoon and not the major event it is now.”</p><p>Retired longtime classics teachers in Clarksville, Grady and Kaye Warren were honored during Thursday’s event. Over the course of their 40-plus years in education, the husband and wife team taught Latin at two junior high and three high schools in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, and, in the process, mentored countless students.</p><p>Winters noted that the Warrens had touched thousands of lives during their careers in teaching, so a scholarship has been established at Austin Peay to honor their memories.</p><p>For more information on Classics at APSU, or to donate to the scholarship established in the Warrens' name, contact Dr. Tim Winters at <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr Languages and Literature Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:19:07 +0000 harriscj 115981 at David Steinquest and Friends presents “Santa Claus is Coming!” Christmas concert Dec. 4 <p>Don’t miss the 2015 edition of the Christmas concert, “Santa Claus is Coming!,” presented by Austin Peay State University professor of music David Steinquest.</p><p>The sixth annual concert is set for Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus.</p><p>This year’s ensemble features an incredible band, including Allison Steinquest and David Alford, known for his role as Bucky Dawes on the hit ABC drama “Nashville,” on vocals; Paul Binkley, former member of the multi-platinum band Alabama, on guitar; Kevin Madill on piano; Tony Nagy on bass; Matt DeVote on drums; David Steinquest on percussion; and the APSU Percussion Ensemble.</p><p>Many of the show’s performers have been with Steinquest since the inception of the Christmas series – a fact that he said just enriches the quality of the performance.</p><p>“I just love being able to perform with this group,” Steinquest said. “It’s exciting to get to do this show, because these performers make it all really easy. I can’t even explain how much fun it is – we’re kind of like a family.”</p><p>Christmas standards including “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “We Three Kings,” “Wonderful Christmas Time,” “Away in a Manger,” “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and “Silent Night” will take center stage, however, the tunes will be given new life, thanks to unusual and innovative arrangements.</p><p>“I try to mix it up the songs we perform between more secular songs about Santa Claus, as well as things that are more the birth of the Christ child,” Steinquest said. “But we’ve also added some new takes on songs, as well as an original tune called ‘Momma Wouldn’t Lie To Me’ by Brandon Heath that I think is just a really fun, inventive holiday tune. It’s got this sort of dirty, New Orleans style vibe to it that I think is different and a lot of fun.”</p><p>This year’s show is influenced by accomplished musicians, including James Taylor, Heath, Holly Cole, Amy Grant, Dave Barnes, Rosie Thomas, the Pentatonix, the Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan and Family Force 5. The concert will have a homey atmosphere with the stage set up like a living room complete with Christmas decorations.</p><p>Admission is two cans of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, of $3. This concert sold out last year, so attendees are encouraged to get tickets ahead of time by contacting the APSU music office at 931-221-7818. Steinquest can be contacted at <a href=""></a>.</p> Music Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:12:36 +0000 harriscj 115953 at APSU student excels at international conference <p><img src="" width="600" height="382" alt="Burdeshaw.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Nov. 13, Austin Peay State University senior Keedy Burdeshaw presented her research on consent education in Tennessee at the International Organization for Social Sciences and Behavioral Research in Boca Raton, Florida. Her presentation, “An Analysis of Greater Tennessee’s Sexual Health Education with Special Focus on Consent Education,” was honored with the best session award at the conference.</p><p>Burdeshaw, a communication student, has actively pursued experiential opportunities while at APSU. She has taken four service–learning courses and was named the Community Engagement Research Fellow through the University’s Center for Service–Learning and Community Engagement. </p><p>During her fellowship in the summer of 2015, Burdeshaw focused on consent education implementation throughout the state. She was assisted in her research by APSU communication instructor Tracy Nichols. </p><p> Burdeshaw’s paper will be published in the Journal of Social Science Research Vol. 1 2016.  She plans to continue her research in consent education in Tennessee during her final semester. She is applying to Widner University’s graduate program in human sexual studies.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:24:38 +0000 boothcw 115836 at APSU honors Tennessee artist Craddock with inaugural fellowship <p><img src="" width="417" height="600" alt="Craddock_pr_copy.jpg" /> </p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, artist Maysey Craddock will present a public lecture on her work at Austin Peay State University. Craddock is the recipient of the inaugural APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts Tennessee Artist Fellowship.</p><p>The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created by APSU to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other fellowships, applications and nominations from artist were not solicited. A committee of APSU faculty compiled a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selected the fellowship winner. Through the generous support of APSU’s Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, Craddock received $5,000 to aid in the creation of new artwork.</p><p>Craddock earned her M.F.A. from the Maine College of Art and a B.A. from Tulane University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows in New York, Stuttgart, Berlin, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas and New Orleans. She is currently represented by David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Sears Peyton Fine Arts in New York and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.</p><p>For more information on this lecture, which is free and open to the public, or the CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship, contact Barry Jones, chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:53:48 +0000 boothcw 115754 at APSU announces Candlelight Ball Award winners <p><img src="" width="600" height="362" alt="CandlelightBall_Logo_webScroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, the Austin Peay State University Office of Alumni Relations announced the recipients of the 2016 Candlelight Ball Awards. The Wendell H. Gilbert Award will go to Jack B. Turner (’67), president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award will go to Josh Baggett (’05), district engineering technician with Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation.</p><p>Since 2011, the University has honored two individuals who have supported or brought recognition to APSU through their achievements or contributions. Turner and Baggett will be honored on March 12, 2016, at the Hilton Nashville Downtown during APSU’s Thirty-Second Annual Candlelight Ball. The formal, black tie ball is one of APSU’s premier community events, raising more than $350,000 in scholarship funds.</p><p>Turner is the founder of a nationally recognized insurance and financial services firm. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1958, and in 1960, he became a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association for financial professionals. Within three years, he became a Chartered Life Underwriter, and at the age of 27, he was elected the youngest president of the Tennessee Life Underwriters Association. He is a charter member of the Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame, past president of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and past president of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. He is also a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and chair emeritus for Leadership Middle Tennessee.</p><p>Baggett is chairman of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board and a member of the Clarksville Downtown Kiwanis Club and the East Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. He played football for two years at APSU, and he is an active member of the Governor’s Club, devoting much of his time to supporting Austin Peay Athletics. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville, and he currently serves on the board of the Sigma Chi housing corporation.</p><p>For more information on the Candlelight Ball, Contact the APSU Office of Alumni Relations at <a href=""></a> or at 931-221-7979.</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:39:37 +0000 boothcw 115723 at Govs Go Bald event coming to APSU campus Nov. 19 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A year ago, David Locke, president of Austin Peay State University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), decided to give up on haircuts. He stayed pretty faithful to his oath, getting only a few trim-ups in the last 12 months to keep things neat, and his dark mane now reaches almost to his shoulders. Around noon on Nov. 19, Locke will sit in the middle of the APSU University Center Plaza and let a stylist with Sports Clips shear off all his hair.</p><p>“It’s been about a year since my last haircut,” Locke said. “We’re going to have one- and two-inch guards on the clippers, so we’re going to go very short.”</p><p>Locke’s public haircut is part of an inaugural charity event at APSU, Govs Go Bald, hosted by the University’s IFC. Earlier this year, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation—an aid organization dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer—contacted the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) about getting colleges and universities involved in their efforts. The NIC then contacted APSU about hosting the first campus event.</p><p>“The NIC asked us if we wanted to be the very first to head up the event,” Locke said. “If it goes well, St. Baldrick’s and the NIC will use us as an example of how to start this up at other schools.”</p><p>From noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 19, several members of the APSU community will meet in the plaza to have their heads’ shaved. The participants had to raise money for the event, with this year’s goal set at $5,000. All money raised from Govs Go Bald will go toward childhood cancer research.</p><p>On Nov. 20, the once longhaired Locke will walk across campus with a bristly scalp and a button on his jacket that reads, “Ask me why I’m bald.”</p><p>“I’ll be an advocate, for sure, because people will ask, ‘Why are you shaving your head?’” he said. “And when someone see’s a whole bunch of fraternity men with their heads shaved, they will want to get involved next year.”</p><p>The event is hosted by the IFC, but all members of the campus community—both men and women—can raise money to have their heads’ shaved. For more information, contact the APSU Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at <a href=""></a>, or at 221-6570.</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:43:59 +0000 boothcw 115514 at APSU exhibiting art by veterans, military personnel on Nov. 12 <p>The artistic talents of Austin Peay State University military-affiliated students will be on display as part of a special exhibit, titled “Showcasing Our Veterans.”</p><p>The exhibit, now in its second year, is set for Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the APSU Morgan University Center lobby, and features works of art by APSU students and faculty who have served in the military. The exhibition is sponsored by the University’s VetSuccess on Campus program.</p><p>VetSuccess on Campus began two years ago, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and APSU, to assist veterans, military personnel and their family members in achieving their educational and employment goals.</p><p>The “Showcasing our Veterans” exhibit is geared toward raising awareness of VetSuccess and other APSU services that meet the needs of veterans, active duty military and family members, while also helping the community see another side of servicemen and servicewomen. In additional to art work, visitors will be able to connect with University representatives to learn more about APSU and the resources available to military students and their families.</p><p>For more information, contact Tim Schoonover at 931-221-6194, or visit VetSuccess on Campus online at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:42:28 +0000 harriscj 115355 at Klinghard named APSU director of corporate relations <p><img src="" width="515" height="600" alt="Klinghard3.jpg" /></p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Alaric Klinghard, who served as Austin Peay State University coordinator for athletics marketing and promotions, has been named the University’s director of corporate relations.</p><p>             The announcement was made Monday by Derek van der Merwe, vice president for Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives. Klinghard replaces Steve Shaw, who resigned in September. In this new role, Klinghard will oversee the University’s corporate partnership program and take a lead role in developing major gifts for Governors athletics.   </p><p>             “During my tenure at Austin Peay, I have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding people who are passionate about this great University and are willing to go the extra mile to do things right,” van der Merwe said. “Alaric Klinghard is one of those individuals. He is a Governor and believes in the mission and vision of this great University. It is an honor to continue to work with him in this capacity.”</p><p>             For the past three years, Klinghard coordinated the athletic department’s marketing and promotion efforts. He worked closely with van der Merwe, APSU’s former athletics director, and with Ryan Ivey, APSU’s new director of athletics. During his tenure, Austin Peay athletics improved its online presence in social media, launched an online ticketing site ( and developed the ability to process online donations and payments for the Governors Club (<a href=""></a>). Klinghard also developed close relationships with several APSU athletics corporate sponsors.</p><p>             A Summertown native, Klinghard arrived at APSU in 2002 as a student in the Mass Communications program. He worked in the APSU Sports Information Office for four years, earning his B.S. degree in 2006. He returned to APSU in 2007 in a temporary position in sports information and marketing, where he helped develop APSU’s marketing and promotion efforts under former athletics director Dave Loos.</p><p>             During that stint, Klinghard oversaw in-game productions for Governors football and basketball, developing game scripts and managing in-game activities, while also working in the Sports Information Office.</p><p>The amplified game-day productions led to the creation of the full-time athletics marketing and promotions coordinator position in 2009. Klinghard was named sports information/marketing and promotions coordinator in 2010, before becoming fulltime marketing and promotions coordinator two years later. That same year he completed a M.S. degree in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University.</p><p>             Klinghard is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and a 2013 Leadership Clarksville graduate. Community involvement and relationships within the Clarksville-Montgomery County area have played a critical role in his professional development.</p><p>             Klinghard is married to the former Katie Bell, a 2005 Austin Peay graduate and a 2010 Nashville School of Law graduate. They have two sons, Noah, 15, and Owen, 3.</p><p><em> -- Brad Kirtley</em></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:49:20 +0000 boothcw 115279 at APSU again recognized as one of the nation’s best universities for vets <p>Austin Peay State University has been listed by Military Times in its Best For Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings. APSU is one of only two universities in Tennessee to make the annual list of 125 four-year colleges.</p><p>In their sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.</p><p>As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.</p><p>“It’s been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “Over the past six years of our surveys, we’ve seen so many schools first begin to foster – through new policies, services and dedicated facilities – and then nurture these wonderful communities.”</p><p>Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense Department, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.</p><p>“We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best – the colleges that really are setting the example,” Miller said.</p><p>APSU proudly supports veterans through the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization and the APSU Military Student Center. Other APSU offices, such as Residence Life, Vet Success on Campus and Career Services, have spent years developing methods to assist veterans entering the University.</p><p>The University also hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with a special APSU Military Coin. The University created the coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>For more information on educational opportunities for active duty service members, veterans, reservists, Guardsmen and family members, visit the APSU Office of Veterans Affairs online at <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7760. </p> tbr Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:46:47 +0000 harriscj 115222 at APSU names nursing floor after Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="c-scroll.jpg" /></p><p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A few years ago, Kristin Meeks was worried about her future. The Austin Peay State University student worked two jobs to help pay for school, but she’d need more free time if she wanted to enroll in APSU’s prestigious School of Nursing.</p><p>“Nursing is my calling because I’ve always been drawn to science and to helping people,” she said. “But the program is really demanding, so you don’t have a lot of extra time to work.”</p><p>This May, Meeks will graduate from APSU with her nursing degree, and she credits the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation with helping make that happen. In the last six years, that organization had donated $1.6 million to the University’s School of Nursing, providing numerous resources and scholarships for deserving students like Meeks.</p><p>            On Thursday afternoon, APSU President Alisa White officially thanked the foundation for its support by naming the third floor of the McCord Building, which houses the APSU School of Nursing, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation Nursing Floor.</p><p> “The foundation decided that Austin Peay was worth investing in,” White said. “What you do to support our University is absolutely huge.”</p><p>Over the years, the foundation has funded generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students, with the stipulation that they stay in the region to work after they graduate.</p><p>“Our students are out there, providing care to our region, to our community, and it’s exciting to know they’re out there because you help get them there,” Dr. Grace Moodt, interim chair of the APSU School of Nursing, said.</p><p>The foundation’s grants also allow APSU nursing faculty and students to staff the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center on Dover Road. Over the last year, that clinic has provided help to thousands of low-income and uninsured patients suffering from complications with diabetes. Joey Smith, foundation board member and Montgomery County Public Health director, said the foundation invests in APSU to improve the health of all local citizens.</p><p>“We know that access to care is an issue in our community,” he said. “Knowing that we can help folks get access to care, prevent complications from disease and keep them out of the ER, is a major thing.”</p><p>During Thursday’s ceremony, a new sign was unveiled, designating the floor as the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation Nursing Floor. For Meeks, the name will serve as a reminder of the assistance she’s received during her time as a nursing student.</p><p>“It just brings more of the realization of what is supplied to me and the other students in the program,” she said.</p><p>Several nursing professors and students attended the ceremony to personally thank foundation members for their support.</p><p>“We want to hear that people are impacted by the money the foundation is providing them,” Priscilla Story, a foundation board member, said. “The students, they’re getting real-life experience. They leave here ready to work because of the funding and experience they’re getting.”</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:01:02 +0000 boothcw 115100 at Department of Music's Sixth Annual Holiday Dinner is Dec. 4 and 5 <p><img src="" width="391" height="400" style="margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" alt="color_holiday1.png" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly every night on the campus of Austin Peay State University, students, faculty and members of the Clarksville community enjoy events, lectures and performances in a casual, relaxed setting. But for two evenings each year, the APSU choral program likes to put on its best and celebrate the holidays in style.</p><p>On the evenings of Dec. 4 and 5, hundreds of people are expected to gather at 7 p.m. in the Morgan University Center on the APSU campus for the Department of Music’s Sixth Annual Holiday Dinner.</p><p>The formal, sit-down dinner, featuring APSU choral members performing holiday songs, has grown year-by-year, with an even larger crowd expected to come for this year’s celebration.</p><p>“We’re always pleased to present the wonderful sounds of the season through our annual Holiday Dinner,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “We draw a wide variety of patrons (to the dinner), both from the APSU community, the Clarksville community and, of course, family members of student singers to celebrate the holiday season with an evening of food and music.”</p><p>While attendees enjoy a salad and either a salmon, steak, pork or vegetarian dinner entrée, the University’s choral ensembles and instrumentalists will perform an array of traditional and international holiday songs.</p><p>Some of the pieces performed this year include “Christmas Goes Classical,” a clever combination for choral music by composer David Maddox. Maddox’s composition takes traditional orchestral music and adds a lyrical component well-suited for the APSU choral singers.</p><p>Students will also perform a selection of religious international music, including pieces originating from Kenya, Latvia and Russia. Joining the Chamber Singers will be APSU students performing on the piano, string and wind instruments.</p><p>The work of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini will also be honored as the APSU choral singers perform “Toast pour le nouvel an,” a song celebrating the upcoming new year.</p><p>“Rossini tends to be known for operatic compositions, but he also composed for choirs,” Foster noted. “Our singers will be performing one of those pieces as an a cappella song in honor of the new year.”</p><p>A special performance in honor of a secret guest will bring the evening to a close, along with the serving of a dessert that matches the theme.</p><p>Tickets for the dinner are $60. For more information, to purchase tickets or to RSVP before Dec. 2, contact Foster at 221-7002 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Music Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:27:00 +0000 harriscj 115094 at 21st annual Bread and Words reading set for Nov. 23 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="bread_and_words_scroll_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for life’s blessings, and the Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature hosts an annual reading to benefit those less fortunate in the community the best way it knows how: through the written word.</p><p>The tradition continues with the 21st Annual Bread and Words reading on Nov. 23 in the APSU Morgan University Center Ballroom. The evening begins with a meal of soups and breads at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. reading of poetry and fiction by students and faculty from the creative writing program.</p><p>A recommended donation of $5 is requested at the door. All proceeds will go to the APSU campus food bank to help students and staff members in need.</p><p>Readers for this year’s event will be Catherine Bailey, Etenia Mullins, Micah Lee, Nathan Baker and APSU assistant professor of creative writing, Dr. Amy Wright.</p><p>For more information about the benefit, contact Barry Kitterman in the APSU Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts at <a href=""></a>.</p> Languages and Literature Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:25:00 +0000 harriscj 115028 at APSU named 2016 Military Friendly School <p><img src="" width="409" height="278" alt="military.jpeg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University continues to be recognized for its dedication to veterans and active duty military students with the announcement today (Nov. 5) that it has once again been named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools.</p><p>The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that do the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.</p><p>“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”</p><p>More than 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, making the University the state’s largest provider of higher education to 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. Earlier this year, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) designated APSU as a Veterans Education Transition Support Campus (VETS). The certification is awarded to higher education institutions that not only prioritize outreach to veterans, but also successfully deliver the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.</p><p>“Austin Peay is a state and national leader in this area for us,” Dr. Russ Deaton, interim THEC director, said last May. “They are a leader in the way they partner with the local officials at Fort Campbell, with their community here, with their students and faculty and staff. They’re proactive in the way they find ways to serve veterans, find ways to offer creative ways to bring folks back into civilian life and find ways to bring them the education they need.”</p><p>The University does this through the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization and the APSU Military Student Center. In 2013, APSU partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create the VetSuccess on Campus program. That program put a full-time VA vocational counselor on campus to help veterans transition into student life and assist them in achieving their educational goals.</p><p>APSU also hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with the APSU Military Coin. The University created the special coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>APSU will be listed in Victory Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools. For more information about Military Friendly Schools, go online to <a href=""></a>. </p><p>                                                            -30-</p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:46:54 +0000 boothcw 115024 at Renowned French horn player Ruske to perform at APSU on Nov. 8 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, the Clarksville Community Concert Association will host its second concert of the 2015-2016 season with internationally famed French horn player Eric Ruske performing in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>At the age of 20, Ruske began serving as Associate Principal Horn for the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the most highly respected orchestras in the world. After winning competitions both at home and abroad, and playing for six years with the renowned Empire Brass Quintet, Ruske's solo career has flourished in locales as varied as the Louvre in Paris, the Royal Academy of Music in London, Lincoln Center in New York and concert halls in Beijing, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Rome and Tokyo. </p><p> According to The New York Times, “Mr. Ruske’s approach, firmly positioned with the boundaries of balance, coherence and good taste that govern the Classical Style, enchants by virtue of its confidence, imagination and ebullient virtuosity.”</p><p>Accompanied by John Ferguson on the piano, Ruske will present original works for horn by American composer Vincent Persichetti, Russian composer Reinhold Glière, German-American composer Paul Hindemith and German composer Franz Strauss. The program will include Ruske's own transcriptions of Schumann's “Fantasiestücke” for clarinet and piano, J. S. Bach's “Harpsichord Concerto in f minor,” and Massenet's lyrical "Meditation" from the opera “Thaïs.” </p><p>Season tickets and individual tickets for CCCA events are available online at <a href=""></a>. For further information, please email <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:36:21 +0000 boothcw 114922 at APSU marching band to feature 500 musicians for Nov. 7 game <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="gomb.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – John Schnettler, director of the Austin Peay State University Marching Band, has a friendly, easy-going personality, but he might seem a little distracted during APSU’s final home game on Saturday, Nov. 7. That’s because his 150-member Governors’ Own Marching Band (GOMB) will add about 350 additional musicians for that day’s half-time performance. Hopefully, the resulting 500-member ensemble will mesh well after only a few hours of rehearsing.</p><p>“I sent them the music ahead of time, and we’re going go to the stadium that morning and learn the drill together,” he said. “It adds an element of excitement to see everyone work together and learn the material so quickly.”</p><p>The guest musicians will be coming from high schools across the state for the rare opportunity to perform during a college football game with a collegiate band.</p><p>“It’s an event called GOMB Day, where these high school students get to be Governors for a day,” Schnettler said. “In high school, bands are usually 60-80 people, so to be part of a 500-member band will be thrilling for them.”</p><p>The fourth annual event serves primarily as a recruiting day by allowing top musicians from across Tennessee to be part of the famed Governors’ Own Marching Band.</p><p>“The band is a point of pride for the University, and that helps our students keep the bar high,” Schnettler said. “They recognize how important it is.”</p><p>Because of the GOMB’s professionalism, Schnettler said Saturday’s game will let music lovers experience a spectacular performance when more than 500 instruments come together harmoniously. The Nov. 7 game against Southeast Missouri begins at 4 p.m.</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:42:32 +0000 boothcw 114811 at APSU student Loreli McCole publishes first book, titled “The Iqaluk Chronicles: Last Storm” <p><img src="" width="333" height="499" alt="61b7LD8s8JL._SX331_BO1204203200_.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – What began as a creative hobby has blossomed into a colorful universe for Austin Peay State University student -- and now, published author -- Loreli McCole.</p><p>McCole’s first book, a fictional novel titled, “The Iqaluk Chronicles: Last Storm,” pushed through Pro Se Productions, is available now on and other major retailers.</p><p>A life-long writer and self-described “navy brat,” McCole said she used the written word as little more than a distraction during childhood. As an adult, McCole’s love of fantasy and fiction presented itself not in her writing, but rather in a love of cosplay, or a performance art where people wear costumes and accessories to represent fictional characters.</p><p>Two years ago, while going through what she described as “a rough time,” McCole said her friends began to encourage her to blend her creative loves of cosplay and writing in order to get a better feel for the personas they were inhabiting in costume.</p><p>“We started out working on steampunk characters to cosplay, and that turned into making up a reason for them to be together as a crew,” McCole said. “We wanted to start telling their stories, so I started writing different short stories adventures.”</p><p>What was born from that idea came “The Iqaluk Chronicles: Last Storm,” the first in what McCole is hopeful will be an anthology of stories based on the fictional airship Iqaluk.</p><p>The story follows a mysterious woman, known only as “Captain” as she and her crew face a threat they have only read about in order to prevent a catastrophic war from visiting their land.</p><p>McCole said that the steampunk, a genre of science fiction that incorporates technology and design inspired by 19<sup>th</sup> century steam-powered machinery, had always appealed to her because of its unusually broad narrative demands.</p><p>“I started doing the research for what kind of worlds or things count as steampunk, and I found I like the genre because it can be as simple as mechanics or as complex as a great hero on a massive adventure,” McCole said. “While there are people who are very strict on how they interpret the genre, I tend to play it loose with my definition.”</p><p>One aspect of her fiction McCole closely monitored was the book’s depiction of its technical information. Despite the fantastical setting, the first-time author said she was determined to obey her new world’s logic – and that meant a great deal of research.</p><p>“If I wanted something to work in my world, I couldn't just say it worked – my husband was adamant about explaining how it worked,” McCole said. “So the technicality of the guns, ships and science of steampunk took a lot of research, and my husband really helped with that aspect. We joked afterwards that, with enough money and a little more engineering, we could build (the Iqaluk) and it would mostly work.”</p><p>Even the name of the titular ship, “Iqaluk,” holds special meaning to McCole, as it is a word native to the indigenous Yupik people of Alaska. The word, McCole said, is a tribute to her late step-father, Dan Swoboda.</p><p>“(Swoboda) was an avid reader and loved to tell stories,” McCole said. “He was raised in Alaska and had many foster brothers and sisters of native heritage.”</p><p>Since its release earlier this year, “The Iqaluk Chronicles: Last Storm” has been a success, reaching the Top 20 in the steampunk fiction sales chart on</p><p>“Since its publication, the reviews I've gotten from people who have read it have been 'When is the next one coming out?’” McCole said. “There have been lots of questions about what is going to happen with the characters next. I've even been asked to write some side-stories for the world I've created, but at the moment, I'm focused on this one area of the world and this one ship.</p><p>“But who knows where the inspiration will hit, and what will happen next.”</p><p>For more information on “The Iqaluk Chronicles: Last Storm,” visit Pro Se Publications online at</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:02:40 +0000 harriscj 114706 at APSU alumnus Carroll provides lead gift for new trading room on campus <p><img src="" width="388" height="600" alt="Trading_Room_copy.jpg" /> </p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University is about 900 miles from New York City’s financial district, but a new trading room in the University’s Kimbrough Building will soon allow APSU business students to mimic the work of Wall Street’s top financiers.</p><p>            The proposed trading room will have 16 computer stations and a Bloomberg terminal, providing APSU business students with the same tools used by financial professionals around the world. The space will also have electronic ticker boards, monitors and two innovation rooms for students to analyze data.</p><p>            The room, which has been a priority for the last few years, received a boost recently when Larry Carroll contributed a lead gift to help finance the project. The completed area will be designated as the Larry and Vivian Carroll Trading Room.</p><p>            “As the (College of Business) develops an investment-oriented track, the trading room will provide hands-on experience that refines the focus and helps in recruiting,” Larry Carroll said in the 2015 issue of Austin Peay Business. “It also helps us or any other employer to hire a more qualified candidate.”</p><p>Carroll, a 1976 APSU graduate, is president and CEO of the North Carolina-based Carroll Financial Associates, and he is considered one of the top financial planners in the nation. In 2012, the Tennessee Board of Regents honored him with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for his generous support and outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of his alma mater, APSU.</p><p>            He is now supporting the APSU College of Business as it strives to become a leader in preparing students for financial industry careers. The College’s investment team won last year’s Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Competition, with the team’s student-managed portfolio outperforming the benchmark index by more than 65 percent. In 2012, Austin Peay students managed a portfolio that also ranked first in annual performance. The APSU College of Business stock portfolio is now worth more than $650,000.</p><p>           The College is still seeking donors to join Carroll in helping to provide this space to APSU business students. For information on the project, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:56:04 +0000 boothcw 114695 at APSU College of Business adds new degree programs <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20120914-Kimbrough-JPGs-5669_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this fall, the Austin Peay State University College of Business took a major step toward earning professional accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) when it began modifying its existing academic programs.</p><p>For years, APSU business students had only one degree option—a Bachelor of Business Administration—with seven different concentrations in accounting, finance, economics, management, international management, general business and marketing. Beginning Fall 2016, students will get more specialized training in their areas of interest as the college expands to four degree options with three concentrations.</p><p>“This will give us parity with our Tennessee Board of Regents peers, as well as make our students’ degrees more valuable moving forward,” Dr. Bill Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business, said.</p><p>The newly modified programs will allow students the option of earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in accounting, marketing, finance and management. Finance majors can choose an economics concentration, while management majors can choose an international management or general business concentration.</p><p>In late September, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) approved the new degrees, noting that the change will help with the college’s accreditation efforts.</p><p>“The separation of these concentrations into free-standing programs helps to fulfill accreditation requirements from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and facilitates employment opportunities for graduates of these academic programs,” Russ Deaton, THEC interim executive director, wrote in a letter to APSU President Alisa White.</p><p>The AACSB is the premier institution for specialized accreditation in the field of business. APSU’s College of Business began aggressively pursuing AACSB accreditation a few years ago, and this February, the association will send a Peer Review Team to the Clarksville campus to evaluate the University’s growing business program.</p><p> More information about the APSU College of Business is available online at <a href=""></a>. </p> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:57:20 +0000 boothcw 114633 at