Today @ APSU - University News en APSU names alumnus Phillips as executive director of University Advancement <p><img src="" width="397" height="600" alt="phillips.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Kristopher Phillips (’91), a nationally recognized advancement professional, was recently named executive director of the Austin Peay State University Office of University Advancement. Roy Gregory previously served in that position until he retired last June after 24 years of service to APSU. </p><p>“We’re excited to have someone of Kris’s caliber lead our advancement efforts,” Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, said. “He understands the intricacies of raising money for institutions of higher education, he is considered a national leader in his profession and his expertise will help guide our advancement team to provide more opportunities for deserving young men and women who wish to earn a college education.”           </p><p>Phillips will begin his new role at APSU on March 1, and his arrival on campus will mark a homecoming for the APSU graduate. Phillips previously served the University as an admissions counselor, an admissions manager, assistant director of development and director of alumni and annual giving.</p><p>“I am truly excited to be coming home,” Phillips said. “Austin Peay has always had a special place in my heart. To be able to go out and raise support for a place that has meant so much to me and my family is a great privilege and humbling honor.</p><p>“It has never been a better time to BE A GOV! President Alisa White is an inspirational visionary. I am thankful for the opportunity she and Derek have given me to lead our extremely talented University Advancement team. I look forward to working with our alumni, friends, faculty and staff to share Dr. White’s vision for Austin Peay and continue the success of the University Advancement office experienced under my colleague and friend Roy Gregory. He is the consummate professional and I look forward to working with him during the transition.”</p><p>During his initial tenure at APSU, Phillips identified and cultivated several major gifts, developed a comprehensive annual giving program for the University and managed the overall operations of the 24,000-member National Alumni Association. His success at APSU came to the attention of the University of Tennessee system’s office, where he was named director of alumni programs in September 2000.</p><p>While in Knoxville, Phillips assisted with that school’s $1 billion capital campaign—The Campaign for Tennessee. In 2008, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis tapped him for the position of acting assistant vice chancellor for Alumni Relations. In 2010, he was named associate vice chancellor of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. While in Memphis, Phillips served as Chief Alumni Officer for the UTHSC, where he implemented the first UT Alumni Association strategic plan and helped increase donations to UTHSC.</p><p>Earlier this year, Phillips also was named chair of District III for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)—a professional association that advances and supports educational and professional institutions by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them. District III, the second largest district in North America, is comprised of nine states within the Southeastern United States.</p><p>Phillips and his wife, Tammy, have two sons, Brayden and Parker. Parker is freshman on the Austin Peay baseball team.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:21:26 +0000 boothcw 120829 at APSU names Jamie McCrary as director of Disability Services <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Jamie_McCrary.jpg" /></p><p>Jamie McCrary was recently named director of Disability Services at Austin Peay State University. He comes to APSU after several years at the Tennessee Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) as a master rehabilitation counselor. </p><p>At Voc Rehab, McCrary served an average of 130 clients with disabilities and assisted them in determining employment outcomes. He collaborated with government agencies, community groups, disability organizations, medical providers and employers to develop an individual plan for each client.</p><p>He also coordinated with multiple high schools to assist students in their transition to work or higher education, including Austin Peay. He served as the lead consultant with the Tennessee School for the Blind, working with students as they prepared for graduation. </p><p>McCrary brings extensive experience with assistive technology, client advocacy, document evaluation, case management, vocational assessments and interpretation of state and federal laws. He holds the Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. While at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, he served as a Disability Services Student Ambassador. He also served as a mentor coordinator for the America Reads Program at FSU and as a camp director at the North Florida Rotary Youth Camp for Special Needs, Inc.</p><p> </p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:24:21 +0000 boothcw 120792 at APSU hosting V-Day events this February and March <p><img src="" width="619" height="407" alt="V-day_APSU.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24, V-Day Austin Peay State University will present a two-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues,”<i> </i>at APSU’s Clement Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.</p><p>V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, raises money and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s play and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it locally, nationally and internationally.</p><p>“Doing ‘The Vagina Monologues’ in 2010, for me, was one of the most memorable experiences at APSU,” said Chelsea Coles, an APSU graduate and instructor with the University’s ESL Institute. “At that time, I don't think that I fully comprehended the power behind a group of woman speaking out about violence, sexual identity, abuse and rape on a stage. For all of us the experience was transformative and freed us from the silence that society demands from us.”</p><p>APSU will host a second V-Day event, “ONE BILLION SPEAKING,” at 7 p.m. on March 2 in the Morgan University Center’s Einstein’s coffee shop. That event will feature readings from Ensler’s  “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.” With new monologues from both men’s and women’s perspectives, that performance will ask for donations to contribute to APSU’s V-Day fundraising for local agencies that assist and support women and girls who are survivors of interpersonal violence.</p><p>Last year, APSU joined more than 5,800 V-Day benefits around the world raising funds and awareness toward ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised more than $5 million through performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” readings from “Any One Of Us: Words From Prison” and screenings of V-Day’s documentary “Until The Violence Stops” and the PBS documentary “What I Want My Words To Do To You.”</p><p>This year marks APSU’s 15<sup>th</sup> production as part of the global V-Day Campaign. Through its benefit readings, the University’s Women and Gender Studies program has raised $18,000 for the Clarksville community, with beneficiaries such as Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee, Clarksville Montgomery County SafeHouse Domestic Violence Shelter and the Sexual Assault Center.</p><p>To learn more about V-Day Austin Peay State University, call 931-221-6315 or e-mail the organization at <a href=""> </a> To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:45:46 +0000 boothcw 120776 at APSU school counseling program hosts event to thank local school counselors <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20160202-School-Counseling-Week-8925_1_c" /></p><p>The Austin Peay State University Department of Psychological Science and Counseling’s School Counseling Program sponsored an evening of dinner, awards and professional development earlier this month to honor and thank school counselors working within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.</p><p>The event, hosted in recognition of National School Counseling Week, was coordinated by Dr. Deborah Buchanan, APSU’s School Counseling Program coordinator, and Dr. Eva Gibson, school counselor at West Creek Middle School, with the support of Judy Springer, the school system’s lead counselor. Despite the threat of bad weather, 35 school counselors and APSU school counseling students attended the celebration.</p><p>Dr. Amanuel Asfaw, assistant professor of Psychological Science and Counseling, presented on Motivational Interviewing, a counseling strategy for working with resistant clients. At the end of the evening, Kim Cherry of Oakland Elementary School was recognized by her peers as the 2016 School Counselor of the Year. </p><p>“Kim Cherry is the model example of a person who thinks of others’ needs while continuously, and selflessly giving back to her school’s children and community,” Cindy Adams, Oakland principal, said.</p><p>Margo Riley Sneed, a second year graduate student at APSU, was recognized as the 2016 School Counselor-in-Training of the Year, for her outstanding performance as a graduate student in the school counseling program. </p><p>“Margo embodies the characteristics of an outstanding graduate student in every possible way,” Buchanan said. “Not only is she an outstanding student who has consistently maintained an excellent GPA throughout her studies in the School Counseling Program at APSU, she has proven to be an ambassador for the APSU school counseling program.”</p><p>The local school system’s school counselors support K-12 students and play an integral role in training APSU’s students enrolled in the counseling graduate program.</p><p>“Much of the success of our school counseling program is a result of the vital role CMCSS school counselors play in providing on-site training and supervision to our students during their practicum and internship experiences,” Buchanan said. “The school counselors out there in our area schools model, support and provide supervision to our students as they implement everything they have learned in the classroom. This is a tremendous responsibility, and they do it selflessly and without any recognition.” </p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:36:45 +0000 boothcw 120687 at Kenneth Maddox to serve as interim director of Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Kenneth-Maddox.JPG" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Kenneth Maddox has come "back home" to APSU for the spring 2016 semester to serve as the interim director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.  Maddox, a two time alumni of the University, agreed to serve in this capacity after the former director, Henderson Hill III, accepted a new position at the University of Toledo. </p><p>“To be able to come back home and help the students of my alma mater is a really fantastic opportunity,” Maddox said. “I know how great a place Austin Peay is, and I know that I was so glad that I chose this place as a student.”</p><p>Maddox most recently served as assistant director for housing and residential life at Florida Atlantic University.</p><p>A national search, chaired by David Davenport, director of diversity initiatives, is currently underway to select the next director of the Center and to continue the excellent work that has been a tradition on the APSU campus for more than 25 years.</p><p>The Center's mission is intertwined with the University's goals relative to the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society.  Additionally, the mission of the center involves providing a nurturing environment where all students, regardless of race, can gain an appreciation for the African heritage and experience of African American people.</p><p>“When it’s all said and done, (The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center) is about serving students, both inside the classroom and also helping them outside the classroom as they prepare for life (after college).”</p><p>A Nashville native, Maddox has previously worked for APSU, serving as assistant director of housing and residence life, as well as a previous stint as interim director at the African American Cultural Center, from 2001-2006. After working in the private sector from 2006-2010, Maddox returned to higher education, serving as director of residential life and housing at Alabama A&amp;M University from 2010-2012.</p><p>Maddox received a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance and a masters in curriculum and instruction, both from APSU.</p><p>For additional information pertaining to the search for the next director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, please contact Gregory R. Singleton, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, at 931-221-7341.</p> African American Studies Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:39:05 +0000 harriscj 120681 at APSU students present at Phi Alpha Theta national conference <p><img src="" width="550" height="375" alt="phi_alpha_theta.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honors society has long been among the best in the country, recently winning Best Chapter of the Year Division IV for the seventh consecutive year.</p><p>Two members of the University’s chapter were chosen to join members of 77 other PAT chapters in presenting their historical research at the society’s biennial national conference, held Jan. 6-10 in Orlando, Fl. at the Walt Disney World resort. APSU has had students present at the national conference in the last five gatherings (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).</p><p>Jennifer Keller, a history major in APSU’s masters program and PAT chapter president, returned after having presented at the organization’s 2014 national conference. Keller’s presentation this year focused on women in Germany during the Nazi regime titled, “The War on Women: Nazi Ideology and Women in Germany.”</p><p>Keller’s work caught the eye of the panel’s chair, professor at the University of South Florida and PAT Executive Director, Dr. Jack Tunstall.</p><p>“I was encouraged by Dr. Tunstall to continue my research for a possible dissertation, or for separate publishing,” Keller said. “Aside from Dr. Tunstall, I met some wonderful fellow PAT members from (as far away as) the University of Hawaii.”</p><p>An undergraduate history major, Sara Alexander presented her research during a panel on the Vietnam War. For a first visit to any conference, let alone a national meeting, Alexander said she gained a great deal of knowledge and confidence in her research.</p><p>“I was very nervous initially, but it really was a wonderful experience,” Alexander said. “Robert Kodosky of West Chester University presided over the panel, and he was very uplifting in his critique of my paper.”</p><p>The conference is not just an opportunity to present findings, as academic gatherings provide vital opportunities and experiences for college students wishing to continue on with either graduate study or professional academic careers.</p><p>“I made a lot of connections and met with a variety of professors and students from other universities who were very motivational,” Alexander said. “The professors were helpful advising people like me who are apprehensive about the difficulty in pursuing a career as a professor in history.</p><p>“Also, (presenting at an academic conference) looks great on a CV and will benefit me when I apply to graduate school,” Alexander added.</p><p>Keller, who is on track to graduate from APSU in May, emphasized the invaluable networking potential of a meeting of the national conference’s scale.</p><p>“I’m hoping that (the networking) done at the conference will help me as I begin my career search,” Keller said. “It will also (be useful) in looking at PhD programs further down the line.”</p><p>Austin Peay State University's chapter, Theta-Delta, was established in 1961 and is the third oldest chapter in the state of Tennessee. APSU's chapter publishes a student journal, edited by students with student papers, called "Theta-Delta." Phi Alpha Theta holds national and regional meetings, sponsors eight national scholarships annually, and publishes a student journal, “The Historian.” </p><p>For more information on the convention or the local PAT chapter, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7704.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Photo cutline: APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, Fl.</p> tbr History and Philosophy Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:47:33 +0000 harriscj 120676 at 27 APSU students selected for Who's Who <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-seven Austin Peay State University students were recently selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year. These 27 individuals will be officially recognized at the Student Organization and Leader Awards on April 13, at APSU.</p><p>Founded in 1934 by H. Pettus Randall II, The Who’s Who program is dedicated to the mission of honoring student achievement regardless of financial circumstance. For more than 82 years, Who’s Who Among Students has annually honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. APSU is among the more than 2,800 institutions of higher learning that nominate students each year for the national Who’s Who program.</p><p>This year’s selected APSU students include:</p><p>                 • Damilola Afolami, Memphis.</p><p>                 • Brooklyn Allen, Clarksville.</p><p>                 • Keedy L. Burdeshaw, Bethpage.</p><p>                 • Karen R. Bartlett, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Heather M. Burkeen, Medon.</p><p>                  • Breanne M. Campos, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Courtney S. Cousin, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Davey N. Edmaiston, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Kimberly R. Escue, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Bennett R. Evans, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • James R. Fields, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Christalynn D. Hamer, Nashville.</p><p>                  • Allison N. Hamilton, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Ashley N. Hayes, Nashville.</p><p>                  • Amber C. Heady, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Danielle D. Hunter, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Rebecca A. Illig, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Rebecca R. Jacks, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Whitney M. Jenkins, Nashville.</p><p>                  • Robert D. Large, Jefferson City.</p><p>                  • Megan M. McGill, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Courtney M. Melton, Indian Mound.</p><p>                  • Josephine Saffert, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Maritza Suddeath, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Elizabeth G. Upshur, Antioch.</p><p>                  • Darlene L. White, Clarksville.</p><p>                  • Kelsey A. Zadick, Hendersonville.</p><p>Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges is considered one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. For more information, contact Gregory R. Singleton, APSU associate vice president and dean of students, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:27:34 +0000 boothcw 120606 at APSU unveils new exhibition of artwork from permanent collection <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design is pleased to announce a new exhibit of artwork from the University’s Permanent Art Collection, curated by Sara Straussberger, the 2015-16 Jewel Birdsong Art Collection Scholarship recipient.</p><p>Works in the exhibit, “<strong>A Conversation with Place and Being<i>,” </i></strong>will range from a gestural figure drawing to a meticulous landscape etching. One side of the exhibit will be comprised of representations of the individual—images and sculptures that focus on some aspect of the human figure. The other side will include environmental landscapes—the place where an individual exists and creates expressions of that existence.</p><p>The Jewel Birdsong Art Collection Scholarship is curatorial scholarship that allows a select student to work directly with the APSU Permanent Art Collection to curate and install a dynamic and engaging exhibition in the Mabel Larson Gallery. Straussberger is a BFA student in the Department of Art and Design and a philosophical studies minor.</p><p>The Department will host a reception from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Mabel Larson Gallery, with a brief talk by Straussberger beginning at 3:15 p.m.</p><p>The Mabel Larson Gallery is located on the bottom floor of the Harned Building and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:57:34 +0000 boothcw 120491 at Creative writing professor Dr. Amy Wright to publish four books in 2016 <p><img src="" height="357" width="600" alt="20160112-Amy-Wright-9518.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University Associate Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Amy Wright is preparing for a busy 2016, as the poet, author and teacher will publish four collections of her writing, including her fifth chapbook, “Wherever The Land Is.”</p><p>A series of nonfiction essays comprised of the author’s research into work, loss, Emily Dickinson, and entomophagy, or the human consumption of insects, “Wherever The Land Is” explores a possible answer to humanity’s growing need for food sources.</p><p>“I’d been doing a lot of research into human consumption of insects, because food sustainability is going to only become more of a problem for society,” Wright said. “As we move toward 2050, the human population is expected to be somewhere around nine or 10 billion people.”</p><p>Wright’s research into the study of insects also spawned a side project, as she intends to publish a second full-length poetry collection, titled “Everything in the Universe.” Set for release with Iris Press this spring, Wright said the poetry collection was sparked by her fascination with the insects she researched for her prose chapbook.</p><p>“As I was doing research, I grew interested in bugs and I began writing poetry about the biodiversity and different forms of communication I came across in my research,” Wright said.</p><p>Drawing inspiration from personal, as well as gathered tales of “local yodelers, spit turners and other holy mackerels,” Wright’s second poetry collection, “Cracker Sonnets,” to be published by Brick Road Poetry Press, is a tribute to the cultural identity of the American South.</p><p>“I was born in Southwest Virginia, and I began thinking about all the joys and concerns and preoccupations that not just I have, but humanity has in general,” Wright said. “And, where I’m from, many of those preoccupations are cultural. So as I began to embrace some of these aspects of my identity, I found that I had a lot of material with which I could work.”</p><p>A fourth, collaborative poetry collection is also in the works, titled “Creeks of the Upper South.” The collection represents a joint effort between Wright and William Wright, senior editor of the Southern Poetry Anthology.</p><p>Sharing a similar cultural and geographical upbringing, Amy Wright and William Wright set about researching the many regional waterways and aquacultures in need of protection throughout the American Upper South.</p><p>“I'm from Southwestern Virginia, and (William Wright) lives in Georgia now, so we both have an affiliation with and respect for the Appalachian region,” Wright said. “(William) came up with the idea to collaborate on ‘Creeks of the Upper South,’ and it’s been really nice having a project like this that I could pursue on the side.”</p><p>Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, the literary press of Austin Peay State University. Her writing appears in a number of journals including Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Anthology (Volumes III and VI) and Tupelo Quarterly.</p><p>She was awarded a Peter Taylor Fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).</p><p>For more information on Dr. Amy Wright, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For information on APSU’s Department of Languages and Literature, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Languages and Literature Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:17:10 +0000 harriscj 120361 at APSU Greek community has record number attend leadership institute <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this winter, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) hosted two sessions of Futures Quest—a fraternity leadership development program—in Brookston, Indiana, and Austin Peay State University had a record number of eight fraternity men to receive scholarships to attend the program.</p><p>• Trenton Delane and Mitchell Stanfill received a scholarship from the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation.</p><p>• Colin Crist, Kappa Alpha Order, received a scholarship from APSU’s Interfraternity Council.</p><p>• Jacob Bumpus, Pi Kappa Alpha, Noah Carter of Alpha Tau Omega; Gary (BJ) Harris, Alpha Tau Omega; Austin Street, Kappa Alpha Order; and Logan Wallace, Alpha Tau Omega, received scholarships from the Richard Miller Foundation.</p><p>Emerging fraternity leaders from across North America were invited to attend one of the two sessions this winter. In addition, Aristeo (Ari) Ruiz, Kappa Alpha Order, was selected to be a facilitator/mentor for the program. Ruiz, who was selected from more than 100 applicants, is the first Austin Peay student to ever be selected for this honor.</p><p>“It is an honor to see the excitement that our students have to participate in programs sponsored by the NIC,” said Stephen Dominy, coordinator of APSU Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs. Since 2014, Austin Peay has had more than 115 students participate in NIC hosted programs. The University is one of the largest constituent groups in the country using NIC programming to enhance the fraternity and sorority community while influencing the culture and activities on the college campus.  </p><p>For more information, contact Dominy at </p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:07:51 +0000 boothcw 120360 at Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts holding Feb. 16 alumni reading event <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents an alumni reading and screening featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles and Anthony Sims Jr. at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Trahern Gallery on the campus of Austin Peay State University.</p><p>After finishing his English degree at APSU in 1999, Anthony Sims went on to earn an MFA from Ohio University. His feature screenplay, “Behemoth,” was optioned by Lucy Darwin (“Match Point,” “Lost in La Mancha”) in 2006. His short film, “The Day After Stonewall Died” won Best Short Film at the Cannes Short Film Festival. Sims lives in Atlanta, splitting time between freelance content creation and learning to build web applications.</p><p>A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s graduate film program. A Cave Canem fellow and graduate of the New School’s writing program, her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in TriQuarterly, CALYX, Kweli, Phantom Limb, PANK and elsewhere. She is on production on her fourth short film.</p><p>Originally from Nashville, Chip Boles has worked in a combination of traditional and digital media since 2001. Known for realistic illustrations of unreal things, his work tends towards the realistic, but caricatured; the beautiful, but monstrous. Boles holds an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2007) and a BFA from APSU (2000). His illustration clients include The Wall Street Journal Asia and CNN. He illustrated and designed the Yokai Character Collection, which was featured in the New York Times Arts (May 20, 2015). Boles is also a mural and scenic painter, having worked for the series Nashville, as well as Nashville Children’s Theatre.</p><p>Following the reading, a showing of all three artists’ work and a panel discussion will also be held in the Trahern Gallery.</p><p>For more information on this event, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876, or email Susan Wallace at <a href=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:14:55 +0000 harriscj 120280 at APSU's Steinberg offers free online course on emotional toughness <p><img src="" width="600" height="398" alt="ted1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As a young man, Dr. Gregg Steinberg came within five heartbreaking inches of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach. Had he hit the 10-foot putt on the 18th green just a little harder, capping one of the best rounds of golf in his life, he might have gone on to become one of the legends of the sport.</p><p>Instead, he choked. Steinberg wanted to win so badly, he let his fear control his instincts.</p><p>“All my experiences have led to one undeniable truth: When you master your emotions, you master the world,” Steinberg, an Austin Peay State University Health and Human Performance professor, wrote in his popular 2009 book, “Full Throttle: 122 Strategies to Supercharge Your Performance at Work.”</p><p>After that agonizing day on the golf course, Steinberg spent years studying how the world’s top athletes and business professionals succeed through controlling their emotions. This spring semester, the APSU professor is sharing his knowledge through a new online course, Emotional Toughness Training, which anyone can take for free.</p><p>“Whether it is in business, school or music, emotional mastery is the secret to becoming successful in whatever you do,” Steinberg said. “Being calm under pressure, finding your confidence after rejection and having the ability to get pumped up in a moment’s notice will be your key to success.”</p><p>The class is APSU’s first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), and as of this week, more than 1,800 people have registered. The course was designed in collaboration with the Center for Extended and Distance Education at APSU. It is a six-week class, and interested individuals need to sign up at <a href=""></a> before Feb. 25. They need to search for “Emotional Toughness Training,” to find the class.</p><p>MOOC classes allow participants to expand their education in certain areas, without having to enroll at a specific school or pay tuition. Institutions such as Harvard, Stanford and Princeton offer MOOC classes, which feature filmed lectures and reading assignments.</p><p>The filmed lectures play to Steinberg’s strength as a speaker. He has delivered talks to several Fortune 500 companies, including Toyota and Bank of America, and last August, he delivered a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk at Rush University Medical School’s TEDx Conference. A video of his talk is available online at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>In addition to “Full Throttle,” Steinberg is the author of the books “Mental Rules for Golf” and “Flying Lessons,” a parenting book about emotional toughness. He has appeared as an analyst and commentator on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, CNN, Fox News and the Golf Channel. He also writes a business column for The Tennessean. Steinberg is working on a new book, “Fall Up: Why Adversity Unlocks Your Superpower.”</p><p>For more information, contact the Center for Extended and Distance Education at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7816.</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:24:51 +0000 boothcw 120223 at CCCA presents pianist Andrew Tyson at APSU on Jan. 29 <p><img src="" width="731" height="487" alt="3ec76f_a8fce37c17be4964bec7127c5a82d677." /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, the Clarksville Community Concert Association (CCCA), in partnership with the Austin Peay State University Department of Music, will present a performance by renowned pianist Andrew Tyson in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. These victories resulted in performances of upwards of 100 concerts throughout Europe over the course of the next three years under the auspices of the Géza Anda Foundation.</p><p>In addition to the CCCA and the music department, the event is sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, The Leaf-Chronicle and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tickets are free for APSU students with a student I.D. Tickets are available at <a href=""></a>, or at 1-877-811-0200.</p><p>                                                                                          -30-</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:19:54 +0000 boothcw 120201 at APSU purchases adjacent, 10-acre Jenkins and Wynne property <p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University, which turns 90 next year, recently experienced a late growth spurt. Earlier this week, the campus grew by about 10 acres when the school finally closed on property previously owned by the Jenkins and Wynne auto dealership. The $8.8 million purchase marks one of the largest expansions in the University’s history, and it now connects the 182-acre College Street campus with downtown Clarksville.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">“This is a once in a lifetime acquisition opportunity for this institution,” Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president of finance and administration, said. “These are very exciting times.”</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">In 2013, Don Jenkins, CEO of Jenkins and Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Honda, announced he was relocating his dealership to 2655 Trenton Road, near the 101</span><span class="s2"><sup>st</sup></span><span class="s1"> Airborne Division Parkway. He quickly received several generous offers for his property on College Street. Individuals from across the country proposed putting luxury condos or retail space on that site, but Jenkins wanted Austin Peay to have the right of first refusal to purchase the land adjacent to campus.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">“I think Austin Peay has always been a jewel for Clarksville, and every city would love to have a university like Austin Peay to attract students,” he said. “Part of having property in downtown is being a good steward of what you have, and the best use for the property would be for Austin Peay to have it. I want the best thing for Austin Peay and for downtown Clarksville, and this just happened to be the best for both of them.”           </span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Jenkins has long worked to be a good neighbor and supporter of APSU. He has served on the Circle of Advisers for the University’s last three presidents, and he has made cosmetic changes to his property to better match the campus. Jenkins has also avoided buying downtown property the University needed, and he has swapped several parcels he owned around campus for land APSU owned in other areas.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“Austin Peay is landlocked, which has limited our ability to grow,” Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, said. “I am so appreciative of Don Jenkins and the Jenkins family for providing us with this opportunity to purchase the Jenkins and Wynne property so that we can serve more students and connect with the heart of our community, downtown Clarksville.”           </span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">Austin Peay now owns the Jenkins and Wynne property, but it will be a few months before the University takes possession of it. Jenkins is still in the process of moving his dealerships, and once that is complete, he will clean the site and remove the large signs towering above College Street. Robinson said he hopes APSU can begin renovation work on the new property this spring.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“The parking lots that were used for vehicle display, we will stripe off and use them for parking,” Robinson said. “And we will use some of the buildings as quickly as we can get the space converted, with minimal renovations.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">Austin Peay hired the Nashville-based firm Tuck Hinton Architects to create a vision for how the new property might be developed. The University will present that vision, which will include graphic renderings, at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 in the Morgan University Center ballroom. The public is invited to attend this event.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">Some potential ideas for the property include creating a small green-space corridor between College Street and the new buildings, and turning one of the facilities into a gallery for APSU’s folk art collection. The collection includes 42 folk art carvings, paintings and drawings donated by Ned and Jacqueline Crouch and several sculptures by William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1937. Dr. Joe Trahern donated the sculptures.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The folk art collection was originally going to be housed in a building APSU owns in Strawberry Alley. That building is for sale, and money set aside for renovations to the Strawberry Alley facility will now be used to make cosmetic renovations to the Honda Dealership building, Robinson said. Once the Strawberry Alley building is sold, the proceeds will pay for minimal renovations to the new site.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“The faculty are really pleased about the acquisition of this property for two principal reasons,” Dr. Tim Winters, APSU professor and faculty senate president, said. “One, it will free up some space in academic buildings, and two, it will add some much-needed parking. I think it will also help to create a stronger bridge between the campus and the downtown business community.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The purchase fits in with APSU’s new strategic plan, which seeks to increase the number of out-of-state, graduate and international students. Programs such as 250R, which provides discounted out-of-state tuition rates for students living within a 250-mile radius of the University, and APSU’s expanding degree programs, which will attract a new market of potential students, are elements of this strategic plan.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“We expect to grow quite significantly over the next five to 10 years,” Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, said. “The Jenkins and Wynne property provides us with the added space we’ll need to serve these students and support our vision to be partners in the growth of the city of Clarksville.” </span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The new property also will allow the University to explore public-private partnerships. Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania recently partnered with the private firm Campus Apartments to create a mixed-use facility offering student housing and ground-floor retail.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“Whatever this land will allow Austin Peay to do, as far as our growth, that’s priority number one,” Robinson said. “Number two is what we can do together with people downtown to expand the area and encourage increased development in the  downtown district.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">For more information on APSU’s vision for this property, please attend the 11:30 a.m. presentation on Feb.10 in the Morgan University Center ballroom.</span></p><p class="p4"><span class="s1">                                                                                          -30-</span></p> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:30:52 +0000 boothcw 120093 at Visiting speaker Safa Samiezadé-Yazd to discuss Arabic calligraphy, graffiti, street art and urban culture <p><img src="" width="600" height="333" alt="Picture1.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome Safa Samiezadé-Yazd to the campus of Austin Peay State University.</p><p>Samiezadé-Yazd will be on campus to give a brief introduction into the world of Arabic calligraphy, graffiti writing, street art and urban culture, and the artists, graffiti writers and typographers who keep the tradition alive. In addition to featuring a wide array of photos documenting Arabic graffiti and street art styles, this presentation also explores the traditional elements, modern approaches and socio-political and cultural contexts that have shaped Arabic graffiti movements throughout the Middle East.</p><p>Samiezadé-Yazd is currently an associate producer for the upcoming CNN original series “Believer,”<i> </i>hosted by Reza Aslan. Prior to that, she worked at BoomGen Studios, where she worked on numerous outreach campaigns for films both originating from and depicting stories from the Middle East, including Jon Stewart's directorial debut, “Rosewater,” and the Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Square.” From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Arts, Culture and Music Editor for Aslan Media, an online youth-driven media source providing alternative coverage of the Middle East and its global diaspora communities. Her writings on Middle East art and culture have appeared on numerous sites, including Art21, Reorient Magazine, Huffington Post and Guardian US. Safa holds a B.A. from the University of Denver and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Middle Eastern art and culture, relational and community-driven art, and performance and intercultural studies.</p><p>The lecture will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:21:06 +0000 harriscj 120089 at APSU students perform service work in Louisiana and Florida during winter break <p><img src="" width="600" height="338" alt="Alternative_Break_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, two groups of Austin Peay State University students spent a week volunteering on Alternative Break Trips. Collectively, the students completed more than 400 hours of community service.</p><p>From Jan. 9-14, eight students and a staff member traveled to Lacombe, Louisiana, to spend a week volunteering with the Giving Hope Retreat, a partnership organization with the New Orleans Rescue Mission. They spent the week helping with maintenance around the property, which temporarily houses homeless men while teaching them to rebuild their lives through vocational training. Much of their time was spent renovating a gutted cabin that will allow the retreat center to serve an additional 20 residents.</p><p>From Jan. 9-15, seven students and two staff members traveled to Gainesville, Florida, to work with Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The sanctuary rescues monkeys from research laboratories and creates an environment for them to live. The APSU students prepared food and medicine, built enclosures and helped maintain monkey habitats.</p><p>The Alternative Break program is organized by the Center for Service-Learning &amp; Community Engagement at APSU. 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 11 trips are scheduled throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, during the fall, winter, spring and summer.  </p><p>For more information on how to get involved, students should visit <a href="" title=""></a></p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:18:29 +0000 boothcw 119984 at APSU art student conducts behind-the-scenes research at London museums <p><img src="" width="600" height="340" alt="sthilairebayeux.jpg" /> </p><p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Bayeux Tapestry, a medieval embroidery that depicts the Norman invasion of England in 1066, contains such elaborate details that only a male artist could have produced it. As one critic pointed out, it’s impossible for a woman to have stitched such accurate-looking military weapons and uniforms.</p><p>            “Excuse me!” Macon St. Hilaire, an Austin Peay State University art student, said recently. “As a military wife, and specifically a woman, I am certainly no expert but have the mental capacity to remember what something looks like, and I imagine women in 1066 had the same level of cognitive ability.”</p><p>            The famous tapestry was created at a time when artists didn’t identify themselves with their artwork, and after reading one critic’s sexist views, St. Hilaire decided to look into the possibility that women helped stitch some of the great embroideries of the middle ages. In the spring of 2015, she received an APSU Presidential Research Scholar grant, and last semester, she used the grant’s $3,000 award to travel to Europe to examine the works first hand.</p><p>            “For this embroidery project, I want to understand the stitches used to find if there is a way to determine areas worked by different artisans/crafters, the way that brushstrokes in paintings can be analyzed in determining the painter,” she said.</p><p>            Several artists likely worked on the 230-foot wide tapestry, and St. Hilaire believes there is credible evidence that some of them could have been women.</p><p>            “In the Domesday Book, which served as a kind of census, women are listed with land, with embroidery mentioned as something they taught or produced,” she said. “Women often participated in the cottage industries of their husbands or contributed in other occupations, but their husbands would claim it, so it is very unusual and noteworthy to have evidence of specific women.”</p><p>            Last summer, St. Hilaire developed contacts with curators at some of Europe’s leading museums, and in November, during the Thanksgiving holiday, she flew to London for a week of research. One afternoon, she was ushered into a back room inside the famed Victoria and Albert Museum to examine 700-year-old embroideries within the museum’s private collection. On the back of the fabric, she observed how the old masters made each stitch.           </p><p>            “I had a really great appointment at the Victoria and Albert Museum; I got to put my face practically up on these embroideries to study the stitches,” she said.</p><p>            While in England, St. Hilaire’s research also took her to The British Museum, The Clothworker’s Center, Durham Cathedral, The Reading Museum and The Ashmolean Museum. At The Royal School of Needlework, in North Yorkshire, she even participated in a goldwork embroidery class.</p><p>            “A lot of what I do is blend studio art practice with historical research, so I will study this and then try to make it into a contemporary artwork,” she said.</p><p>            St. Hilaire had planned to view embroidery collections in France and Brussels, but a week before her trip, a massive terrorist attack took place in Paris. The metro stopped running, and museums closed their doors.</p><p>            “Rachel Qualls, my friend and research assistant, she and I decided that it wouldn't be wise to get all the way there and possibly not be able to access Wi-Fi to find out if more things were closed or to help us if we got stranded, plus we wouldn't have been able to eat with the entire city shut down,” she said. “I was disappointed because I had worked for a year building a relationship with the curator of the museum, and I would have had complete access to the textiles in their collection.”</p><p>            Still, the week in England helped St. Hilaire further her research beyond what she could have done in Clarksville.</p><p>            “I wouldn’t have had this opportunity anywhere other than Austin Peay,” she said. “I would have to have been in a graduate program. It was totally amazing.”</p><p>            St. Hilaire will present her research at the University’s Research and Creativity Forum later this spring. For information on other student research at APSU, contact the University’s Office of Undergraduate Research at <a href=""></a> or 931-221-7625.            </p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:51:33 +0000 boothcw 119889 at Residents within 250 miles can get in-state tuition* rates at APSU <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="250R_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you live or attend high school in a county outside of Tennessee that is within a 250-mile radius of Austin Peay State University, then you qualify for a discounted tuition rate for both undergraduate and graduate programs at Austin Peay. High school students who have a 22 ACT (or 1020 SAT) or higher are eligible for an additional Provost Scholarship, bringing tuition rates within a few dollars of the University’s in-state rate.</p><p>The new offering reaches into Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.</p><p>“This new reduced rate tuition program will help us expand and diversify the University by allowing us to reach beyond our state borders, bringing students from different locations and cultures,” said APSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rex Gandy.</p><p> “We already offer a variety of high quality academic programs, and when you combine this with our highly affordable in-state tuition rates, it not only opens the door for out-of-state students to an option they may not have otherwise considered, it will help us further diversify our student body, which is an important part of the academic experience for our students.” </p><p>The program, referred to as 250R for its 250-mile radius from the Tennessee-based school, was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) during its December meeting. TBR is the governing body for largest higher education system in Tennessee.</p><p>Austin Peay is located on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, approximately 50 miles northwest of Nashville. Established in 1927, the university is a Carnegie classified Master’s Large University comprising of more than 10,000 students, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Since its founding, Austin Peay has grown to become a regionally known liberal arts university with high quality programs in the STEM areas, education, nursing and the arts. More recently, its physics program has grown to be one of the largest in the state. Austin Peay has been nationally recognized by President Obama and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for innovations in student success and course redesign.</p><p>For additional information or a complete list of counties that qualify, visit <a href=""></a> or contact Austin Peay’s admissions office toll free at 1-800-844-APSU (2778).</p><p></p><p>*The 205R Reduced Rate Tuition Program is a new program offered by Austin Peay State University to all students attending a high school, or who’s county of residence is within a 250-mile radius of Austin Peay, making them eligible to receive a substantial tuition reduction. Students with an ACT of 22 (or SAT of 1020) or higher, are also eligible to receive a provost scholarship, making undergraduate tuition within a few dollars of the in-state rate.</p><p> </p><p>Eligibility Requirements:</p><ol><li>Students who attended a high school within a 250-mile radius of Austin Peay State University are eligible. <br />This list of qualifying high schools is sorted by state and county to help easily clarify which schools are included in the new tuition rate. <a href="">Click here to see if your school qualifies.</a></li><li>Undergraduate, transfer and graduate students are eligible.</li><li>Students who have an ACT of 22 (or SAT of 1020) or higher are eligible.</li></ol><p> </p><p>Tuition Rates:</p><p>Undergraduate students who receive the 250-R Program tuition rate receive $195/credit hour reduced rate for full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours per semester):</p><p> </p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p><b>UNDERGRADUATE</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center"><b>Per Semester</b></p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p>Out-of-State</p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center">$11,167</p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p>In-State</p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center">$3,751</p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p><b>250R Rate</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center"><b>$6,091</b></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" valign="top" width="364"><p><i>*Example based on 2015-16 rates, full-time enrollment, 12 or more hours.</i></p><p><i>The rate will apply for 2016-17 school year, and rates to be announced soon.</i></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p><b>GRADUATE</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center"><b>Per Semester</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="122"><p align="center"><b>Per Hour</b></p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p>Out-of-State</p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center">$11,567</p></td><td valign="top" width="122"><p align="center">$1,156.70</p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p>In-State</p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center">$4,767</p></td><td valign="top" width="122"><p align="center">$476.70</p></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="117"><p><b>250R Rate</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="117"><p align="center"><b>$6,717</b></p></td><td valign="top" width="122"><p align="center"><b>$671.70</b></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3" valign="top" width="355"><p><i>*Example based on 2015-16 rates, full-time enrollment, 10 or more hours.</i></p><p><i>The rate will apply for 2016-17 school year, and rates to be announced soon.</i></p><div><i><br /></i></div></td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:05:13 +0000 boothcw 119144 at New exhibit at APSU celebrates the career of Professor Cindy Marsh <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Cindy_Marsh.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Trahern Gallery, with support from APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, will celebrate the work of retiring professor of art, Cynthia Marsh (Cindy), with a new exhibit this month.</p><p>Marsh, a distinguished professor and integral member of the Department of Art and Design for the past 18 years, will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. This celebratory exhibition will focus on both her award winning, socially conscious work with letters and forms, as well as her extensive engagement with the community through the use of the Goldsmith Press &amp; Rare Type Collection. This 60,000-piece collection of 19th century wood type has been used to record community ideas and to promote a contemporary social dialogue based on a historical form of verbal, written and visual communication.</p><p>The exhibit opens Jan. 19 at the Trahern Gallery and runs through Feb. 12. A lunchtime lecture by the artist will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Trahern Gallery, with a reception to immediately follow.</p><p>Marsh was raised in New England, and she received her undergraduate degree in printmaking from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She earned an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, with her graduate studies focused on the disciplines of printmaking, commercial printing and photography.</p><p>Marsh lived and worked as an artist in Los Angeles from 1973-1995, and during that time, she developed an unusual way of constructing images by combining elements of photography, printmaking and graphic design. Her studio, One Eye Open / One Eye Closed, produced limited edition prints and illustrations for the entertainment industry. Printed work from that studio has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Marsh also was a founding member of the Women’s Graphic Center at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She was a professor of printmaking and design at California State University, Northridge from 1978-1992, and she served as the chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1992-95.</p><p>In 1995, Marsh moved with her family to Clarksville, where she worked as chair of the APSU Department of Art from 1995-2003. She founded the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay in 1997. Since its inception, the press has received 10 regional and national grants, including an NEA award in 2006. Currently, Marsh is a professor of art and design and director of the Goldsmith Press at APSU.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:52:33 +0000 boothcw 119077 at MLK Jr. Day of Service meal packaging event to be held Friday, Jan. 29 <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20150130-MLK-Jr.-Day-of-Service-Program-" /></span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student, staff and faculty volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 29 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers will do their part to help alleviate hunger in a third-world country with a meal packaging event hosted by the APSU Diversity Committee and Feed My Starving Children. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children and adults with hand-packed meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals packed by APSU student volunteers will be shipped to a third-world country.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Last year’s event saw 530 volunteers pack 531 boxes, which provided 114,696 meals for people living in third-world countries.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Volunteers will be needed for one of three shifts during the day: 10 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers are also being sought for a Thursday, Jan. 28 setup shift and a teardown shift Friday, following the packaging event.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Students can also participate in a creative response/essay competition as a part of the event. The topic for the competition is “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,” a famous quote attributed to Dr. King. Three winners will be chosen from both the creative response and essay competitions. Deadline for entries is Jan. 29.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">To sign up for the event, visit PEAYLINK at For more information, visit <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.</span></p> tbr Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:31:51 +0000 harriscj 118971 at Healy named 19th Austin Peay head football coach <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="healy1.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE – Last month, Austin Peay State University introduced Will Healy as the school's 19th head football coach.</p><p>In front of a crowd of Govs fans, fellow coaches and media members, the 30-year-old didn't need a written speech to express his thoughts and emotions. Healy spoke with confidence, gaining the attention of everyone in the room, as the second youngest head coach in Division I football delivered an engaging address.</p><p>"I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to get an opportunity to be the head football coach here," Healy said. "I believe it's going to be done in time and with everyone's help. I cannot wait to develop relationships with everybody here and do this thing together. When we look back four years from now, we'll look at this moment and say, '<dfn><a href="" id="sidearmAd3">Ryan Ivey</a></dfn> made a great choice.'"</p><p>After opening the floor for questions, Healy shook hands with nearly everyone in the room, greeting his new APSU family with a wide smile. In his time speaking with the local media, he handled each question about leading the Governors program with honesty and commitment.</p><p>"I know the biggest thing everyone wants around here is to win football games. I agree with you. Fortunately for me, I've surrounded myself with good enough people where that's what I know and what I hope to continue. I believe there is a process in making that happen. Whether it's fundraising, building character or a foundation to help us get to the next level, it's not going to happen overnight. It has to be done the right way, and we're going to do it the right way."</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:47:35 +0000 boothcw 118632 at Department of Music offering new professional bachelor’s and low-residency master’s programs <p class="p1">CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – To better prepare students for rewarding careers in both performance and music education, the Austin Peay State University Department of Music now offers bachelor of music degrees in both music education and performance.</p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">In addition, APSU now offers a restructured Master of Music in Music Education, along with online course offerings for working professionals.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“Creating bachelor of music degrees gives more purpose and calls more attention to the purpose of each degree,” said APSU Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Eric Branscome. “The bachelor of music degree is what we call a ‘professional degree,’ and it leads into careers in our two concentrations of music education and performance.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students for careers as music teachers in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and at the college level. The degree also offers instrumental, as well as vocal and keyboard specializations.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">A Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares students for careers in a number of settings, including symphony orchestras, opera houses, musical theatres and recording studios. The degree also offers specializations in woodwinds, brass, percussion, orchestral strings, keyboard, guitar, voice and composition.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The new bachelor of music degree is offered in addition to the existing Bachelor of Science in Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees. With more of a focus on liberal studies, the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees offer students opportunities outside of career-specific fields.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“Having the bachelor of music degrees also draws attention to the purpose of the liberal studies track, which is offered in our bachelor of arts and science degrees,” Branscome said. “What liberal studies is supposed to do is provide students with a lot of transferable skills, as opposed to degree-specific skills, like what is offered with our bachelor of music degree.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">The Department of Music also offers master of music concentrations in music education and in performance. The newly redesigned music education curriculum is offered on campus for traditional students, and as a low-residency option where students can complete a majority of the courses online, with a six-hour summer residency.</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">To better inform perspective students on what degree path is right for them, the Department of Music has created a website devoted to information on careers, located at</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">“Let’s say you wanted to go into a particular field, this website would be able to guide you towards a bachelor of music, or a liberal studies degree with a minor in something else,” Branscome said. “We’re trying to point students towards the career major and minor combinations that will better prepare them for their careers.”</span></p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">For more information on the APSU Department of Music and its degree offerings, visit online at <a href="" title=""></a>, or call 931-221-7818.</span></p> Arts and Letters tbr Music Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:08:32 +0000 harriscj 118568 at Acuff Circle seeking nominations for Ovation Awards <p class="p1"><span class="s1">         <img src="" width="451" height="419" alt="2012-13_Acuff_Circle_brochure_copy.jpg" /></span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Nominations are being sought for the coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts that will be presented on March 6.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, is a patron society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            The nominees must have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural life of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community. Anyone can submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 20.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            The award categories in which nominations are sought are:</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            <b>Individual Artist:</b> A living Tennessee artist, active in the field of literature, visual arts, performing arts, music, folk arts, architecture or design, who lives or lived in Montgomery County. Past winners include Susan Bryant, Charlotte Marshall, Mike Fink, Tom Rice, Mike Andrews and Billy St. John.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            <b>Community</b>: A Clarksville-Montgomery County community organization or institution with an outstanding arts-based community program or project. Schools and the school district are not eligible in this category. Previous winners include the Downtown Clarksville Association, Roxy Regional Theatre, Empty Bowls of Clarksville, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Downtown Artists Co-Op.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            <b>Business</b>: A business or corporation that has made a significant contribution to support arts and culture in Montgomery County. Government agencies are not eligible. Past winners include F&amp;M Bank, Silke's Olde World Breads, The Leaf-Chronicle, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, The Framemaker and Planters Bank.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">             The Young Artist Awards also will be presented to high school seniors in Clarksville-Montgomery County, but the deadline for this category was Dec. 18. The winners in this category must have shown exceptional gifts through student or community performances, exhibitions or publications. Category awards are visual arts, theatre, instrumental music, vocal performance and creative writing. Winners in each category also receive preference when applying for the annual $1,000 endowed scholarship in the arts, which the Acuff Circle has established at Austin Peay. Past winners include Webb Booth, Elizabeth Coleman, Autumn Crofton, Haedyn King and Hugh Poland with the Roxy School of the Arts; Abigail Elmore, Northwest High School; Elizabeth Bell, Kenwood; Brittney Griffin, Montgomery Central; Clare Grady, Clarksville; Will Silvers, West Creek; Jeremy Carey, Northeast; Kayleigh Baird, Montgomery Central; Amy Wyer, West Creek; Terrell Boykin, Kenwood; and Arizona Hurn, Montgomery Central.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            The Ovation Awards also include<b> The George Mabry Award</b>. Nominees for this honor come from the Acuff Circle board. It recognizes a living Tennessean who has made a significant impact on arts and culture in Montgomery County through philanthropy, leadership or direct involvement, or a Tennessee individual who has advanced arts and culture through innovative work in creating or supporting the arts in Montgomery County. Past winners include Frank Lott, Anne Glass, Olen Bryant, David Alford, Joseph B. Trahern Jr. and Joe Giles.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            To nominate someone in the Individual, Community or Business categories, submit a completed nomination form that can be downloaded at <a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a>.  Forms for the Individual, Community or Business categories also can be obtained at the Customs House Museum, which co-sponsors the awards ceremony; the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, or the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            The nomination should include a description of up to 250 words of the individual's or organization's artistic contributions. Nominations can be emailed to cannonm<a href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, or mailed to Ovation Awards, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Box 4666, Clarksville, TN 37044.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">            For more information on the nomination process or the Ovation Awards, contact the Center at (931) 221-7876.</span></p> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:23:24 +0000 boothcw 118462 at APSU 2015: A Year In Review <p><img src="" width="600" height="407" alt="YearInReview2015.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to reflect on the progress made in the last 12 months. At Austin Peay State University, 2015 proved to be another fruitful year in the life of the institution. The University filled key leadership roles, continued to earn national accolades and began projects that will transform the school for future generations. Even Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam found time to praise the school, in March, when he said he couldn’t think of “a more important university.”</p><p>Here are some of the top stories that made APSU so important in 2015:</p><p>            • In early March, the APSU Math Jeopardy team beat 27 other schools to win the 2015 Mathematical Association of America Jeopardy championship. The APSU team earned 8,001 points in the competition. The second place team, from the University of South Carolina, received only 200 points.</p><p>            • On March 23, Haslam and other dignitaries visited Clarksville to watch Dr. Alisa White officially become the University’s tenth president. “I have been given an astonishing gift,” White said during her Presidential Address, “and my pledge to you is to do whatever is in my power to advance this institution, to work alongside you to build upon the wonderful work that you have done with others and to realize our collective vision.”</p><p>            • At the end of the spring semester, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) named APSU a Veterans Education Transition Support Campus (VETS). Austin Peay became only the fourth university in the state to earn the certification, which 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.</p><p>•  Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music, was named a Fulbright Scholar earlier this year. The prestigious award is allowing her to dive deeper into China’s musical past, as she spends the year living in that country. The Fulbright Scholarship is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, teachers and other professional fields. Since it was established in 1946, more than 360,000 Fulbright winners have participated, with approximately 8,000 grants awarded annually. Many Fulbright alumni have gone on to win major awards, including the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.</p><p>• For the fourth consecutive year, APSU was one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU was the only university in Tennessee to make the national publication’s “Great Colleges to Work For 2015” list. Because the University was recognized in several categories, the University received Honor Roll recognition.</p><p>• Earlier this semester, APSU broke ground on a new $21.3 million, 46,000-square-foot Art and Design Building and Trahern Building renovation. The new building, which is set to open in 2017, will feature faculty office space, general purpose classrooms, a multifunction room, art studios, a photographic studio, a general art gallery and a student gallery. “This project represents a continued investment really toward first-class, world-class facilities at this institution,” TBR Chancellor John Morgan said. “It promises to make what is already a beautiful campus even more beautiful.”</p><p>• In August, Ryan Ivey, a rising star among college athletic administrators, was named APSU’s 13<sup>th</sup> director of athletics. In his previous position as athletics director at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce, Ivey was credited with helping transform a low-ranked Division II program into a Lone Star Conference (LSC) powerhouse. Last year alone, the Lions won a school record six conference championships in both men and women’s sports, including football, basketball and women’s soccer. In August, Ivey said that coming to APSU was “an opportunity that I do not take for granted and one that I will work hard every day to ensure we are moving forward.”</p><p>• APSU’s TRiO Student Support Services program received a five-year, $1.3 million U.S. Department of Education grant in September to continue helping first-generation, disabled or low-income students earn a college degree. APSU received the highly competitive federal grant after earning a perfect score of 106 in the application process. The program serves about 180 students each year, with the goal of getting them to earn a college degree within six years. Since its inception in 1998, the program has helped boost APSU’s retention and graduation rates.</p><p>            • In November, APSU President Alisa White officially thanked a local organization 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. In the last six years, that foundation had donated $1.6 million to the University’s School of Nursing, providing numerous resources and scholarships for deserving students.</p><p>            • This year marked the 85<sup>th</sup> anniversary of The All State, APSU’s student-run newspaper. “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.” 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 championing the Student Government Association’s legislation to keep Harned Hall from being demolished in the 1980s.</p><p>            Beth Liggett, APSU photographer, has created a photo gallery of the last year at APSU. The gallery is available at <a href=""></a>. To download a photo, the password is “public.” APSU photography also created a video, available at <a href=""></a> . Please feel free to use any and all provided photographs and the video in your publications and online.<u></u></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="600" height="407" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:18:51 +0000 harriscj 117701 at APSU's Dominy named to National Panhellenic Council advisory committee <p><img src="" width="600" height="600" alt="Headshot_-_Spring_2015.jpg" /></p><p><b>INDIANAPOLIS</b> –Stephen Dominy, Austin Peay State University coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, was recently appointed to the National Panhellenic Conference’s (NPC) Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Committee. The NPC is a premier advocacy organization for women and the sorority experience, and the committee held its first face-to-face meeting during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors’ Annual Meeting in early December.</p><p>Comprised of Fraternity/Sorority advisors (FSAs) from different college and university campuses, the FSA Advisory Committee will help provide the NPC Executive Committee with insights, perspectives, opinions and comments on current campus trends, as well as to serve as brand ambassadors for NPC, for the next two years.</p><p>The FSA Advisory Committee will work closely alongside NPC’s newly appointed Executive Committee, Executive Director Dani Weatherford and the Indianapolis-based NPC staff.</p><p>“NPC is committed to supporting fraternity and sorority life on college and university campuses,” Weatherford said. “Welcoming our new Advisory Committee members continues a tradition that allows us to have even more targeted conversations with the FSAs on campuses around the country and gives us insight and perspectives that are vital to meeting NPC’s mission of advancing the sorority experience.”</p><p>During the first meeting, the Executive Committee, NPC staff and the Advisory Committee discussed a variety of pertinent topics, including Panhellenic leadership opportunities on campus, continued focus on diversity and inclusion within Greek life on campuses, risk management and social policies, developing education for Panhellenic delegates, increased need for campus and chapter advisors and more. The discussion provided an opening benchmark and opportunity to continue developing forward-thinking strategies.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:40:02 +0000 boothcw 117542 at