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New initiative puts APSU professors in the news

December 4, 2000

Most faculty and staff know Dr. Bert Randall as a professor of philosophy and religion. But he also was one of only five Americans with the Council on US-Arab Relations, and he met with Ali Al-Salah, the president of Yemen, as well as the head of Parliament and the socialist leaders who lost the civil war.

Randall's expertise on Yemen and its leaders was brought to the attention of the media last week through a new initiative called “Local Angle,” an electronic communication program designed to provide area media with information, insight and commentary on breaking news and contemporary issues.

Each “Local Angle” communication lists the current news item, the Austin Peay faculty or staff member with expertise in the subject, and contact information.

“By being proactive, we not only provide a service to news reporters, but we also publicize the vast stores of knowledge at Austin Peay,” says Dennie Burke, director of public relations, publications and marketing.

Randell's expertise, the focus of the first “Local Angle” was relevant to recent arrests for the terrorist attack on the USS Cole. A second “Local Angle” communication was sent out relative to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments on Florida's handling of the presidential election (subject matter expert: Dr. David Kanervo). Others addressed the increase in the number of online holiday shoppers (Dr. Carmen Reagen) and the indicators that a recession may be looming (Dr. Chuck Richards).

If you read—or anticipate—news pertinent to your areas of expertise, contact Ken West via e-mail or by calling 7868.