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APSU's Distinguished Professor Award recipient to address degree candidates at commencement

Austin Peay State University will send off 601 candidates for degrees during dual Fall 2009 Commencement ceremonies Dec. 18 in the Dunn Center.

Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of languages and literature and the 2009 APSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recipient, will be the keynote speaker at both commencement events.

When Winters began his teaching career at APSU in 1997, one of his first initiatives was to develop a study-abroad program in Greece. More than a decade later, its merely one of the numerous achievements hes made while on the faculty. Austin Peay State University will send off 601 candidates for degrees during dual Fall 2009 Commencement ceremonies Dec. 18 in the Dunn Center.

Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of languages and literature and the 2009 APSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recipient, will be the keynote speaker at both commencement events.

When Winters began his teaching career at APSU in 1997, one of his first initiatives was to develop a study-abroad program in Greece. More than a decade later, it's merely one of the numerous achievements he's made while on the faculty.

In addition to the study-abroad program in Greece, Winters has developed a strong B.A. program in the classics, establishing and teaching courses in civilization, literature, mythology and archeology. The program has grown so much that APSU recently hosted the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention, bringing great visibility to the campus and the classics program.

He was previously honored with the Socrates Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at APSU, and he also received the Award for Excellence in College Teaching from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Winters has had numerous articles published in academic journals, and he has a textbook on Homer that was published this summer, which he wrote in collaboration with a colleague in Ohio.

Winters also has served as an elected member of the University's Faculty Senate for nine of his 12 years on campus, including three terms as the Senate president. In addition to his academic career, he dedicates his weekends as a volunteer reserve officer for the Clarksville Police Department. He also is an ordained deacon with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville.

At 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 18, students slated to earn degrees from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management will participate in commencement. At 2 p.m., the candidates for degrees from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Business and College of Education will have commencement exercises.

Students who have filed for graduate degrees will participate in the commencement ceremony for the college that houses the academic program. For instance, if a student is on schedule to receive a Master of Arts in communication arts, the student would participate in the 10 a.m. ceremony with the College of Arts and Letters because the APSU Department of Communication belongs to that college.

University officials are reporting there are 601 degree candidates for the Dec. 18 ceremony. Of that number, 502 will participate in the ceremonies.

APSU began holding dual commencements last December. Having two ceremonies is a significant milestone for APSU and is a result of the continued increase in the University's number of graduates over the past few years. This growth has made it very challenging to accommodate properly all of the degree candidates, faculty and guests in a single ceremony.

APSU will offer a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available on the University's homepage within 24 hours of each ceremony. The free Windows Media Player will be required in order to view successfully the webcast. Both ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Charter 99 and Clarksville Department of Electricity Lightband 9.

For more information about commencement exercises, contact the Office of the Registrar by telephone at (931) 221-7121, or visit the APSU Web page at http://www.apsu.edu/Commencement/. -- Melony Shemberger