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Chamber welcomes APSU students for fall semester

August 13, 2003

When students arrive on campus later this week, they will receive a warm welcome from the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Kenny Maddox, assistant director of housing and residence life at APSU, members of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce have volunteered to help students move into their residence halls from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16, as well as from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17.
August 13, 2003

When students arrive on campus later this week, they will receive a warm welcome from the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Kenny Maddox, assistant director of housing and residence life at APSU, members of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce have volunteered to help students move into their residence halls from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16, as well as from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17.

“At 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, the Chamber of Commerce will co-host our Welcome Back Bash,” Maddox said. “This event is part of Welcome Week activities. There will be inflatables, karaoke, food and fun.”

The Welcome Back Bash will be held on the Intramural Field. In the event of rain, it will be moved inside the “Red Barn.”

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, president of APSU, expressed appreciation to the Chamber. “On behalf of Austin Peay, I want to thank the Chamber for opening its arms to our students as they return to campus for fall classes or as they begin their college experience with us.

“This Chamber initiative says to our students ‘Not only does Austin Peay welcome you, but the larger community appreciates you and invites you to enjoy everything it has to offer.'

“Research indicates a student's comfort levelthat special feeling of belongingis a key factor in whether that student will enroll and continue at his or her chosen college. The Chamber understands its important role in making our students feel welcome in this community.”

A recent study by the University of Memphis revealed that APSU and its students, faculty and staff infuse more than $165 million into the local economy each year.