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Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.
Faculty and staff at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional, scholarly and personal development activities.

Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music, was the guest presenter for "Singers at Spoleto," the National Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop held June 5-9 in Charleston, S.C. Her two lectures, titled "Singing Outside the Box" and "Vocal Explorations," centered on contemporary vocal techniques, how they can be used for teaching, performing and keeping the voice fresh. She also performed a recital of new works with accompanist Patsy Wade of Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. In addition, she coached six advanced singers in a vocal master class that dealt with contemporary repertoire and its performance. All of the sessions were videotaped for the NATS archives and for use by the membership.

Dr. Samuel Fung, professor of psychology, Dr. Robyn Hulsart, assistant professor of professional studies, and Dr. Robert Sirk, professor in the School of Agriculture and Geosciences, graduated May 12 from the Academy for Leadership and Development in Mesa, Ariz. The academy is a yearlong program designed to advance organizational leadership and provide succession planning for leaders in postsecondary institutions. Some of the topics covered are dimensions of leadership, strategic and scenario planning, behavioral work styles and valuing diversity and cultural competence.

Melony Shemberger, communication specialist in public relations and marketing, has had a paper proposal accepted for the 2009 Ohio Valley History Conference, to be held in October at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Also, she placed third in her age group (35-39, female) in the Superman 4-Mile Road Race held June 11 in Metropolis, Ill., as part of the city's annual Superman Festival celebration. She also participated in the event's 35-mile Super Trek bicycle tour held June 13. She will compete June 20 in the Get Fit 5-K at Calvert City, Ky., and in the Music City Du Run Run duathlon June 21 in Nashville.