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Former APSU administrator, civil rights activist to discuss era

A former Austin Peay State University administrator and a civil rights activist will lead the next session of the Library Athenaeum series at APSU.

LaVerne Turner Walker, who served seven years as director of affirmative action at APSU, will present The Chronicles of a Social Activist: From Teenager to History Maker at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 on the third floor of Woodward Library. The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited.
A former Austin Peay State University administrator and a civil rights activist will lead the next session of the Library Athenaeum series at APSU.

LaVerne Turner Walker, who served seven years as director of affirmative action at APSU, will present “The Chronicles of a Social Activist: From Teenager to History Maker” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 on the third floor of Woodward Library. The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited.

Currently, Walker is a community human resources consultant volunteer, helping community leaders with their programs. She initiated a life and career path change by working first as an office manager for the University of Southern California's Safety and Systems Management Institute. This position helped her to transition her career from social work to human resources.

She later was employed by Douglas Aircraft Co. and the B-2 Division of Northrop-Grumman Corp., eventually rising to manager of equal employment opportunity/affirmative action and diversity. After 16 years in the aircraft and defense industry, Walker was director of the APSU Office of Affirmative Action until 2002.

Walker graduated with honor in sociology from Fisk University, Nashville, during the civil rights era.

Walker's presentation is the third one for the Library Athenaeum series, launched in 2007 to engage the public and campus community in intellectual and creative endeavors. Other presentations scheduled for Spring 2008 are the following:
• 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18: Melony A. Jones, communication specialist in the APSU Public Relations and Marketing and veteran freelance journalist, “Spreading Sunshine: Right-to-know Laws Must Hold Strong.”
• 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 26: Alice Coles, community activist from Bayview, Va., “The Spiritual and Physical Rebirth of a Community.”
• 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 8: Dr. David P. Keeton, small business owner and former adjunct professor in New Jersey, “Why Not Clone? The Ethics of Cloning.”
• 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 15: Dr. Albert “Bert” Randall, professor of philosophy at APSU, “Holy Scriptures as Justification for War.”

For more information about the Library Athenaeum series, contact Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, by telephone at 221-7613 or by e-mail at weberj@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones