Today @ APSU - University News http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-receives-. en APSU to break ground on new fine arts building Sept. 1 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-break-ground-new-fine-arts-building-sept-1 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/APSU_-_SBC_Presentation_-_Perspectives_1_copy.jpg" width="600" height="464" alt="APSU_-_SBC_Presentation_-_Perspectives_1" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When Barry Jones was a student at Austin Peay State University in the early 1990s, he heard rumors about a new fine arts building going up on campus. Ten years later, Jones returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor, and he was reassured that the growing art department would soon move out of the cramped Trahern Building.</p><p>           Another decade has passed, and Jones, now chair of the APSU Department of Art and Design, is relieved that those taunting rumors are finally over. At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, APSU will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $21.3 million, 46,000-square-foot Art and Design Building. The state approved financing the project earlier this year, with APSU providing a 25 percent match of the total budget.</p><p>            “The Department outgrew its space in Trahern years ago,” Jones said. “My understanding is we’ve been on the state’s list for a new building since the 90s. We’re bursting at the seams, and this is going to give us a better designed space.”</p><p>            Construction is expected to begin this October, with the new building and an accompanying green space occupying what is now a faculty/staff parking lot between the Trahern Building and Harned Hall. The project was originally conceived as an addition to the Trahern Building, which currently houses both the APSU Department of Art and Design and the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance, but University officials quickly realized separate buildings were needed for the two growing departments.</p><p>            “We’re going to renovate Trahern, mainly mechanicals and cosmetic on the exterior,” Mitch Robinson, APSU vice president of finance and administration, said. “Theatre and Dance is going to take over most of Trahern, with ceramics and sculpture staying in that building as well.”</p><p>            The Department of Theatre and Dance is also looking to convert the old Trahern Gallery into a Black Box Theatre for small, experimental productions. </p><p>            The new Art and Design Building will feature faculty office space, general purpose classrooms, a multifunction room, art studios, a photographic studio, a general art gallery and a student gallery.</p><p>            “We’re growing,” Jones said. “In the 10 years since I’ve been here, we’ve added four or five faculty. Our enrollment is up in the fall, and this is going to help with recruiting because our facilities will match the quality of instruction.”</p><p>            Construction is expected to take a year, with the building set to open to students in the spring of 2017. Because the project will eliminate a parking lot on campus, APSU’s Parking Committee has worked for a year on a plan to serve the campus community. Part of that plan includes rezoning parking lots and placing volunteers in lots during the first week of the fall semester to advise drivers where open parking can be found across campus. Throughout the semester, Public Safety will be using Twitter –@APSUPolice—and Facebook—APSU Campus Police—to announce where open parking can be found.</p><p>           A map on the APSU Mobile App that tracks the Peay Pickup bus system is in the works, with plans to have the app operational this academic year. </p> tbr Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:48:39 +0000 boothcw 107698 at http://www.apsu.edu Dean Singleton to speak at APSU Summer Commencement http://www.apsu.edu/news/dean-singleton-speak-apsu-spring-commencement <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Greg-Singleton.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Greg-Singleton.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory Singleton, Austin Peay State University associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will deliver the keynote address at APSU’s 86<sup>th</sup> Summer Commencement at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, in the Dunn Center.</p><p>A Tennessee native, Singleton earned an associate degree from Jackson State Community College. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Master of Science in Student Personnel Services in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He then traveled south to Florida International University (FIU), where he earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. He has also completed his Ed.D. course work at FIU in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Additionally, he was selected and attended Harvard University as a participant in that school’s Mid-Management Institute.</p><p>Singleton previously served as the associate dean of students and director of Judicial Affairs at the University of Miami, as the assistant dean of students at Purdue University and as the coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Affairs at the University of Memphis. He joined APSU as dean of students in 2007.</p><p>He is a member of several leadership and honor societies, and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors as the national president, vice president of membership, national conference chair and as both president and secretary of the association’s foundation.</p><p>He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kappa Alpha Order Knight Commander’s Accolade, the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus of the national fraternity. In 2014, he was recognized by the North American Interfraternity Conference as the recipient of the NIC's Award of Distinction for his volunteer work with Kappa Alpha Order and by Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary as the recipient of the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year for his volunteer work with Omicron Delta Kappa.</p><p>APSU offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/commencement">www.apsu.edu/commencement</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:17:17 +0000 boothcw 107691 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU College of Science and Mathematics, Communication University of China sign collaboration agreement http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-college-science-and-mathematics-communication-university-china-sign-collaboration-agreemen <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20150728-Chinese-Delegation-Tour-9862.jpg" width="600" height="373" alt="20150728-Chinese-Delegation-Tour-9862.jp" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University and Communication University of China (CUC) recently signed an agreement that will see an international exchange of ideas, students and faculty in the fields of science and technology.</p><p>Four representatives from the Beijing-based institution visited APSU’s Clarksville campus Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29 to tour the University’s facilities and meet with University representatives.</p><p>Following a presentation by University and local government officials, Xianglin Huang, Deputy Dean of the Communication University of China, and Dr. Jaime Taylor, Dean of the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, signed a memorandum of understanding.</p><p>Under the agreement, both institutions will collaborate in many ways for the next five years. Joint bachelor’s and master’s degree programs may be established, as well as short-term student student exchanges. The two institutions will also explore the possibility of faculty exchanges.</p><p>Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, along with City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, attended Tuesday’s presentation and spoke to the importance of the new agreement.</p><p>“It is an honor to have (CUC representatives) here on the campus of Austin Peay State University,” Durrett said. “Austin Peay is a great partner to our local community, and I think that (it only benefits both sides) to have this new collaboration from one side of the world to the other side of the world.”</p><p>The APSU College of Science and Mathematics includes the departments of agriculture, allied health sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science, geosciences, mathematics and statistics and physics and astronomy.</p><p>Taylor, who has served as dean since 2010, said the College is always working to extend its scope, and the new agreement with CUC will benefit both institutions.</p><p>“We are moving forward with several new initiatives in the computer science department and I hope that, as we develop this relationship, Austin Peay will end up with more (CUC) students in our program,” Taylor said.</p><p>For more information on the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, visit apsu.edu/cosm, or call 931-221-7971. For information on the Communication University of China, visit its English-language site at <a href="http://www.cuc.edu.cn/en2/cuc.htm" title="www.cuc.edu.cn/en2/cuc.htm">www.cuc.edu.cn/en2/cuc.htm</a>.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="2400" height="1600" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/20150728-Chinese-Delegation-Tour-9862.jpg?1438284360" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Computer Science & Information Technology Science and Mathematics Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:24:55 +0000 harriscj 107639 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU hosting third Gov Color Run Sept. 26 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-hosting-third-gov-color-run-sept-26 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20140927-Gov-Run-8163_copy.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="20140927-Gov-Run-8163_copy.jpg" /></p><p>             CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In September 2013, Austin Peay State University hosted its inaugural Gov “Color” Run, a one-mile race around campus through cloudbursts of color. The event, which continued last year, was originally marketed as a way of bringing together APSU students and community members for an affordable color run.</p><p>                At 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, the color run will return to campus, but the APSU Alumni Relations Office is now using the popular event to help deserving students earn a college education. This year, participants will see more paint, a longer race path and bigger surprises, while also helping to fund scholarships.</p><p>                Tickets for the color run are $20 until Aug. 31, and $25 after that date. The event is open to the community, and children five and under run free. Registration is available online at <a href="https://govrun2015.eventbrite.com/">https://govrun2015.eventbrite.com</a>.</p><p>                For more information, contact Kean at 931-221-7979 or <a href="mailto:keanr@apsu.edu">keanr@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:59:52 +0000 boothcw 107506 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Community School of the Arts adds full dance program for Fall 2015 season http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-community-school-arts-adds-full-dance-program-fall-2015-season <p>Community service is at the heart of Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts (CSA). Over 200 children and adults come each week to the APSU campus to take part in CSA classes and workshops.</p><p>With summer nearing its end, the CSA is expanding its offerings for the Fall 2015 season.</p><p>All classes offered through CSA are open and available to the public. While fees vary, enrollment at APSU is not required to take part in any course.</p><p>“The big thing we’re proud to offer this year is a full, comprehensive dance program,” Matthews Burns, CSA coordinator, said. “We have had dance classes before, but now we have courses for every level, from children aged 4-5 all the way to adult-level ballet.”</p><p>CSA dance courses are skill-based, allowing students to focus on personal goals. Without competition, students can focus on technique, fitness or just having fun. These new courses were designed by and are being taught by APSU dance faculty member, Margaret Rennerfeldt and her students.</p><p>For young people, the CSA is now offering a course on cartooning. Led by area artist Tim Pafford, the course allows students to explore the basics of cartooning and design.</p><p>Besides the new, the CSA still offers classes in, among others, music, art, theatre and photography. Expanded Photoshop offerings are now available -- as well as more as the season progresses.</p><p>“The classes we’re currently offering at the beginning of August and September are our most popular courses,” Burns added. “What’s available for registration right now online won’t be all our offerings.”</p><p>For more information on the CSA, call 931-221-7508, or email at <a href="mailto:csa@apsu.edu">csa@apsu.edu</a>. To register for courses, visit the CSA’s website at apsu.edu/csa.</p> tbr Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:59:38 +0000 harriscj 107248 at http://www.apsu.edu "Museum of Distance," a debut collection from Ashley Seitz Kramer set for release through Zone 3 Press http://www.apsu.edu/news/museum-distance-debut-collection-ashley-seitz-kramer-set-release-through-zone-3-press <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/askramer.JPG" width="272" height="450" alt="askramer.JPG" /></p><p>Zone 3 Press is proud to announce "Museum of Distance," the first collection of works from poet Ashley Seitz Kramer.</p><p>The winner of the 2014 Zone 3 Press First Book Award, Kramer's work is wide in scope. Linking images and observations, "Museum of Distance" offers a new view on daily reality.</p><p>In her review, award-winning poet Leslie Ullman describes Kramer's work as "exquisitely textured" and “impossible to resist.”</p><p>"Kramer's poems have extraordinary authority," Ullman said. "Every passage exquisitely textured, every provocation earned and convincing. It is impossible … to resist or question a single one of their flights."</p><p>An award-winning poet, Kramer earned the Ruth Stone Prize and Utah Writers' Contest. Major journals including Colorado Review, Dogwood and Quarterly West have also published her work.  A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kramer's work has appeared on Verse Daily, among other outlets.</p><p>Now residing in Utah, Kramer is assistant dean of Arts and Sciences at Westminster College.</p><p>“Museum of Distance” will be available on Amazon, spdbooks.org and through Zone 3 Press.</p><p>APSU founded Zone 3 Press in 2006. The press's mission is to promote emerging writers and interest in poetry and prose.</p><p>For more information on Zone 3 Press, contact Susan Wallace at <a href="mailto:wallacess@apsu.edu">wallacess@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:38:48 +0000 harriscj 107081 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU named Great College to Work For http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-named-great-college-work <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/GreatColleges.jpg" height="350" width="600" alt="GreatColleges.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth consecutive year, Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, APSU is the only university in Tennessee to make the national publication’s “Great Colleges to Work For 2015” list.</p><p>The results were released earlier this week in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace.</p><p>“Austin Peay State University is a great place to work because employees take ownership of the institution,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We take responsibility for the institution and one another. Many employees are involved in the institution outside of work hours, participating in staff activities, attending campus events and investing in meaningful relationships with co-workers. Employees have built a rich Austin Peay culture, which has become a rewarding way of life.”</p><p>In all, only 86 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with APSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.</p><p>APSU won honors in 10 of 12 categories this year:</p><p>• Collaborative Governance</p><p>• Confidence in Senior Leadership</p><p>• Facilities, Workspace and Security</p><p>• Job Satisfaction</p><p>• Professional/Career-Development Programs</p><p>• Respect and Appreciation</p><p>• Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship</p><p>• Teaching Environment</p><p>• Tenure Clarity and Process</p><p>• Work/Life Balance</p><p>Because APSU was recognized in several categories, the University received Honor Roll recognition. Only 10 out of the 25 schools in the large institutions category were placed on the Honor Roll.  </p><p>The results are based on a survey of all employees at APSU. To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital-consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.</p><p>“In short, by investing in their people, great colleges create a culture of engagement,” Richard K. Boyer, founding partner with ModernThink LLC, said. “Faculty and staff members understand and support the institution’s mission, are provided with the tools and authority they need to contribute their best and consistently go the extra mile for colleagues and students.”</p><p>Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web link at <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For-in/231133/#id=big-table">http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For-in/231133/#id=big-table</a>. </p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="600" height="350" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/GreatColleges.jpg?1437513825" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:28:03 +0000 boothcw 107000 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU included among top universities for adult, nontraditional learners http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-included-among-top-universities-adult-nontraditional-learners <p>A life of learning is at the heart of Austin Peay State University's mission. With that goal, APSU recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI).</p><p>ALFI institutions seek to advance programs and promote services for adult students. To do that, they observe their adult degree programs and share "best practices."</p><p>“Austin Peay State University is pleased to join the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions,” APSU President Dr. Alisa White said. “Adult learners enhance our University because they bring a unique perspective and passion to their studies, forged by their life experience and maturity. We recognize and embrace what they bring to the University, and we are committed to do whatever we can to foster lifelong learning.”</p><p>APSU distributed surveys: the Adult Learner Inventory (ALI) and the Institutional Self-Assessment Survey (ISAS). Over 3,000 APSU adult students received the ALI, while faculty and staff received the ISAS. Questions identified and compared how students and employees value the services offered at APSU. The data identifies strengths and challenges as the University plans for the future.</p><p>Universities receive a score in nine categories that represent the scope of adult learning. Included categories are outreach, life and career planning and student support systems.</p><p>“Austin Peay was compared to 105 other institutions going through the same process, and it turns out our score was higher than the mean of those institutions in most cases,” Loretta Griffy, director of the APSU Center for Teaching and Learning, said. “There was nothing noted as (inadequate) on the report, but that does not mean that we can’t keep improving.”</p><p>For more information on adult and non-traditional student opportunities at APSU, visit apsu.edu/adult. </p> tbr Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:31:08 +0000 harriscj 106901 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU partners with PepsiCo to make Dream Machine recycling machine available on campus http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-partners-pepsico-make-dream-machine-recycling-machine-available-campus <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20150709-Pepsi-Co-Recycling-8903.jpg" width="600" height="442" alt="20150709-Pepsi-Co-Recycling-8903.jpg" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University is providing students and faculty with a new and rewarding way to recycle their bottles and cans with the installation of a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>With the start of the 2015-16 school year approaching, the kiosk will join numerous static bins located across the Clarksville campus. APSU is one of only two universities in the state of Tennessee to partner with PepsiCo and install Dream Machines.</p><p>The Dream Machine program, provided at no cost to the University, consists of computerized receptacles that reward users with points for every plastic PET #1 beverage bottle or aluminum can recycled in the kiosk. Points can be redeemed for local discounts on entertainment, dining and travel at <a href="http://www.pepsicorecycling.com" title="www.pepsicorecycling.com">www.pepsicorecycling.com</a>.</p><p>The materials recycled in the Dream Machine also make it possible for PepsiCo to donate funds to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which provides post-9/11 disabled veterans training, at no cost, in entrepreneurship and small business management.</p><p>“We are thrilled to partner with Austin Peay State University to make recycling beverage containers a more fun, rewarding and convenient process for college students,” said Tim Carey, Senior Director of Sustainability at PepsiCo. “By recycling in the on-campus Dream Machine, students can earn personal rewards, show their school spirit and help to make a real difference for our planet and in the lives of disabled U.S. veterans.”</p><p>Charlie Partain, marketing director with APSU Dining Services, said that the kiosk represents another way to further Austin Peay State University’s commitment to supporting the environment and veterans.</p><p>“(Dining Services) alone sold 200,000 beverage bottles last school year, and we noted that many of those bottles were thrown into the trash, so we wanted to give students a fun way to recycle,” Partain said. “But more than just giving students options, this program is a great way to help veterans that are (an important part) of Austin Peay.”</p><p>To learn more about PepsiCoRecycling, please visit <a href="http://www.pepsicorecycling.com" title="www.pepsicorecycling.com">www.pepsicorecycling.com</a>. For more information on APSU Dining Services, visit <a href="http://www.dineoncampus.com/apsu" title="www.dineoncampus.com/apsu">www.dineoncampus.com/apsu</a>, or call at 931-221-7474.</p> tbr Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:54:42 +0000 harriscj 106121 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU Center for Extended Education and Distance Education to host Tennessee Business Tax Seminar http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-center-extended-education-and-distance-education-host-tennessee-business-tax-seminar <p>In cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education will again host the annual Tennessee Business Tax seminar from 8 a.m-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 28 in the Morgan University Center.</p><p>Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury will facilitate sessions related to business taxes.</p><p>This seminar is designed to assist those who work with business-related taxes. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from these government agency representatives, ask questions and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities and providing contact information.</p><p>Topics will include:       </p><ul><li>Legislative amendments to the tax law 
         </li><li>Recent court cases that affect tax administration 
         </li><li>Business tax 
         </li><li>Franchise and excise tax 
         </li><li>Sales and use tax 
         </li><li>Hall income tax 
         </li><li>Tangible personal property tax 
         </li><li>Electronic filing 
         </li><li>Using TDoR's website 
         </li><li>Worker's compensation issues 
         </li><li>Unemployment tax </li></ul><p>Continuing professional education and continuing education units can be earned by attending this seminar, which has been approved for accountants, CPAs and tax professionals. The registration fee is $145, which includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. </p><p>Seating is limited. To register, visit online at <a href="http://signmeup.apsu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&amp;course=154V30001" title="http://signmeup.apsu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&amp;course=154V30001">http://signmeup.apsu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&amp;course=154V30001</a>. For more information, interested individuals may contact the center at 931-221-7816.</p> tbr Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:43:15 +0000 harriscj 105975 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Johstono wins Miss College Majorette of Tennessee, to compete at nationals http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-johstono-wins-miss-college-majorette-tennessee-compete-nationals <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20150618-Johstono-Twirling-7809.JPG" width="600" height="353" alt="20150618-Johstono-Twirling-7809.JPG" /></p><p>Austin Peay State University featured twirler Hannah Johstono has demonstrated her talent and skill with a baton in front of crowds both large and small during her 14 years of twirling.</p><p>A regular with the Governor’s Own Marching Band for the past four seasons, Johstono has captivated everyone from APSU fans gathered in Governor Stadium’s Tailgate Alley to 100,000 fans at Neyland Stadium as the Governors took on the University of Tennessee Volunteers.</p><p>In mid-May, Johstono also proved she could win over a panel of judges when the elementary education major captured the title of “Miss College Majorette of Tennessee” at the Tennessee State Twirling Championships.</p><p>A former competitive twirler, Johstono’s priorities have been the Governor’s Own Marching Band and her studies since arriving at APSU. But Johnstono said a chance phone call from a former APSU twirler reignited her competitive spark.</p><p>“In April, (APSU Band Director John Schnettler) got a call from an alumnae feature twirler named Margie Beasley who asked if he had anyone who would be interested in representing APSU at the Miss Majorette competition,” Johstono said. “I figured it would be a great opportunity to both compete one last time, as well as get APSU’s name out there among the twirling community.”</p><p>With just one month to prepare, Johstono quickly got to work. While most competitors spend months preparing and often utilize twirling routines from teachers or other experts, Johnstono said she put together her performance from scratch.</p><p>“I think the really surprising thing was that it ended up being a really good routine,” Johstono joked. “Margie helped me a lot by watching my routines and offering advice, but creating my own routine was definitely a first for me.”</p><p>Johstono’s routine – as well as her personality and overall presentation – wowed the judges, as the 22-year-old twirler won the first competition she had entered in five years. The previous competition, interesting enough, had been Miss Majorette of Georgia.</p><p>Up next for Johstono is the National College Twirling competition, a weeklong event held July 20-25 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.</p><p>Johstono has been hard at work preparing, splitting time between Clarksville, her home of Macon, Georgia, as well as a twirling coach in Auburn, Alabama. Training has been a daily routine for Johstono, who said she hits the gym up to six days a week.</p><p>“Depending on what I’m doing that day, I’m spending at least an hour and a half working my lower body and core to prepare for my competition routines,” Johstono said. “And to train for my routines, I’m finding a gym or a tennis court or anywhere I can to practice my twirling routines.”</p><p>While Johstono said the competition bug has bitten her again, the senior was quick to note that her first love is still preforming for Austin Peay fans and opponents alike. After she returns from Indiana, she plans to launch into preparations for the upcoming football season.</p><p>“I like competing, but I’ll be so busy with marching band and my education that I’m not sure I’ll have time (to compete again),” Johstono said. “And honestly, marching band is so much fun that it’s not a hard job for me.</p><p>“My forte is performing and being the feature twirler for the marching band at APSU really lets me be that person who puts on a show for people.”</p><p>(Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1200" height="802" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/20150618-Johstono-Twirling-7809_0.JPG?1435940636" /> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:22:40 +0000 harriscj 105677 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU to provide Green Zone training to faculty, staff to better assist veteran students in transition http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-provide-green-zone-training-faculty-staff-better-assist-veteran-students-transition <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Green_Zone_Sticker.png" width="634" height="205" alt="Green_Zone_Sticker.png" /></p><p>Transitioning from military life to student life can be difficult for veterans, particularly if they have recently returned home from a deployment or completed their active duty service. Unlike the structured environment of the military, universities have a variety of colleges, departments and administrative areas that can feel like a complicated maze to navigate.</p><p>At Austin Peay State University, the goal is to create a more veteran-friendly university. The Green Zone program was designed to give those men and women transitioning to student life a way to recognize staff and faculty who have been trained to provide a resource and ally for student veterans and active duty service members.</p><p>Taking a cue from other major universities like Clemson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, which also provide Green Zone programs, Austin Peay will provide training in July and August for its faculty and staff who want to better understand the problems facing veteran students.</p><p>“After faculty and staff complete this training, they will become what we call a Green Zone Volunteer Ally, and as a student veteran coming onto campus, I will know you have received some sort of training and I’ll be in a safe zone when I talk to you,” Jasmin Linares, APSU Military Student Center coordinator, said.</p><p>Faculty and staff who complete the training will receive a Green Zone emblem that may be placed outside their office door and on their syllabus to allow veteran students to identify their participation.</p><p>Volunteers are not expected to be experts who can solve the unique problems facing veteran students; instead, they are trained to simply be supportive to those who have sacrificed for others.</p><p>“Not everyone needs to go to disability services or veterans affairs when they have an issue – sometimes, they just need someone who will listen,” Linares said. “When a veteran comes in who is missing a limb or is blind, you can see their issues, but what about people with invisible wounds, such as PTSD? How do you help with that?”</p><p>If students do have issues that require trained professional help, volunteers will be made knowledgeable of the many options and resources available to assist veterans.</p><p>For more information on Green Zone training, contact Jasmin Linares at the APSU Military Student Center at 931-221-1685, or email at <a href="mailto:msc@apsu.edu">msc@apsu.edu</a>.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="634" height="205" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/Green_Zone_Sticker.png?1435871178" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:05:17 +0000 harriscj 105642 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU ranks 21 in nation for students with children http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-ranks-21-nation-students-children <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The website BestColleges.com recently released its list of the Best Colleges for Students with Children, and Austin Peay State University debuted at the No. 21 spot on the annual ranking.</p><p>            More than four million students currently attending U.S. colleges and universities are parents, and the Best Colleges list singles out the schools that offer the greatest amount of support for these individuals.</p><p>            “Our goal with this list is to provide a resource for parents of young children who would like to enroll in an accredited college program, but are unsure which campus will provide the best fit for families,” the website reported.</p><p>            APSU provides assistance to these students through the University’s Child Learning Center, which offers daytime and evening care services for children, and the University’s Adult and Nontraditional Student (ANTS) Center.</p><p>            "Students with children make up about 80 percent of the nontraditional population across the country, and these students are a huge part of Austin Peay life,” Martha Harper, coordinator for the ANTS Center, said. “They are modeling their values about education directly for their children. At Austin Peay, the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center collaborates with other departments to create some family friendly events, such as Family Movie Night, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”</p><p>         The Center is also hosting the Post-Traditional Empowerment Conference (P-TEC) on Aug. 4 for current APSU students who are coming to college after the military or being in the workforce.</p><p>          “The unique thing about P-TEC is the recognition that most post-traditional students have children,” Harper said. “Childcare will be provided for kids 2-11 years old, and the conference will actually have college-related breakout sessions for 12-17 year olds.</p><p>         “We try really hard to recognize and welcome the families of our nontraditional students."</p><p>         Information about the center is available online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/nontrad">http://www.apsu.edu/nontrad</a>.</p> tbr Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:12:13 +0000 boothcw 105633 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's ODK honor society named "Superior Circle" http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-odk-honor-society-named-superior-circle <p>           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society was recently the recipient of the ODK Superior Circle Award, distinguishing it as one of the best chapters in the nation.</p><p>            The award marks the fourth time in five years that the APSU circle has been recognized as “superior” for the continued leadership within the society. The organization has also earned four “Circle of Distinction” honors over the years, and in 2013, the APSU circle was one of only two circles nationally to receive the ODK Presidential Award of Excellence.</p><p>With its recognition as a “Superior Circle,” the chapter has distinguished itself as one of the “best” among 310 collegiate circles located across North America.</p><p>            “We continue to be seen as one of the best circles nationally, and I think this speaks to the outstanding student leadership at APSU,” Gregory Singleton, APSU associate vice president and dean of students, said.</p><p>            The national leadership honor society recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media and the creative and performing arts.</p><p>            For more information, contact APSU Student Affairs at 221-7341.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="2874" height="1233" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/LOGOS-vert-1.jpg?1435669585" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:06:33 +0000 boothcw 105494 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU's Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament set for July 10-11 at Ft. Campbell's Cole Park http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsus-mickey-fisher-memorial-golf-tournament-set-july-10-11-fr-campbells-cole-park <p>Since hosting its inaugural event in 2010, the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament has returned every summer to raise money for scholarships – and will do so again next month.</p><p>The Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at Cole Park at Fort Campbell, Ky. The entry fee of $400 includes dinner, silent and live auction and scholarship presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, July 10 at the Bud Barn off Exit 19 on Interstate 24 and lunch at noon both days at Cole Park.</p><p>The shotgun start will consist of four-person teams and begin at 8 a.m. both days. Each team may include any combination of men, women, sons or daughters. Prizes will be awarded.</p><p>Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner. Tickets are $15 for individual and $25 for couples.</p><p>The Fisher golf tourney is an endowment to benefit dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., with scholarships to attend APSU.</p><p>The 2015-16 scholarship will be awarded to the selected beneficiary at the dinner July 10. Last year’s scholarship recipient was Clarksville resident Cameron Dostie, a graduate of Fort Campbell High and current ASPU freshman. Dostie’s father, Sgt. 1<sup>st</sup> Class Shawn C. Dostie, was killed in Baghdad on Dec. 30, 2005, by an improvised explosive device.</p><p>Fisher, a Clarksville native, taught in the Fort Campbell Independent School System for 33 years as a teacher and coach. As a student at Clarksville High School, he participated on both the basketball and golf teams. He added to his sports legacy on the APSU Governors basketball court.</p><p>He died at the end of the summer in 2009, only weeks after retiring.</p><p>“The Mickey Fisher Memorial Scholarship is so very special to me because out of this tragic loss, we have something very positive – a chance to help a young citizen of our community advance academically at one of the most superior postsecondary schools in the state as well as the country, Austin Peay,” Mary Fisher, also an APSU alumna, said.</p><p>For more information about the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament, call the APSU Office of Advancement at 931-221-7024, Kayla Lawrence at 931-905-0050, or visit the event’s website at <a href="http://www.bigfishmemorial.com" title="www.bigfishmemorial.com">www.bigfishmemorial.com</a>.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:28:57 +0000 harriscj 105250 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU student spending summer as intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-student-spending-summer-intern-vanderbilt-university-medical-center <p>While most college students spend their summers pool- or beachside, Austin Peay State University chemistry major Shelia Johnson will be taking advantage of a unique opportunity by learning alongside some of the region’s brightest medical minds.</p><p>A chemistry major planning to pursue PharmD/PhD degrees upon graduation, Johnson is in her second summer as an Aspirnaut summer research intern at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.</p><p>Aspirnaut is a K20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program designed to give opportunities to gifted students from rural or disadvantaged communities. Participants are given individual career development, mentored by STEM professionals and offered college and professional preparation opportunities.</p><p>“I am interested in being a part of the Aspirnaut program because I love discovery and I love being challenged with a mystery and asked to solve it,” Johnson said.</p><p>Founded in 2006 by Billy Hudson and his wife, Dr. Julie K. Hudson – both affiliated with Vanderbilt University – the program has introduced hundreds of students to STEM career paths to which they may not have been exposed otherwise.</p><p>“For many of these children, there is someone in their lives, whether it be a teacher or administrator or guidance councilor, who noticed that they think a little differently or speak a little differently than many of the other students in their school,” Dr. Julie K. Hudson said. “Our message (to those students) is that this can be an opportunity that may not only change their lives for the better, but change their family’s lives. There is a big world outside of the small one you live in, filled with people who can challenge you to think and succeed.”</p><p>Johnson said her career goal is to be a cancer researcher, and the work she is doing in the lab with Aspirnaut is giving her a leg up on her peers as she prepares for life in the medical research field.</p><p>“Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to spend a great amount of time working in a lab,” Johnson said. “I have learned a number of skills that I am sure many students my age do not possess. I am challenged on a daily basis. I know what I am working on could eventually lead to helping someone years later, (and) that makes me feel like I am part of something worthwhile.”</p><p>Johnson is also interested in mentoring other students. As an undergraduate, she participates in the Austin Peay Chemistry Club, which provides opportunity and encouragement for middle and high school students who wish to pursue a career in STEM fields.</p><p>For more information about Aspirnaut, visit the website: <a href="http://www.aspirnaut.org">www.aspirnaut.org</a>. To find out more information on the APSU Chemsitry Department, visit online at <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/chemistry">http://www.apsu.edu/chemistry</a>.</p> tbr Chemistry (Dentistry, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, Parametics) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:17:09 +0000 harriscj 105249 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU professor Dr. Korre Foster to conduct Académie de Musique choir in Paris http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-professor-dr-korre-foster-conduct-acad%C3%A9mie-de-musique-choir-paris <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/DSC_0020_1.jpg" width="300" height="425" alt="DSC_0020_1.jpg" /></p><p></p><p>In partnership with the French Académie de Musique, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of music Dr. Korre Foster will conduct a trio of choral performances in July in Paris.</p><p>Under a French-American exchange supported through a grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, Foster will be working with the Académie’s Chamber Choir, a collection of university, college and conservatory students gathered from throughout France.</p><p>From July 9-11, Foster will be conducting three shows in Paris, including performances at the Church of Sainte-Elisabeth (July 9), Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard (July 10) and Hôpital Jean-Jaurès (July 11.)</p><p>The theme of the performances will be “American choral music” -- or more specifically, a collection of United States’ spiritual choral music.</p><p>“I was approached by (Académie conductor) Jean-Philippe Sarcos last summer and he brought up the idea of this series,” Foster said. “I was asked if I could put together a sort of chronological approach to sacred American choral music, so I’ve been working to put together a program that covers a number of styles.”</p><p>The performances will include works from composers William Billings (Early American), Paul Christiansen (Lutheran Tradition) and Stacey Gibbs (Spiritual), as well as “The Conversion of Saul,” a work from composer Z. Randall Stroope and “Alleluia,” as arranged by Ralph Manuel.</p><p>Also included will be works from APSU professor Jeffrey Wood, as well as Morten Lauridsen, a longtime professor of composition at the University of Southern California.</p><p>Much like the ethnic diversity in the United States itself, Foster’s choral selections were designed to portray the diversity of American spiritual music to an audience that may otherwise be unfamiliar.</p><p>“I really wanted to put together a well-rounded program, while still working under the very specific scope of ‘sacred American choral music,’” Foster said. “It would be easy when you’re doing spiritual music to put together a collection of slower songs, but I wanted to make sure that we also included powerful music and music from Judaic and other faiths that make up ‘American spiritual’ music.”</p><p>Prior to arriving at APSU, Foster lived in Paris, where he conducted the choirs of Le Palais Royal and L’Académie de Musique alongside Sarcos. While in Paris, he also sang with VOICES Chœur International and studied voice with Glenn Chambers, professor of voice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance de Paris.</p><p>For more information on the APSU Department of Music, visit <a href="http://www.apsu.edu/music" title="www.apsu.edu/music">www.apsu.edu/music</a>. To find out more on the Académie de Musique, visit <a href="http://www.academie-de-musique.com" title="www.academie-de-musique.com">www.academie-de-musique.com</a>.</p> Music Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:29:36 +0000 harriscj 105158 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU names top candidates for athletic director position http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-names-top-candidates-athletic-director-position <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University has narrowed its search for a new athletics director down to four strong candidates, and the University will begin interviewing the candidates in early July. APSU began looking for a new AD in April when Derek van der Merwe was promoted from that position to vice president of Advancement, Communications and Strategic Initiatives.</p><p>            After an extensive national search, the University is bringing the top candidates to campus next month for interviews. Interested campus and community members, along with the media, are invited to attend an open session with each candidate, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in the Club Level of Governors Stadium on the dates listed below.</p><p>            • Tuesday, July 7: Ryan Ivey, athletic director at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce           </p><p>            • Thursday, July 9: Jason Coomer, senior associate director of athletics for external affairs at  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville</p><p>            • Friday, July 17: Dr. Roderick D. Perry, deputy director of athletics at Wright State University</p><p>            • Wednesday, July 22: Jim Sarra, deputy director of athletics at The University of Texas at San Antonio</p><p>            “Austin Peay’s reputation continues to attract talented professionals from across the country,” APSU President Alisa White said. “These individuals have watched the momentum building within both our athletic and academic programs. I am happy to have such a strong pool of candidates, and I am confident we will pick the right person to continue to move us forward.”</p><p><b>The Candidates:</b></p><p><b>Ryan Ivey</b></p><p><b><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Ivey_Ryan_2013.jpg" width="400" height="600" alt="Ivey_Ryan_2013.jpg" /></b></p><p>             Ryan Ivey is the athletic director at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce. He developed a five-year strategic plan for that department, and he helped usher in a new culture through a series of successful coaching and administrative hires.</p><p>            Ivey earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management and his master’s degree in sports and leisure commerce from the University of Memphis, where he was a four-year letter winner as a punter and holder on the football team. He has served as associate athletic director at McNeese State, as director of operations for women’s basketball at the University of Memphis, as marketing and promotions coordinator for the University of South Dakota and as stadium operations assistant for the Memphis Redbirds.</p><p><b>Jason Coomer</b></p><p><b><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Jason_Coomer.jpg" width="399" height="600" alt="Jason_Coomer.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Jason Coomer is senior associate director of athletics for external affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Coomer’s leadership has resulted in SIUE athletics expanding its brand and broadening its base as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.</p><p>            Coomer earned his bachelor’s degree in social science education from the University of Southern Indiana, where he played tennis as a student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from the Ohio State University. He has served as assistant director of marketing and licensing and as assistant director of ticket sales and operations for DePaul University.</p><p><b>Dr. Roderick D. Perry</b></p><p><b><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Roderick_Perry.jpg" width="400" height="560" alt="Roderick_Perry.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Dr. Roderick D. Perry is deputy director of athletics at Wright State University. Perry has oversight over a $10 million budget, and he was instrumental in signing the first department-wide apparel contract with Impact Sports to wear the Nike brand exclusively.</p><p>            Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in health promotion, with an emphasis in sports administration, and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn University. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership, with a concentration in higher education administration, from the University of Dayton. He has served as senior associate athletic director at Wright State University, as associate athletic director for compliance and student services at Ohio University and as assistant athletic director for academic services at WSU.</p><p><b>Jim Sarra</b></p><p><b><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/sarra_jim.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="sarra_jim.jpg" /></b></p><p>            Jim Sarra is deputy director of athletics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Under his leadership, the department has seen an increase in the number of student-athletes achieving a 3.0, or higher, GPA, as well as an increase in the number of student-athletes named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.</p><p>            Sarra earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and his master’s degree in advanced teacher education from St. Bonaventure University. He also earned a master’s degree in sport management from Western Illinois University. During his career, he has served as senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, as associate athletics director for administration and as assistant athletics director for compliance at UTSA. He also served as senior associate athletics director for compliance and student services at the University of Maryland.</p><p>            For more information on the University’s AD search, please contact the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/20140913-Govs-Stadium-First-Game-5291_copy.jpg?1435075611" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:10:26 +0000 boothcw 104997 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU releases Peay Mobile 4.0 http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-releases-peay-mobile-40 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/20150618-APSU-App-7981-EDIT_copy.jpg" width="600" height="399" alt="20150618-APSU-App-7981-EDIT_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — For several months, Austin Peay State University’s Information Technology (IT) department has been quietly working behind the scenes to implement a new mobile application called Peay Mobile 4.0.</p><p>This new version automatically replaces the original version of the Austin Peay mobile application, providing access to student and employee accounts, class schedules, grades and campus navigation. These and other features are at the control of your thumbs through Apple and Android mobile devices. One of the app’s most significant features is the ability to pay campus bills, such as tuition. The app is free and can be downloaded by visiting apsu.edu/mobile.</p><p>Jarad Sneed, interim ERP systems administrator, said the new product’s goal is to provide students, faculty and staff with more power to navigate campus and conduct business transactions at their fingertips.</p><p>“With the ever growing demand for mobile accessible services, Austin Peay State University, in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, wants to expand its outreach to current and future students, faculty and staff,” Sneed said. “With features that make it easier for the University community to keep up to date with campus events, see their class schedule, check grades and pay bills, the introduction to the new Peay Mobile application further enforces Austin Peay State University’s dedication to student success.”</p><p>For more information or assistance with accessing and using the app, please call the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 931-221-4357.</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="600" height="399" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/20150618-APSU-App-7981-EDIT_copy.jpg?1434996627" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:10:33 +0000 boothcw 104905 at http://www.apsu.edu 2015 Edelweiss Club scholarship awarded to APSU student http://www.apsu.edu/news/2015-edelweiss-club-scholarship-awarded-apsu-student <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Edelweiss_Scholarship_2015_copy.jpg" width="600" height="571" alt="Edelweiss_Scholarship_2015_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Megan Taylor, a German major at Austin Peay State University, has been selected to receive the Clarksville Edelweiss Club Scholarship for 2015-16.</p><p>Taylor was honored during an awards ceremony at the Edelweiss Clubhouse on June 10 and received a check from Debbie Whitaker, president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p><p>The Clarksville Edelweiss Scholarship grants $500 per year. Students must be German majors or minors at APSU. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club is a not-for-profit organization and was founded to uphold and promote German heritage and tradition. </p><p>For more information, contact Dr. Norbert Puszkar, Professor of German, at 931-221-6391.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>PHOTO CUTLINE (Edelweiss Scholarship 2015.jpg): Megan Taylor (left), who is studying German at Austin Peay State University, receives a scholarship from Debbie Whitaker (right), president of the Clarksville Edelweiss Club.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:06:13 +0000 boothcw 104527 at http://www.apsu.edu Sen. Green donates $50,000 to APSU College of Business http://www.apsu.edu/news/sen-green-donates-50000-apsu-college-business <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Green_Scroll.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="Green_Scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s campaign to develop a state-of-the-art trading room for its College of Business students received a major boost last week when Mark Green, MD, president of the healthcare company AlignMD, presented APSU President Alisa White with a $50,000 donation for that project.</p><p>“In building our successful healthcare company, the resources that served as the foundation came from here in the Clarksville community: legal services, capital financing and accounting," Green, a Tennessee state senator and physician, said. “AlignMD is an authentic Clarksville entrepreneurial success story.”</p><p>AlignMD’s generous donation will go toward putting a trading room, and adjoining innovation rooms, on the first floor of APSU’s Kimbrough Building. The unique space will feature computer stations and terminals to provide students studying finance, marketing and management with business innovation tools that will enhance and extend their business education.</p><p>The new rooms will also complement the College of Business’ growing reputation as one of Tennessee’s top business programs. Earlier this year, the college’s Investment Challenge team placed first in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s annual Investment Challenge. Competing against teams from 25 other universities, the APSU team managed an investment portfolio that outperformed the benchmark index by more than 65 percent. The APSU team earned a 22.67 percent return for TVA invested funds, outperforming the Standard and Poor’s average by 13.69 percent.</p><p>“As a good steward and good corporate citizen, making an investment in the very business community that assisted in our success is not only the right thing to do, it's the responsible thing to do,” Green said. “Austin Peay's College of Business is the pool for the next Clarksville success story.”</p><p>Last year, APSU's Master of Science in Management program was ranked #32 in the country on The FInancial Engineer's 2015 Master of Management Rankings. APSU's graduate business program was the highest ranked in Tennessee.</p><p>For information on the trading room, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts, at <a href="mailto:wilsonsr@apsu.edu">wilsonsr@apsu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts; Dr. Rex Gandy, APSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Alisa White, APSU president; Sen. Mark Green, president of AlignMD; Camilla Green; Dr. William Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business; and Derek van der Merwe, APSU vice president for Advancement, Communications and Strategic Initiatives. (Photo by Bill Persinger)</p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-story-image"> <div class="field-label">Story Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_story_image" width="600" height="400" alt="" src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/story_images/Green_Scroll.jpg?1434488557" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Business Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:12:02 +0000 boothcw 104503 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU supporter Jenkins receives TBR Chancellor's Award http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-supporter-jenkins-receives-tbr-chancellors-award <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/Jenkins_-_award_copy.jpg" width="600" height="393" alt="Jenkins_-_award_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Don Jenkins, president and CEO of Jenkins &amp; Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Honda, was presented with the Tennessee Board of Regents 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy earlier this month in recognition of his years of service to Austin Peay State University.</p><p>“Mr. Jenkins is a true friend and supporter of this University,” John Morgan, TBR Chancellor, said during the annual APSU Foundation Dinner on June 2. “What strikes me most about his generosity is that he didn’t attend Austin Peay. Mr. Jenkins graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, but as a business leader in this community, he sees the value Austin Peay State University brings, and he isn’t shy about championing this institution.”</p><p>In 2001, when Jenkins served as the chairman of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees, he pledged a major financial gift to “go toward the University’s most critical need.” At that time, the Morgan University Center was under construction, and it looked as if the University would not have enough money to complete that project. Jenkins’ gift allowed APSU to furnish the gallery and reception area in the center, providing APSU students with a place to gather and display their artwork. That area is named in his honor.</p><p>Jenkins also established two endowed scholarships at APSU, donated funds to renovate the locker rooms for APSU’s men’s basketball team and helped finance the newly renovated Governors Stadium. The basketball locker room is named in his honor, and a plaza in the new stadium is named in honor of his late son, Blake Jenkins.</p><p>His support, however, extends beyond financial contributions to Austin Peay. Jenkins regularly attends APSU athletic events, and he has served as co-chair of the APSU “Changing Minds, Changing Lives” Capital Campaign. Jenkins is a member of the APSU Presidential Circle of Advisors, and he currently serves as president of the Austin Peay Foundation.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>             </p><p>Cutline: APSU President Alisa White, Sandy Jenkins, Don Jenkins and TBR Chancellor John Morgan celebrate Don Jenkins receiving the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:07:21 +0000 boothcw 104129 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-employees-share-recent-professional-developments-activities-35 <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced achievements as part of their professional and scholarly activities.</p><p><b>Dr. Tim Winters</b>, professor of languages and literature, was named Gertrude Smith Professor of Classics at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. This is his fourth time holding this position, and it involves teaching a graduate level introduction to the archaeology of Greece. Winters will take students to sites and museums from the prehistoric period to the Second World War and beyond. Only 40 students are chosen from all universities in the U.S. and Canada. Two sessions run during the summer, each with 20 students. Winters’ students are from schools such as Duke, Princeton and UCLA.</p><p> </p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:04:52 +0000 boothcw 103985 at http://www.apsu.edu Famed flutist Bennett to perform at APSU on June 12 http://www.apsu.edu/news/famed-flutist-bennett-perform-apsu-june-12 <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/William_Bennett_copy.jpg" width="402" height="600" alt="William_Bennett_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Every summer, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite musicians leaves England to spend a week in the humid air hovering around Clarksville. That’s because William Bennett, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and “the greatest living flute player in the world,” has picked Austin Peay State University as the site of his Summer Flute Academy—his only master class offered in the U.S.</p><p>At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, the Clarksville community will get the rare chance to hear this level of performer when Bennett presents an intimate concert in the University’s Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>“He’s just a great teacher and a charismatic player,” Dr. Lisa Wolynec, APSU professor of music, said. “He’s very interested in the expressive components of the flute.”</p><p>Wolynec, herself a gifted flutist, will join Bennett that evening for a performance of Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau’s Trio in G Major. The program will also feature some of Bennett's favorite pieces, other faculty associated with the Flute Academy and a flute choir comprised of attendees of the class.             </p><p>The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, but audience members will get to sit on stage with the performers for a more casual, relaxed experience. Megan Gale, a Nashville musician and former accompanist at the Rice School of Music in Houston, will accompany the performers on the piano.</p><p>Bennett studied the flute under the legendary flutist Marcel Moise at the Paris Conservatory, and he will share his extensive knowledge of the instrument with attendees of his summer academy. Students sent in audition recordings from all over the country for the chance to play for him in the master class. Individuals interested in simply auditing the class can pay a daily fee of $125 to attend.</p><p>For more information on the concerts or the master class, contact Wolynec at <a href="mailto:wolynecl@apsu.edu">wolynecl@apsu.edu</a>.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 20:48:05 +0000 boothcw 103984 at http://www.apsu.edu APSU PR and Marketing Department wins six awards at 2015 TCPRA Conference http://www.apsu.edu/news/apsu-pr-and-marketing-department-wins-six-awards-2015-tcpra-conference <p><img src="http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/news/TCPRA_awards.jpg" width="600" height="340" alt="TCPRA_awards.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won six awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest, held May 27-29 in Gatlinburg.</p><p>TCPRA, an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges, awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.</p><p>APSU’s PR office captured the following awards:</p><p> </p><p>-       Gold in the Sports Photography category for a photo of APSU football players dressed in special camouflage jerseys as a part of the University’s Military Appreciation Day. APSU players were holding a large American flag before the team’s Nov. 8, 2014 homecoming game against Tennessee State.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Invitation category for the Candlelight Ball invitation.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Speech category, for an introduction of the APSU Women in Philanthropy Award, presented during the 2014 APSU Reagan Giving Circle luncheon.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Viewbook category for the “APSU Road” piece, a recruitment package aimed at prospective high school students.</p><p> </p><p>-       Silver in the Brochure/Flier category for APSU’s student financial aid brochure.</p><p> </p><p>-       Bronze in the Special Event category for the invitations and reply cards created to celebrate the inauguration of APSU President Alisa White.</p><p> </p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:09:02 +0000 boothcw 103897 at http://www.apsu.edu