Today @ APSU - University News en APSU Army ROTC program honored with 2013-14 MacArthur Award <p>The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced that Austin Peay State University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) department has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for the school year 2013-2014.</p><p>The awards, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of “duty, honor and country,” as advocated by MacArthur.</p><p>The APSU program represents Cadet Command’s Seventh Brigade, which consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.</p><p>The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.</p><p>Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.</p><p>The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year through 275 host programs and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.</p> Military Science and Leadership Thu, 21 May 2015 15:14:29 +0000 harriscj 102308 at APSU professor Dr. Deborah Buchanan named Counselor Educator of the Year <p><img src="" width="324" height="400" alt="buchanan.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Deborah Buchanan, an assistant professor and program coordinator in the University’s Department of Psychology, was recently honored for her excellence in preparing the next generation of school counselors.</p><p>Buchanan was selected as the Counselor Educator of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Counseling Association (MTCA) at the group’s annual award banquet in early May.</p><p>“Under (Dr. Buchanan’s) leadership and direction, the (counseling) program has grown,” Dr. Eva Gibson, APSU adjust instructor and local school counselor, said. “Not only does she provide her students with quality curriculum, but she plays an active role in strengthening the relationship between the University and the local school system.</p><p>“(Buchanan) has participated in collaborative school counselor in-services, facilitated counselor/student gatherings and co-presented at professional conferences on the importance of building relationships,” Gibson, who nominated Buchanan for the award, continued. “Our future school counselors are well equipped under her care."</p><p>For more information on APSU’s Department of Psychology, visit online at <a href=""></a>, or call at (931) 221-7233.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo credit: Dr. Deborah Buchanan (left) is pictured with Ashley Sievers (right), immediate past president and awards chair for MTCA.</p> Psychology Behavioral and Health Sciences Wed, 20 May 2015 19:58:05 +0000 harriscj 102243 at APSU alumnus Pace receives TBR philanthropy award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Wayne_pace.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Wayne Pace (’68), Austin Peay State University alumnus and former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Time Warner Inc., was recently honored by the Tennessee Board of Regents for his unwavering generosity toward his alma mater. In late April, TBR Vice Chair Emily Reynolds presented Pace with the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.</p><p>            Several years ago, Pace and his wife, Bobbi (’69), gave a sizeable donation to APSU for a much needed renovation and expansion of the Emerald Hill Mansion. Their gift helped preserve the antebellum home, which is listed on the Register of Historic Places, and it is now referred to as the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.</p><p>            That large gift, however, only represents a small portion of his generosity toward APSU. Pace would go on to establish six endowed scholarships at the University. In 2013, he rallied support from the community to create the Ben Fendley Athletic Scholarship at Austin Peay, in honor of his former basketball coach. Pace made a generous contribution to that scholarship as well.</p><p>            In addition to helping lead Time Warner Inc., Pace served as vice chair and chief financial and administrative officer at Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and he was responsible for the historic October 1996 merger of Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner.</p><p>            “Austin Peay is a stronger institution thanks to Mr. Pace’s generosity,” APSU President Alisa White said. “We are fortunate to have him as one of our key supporters. “</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White and Tennessee Board of Regents Vice Chair Emily Reynolds present Wayne Pace (’68) with the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Tue, 19 May 2015 19:53:25 +0000 boothcw 102174 at APSU students place first in TVA Investment Challenge <p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – If you’re looking for someone to manage your investments, the Tennessee Valley Authority would probably recommend you pick a graduate of the Austin Peay State University College of Business. Every year, the government owned utility hosts its Investment Challenge, which has student investment teams from 25 universities competing to manage and earn the highest return for TVA funds. During the competition, students develop long-term investment strategies, place trades and provide performance reports to TVA.</p><p>The results are now in for this year’s challenge, and APSU’s team dominated the competition with its student-managed portfolio outperforming the benchmark index by more than 65 percent. The APSU team, consisting of students enrolled in the college’s Selecting Equity Investments course, earned a 22.67 percent return for TVA, outperforming the Standard and Poor’s average of 13.69 percent.</p><p>This isn’t the first time an APSU team has won the competition. In 2012, Austin Peay students managed a portfolio that also ranked first in annual performance. The APSU College of Business stock portfolio is now worth more than $650,000.</p><p>Dr. Michael Phillips, APSU professor of business, credits the outstanding performance to “the hard work, sound research, and excellent portfolio choices put forth by the students involved in the Selecting Equity Investments course since the inception of the competition in 1998.”</p><p>TVA created the Investment Challenge in 1998 to promote economic development and to strengthen the educational infrastructure located in its service area.  Specifically, TVA provided students with real-world, hands on experience in managing real stock portfolios under the guidance of a faculty member.</p><p>To expand on this success, the APSU College of Business is in the process of developing a trading room and innovation rooms in the Kimbrough Building for these students. The rooms 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 University has already received a lead gift for this project, and it is still seeking donors to help provide this space to APSU business students. For information on the project, contact Susan Wilson, APSU director of major gifts, at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information on the APSU investment team, contact Phillips at <a href=""></a>. </p> tbr Fri, 15 May 2015 20:22:07 +0000 boothcw 101988 at APSU professor Ann Silverberg awarded Fulbright Scholarship for research <p><img src="" width="280" height="400" alt="silverberg.headshot.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For much of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, Chinese music has embraced and incorporated Western instruments such as the piano and violin. Following the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, however, the revival of traditional folk music paved the way for Chinese people to rediscover the instruments that are unique to their culture.</p><p>Austin Peay State University music professor Ann Silverberg aims to dive deeper into China’s musical past, as she will be spending the next year living in China following the awarding of a Fulbright Program research scholarship.</p><p>Silverberg’s research centers on the zheng, or guzheng, an ancient traditional Chinese instrument. An instrument that dates back over 2,500 years, the zheng is a part of the zither family of instruments and features 21 strings that can be plucked by fingers or finger picks.</p><p>During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the zheng came to represent “Ancient China” to modern-day Chinese, and the world at-large. But while the instrument is popular, Silverberg saw an opportunity to explore the reasons behind its popularity, as well as offering a clearer picture of its cultural significance to a Western audience of readers.</p><p>“After studying the Chinese language for a long time, I knew I wanted to develop (a study project) on Chinese music and its unique (characteristics),” Silverberg said. “My research aims to not only discuss the instrument, but offer a personal view on the people who use the instrument and why they use it and what it was like to live through (the Chinese cultural revolution that revived its use.)”</p><p>Silverberg will reside at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, one of the largest cities in China. Over the course of her research, Silverberg said she plans to study the zheng’s past, as well as spend time with today’s scholars and students of the instrument.</p><p>The ability to spend a year in China, Silverberg said, will provide an invaluable boost to her research.</p><p>“There are things that I will be able to do (while living in China) that I cannot do (in the U.S.), such as, for example, sitting in a class of little girls who are learning to play the zheng,” Silverberg said. “By observing the class, I can see how young Chinese girls learn the instrument, I can see how their instructors teach and I can see how they interact with a 4-year-old girl who may be struggling to learn the instrument.”</p><p>The Fulbright Scholarship is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, teachers and other professional fields. Since it was established in 1946, more than 360,000 Fulbright winners have participated, with approximately 8,000 grants awarded annually.</p><p> “To be awarded the scholarship was a huge thrill for me because you put out your applications and you really don’t know (if your research will be approved),” Silverberg said. “So this is a really great opportunity for me, and when I return to America in a year, I’m hoping that I will basically have (a book) completed on the zheng.”</p><p>For more information on the Fullbright Program, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. For more information on APSU’s Department of Music, visit <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> tbr Music Thu, 14 May 2015 14:29:19 +0000 harriscj 101934 at Acuff Circle to honor Mabrys at Jazz in June event <p><img src="" width="444" height="600" alt="110630_Mabry-0015_edit.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – The Acuff Circle of Excellence will honor George and Sharon Mabry at the organization's summertime Jazz in June on June 12. The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, and the public is invited.</p><p>The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Austin Peay State University Foundation, serves as a patron society of the University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, and advances the importance of arts and culture at the University and in the community. The endowed Acuff Circle of Excellence Arts Scholarship is awarded each year to an APSU student majoring in the fine arts.</p><p>Jazz in June celebrates the arts with community members gathering to enjoy music and hors d'oeuvres. The cost is $30 for Acuff Circle members and $40 for non-members and guests. Reservations can be made by June 8 at <a href=""></a> or at 931-221-7876.</p><p>The Mabrys have worn the mantle of “First Couple of Music” in the greater Clarksville area for five decades, but their endeavors stretch well beyond to national and international note.</p><p>Sharon,<b><i> </i></b>a<b><i> </i></b>mezzo-soprano,<b> </b>first received national recognition in the 1980 National Public Radio Art of Song series when she was a featured recitalist. Since then her sensitive interpretation of traditional and contemporary music has placed her in demand as a recitalist, soloist with symphony orchestras and as a master teacher of vocal techniques.</p><p>Scarecrow Press published her latest book, “The Performing Life: A Singer’s Guide to Survival,” in 2012.<i> </i>She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She also holds a performance certificate from the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria.</p><p>George<b>,</b> a versatile composer, has written for symphony orchestras, choral ensembles, soloists and theme parks. Roger Dean, Sacred Music Press, St. James Press and Hinshaw Music have published many of his works. His choral works are widely performed by high school, university and professional choral groups. His collection of <i>“</i>Six Folk<i> </i>Songs of the Americas” has received outstanding reviews and numerous performances. </p><p>He was conductor of The Nashville Symphony Chorus from 1997 to 2012. George, professor of music emeritus at APSU, was director of Choral Activities and director of the Center for the Creative Arts from 1970-2003. A native Tennessean, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 13 May 2015 17:01:32 +0000 boothcw 101898 at APSU business student earns fellowship to national leadership academy <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Waycross Conference and Retreat Center in Morgantown, Indiana, looks like an idyllic summer camp with 410 acres of woods and streams surrounding the rustic, wood shingle buildings. This summer, that campus will become home to the nation’s very best undergraduate business students as it hosts the 2015 Alpha Kappa Psi Leadership Academy. The national business fraternity awarded only 20 fellowships this year to students from elite schools such as Stanford, Purdue, Pepperdine and, in the case of junior Meg Taylor, Austin Peay State University.</p><p>            “When I found out I received the fellowship, I almost cried, to be completely honest,” Taylor, a double major in business and foreign languages, said. “I was just really excited.”</p><p>            On a Thursday afternoon, shortly before the end of the spring semester at APSU, a visibly excited Taylor stopped by the Einstein’s Brothers Coffee Shop in the Morgan University Center to meet with Matthew Kilpatrick, advisor for APSU’s Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity chapter.           </p><p>            “I’m feeling very proud of her,” Kilpatrick said. “This academy is very interactive, and it explores the different business leadership strategies and things that leaders can do to bring back to their chapters.”</p><p>            Austin Peay has not had a student selected for the academy in at least seven years, and Taylor said Kilpatrick kept encouraging her to apply. Now, she’ll spend three days this June interacting with some of the country’s top business students. She credits her involvement with the APSU Alpha Kappa Psi chapter with helping her become a strong candidate for the prestigious academy.</p><p>            “I’m always looking for ways to improve myself, always looking for ways to be a better leader and just know what I can do to make the world better and make others better,” she said. “It (Alpha Kappa Psi) has really benefitted me. I’ve learned a lot professionally. I know how to handle myself a lot better and I know how to dress a lot better.”</p><p>            According to the academy’s website,, Taylor will learn “the concepts, skills, and values which leaders need to be effective in their roles as chapter and business leaders,” and she’ll share what she learned with her fellow APSU students when she returns to campus this fall.</p><p>            For more information on the fellowship or Alpha Kappa Psi, contact Kilpatrick at <a href=""></a>. </p> tbr Business Tue, 12 May 2015 20:35:17 +0000 boothcw 101856 at APSU's Wadia continues to promote University through scholarly work <p><img src="" width="400" height="600" alt="Wadia.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the second year in a row, Dr. Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature, has used his limited free time to enhance APSU’s reputation through his participation in several scholarly activities.</p><p>In August, Wadia took part in a scholars and teachers panel, “Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Teaching Shakespeare in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century,” co-sponsored by Belmont University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, BU’s Department of English and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Belmont’s Black Box Theatre. The panel was part of the Shakespeare on the Road project that documented selected Shakespeare festivals around the country, and the Nashville panel included such renowned scholars as Paul Edmondson of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford upon Avon, and Dr. Paul Prescott of the University of Warwick.</p><p>Later that fall semester, Wadia gave scholar pre-show talks for the Shakespeare in the Park performances, sponsored by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. In January, he presented a Royal Box Talk at Belmont University for the festival’s production of “Twelfth Night.”</p><p>During APSU’s winter break, Wadia served as the program director on the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad’s London Arts program in London. A month after he returned, Clarksville Academy invited him to serve as a judge for a Shakespeare panel speech contest.</p><p>In February, Wadia presented his paper “Cooling Friends and Heating Enemies: Shylock Iconography” at the Tennessee Philological Association’s conference in Jackson. During the association’s business meeting, the APSU professor was elected to serve as the marketing and PR representative on its executive board.</p><p>Wadia is already planning to extend his scholarly work into the fall 2015 semester when he presents his paper, “The Persnicketiness and Kerfuffles of Policy: Organizing, Writing, and Editing Personnel Documents,” at the South Central Modern Language Association’s 2015 conference in Nashville.   </p><p>For more information on Wadia, contact the APSU Department of Languages and Literature at 931-221-7891.</p> Tue, 12 May 2015 20:27:49 +0000 boothcw 101854 at Austin Peay launches new "Be a Gov" campaign <p><img src="" width="453" height="290" alt="BEAGOV.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University has earned a national reputation in recent years as an innovative school on the move, but in Tennessee, many people still see it as a local, small town university with a funny cheer. In an effort to wipe away these misconceptions, APSU is embarking on a new marketing campaign that shows the University as the thriving institution it has become.</p><p>The centerpiece of this new campaign is a series of commercials, titled “Be A Gov,” which will show a drastically different campus from the one that was here just a few years ago. For viewers who aren’t familiar with or have little knowledge of the University, the commercials will provide visuals that reinforce the quality of the University and define what being a “Governor” is all about.</p><p>“When I was in my previous position in Texas, I was reading and hearing a lot about the accomplishments and quality of Austin Peay—it was gaining national attention,” APSU President Alisa White said.  “What I’ve also discovered since arriving here is that people often are unaware of the variety of strengths this University has. We have one of the largest and strongest physics programs in the state. We have a highly acclaimed nursing program. We are the only state university to offer bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Dance. We have many stellar academic programs. This commercial captures the variety of excellent options we offer at Austin Peay.”</p><p>The “Be A Gov” concept was created through a collaborative effort between the University’s Enrollment Management and Public Relations and Marketing staff and will appear in print, web, social media and multimedia efforts. The commercials were produced by Rick Goodwin of Goodwin Productions and conceptualized, written and directed by the Public Relations and Marketing staff at Austin Peay.</p><p>The commercials will air locally on area broadcast and cable venues and can be viewed by visiting the University’s YouTube channel at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> tbr Tue, 12 May 2015 15:17:10 +0000 boothcw 101846 at APSU's revamped career services connecting students and alumni with employers <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="career_services_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For years, the Austin Peay State University Career Services Office was seen as little more than a resume critiquing service. Students would occasionally stop by the small rooms inside the Morgan University Center to hear that pink paper and a Comic Sans font didn’t help with their job prospects. The office’s small staff and operating budget didn’t leave it much room for anything else.</p><p>             But late last year, as the University looked at ways to make its students more attractive to potential employers, administrators decided to convert the office into a full-service, stand-alone department. In August, the new Department of Career Services opened with a larger professional staff and budget, allowing APSU to provide students and alumni with more opportunities for finding the jobs that fit their skills.</p><p>            “Both students and employers in the community still see us as only helping people with their resumes,” Amanda Walker, the new director of Career Services, said. “We’re so much more than that, and we really want to make our presence known.”</p><p>            Since last fall, Walker and her staff have been aggressively meeting with local and national employers and inviting them to campus. The department is particularly eager to work with local employers to both meet their recruiting needs and expand local internship opportunities for APSU students.</p><p>            “We want to embrace local employers because a lot of our students are from this area, and we really want to provide as many opportunities for students that want to stay here in Montgomery County,” Walker said. “We’re open to partnering with those companies, getting them more actively engaged on campus and in front of more students.”</p><p>            Last month, the Department of Career Services unveiled a powerful new online tool that will help connect employers with students. The tool, Jobs4Govs, is available through the career services website, <a href=""></a>, and it allows employers to post jobs specifically for APSU students. Access to the database is free for employers, APSU students and APSU alumni.</p><p>            “Employers can post a job in the system and allow our students to apply,” Walker said. “They can then preselect from those students and only interview the ones they want on the day they set. The selected student would then sign up for a time slot.”</p><p>            The Department of Career Services staff is also available to help guide students through the entire job search process with advising, career assessments and interview preparation.</p><p>            “We’re developing our students to be better prepared for the workplace,” Walker said. “We’re preparing them for that first day on the job, and we’re also preparing them for what an internship experience looks like. We’re letting them know what’s expected when you’re in those types of roles.”</p><p>            Students, alumni and employers are now able to register with the Jobs4Govs database. They can also learn about the many more services the department provides by contacting the staff at 931-221-6544 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Austin Peay State University’s career services mission is to assist students in making the successful transition from academia to the world of work by providing them with opportunities to engage in meaningful activities. (Adison Hardyway, APSU)</p> Fri, 08 May 2015 20:21:23 +0000 boothcw 101783 at APSU awards degrees to more than 1,100 students <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="spring_grad_1.jpg" /></p><p>          On May 8, Austin Peay State University awarded more than 1,100 degrees during the University’s Spring Commencement ceremony.</p><p>            Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, a 1977 Austin Peay State University graduate and current Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the United States Marine Corps, delivered the commencement address before thousands of cheering spectators inside the APSU Dunn Center.</p><p>         In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management, began at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, began at 2 p.m.</p><p>            Bailey spoke at both ceremonies. </p><p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="spring_grad_2.jpg" /></p> Fri, 08 May 2015 20:12:45 +0000 boothcw 101782 at THEC names APSU a VETS Campus <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20140507-VETS-Presentation-8586_copy.jpg" /></p><p> </p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, May 7, Austin Peay State University became one of only four universities in Tennessee to be named a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The certification is awarded to higher education institutions that not only prioritize outreach to veterans, but also successfully deliver the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.</p><p>           “Our military traditions are rich and they’re deep,” APSU President Alisa White said. “Our relationships are rich and deep, and we are committed in a very rich and deep way to serving active duty soldiers and veterans and their families, and in fact, that commitment is unwavering.”</p><p>            Dr. Russ Deaton, interim THEC director, presented the designation to White during a special ceremony Thursday in the APSU Morgan University Center. Several dignitaries from THEC, the Tennessee General Assembly, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Office of the Governor, the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs and the APSU campus community attended the event.</p><p>            “Austin Peay is a state and national leader in this area for us,” Deaton said. “They are a leader in the way they partner with the local officials at Fort Campbell, with their community here, with their students and faculty and staff. They’re proactive in the way they find ways to serve veterans, find ways to offer creative ways to bring folks back into civilian life and find ways to bring them the education they need.”</p><p>            Many-Bears Grinder, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner, said it was an honor to be on a campus that proudly supports veterans. To commemorate her visit, Grinder presented White with her department’s coin to serve as an award of excellence.</p><p>            “They (APSU) don’t just have a campus on post,” Grinder said. “They serve the families; they serve the active duty soldiers once they get out of the military. By doing this holistic type of support, they better guarantee our very deserving veterans that they will graduate and they will seize those careers they deserve so much.”</p><p>            Austin Peay, which currently serves more than 1,700 veteran students, is the state’s largest provider of higher education to soldiers, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and major publications and the federal government have praised APSU’s efforts. Earlier this year, G.I. Jobs magazine named the University to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success.” That initiative seeks to help veterans succeed on campus.</p><p>            During Thursday’s ceremony, White reaffirmed APSU’s commitment to the University’s military-affiliated students. She said that she did not come from a military family or serve in the military, which is why she believes it is now her duty to support these individuals.</p><p>            “What can I do to serve?” White asked. “I can’t go now, but I can support those of you who went. That is what I can do, and I pledge to do that with a team that started far earlier than when I got here. I just was privileged to join them to serve all of you who serve those who are keeping us safe, and keeping us free and keeping our moral compass going in the right direction. I’m grateful for that.”</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: THEC Interim Director Russ Deaton, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Jay Reedy, APSU President Alisa White, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, Rep. Curtis Johnson (Speaker Pro Tem), THEC Assistant Executive Director for Veterans Education Tom Morrison, THEC General Counsel and Associate Executive Director for Legal and Regulatory Affairs Scott Sloan, and Tennessee Promise/Drive to 55 Executive Director Mike Krause. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Thu, 07 May 2015 21:36:08 +0000 boothcw 101763 at APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts awards Summer Research Fellowships <p>For more than 25 years, the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts has been providing students with a one-of-a-kind experience in visual arts, music, creative writing, theatre and dance.</p><p>To further the Center’s goals of fostering the next generation of creative thinkers, a trio of students was recently honored with the Center’s first-ever Undergraduate Research Fellowship.</p><p>APSU students Megan Oelgoetz, Benjamin McCormack and Conor Scruton were chosen for the inaugural fellowship, each presenting a paper outlining their passions and, if selected, the topics they would choose to explore during their fellowship.</p><p>Each fellowship winner will receive $2,000 to be used for travel, supplies or any additional needs that may arise during their research.</p><p>Christopher Burawa, director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, said that the three fellows represented the broad scope of interests the Center fosters.</p><p>“What characterizes each of the student projects selected for research support is the sophistication of their subjects,” Burawa said. “And all of them have very defined goals for their research. I expect Ben, Conor and Megan to present some fascinating posters at the research forum in the fall.”</p><p>All three fellows will receive the opportunity to research a subject and present their findings in a number of varied, creative formats.</p><p>Oelgoetz’s project, titled “Motherhood Revisited” aims to “increate the visibility of maternal sacrifice.” To that end, Oelgoetz aims to present an exhibition that puts a spotlight onto the sacrifices women make in order to become mothers in modern-day society. Her work will be displayed using art created with egg tempera paint, a medium dating back to first century CE, but used infrequently today in the United States.</p><p>Through his project titled “Theatre Management: an Introductory Study on Philosophy and Methodology,” McCormack will spend the summer exploring the different management beliefs and tactics within theatrical environments. While some theaters aim for large commercial audiences, there are many theatres that focus on found spaces and Avant-garde productions.</p><p>Scruton, a developing poet, will conduct a research project titled “Picking Apart Apollinaire,” which centers on translating the work of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Often called “the founder of modernist poetry in France,” Apollinaire is a towering French literary figure, but his untranslated works have left him with a relatively low profile in the English-speaking world.</p><p>For more information, contact the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7876, or email Burawa at <a href=""></a>.</p> Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Thu, 07 May 2015 17:43:39 +0000 harriscj 101756 at APSU professor's "lifetime work" published, identifies state plants <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Chester_scroll.jpg" /></p><p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In January 1967, while The Rolling Stones performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and a blizzard dropped 23 inches of snow across Chicago, a young Austin Peay State University botany professor began a project that would take him nearly 50 years to complete. Dr. Edward Chester, his suit then smelling of chalkboard dust and his dark hair pomaded in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis, sat at his desk that winter to write a comprehensive guide identifying all of Tennessee’s 2,878 vascular plants.</p><p>As he jotted down notes, Chester flipped through “The Flora of Tennessee,” a slim volume published in 1901 by a German botanist named Dr. Augustin Gattinger. The APSU professor wanted to replace that terribly outdated book—the last comprehensive guide published about the state’s plants—and he finally succeeded on April 1, 2015, when the University of Tennessee Press released his “Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee.”</p><p>On a recent Tuesday morning, Chester, his once dark hair now thin and white, lifted the 813-page book from his desk and carefully turned its pages. “This is a lifetime work,” he said with a laugh.</p><p>In the spring of 1967, that young assistant professor quickly learned that tracking down, identifying and then illustrating or taking photos of all of the state’s native and naturalized plant species required more time than his teaching responsibilities allowed. Chester would work on the guide intermittently through the years, but he got serious again in 1988 when his former student, Dr. Eugene Wofford, a botany professor at the University of Tennessee, joined him on the project.</p><p>But even with the extra help, it was still slow going. “After a few years, we said let’s get some other people to help us out with this,” Chester said. “So we recruited The Tennessee Flora Committee.”</p><p>The committee, made up of academics and professional botanists, also struggled to find time for the important project. Then, in 2004, Chester retired. Instead of spending his days at home, the emeritus professor moved into a small storage closet inside the University’s Sundquist Science Building, where he worked every morning on the book. </p><p>“I don’t think it would ever have gotten completed had I not retired,” he said. “I just kept coming every day.”</p><p>The committee, including current APSU botany professor Dr. Dwayne Estes, also worked with more than 25 experts from across the country and Canada to identify the state’s different plants. Last year, they finally submitted their manuscript to the academic press, and now “Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee” is expected to become a standard textbook in college classrooms across the state.</p><p>“It’s to be used to identify plants,” Chester said. “It’s to be used with our website that is maintained by the University of Tennessee but is a joint effort with Austin Peay. The website provides color photos of the plants and maps showing plant distributions throughout the state. We’re hoping that it helps students, but that other people will also find it useful—foresters and environmentalists. We hope it will help them as well.”</p><p>The new guide opens with introductory chapters on Tennessee’s botanical history, a survey of the state’s vegetation and a description of the state’s physiography. The majority of the book consists of taxonomic treatments, with keys to identify all the plants.</p><p>Most large taxonomy textbooks end up costing around $85 because publishing costs rise with the page count, but Chester and the Tennessee Flora Committee wanted to keep the price low for students. To do that, they contacted the Tennessee Native Plant Society for assistance. Several committee members, including Chester, are members of the Society.</p><p>“They have published some books on wildflowers that have sold well, so they have some money escrowed,” Chester said. “The organization put up $5,000, and that cut the cost of the book to $49.95.”</p><p>Because of this investment, the Tennessee Native Plant Society will also receive royalties from book sales, which will be used for conservation and education projects in Tennessee.</p><p>Chester smiled at that as he set the heavy book back on his desk. The glossy cover caught and reflected the room’s florescent lighting, pulling attention away from a worn copy of Gattinger’s “The Flora of Tennessee” that sat inconspicuously on a shelf.</p><p>“Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee” will be sold in APSU’s Ann Ross Bookstore and online at For more information, visit the University of Tennessee Press website at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Dr. Edward Chester served as a contributor and primary editor for the new textbook, “Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee.” (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU)</p> tbr Biology Center for Field Biology Science and Mathematics Thu, 07 May 2015 16:33:47 +0000 boothcw 101753 at APSU's Di Paolo explores blending of Hispanic literary genres in new book <p><img src="" width="294" height="400" alt="20121126-Osvaldo-Di-Paolo-2406.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fictional literature has long shined a light on the times in which we live. In North America, genres like dystopia and science fiction have served as mirrors for the ills plaguing modern day society.</p><p>In Spanish literature, the genres of hardboiled, or “novela negra,” and Gothic literature have played a similarly important role – each symbolically exploring, among other things, the criminal and societal dangers in rapidly growing major South American cities such as Bogota and Buenos Aires.</p><p>Austin Peay State University associate professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo recently published his research on the genres, in a Spanish-language book titled “Negrótico.”</p><p>Alongside fellow scholar Nadina Olmedo, Di Paolo’s study focuses on the fused genre and how it has grown in popularity and relevance as an effective method of social criticism.</p><p>The fusion of the two genres has created its own genre classification known as “novela negrótica,” a seemingly disparate merging of hardboiled’s focus on detectives and criminals with Gothic’s elements of fictional monsters, ghosts and medieval castles.</p><p>“This book started because I attended (a dissertation) being given by Nadina about gothic literature, while I was there to give my own dissertation on hardboiled (fiction),” Di Paolo said. “I ended up telling her that we should (publish research) together, because hardboiled really gets its roots from Gothic.”</p><p>While the tropes of each genre seem different, Di Paolo and Nadina point out the many shared themes of suspense, notions of good and evil, murderers, terror, marginality and revenge. Within those themes, authors are able to offer their own criticisms of the real life problems facing society.</p><p>“The whole book studies the genres in a formal way, from a literary aspect, but then it goes into the content and reasons why these texts proliferate,” Di Paolo said. “We look at how the traditional characteristics of (classic monsters such as vampires) have changed over the years to reflect the anguish and discontent of people in modern-day society.</p><p>“In some way, all of these works show how human beings are worse than beings like vampires, zombies or monsters,” Di Paolo added. “I don’t do this research because I’m fascinated with the (horror) genre, but I like studying these creatures because they are a way to study contemporary events, patterns and situations happening in society.”</p><p>Di Paolo has now published three books, including a study on Hispanic sci-fi and detective novels, titled “Post-human Apocalyptic Moaning and Explosions: Hispanic Detective Fiction and Science Fiction of the 21<sup>st</sup> Century,” as well as a book on crime in Argentina, titled “Cadáveres en el armario.”</p><p>The experience of putting together his most recent work, Di Paolo said, has been the most rewarding of his literary career.</p><p>"(Nadina) and I started writing together, and it was actually the best experience I have ever had as far as writing, because when you do research it can be a little lonesome,” Di Paolo said. “With this book, we could discuss things and really get excited about the work we were doing together.”</p><p>The book, which is written in Spanish, is available in bookstores across Argentina and Spain.</p><p>For more information on this topic, contact Di Paolo at <a href=""></a>.</p> Languages and Literature Wed, 06 May 2015 18:14:31 +0000 harriscj 101707 at Annual Card Party returns to APSU May 13 <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20140521-card-party-5875_copy.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For the last several years, serious card players have converged on the Austin Peay State University campus, after students leave for the summer, to participate in APSU’s annual Card Party, and this year’s competition, featuring games of Rook, Bridge and other card games, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.</p><p>The entry fee is $13 per person.</p><p>Because of limited parking on campus, parking will be available at Edith Pettus Park, located on corner of Drane and Farris streets. A shuttle bus will transport guests to and from the Morgan University Center starting at 9 a.m. The shuttle will start taking guests back to their vehicles at 1:30 p.m.</p><p>For more information or to register a table of four players, contact APSU Alumni Relations Office at 931-221-7979 or <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 05 May 2015 19:16:52 +0000 boothcw 101683 at APSU named VETS Campus by state commission <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="VETS_campus.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s longstanding support of military veterans has led the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to name the University a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus.</p><p>According to THEC, VETS Campus certification is awarded to higher education institutions that “not only prioritize outreach to veterans, but successfully deliver the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.”</p><p>Austin Peay is one of only four universities in Tennessee to receive this designation, and at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, THEC Interim Executive Director Russ Deaton will officially present APSU President Alisa White with the certificate during a special presentation ceremony in Room 305 of the Morgan University Center. The public is invited to this special event.</p><p>To qualify for the VETS Campus designation, institutions must:</p><p>• Conduct an annual campus survey of students who are veterans to identify the views, needs, issues and suggestions of veterans;</p><p>• Provide information to faculty and staff about military and veterans’ culture, including combat-related mental or physical disabilities or other challenges;</p><p>• Administer orientation programs for students who are veterans;</p><p>• Facilitate mentoring and support programs for students who are veterans;</p><p>• Develop outreach and communication strategies for military bases located near the campus, for the purpose of assessing veterans’ educational goals and meeting their identified needs;</p><p>• Create and maintain a process for the assessment of prior learning that grants academic credit to veterans for transferable training and experience attaining through military service; and provide, on the campus website, information on the availability of prior learning assessments and potential program credit for skills, training or education obtained during military service.</p><p>Austin Peay, which currently serves more than 1,700 veteran students, is the state’s largest provider of higher education to soldiers, veterans and their families. The University works hard to provide assistance and services to these individuals, and major publications and the federal government have praised APSU’s efforts. Earlier this year, G.I. Jobs magazine named the University to its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list. In August, the federal government applauded APSU for being the only school in Tennessee to implement the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys to Success.” That initiative seeks to help veterans succeed on campus.</p><p>In 2013, the University partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create the VetSuccess on Campus program. That program put a full-time VA vocational counselor on campus to help veterans transition into student life and assist them in achieving their educational goals.</p><p>The University also assists students with a military affiliation through the APSU Center at Fort Campbell, the University’s Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization and the APSU Military Student Center.</p><p>In addition to these services, APSU hosts a Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony three times a year. During the ceremony, veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel are given a red, white and blue cord to wear with their cap and gown during commencement. The students are also presented with a special APSU Military Coin. The University created the coin in 2011 as a way to honor these individuals.</p><p>This spring’s ceremony will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>For more information on these services, please visit <a href=""></a>. </p> tbr Tue, 05 May 2015 14:31:16 +0000 boothcw 101652 at APSU students learn from award winning American slavery scholar Ed Baptist <p><img src="" width="356" height="256" alt="baptist.png" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Slavery in the United States was officially abolished on Dec. 6, 1865 when the thirteenth amendment was ratified by three-fourth of the states. But while all remaining slaves became officially free on that day, the ripples from the United States’ violent history continue to be felt to this day.</p><p>Austin Peay State University students recently had an opportunity to converse with one of the preeminent experts on the history of slavery in the United States when they participated in an online question and answer session with journalist, and Cornell University history professor, Ed Baptist.</p><p>Baptist recently was awarded the 2015 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” a work exploring the integral role slavery played in American capitalism, and the uncomfortable truths tying America’s growth to its oppressive past.</p><p>Utilizing classroom technology, as well as Skype video conferencing, students in APSU associate professor Dr. Minoa Uffelman’s “South to 1861” class were given the chance to pick’s Baptist’s brain and dive deeper into the scholar’s research.</p><p>“I wanted my students to read this newly published important study about the history of slavery and capitalism,” Uffelman said. “‘The Half Has Never Been Told’ is being reviewed by all the important publications. (Weekly international newspaper) The Economist reviewed it unfavorably, writing that in this book, all slaves were victims and all slave owners were villains. As a result, Twitter and the Internet exploded with discussions about the meaning of slavery and capitalism in our history. </p><p>“I wanted APSU students to be in the part of the debate,” Uffelman continued. “The students read the book and we’ve discussed it throughout the semester … the students truly comprehended the complexity of the issues and got to ask Dr. Baptist their own questions. It was an amazing learning experience.”</p><p>Baptist’s work offers a new interpretation of American history, challenging the notion that the American Civil War was necessary to bring an end to slavery and presenting it as a profitable business that would have otherwise endured.</p><p>APSU students in Uffelman’s course said the opportunity to explore Baptist’s research and discuss the topic with the author challenged their views on a defining moment in American history.</p><p>“(Baptist’s book) was such an eye opener for me to read, finally recognize and admit to myself, that there is no such thing as a ‘benevolent slave owner,’” APSU senior history major Rick Casteel said. “After the realization of the myths I have believed in my 58 years, I want to volunteer to help him with his next project and am seriously contemplating trying to compile some of the freed slave soldiers exit reviews as a research project of my own.”</p><p>For more information, contact Uffelman at <a href=""></a>. Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” can be purchased at bookstores and </p> History and Philosophy Tue, 05 May 2015 14:09:07 +0000 harriscj 101651 at APSU recognizes outstanding faculty during 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="2015_Academic_Awards.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On April 28, Austin Peay State University recognized several outstanding faculty members during the annual Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall.</p><p>The University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, was presented to Dr. Nell Rayburn, professor of mathematics. Rayburn earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University, and in 1988, she arrived at APSU as an assistant professor. During her career at Austin Peay, she has received the Socrates Award, the Distinguished Community Service Award and the Academic Advising Award.</p><p>The University presented three tenure-track faculty members with the Socrates Award, which recognizes those instructors and professors who are known around campus for their ability to inspire and motivate students. This year’s recipients were Kristen Hershey, associate professor of nursing, Dr. Andrea Spofford, associate professor of languages and literature, and Jane Semler, associate professor of allied health sciences.</p><p>The University’s Richard M. Hawkins Award, presented each spring to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly and creative behavior, was presented to Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, professor of languages and literature. Since joining the APSU faculty in 2001, Goldstone has published four articles in peer-reviewed journals, three essays in book length collections and five reviews of scholarly books. Her own book, “Integrating the 40 Acres: The 50-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas,” won the 2006 Coral H. Tullis Memorial Award for best book on Texas history.</p><p>Each year, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes a full-time teaching member or departmental chair whose service has enhanced or will enhance the quality of life in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.  Dr. Minoa Uffelman, associate professor of history, received the award this year because of her efforts to blend her research with the interests of the local community. She has given 50 presentations to various groups interested in local and regional history in the 19<sup>th</sup> and 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, written numerous articles in support of these talks and organized more than 30 lectures and presentations that have helped the local community become more aware of its past.</p><p>For more information on these awards, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at <a href=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: APSU President Alisa White presents Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, professor of languages and literature, with the Richard M. Hawkins Award. (Photo by Adison Hardyway/APSU).</p><p> </p> Mon, 04 May 2015 17:44:39 +0000 boothcw 101626 at Decorated soldier awarded APSU ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="walker_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —The recipient of the 2015 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Kevin Doss, a decorated career soldier.</p><p>Doss, born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Boerne High School in 2001 and attended the University of Texas from 2001-03. He will graduate May 8 from APSU with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Military Science. At the conclusion of APSU’s Spring Commencement ceremony, Doss will be commissioned as an officer, along with 17 other APSU Army ROTC cadets. Doss will be commissioned as an infantry officer and later attend the Basic Officers Leaders Course (BOLC) at Fort Benning, Georgia.</p><p>While Doss’ entrance to the U.S. Army as an officer is a career change, military service is nothing new to Doss and his family, having served in the Army since leaving the University of Texas to Join the Army in 2004. During his service as an enlisted soldier, Doss was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, among many other awards, honors and recognitions. Doss also served two campaigns in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.</p><p>Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Col. David L. Dellinger served as the keynote speaker for the event.</p><p>Doss’s award is the fourth consecutive award to be given to ROTC Cadets, following Cadet Daniel Davis in 2014, Cadet Nathan Brewer in 2013 and the first recipient, Cadet Nicholas Shumpis, in 2012.</p><p>The award was started by local businessman, Jack B. Turner, in honor of Turner’s long-time friend and business partner, Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, Inc. in Clarksville.</p><p>Before retiring from the U.S. Army and starting his career with Turner in 1977, Walker served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and later served as senior military instructor for APSU’s ROTC program. Walker’s served two tours in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantrymans’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.</p><p>For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:36:37 +0000 boothcw 101511 at APSU's Reagan Giving Circle awards eight scholarships <p><img src="" width="600" height="392" alt="Reagan.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – During a special luncheon on April 30, the Austin Peay State University Reagan Giving Circle presented scholarships to eight female APSU students. The scholarship recipients were Leah Grubb, Sarah Elliott, Caity Purcell, Hannah Evans, Ariana Jelson, Hailey Reeve, Lauren Maki and Alyssa Albright.</p><p>The University established the Reagan Giving Circle in November of 2011 to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Carmen Reagan, the first female dean of the APSU College of Business and an influential community leader, volunteer and philanthropist.</p><p>The purpose of the Circle is to cultivate women as philanthropic leaders, create new and substantial funding for the University via the support of women and identify opportunities emphasizing the educational enrichment of women.</p><p>Each year, APSU recognizes a local woman who exemplifies the spirit of the Circle by presenting her with the APSU Women in Philanthropy Award. This year’s award went to Hazel Irwin. For 20 years, Irwin served as Director of Business Services at APSU, where she saw first-hand how difficult it was for some students to pay for their education. When she retired in 1988, a grateful Business Office staff established the Hazel Irwin Presidential Emerging Leaders Scholarship, and she happily spent the next 30 years contributing to this scholarship.</p><p>When her husband, Dr. Edward Irwin, passed away in January 2013, she knew the best way to honor his memory was to support the students they both loved so much. She soon established the Dr. Edward Irwin Endowment, which would become the largest endowed scholarship within the APSU Honors Program.</p><p>Joan DeWald received the first APSU Women in Philanthropy Award in 2013, and Dee Boaz was presented with the award in 2014.</p><p align="center">-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: From left, Ginna Holleman, Kathy Ellis, Sarah Elliott, Caity Purcell, Hannah Evans, Dr. Carmen Reagan, APSU President Alisa White, Ariana Jelson, Hailey Reeve, Lauren Maki, Alyssa Albright and Niesha Wolfe. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU).</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:51:56 +0000 boothcw 101502 at Military Alumni & Friends Day welcomes APSU staff, community members to Fort Campbell <p><img src="" width="600" height="543" alt="20150424-Military-Alumni-Tour-6056.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Campbell not only plays an important role in the efforts of the United States military, but also serves as a pillar of the local Clarksville community. With the goal of thanking community and academic leaders, Fort Campbell opened its doors Friday, April 24 for Military Alumni &amp; Friends Day.</p><p>“We here all appreciate what you all in the community do for us … (the community) really bends over backwards to support us,” Bob Jenkins, Fort Campbell director of public affairs, said. “There is a really symbiotic relationship between Fort Campbell, Clarksville and Austin Peay State University.”</p><p>Dr. Alisa White, APSU president, was joined on the tour by APSU staff and alumni. Community leaders including Sherry Pickering and Stacey Hopwood with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition also took part in the event.</p><p>The group spent the morning and afternoon touring the base, led by representatives from Fort Campbell. Included was a visit to The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell to see the University’s efforts as the only institution of higher learning in America with a branch campus on a military installation.</p><p>Visitors were also taken to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters, where they were given the chance to explore the division’s rich history, including its Medal of Honor recipients and artifacts from its role in nearly every major conflict since World War II.</p><p>The group also got a hands-on look at the installation’s Engagement Center, which features an indoor simulation firing range with M16 rifles. Participants had a chance to practice their aim with target shooting, as well as a run-through of the military’s “shoot-or-don’t shoot” training exercise.</p><p>While at HQ, Brad Ninness, garrison executive officer, gave attendees a presentation on the work being done at Fort Campbell. More than just a military installation, Fort Campbell is the largest employer in Tennessee and Kentucky, with an economic impact totaling nearly $4 billion in payroll, retirement and other disbursements. Fort Campbell also employs nearly 40,000 people between military and civilian employees.</p><p>The installation also invests heavily in higher education, spending nearly $9 million in 2014 in tuition assistance to current and former military.</p><p> “Our vision at Ft. Campbell is to make it the best soldier and family experience possible,” Ninness said. “Our motto is ‘Work. Retrain. Return.’ … 70 percent of our military retirees end up in the local area between Clarksville, Hopkinsville and Nashville.”</p><p>For more information on The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, visit online at <a href="" title=""></a>, or call at 931-221-1400. For additional information on Fort Campbell, visit online at <a href=""></a>, or call the public affairs office at 270-798-3025.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:25:11 +0000 harriscj 101474 at Japanese artist returns to campus to see his painting <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="scroll_20150325-Takuya-Kanemitsu-3685_co" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a recent spring afternoon, Takuya Kanemitsu, a Tokyo-based artist and art professor, wandered through the Austin Peay State University Browning Building, looking for one of his paintings. He finally found the massive, six-foot wide canvas on a wall next to the President’s Office, and Kanemitsu spent several quiet minutes that day reconnecting with the image of a pensive young woman surrounded by books.</p><p>“I was interested in the rhythm of the books,” he said, moving his hand slowly in front of the painting. “The composition, I thought, was interesting.”</p><p>Kanemitsu created the work back in 2007, when he was an international student at APSU, and for the last eight years, he’s wondered what happened to it. A related mystery has preoccupied several APSU staff member working inside the Browning building. They pass the painting every day, often stopping to admire it, but the work is unsigned. Who, they’ve often asked, is the artist?</p><p>“We have looked at this picture a lot,” Carol Clark, APSU director of community and business relations and executive assistant to the president, said. “All we had heard is it was painted by an international student.”</p><p>Kanemitsu, dressed stylishly in a polka-dotted chambray shirt and blue jeans, quietly returned to campus around lunchtime one day in late March. He and his wife had come to Austin Peay to visit his old classmate, APSU Information Technology Specialist Jarad Sneed, and to get a glimpse of the painting he’d spent 200 hours working on during his time at the University.</p><p>Word quickly spread through the building that the painting’s artist had returned, prompting a small crowd to gather outside of the president’s office. Kanemitsu confirmed for them that it was set in the University’s Woodward Library, and he spent several minutes explaining how he created the popular work of art.</p><p>“I made a sketch and asked a student to be a model,” he said. “After the library closed, I asked if I could go inside and take a picture. One of the librarians helped me take this picture, holding a lamp up.”</p><p>When he finished the painting, titled “After the Library Closed,” Kanemitsu realized it was too large to take home with him to Tokyo. That spring, he entered it in the APSU Department of Art’s annual juried student exhibition.</p><p>“When he painted it, he was hoping he would win a student award so he wouldn’t have to worry about taking it back home,” Sneed said.</p><p>“It was too big,” Kanemitsu added. “I couldn’t take it back to Japan.”</p><p>He did win, which is how the University came to own it. Kanemitsu went back home to Tokyo a few weeks later, where he currently works as an artist and drawing professor.</p><p>For a several minutes that spring afternoon, he lingered in front of his painting, pleased to see it displayed so prominently. He answered a couple of questions and posed for pictures next to the canvas. When the nostalgia finally receded, Kanemitsu and his wife left the Browning Building in order to buy some APSU memorabilia.</p><p>“Some of my students are interested in studying abroad, so I talk about my experience here,” he said. </p> Arts and Letters tbr Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:12:39 +0000 boothcw 101300 at APSU student to serve on archeological dig in Bulgaria <p><img src="" width="600" height="383" alt="amber_kearns.JPG" /></p><p></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – By digging into the past, Austin Peay State University student Amber Kearns said she hopes to find her future.</p><p>A double major in biology and classics, Kearns will be the first APSU student to participate in an excavation in Bulgaria at the site of the former Greek colony known as Alexandropolis.</p><p>“The Greeks did not stay in what we now consider ‘Modern-Day Greece’,” Kearns said. “Just like the Romans, they really spread out completely over a number of areas that are now other countries. So there is evidence of their culture (spread throughout Europe).”</p><p>Founded by Alexander the Great, the colony known as Alexandropolis would later become the Roman colony Parthicopolis. Kearns will join a contingent of American undergraduate and graduate students for the month of June as they explore a hotbed of archeological findings.</p><p>“I know that most of the students who go there to work on the dig end up finding something because it was a pretty populated city (during its time),” Kearns said. “I know that there was the city itself, as well as a cemetery located (on the dig site).”</p><p>Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of classics at APSU, is one of Kearns’ advisors, and the director of APSU’s study abroad to Greece program since its inception in 1999.</p><p>“I am thrilled that Amber has the opportunity to participate in this, and I look forward to her speaking to us in the fall about her experience,” Winters said. “Whatever she does, she is sure to deepen her knowledge of the ancient world and of the discipline of classics.”</p><p>Kearns said she plans to attend graduate school upon completion of her bachelor’s degrees at APSU, and noted that her time in what is now Bulgaria could go a long way toward setting her on a future career path. Winters noted that a student with Kearns’ knowledge of biology could make her a valuable asset at a dig site when attempting to identify skeletal remains.</p><p>“My real hope is that going here and having this experience is going to show me what I want to do (for grad school),” Kearns said. “I know that I don’t want to give up classics and just focus on genetics, but I have also put a lot of work in the biology and chemistry program. So hopefully, I can find a way to (bring the two disciplines together.)”</p><p>For more information on Classics at APSU, contact Dr. Timothy Winters at 931-221-7118, or email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters History and Philosophy Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:47:35 +0000 harriscj 101299 at Marine general to speak at APSU's Spring Commencement <p><img src="" width="426" height="332" alt="Gen._Bailey_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, a 1977 Austin Peay State University graduate and current Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the United States Marine Corps, will return to his alma mater on May 8 to deliver the keynote address at APSU’s 86<sup>th</sup> Spring Commencement.</p><p>Bailey will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Dunn Center.</p><p>During his impressive career, Bailey has overseen the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, served as deputy commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, served as director of the Expeditionary Warfare School and was assigned as the Commandant of the Marine Corps National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.</p><p>Bailey has earned graduate degrees from Webster University and the National War College, and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Action Ribbon.</p><p>The University will award 1,191 degrees during the Spring Commencement. In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management, will begin at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, will begin at 2 p.m.</p><p>APSU offers a free live Web cast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the Web cast 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=""></a>.</p><p align="center">-30-</p> tbr Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:12:35 +0000 boothcw 101203 at