Today @ APSU - University News en APSU ROTC cadet carries Special Olympics torch <p> CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this summer, Jose Ramos-Lopez, a senior cadet in Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program, found himself running with police officers through the streets of Freehold Borough, New Jersey. Ramos-Lopez was in the northern state to participate in a Cadet Leadership Course, and he was asked to carry the Special Olympics New Jersey torch during the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises money for the Special Olympics.</p><p>Ramos-Lopez eagerly accepted the offer to carry the torch because he has supported the Special Olympics in several different capacities over the years. Members of the Freehold Borough Police Department and students of the Freehold Learning Center joined him on a four-mile leg of the run.</p><p>Special Olympics New Jersey was founded in 1982. Today, it is organized and managed by all divisions of law enforcement officers and officials throughout the state. The police departments of New Jersey conduct these events year round to show their support for the Special Olympics and to maximize charitable donations to serve the athletes in their selected sports. More than $2 million dollars is raised annually by more than 3,000 officers, through local and statewide events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:03:42 +0000 boothcw 109902 at "Modern American Art Song," a new album from Dr. Sharon Mabry now available <p><img src="" width="300" height="300" alt="915xuKlflL._SL1405_.jpg" /></p><p>Throughout her career, Austin Peay State University professor of music, Dr. Sharon Mabry, has championed the music of contemporary composers. Her latest release, “Modern American Art Song,” continues that theme, focusing on five sets of songs by four contemporary American composers.</p><p>Mabry’s album features works by Kenton Coe, Brian Peterson, Persis Behar and George Mabry, with several of the works written specifically for Mabry and this release.</p><p>Coe, a native Tennessean who has established an international reputation, contributed one such exclusive work, titled “A Family Gathering.” Coe has seen his operas performed in France and the United States, and also composed the Academy Award-nominated score for the 1980 documentary, “Agee.” He has been commissioned by numerous soloists, orchestras and choral groups, and was named “Composer of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers’ Association.</p><p>Peterson is best known for his more than 35 years experience as a curator, critic, artist and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area. As a practicing artist, Peterson has had more than 30 solo exhibitions of his photographs since 1980, and his work is in many prestigious collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Denver Art Museum.</p><p>But Peterson is also a gifted composer, contributing “Moon Songs,” a work set to poems of E.E. Cummings. This haunting set of four songs, which uses an extreme color palette, including inside the piano techniques, lay dormant for 30 years until he approached Mabry to record them.</p><p>“(Moon Songs) is a memorable set that anchors the CD and one that must be heard,” Mabry said.</p><p>Dr. George Mabry, professor emeritus at Austin Peay State University is a versatile composer who has written for symphony orchestras, choral ensembles, soloists and theme parks. His choral works are widely performed by high school, university and professional choral groups.</p><p>George Mabry contributed two sets of songs, both written for the singer, and they show a marvelous versatility of compositional style. The “Songs of Reflection<i>”</i> are romantic with beautiful melodic lines, while “Three Cabaret Songs,” set to the poems of Dorothy Parker, strives to capture the satire and irony inherent in so many of Parker’s writings.</p><p>Vehar, a Grammy-nominated composer who receives commissions from international orchestras, opera companies and soloists, uses some unusual contemporary vocal techniques for her amusingly dramatic set called “Women, Women.” In 2005, Vehar composed the opera “George Sand…and Chopin?” for the 25th anniversary of the Dimensions New Music Series at Austin Peay State University.</p><p>“Modern American Art Song<i>”</i> is available on, or locally at the Customs House Museum Gift Shop. For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Mabry at 931-221-7656. </p> Music Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:59:04 +0000 harriscj 109898 at APSU alumnus Perry to receive lifetime achievement award <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="tom_perry_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            On Aug. 27, the Nashville Business Journal announced that Tom Perry (’73), senior vice president and CFO of Delta Dental Tennessee, would receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Journal’s annual CFO Awards Dinner.</p><p>            Perry is a longtime supporter of his alma mater, Austin Peay State University. In 2013, Delta Dental of Tennessee contributed $25,000 to support the new Center for Entrepreneurship at APSU. Civic Bank and Trust, led by Tom’s brother, Robert Perry (’69), also contributed $25,000 to that project. Both brothers also serve on the APSU College of Business Advisory Board.</p><p>            In 2011, Delta Dental donated $10,000 to jumpstart the Reagan Giving Circle at APSU. The University established the Reagan Giving Circle 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>            Information on the Nashville Business Journal’s CFO Awards is available online at <a href=";u=zgCE2+efRo3f+6F7Kvw9dyoNhu2&amp;t=1440700448">;u=zgCE2+efRo3f+6F7Kvw9dyoNhu2&amp;t=1440700448</a>. </p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:34:17 +0000 boothcw 109876 at APSU breaks ground on new Art and Design Building <p><img src="" width="600" height="381" alt="groundbreaking.jpg" /></p><p>On a humid summer morning, a large crowd gathered on the Austin Peay State University campus to celebrate the beginning of a long-awaited project—the construction of a new fine arts building.</p><p>“This building was put on APSU’s list of projects in 1998,” APSU President Alisa White said during the Sept. 1 groundbreaking ceremony. “We put it on the state’s list in 2004, and it is long overdue, and that is because we are bursting at the seams.”</p><p>More than 100 people showed up that morning, happily sweating while they watched ceremonial shovels dig into the earth, kicking off the construction phase for the new $21.3 million, 46,000-square-foot Art and Design Building and Trahern Building renovation.</p><p>Before donning a hardhat for the groundbreaking, John Morgan, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor, told the crowd that he was also eager for this new building to arrive. Morgan, after all, grew up on the APSU campus while his father, Joe, served as the University’s president.</p><p>“I know that there are many, many folks here who are extraordinarily happy to see this day finally come, and that list of people includes me,” he said. “This project represents a continued investment really toward first-class, world-class facilities at this institution. It promises to make what is already a beautiful campus even more beautiful.”</p><p>Construction is expected to begin this October, with the new building and an accompanying green space occupying what was 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>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>“The Department of Art and Design places a very high value on student engagement and undergraduate research,” Barry Jones, department chair, said. “In art, this means having a place to wonder, a place to experiment and a safe place to fail and succeed. Our new building will provide this.”</p><p>Construction is expected to take a year, with the building set to open to students in the spring of 2017.</p><p>-30-</p><p>University, Tennessee Board of Regents and community officials break ground on Austin Peay State University's new Art and Design Building in a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:02:24 +0000 boothcw 109860 at Department of Music, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present guest recital with Kate Rawls, Mei-En Chou <p><img src="" width="267" height="300" alt="MeiEn.jpg" /><img src="" width="230" height="300" alt="Rawls.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present a guest artist recital by soprano Kate Rawls and pianist Mei-En Chou on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus. </p><p>The varied program will feature beautiful, melodic songs and arias by J.S. Bach, Amy Beach, Gabriel Fauré and contemporary American composer, Ben Moore, as well as two exciting and atmospheric solo piano works by Ravel and Bolcom.</p><p>Rawls is establishing a fine career in performance. Her opera credits include Miss Pinkerton in “The Old Maid and the Thief,” Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance,” Lucy in “The Telephone,” Sally in “Ben and the Virtues,” and Gretel in “Hänsel und Gretel.” She has recently performed with the Jackson Symphony and given recitals in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.  This coming spring, Rawls will be singing with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s “Magic Flute.”</p><p>In addition to her performing career, Rawls is an assistant professor of music at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, where she teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, diction and vocal literature. Dr. Rawls earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from APSU, followed by a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina.</p><p>Mei-En Chou, who will play two solo piano works as part of the program, will accompany Rawls. Chou is currently the artist in residence and assistant professor at Louisiana College, and serves on the board of the Louisiana International Piano Competition as director of junior competition. She has appeared with the Dallas American Asian Youth Orchestra (“Carnival of Animals”), Red River Wind Symphony (“Rhapsody in Blue”), Sun Philharmonic Orchestra (“Mozart Two-Piano Concerto,” “K.365”) and North Texas Wind Symphony (“Husa Concertino”). GIA Publications released the CD, “Domains” with NTWS in December 2008. Her upcoming annual recital tours will collaborate with Pianist Chiao-Ju Hung as “<u>M</u>usi<u>C</u><sup>2</sup>,” and with Harpist Linda-Rose Hembreiker as “Duo Mystère.”</p><p>The concert is free to the public. For more information, contact APSU professor music, Dr. Sharon Mabry at 931-221-7656.</p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:16:56 +0000 harriscj 109662 at Authors, Vietnam War veterans Bud Alley and Jim Lawrence to discuss battle at Landing Zone Albany <p>On September 9, authors Bud Alley and Jim Lawrence will visit the campus of Austin Peay State University to discuss their experiences during one of the most violent clashes in America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.</p><p>The talk, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Sundquist Science Center, room E106A on the University campus, titled “The Ghosts of the Green Grass and Reflections on LZ Albany,” focuses on the battle at Landing Zone Albany. The engagement, which took place on Nov. 17, 1965, was led by the U.S. Army’s Second Battalion of the Seventh Cavalry and resulted in 155 Americans killed and another 134 wounded as they made a forced march through the highland jungles of South Vietnam.</p><p>Both authors participated in the battle and both were wounded and decorated as a result of their efforts. The battle resulted in the most Purple Hearts awarded to any unit for a single combat operation of the entire war.</p><p>That operation was a part of the larger Battle of Ia Drang, which has been depicted in the book “We Were Soldiers Once … And Young,” by Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway, as well as the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson.</p><p>Alley, a South Carolina native, was a Second Lieutenant on the staff of the battalion, and was in the middle of the column. Lawrence, meanwhile, was serving as the Executive Officer of Delta Company and was at the front.</p><p>Because of their separate involvement in the conflict, each book reflects the author’s unique perspective. Alley’s book, “The Ghosts of the Green Grass” weaves the story of their formation of the Second of the Seventh around Custer’s Seventh Cavalry and introduces the reader to the participants and in the words of New York Times best selling author, Joe Galloway, “marches them straight into Hell.”  Lawrence’s book, “Reflections on LZ Albany” is a series of thoughtful essays as men face death and includes his personal observations of the wounds of war.</p><p>For more information on the event, contact APSU associate professor of history, Dr. Christos Frentzos at <a href=""></a>.</p> tbr History and Philosophy Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:12:23 +0000 harriscj 109490 at Comedy legends The Second City to return to APSU with new show <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="Second_City_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, Chicago’s famed sketch and improv comedy theater, The Second City, will return to Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theatre with “The Second City: Fully Loaded.” This new show will feature classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv from the theater’s sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto.</p><p>The special one-night engagement, featuring some of the theater’s top talent, will kick off the 2015-2016 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts program. Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts departments at APSU, with the Department of Theatre and Dance hosting it this year.           </p><p>Tickets for The Second City performance are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call Marcus Hayes at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379. </p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:09:09 +0000 boothcw 109481 at Live Peay Pick Up location information now available on Peay Mobile 4.0 app <p><img src="" width="600" height="399" alt="20150618-APSU-App-7981-EDIT_copy.jpg" /></p><p>Anyone with a smartphone or internet-connected device can now get real time information about Austin Peay State University’s Peay Pick Up trolley system through the University’s Peay Mobile 4.0 app.</p><p>Developed by APSU students, the new feature can show the trolley’s location around the University campus, with the position updated every 15 seconds. The feature is accessible in APSU’s new Peay Mobile 4.0 app, which was redesigned in June.</p><p>AP Mobile 4.0 is free and can be downloaded by visiting</p><p>“As the campus continues to grow and parking becomes more of an issue, (the University) really envisioned the trolley becoming more and more important,” Mike Wilson, director of the GIS Center at Austin Peay State University, said. “It was really impressive how much work and thought our students put into making this solution work.”</p><p>The program was lead by APSU GIS Center student workers, including Kenneth Hanley, Jordan Taylor and Jared Cleghorn. Fellow APSU students Logan Varney and Daniel Rumfelt also assisted on the program, which began work over the summer.</p><p>Arthur Bing, City of Clarksville Director of Transportation, said the new program would allow users a previously unavailable level of convenience.</p><p>“We’ve had software for years that let us know where our vehicles are at all times, but we’ve never had anything like an app that our customers could use to figure out where (the trolley) is,” Bing said. “When APSU decided to take on this program, we thought it was an excellent idea and something that could be helpful to all of the students that use (the trolley).”</p><p>Peay Pick Up offers students, faculty and staff free transportation around campus via the trolley and Clarksville Transit Authority (CTS) buses. CTS runs the Peay Pickup from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. around the perimeter of campus Monday through Friday. To ride the Peay Pickup and CTS buses, show the driver your Peay Pickup card and APSU ID. </p><p>For more information on the GIS Center at APSU, visit</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="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:51:03 +0000 harriscj 109379 at APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities <p> </p><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. Norbert Puszkar</b>, professor of German, published an article, “The Island of Truth. Space and Time in Chamisso’s Exploration of the Bering and Chukchi Seas,” in Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur  (Berlin: de Gruyter 2015).</p><p><b>Dr Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder</b>, professor of Public Management/Criminal Justice, presented a research paper, “Ebola 2014 Outbreak, Discourse and Policy,” at the Critical Issues roundtable at Oxford University, England, this summer. She also served as discussant for the round table.</p><p><b>Dr. Perry M. Scanlan</b>, professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, was inducted into Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity (AMTF) for his lifetime contributions to the practice of laboratory medicine at their annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on July, 31, 2015. AMTF is a national fraternity for the advancement of professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. Individuals are selected based upon their local, regional and national contributions to the medical laboratory science field. To be nominated is an honor in itself and to be selected is acknowledgement of their influence and commitment to excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:36:33 +0000 boothcw 109369 at Academic Support Center's Golson earns Level 4 certification from National College Learning Center Association <p><img src="" width="213" height="205" alt="Martin2.jpg" /></p><p>The Academic Support Center at Austin Peay State University exists for one reason: to help students achieve their educational goals. And it is with that in mind that the Center’s director, Martin Golson, was recently honored for his excellence in helping students succeed in the classroom.</p><p>Golson was recently honored as a Certified Learning Center Professional – Level 4 by the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), a national organization that supports learning center professionals in developing and enhancing their efforts at the post-secondary level.</p><p>“This is a (difficult) certification to achieve, and the NCLCA only certifies maybe one or two people a year as Level 4,” Golson said. “So from a professional standpoint, this is a great honor.”</p><p>Level 4 is the NCLCA’s highest level of certification, and indicates, among other criteria, over 11 years of experience of post-secondary learning assistance, an extensive record of conference presentations and/or publications, progression toward a Ph.D. and considerable service to the profession.</p><p>Since it opened in 2001, the Center has served thousands of students a year, offering a number of services to both APSU students and members of the community, including peer tutoring, community tutoring, technology assistance and a writing center. The Center also employs both APSU undergraduate and graduate students as tutors to support its clients in meeting their educational goals.</p><p>Golson himself was hired as a peer tutor at the Center in 2002, before taking over direction in 2004. A member of the U.S. Army for 23 years before going into higher education, Golson said his individual honors, as well as the Center’s recognition as a model among university student learning centers, are a credit to APSU’s dedication to achieving student success.</p><p>“Austin Peay gives its employees the freedom to better themselves professionally, as well as their departments, because they know their personal improvement ultimately leads to the ability to better serve students,” Golson said. “And the end result in all of this is that more students are able to be successful and reach their educational goals.”</p><p>For more information on the Academic Support Center at APSU, visit, or call 931-221-6550.</p> tbr Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:45:21 +0000 harriscj 109364 at APSU Dept. of Art and Design kicks off Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Linda Lopez <p><img src="" width="324" height="345" alt="Lopez.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – To kick off this season’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design is bringing in renowned artist Linda Lopez. Lopez will be discussing her work as a sculptural ceramicist at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Trahern Building.</p><p>Lopez received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States, including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City, New York. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the “State of the Art” exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.</p><p>Lopez will also be September’s featured artist at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, during Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl. The COOP Gallery is located in The Arcade at 75 Arcade, Nashville, and Lopez’s exhibit runs through Sept. 26.</p><p>The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is made possible by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design</p><p>For more information on this lecture, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Arts and Letters Art Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:00:26 +0000 boothcw 109253 at APSU nursing program ranked among best in nation <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="APSU_Nursing_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s School of Nursing is one of the top nursing programs in the eastern United States, according to a recent survey by the website APSU was ranked No. 32 in the journal’s inaugural list, beating out prestigious nursing programs at places such as Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina.</p><p>            “To determine our rankings,” the journal reported, “we evaluated 1,189 schools and selected two metrics, sorting them into five categories: quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value.”</p><p>            APSU’s School of Nursing excelled in all the categories, earning a composite score of 99.28 and a spot in the Top 50 programs in the east. The high score didn’t surprise many APSU faculty members because they know their program is one of the best around. APSU had a 100 percent State Board exam pass rate for its nursing students who graduated in December 2014.</p><p>            “This ranking is a reflection of the caliber of our students and the excellent teaching done by our faculty,” Dr. Patty Orr, APSU professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing, said. “Most of our students require a 3.6 GPA or above to get in the program. Our faculty are excellent in teaching our students to critically think and problem solve at a very high level in order to correctly assess and intervene for patients, resulting in significant improvement in the patient’s health status. Hospitals are aggressively recruiting our students across the state and nationally.”</p><p>            The APSU School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with two options. The traditional BSN option is for individuals who do not have a previous Registered Nursing degree, as well as those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The RN-BSN option is for licensed RNs who have their associate’s degree. APSU also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree.</p><p>            For more information on the program’s ranking, visit <a href=""></a>. For more information on the APSU School of Nursing, visit <a href=""></a>.            </p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:19:27 +0000 boothcw 109185 at APSU place to be for historic 2017 total solar eclipse <p><img src="" width="410" height="278" alt="eclipse_scroll.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On a cold February morning in 1979, a massive crowd gathered on a remote hill in Washington State to watch the day suddenly descend into darkness. For several seconds, no one spoke.</p><p>            “It’s eerie; it’s getting black here. Darkness at noon,” ABC News Correspondent Jules Bergman said during live coverage of the total solar eclipse. “People are hushed in what seems almost like a ritual thing that mankind has been silenced by, in awe, since the beginning of civilization.”</p><p>            The tens of thousands of revelers had traveled from across the world to the town of Goldendale, Washington, to get the best view of the last total solar eclipse of the century. The small community, unknown to the majority of the planet, offered the ideal spot for these visitors because it was near the eclipse’s center of total darkness and it was the only place in the eclipse’s path to have a large telescope and observatory.</p><p>            “This is just the most exciting thing I think I’ve ever participated in,” ABC News Correspondent Ron Miller said when the moon covered the sun. “I can’t tell you how lucky we are.”</p><p>            The next total eclipse will take place two years from today, on Aug. 21, 2017, and the ideal place to witness this extraordinary celestial event will be in Clarksville, Tennessee. That’s because the city will go dark for about two minutes and 20 seconds, and it is the only place near the centerline of the eclipse with a significant astronomy program. In Clarksville, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has an observatory with a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope, featuring the same optical design as NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and a respected faculty eager to help visitors get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime event.</p><p>            “I’m estimating we will have 200,000 people in Clarksville that day, over and above the regular population,” Dr. Allyn Smith, APSU professor of physics, said.</p><p>            NASA has already contacted APSU about setting up a live feed at the University’s observatory to give viewers across the country an opportunity to see the eclipse, but area hotels are already booking rooms for people keen on witnessing the event with their own eyes. With such a large crowd expected for the eclipse, APSU is working to provide them a memorable experience.</p><p>            <b>Expedition: APSU</b></p><p>           Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, with his thinning hair and spectacles, didn’t look much like an adventurer, but in 1919, the Cambridge-educated physicist traveled to the Isle of Principe off of West Africa. The Royal Astronomical Society sent him on an expedition to the distant island to witness a total eclipse and make the first test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Principe was deemed one of the best places in the world to view the solar event.</p><p>            That steamy morning in 1919, as the sky darkened, Eddington and his fellow scientists busied themselves with their experiment.</p><p>            “We have no time to snatch a glance at it,” Eddington wrote in his book, “Space, Time and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory.” “We are only conscious of the weird half-light of the landscape and the hush of nature, broken by the calls of the observers, and beat of the metronome ticking out the 302 seconds of totality.”</p><p>            The experiment was a success, confirming Einstein’s theory, and in 2017, the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy will use its fortunate position in regards to the solar eclipse to recreate Eddington’s experiment. Dr. Spencer Buckner, APSU associate professor of physics, said the University is buying equipment, and his astrophotography classes will use the next two years to develop a process for the experiment.</p><p>            In 2009, the Royal Astronomical Society sent another expedition to Principe to celebrate the 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the experiment that, according to the BBC, “profoundly changed the way we view the Universe.” That trip was largely a celebratory and educational event because another solar eclipse wasn’t going to occur over the island that May. APSU’s 2017 experiment, 98 years after Eddington’s expedition, will give scientists the rare opportunity to recreate this famous test.</p><p>            The University will also spend the next two years training students and other astronomy enthusiasts on equipment so they can help guide visitors in Clarksville that summer.</p><p>            “We want to get with the Clarksville Astronomy Club and Del Square Psi, the student physics club, and get them trained, make sure they have equipment, and then disperse them to parks and places around town,” Smith said. “We’re trying to keep the observatory to the more professional community. We’ll probably have two or three universities that will want to come in and set stuff up.”</p><p>            <b>Education</b></p><p>            The center of the eclipse, with maximum totality of darkness, is actually about 20 miles north of the University, but that location will only remain dark for about 10 more seconds than Clarksville.</p><p>            “But to the south, the difference between Clarksville and northern Davidson County (Nashville) is about a minute of darkness,” Buckner said. The majority of Davidson County won’t witness a total solar eclipse.</p><p>            Because of Austin Peay’s fortunate location, the physics and astronomy department is using this opportunity to educate area school children.</p><p>            “We are developing workshops for local teachers,” Dr. Alex King, chair of the APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, said. “It’s going to be a day workshop—one next summer and one the summer of 2017—giving them in-service credits.”</p><p>            In addition to working with local teachers, the department is looking at providing special eclipse glasses to all school children in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area and surrounding counties.</p><p>            <b>APSU Physics and Astronomy Department</b></p><p>            Located at APSU, 40 miles north of Nashville, the Department of Physics and Astronomy has produced three Goldwater Scholars in recent years, and the department’s students have conducted research, as undergraduates, at places such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Geneva laboratory, also known as CERN, a glass productions lab in the Czech Republic and at Fermilab – the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory. In 2013, APSU student Mees Fix discovered a quasar while working with his professor, Dr. Smith, at Fermilab.</p><p>            The department’s facilities include a $500,000, NASA-funded Materials Fabrication and Characterization Lab, the APSU Observatory, the Sears Planetarium and a computational physics research lab. The department is a member of the <a href="">WIYN 0.9m Consortium</a> at the <a href="">Kitt Peak National Observatory</a> in Arizona.</p><p>            In 2007, APSU became the site for Tennessee’s first Governor's School in Computational Physics. The highly competitive program is geared toward hardworking high school sophomores and juniors with an interest in engineering, mathematics and science, and allows them to earn seven hours of college credit.</p><p>            For more information, visit the department’s website at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> Physics and Astronomy Science and Mathematics Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:20:53 +0000 boothcw 108874 at "What Women Wore," a new exhibit on American women's fashion to open at APSU <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20150819-What-Women-Wore-Exibit-9136.jpg" /></p><p>Fashion has always been one of the ways a society leaves its mark on history. From fabric and colors emphasizing social standing to design that highlighted society’s ideals of sexuality, a great deal of knowledge can be gained by studying the fashion of the time.</p><p>“Our goal (at Austin Peay State University) is to inspire our incoming freshman students and show them that history can be interesting and relevant,” APSU adjunct professor Deanna Carter said. “And after discovering a collection of period women’s clothing, we all decided that the pieces were a fantastic way to teach students about the social status and experiences of American women.”</p><p>Beginning Aug. 17 and extending through the end of the fall semester, a new exhibit is taking over the Mabel Larson Gallery inside Harnad Hall on the campus of APSU. Curated by Carter and a group of APSU students and graduates, “What Women Wore” is a collection of American women’s fashion from the period between the 1820s and 1930s.</p><p>A reception, open to the public, will be held in the Gallery on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. to meet with the curatorial team and those who supported their efforts. Light refreshments will be offered.</p><p>Carter co-curated the collection of original and replica women's clothing and accessories along with APSU graduate students Alexandria Poppendorf and Larissa Dougherty, as well as recent APSU graduate Courtney Beard.</p><p>“This time frame in particular is quite significant in terms of women’s history, because it covers the (early years of the) transition of feminity in America,” Carter said.</p><p>The collection of over 20 pieces spans a transitional period in American history, stretching from the reserved Pre-Victorian era through a more liberal early modern period during the 1930s.</p><p>Carter and Poppendorf, as well as Beard and Dougherty, used original photographs and other reference material from each era when creating the exhibit. Nearly every piece on display, Carter says, is authentic and of its time period. The few replica pieces in the exhibit have been carefully created using materials that would have been used at that time.</p><p>“This was really exciting for me as a student, because I want to work with museums as a career,” Poppendorf, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Military History degree, said. “Being able to help with this project was a great learning opportunity.”</p><p>For more information on the exhibit, contact the APSU Department of History and Philosophy at 931-221-7919, or Deanna Carter at <a href=""></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="400" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr History and Philosophy Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:00:12 +0000 harriscj 108873 at Inaugural Governors Games crowns winners, celebrates area veterans, military families <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20150801-Governors-Games-CRG-0710.jpg" /></p><p>The sounds of iron being lifted, feet pounding the track and athletes pushing themselves past their limit filled the air on Aug. 1, as nearly two-dozen teams converged on the campus of Austin Peay State University for the inaugural Governors Games Powered by CrossFit Clarksville.</p><p>While teams of four competed for top honors, the real goal was to honor APSU and the Clarksville community’s military alumni, soldiers and families from Fort Campbell. In addition to honoring our own “Governors Warriors” throughout the day, $12,000 was raised to help fund the APSU Military Scholarship Endowment.</p><p>The winning squad was Team Superfriends, made up of two athletes from CrossFit Solafide in Clarksville, Amy Lackner and Matt Buehrle, as well as two members of CrossFit O’Fallon in St. Peters, Mo., Matt Greene and Katy Greene.</p><p>A Clarksville CrossFit squad, Team Sink or Snatch, took second place overall. The group was comprised of Tim Palmer, Cody Omilusik, Kaci Clark and Keira Kohls. </p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Rounding out the top three was Team Lion’s Pride from Evansville, Ind. The team consisted of Matt Corn, Jessica Ryan, Denis Samsanov and Katrina Kusick.</span></p><p>The Governors Games Powered by CrossFit Clarksville would like to thank its generous sponsors. To see a complete list of all of the event's partners, visit</p><p>“Without the top down and continuous support from Austin Peay State University, CrossFit Clarksville (CFC) wouldn’t have had this unique opportunity to showcase the incredible people that make up our membership,” CrossFit Clarksville co-owner Reagan Prather said. “CFC looks forward to working with the incredible staff and leadership of APSU again in the future.”</p><p>For more information on APSU Alumni Relations events, visit, or call at 931-221-7979. For more information on CrossFit Clarksville, visit</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:30:30 +0000 harriscj 108862 at Class of 2019 now on campus <p><img src="" height="421" width="628" alt="WEB-20150820-FreshmanEC09A.jpg" /></p><p> </p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On an unseasonably cool Thursday morning, about 840 members of the Austin Peay State University Class of 2019 arrived on campus to move into the residence halls. </p><p>Members of the APSU community—including faculty, staff, student athletes, student Greek organizations, the ROTC Program, and several other student organizations—helped these incoming freshmen unload their belongings and unpack in their new rooms.  </p><p>A video of the day’s excitement is available online at <u><a href=""></a>. </u></p><p><u><br /></u></p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:32:03 +0000 boothcw 108823 at APSU students present Veterans Treatment Court with unique Goldsmith Press creation <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="20150811-Veterans-Treatment-Court-2396.j" /></p><p>“I know I have a long ways to go and a lot to learn, but the help is definitely here.”</p><p>When the United States and its allies need help, our soldiers answer the call. But when those same men and women need a hand, programs like the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) exist to make sure they are not alone.</p><p>Established in 2012, the court aims to help veterans who come to the criminal justice system as a result of drug addictions, homelessness and other situations brought on by wartime stress. Active duty soldiers and veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury who complete the program can possibly have their case dismissed.</p><p>On Aug. 12, the VTC program celebrated another graduating class of enrollees during a ceremony at the Montgomery County Courthouse, and Austin Peay State University was there to show its support through a unique artistic project, dubbed “Narratives of Hope &amp; Recovery.”</p><p>As a part of the program, VTC enrollees write essays reflecting on their struggles adjusting to civilian life. With the aid of Montgomery County judge — and VTC team member — Ken Goble, students from APSU art professor Cindy Marsh’s printmaking class used many of those essays to create a project that visualized what is, for many soldiers, a private battle.</p><p>“I teach a printing class and we were looking for a way to work on a community project when (AmeriCorp VISTA member) Katelan Shartzer told us about the VTC,” Marsh said. “After talking to judge Goble, we were able to get a hold of previous essays that we used to create a project with our Goldsmith Press.”</p><p>The Goldsmith Press is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, typesetting materials and antique printing presses. The wood type was originally created for a New England advertising company, Metropolitan Showprint (est. 1890).</p><p>Taking statements from each essay, Marsh’s students used the Goldsmith Press to create typeset prints. Over 20 unique statements came together to form a mural in the shape of the United States flag – a visual metaphor of the nation these veterans sacrificed to support.</p><p>“Our students read each essay and were able to gleam a real moment of truth from each of them,” Marsh said. “And with around 40 percent of my class having some connection to the military, (a flag) seemed like the perfect metaphor to use to talk about what our veterans are experiencing.”</p><p>A student in Marsh’s class and the wife of an active-duty soldier, Macon St. Hilaire was present alongside her professor at the event. Through the production of the piece, St. Hilaire said, she was able to make a commentary on the challenges of military life for both soldier and family.</p><p>“For me and the challenges that my husband and I have faced as a (military couple), I was happy that this project gave us a chance to have a voice,” St. Hilaire said. “And I appreciate that programs like VTC exist as a way to support soldiers and help us find the strength to get through all of the challenges they face.”</p><p>For more information on the Goldsmith Press, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333, or email Cindy Marsh at For more information on the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court, call 931-648-5766.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-</p><p><em>Photo caption: APSU art professor Cindy Marsh and APSU student Macon St. Hilaire stand next to a special creation by students in her APSU class, dubbed "Narratives of Hope &amp; Recovery." The creation was presented to the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) during a VTC graduation ceremony, held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Montgomery County Courthouse. (Photo credit: Taylor Slifko)</em></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="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Art Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:57:41 +0000 harriscj 108517 at "Voices," a musical drama from composer Dr. George Mabry featuring APSU faculty to debut Sept. 4 <p>While the town of Whittier, California looked toward its future, one 10-year-old boy was fascinated by its past.</p><p>Founded in 1887 by Midwest Quakers in search of a home for their religious colony, Whittier evolved in the shadow of Los Angeles. By 1963, the final resting place of many of the town’s founders, Clark Cemetery, had fallen into disrepair.</p><p>When Stark Hunter was 10 years old, he became fascinated by what he described as “this neglected, rather eerie looking place.” Seeking to tell the graveyard’s stories, the now-adult poet penned “Voices from Clark Cemetery,” a collection of works based on the town’s earliest residents.</p><p>Inspired by Hunter’s work, Austin Peay State University emeritus professor of music Dr. George Mabry produced “Voices,” a musical drama based on the poetry collection. Written especially for members of the APSU voice faculty, the performance incorporates 15 epitaphs from Hunter’s book into an hour-and 15-minute musical drama.</p><p>The performance takes place Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the APSU campus.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free to APSU students with a student ID.</p><p>Before the show will be a pre-performance discussion with the composer and poet from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the Music Mass Communications Building, room 147, adjacent to the concert hall. All are invited to attend.</p><p>Mabry said Hunter’s work tells the story of 19<sup>th</sup> century Americans and their attempts to answer life’s questions. From each man and woman’s view, Mabry said, we see how people in one small community applied their own perspective to the same problems.</p><p>“Some dealt with the complexities of life with great humor, some with stoic acceptance or austere self-discipline … while others conclude life was too complex to continue the journey and opted out,” Mabry said.</p><p>Mabry has authored a production that takes advantage of the diverse array of talent among APSU’s faculty. Incorporating seven solo voices, two actors, two pianos, one clarinet, one cello and one percussionist, “Voices” is a unique production that the longtime composer said transcends the traditional labels of musical performance.</p><p>“I have attempted to create a marriage between the music and the poetic texts to form a dramatic musical narrative with a heightened sense of emotion,” Mabry said. “From this union is derived an art form that many composers before me have labeled, ‘opera.’ </p><p>“The term opera usually refers to a dramatic work involving continuous music.  ‘Voices’ involves both singing and speaking; therefore, ‘musical drama’ seems a more appropriate descriptive term.”</p><p>For more information on how to purchase tickets, or for information on the APSU Department of Music, contact the department at 931-221-7818.</p> tbr Center of Excellence for Creative Arts Music Theatre & Dance Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:54:03 +0000 harriscj 108465 at Enterprise donation supports APSU career fair <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="APSU_donation_website.jpg" /></p><p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Enterprise Holdings Foundation continued its support of Austin Peay State University earlier this summer with a $3,000 donation. The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has made an annual donation to career services in support of the intership fair held each spring.</p><p>            Ryan Smithson, talent acquisition manager at Enterprise Holdings, presented the donation to APSU on behalf of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its regional subsidiaries, owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.</p><p>            Amanda Walker, director of Career Services, and Megan Brown, assistant director of Career Services, accepted the check on behalf of APSU.</p><p>-30-</p><p>Photo cutline: Ryan Smithson presents a $3,000 donation on behalf of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to Amanda Walker, director of APSU Career Services, and Megan Brown, assistant director of APSU Career Services. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU).</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:47 +0000 boothcw 108398 at APSU to launch pilot program focused on improving experience for autistic college students <p><img src="" width="280" height="365" alt="20120821-Gina-Grogan.jpg" /></p><p>As more attention is given to those diagnosed with autism, young people and their families are receiving the help they need. Social skills like communication, making friends and independence are developed as autistic children go through their formative years.</p><p>But what happens to those children when they become young adults? Autism does not end at a certain age, and many of those diagnosed have the same dreams of higher education as their peers.</p><p>“Earlier this year, we put out a call for people to join us in a focus group because we wanted to see what Austin Peay could do to better support students with autism,” APSU assistant professor Dr. Gina Grogan said. “We received input from so many different people, including professors, students with and without autism, APSU staff and even community members as we tried to see what the University needed.”</p><p>Grogan has worked in special education her entire career, and said the University heard that call and is taking a major step to help its autistic students.</p><p>The answer Grogan and her team devised came in the form of a pilot program designed to assist APSU students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dubbed “Full Spectrum Learning (FSL),” the program seeks to provide comprehensive support for ASD students as they advance through the college experience.</p><p>Modeled after a successful program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, dubbed “MoSAIC,” FSL will offer a curriculum special to the needs of students with autism. Enrolled students will receive one-on-one tutoring, peer mentoring, life coaching and support from FSL staff as they deal with the challenges of college life.</p><p>One unique aspect of FSL is that students are at the heart of its operation. As a pilot program, students will be consulted at every step to find ways to tweak the curriculum and better fit their needs.</p><p>“We're making this program very student centered, so much so that students even came up with the name of FSL,” Grogan said. “We want students involved. We want them to tell us what’s effective, what’s not effective and what we need to do to improve the program.”</p><p>Grogan said her hope is that FSL can provide an opportunity for APSU students in need – many of which, she estimates, are currently coping with their issues in secret.</p><p>“APSU currently has 24 enrolled students who are registered with disability services as having ASD,” Grogan said. “But I’d say that, for every registered student, there are probably four more students who have not enrolled because of the stigma associated with the label (of being autistic.)”</p><p>A recent study of more than 2000 students with disabilities, and more than 600 ASD students, in the journal Pediatrics indicated more than 50 percent of autistic youth had no post-secondary education or employment two years following high school graduation.</p><p>Intelligence is often not the problem for many ASD students. Research shows college-aged ASD students face greater challenges than merely passing an exam, which is why programs like FSL are being developed.</p><p>“There’s a good percentage of students with autism that are intellectually average, or even beyond the average when compared to other students,” Grogan said. “The problems they have to deal with are more social and executive functioning issues.”</p><p>The goal, Grogan said, is to tackle those extracurricular issues and promote retention and completion of college degrees. Beyond that, FSL seeks to help those graduates transition into the professional world.</p><p>“Many (college students with autism) look like everyone else, but they just need some extra help,” Grogan said. “And that’s why special education exists — so that everyone can get the help they need to have a fair opportunity to succeed.”</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="410" height="278" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr Behavioral and Health Sciences Education Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:40:59 +0000 harriscj 108350 at APSU professor Thompson researching history of World War II POWs in Tennessee <p><img src="" width="228" height="350" alt="120206_Antonio_Thompson_-2582_resize.jpg" /></p><p>As thousands of American men traveled overseas to fight for the Allied forces during World War II, a surprising number of captured Axis prisoners of war (POWs) were making the opposite intercontinental journey.</p><p>A total of 425,000 Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan) POWs were held all across the United States in nearly every state. This marked the first time since the Civil War that large numbers of POWs were held on American soil.</p><p>Austin Peay State University history professor Dr. Antonio Thompson has been studying POWs for over a decade.  His current research on the German POWs held in Tennessee has allowed him to travel the state visiting former camps, archives and conducting interviews.  While in Lawrenceburg, he learned about the discovery of hundreds of letters written after the war between former POWs and the farm family in Lawrenceburg that employed them. </p><p>The sister-in-law of Curtis Peters, who is President of the Lawrence County Historical Society, found the letters while cleaning out an older home. Peters contacted Charlie McVey, German professor at Lipscomb University to translate the letters. </p><p>“These letters are a significant find and contribution to the study of POWs. As they were written by the German POWs at the Lawrenceburg, Tennessee branch camp, which housed fewer than 400 men, they will provide a very good primary source and glimpse into that camp,” Thompson said. “The letters are also significant to the larger study as they provide more context to what was happening in the state and nation overall.” </p><p>The discovery of the letters has sparked media frenzy. </p><p>“The discovery of the letters happened at a good time as May 2015 marked the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Germany’s unconditional surrender,” Thompson said. </p><p>Thompson said he is looking forward to continued collaboration and furthering the study of POWs held by the United States, adding that the letters will be part of an ongoing research project collaboration and will be unveiled at Lipscomb University in the fall of 2015, where they will be housed.</p><p>The reasons why the U.S. agreed to house Axis POWs were varied, but Thompson said the decision was justifiably both strategically and legally.</p><p>“First, we must consider that the Geneva Convention stipulated that the POWs be housed and fed equivalent to that of the guards and that they be kept safe,” Thompson said. “In North Africa and later Europe, it was difficult to ship food, clothes, building and electrical supplies and other needed items as it not only cost money, but took up space on ships that needed to be used to support U.S. troops and our war effort.” </p><p>“Also, housing prisoners in such a manner did not guarantee their safety as counter-attacks or aerial bombardments might still endanger them, not to mention there was an opportunity to escape and rejoin enemy lines,” Thompson continued.</p><p>The state of Tennessee housed several POW camps, with Camp Forrest (Tullahoma), Camp Crossville (Crossville) and the Memphis ASF Depot serving as main locations. Forrest was one of the largest camps in the U.S., housing over 20,000 POWs, while branch camps like Lawrenceburg and Tyson had less than 400 men.</p><p>Because of the large number of young men who left the U.S. to fight, POWs were seen as a solution to the problem of farming and construction labor shortages. Men transferred frequently from base camps to other base camps and branch camps, which were usually temporary work camps sited to benefit agricultural needs.</p><p>“U.S. officials agreed that the prisoners could provide their own labor to construct any new housing that was needed,” Thompson said. “It was also decided that prisoners would pay for their upkeep by providing labor to local agriculture. (POWs) would get paid the fair wage.  The prisoner kept a portion of this pay as canteen coupons and the remainder would go into the U.S. treasury.”</p><p>At the end of World War II, all of the captured POWs were required to return home. By agreement with the Allies, POWs had to return to their home countries and home areas, which often meant East Germany, Poland or the Soviet Union – all regions unfriendly to the now-defeated Axis forces. For men that went to the area occupied by Soviet forces, some were tortured, sent to work hard labor or executed.</p><p>Thompson said the Lawrenceburg letters described a lasting relationship between former POWs and the families for whom they worked during their internment. The writing contained within gives a new perspective on the lives of post-war Europeans.</p><p>“(The letters) were between the former POWs and the farm families, and were sent back and forth for a period of years after the war after the former prisoners were sent back home,” Thompson said. “Many of them describe the hardships of post-war Germany and Europe and the difficulty of getting clothes, shoes and food.”</p><p>“Many (former POWs) mention how good they were treated by the Americans,” Thompson added. “They were fed better than in the German military. Of course, they were treated far better than if they had been captured by the Soviet Union.”</p><p>Thompson is currently working on a book that studies the lives of German POWs held in Tennessee during World War II. Through his research, Thompson has visited the former camps and interviewed men involved on both sides of the conflict.</p><p>“I’ve been fortunate to interview many of the former German POWs and American veterans who captured or guarded Axis prisoners, as well as American farmers who employed them or others who encountered them,” Thompson said. “This summer, I traveled to Denmark, Germany and Austria to conduct research and get background information on some of the men I’ve interviewed.”</p><p>Thompson is a published World War II expert, having written a number of books on the subject, including “German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky, 1942-1946,” and “Men in German Uniform: POWs in America during World War II.” Recently, Thompson and fellow APSU professor, Dr. Christos Frentzos, edited “The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History,” a two-volume military and historical chapbook.</p><p>For more information on these works, contact Dr. Antonio Thompson at <a href=""></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="410" height="278" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> tbr History and Philosophy Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:04:37 +0000 harriscj 108342 at New art exhibit at APSU offers powerful look at slave trade <p><img src="" width="600" height="397" alt="Cash_Crop.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is pleased to open its 2015-2016 exhibition season with artist Stephen Hayes and his powerful body of work titled “Cash Crop.”</p><p>“Cash Crop” is an exhibition that invites viewers to walk into an emotional, physical and psychic space to confront the past, present and future. Featuring 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, the work serves as a reminder of the 15 million people kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Additional components of the exhibition include prints, drawings and sculptures that draw further parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today.</p><p>The exhibit opens Aug. 24 at the Trahern Gallery and runs through Sept. 21. A lecture by the artist will take place in the Trahern Gallery at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, with a reception to immediately follow.</p><p>Hayes is an emerging artist from Durham, North Carolina, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been featured in many commercial and institutional galleries and is part of many private and corporate collections. “Cash Crop” has been featured in Burnaway magazine, CNN and PBS, and it was recently exhibited at the 701 Center of Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and the African American Art Museum in Philadelphia.</p><p>For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:19:44 +0000 boothcw 108294 at Dual enrollment class at APSU to give high school students taste of medical school <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the spring of 2016, some of the area’s brightest high school students—including public school, private school and home-school students—will have an opportunity to take a rigorous dual enrollment class at Austin Peay State University to see if they have what it takes to survive in the medical profession.</p><p>            The class, Human Anatomy &amp; Physiology, will be offered from Jan. 19 - April 27, through APSU’s Center for Extended and Distance Education, with Clarksville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cooper Beazley leading the class.</p><p>            “This is not a class for beginners; it’s not a class where you can catch up. It moves very fast,” Beazley said in a video promoting the class. He added, “The real reason to do it is to give you an exposure to what you’d encounter in medical school.”</p><p>            Students who successfully complete the class will earn four hours of APSU college credit toward a bachelor’s degree. The class will also give these high school students a head start on their medical careers, by providing them with a taste of what they’ll experience in medical school, which is why it is only for high performing, serious individuals.</p><p>            The class will meet on the APSU main campus from 6-8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with labs held on some Friday evenings and Saturdays. In those labs, students will gain hands-on experience equivalent to a third year medical student.</p><p>            Eligible students must have completed their high school biology and chemistry requirements, and commit themselves to full attendance, regardless of the class’ interference with extra-curricular activities. To enroll, students must also have an ACT composite score of at least 30, and ACT math and science sub-scores of at least 24.</p><p>           The deadline to submit an application, available at <a href=""></a>, is Sept. 21, 2015. Selected students will be notified by Oct. 1, including those on a waiting list, and a meeting with Dr. Beazley and APSU staff will take place later that month.</p><p>            For more information, visit <a href=""></a>, and click on the link for the anatomy and physiology cohort. </p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:59:05 +0000 boothcw 108289 at APSU Greek community has record number attend leadership institute <p>            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This summer, the North American Interfraternity Conference hosted its 26<sup>th </sup>Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) in Bloomington, Indiana, and 17 Austin Peay State University students received scholarships to attend the event, which is the largest attendance for this leadership development institute in the University’s history.</p><p>• Aristeo Ruiz and Tyler Bailey received a scholarship from the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Clayton McMurtry received a scholarship from Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Glenna Beaty of Alpha Delta Pi and Bennett Evans of Kappa Alpha Order received a scholarship from the APSU Office of Fraternity &amp; Sorority Affairs to attend UIFI.</p><p>• Brandy Blankenship of Alpha Gamma Delta received a scholarship from the APSU College Panhellenic Council.</p><p>• Austin McKain of Sigma Phi Epsilon received a scholarship from the APSU Interfraternity Council.</p><p>• Zana Morris of Delta Sigma Theta, Tyler Ragland of Phi Beta Sigma and Jennifer Freeland of Delta Sigma Theta received scholarships from the APSU National Pan-Hellenic Council.</p><p>• Antonia Stevenson of Delta Sigma Theta, Brooklyn Allen of Alpha Sigma Alpha, Jordan Reedy of Pi Kappa Alpha, Shelby Fultz of Alpha Sigma Alpha, Mason Devers of Alpha Tau Omega, Jordan Hamaker of Chi Omega and Ryan Honea of Kappa Alpha Order received scholarships from the Student Organization Council to represent their organization as they attend UIFI.</p><p>            Top leaders from fraternity and sorority communities across North America were invited to attend one of the 15 sessions of UIFI this summer. During the institute, participants had the opportunity to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal integrity, fraternity and sorority commitment and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. Further, the institute allows for students to engage with the Bloomington community through the “Into the Streets” program, which is a highlight for Austin Peay students. Overall, the students enhance their focus on living fraternal values and identifying opportunities for growth while also being able to develop a personal action plan for change in their chapters, councils and communities.      </p><p>             For more information, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at APSU, at </p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:58:48 +0000 boothcw 108131 at New APSU student health building named after Wayne and Marianne Ard <p><img src="" width="600" height="400" alt="CSCC-Ard-600.jpg" /></p><p>CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this year, Wayne Ard, president of Ard Construction, met Austin Peay State University President Alisa White for breakfast at a local restaurant. The conversation that morning quickly turned to Ard’s wife, Marianne, who passed away a few months earlier in December 2014.</p><p>“My wife was an education freak,” Ard told President White. “She felt that every high school student should have a college education. She said that education was something you can’t get too much of. So today, in Marianne’s honor, I’ll make a pledge to you.”</p><p>Ard pledged a major financial gift to the University, which will fund, in Marianne’s name, several scholarships for generations of deserving APSU students. In recognition of this extreme generosity, White announced that Austin Peay’s new student health services building will be named the Wayne and Marianne Ard Building. The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the name earlier this summer.</p><p>“For several decades, the Ards have been great friends of this University, and I’m honored that Wayne has chosen to honor his late wife, Marianne, in this way,” White said. “Their love and generosity will be a part of the spirit of this building, which will be a place of healing for many of our students.”</p><p>The Wayne and Marianne Ard Building will occupy a prominent location on the APSU campus, in the former Church of Christ Student Center at the corner of University and College streets. Austin Peay purchased the building last year, and the University plans to move health services and counseling services into the newly renovated space next fall.</p><p>“They (the Ards) both have been generous supporters of Austin Peay State University and many other charitable endeavors in this community,” Fred Landiss, a longtime friend of the Ards, said. “Marianne was very unassuming, and I am sure that she would not relish the attention she is getting, but I know that she would be pleased that Wayne and her family are continuing to support Austin Peay with this gift.”</p><p>In 1989, when the University needed $60,000 to fund a Chair of Excellence in business, Ard Construction announced it would build a house in the St. Bethlehem community and donate the profits from the sale to the APSU Foundation.</p><p>“We sincerely thank Wayne Ard for this unique gift to the university,” then-President Oscar Page said in a Feb. 8, 1989 issue of The All State, APSU’s student newspaper.</p><p>In 1990 and 1991, Marianne served as co-chair of the APSU Candlelight Ball Committee. Along with chair Judy Landiss, she helped raise $25,000 that year to bring the famous General Jackson Showboat to Clarksville.</p><p>“However, they were faced with one major problem; flooding on the Cumberland River would prevent to General Jackson from being able to maneuver under the bridge at Ashland City,” Fred Landiss, Judy’s husband, said. “They had to notify the 325 ball goers of the last minute cancellation and reschedule the event—an ordeal that would make them even greater friends for another nearly 30 years.”  </p><p>Landiss and other friends will be able to recall fond memories of the couple’s generosity, including the great parties the Ards hosted, whenever they pass the building on College Street.</p><p>“We miss Marianne, but her legacy of the giving of her time, talent and resources continues,” Landiss said.</p><p>A special naming ceremony, honoring the Ards, will take place at the site next spring. Details about that event will be announced at a later date.</p> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:03:06 +0000 boothcw 108011 at