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APSU schedules their 2009 summer commencement for Aug. 14th, at the Dunn Center


Austin Peay State University LogoNearly all degree candidates plan to participate in Summer Commencement at Austin Peay State University, scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14th in the Dunn Center.

University officials are reporting there are 270 degree candidates, with 264 of those planning to participate in commencement exercises next week.

The 2009 Summer Commencement will not include a guest speaker, and no faculty or student awards will be presented, officials said. The presentation of faculty and student awards is reserved for honor events in the spring.

For more information about commencement exercises, contact the Office of the Registrar by telephone at (931) 221-7121.

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Week of the Eagles: Veterans Welcome Home ceremony


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell will honor veterans from the Vietnam conflict during multiple “Welcome Home Ceremonies” at Hangar 3 Sunday as part of the Week of the Eagles festivities on Sunday.

The event is designed to be an official welcome home for Vietnam Veterans who never got the recognition and welcome home that every member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives when they return from the Global War on Terrorism. Veterans will stand in formation and march into the hangar where they will be greeted by Family and friends. All Vietnam Veterans – regardless of unit or branch of service – are welcome to attend and participate in the ceremony. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Clarksville Community Concert Association announces their 2009-10 Community Concert Series schedule


ccaThe Clarksville Community Concert Association (CCCA) along with the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is proud to announce the schedule for the 2009-10 Community Concert Series. The CCCA strives to present musical performances of high artistic merit in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area, and to promote the interest in. and enjoyment of live concerts through community outreach and education. The Community Concert Series is one of the major cultural resources for our community. Help support them by becoming a member.

The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, August 31st in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall with the Todd Hill Orchestra. Also appearing this year is Gabriela Montero, The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, The Gateway Chamber Ensemble, and closing out this years series in April 2010 is the Joel Frahm Jazz Quartet. «Read the rest of this article»

Tennessee receives $22 million to support, increase Charter schools


TDOENashville – The Tennessee Department of Education has been awarded a $22 million grant through the United State Department of Education to support the state’s 22 existing charter schools and to increase the number of high-quality charter schools opening in the future.

“Since Tennessee began authorizing charter schools in 2002, we have continued to provide additional and innovative educational opportunities for our students,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “This grant provides unprecedented resources to increase those opportunities and gives Tennessee another chance to show the nation our leadership in the area of education reform.” «Read the rest of this article»

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New Elementary Director Appointed, Sango Gets New Principal


The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools Director Michael Harris today announced the appointment of Priscilla Story as Elementary Schools Director, a position approved in the budget to provide support to the community’s growing number of elementary schools.

Priscilla StoryStory has served as principal at Sango Elementary since it opened in 1996. She previously served as principal at Northeast Elementary, and was an elementary supervisor with the system in addition to serving as a classroom teacher. Story, 58, has been with the system for 36 years.

Emily Vaughn will replace Story as Sango’s principal. Vaughn comes to the position from Moore Magnet School, where she has served as assistant principal for four years and previously taught in the elementary classroom. «Read the rest of this article»

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1st Lt. James A. Gardner Medal of Honor Donation Ceremony


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFORT CAMPBELL – The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will host a Medal of Honor Donation Ceremony on Friday at 10:30 a.m., as the family of 1st Lt. James A. Gardner will donate his medal into the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) atrium in the division’s headquarters. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor Gardner and preserve the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Gardner was one of 246 recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War. 1st Lt. Gardner’s hometown was Dyersburg, Tenn., and he was assigned to the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself, “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU’s Summer Dance Concert is poetry in form and motion


summerdanceconcertDance is the noblest of the Arts. Using a human body as their canvas, a dancers’ performance treats the audience to a visual poetry written with their bodies in both form and motion. That is how I felt this evening when I watched the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Dance Program holding their Summer Dance Concert. One performance remains;  on Wednesday, August 12th, at 7:30PM, Clement Auditorium.

Tick leads the show with three dancers clad in green, Laquimah van Dunk, Alaina Runions, and Caitlin Proctor to the sounds of Tashweesh (interference) by Kronos Quartet.

Followed by the lovely Brittany Hardaway performing a ballet called Gentle Lullaby to the sounds of Se Ymnumen by George Skaroulis. Many of the dancers held neutral expressions on their faces when they performed not so with Brittany. You could see her love and passion for dance etched on her face with every leap and pirouette.

Gentle Lullaby performed by Brittany Hardaway

Gentle Lullaby performed by Brittany Hardaway

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