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Dunbar’s Spring Fling: Celebrating nature, wildlife and outdoor exploration


The annual Spring Fling, a celebration of nature, wildlife and outdoor exploration, will be held at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. All activities begin at the visitor center and are free of charge. The start times of some programs may overlap, and children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Donations accepted. Food, Tee shirts, and membership to Friends of Dunbar Cave can be purchased during the day.

Schedule of events:

7:00-8:30 am – Early Morning Bird Hike: Hike the trails at the park; watch and identify birds with members of the Warioto Audubon Chapter. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.

8:45-9:45 am – Backpacking with Tennessee Trail Association: Merri Hinton, an experienced backpacker and long-distance hiker, will demonstrate the needed equipment for backpacking, day hiking and camping.

8:45-9:45 am – Bluebirds in your Backyard: Duane Rice, local Audubon Society leader and bluebird expert will talk about how to host Eastern Bluebirds around your home and property. «Read the rest of this article»

Legislators visit Native Cultural Circle; Tennessee tribes seek state recognition


Dr. James Cossingham, Philenese Slaughter-Treasurer, Sen. Kurita, Virgina Moore-Secretary, Doug Kirby-President. Not Shown- Turner McCullough Jr., member/photographer

Members of the Clarksville Native Cultural Circle sat down with members of the Montgomery County State Legislative Delegation to urge their support for state recognition of Tennessee Native American tribes. In separate occasions, state Senator Rosalind Kurita and state Rep. Joe Pitts each visited with Native Cultural Circle members to learn of their concerns with efforts to achieve state recognition of Tennessee-based Native American Indian tribes and groups. (Additional photo following jump) «Read the rest of this article»

APSU Zone 3 authors showcased during “small press” month


Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will participate in National Small Press Month, a celebration that will highlight the work of many poets and writers who are published in both independent and university-based presses.

Poets published in “Zone 3,” APSU’s literary journal, will read from their poetry collections beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at Davis-Kidd Books in Green Hills. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

Emeritus Professor of English at APSUDavid Till, emeritus professor of English at APSU and the co-founder of “Zone 3,” will read from his debut collection “Oval.”

“The poems are irregular and sensual, concerned with distinct times and places, and he uses natural imagery to capture lived moments,” said Maria Browning in a review of “Oval” published in The Nashville Scene.

“It’s remarkable that he has waited until now to see a collection of his own work made available, but that long wait has given ‘Oval’ a breadth that no one would expect to find in a literary debut. Till has offered a completed journey in a first step,” Browning said. «Read the rest of this article»

Image of the Week: Perfect form

An APSU student does a layup shot in the campus fitness center
Photograph by Bill Larson

An APSU student does a layup shot with perfect form in the campus fitness center.

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Clean energy at Rossview Elementary


As we are all painfully aware, energy prices are accelerating upward. Geothermal energy is a clean alternative source. Geo-thermal simply means the earth’s underground heat. The U.S. Department of Energy says geothermal energy can provide “a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and a more secure energy future for our nation”.

Our county wisely decided to use geothermal heat/air systems at Rossview High, the central office and West Creek Elementary School. The choice to use geothermal when building the new Rossview Elementary school – instead of electric energy from burning coal – is in the hands of our Montgomery County Commissioners. They will vote on this issue on Monday, April 14. A geothermal system will be cost effective overall and better for the environment. «Read the rest of this article»

Local students intern in Washington, D.C.


Four Austin Peay State University students were among 24 Tennessee college students who interned in Washington, D.C., during the Spring 2008 semester.

The internships were offered through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Anthony Haddock worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Jessica Lance interned for Freedom’s Watch. Frankie DeJesus was an intern for U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), and Diana Darks worked for U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). «Read the rest of this article»

APSU offers variety of extended, distance education classes


Develop a new skill, explore a new idea, learn a new language or seek a new career with a class from Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education. Early registrants receive a 10 percent discount on selected courses, and a senior citizen discount is also available on selected courses. Only one discount can be applied per registration and preregistration is required for each course.

Business seminar

  • HR Certificate—Part 3 will meet from 6–8 p.m., Thursdays, April 17–May 15 in APSU’s Clement Building, Room 157. (course $120, supply $8) «Read the rest of this article»
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APSU mock trial explores boundaries of Constitutional Rights


A “Mock Trial” is being held in conjunction with the American Constitutional Law II class being taught by Dr. Greg Rabidoux in the Department of Political Science. This class deals with individual civil liberties including free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. The trial will be held April 8, 10, 15, and 17, (Tuesdays and Thursdays) between 9:30-11:00 at the University Center, Room 308 and is open to the public. The verdict will be announced April 17th at the end of that day’s session.

The issues are on the Bill of Rights and implicate university free speech zones, university speech codes, and the USA Patriot Act powers and students’ rights of free assembly. «Read the rest of this article»

APSU presents flute choir concert


The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present a concert featuring flutists from APSU and local high schools. The concert is under the direction of Lisa Vanarsdel, APSU professor of music, and JoAnn McIntosh, director of the High School Flute Choir.

The concert will start at 7: 30 p.m., Monday, April 7 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

The High School Flute Choir, a Community School of the Arts ensemble, will open the performance with works such as “Three Hungarian Folk Songs” by Matyas Seiber and arranged by McIntosh, “Two Korean Folk Songs” by Kelly Via and “Irish Jig” by Michael Kibbe.

The second half of the show will feature the APSU Flute Choir performing works such as Concerto for Flutes, Op. 15, No. 3 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Nymphs by Gary Shocker, Adagio, K. 411 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Grand Trio, Op. 86 by Friedrich Kuhlau and The Winds for Change by Donald Draganski.

For more information about the performance, contact the department of music by telephone at (931) 221-7818.

Marsalis jazz quintet to play APSU


Classically trained trombonist and award-winning record producer Delfeayo Marsalis will present a concert sponsored by the Clarksville Community Concert Association and the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

The Delfeayo Marsalis Jazz Quintet’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students and APSU students receive free admission with their student ID.

Delfeayo Marsalis with his tromboneA native of New Orleans, Marsalis began studying trombone at the age of 13. He trained at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute and majored in performance and audio production at Berklee College of Music.

Marsalis began producing records at the age of 17. Since then, he has produced more than 75 major-label recordings for artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Marcus Roberts and Branford Marsalis.

He has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton and Max Roach. During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Marsalis’s performance was filmed for the Ken Burns documentary, “Jazz.” «Read the rest of this article»

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