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Austin Peay State University Professor Chris Gentry pick by National Geographic as state’s geography steward

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) professor Dr. Chris Gentry doesn’t know why his grandmother had the globe, the atlases or the subscription to National Geographic.

“I had no idea where some of the stuff came from,” he said. “But when I was a kid, we’d go to her house, and I would sit and spin the globe, put out my finger, stop it someplace and go, ‘What’s up with Greenland?’”

Austin Peay State University professor Dr. Chris Gentry

Austin Peay State University professor Dr. Chris Gentry

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Austin Peay State University professor Bruce Myers leaves behind state’s top Computer Science Program

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In 1975, shortly after Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Microsoft, a young Austin Peay State University (APSU) math professor decided to teach a computer class.

He didn’t know what the Microsoft duo was doing out in New Mexico, but the ’70s marked a sort of golden age in the young computer world, with the development of the first microprocessor, the floppy disk and the video game “Pong.”

Austin Peay State University's Dr. Bruce Myers dedicated 48 years to serving Austin Peay students.

Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Bruce Myers dedicated 48 years to serving APSU students.

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“Fortnite” animator Kaye Vassey visits with Austin Peay State University Art Students

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – “Fortnite” lead technical animator Kaye Vassey’s art origin story involves her grandfather’s tractor doodles and, of course, Bob Ross. “My grandfather was a World War II Marine Corps vet – full on Marine Corps tattoo on the arm, the South Pacific war horror stories, the whole thing,” Vassey recalled to an animation class at Austin Peay State University.

“But what he really wanted – his family were plumbers, so he became a plumber – was to be an artist.

Kaye Vassey, lead technical animator of Epic Games’ “Fortnite,” speaks to an Austin Peay animation class on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

Kaye Vassey, lead technical animator of Epic Games’ “Fortnite,” speaks to an Austin Peay animation class on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

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Families find a home at Austin Peay over several generations

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Alisha Jerles Horn (’09, ’12) never knew her grandfather, but sometimes, while walking across campus, she pictures him as a tall college student, dressed in an old-fashioned basketball uniform. William Grayford Nutt arrived at Austin Peay in 1937 as a 19-year-old athlete, and sometimes Horn imagines him waving at a pretty, young woman.

Alisha Jerles Horn and her father, Dr. Joe Jerles, look at an old Austin Peay yearbook.

Alisha Jerles Horn and her father, Dr. Joe Jerles, look at an old Austin Peay yearbook.

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APSU classics students “sacrifice” golden eagle during Homecoming ceremony

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Dr. Tim Winters, Austin Peay State University (APSU) Latin professor, raised his face to the warm, bright sky and said, “It’s a good day to sacrifice an eagle.”

Nearby, a golden eagle (or maybe just a turkey-shaped piñata, painted gold) was placed on an altar in the center of campus for the annual Homecoming sacrifice.

APSU Latin professor Dr. Stephen Kershner sacrifices a golden eagle during homecoming.

APSU Latin professor Dr. Stephen Kershner sacrifices a golden eagle during homecoming.

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APSU counseling grad student Melody Shipley earns National Award for 9/11 art therapy project

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) grad student Melody Shipley, a ceramics artist, planned to focus on her pottery full-time, but then in 2015, she went horseback riding.

It was something she did often on her family farm, but that afternoon Shipley ended up on ground, twisting her back and dislocated a rib.

APSU grad student Melody Shipley stands with plates made as part of her art therapy project.

APSU grad student Melody Shipley stands with plates made as part of her art therapy project.

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CMCSS Teachers learn arts integration at Austin Peay State University’s CECA professional development workshop

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – A couple of the grade school teachers held their hands overhead, their fingers dancing at Austin Peay State University. Three other teachers squatted, kneeled or sat, waving their arms back and forth slowly.

In their slow dance, the teachers emulated stars twinkling over slowly moving mountains. In doing so, they were practicing arts integration, an approach to teaching various subjects, such as science, through art, such as dance.

More than 20 local school teachers learned arts integration techniques to help them keep students engaged in learning the arts, such as dance, while learning other subjects, such as science. (Brian Dunn)

More than 20 local school teachers learned arts integration techniques to help them keep students engaged in learning the arts, such as dance, while learning other subjects, such as science. (Brian Dunn)

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Austin Peay State University’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is collecting books for G.H.O.S.T. Halloween event

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – For the 16th consecutive Halloween, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) at Austin Peay State University (APSU) is collecting new and gently used children’s books for its Candy for the Mind project.

Members of the campus and local community are invited to support this effort through donations of books or money for the purchase of books.

Children look through books at a previous Candy For the Mind event at Austin Peay State University.

Children look through books at a previous Candy For the Mind event at Austin Peay State University.

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Austin Peay State University honoring famed campus statue during celebration November 1st

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In 1986, communities across the state honored Tennessee’s cultural heritage during then-Governor Lamar Alexander’s year long Homecoming ’86 celebration. In Clarksville, officials at Austin Peay State University participated in the event by commissioning Dr. James Diehr, professor of ceramics and sculpture, to produce a piece for the University’s front lawn.

The Gateway, James Diehr's sculpture, reveals the Austin Peay State University campus' Browning Building on a foggy morning.

The Gateway, James Diehr’s sculpture, reveals the Austin Peay State University campus’ Browning Building on a foggy morning.

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APSU’s puppy dog bull, Frank the Tank, flush with champion ribbons

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) Beef Cattle Show Team members affectionately call the bull “Frank the Tank”.

But competitors know the grand champion Simmental bull as Ace of Spades.

APSU's Frank the Tank won grand champion at the Wilson County Fair.

APSU’s Frank the Tank won grand champion at the Wilson County Fair.

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