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APSU 9th Street parking lot gets Solar Canopy

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On sunny afternoons, the electric meter attached to the Austin Peay State University Hemlock Semiconductor Building won’t be breaking any speed records.

That’s because, in addition to the solar panels on the building’s roof, a new solar parking canopy in the neighboring 9th Street parking lot will feed even more of the sun’s energy into the electrical system, keeping utility costs down.

New Solar Canopy at Austin Peay's 9th Street parking lot. (Linnea Rainey/APSU)

New Solar Canopy at Austin Peay’s 9th Street parking lot. (Linnea Rainey/APSU)

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Austin Peay State University adds five solar picnic tables to campus

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University is continuing its push to offer sustainable energy sources to the campus community with the recent installation of five solar picnic tables.

The tables, located in the Morgan University Center plaza, use solar panels attached to an umbrella canopy to generate 235 watts of electricity.

New solar picnic table on APSU campus

New solar picnic table on APSU campus

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APSU Agriculture Department receives $50,000 donation from Farm Credit Mid-America

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – When Farm Credit Mid-America set out to invest in the next generation of American farmers, the Kentucky-based lender looked south to Austin Peay State University.

That’s because APSU is home to the fastest growing college department of agriculture in Tennessee, with student enrollment in that program increasing by 75 percent in the last five years.

Farm Credit Mid-America staff members present a $50,000 check to Austin Peay State University. (Beth Liggett - APSU staff)

Farm Credit Mid-America staff members present a $50,000 check to Austin Peay State University. (Beth Liggett – APSU staff)

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APSU receives Top National Award for improved efforts in Educational Fundraising

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Starting in 2010, Austin Peay State University has encouraged alumni, friends and supporters to give to The Legacy Campaign, the University’s current capital fundraising program that so far has significantly increased millions of dollars for scholarships and educational endeavors.

APSU is being recognized for its efforts with The Legacy Campaign.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, known in the education circle as CASE, has selected APSU to receive the 2013 CASE Educational Fundraising Award, an honor given to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the U.S.

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University

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Physics Students at Austin Peay send high altitude balloon into Stratosphere

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a farmer in rural Scottsville, KY, spotted a strange, shimmering object in one of his fields. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. It appeared to be nothing more than a Styrofoam beer cooler, wrapped in aluminum foil, with a parachute attached to it.

“What in the world is this?” he reportedly said. Another man with him said it looked like a weather balloon, so the farmer picked up the unusual box and took it back to his garage. The next morning, as he drove down a nearby highway, he happened upon a group of Austin Peay State University students wading through the weeds and tall grass along the side of the road.

APSU students prepare to release a high altitude balloon into the stratosphere. (Photo by Charles Booth)

APSU students prepare to release a high altitude balloon into the stratosphere. (Photo by Charles Booth)

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APSU to receive Green Certification from the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County on September 10th

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In the last several years, Austin Peay State University has worked steadily to become a more environmentally friendly institution. A sustainable campus fee was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.

The University has also added solar panels at the APSU Environmental Education Center, installed Brita Hydration Stations to the residence halls and put in better irrigation systems for landscaping in certain areas of campus. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University physics student builds Spectrometer for Observatory

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In the middle of the night, a little sliver of light shines from the doorway of the observatory in the remote farmland of the Austin Peay State University Environmental Education Center.

Inside, maybe with a cup of coffee or a soda to keep her awake, is APSU physics student Katie Boedges, waiting for the Cat’s Eye Nebula to appear in the night sky.

“It rises at 1:30am in the morning, so I’m usually going to be there all night long,” she said. «Read the rest of this article»

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Cattle donation allows APSU Agriculture Department to expand offerings

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In August of 2010, the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture had the unfortunate designation as being both a small and growing program within the University. Its student population had increased by about 20 percent in two years, but the department only had three full-time faculty members.

“We needed an additional faculty member to help us teach the increase in students, but late that summer, I was getting word we might not get a new position,” Dr. Donald Sudbrink, chair of the APSU Department of Agriculture, said. “Then we received this wonderful donation, and so many positive things happened in rapid succession. It was a game changer for us.”

Chad Pugh, with the APSU Department of Agriculture, gives visitors a tour of the University’s Environmental Education Center, or APSU Farm, during last week’s Preserving the Pride Celebration. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU Public Relations and Marketing).

Chad Pugh, with the APSU Department of Agriculture, gives visitors a tour of the University’s Environmental Education Center, or APSU Farm, during last week’s Preserving the Pride Celebration. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU Public Relations and Marketing).

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Mission Clarksville Students Grow Food at APSU Farm to Help Feed Area’s Hungry

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On a hot morning in July, a group of local teenagers gathered in a massive garden off Pickens Road to get their hands dirty. They came to pull weeds and water plants, and after several hours in the hot sun, they left with several bushels of fresh vegetables.

“It was great having those kids out here,” Dr. Donald Sudbrink, chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture, said. “They were so enthusiastic about learning and working in our APSU Victory garden.”

Mission Clarksville Students pulling weeds the APSU Victory garden.

Mission Clarksville Students pulling weeds the APSU Victory garden.

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New Observatory Opens at APSU Farm

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Shortly before sunset last Friday evening, a large crowd of stargazers gathered at the Austin Peay State University Environmental Education Center off Pickens Road, hoping to get a good look at the moon or possibly Mars.

The center, also known as the APSU Farm, sits only a few miles from Governor’s Square Mall and is somewhat affected by that area’s light pollution, but as of Friday, it has become the one of the best spots in Clarksville for astronomers to congregate.

That’s because, next to the barns and hay bales, APSU has opened a new observatory with a retractable dome and a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope, featuring the same optical design as NASA’s Hubble Telescope.

New APSU Observatory offically opens.

New APSU Observatory offically opens.

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