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2020-21 Student Handbook & Calendar

About APSU

The APSU sign at the entrance of campus

The About APSU section includes the following:

 


Letter from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Fellow Govs:

This year will prove to be one of the most dynamic times in the history of higher education.
We are faced with significant environmental changes that are truly impacting the course of
college delivery. I want you to understand we support you and your personal and professional
development now and into the distant future. We will continue to provide exemplary experiences,
spaces, places, and services regardless of the medium. We will facilitate challenging
conversations to embrace our differences for a common good. We will help you become more
engaged global citizens and better discerning lifelong learners. I encourage you to utilize the
resources we provide and to connect with our outstanding faculty and staff. I also hope that
you recognize that coming to Austin Peay embeds you into the Gov nation. We have a personal responsibility to look after and uplift one another. Please take this responsibility seriously. I wish you the best time here at APSU. Lets Go Peay!

Eric Norman, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

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The Basics

Gov. Austin Peay: Austin Peay was governor of Tennessee and a favorite son of Clarksville. Peay signed a law establishing Austin Peay Normal School on April 26, 1927. Although Austin Peay State University has a 93-year history, institutions of higher learning have occupied the campus since 1806.

Campus and enrollment: Austin Peay State University consists of more than 75 buildings on three sites occupying 637 acres. These sites include the Clarksville campus downtown, the Fort Campbell campus and the Environmental Education Center.

Austin Peay continues to be a leader in growth among public universities in Tennessee. We serve students from every region of Tennessee, many of the 50 states and several foreign countries.

The Govs: In the infant years of intercollegiate competition, Austin Peay’s athletic representatives were often called “Normalites” or “Warriors.” The present “Governors” tag surfaced around 1937, probably as a tribute to Gov. Austin Peay.

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History

Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that, for more than 214 years, has been used for educational purposes, and on which the buildings of seven colleges have stood:

Rural Academy
1806-1810
Mount Pleasant Academy
1811-1824
Clarksville Academy
1825-1848
Masonic College
1849-1850
Montgomery Co. Masonic College
1851-1854
Stewart College
1855-1874
Southwestern Presbyterian University         
1875-1925   
Austin Peay Normal School
1927-1943
Austin Peay State College
1943-1967
Austin Peay State University
1967-present

Harned Hall, pictured top middle, is the only building still standing from this aerial image circa 1935.

The University began as Austin Peay Normal School when it was created as a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution by Act of the General Assembly of 1927 and named in honor of Gov. Austin Peay, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established. Limited in purpose and resources initially, the school gradually grew in stature over the years to take its place
among the colleges and universities under the control of the state Board of Education.


In 1939, the state board of education authorized the school to inaugurate a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The degree was first conferred on the graduating class at the 1942 Spring Commencement. By Act of the Tennessee Legislature of Feb. 4, 1943, the name of the school was changed to Austin Peay State College. In 1951, the state board authorized the College to confer the
Bachelor of Arts degree and, in 1952, to offer graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education.

During its history, 10 presidents and four acting presidents have served the institution:

John S. Ziegler                                                
1929-1930                  
Philander P. Claxton
1930-1946
Halbert Harvill
1946-1962            
Earl E. Sexton (Acting)
September-December 1962
Joe Morgan
1963-1976
Robert O. Riggs
1976-1987
Oscar C. Page
1988-1994
Richard G. Rhoda (Interim)
July-October 1994
Sal D. Rinella
1994-2000
Sherry L. Hoppe (Interim)
2000-2001
Sherry L. Hoppe
2001-2007
Timothy L. Hall
2007-2014
Alisa R. White
2014-2020
Dannelle F.W. Whiteside (Interim)
August 2020-present
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Mission Statement

Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources. Collectively, these endeavors contribute significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, physical and cultural development of the region. APSU prepares students to be engaged and productive citizens, while recognizing that society and the marketplace require global awareness and continuous learning. This mission will be accomplished by:

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Vision Statement

APSU’s vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills and values for life and work in a global society.

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Alma Mater: “All Hail to Austin Peay”

All Hail our Alma Mater,

All Hail to Austin Peay,

Forever faithful to thy standards will we ever be,

We love thy campus beauty, serene in dignity,

And so we proudly sing this song in praise of thee,

All Hail, All Hail,

We sing in praise of thee,

We love our Alma Mater,

All Hail to Austin Peay.

Words and Music by Dr. Aaron Schmidt, professor of music and band director, 1956-87

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Fight Song: “Smash! Bang!”

Smash! Bang! To victory

Go the Governors of Austin Peay

Clash! Clang! It’s misery

For the minions of the Enemy

Fight on and

Smash! Bang! to Score Again

For it’s ready, set 1, 2, 3!

Smash Bang! Biff Bam! Clash Clang! Rim Ram!

Dash along to Victory!

Let’s Go Peay!  

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Govs Creed

“As a member of the Austin Peay State University community, I will agree to act with personal and academic integrity while interacting with my fellow students, faculty and staff members. I will charge myself to be accountable in all phases of interaction. I will respect the dignity of all persons and will appreciate and celebrate a climate of diversity. I will contribute to the greater good of the community. I will take pride in Austin Peay State University.”

— Established by the SGA Student Tribunal in 2008

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