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» Nearly 1,200 tests were administered over the year by the Office of Disability Services, which allowed students registered with ODS to test in a minimum distraction area maximizing their ability to perform. Testing is one of the most utilized accommodations for students.
» Career Services generated over 11,000 emails to employers announcing events and recruitment opportunities at APSU. These communications supported the addition of 177 new partnerships with employers during the past year.
» In fall of 2017, University Recreation had 130 more students participate in intramural basketball teams and 121 more students participate in intramural flag football teams than the previous fall.
» Nearly 1,800 attended the 2017 NPHC Homecoming Step Show, which featured seven NPHC teams from APSU in competition and one high school team in exhibition.
» Nearly 2,100 attended programs in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center during the fall, an increase of over 1,000 from the previous fall.
» The Hispanic Cultural Center hosted Spanish tutoring in the center with faculty-led tutoring sessions four days each week, and one day with a graduate teaching assistant. Tutoring was also available in the center by appointment.
» Fraternity & Sorority Affairs added three new chapters to campus during the fall. Sigma Kappa Sorority joined the Panhellenic community; Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. began their establishment with the NPHC community, completing “The Divine Nine” and making APSU one of very few campuses to include all nine organizations; and Kappa Sigma International Fraternity returned to the IFC community.
» Patrick Armstrong, coordinator of Student Publications and Marketing, was named to both the National College Media Association’s Fundraising and Finance Committees.
» Over 945 students and alumni scheduled appointments with a career adviser in Career Services during the year.
» Alexandra Wills, director of the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement, was invited to present to the APSU Board of Trustees during the campus spotlight portion of the meeting in September to share the center’s mission and activities. There are 50 approved service-learning courses offered on campus which help students learn skills that enable them to be more involved in their local community, their region and internationally. Students who take these courses typically volunteer 12-15 hours in their community. Wills provided an example involving students working toward getting an old church in Coopertown, Tennessee, on the historical register. The center participates in alternative break programs throughout the year where student groups go to other cities, states and countries to volunteer. Cassie Meadows, a social work major, also spoke to the board about her experience on a winter alternative break trip in Louisiana, where she served meals in a rescue mission, worked at the Audubon Nature Institute and volunteered at a rescue center for pit bulls.
» Nearly 70 educational and informative programs were offered in the fall to freshmen living on campus by student Residence Hall Assistants.
» Over 1,600 library resources were provided for students by the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, including Rosetta Stone language software for Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili and French.
» Nearly 2,600 students visited the Hispanic Cultural Center during the year to use computer stations, participate with tutoring, attend events, and more. The HCC hosted 47 programs, co-sponsored 14 programs, and sponsored a MudBowl team.
The All State student newspaper earns 22 awards
- STATE: Tennessee AP Broadcasters & Media Editors College Awards | First Place for Online Sports Coverage/Program, Second Place for College Photojournalist and Second Place for Online Sports Reporting
- REGIONAL: Best of the South Awards | Ranked First for Best News-Editorial Artist/Illustrator, Ranked First for On-site Op-Ed Writing, Ranked Second for Best Newspaper Page Layout Designer, Ranked Third for Best Press Photographer, Ranked Third for On-site Arts & Entertainment Writing, Ranked Fourth for Best News Graphic Designer, Ranked Fifth for Best College Magazine, Ranked Fifth for Best Feature Writer, Ranked Fifth for Best Press Photographer and Ranked Eighth for Best Press Photographer
- NATIONAL: American Scholastic Press Association | Scholastic Newspaper Award: First Place
- NATIONAL: College Media Association Pinnacle Awards, Best of Collegiate Design | Third place for Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread , Honorable Mention for Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread, Honorable Mention for Best Editorial Illustration and Honorable Mention for Best Social Media Main Page
- NATIONAL: Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show | Sixth place for Newspaper Four-Year Weekly and Ninth place for Website Large School
- NATIONAL: Associated Collegiate Press Individual Awards | Honorable Mention for Design of the Year in Newspaper Page/Spread and Honorable Mention for Story of the Year in Editorial/Opinion
» A new photo gallery was created on the third floor of the Morgan University Center to celebrate and display the photographic work of The All State student photographers. The gallery was launched by Student Publications with space provided by University Facilities.
» Counseling Services saw a 22 percent increase in students seeking services in the clinic during the fall semester.
» The Texts for Vets textbook loan program, sponsored by the Military Student Center, had 761 applications over the year. The Texts for Vets Program assists APSU students with the financial burden of purchasing textbooks. The textbooks provided are donated from the APSU community and distributed to the students through the Military Student Center.
» The Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement (CSLCE), in collaboration with the Learning Opportunities Center and Study Abroad, received a TBR SERS grant to elevate the living and learning community known as ENGAGE that has been offered for the past seven years. The grant provided housing stipends and study abroad funding for the freshman participants. The CSLCE recruited 13 freshmen from the colleges of Business and STEM, and these students moved into their residence halls early and participated in a pre-semester service trip to St. Louis. During the fall semester, the students took two classes together and participated in weekly meetings and study hall sessions. In the spring, the group traveled to Guatemala as part of a service-learning study abroad English 1020 course. This program was a collaboration between CSLCE, Study Abroad and the Learning Opportunities Center to expand the traditional ENGAGE program CSLCE offers through the grant from TBR.
» Counseling Services provided 68 outreach programs during the fall 2017 semester. From the previous fall, individual counseling sessions increased by 30 percent, new clients increased by 25 percent, there were 287 screening sessions representing a 31 percent increase, a 27 percent increase in group sessions and 100 percent increase in crisis visits to the center.
» Since opening in 2008 with 12 chapter townhouses, Greek Village has added sustainability elements such as bicycle racks and solar panel tables to the outdoor area for student engagement and fellowship.
» Student Publications and The All State created an Archive Gallery on the first floor of the Morgan University Center. Front pages were selected from the Woodward Library digital collections of The All State student newspaper and were printed at Printing Services. The images will be updated over time to correlate with events on campus and to continually showcase the impact and history of The All State.
» Amanda Walker, director of Career Services, was appointed to the State of Tennessee Regional Planning Commission for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Region. Walker was nominated by Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and was confirmed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Office. Walker will serve a four-year term on the commission with the primary purpose of providing oversight and guidance in the regional development of the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.
» “Unplugged at the Ard” focused on early intervention for mental health using weekly art, yoga and meditation group sessions to facilitate stress-reduction. Mindful yoga was light yoga focused on stretching and body-centering, meditation was guided to improve relaxation, breathing and mindfulness, and therapeutic art provided students the opportunity to participate in a creative activity focused on self-awareness. The events were sponsored by Counseling Services at The Ard Building.
» There were 19 Greek student leaders who attended the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference and the Southeastern Cultural Greek Leadership Summit in Atlanta. Stephen Dominy, coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, served as SEIFC associate executive director.