- Austin Peay State University
name=Austin Peay State University
motto=Find Your Place in The World
campus=Urban, 160 acres (0.8 km²)
colors=Red and White
website= [http://www.apsu.edu/ www.apsu.edu]
Austin Peay State University is an accredited public university located in
Clarksville, Tennessee, and operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The school was founded after the former Southwestern Presbyterian College (now
Rhodes College) moved to Memphis in 1925, leaving its former campus in Clarksville unoccupied. In 1929, area civic and political leaders encouraged the state of Tennesseeto purchase the facility and operate it as a public normal schoolfor the training of schoolteachers. This was done, and the institution was renamed in honor of former governorAustin Peay who had died in office in 1927, which many attributed at least in part to stress due to his battles with the state legislatureover educationissues.
The school thus began with the formal name of Austin Peay State Normal School for Rural White Teachers. Racial
desegregation, among other factors, led to a name change to Austin Peay State College, and the institution was granted universitystatus in 1967. The school grew greatly in the late 1940s and 1950s, largely due to veteransattending under the G. I. Bill of Rights, which gave the school a large number of male students for the first time, school teaching at the time of the school's founding having been a largely-female occupation. At the same time, several fields of study in areas beyond educationwere introduced into the curriculum. Much of the recent growth of the school has been in conjunction with programs conducted in conjunction with the United States Armyat nearby Fort Campbell.
The site of Austin Peay State University has also been the site of Clarksville's first educational institutions, Rural Academy (1806-1810) and Mount Pleasant Academy (1811-1824). Later, Clarksville Academy (1825-1848), Masonic College, (1849-1850), Montgomery County Masonic College, (1851-1854), and Stewart College (1855-1874) would occupy this area until the arrival of Southwestern Presbyterian University (1875-1925).
The school's athletic teams, most of which compete in the
Ohio Valley Conference(OVC), are known as the "Governors" in honor of the school's namesake. The school's popular cheer is, "Let's go, Peay!"
The football team had participated in the
Pioneer Football League, but on April 8, 2005announced that it was leaving the Pioneer League at the conclusion of the 2005 season and that the football program would rejoin the Ohio Valley Conference in 2007.
The basketball Govs and Lady Govs have a long tradition of excellence in the OVC. Coach Dave Loos has led Austin Peay to three NCAA tournament berths, on the way to becoming one of the most respected coaches in the conference, as well as its winningest coach. Notable players such as
Trenton Hasselland Bubba Wellscontinue to emerge from the program. In 1987, Austin Peay stunned Illinois in the first round 68-67, becoming just the third 14th-seeded team to knock off a No. 3 seed.
In July-August of 2006, the
Tennessee Titanshad their first training camp on the campus.
Buildings on campus
Educational or administrational
*Felix G. Woodward Library
*Foy Fitness and Recreational Center
*Music/Mass Communication Building
*Simmons Memorial Health Building ("The Red Barn")
*Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hills
*Sundquist Science Center
*Joe C. Morgan University Center
*Sevier Hall (Female)
*Killebrew Hall (Co-ed)
*Miller Hall (Male)
*Rawlins Hall (Male)
*Cross Hall (Co-ed)
*Beatrice Hand Village (Co-ed)
*Emerald Hills (Family Housing)
*Blount Hall (Co-ed, Honors housing)
*Harvill Hall (Co-ed, Honors housing)
*Meacham Apartments (Co-ed)
*Two Rivers Apartments (Co-ed, Honors housing)
Alpha Tau Omega[http://www.austinpeayato.org/home.cfm/sid/640]
Pi Kappa Alpha
Alpha Gamma Rho
Kappa Alpha Psi
Omega Psi Phi
Phi Beta Sigma
Sigma Phi Epsilon[http://www.tneta.com]
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta
Sigma Gamma Rho
Zeta Phi Beta
Alpha Kappa PsiBusiness Fraternity
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Sigma Alpha Iota
"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 Aaron SchmidtMusic by "Governors Own" Austin Peay State University Marching Band directed by Andrea Brown
Accounting,African American Studies,Agriculture,Art,Astronomy,Biology,Chemistry,Communication & Theatre,Computer Science,Economics & General Business,Education,Engineering Technology,Finance Management & Marketing,Geosciences,Health & Human Performance,History,Languages & Literature,Leadership,Mathematics,Military Science,Music,Nursing,Philosophy,Physics,Political Science,Psychology,Public Management,Social Work,Sociology, andWomen's Studies.
*Steve Adams, former
David Bibb, Deputy Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
Riley Darnell, former TennesseeState Senator and current Tennessee Secretary of State
Jeff Gooch, former NFL player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers'96-'01,'04 Detroit Lions'02-'03
Trenton Hassell, NBA basketballplayer, Dallas Mavericks
Tommy Head, former member, TennesseeHouse of Representatives and brother of basketball coach Pat Summitt
Percy Howard, former wide receiverfor the NFL Dallas Cowboys
Douglas S. Jackson, TennesseeState Senator, D-Dickson
Otis Key, player and coach with the Harlem Globetrotters
baseballplayer with the Seattle Mariners
*Steven Lassan, Senior College Fantasy Football Editor (Athlon Sports)
*John Morgan, Comptroller of the Treasury for the State of
*Mary C. Noble, Justice,
Kentucky Supreme Court
Chonda Pierce, Christian comedianand performer
*Joe Pitts, Member,
TennesseeHouse of Representatives, D-Clarksville
Josh Rouse, Noted Singer-Songwriter
George Sherrill, relief pitcher, MLB Baltimore Orioles
Jeff Stec, entrepreneurwho formed Peak Fitness
Jamie Walker, relief pitcher, MLB Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles
*Paula Wall-nutz, critically acclaimed
author, "The Rock Orchard"," "The Wilde Women"."
Bubba Wells, former basketballplayer, NBA Dallas Mavericks
James "Fly" Williams, legendary 1970s basketballplayer; later in the original American Basketball Association
Howie Wright, former basketballplayer, NBA New York Knicks
Bonnie Sloan, first deaf player in the NFL.
Rudy Baylor, fictional character from John Grisham's novel The Rainmaker.
Presidents of Austin Peay
*John S. Ziegler, 1929-1930
Philander Claxton, 1930-1946
*Halbert Harvill, 1946-1962
*Earl E. Sexton (acting), September-December 1962
*Joe Morgan, 1963-1976
*Robert O. Riggs, 1976-1987
*Oscar 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-Present
* [http://www.apsu.edu/ Official website]
* [http://go.apsu.edu/ Office of Admissions - Future student Web site]
* [http://www.apsugovernors.com/ Official Web site for Austin Peay athletics]
* [http://www.peaymania.com/ APSU Fan Message Board - Peaymania.com]
* [http://www.apsucheersquad.com/ Official Cheerleading & Pom Website]
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