Student Life and Engagement
We’re all about students. Period.
As an APSU student, a majority of your time is spent OUTSIDE of the classroom. Make it count by joining one of our student organizations or clubs, taking part in a leadership opportunity or attending a special program or event.
The Office of Student Life and Engagement is the nexus of student involvement and provides information regarding student organizations, programming opportunities, leadership development, campus activities and events. Students have the opportunity to join the Govs Programming Council and provide fun events for fellow students. Students can also apply to join the Student Organization Council, the oversite body for all student organizations.
Recognizing the important role that student life plays in supporting the co-curricular mission of Austin Peay and the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life and Engagement strives to connect academic and out-of-class experiences through programming and leadership development that establishes a diverse, interactive and responsive learning community. The Office of Student Life and Engagement prepares students to be citizen leaders with an understanding of the global community and a commitment to service.
Adult and Nontraditional Student Center
The Adult and Nontraditional Student Center (ANTS) provides encouragement, engagement, and a convenient respite space for all students. The culture of the center reflects the goal oriented and career focused experience of nontraditional students. This population includes students who are unique from others because of the multiple roles they assume in addition to being a student. They are spouses, parents, caregivers, full-time employees, distance learners, veterans, and any undergraduate student over the age of 25. If you are a nontraditional student, the center’s mission is to reach out to you and engage you through relevant and educational programming.
Further, the center is a comfortable space where students can share, with one another, their educational journey. In such a space, self-efficacy (a student’s personal belief in ability) grows, along with the relationships and cohort building that add meaningful and lasting impressions of the college experience. The center includes a full time student affairs professional and helpful student staff, a computer lab, kitchenette, TV and comfortable furniture. It is in the center that nontraditional students realize they are APSU ANTS, red and black, small but strong, and the best at using cooperation and teamwork to get the job done. The ANTS Center is open Monday-Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm during the Fall and Spring semesters; and from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Fridays and other semesters.
All are welcome, for more information contact the ANTS Center at 931-221-6854 or email ANTSC@apsu.edu
Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center
The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is an important University entity dedicated to providing knowledge and programming about the historic and contemporary contributions, achievements, and social perspectives of African Americans and other people of African descent. The Center’s mission is intertwined with the University’s goals relative to the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical thinking inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society. The primary purpose includes aiding in the retention of African American students, and educating and motivating all students to be highly aware and appreciative of the diverse cultures that define the contemporary world.
Through its provision of many student-centered and student-oriented programs, events, and special services, the Center plays a vital role in assisting African American students to incorporate in their educational and social aspirations a commitment to serve their communities; and that they are highly motivated to take their rightful place as professionals and other social leaders in American society, specifically, and in the global world, generally.
Fraternity and Sorority Affairs oversees all social/social service fraternities and sororities on campus. Individual chapters are members of representative governing bodies (College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council) that promote leadership development, excellence in scholarship, community service, philanthropy and positive interfraternal relationships.
Social fraternities and sororities are active participants in University programs, activities, and special events, and are well known and respected for their many volunteer, service, and fundraising contributions to the local community and national philanthropies. A high percentage of campus student leaders are members of sororities and fraternities at Austin Peay. Membership in social fraternities and sororities is the result of a selection process known either as “Intake” or “Recruitment.”
For the students, by the students. The Govs Programming Council (GPC) is the major student programming organization on campus. It is made up of committees that allow students to give input into the selection of recreational, social, diversity, and educational programming. Students gain hands-on experience with the planning and implementation of campus-wide events. General membership in the GPC is open to any undergraduate APSU student, while executive members must meet a GPA requirement, leadership experience, and preferably have experience with the organization as a general member. Meetings are most Mondays at 5pm in MUC 307.
The Hispanic Cultural Center is an important University entity dedicated to providing knowledge and programming about the historic and contemporary contributions, achievements, and social perspectives of Latinos and Hispanic Americans. The Center’s mission is intertwined with the University’s goals relative to the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society. The primary purpose includes aiding in the retention of Hispanic and Latino students, and educating and motivating all students to be highly aware and appreciative of the diverse cultures that define the contemporary world.
The Hispanic Cultural Center also serves as a place where Hispanic and Latino students can connect meaningfully with and take great pride in their heritage in a nurturing environment. Through its provision of many student-centered and student-oriented programs, events, and special services, the Center plays a vital role in assisting Hispanic and Latino students to incorporate in their educational and social aspirations a commitment to serve their communities; and that they are highly motivated to take their rightful place as professionals and other social leaders in American society, specifically, and in the global world, generally.
All students are welcome. The Hispanic Cultural Center’s motto is: “Where strangers become amigos and amigos become familia.” For more information, call (931) 221-6645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Austin Peay State University competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Athletic Department sponsors men’s teams in football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and cross country; and women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, tennis, cross country, softball, golf, indoor and outdoor track, and soccer.
The Military Student Center serves as a location for fellowship and relaxation for veterans, active duty/reserve personnel, ROTC students, and military family members that attend the university. It includes a computer center, lounge, and dining area to allow students to either work on homework or to relax and unwind from the day surrounded by students with similar backgrounds and experiences. The Center offers programs and services throughout the academic year to address the unique challenges of this student population. These programs include Texts for Vets, workshops, group talks, and special events. The Military Student Center is open to all Austin Peay students, no military affiliation is required.
The Center also employs friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable staff willing to help students, and especially assist military and veteran students with their transition into college life. The MSC is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m./Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at: 931-221-1685.
The National Alumni Association of Austin Peay State University is an organization designed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of the University through the development of a program of mutually beneficial relations between the alma mater and its alumni. The association was founded in 1936 and became a national association in 1990. Its membership consists of graduates, former students, and friends of the University. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected from its membership. The mission of the organization is to serve the University by providing an association for interaction among alumni, students, faculty, and administrators; and to encourage financial support for the academic programs, student scholarships, and general development of the University, as well as provide assistance in the recruitment of new students.
The headquarters of the APSUNAA and the Alumni Relations Office is located in the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.
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The three branches of the Student Government Association consist of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial bodies. The purpose of the Student Government Association is to be the voice of all students by connecting students to other students, faculty, staff, and administration in order to improve the quality of student life and strengthen the Austin Peay State University community.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the President, Vice President, Executive Secretary, and Chief Justice. The legislative power of the SGA is the Senate that consists of representation from each class and college. The Judicial branch is the Student Tribunal and serves as the highest student court. The Student Government Association is advised through the Office of Student Affairs by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
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Student organizations provide a valuable service to the campus community by promoting leadership development, community spirit, activism, public service, and social and cultural interaction. As a student of Austin Peay, you have the unique opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities in more than 100 clubs and organizations. The focus of these organizations can be social, religious, political, educational, economic, or athletic in nature. APSU uses PeayLink to connect organizations to students. Each organization has a page; you can learn about what they do, how to be a member, and who to contact to get involved. Joining an organization is only a few clicks away!
The Student Organization Council (SOC) serves as a liaison between student organizations for the purpose of planning and implementing programs and events. The council is the governing body for student organizations responsible for the allocation of funding and providing information to student organizations on changes in policies or procedures.
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The All State
Student Publications houses the primary student-run publication on campus, The All State newspaper. The department is also responsible for producing and publishing the New Student Guide and Student Handbook & Calendar each year in addition to many other projects.
The department provides a practical learning environment for any eligible student who chooses to apply. Student staff gain valuable experiential learning that enhances concepts and lessons covered in the classroom through a practical setting and operation that mimicks a real-world environment. Student staff can apply classroom learning and develop a portfolio of work samples in an array of disciplines that include journalism and writing, graphic design, marketing, advertising, business management, and more.
About The All State
Since 1929, The All State has served as APSU’s campus newspaper. The All State is published weekly and is a means for the expression of student opinion and a medium for the dissemination of timely news relevant to the campus community. It is distributed in print in many locations at APSU’s main campus and at Fort Campbell, Ky., Highland Crest in Springfield, Tenn. and a few locations in the Clarksville community.
The All State is produced and managed by both graduate and undergraduate students with the guidance of the Coordinator for Student Publications. Student staff members receive scholarships for the work they produce. The Office of Student Publications is in the Morgan University Center, Room 111. Writing, editing, photography, design, advertising, business and other creative and leadership positions are available on The All State staff.
The All State also maintains and operates an online presence 24/7. The All State’s website, www.theallstate.org, allows students to stay connected to news and information as it happens. You can also visit The All State on Facebook by clicking here, and follow them on Instagram (@theallstate_apsu) and Twitter (@TheAllState).
Enrolled students of any major are welcome to apply for positions by visiting www.apsu.edu/student-pubs, or pick up an application in the Student Publications newsroom. For more information, call 931-221-7376, e-mail email@example.com or stop by MUC 111.
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The literary review is published annually by students under the supervision of the Department of Languages and Literature. Its purpose is to promote and stimulate interest in creative writing; it provides students interested in the art of writing an opportunity to acquire experience in creative writing and to achieve satisfaction in seeing their work in print.
Foy Fitness and Recreation Center
The vision of University Recreation is to provide the APSU community with opportunities to develop and enhance all aspects of wellness through quality recreational programs and services.
In January 2007, the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center opened. It features a three-court multipurpose gymnasium, four racquetball courts, indoor walking track, climbing wall, a cycling studio, two multipurpose fitness studios, locker rooms and equipment desk. Patrons are able to check out items such as basketballs, cornhole boards, racquetball racquets, rock climbing gear, and towels for free and bicycles for a small fee. The Drew Simmons Fitness area, now housed within the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, is designed to provide a wide variety of physical fitness opportunities. It features a vast array of cardio machines, pin-selected cable, and plate loaded strength equipment and dedicated space for free weight exercises. In spring 2008 an outdoor swimming pool with lap lanes and ample lounging space was added.
The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and offers a variety of informal, educational, and competitive activities to meet and expand the interests of our constituents. We regularly facilitate wellness workshops, organize intramural sports leagues and tournaments, and help students establish sport clubs. Our group fitness schedule is exceptionally diverse, including dance, mind/body and general fitness classes for all abilities. Adventure recreation takes activities off-campus to great state and regional locations and provides camping equipment rental to patrons who prefer independent ventures. Since 2008 our Jr. Govs Camp caters to our prospective college students ages 5 to 14 years old. We offer a variety of activities for 10 weeks in the summer from 7am to 530pm; Monday-Friday. Operating hours, facility reservation/rental information, personal training details, a full group fitness schedule, dates and times for specific events and other information can be found on our website at www.apsu.edu/recreation, or call us at (931) 221-7564 for more information.
Participation in all activities is voluntary, and each individual assumes the associated risks. Participants are strongly urged to consult a physician prior to engaging in any activity, and health and medical insurance are strongly recommended as well.