Austin Peay State University believes the collegiate experience of students is enhanced through involvement in educationally purposeful programs and activities outside of the classroom environment. The vision of the Division of Student Affairs is to be responsive, innovative, supportive, and empowering. Specifically, the mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to provide programs and services for students that facilitate opportunities for leadership and personal development, promote health and wellness, build a sense of community and loyalty to the institution, provide appreciation for diversity, and support their educational goals.
The Division of Student Affairs is represented in its mission by the following departments: Office of Student Affairs; Boyd Health Services; Child Learning Center; Student Counseling Services; Dean of Students Office; Disability Services; Fraternity and Sorority Affairs; Housing, Residence Life, and Dining Services; University Recreation; Student Life and Engagement; Student Publications; African American Cultural Center; Hispanic Cultural Center and Military Student Center. Each of the departments incorporates human and student development philosophies in their programs and services.
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 fraternities and sororities on campus. Individual chapters are members of representative governing bodies (Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council) that promote leadership development, excellence in scholarship, community service, philanthropy and positive inter-Greek 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.”
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 Latino 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.
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 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.
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 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.
The All State and The Monocle
Since 1929, The All State has served as APSU’s campus newspaper. The All State is a weekly publication for the expression of student opinion and a medium for dissemination of timely news relevant to the campus community. The office is located in the Morgan University Center, Room 111. The Monocle continues the yearbook tradition first established at Austin Peay in 1946. The Monocle preserves memories of the year in hundreds of brilliant color photos and stories and recounts important events of the year. Both publications are produced and managed by students with the guidance of the Coordinator for Student Publications. Applications for writers, editors, advertising representatives, designers, photographers and other creative and leadership positions are always accepted for both publications and can be picked up in the Student Publications office, or can apply online by visiting the Student Publications website at www.apsu.edu/student-pubs. All majors are welcome. For more information, call 931-221-7376 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Tower - “The Red Mud Review”
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.
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, featuring a 3-court multipurpose gymnasium, indoor walking track, climbing wall, a cycling studio, modern fitness studios, and locker rooms. The Drew Simmons Fitness area, now housed within the Foy Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness space with a full array of cardio, pin-selected and free weight equipment as well as other fitness accessories and tune-in televisions. In spring 2008 an outdoor swimming pool with lap lanes and ample lounging space was added. In fall 2009, Blondie’s, a popular local eatery, began operations in the café offering gourmet coffee, smoothies, a variety of sandwiches, soups, and more.
We offer a variety of informal, educational, and competitive activities to meet and expand the interests of our constituents. We regularly facilitate fitness and nutrition workshops, organize intramural sports leagues and tournaments, and help students organize sport clubs. Our group fitness schedule is exceptionally diverse, including dance, water aerobics and general fitness classes for all abilities. Adventure recreation takes activities off-campus to great state and regional locations, and Junior Govs Summer Camp keeps kids 5-14 busy all summer. 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.
The following organizations recognize and honor students for their academic achievements, leadership qualities and service. Membership offers students the opportunity to associate and interact with others who have similar goals and interests.
Go to www.apsu.edu/sle for a complete list of recognized groups and organization information.
- Ag Pre Vet Club
- Alpha Kappa Psi (Business)
- American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Chi Epsilon Mu (Chemistry)
- Del Square Psi (Physics)
- Galois Math Club
- Geo Club
- Graduate Student Network
- History Club
- Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
- National Art Education Association
- National Association for Music Education Collegiate (NAfME)
- National Broadcast Society
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music-Males)
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- Pre Law Society
- Pre Professional Health Society
- Psychology Club
- Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (Music-Females)
- Social Work Club
- Society for Technical Communications
- Sociology Club
- Student Nurses Association
- Student Tennessee Education Association
- Alpha Psi Omega
- Alpha Sigma Lambda
- Beta Beta Beta
- Chi Sigma Iota
- Delta Tau Alpha
- Eta Sigma Phi
- Gamma Beta Phi (Top 20% of class)
- Golden Key Honour Society
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Lambda Nu (Radiological Sciences)
- Laurel Wreath
- Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
- Order of Omega (Greek Leadership)
- Phi Alpha (Social Work)
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Phi Kappa Phi (Interdisciplinary)
- Pi Mu Epsilon
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- Sigma Beta Delta
- Sigma Delta Pi- Pi Nu (Spanish)
- Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)