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 service opportunity or attending a special program or event.
The Office of Student Life and Engagement is the nexus of student involvement and where information is available 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 governing body of 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 (ANTS) Center provides encouragement, engagement, and a convenient respite space for degree seeking adult learners and nontraditional students. This population includes students who are unique from others because of the multiple roles they assume in addition to being a student. These include spouse, parent, caregiver, full-time worker, distance learner, veteran, and undergraduate student over the age of 23. 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 safe space where adults can share, with one another, their educational journey, difficulties and triumphs. 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 computer lab, kitchenette, TV and comfortable furniture. It is in the center that adult 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 8:00am to 6:00pm during the Fall and Spring semester; Fridays and Summer semesters 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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 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 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 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 recreational, social, and co-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, as well as have experience with the organization as a general member.
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 (MSC) was established to provide support and assist military-related students in connecting with others who have similar interests. It serves veterans, active duty military, ROTC students and family members. There is a lounge for fellowship and relaxation, computers and a printer for personal and academic use, and a study area for individual and group work.
The MSC assists veterans and military students with the transition to college by serving as a clearinghouse of information. With workshops and outreach events held throughout the year to better understand the sacrifices, gifts and challenges of the military culture, the staff within the MSC are always available to assist in resolving academic and personal issues for military-related students. The MSC is located in the Morgan University Center, Room 120, is open Monday-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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More than 100 honor, professional, departmental, social, service, and special interest groups are available to Austin Peay students. Information on these organizations and membership requirements are maintained in the Office of Student Life and Engagement, which registers student organizations. The missions, activities, programs, and expressed opinions of such organizations do not necessarily represent the official viewpoint or opinion of the University.
The Student Organization Council (SOC) serves as a liaison between student organizations for the purpose of planning and implementing programs and events. The council enhances communication and cooperation within the APSU campus community by promoting unity among organizations.
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The All State and The Monocle
Student Publications houses the two primary student-run publications on campus, The All State newspaper and The Monocle yearbook. 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 setting.
The All State & The Monocle Yearbook
Since 1929, The All State has served as APSU’s campus newspaper. The All State is published weekly and is a publication 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. The Monocle yearbook continues the yearbook tradition first established at Austin Peay in 1946.
Both publications are 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 open to enrolled students of any major on The All State and The Monocle staffs.
Each of the publications 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. Follow The All State and The Monocle on Twitter by following @MonocleYearbook and @TheAllState. The Monocle also publishes content online and in print via the ReplayIt mobile app, available for free in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices.
Any enrolled student is welcome to apply for any position 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. The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center 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 checkout 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.
We offer 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 organize 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. 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.