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May 12-18, 2014


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Warhawks open play today in AUM bracket of NAIA Softball Championship

 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship logo
The No. 3 Auburn Montgomery softball team will open play in the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round AUM Bracket on Monday when it entertains Bryan College at 4:30 p.m. at the AUM Softball Complex. The opening round will begin with No. 20 Houston-Victoria taking on Indiana University Southeast at 2 p.m. Ticket prices will be sold on a per day basis for the tournament. Fifty-two chair-back seats are available for purchase for $10, while general admission will be $8. Student tickets of any participating team will be $5. Children 6 years of age and under will receive free admission.

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Warhawks tennis teams land bye in first round of NAIA Championship, begin play Wednesday

 2014 AUM men's and women's tennis teams
Both the Auburn Montgomery men's and women's tennis teams will receive first-round byes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's and Women's Tennis National Championship. The single-elimination tournament will take place May 13-17 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. The AUM women (18-7) will begin their pursuit of a fourth consecutive national title as the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The Warhawks will be playing for their 14th national championship and will open play against the winner of Concordia (Calif.) and Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday, May 15 at 9 a.m. The men's team (22-3), who finished last season as national runners-up, will begin its quest for the program's 10th title. AUM earned the No. 2 seed and will await the winner of Aquinas (Mich.) and Webber International (Fla.) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Staff Council hosting health and wellness fair on May 21

(NOTE - date correction; May 31 was previously reported)
The Staff Council invites all employees to the 2014 AUM Health and Wellness Fair for great information, new ideas, and door prizes. The fair will be in Taylor Center 230 on Wednesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come check out campus and community health and wellness resources and businesses such as: AUM Wellness Center, American Behavioral, GunsOut Crossfit, Fleet Feet, Healthy Tigers/TigerMeds, Wellness Works, The Vitamin Shoppe, Montgomery School of Bodywork and Massage, EarthFare, Montgomery Multisport, and the Herb Shop. Don't miss it - there will be door prizes, including a $25 gift card to Target!

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AUM Connected looking to hook next book after Big Fish

In addition to reading Big Fish over the summer, AUM Connected encourages all faculty, staff and students to begin reading and thinking about possible suggestions for our next reading selection. During the month of September, we will be soliciting recommendations for the 2015-16 common reading book. Looking for inspiration? Check out the books in the AUM Connected section of the library on the second floor, past the reference desk near the general browsing section. Many of these books have been selected by other university programs. New books are being added on a regular basis.

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Hundreds make pledge on Denim Day to help prevent sexual assault

On April 23, Army ROTC, the Counseling Center, the Office of Orientation and Transitions, and the Office of Accountability and Advocacy hosted National Denim Day at AUM. On this day, everyone around the nation was asked to wear denim to support sexual assault awareness. Denim Day came into existence after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex."  Not only were people asked to wear denim, they were also asked to make a pledge to help prevent sexual assaults and harassment. AUM had a great turnout, with 249 students, faculty and staff making the pledge.

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Warhawk Cup a success for sport management students and women's basketball

The third annual Warhawk Cup Golf Tournament was held April 25 at Lagoon Park. More than 70 golfers took part in the event which benefits the AUM women’s basketball team with their annual expenses.
The tournament also provides sport management students the opportunity to put theory into practice. Students in the Sport Sales and Promotions class assist with the event by building relationships with sponsors and groups. The tournament is then staffed by both the women’s basketball players and the sport management studentsThis year’s tournament would not have been possible without the support of many local businesses, including Country Financial, Coca Cola, and AUM Housing and Residence Life. Meals were provided by food sponsors Chipotle (dinner), Chick-fil-A (lunch), and Cupcakes by Tish (dessert). For more information about the tournament, contact Amanda Hodge or Hannah Whigham.

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University Relations streamlines POA process, eases burden on clients

Effective May 8, all Pre-Order Approval forms will be coordinated through Megan Bronson in University Relations. If you utilize UR's design services for your project, Megan will send you a completed POA with the final proof(s). If you need to submit a POA for a project that was done by someone other than UR, please send the POA to Megan, and she will obtain the necessary approvals. UR hopes this procedure will make the POA process smoother and more efficient for our clients.

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Dining Services announces pre-summer and summer hours of operation

Here are the hours for Dining Services over the break between spring and summer terms:

  • The Roost - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The AUMazing Bean - closed
    • NOTE - Friday, May 16, The Roost will serve FREE regular and decaf coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here are the hours for summer term:

  • The Roost - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The AUMazing Bean - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Warhawk Hall convenience store - Monday through Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.
  • Warhawk Hall convenience store - Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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For Students@AUM

Business students help thousands of families prepare tax returns

During the 2014 tax season, 11 AUM students volunteered at a free tax preparation site in Montgomery through the SaveFirst program to prepare more than 1,200 tax returns for working families. The students helped the families secure $2.7 million in tax refunds and saved them $360,000 in commercial tax preparation fees.

“SaveFirst is a great experiential learning activity for AUM tax students,” said Dr. Teresa Lang, Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting. “This is one of those rare win/win partnerships. The taxpayers get their tax returns prepared at no cost to them. Most of the taxpayers get refunds, which feed into the local economy, and the AUM students gain confidence in their ability to apply what they have learned in class. Students frequently share how happy they are to have helped someone and how they feel they made a difference. In the end, the experience usually makes a difference in their class performance, too.”

AUM students collaborated with more than 550 students from 15 other campuses across the state to assist low-income, working families. In total, SaveFirst students assisted more than 8,200 families who claimed $14.9 million in refunds and saved approximately $2.5 million in commercial preparation fees - a 31 percent increase in families served compared to the last tax season

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People at AUM

Dr. Laura Carpenter
Dr. Laura Carpenter, Head of the Department of Counselor, Leadership, and Special Education, was registrar and co-director for Sunshine Camp in April. Sunshine Camp is a weekend retreat for adults with intellectual disabilities. The camp is located at Blue Lake in the Conecuh National Forest near Andalusia, Ala. Thirty campers and 20 volunteer counselors enjoyed a weekend of recreation, arts and crafts, music, canoeing, and other fun activities. Two AUM students, Christine Ganous and Erin Blanton Harvell, attended as counselors.

Dr. Don Chon
Dr. Don Chon
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice and Public Safety, has had his research article "Gender Equality, Liberalism and Attitude toward Prostitution: Variation in Cross-National Study" accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Violence.

  Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba
Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba, Director of the Center for Demographic Research and Professor in the Department of Sociology, presented the paper "The Labor Force Participation and Earnings Gap among African Immigrant Women in the United States" at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America held in Boston, Mass., May 1-3. This paper was co-authored with Esther Crystelle Eyinga Dimi, a doctoral student at the University of Yaounde’ II in Cameroun.

P.J. Leto
P.J. Leto
, a junior pitcher and third baseman on the Warhawks baseball team from Tampa, Fla., was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team for his efforts to help the Warhawks upset top-seeded Faulkner in the first round of the tournament. Read more at

 Dr. Qiang Zhai
Dr. Qiang Zhai
, Professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures, delivered a keynote speech titled "Religion and U.S. Policy toward China during the Early Cold War" at the International Conference on “The Cold War and Christianity in East Asia, 1945 – 1990” hosted by Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Ming Hua Theological College, Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre on April 11 in Hong Kong.

Headlined by Pitcher of the Year for junior Cassie Daniels and Coach of the Year accolades for head coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson, the Auburn Montgomery softball team placed a league-high nine members on the Southern States Athletic Conference postseason awards list. Daniels also earned First-Team All-Conference honors and was joined on the first team by junior Katie Spain and sophomores Taylor Powell, Lauren Shaw and Kayla Hale. In addition, junior Amie Kelly and freshman Therese Byrne were selected to the SSAC All-East Division team, while Byrne and Alexia Boggess were chosen to the All-Freshman team. Read more at

For their work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Theatre AUM students Chris Howard, Jordan Lewandowski and Tina Neese have earned Irene Ryan acting nominations. Allyson Lee received a National Stage Management nomination. Katie Lindgren was nominated for the Allied Technologies Award in costume construction. The following students are National Design nominees: Michael Krek (scenery), La'Brandon Tyre (lighting), and John Davis (sound). Faculty member Val Winkelman was awarded the Excellence in Design Award (costumes). All the student nominees are eligible to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional conference in February 2015.

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This week at AUM

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Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 14

Thursday, May 15

Friday, May 16

Saturday, May 17


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