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June 23-29, 2014

2014SummerSongWeek_blast  Employees - remember the "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" game? This week's Summer Song of the Week takes you back to the movie that made Bacon a star -  "Footloose," performed by movie soundtrack writer extraordinaire Kenny Loggins. Head to the Human Resources page on AUMnet throughout the summer for the whole Summer Song list (and last year's, too)! 

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warhawks-go-green2_blast  Save energy by unplugging. Electronic devices and appliances draw power even when they’re switched off or not in use, just by being plugged in. Phantom energy can account for about 10 percent of an individual’s electricity use. Save energy, save money, unplug!  sustainability_committee_blast 


Discover how to create a veteran-friendly campus at Friday's lunch-and-learn

The Division of Student Affairs will sponsor a lunch-and-learn event on effectively creating a veteran-friendly campus in support of military and veteran students on Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Taylor Center 223. Dr. David DiRamio, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Auburn University, will be the guest speaker. Lunch will be provided. Registration for this event is required and must be submitted no later than Wednesday. Register for the veteran lunch-and-learn

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Don't forget about the Learning Center when you need a little extra help with your studies

It’s time for mid-terms, and the Learning Center encourages instructors to remind their students to visit the center and the Instructional Support Lab for assistance. Students - the Learning Center is here to help with math, science and writing. Call 244-3470 to schedule an appointment for the Learning Center, located in Young Tower 225. No appointments are necessary for the ISL, located in Goodwyn Hall 203.

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AUM finishes 34th in 2013-14 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

NACDALearfieldCup_blastFollowing a year where four of its teams finished ranked fifth or better nationally, the Auburn Montgomery athletic department finished 34th in the 2013-14 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, announced at the 2014 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention in Orlando, Fla. The 34th-place finish among the 189 NAIA schools was the highest by the Warhawks since the 2005-06 season, when they finished 26th. AUM finished second among Southern States Athletic Conference institutions. GO WARHAWKS! Read more at

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For Students@AUM

Softball places four on NFCA All-America Team

NFCA_All-American_blastAuburn Montgomery junior pitcher Cassie Daniels and sophomore catcher Lauren Shaw earned first-team honors, while junior third baseman Katie Spain and sophomore designated player Kayla Hale garnered second-team accolades on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2014 NAIA All-America teams. Read more at

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Warhawks tennis a strong presence on All-American teams

ITA_MT_All-Americans_blastITA_WT_All-Americans_blastThe Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its 2014 Singles and Doubles All-Americans recently, with Auburn Montgomery represented by senior Zinelabidine Jouini and junior Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff on the men's singles team. On the women's side, senior Jade Curtis capped her highly-decorated career by earning Singles All-America honors and Doubles honors with freshmen Paula Diaz. Also earning All-America Doubles recognition are freshman Anna Rudolfova and freshman Bright Phakamad.

More on the men's All-Americans

More on the women's All-Americans

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AUM students eligible for Auburn football season tickets

AuburnTicketBackground_blastAuburn Montgomery students are now eligible to purchase 2014 Auburn University season football tickets and cheer on the Tigers as they defend their Southeastern Conference championship. To purchase tickets, head to and follow the instructions. Contact the Auburn Ticket office with any questions concerning the purchasing process.

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People at AUM

Gokhan Alkanat
Gokhan Alkanat, Senior Program Manager for English as a Second Language, is participating in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C., June 23-25. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 550 university representatives with more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States, and promoting U.S. study abroad. The EducationUSA Forum offers practical information and strategies to help internationalize U.S. campuses. Workshop sessions, presented by international education experts, U.S. higher education representatives, and government officials present unique and valuable information on recruiting international students and supporting diversity in international education.

Dr. David

Dr. David Feltmate, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, recently attended the annual meetings of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) and the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), held at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. Feltmate presented four papers: “‘Metal Epiphanies and Liberation Theology in Vinyl:’ Theorizing Religion with Heavy Metal” and “The Question I Have Never Been Able to Ask: Teaching About Popular Music, Culture, and Religion” at the CSSR; and “Subtle Sedimentations and Religious Diversity Debates: Sitcoms and the Sociology of Religion” and “Between the Sociology of Comedy and a Comic Sociology: Can We Bridge the Gap?” at the CSA. He also helped organize four special panels dedicated to the study of religion and popular music (with Shamma Boyarin of the University of Victoria), chaired two sessions on religion and popular music, and served as the Associate Program Chair for the CSSR.

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Dr. Alexander L.
Dr. Alexander L. Kaufman, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, recently had a book chapter published. His chapter, “Professions in the General Prologue,” appeared in the book Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Second Edition, edited by Peter W. Travis and Frank Grady, for the Modern Language Association’s book series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Kaufman’s contribution examines the ways in which teachers can engage students, who are reading Chaucer’s General Prologue to his Canterbury Tales, though the examination of the various professions of those 14th-century pilgrims and the ways in which those roles and positions in late-medieval English society are still, in many ways, with us today.

Dr. Clara Young
Dr. Clara Young, Associate Professor in the Department of Foundations, Technology and Secondary Education, joined a delegation from Montgomery that traveled to Denver recently to make the case for Montgomery as one of 10 All-American Cities, a distinction bestowed by the National Civic League. This year's focus for the award was on healthy communities, and the group from Montgomery presented information about how the community implemented projects to address health issues. Based on the collection of data presented from the Obesity Task Force, E.A.T. South and the River Region Health Center, Montgomery was selected as an All-America City. Young was chosen to present with the group because she serves as a board member for Health Services Inc., an organization that is responsible for the River Region Health Center. “I am proud to have participated on the presentation team, and I am so happy Montgomery is now an All-America City,” Young said.

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This week at AUM

Thursday, June 26
  • World Cup viewing party and barbecue: 11 a.m., Warhawk Alley and courtyard.

Friday, June 27


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