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July 14-20, 2014

2014SummerSongWeek_blast  Tracy Goodwin in History and World Languages and Cultures brings us a little closer to the beach with this week's employee Summer Song of the Week - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" performed by ‪Brian Hyland‬. 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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And now we present... the AUM Core Value Awards

The Office of Human Resources has announced the winners of the inaugural AUM Core Value Awards, developed to encourage specific recognition of the fulfillment of Auburn Montgomery's core commitments. The winners are:

JackieHallJackie Hall, University Honors Program
Core Value: A Student-Centered Experience
"Her job is student-centered and so is she. She is, for example, developing a student-mentoring program in which honors freshmen will be paired with upperclassmen."

KatiePearsonKatie Pearson, Communication and Dramatic Arts
Core Value: Citizenship and Community Engagement
"She is a recent past president of the Alabama Conference of Theatre, which serves the state of Alabama by providing communication, resources, and event planning in four divisions: professional, university, community, and K-12. She is well-respected throughout the state and represents AUM extremely well. Additionally, she represents AUM by donating her time and talent as a volunteer for the Cloverdale Playhouse and as partner-in-education with Booker T. Washington Magnet High School’s theatre, musical theatre, and tech theatre programs."

SumerSwaimSumer Swaim, Admissions and Recruitment
Core Value: Excellence as Our Standard
"Sumer also upholds "Excellence as Our Standard" by always going the extra mile. She arrives to work early and stays late frequently to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the office are executed efficiently and accurately. Sumer performs her job thoroughly and is always friendly to everyone she comes in contact with. This allows for prospective students and their families to have the best first impression of AUM and leaves them with a positive memory."

Congratulations, and thank you for helping make AUM such a great place to work!

A few things Human Resources would like to remind employees of:

  • Cultural Competence information now available on AUMnet
    • Auburn Montgomery is excited about the expanded performance factor for staff employees called Cultural Competence. Cultural Competence builds on the Diversity performance factor and provides employees with specific tasks and goals to best demonstrate their knowledge of and involvement with the diversity of our campus, students and projects. Please review the Cultural Competence Information and Assessments documents on the HR pages on AUMnet for further information.
  • The HR Quarterly Forum scheduled for July 17 has been cancelled.
  • Go bowling with your colleagues at 'AUM On the Town' on Saturday
  • Don't forget to sign up for your AUM Night Out with the Biscuits on Aug. 8 by Friday.

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Only a few weeks left to submit Big Fish reading pictures to AUM Connected

Photo contest catches author’s eye

AUMConnectedLogo_blastThe AUM Connected common reading program is hosting a “Picture Me Reading” photo contest this summer to get faculty, staff and students sharing photos of themselves enjoying the 2014-15 selection, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions. All the photos are shared on the program’s Facebook page, and last week Big Fish author Daniel Wallace took notice and Tweeted, “Could a writer ask for anything better than this? No. Definitely not.”

Dr. Lee Farrow reads Big Fish
in four states at once
(Utah, Ariz., Colo. and N.M.).

So far, the AUM community has shared photos of their Big Fish readings all over the world – from the Three Gorges in China to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Send your creative photos to Lee Farrow at by Aug. 1 and you could win a prize. Winners will be determined by the AUM Connected committee and the number of "likes" received on Facebook. Also, be sure to mark your calendar on Sept. 5, when Daniel Wallace will visit Moore Hall at 9 a.m. to discuss the book and sign copies.

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Athletics Complex to get gym floor facelift July 23-30

AUMAthleticsComplex_blastThe gymnasium in the Athletics Complex will be closed to all activities July 23-30 to strip, refinish and paint the floor.

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Alumni Association seeking nominations for 2014 Faculty Service Awards

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association sponsors an alumni faculty service award to recognize outstanding Auburn Montgomery faculty. To be eligible for this honor, faculty must have 10 or more years of full-time service at AUM. This honor will be conferred during the fall semester convocation and the recipient will receive a $250 check from the Alumni Association. Nominations by AUM faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends must be submitted or postmarked by Aug. 22. 2014 Alumni Association Faculty Service Award nomination instructions

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For Students@AUM

Head to the Craft Caravan on Tuesday and create your own 'Keep Calm' canvas

CraftCaravan_blastThe Counseling Center is inviting students to "‪Keep Calm and‬ ‪Cool Off‬"‪ ‬at ‪the‬ ‪Craft Caravan ‬on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Taylor Center 230. E‪njoy snacks and create our very own ‬"‪Keep Calm‬"‪ canvas that you can take with you‬.

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Capturing AUM moments through Instagram

AUMInstagramPage_blastAUM has added Instagram to its social media efforts. Check it out at There’s also an Instagram button at the bottom of the AUM webpage.Instagram

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People at AUM

DavisMayeYarberBelize_blastDr. Denise Davis-Maye and Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen are currently leading a group of U.S. scholars and educators through a four-week program to address the impact of Belize's economic, educational, and development policies and practices on the well-being of Belizean women, thanks to a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant to study and conduct research in Belize. "Women in Belize and the U.S. face many similar obstacles, and this study seminar presents an opportunity for Belizean and American women from rural and urban areas to have dialogue about common concerns," said AUM's scholars. "We hope that by integrating an international perspective we can strengthen our understanding of women and subsequently incorporate that into a wide range of disciplines, while fostering collaborative efforts that would mutually benefit girls and women in the U.S. and Belize." To study the status of women, the project will examine the roles of women in both rural and urban settings across four ethnic groups; learn how social services, NGOs and governmental policies are improving the lives of women; and compare women in rural and urban societies in both Belize and the U.S. from the perspectives of social justice and gender equity. The group is winding down their Belizean travel and will return to the states tasked with infusing the knowledge gained into curricula from pre-k to graduate studies.

Dr. Mike Esco
Dr. Erin Reilly
Andria Walker
Dr. Hank Williford 
Dr. Hank Williford, Dr. Mike Esco, Dr. Erin Reilly, Andria Walker, and Emily Witte made an invited international presentation at the prestigious European College of Sport Science Meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on differences in fire fighter fitness and performance related to age. The presentation was a result of more than 20 years of research with the Montgomery Fire Department. More than 100 countries were represented at the conference. Reilly, Walker, Williford, and Esco also presented "The Development of an Evaluation to Assess Physical Fitness of Kinesiology Candidates" at the ECSS meeting. The AUM Physical Education, After-School Program, and Health Workshop on campus in June was host to more than 90 participants from throughout Alabama. The workshop featured J.D. Hughes, Georgia Teacher of the Year and author of No Standing Around in My Gym. The annual workshop is organized by the Department of Kinesiology and sponsored by the AUM School of Education, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.


Dr. W. Blake

Dr. W. Blake Gerard, Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, has co-edited The Miscellaneous Writings and Sterne's Subscribers, an Identification List: Volume 9 of The Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne with Melvyn New, the General Editor of the series. This volume marks the conclusion of the critical edition of Sterne that began with Tristram Shandy in 1978. Gerard also has been named to the Editorial Board of The Shandean, the annual journal devoted to Sterne studies since 1989.

Kristin Hulsey
Kristin Hulsey, Admissions Counselor, presented at the 76th Annual ALACRAO Conference in Huntsville, Ala., in June. The presentation focused on successful conflict management in the workplace and steps that can also be applied in your personal life to step back, sort it out, and save face. ALACRAO is the Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The association works together, through annual conferences and other means, to provide information and interchange of ideas on matters of common interest and to enhance the professional development of its members.

Mike Winkelman
The city of Montgomery recently was noted as an All-America City, a distinction earned with the help of Mike Winkelman, Professor in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts. Winkelman critiqued and advised the group of Montgomery delegates to the All-America City conference, who had to make a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges on Montgomery's outstanding civic accomplishments in terms of innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges. According to Michael Bridell, Director of Public Information and External Affairs for the city, "Winkelman's review of our presentation was perfect! As he covered the areas in which we were less-than-perfect, he masterfully placed everything in the proper perspective."

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