AUM Weekly 4-5-16: Hard earns humanitarian award; New SGA officers elected

by Caitlin Forrest | Apr 05, 2016

 

HEADLINES

  • Hard earns Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award
  • New SGA officers elected; awards banquet Thursday
  • Auburn and AUM students to showcase research April 13
  • Oxford to publish Fitzsimmons book on contested dictionary of French Revolution
  • Simmons essay published in France
  • 2016 Staff Service Award nomination period opens
  • Orange Jacket Society applications available
  • 2016 Staff Council Scholarship applications now available
  • Advancement Ambassador applications due April 11

EVENTS

  • Outreach co-sponsors free viewing of ‘Most Likely to Succeed,’ introduced by Stephan Turnipseed
  • Students: Speak with recruiters, learn about job opportunities at All Majors Career Expo
  • 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series College Program
  • Theatre AUM closes season with ‘The Inspector General’
  • Alumni Night at Theatre AUM

REMINDERS

  • LBW Community College leader to speak to students, faculty and staff on ‘diversity for leadership’
  • Holocaust Education Program features survivors’ stories, documentary, Q&A
  • Resident Appreciation Day
  • Planning and budget meeting set for April 13
  • Hot Topic Café: Rock the Vote
  • Political Film Series features ‘Plastic Paradise’
  • AUM Cheerleading tryouts
  • Call for nominations for 2016 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award
  • Call for applications for 2016 Outreach Grant Award
  • AUM Mini-College connects community with Arts and Sciences faculty, scholars
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • New campus tobacco policy
  • See who you know in Campus Life

OTHER EVENTS

 

Hard earns Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award

Paul Hard

Dr. Paul Hard, an associate professor of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education, recently was honored with the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award.

Hard was recognized at the 18th annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence on the steps of the Alabama State House. The vigil was held for those who have lost their lives to bias-motivated violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The annual event started in 1999 following the brutal death of Billy Jack Gaither, a 39-year-old gay man who worked at the Russell Athletics apparel company near Sylacauga, Ala.
 

New SGA officers elected; awards banquet Thursday

Student Involvement Awards

Student Government Association elections took place last week, and new officers will be sworn in Thursday at the Student Involvement Excellence Awards banquet. All students are welcome to attend.

New student officers are:

  • President:  Ethan Gregory
  • Vice President: Christian Crawford
  • Treasurer: Taniya Frazier
  • Chief Justice: Selina Johnson
  • Associate Justice: Garrett Ward
  • Senators for the College of Business: Kyle Stewart and Megan Stewart
  • Senators for the College of Education: Jasmine Powell and Andranika “Nikki” Edwards
  • Senators for the College of Public Policy and Justice: Tanner Ragland and Jordan Heymann
  • Senators for the College of Arts and Sciences: Felix Toussaint, HollyAnn Goble and Seneithia Parker
  • Senator for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Chelsea Taylor

Join Student Involvement and Leadership Programs on Thursday as we swear in these new officers and celebrate the achievements of all of our Registered Student Organizations. 

The Student Involvement Excellence Program aims to provide an objective appraisal of Registered Student Organization and performance from the year (from August 2015 to March 2016). The awards process is designed to challenge each organization to improve its programming and overall achievement within the community.

Thursday, April 7 | 6 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East | Dinner will be served | RSVP to Chloe Brown, cbrown75@aum.edu, or Travis Johnson, 334-244-3829 

 

Auburn and AUM students to showcase research April 13

Auburn University will hold its “This is Research: Student Symposium 2016” on April 13 in the Auburn University Student Center, giving Auburn and Auburn Montgomery students an opportunity to share their research university-wide. More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students will participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays.

More information about the symposiums is available on the website at www.auburn.edu/thisisresearch or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/231933427142262/

For more information, contact Jennifer Kerpelman, chair of the This is Research Symposia Committee, at kerpejl@auburn.edu.

 

Oxford to publish Fitzsimmons book on contested dictionary of French Revolution

The Place of Words: The Académie Française and its Dictionary during an Age of Revolution, by Michael P. Fitzsimmons, professor of History, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press. 

The book is a study of the fifth edition of the dictionary that the National Convention, which arranged its publication in 1795, hoped would highlight the values and achievements of the French Revolution and republic. 

When it appeared in 1798, however, both its structure and content appeared to denigrate them. Napoleon Bonaparte sought to create a new edition to assert control over language, but the sixth edition ultimately did not appear until 1835 and also minimized the significance of the revolution.

 

Simmons essay published in France

An essay titled “Time, History, and Eternity in the Theophany of Eusebius of Caesarea” by Dr. Michael B. Simmons, distinguished research professor of History, is now off the press (Beauchesne) in Paris, France. 

The work is published in a collection of essays in Pascha Nostrum Christus (pages 137–173), edited by Pier Franco Beatrice and Bernard Pouderon and written by an international team of scholars from Australia, the United States, Italy, France and Germany as a Festschrift honoring the Rev. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, an Italian Catholic priest and theologian in the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

Father Raniero has served as the Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980 under Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He also served as a professor of ancient Christian history and the director of the Department of Religious Sciences at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan until 1979. 

Simmons says the invitation to contribute an essay for Fr. Cantalamessa’s Festschrift is one of the greatest honors of his academic career and of his involvement in the Anglo-Catholic Church tradition.

 

2016 Staff Service Award nomination period opens

The Staff Council Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce the Staff Service Award nomination period is open. Staff Service Award nominations are due April 8, and awards will be presented at the 2016 Spring Fling on April 22. These awards will be presented in three categories:

  • Professional Staff
  • Support Staff
  • Building Services Staff

Download the 2016 Staff Council Staff Service Award Nomination Form.
 

Orange Jacket Society applications available

Do you have what it takes to wear the orange jacket?

The Office of Orientation and Transitions is looking for 20 juniors and seniors to don the orange jacket for the 2016–17 school year as part of the Orange Jacket Society, or OJS. 

Applications, which will be accepted through April 8, are open to rising juniors and seniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Interviews will be conducted April 13–15. Once interviews are evaluated and members are selected, an OJS induction ceremony will take place in late April. OJS members should possess the sprit of the Warhawk Nation and take pride in the university. 

The OJS, composed of the official AUM Ambassadors, welcomes guests to AUM's most prestigious events, including graduation and convocation, and also serve as hosts for the chancellor's guests to various events. OJS members also work in the community with the AUM Outreach and Continuing Education teams as well as the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to support the Business Breakfast Series. 

For more information, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transitions, orientation@aum.edu or 334-244-3158.

 

2016 Staff Council Scholarship applications now available

In keeping with the Staff Council’s commitment to provide opportunities for the personal and professional development of AUM staff, the AUM Staff Council has established five $100 scholarships for full-time AUM staff employees who are enrolled as students at AUM. 

Applicants must be AUM employees who have been employed on a full-time basis at the university for a minimum of one year prior to application.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at AUM and are required to have successfully completed 12 semester hours of course work as an undergraduate student or 6 hours as a graduate student and must have maintained a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarship awards are not automatically renewed. Applications must be submitted annually.

Download the 2016 Staff Council Scholarship Information Sheet.
Download the 2016 Staff Council Scholarship Application.

Send completed AUM Staff Council Scholarship Application and unofficial academic transcript from Webster to Fariba Deravi, Staff Council President, 114 Administration Building, 334-244-3249, fderav1@aum.edu.

The completed application is due Monday, April 11.

 

Advancement Ambassador applications due April 11

As official hostesses and hosts of the AUM Office of Advancement, the Advancement Ambassadors promote pride in the university and serve with dedication and responsibility. Advancement Ambassadors represent the student body, administration, faculty and staff to persons both inside and outside the university at special events, including luncheons, dinners, alumni gatherings and receptions. They receive valuable training, and have the opportunity to meet university and community leaders.

The application deadline to serve as an Advancement Ambassador for 2016–17 is Monday, April 11, 2016. Interviews will be held April 18–19, 2016. 

To receive an Advancement Ambassador application, contact the Office of Advancement at advancement@aum.edu.

 

EVENTS

Outreach co-sponsors free viewing of ‘Most Likely to Succeed,’ introduced by Stephan Turnipseed

MLTS invite

Outreach at Auburn Montgomery, Pike Road Schools, Montgomery Public Schools and St. James United Methodist Church are sponsoring a free local screening of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature documentary Most Likely To Succeed (View film trailer).

The event sponsors hope to spur an open discussion about education and learning models —past, present, and future—to ensure schools are meeting the needs of students and the community.

Stephan Turnipseed, an education thought leader and strategist, will introduce the film at 5:45 p.m., and the film will begin at 6 p.m. Discussion will follow the viewing.

Register here to take part in the free event. 

Tuesday, April 5 | St. James United Methodist Church, 9045 Vaughn Road, Montgomery | Refreshments, 5–5:45 p.m.

 

Students: Speak with recruiters, learn about job opportunities at All Majors Career Expo

Students and alumni can network with top recruiters, learn about current job opportunities, explore career options and, potentially, meet their next employer at the All Majors Career Expo.

Wednesday, April 6 | 3–6 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

 

2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series College Program

2016 Eisenhower NSS

“Evolving Issues in National Security and Policymaking: Engaging the Public,” will be the theme for this year’s 2016 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series: College Program of the U.S. Army War College, which is being hosted by the College of Public Policy and Justice’s Department of Political Science & Public Administration.

For information, contact Dr. Kalu N. Kalu, 334-244-3695 or kkalu@aum.edu,or Shannon Richardson, 334-244-3698 or sricha17@aum.edu.

Wednesday, April 13 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 230 | Free and open to the public; refreshments and snacks will be served

 

Theatre AUM closes season with ‘The Inspector General’

Theatre AUM will present the final show of the 2015–16 season, The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogol.

In the production, a small Russian town anticipates the arrival of the dreaded inspector general. A flurry of activity to cover up their considerable misdeeds and the mistaken identity of a young man arriving from St. Petersburg and staying at the inn lead to a comedy of errors. The play satirizes human greed, stupidity and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.

Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; seniors, students, and military, $5; AUM students, faculty, and staff, free with ID. 

Show dates are April 14–16, April 21–23, and April 24 | Contact Katie Pearson at 334-244-3632 or kpearso2@aum.edu

 

Alumni Night at Theatre AUM

Alumni and guests are invited for a free Theatre AUM production of The Inspector General on April 21. The Alumni Association will host a reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm in the Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219–220). The show will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Reservations must be made in advance at alumni@aum.edu or 334-244-3369. For other shows and ticket prices, visit Theatre AUM. AUM Alumni Association members receive complimentary admission to all Theatre AUM productions.

Thursday, April 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219–220) and Theatre AUM)

 

REMINDERS

LBW Community College leader to speak to students, faculty and staff on ‘diversity for leadership’

In celebration of Diversity Week, Dr. Herbert Riedel, president of LBW Community College, will present the topic “A different perspective on diversity for leadership” to AUM students, faculty and staff. 

Riedel will explain how his life experiences in different parts of the world helped shape his view of diversity. He will also share insights on leadership of value to everyone who wishes to succeed in a global and diverse society.

Wednesday, April 6 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West | Reception to follow presentation

 

Holocaust Education Program features survivors’ stories, documentary, Q&A

The AUM Department of Psychology announces the annual Holocaust Education Program. Activities include a film documentary, personal stories from two Holocaust survivors, and a Q&A session. The program is ADA-adapted.

For information, contact Tonya Sexton at tsexton1@aum.edu or 334-244-3306, or contact Dr. Glen Ray at gray@aum.edu or 334-244-3690.

Wednesday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. | Athletic Complex | Admission and parking free and open to the public 

 

Resident Appreciation Day

Housing is closing out the Kill-a-Watt Challenge with a bang! Join us at the grilling stations for a hamburger or hot dog, snacks and activities to celebrate a great Kill-a-Watt Challenge and an AUMazing school year!

Tuesday, April 12 | 4–6 p.m. | Grilling Stations

 

Planning and budget meeting set for April 13

Financial and Administrative Services will host a planning and budget meeting along with a brown bag lunch at noon April 13. The budget meeting set for April 8 has been cancelled. 

Wednesday, April 13 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

 

Hot Topic Café: Rock the Vote

The election is just around the corner, and its time AUM students had a chance to voice their opinions about it. Let’s get together for a safe and honest discussion about the candidates, the issues, and the future of the country. Snacks will be served.

Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

 

Political Film Series features ‘Plastic Paradise’

The final Political Film Series screening of the spring on April 21 is dedicated to Earth Day. 

Plastic Paradise (2014) will take you on a journey to Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on Earth, to reveal the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Dr. Karen Stine will introduce the documentary.

This screening is co-sponsored by the College of Public Policy and Justice and the College of Arts and Sciences. The film is free, open to the public, and made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund.

Thursday, April 21 | 7 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West | For more info: Dr. Pia Knigge at pknigge@aum.edu, 334-244-3834

 

AUM Cheerleading tryouts

AUM Cheerleading is holding tryouts for male and female cheerleaders for the 2016–17 season. The tryouts are open to all currently enrolled AUM students and all incoming freshmen already accepted into AUM for the fall semester. 

For information, contact jhughe15@aum.edu

April 25, 26, and 27 | 6–8:30 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex

 

Call for nominations for 2016 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award

Nominations are being accepted for AUM’s 2016 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium that will be presented to one AUM faculty member at the 2016 Convocation for distinguished outreach contributions that exceed expectations for the person’s career stage and job responsibilities. 

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of former recipients of this award, other Auburn Montgomery faculty, and individuals from the Office of Business & Community Initiatives. Selection recommendations will be made by the Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award Committee. Questions about the process should be submitted to faculty.award@outreach.aum.edu

Nomination deadline: Friday, April 29 | 1 p.m. | Complete nomination information

 

Call for applications for 2016 Outreach Grant Award

The Vice Chancellor for Business & Community Initiatives announces the availability of up to $20,000 to be awarded through one or more grants to Auburn Montgomery faculty and staff. The funds have been set aside to encourage the faculty and staff of Auburn Montgomery to develop and implement programs of “outreach” to persons in the community. 

Awards will be announced at Auburn Montgomery’s 2016 Convocation. Questions about the process should be submitted to grant.awards@outreach.aum.edu.

Application deadline: Friday, April 29 | 1 p.m. | Complete application information

 

AUM Mini-College connects community with Arts and Sciences faculty, scholars

AUM Mini-College, set for June 14–15, is a chance for local residents to spend two days on campus engaging with professors and scholars. 

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Zachar at 334-244-3311 or pzachar@aum.edu

Tuesday, June 14–Wednesday, June 15 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Career Development Center, Taylor 323 | Registration: $50; Deadline to register, May 1.

 

Wellness Wednesdays

Does life leave you feeling overwhelmed? Join the staff from the Counseling Center every Wednesday in Warhawk Alley’s SGA/CAB office to learn fun and interesting ways to improve and maintain personal well-being.

For more information, contact Audrey Shaw at 334-244-3553 or ashaw7@aum.edu

Wednesdays | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 126

 

New campus tobacco policy

AUM takes Warhawk wellness seriously. Effective June 1, 2016, AUM will join more than 1,000 other colleges and universities by becoming a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. AUM is committed to providing a healthier and cleaner campus community for our students, employees and visitors. A smoke-free campus will further promote the health, safety, and well being of the AUM Family by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on campus and at university-owned and -leased properties. For specifics, read the policy online.

 

See who you know in Campus Life

AUM’s Campus Life page is frequently updated to show photographs of people, events and life around campus. See who you know — or see yourself — in the Campus Life photo album and in this month’s photo slideshow.

 

OTHER EVENTS

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