Warhawk Weekly 2–21: Theatre, Fine Arts students score; COB curriculum alignment








tippett_0.jpgTippett, Sottile score at regional theatre festival

Congratulations to Lexi Tippett and Elise Sottile, two AUM Theatre and Fine Arts students who earned top honors at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held last week at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.

Sottile earned first place in Regional Costume Design for “Sweeney Todd,” and Tippett earned first place in Poster Design for “Miss Julie” and second place in Regional Costume Design for “Twelfth Night.”


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SHRM, BSBA in Human Resource Management renews curriculum alignment

Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Business announced last week that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the College's BSBA in Human Resource Management has renewed its alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

“One key impact of the renewed alignment is that SHRM will be permitting college seniors to take the professional certification exam (SHRM-CP) beginning next December,” said Dr. Ed Arnold, professor of Human Resource Management. “But, to qualify, they have to be in a college where the curriculum has been certified.”

Throughout the world, 440 programs in 330 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines — created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 — are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

“Additionally, our college remains on the list of certified colleges that is on the SHRM website,” added Arnold. “Their site is viewed daily by thousands of managers in industry.”


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Undergraduate Research Symposium accepting abstracts

The College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017. The event is open to any undergraduate currently or previously taking part in a research project at AUM.

Abstracts should be electronically submitted to John Hutchison (jhutchi4@aum.edu) with a CC to Ann Marie O'Neill (aoneill@aum.edu) no later than March 3, 2017.

The email abstract submission should have a subject line containing: “2017 UGR Symposium Abstract Submission.” Please submit only one abstract per email. If an abstract requires formatting not supported by the PDF form then you are welcome to attach a Word document with the abstract formatting exactly as you would want it to be displayed in the program. For more information, including presentation criteria and awards, visit the College of Arts and Sciences information page.


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SWOT team accepting donations

swot_0.jpgThe SWOT Team will be collecting educational and arts and crafts supplies to donate to the Boys & Girls Club this spring. Please join and donate items! All donations are appreciated. Donations can be turned in to the Orientation and Transitions office, located in Taylor Center 308 until March 8.

The following items would be appreciated:

  • Pencils
  • Notebook Paper
  • 3 Ring Binders
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Paper Folders
  • Backpacks
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Classroom Musical Instruments
  • Construction Paper
  • Washable Paints


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Women Lead Society accepting applications

Twomen_0.jpghe Auburn University Women Lead Society is currently accepting applications through March 3, 2017 for new members. The leadership cohort is led by AUM Women faculty and staff committed to growing women leaders. The organization is structured as an interdisciplinary program with a residential living and learning community dedicated to developing the skills necessary for women students to successfully complete an undergraduate degree and compete in the job marketplace. AWLS focuses its efforts on the building blocks of a better academic and post-academic life — academic skills development, professional and personal development, and community engagement. We connect the experience, expertise and resources to advance the common good in our AUM community and abroad. AWLS is dedicated to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for college women.

The women must be at least a sophomore (by Aug. 16, 2017) with a 2.5 GPA.

For more information visit the Women Lead Society page. If you would like to refer a young woman for this leadership opportunity, please email Dr. Nichole Thompson at cthomp23@aum.edu.


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Orange Jacket Society accepting applications

Interested in furthering your professional skills on campus? The Orange Jacket Society (OJS) is an organization built on prestige, professionalism and ultimate school spirit.

ojs_0.jpgOJS will help build your skill sets and develop relationships with others who share your passion for this University. OJS helps serve AUM in a multitude of events including on-campus and throughout the community.

OJS participates in trainings guided by faculty, professionals, and former members. OJS members are expected to present themselves in a dignified and professional manner at all times. The individual growth students gain from this experience is unparalleled to anything else on campus. With the opportunity to make connections in the community and on campus, OJS members receive an experience that will last a lifetime.

Students speak highly of their time in OJS, leaving with valuable knowledge to help propel them in the future. “OJS has helped me develop my leadership skills greatly by allowing me to network and make connections, present myself professionally at all times, and has made me more comfortable with socializing in professional settings,” Tiara Key, Legal Studies, says.

Students can apply now, and interviews for OJS are April 5 and April 7. Be sure to apply using the online application before March 24, 2017. For more information, contact Serena McCovery at smccover@aum.edu or 334-531-9573.


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Burger to head Humanities Foundation grants committee

Dr. Michael Burger, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed chair of the grants committee by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. The AHF serves as the state arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is also supported by state and private funds. Burger also serves on the AHF's Board.


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Zachar co-authors book chapter on PTSD

Dr. Peter Zachar, associate dean and graduate coordinator in the Department of Psychology, has co-authored a book chapter titled “Vagueness, the sorites paradox, and posttraumatic stress disorder” with Richard J. McNally, professor of Psychology at Harvard University. The chapter appears in the edited book Vagueness in Psychiatry published by Oxford University Press.


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Evans publishes article on ‘Miltonic’ poet

Dr. Bob Evans, a professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, is the author of a new article titled, “The Artistry of the ‘Christmas’ Poems of Sir Matthew Hale (1609–1676): A ‘Miltonic’ Poet of the Mid-Seventeenth Century.” The article appears in Cithara-Essays in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (Vol. 56, No. 1, 2016, pp. 28-42).

Sir Matthew Hale was a prominent jurist who, for nearly twenty years, wrote a poem celebrating each successive Christmas day. Ironically, he died on Christmas day in 1676. His poems resemble, but precede, Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and may have influenced the writing of Milton’s great epic.


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Homecoming 2017

save_1.jpgCheck out all the fun for Homecoming week!

The Campus Activities Board is hosting several events for Homecoming throughout the week:

  • The Homecoming Comedy Show with Mario Tory is today at 7:45 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. This event is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff. Student ID is required.
  • The HoCo Bash will be on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8 p.m. until midnight in Taylor Center 221–223. This event is open to AUM students only and ID is required for entry.
  • All AUM departments and offices are invited to the annual tailgate before the men’s and women’s basketball games Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Clement Hall Parking Lot.

Feb. 20–25 | www.aum.edu/Homecoming


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Flash Talks combines speed dating, tech mixer

Flash_SAVED_0_0_0.jpegThis year, the annual Faculty Development Institute Technology Speed Dating event and the AUM Staff Council’s Tech Mixer are being combined into one grand event: Flash Talks. The principle is the same: hear how AUM faculty and staff are using technology in teaching and learning and in the work environment in short visual presentations.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230



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Hot Topics Café: Stereotypical

Blondes are dumb. Asians are good at math. Black men are aggressive. These are just some stereotypes that infiltrate our culture, but what do these labels mean to HotTopics_0.jpgthe individuals who have to wear them?

Join Housing and Residence Life for an honest discussion about assumptions, stereotypes, and what they say about us.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Landing

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Sigma Gamma Rho interest meeting

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., is returning to AUM Spring 2017. Please join the organization at its next informal interest meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor South Room


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ted_0.jpgTED Talk Thursday: ‘All Your Devices Can Be Hacked’

Dr. Phill Johnson, dean of the Library, will present on Avi Rubin’s “All Your Devices Can Be Hacked” TED Talk at this Center for Disability Services-sponsored event.

Thursday, Feb. 23 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor 147


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Spring 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series

Emory professor emeritus to lecture on ‘liberal education and the civil character’

Dr. Ann Hartle, professor emeritus of philosophy at Emory University, will present a lecture Feb. 23 on "Liberal Education and the Civil Character."

Thursday, Feb. 23 | 12:30 p.m. | Goodwyn 112 | Light refreshments will be served


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Students: Improve your résumé

resume-breakout-picture_0_0.jpegRelease the power of your résumé with Résumé Breakout, a series of workshops and labs designed to help students create effective résumés and other professional job search materials. Students will learn tips for building a strong and effective résumé from industry professionals and get one-on-one résumé assistance from Career Development Center specialists.

The Résumé Breakout workshops will feature a recruiting professional presenting best practices for creating résumés and other job search materials in specific career fields and/or industries including professionals in Public Education, Law Enforcement, Banking and Human Resources. Students can register for all workshops through WarhawkCareers on the MyAUM portal.

Specialists in the Career Development Center will host Résumé Breakout lab sessions on Thursdays from noon­–1 p.m. throughout the spring semester (excluding Spring Break). Any student seeking assistance in creating resumes or other job search documents is welcome to attend.

In addition the CDC will host evening résumé labs from 5–6 p.m. in Clement 110 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Thursday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Thursday, April 13

Registration is not required for the résumé lab sessions.

Please contact the Career Development Center at career-dev@aum.edu or 334-244-3344 for more information.


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Theatre AUM’s ‘Coupler’ continues

Theatre AUM’s production of Coupler, a new and original work by Meredith D. Levy, opened Feb. 16.

The play, which will be directed by Neil David Seibel, involves six Londoners who are about to discover that the entire world is made of love, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.

theatre_0.jpgCoupler follows the twists and turns in the lives of the occupants of the last car of the Northern line, who are looking for love and struggling to trust. With the help of some pixie dust, and a particularly vocal tube train, they work to connect, listen, and eventually — inevitably — grow up.

The show dates continue Feb. 23, 24, 25, and 26. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee.

The playwright, Meredith Dayna Levy, will join the audience on Feb. 24 for a post-show discussion.

General admission tickets are $10. Senior citizen, military, and student tickets are $5. AUM students, faculty and staff are free with ID.

Theatre AUM, located in Taylor Center


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2017 Alumni Homecoming CelebrationHomecoming-Invitation_0.jpg

Join the Alumni Association for a night of fun at the 2017 Alumni Homecoming Celebration! 
Enjoy live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and fireworks. 

Friday, Feb. 24 | 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor | RSVP to alumni@aum.edu or 334-244-3369

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aum_1.jpgAUM Reads! An AUM Connected Day of Celebrating Reading

Join us for a day of lectures, food and incentives as well as a movie at lunchtime. “It’s a Disaster” (2012) is a comedy about the worst brunch ever: The eggs are cold, tensions are high, and the end of civilization is near.

Also, the 2017–2018 connected book will be announced at the beginning of lunch.

Monday, Feb. 27 | 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Lunch and movie, 12:15 p.m.) | Taylor Center 230


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AUMazing spring workshops are back

After reaching more than 130 students during their successful launch in Fall 2016, the AUMazing Workshop Series started again this week and will continue through the semester!

Sponsored by the Warhawk Academic Success Center, Learning Center, Career Development Center, and YOUR Library, these free workshops introduce attendees to library and academic support resources that will help them on their academic journey.

All workshops will be held in the Library Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of the AUM Library Tower. While registration isn’t required, it is encouraged as seating is limited! You can register electronically via the AUM Library calendar or choose from the times listed below!

Refreshments will be provided at all workshops and for UNIV students, the workshops count towards the required Supplemental Instruction in their Warhawk Passport!

Encourage your students or come and learn how you can become AUMazing! If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Hayes at jhayes11@aum.edu

Feb. 27 — How to Avoid Plagiarism & Correctly Use Citations!

Noon–12:30 p.m.

6:20–6:50 p.m.


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Lutzenkirchen speaks to students

Philip Lutzenkirchen was a star football player at Lassiter High School and Auburn University, but his impact on the world went far beyond football. On June 29, 2014, Philip died in a tragic single vehicle accident at just 23 years old.

lutzenkirchen_0.jpgPhilip’s father, Mike, will visit AUM to deliver his very passionate and authentic perspective for young people and their influencers by helping and encouraging them to make good decisions and develop strong character traits. Mike travels around the country speaking to students, coaches, teachers, mentors and the general public about the character development of today’s youth and guide them in the direction of leaving a powerful legacy through integrity, service, and success.

Mike’s message explores Philip’s story and the inspiring legacy he created during his life. He is honest as he details the circumstances that led to Philip’s untimely death and the many lessons others can learn from the that night. At the center of Mike’s message is awareness and prevention.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation was established in loving memory of Philip Lutzenkirchen, shortly after his death in 2014. The Foundation’s motto for young students and athletes is to “Live like Lutz, Love like Lutz, and Learn from Lutz,” reflecting our desire to help others live out the many positive character attributes that Philip displayed, while learning from the circumstances that led to his death.

Monday, Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109 | Refreshments available


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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll!

Join the Campus Activities Board as we dive into our Mardi Gras celebration with traditional food and music. Student ID required.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 5–7 p.m. | Warhawk Alley


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The Business of Football

Join Dana Marquez, the inaugural recipient of the Innovation in Safety Award from the Maxwell Football Club, as he discusses the business of football. Dana has been recognized for the positive impact forward thinking can have on player safety.

Tuesday, March 7 | 7:30 a.m. | The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville | Must register to attend. Cost: $30 ticket or $250 for a table of 8 for AUM staff.

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Professors in Pubs: ‘Raiders of the Lost Beers’

Dr. Kim Pyszka, professor of Archeology at Auburn University at Montgomery, will be the guest of the AUM College of Arts and Sciences community program, Professors in Pubs, at The Tipping Point in Hampstead Village. In her talk, "Raiders of the Lost Beers," she will discuss the discovery of ancient beer recipes, the current brewing using these recipes, and the place of beer in cultures both ancient and modern.

Tuesday, March 7 | 6 p.m. | The Tipping Point, Hampstead Village, Montgomery

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ShamROCK the House Party

The calendar doesn’t tell Housing and Residence Life when the celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Technically the Big Green Holiday falls over spring break, but fear not! You can get your party on before the actual day with all your housing friends at shamROCK the House!

There will be music, free food, and so much more! Come join us as we celebrate the launch of our annual Kill-a-Watt Challenge.

Tuesday, March 7 | 7 p.m. | The Landing

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Continuing Merit Scholarship open to current students

ContinuingMerit_0.jpgThe Continuing Merit Scholarship application is available to current AUM students who are in good standing. Students must have completed 12 or more hours of undergraduate or 9 or more hours of graduate coursework to be considered for university scholarships.

This application will also serve as the 2017-2018 Ida Belle Young Merit Scholarship application. Currently enrolled AUM undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and graduate students who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be considered for this scholarship. The Ida Belle Young Scholarship is also competitive and limited in number.

Students can find the scholarship application online. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 1.


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Graduate students: Apply for Alumni Association scholarship today

The Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association is accepting applications for its 2017–18 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through March 1.

To be eligible, students must be fully admitted to an AUM graduate program; must have completed at least nine hours of graduate study courses; and have a current grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Interested students can email alumni@aum.edu with questions or for an application. A completed application will include, among other things, two letters of support (preferably from AUM faculty or staff), a 250-word essay on career objectives and a current resume. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail.


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Shed pounds while assisting Kinesiology study

Looking to shed some of that holiday weight and increase fitness? The Department of Kinesiology is conducting a study on interval training and fitness, metabolism, and body composition. You will undergo four weeks of training three days per week in our lab. You are eligible to participate if you are between 18 and 50 years old and in good health.

Contact Dr. Matt Schubert at mschuber@aum.edu for more information!

The department also offers fitness and body composition assessments to the public. Contact warhawkfit@aum.edu for a list of services and fees.


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Engage in random acts of kindness

engage_0.jpgAs the new year and new semester begins, AUM Connected: Common Reading Program invites you to engage in random acts of kindness. Our book this year, The Dinner, features characters who lack kindness and empathy. Here at AUM, we expect better.

Please visit the bulletin board on the second floor of the library or the other smaller displays around campus to get ideas for random acts of kindness.

If possible, take a picture of your random act and email it to lfarrow@aum.edu so we can include it on the AUM Connected Facebook page.

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