- 2019 African American Alumni Reception
- New Alumni Association Board of Directors
- Alumni Professorship
- Rolling Out the R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Event
- Happy Holidays
- Make a Difference at AUM
- Create a Legacy
- AUM Day of Giving
- Upcoming Alumni Events & Travel
- Other AUM News
2019 African American Alumni Reception
Auburn University at Montgomery alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club on Thursday, October 10, 2019, for the 11th annual African American Alumni Reception. Attendees enjoyed live music, a seated dinner, and reconnecting with former classmates and colleagues. The underlying goal of this annual event is to raise awareness and funds for a scholarship established by four determined AUM alumnae, who wanted to broaden the level of diversity at AUM while providing support to young students.
This year’s reception featured keynote speaker, Larry Thornton, who shared his story as one of six students to integrate Goodwyn Middle School in 1967. The self-made author and entrepreneur went from making $5 an hour painting signs at Coca-Cola, to becoming the first African American owner of a McDonald’s franchise in Birmingham, Alabama in 1992. Thornton published an autobiography entitled Why Not Win? in 2019. Proceeds from the book sales established the “Why Not Win Foundation,” which promotes achievement and leadership, and has funded scholarships through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The 2019 African American Alumni Reception scholarship recipient, Teva Stinson, spoke about her undergraduate journey at AUM and her current goal of completing a Master of Accountancy. Teva plans to pass the CPA exam after obtaining her graduate degree. “My dream is to make a positive impact on every person I encounter, and to lead by example. I believe that success is not measured by how much money you make or the amount of awards you win, but by the impact you make on those you meet along the way,” Teva shared.
To contribute to the African American Alumni Reception Endowed Scholarship, visit: www.aum.edu/AARS
New Alumni Association Board of Directors
On October 18, the AUM Alumni Association Board of Directors gathered for their last meeting of 2019. At this meeting, six of the board members were recognized for their service to the board as they completed their two-year term of commitment: Jodi Henley ’02, Annamarie Jones ’94 (President), Karlen McCree ’13, Ben McNeill ’76, Mark Spencer ’88, John Varnado ’75.
The approved slate for 2020-2021 Board of Directors is as follows:
- Joey Taff ’89 – President
- Catrina Hollins Pettway ’05 – Vice President
- Elizabeth Fritz ’97 – Secretary/Treasurer
- Janice Marshall ’93 – Director
- Vanessa Warren ’87 – Director
- Caleb Conner ’15, Assistant to the Commissioner – Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries
- Angela Harris ’01, Restorative Coordinator, RN – Department of Veterans Affairs
- Amy Ingram ’10, UNIV Program Manager – Auburn University at Montgomery
- Kalandra Haynes ’06, Docket Clerk – United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
- Mariah Scarver ’18, T.E.A.C.H. Counselor – Alabama Partnership for Children
- Carl Viars ’11, Assistant Director – Community Corrections Division, Department of Corrections
The mission of the Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association is to foster and strengthen the relationship between AUM and its alumni and friends; to preserve and promote the university’s traditions, purposes, growth and development; and to keep alive the spirit of affection and respect for our alma mater.
We look forward to working towards this on-going mission with the new slate of 2020-2021 Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Alumni Professorship 2019-2022 awarded to Dr. Keren Deal
The Alumni Association sponsors an Alumni Professorship to recognize outstanding Auburn University at Montgomery faculty who best exemplify excellence in teaching, research, scholarly and creative accomplishments and service. Current AUM faculty members who have at least 10 years of full-time service at AUM are eligible for this honor. Alumni Professorship recipients serve a three-year, non-renewable term and receive a $7,500 award and certificate.
Joey Taff, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented the 2019-2022 Alumni Professorship award to Professor of Accounting, Dr. Keren Deal at Fall Convocation in October.
Deal’s colleagues, students and friends would agree that her work ethic is legendary. Despite her tremendous efforts in the classroom, she still finds time to work on research and additional projects. She has published in many journals, most often on topics where she has earned a national reputation. Deal played an active role in AUM’s State Initiative Program, which allows state employees to receive a formal education, qualifying them for enhanced job classifications. She has received consistent recognition throughout her career and her recent honor of Alabama Society of CPAs Educator of the year in 2018, attests to her statewide reputation.
Rolling Out the R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Event
AUM alumnus Jody Fuller '01 performed a live comedy show on campus November 12, for AUM students, alumni, and the community. Although he named himself “the stuttering comic,” Jody is also a writer, speaker, and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2001.
Openers for the night’s event were local musician Ben Norris and AUM student Sarah Katherine Barnes.
AUM’s Veterans Appreciation Week, November 11-15, honors the commitment and recognizes the sacrifices of the men, women and families that are part of our university and community. This annual week of events included a variety of activities open to active duty military, reservists, and veterans, as well as AUM students, faculty and staff:
- Challenge Coin Presentation
- Rolling Out the R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed)
- Picnic with the Patriots
- Movie & Game Night
- Breakfast with the Brave
Happy Holidays from your Alumni Association Board of Directors
On behalf of your Alumni Association Board of Directors, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a joyful new year!
Thank you for your continued support of your alma mater.
How can you make a difference at AUM?
You have the power to strengthen Auburn University at Montgomery – by giving back. With every contribution, you are advancing the work of students, athletes, artists, and industry leaders. You are equipping labs, hiring top academics, and pushing the boundaries of higher education. You are essential to our future.
There is no greater gift than giving! You can give the gift of scholarships, program support, assistance for faculty and staff, and so much more when you participate in our year-end campaign. A gift of any amount – no matter the size – to the AUM Annual Fund makes a big impact in the lives of students currently following in your footsteps.
This is your opportunity to set an example and show today’s students that AUM alumni care about their alma mater, so please submit your gift before the December 31 year-end deadline (and you’ll be able to count your contribution toward your taxes in the spring. Talk about a win-win!).
Create a legacy with a planned gift
If you are looking for opportunities to give back to Auburn University at Montgomery, please consider including a bequest in your will. With your planned gift, you will become a member of the George Petrie Society.
After providing for family, friends and others, many alumni include a meaningful bequest to AUM in their will to continue their lifetime support. Including the Auburn University Foundation as a beneficiary of your will, is one of the easiest ways to provide for future generations of AUM students and faculty.
For more information about planned giving, contact Auburn University at Montgomery’s University Development office at 334-244-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUM Day of Giving 2020: a special 24-hour fundraising initiative
Mark your calendars for AUM Day of Giving on February 14, 2020! Show your love for Auburn University at Montgomery by supporting the many projects and programs from the colleges and departments seeking private support.
AUM Day of Giving is a social media based initiative, and will utilize Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share information about special AUM projects. Keep an eye out on these social media platforms for more details about projects that need your support!
In January, you can visit www.aum.edu/dayofgiving to check out all the AUM projects highlighted for this special day.
Upcoming Alumni Events & Travel
Alumni Homecoming Celebration
Friday, February 28, 2020 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.
AUM Library Tower, 10th floor
Details to follow.
Save the date for the 2020 Alumni Homecoming Celebration! Join us for a memorable night of dinner, drinks, live music by Tim Tyler, and our annual tradition of a firework show.
Reflections of Italy
March 11-20, 2020
Revel in the magic of Italy on this tour that explores the cities of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. Travel Italy and explore the scenery of the Tuscan countryside and medieval hill towns. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence and see hot glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in romantic Venice and visit the magnificent Opera House La Scala in Milan.
Highlights: Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery & Cooking Class, Venice, Murano Island, Milan
Islands of New England
June 18-25, 2020
Relax in the natural beauty that lies along the shores of New England. This tour spends days exploring New England’s charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period. In Provincetown, the choice is yours – set out on a whale watch cruise -OR- embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Visit Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Complete your New England experience as you indulge in a traditional seafood and lobster feast.
Highlights: Providence, Newport, Choices on Tour, Boston, Faneuil Hall, Cranberry Bog, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Lobster Dinner, Provincetown, Hyannis, Nantucket
March 18-27, 2021
An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. Behold the crown jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. See the Welsh landscape from above on a cruise atop of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO). Walk in the footsteps of the Bard and enjoy a private dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Chester and Edinburgh. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain.
Highlights: London, York, Edinburgh Castle, Choices on Tour, Lake District, Chester, Llangollen, Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon