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Board of Trustees approve new certificate program, residence hall name

September 27, 2012

The Auburn University Board of Trustees on Friday approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a new certificate program in the School of Liberal Arts, and a name for AUM’s new residence hall.
The residence hall under construction at the entrance to Auburn Montgomery is now officially known as Warhawk Hall. Built to house more than 270 students on campus, anticipation is growing for Warhawk Hall’s scheduled opening in fall 2013.

The 140,000-square-foot facility reaches five stories in height, with a connected two-story wing that will house multipurpose conference rooms, Residence Life offices, recreation rooms and a student lounge. Student common areas will be found throughout the building, with lounge and study spaces on each floor.

To help AUM’s international students understand the U.S. a little better, the School of Liberal Arts received approval from the Board to begin offering the Certificate in American Society and Culture. The program will be an 18-hour, interdisciplinary, undergraduate course of study (including electives) in art, communication, history, literature, music, political science, and sociology. All of the required courses are currently offered at AUM, and the certificate program will be completed entirely online to better serve students abroad. For those students, the certificate can serve as a professional credential in international business and intergovernmental relations with the U.S. For AUM, the program can be a useful international recruiting tool. Domestic students are welcome to enroll in the certificate program as well.

The fiscal year 2012-13 budget also was approved by the Board. While no mandatory, across-the-board salary increase has been included in the budget, the budget does provide a pool for merit increases for eligible employees based on documented performance. In addition, the Board granted approval for the consideration of merit-based, one-time supplements for eligible employees. Those supplements will be paid in December. Supervisors will receive guidelines regarding employee eligibility in the next few weeks.

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