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Honors program gets grant from Daniel Foundation of Alabama

October 26, 2012

Auburn Montgomery’s University Honors Program has received a $100,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama to fund travel, study abroad and research opportunities for AUM honors students. 
“This gift has the potential to have profound effects on the lives of some of our most gifted and driven students,” said Chancellor John Veres. “We are grateful for the opportunity to submit a proposal to the Daniel Foundation and delighted they chose to fund it.”

Donald Nobles, associate professor in Communication and Dramatic Arts and interim director of the University Honors Program, said the gift will allow honors students opportunities that would not otherwise have been available.

“This generous gift will make possible funding for student research and travel, and bringing speakers to campus,” said Nobles. “None of these things would be possible without this remarkable and thoughtful contribution to the program. We have high expectations of honors students, and the Daniel Foundation is providing opportunities for them to explore what is new, share the results of their research at conferences, and continue to develop a better sense of what’s out there in the world.”

As an example of those opportunities, Noble cited a spring 2012 trip to Oklahoma City that will allow honors English students to study the Oklahoma City bombing memorial at the same time a class at Oklahoma City University is doing so.

“This is just one example of what this gift will allow us to do,” said Nobles. “The class will be examining the theme ‘Memory and Memorials,’ and the two classes will meet by Skype, discussing the Civil Rights Memorial here and the Oklahoma City bombing memorial there."

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama is named for the Daniel family. Hugh Daniel was a native of Elberton, Ga., who was raised in South Carolina, attended The Citadel, and later had construction and banking interests in Birmingham. The foundation was originally created in South Carolina, but the family later split the assets between South Carolina and Alabama, creating foundations in each state.

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama’s mission is “to strengthen communities within Alabama and improve the quality of life for citizens from all regions of Alabama through the support of quality educational programs, arts and culture, civic and community programs, and medical care and research.”

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