Warhawk Weekly 9–6: Study Abroad in Mexico; Honors students help Baton Rouge









Warhawk Spotlight: Students First:

Student hones Spanish with patients, doctors in Mexico

Students love AUM for its small classrooms and for close working relationships with professors, but AUM also puts students first by helping them study in classrooms and settings thousands of miles away.

Read the full story here.


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Honors students help clean up Baton Rouge

uhp_edit_0.jpgA group of students in the AUM University Honors Program traveled to Baton Rouge, La., August 26–28 to volunteer in the aftermath of the recent severe flooding in southern Louisiana.

The group partnered with students at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Louisiana State University who provided lodging and coordinated the work assignments.

AUM students who took part were Jasmine Boutdy, Victoria Byrne, John Forrest, Brennan Herring, Elizabeth Meads, Rachel Pate, Alex Stephens, Matthew Taunton, and Arri Torres. Honors Program Director Matthew Jordan and Honors Recruiting and Advising Coordinator Kelsey Hayes traveled with the students as well.

While the water has receded in much of the affected area, many homes and businesses have been ruined and thousands of residents remain displaced.

AUM students helped to remove drywall, insulation, and flooring that had been damaged by the flooding in several homes in Baton Rouge.

The team worked tirelessly all weekend before making a pit stop in New Orleans to celebrate a job well done. While in New Orleans, students briefly explored the French Quarter and enjoyed beignets and café au lait at the world famous Café du Monde!

On the journey, the AUM team members received many “thank yous” from the people they encountered, and it was very apparent that the work of the AUM students made a positive, lasting impact in the Baton Rouge community.

The mission of the University Honors Program is to engage students in the development and demonstration of teamwork, leadership, and global citizenship, and these principles were fully embodied in Baton Rouge.

Visit the University Honors Program on Facebook to see more pictures from the trip.

To learn more about what the University Honors Program does or to get involved, email honors@aum.edu or visit the University Honors Program page at www.aum.edu.


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Students: Be aware of your rights

According to The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students have a number of rights, including rights to review educational records, seek amendment of inaccurate and misleading information, provide written consent before disclosure of information, and more.

Read more about your FERPA rights.


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Evans edits Flannery O’Connor volume in reference series

Dr. Bob Evans, professor of English in the Department of English and Philosophy, is the editor of an entire volume of the ongoing Short Story Criticism reference series published by Gale/Cengage.

The series reprints important articles on various topics. Volume 230 is devoted entirely to aspects of the career of the Southern writer Flannery O’Connor.

Evans was responsible for selecting all the articles in the 231-page volume, and he also provided various supplementary materials.


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Havard publishes two essays

havard_edit.jpgDr. John Havard, assistant professor of English in the Department of English and Philosophy, published two essays over the past year: Slavery and the emergence of the African-American novel in The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature and Mary Peabody Mann’s Juanita and Martin R. Delany’s Blake: Cuba, Urban Slavery, and the Construction of Nation in College Literature.


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Shao papers on personal politics and global warming acceptance earn attention

Wanyun Shao, an assistant professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, recently published a solo-authored paper entitled, “Weather, climate, politics, or God? Determinants of American public opinions toward global warming” in the journal Environmental Politics.

The author finds that evangelical fundamentalism is the most consistent factor among all religion-related variables in determining perceptions of global warming, those more oriented toward evangelical fundamentalism being less likely than others to believe in the existence, anthropogenic cause, and adverse impact of global warming.

In addition, support for the Tea Party plays a dominant role in determining views of global warming; support for the Tea Party leading to higher likelihood of disbelief in the existence, anthropogenic cause, and negative impact of global warming.

Warming winters coupled with cooling springs of the past decade are positively related with belief in the existence of global warming.

A related paper by Shao also was recently cited in an article in News at Princeton, a publication of Princeton University, titled “Hurricanes are worse, but experience, gender and politics determine if you believe it.” And Shao’s paper, “Understanding perceptions of changing hurricane strength along the US Gulf Coast,” was published in June in the International Journal of Climatology.

In the “Understanding perceptions” paper, Shao teamed up with researchers at Princeton University, Louisiana State University, and Texas A&M. They find that the characteristics of hurricane strength associated with the most recent landfall are much more closely associated with perceptions of changing hurricane strength than objectively measured trends.

They also find that people’s belief in climate change play a powerful role in one’s perception of changing hurricane strength. Political predispositions are found to affect one’s perceptions of changing hurricane strength.

Compared to Democrats and Independents, Republicans are far less likely to believe that climate is changing and thus they tend to not believe that hurricanes are becoming stronger.


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Open house for new campus office

Drop by the open house Sept. 8 for the new Office of Online and Digital Learning. Refreshments will be served, and giveaways will be available for attendees.

For more information, contact Carolyn Rawl at 3934 or email crawl@aum.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 8 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 126


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Graduate Student Welcome

All graduate students are invited to Graduate Student Welcome in the AUM Library on Sept. 7–8.

The come-and-go event will allow attendees to learn the various resources that the AUM Library, Warhawk Academic Success Center and the Learning Center/ISL provide specifically for graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jessica Hayes at jhayes11@aum.edu or 334-244-3814 or Samantha McNeilly at smcneill@aum.edu or 334-244-3213.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 | 5–6:15 p.m. | AUM Library, 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Thursday, Sept. 8 | 5–6:15 p.m. | AUM Library, 2nd Floor Computer Lab


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Political Film Series kicks off with ‘Wag the Dog’

wag_the_dog_edit.jpgGet ready for another semester of exciting films in the Political Film Series sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice. All films start at 7 p.m. with an introduction to the film subject and context. Audience discussion will follow the screenings.

The first film, Wag the Dog (1997; R), is a bold political satire illustrating in exaggerated fashion media spin and the so-called rally effect during a presidential election campaign. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Pia Knigge, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Monday, Sept. 12 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112


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Author, AU Foundation Chair Gossom Jr. to speak

Thom Gossom Jr., the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University in 1975 and a native or Birmingham, Ala., will speak Sept. 14 at AUM.

Gossom Jr., the author of a new short story collection called The Slice of Life, wrote his first book, Walk-On, now in its third printing, about the experience of walking on to the Auburn football field in 1970, earning a scholarship and becoming a three-year starter. 

Now Chair of the Auburn University Foundation, Gossom Jr. is also a member of the Auburn’s Football Letterman’s Club and the Advisory Board for the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University. He is a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Athlete Award from the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club and was named an AT&T Alabama African American History Calendar Honoree in 2014.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 | Noon | Library Tower, 10th floor West | Open to public


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Young Alumni Mixer

Enjoy free food, drinks, fun and the good company of fellow young Auburn Montgomery alumni at the Young Alumni Mixer, sponsored by AUM’s Office of Advancement!

Please RSVP to 334-244-3369, alumni@aum.edu, or at aumyoungalumni.eventbrite.com.
Thursday, Sept. 15 | 6 p.m. | The Exchange at the Renaissance Hotel


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Clemson professor to speak at Montgomery area mathematics colloquium

Dr. James Coykenall, Professor of Mathematics at Clemson University, will speak on “Factorization in Commutative Rings: An Example-Oriented Introduction” at the Montgomery area mathematics colloquium Sept. 23, sponsored by AUM’s Department of Mathematics and supported by the AUM Lecturer’s Program.

Coykenall earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University. He has obtained many awards in research and teaching. In particular he was the recipient of 2005 Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year award. He also holds editorial positions at several journals and has published numerous papers. He is frequently an invited speaker at many conferences and at many universities.

Coykenall’s talk will look at relevant questions in factorization, highlight some of the big (and sometimes surprising) results, and take a short tour of the macabre, yet beautiful, zoo of examples that can be found in the study of factorization.

Friday, Sept. 23 | 1:30–3 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 202 | Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m.


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CELT sessions this week

Demystify Your Syllabi
Tuesday, Sep. 6 | 2–3 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Getting Students to Come to Class Prepared
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Wednesday, Sep. 6 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Taylor Center 222

Unskilled and Unaware: Students Usually Don’t Know What They Don’t Know
Wednesday, Sep. 7 | 1–2 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

Office of Online and Digital Learning Open House
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Thursday, Sep. 8 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 126

Self-Efficacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Incorporate It into Your Classes
Thursday, Sep. 8 | 5–6 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Writing a Teaching Philosophy

Friday, Sep. 9 | 1–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

E-Reserves and Copyright: Simplifying Access to Electronic Resources in the Digital Environment
Monday, Sep. 12 | 11 a.m.–noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Pigs DO Fly: An Overview of AUM Service Animal and Emotional Support/Comfort Animal Guidelines
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
 Monday, Sep. 12 | 1–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

What Employers Want: Connecting Higher Education with the World of Work

Tuesday, Sep. 13 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West


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Library accepting food for fines

Starting Sept. 1, you may now pay overdue library fines by bringing non-perishable food items to the AUM Library Circulation Desk. One food item will pay for up to $1.50 in overdue fines, and all collected items will be donated to the AUM Food Pantry.

While this program will not be applicable to fines and fees on lost or damaged items or interlibrary loan (ILL) charges, the AUM Library encourages individuals with overdue library fines to take advantage of this new program.

More info at 334-244-3647


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Flu shots available

Student Health Services is administering the yearly flu vaccine. Appointments are not necessary.

The vaccine will be administered from 9–11 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. Monday through Friday for students, faculty and staff, and dependents age 3 years and up. The cost is $25. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted, and no insurance will be filed.


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‘Let’s Talk’ encourages student-counselor dialogue

The AUM Counseling Center on Aug. 23 is beginning a campus outreach program open to all AUM students called “Let’s Talk.”

“Let’s Talk” is an informal, pre-counseling opportunity in which students can meet with a counselor without making an appointment. Students can talk about whatever is important to them, much as they might talk with a resident assistant or an academic advisor.

For more information, contact the AUM Counseling Center at 244-3469 or email counselingcenter@aum.edu.

Tuesdays | 1–2 p.m. | Taylor Center 126
Wednesdays | 1–2 p.m. | Clement Hall 109


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Text and chat with your AUM Library

Library_Tower.jpgDon’t forget: You can now text and chat directly with the AUM Library as well as browse frequently asked questions and submit questions through the Ask YOUR Library webpage.

For answers to questions about the new services, text the AUM Library at 334-384-1851 or chat with Library staff on the AUM Library homepage!


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Students: Tutoring Hours for Fall 2016

Tutoring hours and locations are below:

Learning Center–WASC
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.–noon

The Nest
Wednesday, Thursday, 4–6 p.m.

Instructional Support Lab
Goodwyn Hall 203

Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.


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‘Dinner’ selfie contest continues

Between now and Oct. 1, 2016, email your photo as you read The Dinner to Dr. Lee Farrow at lfarrow@aum.edu, and it will be put on Facebook. The most "liked" photos will win prizes!

AUM Connected, the common reading program, is planning a variety of great events for the 2016–17 academic year related to the book, The Dinner, so visit their page often.


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‘Curtiss for President’ shirts, 2017 calendars in the Warhawk Shop now!

“Curtiss for President” shirts are now available at the Warhawk Shop.

Also, calendars for 2017 (available in academic or standard year format) have arrived. A wide selection of styles and sizes is available, and departments may direct charge to their FOAP or PCard.

For information, contact Jeffrey Vinzant at jvinzant@aum.edu or 334-244-3576.


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Upcoming CELT sessions

FDI: PowerPoint Basics
*This is an elective course for online teaching certification.
Wednesday, Sep. 14 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

Graduation Worksheets: What to Put on Them and What to Leave Off

Wednesday, Sep. 14 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Taylor Center 222

It Takes a Village: How the Learning Center and Instructional Support Lab Supports the AUM Community
Wednesday, Sep. 14 | 2–3 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

Webster and Degree Works for Faculty

Thursday, Sep. 15 | 10–11 a.m. | Clement Hall 110

Demystify Your Syllabi
Thursday, Sep. 15 | 5–6 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor South

AUM Connected: Pig Out with a Professor
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
 Friday, Sep. 16 | 12:30–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Teaching and Working with Our Military Students
Monday, Sep. 19 | 11 a.m.–noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Interpreting the New Course Evaluation forms: For Deans and Department Heads
Monday, Sep. 19 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East


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