Warhawk Weekly 12–6: Arp improves bus behavior; Grad students help humane shelter








Warhawk Spotlight: Citizenship and Community

Arp helps elementary students improve bus behavior

arp_0.jpgKaitlin Arp, an undergraduate studying Elementary Special Education and Elementary Education at Auburn University at Montgomery, recently helped students at Prattville Elementary School improve bus behavior through a service-learning project, an initiative through which AUM’s College of Education provides community support at partner schools.

Read the full story here.


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Grad students help humane shelter with CAPSTONE project

grad_0.jpgBaron Litaker and Nick Cognasi, graduate students in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management masters program, presented an emergency management plan to the Montgomery Humane Shelter as an assignment for their CAPSTONE project. The strategies and tactics in the 74-page comprehensive plan saved the shelter more than $10,000.

Litaker, who was an Organizational Leadership undergraduate, currently works for the Department of Homeland Security. Cognasi works for the Montgomery Police Department.

The students were personally recognized by the entire board of directors of the Montgomery Humane Shelter for their good work and by AUM for their service to the city.


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LC, ISL finals week tutoring

The Learning Center and Instructional Support Labs have new hours for finals week:

Learning Center

Today, Dec. 6: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Instructional Support Lab

Today, Dec. 6: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


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Occasional meals for student athletes

Around this time of year, faculty, staff, boosters and parents like to invite our out-of-state and international students to their home for a holiday meal. For student-athletes, this is considered an occasional meal.

An occasional meal is a meal benefit incidental to a student’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. AUM institutional staff members, boosters and parents are allowed to provide an occasional meal to a student-athlete or team member on an infrequent basis with prior approval from the Department of Athletics.

The NCAA requires institutions to monitor awards and benefits incidental to a student’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. To ensure meals provided by institutional members, boosters and team members’ parents to student athletes comply, we ask that you complete the approval process.

  1. Notify the Head Coach or the Department of Athletics of your intentions to provide an occasional meal to team members.

  2. The Head Coach or the Department of Athletics will provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete your request.

  3. Submit the occasional meal form to the Athletic Compliance Office

  4. Once the documentation has been reviewed, you will receive a notification regarding the status of your request.

We are committed to the principle of institutional control and operating our athletics program in a manner consistent with the letter and spirit of the NCAA, Gulf South Conference and Auburn Montgomery regulations. Please contact the Athletic Compliance Office if you have any questions. Remember to always ask before you act.


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Nominations for library faculty, staff awards

staff_0.jpgThe library is accepting nominations for its 2016 Betty J. Tims Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Awards. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding dedication to activities and functions that lead to improvements in library services, for dedicated effort in providing or improving access to library holdings, or for offering quality suggestions that result in more efficient and/or more cost-effective library operations. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form by December 9.


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Gerard publishes essay

W. B. Gerard, of the Department of English and Philosophy, has published an essay in the journal Word & Image (32.4): Absence has not Abated your Love: The Nostalgia for an Idealized Aristocracy in The Castle of Lindenberg during the Romantic Era.

Pointing to the emphases in thirteen illustrations from ten editions of the text, a selection from Matthew Lewis’s famous novel, The Monk (1795), Gerard suggests that its English readership gravitated toward the idea of rule by a democratically minded enlightened aristocracy after the tumult of the French Revolution.


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Students venture to Belize

belize_0.jpgDr. Denise Davis-Maye, of the College of Public Policy and Justice, and five of her students traveled to Belize in November for a study-abroad and civic engagement project. The students will earn credit for their sociology child advocacy course, and they will explore ways to respond to hunger, health, medical care, education, and other issues affecting the people of developing and emerging countries.

To read more about the trip, visit Julie Berube’s blog.


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Professors published at Academy of Business Research Conference

In October, two College of Business professors, Dr. Ravi Chinta and Dr. TeWhan Hahn, of the Business Administration Department, were given the Best Paper Awards at the Academy of Business Research Conference in Biloxi, Miss.

Chinta was recognized for his essay, Personal Wealth and Perceptions of Barriers to Women Entrepreneurship in the state of Alabama: The Mediating Effects of Affordable Child Care, and Hahn was recognized for his essay, Firms’ Strategy Responses to External Shocks and Their Impact on Firm Performance: An Event Study.


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Simmons receives news of publication

Dr. Michael B. Simmons, distinguished research professor in the Department of History, World Languages and Cultures, has been notified by the editors of the prestigious journal Studia Patristica, Peters Press, Leuven, Belgium, that the paper he read at the XVI International Conference on Patristics University of Oxford, UK, has now gone to the publisher for layout and will be published in early 2017.

The paper, Exegesis and Hermeneutics in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Theophany (Book IV): The Contemporary Fulfillment of Jesus Prophecies, offers an exegetical and hermeneutical analysis of 165 prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures cited in Book IV of Eusebius of Caesarea’s last apology, the Theophany. The original Greek text survives in 17 fragments, but a Syriac translation of A.D. 411 of the entire work is extant.

Simmons’ paper demonstrates how Eusebius interprets these Old Testament prophecies about Christ being fulfilled in the contemporary social, political and cultural events that caused the transformation of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great (d. A.D. 337).


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Happy Holidays from the Warhawk Academic Success Center

On November 28, WASC Student Representative Braden Waddell, Director of Student Relations for SGA Shari Thomas, and Study Abroad Club President Airiana Carlos-Lee, lit the official WASC Christmas tree, which is decorated with candy canes containing holiday greetings in languages from across the world. Everyone in the AUM family is invited to stop by the WASC to get a candy cane from the tree before leaving for the break. We have enjoyed supporting student success this semester and look forward to seeing students return in the spring.

The WASC sends best wishes to all students, faculty and staff for a happy and safe holiday season!


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Let’s Talk provides counseling services

Overwhelmed with school? Stressed about finals? Visit Let’s Talk, a program sponsored by the AUM Counseling Center that engages students by providing brief informal walk-in consultations with a counselor.

Let’s Talk is free and held every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 126 of the Taylor Center and every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 109 of Clement Hall. For more information, contact the AUM Counseling Center at counselingcenter@aum.edu or 334-244-3469.


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AUMnibus job openings

The AUMnibus is looking for a new editor in chief and a webmaster/web content manager. For more information about the available positions, check out the AUMnibus webpage.

Please send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Silvia Giagnoni, AUMnibus academic advisor, at sgiagnon@aum.edu.


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