Warhawk Weekly 5-24-2016

Johnson named Section 504 compliance Officer; Simmons' Oxford paper accepted for publication

News Releases

Check out the latest news listed below. To be added to AUM's press release distribution list, contact Marla Vickers.


by Neil Probst | May 23, 2016

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Johnson named Section 504 Compliance Officer

Phill Johnson[1]

AUM has designated Library Dean Phill Johnson its new Section 504 Compliance Officer. In this role, he will serve as a resource in helping AUM provide appropriate academic accommodations to students with disabilities.

Johnson also will work with the Center for Disability Services and the Office of the Provost to advise students, employees and third parties of the requirements of federal and university policy. He will also work to resolve issues regarding accommodations for students.

In addition, Johnson will serve as a resource for students with disabilities who are concerned about receiving appropriate modifications or discriminatory treatment.

Johnson, a doctor of law, steps into the position that was held by Marc Hall, a doctor of law in the Department of Business Administration.

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Simmons’ Oxford paper accepted for publication


A paper analyzing historical research on the prophecies of Christ written by Dr. Michael B. 

Simmons, distinguished research professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures, has been anonymously peer-reviewed by experts in the field and accepted for publication.

Exegesis and Hermeneutics in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Theophany (Book IV): The Contemporary Fulfillment of Jesus’ Prophecies will be published next year in Studia Patristica, a book series published by Peeters Press in Leuven, Belgium. The Theophany was the last apology written about A.D. 337 by Eusebius, the bishop of Caesarea and the Father of Church History. 

Simmons read the paper at the XVII International Patristics Conference held at the University of Oxford in August 2015.

In his paper, Simmons, who refers to Adolph Gressmann’s 1903 German edition and the 1743 English translation by Samuel Lee, the Regius Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge, analyzes fragments of the original Greek text and compares them philologically with the Syriac translation of A.D. 411 and parallel texts from earlier works.

Simmons’ paper concludes that the 165 scriptural citations in Book IV are the result of Eusebius’ reading of Christ’s prophecies in conjunction with the new Christian interpretation of salvation history made possible by the Constantinian Age. 

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Don’t forget! AUM goes tobacco free June 1 


AUM takes Warhawk wellness seriously. Effective June 1, 2016, AUM will join more than 1,000 other colleges and universities by becoming asmoke-free, tobacco-free campus. AUM is committed to providing a healthier and cleaner campus community for our students, employees and visitors.

A smoke-free campus will further promote the health, safety, and well-being of the AUM Family by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on campus and at university-owned and -leased properties. For specifics, read the policy online.

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Signing ceremony with Wallace Community College Selma Wednesday

Faculty, staff and students are invited on May 25 at 10 a.m. to join AUM and Wallace Community College Selma for the signing of an official agreement between the two institutions.

Under the agreement, AUM faculty and advisors will be able to connect to WCCS student advisors for the benefit of students. AUM faculty also will guest lecture at WCCS.

WCCS students transferring to AUM will also be eligible for scholarships.

The signing ceremony will take place at the Wallace Community College Selma campus: 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, AL 36703.

For more information, contact Associate Provost Lisa Kerr

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CELT offers learning opportunities this month

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will offer two more sessions this month. Read about each session in detail here.

Cultural Intelligence: Authority — HR Session
Today, May 24 | 11:45–1 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Motivational Interviewing in Advising: Addressing the Individual Experience **Recommended for advisors**
Wednesday, May 25 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

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AUM Mini-College connects community with Arts and Sciences faculty, scholars

Mini College FlyerAUM Mini-College, set for June 14–15, is a chance for local residents to spend two days on campus engaging with professors and scholars.

Tuesday, June 14–Wednesday, June 15 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Career Development Center, Taylor 323 | $50 registration; register by June 1 | contact Dr. Peter Zachar at 334-244-3311 or pzachar@aum.edu

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Planning and budget meeting moved to June 15

The planning and budget meeting and brown bag lunch hosted by Financial and Administrative Services has been moved to Wednesday, June 15. 

Wednesday, June 15 | Noon–1:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

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Orientation and Transitions announces summer sessions

Throughout summer, orientation sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 25 (summer classes only)
  • Friday, June 10
  • Friday, June 17 (AU Guarantee)
  • Friday, June 24 (Transfer, Non-Traditional, and Veteran)
  • Friday, July 8
  • Wednesday, July 20 (AU Guarantee and First Time Freshmen)
  • Saturday, July 30
  • August 10–12 (International Orientation)
  • Friday, August 12 (Last Call Orientation)

Departments, clubs, or organizations that would like to take part in orientation should contact Serena McCovery at smccover@aum.edu.

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Outreach to host third Educational Leaders Conference

Outreach at Auburn Montgomery on June 7 will host the third annual Educational Leaders Conference for educational leaders from across the state.

The conference provides K-12 principals and assistant principals with resources, expertise and tools that can be implemented in schools for great results. Also, the networking lunch provides principals and local business leaders the opportunity to collaborate. 

The keynote on 21st century learning will be delivered by Stephan Turnipseed, an educational thought leader, strategist and hands-on learning proponent who is passionate about inspiring children through education. 

Breakout topics will include team building, community involvement and support, ensuring teacher effectiveness, project-based learning, expectations from EDTPA, and neuromotor connections to education.

Tuesday, June 7 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m. | Register for the conference

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Alumni invited to tour Hyundai plant, enjoy free lunch at AUM 

Alumni are invited for a private AUM alumni tour of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama that includes the opportunity to observe the building of more than 1,500 Hyundai cars each day. A tour guide will drive attendees though the manufacturing plant in an open-air tram and explain the many steps and innovative technologies involved in making a car.

The tour begins at noon and will last about one hour. The tour group will meet in Taylor Center 222 before boarding the Warhawk transit, departing campus promptly at 11:15 a.m. 

Friday, June 3 | Noon (Depart campus at 11:15 a.m.) | Free, lunch served at AUM upon return | Space is limited; make a reservation at alumni@aum.edu or 334-244-3369.

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‘Between the Lines: Making Sense of Abstraction’

“Between the Line: Making Sense of Abstraction,” a student-curated exhibition sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts, will run through Aug. 15 in the Goodwyn Gallery. 

“Between the Lines” includes artworks by Italian, Dutch, American, Japanese, Spanish, and Greek modern printmakers. Each uses the language of abstraction to express a particular artistic vision. 

From minimalist compositions that explore color, to optical art, or simplified arrangements of forms, the exhibit teases out the many meanings of abstraction globally from 1967–1977.

The exhibit also includes child-friendly gallery interactives.

For information, contact atucke24@aum.edu or 334-244-3986.

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Roost summer break, summer semester hours 

Summer break 

May 14–31 | The AUMazing Bean will serve breakfast and lunch 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday–Friday. 

Summer semester (beginning June 1)

The Roost (Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)

The AUMazing Bean (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Operations are closed on weekends and Memorial Day (May 30).

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See who you know in Campus Life

AUM’s Campus Life page is frequently updated to show photographs of people, events and life around campus. See who you know — or see yourself — in the Campus Life photo album and in this month’s photo slideshow.