Warhawk Weekly 5-3-2016

News Releases

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


by Caitlin Forrest | May 03, 2016





Student Affairs announces new employees

Hughes named director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs

Joel Hughes

Joel S. Hughes has been named the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs at AUM. As director, Hughes will oversee the day-to-day operations and implementation of student engagement and leadership programming for AUM clubs and organizations.

Hughes, who earned his B.A. in Communications from Auburn University in 2005 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010, most recently served AUM for the past three years as Associate Director for the Office of Orientation and Transitions in the Division of Student Affairs. 

Prior to his time in Orientation, Hughes worked as Program Manager in Student Involvement and Leadership Programs. 

Currently, Hughes is pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult Education at Auburn University.

Rodriguez named manager of International Student Program

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez officially joined the Division of Student Affairs in April 2016 as manager of the International Student Program. 

In her current role at AUM, Rodriguez oversees programming that is provided to all international students on campus and manages two student groups, the United Warhawk Ambassadors and the International Student Association. Prior to accepting her current role, Rodriguez, who earned her B.S. in Childhood Education from AUM, worked as a part-time employee within the Division of Student Affairs. 


AUM College of Education welcomes nation’s future educators

COE Nations Future Educators

The College of Education recently hosted 15 high school students with an interest in becoming classroom teachers and two teachers from Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala., for a one-day visit to AUM. 

Prior to the visit, Assistant Professor Dr. Gilbert Duenas collaborated with university agencies so that college faculty and guidance counselors could offer a concise overview of our teacher certification programs and address questions.

The high school students also took a walking tour of the College of Education — that featured a look at classrooms, technology wing, computer lab, and the Early Learning Center — enjoyed a lunch at the Roost, and visited the Warhawk Academic Success Center for a personalized talk about academic support and tutoring services for incoming freshmen. 

On the walking tour, the students met AUM Admissions representatives and viewed and visited Warhawk Hall. 


Alumnus, wife establish first Medical and Clinical Lab Sciences endowed scholarship

An Auburn University at Montgomery alumnus and his wife recently established the first endowed scholarship in the Department of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences.   This endowed scholarship will support students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who are earning their bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. 

“We like to think that our life’s work will be our legacy, but it isn’t,” said the alumnus, who prefers to remain anonymous. “After you’re gone, your family and a few friends will remember you for a while, but an endowed scholarship is a meaningful way to establish a legacy.”

The Department of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences was formed during Auburn Montgomery’s recent academic reorganization and is a part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The alumnus is a physician and his wife had a long career as a Medical Laboratory Technician before her retirement.   It was important to both of them that they support a student intending to have a similar career.    

“It was such a pleasure working with this couple to establish a scholarship,” said Marilyn Ray, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, “and to help them secure their lasting legacy.”

Endowed named scholarship levels are established by the Auburn University Foundation. The minimum named endowed scholarship is $25,000, but the endowment can be at any level above that.  Once it reaches the minimum level, the endowment funding is permanent; investment proceeds are then used to award scholarship assistance for eligible students.


Graduate students place first at AU This is Research competition

Two AUM graduate students recently achieved top honors at Auburn University’s This is Research Symposia.

Jeremy Jeffcoat, who is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) with a concentration in history, won first place in the social sciences and humanities oral presentation category and will receive $750. Chloe Brown, an MLA student studying art history, won first place in the creative scholarship presentation category and will receive $750.


COB presents to Bonnie Plants, Scott’s Company

Marketing Club Bonnie Plants

The College of Business Marketing Club recently made a presentation to Stan Cope, the chief executive officer of Bonnie Plants, the Bonnie Plants marketing team, and Sara Gordon, director of marketing for Scott'sMiracle-Gro Company. 

The club also created and recommended crate mockups for the company to market to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers.

“The students did a fantastic job,” said Dr. Mahmoud Darrat, assistant professor of Marketing and Marketing Club advisor. “They should be proud of their project — I know I am.”


More than 300 attendees enjoy International Fest

International Fest

More than 300 students, faculty and staff recently attended International Fest 2016, sponsored by International Student Involvement, the International Student Association (ISA), the Confucius Institute and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs. 

The attendees learned about countries from the globe as Greece, Italy, Mexico, China, India, Brazil, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom were represented by students, faculty and staff and showcased with cultural foods and artifacts.

The Muslim Students Association, ISA, United Warhawk Ambassadors, Peer Advocate Program, Confucius Institute and Diversity Advocates sponsored tables to provide information about each unit and to educate attendees about potential leadership opportunities.  


‘Filibuster’ celebrates release of 2016 issue

Filibuster cover

Filibuster, AUM's art and literary magazine, held a release party for its new issue Monday in Goodwyn Hall 109. 

The current Filibuster staff (Jacob Lambert, Megan Stanley, Leslie Rewis, Juanita Barnett, Matthew Shoemaker, Sabrina Blaum and Kim Leifer) and Filibuster’s new contributors read from the new 2016 issue of the magazine. 

Attendees enjoyed refreshments and received Filibuster T-Shirts designed by graphic designer Megan Stanley.

Visit Filibuster to download the current issue.


‘Filibuster’ seeks new editor-in-chief and graphic designer

Filibuster, AUM's student-run literary and arts magazine, is seeking a new editor-in-chief and graphic designer to create its 2017 issue. 

Both positions, the selectees of which will receive small scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences, begin in the Fall 2016 semester and continue into the Spring 2017 term. 

To apply, potential candidates must submit a one-page letter of intent and a résumé that describes their vision for the magazine and their qualifications for serving in the position. 

Experience with Adobe InDesign is preferred for the editor and required for the graphic designer. All candidates must be enrolled as either a full or part-time student during the year to serve in either position, and they must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. They also should have completed ENGL1010 and ENGL1020.     

Candidates can send a Letter of Intent and résumé as attached Microsoft Word documents to Filibuster's Academic Advisor, Dr. Robert Klevay, at rklevay@aum.edu. The deadline to apply for both positions is May 31st.  Any questions about either position should also be directed to Dr. Klevay.  


Phi Beta Sigma’s Alpha Psi Alpha recognized for Adopt-A-School efforts

Alpha Psi Alpha regionals

Members of Alpha Psi Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., recently attended its Southern Regional Conference in Jackson, Miss., where the chapter was recognized for its work with the Adopt-A-School Program. The chapter’s adopted school is Davis Elementary in Montgomery, Ala. 

The Southern Region is composed of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and the Bahamas. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity focuses on three programs: Education, Bigger and Better Business, and Social Action. Of 63 chapters, Alpha Psi Alpha was awarded for its efforts.  


Alpha Phi Alpha’s Upsilon Eta welcomes new members

The Upsilon Eta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., recently welcomed three new members — Jaricus Moss, Antoine Blackmon Jr., and Larry Gracie.

Alpha Phi Alpha’s national mission statement is “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.” The new initiates of the Upsilon Eta chapter are ready to uphold this mission and give back to the AUM community.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is a member of the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) and is one of the three NPHC chapters currently on the AUM campus.


Medical and Clinical Lab Sciences employees, students take part in proclamation event

Medical Lab Professionals week

Faculty, staff and students in AUM’s Medical and Clinical Laboratory Science program recently took part in a Medical Laboratory Professionals Week event at Montgomery’s City Hall auditorium. 

A proclamation read at the event by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange recognized the importance of the Medical Laboratory Science field and urged all citizens to appreciate and support the vital service provided by laboratory practitioners for the benefit of all citizens.


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 a smoke-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.




Professors ‘N’ Pajamas a chance to study for exams with professors, enjoy bottomless buffet, get prizes

It’s that time again!

Housing and Residence Life will close out the year with a bang with its annual Professors ‘N’ Pajamas event! Professors ‘N’ Pajamas will include a DJ and provide a designated space for students to study with professors before exams. And students can enjoy a bottomless breakfast buffet and take home great prizes.

Wednesday, May 4 | 8 p.m. | Taylor Center 221–223, 230 | Food provided


End of term textbook buyback and rental return

The Warhawk Shop is offering cash for books and accepting rental returns.

Through May 12 | Hours | Warhawk Shop, Taylor Center | AUM student ID required


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
Tuesday, 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


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

AUM 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


Wellness Wednesdays

Does life leave you feeling overwhelmed? Join the staff from the Counseling Center every Wednesday in Warhawk Alley’s SGA/CAB office to learn fun and interesting ways to improve and maintain personal well-being.

For more information, contact Audrey Shaw at 334-244-3553 or ashaw7@aum.edu.

Wednesdays | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 126


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.



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