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AUM Weekly 10-13-15: Warhawk spotlight on Diversity; Geospatial Research Institute roundtable

AUM Weekly 10-13-15: Warhawk spotlight on Diversity; Geospatial Research Institute roundtable

by Caitlin Forrest | Oct 13, 2015

Ingram highlights Italian stereotypes, facts in presentation on heritage

Diversity of People and Perspective with a Culture of Inclusiveness: UNIV Program Manager Amy Ingram explored differences and stereotypes in a presentation on her combined American and Italian heritage.

(Editor’s note: The Warhawk Spotlight features news about people, projects and programs at AUM that illustrate our Core Values. Need a refresher on our Core Values?)

Geospatial Research Institute invites all to first-ever roundtable

The Auburn University Montgomery Geospatial Research Institute invites all current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, administration, and other interested parties to attend its first annual roundtable. The symposium will include a panel of nationally recognized experts in the fields of Geographic Information Systems and Science who will present and discuss 3D GIS applications; advances in 3D GIS and its future; unmanned aerial systems for data collection in GIS; and the use of point cloud data in GIS.

After each panelist presents, all forum topics will be open for discussion by the panel and moderated by Dr. Terry Winemiller, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.

“We are excited that AUM has elected to establish the Auburn University at Montgomery Geospatial Research Institute and hope that this live forum will become a home base for discussions such as these,” Winemiller said.

For information, contact Tanya Burton at [email protected] or 334-244-3209.

Monday | Nov. 9 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (with lunch break) | Library Tower, 10th floor North and East | Free, open to public

Faculty: Apply for CELT conference funding aid

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is accepting applications from faculty interested in receiving funds to help defray the cost of attending the Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D.C., next June. Please see the CELT website for the fillable PDF form.

CELT wants to help faculty recognize the benefit of teaching conferences by taking a few faculty members to one each year so that they can be exposed to new ideas and research. Not only is it interesting to hear what other people are doing, but it is also reinvigorating to be around other professors who are excited about being better teachers. It’s a great way to learn some new tricks of the trade and recharge your battery.

Submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2015 | recipients notified on or before Jan. 15.

Reno publishes essay on website project, holds symposium

Dr. Seth Reno, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, recently published an essay entitled, “Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Writing with Weebly Website Creator,” which appears in the online journal Kudzu House Quarterly (view Reno’s essay in the current issue). In the essay, he discusses a website project he assigns in ENGL 1020 courses at AUM, and he highlights the work of several AUM students.

In addition, on Oct. 3, Reno held the second-annual Alabama Symposium on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies at AUM. At the symposium, participants from the University of North Alabama, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University as well as three AUM faculty members read and discussed Deidre Shauna Lynch’s new book, Loving Literature: A Cultural History, and explored pedagogical issues related to the teaching of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature.

Kinesiology students to take part in professional development activity; graduate student receives scholarship

Andria Walker, clinical instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty advisor for the Student Kinesiology Club, will lead an upcoming professional development and leadership activity involving students majoring in kinesiology. Students Amy Oliver and Holly Clarke will present programs Nov. 15–17 at The Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference, where they will provide tutorials on exercise in individuals with Down syndrome and on the energy costs of metabolic training.

Also, Melvenia Redding, a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and a participant in AUM’s partnership with the Ability Sport Network Education Trust Fund Grant, recently received a scholarship to study and complete the Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) — level 2 training (CDSS-2). She joins AUM graduate student Holly Clarke and recent graduate Maren Heller in participating in the ASN–AUM Grant Partnership and Collaboration that serves as the initial program in the Distinguished Exercise Science program under the leadership of Dr. Michele Olson, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology.

Food pantry reaps benefits of AUMFest

On Sept. 17, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted AUMFest on the Quad. In recognition of September as National Hunger Action Month, CAB collected supplies to support the AUM Honors Assembly’s Food Pantry. With the help of the AUM community, 182 non-perishable food items and more than $100 were donated to the Food Pantry.

AUM panel to discuss Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’

The AUM Library is hosting an upcoming discussion of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, featuring three AUM faculty members as panelists:

Ms. Nancy Anderson, associate professor emerita of English, is a leading authority on Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, having published several articles on the work. She has also appeared in two documentaries and served as a panelist for an forum on Lee’s novels.

Dr. Robert C. Evans, professor in AUM’s Department of English and Philosophy, is the author or editor of more than 30 books. Evans also has published more than 300 articles or notes and an essay on Lee’s classic novel, featured in Michael J. Meyer’s book, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays (2010).

Dr. Darren Harris-Fain, professor of English and chair of AUM’s Department of English and Philosophy, regularly teaches the twentieth-century American novel and has written about To Kill a Mockingbird in the reference book entitled American Decades: 1960–1969.

Tuesday | Oct. 20 | Noon | 10th floor, Library Tower West

Speaker to share information on Alabama’s Native Americans

Rob Russell, former executive director of The Alabama Indian Commission, will speak on Native American tribes in Alabama, tribal histories, and stereotypes. This event is sponsored by AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Timothy Spraggins at [email protected]or 334-244-3021.

Thursday | Oct. 15 | Noon | Taylor Center 230 | Free admission

Political Film Series documentary examines safety of GMOs

Celebrate World Food Day 2015 with the College of Public Policy & Justice and the College of Arts & Sciences. The Political Film Series will feature the critical documentary “GMO OMG” (2013; NR) with an introduction by Dr. Tim Kroft, assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

The film focuses on food made of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Is it safe? Do GMOs negatively affect our health or our environment? To answer these questions, film director Jeremy Seifert visits various homes in the U.S. and abroad as well as Monsanto Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of genetically engineered seeds.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. For information, contact Dr. Pia Knigge, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, at [email protected] or 334-244-3834.

Thursday | Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112 | Free, open to public

Hot Topics Café: Haunts, Spooks and Superstitions

Believe in aliens? Ever seen a ghost? Come be a part of the discussion sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Christin LeJeune at [email protected]or 334-244-3683

Wednesday | Oct. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

CELT collecting variety of foods for AUM Food Pantry

Throughout October, CELT is collecting breakfast bars, granola bars, and Pop Tarts for the AUM Food Pantry. Please bring your donation to a CELT session or to the CELT office (800 Library Tower).

Health and fitness appraisals available throughout fall semester

The Kinesiology Department’s Human Performance Lab is offering health and fitness appraisals through Warhawk Fit. Those interested can make an appointment with the Kinesiology Department throughout the fall semester. The package costs $125, and, during fall semester, the student cost is reduced to $75.

To make an appointment, call 334-244-3472.

Students: Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship applications available

Applications for The Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship, which provides $500 to be put toward books and supplies for the spring 2016 term, are now available in the Scholarships Office (in Admissions, first floor of Taylor Center) and The Center for Disability Services (Taylor Center 147). The deadline is Nov. 10, 2015.

Free fall concerts in Goodwyn Hall

AUM will host a series of fall concerts — all of which are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. — in Goodwyn Hall Auditorium.

Anthony Pattin

Dr. Anthony Pattin holds degrees in piano performance from Toledo University, University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama. Pattin lives in Birmingham, Ala., and is active as a pianist in solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances.

Tuesday | Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Auditorium

AUM Chorus, directed by Lavone DuBose

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Auditorium

‘It Takes a Campus’ series focuses on recruiting students to AUM

Everyone at AUM can help us attract the best students to our campus. See the “It Takes a Campus” schedule below for opportunities to learn more about how to recruit students to AUM.

It Take a Campus: Retention

Thursday | Oct. 22 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

It Takes a Campus: Financial Aid

Wednesday | Oct. 28 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

It Takes a Campus: Scholarships 

Wednesday | Nov. 11 | Noon | Goodwyn Hall 109

Thursday | Nov. 12 | 12:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Speech and Hearing Clinic to offer free screenings for awareness month

To recognize National Hearing Conservation Awareness Month, the AUM Speech and Hearing Clinic will provide free hearing screenings for all students, faculty and staff. All those who are screened will be entered for a chance to win gift cards and other prizes.

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

UNIV Legacy project to aid children

The UNIV Legacy Committee is selling Warhawk Wings for $1 to help children through the Salvation Army. The Wings may be purchased from the Warhawk Academic Success Center (Library Tower, 2nd floor). Write your name on a wing and show your support. The wings will be displayed around campus. All who purchase a set of wings may put their name in a hat for a chance to win a pair of Auburn vs. Ole Miss football tickets for the Halloween game!

Drawing: Wednesday, Oct. 28

Diversity Conference set to take place at North Alabama

For information about the Comprehensive Diversity Conference at the University of North Alabama in Florence, contact Timothy Spraggins, chief diversity officer in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at 334-244-3904 or [email protected].

Thursday–Friday | Oct. 22–23 | The University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala.

Midterm Meltdown? Housing and Residence Life has the cure

We know midterms are tough, so join the Housing and Residence Life staff for a night off! We’ll have games, activities, free food, and, of course, great prizes. All you have to do is show up, hang out with friends, and relax your tired mind.

Tuesday | Oct. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

Confucius Institute, ASF to present Guangzhou Dance Troupe

The AUM Confucius Institute and Alabama Shakespeare Festival will present the Guangzhou Dance Troupe, an introduction to Chinese culture through a magical celebration of Chinese dance. Reserve tickets now for this one-time performance at or 800-841-4273.

Monday | Oct. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | AUM students, faculty and staff, and military, $10 with AUM ID | All others, $20–$35

Students: Q & A perfect opportunity to ask scholarship questions

Scholarships manager Kate Bartlett will host a question-and-answer session to answer AUM students’ scholarship questions. Find out how, when and where to apply for scholarships. For information, contact Kate Bartlett at 334-244-3078 or [email protected].

Monday | Oct. 19 | 9:30–11 a.m. | Taylor Center 221 

Admissions and Recruitment invites students to Warhawk Welcome event

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment invites prospective students to tour campus residence halls, explore our academic offerings, learn about financial aid, and even take advantage of our fast-track admissions!

To participate, contact Amanda Brasington at 334-244-3615 or [email protected].

Saturday | Oct. 17 | 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Campus-wide (starting in Taylor Center)

Athletics tips off basketball season with Hoops Madness

The department of athletics and the AUM Student Government Association is hosting the inaugural Hoops Madness. The event is free and prizes will be given away throughout the night, including the grand prize of a $400 Best Buy gift card.

Find out more about Hoops Madness.

Wednesday | Oct. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex

Coffee, donuts and study tips at Midterm Madness

The Warhawk Academic Success Center is sponsoring Midterm Madness. Stop by the 2nd floor of the Library Tower and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts, receive free school supplies, pick up a free T-shirt (while supplies last), and get study tips and support to help you with midterms.

Tuesday–Wednesday | Oct. 13–14 | All day | Library Tower, 2nd floor

Students: Parking decals will not be mailed; visit Campus Police for decals

To help ensure students receive the correct parking decal for which they registered, they must visit Campus Police in person. The decals will not be mailed. Campus Police is located in Taylor Center 267. For information or to ask questions, call the department at 334-244-3424.

Flu vaccines available at Student Health Services

Student Health Services has a limited number of flu vaccines available for students, faculty and staff, and dependents ages 3 and up on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $25 and can be paid by cash, check, or debit or credit cards. No insurance will be accepted for payment. The vaccine will be administered while supplies last.

Monday–Friday | 9–11 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. | Moore Hall 102

Study Abroad in the U.K.

AUM’s newest exchange program is with the University of Lincoln, England. Students also may be eligible for Study Abroad’s $1,500 scholarship. For information, contact Study Abroad at [email protected] or 244-3544.

Roost Dining Hours

To see a full list of the Roost’s dining hours and options, see the “Where to Eat?” page on AUM’s “dine on campus” page.

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