AUM Weekly 10-6-15: Middle, high school girls attend SK Day; Parking decal information
by Caitlin Forrest | Oct 06, 2015
40 River Region middle, high school girls explore math at SK Day
The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science held the 2015 Sonia Kovalevsky Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at AUM. The event brought 40 middle and high school girls from all over the River Region to AUM to explore mathematics and potential careers involving mathematics. The keynote address, “Going the Distance,” was given by Dr. Kristen Abernathy, assistant professor of mathematics at Winthrop University. Participants were able to choose from several hands-on workshops including “Alphametic Puzzles,” “Is this Game Fair?” “Probability & Poker,” and “Be a Tessellmaniac.”
In addition, the students participated in a question-and-answer session with a panelcomposed of successful female professionals who use mathematics every day in their career. The career panel featured all female professionals in engineering, pharmacy, mathematics, and psychology, including AUM’s own Alyssa Barnett, a senior traditional math major at AUM, and Dr. Clarissa Chavez, associate professor in the Department of Psychology.
The event was sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, University Outreach, and the Office of Enrollment and Admissions.
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. Decals can be picked up Monday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Saturday, 3 p.m.–10 p.m.
Campus Police is located in Taylor Center 267. For information or to ask questions, call the department at 334-244-3424.
Alabama Higher Education Partnership announces open enrollment
Faculty and staff of Alabama’s public universities are invited to join or renew their membership with the Alabama Higher Education Partnership, the advocacy network for Alabama’s public universities, during the current open enrollment period. Employees can join or renew at www.higheredpartners.org/membership instantly online.
Employees of public universities who join as members receive legislative updates and various benefits. Some membership levels offer an Educators Professional Liability Insurance policy as part of the member benefits.
The Partnership’s mission is to advocate the importance of higher education in bettering the lives of people in Alabama. For information, contact Brett Johnson at 334-832-9911 or [email protected].
Vargas named 2015 College Coach of the Year
The United States Professional Tennis Association named Auburn University at Montgomery head men’s and women’s tennis coach Rolando Vargas the 2015 College Coach of the Year at its World Conference in New Orleans last week.
Vargas led both men’s and women’s tennis to Southern States Athletic Conference titles last season while posting a combined 44-10 record for both squads. He also helped guide the women’s tennis team to a 2015 NAIA National Championship, the 14th in the history of the program and fourth in his five seasons as head coach.
“It was a great honor to receive the College Coach of the Year award, and I am truly humbled by it,” Vargas said. “There were a lot of significant people from the tennis world there, and just to be able to meet with them was an incredible experience. I gained a lot of valuable knowledge to help me, moving forward, to become a better person and coach.”
Harris-Fain publishes article on graphic novel
Dr. Darren Harris-Fain, professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, has published an article titled “Putting the Graphic in Graphic Novel: P. Craig Russell’s Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline” in a special issue of the journal Studies in the Novel, devoted to graphic novels (fall 2015). In the article, Harris-Fain draws on comics theorists Will Eisner and Scott McCloud to analyze why Russell employed a realistic style in his graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s children’s horror novel rather than a cartoonish style, as was used in the novel’s original illustrations and in the film adaptation. He also explores how the graphic novel’s realistic style may affect reader identification and distancing.
Ahlstrom named Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Freshman goalkeeper Filip Ahlstrom was named Southern States Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced last week.
Ahlstrom, a native of Kumla, Sweden, recorded four saves on 90 minutes of play in a 4-1 victory over Talladega (Ala.) over the weekend. The talented goalkeeper has now earned SSAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.
Through nine games, Ahlstrom ranks second in the SSAC with 34 saves, sixth with a 1.68 goals against average and seventh with 3.78 saves per game.
Ahlstrom and the No. 13 Warhawks (6-2-1) begin their SSAC slate on the road this Thursday, October 1, against Dalton State.
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. While supplies last.
Tuesday–Wednesday | Oct. 13–14 | All day | Library Tower, 2nd floor
Athletics tips off basketball season with Hoops Madness
The department of athletics and the AUM Student Government Association will host the inaugural Hoops Madness to officially tip off the 2015–16 basketball season on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The event, which is free, will be held in the AUM Gymnasium, with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature player introductions for each team, a 3-point challenge, a dunk competition, promotional games, and the unveiling of the new student section.
The first 250 AUM students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt, while several other prizes will be given away throughout the evening. The grand prize will be a $400 gift card to Best Buy, courtesy of the SGA.
Wednesday | Oct. 14 | Doors open at 7:30 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex
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!
We’re inviting students to campus to join us in this fun! 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)
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, and 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
4th Annual Diversity Conference set to take place at North Alabama
The goal of the Comprehensive Diversity Conference is to build and further diversity best practices in the research community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility for or interest in the broad field of diversity. The conference provides a mix of oral presentations, posters and panel discussions, and provides ideas for effective, practical and sustainable implementation of diversity best practices. For information, contact Timothy Spraggins, chief diversity officer in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at 334-244-3904 or [email protected].
Thursday–Friday | Oct. 22–23 | The University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala.
Students: Q & A perfect opportunity to ask scholarship questions
Scholarships manager Kate Bartlett will host a scholarships question-and-answer session to answer AUM students’ scholarship questions.
Did you know AUM awarded over $500,000 in student scholarships last year? Find out how, when, and where to apply for scholarships. Attend this information session to find out how you can make yourself competitive for scholarships and where to find them. For information, contact Kate Bartlett at 334-244-3078 or [email protected].
Monday | Oct. 19 | 9:30–11 a.m. | Taylor Center 221
UNIV Legacy project to aid children helped by Salvation Army
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 see them displayed around campus to show your support. 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
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.
For information, contact Lindsay Bush at [email protected] or 334-244-3355.
Thursday | Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 221
CELT plans discussion of Make It Stick
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is hosting a campus-wide discussion of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
Friday | Oct. 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Taylor Center 223
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 asf.net or 800-841-4273.
Monday | Oct. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | AUM students, faculty and staff, and military, $10 with AUM/military ID | All others, $20–$35
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
It Takes a Campus: Advising
Tuesday | Oct. 6 | Noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East
Wednesday | Oct. 7 | Noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East
It Take a Campus: Retention
Thursday | Oct. 22 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West
‘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.
UNIV midterm presentations on majors, SMART goals upcoming
UNIV students will complete a midterm project by preparing a poster board that highlights the connection between current majors and SMART career goals. The presentations will take place Oct. 5–9 during the following class periods:
1: 8–9:15 a.m.
2: 9:25–10:40 a.m.
4: 12:45–2 p.m.
6: 3:35–4:50 p.m.
7: 5–6:15 p.m.
8: 6:20–7:35 p.m.
9: 7:40-8:55 p.m.
All AUM students, faculty and staff are invited to see what the UNIV students are planning to do with their degrees and to applaud their hard work!
Monday–Thursday | Oct. 5–8 | WASC (Library Tower, 2nd floor)
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.
Flutist Rachel Nozny and guitarist Robert Gibson formed Duo R2 in the spring of 2014. In addition to performing the standard flute and guitar repertoire, Duo R2 also specializes in contemporary literature and enjoys working with living composers on the creation of new works.
Thursday | Oct. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Auditorium
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
7th Annual African American Alumni Reception at Capital City Club
Enjoy live music, fellowship, and hors d’oeuvres with friends and fellow alumni.
Thursday, Oct. 8 | 6–8 p.m. | Capital City Club (RSA Tower, downtown) | RSVP to [email protected] or 334-244-3369
CELT collecting variety of foods for AUM Food Pantry
In October, CELT will be 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).
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.
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 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.
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 U.K. opportunity available
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.