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AUM Weekly 11-17-15: Chancellor search under way; Proposed policy open for comment

AUM Weekly 11-17-15: Chancellor search under way; Proposed policy open for comment

by Caitlin Forrest | Nov 17, 2015

Committee assembled to assist search for sixth chancellor

The search for Auburn University at Montgomery’s sixth chancellor is well under way. Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn University president, met with the search committee (listed below) on Oct. 9 to provide expectations.

Search committee members

Dr. Gokhan Alkanat, Global Initiatives

Dr. Mark Benson, College of Arts & Sciences

Victoria Byrne, Student Government Association

Dr. Denise Davis-Maye, College of Public Policy & Justice

Fariba Deravi, Staff Council President

Dr. Bob Evans, College of Arts & Sciences

Jim Herlihy, Athletics

Dr. Rhea Ingram, College of Business

Dr. Katherine Jackson, Outreach

Dr. Timothy Lewis, College of Education

Dr. Pam Long, Faculty Senate

Dr. Ben Okeke, College of Arts & Sciences

Probate Judge Steven Reed

Clark Sahlie, Auburn Board of Trustees

Dr. Kyle Taylor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Nichole Thompson, Student Affairs

Carl Whatley, Jr., Alumni Association

The committee is working with a search firm, R. William Funk & Associates out of Dallas, Texas, that has extensive experience filling similar positions. Also, the position advertisement has been posted online and in print in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and online at Diverse Issues, Hispanic Outlook, and Women in Higher Education.

If you know someone you believe would be a great chancellor for Auburn University at Montgomery, please send the individual’s name and contact information to Dr. Rhea Ingram ( or Dr. Katherine Jackson (, co-chairs of the search committee.

The committee hopes to bring candidates on campus in late January or early February. Everyone will be included in the process. If you have questions before that time, please contact Dr. Ingram or Dr. Jackson.

Proposed policy open for comment

A proposed policy to amend the maximum time limit for mandatory tenure and promotion consideration is available online for comment and review through December 18, 2015. After consideration of the comments, the proposed policy will be sent to the Chancellor for approval or returned to the appropriate party for further consideration.


Students, employees: Sign up for AUM Alert

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for AUM Alert, the university’s system for immediately making students and employees aware of emergencies.

The first step in emergency preparedness is to be aware of developing situations and aware of your surroundings. AUM Alert is designed to keep you fully abreast of emergencies quickly and accurately.

To register, go to the AUM Alert page at


AUM employees complete Torchbearer Leadership Program

Four Auburn University at Montgomery employees and young professionals graduated from the EMERGE Montgomery’s Torchbearer Leadership Program on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Capital City Club. Members of Class VII include Megan Bronson, client services manager in the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing; Serena McCovery, program/project manager in Orientation and Transitions; Daryl Morris, chief campus services officer; and Laurel Walker, a consultant in Organizational Consulting.

EMERGE Montgomery’s Torchbearer’s Class is a skills-oriented, experiential leadership development program designed to involve, inform and increase the awareness of selected participants through interaction with community decision-makers.


Bourke’s class rakes, gathers leaves to clear Lincoln Cemetery gravestones

Dr. Nick Bourke, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s curriculum instruction and technology department, recently assisted students in his College Success course in a service-learning project at Lincoln Cemetery.

Bourke encourages learning outside of the classroom by promoting the preservation of cherished Alabama history. For several years now, Bourke’s Bridge students have been volunteering their time and talent at Lincoln Cemetery in an effort to promote learning on all levels, service that teaches students what it means to give back to the community.

On the most recent visit to Lincoln Cemetery, Bourke and his students helped clear gravestones by raking and bagging leaves.

‘Filibuster’ accepts submissions for 2016 issue

AUM’s Filibuster, the school’s literary magazine, is accepting poetry, prose, photographs, and art for its 2016 issue. Any student currently enrolled at AUM may submit his or her work as an attached file (.txt, .doc, or .docx) to Students should title their file using the following pattern: Last Name_Title of Story_Genre. Documents should be double spaced and use 12-point Times New Roman. Photographs or scanned artwork (.png, .jpeg, or .bmp) should be at least 300 PPI. There is no limit on the number of submissions per student. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2015.

For information, students can contact the editor for the 2016 issue, Jacob Lambert, at or Dr. Robert Klevay, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, at 334-244-3524 or, or visit


20 teacher candidates earn Project Wild educator certification

Twenty teacher candidates from Auburn University at Montgomery recently gathered fora day of fun and engaging environmental education. Workshop participants received training and certification as Project WILD educators.

Project WILD, a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students, is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among K–12 educators. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.

The day of learning was facilitated by Doyle Keasel, Alabama outdoor classroom coordinator and environmental specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, and was funded by the Alabama Department of Natural Resources, LEGACY Partners in Education, and AUM. The participants, who are undergraduate elementary education students, received curriculum resources and creative teaching ideas to use in their future classrooms.


Students form new public administration organization

Students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program have established a new campus organization for students who wish to add value to their degree at AUM. The new Public Administration Student Association is providing MPA students with an opportunity to expand upon their in-class experience.

“The purpose of the organization is to provide MPA students a way to really dive into their field of building their professional network and exploring areas of interest,” says Brett Johnson, the group’s founding president. “The students who have signed up already are very excited about the possibilities of what we can do as a group of future public administration professionals.”

Johnson is a first-semester student in the program and says he hit upon the idea for this group when he was researching other programs around the nation. The organization held its first interest and informational meeting in November, and Johnson says there are currently more than a dozen students signed up as members.

“We’re certainly in the infancy stage of our development as a campus organization, so I expect we’ll see major growth in the coming months as more students learn about what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Johnson. “Right now, our goal is to make sure all MPA students know about this opportunity and have a chance to contribute to planning for the future.”

At the organizational meeting, officers were selected and Johnson affirmed as the first president of the organization. Other officers chosen were Alex Hood, vice president; Christopher Daniel, secretary-treasurer; and Alexandria Andersen, programming and external relations chair.

The group’s goals include developing an alumni network, traveling to legislative and other government meetings, attending professional and regional conferences, and possibly hosting an annual public administration conference or career fair. In addition, group leaders will host regular meetings once per month and have social events at least once per semester for students to network outside of the classroom.

Johnson says the group hopes to invite and engage alumni of the program to speak at regular meetings as well as other professionals from nonprofit management, government agencies and healthcare administration.

For more information, contact Brett Johnson at 256-393-5967 or


History League, Honor Society raise funds to ‘deck halls with books’

The History League and History Honor Society (Phi Alpha Theta) are raising funds for their annual “Deck the Halls with Books on History” project. This year, they are donating books and money to the Montgomery Education Foundation’s Reading on Wheels Program.

To make a donation — any amount is appreciated — send to Dr. Lee Farrow, professor of history and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, in Library Tower 801A.

For information, contact Danitra Tolbert at 334-244-3525 or

UNIV students to share cultural experiences, enjoy refreshments

UNIV is sponsoring a cultural event for UNIV students during their class periods Wednesday and Thursday. Students are asked to bring an item that represents their culture to share in a Culture Box from which others can experience. Students also will enjoy refreshments and a variety of holiday activities from various cultures around the world.

Wednesday–Thursday | Nov. 18–19 | Library Tower, Tenth floor West


Higher Education Partnership leader to encourage rally participation

Brett Johnson, director of campus membership and students’ activities for the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama, will speak Wednesday at AUM to encourage students, faculty and staff to take part in the Higher Education Day Rally at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the Alabama State House.

Johnson also will share facts about how the partnership supports higher education and discuss issues that universities are facing, such as declining faculty and staff salaries and increasing student debt burdens as a result of increased tuition.

The Alabama Higher Education Partnership is the advocacy network for the state’s public universities. The Partnership provides the opportunity to take a stand and get involved in protecting higher education in our state.

For information, contact DeLisa Washington at 334-244-3655 or

Wednesday | Nov. 18 | 12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East | Light refreshments


Chorus to perform classical, sacred harp, spiritual and folk music

AUM’s University Chorus, directed by Lavone DuBose, will perform Thursday.The concert will consist of western music from the medieval period to the present day, including traditional classical works as well as sacred harp, spirituals and folk songs. For information, contact DuBose at 334-244-3810 or

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109 | Free admission


AUM students get 20 percent discount at Live & Listen’s Funksgiving concert

AUM students can enjoy a 20 percent discount at Live & Listen’s inaugural Funksgiving benefit concert in downtown Montgomery on Nov. 27.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Funksgiving’s headliner, will perform during the evening, which also will include the music of the McLovins and BYOG.

The event benefits the Parkinson Association of Central Alabama.

To purchase discounted tickets, AUM students should visit Live & Listen’s ticket page and enter the promo code “aum.”

For additional information, contact Jacob Kirkland at

Friday | Nov. 27 | 7 p.m. | Union Station Train Shed (downtown Montgomery) | General admission, $25; VIP packages, $60

‘Filibuster’ Poetica to celebrate past issues with poetry, prose readings

Filibuster, AUM’s literary magazine, is hosting a Poetica dedicated to readings of poetry and prose from its previous issues on Nov. 30. All AUM students and faculty are welcome to attend. Former contributors who would like to read at the event should email Jacob Lambert at Funding for the Poetica is provided in part by the AUM Student Activities Fee and the Student Government Association.

For information, contact Jacob Lambert at 334-777-9761 or or Dr. Robert Klevay, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, at 334-244-3524 or, or visit

Monday | Nov. 30 | 5 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109 | AUM students and faculty welcome | Food and drinks provided along with complimentary copies of previous issues and new t-shirts


Professors ‘N’ Pajamas a chance for students to eat, study, win prizes

Finals are upon us! Gather for Housing and Residence Life’s most popular event and eat a delicious breakfast, study with professors, and gain the chance to win awesome prizes!

For information, contact Christin LeJeune at 334-244-3683 or

Wednesday | Dec. 2 | 8 p.m. | Taylor Center 221-223


Staff Council collecting donations, seeking volunteers for Holiday Luncheon and Market

The 2015 Staff Council Holiday Luncheon and Market will take place Dec. 4.

In support of the festivities, the Council is collecting donations for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. For every three canned food items donated before Dec. 4, attendees will receive one ticket for the door prize drawing, and the day of the luncheon, attendees will receive one door prize drawing ticket for every five cans of food donated.

The Council also is seeking volunteers to assist with the luncheon.

To donate food items or to volunteer, contact Taylor Hilyer at

For other information, contact Fariba Deravi at 334-244-3249.

Holiday Market

Friday | Dec. 4 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Holiday Luncheon

Friday | Dec. 4 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m | Taylor Center 221-223

Like, share to support #AUMDayofGiving

Auburn University at Montgomery will host #AUMDayofGiving, a special 24-hour fundraising initiative, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Like and share with others, so that we can share the news about all the amazing programs and projects happening on our campus


Free pancakes: Roost seeks responses to surveys

The Roost will be offering free pancakes during breakfast at Chef’s Corner in exchange for survey participation. Surveys are available in The Roost at anytime, but the promotion is only for breakfast. For help or information, ask any associate or manager. Please help support The Roost.

Text DVWK to 99299 to take the survey.


AUM student Tara Crowe to present ‘Language of Music’

Tara Crowe, an AUM freshman, will demonstrate how music connects every culture as she performs in and lectures on a variety of languages, including American Sign Language, English and Latin.

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 12:15–1 p.m. | Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219)


Kelley to speak on concert pianist’s travel narrative of world tours

Dr. Joyce Kelley, associate professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present a lecture, “Black and White and Read all Over: Racial Identity, Travel, and Music in Philippa Duke Schuyler’s Adventures in Black and White.”

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Library Tower, Tenth floor South


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.

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

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.


Curtiss calendars on sale now

The calendars are $10 and can be purchased in the Office of Orientation and Transitions, Taylor Center 308. They will be on sale throughout the remainder of the semester. Cash and checks made out to AUM Cheerleading will be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Curtiss the Warhawk Mascot Program to assist with scholarships, team travel to national championships, registration and props for competitions and mascot camp.

For information, contact Serena McCovery at smmccover@aum.ed or or 334-531-9573. 


Roost Dining Hours

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



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