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AUM Weekly 11-3-15: Student-athletes Make a Difference for local kids; Warhawk Wizards triumph at Brain Brawl

AUM Weekly 11-3-15: Student-athletes Make a Difference for local kids; Warhawk Wizards triumph at Brain Brawl

by Caitlin Forrest | Nov 03, 2015

Warhawk Spotlight: Student-athletes Make a Difference for local kids

Citizenship and Community: AUM’s women’s basketball players gave back during Make a Difference Day by reading to local kids and helping them choose books for their home libraries.

Warhawk Wizards triumph at Brain Brawl

AUM was the presenting sponsor for the Second Annual Brain Brawl benefiting the Montgomery Education Foundation. The sponsorship entitled AUM to two teams of up to 5 participants to play for a chance to win up to $1,500 on behalf of any Montgomery Public School of their choosing.

The Warhawk Wizards team — AUM professor and Quiz Bowl coach Dr. Darren Harris-Fain as well as AUM Quiz Bowl members Christopher Swann, HollyAnn Goble and Julie Fugate — played for Martin Luther King Elementary School. The AUM Brainiacs team — Joyce Vaughn, Dr. Erin Reilly, Megan Mikus and Rebecca Bloodworth — played for Brewbaker Intermediate School.

The Warhawk Wizards came in first place, raising $1,500 for Martin Luther King Elementary School.

New tutors join Learning Center and ISL to assist students with finals prep

By popular demand, the Learning Center and Instructional Support Lab have hired more tutors in both locations to serve students as finals approach. Come by 230 Goodwyn Hall 230 or Library Tower 225 to meet the new, friendly faces!

For information on hours of operation, go to the Learning Center and Instructional Support Lab online.

Garden of Hope food drive provides aid to AIDS Outreach families, clients

AUM and the Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama (MAO) are sponsoring a campus-wide food drive. All donations will feed families/clients who rely on MAO’s Food Pantry for monthly “food boxes.” Look for boxes with the AUM and MAO logos across the campus and consider donating at least one non-perishable item toward this cause. The last day to donate is Nov. 11, 2015.

This project is part of AUM’s “Garden of Hope: A Service-learning Initiative,” led by Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, and Timothy Spraggins, chief diversity officer in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Support a needy family in the Montgomery area for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Lecture on patterns of racial segregation in Montgomery

Lynda Wool, senior planner with the City of Montgomery, will present a lecture, “Patterns of Racial Segregation in Montgomery, Alabama,” on Wednesday. A reception will follow the event sponsored by Dr. Pia Knigge, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Timothy Spraggins, AUM’s chief diversity officer.

Wednesday | Nov. 4 | 9:25–10:40 a.m. | Global Education Center, Taylor Center 219–220 | Free, open to AUM community

Museum tour provides participants with trip through Alabama history

Join the AUM Diversity Advocates in a tour of The Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Freedom Rides Museum. The free Alabama Department of Archives and History tour showcases Alabama’s history from Creek era to statehood, from Civil War to civil rights.

The Freedom Rides Museum is the location of Montgomery’s infamous May 1961 mob attack on a group of college students attempting to challenge the Jim Crow laws of interstate bus travelling. The museum also provides a holistic view of the freedom riders’ experiences throughout the South, including interactive stations.

A reflections lunch (at no cost) at AUM will immediately follow the Downtown Tour. To participate, visit the Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219–220) by 12 p.m. on Nov. 5 to sign up and complete a waiver.

Friday | Nov. 6 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | Alabama Department of Archives and History and Freedom Rides Museum | Students $3; general admission $4

Political Film Series’ ‘Bridge to Freedom’ celebrates voting rights

The College of Public Policy and Justice and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) with a screening on Nov. 9 of “Bridge to Freedom,” a segment of the award-winning, fourteen-hour PBS series “Eyes on the Prize” (1986). The struggle for equal voting rights gained important momentum through the courageous engagement of about 600 people who, one day in 1965 in Selma, Ala., marched to the state Capitol in Montgomery. The documentary depicts this day, known as Bloody Sunday, through the eyes of participants. See fascinating original footage of the events surrounding the march and hear from those who marched, those who stopped the marchers, and those who simply stood by. Timothy Spraggins, AUM’s chief diversity officer, will introduce the film.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. For information, contact Dr. Pia Knigge at or 334-244-3834.

Monday | Nov. 9 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109 | Admission: Free, open to public

Unwind at DeStress Fest

As fall finals approach and students get buried under the weight of studies, the Counseling Center invites students to relax and refresh at the DeStress Fest on Nov. 10. Music, table games, a relaxation station, creative therapy, a photo booth, arts and crafts, video games, and a cupcake walk will help take the edge off fall semester’s last weeks. The Fest also will provide candy, drinks and more!

Tuesday | Nov. 10 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230 and the Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219-220)

Hot Topics Café: Millennial Madness

Millennials are often painted as narcissistic, lazy, entitled brats who won’t pay their dues. Is this a fair assessment? Sound off at Housing and Residence Life’s “Hot Topics Café.” For information, contact Christin LeJeune at or 334-244-3683.

Thursday | Nov. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing | Snacks and refreshments will be served

Pre-social work students assist Days for Girls with “Go to Sew” event

After a successful “Grab and Go” event where donated fabric was sorted, cut and organized, AUM’s pre-social work students will once again assist Team Montgomery of Days for Girls International with “Go to Sew,” which helps provide feminine hygiene supplies for young women who may lose school time without them.

Bring your own portable sewing machine or serger, or use one of the team’s as it comes together to complete liners and drawstring bags — all components of personal hygiene kits which will be distributed to girls across the globe in an effort to prevent school absences and promote girls’ education.

For information, contact Denise Davis-Maye at or 334-244-3390; or visit the Days for Girls website.

Friday | Nov. 13 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | Liberal Arts 144C

‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk to fight suicide

Auburn University at Montgomery is hosting the Montgomery area American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate. Register as a team using the link below, and wear your college and/or team-logoed t-shirt during the walk. For those who raise at least $150, AFSP will provide “Out of the Darkness” t-shirts.

AFSP is the leader in the fight against suicide. The foundation funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss. The community walks bring together families, friends, colleagues and supporters. According to AFSP, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-34 in Alabama. Join to honor a loved one, raise funds for this great cause, and to ultimately save lives.

For information, contact Jennifer Bradley at or 334-244-3554.

Saturday | Nov. 14 | 10–11:30 a.m. | Check-In/Registration begins at 9 a.m. | AUM Walking Trail | Register as a team here

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.

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. 

Pre-health professions students: Kaplan test prep books available

The Instructional Support Lab has all of the 2016 Kaplan pre-health professions test prep books available for students at AUM. Visit the ISL in Goodwyn Hall 203 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday to get the book you need.

For information, contact Ann Gulley at or 334-244-3265.


Students: Know your privacy rights on educational records

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which explains rights to review education records, seek to amend inaccurate and misleading information, and also to ask the University not to disclose directory information.

Download FERPA information.


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.


SGA collecting books for literacy initiative

AUM’s Student Government Association will be collecting books of all kinds (children’s books to old textbooks) through Nov. 6 for the Book Drive for Literacy initiative started by the Alabama University Student Presidents Council (USPC) for the 2015-2016 academic school year.  Boxes are located in various locations around campus. To have a book picked up from a classroom or office, email


Theatre AUM to present ‘Helvetica’

Opening Nov. 5, Theatre AUM will present an original work, Helvetica. Admission to regular performances is free (with AUM ID) for students, faculty and staff. General admission is $10; admission for students from other schools, senior citizens, and military is $5. The playwright will be on hand for a post-show discussion following the Nov. 14 show.

For information, contact Katie Pearson at or at 334-244-3632.

Performances | Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Show times | 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15

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. For information, contact Tanya Burton at or 334-244-3209.

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


Thanksgiving around the world

Join the offices of Housing and Residence Life, International Student Involvement, and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to experience global rituals of “thanks-giving,” feel a human bond that unites all cultures, celebrate “community” with the AUM family, and taste traditional American holiday and global cuisine. Sample delicious food from other countries and mingle with students from far and near.

Everyone is encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to Montgomery’s Medical AIDS Outreach.

For more information, contact Virginia Dorsey at or 334-244-3904; or contact Christin LeJeune at or 334-244-3683.

Monday | Nov. 9 | 6 p.m. | Taylor Center 221


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


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.

‘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 Takes a Campus: Scholarships 

Wednesday | Nov. 11 | Noon | Goodwyn Hall 109

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


International conference on public policy to take place at AUM

The International Winter Chaos Conference, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice, will take place Nov. 12–15.

For information, visit the conference website or contact Linda Dennard at or 334-244-3698.

Thursday–Sunday | Nov. 12–15 | Taylor Center | Open to public; free to AUM faculty and students (including workshop); for all others, conference fee is $50 and participation in the workshop is $75.


Gallery 213, AUM’s downtown studio, presents Kirana’s ‘Cycle’

Gallery 213, Auburn University at Montgomery’s downtown Montgomery art studio, will present Chintia Kirana’s “Cycle” from Oct. 19 through Dec. 4. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For information, contact Naomi Slipp at or 334-244-3112.

Opening reception | Friday | Nov. 13 | 5–7 p.m. | 213 Commerce St. Montgomery, AL 36104


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.

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.


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 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.

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