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AUM Weekly 12-15-15: Education, ITS help Costa Rica school; Grad student presents at conference

AUM Weekly 12-15-15: Education, ITS help Costa Rica school; Grad student presents at conference

by Caitlin Forrest | Dec 15, 2015

Warhawk Spotlight: College of Education, ITS team up to aid Costa Rica elementary school

Collaboration: The College of Education and AUM Technology Servicesrecently teamed up to forge a partnership with an elementary school in Costa Rica. Dr. Kellie Shumack, associate professor and department head for Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology; Jon Fisher, retired ITS associate director; and Dr. Laura Carpenter, retired professor of special education, met with school officials to set up opportunities for AUM students, faculty and staff.

This unique program will provide instructional technology training to teachers via English Language Learning workshops for faculty and students at Fatima Elementary School. ITS will support this cultural experience by providing the technological expertise and infrastructure to support Internet access in most of the school.


College of Education graduate student presents at Mid-South Education Research Conference

Jennifer Byrom, an instructional technology graduate student in the College of Education, recently presented a paper at the Mid-South Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Lafayette, La, which she attended along with Dr. Tara Beziat, a professor in the department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in the College of Education.

The presentation, “Are female STEM majors academic risk-takers?” was based on a research project that Byrom conducted in collaboration with Beziat.

Cash drawings this week for faculty, staff who contribute to United Way

AUM employees who donate to River Region United Way will be eligible for cash drawings on Wednesday and Friday.

Faculty and staff who turn their pledge card in to Robin Forester in the Provost’s Office by noon Wednesday will be eligible to win $100.

The River Region United Way provides grants and funding to more than 40 area agencies that touch the lives of thousands of people in our community.

Cash drawings:

Wednesday | Dec. 16 | 3 p.m. | $100 drawing

Friday | Dec. 18 | 3 p.m. | $320 drawing

Deadline for drawing: Wednesday | Dec. 16 | 12 p.m.

Scale Back Alabama at Wellness Center encourages employees in teams to cut 10 pounds

The Wellness Center will be a private weigh-in site for Scale Back Alabama, so grab a teammate and sign up now!

Kickoff is January 25, and the program will continue for 10 weeks through April 17. All full-time employees are encouraged to sign up at

Free access to the Wellness Center will be granted for two weeks. There is a required minimum of 3 visits per week to the Wellness Center in order to gain 3 additional weeks of free access.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will award prizes to all participants. Also, full-time employees of AUM who participate through the Wellness Center will be eligible for a free, one-year membership to the Wellness Center. Eligibility requires that both teammates lose at least 10 pounds each during the 10-week program.

For information, visit or contact Wendy Franklin at 244-3029 or [email protected].


Study Abroad seeks items for exchange student lending closet

In the spring semester, Study Abroad will welcome two new exchange students to AUM from Lincoln, England, and they need your support. Study Abroad has a lending closet for exchange students, so if you have any unused kitchen items or any items that you feel like a college student can use, please donate to Study Abroad.

For information, contact Study Abroad at [email protected] or 244-3544.


Spring CELT sessions include Syllabus Swap, Beat the Cheats, Priming the Pump

Thursday, January 7

Syllabus Swap — Lee Farrow, CELT and History

Join your colleagues from various disciplines in a small workshop in which participants will peer review one another’s syllabi. Lee Farrow will facilitate the process with a checklist of required and recommended elements. These sessions are limited to 8 participants each. Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is preferred.

10:30–Noon | CELT Conference Room | Library Tower 8th floor

Beat the Cheats — Lee Farrow, CELT and History

Cheating is a problem everywhere and students have gotten very creative. Farrow will discuss the research on student cheating, the ways students cheat, and how to prevent it.

1–2 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Friday, January 8

Priming the Pump: Warm-Ups That Work — Lee Farrow, CELT and History

This session will discuss the benefits of using short and easy warm-ups before introducing new chapters, themes, or other bodies of information in your courses. Warm-ups can help you gauge prior knowledge, misconceptions and biases; introduce new terms and concepts; and, generate curiosity and interest in the subject you will be tackling next.

(Recommended for UNIV Instructors)

10–11 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East


Auburn President Gogue talks higher-ed funding

Dr. Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, is among several state education leaders featured in a recent article on higher education funding in Alabama that is published at a time when the issue is at the forefront of educator and student minds alike.

So save the date now for the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama’s  Higher Education Day Rally at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Alabama State House. Brett Lewis, the partnership’s director of campus membership and students’ activities, recently spoke at AUM and encouraged students, faculty and staff to take part in the rally.

Alumni Association membership rates to increase in January

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association is continually expanding its efforts to engage alumni and friends of AUM through campus events and programming. Alumni Association membership not only provides great benefits to our members but also supports alumni association activities as well as scholarships and faculty awards.

Effective January 1, 2016, annual alumni and annual friend membership categories will increase by $10. All other categories, including life and new graduate membership categories, will remain at the same rates. This will be the first membership rate increase in more than a decade.

Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association membership fees effective January 1, 2016:

Annual Alumni: Individual $45 | Joint $60

Annual Friend: Individual $60 | Joint $85

New Graduate: Individual $15 | Joint $30

Life: $500 or 5 annual installments of $100*

*Life memberships are available only to graduates or those that completed academic courses at AUM.

Membership supports AUM and its programs but also benefits alumni by providing discounted rates at the AUM Wellness Center, home and auto insurance discounts, and much more. For a complete list of benefits, visit

For more information about your Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association membership, contact Valerie Rankin at [email protected] or 334-244-3557.


‘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 work. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2015.

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


Holiday reminder: ‘Occasional meals’ for student-athletes require approval

As the holiday season approaches with its spirit of giving, the Department of Athletics would like to share a new guideline that relates to extra benefits and student-athletes known as an “occasional meal.”

AUM faculty and staff members are permitted to provide an occasional meal to a student-athlete on an infrequent basis or for a special occasion within the locale of the institution (at their home, on campus, or in the community) with prior approval.

If any AUM faculty or staff member is planning to invite a student-athlete and/or a team to their home this holiday for a meal, please be aware that student-athletes must receive prior approval to attend. To receive approval, the faculty/staff member must contact the head coach, complete a request form and attendee list, and then submit the form and list for approval.

NCAA Awards and Benefits legislation requires AUM to monitor occasional meals and to comply with NCAA legislation.

For information, contact Andree Houston at [email protected] or 334-244-3152.

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.

To register, go to the AUM Alert page at


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.


Campus Calendar

AUM Athletics Calendar

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