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AUM Weekly 2-16-16: College of Education visits Costa Rican school; Higher Education Day Feb. 25

AUM Weekly 2-16-16: College of Education visits Costa Rican school; Higher Education Day Feb. 25

by Caitlin Forrest | Feb 16, 2016


College of Education visits Costa Rican partner school

Three faculty members and a student in the AUM College of Education visited Escuela Nuestra Señora de Fatima (Our Lady of Fatima School), a partner school in Cartago, Costa Rica, in early February to train teachers in technology tools and teaching strategies. Team members Associate Professor Kellie Shumack and Assistant Professor Brooke Burks, both of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology traveled to Costa Rica with Dr. Laura Carpenter, retired professor of Special Education, and Amy Ingram, UNIV program manager and Ed.S. student in Instructional Technology.

Jon Fisher, retired ITS associate director, traveled with the team to set up wireless Internet in every classroom at the school, which will enable future technology use in their classrooms.

While in Costa Rica, the team communicated via Skype sessions with fourth graders in Andalusia and eighth graders in Prattville, Ala.

The College of Education hopes to continue this K–12 partnership by providing more opportunities for students and faculty to provide training to teachers and students while gaining valuable experience in Spanish language and culture.

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Students, faculty, staff encouraged to attend Higher Education Day on Thursday, Feb. 25

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend Higher Education Day on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Higher Education Day is an opportunity to remind political leaders that funding the state’s universities, Auburn University at Montgomery included, is necessary to continue to offer and to expand the programs students will need to be competitive when they complete their education at AUM.

Student Bus Information (service provided by SGA)

9 a.m. — Buses load at AUM’s Duck Pond parking lot

2–2:30 p.m. — Return to AUM

NOTE: Students with class or campus work assignments during this time should check with professors, instructors and/or supervisors to see if the absence will be excused.

Thursday, Feb. 25 | 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Alabama State House (front steps) | T-shirts, free lunch provided to attendees


Blakely advances to regional level of Southeastern Theatre Conference professional acting auditions

Samantha Blakely, a Communication and Dramatic Arts senior, advanced through the Alabama Conference of Theatre to the regional-level Southeastern Theatre Conference professional acting auditions. SETC accepts only 30 percent of undergraduate, graduate and semiprofessional actors who compete for audition spots.

For more information, contact Katie Pearson at [email protected] or 334-244-3632.


Seibel, Winkelman earn awards for direction, design of Theatre AUM’s ‘Helvetica’

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival honored two Communication and Dramatic Arts faculty members at the KCACTF Regional Conference in Charleston, S.C., in early February.

KCACTF presented Meritorious Achievement awards to Neil David Seibel for Excellence in Direction and to Mike Winkelman for Excellence in Design for their work on Theatre AUM’s 2015 production of Helvetica.


Apply for Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through March 1

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association is accepting applications for its 2016-17 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through March 1.

To be eligible, students must be fully admitted to an AUM graduate program, have completed at least six hours of graduate study, and have a current grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Interested students can view the Alumni Scholarship Guide & Application and email [email protected] with any questions. A completed application will include, among other things, two letters of support (preferably from AUM faculty or staff), a 250-word essay on career objectives, and a current résumé. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail.

For more information, contact Valerie Rankin at [email protected] or 334-244-3557.


Part-time jobs recruiters on campus this week

Local employers will be on campus each day this week, recruiting for part-time positions across the Montgomery area. Students will be able to speak directly to hiring managers, fill out applications, and interview on the spot for available part-time jobs.

For more information, contact Arnesha Hogans at [email protected] or 334-244-3344.

Tuesday–Thursday | Feb. 16–18 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Taylor Center Lobby (in front of the AUMazing Bean)


Theatre AUM opens production of ‘Miss Julie’

Considered Strindberg’s masterpiece, “Miss Julie” is set in Sweden in 1894. In “Miss Julie,” midsummer night’s celebrations are in full swing, but the Count’s daughter, the beautiful and imperious Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone. Downstairs in the servants’ kitchen, handsome and rebellious footman Jean is feeling restless. When they meet, a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control.

Show dates are Feb. 18–20 and Feb. 25–28.

Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; seniors, students, and military, $5; AUM students, faculty, and staff, free with ID. For more information, contact Katie Pearson at 334-244-3632 or [email protected].


Political Film Series features ‘Fruitvale Station’ to honor Black History Month

For Black History Month, the Political Film Series, sponsored by the College of Public Policy & Justice, is featuring Fruitvale Station (2013), a dramatization of Oscar Grant’s tragic death by a police officer in the Bay Area, on Feb. 17 (7 p.m., Goodwyn Hall 112) following an introduction by Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen.

For information, contact Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected] or 334-244-3834. 


Learn how to find and apply for federal jobs

A senior federal recruitment advisor from the Federal Government Pathways Programs will be on campus Monday, Feb. 22.

Pathways provides current students and recent graduates with meaningful training and career development opportunities to gain access to federal jobs and internships.

The representative also will provide information to AUM students and alumni about the Pathways Programs, including how to find and apply for federal jobs and how to write acceptable federal résumés.

For more information, contact Arnesha Hogans at [email protected] or 334-244-3344.

Monday, Feb. 22 | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 230


Wild & Wacky Games at the Wellness Center

Take part in Wild & Wacky Games for students, faculty and staff at the Wellness Center. The fun and unique games will help promote health and wellness on our campus!

Stations will be set up on the Wellness Center gym floor, and craziness will ensue! There are opportunities to win prizes for students — gift cards from Newk’s, Marco’s Pizza, Chicken Salad Chick, Taziki’s, Sommer’s Place and more!

Warhawk ID cards must be used to gain access to the Wellness Center.

Friday, Feb. 26 | 3 p.m. | Wellness Center


CELT offers February learning opportunities

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will offer a number of sessions this month. Read about each session in detail here.

AUM Online Course Quality Standards — Jared Peregoy, Instructional Designer
Tuesday, Feb. 16 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. | Clement Hall 111

Group Projects: A Roundtable Presentation — Pia Knigge, Political Science and Shelly Bowden, Curriculum Instruction and Technology
Tuesday, Feb. 16 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 114

Thinking about How We Think: Metacognition and Our Students — Kim Brackett, Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography
Tuesday, Feb. 16 | 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 114

Using Respondus and LockDown Browser — Jared Peregoy, Instructional Designer
Wednesday, Feb. 17 | 1–4 p.m. | Clement Hall 111

Active Shooter Response Training — Brenda Mitchell, Chief, Campus Police
Wednesday, Feb. 17 | 2:153:15 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Let’s Get Quizzical — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Wednesday, Feb. 17 | 56 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Professionalism in the Classroom: A Panel Discussion — Keren Deal, School of Accountancy; Venessa Funchess, Undergraduate Studies, College of Business; and Kim Brackett, Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography
Thursday, Feb. 18 | 12:301:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Stereotype Threat and Student Success — Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Psychology
Thursday, Feb. 18 | 2:153:15 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112

Writing Course Goals and Outcomes for Classes — Kelly Birchfield, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Friday, Feb. 19 | 11 a.m.12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Warhawk Warning Works — Virginia Lacy, Warhawk Academic Success Center
Friday, Feb. 19 | 1–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Creating a Culture of Motivation — Ginny Langham, Nursing
Monday, Feb. 22 | 12:301:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Supervisor Roundtable Discussion — HR Session
Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 1011 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

The Lecture Debate — Tara Beziat, Curriculum Instruction and Technology; Ben Severance, History
Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 2:153:15 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Working with International Students — Gokhan Alkanat, Office of Global Initiatives
Wednesday, Feb. 24 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Transformative Learning — Arlene Morris, Nursing; Debbie Faulk, Nursing
Wednesday, Feb. 24 | 12:30–1:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Excel for Faculty — Jessica Carroll, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Clement Hall 110

Understanding AUM’s Bridge Program — Sissy Spiers, WASC; Matt Kemp, The Learning Center; and Luke Smith, Foundations, Technology, and Secondary Education
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

3rd Annual Technology Speed Dating Event
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Cultural Intelligence: Culture Matters — HR Session
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Classroom and Behavioral Management — Kate Simmons, Counselor, Leadership, and Special Education
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 5–6 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Make It Stick Discussion
Friday, Feb. 26 | 1–2 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112

Priming the Pump: Warm-Ups that Work — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Monday, Feb. 29 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Syllabus Swap — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Monday, Feb. 29 | 12:30–1:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Self-Efficacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Incorporate It into Your Classes — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Monday, Feb. 29 | 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West


ShamROCK the House and enjoy games, food, trivia

Top of the mornin’ to ya!

St. Patrick’s Day falls over Spring Break this year, but that won’t stop Housing and Residence Life and Student Involvement from joining forces to throw an all-green St. Patrick’s Day bash. Meet up in the Landing for games, food and trivia!

For more information, contact Christin LeJeune at [email protected] or 334-244-3683.

Tuesday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing in The Nest


Volunteer opportunity aids homebound senior citizens

Passionate about helping others? Want to add a boost to your resume? Join Housing for our monthly community service effort, “From Our Community to Yours,” as we join efforts with the Montgomery Area Council on Aging. Housing will be preparing delicious and nutritious meals for homebound senior citizens in the River Region. Join us in making a difference in others’ lives! For more information, contact Christin LeJeune at 334-244-3683 or [email protected].

Friday, Feb. 26 | 8:30 a.m. | The Nest


Residence Rumble to support basketball teams

Residents of Housing are encouraged to come support our basketball teams. We will be serving pizza and have fan-items available for Housing residents. Additionally, the floor or building with the most attendees will earn its own pizza party in the Nest! For more information, contact Christin LeJeune at 334-244-3683 or [email protected].

Saturday, Feb. 27 | 1:30 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex


Cobb to speak on ‘Hope for Humility’

Dr. Aaron Cobb, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present a lecture, “Hope for Humility: Regulative Epistemology and the Cultivation of Intellectual Virtue.”

Thursday, March 24 | 12:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor South


Annual undergraduate research symposium — April 1

The AUM College of Arts & Sciences will host its annual undergraduate research symposium on April 1. All undergraduates currently or previously taking part in research projects at AUM are eligible to present. Visit the Undergraduate Research webpage for more information, including presentation criteria and awards.

Friday, April 1 | 8:30 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor | Submit abstract by Feb. 26


AUM Mini-College connects community with Arts and Sciences faculty, scholars

AUM Mini-College, set for June 14–15, is a chance for local residents to spend two days on campus engaging with professors and scholars.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Zachar at 334-244-3311 or [email protected].

Tuesday, June 14–Wednesday, June 15 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Career Development Center, Taylor 323 | Registration: $50; Deadline to register, May 1.


RESUME BREAKOUT : CDC assists students with résumés, cover letters

Students can stop by the Career Development Center for a quick résumé or cover letter critique, interview prep, or to simply have a chat about their major or career path.

The CDC understands that setting an appointment is not always convenient, so the career center staff has set aside hours (below) every Friday exclusively for walk-in students. Students do need to bring a hard copy of their résumé or cover letter if they would like it reviewed.

Every Friday | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Career Development Center, Taylor 323


Weekly LGBTQ support group

The Counseling Center is offering a weekly support group, ‘Open Room,” for students concerning gender identity and sexual orientation.

This group is open to all, however, participants must agree to maintain members confidentiality and attend regularly.

The AUM Counseling Center (AUMCC) is a safe space for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or anyone who is exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity.

Thursdays through April 21 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 158


Mindfulness group counseling

Join us for an interactive group counseling series through the semester. We will be exploring activities to increase mindfulness, your overall mental health, and reduce stress.

Activities include:

·  Breathing exercises

·  Mindful meditation

·  Mindful eating

·  Progressive muscle relaxation

·  Healthy sleeping practices

·  Relaxation techniques

·  Cognitive reconstruction

Fridays through April 29 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 158


NAMI on Campus AUM offers support to those with coping with mental illness

NAMI on Campus AUM is a peer-led support group for students living with a mental illness as well as students who live with, care for, or love someone with mental illness. These group sessions will offer students the opportunity to engage with one another through support. This group is open to all students who would like to connect with and support other AUM students experiencing similar struggles.

Fridays through April 29 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Taylor Center 158


AUM launches Student Alumni Association

The AUM Student Alumni Association aims to generate pride and advance the traditions of Auburn University at Montgomery while fostering loyalty, commitment, lifelong relationships, involvement and communication among students and alumni.

Membership is open to all students. For information, contact Valerie Rankin at 334-244-3557 or [email protected].


Students: Travel the world this summer with Study Abroad

Did you know you can study in other countries this summer and earn AUM credits at the same time — with up to $1,500 in scholarship assistance?

Choose a country below and contact Study Abroad at 244-3544 for more information.

· Manabi, Ecuador

· Mexico City, Mexico

· Shiga, Japan

· Ulsan, South Korea; Hubei, South Korea

· Lincoln, United Kingdom

· Kandy, Sri Lanka

· Peradeniya, South Africa


Political Film Series features semester of films

The Political Film Series, sponsored by the College of Public Policy & Justice, is featuring another semester of exciting films.

The International Women’s Day feature on March 8 (7 p.m., Library Tower, 10th floor West), introduced by Dr. Silvia Giagnoni, is Vanishing Borders (2014). The documentary tells the story of four immigrant women living in New York City.

The final film of the spring is dedicated to Earth Day. Plastic Paradise (2014) will take you on a journey to Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on Earth, to reveal the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Dr. Karen Stine will introduce the documentary, which will be shown on April 21 (7 p.m., Library Tower, 10th floor West).

The March and April screenings are co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences. All films are free, open to the public, and made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund.

For information, contact Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected] or 334-244-3834.


Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship available

The 2016 Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship application is now available.

Applications are available in the Scholarships Office (located in Admissions on the first floor of the Taylor Center) and in the Center for Disability Services. The deadline to apply is March 15.

The scholarship totals $500 toward books and supplies for the fall 2016 term. Eligibility requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA, full-time enrollment, demonstrated financial need (will be verified by Scholarships Office and FAFSA), and eligibility to receive services from the AUM Center for Disability Services.

For more information, contact Kate Bartlett at [email protected] or 334-244-3078.


Learning Center Tutoring Hours

Learning Center-WASC, 2nd floor Library Tower

Monday–Thursday | 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday | 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

North Commons

Monday | 4–6 p.m.

Wednesday | 4–6 p.m.

ISL, 203 Goodwyn Hall

Monday–Thursday | 9 a.m.–9 p.m.


New campus tobacco policy

AUM takes Warhawk wellness seriously. Effective June 1, 2016, AUM will join more than 1,000 other colleges and universities by becoming a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. AUM is committed to providing a healthier and cleaner campus community for our students, employees and visitors. A smoke-free campus will further promote the health, safety, and well-being of the AUM Family by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on campus and at university-owned and -leased properties. For specifics, read the policy online.

If you would like help stopping smoking or tobacco use, there are many resources available to AUM students, faculty and staff. To quit smoking or using tobacco is a life-changing decision and can seem daunting or even impossible, but with the help of others who care and a solid plan of action, success can be attained.

Two great tobacco cessation resources are listed below:

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers pharmaceutical care to individuals in our community who wish to quit smoking. The “Pack It Up” Cessation Program involves personal, face-to-face evaluations and planning sessions with pharmacists. Pharmacotherapy is also an available option for those who need it to facilitate their cessation process.

Appointments with Auburn pharmacists can be made by phone or email:

334-844-4099, [email protected]

Also, the state of Alabama offers an educational and counseling service over the phone and the Internet. Alabama QUITNOW offers FREE counseling from qualified professionals, a personalized quit plan made just for you, and FREE nicotine patches for four weeks if enrolled in the counseling program. Counseling and planning are available toll free by phone or by Internet chat, and registering is easy.

You can access the QUITNOW services:

(1-800-QUITNOW) or (1-800-784-8669)

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Continuing Merit, Student Involvement scholarships available to AUM students

Students are encouraged to apply for two AUM scholarships.

The 2016-17 Continuing Merit Scholarship application is now available, and any currently enrolled student who has completed 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate hours may apply. The application will be available on the homepage of MyAUM until March 1.

Also, the 2016-17 Student Involvement Scholarship, sponsored by the AUM Student Government Association, is now available. Any currently enrolled undergraduate student who has completed a minimum of 12 hours may apply. Also, students must have a 2.5 institution GPA and demonstrate involvement and dedication to AUM’s campus community. This scholarship totals $500 for the academic year, and paper applications are available in the Scholarships Office (located in the Admissions Office in Taylor Center) or the Student Involvement and Leadership Office (located in Warhawk Alley) until March 1.

Contact Kate Bartlett at 334-244-3615 or [email protected]


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

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