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AUM Weekly 3-1-16: AUM grad named MPS Teacher of the Year; Sollie selected for Mayo Clinic internship

AUM Weekly 3-1-16: AUM grad named MPS Teacher of the Year; Sollie selected for Mayo Clinic internship

by Caitlin Forrest | Mar 01, 2016


Warhawk Spotlight: Constant Improvement  AUM graduate named MPS Teacher of the Year

Dawn Ellis, who credits her AUM education for helping her “grow academically as a student and professionally as an educator,” recently was named Teacher of the Year by Montgomery Public Schools.

Read the full story on Ellis.

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Warhawk Spotlight: Excellence  Sollie selected for Mayo Clinic internship

Zach Sollie, a senior Exercise Science major in the Department of Kinesiology and a member of the Men’s Cross Country team, has been selected for a 10-week internship at the Mayo Clinic during the summer semester of 2016 in the Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship Program.

Read the full story on Sollie.


Student team participates in CFA Institute Research Challenge

The College of Business recently sent a four-member team to participate in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge, officially known as the ASFIP Southern Classic: Investment Research Challenge, in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20. The student team researched and analyzed the company International Exchange (ICE) to assess its investment value.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition that tests the analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills of university students.

The challenge comprises analysis of a publicly traded company, mentoring by a professional research analyst, writing a research report, and presentation of research to a panel of experts. Historically, more than 4,000 students from more than 865 universities in 70 countries participate and learn best practices in equity research from leading industry experts.

The 2016 team from AUM included Shilan Parham, an MBA student from Iran, Othmane Lalami, an MBA student from Morocco, Leah Bassow, an undergraduate from Germany, and Michael Hettler, an undergraduate from Germany.


Admissions Director candidate to present today

The Office of Admissions and Recruiting has invited the following Admissions Director candidate to campus today for an interview and presentation.

Col. Vernon Beitzel

Tuesday, March 1 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East | Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.


Advancement Ambassador Student Recruitment is under way!

Applications for Advancement Ambassadors are now available!

As official hostesses and hosts of the AUM Office of Advancement, the Advancement Ambassadors promote pride in the University and serve with dedication and responsibility. Advancement Ambassadors represent the student body, administration, faculty and staff to persons both inside and outside the University at special events including luncheons, dinners, alumni gatherings and receptions. They receive valuable training, and have the opportunity to meet not only University leadership, but community leaders as well.

For additional information, contact the Office of Advancement at


AUM students publish ‘Historical Review’

The Department of History is pleased to announce the publication of the AUM Historical Review #5 for Winter 2016. The journal is written, edited and designed by AUM students. The current issue contains articles on Alabama history, Africa, and the Italian Renaissance and also features an interview with Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons, professor in the Department of History and World Languages & Cultures. Copies are available outside the History office, 348 Liberal Arts. The journal also will be posted on the Department of History’s website.


UNIV students to showcase work; Midterm Madness in March; student wellness initiative in the works

This week marks the halfway point in the semester, and UNIV classes are going strong! During Week 8, students will present their mid-term projects, presentation boards that include connections between SMART career goals and students’ majors. These presentations will be made Monday–Thursday during first, second, fourth, sixth, and seventh periods in the WASC area on the second floor of the Library Tower. Stop by to see UNIV students in action.

Also, the WASC is once again sponsoring Midterm Madness all day Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9. Stop by the 2nd floor of the Library Tower and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts, receive free test-taking supplies, and get some study tips and support to help you with your midterms.

Finally, the UNIV Legacy Committee, with Chairperson Cornelia Brown leading the way, is working on a student wellness initiative that will include two exciting events later this semester. For more information about the events or to get involved, email univ@aum.edulike the UNIV Legacy Committee on Facebook and visit at Twitter and Instagram @univ_legacy.


CELT offers learning opportunities

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

Lunch and Learn: I’m a Cheater: Find Out How I Do It! — Jared Peregoy, Instructional Designer
Tuesday | March 1 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Embracing Advising Technology — Belinda Marable, Advisor Development Institute
**Recommended for Advisors.
Tuesday | March 1 | 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Lunch and Learn: Using Crocdocs in Blackboard — Tara Beziat, Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
**This is an elective course for online teaching certification and recertification.  Recommended for WFDI Recertification Elective.
Wednesday | March 2 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Embracing Advising Technology — Belinda Marable, Advisor Development Institute
**Recommended for Advisors.
Wednesday | March 2 | 12:30–1:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Writing Course Goals and Outcomes for Classes — Kelly Birchfield, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Wednesday | March 2 | 2:15–3:25 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

NBC Learn and Films on Demand with Blackboard — Jared Peregoy, Instructional Designer
**This is an elective course for online teaching certification.
Thursday | March 3 | 9–12 p.m. | Clement Hall 111

Writing a Teaching Philosophy — Debbie Faulk, Nursing
Thursday | March 3 | 12:30–1:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Will This be on the Test? The Pros and Cons of Study Guides — Jan Bulman, History; Chelsea Ward, Biology; and Kim Pyszka, Sociology
Friday | March 4 | 9:30–10:30 p.m. | Clement Hall 112

Copyright and Fair Use for Online and Traditional Classes — Phill Johnson, Library
Monday | March 7 | 12:30–1:30 p.m.  | Library Tower, 10th floor East

The Rewards of Rubrics:  A Roundtable Presentation — Zack Jourdan, Information Systems; Cam Hamilton, Nursing; and, Arlene Morris, Nursing
**Recommended for WFDI Recertification Elective.
Tuesday | March 8 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Taylor Center 222

Cultural Intelligence:  Developing CQ — Human Resources
Tuesday | March 8 | 11:45–1:00 | Taylor Center 222

Lunch and Learn: Using the Rubric Tool in Blackboard — Jared Peregoy, Instructional Designer
**This is an elective course for online teaching certification and recertification. Recommended for WFDI Recertification Elective.
Tuesday | March 8 | 12–1 | Taylor Center 221

Beat the Cheats — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
**Recommended for UNIV Instructors.
Tuesday | March 8 | 5–6 p.m. | Taylor Center 222


International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while recognizing there is still more work to be done toward equitable pay, access to education, and equal opportunities in the workplace.

This event will address the unique experiences and perspectives of leadership and women’s issues, and will inspire AUM students, faculty and staff as we focus on this year’s global theme, #PledgeForParity.

Tuesday | March 8 | 12–1:15 p.m. | Taylor 230 | Lunch provided. RSVP before the end of the day todayMarch 1, to Amanda Rodriguez at


Hot Topic Café: Asking For It

Parties, alcohol and sex often go hand in hand, but should they really? At what point does alcohol intervene with valid consent? Join Housing and Residence Life and the Counseling Center for a candid conversation about dating, sex and consent.

Wednesday | March 23 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing | Food will be served.


Pie in the Face for the Human Race

Admit it — you’ve always wanted to pie someone in the face. Well, now you have your chance! Housing and Residence Life is dedicated to making a real difference in the community, and AUM students now have a chance to pie the AUM Housing staff in the face … for charity!

All proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Montgomery. Join us on the lawn by Plum Place and take part in this unique and fun way to give back to the community.

Friday | March 25 | 3:30 p.m. | The Lawn by Plum Place


Faculty, staff discounts on summer youth camps

AUM faculty and staff can receive $20 off all camps for children and grandchildren. Employees who register by April 1 also can take advantage of an Early Bird discount and receive an additional $20 off all camps.

For more information, contact Rebecca Williams at 334-244-3339 or

CELT launches new graduate teaching certification program

In January, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) launched a new program to assist AUM graduate students in developing teaching skills for current and future teaching requirements.

If interested, contact Dr. Lee Farrow, director of CELT, at


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 or 334-244-3683.

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


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 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 or 334-244-3557.


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


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

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

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


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 or 334-244-3834.


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, China

· Lincoln, United Kingdom

· Kandy, Sri Lanka

· South Africa


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 or 334-244-3078.


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:


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


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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