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AUM Weekly 3-22-16: SWOT Team earns props at SROW; Faculty earn tenure, promotions

AUM Weekly 3-22-16: SWOT Team earns props at SROW; Faculty earn tenure, promotions

by Nicolette Parrish | Mar 22, 2016


SWOT Team earns first place for banner; members present at SROW

The Office of Orientation and Transitions is proud to announce that the AUM SWOT Team returned home victorious on March 13 from the Southern Region Orientation Workshop’s SROWlympics at East Carolina University!

The students competed in the service project, song, skit, step and dance, banner, spirit and educational sessions, winning first place in the region for their banner (and unofficially for their roll call presentation).

SROW is a program of NODA, the association for Orientation, Transitions and Retention. Here, students and professional members across the nine-state region follow NODA’s core purpose, “to create a community of practice that defines and enriches the fields of orientation, transition, and retention.”

Also, six members of the AUM SWOT Team — Dharti Patel, Olivia Garnett, Charles Morris, Jonothon Segars, Matthew Robinson and Neesha Wilson — were selected to present educational sessions on Saturday during SROW.

More than 175 educational sessions were submitted for presentation, and Orientation and Transitions is proud that AUM had five presentations represented at the conference (Patel and Garnett gave a joint presentation). Topics covered during the sessions included Tuckman’s Model of Group Development, the mental health crisis facing college students, a multidisciplinary approach to the challenges to be a successful orientation leader, a tour guide survival kit, and a comparison of orientation leaders and ogres.

In other SWOT news, the team recently collected more than 1,500 toothbrushes from across Alabama, and 1,008 toothbrushes were donated to Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina–Greenville Branch. These donations will make a huge impact in the community that welcomed the AUM team with open arms. The additional 526 toothbrushes will be donated to Health Services Inc., to assist with Montgomery’s rising concern of youth dental care.

Visit the AUM Orientation YouTube Channel to see the highlights of the SWOT team’s accomplishments at SROW!

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Provost announces faculty tenure and promotions; plans celebration

The Office of the Provost will be holding a reception on March 23 for faculty who were recently promoted or received tenure. Those being honored:

  • Sara Bicard, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Nicholas Bourke, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Kim Brackett, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Brooke Burks, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Don Chon, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Aaron Cobb, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Gilbert Duenas, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • David Feltmate, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Will Fenn, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Teresa Lang, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Timothy Lewis, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, with tenure
  • Kellie Shumack, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Chelsea Ward, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor

Wednesday, March 23 | 2–3 p.m. | Taylor Center 222-223

Farrow speaks on book to university in Moscow

Dr. Lee A. Farrow, distinguished teaching professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, recently lectured live via AdobeConnect to students at the Institute of International Relations at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhl in Moscow.

Farrow was asked by Edward Lozansky to lecture on her book, Alexis in America. Lozansky is the president of the American University in Moscow and the founder of an organization that promotes Russian-American relations.

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Henderson presents paper at conference in Colombia

Dr. Timothy Henderson, professor and chair of the Department of History and World Languages & Cultures, presented a paper entitled “Operation Intercept and U.S.-Mexican Relations during the 1960s” at the annual conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. The conference was held March 9-13 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

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Simmons’ paper proposal accepted

A paper proposal titled, “Eusebius and Porphyry: The Case of the Theophany, Book V,” by Dr. Michael B. Simmons, distinguished research professor in the Department of History and World Languages & Cultures, has been accepted to be read at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, which will take place in Chicago in May.

The first of its kind in the history of Patristic scholarship, the paper will analyze pertinent texts in Syriac and Greek from the Theophany and other Eusebian works to show that the bishop of Caesarea and Father of Church History was still developing at the end of his life an intriguing counter-attack to the anti-Christian polemics of Porphyry of Tyre.

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ELC seeks assistance with music, nutrition, art for Week of the Young Child

The AUM Early Learning Center will celebrate the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child, April 11–15.

The staff is looking for individuals who can help with music, nutrition, and art to make the event wonderful and celebrate the young children of our campus laboratory school.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbie Norvell at [email protected] or 334-244-3772, or Sierra Benton at [email protected].


Tech Tuesday: Voice-controlled computers and PCs that talk

Matthew Norsworthy, Center for Disability Services assistive technologist, will speak at this technology demonstration to show students two assistive technology programs that address mobility and sight respectively. The presentation will demonstrate how individuals with mobility and visual impairments can efficiently use a computer.

Tuesday, March 22 | 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 147 (Center for Disability Services) | Pizza, popcorn and beverages provided

Coffee hour with the Study Abroad club

Groups of AUM Study Abroad students are returning from their educational tour of Europe. Come listen to their stories of adventure, learning and camaraderie during their Study Abroad travels to England, France and Germany.

Wednesday, March 23 | 12–1 p.m. | Global Education Center

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Wellness Wednesdays

Does life leave you feeling overwhelmed? Join the staff from the Counseling Center every Wednesday starting March 23 in Warhawk Alley’s SGA/CAB office to learn fun and interesting ways to improve and maintain personal well-being.

Wellness Wednesdays will focus on:

  • Improving emotional balance to improve success in life
  • Mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety and stress from life’s obstacles
  • Healthy habits — eating, sleeping and exercising to better oneself
  • Study and wellness tips for finals

Feel free to bring your lunch!

For more information, contact Audrey Shaw at 334-244-3553 or [email protected].

Wednesdays, starting March 23 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 126


Durr Lecture Series features free showing of ‘Boycott’ on April 1, Clark Johnson lecture on April 2

The Durr Lecture Series in April will feature director and actor Clark Johnson, who will discuss the film ‘Boycott’ following a free showing of the film April 1 and a lecture from Johnson on April 2.

Film presentation, discussion of ‘Boycott’ with Clark Johnson
Friday, April 1 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109| Free and open to the public

Lecture, Clark Johnson
Saturday, April 2 | 6:30 p.m. |  Goodwyn Hall 109 | Reception to follow in Taylor Center 222–223 | Free and open to the public


Last event for AUM Connected: Film screening of ‘Contagion’

AUM Connected will have its last event of the semester, a film screening of the 2011 medical thriller ‘Contagion,’ which features an all-star cast (Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow).

Friday, April 1 | 1–3 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109 | Light snacks provided

Alumni Association Board of Directors hosts alumni tailgate

Join the AUM Alumni Association Board of Directors for an alumni tailgate on April 2. Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon of AUM softball and baseball. Admission to the games and lunch are complimentary to AUM alumni and their families.

The tailgate will begin at 12 p.m. under the tent west of the softball field and will include lunch. A softball doubleheader vs. Martin Methodist and a baseball doubleheader vs. Blue Mountain College begin at 1 p.m.

To RSVP and get more information, contact the Alumni Association at 334-244-3369 or [email protected].

Saturday, April 2 | 12 p.m. | Softball fields


Lunch & Learn webinar training session to discuss ADA and Technology Accessibility

This Lunch & Learn webinar training session will focus on ADA and Technology Accessibility. Specifically, the informative session will discuss questions about accessible technology and ensure that our campus complies with ADA. Paul Thompson, Esq., and Nancy Anderson, Esq., will be speakers.

For more information, contact Tamara Massey at 334-244-3755 or [email protected].

Monday, April 4 | 12:30–2 p.m. | Taylor Center 223


Movie Night on the Lawn

Housing’s Kill-a-Watt-Challenge is still in full swing, so join us on the lawn near Plum Place for a movie! Turn your lights off, unplug your devices, and head outside into the warm spring weather for snacks, a movie and total relaxation.

Tuesday, April 5 | 7 p.m. | The Lawn near Plum Place


LBW Community College leader to speak to students, faculty and staff on ‘diversity for leadership’

In celebration of Diversity Week, Dr. Herbert Riedel, President of LBW Community College, will present the topic “A different perspective on diversity for leadership” to AUM students, faculty and staff.

Riedel will explain how his life experiences in different parts of the world helped shape his view of diversity. He will also share insights on leadership of value to everyone who wishes to succeed in a global and diverse society.

Wednesday, April 6 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West | Reception to follow presentation


Resident Appreciation Day

Housing is closing out the Kill-a-Watt Challenge with a bang! Join us at the grilling stations for a hamburger or hot dog, snacks, and activities to celebrate a great Kill-a-Watt Challenge and an AUMazing school year!

Tuesday, April 12 | 4—6 p.m. | Grilling Stations


Hot Topic Café: Rock the Vote

The election is just around the corner, and its time AUM students had a chance to voice their opinions about it. Let’s get together for a safe and honest discussion about the candidates, the issues, and the future of the country. Snacks will be served.

Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing


AUM Cheerleading tryouts

AUM Cheerleading is holding tryouts for male and female cheerleaders for the 2016-2017 season. The tryouts are open to all currently enrolled AUM students and all incoming freshmen already accepted into AUM for the fall semester.

For information, contact [email protected]

April 25, 26, and 27 | 6–8:30 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex


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 [email protected].


Holocaust Education Program features stories of two survivors along with documentary, Q&A

The AUM Department of Psychology announces the annual Holocaust Education Program. Activities include a film documentary, personal stories from two Holocaust survivors, and a Q&A session. The program is ADA-adapted.

Wednesday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. | Athletic Complex | Admission and parking are free and open to the public.

For information, contact Tonya Sexton at [email protected] or 334-244-3306, or contact Dr. Glen Ray at [email protected] or 334-244-3690.


Planning and budget meeting set for April 13

Financial and Administrative Services will host a planning and budget meeting along with a brown bag lunch at noon April 13. The budget meeting set for April 8 has been cancelled. 

Wednesday, April 13 | 12–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 222


Political Film Series features ‘Plastic Paradise’

The final Political Film Series screening of the spring on April 21 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.

This screening is co-sponsored by the College of Public Policy & Justice and the College of Arts & Sciences. The film is free, open to the public, and made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund.

Thursday, April 21 | 7 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West | More information: Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected], 334-244-3834


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.


Volunteers needed for Kinesiology research study

The Department of Kinesiology is seeking participants for a research study on caffeine’s ability to act as an exercise aid in overweight/obese individuals.

Participation is voluntary and will require four visits to the Human Performance Lab in the Wellness Center.

To be eligible to participate, you must be inactive (less than 90 minutes of exercise/week), a non-smoker, in good health, 18-40 years old, consume two or fewer caffeinated beverages per day, and must be overweight or obese with a body mass index of 25-35 (BMI calculator).

If interested, contact Dr. Matt Schubert at [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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, China
  • Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • South Africa


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.


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

Warhawk Alley: New hours after break

Warhawk Alley will have new hours after Spring Break!

The Alley will be open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday; and 12–6 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Alley staff hopes the extended hours provide time for all students to enjoy the Alley even more!


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.


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


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


Clinical Laboratory Sciences Symposium to explore microbiology

AUM Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the Robert & Jean Adams Foundation are sponsoring the 3rd annual Clinical Laboratory Sciences Symposium for laboratory professionals, faculty, students, and the general public.

RSVP by March 28 to Kyle Lesinger at [email protected] or 334-244-3790.

Friday, April 1 | 8:30 a.m. | Taylor 221–223 | Light breakfast and lunch provided | Open to anyone interested in the sciences


Students: 2016 Grad Fair is opportunity to get caps, gowns; order announcements, rings

Graduating students may pick up caps and gowns as well as order announcements and class rings at the AUM Grad Fair on March 29.

Caps and gowns will be available at the Warhawk Shop from March 29 through May 12 during business hours. There is no additional fee and they are pre-stocked.

Announcements and class rings, March 29 only.

Tuesday, March 29 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Warhawk Shop, Taylor Center


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

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