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AUM Weekly 9-1-15: Lang appointed to subcommittee; Theatre AUM anniversary

AUM Weekly 9-1-15: Lang appointed to subcommittee; Theatre AUM anniversary

by Caitlin Forrest | Sep 01, 2015

Message from Auburn University President Jay Gogue on Chancellor Veres’ Retirement

Dear AUM Family,

We’re grateful for the many years Chancellor John Veres served AUM and the Montgomery area. He will be missed. We wish him all the best in retirement.

Sometime after Labor Day, I will schedule meetings with leaders of the AUM governance groups. Together, we will develop a plan and timetable for identifying qualified candidates for John’s successor.

I look forward to visiting with you.

Jay Gogue

Lang appointed to AICPA subcommittee

Dr. Teresa Lang

Teresa Lang, associate professor of accounting in AUM’s College of Business, was recently appointed to the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) Subcommittee of the Examinations Group of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Lang is one of 12 committee members, the only education industry representative on the subcommittee.

“I am very pleased to accept this appointment,” said Lang. “I have been a CPA for over 20 years and, of course, a member of the national organization. I am proud to serve the CPA profession in this capacity and am excited at the prospect of working with the CPA Examination Group. This fulfills my long-term goal to serve at the national level.”

Lang will travel to New York City to attend committee meetings four times during her appointment. The Board of Examiners Content Committee has four subcommittees, one for each of the four CPA Examination sections. One of Lang’s responsibilities while serving on the BEC subcommittee will include acquisition and review of test questions, review of test pools to support the examinations, and review of questionable items.

“Teresa has been training future accounting professionals over the past decade,” said Rhea Ingram, dean of the College of Business. “She has earned multiple teaching recognitions and honors from the students, in addition to being a productive scholar researching on various accounting topics.”

Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Accountancy, created when the university elevated its accounting department within the College of Business, is the only accounting program in Montgomery and the River Region to earn discipline-specific accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Theatre AUM celebrates 40 seasons

Theatre AUM will present its first show of the 2015-2016 season on Sept. 17, and performances, held in Theatre AUM in Taylor Center, will continue through Sept. 27. The show will be a retrospective of the theater’s past 40 seasons. Many former students are returning to the stage to perform, and a number of Theatre AUM alumni will be in attendance. Admission to regular performances (excluding the Sept. 26 gala) is free for AUM students, faculty, and staff. General admission is $10; admission for students from other schools, senior citizens, and military is $5.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Theatre AUM will host a gala event, and a reception will follow that night’s performance. The gala is open to the public. The admission price for all tickets to the Sept. 26 performance and gala is $40, with proceeds going to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.

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

Faculty learning: “Building a Better Lecture”

Looking for a way to revitalize the traditional lecture format in your class? Tara Beziat, assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, will share research that shows that students get far less from lectures than we think they do and will offer suggestions on building a better lecture that includes more elements of student engagement.

Sept. 1 | 3:45–4:45 p.m. | Liberal Arts TW 211

CELT’s 1st Birthday Party

Still haven’t been to a CELT session yet? Well, here is a chance to meet us, see our office, and pick up a brochure of fall professional development opportunities. We’ll even give you a piece of cake.

Sept. 2 | 12–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 8th floor

Counseling Center invites students to sexual assault dialogue

The Counseling Center, partnering with Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and Orientation & Transitions, invites students to “Got Consent? An Open Conversation (For College Men and Women) about Sexual Assault” (#NOMC).

The seminar is part of a larger “Not on My Campus” series that empowers students to create a campus community that is positive and safe for everyone. The Counseling Center encourages students to advocate for change to help create a safe student culture where sexual assault and violence do not occur on campus.

Sept. 2 | 12–1:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 230 | Light refreshments served

Faculty learning: “Who are Our Students?”

As professors/instructors, we often forget what it was like to be a freshman in college. Understanding who our students are and what their expectations about college are when they arrive in our classes is an important part of being a good teacher. Venessa Funches, associate professor and associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business, will give a quick overview of the most recent data on AUM students and their perceptions about college, information that can help rethink some of what we do and how we communicate with students.

Sept. 3 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor EAST

Counseling Center hosting interactive group series

The Counseling Center is hosting an interactive group series on Fridays!

The first group, G.R.O.W. (Getting Rid Of Worry), is a support group for people who struggle with depression and/or anxiety, excessive worrying, or feeling down. The first official group meeting will be Friday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The second group, “Peace of Mind, Body, Spirit,” is a group for anyone who is interested in learning interesting methods to reduce stress. Each week, leaders will introduce a new technique, such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and the practice of mindfulness. The first official group meeting will be Friday, Sept.18 from 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

The groups are open to all currently enrolled students. No RSVP is required.

Counseling Center | Taylor Center 319 | 244-3469 

RAD sessions to offer self-defense training for women

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a Martial Arts program. The last class will include an attack simulation. You will practice the defense techniques you learned against a suited RAD Demonstrator.

R.A.D. Training: In partnership with AUM Campus Safety and Auburn University Dept. of Campus Safety, the Counseling Center will be providing female AUM students, faculty and staff with Rape Assault Defense (RAD) Training. For safety reasons, students are required to attend the first three sessions to participate in the final simulation. Students are encouraged to register for the classes:

Sept. 28 | 4–7 p.m. | Library Tower 10th Floor, East

Oct. 1 | 4–7 p.m. | Library Tower 10th Floor, East

Oct. 5 | 4–7 p.m. | Library Tower 10th Floor, West

Oct. 8 | 4–7 p.m. | Library Tower 10th Floor, East

To sign up, call the Counseling Center at 244-3469 or email [email protected].

Jess Meuse concert nets nearly $600 for Humane Society

On Thursday, Aug. 20, AUM alumna and season 13 American Idol finalist Jess Meuse performed a free concert on the AUM campus, open to students and the public. Sponsored by AUM’s Campus Activities Board and the AUM Connected Common Reading Program, the concert was part of AUM’s Warhawk W.O.W. (Weeks of Welcome) events that welcome new and returning students to AUM.  Donations of many pet items and more than $590 were collected at the beginning of the concert to benefit the Montgomery Humane Society.

Math and Computer Science students to attend computing conference

Two AUM students from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department will attend the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (Supercomputing Conference – SC 15) as sponsored participants. They will be financially supported by the conference organizers: The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society.

Manal Abdalla will participate in the Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Program and Michael Rod in the Students Volunteer Program. Both students applied to these highly competitive programs with strong applications and were among the very few selected. Dr. Luis Cueva-Parra is their advisor and recommender.

Also, a group of four students from the same department (Jason Hammond, Jacob Hyder and Shane Williamson with Michael Rod as leader) have presented an abstract for a poster presentation at the same conference. The acceptance for its presentation is pending, but hopes are very high.

The SC 15 conference, established in 1988 and considered the largest in the world and most prestigious of its kind, will take place Nov. 15–20, 2015, in Austin, Tex. Approximately 5,000 people participate in the technical program, with about 11,000 people overall.

Olson recently cited in media

Dr. Michele Olson, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently cited in two media outlets regarding the fitness benefits of skateboarding (Montgomery Advertiser) and how to break through fitness plateaus ( Olson is an advisory board member for Shape Magazine, a national women’s fitness publication.

Burks serves as copy editor for publication

Dr. Brooke A. Burks, assistant professor of secondary education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, served as copy editor of State of Black New Orleans: 10 Years Post-Katrina, a publication of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. Released on Aug. 26 during the Urban League’s Katrina Commemorative Conference, the collection of essays, editorials, and research focuses on various aspects of the New Orleans recovery since the city’s devastation in 2005.

For information, contact Dr. Brooke Burks at [email protected] or at 334-244-3435.

Trenton Beasley voted friendliest student during Study Abroad

AUM student Trenton Beasley participated in a one-month Study Abroad program in Ulsan, South Korea, where he brought home an award for being voted the program’s friendliest student. This is one of the three awards they offer, and we are proud of his achievement. Click here to hear from Beasley himself about his experience.

For details and information about Study Abroad, visit the Study Abroad Facebook page or contact Achala Rockwell at [email protected] or 334-244-3544.

Campus invited to press conference for new director of athletics

AUM Athletics will host a press conference to introduce Director of Athletics Jim Herlihy. The press conference is open to the AUM community.

Learn more about the new Director of Athletics Jim Herlihy.

Sept. 2 | 10 a.m. | AUM Athletics Complex, Hall of Fame Room (second floor)

Study Abroad Club Meeting and Election Day

This is your chance to vote for your favorite candidate or run for an office. Also, come and find out how to claim up to $1,500 in free money to study abroad in 2016.

Wednesday | Sept. 2 | 12–1 p.m. | Goodwyn 109

Study Abroad Fair

Come and discover the 2016 Study Abroad opportunities, and discover how to claim up to $1,500 in free money to study abroad in 2016.

Wednesday | Sept. 23 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Flu vaccines available at Student Health Center

Student Health Services has a limited number of flu vaccines available for students, faculty and staff, and dependents ages 3 and up, on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25 and can be paid by cash, check, or debit or credit cards. No insurance will be accepted for payment. The vaccine will be administered while supplies last.

Monday–Friday | 9–11 a.m and 1–4 p.m. | Student Health Center, Moore Hall 102

Student Warhawk Wellness Challenge

Come out and play! It’s that time of year again for the Student Warhawk Wellness Challenge. Get active with fun Friday challenges, Wellness Center classes and your own daily workout activities. You can win prizes, train your body and develop relationships with others in this six-week challenge. Click here for more information about the Student Warhawk Wellness Challenge.

Fitness challenge for AUM employees

The Wellness Center invites faculty and staff to The Warhawk Workplace Challenge. Teams of four will compete for points earned through exercise, physical activity, pedometer and Wellness Center classes (non-members will have access for the duration of the challenge).

Sign-up deadline: Sept. 1 | Kick-off lunch: Sept. 4 | Challenge begins: Sept. 7 | Contact Wendy Franklin: [email protected] or 334-244-3029

Students: Admissions seeks Jr. Volunteer Warhawk Recruiters

The AUM Office of Admissions invites all eligible students to apply for a position as a Jr. Volunteer Warhawk Recruiter.

Office of Admissions | Taylor Center 101 | 244-3615

Feltmate to speak on religion and humor in television shows

David Feltmate, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography, will lecture on “Why Do I Get That Joke? Religion and Humor in The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy.”

Thursday | Sept. 10 | 12:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor South

AU’s ‘This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2015’ set for Sept. 30

Auburn University will launch its new “This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2015” on Sept. 30 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center to recognize research excellence of Auburn and Auburn University at Montgomery faculty.

For information, contact Jennifer Kerpelman at [email protected].

Common Reading Program seeks help selecting 2016-2017 book

Even as the AUM Connected Common Reading Program gets started with 2015-2016’s The Ghost Map, it is already time to consider next year’s book. AUM Connected needs your input in selecting a book for the 2016–17 academic year. Starting Sept. 1, you can click here to suggest a book, and please remember, the book should be a reasonable length (under 350 pages), be available in paperback (and possibly electronic formats), and appeal to a multidisciplinary audience of students and faculty and staff.

The survey will be open Sept. 1–21, 2015.

CELT plans discussion of Make It Stick book

Campus-wide discussion of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning | Friday | Oct. 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Taylor Center 223

Don’t forget your parking permit

Don’t forget to register for your AUM parking permit. See the step-by-step instructions in the StratComm email from August 10 or visit

Roost’s Extended Fall Dining Hours

Take 5 | Papa John’s

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Talon Grill

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Chef Corner

Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Olo Sushi

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.


Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Wild Greens

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

The AUMazing Bean

Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

Warhawk C-Store

Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m.–11 p.m.

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