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AUM Weekly 9-15-15: AUM, Trenholm to host Life After College Conference; Hispanic leader speaks on campus today

AUM Weekly 9-15-15: AUM, Trenholm to host Life After College Conference; Hispanic leader speaks on campus today

by Caitlin Forrest | Sep 15, 2015

AUM, Trenholm hosting Life After College Conference for students

AUM and Trenholm State Community College are hosting The Life After College Conference, an undergraduate student development conference, that will take place at AUM on Friday. Student attendees will learn about “soft skills” they will need to successfully transition from college to professional careers.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the Alabama Two-Year College System; Ed Castile, director of Alabama Industrial Development Training; and Nicole Pinkham, senior consultant-lead in AUM’s Training Solutions department.

During the conference, students will learn communications and networking; self-management and professionalism; teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving; and effective leadership. AUM students, as well as students from Trenholm State, Wallace Community College (Selma), Southern Union State Community College, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, and Central Alabama Community College will be on campus for the learning experience.

For information, contact Olivier Charles at [email protected] or 334-244-3668.

Friday | Sept. 18 | 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Hispanic Interest Coalition director to speak at AUM today

Isabel Rubio, executive director of The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, will discuss Hispanic culture, traditions and protocols today while providing AUM with an infrastructure for recruiting and retaining

Hispanic students. Rubio also will discuss the Hispanic and Latino presence in Alabama as well as cultural norms and terms.

Tuesday | Sept. 15 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Don’t forget your parking permit

Campus Police will begin issuing tickets on Sept. 28, so don’t forget to register for your AUM parking permit. See the step-by-step instructions at

Web Jam comment period extended to noon Wednesday

There’s still time to add your input on AUM’s new website design. Just visit the Web Jam blog and give us your opinion before noon tomorrow, Sept. 16. Any glitches experienced by previous blog visitors should now be resolved.

Your participation can help us ensure the new design meets the needs of a wide range of stakeholders. You can comment or ask questions related to four topics: Student Affairs, Admissions, Inspiration, and Current Website.

We’ll be checking frequently to respond to comments or questions, so visit as often as you like through noon tomorrow, Sept. 16, to see what’s new.

Our goal is to make the AUM site awesome. To do that, we need to hear from you!

Theatre AUM seeks actors for ‘Helvetica’

Theatre AUM is seeking seven actors for roles in Helvetica, the story of an imaginative children’s book author who faces life-and-death trials through fantasy and adventure. For information on the play, written by Will Coleman and directed by Neil David Seibel, see the Auditions for Helvetica Facebook page.

Auditions: Monday | Sept. 21 | 8 p.m. | Theatre AUM | Taylor Center

Rehearsals: Monday–Friday | Sept. 28–Nov. 4

Performances: Thursday–Sunday | Nov. 5–7 and 12–15, 2015

For more information, email Neil David Seibel at [email protected].

Study Abroad offers opportunity for exchange in United Kingdom

AUM’s newest exchange program is with the University of Lincoln, England. Students interested in studying history as an exchange student in the United Kingdom can pay tuition to AUM and take classes at Lincoln for free. Students also may be eligible for Study Abroad’s $1,500 scholarship. For information, contact Study Abroad at [email protected] or 244-3544.

CELT seeks input on spring schedule, marks first anniversary

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is currently creating a spring schedule and is seeking recommendations for session topics to be listed among its development opportunities. Suggestions are welcome, so contact CELT if you have one!

Also, CELT is marking its first anniversary, having officially come into existence one year ago with the mission of creating quality, thought-provoking, and practical faculty development opportunities for anyone who teaches or interacts with students. Faculty Development Institute (FDI), Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), and AUM Connected (the common reading program) all were placed under the CELT umbrella.

Also, over the spring and summer semesters in 2015, CELT offered 71 development opportunities, took two faculty members to the Teaching Professor Conference in May, and provided all departments with a copy of Make It Stick in preparation for its fall roundtable. Approximately 200 individuals (faculty and staff) have attended these sessions.

During the summer, CELT collected more than 120 jars of peanut butter for the Honors Program Student Food Pantry.

In the fall, CELT initiated a well-received and appreciated two-day New Faculty Orientation and an Adjunct Orientation. Moreover, CELT is currently offering 67 development opportunities and taking three faculty members to the Teaching with Technology Conference. CELT also is sending out weekly active learning exercise ideas (Weekly CELT S.A.L.E.) to assist those who have yet to find a time to attend one of our scheduled sessions.

Incentive gifts are awarded to those who attend a certain number of sessions: 3 sessions = CELT binder; 5 sessions = CELT luggage handle wrap; 7 sessions = CELT umbrella; 9 sessions = Warhawk windshield shade. Among our top attendees are Dr. Chelsea Ward (Biology), Dr. Alan Gribben (English and Philosophy), Dr. Brad Moody (Political Science), Dr. Rolando Carol (Psychology), and Dr. Mona Hurston (College of Arts and Sciences).

Please join us for a CELT session this fall. We are creating these development opportunities for you! Also join CELT’s Facebook page, where articles and event reminders are posted and where faculty and staff can share ideas and questions about teaching or other aspects of student interaction.

Shumack named editor of ‘Business Education Forum’

Dr. Kellie Shumack, department head and associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, was recently named the teaching methods section editor for the Business Education Forum. This publication of the National Business Education Association provides secondary and post-secondary teachers with information on curriculum, research and technology related to business and industry.

Xu publishes article on whistleblowing program in China

Dr. Hua Xu, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, recently published an article titled The Whistleblowing Program as an Anti-Corruption Tool in China in an edited book published by CRC Press. Through in-depth case studies, Xu and his co-authors provide important insights and policy recommendations for addressing public corruption in China. The book, Government Anti-Corruption Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, represents a multi-year effort aimed at outlining “a general framework of anti-corruption strategies” and offering “a better understanding of public corruption and governments’ anti-corruption practices.” The countries studied under the project include Australia, China, Croatia, Indian, Nepal, U.K., U.S., Singapore, and South Korea, as well as dozens of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Corruption costs governments and businesses around the world trillions of dollars every year.

Students invited to play bingo, receive tutoring

Housing and Residence Life is proud to present its annual “Bring Your Books Bingo,” where students can study before BINGO begins in exchange for additional BINGO cards. The studying portion begins at 5 p.m., and each student will receive an additional BINGO card for every 30 minutes of studying before BINGO begins at 6:30 p.m. Tutors will be available, and there will be lots of food, fun, prizes and of course, BINGO!

Tuesday | Sept. 15 | The Landing | Free to AUM students

5 p.m. | Pregame study time

6:30 p.m. | BINGO begins

Seniors invited to CDC bootcamp to aid career readiness

The Career Development Center will host a Senior Bootcamp for current AUM seniors to ensure career readiness and employability upon graduation. Students will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the key factors that are needed in order to achieve optimal career results. For information, contact Brad Robbins at [email protected] or 334-244-3345.

Wednesday | Sept. 16 | 3:30–5 p.m. | Taylor Center 223

Political Film Series production centers on Ali’s war protest

The AUM University Honors Program and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration invite you to a special screening of the Political Film Series on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Dr. Chris Kromphardt, visiting assistant professor in Political Science, will introduce the HBO production of “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight” (2013). The film dramatizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision-making around a case arising from Ali’s conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War (Clay v. United States, 1971). As such, it provides a valuable (and entertaining!) look at the Court’s institutional function and at civil liberties.

As for all films in the Political Film Series, we’ll have free popcorn and soda and, this time, we also will give out complimentary pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution. This event is made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund.

Thursday | Sept. 17 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112

Young Alumni Mixer at Railyard Brewing Co.

Enjoy free food, drinks, fun and the good company of your fellow young Auburn Montgomery alumni!

RSVP today to [email protected] or 334-244-3369.

Tuesday | Sept. 22 | 6–8 p.m. | Railyard Brewing Co. | 12 West Jefferson St. | Montgomery, AL, 36104

Students invited to dialogue on race in America

Housing and Residence Life and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring a safe but honest discussion about race in America, called the Hot Topics Café: Black in America. Students will have the chance to express opinions on various topics related to race in America. Snacks will be served courtesy of The Roost, and Timothy Spraggins, chief diversity officer in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will lead the conversation. Come join the discussion!

Wednesday | Sept. 23 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

Library to share information on Foundation Directory Online

The Library will provide news and tips on using The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online (available in the Library) to identify grant prospects using more than 140,000 profiles for private foundations and grant-making public charities. Anyone interested in fundraising for sponsored programs, research, or nonprofit organizations is welcome to attend, including faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public.

To register or for information, contact Amanda Scott at [email protected] or 334-244-3684.

Thursday | Sept. 24 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Computer Lab (2nd floor)

‘It Takes a Campus’ recruitment series

Everyone at AUM can help us attract the best students to our campus. See the “It Takes a Campus” schedule below for opportunities to learn more about how to recruit students to AUM.

It Takes a Campus: Recruitment with a College

Wednesday | Sept. 23 | Noon | Goodwyn Hall 109

Thursday | Sept. 24 | 12:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

It Takes a Campus: Advising

Tuesday | Oct. 6 | Noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Wednesday | Oct. 7 | Noon | Library Tower, 10th floor East

It Takes a Campus: Scholarships 

Wednesday | Nov. 11 | Noon | Goodwyn Hall 109

Thursday | Nov. 12| 12:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

It Take a Campus: Retention

Thursday | Oct. 22 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

It Takes a Campus: Financial Aid

Wednesday | Oct. 28 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

RAD sessions to offer self-defense training for women

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

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].

Counseling Center hosting interactive group series

The Counseling Center is hosting an interactive group series on Fridays through November.

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 is 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 is 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 316 | 244-3469

Warhawk Fit health and fitness appraisals available throughout fall semester

The AUM Kinesiology Department’s Human Performance Lab is offering health and fitness appraisals through the Warhawk Fit program. Those interested can contact the Kinesiology Department throughout the fall semester to make an appointment. The entire package costs $125, and, during fall semester, the cost for students is reduced to $75. The tests can cost up to $3,000 if performed elsewhere.

To make an appointment, call 334-244-3472.

Common Reading Program seeks help selecting 2016–17 book

Even as the AUM Connected Common Reading Program gets started with 2015–16’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. You are invited to suggest a book of reasonable length (under 350 pages) that is available in paperback (and possibly electronic formats) and that appeals to a multidisciplinary audience of students and faculty and staff.

The deadline to suggest a book is Sept. 21, 2015.

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. | Moore Hall 102

Theatre AUM celebrates 40 seasons

Theatre AUM will open its first show of the 2015–16 season on Thursday, Sept. 17. Performances, held in Theatre AUM in Taylor Center, will continue through Sunday, Sept. 27. The show will be a retrospective of the theater’s past 40 seasons. 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. Tickets for the Sept. 26 performance and gala are $40, with proceeds going to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.

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

Study Abroad Fair

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

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

Humane shelter work opportunity for students

Students will have the opportunity to give back to the community and work with some furry friends at the Humane Society of Elmore County. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Friday | Sept. 25 | 9 a.m. | Meet at The Nest

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 Wednesday, 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].

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. For more information, contact Wendy Franklin at [email protected] or 334-244-3029.

CELT plans discussion of Make It Stick book

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is hosting a campus-wide discussion of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

Friday | Oct. 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Taylor Center 223

Roost’s Extended Fall Dining Hours

Take 5 | Papa John’s

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Talon Grill

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday, 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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