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AUM Weekly 9-8-15: Kinesiology workshop draws Alabama teachers; Students seek help in women’s aid initiative

AUM Weekly 9-8-15: Kinesiology workshop draws Alabama teachers; Students seek help in women’s aid initiative

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Check out the latest news listed below. To be added to AUM’s press release distribution list, contact Marla Vickers.

by Caitlin Forrest | Sep 08, 2015

Kinesiology Summer Workshop draws Alabama teachers to AUM

More than 70 teachers from around Alabama attended the AUM Physical Education Summer Workshop during summer term. Tiffany Higginbotham, physical therapist and owner of Body Logic Physical Therapy, and Dr. Erin Reilly, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, gave the keynote presentation, “Neuromotor Connections in Education.”

Other presentations by AUM faculty included “Large Group Games” (by Kinesiology faculty members Dr. George Schaefer, associate professor and department chair; Andria Walker, assistant clinical professor; and Reilly) and “Technology in Physical Education” (by Dr. Timothy Lewis, assistant professor in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Department).

The event marked another successful annual Physical Education Workshop, sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, which draws wide attention and attendance across Alabama.

Pre-social work students seek help building hygiene kits for women

AUM pre-social work students, in collaboration with Days for Girls International — Team Montgomery (, will be creating components for washable feminine hygiene kits to serve women who would otherwise go without. Days for Girls Inc. serves 22 nations on five continents. Their goal is to give back days of education, dignity and health to girls who miss school and work due to lack of feminine hygiene supplies. Join AUM’s pre-social work students as they endeavor to collect 100 yards of fabric and construct a minimum of 100 bags.

The students and their instructor, Dr. Denise Davis-Maye, are accepting donations of 100 percent cotton fabric (with floral or geometric shapes only), grosgrain ribbon (5/8 in.), and twill tape (1/2 or 5/8 in.). You also can contribute by helping to cut and organize the fabric at the “Bag and Grab” on Oct. 6, or, if you have sewing skills, you can join the students in a “Go-to-Sew” event on Nov. 13.

To schedule a drop-off or pick-up or for event locations, email Davis-Maye at [email protected].

‘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.

Williford named chair of Alabama Obesity Task Force

Dr. Hank Williford, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently elected chair of the Alabama Obesity Task Force, which is working to create a healthier Alabama through obesity reduction and prevention efforts. Alabama has recently moved down from the second most obese state in the nation to the eighth spot. The task force has more than 400 members — from major corporations and the fields of medicine, public health, government, education, wellness and nutrition — who are working to improve the health of Alabama citizens.

Amoroso, Chen published in industry journals

Two faculty members from the College of Business’s Department of Information Systems were recently published in prestigious industry journals. Professor Don Amoroso (along with a co-author) published a work entitled “Exploring the Personal Innovativeness Construct: The Roles of Ease of Use, Satisfaction and Attitudes in the Philippines,” which will appear in the Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems. Assistant Professor Yan Chen’s “Individuals’ Internet Security Perceptions and Behaviors: Polycontextual Contrasts between the US and China,” has been accepted for publication in the MIS Quarterlywhich ranks within the top five journals in the industry.

Williford, Reilly make presentations in Sweden

Dr. Hank Williford and Dr. Erin Reilly, professors in the Department of Kinesiology, delivered two presentations at the European College of Sport Science Congress in Malmo, Sweden, during the summer. The titles of the presentations were “Accuracy of Predictive Maximal Heart Rate Equations in Female Athletes,” and “Changes in Firefighter Fitness and Performance Over an 18-Year Period.”

Simmons reads paper at Oxford, conducts research at Cambridge

Dr. Michael B. Simmons, associate professor of history in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures, attended the XVII International Conference on Patristics at the University of Oxford, Aug. 10–15, and read a paper entitled “Exegesis and Hermeneutics of Book IV of Eusebius of Caesarea’s Theophany: The Contemporary Fulfillment of Christ’s Prophecies.” The paper offered a philological analysis of the original Greek fragments (17 total) of this work written in the A.D. 330s and compared it with the Syriac translation dated to c. A.D. 411, showing how the hermeneutical method employed by Eusebius differs from that of his earlier apologetic works. The presentation by Simmons marked his sixth invitation to present at Oxford.

After the conference, Simmons conducted research for one week at the University Library in Cambridge. Simmons stayed at Clare College, the second oldest college in the University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1326, and met with an editor from Cambridge University Press who expressed an interest in his new book project, Eusebius of Caesarea: A Theology of Salvation History in Late Antiquity. While in Cambridge, Simmons also said a Requiem Mass at the American Cemetery in memory of the flight crew of the U.S. B-24 bomber “Slightly Dangerous,” which crashed on Hameldown Tor, Dartmoor (S. England), on Dec. 27, 1943. Simmons’ uncle, radio operator and Staff Sgt. Henry D. MacMilan, from Teachy, N.C., age 37, was a member of the crew.

Evans to serve as lecturer, keynote speaker at conference

Dr. Robert Evans, a professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, has been invited to be this year’s William B. Hunter Lecturer by the South Central Renaissance Conference. Evans will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s meeting in St. Louis in March 2016.

UNIV Legacy Committee considers future projects

The first meeting of the UNIV Legacy Committee was held Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Warhawk Academic Success Center, providing another opportunity for the committee (Meghan Gray and Kailin Jones are co-chairs this year) to meet to determine a project for the semester. Ideas presented include assisting Children’s Hospital or Operation Christmas Child and creating a policy to allow for designated parking for motorcycles. If you would like to join the team and help leave a legacy for future Warhawks, contact UNIV program manager Amy Ingram at [email protected] or 334-244-3153.

Students invited to play bingo, receive tutoring

The Learning First Center is students’ opportunity to study and have fun playing BINGO. Each student will receive an additional BINGO card for every 30 minutes of participation in the Learning First Center. Tutors will be available, and there will be lots of food and, of course, BINGO!

Tuesday | Sept. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

Students invited to dialogue on race in America

Housing and Residence Life, the Roost, and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring a safe but honest discussion about race in America, with students having the chance to express their opinions on various questions related to the matter. Snacks and treats will be served.

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

Humane shelter work opportunity for students

Students will have the opportunity to give back 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

It Takes a Campus: Recruitment Events

Wednesday |Sept. 9 | Noon| Goodwyn Hall 109

Thursday |Sept. 10 | 12:30 p.m.| Goodwyn Hall 109

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 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

It Takes a Campus: Scholarships 

Wednesday |Nov. 11 |Noon |Goodwyn Hall 109

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

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

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 last 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].

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. 

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

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.

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

Theatre AUM celebrates 40 seasons

Theatre AUM will open its first show of the 2015–16 season on Sept. 17. 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. 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

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].

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.

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. To learn more about becoming a Jr. Volunteer Warhawk Recruiter, contact the Office of Admissions: Taylor Center 101 or 244-3615.

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

Don’t forget your parking permit

Don’t forget to register for your AUM parking permit. See the step-by-step instructions at

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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