Warhawk Weekly 8–22: SummaSource, ALEA team up; Breakfast with Bronner

Warhawk Weekly 8–22: SummaSource, ALEA team up; Breakfast with Bronner



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Logan Project team members
Jordan Price, left, and Logan Prickett

SummaSource, ALEA provide outreach, education for ALFirstComm

SummaSource at Auburn University at Montgomery is working with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to conduct outreach and education for Alabama’s FirstNet initiative called ALFirstComm.

FirstNet is a national wireless broadband system that has been designed for exclusive use by first responders in law enforcement, fire personnel, emergency management, and emergency medical services. It utilizes 20 MHz or broadband spectrum and will enable first responders to transmit and receive data, texts, images, and videos in real-time without the concerns of system congestion from commercial broadband customers.

The project, which potentially will greatly benefit Alabama citizens, has drawn from the expertise of SummaSource and the Office of Business and Community Initiatives. Alan Reid, client services manager with SummaSource’s Organizational Consulting unit, serves as the project manager.

First responders will be able to communicate across county and state lines, across jurisdictions, and across disciplines; increasing their ability to render the right assistance, at the right time and on time. FirstNet has partnered with AT&T to bring this service to every state, the U.S. territories, and Washington D.C.

Wendy Daehn, marketing manager for the Office of Business and Community Initiatives, also has worked on the project, assisting with development and distribution of a variety of printed collateral materials, making presentations across the state, exhibiting at conferences and conventions throughout the year, developing a social media presence via Facebook, and producing videos about ALFirstComm.

SummaSource and ALEA’s collaboration
may greatly benefit Alabamians.

Afternoon EXTRA with David Bronner

Dr. David Bronner will speak Sep. 6 at an Afternoon EXTRA edition of OutReach at Auburn University at Montgomery’s Business Breakfast on “How the World and D.C. Affect Alabama — and Where in the World is Alabama Headed?”

Bronner is CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, a public pension fund with assets in excess of $37 billion providing benefits for more than 339,000 public employees and retirees. RSA is ranked 107th among the top 300 private/public pension funds in the world with the top three being sovereign wealth funds.

Bronner earned a Ph.D. and law degree from the University of Alabama, where he taught in the graduate schools of Business and Education and served as assistant dean and lecturer in the School of Law before coming to the RSA. He has been featured in Time, Governing magazine, The Institutional Investor, The Money Manager, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, and Pension & Investment Age for his investment strategies and financial market decisions. In 2003, PlanSponsor magazine named the RSA “Plan Sponsor of the Year.”

Wed., Sep. 6 | 2 p.m. | Taylor Center 222 | General admission, $30; Cost for AUM faculty, staff and students, $10; Register by phone (334-244-3804) for discount rate, or register online

Dr. David Bronner

Ryan article earns Excellence in Research Journal Award

Dr. Jim Ryan, associate professor in the College of Business’s Department of Information Systems, has been honored by IGI Global for an article published in the International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics (IJHISI).

Ryan’s paper, “A Case Study Perspective for Balanced Perioperative Workflow Achievement through Data-Driven Process Improvement,” is among winners of IGI Global’s Ninth Annual Excellence in Research Journal Awards, which celebrate the best articles from the 2016 volume year.

Ryan’s article was selected for its contribution to the field; originality of the research;  practicality of research and results; quality of writing; rigor of the research; and substantive research and methodology.

Dr. Jim Ryan

Dragon Boat paddlers wanted Aug. 26

Join AUM downtown Aug. 26 at the Riverfront Park for the 2017 Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival! More than 60 teams will participate in the daylong competition and compete for the Grand Championship Trophy, so come root for AUM’s Dragon Boat Team!

The AUM Dragon Boat Team still has room for paddlers!

Beyond the excitement of the races, festivities will include live music, food vendors, and booths from local artists/exhibitors.

In support of AUM’s team, Warhawk Transit will run special shuttles to the event throughout the day. Don’t forget to visit AUM’s booth at the festival to receive a Warhawk Nation gift, courtesy of AUM’s Confucius Institute.

Sat., Aug. 26 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m. | Montgomery River Front Park and Amphitheater,

355 Commerce Street | Free and open to the public

AUM alums Dr. Jamey Haigh and Samantha McNeilly
show their Warhawk spirit at last year’s race.

Time for club and organization fairs; make sure you’re registered

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is excited to host the Fall 2017 club and organization fairs, which will take place on two days, today and Aug. 30. Student organizations interested in having a table on both days of the fair can register here.

Today, Aug. 22 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Wed., Aug. 30 | 5:30–7 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Also, at the beginning of each academic year, all clubs and organizations planning to be active in the 2017–18 academic year must register in order to begin hosting programs. Any unregistered group will not be allowed to host any programs. For information, contact DeLisa Joseph at or 334-244-3655. Register your club or organization.

‘Faith and Fantasy’ at Goodwyn Gallery

The Department of Fine Arts is presenting “Faith and Fantasy: the German Expressionist Woodblock Prints of Hans Grohs (1892–1981),” on view in Goodwyn Gallery, Mon., Aug. 21 –Fri., Sep. 29. The exhibition features 26 original woodblock prints by artist Hans Grohs, drawn from the department’s art collection.

Mon., Aug. 21– Fri., Sep. 29 | Goodwyn Hall 101

‘Know Dope’ film with WSFA’s Josh Johnson

Prescription painkiller abuse and overdose are on the rise in Alabama. In an effort to combat this growing epidemic, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama will sponsor the showing of Know Dope, a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The film focuses on the dangers and effects of heroin addiction on the lives of two Alabama natives.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to view the film on Wed., Oct. 25. Special guest Josh Johnson, WSFA meteorologist, also will share his personal story.

This event is a joint effort of Counseling and Health Promotion Services, the Department of Athletics, Student Involvement and Leadership, UNIV, and the Warhawk Academic Success Center to educate the AUM community about the heroin epidemic in Alabama.

Wed., Oct. 25 | Film viewing times: 9:30 a.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Certified Public Manager trainee presentations

SummaSource at Auburn University at Montgomery’s nationally accredited Certified Public Manager program employs a state-of-the-art approach to enhance the professional and managerial skills of local, state and federal employees for stronger leadership. During the second year of the program, participants devote considerable time researching and forming solutions to critical issues facing Alabama. (Watch the WSFA interview)

On Aug. 23, they will present their findings during the Solutions Alabama Presentation at the State Capitol Auditorium. They will address bullying, suicide and teen pregnancy in Alabama, as well as other issues.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this important presentation to learn from our state’s leaders how you can advocate for continual improvement in these critical areas.

Wed., Aug. 23 | 10–11 a.m. | State Capitol auditorium | Free to attend, RSVP here

Warhawk WOW: Get the app, join the fun

AUM is aiming for the WOW factor when we kick off a new semester Wednesday, and Weeks of Welcome (WOW) gets the semester off to an exciting start. Warhawk WOW features three weeks of events, featuring food, giveaways, competitions and fun, arranged by offices and organizations across campus to welcome new students and familiar faces back to AUM.

All events are open to AUM students, faculty and staff unless otherwise noted. Download the app, using the instructions below and come out, bring a friend and enjoy Warhawk WOW

To download the app, click here, then:

  • Download the Auburn University at Montgomery Guides app to your device.
  • Search for Warhawk WOW.
  • Sign in using your existing account.

Can’t install the app? Check the Campus Events calendar for WOW activities and other opportunities to have fun, learn more and make new

Professors in Pubs to talk indigo snakes and climate change

The College of Arts and Sciences is featuring presentations by professors who will speak at TASTE and The Tipping Point in East Montgomery. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Tue., Aug. 29 | 6 p.m. | TASTE, 5251 Hampstead High Street, Unit 100 | Dr. David Steen, Auburn University Museum of Natural History, “Bringing the Indigo Snake Back to Alabama”

Wed., Sept. 6 | 7 p.m. | The Tipping Point5015 Hampstead High Street | Dr. Rosine Hall, Auburn University at Montgomery, “Climate

Indigo snake (Dan Hipes)

Professors in Pubs to talk indigo snakes and climate change

The College of Arts and Sciences is featuring presentations by professors who will speak at TASTE and The Tipping Point in East Montgomery. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Tue., Aug. 29 | 6 p.m. | TASTE, 5251 Hampstead High Street, Unit 100 | Dr. David Steen, Auburn University Museum of Natural History, “Bringing the Indigo Snake Back to Alabama”

Wed., Sept. 6 | 7 p.m. | The Tipping Point5015 Hampstead High Street | Dr. Rosine Hall, Auburn University at Montgomery, “Climate

Study Abroad Fair

The 5th Annual Study Abroad Fair will be held Oct. 5. During the fair, AUM students will be able to discover 2018 Study Abroad programs from Study Abroad faculty directors and ambassadors. Visitors also will have an opportunity to explore different languages and cultures.

Thu., Oct. 5 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Faculty: AUM Study Abroad accepting proposals for 2018

Faculty, do you want to turn your class into an unforgettable experience? Are you interested in creating and leading a Study Abroad course for spring or summer 2018?

Think about aligning your course with a study abroad component. AUM Study Abroad is now accepting faculty-led program proposals for 2018. Faculty can find the 2018 Faculty-Led, Short-Term Study Abroad Handbook on AUM’s Study Abroad website.

The proposal deadline is Thu., Aug. 31, at 4 p.m.  For questions or information, contact Yiyun (YY) Liu, AUM Study Abroad manager, at 334-244-3544 or

AUM students take in York, England,
on a faculty-led Study Abroad trip.

Scholarship opportunity for marketing and veteran students

AUM students who are studying marketing or are veterans of the U.S. military are eligible to apply for $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded by the Harold and Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation. Scholarship applications are due Aug. 29. Applicants can apply online or print, fill out and mail a PDF version of the scholarship application.

Day of Giving set for Feb. 14

Mark your calendar for Feb. 14, 2018. AUM Day of Giving is back! AUM’s Office of Advancement is looking for projects that are compelling, unique, specific to AUM, and will appeal to potential donors. Start brainstorming ideas for a project for your department/unit/program!

The official call for proposals will be sent on Sept. 1. If you have questions or would like to discuss ideas, call Marie Harrington at 244-3596.

Student success advisors ready to help

Students, having problems with a class, worried about grades, unsure whether to drop a class or not? Let the student success advisors in the Warhawk Academic Success Center help. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call Van Orum at 334-244-3338 or email; or schedule an appointment — learn how at

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