The people of AUM—students, staff, alumni, faculty and friends—make an enormous impact every day on the world around them. This is done in small ways and large, but always with a positive, encouraging Warhawk spirit. These are their stories.
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Nick Rankins, AUM Alumnus, is a mentor, a teacher, a coach, and role model. He founded an organization that includes a community garden where he’s not only growing good food, but growing boys into good men.
Video can be seen here.
“We try to catch them young and bring them up through the program. Putting them around positive role models. One of the things is, younger guys see the older guys. They can see them grow up and they grow up and they come back and can be peer mentors,” said Rankins.
It’s called “Young Men on a Mission.” Nick Rankins founded the mentoring organization for 3rd through 12th grade. It’s based on 4 points:
They’ve built a garden known as the historic Nixon-Times Community Garden to help give back to the community. And he’s sowing two important values into the lives of the young men in the meantime. “That’s the key to just teach them how to be a leader. Teach them responsibility because once they grow up, those are two major things once you become an adult,” said Rankins.
From Alabama News Network aired 3/16/2021
“Dr. Kathy Murphy brings small town values, an ambitious work ethic, a love for students and a strong faith to her role as the president of Gadsden State Community College. She took over the helm of the College on January 4 following the retirement of Dr. Martha Lavender. Murphy’s hard work and commitment to students has led to several accolades from professional organizations and colleagues, including Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s Outstanding Administrator Award; the School Superintendents of Alabama’s District 5 Superintendent of the Year; the Outstanding Leadership in School / Community Relations Award from the Alabama School Public Relations Association and the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the Alabama Art Education Association. She has been named a “Mover and Shaker” by Two Eighty Lifestyle magazine and Business Alabama magazine.”
“It does have a big university feel to it. There are a plethora of ways to get connected on campus with campus life. Anna O’Neal, Communications, ’20
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“They have so many options of tutoring and support that really help you in class and outside of class… They really go out of their way to make sure you not only earn a degree but you also get a job in the career you want. Jack Wright, BSBA Accounting, ’21
“AUM has prepared us completely. They work with you, they help you, I have never excelled at anything more in life.” – Jade Anderson, Nursing ’21
Congratulations to Chisholm Elementary kindergarten teacher Neporshaie Jones, the MPS Teacher of the Year!
Ms. Jones joined Chisholm Elementary three and a half years ago and has been receiving awards and recognitions ever since. She believes in bringing love and excitement to each lesson and always keeps her students engaged. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and professionalism she brings and are proud to call her the 2020-2021 MPS Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Jones is now in the running for Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Taken from the Montgomery Alabama Public Schools – Official Site Facebook Page
SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga City Schools has found its superintendent to follow Dr. Jon Segars.
At a called meeting this morning, the SCS BOE voted 4-1 to declare Dr. Michele Eller superintendent. Dr. Tim Guinn, assistant superintendent of Russellville City Schools. was the other finalist for the position. Board members Price, Marlowe, Crawford and Chadalawada voted fin favor of Eller. Garris was the lone vote for Guinn.
Eller will come to Sylacauga from Chickasaw City Schools where she serves as assistant superintendent. She has been director of secondary instruction at Eufaula City Schools, and from 2003-2013 was at Elmore County schools as curriculum/secondary instructional specialist, and English/theatre teacher. She earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from Auburn University Montgomery; master’s as a reading specialist, also from AUM; and Ed.S. and doctorate degrees from Auburn University.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the next superintendent for Sylacauga City Schools,” Eller remarked. “As a pillar of the Sylacauga community, this system has had a long-standing tradition of both outstanding leadership and academic proficiency. I look forward to forging relationships with the community, school board, staff, parents, and students to build upon the current foundation of excellence. Together we will achieve the highest level of success for every student.”
Eller’s professional education background and accomplishments are quite impressive. Under her watch at Eufaula, the school won the Champion of Computer Science Award, and each school improved one letter grade on the on the state report card from the 2018-19 school year. In 2019, she was nominated to serve on the Governor’s Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways where she serves as the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) expert. She also received the Public Relations Award from the Alabama Career Technical Association in 2018 and was nominated to serve on the ACTA board.
Eller’s accomplishments seemingly go on forever. BOE President Amy Price is excited to bring one of the state’s top educators to the Marble City.
“This is an exciting time for Sylacauga City Schools. We’re excited about Dr. Eller’s arrival and look forward to working with her to create an environment of academic excellence and opportunities for every student, ” Price remarked.
Next week there will be a reception to welcome Dr. Eller to Sylacauga.
Eller will begin her duties June 1.
Jeremy Law, Dr. Michele Eller named SCS superintendent, https://www.sylacauganews.com/local/dr-michele-eller-named-scs-superintendent, Sylacauga News, May 13, 2021.
Corporate team building is a term open to interpretation. Too often it comprises mindless exercises that burn time with no discernable results. But not today. Not here. Because these people from Northwestern Mutual are united with a purpose. Each of these green boxes, marked Cheeriodicals, will be delivered to a child at Children’s of Alabama.
Cheeriodicals, the company behind this unique event, is the creation of Mary Martha and Gary Parisher —graduates from the AUM College of Business. And their company, in just a few short years, has impacted thousands of lives.
What is a Cheeriodical?
Auburn University Montgomery, and specifically the department of Economics and that curriculum, really prepared me to work in the field of finance because of the open curriculum, the education of the staff and faculty, and because of the real-world experiences that the faculty and staff have.
My position now is wealth strategy associate. I work for two financial advisors, and we manage a little over $450 million in assets. In between that, I’m actually studying to become a financial advisor, which involves taking securities tests and having certifications that you have to have to essentially manage people’s money. I definitely enjoy what I do every day and look to stay in it for a long period of time.
Five programs in Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Education recently earned national acclaim for their quality from discipline-specific professional organizations and accrediting bodies.
The college’s alternative master’s degree program in early childhood education, clinical mental health counseling master’s program, school counseling master’s program, instructional technology master’s program and physical education undergraduate and alternative master’s degree programs each earned recognition.
Dr. Nick Thomas, an AUM chemistry professor and past Distinguished Teaching Professor, enjoys writing feature articles on a variety of general interest topics for over 600 newspapers and magazines around the country.
Read one from BoomerMagazine.com.
“I was tired of seeing the status quo maintained,” said Tim Ragland, AUM graduate and the first black mayor of Talladega, Alabama. “I decided that instead of being a person that’s going to complain about what’s going on, I decided I was going to do what I could to make a positive change in my community.” Read more at rapida.co.
Jimmy Wright, president of Opelika’s Wright’s Market, has been elected to the Alabama Retail Association’s board of directors. An innovator in mobile and online grocery shopping, Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.
Mon’Tia is a senior at Central High School – Coosa County with a 3.7 GPA. She is a member of the SGA, volleyball team and school cheerleader. Outside the classroom, she volunteers through her church, Red Cross, and helps with cheer camps. Her future plans include studying General Business at Auburn University at Montgomery.
She is also a WBRC FOX6 Rising Star. Mon’Tia, congratulations on this honor and good luck at AUM!
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Hot investment topics like Bitcoin or Warren Buffett could be the theme of an AUM Investment Club meeting, where you’ll be part of the conversation over pizza and drinks. Other activities include keynote speakers, stock portfolio competitions, and networking with local investors.
Develop practical experience in the field as well as networking contacts. For more information, please contact the club advisor, Wendy Anderson, at (334) 244-3977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The business world needs smart, compassionate leaders.
This group of peers schedules networking events with guest speakers and great food. Their aim is to help aspiring students who are starting their own businesses.
The business world will be better because of you.
Members of the Marketing Club make the world their classroom! Club members are on the scene sponsoring social events, networking opportunities, guest speakers, field trips and much more!
Open to students and faculty who are interested in mathematics outside of the traditional classroom setting.
We help prepare you for a life-long career
How high will YOU SOAR?
Enjoy play at all levels with your fellow students.
Chill out from the stresses of your studies by just hanging around!
We help you turn your compassion into a career
People need your help to sustain a better life.
How high will YOU SOAR?
Develop and foster relationships with like-minded students that could last you a lifetime.
The international honors society in psychology.
AUM’s student chapter of NAMI, an organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness
Make your love of numbers pay off
Heading to Auburn University for an engineering degree? This club is for you.
Join other math majors in discussions, activities and research.
Helping the environment helps people
The next generation of conservationists, making an impact today.
Join others in discussions, activities and research.
Chemistry really can create a better world
Join other chemistry majors in discussions, activities and research.
The adventure starts with your first class.
Join other biology majors in discussions, activities and research.
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GIS helps you locate the answers to critical questions
The planet is worth saving
The pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, provides community service and outreach experience.
Learn to harness technology for good
Formed by the College of Business, this club is open to all students and faculty. See the aspect of mathematics outside the traditional classroom setting.
Meet people in your field and network with peers.
Meet with students to share your thoughts on programming and the latest trends.
If computer programming finds you indoors a lot, take time to chill outside for a stress-free adventure.
The world needs scientists like you.
Group members form thought groups and study partnerships as they work through the rigorous coursework of their future profession. Find opportunities to serve alongside your friends like walking to end Alzheimer’s Disease. Or get fit while joining your club in the American Cancer Relay for Life. You’ll stay active in this club and make life-long relationships.
Like-minded students have opportunities to work, learn and network together.
This club brings sustainability awareness throughout the Montgomery community.
You can be the solution to the world’s problems.
Experimentation Leads to Discovery.
Gregory J. Touhill
Director, Software Engineering Institute CERT Division
Gregory J. Touhill is director of the world-renowned CERT Division of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, where he leads a diverse group of researchers, software engineers, security analysts, and digital intelligence specialists working together to research security vulnerabilities in software products, contribute to long-term changes in networked systems, and develop cutting-edge information and training to improve the practice of cybersecurity.
Touhill was appointed by former President Barack Obama to be the first chief information security officer (CISO) of the United States government. Previously, he served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. Before joining the Software Engineering Institute, he was president of Appgate Federal, a provider of cybersecurity products and services to civilian government and defense agencies.
Touhill is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he was an operational commander at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He served as a senior leader of military cybersecurity and information technology programs, culminating as the chief information officer of the United States Transportation Command, one of the nation’s 10 combatant commands. A combat veteran, he is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star medal and the Air Force Science and Engineering Award. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of brigadier general.
Touhill received his bachelor’s degree in political science (minor in engineering) from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College, and a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School. He maintains both the CISSP and CISM certifications. He is an adjunct faculty member of the CMU Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Deakin University (Australia) Centre for Cybersecurity Research and Innovation. A member of many organizational boards and committees and recipient of many awards, Touhill was recognized by Security Magazine as one of its Most Influential People in Security and by Federal Computer Week in the Federal 100. He is the co-author of the books Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide and Commercialization of Innovative Technologies.
You belong where relationships thrive.
Features networking events with guest speakers and great food. Helps aspiring students who want to start their own businesses.
Focuses on providing speakers working in financial areas to provide real-world advice and connections for internships and careers.
You are likely to find the AUM Investment Club discussing the hottest investment topics from Bitcoin to Warren Buffett over pizza and drinks. Activities include keynote speakers, stock portfolio competitions, and network with local investors. AUM Investments Club encourages academic achievement and provides an opportunity to learn from professionals about the many career choices offered to business administration graduates. For more information contact the club advisor, Dr. Tewhan Hahn, at email@example.com or (334) 244-3231.
The College of Business offers 10 student clubs and organizations that are active on the AUM campus and in the River Region all year long. Through these organizations, students are continually exposed to professional opportunities and experiences offered by some of the top companies in the U.S.
Join your friends who promote good study habits and academic success. Meet professionals in the field for networking opportunities.
Grubhub is the nation’s leading mobile food-ordering marketplace, with more than 20 million happy users! With Grubhub, you can order ahead from all AUM dining options and pick up your food. No waiting, no hassle!
Download the Grubhub app.
Select “Get Started” to set up your account
Once your account has been established select “Accounts” in the menu
Click the “Find Your Campus” button
Search for “Auburn University at Montgomery” in the search bar
Click the “Add Affiliation” button
Select the category that pertains to your status on campus
Click the “Add Campus Card” button
Enter your AUM email address and password
Click the “Sign In” button
Complete Duo authentication
Once your campus card is confirmed, click “Ok”
Select View Campus restaurants
Now you can place your order!
Navigate to the “My Grubhub” screen
Click on the “Account” icon
Select “Campus Dining”
Enter your AUM email address and password on MyAUM
Once you have registered, you may log in using your e-mail address and password.
– Click on Isolation & Quarantine Dining Support Venue.
– Choose a delivery location. This will be the isolation or quarantine building and room you are staying in.* Please do not enter your normal room and building assignment unless you are isolating/quarantining in that room.
– Please note orders must be placed by 11:59 pm CST the day before the delivery date.
– Please order all meals for Friday and Saturday by 11:59pm pm CST on Thursday.
– You are encouraged to order your meals up to 3-6 days in advance.
– Click continue.
– You will then be brought to the menu page.
– Please choose the meal and choices available from those listed.
– Click the add meal button.
– Repeat the above process to choose any additional meals for that same delivery time and day.
– Next click on view cart.
– Confirm your choices for accuracy. If you need to make a change please use the “Edit Order” button on the top.
– Select your payment method.
– You will see an order placed message.
– You will receive a confirmation email for your order. Please check your order for any errors.