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Warhawk Weekly 1–30: Theatre AUM students invited to compete; Dye delivers Toomer Oak





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Warhawk Spotlight: Theatre AUM students invited to regional theatre competition

Students involved in Theatre AUM’s production fo Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck are on their way this week to a host of opportunities to work on their craft, network and go on to compete for national recognition.

Theatre AUM’s production of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck is one of five invited productions to perform in the 2018 Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Americus, GA on February 7-9. The goals of the KCACTF are to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design. Regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s productions and offer a variety of activities including workshops, symposia, and awards. Students have the opportunity to have their work displayed, critiqued and receive national recognition for excellence. For their work on Woyzeck, these AUM students have been individually nominated: Lexi Tippett-stage management; Emily Aveldanez-lighting design; Elise Sottile-scenic deign, costume design, makeup design; Kodi Robertson, Kate Saylor and Brittany Vallely-acting.  Professor Val Winkelman received a Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Direction.  Region IV is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.

theatre_1.jpgGerman playwright Georg Buchner’s thought provoking Woyzeck, left unfinished in 1837 upon his death at age 24, is considered one of the most important plays in world theatre. This challenging play, based on an actual murder, has influenced many playwrights since the individual, separate, fragmentary scenes were discovered. Many theatre artists have been inspired to put the pieces of puzzle together and connect the dots to figure out which order the scenes should be performed in.

Theatre AUM has created a unique experience for the audience, cast, and crew. At each performance, various audience members draw numbered cards out of a hat to randomly determine the sequence of 20 short scenes. It is always interesting to see how this fascinating, haunting story shifts and unfolds based on this arbitrary selection. The show depends literally, on how the cards are dealt, much like Woyzeck’s fate.

Val Winkelman said, “Theatre AUM is extremely honored to receive this recognition for our collaboration on this production. We are immensely proud of our dedicated, creative students’ teamwork. This is an excellent educational opportunity to tour the production and perform in a different venue for an audience of our peers.”

Productions invited to be showcased at the Region Four Festival are presented by Auburn University Montgomery, Florida International University, Georgia Southern University, Hollins University, University of Louisville, and Valdosta State University. The six invited productions were selected from 44 eligible productions from the region.

The honor of opportunity

Not only do AUM’s students have the honor and distinction of their individual and production nominations, they’ll also have unique opportunities to work on their craft and network with professionals in the field. The National Festival includes master classes with leading artists from the American theater, an opportunity for the student participants to engage with colleagues from across the nation, attendance at productions at leading Washington, D.C. theaters, interviews, auditions for scholarship and residency opportunities, and the national award ceremony recognizing:

  • Outstanding Production of a Play, a Musical, a Classic, a New Play
  • Outstanding Devised or Company Generated Work
  • Outstanding Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Design
  • Outstanding Choreography or Movement Direction
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play, Devised Work, and a Musical
  • Outstanding Performances by an Actress and Actor


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Dye delivers Toomer Oak

pat_dye.jpgA new oak tree was planted last week on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) beside Moore Hall, home to AUM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The tree, a 25-year-old Toomer Oak, was raised by former Auburn head coach Pat Dye at Quail Hollow Gardens and Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve.

The full story can be found in the AUM Pressroom.


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Mustang Battalion places 3rd in competition

The AUM Army ROTC placed third in the 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition. Eight teams from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana competed in the one-day competition.

mustang.jpgThe competition this year was held on Jan. 19 at Camp Blanding, Florida and consisted of ten events: The Army Physical Fitness test, assembly of the M-249, M240B, M-16 and M-4 weapons systems, hand grenade assault course, M-9 and M-16 familiarization and qualification weapons firing, land navigation test, tactical combat casualty care, call for weapons fire and HUMVEE push, obstacle course and chemical and biological reaction skills.

The Mustang Battalion team consisted of eleven cadets from AUM and its partner programs, representing each military science academic level. The team dominated the competition early on. They came in first in weapons assembly, M-9 and M-16 qualification fire and the land navigation test.

MSG Andrew Dearden, AUM Military Science Instructor, stated, “I am incredibly proud of all of the effort from the Cadets, even in the face of adversity. The Cadets demonstrated the intestinal fortitude required to be an officer in the United States Army. We will come back stronger next year and not only win the state and Brigade competition, but also the National Sandhurst Competition at West Point.


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Counseling faculty recognized at state conference

counseling.jpgThree AUM Counseling faculty members were recognized for outstanding achievements at the most recent annual meeting of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA).

Dr. Paul Hard was recognized as “Outstanding Member” of Chapter VII of the ALCA for his service as chapter president. He was also awarded for the “Outstanding Program Award” by a Chapter or Division.

Dr. Carrie Hemmings was awarded the Alabama Counseling Association Research Award for her quantitative study on counselors’ ability to identify and treat race-based trauma.

Dr. Carolyn Thomas was honored at the 2017 ALCA for her service to the association, to the fields of education and counseling, and to the citizens of both the state of Alabama and the United States.


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Students – Submit Your Research



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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Art

The Confucius Institute is hosting the Chinese New Year Art Contest that celebrates the Year of the Dog. The contest is open to any elementary, middle or high school student, as well as any college student. Artwork must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2018, with judging and awards taking place at the AUM Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 16, 2018.

More information on the rules and submission is available online.


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SPLC On Campus hosts diversity events

AUM-SPLC on Campus Club and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are collaborating on two exciting events to honor Black History and apply Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages to contemporary salient minority issues.

SPLC.jpgStudents have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to two nationally renowned civil rights organizations located in downtown Montgomery: the SPLC Civil Rights Memorial Center and the Offices of the Equal Justice Initiative. Both tours are free but space is limited, so RSVP now! Transportation from campus is available but must also be reserved as space is limited.
Fri., Feb. 2 | 12:30 departure from campus, 1–4 p.m. for touring

Additionally, Khaula Hadeed is giving a talk on “Being Muslim in Alabama” that the entire AUM community is invited to attend. Hadeed is an AUM alumna and a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Currently, she serves as the Director of CAIR-Alabama in Birmingham. CAIR (The Council of American-Islamic Relations) is a nonprofit grassroots civil rights and advocacy group striving to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue and build coalitions that promote justice. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served.
Mon., Feb. 12 | Noon–1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112

For further information and to RSVP to the tours, please contact Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected] or Ms. Amanda Rodriguez at [email protected].


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superbowl.jpgSuperbowl Watch Party with Housing

The Superbowl is finally here! Get ready to watch the biggest football game of the year on the biggest screen AUM has to offer, complete with game-day food and all your friends!

Sun., Feb. 4 | 3 p.m. | The Landing


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Do You Know Your Blood Type?

blood_1.jpgDiscover how Medical Laboratory Scientists are able to identify your blood type using specialized anti-sera. Each blood type has its own unique identifiers and are important for blood donation and transfusion purposes.

Come get a free experience and learn what your blood type is today! The Medical Laboratory Science faculty will be analyzing blood samples and answering any question that you may have.

Tue., Feb. 6 | 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Lobby


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Teach on the Collegiate Level

The Master of Teaching Writing program is hosting a workshop for prospective college instructors.

Elizabeth Kent of Auburn University of Montgomery and Anthony Sanders of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College will be interviewing each other about the differences in two and four year institutions. They will address teaching responsibilities, curriculum and job market experiences.

If you are interested in teaching on the college level, please join us! For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Howard at [email protected].

Fri., Feb. 9 | 11 a.m. | Liberal Arts 144E


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Southern Studies Conference

Join Auburn University at Montgomery’s Liberal Arts Conference for the 10th annual Southern Studies Conference.

Fri., Feb. 9
“The Sixties and the American South,” Keynote Speaker Frye Gaillard | 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109
Artist Talk, Annie B. Campbell | 4:45–5:45 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109
Extracted Exhibition Reception | 5:45–6:45 p.m. | Goodwyn Gallery

Sat., Feb. 10
“The Alabama Homefront during the Great War,” Keynote Speaker Martin Oliff | 1:15–2:15 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109


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Political Film Series features Marshall

The Political Film Series is back for another semester of exciting, educational films and intelligent discussion!

pfs_marshall.jpgThe legal thriller “Marshall” is set during the 1940s when a young NAACP attorney from New York City and future Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, is called to Bridgeport, Connecticut to defend a black man, Joseph Spell. A moving, sometimes funny, story filled with plenty of suspense about power, racial, religious and gender discrimination, “Marshall” will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. The film will be introduced by special guest, Circuit Clerk Tiffany B. McCord, in dedication to Black History Month.

The Political Film Series is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and is made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. All showings are free and open to the public; popcorn and soda are complimentary. For further information or to receive email updates, please contact. Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected] or 334-244-3834.


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AUM offers Diversity Opportunities

“Women in the Arts” art exhibition, curated by Dr. Laura Whatley | Fri., Mar. 2 | Contact the Department of Fine Arts for information

International Women’s Day luncheon | Thu., Mar. 8 | Contact the Office of International Student Involvement for information

Diversity Week | Mon.–Thu., Apr. 9–12

Holocaust Remembrance Day | Thu., Apr. 12

International Fest  | Thu., Apr. 12 | Contact the Office of International Student Involvement for information


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Join Intramurals!

Interested in competing with your friends? Register and join your teams for intramurals! For more information visit the AUM IMLeagues homepage, or contact 334-315-3211.

Soccer Season | Jan. 21–Mar. 4

Water Polo Season | Jan. 29–Feb. 28

Pickleball Registration | Feb. 5–Feb. 22
Pickleball Season | Feb. 26–Mar. 29

Tennis Registration | Feb. 26–Mar. 19
Tennis Season | Mar. 20–Apr. 19

Softball Registration | Mar. 5–Mar. 22
Softball Season | Mar. 25–Apr. 29

Sand Volleyball Registration | Mar. 5–Mar. 26
Sand Volleyball Season | Mar. 27–Apr. 19


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#AUMDayofGiving is almost here

Auburn University of Montgomery will host #AUMDayofGiving, as a special 24-hour fundraising initiative, on Feb. 14.

day_of_giving.jpgOn this day, AUM will highlight many projects and programs from the colleges and departments seeking private support. A social media based initiative, AUM has ambassadors from all areas of the campus that will be utilizing their personal social media accounts, as well as the official AUM Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts to promote the AUM projects.

Please like and share with others so that we can share the news about all the amazing programs and projects happing on our campus!


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Faculty – AUM Athletics needs you!

The AUM Department of Athletics and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee have partnered to create the AUM College Competition, a competition between campus colleges and departments to increase attendance of faculty and staff at home sporting events.

college_0.jpgMake sure to sign-in when you arrive at the games so that the points are counted for your respective college!

The women’s basketball games all begin at 6 p.m. with the men’s basketball team following at 8 p.m. for the following games:

  • Thu., Feb. 22 | vs. University of West Georgia

Admission is free to all faculty and staff and children under 12. Family members of faculty and staff are $3.


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Business Breakfast series continues

OutReach at Auburn University at Montgomery’s Business Breakfast series begins Oct. 3. Each breakfast lecture is $30 for AUM students and employees or $35 for general admission. Tables of 8 can be reserved at a discounted rate for AUM departments.

Registration is required.

feb.-business.jpgPeggy Brockman, Author, inspirational speaker and business coach

Tue., Feb. 27 | 7:30–9 a.m. | The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill

William Espey, Branding Visionary for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Tue., Mar. 20 | 7:30–9 a.m. | Wynlakes Golf & Country Club


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Scaleback Alabama continues

Make 2018 the year of YOU! The Wellness Center will help you get started and keep you motivated through the 9 weeks of Scaleback Alabama.

In order to participate you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Live in Alabama or work for an Alabama-based company
  • Be on a team of 2 individuals
  • Register online or visit an official weigh-in site

Scale Back Alabama.jpgThe Wellness Center will be a private weigh-in site for AUM students and employees. Your team must register and weigh in between Jan. 22–26 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and then weigh out between Apr. 2–6 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the AUM Wellness Center. You do not have to be a member of the Wellness Center to gain access to weigh-in; however, with a signed membership agreement and guess pass you will be allowed 9 weeks of access as a non-AUM Wellness Center member employee.

The Wellness Center is offering an AUMazing prize of its own…a one-year membership will be given to the team selected in a random drawing if both team members each lose 10 pounds. Your team may be composed of individuals outside of campus, but they will only be eligible for prizes awarded by Scaleback Alabama.

Visit Scaleback Alabama for further information and guidelines, and don’t forget to check out the AUM Wellness Center fitness schedule for classes to help you lose those 10 pounds!


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Grad students – Apply for scholarships today!

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through March 1.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must:

  • Be fully admitted to an AUM graduate program
  • Have completed at least 9 hours of graduate study
  • Have a current GPA of 3.4 or higher

A completed application will include, among other things, two letters of support (preferably from AUM faculty or staff), a 250-word essay on career objectives and a current resume. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail.

Interested students can email [email protected] for an application or print off an application to fill out.


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Mixed Media Sculpture Exhibition

The Department of Fine Arts will be hosting Annie B. Campbell’s Mixed Media Sculpture Exhibition in Goodwyn Gallery in the Fine Arts Department. The exhibition opens Jan. 29 and will be on display through Mar. 23


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