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Warhawk Weekly 10–11: New biology courses offered; AUM Leadership Academy presentations

Warhawk Weekly 10–11: New biology courses offered; AUM Leadership Academy presentations

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New biology electives offered

Biology will be offering several electives next spring, including:

  • BIOL 3800: What Color is Green? A Biology and Economics cross-listed course.
  • BIOL 4970: Environmental Crime. A Biology and Justice and Public Safety cross-listed course.
  • BIOL 4803: Alabama Dinosaurs. Will be taught by Dr. David King, who discovered Alabama’s dinosaur.

AUM Leadership Academy presentations

On September 30, leaders from the 2016 AUM Leadership Academy presented potential solutions on three topics: enhancing the AUM student’s second year experience, engaging alumni in the recruitment and retention process, and identifying AUM’s role and benefits from engaging as a strategic partner in The Montgomery Cyber Connection.

Read the 2016 Leadership Academy Solutions presentations.

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Evans essays published

Bob Evans of the Department of English and Philosophy is the author of eight essays in two books published by Salem Press: “American Poetry of the Twentieth Century” and “American Short Fiction.” The first book contains detailed analyses of particular poems by T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Nikki Giovanni, Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, Anne Sexton, and Wallace Stevens. The second novel contains an analysis of Kate Chopin’s’ “The Story of an Hour.”

Political Science Film Series continues

Get ready for another semester of exciting films in the Political Film Series sponsored by the Department of Political Science & Public Administration and the College of Public Policy & Justice. All films start at 7 p.m. with an introduction to the film subject and context. Audience discussion follows the screening.

Fed Up (2014; PG)
October 24 | Goodwyn Hall 112

Fed Up tackles the question of how food affects our health, and how to address the obesity epidemic, especially among children. Natilee McGruder, River Region Food Policy Council, will give an introduction. This film showing is co-sponsored by the University Honors Program.

We Were Soldiers (2002; R)
November 10 | Goodwyn Hall 111

We Were Soldiers is a fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to, and love for, one another during one of the most savage military battles during the Vietnam War. Dr. Ben Severance of the History department will give an introduction. This film showing is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences

The Political Film Series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. The event is free and open to the public; popcorn and soda are complimentary. For further information, or to receive e-mail updates, please contact Dr. Pia Knigge at or 334-244-3834.

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Recruiters to visit campus for job fair

The AUM Career Development Center, along with the College of Business and College of Public Policy and Justice, will host a governmental job fair. Recruiters from federal, state and local government organizations and government contractors will be on campus to network with students interested in employment in the public sector. All students are welcome to attend. Professional dress is required.

Career specialists within the Career Development Center and the College of Business Office of Student Engagement and Success will be available to review resumes and other job search materials prior to the job fair. Please contact the Career Development Center at or the Office of Student Engagement and Success at to schedule an appointment.

Today, Oct. 11 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

AUMazing Workshop Series continues

The Warhawk Academic Success Center, Learning Center, Career Development Center and the library are sponsoring the AUMazing Workshop Series.

These free student workshops will introduce attendees to library and academic support resources that will help them on their academic journey.

All workshops will be held in the Library Computer Lab on the 2nd Floor of the AUM Library Tower. While registration isn’t required, it is encouraged, as seating is limited! You can register electronically via the AUM Library calendar or choose from the times listed below!

Refreshments will be provided at all workshops, and attendees will have the opportunity to win AUM goodies, iTunes gift cards, and Amazon gift cards!

Learn how you can become an AUMazing student! For more information, contact Jessica Hayes!

October 13 –  “I just got Assigned A Research Paper! Now What?”: Starting the Research Paper Process with the AUM Library”

12 pm – 12:45 pm
6:20 pm -7:05 pm

Warhawk Hospital

This event is an interdisciplinary learning activity that involves all three departments in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Communication Disorders, Medical and Clinical Lab Sciences, and Nursing majors will all learn how to work efficiently together in a mock hospital setting. Each department learns about how others work in a hospital to provide the best patient care possible.

Thursday, Oct. 13 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Moore Hall

Stitch to help Belize girls

Students in the Global Child Advocacy Issues, offered by the Department of Sociology as a part of the Child Advocacy Minor and Pre-Social Work curriculum, are working with the Montgomery Chapter of Days for Girls to assemble 50 personal hygiene kits for girls in Belize. Last year, students assisted with 100 kits, which were disseminated to young women in Nigeria.

Everyone, regardless of sewing skill level, is welcome to join in for the next “Sew-In.” This project serves as one part of the students’ required civic engagement project. Additionally, the students will travel to Belize this fall to conduct counseling sessions with young women at risk of being victimized by human traffickers.

The Days for Girls project is still accepting donations of travel-sized and hotel soaps, gallon-sized zip-lock bags, washcloths, and underwear (girls, sizes 10–14 and women, sizes 4–8).

Friday, Oct. 14 | 9:30 a.m. | Liberal Arts 110TW

Shakespeare celebration features Willis lecture, ‘No Holds Bard’ performance

Join Theatre AUM for the Shakespeare Celebration at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy an afternoon with your family at ASF with crafts, artisan demonstrations, talks on Shakespeare, and a performance of Theatre AUM’s production of “No Holds Bard: A Shakespearean Celebration,” featuring scenes, songs and soliloquies.

Dr. Susan Willis will present a Theatre in the Mind lecture at noon. Additionally, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will present a First Folio exhibit.

These festivities are part of the yearlong international commemoration of the death of Shakespeare 400 years ago.

Saturday, Oct. 15 | Noon–7 p.m. | Alabama Shakespeare Festival

CAS Lecture Series continues

On Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Tower South Room, Timothy Henderson of the Department of History will give his lecture, “Taming Religion in Turkey and Mexico, 1920–1940.” Dr. Henderson has provided the following abstract for his lecture: Beginning in the 1920s, leaders in Turkey and Mexico—leaders who are frequently described as enlightened despots or authoritarian populists—undertook remarkably similar reform campaigns aimed at rapidly modernizing their war-torn countries. Mustafa Kemal in Turkey, later better known as Ataturkland Plutarco Elas Calles in Mexico, both identified religion as the single most important obstacle to progress, and both mounted multi-pronged efforts to eradicate it from the public sphere. Both projects sought to eliminate vestiges of the past and to substitute nationalist sentiment for religious faith. Both projects engendered resistance, though resistance was far more pervasive and violent in Mexico. Both projects helped lay the groundwork for the emergence of dictatorial single-party states.

For more information, contact John Havard at or 334-244-3427.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Library Tower 10th Floor, South Room

CELT Fall Fest

Stop by the CELT office on the 8th floor of the library for coffee and fall treats. There will be articles on various teaching issues, information about some new CELT programs, and an opportunity to tell us what professional development you want.

Monday, Oct. 17 | Noon–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 8th Floor 800

Special CELT sessions

CELT will be hosting a guest speaker, Dr. Heather Thiessen Reilly, who will give two presentations on teaching.

The first, entitled “Blogging the Revolution: Connecting the Past to the Present,” will discuss what worked and what didn’t in Thiessen Reily’s own experience with this teaching technique. This session is for faculty in any discipline who have little to no experience in blogging, but who may be intrigued with its potential for interactive learning.

The second presentation, entitled “Beyond the Written Text: Classrooms without Walls,” will discuss experiential learning, specifically how getting your students outside of the classroom can result in greater creative and critical thinking.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 2–3 p.m.| Library Tower, 10th floor East

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The Syrian Civil War and the Growth of Da’esh

Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, is pleased to host a presentation entitled, “The Syrian Civil War and the Growth of the Da’esh (ISIS),” by Dr. David S. Sorenson, Professor of International Security Studies at the U.S. Air War College.

Sorenson has published seven books, including “Syria in Ruins: the Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War” (2016), “An Introduction to the Modern Middle East” (2nd edition, 2014), and “Global Security Watch: Lebanon” (2010). He has also published several articles and book chapters on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs. Sorenson has consulted on Middle East policy for several U.S. government agencies.

His lecture will explain the reasons for the Syrian civil war, analyze why it has become so violent and prolonged, how it helped Da’esh to power, and how it might end. The talk will conclude with projections for post-war Syria.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 | 6–7 p.m.| Goodwyn Hall 109

Don’t make a boo-boo with your career

Are you on track to begin your career out of college? Are you learning pertinent knowledge that will help you be successful at your new job? Come join Medical and Clinical Lab Sciences as we show you a great career choice. We will be giving out free information and free Band-Aids!

Tuesday, Nov. 8 | 11:30 a.m. | AUMazing Bean


How does social marketing work in the business world? We’ve got the answer from the experts! OutReach at Auburn University at Montgomery invites you to attend #AUMSoCon.

Each year at #AUMSoCon, we try to build on past content and include new and emerging topics in marketing! This one-day conference will provide professionals an opportunity to hear from field experts who will be addressing an array of critical and relevant topics. #AUMSoCon will help you to: expand your network, learn new skills and tools, break out of your comfort zone, and expand your resources.

Visit the conference site for up to date information on speakers and topics! Tickets are $129. Call 334-244-3804 to register at the $99 student rate!

Pre-registration is required. The deadline is November 15 but there is limited space.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | AUM Taylor Center

CELT sessions this week

AUM Online Course Quality Standards
* Required for online teaching certification
Today, Oct. 11 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

Lunch and Learn: “Appy Hour”
* Elective for online teaching certification
* Recommended for UNIV instructors
Wednesday, Oct. 12 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

FDI: Using Respondus to Create Tests in Blackboard; and StudyMate: Creating Flash-Based Activities for your Course
* Elective for online teaching certification
Thursday, Oct. 13 | 1–4 p.m. | Clement Hall 111

Cell Phones, Tardiness, and Absenteeism: Strategies for Preventing Problematic Student Behavior
* Recommended for UNIV instructors
Friday, Oct. 14 | 1­–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Warhawk Warning
* Recommended for UNIV instructors
Monday, Oct. 17 | 11 a.m.–noon | Taylor Center 223

Blogging the Revolution: Connecting the Past to the Present
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Beyond the Written Text: Classrooms without Walls
* Recommended for UNIV instructors
* Recommended for WAC recertification
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

How Did We Get Here? Trump vs. Clinton and What Business Leaders Need to Know

The AUM Business Breakfast Series will kick-off on Oct. 28 with David Wasserman, election analyst with the Cook Political Report.

Join David Wasserman as he analyzes how we arrived at our chaotic political predicament. Wasserman will lay out the powerful, long-term forces that have led us to this milestone in presidential politics and structurally shaken Congress: a cultural self-sorting of the electorate, the decentralization of news, a decline in the power of political parties (independent voters are now 43 percent of the electorate), economic bifurcation and the global rise of nationalism. Come hear Wasserman’s take on the future of American politics and his prognosis of what we can expect in the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the deadline to register is Oct. 26.

Prices are:

  • Individual tickets, $35
  • Table of 8 tickets, $350
  • AUM employee discount tickets, $30
  • AUM groups, $250

The Business Breakfast series runs from October through March, with a different speaker each month. AUM faculty and staff can attend at a discounted rate. Visit the AUM Outreach page to see the full line-up of speakers and to register.

Friday, Oct. 28 | 7:30–9 a.m. | The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville, AL

Get ghoulish for Halloween decorating contest

AUM Staff Council presents our annual Halloween decorating contest. The theme for this year’s decorating contest is “animation.” Judging will commence on Monday, October 31, 2016 and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Make donation, get 20 percent off on AUM insignia items

If you bring any canned food or non-perishable food item to the Warhawk Shop during the month of October, you will receive 20% off on any AUM insignia item. All food items will be donated to the AUM Campus Food Bank.

Feedback better, mobile, eco-friendly with online course evals

Curtiss Course CritiquesNo more paper! AUM’s new online course evaluation system, Curtiss Course Critiques, will help you…

  • Improve your learning experience by giving feedback to instructors in your major
  • Complete evaluations quickly and easily on any mobile device
  • Ensure responses will remain confidential and evaluation results will not be available to instructors until after they’ve submitted final grades

Keep an eye out for an email from the Office of the Provost with information about how to access Curtiss Course Critiques and complete your evaluations.

Curtiss Course Critiques Schedule for Fall 2016:

Open Date Close Date
2nd Half and Full Terms 11/15/2016 11/29/2016

Chancellor’s Convocation Oct. 21

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Chancellor’s Convocation. Breakfast will be served.

Friday, Oct. 21 | 8:30–10 a.m. | Taylor Center 221-223

Upcoming CELT Sessions

Lunch and Learn: Using Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration
* Elective for online teaching certification
Tuesday, Oct. 18 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

FDI: Blackboard: Communication with Students
* Required for online teaching certification
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

FDI: Blackboard: Assignments, Groups and Grade Center
* Required for online teaching certification
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

The National Day of Writing and AUM WAC Program’s 7th Birthday
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Taylor Center 223

Purposeful Peer Review and #AUMWrites
* Recommended for UNIV instructors and WAC recertification
Thursday, Oct. 20 | Noon–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. | Library Tower, 2nd floor WASC

Effective Use of Peer Review: A Better Strategy to Promote Better Writing
* Recommended for WAC recertification
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 5–6 p.m. | Taylor Center 223

Tenure and Promotion Information Session
Friday, Oct. 21 | 1­–3 p.m. | Taylor Center 222

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