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Warhawk Weekly 10-20: Dissecting Election; Grad Preview; Fire Prevention

Dissecting Election 2020

With only 15 days until the 2020 Election, we’re seeing record-setting early voting numbers.

A variety of issues are energizing voters, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and social and racial justice issues. Join AUM’s Southern Poverty Law Center and NAACP chapters tonight at 7 for what promises to be a lively virtual panel discussion on these issues and more.

The panel for “Election 2020: Hopes and Fears” features the following panelists:

  • David Hughes, Assistant Professor from AUM’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Bryan Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law, University of Alabama (and SPLC Board member)
  • Brooke Burks, AUM Interim Chief Diversity Officer
  • Timothy Ragland, AUM alum and Mayor of the City of Talladega

The virtual event is free and open to all, but you must submit an RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link.

Register now!

Get the low-down on graduate school

Worried about the potential future impact of the pandemic on the job market? Or have you settled into a career but are thinking about a change?

Our graduate programs can help you reset your goals and reinvent yourself professionally. Learn more about our master’s and doctoral programs.

Join us for our Virtual Grad Studies Preview event on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. The event is open to college juniors and seniors interested in pursuing master’s degrees, recent graduates, seasoned professionals and individuals seeking pathways to a Ph.D. Learn more about online and in-person options in 23 different program areas, as well as accelerated degree options.

There’s still time to register!

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Turn down the heat on fire hazards

With October being Fire Prevention Month, it’s worth remembering that many hazards are found in the kitchen. If you’re cooking in your dorm, apartment or house, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of Public Safety would like to remind you to:

  1. Stay with it. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, and broiling food. Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen, even for a short amount of time.
  2. Keep cooking areas clear. Clear way clutter and give cooking appliances less space in order to lessen the chance of a kitchen fire. Keep anything that can catch fire–such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, towels curtains–away from the stovetop. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly-rolled sleeves when cooking. Have a “kid-free” zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  3. Put a lid on it! You can take simple steps to keep a small kitchen fire from getting out of control. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking, if a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. If you have a microwave oven fire, turn off the appliance immediately and keep the oven door closed. Have the microwave serviced before using it again.
  4. Prevent scalds and burns. Hot liquids and steam from the stove or oven can cause devastating injuries. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Keep hot foods and liquids away form table and counter edges.

Find out more ways to remain fire-free.

Explore Social Work Student Association chapter

Interested in exploring a career in social work? Make plans to participate in the upcoming Social Work Student Association interest meeting set for Friday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m.

Join in via Zoom! Questions? Call 334-244-3402 for more details.

Nominations accepted for Warhawk Spirit Awards

The annual Fall Chancellor’s Convocation for AUM faculty and staff offers an opportunity to recognize the good work of employees.

AUM faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate exemplary colleagues (self-nominations are also accepted) for the Warhawk Spirit Awards, which recognize faculty and staff who go above and beyond in serving the needs of students, building community engagement, and exemplifying AUM’s core values.

Submit nominations to

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 23. Award recipients will be recognized during the virtual convocation event on Friday, Nov. 6.

Cyber Awareness Month

The line between our online and offline lives has become indistinguishable in many ways. During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, experts from AUM’s Center for Cyber Security and Information Technology Services team will provide educational programming for employees on how to be cautious in the online realm.

Join them for a Friday webinar – “Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare” – from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register for Friday’s session and future events through AUM’s Training Calendar.

Know your FERPA rights

The Family Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, was adopted by Congress in 1974 to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. 

As a student, FERPA offers you:

  • The right to review your education records
  • The right to seek to amend inaccurate and misleading information contained in your educational records
  • The right to provide written consent before disclosure of personally identifiable information from your educational records
  • Clear guidelines on what information obtained from your educational record a university may use as directory information
  • The ability to request non-disclosure of “directory information” to third parties

FERPA affords students the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Learn more about your rights and protections by visiting the FERPA for Students section of the AUM website.

Keep up with campus conditions during the pandemic

In an effort to help students and employees understand campus conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Auburn University at Montgomery is maintaining an online dashboard to provide weekly updates on testing.

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The totals will be updated each Monday and will reflect test results from the previous week.

Since August 1, more than 3,700 tests have been conducted. The percentage of positive cases among those tests now stands at 1.7 percent.

View the dashboard.

Student Success Workshops

AUM’s UNIV courses help new students build the skills they will need throughout their college careers. For Fall 2020, the AUM Library and UNIV Student Success Program will offer virtual UNIV Student Success Workshops from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. on the following days:

Wednesday, October 21
Service/Experiential Learning with Brenda Plympton

Access the sessions via the Zoom link.

Looking for a campus job?

If you’re a student interested in a campus job, AUM’s Career Development Center is ready to help you.

To begin your search and access the Handshake employment app, complete the following steps:

  • Go to MyAUM and select the Handshake link. You will be taken directly to the Handshake login page.
  • Register for an account in Handshake. Simply select Auburn University at Montgomery, complete a brief informational section, and you’re all set!

Within the job search, you can search specifically for on-campus positions. To do this, select Jobs from the top menu bar and this should take you directly to the job search page.

To find positions designated as on-campus jobs, click the on-campus filter. This will give you all of the jobs that have been specified as on-campus positions.

You will find details regarding the job responsibilities, campus location, hours, and pay range.

If you need additional assistance with creating resumes and cover letters or preparing for interviews, visit the Career Development Center in Taylor Center 323 or email for more information.

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