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Warhawk Weekly 10–22: Grant supports student success; AUM swifts get new home


A $2.16 million Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education was recently awarded to Auburn University at Montgomery to expand support for student success through peer mentoring, a new center for community engagement, and faculty development opportunities.

Learn more about how the grant will support student success initiatives at AUM.

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Chimney swifts soon will have a new home to nest and roost on Auburn University at Montgomery’s campus.

Shelly Taliaferro, a lecturer in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences in AUM’s College of Sciences, was recently awarded a $1,000 Education MiniGrant from Alabama Audubon to purchase materials to build a chimney swift tower at AUM.

“The chimney swift tower that we will build and erect on campus will provide a new nest site for one pair of swifts and will provide nighttime roosting for numerous other swifts,” she said.

Read more about the chimney swift project and other efforts Taliaferro makes to protect birds and amphibians in the AUM Pressroom.

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How stressed are you? Find out your stress level and participate in fun activities to reduce your stress. Join us for fun on the Quad including Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, soccer drills, corn hole, yoga, mindfulness meditations, and music.

Tues., Oct. 22 | 11 a.m. | The Quad

Auburn University at Montgomery’s will launch a new initiative – Rolling Out the R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) – as part of its Veterans Appreciation Week in November. Students, faculty and staff are asked to wear red on Thursdays in November in support of deployed service members.

Rolling out the R.E.D. will include a special event on Tuesday, Nov. 12, featuring comedy and live music. AUM graduate and soldier Jody Fuller, who has acquired a worldwide fan base as the “Stuttering Comic,” will perform along with local musician Ben Norris and “Voice of AUM” winner Sarah Katherine Barnes. Register for the event.

Considered one of Anton Chekhov’s major works, “The Seagull” is set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century. It portrays a cast of characters searching for meaning – some seek love, others success, but happiness is elusive, remaining just out of reach.

“The Seagull” opens Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 17 with performances on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, 14 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. Student, senior citizen, and military admission is $5. AUM students, faculty, staff, and alumni are admitted free with ID.

For more information on Theatre AUM’s productions, please email Katie Pearson or call 334-244-3632.

Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) faculty and staff frequently receive national and international recognition for contributions to their fields. Please congratulate the following members of the Warhawk community for their outstanding achievements:

Michael Bland Simmons, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History, World Languages and Cultures, has been invited to write three entries in The Dictionary of Christian Apologists and their Critics, a two-volume reference work, which will be published by Wiley-Blackwell. The three entries are: Arnobius of SiccaJulian the Apostate, and Eusebius of Caesarea. Simmons will join a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields who will be contributing essays to the dictionary. The editor of the work is R. Douglas Geivett, professor of philosophy at Biola University in La Miranda, California.

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Shelly Taliaferro, a biology lecturer in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils to support the annual Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA) Conference. The conference is set for Feb. 20, 2020, at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Ala. Taliaferro serves on EEAA’s board of directors as a region coordinator.

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Learn about our master’s and doctoral programs at tonight’s Graduate Studies Preview Night. Application fees will be waived for attendees and on-site admissions decisions can be made for students who bring transcripts and test scores.

The event is for college juniors and seniors considering master’s programs, as well as recent graduates and season professionals seeking opportunities to boost their professional credentials. Learn more

Tues., Oct. 22 | 5–7 p.m. | Taylor Center 221–223

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UNIV Financial Literacy

In collaboration with Alabama State Employees Credit Union, UNIV invites students, faculty and staff to attend one of two presentations designed to assist students with strategies to help prepare them for a financially successful college experience and future career.

Wed., Oct 23 | 9:25–10:40, 12:45–2, and 2:10–3:25 | Library Tower, 10th floor West
Thurs., Oct 24 | 9:25–10:40, 12:45–2, 2:10–3:25, and 3:35–4:50 | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Bringing in the Bystander Training

In collaboration with the Family Sunshine Center, Counseling and Health Promotion Services, AUM Athletics, and UNIV invites students, faculty and staff to attend one of two sessions. The Family Sunshine Center offers this one-hour bystander training to cover the basics about sexual and relational violence, red flags to look for, and how to safely intervene in a potentially violent situation. Students can also complete a hot-spot mapping activity to indicate where they feel safe and unsafe on campus. This information will be compiled and returned to AUM to facilitate campus safety discussions.

Mon., Oct 28 | 8–9:15, 9:25–10:40, 12:45–2, 2:10–3:25, 3:35–4:50, 5–6:15, and 6:20–7:35 | Taylor Center 230
Tues., Oct 29 | 8–9:15, 9:25–10:40, 12:45–2, 2:10–3:25, 3:35–4:50, 5–6:15, and 6:20–7:35 | Taylor Center 230

Join the ISA for an early Halloween movie Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in Goodwyn 109. They will be screening “Raw,” described as a “modern horror masterpiece.” Attendees will enjoy free concessions.

Wed., Oct. 23 | 6 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Halloween is finally here! Join Housing and Residence Life for a Halloween tradition – volunteering at the Montgomery Zoo for their annual Halloween celebration. Sign up in the Housing office.

Fri., Oct. 25 | 6 p.m. | Meet at the Nest

Friday, Feb. 14 is AUM’s annual Day of Giving, which is a special 24-hour social media driving fundraising event for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

To prepare for this inspiring day, the Office of University Development is looking for AUMazing projects to highlight! This can be your favorite Warhawk cause, college, or program. If any department, unit, or organization is in need of funds to help enhance a project or program, please complete the proposal form. AUM has so many exciting programs, and this is an opportunity for the Warhawk community to show how they can help AUM continue to provide students and faculty with the resources they need to excel through the power of giving.

The deadline for submissions is close of business on Friday, Oct. 25. Project managers will be notified by Tuesday, Oct. 29 if their project is selected.

For questions about Day of Giving, please email Marie Harrington in University Development or call 334-244-3596 or 334-399-4850.

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Campus Activities Board is bringing you a week of Halloween fun!

Movie on the Lawn – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Mon., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | The Quad (Goodwyn Hall 111 if inclement weather)

Tues., Oct. 29 | 8 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Haunted House
Wed., Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Taylor Center 221–223 & 230

Halloween Costume Party
Thurs., Oct. 31 | 7 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

The Army ROTC Mustang Battalion will be conducting an overnight Super Lab on Nov. 1 and 2. They will be conducting a diagnostic Army Combat Fitness test and training on land navigation and platoon leading tactics. They will finish off the training with an 8-mile ruck march.

Sponsored by the Warhawk Academic Success Center, Learning Center, Career Development Center, Counseling and Health Promotion Services, and YOUR AUM Library, these free student workshops will introduce you to library, academic support, and student success resources that will help on the academic journey.

The workshops run through Thurs., Nov. 7. Make sure to register online today!

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