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Warhawk Weekly 10-6: Staff Council Awards; AUM Poll; SGA Elections

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Staff Council honors top employees

Each year, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Staff Council presents Staff Service Awards to employees who demonstrate outstanding performance in their respective areas.

The following employees were recently recognized for their excellence performance, leadership abilities and attention to customer service:

Mae Davis
Lead Custodian
Building Services

Brittany Thomasson
Senior Program Associate
Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement

Phil Brodeur
Assessment Specialist
Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Please join us in celebrating their outstanding work.

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New AUM Poll tracks Election 2020 build-up in Alabama

The AUM Poll has gained considerable traction since being launched by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration earlier this year to track Alabama voter perceptions of candidates and issues in play for the 2020 election.

Cited by media outlets such as NBC News, Politico, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, among others, the AUM Poll has become a go-to resource for those tracking the state’s race for U.S. Senate. On Monday, the newest AUM Poll revealed that challenger Tommy Tuberville has a 12-point lead over incumbent Doug Jones in the senatorial race.

Meanwhile, among presidential hopefuls, approximately 57 percent of Alabama voters intend to vote for President Donald Trump, while 37 percent suggest they will vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Check out the poll.


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Make a difference on campus: Join SGA!

Make an impact on campus while building your leadership skills and your resume.  AUM’s Student Government Association is seeking candidates to a new governing body.

If you want to make a difference and serve as a voice for your peers, consider running for one of the following positions: President, Vice President, Chief Justice, Associate Justice, Treasurer, Secretary, and Senators.

Students interested in pursuing office should email or by the end of day on Sunday, Oct. 11.


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Cybersecurity training available for employees

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 – “If You Connect It, Protect It” – from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register for Friday’s session and future events through AUM’s Training Calendar.

Last week, Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Deputy Director Matthew Travis discussed a variety of threats as well as versatility within the growing cyber field during the kickoff event for Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

He also touched on the importance of higher education intuitions such as AUM training the next generation of cyber security professionals to protect and defend American infrastructure.

“In cybersecurity we need good writers and we need risk analysts so there is a whole range of skillsets that we need in the cybersecurity field,” Travis said. “A lot of what cybersecurity professionals do is not just coding but its understanding cybersecurity and the basic technologies that are involved in data flow, ports and transfer.

“The thing we want to do is encourage places like AUM to stress that this is a growing field. There is plenty of opportunity. We are excited to see AUM’s cybersecurity program grow and we want to help you do that. It really gets back to the fundamentals of teaching fellow Americans how important this mission is.”


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Virtual Grad Studies Preview set for Oct. 22

Considering a career change or looking for a pathway to promotion? Or are you thinking about taking the first step toward a doctorate? Our graduate programs may hold the key to each of these.

Join us for our Virtual Grad Studies Preview event on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5-7 p.m. The event is open to 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.

Register today!

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Protect your nest through Sentinel Testing

You’ve Covered Your Beaks with masks and Watched Your Wingspans through social distancing this semester. But there’s another way you can Protect Your Nest during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Auburn University at Montgomery students and employees are encouraged to participate in the Sentinel Testing Program, which helps identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.

The voluntary, random testing program helps monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 within the campus community. Think of it as another step you can take to protect your roommates, professors, colleagues and family members.

In order to participate in the program and receive notifications to schedule tests, AUM students and employees must create an account on the Verily platform

To create your account, use your AUM email address and answer a few basic questions in order to receive a verification email that will enable you to be contacted for future testing.

Students and employees selected at random will begin receiving emails from asking them to schedule a testing appointment.

If you receive an email request to set up an appointment, log into your Verily account to complete a pre-test symptom screen and schedule your test. All appointments for students and employees should be scheduled for the AUM campus. Testing will be conducted on the ground floor of the AUM Library Tower each Wednesday.

On the day of your testing appointment, you will check in with your photo ID and email or text confirmation of your appointment. Please wear a mask as directed by campus policy. After check-in, you will be given a test kit, including a nasal swab, that you will self-administer with observation.

The swab process takes less than a minute. The observer will help guide you through the process. After you have completed your self-swab, you will seal your sample in the included test tube and storage bag and turn it in to a member of the collection team at the testing location. The sentinel testing process typically takes 5-7 minutes from arrival to departure.

Each testing day, samples are delivered to the laboratory for processing. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours from arrival at the lab. Results will be delivered to Warhawk Health Services. You will be contacted by email to access your individual test results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from a healthcare provider to give you next steps on how to protect yourself and others.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not retest at this time. If you are having symptoms or have a recent exposure, please refer to the “Health & Safety” section of AUM’s Back to Campus plan.

Got a question? Reach out via email at

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.

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

Since August 1, 3,338 tests have been conducted positive cases reported (a 1.7% positive rate).

View the dashboard.


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College of Business hosting Virtual Career Fair

Calling all College of Business students: Prepare for the next step in your career by interacting with top corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies at the College of Business Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Recruiters will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss full-time and part-time job opportunities, internships and co-ops via AUM’s job search app, Handshake.

Register online!


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AUM Athletics teams pursue ‘COVID Cup’

With the cancellation of fall sports competition, Auburn University at Montgomery Athletics has created an outlet for its student-athletes’ competitiveness.

Teams from nine of 11 varsity sports will compete in the 2020 COVID Cup, a series of intrasquad competitions. While all COVID Cup games will be closed to in-person spectators, they can be watched via live video streaming.

“It’s always our job, no matter what the circumstances, to maximize the student-athlete experience,” said Athletics Director Jessie Rosa. “A big piece of that experience is competition, and this allows us to bring back that component, outside of a standard training or practice session. As administrators and staff members, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job – watching them celebrate success doing what they enjoy.”

Every sport will participate in an intrasquad competition with the exception of men’s and women’s cross-country, who are competing in regular-season competition.

Want to watch live? Men’s and women’s soccer will be the first competitors, kicking off at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on Friday.

Get the full schedule online.


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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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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:

Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 29-30
Wellness/Mental Health with Greta Chambless & Amber McGlawn

Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-7
Study/Test-Prep with Heather Adams & Paul Arrington

Tuesday, October 13
Working in Microsoft Word with Wendy Anderson

Wednesday, October 14
Information Literacy with Samantha McNeilly

Wednesday, October 21
Service/Experiential Learning with Brenda Plympton

Access the sessions via the following Zoom link.


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AUM Virtual Wellness & Live Group Fit Classes

The AUM Wellness Center will be hosting virtual fitness throughout October! Make sure to email Anna Champion if you’re interested in joining a class to receive the Zoom link.

10 a.m. – Erin: Extreme Chaos
Noon – Lisa: Midday Relaxation Yoga**
5 p.m. – Angel: Kettlebells AMPD**

11 a.m. – Mel: Stretch, Strength, & Stability**
3 p.m. – Monette: Zumba Toning & Zumba**
5:30 p.m. – Rachel: Fit Body Bootcamp**

10:30 a.m. – Rebecca: Yoga
12:30 p.m. – Angel: Kettlebells AMPD
5:45 p.m. – Sonya: Pilates**

10 a.m. – Erin: Extreme Chaos**
11:30 a.m. – Mel: Stretch, Strength, & Stability
6 p.m. – Velvet: Zumba**

11 a.m. – Angel: Jungle Body, 20 Yoga**

**Classes are 45 minutes and for students only.


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