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Warhawk Weekly 11-17: Academic Calendar; Fall Commencement; VMRC

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University modifies Spring 2021 calendar

Auburn University at Montgomery has modified its Spring 2021 semester academic calendar, including a delayed start to January classes that will replace the traditional spring break.

The change supports university efforts to reduce risks of potential COVID-19 transmission associated with holiday travel. Under the revised calendar, Spring semester classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – a week later than originally scheduled.

The absence of a spring break will allow for final exams to be completed by Wednesday, May 5, and for spring commencement to be held on Saturday, May 8. The on-campus housing move-in process for resident students will begin on Friday, Jan. 15.

All university units will be open for business on Monday, Jan. 4, as originally scheduled.

AUM students and employees are reminded that, after Thanksgiving break, remaining Fall semester coursework and exams will be completed remotely.

The university will host Fall 2020 commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at Garrett Coliseum. AUM’s commencement plan has been reviewed and approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

During the holiday season, we encourage all Warhawks to “Protect Your Nest” from COVID-19 through the following measures:

  • Obtain a flu shot
  • Cover your beak – wear a facemask that covers your nose and mouth
  • Watch your wingspan – observe social distancing of at least 6-feet, or the approximate width of Curtiss The Warhawk’s full wingspan
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid large social gatherings

For more information on university operations during the pandemic, the Sentinel Testing program and conditions within the campus community, visit our COVID-19 resource page.

Commencement set for Dec. 12

Auburn University at Montgomery looks forward to celebrating the success of its Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 graduates at commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at Garrett Coliseum.

All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff are required to properly wear facemasks and maintain social distancing of 6-feet among non-household members at all times.

All attendees are asked to follow public health guidelines for gatherings. If you are sick, have a fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste/smell, or other symptoms of illness, please stay home. We recommend those of you that are considered high-risk to view the ceremony online. The live stream will be available at 10:00 a.m. at

Find out more about graduation.

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A look at the new Veteran & Military Resource Center

Auburn University at Montgomery recently opened a dedicated space for a Veteran & Military Resource Center.

The center will serve as a “one-stop shop” for information and support services military veterans, active duty military members and their dependents need to succeed during their time as AUM students.

Thanking our student employees

The Career Development Center and the Division of Student Affairs are excited to celebrate the contributions of our AUMazing student employees! From Peer Mentors to Campus Services Assistants, Auburn University at Montgomery student employees perform invaluable services that enhance the experience of other students, faculty, and staff. 

Student Employee Appreciation Week Events include:

Kudos Wall

The windows adjacent to the Global Education Center on the second floor Taylor Center will become a “Kudos Wall” for our student employees. Faculty, staff, and students who have been impacted by a student employee’s exceptional service are encourage to post a Kudos post-it note on the glass (provided by the CDC). Post-its will be available in the CDC Office (323 Taylor Center) throughout the week. 

Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon

The CDC and Student Affairs welcome all current student employees to an appreciation luncheon on Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Wellness Center. The event is invitation-only.

Departmental Recognition

We encourage everyone to celebrate the student employees within your unit. Some great ideas can be found from CBSJU. In addition, there are two Certificate of Appreciation PDF-fillable templates, which you can distribute to your student employees.  Please contact the CDC if you need any assistance with the templates.

Student Employee Appreciation Certificate (1)

Student Employee Appreciation Certificate (2)

Curtiss Course Critiques are open

The Second Half-Term and Full Term course evaluations are open through Nov. 30.

Gulf South Conference provides athletic schedule update

The Gulf South Conference Board of Directors has approved a 20-game conference schedule for men’s and women’s basketball beginning on December 9, 2020.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the GSC will utilize divisional play in basketball. The schedule will feature a combination of single game matchups and two-game series against the same opponents on consecutive days at the same location. The format is intended to streamline testing protocols and reduce travel costs.

Additionally, the conference will implement a mirrored schedule, with the men and women playing at opposite sites, eliminating all doubleheaders.

The Auburn Montgomery men’s basketball team will open up play on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Shorter University, while the women will host Shorter on Saturday, Dec. 12.

While fans will be allowed to support the Warhawks this season in-person, guidelines for attendance at AUM home basketball games will be released in the coming weeks. 

Visit AUM Athletics News for more information.

Remembering a Jeopardy! legend

Trivia enthusiasts everywhere have mourned the passing of popular “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Auburn University at Montgomery Professor of English Darren Harris-Fain experienced first-hand what most “Jeopardy!” enthusiasts only see through their TV screens — Trebek’s ability to connect with people. Harris-Fain made four appearances on the show five years ago, earning $63,000 over the course of three victories.

Read more in the AUM Newsroom.

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An update on COVID-19 case tracking

Auburn University at Montgomery continues to update its COVID-19 dashboard with results of testing conducted through the Sentinel Testing program and Warhawk Health Services, as well as self-reported positive test results by students and employees to Student Affairs and Human Resources. Reporting will be updated each Monday.

In addition to wearing face masks on campus and observing social distancing, students and employees are encouraged to utilize the AUM Healthcheck symptom monitoring tool and enroll in the random Sentinel Testing Program.

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Spring semester Payment Plans open Dec. 4

Students: AUM will open Spring 2021 Payment Plans on Friday, Dec. 4. If you decide to enroll in one of our two plan options, you can divide your tuition payments into 5-month or 4-month installments. For more information, visit call (334) 244-3286 or visit Student Accounts.

Filibuster accepting submissions for 2021 issue

AUM’s literary and art magazine, the Filibuster, is accepting submissions for the 2021 issue.

The theme for the upcoming magazine is “Transformation,” which includes themes of progress, learning, growing, adapting, transitioning, and dramatic change.

Please submit your poetry, short stories, photography, creative nonfiction, and graphic design pieces by Dec. 31. Submissions should be sent to [email protected].

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