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Warhawk Weekly 11-7: Honoring faculty, staff; Celebrating veterans

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Honoring outstanding faculty, staff

a group of people posing for a photoAUM recognized outstanding faculty and staff during its recent Chancellor’s Convocation, presenting several Warhawk Spirit Awards, the AUM Alumni Association Faculty Service Award, and Distinguished Faculty Awards.

The list of award recipients includes:

Warhawk Spirit Award

  • Amanda Brasington, Recruitment & Experience Manager, Office of Admissions
  • Amber Rae Childers, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations & Compliance
  • Amy Ingram, Director, Experiential Education & Engagement Center
  • Benjamen Lee, Director of Dining & Retail Operations
  • Christin LeJeune, Associate Director of Central Advising

AUM Alumni Association Faculty Service Award

  • Kimberly Brackett, Associate Dean & Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Distinguished Research Professor Award

  • Gilbert Duenas, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology, College of Education

Distinguished Teaching Professor Award

  • Neil David Seibel, Department of Communication & Theatre, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Outstanding Service Award

  • Peter Zachar, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences

Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor Award

  • Erin Klash, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology, College of Education

Distinguished Research Associate Professor Award

  • Kimberly Pyszka, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Distinguished Clinical Faculty Award

  • Ellen Justice, School of Nursing, College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Celebrating AUM’s veterans

Join the AUM Veterans and Military Resource Center (VMRC) in recognizing and honoring military-affiliated faculty and staff members and family members for Veterans Day.

All military-affiliated faculty and staff members are encouraged to share your favorite service photos, photos of your loved ones, photos of yourself, or photos of friends and family members who are serving or have served. Please include a caption with your images. Submissions should follow the format:


Photo Submitted by: Marie Smith
Affiliation: Mother of Active military members
AUM Office or College: Student Affairs
Persons in the Photo: Johnny Smith and Suzy Smith
Any Remarks: Photo of my son Johnny Smith and daughter Brittany Smith who are currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Photos should be emailed to [email protected] by 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Photos will be complied into a presentation for faculty and staff to view on Friday, Nov. 10. This is great way to raise awareness and also show our gratitude for all those who have served.

For more information, call the Veterans and Military Resource Center at 334-244-3799.

AUM students present at AEE International Conference

Two students from AUM’s College of Education recently presented a poster presentation on environmental education research at the 2023 Association of Experiential Education’s International Conference.

The annual conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in poster presentations to discuss and share their research on topics related to environmental education and learning experiences.

AUM students Nikki Phaly and Joi’a Austin presented findings from their research study “Sustainable Agriculture Education: Impact of an Overnight Field Trip on Visiting Students,” which focused on the impact that experiential education and learning opportunities can have on students. They conducted their research with Nicholas Bourke, professor of curriculum, instruction and technology, and Traci Kell, assistant professor of curriculum, instruction and technology.

Phaly and Austin were among 600 participants from 10 different countries selected to present at this year’s AEE International Conference held Nov. 2-5 in Madison, Wisconsin.

AUM’s Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC) provides learning opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in experiential learning activities such as field experience, research, data collection and analysis, and internships.

SPLC on Campus: Breaking the cycle of period poverty

calendarAUM’s chapter of SPLC on Campus is hosting a fundraiser to collect menstruation and hygiene products to help reduce period poverty among young girls and women.

Through Nov. 17, the AUM community can donate to the SPLC on Campus fundraiser by dropping off the following items at collection boxes on campus:

  • Sanitary pads
  • Tampons
  • Soap
  • Bottled shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • Washcloth/loofah
  • Fuzzy socks

Collection boxes are located in the Taylor Center (near Warhawk Resource Center), Clement Hall (entrance next to the IT Department), and the Library (second floor, WASC Center).

According to a recent survey of teen girls in the U.S., one in five girls have struggled to afford menstruation products or were not able to purchase them at all while 84 percent of respondents missed class time or knew of someone who missed classes because they did not have access to such products.

SPLC on Campus is conducting its fundraiser in support of Women In Training, Inc.(WIT), a local non-profit organization that seeks to reduce period poverty among girls and young women.

About AUM SPLC on Campus

SPLC on Campus is a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Men’s soccer reaches GSC semifinals

AUM’s men’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country teams had breakthrough performances last week.

The men’s soccer team (7-3-6) outlasted Christian Brothers on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Gulf South Conference tournament, reaching the semifinals for the third consecutive year. The Warhawks will travel to Huntsville to face Delta State on Friday at 3 p.m.

The volleyball team made history last Friday at home, knocking off No. 16 West Florida 3-2. It marked AUM’s first win over a nationally ranked team and pushed the Warhawks’ record to 21-8 (10-4 GSC). AUM will face Union on the road on Friday.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished eighth and 11th, respectively, at the NCAA South Region Championships at Montevallo. Basil Koech earned All-Region honors, shattering the school record on the 10K course with a time of 31:00.60.

The AUM women had their best finish in the NCAA regional, with Kenlie Nelson leading the effort with a 6K time of 22:22.70.

This Week in AUM Athletics.

Basketball teams prepare for season openers

AUM’s basketball teams will open the regular season on the road this week after facing touch exhibition challenges against NCAA Division I programs.

The women, under new head coach Jon Plefka, will visit Nova Southeastern University on Friday at 11 a.m. Samford defeated AUM 78-51 in a Monday exhibition game. Allasha Dudley led the Warhawks with 25 points.

Paying without multiple starters last week, the AUM men lost to a tough Auburn team, 102-66, in their lone exhibition game. Jalen Gaston led the Warhawks with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

AUM will open regular season play Friday at Saint Leo University.

Traveling to ROTC training in style

Army ROTC cadets from the Mustang Battalion received an immersive experience for fall training exercises – right down to the form of transportation that took them to Fort Moore in Columbus, Georgia.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter touched down on campus early Friday morning to take the cadets and their gear to their destination.

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