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Warhawk Weekly 12–17: University supports 12 Day of Giving; Thornton inspires graduates; Help support United Way


Auburn University at Montgomery recently participated in WSFA-TV 12’s Day of Giving initiative, which collects items for families in need during the holiday season.

AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton and students from the Orange Jacket Society dropped off a load of toys that will be distributed to children in the River Region. We encourage our students, faculty, staff and alumni to give back to their community this holiday season through donations of time, talent and treasure.

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Among the many takeaways from Thornton Enterprises founder and President Larry Thornton during Saturday’s commencement sessions was the directive for graduates to utilize their skills and knowledge with confidence.

Thornton, the first African-American to own a McDonald’s franchise in Birmingham and the first to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, spoke to more than 400 graduates during two sessions at the AUM Athletics Complex. A board member of Synovus and winner of 2019 CEO of the Year honors from the Birmingham Business-Journal, Thornton has chronicled his journey from the Jim Crow South to corporate boardrooms in the book, “Why Not Win?” He has shared his tips for success on 16 different college campuses since starting the Why Not Win? Foundation.

Faculty and staff still have time to join Auburn University at Montgomery’s efforts to support children, at-risk youth and older adults in our community through River Region United Way. Those who submit a completed pledge form or online donation confirmation for a gift of at least $25 by Friday at 4 p.m. will be entered into a pair of $50 cash drawings.

Complete an online pledge form at or complete the donation form distributed through campus mail. To enter the drawing, share your completed form or online pledge with Paige Haines by Friday at 4 p.m.

Auburn University at Montgomery English Professor Robert C. Evans has been named the recipient of the 2020 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for his prolific literary scholarship and dedication to mentoring student writers.

The honor is awarded annually by the Monroeville Literary Festival and the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) Steering Committee to outstanding Southern literary scholars. ACETA recognized Evans’ for his esteemed reputation among literary scholars and his mentorship of rising English scholars.

The association also noted Evans’ commitment to students as a mentor to more than 100 graduate students and student writers. At AUM, Evans has earned numerous awards, including the Faculty Excellence Award, Distinguished Research Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Who’s Who among College Professors nomination, and Professor of the Year by the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English.

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Evans will be receive the Eugene Current-Garcia Award March 6, 2020, at the Monroeville Literary Festival.

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We need YOU! Your creativity. Your vision. Your imprint. Your design.

In honor of Auburn University at Montgomery’s 50 years of serving students, we are asking our students to leave their mark on our homecoming T-shirt design. That’s right; not only will you choose this year’s shirt, we want you to submit your own artwork or design for it.

This year’s theme is “50 Years of Serving Students,” and we would love to see what AUM means to you. The top three designs will be selected by (insert group), and from there, students will have the chance to vote on their favorite through My AUM.

Winners will receive a gift, in addition to their design being used as the shirt design for AUM’s golden anniversary, and will be recognized at the time capsule burial on Feb. 27, as well as halftime of the men’s homecoming game on Feb. 29. A t-shirt with the design will also be added to the capsule for future generations to see.

Are you interested? You can submit your artwork to [email protected] by January 20, 2020, with your name, year, AUM ID number, and major. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Students attending AUM in spring 2020 can start paying toward their spring semester balance by enrolling in a payment plan. Payment plans for the Spring 2020 semester are now open. For more information, visit

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The Fine Arts Department is presenting: Tuba Christmas, a program of holiday music performed by an ensemble of tubas, euphoniums, and other large brass instruments. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the conductor, Brett Johnson at 334-790-9906 or email [email protected]

Thurs., Dec. 19 | 4 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

The end of the semester is here. Campus offices will close Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. and will re-open January 6 at 8 a.m.

Any student currently enrolled at AUM may submit his or her work as an attached file (.txt, .doc. or .docx) to [email protected]. Students should title their file using the following pattern: Last Name_Title of Story_Genre. Written work should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spaced. Files containing photographs or scanned artwork (.png, .jpeg. or .bmp) should be at least 300 PPI.

There is no limit on the number of submissions per student. The deadline for submissions is December 31. For more information, please email the editor for the 2020 issue, Erin Terrell.

Considering this is the time of year where people give the most, the Department of Athletics wants to make sure that no one ends up on the NCAA’s naughty list for trying to do something nice. Here are a few friendly reminders.

Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, an extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body.

  • Holiday presents/gifts
  • Money, loans, bonds, or co-signing of loans
  • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Free storage
  • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
  • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
  • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house, etc.)
  • Free meals
  • Discounted merchandise because of status
  • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

Holiday Gifts: It is impermissible to provide holiday gifts to student-athletes or their relatives. Please remember that holidays are not exempt from the NCAA’s extra-benefit bylaws.

Occasional Meals: Occasional meal rules apply to team holiday parties, as well as any AUM faculty and staff member or parents who wishes to provide a student-athlete, or an entire team, with a holiday meal. Be sure to complete an Occasional Meal Form, submit it to the Athletics Compliance Office and get approval before any such meal occurs.

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