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Warhawk Weekly 12-5: Celebrate graduates; Phi Kappa Phi initiates

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AUM to celebrate nearly 600 fall graduates

Auburn University at Montgomery will celebrate another milestone graduation class during Fall 2023 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The university expects nearly 600 students – one of its largest graduating classes – to participate in a pair of ceremonies at the AUM Athletics Complex. Graduates of the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Sciences will walk at 10 a.m., while graduates of the Colleges of Business and Education will be recognized at 2 p.m.

AUM will welcome one of its own as the Fall 2023 commencement speaker.

The Honorable Tiffany B. McCord, one of three district judges serving the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama, will address graduates. McCord, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from AUM and served as SGA vice president before completing a juris doctorate at Faulkner University, became the first black female to hold the position of Montgomery County Circuit Clerk in 2012. McCord joined the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in 2018.

Tell us where your degree will take you

Miss Conception et al. posing for the cameraIf you’re a member of our Fall 2023 graduating class, we want to celebrate your success.

Tell us your post-graduation plans. Drop and email to [email protected] with your name, graduation photo, degree/major, information on your post-graduation plans (job, graduate school, etc.) and favorite AUM memory (or class or professor). We will be sharing stories on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Phi Kappa Phi announces Fall 2023 initiates

AUM’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, recently recognized its Fall 2023 initiates.

To be eligible, student candidates must have completed 24 semester hours, or the equivalent, at AUM. Students are selected from the upper 10 percent of the senior class, the upper 7.5 percent of juniors with at least 72 hours, and graduate or professional students who rank in the upper 10 percent of all enrolled graduate students.

AUM’s chapter is a small number of outstanding faculty, professional staff, and alumni chosen annually on the basis of academic record, professional achievements, and service to higher education.

Fall 2023 initiates include:

  • Ashley Aldrige, Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Millbrook, AL
  • Zara K. Benefield, Graduate, Nursing, Ozark, AL
  • Noah Bricker, Senior, Psychology, Deatsville, AL
  • Ashley Lynn Burke, Graduate, Accounting, Monroe, NC.
  • Matthew T. Campbell, Graduate, Master of Liberal Arts, Andalusia, AL
  • Tiffany Yoon Chang, Junior, Nursing, Montgomery, AL
  • Jason C. Charles, Graduate, Management and Information Systems, Montgomery, AL
  • Rebecca Crumpton, Graduate, Management and Information Systems, Prattville, AL
  • Amy L. Currier, Graduate, Early Childhood Education, Pike Road, AL
  • Diamond C. Dailey, Junior, Accounting, Evergreen, AL
  • Sara Davis, Graduate, Accounting, Millbrook, AL
  • Logann E. Dean, Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Wetumpka, AL
  • Erin N. English, Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing, Eufaula, AL
  • Danesha C. Ervin, Senior, General Business, Selma, AL
  • Ebony Fails, Graduate, Business Administration, Montgomery, AL
  • Maranda J. Fain, Graduate, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Pike Road, AL
  • Jeremy Farson, Alumni, Applied Economics, Aventura, FL.
  • David Feltmate, Faculty, Sociology, Fitzpatrick, AL
  • Morgan R. Ferguson, Junior, Chemistry, Newville, AL
  • Kipp B. Griggs, Graduate, Special Education, Dadeville, AL
  • Thaddeus Hoffman, Graduate, Master of Liberal Arts, Tuskegee, AL
  • Lemmuyelu Inaganti, Graduate, Management and Information Systems, Montgomery, AL
  • Neporshaie R. Jones, Graduate, Instructional Leadership, Lanett, AL
  • Moonmoon Khanam, Graduate, Management and Information Systems, Montgomery, AL
  • Katherine Manning, Graduate, Instructional Leadership, Auburn, AL
  • John David Meadows, Senior, Computer Science, Prattville, AL
  • Jennifer R. Noah, Graduate, Instructional Leadership, Montgomery, AL
  • Jada M. Pugh, Senior, Social Work, Mobile, AL
  • Katie Anna Rhyne, Junior, Psychology, Millbrook, AL
  • Michele L. Roden, Graduate, Criminal Justice, Huntsville, AL
  • Cecilia Smith, Senior, Nursing, Prattville, AL
  • Devin L. Smith, Graduate, Business Administration, Prattville, AL
  • Millie K. Smith, Graduate, Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), Orange Beach, AL
  • Heather Thomas, Junior, Special Education, Columbiana, AL
  • Michael L. Tucker, Senior, Finance, Prattville, AL
  • Laurel F. Wheat, Junior, Nursing, Wetumpka, AL
  • Jasmine N. Williams, Alumni, Accounting, Montgomery, AL
  • Shabrittany Williams, Graduate, Public Administration, Montgomery, AL
  • Leeann Lelejko Wingard, Graduate, Instructional Leadership, Birmingham, AL
  • Maklyn N. Yoli, Graduate, Instructional Leadership, Ozark, AL

Social work bachelor’s program earns initial accreditation

a group of people standing in front of a buildingAUM’s undergraduate program in Social Work recently earned initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

The program has proven to be quite popular since its inception, with an initial cohort of 15 students graduating in Spring 2023 and another 15 students expected to graduate during Fall 2023 commencement. The program currently has 117 pre-major and major students. Students in the program have cumulatively provided more than 12,000 internship hours to social work agencies across Alabama’s River Region.

Undergraduate strength and conditioning program earns recognition

AUM’s undergraduate Strength and Conditioning program within AUM’s College of Education and Department of Kinesiology has met the criteria for recognition by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program.

The program recognition is valid for a three-year period.

AUM baseball, softball receive boost from gift pledge

a group of people posing for the cameraAUM Athletics will benefit from a multi-year commitment from 2001 alum Keith Johnson, whose support will aid the in the development of a Student-Athlete Performance Center for all programs and a shared hitting and pitching facility for the baseball and softball teams.

Johnson, the vice president and general manager of Ingram Equipment Company in Birmingham, Ala., played baseball from 1999-2001 for the then-AUM Senators. During his playing career, he appeared in 163 games, recorded a career batting average of .377, with five home runs, five triples and 26 doubles. He scored 127 runs and drove in 94, while his 54 career stolen bases currently rank fourth in the AUM record book. Johnson enjoyed a stellar 2000 season, in which he hit .395, with 11 doubles, 44 runs scored and 29 RBIs, and earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors.

Learn more with AUM Athletics.

Basketball teams pick up on road victories

AUM’s women’s and men’s basketball team will continue Gulf South Conference play this week after securing road wins over the weekend against Shorter College.

AUM will visit Delta State Friday, with the women playing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men a 7:30.

The AUM women are 3-1 in GSC play after consecutive wins over Alabama-Huntsville, West Alabama and Shorter. The AUM men earned their first conference win, 71-62, at Shorter.

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