Warhawk Weekly 2-16: Vaccines arrive at AUM; School of Nursing makes difference

University offers Pfizer vaccine to employees, community

Auburn University at Montgomery recently administered COVID-19 vaccinations to full- and part-time employees in accordance with Phase 1B of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s vaccine distribution plan.

In addition to offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to employees, AUM was able to offer approximately 1,200 vaccines to local community members who met ADPH eligibility guidelines through Phases 1A and 1B of the state’s distribution plan. Community members quickly filled the available appointments, set for Wednesday and Thursday at the AUM Wellness Center. Within four hours of AUM announcing appointment availability for community members Monday morning, every time slot had been filled.

“We are grateful to be able to share Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines with eligible River Region community members,” Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Our College of Nursing & Health Sciences and Warhawk Health Services faculty and staff, as well as our Facilities team and many other volunteers, have developed a safe and efficient process for vaccine distribution on our campus.

“Vaccines represent a critical component, along with face masks and social distancing, in minimizing community spread of COVID-19, saving lives, providing relief for the frontline healthcare workers who have done amazing work under incredibly difficult conditions for the past year, and fully re-opening our campus.”

According to clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has demonstrated 95 percent effectiveness in preventing infection in individuals who were not previously infected with COVID-19.

Nursing students, faculty assist local community

Auburn University at Montgomery nursing faculty, students, and graduates are known for being service-oriented and patient-focused. Many have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the River Region and beyond.

On Friday, senior critical care nursing students Jasmine Jones and Sunmi Kang, along with Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing Leah Knight, administered COVID-19 vaccines as volunteers at the Alabama Public Health drive-through vaccination clinic. The site provided vaccinations for approximately 1,000 local residents.

“[Jasmine and Sunmi] were wonderful student representatives for AUM and many city leaders commented on their professionalism today,” Knight said. “I was proud of my students.”

Open call for Theatre AUM auditions

Theatre AUM has opened auditions to all AUM students, staff, and faculty for the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Auditions will be held February 21, by appointment, starting at 2 p.m. and can be a monologue of your choice. A classical monologue is preferred. For an appointment, contact Communication and Theatre Professor Val Winkelman at vwinkelm@aum.edu. If the weather permits, auditions will take place outdoors. If not, auditions will be in the theatre at AUM.

AUM’s play, directed by Mike Winkelman, will be performed outdoors in the pavilion space outside of Taylor Center April 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., April 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m.

Fermentation program brews up new opportunities for students

A new campus laboratory for AUM’s Fermentation program is helping to prepare students for careers in food science.

AUM currently offers a minor in fermentation for biology majors that equips students with the skills needed to meet the demand for professionals in the growing industry, said program coordinator and lecturer Clark Danderson.

Jacob Miller, a senior environmental biology major who is minoring in fermentation and geographical information systems, said the he found the program appealing because of its introductory course into making different types of beer and it involved learning the science behind the ingredients used to make beer. Students also learn how to market and sell products, as well, he said.

Read more about how students are brewing up success.

Sprinting into Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021 will get off to a fast start next week as former U.S. Track & Field star, motivational speaker and entrepreneur Charles Clark joins for a Monday night Zoom event.

Clark, who was one of the fastest men in the world as a three-time NCAA champion and USA Track & Field Championship silver medalist, teaches people how to overcome adversity. In addition to being an international motivational speaker, Clark is the creator of the Thrive Planner.

Clark represents one of the highlights of a week filled with games, food giveaways, and a variety of in-person and virtual events.

Get the details on Homecoming.

Homecoming Court nominations due tomorrow

Student Involvement is accepting nominations for the 2021 Homecoming Court. Call 334.244.3829 or email studentinvolvement@aum.edu to learn more. The deadline is noon on Wednesday. Each campus organization may participate.

Celebrating Black History Month

Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and other campus units are offering a full range of activities to celebrate Black History Month in February.

From literary exhibits honoring African-American authors to discussions of the Black family to Trivia Night events, members of the campus community will have a variety of educational and fun events in the coming weeks.

Visit AUM’s online Events Calendar.

Get ready to go All-In for AUM

Attention, all Warhawks! Let’s go All-In for Auburn University at Montgomery.

Show your love by participating in our campaign for AUM Athletics!

Are you a diehard basketball fan? Or do you just really want women’s soccer to raise more money than the men’s team? Here’s your chance to show support for your favorite AUM athletics team(s). Every person counts to reach our goal of 150 individual donors.

Want to help even more? Share campaign information on social media or create a match or a challenge to encourage friends and family to give more. Every penny of your gift goes directly to the team of your choice. So let’s support the nearly 225 AUM student-athletes and our 11 NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference varsity sports.

On Wednesday, get involved in the campaign at www.aumathletics.com/AllinForAUM

Let’s go #AllinforAUM.

AUM dedicates Cason McDermott Art Gallery

AUM recently held a dedication ceremony for the Cason McDermott Art Gallery.

Formerly known as Goodwyn Gallery, the Goodwyn Hall facility offers professional exhibition space for student and faculty artists, as well as regionally and nationally acclaimed visiting artists. The dedication was attended by Mickey and Mona McDermott, the parents of the late Cason McDermott, an AUM Fine Arts alumna who passed away in 2019.

The McDermott Gallery currently features “Creative Pursuits,” an AUM Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition that will be on display through March 5.

The gallery is curated by Art History and Museum Studies students and faculty.

AUM Historical Review now available

The Department of History will soon offer print and online versions of “AUM Historical Review #10,” a journal written, edited, and designed by students within the program.

The upcoming issue will feature articles on Cold War-era education in Alabama, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and Mexico’s role in World War II. Copies will soon be available in the History Department and Alabama Department of Archives and History, and, eventually, online.

COVID-19 Dashboard update

AUM will continue to provide weekly reporting on its COVID-19 dashboard with results of testing conducted through Warhawk Health Services and the Sentinel Testing program, 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.

View the dashboard.

Enroll in Sentinel Testing program

You can help “Protect Your Nest” by enrolling in the Sentinel Testing Program.

Open to all AUM students and employees, the random Sentinel Testing Program identifies potential asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and provides an extra layer of protection for roommates, friends, professors, staff members, and family members with whom you may interact. Testing will take place twice a week.

Create an account through the Verily platform.

New Social Work program ready to welcome majors

AUM’s new bachelor’s in Social Work program is opening admissions for its first cohort of majors. Applications will be accepted until June 30.

Complete the application.

Apply for a Continuing Merit Scholarship

Auburn University at Montgomery students who are in good standing and who have completed at least 9 hours of graduate or 12 hours of undergraduate coursework may be able to earn a Continuing Merit Scholarship. Applications are due by March 1.

Apply for a Continuing Merit Scholarship.

AUM Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship open to applicants

AUM graduate students who have completed at least nine credit hours and have a 3.4 grade point average or higher can apply for the Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association Graduate Merit Scholarship.

Applicants must complete an application form and submit a resume, letters of support and a 250-word essay by March 15.

Apply now for the Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship.

Focus your career preparation

The Career Development Center is offering a Career Workshop Series during the Spring 2021 semester covering expectations for student employees, identification of workplace mentors, professionalism in a virtual workplace, effective cover letters, managing job search anxiety, and understanding work ethic.

The series will continue with a “Finding a Workplace Mentor” session on Wednesday, Feb. 24. More information on start times for each series event will be shared in the near future. Students can register for each event through the Handshake app.

The full calendar includes:

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Finding a Workplace Mentor

Mentorships can be a great resource for navigating the workplace and growing professionally.  This workshop will discuss ways to discover and build relationships with workplace mentors.

Wednesday, March 3
Work Ethic: What Does it Mean?

Strong work ethic is something that is mentioned a lot, but can sometimes be a confusing subject.  This workshop will define work ethic, provide basic principles for ethical behavior in the workplace and some best practices for demonstrating your work ethic.

Wednesday, March 17
Professionalism in the Virtual Workplace

Remote working has changed the dynamic of the workplace, allowing some flexibility surrounding traditional office etiquette, while introducing new issues.  Understand the concepts central to virtual workplace professionalism and how to avoid missteps.

Wednesday, April 14
Cover Letters Made Simple

Sometimes a great cover letter can make all the difference in your job search.  This workshop will discuss simple ways to connect your value to employers in a way that enhances your knowledge and skills.

Wednesday, April 28
Coping with Job Search Anxiety

Even for confident people, searching for a job can be a stressful process.  This workshop will provide strategies for coping with the stress of the job search and overcoming personal obstacles along the way.

Coping with grief and loss

AUM Counseling and Health Promotion Services is offering an open counseling group for undergraduate and graduate students who have been coping with grief or loss.

The group will provide a comfort and encouragement as it explores coping strategies for healing, the process of grieving, and other topics pertaining to grief and loss. The free group will meet each Tuesday, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., via Zoom. Weekly sessions will run through March 9.

To register for the group, contact Counseling and Health Promotion Services at counselingcenter@aum.edu

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