Warhawk Weekly 2-2: Spring sports; Happy Birthday Curtiss

Warhawks spring into action with busy home schedule

If you’re an AUM Athletics fan, this is shaping up to be a great week.

Our basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer and softball teams are all in action. And, with the exception of the softball team, all will be playing at home this week.

The action begins today at 3, with the women’s soccer team hosting West Alabama at the AUM soccer complex and continues with tonight’s 6 p.m. men’s basketball game against Lee University. Come watch the Warhawks!

Get the full schedule.

Celebrating Curtiss The Warhawk

If you see our friend Curtiss The Warhawk around campus, wish him a happy birthday. Our favorite bird of prey turns 9 today.

Curtiss hatched on the Auburn University at Montgomery campus on February 2, 2012, and has been our favorite member of the family ever since. For those of you who don’t already know him, our friendly (and silent) Warhawk was named in honor of Montgomery’s aviation history and the Curtiss P-40 aircraft from the World War II era.

His hatching created quite the commotion back in the day.

Flex your artistic skills for homecoming

AUM Student Affairs would like to showcase your creativity, your vision, your design.

Student artists are invited to submit potential designs for AUM’s official 2021 Homecoming T-shirt. Submit your artwork to pr@aum.edu by end of day Friday with your name, classification, AUM email, AUM ID number, and major.

Homecoming week activities will take place February 22-26. More details will be shared soon.

Nursing students help empower local girls, women

AUM’s Association of Nursing Students (AUMANS) recently helped empower local girls and women by teaming up with the nonprofit Women In Training (WIT) for a community outreach project.

During the January 29 outreach initiative, AUM nursing students visited Women in Training’s warehouse in Montgomery to package personal hygiene products to be delivered to local young girls and women.

Women in Training, a Montgomery youth empowerment organization founded by African American sisters Brooke and Breanna Bennett, advocates for menstrual equity, menstrual education, and engages girls and nonbinary youth, ages 10-18, in community service and social justice. The organization is fully dependent on donors and volunteers to serve girls and women in the local community, said senior nursing student Katherine Beasley, president of AUMANS.

“AUMANS members learned that 25 percent of girls and young women skip school or miss work because they cannot afford menstrual products,” she said.  “We have so much that we take for granted every day that others may not be so lucky to have.”

Nursing students packaged Women in Training’s signature “WITKITS” filled with menstrual and personal hygiene products, including sanitary pads, shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, and other items intended to make girls and young women feel empowered, Beasley said.

“Contributing our time to this organization allowed us to see that nursing is much more than a career, nursing is a lifestyle,” she said. “We get to wake up every morning and choose how we’re going to impact the world.  In today’s case, we were able to serve a community in need of a lending hand. A hand that can advocate towards educating young women on proper hygiene and providing them with the means to take care of themselves and conquer the world.”

Learn more about WIT at: https://www.womenintraining.org.

‘Diseases & History’ lectures offer look at past plagues

Faculty members from the Department of History, World Languages and Cultures will offer a series of spring semester lectures focused on “Diseases and History.” These virtual events will contextualize a variety of plagues and pandemics.

The schedule includes:

Today
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Dr. Steve Lobello (Psychology) discusses Polio
Zoom Link: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/86230633768

Thursday, March 25
5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dr. Michael Burger (History & World Cultures) will discuss the “Black Death”
Zoom Link: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/87393118656

Wednesday, April 7
Noon
Dr. Ben Severance (History & World Cultures) will discuss the diseases that ravaged Civil War battlefields
Zoom Link: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/89769574501

Wednesday, April 21
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Screening of the movie “The Painted Veil” in Goodwyn Hall 109

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 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, beginning today, 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 or 334-244-3469.

Life isn’t perfect, and that’s OK

AUM Counseling and Health Promotion Services is offering an open counseling group for undergraduate and graduate students to help members learn how to deal with life on life’s terms, reduce the need for perfection, and build acceptance.

The group offers a supportive environment to share struggles, build skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and set realistic expectations. The free group will meet each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Weekly sessions will run through April 28.

To register for the group, contact Counseling and Health Promotion Services at counselingcenter@aum.edu or 334-244-3469.

Don’t get left out in the cold on campus events

Students: Don’t get left out in the cold. Keep up with campus activities via text message. Enroll in AUM365 and get the 4-1-1 from Curtiss The Warhawk himself. Text curti$$ to 31006 to receive reminders about can’t-miss campus events.

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.

Get ready for the Career Workshop Series

The Career Development Center will offer a Career Workshop Series during the Spring 2021 semester that will cover a variety of topics, including expectations for student employees, identifying workplace mentors, professionalism in a virtual workplace, effective cover letters, managing job search anxiety, and understanding work ethic.

The series will begin with the session “Expectations for Student Employees” on Wednesday, Feb. 10. 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. 10
Expectations for Student Employees
What does it mean to be a student employee at AUM?  This workshop will examine some of the expectations the university has for its student employee workforce, and share best practices for how students can use this experience to prepare for their future careers.

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.

Tutoring sessions available for Core History students

Students enrolled in Core History courses during the Spring 2021 semester can take advantage of several tutoring sessions via Zoom. Faculty members will lead sessions on such topics as understanding and retaining historical knowledge, writing an effective essay, and developing effective study habits.

The remaining schedule includes:

“How to Write Good Flashcards” – Wednesday, February 3 – 8 a.m. – Dr. Lee A. Farrow

“Understanding and Retaining History Content” – Thursday, February 4 – 6 p.m. – Dr. Wyatt Wells

“How to Write a Short Answer” – Wednesday, February 10 – 8 a.m. – Dr. Lee A. Farrow

“Flashcard Friday” – Friday, February 12 – 3-4 p.m. – Dr. Steve Gish

“How to Write an Essay” – Wednesday, February 17 – 11 a.m. – Dr. Lee A. Farrow

“Flashcard Friday” – Friday, February 19 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Dr. Qiang Zhai

“How to Write an Essay” – Wednesday, February 24 – 8 a.m. – Ms. Samantha McNeilly