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Warhawk Weekly 2-22: Higher Ed Day; Modified mask policy

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Students encouraged to participate in Higher Education Day

Students: Let your voices be heard on Higher Education Day 2022.

On Thursday, college students from across Alabama will have an opportunity to remind political leaders that funding for the state’s universities is critical to institutions offering and expanding programs that will enable graduates to be competitive after completing their degrees.

Increasing appropriations to the Alabama Education Trust Fund will help Alabama’s colleges keep tuition affordable while also reducing or maintaining existing student-to-faculty ratios.

Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of the Provost will allow students to be excused from classes in order to attend the Higher Education Day rally.

AUM’s Student Government Association will provide bus service to the Alabama State House, departing from the AUM Duck Pond (Parking Lot 4) at 9:30 a.m. and returning from downtown Montgomery at 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for attendees on the lawn of the state capitol. The Higher Education Day march will begin at 10 a.m., with the rally on the State House steps at 11 a.m.

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University modifies mask policy

A reminder that, beginning Thursday, Auburn University at Montgomery will make the use of face coverings on campus optional with a few exceptions.

Face coverings must be worn by everyone in the following areas:

  • In classrooms, if required by faculty members in course syllabi
  • On Warhawk Transit Services buses, in accordance with federal law
  • Health care settings, including Warhawk Health Services
  • Other locations marked by official university signage or otherwise clearly communicated by the university (faculty and staff may require that visitors wear masks when entering personal office spaces). Signage may be downloaded here.

The policy update reflects changing public health conditions, including a sharp reduction in the rolling 7-day positivity rate reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and a decrease in the number of cases and the severity among patients screened by Warhawk Health Services. The university will continue to closely monitor public health data and will make adjustments if conditions change.

Warhawk Health Services will continue to offer COVID-19 testing, Pfizer vaccines and booster shots for members of the campus community. Call 334-244-3281 to set an appointment.

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Ready for the big stage

Theatre AUM student Yahzane Palmer and scene partner Brandon Baggin recently earned first place honors in the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s (KCACTF) Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions, becoming the first AUM students to advance to the national finals in the category.

Palmer and Baggin will represent a region that includes students from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Palmer recently discussed the value of her Theatre AUM experience.

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Political Film Series opens tonight

The 2022 Political Film Series will begin opens tonight at 7 p.m. in Goodwyn 109 with a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” an award-nominated documentary exploring the life of the late American writer and activist James Baldwin.

History professor Keith Krawcynski will introduce the film, which features Samuel L. Jackson and recordings of the late Baldwin and talk show host Dick Cavett.

Based on “Remember This House,” Baldwin’s unfinished book, the film has been described by critics as a “virtual essay” that provides a critical commentary on the state of race relations in the U.S.

See the full schedule.

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Panelists discuss value of ‘Maus’ as teaching tool

A Tennessee school board’s recent decision to forbid the use of “Maus,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, in its curriculum has ignited discussion about the banning of books and the teaching of potentially sensitive topics.

Four panelists – English & Philosophy Department faculty members Darren Harris-Fain, Joyce Kelley and Eric Sterling, and St. James educator Andy Clinton – will discuss their experiences using the graphic memoir as a teaching tool on Thursday, March 3.

Members of the campus community are invited to join the discussion, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., in Taylor Center 221.

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Hart discusses Black History Month

During Black History Month, AUM student-athletes have been invited to share their reflections on the significance of the occasion. Men’s basketball standout Isaiah Hart offered his thoughts for the series.

During AUM’s celebration of Black History Month, we encourage all Warhawks to learn more about the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape our state and nation.

Visit our online events calendar for more information on AUM’s Black History Month “Common Read” program and other opportunities.

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Historical Review offers opportunities for student contributors

On Tuesday, March 1, the Department of History and World Cultures will host a launch event for the 11th issue of the “AUM Historical Review,” an annual journal with content written and edited by history students under the guidance of professor Steven Gish.

The event will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in front of Goodwyn Hall.

Students who are interested in contributing to the review are encouraged to attend. The journal features faculty profiles, articles, and book reviews all created by students in the program. Students working on the “AUM Historical Review” learn about writing for the history profession, but also about editing and designing a journal for publication. Students who are interested should contact Dr. Ben Severance (, who will serve as faculty advisor for the journal going forward.

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Pre-order your commencement medallion

Graduating this spring? If you make a gift of $20.22 to an AUM college or academic program of your choice, you’ll receive a commemorative medallion to wear during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 334-244-3369.

Make your class gift today!

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Support AUM’s Blood Drive

Support LifeSouth Community Blood Centers by participating in AUM’s Blood Drive on Monday, Feb. 28, and Tuesday, March 1.

Look for the LifeSouth Bloodmobile in front of the AUM Athletics Complex from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

All donors will receive a recognition item, as well as a free cholesterol screening. All donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be able to show photo identification.

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Connect with Phi Kappa Phi

Are you a member of Phi Kappa Phi?

AUM’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi wants to identify AUM faculty and staff who are members, including those who have been initiated elsewhere. Send an email to [email protected].

The chapter is planning future events that will benefit PKP members and other high-achieving AUM students, such as sponsoring workshops on the process of applying for graduate school.

Individuals who were initiated elsewhere can also change their institutional affiliation at

If you have questions, contact Lynn Stallings at 334-244-3357 or email [email protected].

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Baseball team builds 8-game winning streak

AUM’s baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games by completing a series sweep of Talladega College over the weekend.

The Warhawks finished off the series with 6-2 and 22-4 victories on Sunday. Brody Syer is leading the Warhawks at the plate, batting .405 with a pair of homers and 14 RBIs, while four other teammates are batting over .300.

AUM will host Columbus State Wednesday at 3 p.m., but the baseball team isn’t the only team that will be at home this week.

The men’s tennis teams will host an exhibition against Virginia Commonwealth Wednesday at 4 p.m. The men and women will face Shorter College Friday at 2 p.m. and Georgia College on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will entertain Montevallo Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Keep up with your favorite teams in the Athletics Newsroom.

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Apply for the 2022-23 Graduate Study Merit Scholarship

The AUM Alumni Association is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships.

The Graduate Study Merit Scholarships are available to current qualified AUM graduate students who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher, complete nine hours each semester and are continuously enrolled for each semester covered by the award.

The application deadline is March 15. Apply now!

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Keep up with campus events

Did you miss out on Silent Disco, Curtiss The Warhawk’s birthday party or other Homecoming Week fun?

We can fix that. Enroll in AUM365 and get the 4-1-1 from Curtiss The Warhawk himself. Text curti$$ to 334-398-6025 to receive reminders about upcoming happenings.

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Social Work program accepting applications

Interested in earning a degree in social work? Our undergraduate social work program will accept applications from interested sophomores and juniors for the Fall 2022 semester beginning today.

Learn more about the program and apply before the June 30 deadline.

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Wellness Center offers free nutrition information sessions

Need help aligning your diet with your exercise and fitness plan?

Members of the Wellness Center staff will be available to help students and employees through free one-on-one information sessions. The sessions will help participants adjust their daily caloric intake based on health and fitness goals while also learning how much carbohydrates, protein and fats should be consumed each day in order to lose, gain or maintain weight.

Visit Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator Darrin Dukes after 1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday to participate in the program.

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Take the ‘Pass the Plate’ survey

Looking for campus food options that will meet specific dietary needs? Take the “Pass the Plate” survey created by the Honors Junior Seminar for its “Leadership and Citizenship” project.

The findings of the short survey will be shared with AUM Dining and Campus Services.

The project aims to cultivate community and student engagement by increasing the dietary options in the university cafeteria to serve students with special dietary needs. The survey includes questions about more inclusive food options, specialized food preparation training and inclusion of nutritional information for meals provided in the cafeteria.

Take the survey!

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