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Warhawk Weekly 2-27: Black History Month exhibit; Biology evolution research

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Black History Month exhibit examines ‘Disparities’

a person standing in front of a windowAuburn University at Montgomery’s Black History Month observance includes a visit by an artist whose work explores housing discrimination, racial zoning and other important themes.

Celestia Morgan’s exhibit, “Disparities,” is on display at the Cason McDermott Art Gallery in Goodwyn Hall.

Celestia Morgan, an assistant professor of photography at the University of Alabama, will discuss her work on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in Taylor Center 221-223 as part of the Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society’s Speaker Series. Her exhibit, “Disparities,” is on display at the Cason McDermott Art Gallery in Goodwyn Hall 101.

Morgan describes her work this way: “Building on the theme from a previous series entitled ‘Redline,’ [my photos analyze how] …the impact of racial zoning and housing discrimination is intertwined with the concerns related to community grocery stores, restaurants, and toxic landscapes.”

“Disparities” will be on display through March 7. The Cason McDermott Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The project is made possible from a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Additional funding has generously been provided by the AUM Office of the Chancellor, the AUM College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Office of the Dean and AUM’s Civil Rights and Civic Virtue Society.

Research with teeth: Uncovering the mysteries of snake evolution

What can we learn from the hiss-tory of snakes?

Plenty, according to a new genetic and dietary study of the slithery reptiles by an international research team that includes Auburn University at Montgomery faculty member Gabe Costa.

Their work, which earned cover story treatment in “Science,” advances understanding of the rapid evolutionary changes of snakes as well as shifts in traits associated with their feeding, sensory processing and movement. Their findings could prove helpful to researchers exploring potential advancements in such areas as medicine, food security, agriculture and snake conservation.

Read more about the reptile research.

AUM women earn ‘Super Tuesday’ opportunity

a group of people playing a game on the courtThe AUM women’s basketball team has earned a program first as a member of NCAA Division II – the opportunity to host a “Super Tuesday” Gulf South Conference Tournament quarterfinal game.

Help AUM Athletics pack the house on Tuesday, March 5, as the Warhawks open tournament play. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Catch up on what’s happening with AUM’s baseball, softball, tennis, basketball and soccer teams in AUM Athletics News.

Help AUM be among ‘Best of the Best’

For the past several years, AUM has been recognized as the top university in Alabama’s River Region by participants in the annual “Best of the River Region” Community Choice Awards presented by the Montgomery Advertiser and LocaliQ.

AUM has also earned recognition as the region’s top workplace and for the quality of its Wellness Center and Early Learning Center. Nominations for the 2024 awards are in progress now.

Submit your nominations: Montgomery Community’s Choice Awards Nomination (

Don’t miss the Continuing Merit Scholarship deadline

logoIf you are a currently enrolled AUM student who is in good academic standing, you may qualify for a Continuing Merit Scholarship. The application window is open until March 1.

Scholarships are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate Students must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a minimum cumulative institutional GPA of a 2.5 or higher.
  • Graduate Students must have completed a minimum of 6 hours of graduate coursework with a minimum cumulative institutional GPA of a 3.0 or higher.

Submit your application online before the March 1 deadline.

Submitting an application will help you receive consideration for a variety of general scholarships, need-based scholarships and scholarship endowments offered by the university.

Each of these scholarships varies in amount as well as in requirements outlined by the donors who support them. To be considered, a student must have an updated Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on record.

Some of AUM’s colleges, schools and departments may require separate scholarship applications. Be sure to check with your academic advisor to explore all department scholarship opportunities.

Continuing Merit Scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified candidates who apply by the deadline.  Applicants will be notified of their scholarship decision during the summer semester.

Earn a Graduate Study Merit Scholarship

If you’re a current graduate student who has completed at least nine course hours and possess a GPA of 3.4 or better, you may be eligible to receive the 2024-2025 Graduate Study Merit Scholarship offered by the AUM Alumni Association.

To apply for the scholarship, submit the following documents to [email protected] (include “Scholarship Committee, AUM Alumni Association” in the subject line) by March 15:

  • Your graduate GPA
  • Two letters of support, preferably from AUM faculty or staff (on AUM official letterhead), emphasizing leadership attributes
  • A 250-word essay outlining the applicant’s educational and career objectives, academic honors/civic activities, and how the award will benefit them.

Business Breakfast to welcome Air Force colonel

AUM’s Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series will feature U.S. Air Force Col. Brian E. Vaughn as its speaker on Thursday, March 7, at the RSA Activity Center.

Vaughn is the wing commander of the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field. As wing commander, he oversees the operations of over 1,400 personnel and 22 permanently assigned F-16C+ Fighting Falcons.

Purchase your tickets for the breakfast.

Retracing the Selma Bridge crossing

Join AUM’s Southern Poverty Law Center chapter in observing the 59th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday Selma Bridge Crossing.

In addition to visiting a historic civil rights site on Saturday, March 3, students will have an opportunity to interact with elected officials, as well as state and national representatives of the Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and League of Women Voters.

A free lunch will be provided. Buses will leave AUM’s Taylor Center at 10 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. on March 3.

Register for the trip online.

Apply for a CRCV Summer Seminar fellowship

AUM students and employees have an opportunity to earn scholarships and stipends as part of the Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society (CRCV) Summer Seminar June 24-28.

The weeklong workshop, supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, connects to themes within the framework of “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character Through Community.”

Student participants will receive $500 for their participation, which will be paid as a scholarship on their student account in Fall 2024. Faculty and staff participants will receive a stipend for their participation. The CRCV will select up to 30 student participants and will fund up to seven faculty and three staff members, respectively.

Students and employees should submit online applications by March 1.

The summer seminar will include visits to important historic sites and museums associated with the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Birmingham, structured reflection about these visits, and facilitated conversations on readings about the civil rights movement and the civic virtues of civil rights participants.

Check out the Summer Seminar schedule & speakers.

Where’s my ride? Warhawk Transit will tell you

Warhawk Transit is offering a new way for students to receive updates on shuttle transportation. Simply text “WARHAWK TRANSIT” to 334-398-6025 to receive timely notifications.

Ride with Warhawk Transit.

Stay in the know on campus events

There’s an easy way to keep up with all of the fun events offered on our campus. 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 happening.

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