Warhawk Weekly 2–28: Warhawk Spotlight: I ‘Heart’ UNIV
“I ‘Heart’ UNIV” celebrates student success
More than 200 faculty, staff and students recently celebrated student success and the UNIV program at “I ‘Heart’ UNIV.”
Students displayed service-learning projects, attendees enjoyed pizza and cake, and door prizes included Chick-fil-A, Fazoli’s and Starbucks gift cards.
Attendees also painted canvases portraying student success at AUM; decorated a giant heart with names of past UNIV students and instructors; and played UNIV bingo, enhanced by topics that students printed on bingo cards such as emotional intelligence, critical thinking, financial literacy, and time management.
Recent statistics show the benefits of UNIV. First-year student retention rates have increased 6 percent, and, in addition, 90 percent of students report they have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed at AUM as a result of UNIV.
“‘I ‘Heart’ UNIV’ was a huge success,” said Amy Ingram, UNIV program manager.
Evans publishes article on ‘Huckleberry Finn’
Dr. Bob Evans, professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, is the author of an article titled “Is Huckleberry Finn a Picaresque Novel?” The article appears in a new collection of essays on the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn edited by noted Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen and published by Salem Press. The essay explores the tangled question of whether Twain’s famous novel is or is not a “picaresque” work in the various senses of that term. Such qualities include whether the main character is a lowborn rogue or rascal (in Spanish, “picaro”) who survives by his own wits.
AUM Day of Giving 2017 a success
The second annual AUM Day of Giving was a success! The initiative received more than 100 gifts to support the chemistry analyzer for Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences; the Community Tutors project for The Learning Center; Curtiss the Warhawk; the Kinesiology Department; the Operation Warhawk Assist scholarship; rolling white boards for the Library; the Student Athlete Advisory Committee; Study Abroad scholarships; and the University Honors program.
A special thanks to the Day of Giving ambassadors from all over campus who actively promoted their projects via social media, email and face-to-face communication and to the Housing and Residence Life team who also participated by holding a bake sale to support the Operation Warhawk Assist scholarship.
Mark your calendars for next year’s Day of Giving on Feb. 14, 2018!
Proposals for next year’s projects will be requested soon, so start thinking about a compelling project for your department. If you have questions, please contact Marie Harrington at 244-3596 or [email protected].
OGI co-sponsors international recruitment in Russia
Dr. Lee A. Farrow recently returned from Russia, where she recruited students in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok to attend AUM and offered Russian students advice on how to apply to and succeed in American universities.
See the Office of Global Initiatives blog for a story on international recruitment.
Tech Tuesday: Experience through Digital Design and Fabrication
Come and see how technology can change the arts with Windham Graves, visiting assistant professor of Art.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 | Noon | Taylor Center 147 | Sponsored by the Center for Disability Services
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Let the good times roll!
Join the Campus Activities Board as we dive into our Mardi Gras celebration with traditional foods – like chicken and rice jambalaya, fried okra, hushpuppies and King Cake – and marvelous music. Student ID required.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 5–7 p.m. | Warhawk Alley
How to Avoid Plagiarism and Correctly Use Citations!
Sponsored by the Warhawk Academic Success Center, Learning Center, Career Development Center, and YOUR Library, the free, AUMazing workshops introduce attendees to library and academic support resources that will help them on their academic journey.
All workshops are held in the Library Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of the AUM Library Tower. While registration isn’t required, it is encouraged as seating is limited! You can register electronically via the AUM Library calendar or choose from the times listed below!
Refreshments will be provided at all workshops and for UNIV students, the workshops count towards the required Supplemental Instruction in their Warhawk Passport!
Encourage your students or come and learn how you can become AUMazing! If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Hayes at [email protected].
Thursday, March 2
Ethics Commission director to speak
Thomas B. Albritton, director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, will speak Wednesday, March 1, in Professor Linda Dennard’s Public Service Ethics class. Albritton, a lawyer from Andalusia, Ala., was appointed to the commission in 2015. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For information, email [email protected]
Wednesday, March 1 | 6:20–8:55 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 208
CELT: The New Course Evaluation Forms
In Summer 2016, AUM moved to a new course evaluation form that will be completed by students online. This new system offers faculty enormous flexibility in examining and utilizing their own CEF data for tenure, promotion, and teaching effectiveness purposes. This session will introduce faculty to the new system and its many benefits. Lunch will be served, so you MUST register on the AUM Training Calendar.
- Registration for this session is REQUIRED.
- *Recommended for UNIV instructors.
Friday, March 3 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West
Engineering Club: Designing and Specifying Glue-laminated Timber
Structural engineer Eric Fennell will explore common design considerations specific to glued-laminated timber, design stresses, sizes, configurations, limitations, connections and sources in his presentation on “Designing and Specifying Glue-laminated Timber.” He will discuss differences between custom and stock glulams, solid timber vs. glulams, and how specifications should be written to insure correct products are used.
Fennell has been involved in all design aspects of glulam materials manufactured by Structural Wood Systems. Structures vary from churches, to libraries, offices, residential, industrial facilities, park shelters, and bridges, virtually anything that can be built using glulam materials. Currently a registered professional engineer in 10 states throughout the Southeast, Fennell is responsible for assisting customers with preliminary designs for estimating purposes and preparation and sealing of custom engineered shop drawings for use in manufacturing glulam components and connections at Structural Wood Systems.
Friday, March 3 | 1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 201
Business Breakfast: The Business of Football
Join Dana Marquez, the inaugural recipient of the Innovation in Safety Award from the Maxwell Football Club, as he discusses the business of football. Marquez has been recognized for the positive impact forward thinking can have on player safety.
Tuesday, March 7 | 7:30 a.m. | The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville | Must register to attend. Cost: $30 ticket or $250 for a table of 8 for AUM staff.
Professors in Pubs: ‘Raiders of the Lost Beers’
Dr. Kim Pyszka, professor of Archeology at Auburn University at Montgomery, will be the guest of the AUM College of Arts and Sciences community program, Professors in Pubs, at The Tipping Point in Hampstead Village. In her talk, “Raiders of the Lost Beers,” she will discuss the discovery of ancient beer recipes, the current brewing using these recipes, and the place of beer in cultures both ancient and modern.
Tuesday, March 7 | 6 p.m. | The Tipping Point, Hampstead Village, Montgomery
Get the facts on sleep
March 6–13 is Sleep Awareness Week. Join the Campus Activities Board and Counseling & Health Promotions as we share facts on how sleep is important to the lives of college students. De-stress with coloring and a mini-chair massage.
Open to students; ID Required.
Wednesday, March 8 | 3–5 p.m. | Taylor Center 223
Political Film Series continues Mar. 8
Get ready for another semester of exciting films in the Political Film Series sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice. All films start at 7 p.m. with an introduction to the film subject and context. Audience discussion follows the screening.
- Anita (2013; NR) — International Women’s Rights Day feature | March 8 | Goodwyn Hall 109
- Deepwater Horizon (2016; PG-13) — Earth Day feature | April 20 | Goodwyn Hall 111
The Political Film Series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund. The event is free and open to the public; popcorn and soda are complimentary. For further information or to receive email updates, please contact Dr. Pia Knigge at [email protected] or 334-244-3834.
ShamROCK the House Party
Technically, the Big Green Holiday falls over spring break, but fear not! You can get your party on before the actual day with all your housing friends at shamROCK the House!
There will be music, free food, and so much more! Come join us as we celebrate the launch of our annual Kill-a-Watt Challenge.
Tuesday, March 7 | 7 p.m. | The Landing
Students: Improve your résumé
Release the power of your résumé with Résumé Breakout, a series of workshops and labs designed to help students create effective résumés and other professional job search materials. Students will learn tips for building a strong and effective résumé from industry professionals and get one-on-one résumé assistance from Career Development Center specialists.
The Résumé Breakout workshops will feature a recruiting professional presenting best practices for creating résumés and other job search materials in specific career fields and/or industries including professionals in Public Education, Law Enforcement, Banking and Human Resources. Students can register for all workshops through WarhawkCareers on the MyAUM portal.
Specialists in the Career Development Center will host Résumé Breakout lab sessions on Thursdays from noon–1 p.m. throughout the spring semester (excluding Spring Break). Any student seeking assistance in creating resumes or other job search documents is welcome to attend.
In addition the CDC will host evening résumé labs from 5–6 p.m. in Clement 110 on the following dates:
- Thursday, March 9
- Thursday, March 30
- Thursday, April 13
Registration is not required for the résumé lab sessions.
Please contact the Career Development Center at [email protected] or 334-244-3344 for more information.
AUM’s Informatics Institute’s Cybersecurity Seminar Series
Dr. Vir Phoha, a professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, will present a seminar titled “Continuous Authentication Using Wearable Devices and Its Performance Evaluation” on March 24.
Phoha’s presentation will elaborate on the building of spoof-resistant continuous authentication systems using the unique patterns obtained from tactile, physiological, and neurobiological sensory information from mobile and wearable devices, such as smart phones, smart watches and brain-computer interface devices like NeuroSky Mindwave.
Phoha’s current research addresses cyberspace defense and offense mechanisms, in particular net-centric authentication systems (biometrics, authentication in networks, monitoring, and attribution); machine learning (Bayesian, reinforcement, evolutionary); and data mining.
Friday, March 24 | 2:30–3:50 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West
Undergraduate Research Symposium accepting abstracts
The College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017. The event is open to any undergraduate currently or previously taking part in a research project at AUM. Abstracts should be electronically submitted to John Hutchison ([email protected]) with a CC to Ann Marie O’Neill ([email protected]) no later than March 3, 2017.
The email abstract submission should have a subject line containing: “2017 UGR Symposium Abstract Submission.” Please submit only one abstract per email. If an abstract requires formatting not supported by the PDF form then you are welcome to attach a Word document with the abstract formatting exactly as you would want it to be displayed in the program. For more information, including presentation criteria and awards, visit the College of Arts and Sciences information page.
SWOT team accepting donations
The SWOT Team will be collecting educational and arts and crafts supplies to donate to the Boys & Girls Club this spring. Please join and donate items! All donations are appreciated. Donations can be turned in to the Orientation and Transitions office, located in Taylor Center 308 until March 8.
The following items would be appreciated:
- Notebook Paper
- 3 Ring Binders
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Paper Folders
- Classroom Musical Instruments
- Construction Paper
- Washable Paints
Women Lead Society accepting applications
The Auburn University Women Lead Society is currently accepting applications through March 3, 2017 for new members. The leadership cohort is led by AUM Women faculty and staff committed to growing women leaders. The organization is structured as an interdisciplinary program with a residential living and learning community dedicated to developing the skills necessary for women students to successfully complete an undergraduate degree and compete in the job marketplace. AWLS focuses its efforts on the building blocks of a better academic and post-academic life — academic skills development, professional and personal development, and community engagement. We connect the experience, expertise and resources to advance the common good in our AUM community and abroad. AWLS is dedicated to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for college women.
The women must be at least a sophomore (by Aug. 16, 2017) with a 2.5 GPA.
Orange Jacket Society accepting applications
Interested in furthering your professional skills on campus? The Orange Jacket Society (OJS) is an organization built on prestige, professionalism and ultimate school spirit.
OJS will help build your skill sets and develop relationships with others who share your passion for this University. OJS helps serve AUM in a multitude of events including on-campus and throughout the community.
OJS participates in trainings guided by faculty, professionals, and former members. OJS members are expected to present themselves in a dignified and professional manner at all times. The individual growth students gain from this experience is unparalleled to anything else on campus. With the opportunity to make connections in the community and on campus, OJS members receive an experience that will last a lifetime.
Students speak highly of their time in OJS, leaving with valuable knowledge to help propel them in the future. “OJS has helped me develop my leadership skills greatly by allowing me to network and make connections, present myself professionally at all times, and has made me more comfortable with socializing in professional settings,” Tiara Key, Legal Studies, says.
Students can apply now, and interviews for OJS are April 5 and April 7. Be sure to apply using the online application before March 24, 2017. For more information, contact Serena McCovery at [email protected] or 334-531-9573.
Continuing Merit Scholarship open to current students
The Continuing Merit Scholarship application is available to current AUM students who are in good standing. Students must have completed 12 or more hours of undergraduate or 9 or more hours of graduate coursework to be considered for university scholarships.
This application will also serve as the 2017-2018 Ida Belle Young Merit Scholarship application. Currently enrolled AUM undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and graduate students who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be considered for this scholarship. The Ida Belle Young Scholarship is also competitive and limited in number.
Students can find the scholarship application online. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 1.
Graduate students: Apply for Alumni Association scholarship today
The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association is accepting applications for its 2017–18 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through March 1.
To be eligible, students must be fully admitted to an AUM graduate program; must have completed at least nine hours of graduate study courses; and have a current grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Interested students can email [email protected] with questions or for an application. A completed application will include, among other things, two letters of support (preferably from AUM faculty or staff), a 250-word essay on career objectives and a current resume. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail.
Engage in random acts of kindness
As the new year and new semester begins, AUM Connected: Common Reading Program invites you to engage in random acts of kindness. Our book this year, The Dinner, features characters who lack kindness and empathy. Here at AUM, we expect better.
Please visit the bulletin board on the second floor of the library or the other smaller displays around campus to get ideas for random acts of kindness.