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Warhawk Weekly 3-1: HER Story; Continuing Merit Scholarship

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‘HER Story’ series highlights Women’s History Month

In celebrating the successes and contributions of women worldwide during Women’s History Month, Auburn University at Montgomery will host a series of speakers who will share their stories on female empowerment and achievement.

The “HER Story Speaker Series” will open on Tuesday, March 8, at noon. AUM alumna Yung Romano, a 2010 Alabama Teacher of the Year who now serves students at Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida, will kick off the series via Zoom.

Women’s History Month began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, California, where educators used the day to increase awareness among their students of women’s contributions to society. It was later expanded to Women’s History Week and was finally nationally recognized by Congress as Women’s History Month in 1987. Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation.

March also serves as Gender Equality Month and Ethnic Equality Month, which serve as a time to recognize, appreciate and honor the differences and commonalities we all share. In celebration of the heritage months in March, organizations across campus will be hosting several events and initiatives in which students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate.

Please check the AUM Events Calendar in the coming week more information on future “HER Story” series speakers. 

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Apply for the Continuing Merit Scholarship

If you are a currently enrolled AUM undergraduate or graduate student who is in good academic standing and also meets the requirements outlined below, you could earn a Continuing Merit Scholarship.

Submit your application by the close of business today.

  • 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.

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 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 around the beginning of the summer semester.

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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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Bowden, Duenas to serve on board for local non-profit

Auburn University at Montgomery College of Education faculty members Shelly Hudson Bowden and Gilbert Duenas have been elected to the Board of Directors for the Family Guidance Center of Alabama.

Both will serve three-year terms for the center, which offers parenting education, child care support services, marriage enrichment, counseling, career development, job training and other therapeutic services for families. Hudson Bowden and Duenas each serve as professors in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology.

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Creating culturally responsive courses

Faculty and staff who missed the Experiential Education & Engagement Center’s in-person workshop on “Creating Culturally Responsive Course Design” can still get in on the conversation.

The EEEC will host a discussion via Zoom on Thursday, March 10, from 1 to 2 p.m.

The workshop series will focus on a variety of topics, including cultural responsiveness, educational barriers, intentionality, marginalization and differentiated instruction.

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Grant helps students learn firefighting best practices

Recently, Auburn University at Montgomery and its grant partner, Tall Timbers, hosted 34 individuals from five institutions for a daylong course in firefighting.

Students learned about safety, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, the fundamentals of setting and managing controlled burns, and how to fight wild land fires. Completion of the course prepared students for employment on burn crews in Alabama. After completing an additional test, students can qualify for opportunities fighting fires for the Nature Conservancy.

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College of Business connects students with potential employers

Practice those job interview skills, update that resume and dress to impress.

AUM’s College of Business will host a Career Fair for its students on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Taylor Center 221.

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Support AUM’s Blood Drive

Support LifeSouth Community Blood Centers by participating in AUM’s Blood Drive today.

Look for the LifeSouth Bloodmobile in front of the AUM Athletics Complex until 5 p.m.

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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Student-athletes reflect on Black History Month

During Black History Month, AUM student-athletes have been invited to share their reflections on the significance of the occasion.

Our final two student-athlete spotlights in the series are softball standout Gia Martin and baseball player Mario Galloway.

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Historical Review offers opportunities for student contributors

Students with a flair for storytelling and an appreciation for history have an opportunity to build their professional portfolios as “AUM Historical Review” contributors.

Students who are interested in writing, editing and designing content for the publication should contact Dr. Ben Severance ([email protected]), who will serve as faculty advisor for the 11th issue of the annual journal.

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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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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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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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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

Have you been missing out on some of the fun events that happen on our campus daily?

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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