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Warhawk Weekly 3–14: Crystal’s chemistry; Kinesiology students present


  • Today, March 14 | NEW TIME: 4 p.m. vs. University of North Georgia


Chemistry project shows student more than one life to build

Crystal Arnold came to earn a degree that would qualify her to attend physical therapy school. But a chemistry project altered her design.

Read the full story here.

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Kinesiology students Clarke, Seay present at conference

Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology recently made presentations at the 2017 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM), in Greenville, S.C.

Holly Clarke, a graduate assistant in the Department of Kinesiology, presented on “Reliability of Resting Energy Expenditure and Substrate Oxidation in Young Adults.” Clarke addressed whether or not the protocol and method used to measure resting metabolic rate was trustworthy and produced consistent measurements, day to day. The study validated the equipment used in the Human Performance Lab at AUM, finding that the equipment measuring resting metabolic rate and substrate oxidation was statistically reliable.

Rebekah Seay, a graduate assistant in the Department of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Lab, presented on “Sprint and High-Intensity Interval Training and Their Influence on Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Substrate Oxidation.” Seay examined how resistance training may increase metabolic rate while endurance training may help maintain metabolic rate with weight loss. Seay compared the effects of sprint and high-intensity interventions on RMR and substrate oxidation throughout a four-week training intervention of Sprint Interval Training (SIT) or High-Intensity Training (HIT).

In other Kinesiology news, Dr. Matthew Schubert, director of the Human Performance Lab, also has announced that the Department of Kinesiology is offering a SPECIAL for March and April. Kinesiology will offer a full-service wellness-screening package for $125 (normally $150, these tests could easily be $500 elsewhere). The screening package includes a diet recall, blood work, body composition reading, and fitness testing, all supervised by a physician. Participants will receive comprehensive information about their health, disease risk, diet, and exercise training guidance. Contact [email protected] today to schedule an appointment!

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Holly Clarke, left, and Rebekah Seay

Buford earns CELT teaching certification

Barry Buford, a Master of Liberal Arts student at AUM, has completed the Graduate Student Teaching Certification program at Auburn University at Montgomery. This program is designed and run by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and requires that students complete a series of professional development classes on topics related to teaching and learning.

In addition, students attend a “Syllabus Swap” session in which participants review one another’s syllabi and discuss the characteristics of a good syllabus and the ways in which this document can go beyond the narrowest scope of its usual definition. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching believes these courses help to prepare graduate students for their roles as teachers.

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Barry Buford and Dr. Lee Farrow

Students: Make your voice heard in the SGA

Are you interested in your voice being heard at AUM? Do you want to participate in decisions on behalf of you and your peers? Then apply to be a part of AUM Student Government Association.

AUM’s Student Government Association is the governing body of the students, and the SGA realizes that our goals may only be accomplished through dedication, leadership and cooperation with the administration and the student body. The purpose of the SGA is to serve as the liaison between students and administration; enhance student life both academically and socially; and serve as the voice of the student body as an organization led by students for students.

There are two ways that you can apply and run for office to get involved as a student leader within SGA. If you have spent at least one semester in SGA, then you are eligible to apply for an executive officer position (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, chief justice). All other students can apply to become a senator for your college or for an at-large senator position.

The Deadline for students to apply is March 22. Campaigning begins March 25–30, and voting will take place on March 29–30 via MyAUM (like the recent homecoming elections).

Farrow interviewed about Alaska Purchase book

Dr. Lee A. Farrow, distinguished teaching professor of History and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, was interviewed about her new book, Seward’s Folly: A New Look at the Alaska Purchase, for a podcast series dedicated to the sesquicentennial of the purchase which will air in April. Farrow is also cited in the March edition of Alaska Beyond, the in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines.

Dining in the Dark

AUM Connected and the Center for Disability Services invites students, faculty and staff to Dining in the Dark, a sensory experience where the diner is blindfolded and experiences what it’s like to be unable to see while eating a meal.

Without sight, tastes, smells, textures and sounds are heightened. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about vision loss and awaken your senses!

Register online. Limited to first 50 who register.

Wednesday, March 22 | 5–6:15 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

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Actor Richard Herd coming to campus

Drawing on more than six decades of experience in the entertainment profession, actor Richard Herd will offer survival skills to help anyone building a career — no matter the field — land that first job.

With more than 500 radio, theater, film and TV roles to his credit, Herd is best known for portraying Mr. Wilhelm in the TV comedy Seinfeld. His most recent film appearance is in this year’s hit movie “Get Out,” filmed in Alabama. Herd has also appeared in “Star Trek Renegades” and “Star Trek Voyager” as Admiral Owen Paris.

In addition to acting and teaching college acting classes, Herd is a musician and singer, a jewelry maker, a poet and playwright, and an established artist with numerous exhibitions to his credit.

Following the presentation and Q&A session with the audience, Herd will be available to pose for photographs and sign photos.

Wednesday, March 22 | 6:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

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MLA graduate students host colloquium

Master of Liberal Arts graduate students will share insights in history and English at the Spring Liberal Arts Graduate Colloquium.

  • Nikki Headley, Master of Liberal Arts in English, “Lavinia and Feminism”
  • Barry Buford, Master of Liberal Arts in History, “McClellan and Lincoln, 1862”
  • Crystie Deuter, Master of Liberal Arts in English, “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers: Thoreau’s Treatment of Nature in ‘Sunday’”

Wednesday, March 29 | 12:30–2 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Piano concert features AU, UA professors

The College of Arts and Sciences presents a “battle” between Alabama and Auburn piano professors.

Edisher Savitski, University of Alabama

Wednesday, March 29 | 6:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Jeremy Samolesky, Auburn University

Wednesday, April 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

For more information, visit the Promenade Concert Series webpage.

Alpha Gamma Delta hosts Lip Jam

Alpha Gamma Delta is gearing up for its 3rd annual Lip Jam. The lip sync and dance competition has a theme each year that assists participants with music selections, dances and outfits. This year’s theme is “Night at the Movies.”

Teams can be formed by any faculty, staff or student combination. A minimum of 5 is needed to form a team. To get registration fee and application information, please email [email protected].

Friday, April 21 | 7–9 p.m. | AUM Athletics Complex

AUM-SPLC on Campus Club book drive, tour

Book Drive

The AUM-SPLC on Campus Club is sponsoring a book drive for incarcerated juveniles throughout March. Drop-off boxes can be found in the following locations:

  • Warhawk Alley;
  • Goodwyn Hall 209 (Department of Political Science and Public Administration);
  • Clement Hall 319 (College of Public Policy & Justice/Dr. Brackett’s Office);
  • Dr. Paul Hard’s Office (Education 305C);
  • Liberal Arts 223 (Dept. of Communication/Dr. Giagnoni’s Office); and
  • Student Affairs (Dr. Tyre’s Office, Taylor Center 319)

Donations also may be left with Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen (Sociology), Dr. Rolando Carol (Psychology), Dr. David Hughes (Political Science), Dr. John Harvard (English), SPLC Club President Cornelia Brown, or SPLC Club Secretary (Tristan Bradley).

SPLC Civil Rights Memorial Center Tour

Students, faculty and staff also are invited to sign up for a free tour of the SPLC Civil Rights Memorial Center on March 24. The tour starts at noon, and we will meet 11:50 a.m. in front of the Center, located downtown, 400 Washington Ave. To sign up, email Dr. Pia Knigge, the Club’s faculty sponsor, at [email protected] no later than March 21.

Friday, March 24 | Noon (Meet at Center at 11:50 a.m.) | Civil Rights Memorial Center, 400 Washington Ave.

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Informatics Institute 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

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.

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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.

If possible, take a picture of your random act and email it to [email protected] so we can include it on the AUM Connected Facebook page.

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