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Warhawk Weekly 3-28: Student describes immigrant detention; Congrats, Women’s Tennis!


Women’s Tennis

  • Tuesday, March 28 | 1:30 p.m. vs. Mississippi College
  • Wednesday, March 29 | 2 p.m. vs. Cumberland University

Men’s Tennis

  • Tuesday, March 28 | 1:30 p.m. vs. Mississippi College
  • Wednesday, March 29 | 2 p.m. vs. Cumberland University

Men’s Baseball

  • Wednesday, March 29 | 5 p.m. vs. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Friday, March 31 | 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. vs. Talladega College


Visit to immigrant detention center helps student focus role as journalist

Auburn University at Montgomery faculty excel at bringing the world into the classroom for students. Sometimes, though, faculty find deeper, more meaningful ways to connect students with the world around them and the lessons it offers as they build the lives they choose.

Read the full story here.

Congrats, nationally ranked Women’s Tennis!

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its updated NCAA Division II rankings earlier this week, and for the first time in the NCAA era, the Auburn University at Montgomery women’s tennis team earned a national ranking.

Read the full story here.

VAL makes big difference for teacher candidates

AUM’s College of Education is leading the implementation of an innovative new tool that will immensely increase the value we offer students and their future clients and employers. The application potential spans several professional fields, so students and faculty from all colleges on campus are invited to attend the demonstration.

And the only place it’s available in the state is Auburn University at Montgomery.

Faculty can program the VAL environment with exercise objectives and desired outcomes, giving teacher candidates real interactions with virtual students acting out very real scenarios. Faculty can provide immediate critique and feedback on their performance, and they can even play back their recorded interactions for self-review.

Open house for VAL live demonstration

Please RSVP by March 31 to

Tuesday, April 4 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual Avatar Lab (VAL), Education Building, Room 100

Violence prevention week

Counseling and Health Promotion Services (CHPS), Housing and Residence Life, and AUM Peer Advocates have teamed up in observance of Violence Prevention Week (April 3-6). Our aim is to raise awareness and educate the AUM campus community on effective strategies to prevent and reduce violence. This is a time for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and cyberbullying. Each day of the week will highlight a specific type of violence and how it can be prevented.

Apr. 3: Domestic and Dating Violence: Learn the Signs and Take Action. Sponsored by CHPS. Visit us at the Goodwyn Hall breezeway from noon–1 p.m.

Apr. 4: #NOTONMYCAMPUS: End the Silence. Join the Movement. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. Visit us on the Housing Pedway from noon–1 p.m.

Apr. 5: Cyberbullying Prevention: What You Can Do. Sponsored by AUM Peer Advocates. Visit us at the Goodwyn Hall breezeway from noon–1 p.m.

Apr. 6: End the Violence: Education is the Key to Prevention. Sponsored by CHPS, Housing and Residence Life, and AUM Peer Advocates. Join us in Goodwyn Hall 109 (See more details available in Events)

Consortium to make Study Abroad in Costa Rica, S. Africa more affordable

AUM is part of the Organization for Tropical Studies consortium, which recently pledged $20,000 to each member institution to help defray the cost of student travel to Costa Rica or South Africa.

The deadline for applications for fall Study Abroad is April 1. Information about the program can be found on their website.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chelsea Ward, distinguished teaching professor and head of the Department of Biology, at or 334-244-3317.

Stine recognized at national meeting

Dr. Karen Stine, professor of Biology, recently was presented with the Undergraduate Educator Award from the Society of Toxicology at the society’s national meeting.

The award is presented to a SOT members distinguished by outstanding contributions to the teaching of undergraduate students in toxicology and toxicology-related areas and whose efforts support SOT’s strategic efforts to “Build for the Future of Toxicology.”

Advancement Ambassador student recruitment under way

As official hostesses and hosts of the AUM Office of Advancement, the Advancement Ambassadors promote pride in the University and serve with dedication and responsibility. Advancement Ambassadors represent the student body, administration, faculty and staff to persons both inside and outside the University at special events including luncheons, dinners, alumni gatherings, and receptions. They receive valuable training, and have the opportunity to meet not only University leadership, but community leaders as well.

Applications are due April 14. For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at

Grants how-to workshop

Are you seeking grants for your campus unit, tax-exempt organization, or research project? To help you navigate the funding landscape, the AUM Library will host a free workshop demonstrating the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDO).

Attendees will learn to use FDO, available in the Library, to search for grant prospects using over 140,000 grant-maker profiles and records documenting over 6 million recently awarded grants.

The Foundation Center recently expanded FDO’s scope to include information about federal grants, so it is more comprehensive than ever! All are welcome, however, space is limited, so advance registration is requested.

Wednesday, March 29 | 10 a.m. | Library Computer Lab | Register here.

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

‘Driven to Succeed … Stories of My Life’

The College of Business welcomes Larry Thornton, president and owner of Thornton Enterprises, Inc. (a McDonald’s franchisee), who will speak as part of Bizweek. Thornton, who was born in Montgomery and graduated from Alabama State University, opened six McDonald’s restaurants (four of which were new construction), and, among many other accomplishments, received one of the most prestigious tributes offered at Hamburger University in Oakbrook, Illinois, the Gold Hat Award.

Piano professors battle

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.

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Hot Topics Café: Coexist

There are 4,200 different organized religions in the world, and even as many young people appreciate and develop their faith, more young people than ever before consider themselves atheist or agnostic than ever before.

What does the role of faith mean in your life and the lives of those around you? Join Housing and Residence Life for an honest, open discussion about faith, one of the hallmarks of life.

Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | The Landing

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Service opportunity: Helping children

Love animals? Love children? This service event is for you!

Join Housing and Residence Life for its monthly community service effort! This month, the office is going to Montgomery Area Non-Traditional Equestrians to serve children with disabilities in the River Region.

Friday, March 31 | 9:30 a.m. | Arrive at The Nest promptly by 9:30 a.m. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

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Bulman to speak on 14th century French sorcery

Dr. Jan Bulman, associate professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures, will be speaking to the civic organization Association française de Montgomery on “A Case of Sorcery in Fourteenth-Century France.”

Sunday, April 2 | 2–4 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West | Free and open to the public

Provost celebrates faculty tenure, promotion

The Office of the Provost will be holding a reception to celebrate faculty who have recently been granted promotion or have received tenure.

The honorees are:

  • Shelly Taliaferro, promoted from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer
  • Duk Kim, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Michelle Tharpe, promoted from Assistant Clinical Professor to Clinical Associate Professor
  • Kyle Taylor, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
  • Kathy Jones, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
  • Matthew Killmeier, received tenure
  • John Havard, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Tara Beziat, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Ravi Chinta, promoted from Associate Professor to Professor with tenure
  • Mahmoud Darrat, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Jim Ryan, promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Kathy Dugan, promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor with tenure
  • Amanda Scott, promoted from Librarian I to Librarian II with tenure

Monday, April 3 | 1–3 p.m. | Taylor Center 222-223

retirement.jpgRetirement celebration for Carolyn Thomas

You are invited for a retirement celebration in honor of Dr. Carolyn Thomas.

Monday, April 3 | 2 p.m. | Liberal Arts 112

Varma to speak at Staff Council Get-Together

Join AUM colleagues and friends as well as Dr. Mrinal Varma, provost and senior vice chancellor, at the Staff Council’s Get-Together.

Tuesday, April 4 | 2 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Experts to debate justness of religious liberty laws

Eva Walton Kendrick, Alabama state manager for the Human Rights Campaign, and Adam J. MacLeod, associate professor at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law, will dialogue April 4 in a civil debate on the resolution “’Religious liberty’ laws constitute unjust discrimination.” Kendrick will defend the affirmative position, and MacLeod will defend the negative position.

Kendrick holds an Master of Arts in Southern Studies from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts in Southern Studies from Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Her research interests include twentieth-century social history, religious history and social movements. Kendrick joined the staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, in 2014. In her current role, Kendrick leads the state staff in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians, while changing institutions — and hearts and minds — through engagement with corporate and healthcare partners, faith outreach and community development. Kendrick lives in Birmingham, Ala., with her wife, Kathryn Kendrick.

MacLeod is a Thomas Edison Fellow in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University, a lecturer in the Witherspoon Institute’s graduate seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law and a former visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is author of Property and Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press 2015), co-editor of Foundations of Law (Carolina Academic Press 2017) and has authored articles, essays, and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. He contributes to the online journals Public Discourse and Library of Law & Liberty. He previously served as law clerk for state and federal judges in Massachusetts and Colorado, as special deputy attorney general of Alabama and as a lawyer in Boston. He holds degrees from Gordon College and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He lives with his wife and daughters in Montgomery.

The debate is sponsored by the University Honors Program at Auburn University at Montgomery, and will be moderated by Matthew Jordan, the director of the program. There will be time for questions and answers at the conclusion of the debate.

Tuesday, April 4 | 7 p.m. | Taylor Center 222–223 | Free and open to the public

McConaha speaks on creating a healthy campus

Melissa M. McConaha, Auburn University’s coordinator of student programs in Health Promotion and Wellness Services, will give an interactive presentation to students, faculty and staff. McConaha’s presentation will focus on creating a healthier campus community as it relates to violence awareness and prevention.

Thursday, April 6 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

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Resident Appreciation Day

Housing and Residence Life loves its residents! As we bring another academic year to a close, residents are invited to get together to celebrate, dance and eat fresh, grilled hamburgers with your Housing family!

Tuesday, April 11 | 4 p.m. | Warhawk Hall grilling station | Housing residents only

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Workforce for the Future forum

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography in AUM’s College of Public Policy and Justice is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and the Alabama Department of Mental Health to host a Workforce for the Future Forum to encourage college students to enter into the addiction and mental health workforce.

Monday, April 17 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor | Lunch and refreshments will be served

Hap Arnold Lecture Series

The Hap Arnold Lecture Series is an annual event presented by Auburn University at Montgomery and the U.S. Air Force Air War College. A panel of Air War College students (senior military leaders) will share their personal and professional stories with the audience and answer questions in an open forum.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Student leaders, Military Science/ROTC and students studying or who have an interest in political science and public administration may find this particularly interesting.

Wednesday, April 12 | 5:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 221–222 | Free and open to the public | Register here.

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

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

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