Warhawk Weekly 3–7: Sociology student earns award; COB students compete
Sociology student Decker earns award
Madelyn Decker, a junior Sociology major, earned second place honors for her paper, “Our Lady of Fatima; The Sacredness of Intercessory Saints,” at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association’s annual meeting on Feb. 24, in Jackson, Miss.
Decker competed in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition against students from Mississippi and Alabama
Business students present airline research
The AUM College of Business was well represented again this year at the 2016–2017 CFA Institute Research Challenge Southern Classic, where members of the COB Investment Club presented research on Delta Airlines in front of professionals at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., on Feb. 18.
Gerardo Rodriguez, Ian White and Kyle Hammock advanced to the round, narrowed to only 12 other teams, as a result of their first-round research report on Delta Airlines they submitted in January, said Dr. Tewhan Hahn, club advisor and professor of Finance in the College of Business.
Accounting professor represents AUM, brings home lessons from consortium
Assistant Professor of Accounting Hongkang Xu recently attended the invitation-only American Accounting Association’s 2017 New Faculty Consortium (NFC) in Leesburg, Va. This year’s NFC was composed of four sessions: “Planning an Academic Career,” “Teaching,” “Scholarship, Practice, and Research,” and “Managing the Publication Process.”
“I met some senior editors of great journals, like Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons,” said Xu. “Additionally, some senior faculty members shared their teaching experiences and advice with us, which was very helpful.”
The purpose of the NFC is to stimulate thinking about scholarly endeavors; to inspire to create, acquire and disseminate knowledge; and to provide opportunities to meet members of the academic accounting community.
“There are small group discussions after each session,” said Xu. “Therefore, it increases the exposure of AUM and myself.”
Xu said this experience could benefit him in several ways. “First, the teaching experience shared by the senior faculties can be applied to my teaching skills,” he said. “Second, the advice provided by the editors can help me improve my research and reduce the rejection rate of my papers. Third, the social activities in the conference help new faculty know each other. I believe the network will be very useful in my academic career.”
Barganier honored with achievement award
Susan Barganier, Learning Center director, was recently awarded the Southeastern Writing Center Association’s Achievement Award. The SWCA Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding, sustained body of work of a writing center director or supervisor to a particular writing center, SWCA, and/or the writing center community at large.
Also, in February, three representatives of the Learning Center and AUM Library presented at the Southeastern Writing Center Association’s (SWCA) annual conference. The SWCA is a member of the International Writing Centers Association, an NCTE assembly. This year’s theme was “Today’s Multimodal Writing Center.”
Naomi Perez, a Learning Center tutor and graduate student in the AUM Master of Teaching Writing program, presented on the use of screen-casting software in creating materials and branding student centers. Matthew Kemp, Learning Center coordinator, presented on quantitative research design and data analysis techniques for center administrators. And Jessica Hayes, head of Public Services for the Library, and Matthew Kemp co-presented on interdepartmental collaborations aimed at student success between university libraries and tutoring centers, based on their efforts at AUM.
Delta Zeta celebrates 40 years at AUM
The Lambda Nu chapter of Delta Zeta celebrated its 40th year at AUM the weekend of Feb. 25–27. Lambda Nu was chartered at AUM on April 22, 1977.
Sixty DZ women visited AUM for the celebration, with the most distant alumna traveling from Washington, D.C., to take part.
Gribben describes results of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn translations
Dr. Alan Gribben, professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, has published an account of the results of his decision in 2011 to offer editions of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn that translated the racial slurs to make it possible for teachers to reintroduce these classics into the classrooms. Gribben’s essay appeared in Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ed. R. Kent Rasmussen (Salem Press, 2017).
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.
Today, March 7 | 6 p.m. | The Tipping Point, Hampstead Village, Montgomery
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.
Today, March 7 | 7 p.m. | The Landing
The Library, WASC, and Learning Center are sponsoring Midterm Madness. Success advisors will be available to meet with students to discuss midterm grades and any other issues students may have related to their success at AUM. Treats and refreshments, including coffee and popcorn, will be served all day. Nancy’s Italian Ice will be provided free at noon both days — first come, first served.
Wednesday and Thursday, March 8–9 | All day | WASC, Library Tower, 2nd floor
International Women’s Day
AUM’s International Women’s Day event will address unique experiences and perspectives of women and will inspire AUM students, faculty and staff as we focus on this year’s global theme, #BeBoldForChange.
International Women’s Day has been recognized worldwide since 1911. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while recognizing that there is still room to grow.
Wednesday, March 8 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230 | Lunch provided
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.
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
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.
Alumni Softball Tailgate
Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon of AUM softball. Lunch and admission to the games are complimentary to AUM alumni and their families.
Saturday, March 11 | Tailgate: Noon; Softball doubleheader — AUM vs. Young Harris: 1 p.m.
AUM-SPLC on Campus Club book drive, tour
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 163)
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.
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.
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.