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Warhawk Weekly 4-2: Celebrate international cultures; 2024 solar eclipse

Celebrate AUM’s international cultures

AUM’s 2nd Annual Cultural Festival in April will showcase music, dance and flavors from the many cultures represented within its campus community.

Performers will include the Navy Band Southeast, Yunmeng Dance Ensemble, AUMcapella and other student- and faculty- and staff-led acts. The event will be held Saturday, April 6, from 3-7 p.m., at the AUM Athletics Complex and on The Quad.

Register in advance to help ensure enough food is available for all attendees.

Restaurants providing dishes for the 6 p.m. food tasting include Asian Bistro & Seafood, D’Road Café, India Palace, Island Delight at Dexter, Jerusalem Restaurant, KIMCOOK Korean Fusion Restaurant, MatkaBar Indian Restaurant, Saffron Indian Kitchen and Sol.

What to expect from the 2024 solar eclipse

While Alabama will not be in the path of totality for the 2024 solar eclipse, it will still offer prime viewing on Monday, April 8.

For viewers in Montgomery and other portions of Alabama’s River Region, “about 81 percent of the sun’s surface will be covered,” according to Auburn University at Montgomery Associate Professor Randy Russell. “The eclipse here in Montgomery starts at 12:40 [p.m.] Central Daylight Time and lasts until 3:17. The maximum amount the eclipse will occur at 1:59 p.m.”

AUM will host a public viewing of the eclipse on April 8, from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., between the Library Tower and Goodwyn Hall. Telescopes and International Organization for Standardization-certified glasses will be available for safe viewing.

Russell, who teaches astronomy, physics and physical sciences in AUM’s College of Sciences, said it’s important to take appropriate precautions for viewing the eclipse.

“You should never look at the sun with unprotected eyes,” Russell said. “You should use glasses that are ISO certified and specifically designed for viewing the sun. They should have stamped on them ISO certification. These glasses will block out not only most of the visible light but also all of the damaging infrared and ultraviolet light.”

If you miss out on next week’s opportunity, you’ll be waiting a while for the next eclipse. A total solar eclipse will cross the United States again in 2044, but will only be viewable in states like Montana and the Dakotas. Another total solar eclipse will happen in August 2045, with a path of totality crossing from California into the Southeastern United States.

AUM repeats as Top 10 ‘Military Friendly’ university

For the seventh consecutive year, Auburn University at Montgomery has earned national recognition as a “Military Friendly School.”

AUM earned a No. 3 ranking in the “Small Public School” category and was recognized as a Military Spouse Friendly School, according to a newly released survey by Viqtory Media. Published in “G.I. Jobs” magazine, the Military Friendly Schools survey is the longest-running and most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving veteran and military-affiliated students.

Viqtory Media surveys more than 1,600 schools nationally, evaluating such components as affordability, institutional commitment to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” flexibility of course delivery, and support services available to military-affiliated students.

AUM serves more than 800 military-affiliated students, including spouses and dependents.

Learn more about AUM’s ‘Military Friendly’ designation.

Try out for AUM Cheerleading

a group of people on a stageIf you’re athletic and can inspire a crowd, try out for AUM’s cheerleading team April 26-28.

Scholarships are available for incoming and currently enrolled AUM students. Requirements include learning cheers and dances taught at tryout clinics, advanced-level stunt capabilities (twisting and release), acceptance into AUM and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Incoming freshman scholarships start at $1,000 per year, and there are scholarships for advanced level tumbling ($500/year for Level 4 and up), Level 2 and 3 tumbling ($250/year) and academic achievement ($250/year for a 3.75 GPA or higher).

Register for tryouts.

AUM recognizes faculty tenure, promotion

The Office of the Provost will host a reception on Friday, April 5, from 2-4 p.m. in Taylor Center 230, for faculty who have recently earned tenure or promotion. Employees who wish to attend the event are asked to submit an online RSVP.

Faculty members being recognized include:

  • Wendy Anderson, promoted to Senior Lecturer
  • Breuna Baine, promoted to Professor
  • Rolando Carol, promoted to Professor
  • Agnitra Roy Choudhury, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Eric Darch, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Brett Davis, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Tarek ElBadawy, promoted to Professor
  • Cornell Foo, promoted to Professor
  • Angela Fowler, promoted to Senior Lecturer
  • Christine Totura Garrison, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Vanessa Koelling, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Seth Reno, promoted to Professor
  • Angela Russell, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Lacey Sloan, promoted to Professor
  • Claudia Stein, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

Meet your employment match

Need a job or internship? Get your resume ready, iron that professional outfit and sharpen your interview skills in preparation for the Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 3.

Connect with the Career Development Center for tips on how to prepare and find opportunities that align with your professional goals.

Register through the Handshake mobile app.

Bring a pal to Theatre AUM’s comedy ‘Buddies’

Catch upcoming Theatre AUM performances of “Buddies,” a comedy by Ben Abbott directed by Neil David Seibel.

Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4-Saturday, April 6, as well as Thursday, April 11-Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Admission is free for AUM students, faculty and staff with ID, $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and military.

Learn more about AUM’s master’s programs

a close up of a newspaperLooking for another way to distinguish yourself to future employers or accelerate advancement in your current career? Join us for Graduate Studies Preview Night on Tuesday, April 9, from 5-7 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-223.

Register now for Grad Preview Night!

AUM Police offers emergency response training

AUM Police & Public Safety personnel will offer emergency response training for students, faculty and staff on Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Taylor Center 230.

Register in advance to reserve your spot for the free class.

The training sessions are free and offer response strategies for a variety of potential emergency incidents, including active shooter scenarios.

Stay in the know on campus events

a group of people standing around a tableThere’s an easy way to keep up with all of the fun events offered on our campus. 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 happening.

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