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Warhawk Weekly 4-9: Solar eclipse viewing; Graduate programs

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Sky-watchers enjoy memorable Monday

Even though Alabama wasn’t in the path of totality for Monday’s solar eclipse, the AUM campus offered a prime viewing spot for a few hundred students, employees and community members eager to engage in sky-watching.

In Alabama’s River Region, approximately 81 percent of the sun’s surface was covered by the moon during the eclipse’s peak locally at 1:59 p.m. Randy Russell, associate professor in the College of Sciences, facilitated safe viewing through a telescope set up between Goodwyn Hall and the Library Tower.

“It’s always exciting to people interested in science or learning in general. That’s what we’re all about is giving people new experiences and helping them to learn,” Russell said.

If you missed Monday’s opportunity, you will have a long wait for the next viewing party. The next solar eclipse that will be visible in Central Alabama will come in August 2045, with a path of totality extending from California into the Southeastern United States.

Check out AUM Photographer Frank Williams’ solar eclipse gallery.

Getting to know our graduate programs

Looking for another way to distinguish yourself to future employers or accelerate advancement in your current career? Join us for Graduate Studies Preview Night tonight, from 5-7 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-223.

Register now for Grad Preview Night!

Celebrating the talents, diversity of AUM

From traditional Chinese, Greek and Indian dances to a feast featuring a variety of international flavors, there was plenty to like about the 2nd Annual AUM Cultural Festival.

Held last Saturday, the event drew a few hundred students, faculty, staff and community members to The Quad and Athletics Complex for an evening of entertainment and fellowship. Performers included the Navy Band Southeast, the Zorba-Montgomery Greek Dancers, AUMcapella, Yunmeng Dance Ensemble, the Jammin’ Warhawks and a variety of student-led acts.

The event conclude with a parade of nations, featuring the nationalities represented within the AUM campus community.

Enjoy AUM Photographer Frank Williams’ event gallery.

CLASS Film Series features ‘Margin Call’

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Film Series will feature “Margin Call,” a thriller based on real events from the 2008 financial crisis. The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 112.

Free drinks and popcorn will be available. History & World Cultures Professor Wyatt Wells will lead discussion about the movie, which stars Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci.

‘Common Thread’ celebrates inaugural issue

Common Thread, AUM’s art and literary magazine, will host a launch party for its inaugural issue from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Goodwyn Hall 109.

Formerly the Filibuster, the inaugural issue of Common Thread features the theme “Haunting & Folklore.” The student-run publication includes student writings, graphic art, graphic design, as well as poetry, short stories, songs, journal entries, short plays and play excerpts and screenplays.

The event, which is partially funded by AUM’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Activities Fee, will have free refreshments for attendees.

‘Buddies’ playwright visiting campus

Catch upcoming Theatre AUM performances of “Buddies” this week and learn from the playwright who brought the comedy to life.

Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11-Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Playwright Ben Abbott will give a post-show talk after Saturday’s performance.

Admission is free for AUM students, faculty and staff with ID, $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and military.

Try out for AUM Cheerleading

a woman standing in front of a crowdIf 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 cheerleaders compete at nationals

The AUM Cheer Team will compete in the 2024 National Cheerleading Association Collegiate National Championship April 11 -13 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

On Wednesday, the team will depart AUM to perform in the competition, marking the first time AUM will compete at the national level in cheerleading. AUM cheerleaders will perform on Thursday, April 11, at 3:54 p.m. CDT with their final performance set for Friday, April 12.

The team, which is competing in the Intermediate Small Coed Division II, is one of six Alabama universities performing in the competition

Watch a live broadcast of the competition online at Varsity TV

Register for emergency response training

a police car parked in a parking lotAUM 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.

Catch AUM Athletics teams in action this weekend

AUM’s baseball team and nationally ranked softball and men’s and women’s tennis teams will all be playing at home this weekend. The tennis teams will host Montevallo on Friday at 2 p.m., while the baseball and softball teams will open three-game series against West Georgia.

Friday’s first pitch times are 5 p.m. for softball and 6 p.m. for baseball.

This Week in Athletics!

Stay in the know on campus events

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