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Warhawk Weekly 5-10-2016: AUM Study Abroad gains interest from community colleges; Outreach to host education conference

Warhawk Weekly 5-10-2016: AUM Study Abroad gains interest from community colleges; Outreach to host education conference

News Releases

Check out the latest news listed below. To be added to AUM’s press release distribution list, contact Marla Vickers.

by Caitlin Forrest | May 09, 2016


Warhawk Spotlight: Collaboration
AUM Study Abroad gains interest from community colleges

AUM’s Study Abroad program may be the link between community college students and a global classroom. AUM Study Abroad representatives recently shared “Creative Funding Mechanisms for Study Abroad at AUM” at the Alabama Association of International Educators Conference, and community college members who attended expressed interest in partnering with AUM.

Read the full story on Study Abroad.

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Outreach to host third Educational Leaders Conference

Outreach at Auburn University at Montgomery on June 7 will host the third annual Educational Leaders Conference for educational leaders from across the state.

The conference provides K-12 principals and assistant principals with resources, expertise and tools that can be implemented in schools for great results. Also, the networking lunch provides principals and local business leaders the opportunity to collaborate.

The keynote on 21st century learning will be delivered by Stephan Turnipseed, an educational thought leader, strategist and hands-on learning proponent who is passionate about inspiring children through education.

Breakout topics will include team building, community involvement and support, ensuring teacher effectiveness, project-based learning, expectations from EDTPA, and neuromotor connections to education.

Tuesday, June 7 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m. | Register for the conference

Planning and budget meeting moved to June 15

The planning and budget meeting and brown bag lunch hosted by Financial and Administrative Services has been moved to Wednesday, June 15.

Wednesday, June 15 | Noon–1:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

Sahinoglu presents award-winning paper at Defense Acquisition University symposium

Dr. Mehmet Sahinoglu, Director of the Informatics Institute at AUM since 2008, presented as an invited keynote speaker April 27 at Fort Belvoir, Va., at the Defense Acquisition University‘s annual 2016 symposium.

Sahinoglu presented a paper titled “Metrics-Based Risk Assessment and Management of Digital Forensics,” jointly written by Sahinoglu, Stephen Stockton, Robert Barclay and Scott Morton.

The paper placed second in the nationwide Edward Hirsch Research Paper Competition, earning the authors a $500 check to be divided among four, and four separate plaques were awarded to AUM’s Informatics Institute.

Larrie Ferreiro wearing a suit and tie reading a book

Men’s soccer partners with Montgomery Area Food Bank

The Auburn University at Montgomery men’s soccer team has announced a partnership with the Montgomery Area Food Bank to help reduce hunger in the local area.

The team will be collecting canned goods for the food bank in the AUM Department of Athletics Suites in the Athletics Complex throughout May.

Last year, the soccer program collected 75 pounds of canned goods and hopes to exceed 200 pounds this year.

Read the full story on the AUM men’s soccer partnership with the MAFB.

AUM IS Club visits RSA Datacenter

The AUM Information Systems (IS) Club, along with AUM faculty members Wendy Anderson and Tom Griffin, were recently treated to a tour of the RSA Datacenter in Montgomery.

The tour began with a brief history of the RSA building and included an explanation of the security procedures followed to enter the datacenter. Once on the 6th floor, the club received an overview of the datacenter and was shown how the heating, cooling, water and electric power are monitored continuously. Two large TV screens show an overview of the conditions inside the data center at all times.

The datacenter is designed so that no single point of failure can cause the center to fail. Redundant heating, cooling and electrical systems are provided to each datacenter. The electric power, for example, is supplied to the datacenters from two redundant banks of batteries. The batteries can be supplied by one of two massive diesel generators should building power be interrupted.

Inside the datacenter, the club was escorted to six different datacenters that house servers for companies that rent space from RSA. Customers of the datacenter include the State of Alabama and many large companies based outside Montgomery.

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Orientations and Transitions announces summer sessions

Orientation season starts soon, and the Office of Orientation and Transitions couldn’t be more excited. With help from the SWOT Team, we will welcome many new students into Warhawk Nation. Throughout summer, we will host 10 orientation sessions:

  • Friday, May 7
  • Friday, May 25 (summer classes only)
  • Friday, June 10
  • Friday, June 17 (AU Guarantee)
  • Friday, June 24 (Transfer, Non-Traditional, and Veteran)
  • Friday, July 8
  • Wednesday, July 20 (AU Guarantee and First Time Freshmen)
  • Saturday, July 30
  • August 10–12 (International Orientation)
  • Friday, August 12 (Last Call Orientation)


Departments, clubs, or organizations that would like to take part in orientation should contact Serena McCovery at

Webinar focuses on transgender bathroom and shower cases, policies

A webinar May 16 will provide information on “Transgender bathroom and shower issues: Recent cases, policy development, and federal legislation.”

The webinar will emphasize:

  • Definitions of sexuality and gender identity
  • How this topic relates to Title IX
  • The importance of inclusive language
  • Recent cases and legislative actions
  • Key challenges faced when creating transgender policies.


Monday, May 16 | 2–3 p.m. | Taylor 222 | Free, seating limited; faculty, staff and students welcome | RSVP at 334-244-3904 or

Roost summer break, summer semester hours

Summer break 

May 13 | The Roost (Papa Johns, Take 5, and Talon Grill) and The AUMazing Bean close at 2 p.m.

May 14–31 | The AUMazing Bean will serve breakfast and lunch 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Summer semester (beginning June 1)

The Roost (Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)

The AUMazing Bean (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Operations are closed on weekends and Memorial Day (May 30). 


AUM goes tobacco free June 1

AUM takes Warhawk wellness seriously. Effective June 1, 2016, AUM will join more than 1,000 other colleges and universities by becoming a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. AUM is committed to providing a healthier and cleaner campus community for our students, employees and visitors.

A smoke-free campus will further promote the health, safety, and well-being of the AUM Family by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on campus and at university-owned and -leased properties. For specifics, read the policy online.


End of term textbook buyback and rental return

The Warhawk Shop is offering cash for books and accepting rental returns.

Through May 12 | Hours | Warhawk Shop, Taylor Center | AUM student ID required

CELT offers learning opportunities this month

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will offer two more sessions this month. Read about each session in detail here.

Cultural Intelligence: Authority — HR Session
Tuesday, May 24 | 11:45–1 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor West

Motivational Interviewing in Advising: Addressing the Individual Experience **Recommended for advisors**
Wednesday, May 25 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

AUM Mini-College connects community with Arts and Sciences faculty, scholars

AUM Mini-College, set for June 14–15, is a chance for local residents to spend two days on campus engaging with professors and scholars.

Tuesday, June 14–Wednesday, June 15 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Career Development Center, Taylor 323 | $50 registration; register by June 1 | contact Dr. Peter Zachar at 334-244-3311 or

See who you know in Campus Life

AUM’s Campus Life page is frequently updated to show photographs of people, events and life around campus. See who you know — or see yourself — in the Campus Life photo album and in this month’s photo slideshow.

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