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Warhawk Weekly 6-15: Alumni Association Board; Reader’s Choice Awards

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Make a difference on the Alumni Board

Are you passionate about AUM? Do you want to make a difference? The AUM Alumni Association invites AUM graduates to apply for a position on the AUM Alumni Board of Directors.

As the advisory board to the Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association, the Alumni Board seeks candidates who are proven leaders, have demonstrated service to the AUM alumni family, are experienced in working in a collaborative environment, and are committed to serving as AUM ambassadors in their communities.

Board members must be an AUM graduate or have earned credit toward one of its degree programs.

The board meets three times per year on campus, and board members serve a term of two years. Board members are expected to be active members of the AUM Alumni Association. Nominations will close Friday, September 3, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact the AUM Alumni Association at 334-244-3369 or

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Vote for AUM in Reader’s Choice Awards

Auburn University at Montgomery will seek to hold its status as the River Region’s favorite university in the Montgomery Advertiser’s 2021”Best of the Best” Community Choice Awards.

AUM has been voted as the top university in the Montgomery region for each of the last three years. Online voting will close on June 23.

To cast your vote, visit the Advertiser’s online voting page and pick your category (Universities are listed within the “Kids & Education” category).

Vote now.

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University updates pandemic operations plan

AUM has made adjustments to its pandemic operations plan for the summer semester.

While previous social distancing guidelines have been relaxed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the university will still require students and employees to wear masks when in shared indoor spaces (classrooms, elevators, etc.) or when riding in university vehicles (Warhawk Transit, etc.).

The updated operations plan also includes information on campus services during the summer semester.

Learn more about the updated plan.

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Curtiss Committee seeks new members

Wanted: Charismatic students who are good at hyping crowds, connecting with others, and displaying plenty of AUM spirit.

Become a “Friend of Curtiss,” and you just might get to experience the thrill of being the most popular Warhawk on campus. The Curtiss Committee consists of seven students who schedule appointments for Curtiss The Warhawk, participate in events, and bring him to life. Submit your application by June 18.

Become a Friend of Curtiss.

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Nominate outstanding faculty for the 2021 Faculty Service Award

Faculty members elevate our university and play an important role in helping our students succeed. Every year, the AUM Alumni Association’s Faculty Service Award honors outstanding faculty for their service to the university.

To be eligible for the honor, faculty members must have five or more years of full-time service at AUM. Nominations can be made by AUM faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

The honor will be awarded during the fall semester and the recipient will receive a $1,000 check from the AUM Alumni Association.

Nominations for the 2021 Faculty Service Award must be postmarked by September 3, 2021 and include a nomination letter. Nomination letters should be no more than two pages in length and should emphasize teaching excellence as well as a strong record of service to the university and community. A vita may be attached, if available.

Send nomination letters to: Awards Committee, Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association, P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, or email them to

Questions? Contact the AUM Alumni Association at 334-244-3369 or

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Summer Call for Proposals for Undergraduate Research, Creative Activity

Auburn University at Montgomery’s Undergraduate Research Committee is accepting summer proposals for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grants.

In March, the Office of the Provost allocated $50,000 for undergraduate research or creative activity at AUM. Grant funding is awarded to faculty members whose research involves undergraduate students. Six proposals have been funded so far to the following faculty members:

  • Greg Ciesielski, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded $6,000 for his research project titled: “The role of molecular chaperone Tid1 in the prevention of deletions in human mitochondrial DNA.” ( 2 proposals)
  • Duk (Daniel) Kim, department chair and professor of chemistry, was awarded $3,000 for his research project titled: “Investigation on the suppression of ROS by beverages.”
  • Ann Marie O’Neill, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, was awarded $3,000 for her research project titled: “Development of a cancer macrophage fusion hybrid model.”
  • Claudia Stein, assistant professor of biology, was awarded $2,747 for her research project titled: “Screening plant and soil microbial communities in native prairie ecosystems.”
  • Erin Reilly, professor of kinesiology, was awarded $2,385 for her research project titled: “The Effect of Neuromotor Exercise on Cognition and Physical Ability in Pre-school-aged Children.”

The Undergraduate Research Committee will continue to review and fund research projects on a rolling basis throughout the summer until the funds are disbursed. The committee anticipates another call in September for funding in the next fiscal year.

AUM’s Experiential Education and Engagement Center and the University Honors Program share the mission of encouraging undergraduate research and creativity and administering funding for undergraduate research and creativity. To apply, please email Lynn Stallings at for the guidelines.

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Bringing tutoring resources to you

Resident students have an opportunity to connect with AUM tutors during the summer semester. Math and writing tutoring will be available each Tuesday and Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. in the first floor lobby of P40 Place.

Students can also participate in in-person tutoring or virtual drop-ins through the Instructional Support Lab. Visit Goodwyn 203 Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Get event updates from Curtiss

Stay in-the-know about can’t-miss campus events via text message. 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 happenings.

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