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Warhawk Weekly 6–30: Return to wellness; Reader’s Choice Award; Healthy minds


  • Return to wellness
  • Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Healthy minds
  • Athletics well-represented
  • Researching AUM
  • CARES Act application deadline

Return to wellness

While AUM’s Wellness Center is not quite ready to re-open to members, there are plans well under way that will involve a number of modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellness Center staff members Melvenia Redding and Anna Champion provide an overview of what members can expect when the time is right to reopen. Members will see a number of changes, including modified equipment layouts.

Watch the Wellness Center’s video on re-opening.

Reader’s Choice Awards: Let’s make it 3

Auburn University at Montgomery has topped the Best College/University category in the Montgomery Advertiser’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards voting each of the last two years.

You can help make it for a third consecutive year.

Vote for AUM in the Montgomery and Autauga/Elmore County polls. Choose the Professional Services category and the “Best College/University” sub-category.

Vote in the Montgomery poll.

Vote in Autauga/Elmore poll.

Healthy minds

Paul Hard, associate professor of counselor education, recently discussed mental health for college students in a Mental Health Matters segment with Alabama News Network.

Hard was interviewed along with a pediatrician from Jackson Hospital in this special feature on mental health issues in children, teenagers and college students.

Look for Hard in the video’s 7:50 mark.

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Athletics well-represented on GSC Honor Roll

AUM student-athletes Dalton CobbAlba De la TorreKendall TuckerJaycie Walker and Matthew Zielonko have been named to the Gulf South Conference All-Academic Teams, while 60 Warhawks earned GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll honors.

The Warhawks’ 60 honorees out of 68 eligible student-athletes tied for the fifth-highest total among GSC schools. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams had all seven student-athletes named to the honor roll, while the baseball and softball teams placed 25 and 21, respectively, on the honor rolls.

Cobb (Anniston, Ala.) led the GSC in 2020 with 22 runs while ranking among the top 10 in the conference in batting average (.370), slugging percentage (.644), hits (27), RBIs (19) and home runs (5). At the time of the cancelation of the 2020 season, Cobb had hit safely in his last 18 games. A Kinesiology major, Cobb boasts a 3.46 grade point average.

De la Torre (Madrid, Spain) posted a record of 4-2 out of the No. 3 singles flight for the women’s tennis team in 2020. De la Torre and double’s partner Julia Enderink ranked No. 20 nationally in the final ITA Fall double’s rankings in 2019. A Marketing major, De la Torre holds a 3.83 GPA.

Tucker (Opelika, Ala.) led all of the GSC and ranked third nationally with 34 RBIs in 2020, while also ranking among the top in the league in slugging percentage (.786), home runs (6) and triples (2). An Elementary Education major, Tucker boasts a 3.79 GPA.

Walker (Headland, Ala.) posted a conference-best .569 on-base percentage this past season while also ranking second in the GSC in batting average (.475) and slugging percentage (.900). A Kinesiology major with a 3.87 GPA, walker additionally earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team Honors on Wednesday, June 10.

Zielonko (Edwardsville, Ill.) led the baseball team with 20 RBIs in 2020. Zielonko batted .342, collected 26 base hits and slugged a team-high six doubles. Zielonko is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Management Information Systems and holds a GPA of 3.83.

A total of 809 student-athletes were named to the 2019-20 GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. The GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes that participated in baseball, softball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, and women’s track and field, and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Researching AUM: Burger explores medieval history

Michael Burger didn’t intend to become a history professor, but a book on the diplomatic institutions in Renaissance Italy inspired him to adjust his course. As an AUM faculty member, Burger enjoys exploring the connections between medieval church administration and modern bureaucracy.

AUM Chemistry professor and avid freelance writer Nick Thomas shares Burger’s story as part of his “Researching AUM” series with the Montgomery Independent.

Read more in the Montgomery Independent.

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CARES Act application deadline arrives

Eligible students who have not yet applied for emergency funds available through the Coronavirus, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act may do so through the end of the day.

Students may apply online for the grants, which help offset expenses related to the disruption of campus operations during the spring semester, including housing, tuition, course materials, fees, technology, food, health care, or child care.

In order to qualify for CARES Act grant funding, students must meet the following criteria in accordance with federal guidelines:

A student must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester when the university made the transition from face-to-face instruction to remote course delivery on March 23, 2020.

A student must have a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with AUM and meet all federal aid eligibility guidelines. If you have not yet filed FAFSA for 2019-2020, but are eligible to do so, please complete the form the end of today.

Students who withdrew from all spring classes are not eligible to receive funding. The CARES Act does not allow funds to be used for international or DACA students or U.S. citizens who were enrolled exclusively online at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester.

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