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Warhawk Weekly 8-2-16: High schoolers complete research program; Farrow publishes essay

Warhawk Weekly 8-2-16: High schoolers complete research program; Farrow publishes essay

New Leadership for the University Honors Program

Director Donnie Nobles is retiring from AUM this fall. His vision for the University Honors Program is reflected in the growth of the program and the quality of the Honors students. He leaves the program after an eventful year that included guiding the University Honors Program through an external review and traveling with a selection of Honors students to Italy this summer.

After a successful Spring 2016 search for a new director, Dr. Matt Jordan has accepted the position effective August 1. Dr. Jordan joined the Auburn University at Montgomery English and Philosophy Department in 2010 and has been involved with the University Honors Program since 2012. He has designed and taught a number of Honors courses, helped revise the Honors program curriculum, and traveled with AUM students and staff to meetings of the Southern Regional Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology and a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Upon Dr. Jordan’s appointment, Provost Joe King stated “I am happy to welcome Matt into this position and look forward to working with him. ”

“I am delighted and grateful to be the incoming director of the University Honors Program,” Jordan said of his new position. “Over the last few years, the AUM Honors program has become a thriving academic community noted for its commitment to service and leadership. I look forward to working closely with students, faculty, and staff from across the university as we continue to build on this solid foundation.”


High school seniors research dye discoloration, cloud cover during College of Arts and Sciences summer program

Two Montgomery high school students have increased their science knowledge at AUM over the summer.

Ammad Hashmi and Farhan Hossain, seniors at Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School in Montgomery, worked on research projects for 12 to 15 hours a week during the six-week Summer 2016 CAS Secondary Student Research Program, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hashmi, for a project titled “Objective Methods for Determining Cloud Amount,” estimated cloud cover amounts from measurements of solar radiation as well as from the automated analyses of all-sky photographs.

Hossain’s project, “Discoloration of Dyes,” compared kinetic studies to examine the discoloration of dyes by various chlorine species.

The students also presented their research at a poster session attended by AUM faculty and students as well as the participants’ family and friends, and both received certificates.

During the program, the students were mentored by Dr. Luis Cueva-Parra, associate professor and associate head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Dr. Daniel Kim, associate professor of Chemistry; and Mr. Randy Russell, assistant professor of Chemistry.

“The primary objective of this program is to provide high school students with an opportunity to experience scientific research firsthand in the hope they will consider a career in science or related fields,” Russell said.


Farrow shares perspectives on bilingual conference of U.S., Russian researchers

Dr. Lee A. Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, recently published her second essay on the blog, All the Russia, which is

hosted by The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University.

Farrow’s essay, “Seeing Russia From Alaska,” documents a bilingual international conference of United States and Russian researchers, including presentations on shipwrecks in 1813 and 1841, and also describes a trip researchers took to Riazan, an ancient city very significant in Russian-American history.

While at the same conference, Farrow presented a paper on international reactions to the Alaska Purchase.

Study Abroad shares info on budgeting for trips, gaining grant funds

Visit the Study Abroad table to find out how to budget a trip with smart financial planning and qualify for free grant money from the Department of State.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 12:30­–1:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall breezeway

Study Abroad proposal period: AUM’s 2017 Study Abroad proposal period is open until Sept. 2. AUM faculty and staff who are interested in submitting a proposal can contact AUM Study Abroad at [email protected].


A Look to the Future: BTW Student Show

The AUM Fine Arts Department will open its first exhibition of the fall semester in August in the Goodwyn Gallery.

The exhibition features student artwork from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery and is a collaboration between the Fine Arts Department and BTW teachers.

A reception will be held Aug.17. AUM Fine Arts looks forward to welcoming the young artists, teachers and families to AUM.

Reception: Wednesday, August 17 | 4­–5:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Gallery
Exhibit: Aug. 15–Sept. 15


CELT offers August learning opportunities

Adjunct Professional Development
Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 6–8:30 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

New Faculty Orientation
Wednesday, Aug. 10–Thursday, Aug. 11 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor 

Demystify Your Syllabi — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Friday, Aug. 12 | 10–11 a.m. | Clement Hall 204

Syllabus Swap
Friday, Aug. 12 | 1–2:30 p.m. | CELT Conference Room

AUM Connected Zombie Bash
Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Priming the Pump: Warm-Ups That Work — Lee Farrow, CELT and History
Wednesday, Aug. 17 | 10–11 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor West

Theories of Advising — Bradley Elwood, WASC
Monday, Aug. 22 | 11 a.m.–noon | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

Crime and Punishment: Strategies to Prevent Plagiarism and Cheating and the Process for Reporting Academic Misconduct
Monday, Aug. 22 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

Lunch and Learn — Using iClickers to Initiate In-Depth Discussions
*Elective for online teaching certification
Tuesday, Aug. 23 | Noon–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

FDI: Blackboard Basics
*Required course for online teaching certification
Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

Support Our Student-Athletes: The Path to Graduation
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 1–2 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

2017 Faculty-led Study Abroad Proposals
Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 2:30–3:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 111

Working with Troubled Students
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Thursday, Aug. 25 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

Teaching Effective Online Research: Going Beyond Google! — Using and Teaching the Basics of Library Resources and Research Instruction
*Recommended for WAC Recertification
Thursday, Aug. 25 | 5–6 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

Teaching Square Program
Friday, Aug. 26 | 9–10 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor West

University Honors Program Advising and More
Friday, Aug. 26 | 10–11 a.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor West

Self-Efficacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Incorporate It into Your Classes
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Monday, Aug. 29 | 11 a.m.–noon | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

The New Course Evaluation Forms
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Monday, Aug. 29 | 2–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th Floor East

The New Course Evaluation Forms
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Tuesday, Aug. 30 | 11 a.m.–noon | Library Tower, 10th Floor West

FDI: Blackboard: Communicating with Students
*Required course for online teaching certification
Tuesday, Aug. 30 | 9 a.m.–noon | Clement Hall 111

AUM Connected — Honors Students Speak about Food Insecurity
*Recommended for UNIV instructors
Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 12:15–1 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 112



Find your friends 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.

‘Professors in Pubs’ features presentations on variety of topics

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Scholars to Go program is featuring presentations by AUM professors, who will speak on the 2nd floor of the Irish Bred Pub, 78 Dexter Ave., in downtown Montgomery and at The Tipping Point, 5015 Hampstead High St., off Taylor Road in Montgomery.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

Seating at the Tipping Point is limited, so visit The Tipping Point’s Facebook page to reserve your space.

For information, contact Dr. Matt Jordan at [email protected] or 334-244-3634.

The Tipping Point:

Wednesday, Aug. 3 | 7 p.m. | Dr. Chelsea Ward, “The Jimmy Buffet Effect: Stress Physiology in the Tropics”

Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 7 p.m. | Dr. Mark Benson, “The Music of John Cage”

Irish Bred Pub:

Monday, Aug. 29 | 7 p.m. | Dr. Elizabeth Woodworth, “Sex, Drugs, and the Victorians”


Meadows to lead 2016 CPM Solutions Alabama presentation

Leslie Meadows, interim executive director of Training Solutions at SummaSource at Auburn University at Montgomery, will lead the 2016 CPM (Certified Public Manager) Solutions Alabama presentation on Aug. 10.

Discover the concerns state and local government managers identified when analyzing issues of homelessness, human trafficking and literacy in Alabama.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 10­–11 a.m. | State Capitol auditorium, 600 Dexter Ave., Montgomery


Orientation and Transitions announces summer sessions

Throughout summer, orientation sessions will be held on the following dates:

Aug. 10–12 (International Orientation)

Friday, Aug. 12 (Last Call Orientation)

Departments, clubs, or organizations that would like to take part in orientation should contact Serena McCovery at [email protected].


‘Between the Lines: Making Sense of Abstraction’

“Between the Line: Making Sense of Abstraction,” a student-curated exhibition sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts, will run through Aug. 15 in the Goodwyn Gallery.

For information, contact [email protected] or 334-244-3986.


Submit your project proposal for #AUMDayofGiving

AUM’s Office of Advancement is accepting project proposals until Aug. 25 for its #AUMDayofGiving, a special 24-hour social media-driven fundraising initiative. AUM’s #AUMDayofGiving occurs in conjunction with the National Day of Giving movement known as #GivingTuesday.

To prepare for the #AUMDayofGiving on Nov. 29, we are looking for AUMazing projects to highlight! AUM has so many exciting programs, and we want to show the community how they can help us continue to provide our students and faculty with the resources they need to excel.

Those interested in taking part in #AUMDayofGiving, can visit the #AUMDayofGiving page and download a project proposal form. Forms are due by close of business Thursday, Aug. 25. Submit your form to Marie Harrington at [email protected] or, for questions, call 334-244-3596.

Acceptance messages will be sent to each project manager by Sept. 2.


Volunteers sought for Kinesiology studies

Strength study

Department of Kinesiology researchers are conducting a study on the effects of blood flow-restricted training on strength in trained versus untrained individuals.

Participation is voluntary and will require eight visits of 15 to 45 minutes each for three weeks.

To be eligible to take part, participants must be in generally good health; between the ages of 18 to 40; and not have any conditions that would prevent exercise. Both male and females are encouraged to participate.

All testing will occur in the Human Performance Labs and gym located in the AUM Wellness Center. A free body composition assessment is included.

For information, contact Bruce Bentley at [email protected].

Metabolism study

Can three minutes of sprint exercise per week increase metabolism? Does the exercise help one to burn more calories at rest?

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking participants for a study to examine if interval training influences resting metabolism.

The study will require participants to continue their existing activity, perform sprint intervals three days a week for four weeks (10 to 20 minutes), or perform slightly longer intervals three days a week for four weeks (15 to 25 minutes).

To be eligible, participants must be healthy, active, and between 18–50 years old. All training and testing will be done in the Human Performance Lab in the AUM Wellness center.

If interested, contact Dr. Matt Schubert at [email protected].


Want to get involved on campus? Join the WOW Crew!

The WOW Crew (Weeks of Welcome) is recruiting new members for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017. The WOW Crew welcomes students and helps execute events during the Weeks of Welcome at the start of each semester, and it assists with SPARK Camp in the fall.

The Weeks of Welcome is a time for clubs, organizations or offices around campus to welcome AUM students to the new semester through programming.
The WOW Crew has been a staple the last few years on campus and always brings an air of excitement to the WOW.

Crew members will be expected to support events throughout WOW by offering to help with any part of the events. The Crew is also expected to be ready to answer questions that new AUM students may have about campus.

In addition, mandatory half-day trainings will be held before each semester. And in the fall semester, WOW Crew members will assist with SPARK Camp, AUM’s extended orientation.

The current dates for WOW are Aug. 13–Sept. 2, 2016, and Jan. 9–13, 2017.

To apply, fill out the WOW Crew application. Applications are open to all students and will be accepted throughout the year.

For questions, email Serena McCovery at [email protected].


Students, faculty, and staff: Most popular ‘Dinner’ selfies to win prizes

AUM Connected, the common reading program, is planning a variety of great events for the 2016–17 academic year related to the book, The Dinner.

Between now and Oct. 1, 2016, email your photo as you read The Dinner to Dr. Lee Farrow at [email protected], and it will be put on Facebook. The most “liked” photos will win prizes!


‘Curtiss for President’ shirts, calendars available at Warhawk Shop

“Curtiss for President” shirts are now available at the Warhawk Shop.

Also, calendars for 2017 in (available in academic or standard year format) have arrived. A wide selection of styles and sizes is available, and departments may direct charge to their FOAP or PCard.

For information, contact Jeffrey Vinzant at [email protected] or 334-244-3576.


Learning Center and Instructional Support Lab summer hours

The Learning Center and Instructional Support Lab (ISL) both will be open the entire summer to support any classes offered from freshman to graduate levels.

Learning Center

The Learning Center is open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, students should walk in (Library Tower 225) or call (334-244-3470). All appointments are 30-minute, one-on-one sessions with a peer tutor.

Instructional Support Lab

The Instructional Support Lab is open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. The ISL is a first-come, first-served office, and students do not need to schedule an appointment.


Roost summer semester hours

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



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