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AUM Weekly 10-27-15: Curtiss calendars on sale now; Kaplan test prep books available

AUM Weekly 10-27-15: Curtiss calendars on sale now; Kaplan test prep books available

by Caitlin Forrest | Oct 27, 2015

Curtiss calendars on sale now

Your favorite Warhawk is preparing for the UCA Mascot National Championship at Disney World in January 2016, but Curtiss needs help. Celebrate 2016 with Curtiss as he gets into furry situations throughout AUM’s campus. All proceeds will go to the Curtiss the Warhawk Mascot Program to assist with scholarships, team travel to national championships, registration and props for competitions and mascot camp. The calendars are $10 and can be purchased in the Office of Orientation and Transitions, Taylor Center 308. They will be on sale throughout the remainder of the semester. Cash and checks made out to AUM Cheerleading will be accepted.

For information, contact Serena McCovery at smmccover@aum.ed or orientation@aum.edu or 334-531-9573. 

Pre-health professions students: Kaplan test prep books available

The Instructional Support Lab has all of the 2016 Kaplan pre-health professions test prep books available for students at AUM. These include Medical School (MCAT), Physician’s Assistant School (GRE), Physical Therapy School (GRE), Pharmacy School (PCAT), Dental School (DAT), and Optometry School (OAT).

Visit the ISL in Goodwyn Hall 203 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday to get the book you need.

For information, contact Ann Gulley at agulley@aum.edu or 334-244-3265.

Thursday conference may affect parking; shuttle will be available

A conference at AUM on Thursday, Oct. 29, may affect parking availability for AUM students and employees; however, a shuttle will be available if needed.

Should lots be full, students and employees also may park at the intramural field lot and take a shuttle to Taylor Center. The shuttle will run continuously from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. between the intramural field lot and Taylor Center.

AUM thanks students and employees for their patience and flexibility. As the roster of previously scheduled events winds down, future conference visitors will be directed to alternate parking in an effort to limit the impact on students, faculty and staff.

International conference on public policy to take place at AUM

The International Winter Chaos Conference, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice, will take place Nov. 12–15.

At the gathering entitled “Public Policy, Self-organization and Public Space,” supported by a grant from the AUM Speaker’s Committee, scholars and workshops will focus on nonlinear dynamics and network analysis. The goal is to foster innovation in approaches to public policy.

The disciplines represented at the collaborative dialogue will include public policy, economics, psychology, environmental policy, neuropsychology, biology, chemistry, cross-cultural studies, engineering, physics, organizational development, the arts and music. Policy issues of interest this year include prison reform and environmental sustainability, among others.

Attendees will include scholars from Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, and various parts of the United States. Participants are welcome to attend the public addresses or participate in small group discussions. The “entry fee” for AUM faculty is your best idea about how to improve the human condition.

Since 1996, the conference has attracted interdisciplinary scholars in both the social sciences and sciences who meet to discuss emerging theories in their respective fields at different locations throughout the world.

Registration as soon as possible is encouraged, but attendees may register up to the date of the conference.

For information, visit the conference website or contact Linda Dennard at ldennard@aum.edu or 334-244-3698.

Thursday–Sunday | Nov. 12–15 | Taylor Center | Open to public; free to AUM faculty and students (including workshop); for all others, conference fee is $50 and participation in the workshop is $75 

Braswell named president of SAIR

Dr. Cara Mia Braswell, assistant provost in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, recently was named president of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR). The association includes members from postsecondary institutions throughout 11 states who are involved in institutional research and effectiveness. Braswell began her elected term as president after serving as program chair of the regional conference in Savannah on October 10, at which over 100 concurrent sessions and 10 workshops were held for more than 450 attendees. SAIR is an affiliated organization with the Association for Institutional Research.

Evans publishes book; AUM MLA grad a contributor

Dr. Robert Evans is the author of a new book, Perspectives on Renaissance Poetry, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press. Each chapter covers a major figure in Early Modern poetry and explores two different poems from a full range of theoretical perspectives . The book includes a chapter by Christina Garner, a recent graduate of the AUM Master of Liberal Arts program.

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 know — or see yourself — in the Campus Life photo album and in this month’s photo slideshow.

AUM History Department book sale raises funds for scholarships

Books, books, and more books will be available at the Department of History book sale. Come and see the “spooktacular” deals that support department scholarships Monday through Thursday. For information, contact Karen Keller at kkeller@aum.edu or 334-244-3221.

Monday–Thursday | Oct. 26–Oct. 29 | 12–4 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 113

Early Learning Center kids to trick-or-treat on Quad

AUM’s Early Learning Center children will march in the annual “Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade” on Thursday. The children will be dressed in costumes that reflect their ancestral roots as they walk with their goodie bags around the Quad. The Early Learning Center faculty and staff invite everyone to hand out candy and cheer the children as they parade in their costumes.

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 10 a.m. | Quad

Day of the Dead: Dia de los Muertos

Dr. Pamela Long, associate professor in the Department of History and WorldLanguages and Cultures, will present “Days of the Dead: Honoring Cultural Heroes of the Past” on Thursday in the Global Education Center. The Day of the Dead Altar, which will be present in the GEC during the presentation, honors AUM faculty, staff, students and cultural heroes who have passed away. For information, contact Virginia Dorsey at diversity@aum.edu or 334-244-3904.

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 12 p.m. | Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219)

Theatre AUM to present ‘Helvetica’

Opening Nov. 5, Theatre AUM will present an original work, Helvetica. Written by Will Coleman, Helvetica is a play about stories in which a children’s author, with the help of her beloved stuffed bear, must face the trials of life and death through fantasy and adventure.

Admission to regular performances is free (with AUM ID) for AUM students, faculty and staff. General admission is $10; admission for students from other schools, senior citizens, and military is $5.

The playwright will be on hand for a post-show discussion following the Nov. 14 show.

For information, contact Katie Pearson at kpearso2@aum.edu or at 334-244-3632.

Performances | Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Show times | 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15

Thanksgiving around the world

Join the offices of Housing and Residence Life, International Student Involvement, and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to experience global rituals of “thanks-giving,” feel a human bond that unites all cultures, celebrate “community” with the AUM family, and taste traditional American holiday and global cuisine. Sample delicious food from other countries and mingle with students from far and near.

Everyone is encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to Montgomery’s Medical AIDS Outreach.

For more information, contact Virginia Dorsey at diversity@aum.edu or 334-244-3904; or contact Christin LeJeune at clejeune@aum.edu or 334-244-3683.

Monday | Nov. 9 | 6 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Gallery 213, AUM’s downtown studio, presents Kirana’s ‘Cycle’

Gallery 213, Auburn University at Montgomery’s downtown Montgomery art studio, will present Chintia Kirana’s “Cycle” from Oct. 19 through Dec. 4. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chintia Kirana holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors in painting and drawing, from AUM, and her master’s in fine arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. An active professional artist, Kirana exhibits widely and currently teaches studio art courses at AUM. Her light box artworks examine universal themes of life and death through circular imagery that evokes the interior of the human body.

Gallery 213 is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The studio specifically highlights the artwork of AUM alumni, faculty, and students. For information, contact Naomi Slipp at nslipp@aum.edu or 334-244-3112.

Opening reception | Friday | Nov. 13 | 5–7 p.m. | 213 Commerce St. Montgomery, AL 36104

Roost Dining Hours

To see a full list of the Roost’s dining hours and options, see the “Where to Eat?” page.

Study Abroad in the U.K.

AUM’s newest exchange program is with the University of Lincoln, England. Students also may be eligible for Study Abroad’s $1,500 scholarship. For information, contact Study Abroad at aumstudyabroad@aum.edu or 244-3544.

Health and fitness appraisals available throughout fall semester

The Kinesiology Department’s Human Performance Lab is offering health and fitness appraisals through Warhawk Fit. Those interested can make an appointment with the Kinesiology Department throughout the fall semester. The package costs $125, and, during fall semester, the student cost is reduced to $75.

To make an appointment, call 334-244-3472.

Faculty: Apply for CELT conference funding aid

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is accepting applications from faculty interested in receiving funds to help defray the cost of attending the Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D.C., next June. Please see the CELT website for the fillable PDF form.

Submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2015 | recipients notified on or before Jan. 15.

Kelley to speak on concert pianist’s travel narrative of world tours

Dr. Joyce Kelley, associate professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present a lecture, “Black and White and Read all Over: Racial Identity, Travel, and Music in Philippa Duke Schuyler’s Adventures in Black and White.”

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Library Tower, Tenth floor South

Students: Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship applications available

Applications for The Jack and Ruth Lee Scholarship, which provides $500 to be put toward books and supplies for the spring 2016 term, are now available in the Scholarships Office (in Admissions, first floor of Taylor Center) and The Center for Disability Services (Taylor Center 147). The deadline is Nov. 10, 2015.

Free fall concerts in Goodwyn Hall

AUM will host a series of fall concerts — all of which are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. — in Goodwyn Hall Auditorium.

Anthony Pattin

Dr. Anthony Pattin holds degrees in piano performance from Toledo University, University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama. Pattin lives in Birmingham, Ala., and is active as a pianist in solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances.

Tuesday | Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Auditorium

AUM Chorus, directed by Lavone DuBose

Thursday | Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall Auditorium

Geospatial Research Institute invites all to first-ever roundtable

The Auburn University Montgomery Geospatial Research Institute invites all current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, administration, and other interested parties to attend its first annual roundtable. For information, contact Tanya Burton at tjackso7@aum.edu or 334-244-3209.

Monday | Nov. 9 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (with lunch break) | Library Tower, Tenth floor North and East | Free, open to public

SGA collecting books for literacy initiative

AUM’s Student Government Association will be collecting books of all kinds (children’s books to old textbooks) through Nov. 6 for the Book Drive for Literacy initiative started by the Alabama University Student Presidents Council (USPC) for the 2015-2016 academic school year.  Boxes are located in various locations around campus. To have a book picked up from a classroom or office, email sgapresident@aum.edu.

Speech and Hearing Clinic to offer free screenings for awareness month

To recognize National Hearing Conservation Awareness Month, the AUM Speech and Hearing Clinic will provide free hearing screenings for all students, faculty and staff. All those who are screened will be entered for a chance to win gift cards and other prizes.

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

UNIV Legacy project to aid children

The UNIV Legacy Committee is selling Warhawk Wings for $1 to help children through the Salvation Army. The Wings may be purchased from the Warhawk Academic Success Center (Library Tower, 2nd floor). Write your name on a wing and show your support. The wings will be displayed around campus. All who purchase a set of wings may put their name in a hat for a chance to win a pair of Auburn vs. Ole Miss football tickets for the Halloween game!

Drawing: Wednesday, Oct. 28

Hot Topics Café: Haunts, Spooks and Superstitions

Believe in aliens? Ever seen a ghost? Come be a part of the discussion sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Christin LeJeune at clejeune@aum.eduor 334-244-3683

Wednesday | Oct. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | The Landing

‘It Takes a Campus’ series focuses on recruiting students to AUM

Everyone at AUM can help us attract the best students to our campus. See the “It Takes a Campus” schedule below for opportunities to learn more about how to recruit students to AUM.

It Takes a Campus: Financial Aid

Wednesday | Oct. 28 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, Tenth floor East

Thursday | Oct. 29 | 10 a.m. | Library Tower, Tenth floor East

It Takes a Campus: Scholarships 

Wednesday | Nov. 11 | Noon | Goodwyn Hall 109

Thursday | Nov. 12 | 12:30 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

CELT collecting breakfast foods for AUM Food Pantry

Throughout October, CELT is collecting breakfast bars, granola bars, and Pop Tarts for the AUM Food Pantry. Please bring your donation to a CELT session or to the CELT office (800 Library Tower).

Students: Parking decals will not be mailed; visit Campus Police for decals

To help ensure students receive the correct parking decal for which they registered, they must visit Campus Police in person. The decals will not be mailed. Campus Police is located in Taylor Center 267. For information or to ask questions, call the department at 334-244-3424.

Students: Know your privacy rights on educational records

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which explains rights to review education records, seek to amend inaccurate and misleading information, and also to ask the University not to disclose directory information.

Download FERPA information.

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