Warhawk Weekly 1–14: AUM earns national recognition; Submit Homecoming designs


Three Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) programs earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s newly released listings of the nation’s top online educational programs.

According to U.S. News, AUM ranked among the top 35 percent nationally in the following categories:

  • Top online bachelor’s degree programs
  • Best online graduate education programs
  • Best online MBA programs

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings consider a variety of factors, including surveys of academic officials from peer institutions, faculty credentials and training, the strategies and tactics universities use to engage online learners, and the services and technologies available to online students.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report once again,” said Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “Our presence in the 2020 Best Online Programs rankings reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff in ensuring our online students are properly challenged and supported as they pursue their degrees at Auburn University at Montgomery.”

AUM currently offers 18 degree options that allow students to complete coursework entirely online, although some students choose “hybrid” options that blend traditional, face-to-face classroom interaction with online learning activities. AUM Senior Director of Online and Digital Learning Carolyn Rawl said the vast majority of AUM’s online students tend to reside within an hour of campus, which tracks with national trends. AUM’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan prioritizes the growth and enhancement of the university’s online program and its offerings.

“You have to be aware of who your student body is and be able to adjust and accommodate their needs,” Rawl said. “Students take online courses for flexibility and convenience.”

U.S. News & World Report’s release of its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings adds to the list of accolades received by AUM during the 2019-2020 academic year. During the fall, AUM earned a No. 33 ranking among regional public universities in the South for overall quality and ranked 88th nationally in the category of “first-year experiences.

We need YOU! Your creativity. Your vision. Your imprint. Your design.

In honor of Auburn University at Montgomery’s 50 years of serving students, we are asking our students to leave their mark on our homecoming T-shirt design. That’s right; not only will you choose this year’s shirt, we want you to submit your own artwork or design for it.

This year’s theme is “50 Years of Serving Students,” and we would love to see what AUM means to you. The top three designs will be selected by (insert group), and from there, students will have the chance to vote on their favorite through My AUM.

Winners will receive a gift, in addition to their design being used as the shirt design for AUM’s golden anniversary, and will be recognized at the time capsule burial on Feb. 27, as well as halftime of the men’s homecoming game on Feb. 29. A t-shirt with the design will also be added to the capsule for future generations to see.

Are you interested? You can submit your artwork to by January 20, 2020, with your name, year, AUM ID number, and major. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Trying to navigate the shark-infested waters of the business world? Why not learn from an original shark?

AUM’s 2020 Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series will open on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8 a.m. at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club with a visit from entrepreneur and angel investor Kevin Harrington, one of the first panelists on the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” Harrington launched the successful “As Seen on TV” product line and is widely credited as the inventor of the infomercial.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, but $30 for AUM students and employees. You can register online today!

Tables of 8 can be sponsored for a single breakfast event or for the annual series of breakfasts. For more sponsorship details, reference

Read more about Harrington and the Business Breakfast Series in the AUM Pressroom. For more information, or questions, please contact Sherry Stearns-Boles at or 334-244-3018.

New students are reminded to register for campus parking permits.

Registration can be completed through the MyAUM portal. If you do not register your vehicle online, you may bring your vehicle information (tag number, year, make, model and color) to Campus Police in Taylor Center 267 before obtaining a parking decal.

Non-resident students permits will be charged to individual student accounts after registration. Simply pick up your permit at Campus Police in Taylor Center. Resident student permits are included in housing fees. Resident students wishing to park in general spaces may register for the Housing/General permit (an additional fee will be charged to student accounts).

To read more about campus parking, see our campus parking policy.


When you start a new semester at AUM, Flight Week kicks off each new semester with dozens of events to welcome new and returning students.

Flight Week is a campus tradition that gets the Warhawk Spirit soaring and helps students bond and reconnect with each other by interacting with student organizations and campus-wide services.

Faculty and staff are invited to Carol Stewart’s retirement reception. We will be celebrating her 22 years of service at AUM as the Director of Student Health Services.

Fri­­­., Jan. 17 | 1–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 10th floor East

Internship Showcase Week is January 27–31. There will be different employers in the Taylor Center Breezeway in front of the AUMazing Bean to speak with students interested in internship opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Additionally, Networking Night will be Tues., Jan. 28 from 6–8 p.m. in Taylor Center 230. Employers will have the opportunity to network with students of all majors in a formal setting and may have the chance to be hired on the spot. Students are encouraged to dress professionally for this event and should bring copies of their resume.

Jan. 27–31 | 8 a.m. | Taylor Center 221–223

Save the date! Alumni, join us for a memorable night of dinner, drinks, live music by Tim Tyler, and our annual tradition of a fireworks show.

Fri., Feb. 28 | 6:30–9 p.m. | AUM Library Tower, 10th floor

Scaleback Alabama is here! Weigh-ins begin Mon., January 20 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Tues., Jan. 21 through Fri., Jan. 24 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Those wanting to participate must be in teams of 2 and be an AUM student, faculty, or staff member. For the 9 weeks of the program, Wellness Center access will be granted to any non-Wellness Center member employees.

If each team member loses 10 pounds by the weigh-out dates, both will be eligible to win prizes not only from the Wellness Center, but also from the State. Employees have the opportunity to win a free year membership to the Wellness Center, and students could win electronics to make their workouts even better!

For more information, please contact Breanna Chess or Louis Thornton, or call the Wellness Center at 334-244-3484.