Warhawk Weekly 1–21: Harrington highlights Business Breakfast Series; Political Film Series schedule set


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

For more information, or questions, please contact Sherry Stearns-Boles at or 334-244-3018.

Author and activist Cyntoia Brown-Long highlighted Tuesday morning’s Martin Luther King Jr. Reflections Breakfast. The event drew its largest turnout in its history with more than 500 attendees at the AUM Athletics Complex.

Mrs. Brown-Long spoke of restorative justice, her experience with the justice system and the transformative power of education. If you missed the program, you can watch a recording of it in its entirety.

Mrs. Brown-Long signed copies of her book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” for attendees.

Get to know the coaches and student-athletes for AUM’s baseball, softball and tennis teams at the upcoming Spring Season Preview Event hosted by AUM Athletics.

Head coaches Marty Lovrich, Eric Newell and Yair Banuelos will discuss their prospects for the upcoming season and introduce their teams. The event will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-223. The menu will feature light hors d’oeuvres, and dress is business casual.

Attendees are asked to submit RSVPs to Tim Lutz at or 334-244-3832 by Friday.

Get ready for another semester of exciting films in the Political Film Series, sponsored by the AUM College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. All films will begin at 7 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109 with an introduction to the film delivered by an AUM faculty member. Audience discussion follows the screening. The events are all free and open to the public; free popcorn and soda will be served.

February 13: Good Hair (2009; PG-13) – Black History Month feature with introduction by Dr. Nicole Whitehead and Breuna Baine (Fine Arts)

Throughout history, hair has played an important role in African American culture. In this funny and entertaining documentary, Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles by traveling the country to find out how Black Americans define “good hair” and to shed some light on the industry behind Black hair. Rock talks to ordinary people and celebrities (including Nia Long and Maya Angelou), visits a barber shop, a hair show, a factory that produces chemical hair relaxers, and India known for its hair trading industry. Watch the trailer here.

March 12: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019; PG-13) – Women’s History Month feature with introduction by Dr. Shirely Toland-Dix (English)

This intimate portrayal of the late Toni Morrison provides the audience with deep insights into her career as a writer and as an editor and the personal experiences that shaped her career, starting with her childhood in a working class neighborhood in Lorain, Ohio. In 1993, she won the Nobel Prize for literature, an honor that has never been bestowed on an African American writer. “’Pieces’ is not a traditional biography, but instead tracks an evolution: from literary iconoclast to stateswoman,” according to the Washington Post. Watch the trailer here.

April 21: Denial: (2016; PG-13) – International Holocaust Remembrance Day feature with introduction by Dr. Eric Sterling (English)

In 1993, Deborah Lipstadt (portrayed by Rachael Weisz), a professors of Jewish Studies at Emory, published Denying the Holocaust in which she identified renowned World War II historian David Irving as “one of the most dangerous spokespersons” of the Holocaust denial movement. Irving sues Lipstadt for libel in the United Kingdom where the legal system dictates that the accused has the burden of proof. Therefore, Lipstadt and her lawyers have to prove that the Holocaust actually occurred. The film uses official trial records verbatim in the court scenes and Rachel Weisz together with a small film crew received permission to film at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where at least one millions Jews died. Watch the trailer here.

Criminal justice faculty member Prit Kaur has been invited to share research findings of her project, examining rising cyber violence against women and girls and the preparedness of police and cyber units in India and the United States, at an upcoming meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “Rising Cyber Violence against Women and Girls: Preparedness of Women Police Stations in India and United States She will participate in the event as a representative of the American Society of Criminology.

Lilian Mina, Assistant Professor and Director of Composition in English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the 2020 English Language Arts State Course on Study Task Force. The group will work on revisions to the Course of Study in English Language Arts, influencing the ways in which the subject area will be taught in Alabama in the coming years.

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). For more information, visit:


Scaleback Alabama is here! Weigh-ins begin 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

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.

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.

Brad Robbins, Director of the Career Development Center, will be presenting information about how to successfully seek internships and leverage these opportunities to enhance your career readiness and professional brand. Join Brad Robbins on Mon., Jan. 27 from 12–1 p.m. in Taylor Center 230 to learn about The Power of Internships!

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.

There will be a Lunch-and-Learn workshop for F-1 international students presented by Ayush Taneja, Director of Global Initiatives on Wed., Jan. 29 from 12–1 p.m. in Warhawk Alley Learn all about CPT & OPT!

The Walt Disney College Program is a national paid program at the happiest place on earth! Come learn about the program from Christin LeJeune, Academic Advisor in Central Advising and Disney College Program Alumnus on Thurs., Jan. 30 from 12–1 p.m. in Warhawk Alley.

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