Warhawk Weekly 2–25: Homecoming Week; Leuner re-elected to Board of Directors; Curtiss Critiques


  • Finding inspiration in nature
  • Join today’s Homecoming parade
  • Ragland embraces chance to ‘advocate’ for constituents
  • All aboard the Warhawk Express
  • Mayor Reed to speak at Business Breakfast
  • People of AUM: Simran Kumari
  • Leuner re-elected to nursing board
  • Curtiss Course Critiques now open
  • Reminder: Filibuster seeks editor, designer
  • Reminder: Apply for Alumni Association scholarships


  • Dr. McMichael presents at Off Topic
  • Higher Education Day
  • Learning in a flash
  • Volunteer with Housing
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Tips and Tricks for Students
  • Tour Hyundai Manufacturing

More upcoming AUM events

Finding the inspiration in nature


You’ve heard of the 1990s-era rap group Naughty By Nature? On Thursday, we’ll welcome a “hip-hop” scientist who will make you rethink the relationship between rap music and the environment.

The College of Sciences and Department of Biology & Environmental Sciences will welcome Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion Thomas Easley for the AUM Lecture Series.

Dr. Easley is on a mission to increase diversity within the fields of environmental science and environmental education. Known as the “hip hop forester,” he incorporates music, a universal language, to express his views and attract a wider crowd to explore the natural world.

Join us at 7 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109 on Thurs., February 27. The event is free and open to the public.

Join today’s Homecoming parade


Catch some beads and moon pies today as AUM celebrates Mardi Gras and Homecoming Week at 2 p.m. A variety of campus units and student organizations will march in the parade, which will run through the Quad to the AUM Arena.

Get the full schedule of Homecoming Week events at:

Ragland embraces chance to ‘advocate’ for constituents

Tim Ragland briefly considered running for mayor of his home city of Talladega when he was an AUM student in 2015, but talked himself out of it. Delaying the decision has enabled him to apply some of the lessons he learned in AUM’s political science program.

Ragland, who visited campus Monday night for an open lecture, became the youngest and first African-American mayor in the city’s 200-year history. Learn more about his pathway to public service.

All aboard the Warhawk Express

Did you see The Shot, the buzzer-beating 30-footer launched by Darrion Taylor that helped the AUM men’s basketball team win a game in insane fashion moments after nearly losing a game in insane fashion? If you missed out, we’ve got the tape. If you were there, take a moment and relive it. Watch and enjoy.

And make plans to be on the bus as the Warhawks shoot for their sixth win in a row on Thursday night at West Georgia. The Warhawk Express has plenty of room for Curtiss Crazies and others willing to turn a road game into a home game.

Business Breakfast Series welcomes Reed

City of Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed will share his vision for the city’s growth and development during the AUM Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series on Tues., March 3, at 7:15 a.m. at the RSA Activity Center. The event provides a forum for local, state and national leaders to share insights on a variety of topics related to business development and leadership.

Purchase tickets online today!

People of AUM: Simran Kumari

Senior Simran Kumari found a strong sense of community — and a welcomed change of pace — more than 8,000 miles away from her home in New Delhi, India, a city of more than 28 million. She has been heavily involved in campus organizations during her time at Auburn University at Montgomery and has experienced personal growth while excelling in the classroom.

Leuner elected American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors

AUM Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences Jean Leuner has been re-elected to serve on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors and Nomination Committee. Leuner will serve a second two-year term as secretary of the AACN, an academic organization representing more than 825 schools of nursing at public and private colleges and universities nationwide.

Read more about Leuner’s service in the AUM Pressroom.

Review your courses

Curtiss Course Critiques for the first half term of Spring 2020 is now open. Go review your courses and professors today!


Reminder: Filibuster seeks new Editor-in-Chief and Graphic Designer

Filibuster, AUM’s student-run literary and arts magazine, is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief and Graphic Designer for its 2021 issue. The positions begin in the Summer 2020 term and continue into the Spring 2021 term. Students will receive a small scholarship as part of their position that begins in Fall 2020.

To apply, potential candidates will need to submit both a one-page “Letter of Intent” that describes their vision for the magazine and a one-page “Resume” that describes their qualifications for serving in the position.

Experience with Adobe In-Design is required for the Graphic Design position. Experience with this program is also preferred, but not required, for the Editor position. All candidates must be enrolled as either a full or part-time student during the year to serve in the position, and he or she must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Applicants should also have completed ENGL1010 and ENGL1020.

Candidates can send their “Letter of Intent” and “Resume” as attached Microsoft Word documents to Filibuster’s Academic Advisor, Dr. Robert Klevay. The deadline to apply for the position is March 15. Any questions about the position should also be directed to Dr. Klevay.

Reminder: Apply today for the Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship

Graduate students – apply for the Alumni Association scholarship today!

The AUM Alumni Association is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Graduate Study Merit Scholarships through Sun., March 1. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be fully admitted to an AUM graduate program, must have completed at least nine hours of graduate study, and have a current GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Interested students may email for an application, or they can find the application online. A completed application needs to include, among other things, two letters of support – preferably from AUM faculty or staff­, a 250-word essay on career objectives, and a current resume. Applicants will be notified of their award status by mail.

For more information, please email or call 334-244-3369.

Off Topic: Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Andrew McMichael

Students will have the opportunity to engage in casual and open conversations on topics that they may not get to talk about with their professors in the classroom setting. Professors will be coming to open discussions with students interested in learning about a variety of topics of the professors choosing.

For the first Off Topic, Dr. Andrew McMichael will be coming to discuss on “How Beer Helps Us Understand History Better.” Join in to find out exactly what brew can do!

Tues., Feb. 25 | 6:30 p.m. | The Perch in The Nest

Join SGA for Higher Education Day

Higher Education Day 2020 will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Downtown Montgomery. The parade for the event will be held at the State Capitol.

SGA will have a bus of about 30-40 students leaving campus around 10 a.m. The campaign march will start at 10:30 a.m. SGA will provide a light breakfast and lunch at the event. All attendees will be back on campus before 1:30 p.m. due to athletics using the bus for an event.

If you would like to participate, please sign up online!

Thurs., Feb. 27 | 10 a.m. | Downtown Montgomery

Gain knowledge on the run at Flash Talks!

Join us for our fourth annual Flash Talks! Flash Talks combines the annual Faculty Development Institute Technology Speed Dating event and the AUM Staff Council’s Tech Mixer into something more grand. The principle is the same; hear how AUM faculty and staff are using technology in teaching, learning, and the work environments in short visual presentations.

Contact Carolyn Rawl for more information or call 334-244-3934.

Thurs., Feb. 27 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

From Our Community to Yours

Students will empower their community by helping to set up for Saturday events. Housing and Residence Life and volunteers will be setting up tables, cleaning flower beds, and preparing for students to attend an amazing event the following day to learn about growing vegetables and caring for animals, such as chickens.

Fri., Feb. 28 | 8:45 a.m. | Meet in The Nest

Mindfulness Meditation

Please join Counseling and Health Promotion Services as Nikhil Ghodke leads a mindful meditation session. This secular meditation practice is not associated with any faith. Instead, it is an opportunity to become more present and to alleviate the pressures of daily life. Mindfulness meditation will take place on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the Spring semester. The sessions will last for 25–30 minutes.

Wed., Mar. 4 | 4 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 110

Curtiss Connections

Modeled after “Flash Talks,” the WASC is launching a new event with presenters stationed around to provide students with quick tips and how-to information as well as resources that will position them for success at AUM.

Mon., Mar. 9 | 11 a.m. | Taylor Center 230

Hyundai Manufacturing Plant tour

The Office of Global Initiatives will be taking 30 students to tour the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant. Please register online by Mon., March 9. The bus will leave by 1:30 p.m. in front of Taylor Center.

Fri., Mar. 13 | 1:30 p.m. | Meet in front of Taylor Center