Warhawk Weekly 2–4: Kinesiology explore benefits of exercise for preschoolers; Original ‘shark’ shares expertise


A team of Auburn University at Montgomery researchers are studying how exercise impacts the physical development, behavior and learning of preschoolers.

The team recently earned an $82,709 Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education grant to support the research project “Brain Pump,” a children’s exercise program based on research that shows a correlation between exercise and brain development. Brain Pump provides a strong neurological component to promote motor skills, core strengthening, coordination, balance, and proprioception, or body awareness, in children.

The project will focus on determining the physical and cognitive effects of Brain Pump exercises on preschool children, said George Schaefer, professor of kinesiology and principal investigator of the grant.

“Brain Pump was birthed out of a growing concern of the increase in sensory and coordination issues seen in children that we know can negatively affect behavior and learning,” Schaefer said. “We hope to find that some early intervention of exercise incorporated into normal school environments — classrooms and physical education classes — might be part of the solution.”

Read more in the AUM Pressroom.

Original “Shark Tank” panelist Kevin Harrington, whose business ventures have generated more than $5 billion in sales, shared his insights on entrepreneurship and the evolving digital marketing landscape at last Thursday’s kickoff for the 2020 AUM Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series.

Speaking to a capacity crowd at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, Harrington told aspiring entrepreneurs that resilience – and the ability to learn from setbacks – often holds the key to success. “It’s not all rosy,” he said. “In the life of an entrepreneur, you’re going to have disruption.”

City of Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed will be the keynote speaker for the second Business Breakfast event on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:15 a.m. at the RSA Activity Center. Mayor Reed will discuss his first 100 days in office, as well as his vision for business development.

Register for the March 3 event online.

While there have not been any cases of coronavirus reported in Alabama, the virus could affect the health of the state’s economy – particularly in the agricultural, automotive and tourism sectors.

AUM visiting assistant professor of economics Agnitra Roy Choudhury recently spoke with CBS-42 about a potentially overlooked market that could experience a downturn if air travel and visas remain affected.

Watch the CBS coverage online.

Auburn University at Montgomery and Chattahoochee Valley State Community College recently finalized a partnership that will create scholarship opportunities and four-year degree pathways for transfer students from the Phenix City, Ala., campus.

Through a concurrent enrollment agreement, AUM will also provide an unlimited number of transfer scholarships to CVCC students to complete their associate in arts or associate in science degrees and earn admittance to AUM by August 1 each year. Transfer students with 3.0 GPAs and above will be eligible to receive annual scholarship support ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

AUM will also award one Presidential Scholarship each year to a CVCC transfer student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. For students enrolled at CVCC and AUM, the partnership offers reciprocal privileges for use of the AUM Library and Wellness Center.

Read more in the AUM Pressroom.

AUM Director of Athletics Jessie Rosa recently named Julianne Herrity as the new head coach of the women’s soccer program. Herrity previously served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II power Carson-Newman University. A native of Donegal, Ireland, Herrity helped Carson-Newman to a 46-11-3 record over the last three years, including a 25-3-2 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.

Read more in Athletics.

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 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.


Please join Counseling and Health Promotion Services as Nikhil Ghodke leads a mindful meditation session. This secular mediation 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. For more information, please contact Nikhil Ghodke.

Wed., Feb. 5 | 4 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 110

The Black Student Union presents Her Side Her Story with Hearts & Heels Part 2. This networking event is dedicated to connecting and empowering women to interact and to share their success, personal, and professional growth with one another within the community. The event will bring awareness and education to mental health through the promotion of self-care and self-love.

Thu., Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. | The Landing in The Nest

Please join us to celebrate Ms. Jennifer M. Taylor. Jennifer has worked at AUM for over 28 years in various areas such as Records, Enrollment Services, and the College of Business. Bring your favorite Jennifer story and wish her well at her retirement party!

Fri., Feb. 7 | 11 a.m. | Clement Hall 215

Come celebrate Curtiss’ 8th birthday with us during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Mississippi College! Special guest Big Mo of the Montgomery Biscuits will also be there to celebrate!

The women’s basketball game tips off at 2 p.m.; the men’s game begins at 4 p.m. Kids 12 and under are FREE; one complimentary adult general admission ticket per kid 12 and under.

Sat., Feb. 8 | 2 p.m. | Athletics Complex

The Black Student Union will present “Business As Usual,” which spotlights AUM students who have followed their entrepreneurial spirit to create their own businesses. The event will also feature discussion with the creator of the Geek’d Genius apparel line.

Wed., Feb. 12 | 6 p.m. | Taylor Center 230

Get ready for another semester of exciting films in the Political Film Series, sponsored by the AUM College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. 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) – Enjoy our Black History Month feature with an introduction by Dr. Nicole Whitehead (Chief Human Resources Officer) 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.

See the full Political Film Series in the AUM Pressroom.

Thu., Feb. 13 | 7 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Theatre AUM’s production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph opens on Thursday, Feb. 13. This production is directed by Professor Val Winkelman with Jacquelyn Vaughn as Kayleen and Josh Williams as Doug.

The story follows Kayleen and Doug over the course of 30 years as they are brought together through unusual circumstances. The two friends compare their scars and physical calamities that keep bringing them together.

The show runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 13–15 and 20–22 at 7:30 p.m. along with a Sunday matinee on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Senior citizens and military tickets are $5. AUM students, faculty, staff, and alumni are free with AUM ID.

Feb. 13–15, 20–23 | 7:30 p.m. | Theatre AUM in Taylor Center

Mark your calendars and show your love for projects that evoke your passion on AUM Day of Giving. The 24-hour crowd-funding initiative will offer opportunities to support the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Career Clothing Closet, the Department of Fine Arts, the AUM Honors Program, the Veteran and Military Information Center, the AUM Library, Counseling & Health Promotion Services and the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Learn more at

Fri., Feb. 14 | 12 a.m.–11:59 p.m.

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