Warhawk Weekly 5-3: Celebrating spring graduates; Softball repeats as champs

Celebrating our Spring 2022 graduates

Auburn University at Montgomery will celebrate the achievements of 475 Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday during two commencement ceremonies at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl.

Commencement for graduates of the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Nursing & Health Sciences will begin at 10 a.m., with the Colleges of Business and Sciences to follow at 2 p.m.

AUM will welcome Dr. Rick Bright, CEO of the Pandemic Prevention Institute at The Rockefeller Foundation, as its commencement speaker. Bright earned a degree in biology and physical sciences from AUM in 1997. In his present role, he leads the development of the Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic data-to-action platform that integrates technology, analytics and global partners to help detect, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats.

Get the full May 7 commencement schedule, as well as details on live-streaming.

Softball repeats as regular season GSC champs

AUM’s fourth-ranked softball team won the Gulf South Conference regular season championship for the second consecutive season and enters the league tournament as the top seed.

The Warhawks (38-8, 25-5 GSC) will open the tournament Wednesday night at 6 against eighth-seeded Union. The tournament site is Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama. AUM will attempt to defend its 2021 tournament championship.

The softball team isn’t the only AUM squad with postseason plans. The baseball team (30-19, 18-12 conference) will open the GSC tournament Friday at 4 p.m. against fifth-seeded Lee University. The GSC baseball tournament is also being played at Choccolocco Park.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will learn their postseason fate tonight during the NCAA tournament selection show. The 18th-ranked women’s team reached the finals of the GSC tournament last week before losing to top-seeded West Alabama.

Follow your favorite team in the AUM Athletics Newsroom.

AUM celebrates outstanding students

AUM celebrated the achievements of its 2022 Chancellor’s Scholars and other high-achieving students during last Friday’s Honors Day ceremony.

Chancellor’s Scholars include:

Grace Keel, College of Sciences
McKenzie Nowin,College of Education
James Paterson, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Rachel Wales, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Abigail Williams, College of Business

Chancellor’s Scholars are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as excellence in leadership and service.

Other award-winners included:

Scholar Athletes

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: McKenzie Nowin
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andrew Elkins
Women’s Student-Athlete Award: Gia Martin
Men’s Student-Athlete Award: Andrew Elkins
Top Graduating Senior: McKenzie Nowin
Highest Team GPA Award: Women’s tennis

Outstanding Students
College of Business

School of Accountancy: Abigail Williams
Business Administration: Rafael Gunawan
Information Systems: Hunter Feaster

College of Education

Counselor, Leadership & Special Education: Kayla McMillian
Curriculum, Instruction & Technology: Madison Hill
Kinesiology: McKenzie Nowin

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Communication & Theatre: Savanna Pruitt
Criminal Justice: Mirtha Mendoza-Cardenas
Economics: James Paterson
English & Philosophy: Emma Butler
Fine Arts: Gloria Schiffer
History & World Languages & Cultures: Lee Rives
Interdisciplinary Studies: Christina Buntyn
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work: Jenna Abbott

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

School of Nursing: Mary Lormand
Communication Disorders: Rachel Wales
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Ann Chambers

College of Sciences

Biology & Environmental Sciences: Kennedy Smith
Chemistry: Kayla Mills
Computer Science: Jeffrey Deetman
Psychology: Grace Keel

Green Zone training offered to employees

AUM employees interested in learning how to better serve the university’s military-affiliated population can participate in Green Zone training on Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in Taylor Center 221.

Training focuses on increasing awareness of the backgrounds and needs of our military affiliated students. Participants that attend will receive a certificate and a green zone sticker to place outside their office space.

Registration is required for this training.

Register now.

Keep up with campus events

Did you miss out on seeing the cool creatures the Montgomery Zoo brought to campus last week?

There’s an easy way to keep up with campus happenings. Enroll in AUM365 and get the 4-1-1 from Curtiss The Warhawk himself. Text curti$$ to 334-398-6025 to receive reminders about upcoming happenings.

AUM volleyball camps offer opportunities for youth, high school players

If you have a volleyball player in your family, you’ll want to register them for one of the upcoming camps hosted by AUM head coach Flavia Siqueira.

Camp sessions are available for high school and junior college players interested in playing at the NCAA Division II level, as well as K-7th grade players interested in building their skills.

Get the details and register today.