Warhawk Weekly 7-26: NSF grant; CCNE leadership

AUM receives NSF grant to support STEM majors with disabilities

AUM students working on a science project (photo by Frank Williams).
AUM students working on a science project (photo by Frank Williams).

AUM is part of a new National Science Foundation initiative aimed at financially helping undergraduate students in STEM majors and with a documented disability achieve their college dream.

The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: The Alliance for Students with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM (TAPDINTO_STEM) is a collaborative research project funded by a National Science Foundation grant to increase the number of students with disabilities receiving associate and baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, said Glen Ray, professor of psychology, who is overseeing the AUM portion of the five-year grant.

“Our main goal here is to support and help students stay in their STEM major,” he said.

AUM undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry/physical science, math, technology, engineering, and psychology are eligible to receive funding through the grant. The grant also requires students to have a documented disability with a qualified provider or students must be registered with AUM’s Center for Disability.

Eligible AUM students can apply for grant support through one of the following programs:

  • Bridge to Baccalaureate Program:  This program is for freshmen and sophomores who plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in STEM disciplines. The goal for students in this bridge is to transition into the Bridge to Post-Baccalaureate program. Participants will each receive a $500 stipend per semester for 4 semesters.
  • Bridge to Post-Baccalaureate Program: This program is for juniors and seniors who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in STEM disciplines. The goal for students in this bridge is to transition into Graduate School or the STEM workforce. Participants will each receive a $500 stipend per semester for 4 semesters.

Students are also required to have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, participate in enrichment activities such as time-management, study-skills, and tutoring workshops and professional or association meetings, and continually pursue a degree in a STEM discipline.

To apply, fill out the online application form. The deadline to apply is August 12.

If you have questions about the program, email [email protected].

Leuner elected to CCNE leadership role

Jean Leuner, dean and professor of AUM’s School of Nursing, has been selected to serve in a leadership role on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, was elected to represent Chief Nurse Administrators on CCNE’s Board of Commissioners. Leuner is among nursing faculty from institutions across the U.S. named by CCNE to serve on its Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee after completing the 2022 election process. Leuner’s three-year term will run from January 1, 2023, to December 21, 2025.

“I am honored to be selected for the chief nurse administrator (CNA) position for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners,” Leuner said. “I believe the strengths that I will bring to this position are my background and experiences as a nurse leader, academician for more than 35 years, CCNE accreditation team leader and committee member for more than 12 years, and my previous eight-year service as a board member for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Understanding the unique characteristics of different nursing programs will be important for the CNA representative on the CCNE Board.”

CCNE is a national accreditation agency ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and residency programs. CCNE also contributes to the improvement of the public’s health by supporting and encouraging continuous quality improvement in nursing education and nurse residency/fellowship programs. Established in 1996 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as its autonomous accrediting arm, CCNE accredits over 2,000 nursing education programs and nurse residency/fellowship programs. 

Volunteer for Fall 2022 Move-In

It’s almost time to welcome new and returning students to campus and show off your AUMazing school spirit for Fall 2022 Move-In.

Housing and Residence Life invites students, faculty and staff to volunteer at Move-In August 10-13. Check-in for volunteers will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12 – 3 p.m. at The Nest on move-in-days.

Volunteers will help give a warm Warhawk Welcome to incoming students, greet families, answer questions, unload cars, and assist dorm residents with many other activities during move-in. To display AUMazing school spirit, Housing and Residence Life encourages volunteers to wear AUM apparel during move-in activities.

To take advantage of this great opportunity to show students and their families AUM’s caring and engaged campus community, sign up to volunteer online.

If you have questions about Fall 2022 Move-In, email [email protected].

Connect with employers at AUM’s Summer Career Fair

Auburn University at Montgomery students and alumni will have an opportunity to connect with potential employers at the Summer Career Fair on Wednesday, July 27.

AUM Career Development Center will welcome employers from a variety of industry sectors for the event, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-222.

The event is free and open to students from all academic majors, but registration is required.

Reserve your spot through the Handshake mobile app.

EEEC offers Faculty Development Sessions

AUM’s Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC), Faculty Development Institute and Office of Distance Education have been facilitating  faculty development sessions focusing on incorporating experiential learning or undergraduate research into the classroom. The Summer 2022 sessions are being offered to support faculty and meet compliance for the university’s Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.

The next session “Implementing an Internship Course” will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 3.

Sessions are held via Zoom.

Learn more from AUM Academic Support.

Learn how to serve those who served

Green Zone training is offered to all Auburn University at Montgomery faculty and staff. The training focuses on increasing awareness of the backgrounds and needs of our military-affiliated students.

Green Zone training participants will receive a certificate and a Green Zone sticker to place outside their office. The sticker helps military-affiliated individuals know that you are specifically trained to help them.

This session will take place on Thursday, August 4, from 9-11 a.m., in Taylor Center 221.

Registration is required for this training.

Click here to Register.

COB to offer new AI course starting in Fall 2022

Will artificial intelligence (AI) eliminate your job? A new College of Business course will explore the mystery of AI starting in Fall 2022.

The course, INFO 2030: Intro to Artificial Intelligence, will help students:

  • Uncover the mystery of AI and how to harness this “black-box” technology
  • Discover real-world successes and challenges of using AI
  • Get hands-on experience with AI
  • Learn how AI will forever change your field and how to avoid becoming obsolete

The course, which requires no prerequisites, will have two class sections available for the fall semester. The sections will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. and from 3:30 -4:45 p.m.

Learn more.

Ordering your textbooks for fall classes

The AUM Bookstore will not offer in-store ordering for books as we approach the Fall 2022 semester. To purchase your books, visit the AUM Bookstore website and pay by credit card or with financial aid.

The AUM Bookstore offers shipping and in-store pickup for all orders.

COVID-19 booster shots, tests available

Jean Leuner and COVID19 vaccine

As the Alabama Department of Public Health tracks expected increases in COVID-19 cases in the region, Auburn University at Montgomery encourages students and employees to be proactive in monitoring their health and utilizing resources offered by Warhawk Health Services.

Warhawk Health Services will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots and rapid testing.

Warhawk Health Services will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots Monday-Friday, from 8:30a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  on a walk-in basis. Vaccines administered by Warhawk Health Services are free, and no insurance is required.

COVID-19 PCR testing and rapid testing is available through Warhawk Health Services Monday – Friday by appointment only during regular business hours. PCR and rapid tests administered by Warhawk Health Services require an office visit copay of $5 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and their dependents. Appointments can be made by phone at 334-244-3281.

Employees also can utilize at-home testing. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home tests by ordering at https://www.covid.gov/tests.

Offering vaccines and taking a COVID-19 test represent several steps that AUM is taking to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community. AUM also continues to follow CDC guidance regarding COVID-19 exposure.

AUM encourages members of the campus community to also continue to practice safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID and to stay informed by:

We all have a part to play in taking care of ourselves and each other. If you are sick, stay at home. Employees who need to miss work due to illness, should contact their supervisor and [email protected] and students who need to miss class due to illness should notify their professor and [email protected].

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a “Fact vs. Myth” page. Students are also welcome to contact Warhawk Health Services or their personal healthcare provider.

Make a gift as a member of the Class of ’22

Summer 2022 graduates can celebrate their success and leave a legacy with other members of our Class of ’22.

Make a class gift and get involved with the AUM Alumni Association. Graduating students are encouraged to give back to the college, department, or program that has influenced their AUM experience the most. All gifts make a difference, but those who give at least $20.22 (Class of 2022) will receive a commemorative medallion to wear at commencement.

Make a gift today!

Recognize outstanding AUM faculty

The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association has opened nominations for the Alumni Professorship to recognize outstanding AUM faculty. To be eligible for the honor, faculty must have 10 or more years of full-time service at AUM.

AUM faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends can submit nominations for the 2022-2025 Alumni Professorship. Nominations must be submitted or postmarked no later than August 1, 2022. Nomination letters should be no more than two pages in length, and should emphasize teaching excellence as well as a strong record of publication and research. A vita may be attached, if available.

Send nomination letters to: Awards Committee, Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association, P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL  36124-4023, or email them to [email protected]  If you have questions, call 244-3369 or email [email protected].

Keep up with campus events

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