Auburn Athletics partners with Hunger Solutions Institute in End Child Hunger campaign

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Athletics Department goes on the offense against hunger. Through a partnership with the End Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA) campaign, spearheaded by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn Athletics is embracing hunger as its priority initiative.

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs joined ECHA spokesperson Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and pro-golfer Jason Dufner to announce the new partnership Friday during a visit to a summer feeding site at the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn.

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Auburn University partners with Intelligence and Security Academy to train public officials in data security

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Training offered by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University will provide public officials in Alabama and throughout the country with the resources needed to secure data and protect the interests of community governments and businesses.

Center director Don-Terry Veal said governments and businesses have operated under a heightened awareness of intelligence and security since the events of 9/11, and the need to secure data and information and protect resources is essential for the urban and rural communities within Alabama and across the United States.

Through the center, an agency of University Outreach, Auburn University recognized this need and collaborated with the Intelligence and Security Academy to provide current or upcoming managers, policy makers, law enforcement officers, military personnel and internet technology professionals with the proper tools to deal with security and intelligence issues and new threats.

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Auburn student’s passion for American history, teaching, earns her a James Madison Fellowship

Erica VatellaAUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the July 4 weekend, when most people will be celebrating the holiday without a lot of thought about the history it represents, Erica Marie Vatella will be immersed in the study of American history as she pursues her master’s degree at Auburn University in secondary social science education.

Vatella was recently awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which assists teachers earning a master’s degree with a focus on Constitutional studies. Named for James Madison, the nation’s fourth president and the acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” the fellowship is funding up to $24,000 of Vatella’s graduate studies.

The award goes to just one outstanding student in each state and supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies.

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New aviation center to strengthen Auburn University programs, boost the industry and state economy

Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Regional Airport, discusses the new aviation center with members of the media. AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is elevating its aviation program by establishing a center that will serve as a focal point for instruction, research and outreach and support the aviation and aerospace industries.

The center will strengthen academic and research programs, recruit industry to Alabama, improve flight operations and training and collaborate with other colleges and universities, particularly in workforce development efforts.

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Alabama 4-H receives initial $400,000 yearly gift for Centennial Youth Initiative

4H Foundation Trustee Check PresentationAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alabama 4-H has been transforming young people’s lives for more than a century. Through a generous investment by the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Alabama 4-H will reach more youth with improved programming through its Centennial Youth Initiative.

The Alabama 4-H Club Foundation will give $400,000 annually to support CYI and the expansion of 4-H within the state. Established in 1956, the foundation supports statewide 4-H youth education programs delivered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and generates private funds to meet youth educational needs.

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Auburn professor: Safe food equals a safe Fourth

AUBURN UNIVERSITY—The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and many Americans are making plans for a cookout with family and friends. To help ensure the Fourth is a safe and carefree holiday for all, Pat Curtis, director of the Food Systems Initiative at Auburn University, is offering tips and advice for grilling and food safety.

“The three main things to remember while preparing food or grilling are don’t cross-contaminate, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and cook food thoroughly,” Curtis said.

Don’t cross-contaminate

A mistake many people make while grilling is using the same plate and utensils when the meat and poultry is raw and afterward when it is cooked, without washing in between, said Curtis. Instead, after placing the raw meat on the grill, immediately wash the plate and utensil with soapy water or get a new plate for the cooked meats when ready. Also, if you touched the raw meat you should wash your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water.

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