Auburn awarding 1,150 degrees in ceremonies featuring one of the nation’s top military intelligence and cyber security experts

Lt. Gen. Ron BurgessAUBURN UNIVERSITY- Auburn University will award 1,150 academic degrees Aug. 2 in Auburn Arena during two summer graduation ceremonies featuring addresses by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the colleges, schools and programs of Architecture, Design and Construction; Engineering; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts; and Sciences and Mathematics. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for the colleges and schools of Agriculture; Business; Education; Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Human Sciences; and Nursing. The ceremonies can be viewed live through the university’s website at www.auburn.edu/graduationlive.

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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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